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Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

SheeEttin Re:Funded by Exxon (504 comments)

Well, I haven't heard of most of those, but yeah, Greenpeace is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to environmental organizations.

If you've ever wondered why an organization like Greenpeace is so against nuclear power, this is why. They get big bucks from the oil companies.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese City Wants To Build a Censorship-Free Hub

SheeEttin Re:Political Theory (94 comments)


You should probably see a doctor about that cough. You're coughing up HTML.

more than 3 years ago

DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs

SheeEttin Re:DVR boxes are evil (324 comments)

I have a Motorola box from Comcast, and yeah, it does the same thing sometimes.

There IS a light on the LCD panel that lights up when you push a button. It stays lit until whatever that press did is processed. (Of course, if it does buffer the presses, the light doesn't light up.)

I've found that rebooting the box (i.e. unplugging, plugging back in) fixes it immediately. But you have to wait for it, and you lose the guide information.

more than 3 years ago

US Senate Votes For Repeal of Ethanol Subsidies

SheeEttin Re:Remember Congress has a way (395 comments)

You're confusing the Senate with Congress. Remember, Congress the both the House and Senate combined.

Democrats currently have the majority in the Senate. Since the Republicans have the majority in the House, this bill is highly unlikely to pass there.

more than 3 years ago

What LulzSec Logins Reveal About Bookworms, and Passwords

SheeEttin Re:Plaintext (136 comments)

There should be laws created to impose massive fines for sites storing plaintext passwords.

Be careful what you wish for--if that does happen, you should probably expect a whole lot of ROT13 implementations...

more than 3 years ago

Siemens Fixes SCADA Flaws

SheeEttin Cool (36 comments)

Cool. Glad to see they fixed it in short order. I am anxiously awaiting the time when these fixes are put in place. I'll set my clock for... 7 years. That should be enough.

more than 3 years ago

Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

SheeEttin Re:Decora's editing on wikipedia (243 comments)

US reaches plea deal in classified leaks case, Associated Press (as carried by Yahoo! News). From that story:

Thomas Drake will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer, a misdemeanor, and the government will drop 10 felony counts that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life, according to court documents. In return, prosecutors say they won't oppose a sentence that spares the 54-year-old Maryland man a prison term.

In summation:

  • Exceeding authorized use of a computer: guilty.
  • All other charges: dropped.
  • Jail time: unlikely.

I'd find a .gov source for you, but I don't know where to look.

more than 3 years ago

Want iCloud With Windows? Ditch the XP

SheeEttin Re:Stupid Decision. (393 comments)

You have to consider your demographic, though. The former you might see from your average Slashdot user, but for most people, the response might be "I need a new computer", because I doubt most people have the operating system and the physical machine separate in their minds.

Of course, I note you said "euros", so I assume you're in Europe. The general attitude may be different from here in the US.

more than 3 years ago

Percent of my work life spent in meetings:

SheeEttin Re:0% (145 comments)

But seriously, the poll is about work life

Hahaha whoops. >_>
Yeah, I see the word "work" now. Not sure how I missed that.
But yeah, I guess NaN would be a more accurate response. :P

more than 3 years ago

Percent of my work life spent in meetings:

SheeEttin 0% (145 comments)

I'm unemployed, you insensitive clod.

more than 3 years ago

Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?

SheeEttin Re:If you want Bill Gates to be Steve Jobs (337 comments)

Have they found some type of middle ground of the IT landscape that makes them immune to bubbles and fluctuations in the market?

Well, they're certainly immune to bubbles and fluctuations in the consumer market--IBM mostly sells to corporations now. Microsoft is doing its darndest to target the "hip" consumer crowd (think Zune, Kin).

more than 3 years ago

Human Brain Places Limit On Twitter Friends

SheeEttin Obligatory QDB (176 comments)

Obligatory QDB quote. http://qdb.us/303821

<Arang> fax, have you heard about the whole brain size-herd size primate theory?
<Arang> basically, the size of primates' brains corresponds directly to the size of their social group
<Fax> yea
<Fax> don't humans come out to be 50ish?
<Gral_Work> Oh, the monkeysphere?
<Arang> the tiny little gibbons and whatever have like two friends
<Arang> I thought it was 150
<Fax> it's been a while since I saw that article
<Fax> so i dunno
<Arang> wiki says 150
<Gral_Work> 150!??! Well, you people are almost taking up a 3rd of it. I'll have to make some reductions.
<Gral_Work> Arang! You are no longer people.

more than 3 years ago

Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate

SheeEttin So with 3.0, is he allowing breakage? (378 comments)

So Linux 3.0 is on its way... Which makes me wonder--given that it's a major increment for something that has traditionally been very stable (in terms of API/ABI, etc.), is Linus going to allow breakage or incompatability with 3.0? Or is it just a "yeah, it's been too long, let's just bump it for numbers' sake"?

more than 3 years ago

FSF On How To Choose a License

SheeEttin Re:Original works which are fan-fiction friendly? (210 comments)

None that I can think of off the top of my head.
What I would do is label it CC-BY-NC-ND, then make it explicit you make an exemption for using your characters or whatever.
Or, you could go the usual route, and say "copyright 2011 Sasayaki, all rights reserved", and then just ignore/support people when they're all right with you.

(Of course, if you really expect your project to go anywhere, you'd be best off with a real lawyer.

more than 3 years ago

Senate Passes 4-Year Re-Up of Patriot Act Provisions

SheeEttin Re:Did anyone vote against this? (422 comments)

Yes, the vote was 74-13.
It took more digging than it should have (neither Slashdot nor Bloomberg gave links or dates; good going, guys), but here's some pertinent info:
The bill is S.1038, passed May 24, 2011. It was sponsored by Harry Reid, and cosponsored by Mitch McConnell.
I can't see a way to see the actual vote on either the Senate or Library of Congress pages, so here it is from the Washington Post. Votes for: 40 Republicans, 34 Democrats. Against: 3 Republicans, 9 Democrats (and Bernie Sanders, Independent).

As always, please contact your Senator and tell them how you feel about how they voted. Find their information through here. (Remember, a written letter carries a hell of a lot more weight than an email. A hand-written letter will probably go right to the Congressman's desk, rather than their staff.)

And FYI: The House version, H.R.67 is still in subcommittee. The House and Senate versions will have to be reconciled before they're passed. You should probably write your Representative too.

more than 3 years ago

Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics

SheeEttin Paper mirror (325 comments)

EvilHom3r over on Reddit seems to have mirrored the paper (as images) here.

My verdict: Yeah, it looks all nice and smooth, but with all upscaling, it's basically interpolating data. The original just didn't have that much detail, so you can only get so much out of it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
(Oh, and it makes all text look pretty bad. Kinda Comic Sans-y, if I can say that without invoking instant hate.)

more than 3 years ago

Muon Suite To Be Kubuntu's Software Center

SheeEttin Re:Not much to see. (84 comments)

Linux has had good package management and delivery for a long long time, all it's been missing is a good, navigable and appealing front end for it.

I like using apt-get. Fast, accurate, and simple. >_>

more than 3 years ago



Family Sues Facebook Over Photos Of Slain Daughter

SheeEttin SheeEttin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SheeEttin writes "NPR's The Two-Way has a story on one family's suit against Facebook after photos taken by an EMT of their daughter's corpse were posted there. The suit wants Facebook to "turn over the picture, identify those who viewed or downloaded it and destroy images in its possession". From the article:
"The parents of a woman killed in New York are suing Facebook, after a paramedic took pictures of their daughter's corpse and posted them on the social networking site.
CBS News reports that on the second anniversary of Caroline Wimmer's murder, her parents say they are still trying to get by a day at a time. Wimmer was strangled to death on Staten Island and emergency medical technician Mark Musarella, who responded to the scene, took a picture with his cellphone and posted it on Facebook.""

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Oracle names ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd co-president

SheeEttin SheeEttin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SheeEttin writes "In an interesting twist in the Oracle and Mark Hurd/HP sagas, Hurd has been hired as Oracle's new co-president, replacing Charles Phillips. From the article (AP, hosted at Google News):
"Oracle Corp. has hired former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd to help lead the database software maker in a pivotal moment in Oracle's 33-year history as it tries to muscle in on more of HP's turf.

Oracle and HP are longtime partners, but Hurd's appointment Monday as co-president of Oracle underscores the growing fissure between the Silicon Valley heavyweights and stems from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's belief that his friend Hurd was railroaded out of a job at HP.

Oracle already had two presidents.

One of them--Charles Phillips, a former Marine and investment banker who was with Oracle for seven years--is resigning to make room for Hurd. The other--Safra Catz, Oracle's former chief financial officer--is staying.""

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SCOTUS rules petiton signatures are public record

SheeEttin SheeEttin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SheeEttin writes "Back in October, the case of whether or not petition signers' names could be kept anonymous was accepted by the Supreme Court. (The premise was that signing a petition was covered by free speech, and thus signers were entitles to anonymity, especially to protect them from harassment.) Now, the Court has issued its ruling: signatures are part of the public record.

By a strong majority Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a setback for opponents of gay marriage who wanted to keep their identities secret. The justices favored transparency over privacy in a case testing whether signing a petition is a public act. The case began with a bill that the Washington state legislature passed in 2009, expanding the state's domestic partnership law. The new referendum was known as "everything but marriage" for the enhanced rights it gave same-sex couples. People who opposed the bill gathered 120,000 signatures for a ballot measure asking voters to repeal it. That measure eventually reached Washington voters, who upheld "everything but marriage." Those who signed the repeal petition feared that they would be harassed if their names became public, so they went to court challenging Washington's Public Records Act. They argued that a signing a petition is speech that is protected from disclosure. But in Thursday's 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court disagreed. "Such disclosure does not, as a general matter, violate the first amendment," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court.


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Left 4 Dead demo includes Linux client libraries

SheeEttin SheeEttin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SheeEttin writes "If you've been longing to play games from Steam on your Linux machine, you may not have to wait much longer--the Left 4 Dead demo includes some Linux libraries, in particular, one named "steamclient_linux.so". While the full release game does not include these libraries, their apparently accidental inclusion in the demo suggests that Steam games will have native Linux clients in the near future. (A job listing at Valve looking for someone whose responsibilities would include "Port[ing] Windows-based games to the Linux platform" would seem to support this.) The libraries also include several strings nonessential to a pure server, including references to forgotten passwords. Hopefully, this would indicate that at least some Valve-affiliated games will have native Linux clients."
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