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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

aitikin Re:Farscape (476 comments)

Farscape was an early 2000s really. One season in the 90s and the other 3 in the 2000s puts it in that camp in my book, just like TNG starting in the 80s and running more in the 90s puts it in the 90s in my book.

2 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

aitikin Re:Something is wrong with the respondents! (476 comments)

Seaquest was great, hard sci-fi. That is, until ratings fell to the point where NBC decided that it was better served by becoming Star Trek under water in S2. I greatly appreciated the hard, near future sci-fi mentality that went into Seaquest and was disappointed when it went to the new format.

2 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

aitikin Re:Crash-testing & strength? (128 comments)

FTA (yes I know, this is slashdot, and someone actually RTFA, unbelievable) they already succeeded in exceeding expectations and destroying the long expected timeframe with a project for DARPA:

In 2011, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) approached Local Motors with a challenge: Design a combat support vehicle for use in Afghanistan more cheaply and quickly. Local Motors solicited design ideas on its website, chose the best out of the 162 that it received, and built and delivered the vehicle, called the XC2V, in four months– a timeframe considered impossibly fast.

5 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

aitikin Re:its a tough subject (661 comments)

Lopman, Ben (2013). "Gastroenteritis Hospitalizations in Older Children and Adults in the United Sates Before and After Implementation of Infant Rotavirus Vaccination". The Journal of the American Medical Association 310 (8): 851–853.

And:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/ar...

A "Hypothesis" in science is still better than what you're claiming, and, at the very least, even if there is not sufficient "studies / tests / real results" (which, hint, I just SHOWED YOU real results from JAMA, but that's going to require you to understand them), this would definitely qualify as a working hypothesis. So stop trolling and ACTUALLY educate yourself, not read conspiracy websites.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

aitikin Re:Bullshit (322 comments)

These are the people making policy that the people teaching our children are expected to enforce?

FTFY. Very few teachers are ever involved or considered in making policy. Being originally from that state, there were always things that every single teacher I met (and I met a number, my mother was a teacher, my brother is a teacher (as was his ex-wife), and, as such, many of their friends were too) absolutely hated.

In some school districts, it's a fineable (and, actually, terminate-able) offense for the teacher to grade papers in red ink (because the color red means it was bad)... Other districts are known to not allow teachers to give out homework until High School. It's ridiculous for sure, but these rules certainly were not put in place by the teachers and to lump them in with the policy makers is ridiculous.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

aitikin Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

Also, look at why it was modded down. That is a valid reason.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

aitikin Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

I think this is the most "Interesting" or "Insightful" comment I've seen yet in this (otherwise predictable) thread, yet it has gotten modded down to -1. By doing that, I think you're only proving his point.

I'm burning my bad mod point, accidentally modded GP down (after it was already -1). That being said, his point about anonymity is kinda off base. We often were of the anonymity mindset, but thought we'd have some degree of credibility by have a pseudonym that we could go by ("Marginal Coward", "3.5 stripes", etc or 3557951, 578410, etc) and people would be able to go, I remember this guy's comments have always been insightful, I'm going to give him more credit, but could clearly have the freedom of anonymity through being an anonymous coward (hell, there's even a check box for me to post this anonymously).

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

aitikin Re:I have $7.63 in my pocket, will that do? (314 comments)

It'd be awesome if someone like Mouser came in and bought up all of RS's retail stores. Probably never going to happen, but still.

about two weeks ago
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Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

aitikin Re:Oxymoron (167 comments)

Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

When are concept cars every really "here," in any practical sense of the term?

About 3-4 years in the case of the NSX, but that's definitely the exception, not the rule.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

aitikin Re: (303 comments)

Just like the true Stingray can only live under water, these Stingray devices, I've heard, stop at the lawn. The CANNOT, by definition, trespass the space line between the sidewalk and the lawn, so you'd be safe if you were standing on the lawn. They can crawl over concrete, though. So they can go up your driveway and onto your porch, but the threshold into your house/apartment stops them dead in their tracks.

^ Poe's law may apply

about three weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

aitikin Re: i cant even (182 comments)

That's great until the bot orders a hit on someone.

$100 would be a pittance for a hit.

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

aitikin Episode II (400 comments)

I find it funny that Episode II is the only thing that's not italicized in the summery (although the article had it italicized).

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

aitikin Re:Not quite without customers... (386 comments)

(But that would still be better than the Apple car, which would only allow you to travel to Apple stores.)

Don't be like that! Apple takes extra special care to ensure you get on the airport runway too!

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

aitikin Re:uh - by design? (163 comments)

I live in the pro audio world, almost at the bleeding edge of it I might add. What the other poster stated about sub 5ms latency is true. Get yourself an HDX system and test it out. Also, there's this, this, the entire Apollo line, and even an entry level interface that's Thunderbolt based.

IMHO, nothing will compare to using a mixer, but that's for the functionality and quality. I would never pitch a Mackie as a decent recording system, live sound, sure, but, unless you've got an Onyx, it's crap for recording (and even then, just decent). A mixer to me is something like this. My interface is a Fireface 800 and I have 0 perceived latency (so long as I'm not sending anything into the DAW for processing on my cue mix, or merely playing back from the DAW and recording new tracks). To claim something as 0 latency would be incorrect for everything, there will be latency. To claim that the conversion process adds less than X ms of latency is what we're talking about, and the Thunderbolt stuff from MOTU (not even a stellar name in the industry) is leaps and bounds beyond my Fireface (it should be, my interface is 8 years old now), clocking in at sub 1ms at the hardware itself (seen in info note in the link above), with the Fireface being a respectable 5ms at the lowest.

Long story short, if you're looking for the lowest latency and a professional setup, Thunderbolt or PCIe is king. If, as it seems from the photo you posted, you're working in a prosumer or entry level situation, than USB will suffice.

(Other sources: I work in pro audio. A number of years of experience behind the board in both live and recording environments on everything from small projects to working with the likes of Bob Mintzer. Much of my knowledge comes from the real world.)

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

aitikin Re:uh - by design? (163 comments)

So in the pro audio world you find stuff hanging out in the parking lot?

Depending on who you are. My old boss literally got a Fairchild compressor from someone's backyard. Another friend got a 2" tape machine from someone's parking lot (next to the dumpster).

But, to the point, GP said nothing about a parking lot. "Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all..." does not mean finding it hanging out in the parking lot, it means that, the tech is oh so rare to begin with, that it's nearly impossible to find period.

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

aitikin Re:uh - by design? (163 comments)

The one mitigating factor is that literally no one uses Thunderbolt for anything, so it's not like anyone's likely to be coming across random compromised Thunderbolt devices. Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all would be out of the ordinary.

You're obviously not in the pro audio world.

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

aitikin Re:Whether it was NK or not doesn't matter (236 comments)

...an insane ruler...

It's understandable that he's insane. Think about it, it's always tough being the fat kid in school, imagine how it feels being the only fat kid in the country.

about a month ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

aitikin Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

I think faking terrorist threats is a teeny tiny bit against the law.

And that's stopped Sony when?

about a month and a half ago

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First usage, now cell phone calling on US Airlines

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.

While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said."

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Apple Retailer facing Class Action Suit over Employee Bag Checks

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Former Apple employees say the company requires workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise."
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Inventer of the Mouse dies at 88

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aitikin (909209) writes ""The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88.

Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.

He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research institute.

The state's Computer History Museum was notified of his death by his daughter, Christina, in an email.""

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Microsoft's Creative Director Resigns

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 2 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.

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How to Choose the Better Linux Distribution?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 3 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming."
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Web Hosting for a newb?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated."
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aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Apple recently changed their license for the OS X kernel. According to semthex's post, Apple has reworded the APSL to prevent him and others from open sourcing the kernel hacking under the APSL:

"This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 2.0 (the 'License'). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. The rights granted to you under the License may not be used to create, or enable the creation or redistribution of, unlawful or unlicensed copies of an Apple operating system, or to circumvent, violate, or enable the circumvention or violation of, any terms of an Apple operating system software license agreement.""

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