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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Rick in China Re:Send them to China or India for training (431 comments)

The problem is any launch in China that fails will smoke some people on the ground. There are people on the ground _everywhere_. :D

yesterday
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

Rick in China Yawn, minuscule in so many ways... (140 comments)

So the tech giants are donating ALMOST as much as the clownface Ballmer receives in tax breaks from purchasing a sports team? Great job guys! Let us gather and praise the fractions of tax deductible gifts which pale in comparison to the profits earned by manufacturing in poverty stricken countries and shirking domestic tax responsibilities, because it is the only salvation to clean you're otherwise amoral-yet-wretched corporate souls.

yesterday
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Rick in China I've been experiencing SSL errors with Hotmail.. (109 comments)

This has been going on for maybe a month -- but glad someone has logged/traced/pointed it out.. at least for hotmail.com. It's not consistent - but it has happened to me maybe 10 or 15 times in the last month. Typically it's perfectly fine.

about two weeks ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Rick in China Re:Onion Pi? (72 comments)

Yes, because pre-configured SD cards don't exist. It's *really* tough.

Everything has some level of configuration, if you've ever used an onion pi, the tutorials and walk-thrus are as granny friendly as the tutorials or walk-thrus to set up any router, really.

about two weeks ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Rick in China Onion Pi? (72 comments)

I don't see what problem this solves that the Onion Pi doesn't solve?

about two weeks ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

Rick in China Security vs. free market (229 comments)

This is a common discussion when using other tangents - like government control vs. individual freedoms...and this is the crux of the discussion at hand.

On one hand, we have claims of "Forced sandboxing kills many applications" -- to which the comparison of the Android market vs. the App Store has metrics which show the benefits vs. risks (how many app store apps have propagated major malware?), on the other we have claims of preferring security and legitimacy over copies and extremely poorly written malware ridden apps? Personally, from a customer perspective, I'd like to think what I download onto my PC (or phone) has been vetted and behaves in a relatively secure way over simply rolling the dice, and I think the complaint in the topic above has a lot to do with being unable to write a program with true consumer value that meets coding standards. To that, I say, OP, cry more, cupcake..or come up with something original and learn to code.

about two weeks ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

Rick in China Disastrous home remedy? (135 comments)

So we'll have a bunch of idiots reading this type of article or seeing it somewhere in the news, and immediately start feeding their sick family members their own shit to save money. This spells disaster all over it. Rather than "Please Wash Your Hands" signs, people will expect "Please Poop On Your Hands" signs in their place -- for health reasons, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

Rick in China Just more nonsense statements looking for a budget (104 comments)

"We roughly know who they are. If we can take them out of the equation then the rest will fall down,"

The same rhetoric is encouraged by the military industrial complex to start wars that benefit their bottom line. This is no different.. "give me the resources and I'll finish it up" -- yeah, just like the War on Drugs, too, right? Nonsense. You can't attack something without the centralisation and infrastructure of stable nations or organisations, which is why things like "Bomb Isis!" fail so miserably. This dude is just making monkey statements to get funding for his department, to which even if he succeeded in taking down "the hundred kingpins", nothing would ultimately change as others would rise in 'their' place.

about three weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Rick in China Re:Big Old Liar (276 comments)

"but is it so difficult to imagine that the Chinese would simply not care at all about whether or not Marco Polo visited them, and would care somewhat about not offending guests and traders?"

Yes, it is hard to imagine. As the Chinese grow in power and gain significant trade leverage, the begin to display hubris when it comes to dealing with foreign nations. China and Japan are enormous trading partners, for example, I think China is around Japan's #1 trading partner and Japan is somewhere in the 3rd/4th largest range for China, yet both grandstanding and politically divisive statements come out all the time. Do you *TRULY* think that anyone in Europe would care whatsoever beyond wanting to know the truth, whether Marco Polo came to China or not? If China had evidence to support or disprove the claim, surely either way, nobody would care at all - other than wanting the evidence to either support or disprove the claim.

about three weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Rick in China Re:Big Old Liar (276 comments)

Yes, because Europe would no longer want to do business with China if the Chinese had asserted that Marco Polo did not visit them as he had claimed..especially when Europe itself has many skeptics. Good call out, critical thinking at its finest!

about three weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Rick in China Re:Big Old Liar (276 comments)

What? "never pointed out major inventions like paper" - he pointed out specifically and meticulously the use of paper money and salt. http://www.history.com/news/ma...

"Historians before him have touched on these issues while defending Marco Polo’s honor, but Vogel also relies on another compelling body of evidence: the explorer’s meticulous descriptions of currency and salt production in the Yuan era. According to Vogel, Polo documents these aspects of Mongol Chinese civilization in greater detail than any of his Western, Arab or Persian contemporaries, a hint that the Venetian relied on his own powers of observation. Polo’s claims about the size of paper money and the value of salt, among other aspects, check out against archaeological evidence and Chinese documents maintained by Yuan officials, Vogel concluded."

One thing I find interesting - is that they teach Chinese students of Marco Polo in China. I would imagine that, if presented with "Hey, look, this dude from Europe visited you guys hundreds of years ago and did trade with the Mongols!" the first to refute and expose that would be the Chinese, as it would seem that their history would more likely be the source of truth (or closer to the source) rather than simply speculating on the contents of his verbal transcript.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi

Rick in China Quick! Halt human progress, because you're... (139 comments)

Butthurt that a subsidy you acquired didn't get a piece of the action. Don't dare let successful companies who have won contracts keep those contracts without getting something out of it.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Rick in China Re:They will move to a different charging model (488 comments)

I love the reasoning, since it neglects the fact that they're the ones who should cover the *opportunity cost* of the supposed resident who may down the road want their service. Since when could companies charge people for the potential opportunity cost of other people? That's a wonderful precedent.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Rick in China Justifying expenses properly.. (182 comments)

In order to justify expenses and hopefully get them covered by your employer - you need to present a business case. This means identifying what you plan to gain (realistically) and how that will benefit the employer, ultimately relating that to an efficiency or performance increase in some measurable way, which ultimately impacts the bottom line - the business decision your boss needs to make is: "Is this going to be profitable for us down the road..." and thinking that through deeply comes down to many factors, including the replacement/time cost should you go elsewhere as a result of the decision. If you can't put together a good business case as to why you should be there, then likely you should expect to pay for it on your own -- unless previous discussions included that sort of thing as a 'perk' of your employment.

It all comes down to business sense. Surely your boss would love to send you - however, for him to justify it to anyone who asks, it needs to also be a sound *business* decision..and that's where you need to put on your non-techy hat and instead, think about cost-benefit.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Rick in China Without benchmarks... (504 comments)

The OP is just a whiny anecdotal bitch. First, when you complain about performance, you provide relevant hardware information. Then, you provide statistics. Ultimately, you can say "look!" -- but without either of the first and second item, you just appear to be a random whiner.

about a month ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Rick in China Not technology....but people. (264 comments)

The bottom line isn't about what is cheaper and what can be put in - it's the users.

When I ordered my wife's new phone, I asked how much memory she wanted. She didn't know - said her current one is 64, so at least 64. I said hold on, wait:

Went home, checked her phone, said, "You realize with all the apps, photos, videos, etc..you've only breached 5gigs on your phone, right?"

Many users simply *do not need the capacity*. Just because many of us are geeks, install a ton of stuff, and store a lot of media, doesn't mean most people do. Many people use their phones _as phones_ and enjoy the simple features of photo/videos on demand on occasion, reasonable security, being able to video chat, etc...and have a good UI to work with. They don't *need* huge storage. A reason why 16 gig models are often the best selling isn't because everyone utilizes cloud storage - but because they simply DO NOT NEED that much storage, and just want the built in features.

Think: Customer centric. It'd do many of the previous posters some good -- calling yourself an IT genius does nothing if your technology doesn't serve real people.

about a month ago
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I think next winter will be:

Rick in China Re:winter is coming (148 comments)

You're making the presumption that diabetes and heart palpitations don't get the better of 'em.

They'll have to make up a cover story and 'fake' it, or there'll be riots.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Rick in China Re:That's government spending for you.. (188 comments)

Boeing is the ISS's primary contractor.. they designed and built a lot of it. I don't see how it is unreasonable to grant them as much as they did in relation to SpaceX - even though I personally much rather see SpaceX make something amazing for less as I expect they will.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Rick in China Re:APRIL FOOLS! (139 comments)

Huh? "Auto rickshaws" are to Rickshaws what minivans are to wheelbarrows. Wikipedia more, it's a good replacement for actual knowledge or critical thinking skills.

about a month and a half ago

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