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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

TubeSteak Re:Too good to be true? (83 comments)

and the difference in packaging costs between 16G and 64G chips is likely zero.

I never would have pegged the price difference between 16GB and 64GB as $50.
That means every other phone out there is practicing enormous and arbitrary price discrimination by jacking up the cost of storage.

4 minutes ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

TubeSteak Re:Will the door have windows? (248 comments)

Remember the US army created a game of their own called "America's Army". It was as realistic as the could make it, including the fact that you get shot once, and you are dead, and you couldn't rejoin the multi-player game until it was over. And that made it a dull game, as you typically spent half the time waiting rather than playing.

Funny you mention America's Army.
As "realistic" as it is, it's actually a toned down version of the real simulator they use to train soldiers.

Stuff like grenade fuse times and movement speed are what separate a simulator from a game.
It's all in the little details and America's Army fudges the details in order to turn a simulator into a game.

4 hours ago

Our Education System Is Failing IT

TubeSteak Re:It is just so horrible (282 comments)

He talks about college and trade schools, but says nothing about on-the-job training.
Businesses no longer seem willing to invest any capital in directly educating the worker they want.

The closest we get is coordination between a college and business,
where the business helps design the school's curriculum to provide the kind of skills the business wants.

2 days ago

NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

TubeSteak Re:Animal rights? (203 comments)

The general conclusion was that it seemed likely that the horse did not understand English.

Two horses are standing around in the stables, minding their own business when some random guy shows up and starts making noises at them.

The horses look at each other and continue chewing.
After the random guy leave, the first horse looks at the other and says "I didn't understand a damn word of that. Did you?"
The second horse's jaw drops a little... "Holy shit," he says. "A talking horse!"

2 days ago

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

TubeSteak Re:Ug... (199 comments)

2. The canadians can build their own export facilities in Canada entirely bypassing the US. The canadians already take your position as a betrayal of our shared economic arrangement. The deal was that we'd provide certain assets to them and in return we got first bid on resources. You've made liars of us and the canadians are not happy about it.


Previously, then-Representative Markey challenged TransCanada on this question at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on December 2, 2011. There he asked Alexander Pourbaix, TransCanada's President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, whether he would commit to including a requirement in TransCanada's long-term contracts with Gulf Coast refineries, as a condition of shipping, that all refined fuels produced from oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline be sold in the United States. In response, Mr. Pourbaix stated "no, I can't do that."

Go ahead, build your own export facilities and ship the stuff to China.
I'd much rather Canada not externalize the environmental cost of that infrastructure onto the USA.

2 days ago

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

TubeSteak Re:Irrelevant... (199 comments)

As it gets more expensive, there is economic pressure to use less, or to find more efficient ways to use the energy available.

Oil (and consequently, refined petroleum products) has gotten more expensive because of speculation.
There was a hearing a few years back and at least one oil company exec came out and said oil shouldn't cost more than $65/barrel.
Further, he pointed out that no oil companies were interested in exploiting wells that would cost more than $80/barrel.
Because $80 is what the oil industry sees as near the maximum market value for oil in the future.
The entire difference between $65 and the spot price is market speculation.

Kick out the investment money that's puffing up oil/fuel and the prices will absolutely come down.
It's been done in other commodities markets and it can trivially be done in the USA.

3 days ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

TubeSteak Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (396 comments)

Second, it's unlikely to cause problems that can bioaccumulate in livestock; if it goes bad, the livestock get sick, at which point the milk and meat cannot be used without treating them.

So you're saying there's no government interest in preventing livestock from eating "byproducts" that are full of rat crap, bird droppings, and mold?

3 days ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

TubeSteak Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (396 comments)

It's a drain on the economy any way you dice it, all to solve a problem that doesn't exist..

Food safety is definitely a problem that exists.
The reason we don't have *more* health crisis from contaminated food is because of our half-assed food safety regulations.
We'd certainly have less mass illnesses and recalls if the regulations weren't constantly being chipped away at.

3 days ago

RIP, NASA Moon Landing Engineer John C. Houbolt

TubeSteak Re:Makes me feel so old... (33 comments)

If we don't give Facebook to the Chinese, they'll be building the first lunar colony, the way things are going nowadays...

Everyone knows that Chinese fake lunar colonies are poor imitations of American fake lunar colonies.
They use substandard fake moon rocks. Ours are the good stuff. You know, made in Taiwain.

3 days ago

Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

TubeSteak Re:Yawn. (86 comments)

It's hard to understand why, after all these years, local and state governments STILL haven't figured out why it's pointless to spend one thin dime of tax incentives on projects like this.

That's easy.
Nobody ever does a ROI study.
Not after 1 year, after 3 years, or after 5 years.

The States/Counties take the puffed up corporate predictions at face value and then nobody checks to see that the promised value (but not in any legal binding way) is actually created.

4 days ago

Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

TubeSteak Re:Saves about $38 million in taxes (86 comments)

The state will collect far more than $38 million from the people that work there's income taxes alone.

Microsoft will create 84 jobs when fully built out, with 66 of those jobs required to have a wage of $24.32 an hour.

$24 an hour is ~$40,000 after federal taxes and social security.
According to my math, at Iowa's 6.8% tax rate, it'll only take ~208 years to recoup $38 million in personal income taxes.

Those other 18 jobs are undoubtedly for security guards and janitorial staff, at an even lower wage.
So don't count on that to noticeably bump up the average.

TLDR: Microsoft is getting a lot of tax breaks and subsidies in return for bupkiss.

4 days ago

Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

TubeSteak Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

outliers notwithstanding

Drunk people are not "outliers" and no amount of training is going to fix that particular class of problems.

4 days ago

Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

TubeSteak Re:tldr (235 comments)

This is essentially like claiming that fixing the exploding gas tanks in a Pinto is of no use, because the car will still have other issues.

No, it's like claiming that the Pinto is always going to have an exploding gas tank issue, even if you fix the current cause.

Some cars (software) have so much going on that there will always be problems,
unless you use a design process (coding language) that doesn't allow it to happen.
Or do you really think that Microsoft products with millions of lines of code are someday going to be bug free?

5 days ago

Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

TubeSteak Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (91 comments)

It's also part of a mentality that's undermining every attempt to have the private sector provide quality infrastructure in the first place, usually at great social and economic cost to the rest of us. The same idiocy, practiced through property taxes, is in part why the entire railroad system in the US collapsed in the 1960s and 1970s.

If you honestly believe this, it makes me suspect everything else you said.
Railroads were "growing," but their growth in tonnage was significantly less than the overall growth in product being moved.
As roads got better, the balance was was accruing to the trucking industry.

The real game changer for rail was the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
Private industry sure as shit wasn't going to build a coast-to-coast highway system,
so if you want to talk about "undermining every attempt to have the private sector provide quality infrastructure"
you should look at catfights private industry had over who was going to get taxed (and how much) to pay for the public highway system.

about a week ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

TubeSteak Re:Are you kidding (813 comments)

Tax cuts are tax relief. When you get a refund it is not a hand out from the government, it is YOUR money being returned because you paid too much. The government runs on your money. It takes from you for the 'common good'... and some of that common good is waste (pork).

You might have a valid point, but without any actual numbers, you're just parroting ideology.
It's entirely possible that 60% of spending is pork, but the 40% that goes to the common good is so valuable that it is worth wasting 60 cents on the dollar.
To actually have a point, you need to show that the common good generated from your tax dollars is not worth the extra pork that goes along with it.

TLDR: I don't take it as a given that your ideological preconceptions are correct.

about a week ago

Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

TubeSteak Re:Factually wrong (158 comments)

The others are usually dictated by citizens or external factors in unexpected ways during a fiscal year. War, 9/11. natural disaster, etc...

I guess "natural disaster" is one way to describe the Bush tax cuts.

The controversy over our budget deficits are an entirely manufactured one,
made all the more hypocritical because the biggest critics are also the most responsible for it.

about a week ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

TubeSteak Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (151 comments)

The CA has to be validated by third party auditors, before it can even be trusted.

All those big box stores that got their credit card numbers hacked....
Validated by third party auditors.

IIRC, one of the stores was actively being exploited throughout the audit process and still passed.

about a week ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

TubeSteak Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (588 comments)

"A European schedule"?

I think it's also worth mentioning that a lot of the outbreaks we have in the USA start with someone who recently returned from Europe.

Europe's problems are twofold.
1. A decade of declining MMR vaccinations thanks to the Wakefield craze.
2. Travelers/immigrants from Africa and Asia carrying infections.

about a week ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

TubeSteak Re:I honestly believe (107 comments)

Internet should count as critical infrastructure that should be paid for and maintained out of tax money, just the same as roads.

You might be surprised how many public roads/bridges/tunnels have been privatized and had a toll booth slapped on them.

about two weeks ago



Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.



TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 3 months ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.


MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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