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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

Rob_Bryerton Publicity Stunt (199 comments)

Am I the only one who noticed the timing of this announcement by Amazon coincided with the christmas shopping season; this was nothing more than a quite successful bid for free publicity.

Not only are "drone" package deliveries technically unfeasable, they are not financially viable by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe...maybe in several decades.

about 1 month ago
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TechCrunch and Others On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Rob_Bryerton 3 to 5 versions until usable (136 comments)

In typical MicroSoft fashion, it'll take several releases to actually make something usable; this is the 3rd rev and it's almost there. Of course in the end, they'll have 'invented' the laptop :)

about 2 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Rob_Bryerton Yeah, let's put the hacks in charge (800 comments)

Programmers, long known for their "quality" wares, will be charged with these decisions? Oh boy...

Well, one thing is certain: there will certainly be crashes involved...

about 3 months ago
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Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

Rob_Bryerton Re:Misleading headline (108 comments)

My question is: where the HELL is the Labor Department and the Commerce Department on all this?

Probably in Hawaii at a Google or Apple sponsored "conference".

about 3 months ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

Rob_Bryerton Why Are We Made of Matter? (393 comments)

Why Are We Made of Matter? Why Am I Reading This Website?

about 4 months ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Rob_Bryerton Re:Mismanagement (163 comments)

Seriously, human race: It's time to grow up and start learning to put aside the base desires for power and money where the public interest is concerned and think more about what's good for our collective civilzation over the long run.

Welcome to Earth; I see you've just arrived!

about 4 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Rob_Bryerton Google? Please... (117 comments)

This will be an utter failure. Why? Because it's by Google: it has to fail. The only alternative is a half-assed implementation continuously changed for the sake of it, then ignored, and then finally unceremoniously cancelled.

Google: Do No Evil (we'd only screw it up if we tried!)

about 4 months ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

Rob_Bryerton Re:Freedom is better than dependency. (231 comments)

Quit trying to deflect the issue w/the freedom nonsense, and your attempted rabble-rousing by throwing Apple into the mix. Totally irrelevant.

The fact of the matter is that this flaw has been "free" for 9 years. *9 YEARS*.

Yeah, freedom, man.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Rob_Bryerton A compromise has been reached! (917 comments)

A compromise has been reached! Arizona businesses have agreed to continue doing business with 'those people'. As a matter of fact, there will be special sections in restaurants, separate water fountains, and even reserved seating at the back of the buses!

Truly a breakthrough in this day and age of enlightenment and tolerance. The governors of North & South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi called the governor in Arizona to praise this forward thinking development and show their support!

(For the humor and/or sarcasm-impaired, the above is fictional and is meant as a piece of dark humor...)

about 5 months ago
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Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

Rob_Bryerton Re:Large damages should be paid (239 comments)

Agree completely. And while we're add it, put 'em on the No-Fly list.

about 5 months ago
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More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack

Rob_Bryerton Competition will not be tolerated (135 comments)

You can bet your ass that this is state funded, if not directly state sponsored. The moment my dad asked me "what is bitcoin?", I knew that it was only a matter of time before it was killed off.

Because if there is one thing that organized crime WILL NOT TOLERATE, it is competition. And damned if the Fed and their masters on Wall Street will allow this activity to continue for much longer.

about 5 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Rob_Bryerton Offsite copies (463 comments)

Well, hopefully that Iron Mountain facility was storing their backups offsite at a safe, secure location.

about 6 months ago
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Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York

Rob_Bryerton Next up - gov. contract! (94 comments)

From the summary:

...includes one count for narcotics conspiracy, one count of running a criminal enterprise, one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and one count of money laundering,...

So, from that little snippet, it seems our man is qualified to work at the following government agencies:
CIA
FBI
NSA

Or, he could just run for congress. Scratch that, it seems he'd be under-qualified.

about 6 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

Rob_Bryerton Some secret. (364 comments)

Wow, some secret. Who'd they hire to keep this data "secret"? The fuckin' NSA?

Zing!

about 6 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

Rob_Bryerton Re:Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the s (251 comments)

I left alone my mind was blank
I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind

What did I see can I believe that what I saw
That night was real and not just fantasy

Just what I saw in my own dreams were they
Reflections of my warped mind staring back at me

'Cause in my dreams it's always there
The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair

Yeah... !

The night was black was no use holding back
'Cause I just had to see was someone watching me
In the mist dark figures move and twist
Was all this for real or some kind of hell

666 the number of the beast
Hell and fire were spawned to be released

Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
As they start to cry hand held to the sky
In the night the fires are burning bright
The ritual has begun Satan's work is done

666 the number of the beast
Sacrifice is going on tonight

This can't go on I must inform the lord
Can this still be real or just some crazy dream
But I feel drawn towards the evil chanting hordes
They seem to mesmerize... can't avoid their eyes

666 the number of the beast
666 the one for you you and me

I'm coming back I will return
And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn
I have the fire I have the force
I have the power to make my evil take it's course

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

Rob_Bryerton Get your priorities in order (223 comments)

This is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way; just a bit of warning first. It's may sound mean, but I'm trying to help a fellow musician by snapping him out of his misguided fantasy land. Before you mod me down, think about it people: if you have access to professional tools, why would you not use them? You'd be a fool not too, correct?

Being a Linux-fanboy since the mid-nineties...

There's your first problem. Get over it; an OS is only a tool, a means to an end."I'm a Craftsman fanboy". "I'm a Snap-On fanboy." Sounds pretty silly, right? That's because it is silly. A tool is just that. It is either high-end and suitable, or it is junk and unsuitable for the task at hand.

If you're serious at all about your music, you use OS X or Windows. That's where the action is. Full stop. That's where the the real music software will be found; nowhere else. Swallow your pride, choose one of those 2 OS's, and get on with making music. Honestly, this is like GiMP vs. PhotoShop, but on a whole other level. There is NO comparison. Get on with life, and leave Linux in the server room, where it belongs. ALL of the pro-level tools (and most of the toy stuff, too) is on OS X and Windows. Why are you restricting yourself? You're killing your potential and being held back by insisting on using third-rate tools. And for what? Because you're a "fanboy"? Good God, man, grow up!

I say this as someone who makes their living as a Linux sysadmin. I use OS X at home, because I don't let a misguided sense pride get in the way of making music, among other things. You use the right tool for the job. PERIOD. Honestly, who intentionally sabotages themselves?

Mod me down, boys...

about 9 months ago
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White House Official Tracked Down and Fired Over Insulting Tweets

Rob_Bryerton Attention sheep: (208 comments)

Attention sheep:

The truth is offensive.
Lying is Truth.
Consume.
Conform.

about 9 months ago
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GMail Chat/GTalk Sending Chats To Wrong Recipients

Rob_Bryerton Re:Ctrl-alt-del (109 comments)

I've actually done one better (or worse, actually). In the data center at work, there was a rack of Linux servers running Oracle databases & apps, and 1 Windows server (the backup server). The KVM was *always* set to the Windows box, and I'd occasionally log in to it to do something or other; it was my "main" Windows box where I had all my odd & ends (jumpbox/utilities/etc).

So the routine was, pull out the KVM, flip up the screen, hit Ctl-Alt-Del, start typing my user name as the screen faded to life; it became routine.

And it was *always* set to the Windows server. Except that one time it was set to the production linux database server! As the screen faded in, I saw the dreaded message: "System going down for reboot now!". Oh. Shit.

Lesson learned. I had fun explaining that one.

about 9 months ago
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Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

Rob_Bryerton Re:Still wrong, no matter how often it's said (420 comments)

Maybe iWatch refers to a TV (that would be a big surprise, wouldn't it--it's the sort of misdirection that I would expect from them)

I've been thinking the same thing myself re: misdirection, and it would be hilarious if true. Neither makes sense to me; a TV or a watch.

Maybe a redesigned Apple-TV type unit? The watch thing is just bizarre, especially the crap that's been rushed to market so far that really doesn't do anything useful...

about a year ago

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