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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Tailhook Re:Good news (409 comments)

His plots

Plots? Plural?

The plot is a young male Jedi + sexy princess trying to blowing up the ebil command ship/death star thingee followed by celebration and an awkward award ceremony. This single, recurring plot is punctuated by light saber fights.

Anyhow, as far as Disney discarding Lucas's work, it's really hard to imagine them doing worse. The only interesting part of this story is that George actually thought enough of his own work that he appears to be surprised they aren't using it. LOL.

2 days ago

Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Tailhook Re:Who expected differently? (203 comments)

Because Dems don't look to their angry leftist commentators to be told how to think?

Sharpton's regular broadcast just started as I read your bullshit. I listen to his hate mongering on WVON out of Chicago. You have no idea what you're talking about.

The callers are the best part. They've all been filled with hate from birth and many of them want violence.

3 days ago

Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Tailhook Re:Say what ? (190 comments)

With so many very good arguments about why copyright needs to be reformed there's no need to make bad ones.

schwit1 figured this was an opportunity pick at one of his grievances expecting the freetard groupthink around here to indulge him.

And he's right.

5 days ago

The Next Decade In Storage

Tailhook Re:There is one last revolution for storage (93 comments)

HP is marketing these ideas as "The Machine." The basic concept is using Re-RAM (ions) for all storage, fiber optics (photons) for all communications and electronics (electrons) for all processing. Ions, photons and electrons in a flattened crossbar matrix. Look up Martin Fink's recent presentations if you need a Buck Rogers fix.

The incredibly small, simple and easy to fabricate cell structure that Re-RAM seems to offer is just too compelling to ignore. Crossbar (the company) appears to be solving the Re-RAM problem. All we're trying to do is move ions around with current. There is a long list of possible materials and designs yet to be investigated. Eventually a sweet spot will be found. When that happens non-volatile storage density and speed will leap forward an order of magnitude, and the whole storage stack from the CPU cache to the tape drive will get flatter.

Or not. It's not like we need this to make the future exciting. Humanoid robots alone will provide more than enough excitement for the rest of my life.

about two weeks ago

Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

Tailhook Re:Self-defeating name (161 comments)

Everyone uses "golang" due to this. It works fine.

about two weeks ago

Fewer Grants For Young Researchers Causing Brain Drain In Academia

Tailhook Re:The one leaving (153 comments)

Supply and demand. The US elderly have voted themselves a limitless supply of funding for their medical care, so demand for doctors is very high and every other prerogative of our nation is pushed down the list. We've got Medicare paying for 74 year old gender reassignments. You want to know where they've spent your dreams?

So you take your little degree and your dreams of academic success and sod off. We have millions upon millions of knees and hips to replace. Find something that pays well too, mule; we're going to need you to cover that ACA mandate no matter how high it climbs.

about two weeks ago

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Tailhook Re:Free? Where is the money coming from? (703 comments)

The other great effect will be rapid inflation of community college tuition, pushing up the floor for all post-secondary education. And for what? Highschool II, dumbed-down to keep the subsidies flowing, and $400k/y community college presidents building Mcmansions on their Colorado ranches.

about two weeks ago

Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

Tailhook Re:The latest trend... (512 comments)

becomes... equivalent... to mass murder driven by hate

Thus our mass incarceration of SJWs in prisons that exist exclusively inside your hate filled little mind.

You can't make up this kind of stupid.

I've found you folks rather adept at inventing "stupid" strawmen to disparage.

about two weeks ago

Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

Tailhook Re:The latest trend... (512 comments)

No, really [...] the SJWs are really coming in on the side of the terrorists

As they've always done forever. Excusing and rationalizing terror, usually by attempting to argue equivalence, is standard SJW behavior. Not many people will be as surprised by this as you appear to be...

about two weeks ago

Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

Tailhook Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

the current bunch Ds are typically to the right of Reagan

Do any of you even remember Reagan?

What do you mean? We are awash in staunchly pro-life, tax cutting, government bashing, communist hating Democrats that want to aggressively expand military spending, appoint moderates like Rehnquist and Scalia, outlaw hiring of illegal immigrants and casually joke about nuking the Soviets on live radio.

You can't swing a cat without hitting one of these right wing Democrats.

about two weeks ago

Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Tailhook Re:White House... (1350 comments)

Stand by for the captured gunman to be described "asian" "youths" by the BBC.

about two weeks ago

Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

Tailhook Re:C versus Assembly Language (226 comments)

Yes. Sometimes to get maximum possible performance you need to use assembly. The subset of professional programmers that can actually achieve significant performance gains using assembly in a reasonable amount of time is very small. Employers willing and capable of funding that sort of work is also quite small.

Most often programmers resort to assembly because some hardware device or processor mode has to be dealt with and the compiler can't output the necessary instructions. That sort of problem is typically easier and involves less knowledge than trying to outperform compiler optimized code.

I've done it twice in 19 years as a programmer. Once in the late 90's to reach some special processor instructions for which the compiler had no support, and again a couple years ago to write an x86 real mode BIOS extension for an embedded system.

about three weeks ago

2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

Tailhook Re:LOL, bullshit... apk (255 comments)

Apk hits opensores idiots with truth and all they have is downmods to hide it as usual? Yes.

Apk hits guillible slashtards with best trolls & the laughter NEVER ENDS? Yes... apk

about three weeks ago

2014: Hottest Year On Record

Tailhook Re:Go Nuclear (560 comments)

but I don't see any reason that wind and solar can't handle this problem

That's you not wanting to face reality the same way deniers don't.

We're building it

That's fiction. There are some troubled experimental systems, and what we're learning is that we're going to need a politically infeasible amount of industrial build out to dot the land with tens of thousands of thermal storage facilities and storage reservoirs, both consuming stupid quantities of water that, somehow, no one has a better use for. Not going to happen.

The land use problem alone precludes solar for more than localized energy supply. Only peanut gallery internet fanbios indulge the fantasy that there is vast amounts of wasted land we can carpet with panels. In the real world every inch of it is contested by lawyers and pressure groups that ensure utility scale, coal-replacing amounts of solar and storage is a pipe dream.

It's simple. You chuckleheads put down the windandsolar crack pipe and we progress. Until then you'll have the power system you have now, plus a lot more natural gas.

about three weeks ago

Samsung To Discontinue Galaxy Alpha For Cheaper Galaxy A5

Tailhook Galaxy Alpha - We Hardly Knew Ye (47 comments)

The Alpha only recently became available in the US, and it certainly had my eye, being not phablet sized but still a "flagship" class phone and very well built. I'd have been happy to pay the price, but I passed, for one simple reason:


No thanks Samsung. Not having it. Your TouchWiz crapped up A5 can sod off as well.

about a month ago

Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

Tailhook Re:just a new name for cold fusion (183 comments)

There was a time

Thats right. Fraud is a recent phenomena in technology and science, and Bill is the first dupe ever to be swindled. It isn't as though it's so common that there are entire catalogs of scientific frauds going back hundreds of years. Nope. LENR/Cold Fusion is the very first.

And why are these fraudsters emerging when there were none before? Capitalism. Obviously.

about a month ago

Docker Image Insecurity

Tailhook Love that response (73 comments)

A summary of that wall-of-text "response" from the Docker "lead security engineer":

"Bullshit, bullshit v1 bullshit. Bullshit discussions about bullshit CVE bullshit. (yes we know its broken) Bullshit v2 bullshit, next version bullshit Bullshit."

If you can't dazzle them with your intelligence, baffle them with your bullshit.

about a month ago

Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Tailhook Petrostates (265 comments)

China is going to prop up Venezuela. China is going to prop up Russia. Will China also prop up Iran when the price of oil pulls the rug out from under that bunch of fundies?

I know China is all productive and stuff, not fighting self-inflicted headwinds of OSHA NLRA EPA etc., and having been fully exempted from any concern for carbon emissions for another three decades by Obama, but they can't actually afford to fully float all these fucked up petrostate kleptocracies. And what support they do offer will be highly conditional and hard to accept by these client states.

Russia had a chance. Western money was pouring into Russia; places like Magnitogorsk have had huge investments from Europe and the US to build out decrepit steel works into some of the best specialty metal sites in the world. They could have seen 5% GDP growth for the next two decades.

But they couldn't help themselves; Putin took off his shirt, said nasty things about 'Murica and the the Russian people made him dictator for life. So now, rather than emerging from a century of self-inflicted fail, they're making themselves into a European pariah state.

Enjoy, Russia. You deserve it. Be nice to the Chinese I guess.

about a month ago

Devuan Progress Report Published

Tailhook SOAP vs Rest (184 comments)

This reminds me of the early days of "web services." The "enterprise" folks were jetting around writing gobs of XML and SOAP specifications, making speeches at conferences and whatnot. Meanwhile, some thoughtful people pointed out that the combination of existing HTTP verbs and the natural namespace provided by URLs satisfied the same use cases without the mountains of esoteric specifications and staggering protocol overhead. One memory I have from that time has persisted; some SOAP standards body muckity-muck was asked about REST during some function that happened around the time of the SOAP 1.0 specification release and he said (paraphrased); "Those REST folks aren't the kind of people the get things done!"

Today, SOAP gives people nausea almost universally and REST is the first choice of green-field work, with all sorts of API's proliferating everywhere. New languages and tools target REST first and SOAP eventually. Maybe. And if not then, meh, whatever.

Now we have the Debian fork. And what is said of the people behind it by those advocating systemd bloatware? Well they're just malcontents. They don't understand the problem systemd is trying to solve. They made a crummy web site and didn't even put their names on it. They'll never accomplish anything!

I have the feeling Poettering et. al are going to lose this one. If so then at least we can credit systemd with providing the motivation to progress, and reaffirming some of those cherished (if possibly mythical) UNIX principles.

(Incidentally, if anyone knows who was responsible for that statement about REST I mentioned please chime in .... I'm 99% sure it appeared on Slashdot.)

about a month ago

TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

Tailhook Agreed (276 comments)

Could we forego the TSA click-bait hate-mongering till after the holidays or something?

about a month ago



Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 3 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'"

Drones reveal widespread tax evasion in Argentina

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 3 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Argentine government has used drones to reveal 200 homes and 100 pools in an upper class area about ten miles south of Buenos Aires that had not been detailed on tax returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines."
Link to Original Source

STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 6 months 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.'"
Link to Original Source

Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" released

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 8 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.'"
Link to Original Source

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."
Link to Original Source

'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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