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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Raxxon Sounds like something I've read before.... (583 comments)

Yeah, ask Case how well it worked out for the Turing agents who tried to stop him from augmenting an AI...

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Raxxon Re:Consumer plans only? (234 comments)

That's a useful and informative link and it's being modded down?

Sucks that I get it "later this year" with no real specification on when. Also makes me irritated that I can't upgrade past the 75mbit plan currently. ;)

about 4 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Raxxon Re:Consumer plans only? (234 comments)

That's my big question.... I went with a business acct so I could get static IP's instead of playing silly games with dynamic dns hosting crap....

I'm gonna be so pissed if they say "residential only"...

about 4 months ago
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Raxxon Re:Can't wait for this one.... (128 comments)

..... That's it... I need to get a Morgan Freeman module for some TTS software and just pipe all the news stories about Heartbleed through it.

I'm sure I'll sleep through the night like a baby...... like a baby.

about 8 months ago
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Raxxon Can't wait for this one.... (128 comments)

I wonder what they'll name the exploit centered around this module....

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Raxxon Re:Out of scope I think but.... (104 comments)

Yes, but AFAIK you can't load it onto the same consumer router hardware that DDWRT was popularized on which is why I think my comment was technically out of scope for the discussion...

about 8 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Raxxon Re:The real reason.... (167 comments)

Given that it's Google anyone with half an ounce of sense realizes that they practically have the ability to print money and would have read the initial comment as sarcasm/humor. However since you seem to think I'm somehow mentally deficient with regards to this I have to assume that you either missed the point or just feel like being a pedantic jerk.

Either way since the 15th is now passed it's largely a pointless discussion to continue.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Raxxon Out of scope I think but.... (104 comments)

Personally I've been enjoying Mikrotik. I don't think it's in the range for you because I'm 98% sure you can't load it on your hardware (I have a RouterBoard-based router/AP) but it's been damn solid and gives me WAY more features that I really plan on using... If you plan on upgrading routers at some point I'd suggest looking at them.

about 8 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Raxxon Re:The real reason.... (167 comments)

I would make a sarcastic reply indicating that your sarcasm detector is in need of calibration, but I think that due to said miscalibration the point of it would be missed.....

about 8 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Raxxon Re:The Real Real Reason (167 comments)

I could buy that, but when they opened GMail for everyone it was kinda perm instead of the one-shot like this. I don't see it doing much other than possibly clipping things for a few days or maybe flooding the market for those invites to drop the price.

Either way..... "not sure if effective"

about 8 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Raxxon Re:The real reason.... (167 comments)

What, Google has "enough money"? No one has "enough money"... ever.

about 8 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Raxxon The real reason.... (167 comments)

"Oh crap, we're running low on cash! We need more monies! Quick, let people spend $1500 for some tech from us!"

Yeah, I'm interested, but at that cost (plus more for me since I wear regular glasses and need special frames and new lenses, etc) it's not really worth it. :|

about 8 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Raxxon Re:SSC resurrected (238 comments)

I've been waiting for them to do it. SSC was bigger than LHC to start with. My dad worked for a company supplying computers and such for the project before it was canceled. Never got the chance to go out there with him since I was a minor and not legally employable. :| If they do bring it back I know where I'm throwing my resume. ;)

about 10 months ago
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BitTorrent Unveils Secure Chat To Counter 'NSA Dragnet Surveillance'

Raxxon Re:It's been attempted before.... (111 comments)

Never said it was efficient or effective, just that it was a "prior attempt" and indicated the shit storm that ensued. Had WASTE continued proper development they may have worked those issues out the same way ID Software did with the original release of DOOM (seriously, BROADCAST networking? ouch!)

1 year,14 hours
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BitTorrent Unveils Secure Chat To Counter 'NSA Dragnet Surveillance'

Raxxon It's been attempted before.... (111 comments)

Started a shit-storm at AOL..... It was called WASTE...

1 year,17 hours
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Raxxon Re:Multiple Reasons (465 comments)

For older books, you would be correct to state that there is much more work involved. I was being a bit too generalist there, I should have specified that I was talking more about "current generation" publications. But in the 'current generation' of books while the printer file is not the same as the ebook produced, the conversion between the two isn't has complicated or as hard or as costly as the actual printing/warehousing/shipping of physical media.

The price not going down because they don't store the ebook the same way as a physical book they're wanting to reclaim warehouse space from is another point of "profiteering bastard". "We don't *have* to drop the price because we're making more money on this due to lack of paying as much for it".

Yes, in general this is another problem of "Make the Digital Business Model work like our old Physical Business Model" problem... Find a new business model. Try something new. Evolve. Invent. Adapt.

about 2 years ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Raxxon Re:Price driven... (465 comments)

10% to print. How much to warehouse until distribution? How much to move from Printer to Warehouse?

A chunk of this does lie with the Publisher, and a chunk lies with the Vendor (BN and Amazon, generally). The costs associated with Dead Tree versions is still higher than the costs associated with the Electronic version. You've "saved" the costs of actually printing it (and whatever 'waste' there is for unsold printed material), shipping it to warehouse and storage for the Publisher. You've "saved" the cost of shipping from the Publisher to Warehouse as well as Distribution and Storage costs of getting it to your stores or the Warehousing costs associated for your Internet Sales for the Vendor. I don't see how they can claim, ESPECIALLY after the paperback comes out, that it continues to cost almost what the Hardback does to handle the eBook version.

Yes, some of this does lie with the consumer as well, after all we are buying this shit. However if there was no one buying it at all then we'd never make progress simply because "there's no market/no profit in it", which is a shitty way to work on evolving a medium....

Give me the option of a "Bundle Deal"... There are some series that I'm reading that I'm buying the physical copy as well as the ebook. Gimme the option for a $5 or $7 premium when I buy the hardcover to get the ebook as well. Sets up the 'impulse buy' in the consumers mind at that point and makes it easier to get the sale. Especially for Internet Sales this becomes a trivial up-sell.... "Buy this book, for $5 get the ebook and start reading now while the physical copy is shipped out to you!"

about 2 years ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Raxxon Price driven... (465 comments)

You want eBook adoption to work? QUIT BEING PROFITEERING BASTARDS.

They already have the book in an electronic format before printing begins. It's what they send to the damn printer that actually puts ink on paper. Why then is the "cost" of an eBook more than the paperback counterpart? I could see justification for a higher price when the book is Hardback only (usually the first 9 to 18 months the book is available) but once the paperback hits shelves, why is the ebook still so much more expensive?

I've actually seen some eBooks at a higher price point than the hardback.... dafuq?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?

Raxxon Unable to meet all requirements.... (503 comments)

You want to keep the laptop secure. You want a 12 year old to use it. You want it to run Windows.

There is no solution. There will always be security risks and in some cases a negative time-frame to deal with them. Doesn't matter how good your AV is or what utilities you put on there, if it's connected to the Internet and there's a user at the keyboard then it is inherently insecure.

Now, how "secure" do you need it to be? If you're ok with putting that laptop on a separate subnet from everything else and teach the kiddo to do a proper update check every couple of days you should be able to mitigate most of the 'risk'.... but that seems a bit much to ask.

more than 2 years ago
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Take a Free Networking Class From Stanford

Raxxon Re:Interesting idea... (128 comments)

Looks like I need to reconsider the certification then. Last I honestly looked at it it was on par with Novell's CNA and Microsoft's early MCSE.. Great for getting an introduction, but not something that's going to really take you far.

I'm still finding myself wishing at times that the CNX (Certified Network Expert) program hadn't fallen apart, but when you're a program governed by various (and opposing) members of the industry I'm shocked it got out of the womb....

more than 2 years ago

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