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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Rgb465 Re:Sci-Fi to watch... (514 comments)

Also Robocop (ED-209).

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Rgb465 Debian, naturally. (627 comments)

Although the issues with Wheezy have made me stay with Squeeze on most of my systems.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

Rgb465 Users will put up with just about anything (675 comments)

Many moons ago we got a new intern in the office. He was young, naive and hopelessly clueless about the corporate world. We took a liking to him immediately.
Of course, this meant that we had to play pranks on him. Because that's what you do to people you like, right?

Our best prank was what we did to his computer. We wrote a small program that ran in the background and drew a dot in the center of the screen on top of whatever was running. This dot grew bigger over time; at first it was just one pixel wide, but after a week it was over twenty.

One morning, just over a week after we'd secretly installed it onto the intern's computer, he called me into his cubicle and asked me if I had ever heard of "dead pixels on a CRT". I said no, holding back the laughter, and politely suggested that he try reinstalling his graphics card drivers. He declined, and said that was too much effort and he would just live with it.

The intern was fully prepared to live with this large, expanding, black dot in the center of his monitor. It was nothing but sheer annoyance, but he was willing to ignore it.
At this point we caved and uninstalled the software.

That experience taught me that users will put up with just about anything. As long as it doesn't outright prevent them from doing their job (eg, the network card has died), they will find some way to soldier on.

about 2 years ago
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Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCs

Rgb465 Not going to happen (627 comments)

Here's the problem: Windows XP, for the majority of normal use cases, works. There is no business case for spending the kind of money necessary to upgrade everything, just so that your CEO can have "that big task bar".

more than 5 years ago
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US Federal Government Launches Data.gov

Rgb465 Mostly empty (109 comments)

There doesn't appear to be much data indexed yet, just data that has been publicly available for years.
Patent data? Check
Storm data? Check

Yawn. Call me when the FBI starts uploading data.

more than 5 years ago
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Company Makes Paper Out Of Wombat Poo

Rgb465 Excellent! (71 comments)

Lets use it to make toilet paper.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Foundation Purchases Linux.com

Rgb465 Email! (231 comments)

Email addresses, of course. I'd pay for a @linux.com email address...1gb storage, SSH access to mutt/pine/emacs, IMAP/POP, decent webmail package... yeah, I would definitely pay for that. Premium for good service. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation?

Rgb465 Searching Google... (564 comments)

Searching Google I find that, apparently, I was a porn star in the late 70's. I hope this doesn't hurt my chances of getting hired somewhere.

more than 5 years ago
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New Jersey's Cablevision Hijacks DNS Error Pages

Rgb465 Re:The submitter confuses DNS and HTTP errors (200 comments)

I can definitely confirm Insight is also doing it; I got bit by it the night they turned it on. 2 hours on the phone with their clueless tech support didn't help either--the clowns insisted this is the way DNS is "supposed to work".

more than 6 years ago

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