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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

TheGavster Re:Sounds familiar (150 comments)

My favorite slashdot mobile ads are the ones that somehow autoload a play.google.com URL, causing the Play store app to come up unless you go through the torturous process of disassociating the intent Play comes with.

8 hours ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

TheGavster Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (306 comments)

Yes, my argument against suspending due process and surrendering government to the "kill people" branch was just an outgrowth of my inner desire for a world where hunting people for sport was interrupted only by pauses to rape children.

Perhaps my position is more clear as a mathematical relation:

Martial Law < Imperialism < Modern Western Culture

Again, it's not good or desirable to regress to previous incarnations of our society. I am not even saying that nuclear holocaust would result in such a regression. I am simply observing that with less population, knowledge, and infrastructure than today, there was a society that did not require a military authority to maintain.

3 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

TheGavster Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (306 comments)

The Demon Conservatives of Slashdot are paradoxically both in favor of a powerful, racist, homophobic state clamping down on any free thought, and an anarchic, eternal war where gold is the only value.

3 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

TheGavster Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (306 comments)

While I do identify my political leanings as conservative, I believe that it is an individual argument, not the political leanings of the speaker, which should be addressed in debate.

As I said, I believe that life was better in the society of the past few hundred years than it would be under a martial law imposed with the power of a modern state. I do also believe that life is better under today's society is better than it was under Napoleon. It is this improvement that I referred to as the measure of our modern civil structures.

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

TheGavster Re: The solution is obvious (577 comments)

My experience with cyanogenmod had been that they can't do a release until the manufacturer updates, because the drivers are closed source and cm needs updated binaries. You might catch something when your device has compatible hardware with a nexus device or something, but otherwise cm is more "ditch sense/touchwiz/blur" than "get security patches".

3 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

TheGavster Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (306 comments)

We survived for centuries with the number of people and level of industrialization that would remain after a widespread, devastating war, without resorting to these measures. In fact, we have measured the society that this plan seeks to "protect" by the rights and freedoms that the average citizen has gained.

I don't know what "society" means to you, but to me it's the structure by which we all agree that other people exist and have rights; martial law means that society has already fallen.

3 days ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

TheGavster Re:math? (484 comments)

For whatever reason, the summary chose to describe this bill in relation to a previous (failed) bill, rather than current law. The number that would have been meaningful in that sentence is the current cap; wikipedia indicates that it's 65,000, with caveats about a system of loopholes permitting an increasing figure over time.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

TheGavster What about our trade schools? (703 comments)

We already have droves of graduates who can't find jobs because they paid for a degree with little useful application; now we'll have droves of graduates who can't find jobs because the taxpayer bought them a degree with little useful application. Why not, instead, train a generation to build things and to fix things by expanding the trade schools?

about three weeks ago
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Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

TheGavster Re:C versus Assembly Language (226 comments)

I think that saying "This piece of code is going to be called a lot, so I'll implement it in assembler" is inadvisable. The more reasoned approach is "after profiling, my program spends a lot of time in this routine, so I'll go over the assembler the compiler generated to make sure it optimized correctly". The upshot being, it is useful to be able to read and write assembler when optimizing, but it would be rare that you would produce new code in assembly from whole cloth.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

TheGavster Re:Rubbish (250 comments)

However, I think they'll need to be more careful in accounting; otherwise a "popular" book that nobody actually reads may walk away with the lion's share of the income.

Fortunately for Amazon, the Kindle stores a terrifying amount of information about how you read a book. They could pay authors for the number of pages a reader spent more than a minute on if they wanted to.

about 1 month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

TheGavster Re:Blah (351 comments)

Given that a large portion of what he did was turn the children's stories into epic battle sequences, I'm not sure that those elements "jive" with the gritty action as "were turned into gritty action". Every instance where the party fled or used intelligence to escape overwhelming odds, Jackson simply turned them into superheroes who blasted their way out.

A particularly pungent example would be the escape from the wood elves' fortress; in the book, this was when Bilbo finally became a fully trusted, contributing member of the group as he used stealth to sneak the dwarves out in barrels. In the film, the dwarves conduct a battle from barrels they ride like boats. The central lesson that there is something to be learned from the meekest among us is completely overtaken by the desire to have yet another CGI battle-fest.

about a month ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

TheGavster Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (289 comments)

The Dark Ages is probably hyperbolic, but you do bring up an interesting point: If the issue is that some other piece of information is missing, why not add a supplement containing that information rather than remove this page?

about 2 months ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

TheGavster Re: Why (395 comments)

The diesel Fiesta is one of the more fuel-efficient cars of any type that you can buy. Naturally, unavailable in the US, as the only company that seems to bother selling diesels for a purpose other than cargo is Volkswagen.

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

TheGavster One of these is easy ... (419 comments)

Add the convenience of no boarding issues, and city-centre to city-centre travel, and the case for trains as mass-transport begins to look stronger.

This one seems REALLY easy to fix. Abolish the TSA, save billions in government expenditure and more billions in lost time and goodwill.

about 2 months ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

TheGavster Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

That treads the iffy line between money and speech, and between corporations and people. While what the IRS did was highly questionable, it had to do with the tax status of money given to 501(c)(4) corporations, not the speech of private citizens.

about 2 months ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

TheGavster Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

I attended schools with both the line and bubble scan systems. At the time,I assumed it was just a brand differentiation thing. Since using a bubble system with rather large bubbles,I think I would prefer the line since it leaves less ambiguity as to where the mark will actually be scanned.

about 3 months ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

TheGavster Re: This was no AP. (339 comments)

I think Leo McGarry had a few things to say about the correct spelling of the former Libyan dictator's name. And he's ordered airstrikes against the man's house, so he knows!

about 3 months ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

TheGavster Re:try real measurements (258 comments)

Yeah, in that listing where everything was length and we weren't dealing with water at room temperature by the sea, those Imperial units sure were confusing!

about 3 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

TheGavster Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

I think the real goal would be to have all vehicles self-drive; then they can be coordinated to interlace at intersections, removing the need for stop lights and saving a ton of fuel!

about 3 months ago

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