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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

TheDarkener Won't help (106 comments)

E-Rate (and other government education tech funding) is a very convoluted, murky system that seems to only benefit large corporations that want those high-bid contracts to sell a bunch of their technology that never gets maintained or repaired. Good ideas, bad follow-through. I've seen it too many times where hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on the next whiz-bang whatever that will save the school from "falling behind the curve", only to see most of it broken or lying dormant 3 years later due to no funding going to the continuance of that technology. It's the biggest waste of money because those who win the contracts don't generally give a sh*t about the students that will supposedly benefit from it all. In the specific case of E-Rate, its nice because it funds the back-end network/server infrastructure mostly - but then you just see horribly configured Windows AD servers that get touched by a million different "sysadmins" and end up less than useless, clogging up the network and workstations with malware.

You want to make a difference? Volunteer at your local school. Install Linux on some old PCs along with edu packages (skolelinux comes to mind) that you don't use any more and give it to their Kindergarten class. They'll love you to pieces. Especially if you come in once in a while and actually teach them some stuff.

about a week ago
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Robots Put To Work On E-Waste

TheDarkener But what happens when you need (39 comments)

a robot to disassemble the robots that disassembled stuff?

And what about the robots to disassemble the robots that disassembled robots that disassembled stuff?

And what about the robots to dis..........AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH MY BRAIN!

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

TheDarkener Re:I can see the curiosity aspect.. (187 comments)

+1. Thank you. People will be so excited to see a live Mammoth that if they fuck it up, they'll just think of it as a failed circus show, not a failed life.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

TheDarkener Re:I can see the curiosity aspect.. (187 comments)

Sure, I get that. I guess I'm just wondering why a Mommoth, as opposed to, I dunno, a human, is so valuable in a cloning exercise.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

TheDarkener I can see the curiosity aspect.. (187 comments)

But seriously, it's like installing Linux on a 1990's Palm Pilot. Sure, you can probably pull it off, but wtf are you going to do with it after you give yourself a pat on the back? Is it really worth the investment? Can't you be spending your time doing something more productive?

about a week ago
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Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

TheDarkener Ok (58 comments)

"...the company is fashioning nanoparticles—particles about one billionth of a meter in width"

Because traditionally, measurements in the ingredients of pills are in meters.

about a month ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

TheDarkener Re:What's "Easy" About This? (176 comments)

Wow, I want to work where you do...where you get up out of your chair and sit immediately back down in some sort of transportation device that takes 5 minutes to get you out of your office so you can walk. ...or you could just get up, walk around the office for 5 minutes, and sit back down, like TFA was saying. =p

about 3 months ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

TheDarkener My question (180 comments)

After hearing so many of these stories, I have to wonder: Do these orders of govt agencies "slurping up" data, whether American citizens or not, include encrypted communications, or are they disgarded as it would take more time to "get to the meat" of things?

about 3 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

TheDarkener Crystal ball reading (316 comments)

I see in this drives future, let me see my crystal ball.....2 years from this day. Yes....

The drive shall fail.

Your mystical fortune says...let me see...

Use backups.

That'll be $75.

No, you can't see my third nipple.

about 3 months ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

TheDarkener Felt in Lake Co. (53mi. N of Napa) (135 comments)

Woke my wife and I up, large rolling motions, audible shaking but nothing fell down. Enough to get our attention, for sure! Funny thing is, first thing we did after everything stopped (we ran to our sons' room and stayed there for a few minutes, it didn't wake them up) and we knew that was the bulk of it, was to grab our cell phones. Wife went on Facebook for reports from people in the area, and I downloaded an Earthquake app. Funny how Facebook is the first place most people went to read about it.

about 3 months ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

TheDarkener Re:So which agencies' backdoors are in there? (135 comments)

Does it really matter at this point how information traverses the Internet? It is a PUBLIC network. Do yourself a favor and encrypt all your traffic and you won't have to worry about which route your data takes to get to its destination. Doing it any other way is just not going to cut it these days.

about 3 months ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

TheDarkener WOPR (224 comments)

Herro, Professor Farken. Would you rike to pray a game?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

TheDarkener Re:Fish Tank (208 comments)

Show me a 21U fish tank. Seriously. That would be awesome.

about 4 months ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

TheDarkener "Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor? I don't see how this (or any other similar) case has any merit whatsoever. Sue the one(s) who masterminded the criminal act(s). I mean, I know I'm preaching to the choir here... but it's like suing AT&T for providing phone lines to someone who recorded phone sex conversations with their spouse and released them after they split up. It's like suing Sony for providing the video camera to Paris Hilton. Lame, lame lame. Ignorant, shortsighted, lame.

about 5 months ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

TheDarkener Can it be both? (170 comments)

"the NSA cannot completely eliminate 'about' communications from its collection without also eliminating a significant portion of the 'to/from' communications that it seeks."

....Isn't that like saying, "I can't stop being an abusive husband, because if I'm forced to stop beating my kids, I'd also have to stop beating my wife!"

about 5 months ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

TheDarkener Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (140 comments)

Russian roulette is when you load a single round into a revolver, spin the cylinder and try to shoot yourself in the head, seeing whether the round spun to the position of the barrel.

I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader how the actual meaning of the term can apply to Microsoft's Android-Killer patents.

about 5 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

TheDarkener Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

Sacred geometry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Apples use of Golden Ratio: http://paulmmartinblog.wordpre...

I wasn't actually aware that it wasn't proven regarding brain hemisphere + function. Thanks for pointing that out, though I think you could have been less accusatory and generally like a fuckwit, as you so elequently dubbed me. Why not just denominate it to how one can refer to "creative-centric" vs. "logic-centric" thinking. Which I guess you couldn't handle on your own without being a literal-nazi.

I took the time to link those URLs for ya, since you probably didn't think of doing that for yourself, either.

about 5 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

TheDarkener Re:Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

Hey AC, don't worry, I'm not an Apple fanboi to any extent. I think Jobs was an asshole in many respects, a profiteering, egotistical glutton that couldn't ever get enough power under his belt. I think that had a lot to do with why he got cancer (stress). I don't even own any iDevices. I think the app store is inherently evil in how they regulate apps (think VLC, anything with F/OSS code in it). I could go on.

But you can't deny that Jobs *was* a creative genius. I bet you could count the number of people that could run such a huge corporation *and* stay true to the right-brain roots that built it on one hand.

about 5 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

TheDarkener Left brain vs. right brain leadership (209 comments)

Jobs was a right-brain leader. Creativity and creative genius cannot be emulated or duplicated. People should stop thinking that someone can just come in and do the same things he did, think the way he thought. It's impossible. Find another, equally brilliant right-brain thinker and maybe you have a shot at a new era of Apple that is reminiscent of building things around sacred geometry, art and magic - but new and different on its own merits.

about 5 months ago

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P2P Web Hosting Infrastructure?

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Is a redundant, decentralized and voluntary peer-to-peer network that focused on hosting web content (html/graphics/audio/video) possible? What are the pros and cons to this kind of network topology serving web content? Is the concept not practical enough to be adopted for those who would appreciate such a service? It seems that in thinking about the Wikileaks drama, Wikipedia funding drama, and other similar situations from the past (and future), a P2P network topology could potentially provide for resource sharing and redundancy."
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Adobe releases new 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "Adobe seems to have made an about face regarding their support for native 64-bit Linux support for Flash today, and released a new preview Flash plugin named "Square". This includes a native 64-bit version for Linux, which I have verified works on my Debian Lenny LTSP server by simply copying libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins — with sound (which I was never able to figure out with running the 32-bit version with nspluginwrapper and pulseaudio)."
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New Zeitgeist movie claims technology will save us

TheDarkener TheDarkener writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheDarkener (198348) writes "The makers of the original "Zeitgeist" are back with a new movie, Zeitgiest Addendum. What makes this one interesting to the Slashdot crowd is that they are claiming technology, and only technology, will save the failing US monetary system. it explains, in detail, the root causes of what we're seeing with the US economic troubles today, and poses some very interesting solutions which include an outcome of machines and robotics taking over almost all manual labor as well as no exchange of money, barter, or other — for anyone. It is definitely worth the couple of hours runtime IMHO."

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