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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

TehCable Sony is really no better (547 comments)

As a PS3 owner, and I surprised that I have not yet seen the following counter-argument to all the MS hating, thus Sony loving. Sony has repeatedly demonstrated a complete and total indifference to the user experience. The PS3 is experience is a constant barrage of being forced to watch a long progress bar (and then another one) before you can do anything else. I know, I know, they've fixed that specific gripe in the 4, but I'm speaking to the culture within Sony. Sony customer support is one of the worst I've ever had to deal with. They care so much more about fighting against people who might try to get content without paying for it than they do about their paying customers, that they are willing to remove core features of the product that they sold you, keep your money. They also completely fail to see the problem with that. I see all these posts worried that MS will pull a bait and switch over this DRM scheme. I haven't noticed any comments recognizing that Sony is the father of the console bait and switch. I want to be clear that I'm not defending MS; their attitude is clearly not pro-consumer. However, I just want to be the one to point out that nothing I've seen here makes them any worse than Sony, and a consumer-hating product from MS is NOT a valid reason to buy a similar product from Sony. I for one haven't even turned my PS3 on since I built a gaming PC last Summer. I don't plan on buying any console this gen. Maybe I'm just getting old. Or maybe it's the case that neither company deserves consumer confidence anymore.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

TehCable Election and Voting Reforms. also, Thorium (694 comments)

Any small party should definitely support: * Election finance reform. http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim.html * Alternative Vote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3jE3B8HsE Thorium Energy Policy: I'd like to see the Government focus on developing Thorium as an energy source. Liquid Florine Thorium Reactors have many benefits, and could provide all of our energy needs. Demand for Thorium would also make Rare Earth mining viable in the US (currently all done in China). If you mine Rare Earths here, you'd bring more high tech manufacturing here as well. Policy changes to enable and promote this course of action are fairly minimal. It's just hard to get politicians to give a damn.

about a year ago
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Google Super Sync Sports Turns Your Phone Into A Gamepad

TehCable Re:Having a temper tantrum and... (36 comments)

...I can't see such a thing taking off...

A lot of things Google does never take off. The point is that they make cool stuff even if there's little or no business case for it. I like that they are always showing the untapped potential of the ubiquitous tools we already have. I like that they make ways to make things work together, then share the tools for us all to use.

about a year and a half ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

TehCable Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

I have to admit that the first time I read your description of God, I had no idea what you were talking about. I did not recognize it as a description of God, and for that I apologize. I just googled "existentiating definition" and came up with nothing, so all I can do is try to infer your meaning. It sounds like you are making the argument that existence cannot continue existing without something else causing it to exist. I do not see this as a self-evident truth, nor do I see any justification for it in what you wrote. Quite honestly, it comes across as completely insane to me. I'm getting confused just trying to read it. We can agree that there are things that exist. I do not know why you assert that without God, things that currently exist would instantly degrade to nothingness. That seems like a pretty big leap of logic to me. I just realized that I'm trying to debate religion on the internet, which I already knew to be completely pointless. No matter how far we go with this, you will continue obfuscate and make excuses for the preposterous assertions of religions. You may have the last word if it makes you more comfortable in your insanity. I'm done here.

about 2 years ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

TehCable Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

I find it ironic that your defense against my claims that your god doesn't exist is to call my depiction of your god a "straw man." Of coarse it's a straw man. We're talking about something that doesn't exist. Something that doesn't exist is almost the definition of a straw man.

Technically, a straw man argument is one based on a false representation of the opponent's claims. The straw man in the term "straw man argument" is an analogy of a manufactured image, an illusion, a figment, a lie, a false premise. I find it a bit too easy to apply the claim of "straw man argument" when the original discussion is about an actual straw man, a figment of humanity's collective imagination, in this case God. I get the sense that you have become comfortable using the term "straw man argument" as your default defense against any and all claims that God does not exist. It is easy for you to claim that any representation of god that you do not like is just a "straw man" because God is an amorphous concept open to broad interpretation.

I will also note that in your defense, you made no attempt to provide your own description of God. It would be predictable if your next move were to cop-out and say that God is beyond our feeble human understanding, and as such, you are are excused from providing a plausible description of him.

about 2 years ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

TehCable Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

Allow me to clarify the intent of my original "invisible man in the sky" comment. I did not mean to imply that any religious adult in the modern world would describe their god this way (though as a child, this is exactly the image of god I often had). I used this absurd description to illustrate how absurd the idea of a god is to me as an adult. Contradictions abound in the descriptions of what God is. As somebody pointed out above, the Bible does claim that god made us in his own image. It stands to reason then that goes does have an image, and that image is observable from some real place. We are also told that he is everywhere and in everything and invisible. We are told that Heaven and Hell are real places that people go when they die. As children we believe Heaven to be above the sky and Hell to be below the earth. These images are inescapable because people presumably believed this to be true at some point. Modern man knows there is nowhere left in either the ground nor the sky for such places to hide, so the religious mind has moved them to parallel universes, alternate planes, and other unobservable sanctuaries of the mind. We are told that he controls every detail of everything and that he is good and just and perfect. However, we observe a very imperfect world full of injustice and imperfections. The religious mind excuses these contradictions as "tests of faith." This concept makes absolutely no sense to me, and the more I think about it, the more contemptuous this conceptual God becomes. In summary, if you disagree with my deliberately absurd description of your God as an "invisible man in the sky," then by all means, present a physical description of him that is any less absurd. Hold on a moment, let me get my popcorn.... Okay, you may proceed.

about 2 years ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

TehCable Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

Atheism leads to this.

What does Atheism have to do with any of this? Because I don't believe there's an invisible man in the sky means I don't have any morals?

about 2 years ago
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How Sensors and Software Turn Farms Into Data Mines

TehCable Re:Question for anyone. (62 comments)

If you can contain the mess to your under-garment, then you can salvage the day by making it to the restroom and discarding your under-garments. Otherwise, it's time to leave for the day, but not before grabbing some paper towels to place over the seat of your car. For your sake, I hope you don't use public transportation to get to work.

about 2 years ago
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Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

TehCable Re:I think everyone has already made up their mind (461 comments)

Better yet, what if Jesus told Romney that God prefers the name Allah? Better yet, what if Jesus told Romney that God does not exist? Causality problems with that last scenario aside, that might just be a problem for Romney's base.

more than 2 years ago
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Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

TehCable Re:I think everyone has already made up their mind (461 comments)

Jesus would be a bad choice for a Romney running mate. Romney would believe it was his third coming, and that could seriously alienate the conservative Christian vote.

more than 2 years ago
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Lines of code I've written in the last 24 hours:

TehCable Updated my vote... (391 comments)

My vote just went from "None" to "Under 100" because I just checked in a 2 character change. Changed + to * in two places. Time to call it a day.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

TehCable Paradigm (674 comments)

My Paradigm speakers sound pretty damn good. With the prices they charge, they have plenty of money to put into R&D. Well worth the price, IMO.

more than 3 years ago
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Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones

TehCable To be fair... (94 comments)

"My mother could actually use this" To be fair, his mother is Kevin Mitnick

more than 3 years ago
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McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

TehCable Silly McCain... (722 comments)

One does not simply walk into Metaphor.

more than 3 years ago
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Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

TehCable Re:The Jetsons (407 comments)

It looks like the base of the buildings in The Jetsons... sounds to me like we will soon be selling real estate at the top of these towers... all the power for the building will be supplied by its own structure...

I can't wait to live at the exhaust port of power plant where I'm continually blasted by hot air in an already scorching hot neighborhood in the middle of nowhere where I also get to add a massive vertical component to my daily commute!

more than 3 years ago
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Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

TehCable Re:They should catch it on the way back down (407 comments)

The idea is interesting, but it seems to me that a substantial portion of the solar energy is going towards gravitational potential energy - that is, lifting tons of air mass hundreds of feet in the air.

At some point, that air mass cools off, the air will want to drop back down towards the earth because of gravity. Seems like, in addition to generating 200MW on the 'exhaust' stack, they could build a second "cool air return" stack that generated power from the force of gravity pulling the cooled air back down to ground level?

-1 parent. The exhaust air at the top of the tower is going to keep rising because it will still be hotter than the ambient air. The cold air that falls to offset the rising mass is called the atmosphere. It's big, it's going to be moving slower than the air you just used to spin a turbine, and it's not cost effective to try to make electricity from it until it enters the greenhouse, gets heated, and funnels into the turbines that are already in the design (the one place where air is moving fast in the whole design.

more than 3 years ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

TehCable WEP - Blame Broadcom (458 comments)

Broadcom's linux drivers crash when you try to use WPA or WPA2.

more than 3 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

TehCable Re:Voting Machine Bias (465 comments)

With so many capable robots around, I'm sure there will be plenty of unemployed humans willing to do just about any job. Come to think of it, we've already got plenty of unemployed humans.

more than 3 years ago

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Does Information Want to be Free?

TehCable TehCable writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Steve McAbee (1351775) writes "The expression "information wants to be free" has been around for 24 years, first introduced by Stewart Brand at a Hackers Conference in 1984. "On the one hand," said Brand, "information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other." I wonder if Mr. Brand knew how relevant his statement would become almost a quarter century later."
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