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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

RogueWarrior65 Misplaced FUD (225 comments)

Here's my theory: Sony was worried that some crazy person is going to batcrap crazy in one of these theaters think that North Korea has sympathizers like ISIS does. The two are not synonymous. You don't see people running around saying that North Korea is regime of peace and North Korea hates us because we stole their oil. By the same token, nobody in Hollywood got all first amendment defensive about the guy who made Innocence of Muslims and wound up in jail (how convenient). Further, nobody in Hollywood decided to close theaters when Dinesh D'Souza came out with multiple movies that some might say would motivate Tea Partiers to do what the left keeps trying to b.s. everyone into believing that they do. Bottom line: Hollywood is a cesspool of hypocrisy.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

RogueWarrior65 Can Sony file a terrorism insurance claim? (579 comments)

I know my own business insurance has the ability to file a claim if there is loss or damage due to a terrorist attack. Maybe Sony is going to try to recoup their losses on this film that way.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Set To Create 300 New US Jobs and Expand Facilities

RogueWarrior65 Here's what I don't understand (43 comments)

I happened to watch the Barbara Walter albeit brief segment on Elon Musk last night and I was stunned that the mount of money he got not just for selling PayPal but for selling his first company to Compaq. Hundreds of millions of dollars. Not only have I never heard of that first company but Compaq doesn't exist anymore and who knows if HP is doing anything with what they acquired when the bought Compaq. I have the same questions about friggin' Instagram, Whatsapp, et al. Who decides what these companies are valued at and on what basis? It's clearly not based on company profits because many of them have no profits. In a lot of cases, the product or service that the company has isn't unique, is pointless fluff, or will be obsolete in short order. Or is it all about having representation, an agent or lawyer or whatever, that is able to convince others that their client is worth a lot like Hollywood agents do?

4 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

RogueWarrior65 Is IP address = SketchFactor? (155 comments)

So is using the IP address the banking equivalent of the SketchFactor app? You just happen to have an ISP whose pool of addresses contains a bunch of scammers. Will this banking software decide that you too are also a scammer? What are the other "risk" factors? ACH made no judgements on the transaction.

4 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

RogueWarrior65 Re:Screw you white boys (307 comments)

Not quite. Race SHOULD BE irrelevant but it's most definitely not, particularly these days. Gender SHOULD BE irrelevant but it's most definitely not. What should be of the utmost importance is a person's ability. As a historical reference, look at how the chemical industry got started back in the Victorian era. A British research student discovered the world's first artificial dye. But his teachers were all German. Why? Because back then, the Germans were very good at opening universities and technical schools and letting anyone attend based on merit, never mind their family background. To the British, such behavior was very much lower-class so they blew a golden opportunity to capitalize on a totally new science which the Germans took to the bank.

5 days ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

RogueWarrior65 Not a great product to begin with (270 comments)

The coffee is entirely too weak and the cup is friggin' plastic. People complain about water bottles but not about this.

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

RogueWarrior65 Day late and a dollar short (153 comments)

Jeez, they couldn't have come up with this thing when I was in my teens?

about a week ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

RogueWarrior65 And somehow this is relevant (127 comments)

The fact that this is even being brought up should tell everyone that it's not about making sure that all traffic is treated the same. Nope, nope, move along, nothing to see here.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

RogueWarrior65 Phony data (285 comments)

I had an ad company try to sell me an online ad space. So I asked the salesperson what the click-thru rate was for the other advertisers on the site and she said she didn't know. I said, "It's 2014. This is the kind of data you should have at your fingertips. It's not like a print-ad where you have no clue how many people really look at an ad."

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

RogueWarrior65 Oxymoron? (125 comments)

Isn't pure linux a contradiction in terms?

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

RogueWarrior65 Re:Might change the choice of platforms (545 comments)

Insane, yes, but this was the type of corporate environment where, as a VP, head-count was a status symbol and meant you could command a bigger budget. Of course, this was also an environment that took lessons from the Fairchild Semiconductor school of rank-has-it's-privileges which often meant that higher rank garnered you better furniture and a better computer. Stupid. I once got yelled at by a petty office manager for swapping a product manager's computer with one of that manager's graphic artists at his request so the artist could do their work.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

RogueWarrior65 Might change the choice of platforms (545 comments)

From my own experience in a mixed Windows PC/Macintosh corporate environment, the computer-to-IT staff ratio for PCs was 10:1, meaning that one IT person could handle maintaining 10 PC users. On the Mac side of things, the ratio was closer to 100:1. Given that, if IT staff can suddenly demand overtime pay, corporate is going to find a way to reduce the costs which translates to less-demanding platforms.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

RogueWarrior65 The changing face of COCOMO (197 comments)

This makes me wonder what the development process is like in non-commercial environments versus commercials ones. COCOMO is supposed to let you estimate the time and costs of a project but that hinges on your estimation of the number of lines of code. The model also assumes that the average programmer can create a certain number of lines of code per day. Seems to me that this pace is MUCH slower in aerospace than it is at Google or Facebook. So perhaps COCOMO needs to be revised with an industry factor.

This also makes me wonder how old SpaceX's computers are.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

RogueWarrior65 An observation (409 comments)

Recently, over on Gizmodo, et al, there was a quadcopter video flying over Pripyat and you can clearly see the reactor site in the background along with the huge dome that's being constructed. What I found interesting is that the plants seem to be doing quite well for a radiation zone.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

RogueWarrior65 Two words: (233 comments)

Tort Reform. Now is the time.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

RogueWarrior65 This will not end well (452 comments)

Anyone remember what happened to the last people who tried to use a radio transmitter to speak to God? They all melted.

about three weeks ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

RogueWarrior65 So, this raises a few points (186 comments)

First, at what time of year are CO2 levels being measured for use in writing environmental research papers (and dictating policy)? Second, if corn is such a big contributor, then corn ethanol is adding to CO2 levels not reducing them. Third, by pissing away water on bait fish in California instead of allowing farms to grow CO2-inhaling crops (of plant types that aren't completely cut down each harvest), we are effectively adding to CO2 levels.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

RogueWarrior65 How about teaching civility? (481 comments)

Teach kids to be polite and to keep their attitude in check. No, as a matter of fact, you AREN'T special. No, as a matter of fact, even if you are special, you still need to be humble and treat other people as you would have them treat you.

about three weeks ago

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Poll: How many monthly fees do you pay?

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "How about a poll on how many monthly fees you pay for every month e.g. cellphone, broadband, Netflix, Lifelock, etc, etc. etc, etc. etc.
1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, more than 20"
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Retro-electronics: The Philips Coffee Machine

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to discover the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. For the Gen Y'ers out there who never knew a world without computers, to Gen X'ers, this place was the future. Computer technology was just beginning to be exposed to the world and this museum had the coolest exhibits around most of which were interactive. One of the exhibits was a machine reminiscent of an old vending machine. On its face was a large circuit board with lights that spelled out the word "coffee". There were several dials and a button which when pressed, would cause the machine to speak the word. The knobs adjusted various inflections and tonal qualities of the speech. Feeling nostalgic, I inquired of the museum about this exhibit. Was it still there? If not, was it in storage somewhere and could I purchase it. I was told that the machine was developed by Philips Electronics but the exhibit was no longer in their collection. Then I asked Philips about it and was told that no, they have nothing in the archives, no schematics or parts list. A Google search is came up empty as well. So, for mature slashdotters out there, does anyone have any more information on this gadget?"

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