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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

PvtVoid Oh, great. (100 comments)

More fucking popup menus.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

PvtVoid And so? (474 comments)

Some law-enforcement experts say the NYCLU is going beyond civics lessons and doling out criminal-defense advice.

Which is apparently necessary.

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

PvtVoid Re:Flawed Premise (453 comments)

Your implied premise couldn't be more wrong. There is no link between autonomously driving cars and car sharing. Autonomous driving is just another feature a new car will have. Like cruise control and self parking. These features contributed nothing to peoples desire to give up car ownership. Autonomous driving will not either.

The overhead we accept because we have to store, maintain, and insure our own vehicles is enormous. Likewise with parking them at our destination. Imagine an Uber-like app which allows you to request a car, which comes to your doorstep, takes you where you want to go, and then leaves. No parking fees, no speeding tickets, no insurance costs. Why would anybody want to own a car if they don't have to?

4 days ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

PvtVoid Missing Option (123 comments)

If they'd included the option to zap Bennett Haselton, I'm sure it would have swamped all the other possibilities.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

PvtVoid Re: Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

Death wishes are never cool.

But what do you think people should do instead of escalate?

Maybe accept that the larger group of people you're a part of has come to a decision you disagree with, and move on? People who can't let go of their personal hobby horse can be utterly poisonous to an organization, no matter how righteous they view their cause to be.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

PvtVoid Lao Tzu (223 comments)

I would take a copy of the Tao Te Ching.


Pursue knowledge, daily gain
Pursue Tao, daily loss

Loss and more loss
Until one reaches unattached action
With unattached action, there is nothing one cannot do

Take the world by constantly applying non-interference
The one who interferes is not qualified to take the world

about two weeks ago
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Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

PvtVoid Re:marketing (101 comments)

no you tape them refusing to adhere to the encryption and if the company suffers a breach or IP is stolen digitally then you pull out that recording and CYOA

I would suggest that clandestinely taping your boss being an idiot is a pretty good way to find yourself out of a job.

How about, oh, I dunno, following up such conversations with a friendly, informative email summarizing the discussion and your recommendations, so there's a paper trail?

about two weeks ago
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Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

PvtVoid Re:Target, TJ Maxx, Home Depot (101 comments)

Doesn't matter. The exec will have all his passwords taped to the bottom of his laptop.

Idiots. It's much easier to type them in if they're taped to the top.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

PvtVoid Really? (112 comments)

the company just doesn't understand what makes a device good or bad.

OK, I definitely don't understand the thinking behind the Fire phone, but the Kindle Touch is an absolutely fantastic device. And popular enough to dominate its market as well.

So what the hell is this guy talking about?

about three weeks ago
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Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

PvtVoid Rule of Thumb (63 comments)

Having traveled a lot in both rich and poor countries, I have come up with a general rule of thumb: the richer the country, the worse the Wifi access. It's always the poorest places that have completely open wifi absolutely everywhere.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

PvtVoid Re:Everest (594 comments)

Yes it's stupid.... but its no more stupid than all the stupid idiots who climb everest at significant expense.... a significant number of which never come back.

I think the Everest comparison is specious. Yes, climbing Everest is a recreational thrill for rich people. But at least it involves significant personal commitment and sacrifice. The rich person still has to climb the mountain. Space tourism is an amusement park ride: pay your cash, get strapped in, whee! It's the difference between a log ride at an amusement park and paddling your own kayak through class V rapids.

about three weeks ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

PvtVoid Re:Most uninteresting (158 comments)

The idea is that in other languages, if-then-else is a built-in construct. You can't do something similar yourself without hacking the compiler. In Tao3D, if-then-else is a library element like printf in C. So you can change it.

Let's say you often use a specific kind of for loop. In Tao3D, you simply add the notation you need, and now your code is shorter and more concise.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a fucking terrible idea? It's a recipe for obfuscated, unmaintainable code.

Dear Programmers: Quit filling your code with goddamn macros. Use the language as implemented, so everybody else can figure out what the fuck you're doing.

Thank you.

about a month ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

PvtVoid Huge setback (445 comments)

As in the kind of setback that could put them out of business entirely. This isn't a cargo ship.

about a month ago
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Getting Lost In the Scientific Woods Is Good For You

PvtVoid Every good scientist already know this (51 comments)

"Science is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." -- Werner von Braun

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

PvtVoid Non-story (1007 comments)

From TFA:

University officials say they have no plans to interfere with the event. “Free speech is at the heart of academic freedom and is something we take very seriously,” said Kent Cassella, MSU’s associate vice president for communications, in a statement. “Any group, regardless of viewpoint, has the right to assemble in public areas of campus or petition for space to host an event so long as it does not engage in disorderly conduct or violate rules. While MSU is not a sponsor of the creation summit, MSU is a marketplace of free ideas.”

The university is going to let the crackpots say whatever they like, and then ignore them. Which is as it should be.

about 1 month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

PvtVoid Re:Listen Up, Morons! (137 comments)

It really boggles my mind that the guys studying this stuff haven't come to the conclusion that the matter "missing from universe" that they are trying to associate with Dark Matter is more than likely brown dwarfs or dense material with just can't detect yet from super nova explosions. WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!

Yeah. All those smarty-pants scientists completely missed this.

Or it could be that brown-dwarf dark matter is inconsistent with what we know about primordial nucleosynthesis, plus it was searched for by gravitational microlensing experiments, and wasn't found.

about 1 month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

PvtVoid Re:Aether (137 comments)

Ok, Ill suggest a better theory.

In the void between galaxies particles and anti-particles are created as they cross the planck barrier as wave forms. In most cases they annihilate each other. However there are slightly more anti-particles created. These anti-particles have a negative mass and repel most normal particles. Thus the space between galaxies is filled with anti-particles that force the galaxies into areas and account for the missing mass, the unexplained reason that the galaxies remain together, and the reason that the galaxies are moving apart at accelerated speeds. :P

Fine. Now please get back to us after you quantitatively calculate how this affects gravitational lensing by galaxies and clusters, and Cosmic Microwave Background acoustic oscillations. Also, we'll need a prediction for the two-point correlation function of galaxies, compared to the Sloan Digital Sky survey. If you want anybody to take you seriously, you will have to do these things at a minimum. The data are public.

about 1 month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

PvtVoid Re:We don't know anything is weird here (137 comments)

It's easier to believe GR is wrong, than to believe there is magical dark matter.

The hard part is coming up with a theory that replaces GR. Simply asserting that GR is wrong is of no use to anybody.

about 1 month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

PvtVoid Re:Aether (137 comments)

In particular, it is like the Luminiferous Aether because it is a hastily invented answer to something we've observed when the problem is we don't properly understand the question.

Maybe. Maybe not. You seem awfully certain you understand what it isn't even though you don't appear to understand what it is.

It's cheap and easy to be dismissive without providing a viable alternative.

about 1 month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

PvtVoid Re:We don't know anything is weird here (137 comments)

There is a huge amount of evidence

IANAP but wouldn't you phrase this somewhat differently?

Why should he phrase it differently? There is a huge amount of evidence. As in, multiple, independent measurements that all point in exactly the same direction:

- Galactic rotation curves
- Gravitational lensing
- Cosmic Microwave Background acoustic oscillations
- Cluster baryon fractions from X-ray measurements
- Large-scale structure

All of these things require something like dark matter to make any sense at all.

about 1 month ago

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Chris Kluwe Posts Epic Takedown of #Gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Call it a troll submission if you wish. Fuck that. This is a must-read.

Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy, because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things, that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is room for art in video games. That’s awesome!

You slopebrowed weaseldicks with zero reading comprehension and even less critical thinking skills who think an article claiming “Gamers are dead” is something bad? Fuck me sideways with a sandblaster.

Read on for more that ain't from Bennett."
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iPhone 6 rollout makes $23 billion in Apple market cap evaporate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Apple's stock has now dropped below $100 per share, wiping out more than $23 billion dollars in market capitalization since the botched release of the iPhone 6.

'Despite the iOS 8 bugs and bent iPhones that have cost Apple approximately $23 billion, the company’s stocks are still up this year by over 20 percent, leading the race ahead of Standard & Poor’s 500’s general gain of seven percent. But a market slump just days after a crucial new product release is a major blow for any company. The iPhone, Apple’s most widely recognized and critical product, accounts for over half its stock value. With such serious problems hovering over its new release, this drastic change in stocks comes as little surprise.'

Does it make sense that a messy software update and some bent cases should be responsible for that much value disappearing? Is there too much market cap tied to a single consumer product to begin with?"

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Washington Post covers #gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Rape threats. A hacking attempt on her Web site. The online publication of personal information, including her phone number and home address. Countless comments on her Tumblr calling her a “slut” and worse, including one that read: “Are you reading this? Of course you are. I will kill you.”

This is what indie video game developer Zoe Quinn has been dealing with for the past month, ever since an ex-boyfriend wrote a blog post implying that she had traded sex for positive reviews. The post sparked a virulent campaign against Quinn and an all-out online war about the future of the video-game industry."

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WSJ Reports Boeing to beat SpaceX for manned taxi to ISS

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that NASA is poised to award a key contract for manned transport to the International Space Station to Boeing over rival SpaceX:

Recent signals from the Obama administration, according to the officials, indicate that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's leadership has concluded on a preliminary basis that Boeing's proposed capsule offers the least risky option, as well as the one most likely to be ready to transport U.S. crews to the international space station within three years. The officials cautioned that a last-minute shift by NASA chief Charles Bolden, who must vet the decision, could change the result of the closely watched competition.

Here is a non-paywalled link to an article at CNET"
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The National Review has had it with nerd chic.

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume themselves to be smarter than everybody else in the world. Prominent examples include MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow, Steve Kornacki, and Chris Hayes; Vox’s Ezra Klein, Dylan Matthews, and Matt Yglesias; the sabermetrician Nate Silver; the economist Paul Krugman; the atheist Richard Dawkins; former vice president Al Gore; celebrity scientist Bill Nye; and, really, anybody who conforms to the Left’s social and moral precepts while wearing glasses and babbling about statistics.

The pose is, of course, little more than a ruse — our professional “nerds” being, like Mrs. Doubtfire, stereotypical facsimiles of the real thing. They have the patois but not the passion; the clothes but not the style; the posture but not the imprimatur. Theirs is the nerd-dom of Star Wars, not Star Trek; of Mario Kart and not World of Warcraft; of the latest X-Men movie rather than the comics themselves."

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Gofor: Uber for Drones

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Gofor claims to be developing an app that summons a drone on demand using your smartphone or tablet. From the web site: "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands. Once the drone arrives, your phone's flashlight is used to pair your device with the drone. From there, it depends on the task, the object-based UI is very easy to understand. ""
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NSF Researcher Suspended for Mining Bitcoin

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 6 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name the researcher or the universities."
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 6 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu pens a heartfelt takedown of misogyny in nerd culture:

What the fuck is wrong with us?

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

[...]

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

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Julie Ann Horvath Quits GitHub, Citing Harrassment

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "From TechCrunch: The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology."
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Biologist fits sharks with lasers

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Marine biologist Luke Tipple mounts 50 milliwatt S3 Krypton lasers to lemon sharks to study shark movements in the water. "Tipple said that clipping the laser onto the dorsal fin and flipping on the laser was easy, although the shark didn’t like it when Tipple first attached the clamp. He said a few seconds later 'it returned to normal behavior.'""
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