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Court Orders Turkish Twitter Ban Temporarily Lifted, Twitter Prepares Challenge

RandomUsername99 Turkish Twist ban... (29 comments)

The Turkish Twist ban, however, remains firmly in effect as Erdogan's shuddering remembrance of the projectile vomit he was forced to clean up at the fair, during his summer job in high school, brushes aside the media's criticism of his hard-lined approach.

about three weeks ago
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The Mystery of the 'Only Camera To Come Back From the Moon'

RandomUsername99 Re:NASA actually landed men on the moon? (54 comments)

Well *I* saw a documentary that said that these cameras were really Federal Reserve Bank mini chemtrails planes dispatched by the Illuminati filled with MMR vaccines designed to give the moon babies of the Area 51 aliens space autism... ...they ARE very socially awkward...

Most people that were interested in tempting someone back to their place to play with butt toys would just try and woo them with a couple of strong drinks and some sweet talk, instead of the creepy abduction/space roofies crap that they seem to be fond of... but I don't think autism necessarily makes someone more likely to go down that path. Maybe space autism does.

about three weeks ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

RandomUsername99 Second matrix movie (74 comments)

If I remember correctly, the second matrix movie showed a closeup of a terminal where someone was running nmap with sensical command line arguments. No, it didn't make it any better.

about a month ago
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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

RandomUsername99 But what good is it, really... (66 comments)

But what good is it, really, without the built-in ability superimpose moronic LOLcats style text on them.

about a month and a half ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

RandomUsername99 JP2 is used, just not on the web. (155 comments)

Yeah, lots of universities use it for a lot of things, like scientific and cultural heritage images... they serve the images up, if need be, through the proprietary lurawave image server... not a great solution from a systems perspective, but it's what they like.

Personally, I think the lack of widespread adoption makes it a serious preservation concern.

about a month and a half ago
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Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

RandomUsername99 But at least a few of those years... (258 comments)

was waiting in line at the damn post office to mail the application in.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

RandomUsername99 New Slogan for Google (172 comments)

"No matter how much we suck, we still don't ComcastTimeWarner suck. Yet."

about 2 months ago
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Paul Vixie On the Unevenly Distributed Intelligence of Internet Infrastructure

RandomUsername99 Core is stupid (96 comments)

"the Internet core is stupid, and the edge is smart"

That is true on SO many levels.

about 2 months ago
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High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software

RandomUsername99 I'd have stayed in school (116 comments)

The people that point out existing technologically superior software solutions are being unforgivably obtuse.

Of course there are existing open source and commercial options out there, that make this high school student implemented project technologically obsolete; there are also existing craftspeople and professionally run woodworking shops that make the products in wood shop class obsolete, as well as many tailors, restaurants, fashion schools, and culinary schools that crush what home-ec classes teach... Not to mention the many science-oriented-businesses with technology and products that dwarf the technology that you would find at a high school science fair. See it for what it is: a learning experience!!

If there was some alternate dimension where I had had a chance to work on a project like this in high school, I probably would not have gotten kicked out for boredom fueled truancy, and would have worked my way into a decent comp-sci program at a college rather than working my way up in my 20s through shitty tech support and lower level IT positions... I Would have been making my current, totally decent software dev salary YEARS before I actually earned it in this dimension.

about 3 months ago
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What Makes a Genius?

RandomUsername99 Re:Don't forget privilege, even if not financial.. (190 comments)

The fact that you don't have the attention span to read an academic essay is not my, or the author's fault. It also doesn't give a gram of weight to your criticism.

about 3 months ago
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What Makes a Genius?

RandomUsername99 Re:Don't forget privilege, even if not financial.. (190 comments)

This is exactly the argument that the essay is making. It was written by a well-known feminist philosopher. Maybe you should read it before claiming that it is incorrect.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

RandomUsername99 Re:You own your computer (731 comments)

Poor analogy... they do have the right to display every ad on every page that you access.

about 2 months ago
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What Makes a Genius?

RandomUsername99 Don't forget privilege, even if not financial... (190 comments)

Things are changing, but from a historical perspective, this cannot be ignored.

"The fact of the matter is that there have been no supremely great women artists, as far as we know, although there have been many interesting and very good ones who remain insufficiently investigated or appreciated; nor have there been any great Lithuanian jazz pianists, nor Eskimo tennis players, no matter how much we might wish there had been. That this should be the case is regrettable, but no amount of manipulating the historical or critical evidence will alter the situation; nor will accusations of male-chauvinist distortion of history. There are no women equivalents for Michelangelo or Rembrandt, Delacroix or Cezanne, Picasso or Matisse, or even, in very recent times, for de Kooning or Warhol, any more than there are black American equivalents for the same. "

From a brilliant essay on the matter:
http://www.miracosta.edu/home/gfloren/nochlin.htm

about 2 months ago
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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

RandomUsername99 Re:Nope. (169 comments)

Classic IBM.

about 3 months ago
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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

RandomUsername99 Re:Nope. (169 comments)

Financial industry still uses it a ton, and IBM is still convinced that Websphere on AIX is a solid way to go.

about 3 months ago
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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

RandomUsername99 Nope. (169 comments)

Yes, but your counter-troll failed harder. A company I was working for got bought out by IBM, and I was really excited about it, because from the outside they looked like they were making a huge push towards using linux as their primary OS, and open source software in general. (I ended up working for them for about 5 years.)They managed to get Notes, their primary communication tool, working almost as well on Linux as it worked on Windows... which is not particularly well... but they haven't even ported over many of their basic tools, such as their ticket tracking systems, which are used to track development as well, to Linux. As of a few years ago, they said that they were going to stop attempting to port those tools over. For server operating systems, in many applications, they're still relentlessly pushing their developers to concentrate on coding for AIX over linux.

They've got a bright shiny image put forth from their marketing department as one big unified force pushing for workplace innovation, but the way the company actually works is much more like the government Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil.' Their linux workstation project was an underfunded, disorganized yet highly publicized project put together during their big linux marketing push. I don't even think 25% of the company directly touches linux on a daily basis, let alone the absolutely laughable assertion that 90% of the company uses linux as a primary desktop OS.

about 3 months ago

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