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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

bigwheel Re:DECwindows ;) (204 comments)

I remember when Sun made the switch from SunTools to X-Windows. 1987'ish I thought they were nuts using a (slow) client-server architecture when we were fighting for graphics performance. As usual, it turned out to be another smart technical decision by Sun.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

bigwheel Product Review (172 comments)

Here's a product review of a handful of small, inexpensive oscilloscopes. They look kind of handy compared to my ancient HP.

about 3 months ago

Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

bigwheel Re:Regardless (387 comments)

In that case, we should be focused on pollutants rather than CO2. CO2 is a trace gas that is essential to life.

CO2 is not even listed among pollutants in the Clean Air Act. It was put into that category by EPA as an executive measure, after the Supreme Court authorized them in 2007 to do so. This was done for the sole purpose of furthering the global warming agenda.

about 3 months ago

Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

bigwheel Re:market at work (325 comments)

You just proved his point. "spending your day correcting other peoples grammar"

about 3 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

bigwheel bait and switch (348 comments)

The linky points to a kernel hacking article.

about 4 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

bigwheel Re:Freeway Neutrality? (626 comments)

Or allow people to pay more for the luxury of driving 10 mph faster. (I'm being sarcastic.)

about 4 months ago

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

bigwheel Re:In a century... (784 comments)

Good point. I just mentioned it because Antarctic ice extent was one of the measurements that was used for scaremongering in the past.

If we want to talk about actual ocean rice, then we need to look at the NASA data.

NASA says that the mean sea level has been rising at the rate of 3.2 mm per year trend since 1993. At that rate, it will take 952 years before the ocean rises 10 feet. So, if you decide to hang out on the beach for the rest of your life, be prepared to lift your beer a few inches.

about 4 months ago

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

bigwheel Re:In a century... (784 comments)

You don't even need to click on the TFA to see the glaring text: "The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so"

That's really lame scaremongering. And especially bad timing:

"The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSID), with the support of the NASA Earth Sciences, just announced that Antarctic sea ice has expanded to all-time record levels for April. "

about 4 months ago

VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

bigwheel Re:So what? (348 comments)

"Do you know how to use a search engine?"

I've heard of them. In addition to finding home pages, they can also turn up links to climategate emails like this:

“I wouldn’t worry about the code. If FOIA does ever get used by anyone, there is also IPR to consider as well. Data is covered by all the agreements we sign with people, so I will be hiding behind them. I’ll be passing any requests onto the person at UEA who has been given a post to deal with them. I got a brochure on the FOI Act from UEA. Does this mean that, if someone asks for a computer program we have to give it out?? Can you check this for me (and Sarah)”

If I were defending a defamation lawsuit, these emails would be of particular interest.

about 5 months ago

VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

bigwheel Re:So what? (348 comments)

What seems to be missing from this article: Mark Steyn, a conservative talk show host, called Mann a fraud. So, Mann is suing Steyn for defamation. As his defense, Steyn is trying to prove that the data was manipulated and cherry picked. Therefore, proving that Steyn's comments were justified. So, Steyn requested the data under the FIOA, since Mann's work was publicly funded.

But Mann - the scientist who warns us that global warming is real and dangerous based on a computer model - refuses to give out the computer code and data that he used to form his assertions. To me, this doesn't sound very scientific or very honest.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

bigwheel Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

Snowden's best chance of survival is to stay in the limelight, where his keepers will risk public scrutiny if he is harmed. So, assuming that becoming a tool was Snowden's only choice, his required tool-task wasn't that bad. Just lob a softball question to Putin, and let Putin respond with propaganda. Snowden didn't have to lie or endorse anything, and it gave him the necessary renewal of his 15 minutes of fame.

about 5 months ago

St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

bigwheel Re:Fortunately for Jobs (129 comments)

GPL Sounds reasonable. In order to receive organs from other donors, you must also consent to be a donor.

about 5 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

bigwheel Re:I wonder (347 comments)

It is easy for an organization or agency to load up with sock puppets, and dominate the moderation process in addition to the discourse.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

bigwheel Re:debate (593 comments)


There is an interesting and informative debate to be had. But like any debate, it is a waste of time for those who remain closed-minded (on either side of any issue) and only looking for a win.

Consider that the Big Bang happened 14 billion years ago, whereas Man has only been on the scene for about 200,000 years. There is probably a large pool of knowledge that is not available to Man. Based on elapsed time and size of the universe compared to Earth, you'd have to be pretty arrogant to think that Man has anything more than a speck of knowledge. And that is even with the assumption that time is linear. If you allow for screwing with the concept of time, then it gets even worse. What happened before the Big Bang?

Maybe the earth is just a petri dish or set of dishes, where "the creator(s)" used an eye dropper full of pond scum, to see what evolves. Maybe the creator is planning to keep the parts that have certain characteristics, and then flush the rest down the toilet. The truth is that we don't know. It could be possible that the creationists and evolutionists are both right -- or both wrong.

Hopefully, Nye and Ham will have a polite debate that attempts to search for truth, rather than merely trying to win a meaningless "gotcha contest".

about 7 months ago

NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

bigwheel Go Virtual (144 comments)

It seems like time to revisit virtualization within smartphones. Set up a VM with a bogus profile, and use that as a walled sandbox to run any questionable games or apps. If necessary, direct that VM's network traffic through an Internet proxy.

about 8 months ago

Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

bigwheel Re:Well (599 comments)

It's none of your or my business how Ford deals with its CEO. Our decisions are:
1: whether to buy a Ford or a Yugo
2: whether or not to buy shares in the company

Complaining about a company while continuing to buy their products is not a solution.

about 8 months ago

Helicopter Rescue For All Passengers Aboard Antarctic Research Ship

bigwheel Re:Global warming. (168 comments)

Meanwhile, the IPCC silently slashes its global warming predictions in the AR5 final draft.

"Unnoticed, the IPCC has slashed its global-warming predictions, implicitly rejecting the models on which it once so heavily and imprudently relied. In the second draft of the Fifth Assessment Report it had broadly agreed with the models that the world will warm by 0.4 to 1.0 C from 2016-2035 against 1986-2005. But in the final draft it quietly cut the 30-year projection to 0.3-0.7 C, saying the warming is more likely to be at the lower end of the range [equivalent to about 0.4 C over 30 years]. If that rate continued till 2100, global warming this century could be as little as 1.3 C."

No fanfare. No mea culpa.

about 8 months ago

The New Kings of Kong

bigwheel Re:Does old school DK go pattern? (65 comments)

Mostly pattern. We used to maintain notebooks with the winning routes.

Same with most of the original old-school games. However, later versions of most games were more random than their originals.

about 9 months ago



Microsoft updates Skype to use secure Linux servers

bigwheel bigwheel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bigwheel (2238516) writes "Does this seem kind of ironic? "Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said.""
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