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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Rigel47 Re:Alright smart guy (412 comments)

Or with my BlackBerry I continue to get all new OS releases that by and far have improved battery life, stability, and performance while adding new features left and right.

You don't have to pick the blue or red pill. Oh, and it runs all Android apps.

16 minutes ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Rigel47 Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (318 comments)

>My impression is that most of Africa's problems are cultural, like for example the response to Ebola.

That's more education than culture. Heck, it was a tradition for a while in the West to take dead relatives, dress them up, and pose for photos with them.

2 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Rigel47 Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (318 comments)

>> Africans would've been infinitely better off left completely to their own devices. Would they still be living in stone age primitive societies? Yes. Would it be preferable to what they have now? Yes. Cute. You speak for all of Africa. Change your nic to Shakazulu Ghost or something.

Why don't you travel to Africa and advise them to turn their back on all Western things because, y'know, they'll always be incapable of self governance without whitey. Call the movement something catchy.. Boko Haram maybe.

2 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Rigel47 Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (318 comments)

Do tell how "the west" is responsible for most of Africa's ills. Last I checked they've mostly been governing themselves for a few generations (exception SA). Shall we blame the Brits for Sunni and Shiia slaughtering each other for hundreds of years too?

3 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Rigel47 Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

Cool.. what if I don't want the police digging through my possessions at will? I assume you'd be cool with them rummaging around in your house too, yeah?

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Rigel47 Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

Did you even RTFA? Shall I avoid wearing designer clothes and having an air freshener? Drinking energy drinks is now a mark of being a drug dealer? Please send me a list of approved attire, standards of car cleanliness, and any other requirements for not appearing like a drug dealer.

Your naivete is mind blowing.

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Rigel47 Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

Yeah, small local communities.. like Philadelphia.

It's a brave new world in the USSA. NSA tracking (probably a fraction of what we know about), police kicking you out of your home without charges, and so on. The worst part is we have a whole new generation of cops and lawyers growing up where all this is the norm. It makes the next encroachment seem that much less outlandish.

Either get off the grid or get wealthy / connected. Or be content being cattle.

about two weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

Rigel47 China's nine-dashed line (199 comments)

Is pretty hilarious. All countries pull their fair share of bullshit but come on.. territorial waters that just wander southward like that, cutting between vietnam and the philippines?

Oh well.. I expect a typhoon or two will swamp those attempts at man-man islands.

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Rigel47 Re:Lucrative isn't all it's cracked up to be (385 comments)

You write the truth. If you want to be rich there's one sure-fire way.. become a dentist. The problem is you'll spend your life working with people who really don't want to see you, with whom you never build a relationship. To say nothing of poking around in someone's smelly orifice all day.

There's a reason doctors and lawyers have high rates of substance abuse and suicide. It's a shitty job a lot of the time.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Rigel47 Re:Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (819 comments)

Pfft, ok, got it. Be unable to afford a $200 ticket or accept that you "live in luxury." In today's world where, even as a welder, you may well have to move states to find work, flying is as much a luxury as is having an auto.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Rigel47 Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (819 comments)

And to make room for a first-class cabin with lie-flat beds on transcontinental flights, JetBlue cut the distance between coach seats by one inch.

Has actual real-world consequences? Tsk, tsk.. The rich can lay sprawled out in their lay-flat beds while the plebs snarl at one another while standing ankle-deep in their own feces. We're back to the good old days of the Titanic.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Rigel47 Re:Keeping track.. (137 comments)

Right but how do you know which connection belongs to which client without setting it all up by hand? Presumably he'll have to initiated the connection via script or manually on the first go-round so I suppose that's the proper time to build out the mapping.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Rigel47 Keeping track.. (137 comments)

500 OpenVPN connections is going to be a bit of a headache to keep straight. Obviously you won't have 500 tun devices so it'll be a multi-client to server config. You'll need a means of knowing that 10.20.20.x is client x and 10.20.20.y is client y. Of course OpenVPN allows you to do this but maintaining that table by hand could be a bit of a pain.

HTTPS solutions like NewRelic aren't an option because you want to be able to ssh back into the host..

Assuming all clients will allow it I can only think to create an out-of-band registration process whereby the clients do something like HTTPS POST to a URL you manage. The POST would contain some degree of identifying information which your system would then use to configure a new OpenVPN client config.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

Rigel47 Re:Just the warm-up (48 comments)

Well I hope you're right. Whether it's Apple or Huawei or McDonalds. It'd be great to have a wrist watch that I feel I can't leave home without because it makes my life that much better. I'm just not holding my breathe for that any more than I am for finger-rings that do something useful... actually a bartender guy I knew had a bottle-opener ring..

about two weeks ago
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Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

Rigel47 Re:Just the warm-up (48 comments)

Once Apple enters the field, the category will take off.

Your fanboism aside (given your faith), there are contingent realities that often have to be dealt with regardless of how many people initially and dutifully get in line before the glass cathedrals.

Exactly what is a bracelet / watch thing going to do in any meaningful way? Battery technology hasn't changed so forget having more than a few hundred mA available. That excludes speakers. Then there's screen size as well. Even with txt sp3k lol it's still impossible to do much with, at most, a 1" square screen. Unlikely text-to-speech can be handled with a flimsy processor (see battery size comment)

Then there's the style issue. Who wants to walk around with their Logan's Run hand implant? Sure, Apple will grant you a few color choices but it's still a stretch to think everyone's going to shell out $500 for a generic "steal me" wrist-wrap.

Some technologies just don't make sense. At least with our current battery and silicon constraints.

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

Rigel47 Re:Already commented on this elsewhere (200 comments)

It's not hindsight though. Japan has centuries-old stone markers all around the coast saying "Do not build below this line!"

"Gee, boss, where should we build the nuclear power plant?"

"Along the coast."

"But it's not cooled with sea water?!"

"Along the goddamned coast!"

"Ok, but what about the backup systems?"

"Put them below sea-level in the basement."

"Sounds good!"

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Rigel47 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Please. Citizen complaints against cops go nowhere. These "accusations" that you refer to which result in the heavy-handed paid leave are often of the sort where the cop is filmed strangling, beating, or shooting someone. Were it not for cops being filmed I've little doubt that the guy who strangled the Brooklyn man would be back on the beat.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Rigel47 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Well, duh. Let's state the obvious. Police are not governed by the same laws that apply to you and me. *Technically* they are but time and again we see cops getting paid leave as their sole form of punishment for egregious crimes. Does anyone really think the cop that strangled to death the guy in Brooklyn who was pleading the whole time "I can't breath" is going to see a day in prison? Puh-lease.

The only way to reign in the renegade and abusive behaviour of American police is to apply the law to them exactly the same way it is applied to citizens. That psychopath in Ferguson who pointed an automatic at people while shouting "I'm going to fucking kill you"? He should be up on charges for that, not allowed to quietly resign with pension.

Anyways, that's enough day-dreaming.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

Rigel47 Anyone surprised? (76 comments)

How many facebook posts are "I think I married the wrong person," or "my IBS kept me up all night, couldn't stop shitting" ? It's a pathetic, edited version of people's lives that is sanitized, cherry-picked, and often outright fraudulent.

I did the facebook thing for a year, realized what it was, and never looked back. So glad I have not wasted another hour getting sucked into that artifice.

about three weeks ago

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