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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

SJester Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

"Hipster hate" makes a great deal of sense compared to disliking other subcultures, because those other subcultures may not appeal to you but they're marked by their own clothing, behavior, and ritual. Hipsters however don't embrace a particular ethos beyond mocking other cultures. They appropriate symbols and cruft from different eras and movements and display them in a mocking 'irony' to underscore how 'uncool' is item X or garment Y. Of course their Ray-Ban sunglasses and Smurf lunchboxes are stripped of context but there isn't much cogitation involved, just peacocking. Put simply, hipsters are reviled across cultures because those hipsters are already hating you.

about a month and a half ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

SJester Re:A good mag. (71 comments)

I actually came across the 2600 people at a recent Maker Faire, they're there every year in an old NYNEX telephone van. It's kind of fun browsing issues they lay out on the table, reminds me of high school. But in general they're not very good conversationalists considering they're exhibiting at a festival, more of the "scowl until you go away" sort of carnies.

about 2 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

SJester Re:News for Nerds eh? (217 comments)

I'm sure that you'll have your name in the news if you keep speaking to grade schoolers.

about a month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

SJester Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (217 comments)

I'm chiming in with some more agreement here. I speak and read in a couple of languages, although I think even seventh graders would be unimpressed. But I'm learning Mandarin now and holy crap. Pitch, inflection, and intonation matter so very much; it's like learning a language and an instrument at the same time. Yes, some hyperbole and of course the OP could have qualified it with "westerners" or some such. But assuming that someone is not a pedant, the statement makes sense. Mandarin is difficult for an English speaker to learn. Of course, assuming someone on /. is not a pedant is kind of stupid.

about a month ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

SJester Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (209 comments)

We have not eradicated polio; in fact, there's an outbreak now in Syria because of poor conditions and missed vaccinations. The vaccine is manufactured from the virus, hence why a drug company had a supply of active virus.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

SJester Re:May I suggest an Etch-A-Sketch? (334 comments)

That is epic; I love Scott Adams. Not sure if I was just lucky to have the same idea as a master of cynicism, or if I'd read that and forgotten. (I was still trying to find my assigned locker when that strip was published.)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

SJester May I suggest an Etch-A-Sketch? (334 comments)

No malware is written for it, it is impervious to network attacks, and it can be restored to the original system image just by shaking.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

SJester Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

Yet Another Responsible Gun Owner Shoots His Own Penis

The problem for the "responsible gun owner" is that they have to be responsible every. single. time. Why not use technology to help with that?

Exactly! That's why I'm designing an armored penis device.

about 3 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

SJester Re:Actually a good thing. (215 comments)

Ah, Christ. Goodbye linebreaks. Hello unreadable block o' text.

about 3 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

SJester Re:Actually a good thing. (215 comments)

Just an addendum to your point about overcoming barriers to entry vis a vis webhosting etc: I've seen KS help with material products, too. (I've backed a few). All of them had a physical prototype, whether it was 3D-printed or handmade, but needed to order X thousand units before a professional company would print the game at a reasonable rate, or they needed Y thousands of dollars to order custom tooling for manufacture. And as part of the funding drive, the developers solicited input from an interested audience and tweaked the project before finalizing the design. KS is great for bridging the gap between a developed idea and production. Yes, the devs could have gone to a bank - maybe - to secure a loan. But it's probably hard to sell such an idea to a loan officer. "See, it's a 4X game but it riffs off a swords and sorcery theme instead of a space opera." Mhm. GTFO, find a different bank. Kickstarter serves wonderfully as a combination of advertising, market research, and startup money. In one shot the devs can gauge interest, receive input, improve the product, collect preorders, and tap into economies of scale when hiring suppliers or manufacturers.

about 3 months ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

SJester Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

I agree with you re monkeys. But I would have to point out that a platypus wearing a hat is completely different from a platypus sans hat. The former may be a secret agent while the latter is just an odd pet.

about 3 months ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

SJester Damn them with faint praise (183 comments)

I'd be so tempted to write a positive review that damns them with faint praise. "I was delighted to discover that the toilets on the first floor do flush adequately, and that the water stops rising eventually and goes back down!" Or "the cheap fake strawberry air freshener reminds me of my best year in college."

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

SJester Re:Israel lied about bombing the UN school. (868 comments)

Actually, they did not target the school, they do admit they hit it, and they say that their single round which hit it did not result in casualties. They also provided footage. At times they have also provided radar tracks showing Hamas rockets landing in Gaza. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07...

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

SJester Re:Nuke Gaza! (868 comments)

No. The terrorists might deserve it but the innocents do not. And there are innocents in Gaza, lots of them. The civilian casualties so far have been terrible despite Israel's attempts to limit them*. There is not much that can be done to protect civilians beyond what Israel has already done. But to nuke them is reprehensible even if it were feasible. The current option is bad but possibly the only method to secure innocent Israelis. That option would be murder. *And despite Hamas inflating numbers and adding their own dead combatants to the list. And of course adding at least twenty-five people who they executed for suspected collusion with Israel, whom they then listed as martyrs.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

SJester Re: This might actually kill more than the bombs (868 comments)

No, a war crime is intentionally targeting a civilian population, such as launching explosives at population centers. It is not a war crime to strike at a launch site or munitions depot. I'm not sure if it's a war crime to establish that site or depot inside a school (twice so far according to the UN, who is not exactly motivated to care), or inside a mosque (once, to my knowledge) or inside a home (dozens of them.) But when you need to stop the war crimes and destroy a launch site, what do you do to limit civilian casualties? Warn them every way possible and then limit fire, which is precisely what Israel has done. What Hamas has done in turn is herd civilians into the line of fire. Should Israel hold their fire? Are they obligated to shelter Hamas' civilians in addition to their own? You're welcome to dispute this. There is ample footage of Israeli warnings followed by civilians crowding the rooftops. Just as there is footage of gunmen turning fleeing civilians back into targeted areas, and two UN reports prior to this war of Hamas using child labor (160 dead) to dig their tunnels. This is not Dresden. Realize that this is what war looks like when when side uses restraint but must proceed, and the other side caulks the gaps with bodies.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

SJester Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Unfortunately, this isn't even ignoring history. This is ignoring current events. Israel gave that land to the Palestinians in return for a cessation in attacks. If their goal was to increase their territory, they wouldn't have given it away. Instead, Israel is rather unhappy because the attacks have continued. That the attacks have continued is firmly at Hamas' feet. When they were voted into power in the last election which they permitted, they also repudiated all accords with Israel which were signed by their predecessors. That's not a way to take office and certainly not a way forward to a viable peace. It was in response to that - a takeover by a group which will not acknowledge Israel nor honor treaties - it was in response to that which led Israel to tighten the borders. Wouldn't you?

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

SJester Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Poor analogy. Hamas has been trying very, very hard to kill lots and lots of civilians. They're just not very good at it but something will get through eventually. A better analogy is if that schoolyard bully keeps shooting at your house with a 22, but so far you've stayed away from the windows and your dog has kept him out of the yard. It's still not a way to live and you are under no obligation to endure it for more than... I don't know, five years? And then yes, you are completely welcome to go burn the guy's house down. Knock on the door, politely ask his parents to leave, text them, call them, leave a note, and then fire a warning shot. But yes, you can burn his house down and kill him. Because he has been trying extremely hard to kill you.

about 5 months ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

SJester Re:what? (42 comments)

This. I'm (90%) a scientist and I model some pretty nifty stuff. Our lab desktops have consumer GPUs. We write our code, run it for a bit, and if it looks good we send it over to the supercomputing center where it's run on Tesla systems. Beats the hell out of the days (before my time) when you'd have to stick a Post-It on your monitor that says" Do Not Turn Off - Working" and then come back three weeks later to find that it's crashed.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

SJester Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

He won't actually tell them to do anything, just play "hot and cold" while they hold up business plans in front of him. "Warmer, warmer, you're getting close..."

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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I am in ur OS, erasing ur filez.

SJester SJester writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SJester (1676058) writes "Malwarebytes slipped up and included atapi.sys on their list of malware. Users who ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware after the second to last update were given the opportunity to delete a critical portion of their operating system. Many did and the company is now fast-tracking support requests from people who can no longer boot into Windows. They have since corrected the error in their most recent update.
Note: The URL linked to expresses an apology from Malwarebytes at the bottom, and express their attempts to suppress the story on the top of the page.
Quote from top of page: "This tutorial is property of Malwarebytes Corporation, and is not allowed to be copied or linked to by anyone who does not work for Malwarebytes. This tutorial is not covered under the GNU Free Document License, so please do not post this tutorial (or links to it) on your blog, MySpace, Facebook, Digg, etc. "

And from bottom: "We would like to convey out sincerest apologies to those who have suffered from this bug. Rest assured that the cause of this bug is fixed, and that we have taken steps to ensure that it will never happen again.""

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Journals

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Yesterday I discovered there is an achievement for writing a journal entry

SJester SJester writes  |  about 2 years ago

Perhaps today I'll discover what the journal is for.

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