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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

blackiner Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (277 comments)

This sort of mentality is precisely what is wrong with the country. Companies no longer invest in their country, in their local community. They instead see people as things to hire and fire at a whim, solely to suit their current needs. This of course leads them to go to great lengths creating 'education' reforms, and 'immigration' reforms, their way of creating more labor that they can exploit at will. Jobs get offshored, wages go down, companies no longer invest in employees, no longer train employees, and the nation's people suffer. Just look at our rising unemployment and lowering standard of living, the people are no longer being empowered, and general morale plummets. The end goal of modern corporate America is quite simple, really: The complete and utter commoditization of humanity.

about a week ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

blackiner Re:Why not systemd? (71 comments)

I am a pretty big fan of systemd myself, but it is not feasible on a lot of these devices for space reasons alone:

[kel@octogon ~]$ ls -l /lib/systemd/systemd
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1317648 Jul 8 08:13 /lib/systemd/systemd


And that is just the systemd binary, not including all of it's helper executables. The original WRT54G only had 4MB of flash on it, so systemd alone would take up more than 1/4 of the space. But you also need to get the kernel and a slew of userspace executables/libraries on there, and the 2.4 kernel just barely fit on the original WRT54G. The 2.6 kernel, and thus ipv6 support, was out of the question. I imagine systemd and a 2.6 based kernel would cut pretty heavily into the flash memory for even the newest of routers and be fairly unfeasible. If you run your routing off an actual PC though, it is fine.

about two weeks ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

blackiner Re:Does it (reliably) support 5GHz or 802.11ac yet (71 comments)

I've been eying this myself, since I would like to upgrade my card to 802.11ac at some point as well. There are two pieces to the puzzle, user space support, and kernel driver support. AFAIK, both are supported but you need fairly new software. The ath10k driver supposedly supports 802.11ac and was included in linux 3.11. I believe newer versions of hostapd support 802.11ac but can't find any specifics about what version it was included in, but the newer the version, the better (so, preferably 2.2). And of course you will need to find a wireless card that uses the ath10k driver. I run my router off a normal PC and have a distro with recent software so this is easy to do, but I have no idea what versions OpenWRT supports.

According to this everything should work: http://wireless.kernel.org/en/...
But according to this there are mixed results: https://forum.openwrt.org/view...

about two weeks ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

blackiner Re:Expert System (162 comments)

Reminds me of how my AI professor described AI. You have two types of AI, strong and weak, strong being something akin to a conscious thinking mind (and not even guaranteed to be possible at the moment), and weak being stuff like data mining, translation, speech-to-text, puzzle solvers, etc. She also let us know that things are only considered AI until they are solved, then they are just 'algorithms', which I think mirrors people's perceptions of AI quite nicely.

about three weeks ago
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ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

blackiner Re:Open Source Drivers? (69 comments)

It is a shame because I find this platform to be rather interesting. I would love to hack around and turn one of these into a router/file server, and see what sort of graphics capabilities it has. No big deal though, cheaper variants will come out sooner or later.

about three weeks ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

blackiner Re:Funny he is in the aluminum business now. (239 comments)

Exactly what I thought when I read this. Basically they are only allowed to hold onto aluminum supplies for a limited amount of time (I guess to encourage them to sell instead of hoard it?). To get around this they would load it all up onto trucks and drive around for a bit, then take it back to the warehouse. This let them artificially control the aluminum supplies and make massive profits. http://www.forexlive.com/blog/...

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

blackiner Re:WUWT (441 comments)

What sort of humidity conditions do you have though? Here in the suburbs of Chicago, it is about 75F right now and very high humidity. Pretty much every single house in the subdivision has their AC on except mine.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

blackiner Re:Oy (534 comments)

Those are pretty good examples, and are also kind of how things become in MGS4+. In Metal Gear Rising, it is revealed that the private military companies that were prevalent in MGS4 go on to be contracted by major US cities to handle the entire police force. And some of these private military companies are extremely powerful, World Marshall in Rising being an example, being directed by a US senator who is going to run for president.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

blackiner Oy (534 comments)

Metal Gear Solid was not a blueprint you assholes!

about 1 month ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

blackiner Re:Not sure what the "secrecy" fuss is (222 comments)

Furthermore, at least in the US, no treaty is in effect until it is ratified by the Senate, at which point all the elements of the treaty will be public and heavily debated down to the last comma.

Not if the treaty specifically states that the documents will be kept secret afterwards:

Additionally, the current draft also includes language inferring that, upon the finishing of negotiations, the document will be kept classified for five full years.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

blackiner Re:Dangerous (345 comments)

Well, I suppose that may work better. I go running on the side of the road a lot and I pay careful attention to hear cars come up behind me, which lets me turn my head and see if they have moved over enough not to smash me. I pay a lot of attention to sound while driving (obviously not as much as visual) so I figured it would help though, it definitely helps notice ambulances and police.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

blackiner Dangerous (345 comments)

I sincerely hope they add some sort of noise generator, bikes are dangerous enough already.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

blackiner Git (387 comments)

This is why git is such an effective code hosting solution. Everyone who has cloned the repository is a potential backup copy.

about a month ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

blackiner Very curious (253 comments)

The more I hear about them trying to quell discussion about these things the more interested I get. What in the world is so important about them? What are they hiding? I saw a strange object on a power pole when I was out for a run the other day, it looked like tree roots laid out horizontally... I can only assume it was an antenna of some sort. Was gone the very next day, and wasn't there the day before either... I wonder if it was one of these things?

about a month and a half ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

blackiner Re:2 Decades (139 comments)

Now, they prosecute somebody, and simply say that the defendant doesn't have a right to hear the evidence against him, and the Constitution doesn't apply.

Oh it is worse than that. Nowadays they send in US Marshals to destroy evidence so that the courts do not even get a chance to deny access to the evidence.

about 2 months ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

blackiner Re:Free Market... (260 comments)

It is sad really. One of the best things about America was that it was easy to just set up a company. Being able to quickly set up a business is the real answer to wage slavery. You don't like working a shit job making minimum wage and being a slave to the corporation you work for? Start up your own shop. It empowers the people, and allows them to break free of the control of mega corps. But the urbanization of just about everywhere people live makes it damn near impossible to buy a chunk of property if you want a place these days, and even if you do find a place to set up shop or have a business idea where you don't actually need land (like Uber), you get fucked by regulations. They have even come for software, which is arguable the easiest possible thing to set up a private business around. Pretty much any piece of software you write today is likely covered by some patent, and if you get big enough, they WILL come after you. Everything is perfectly set up to consolidate power in the established players, and cripples the average person.

about 2 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

blackiner Re:PVP? (168 comments)

Pfft. Back in MY day, we called them PKs.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

blackiner Re:Why not? It fits the trend. (218 comments)

Dunno about that. Keep in mind anything above 40% market share can be considered monopolistic. That is pretty much right where Apple is in the US: http://appleinsider.com/articl...

But hey, if you are okay with it, then that is fine. I was just making sure we didn't have a hypocrisy on our hands. To any publishers who may be reading: get on this!

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

blackiner Re:Why not? It fits the trend. (218 comments)

So would it also be ok if publishers colluded with cell phone stores to instead sell jailbroken iPhones that purchase and download the books directly from the publishers, bypassing Apple's app store? I mean, seems like a simple case of what you consider 'civil disobedience' to me.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

blackiner Re:Not about goodness, about evenness (218 comments)

There is a pretty tried and true method to handle monopolistic businesses: petitioning the government to start an anti-trust investigation and possibly taking the company to court. Just because one company is behaving badly does not mean others can become vigilantes and do whatever they please.

about 2 months ago

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