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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Tailhook Re:so the story goes (196 comments)

From UT Austin: On the Cusp of an Ebola Vaccine

Bush built that lab (Galveston National Laboratory) as part of the $5 billion Project Bioshield Act of 2004, one of two, the other being at Boston University Medical Center. These are the places where actual research on ebola, dengue, hemorrhagic fever, SARS and others has been happening for years while you perfected your Bush derangement syndrome narrative.

Ass monkey.

13 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Tailhook You can stop modding it up now (818 comments)

-1 Group Think

Guess the "overwhelming conservative majority" took the day off.

Or maybe you're delusional.

yesterday
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Tailhook Re:It did? (129 comments)

Here is a post from the Chromium Blog that explains how 64 bit improves Chrome. Incidentally this applies to software generally, not just Chrome. The key part of the post that explains the expected improvements:

64-bit Chrome has become faster as a result of having access to a superior instruction set, more registers, and a more efficient function calling convention. Improved opportunities for ASLR enhance this version’s security. Another major benefit of this change comes from the fact that most programs on a modern Mac are already 64-bit apps. In cases where Chrome was the last remaining 32-bit app, there were launch-time and memory-footprint penalties as 32-bit copies of all of the system libraries needed to be loaded to support Chrome. Now that Chrome’s a 64-bit app too, we expect you’ll find that it launches more quickly and that overall system memory use decreases.

While you may appear to be using more RAM because the 64 bit Chrome processes are larger than the 32 bit, the net memory usage should be the same or less because 64 bit Chrome will not pull the 32 bit stack into RAM to operate. ASLR is a security technique that mitigates vulnerabilities that appear in applications and libraries; lack of a form of ASLR is among the reasons Heartbleed became a thing.

So stop quibbling and use modern software. If you are experiencing a RAM shortage — as opposed to obsessing needlessly over monitoring tools and being difficult — then get more RAM or use a less demanding browser; Chrome use more resources than its contemporaries and makes no apologies for it.

3 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Tailhook Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

Now, the real trick is how to measure performance.

They've already done that. It's right there in the summary; "the best performance in recent memory and, perhaps, in its entire 224 year history."

So obviously they are rigorously measuring their stellar performance ... otherwise how could they make that sort of claim?

What? You don't think that's credible? You must be one of those tea bag knuckle-dragger anti-government types. The rest of us know better than to question the noble creatures inhabiting our sacred government.

<sarcasm, you dolts>

4 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Tailhook Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

they have to constantly produce it an improve it

Netflix told shareholders it's currently filming eight new and continuing series, two of which are big hits with fans and drawing subscribers by themselves, of which there are 50 million as of Q2 2014. I noticed in that list they omitted at least one Netflix property of which I'm personally a fan, so it's not comprehensive.

You're arguing with success here, for some strange reason. Yes, Netflix doesn't have Warner Bros. or Paramount profits. That's not a bad thing. Their operating income is ~$228e6 and they employ about ~2000 full time. It's a cost effective operation that can't milk its famously cost sensitive customer base and become another media behemoth. They're commoditizing media and I can't think of a single thing we're going to lose as a consequence that I'm going to miss.

4 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Tailhook Re:Horse, meet barn door... (163 comments)

Was she asleep for, oh, the past quarter century?

No. It's only just recently that citizens could get their hands on this stuff. As long as cost mostly limited this hardware to government she and her ilk were fine with it.

4 days ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Tailhook Re:BBC is hateful and evil (362 comments)

They're being protested in Glasgow for their anti-independence bias in the Scottish Referendum. Lately they've had UKIP to rant about as an alternative to ranting about Israel.

Statist media. What do you expect?

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Tailhook Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (215 comments)

That is nonsense. The US government provided arms to the Iraqi government. The Iraqi government lost control

The US began arming Syrian rebels with small arms and other supplies almost a year ago.

Back then your MSM still had you cheering for the "Arab Spring" and Assad was the bad guy. Remember that? The narrative then was the noble and oppressed peoples of the Middle East rising up to topple puppet dictators and NPR et. al. were thrilled. So we gave these noble fighters weapons.

Yay!

Predictably, however, the Islamists started filling trenches with the bodies of infidels. The "Arab Spring" meme had to be quietly abandoned and now you're taught to fear the terrors of ISIS.

ISIS, IS, or whatever, are the exact same violent atavists we were arming twelve months ago; they move freely across the Iraq – Syria border, pursuing their Caliphate using both weapons we've supplied directly to them and weapons they've managed to capture.

It's also going pear shaped in Libya, the place we "liberated" from the Qaddafi regime with airstrikes. Soon those Islamists will start filling trenches with infidels and photos of Hillary posing with them will vanish when we start dropping bombs.

Watch for it.

Many of us understood all of this back when the "Arab Spring" started. The elites took a little longer to figure it out.

There are no recent examples of extended power-sharing or peaceful transitions to democracy in the Arab world. When dictatorships crack, budding democracies are more than likely to be greeted by violence and paralysis. Sectarian divisions — the bane of many Middle Eastern societies — will then emerge

These are cultures that can not govern themselves peacefully. They indulge Islamic extremism and they're not slaughtering infidels only when a dictatorial strongman wields enough power to keep the imams and muftis under control.

The rulers that prevailed during the Cold War understood this and worked to keep a lid on this mess. Those policies are now believed to be "imperialist" and so we've become schizophrenic; we indulge Islamists as the nobel oppressed right up until their nature is exposed by their atrocities and then we start dropping bombs.

Personally, I hope for change. Real change. Like ISIS, IS whatever overrunning Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, etc. etc. until they reach the sea in all directions. Then, at least, there will be no more nasty little low-intensity squabbles as we try to referee this crap and all doubt about the threat Islam poses to the species will be gone.

One can dream.

about two weeks ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

Tailhook Lies (99 comments)

Apple didn't contribute any work to LLVM/clang because LLVM/clang are licensed with U of I's BSD-ish and, as we all know, corporate capitalist pig-dogs will not contribute if they're not forced to by license requirements.

Can't believe anything you read on Slashdot these days.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Tailhook Re:I'm not from US. Please define (150 comments)

We don't know either. It's media speak for some arbitrary subset of data about someone that some administration mouthpiece has fed the stenographe^Hreporters after consulting with some government lawyer somewhere.

Sorry. Can't help you.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Tailhook Mod naive (150 comments)

Most naive headline evar.

The news isn't that someone broke in. They've been in since before it went live. The news is that someone noticed.

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

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

Fukushima Daiichi's problems began forty years ago when they removed the natural 35 meter bluff that use to be there.

The plant is on a bluff which was originally 35 meters above sea level. During construction, however, TEPCO lowered the height of the bluff by 25 meters. One reason for lowering the bluff was to allow the base of the reactors to be constructed on solid bedrock in order to mitigate the threat posed by earthquakes. Another reason was the lowered height would keep the running costs of the seawater pumps low. TEPCO's analysis of the tsunami risk when planning the site's construction determined that the lower elevation was safe because the sea wall would provide adequate protection for the maximum tsunami assumed by the design basis. However, the lower site elevation did increase the vulnerability for a tsunami larger than anticipated in design.

Not considered in the above would be the simple yet modestly more costly possibility of obviating the need for a sea wall by preserving the bluff and setting the reactors back, using modestly sized canals to cycle the sea water to and fro. That, naturally, wasn't the cheapest conceivable option, so it didn't survive the bean counters. Instead, they removed 25 meters of foothill, a feature that was originally 2.5 times the height of the tsunami before they fucked it up. The whole `bedrock' smokescreen is easily dismissed for the lie that it is; they could have reached bedrock from a setback design with no more difficulty.

This was done for one reason; grading the beach provided cheaper access to the ultimate heat sink, sea water. Less construction cost, less pumping, less maintenance, etc. This isn't lost on the perpetrators either. They know they're at fault and they knew it at the time, whatever lies they tell today notwithstanding.

This isn't speculation, either. Fukushima Daini did not get submerged, did not melt down and did not contaminate the land and the sea. Why? Primarily because it was built at higher elevation, which is about the only significant difference between these sites.

TEPCO bean counters. End of story.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Tailhook That's not what MotherJones says (157 comments)

From 11 months ago:

But make no mistake: Tesla still relies on subsidies to stay in the black. Its first-quarter profit, a modest $11 million, hinged on the $68 million it earned selling clean-air credits under a California program that requires automakers to either produce a given number of zero-emission vehicles or satisfy the mandate in some other way. For the second quarter, Tesla announced a $26 million profit (based on one method of accounting), but again the profit hinged on $51 million in ZEV credits; by year's end, these credit sales could net Tesla a whopping $250 million. There are also generous tax credits and rebates for electric-car buyers: $7,500 from the federal government and up to $5,000 if you live in California.

Beyond that, leaving out the HUGE tax credits buyers get for purchasing Telsa cars (10-17% of the price of a Model S) is intellectually dishonest on your part; Tesla would sell far fewer cars and at lower prices with out those extreme tax credits.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Tailhook California Betrayed (157 comments)

Nevada; No corporate income tax. Far fewer and less effective environmental and labor pressure groups. How selfish. Who does this Elon think he is refusing to be suckered in with environmental rule waivers?

I suspect it's going to take a lot more of this kind of corporate profiteering before the bloom comes off the Telsa rose around here though, and my poor karma will suffer a lot more hits — because fanbois will be fanbois.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Tailhook Re:Wow (789 comments)

I thought we were through with all this by the turn of the century.

So did a lot of people. A lot of people called WWI the "last" war.

A lot of people have kept their "the US spends x times more than blah blah blah combined on the military" meme at the ready to argue how misgoverned we are. Now they're all saucer-eyed, looking around for someone to keep the wolves at bay.

It would seem to me that western leaders have been caught with their pants well and truly around their ankles in this situation

We have subs that Putin can't find filled with low CEP warheads Putin can't stop lurking all over the planet. Putin and the Russian people supporting him can eat a dick. Their collective belligerence ends at the border of the first nation to their immediate West that had the wisdom and foresight to join NATO. The part of Ukraine that possibly escapes yet another violent Russian subjugation is a bonus, and the part that gets pulled back into that nightmare deserves it.

We have the means to defend ourselves only DESPITE decades of idiots arguing that it's all a big waste — the Military Industrial Complex vampires bleeding out the means and intentions of The Great and The Good with their silly Cold War weapons. Herp derp.

Frankly I prefer this to the la-la land bullshit world we sun ourselves in every goddamned day. Watery eyes uncloud and behold when reality steps forth and says

Hello kid. Leave is canceled. Time to Grow. The. Fuck. Up.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Tailhook Re:Maybe now the Republicans... (542 comments)

They rule this city

Republicans lose to Greens in Seattle. Whatever accounts for poor bandwidth in Seattle relative to other US cites has got nothing at all to do with Republicans.

The degree of deviation from reality exhibited by some of you libtards is genuinely disturbing. Seek help, "greenwow."

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Tailhook Good (542 comments)

Another setback for nations of theocrats and their hate-filled, atavist subjects.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Tailhook Re:Self-Inflicted Damage (369 comments)

"They?" Half the regulars around here would adopt b and c as gospel.

Yeah, I know, smallpox blankets, MK-ULTRA, Tuskegee Institute, blah blah. Get some new material.

about three weeks ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

Tailhook Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

This goes back a hundred years when we built "universal access" into our phone system monopoly. Comcast is using it to beat it's competitor over the head — two government created monopolies squabbling with each other over their regulatory obligations.

Now... pan around the responses to this story and count how many times this all gets blamed on "capitalists" and "free market," and how by damned we need the government to Do Something!!!!1

about three weeks ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Tailhook Taxi business (182 comments)

The taxi business has always been cut-throat. Taxi, "car for hire," ridesharing — call it what you will — at the end of the day it's gypsy cab operators squabbling over fares.

about three weeks ago

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STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 1 month ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University and Paula Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University; `As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.' — `there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.'"
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Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" released

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 3 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based; `Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'"
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Independent Foxconn audit results appear

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions."
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'Flagging' rumors

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; flag@whitehouse.gov. Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up flag@whitehouse.gov to irrelevant mailing lists."

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