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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

TechnoGrl Re:Besides the blantant bloodshed... (490 comments)

This story is nothing more than click-bait and everyone save yourself appears to know that

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

TechnoGrl Click Bait? (490 comments)

This is an obviously important story - available on hundreds of news sites elsewhere.
My question is how this is related to technology ? How is this "news for geeks"?

This is obvious clickbait designed to gather hits for people doing searches for this story.
Next year are we to expect the site to be renamed the "Slashington Post" with the right hand column devoted to sideboob?

about three weeks ago
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New Proposed Path for Manned Trips to Mars: Let Mars' Gravity Capture Spacecraft

TechnoGrl Why link to Gawker instead of the original article (105 comments)

Why is this linking to a Gawker site (IO9) instead of the actual original article at:
http://www.universetoday.com/117615/making-the-trip-to-mars-cheaper-and-easier-the-case-for-ballistic-capture/

The Gawker site merely copies/pastes what the original article states plus ad LOADS of additional advertising.
How does this get past the Slashdot editors? Was this an intentional Promo or has Slashdot declined just this much these days :(

about 1 month ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

TechnoGrl Re:Marketing? (239 comments)

Considering that the obvious consequence of doing such a thing (and what actually happened) is a detailed review of the hack by our various national security agencies, and considering that the obvious result of such a review would be finding out that Sony itself was responsible - only the most ill-informed, tin foil wearing conspiracy nut would believe that a huge corporation would expose themselves to such a risk.

Also the release of internal emails and salaries .... seriously? How could you possibly believe that Sony would release that themselves?
Think Better.

about a month ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

TechnoGrl Proving Again that Dictators Lack a Sense of Humor (239 comments)

Spoilers: In the end of the movie Kim Jung-un turns out to be a pretty fun guy (aside from the debauchery and keeping the population in slavery and all) and the would - be assassins don't do the dirty deed because of it. In other words the movie actually put's down America's CIA killing machine and puts Kim Jung in a far better light than he deserves.

The only thing worse and with less sense of humor than the CIA is ... the Korean dictatorship. Had they not wigged out over a freaking B-list movie than their Supreme A-Hole would have garnered some degree of sympathy form the American public but instead they decided to shoot themselves in their foot once again.

(also .... Sony vs. N. Korea??? .... I'm finding it pretty hard to really root for any of those schmucks here)

about a month ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

TechnoGrl The Trojan Assange (171 comments)

This is a Brilliant idea!
The Assange part of the statue will, of course, be hollow and when the thing makes it's way to Venezuela - out pops Julian and ... Asylum!

That THAT Mi5 !

about a month and a half ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

TechnoGrl Re:Other things they said couldn't be done... (571 comments)

I used to enjoy internet discussions - back in the early 90's when the bar to entry was at least a 105-110 IQ. Now that everyone can "discuss" it becomes obvious that the roughly 23-25% of humanity who are idiots have roughly 75% more time and willingness to post than anyone else which drives the bulk of the sensible posters away and it spirals downwards from there.

The concept of free and open discussion is a failed concept. There need to be bars to entry in order to prevent the 25% from taking up 90% of a forum's bandwidth. I am sure that you have noticed that on any given forum the most prolific posters are inevitably the worst posters - driving other far more informed and interesting posters away? It could be something as simple as requiring a credit card and a $2 fee to participate. When you troll, flame,spam or repeatedly say something incredibly, undeniably stupid than you and your card is banned. There are only so many $2 fees and so many credit cards that someone can reasonably obtain. Additionally how about limiting the posting privileges of both the newest AND THE MOST PROLIFIC contributors so that one person can not dominate a discussion.

I know , I know - cue the rallying cry of "freeze peach!" once again and those are the posters that I am talking about.

about 3 months ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

TechnoGrl Why Is This Still A Thing? (986 comments)

Why is this still being posted? Rossi has a background of being convicted for fraud. The "e-cat" scam has been going on for at least 6 years now with nothing at all to show for it. Not. One Single. Thing. There is even less chance of Rossi having developed a cold fusion device than there is of Moller successfully building an actual flying car.

Hey I've got an idea let's put Rossi's ecat into Moller's flying car and send both those a-holes to the moon.

 

about 4 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

TechnoGrl Re:I know this is going to sound crazy... (294 comments)

Yes - How insightful! And instead of having a piece of pie now and then why don't we all just satisfy ourselves with some unsweetened bran flakes. Oh hey! Why eat ice cream when you can eat some oats? Why have a steak when you can eat a stick of celery?? Just why DO people want to have a bit of pleasure in their lives anyways? More importantly, exactly how do the most trite comments manage to get modded up to "insightful" ??

about 4 months ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

TechnoGrl Re:The worlds largest optical/near-IR telescope (76 comments)

Annnnndddd wrong . Without regard to the annoying pedantry involved in conflating a radio telescope with an optical telescope, of which this article is obviously about, it is in fact the Arecibo radio-telescope which is the largest radio telescope, neither of which has jack to do with this article.

about 7 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

TechnoGrl HP is not the company it used to be (288 comments)

I remember when HP made really, really (!!) great stuff {sigh}
Those days are long gone.

The Woz came from there originally and almost never left because the environment for engineers was just that good but the money grubbing CEOs and B.O.D. killed all that long ago

Today HP shares only 2 letters with it's former glory and that is not nearly enough.

HP needs to just die and go away - soon.

about 8 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

TechnoGrl MetaFilter: Been There Done That (108 comments)

It's interesting (and not coincidental) to note that perhaps the very best of the best of the moderators is stepping down and several of the younger newer and frankly less ... ummm ... rock solid of the moderators are remaining.

I tried MeFi some years back and grew disaffected with the environment. I was initially attracted because of the very heavy attention to keeping things on topic and keeping the crazies away but soon grew disenchanted when it became apparent that the uber-heavy moderation was not applied uniformly. Friends of the site were granted far more leniency than others and the sheer amount of what I am forced to label as misplaced political correctness from the younger staff (staff who are staying on) was outright annoying.

Google did not kill MetaFilter. Metafilter did that to themselves by allowing disparity in their moderation and substituting hipsteresque faux-concern for alleged dubious subject matter to prevail over true conversation. I have dropped in from time to time to watch the membership decline and have seen the conversation stagnate.

Buy-bye Mefi (and Boing-Boing) - you were great when you were great but now .... not so much.
The world moves on.

about 8 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TechnoGrl I'm on track. Are you? (467 comments)

On the Internet nobody knows that you're unemployed.

about 9 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

TechnoGrl Re:What ever happened to Mr. Lennier? (276 comments)

Lennier ended up on a small farm located on an earth-like planet way on the outskirts of Grid Epsilon and lived a happy, if uneventful, life with his trusty space-collie as his most trusted friend.

about 10 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

TechnoGrl Re:Babylon Reboot (276 comments)

You don't have to be a Michael Straczynski to know that B5 had a "beginning of the story" and an "end of the story". One of the best decisions that Mr. Straczynski ever made was to allow the story to end (and end grandly I also have to say).

Too many cheap crap-hounds (*cough*couch*abrams*cough*) try to extend a story as long as they are able to squeeze money out of it and are eventually revealed to have no idea what they were doing or where they were going with it. Straczynski told a really great story that ended i a really great way. Live and art have to move on.

about 10 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

TechnoGrl Quite Simple (983 comments)

A 4 TB slowish seagate hard disk can be had for about $160ish if you look around. Five of them are $750. An inexpensive bod tower such as a TowerRAID 4 Bay eSATA RAID runs about $150. Get two of them.

Total cost is around $1100 and the solution is expandable .

about a year ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

TechnoGrl Oh Really?? (191 comments)

>. All the transactions of all the people are public and is verified by multiple entities

Oh really? So you know *all* the principle entities of Mt. Gox? You know just where they were storing/investing that HALF A BILLION DOLLARS ? You know the names of the independent accounting agency that oversaw that HALF A BILLION DOLLARS ?

You know none of that and very little else.

Why who ever would have thought that when you give have a f!@kig BILLION dollars to a more than less anonymous source(s) by anonymous means and with no oversight - why who every would have thought that maybe - just maybe - someone would be tempted to just walk the hell away with Half a BILLION??

You know who didn't think that way? Some chump wanna-be geeks with too much disposable income and too little common sense.

about a year ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

TechnoGrl Re:I have no more sympathy for anyone (191 comments)

>What gives you the right to say 'Bitcoin was designed as a vehicle to steal' ?

I'm guessing that it has something to do with the fact that you are giving your hard-earned money to an unknown source to be looked over by unknown people by unknown means???

Hey but that's just me - please feel free to send me any extra money that you have and I'll be sure to protect it for you and even give you a return on your investment when the price goes up! Hey - whata deal

about a year ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl Re:This explains quantum physics (745 comments)

>Another indication that we are in a simulation is that quantum physics shows us that wave functions collapse when we observe them....

I just wanted to say that whole paragraph was frankly brilliant. Especially the part about the side-channel attack via observer effects.

about a year ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

TechnoGrl Re:Universe and perfect simualtion are equivalent (745 comments)

>If the simulation is completely perfect, then it also must have a near infinite amount of memory as well, or else little inconsistencies would be manifest and detected.

Not really. In our universe the smallest known particle (that we now know of) is (I think) a quark. Let's say that the programmers live in a universe which is more "information dense" and thus has a pleathora of smaller particles than quarks (really I think this must be pretty much a requirement for a parent universe - one in which the programmers live). So now the programmers have several orders of magnitude (or perhaps many more) of possible storage which they can use to simulate every particle we can perceive or be affected by. Let's say that the simulation was designed to run for a million years and that we are the center of the simulation (certainty there must be a finite timeframe) then the parent universe "computing machine" only (heh) has to simulate quarks, photons, neutrinos - whatever in a million year volume of "our space". Thus the amount of memory needed in the parent universe is indeed finite and, if the parent universe were indeed more "information rich" than our own such a simulation certainkly would be in the relm of possibility for the beings living within it.

about a year ago

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When iPods Go Boom! Apple Goes Shhhh.....

TechnoGrl TechnoGrl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TechnoGrl (322690) writes "The http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/personal_tech/article6736587.ece >London Times Online reports that, when Mr. Ken Stanborough tried to get a simple refund from Apple after his iPod exploded and caught fire, Apple responded by demanding that Mr. Stanborough first sign an agreement that he never talk about the incident. Mr. Stanborough responded by talking to the Times saying ,

"They're putting a life sentence on myself, my daughter and Ellie's mum, not to say anything to anyone. ... We didn't ask for compensation, we just asked for our money back".

Think Different?

I Think Not."

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