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Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

blueworm Re:How (231 comments)

Here's another link: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/fridge-fault-causes-telstra-mobile-network-blackouts/story-fni0fit3-1226655474358

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

blueworm Re:Talk to HR (509 comments)

No, don't do this. You'll be seen as a troublemaker in the organization and your mistakes will be scrutinized unfairly.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

blueworm depends on your position (509 comments)

There's nothing you can do directly if you're not in a position to make management decisions. The only thing you can do is do what you do -- the best you can do it.

about a year ago
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Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

blueworm Apple is a Bubble (673 comments)

Apple is a bubble that will burst soon enough. The only thing selling their products is style, and eventually people will fall out of love with the Apple style as they do with every style in computing, fashion, and computing fashion. The cheap hardware in Wintel, Lintel, LinMD, WinMD, etc... always sells more units total in a given fiscal year than Apple products sell, it's just that Apple sells for more per unit because they're designer clothing and Apple gets rich from their fans. They even have fans with access to government money to spend on thousands of Apple units in claim that it will help our children learn and grow, only just to get their hands on one shiny new Apple unit for themselves (http://goo.gl/rEb8M) .

More people love a'la carte computing than the Apple approach, markets prove that. Newegg is still here selling PC components, Amazon and Wal Mart even sell PC components on their sites. I mean -- Dell and HP are even still here selling cheap PCs and even not-so-cheap ones. Apple definitely doesn't control the world even though they might have made huge piles of cash selling many luxury goods in a very short period of time.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

blueworm probability? (407 comments)

Yeah I don't know anyone either, probably because thousands of people sued out of over three-hundred-million U.S. citizens doesn't make for a very high probability that you will personally meet someone who has been sued. The original submitter is a joke, and should never have been approved on this site.

more than 2 years ago
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Has iTunes Been Hacked?

blueworm trash, no mention of phishing or trojans (191 comments)

No mention of keylogging trojans or phishing combined with ridiculous uneducated guessing makes these authors' ramblings pure trash. Apparently all the links are from Betanews, too; I'd like to see Betanews stick to talking about iThings and not security. Choice quotes interspersed with my reactions:

"Apple's iTunes user logs themselves may have been compromised."

All I can think of on this one is the time I had someone tell me that my router had "lost its ARP table".

"... several of the victims that reported into Betanews on their experience are employed in IT -- obviously understanding the risks of improperly secured personal data."

I'd hope these same IT employees someday understand the risks of improperly secured personal data by not browsing the web on their own PCs (no Windows implied).

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8

blueworm Re:Wild speculation! I did not hear/see Windows8. (403 comments)

I agree -- It's definitely not Windows 8. Windows 8 will not run exclusively on touch surfaces; Microsoft can't sell Windows 8 by asking people to go out and buy a touch screen for untold multiples of hundreds of dollars.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons

blueworm self-citing on techdirt? (372 comments)

Does it seem to anybody else like Techdirt is actually just self-citing itself for its proof? I don't really see where it's shown that the FBI has copyright enforcement actually prioritized higher than missing persons here. I see references to people saying it's a major priority, but that doesn't actually mean it really is. I think we need some more evidence laid out a little more clearly than what Techdirt has done, at least.

about 4 years ago
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Google's New Scheme To Avoid Unlicensed Music

blueworm shut it down (213 comments)

Google should say, "Because it is too difficult in the United States, the land of freedom, to offer a public venue for the sharing of creative works and the preservation of culture, we have opted to shut down youtube entirely. We sincerely hope that such services can return in a time less plagued by corruption and greed."

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

blueworm not going to be successful (1238 comments)

They won't be successful at it. They can construct whatever kind of information universe in public schools, but it doesn't mean it's what people are going to learn when they get to the next, and only real significant level. This is only going to devalue U.S. public schools even further.

more than 4 years ago
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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

blueworm a different country for kids (804 comments)

There seems to be two Americas based on your age. One where you are expected to be independent and enjoy the ideals of free speech and general independence (note, this argument is based on ideals), and one where you are expected to bow to authority on a wide range of arbitrarily-defined rules or face harsh punishment. In essence, we have made it OK for kids to be subjected to a tightly controlled authoritarian type of environment during their most sensitive years of enculturation, and then upon finishing public school, we jettison them out into a world that preaches democratic ideals. It's just pure madness -- by the time somebody leaves the public school system they will not be prepared for a world of independence at all. What's worse -- by subjecting kids to harsh psychological treatment in schools for dong things which adults would not consider any type of offense, we're stacking up a negative mental burden on them before they even reach the most challenging parts of their lives. It doesn't just end with jolly ranchers either, politics and policy is a taboo subject in schools, too. I seem to recall people in my school getting detention hours for questioning the DARE program, which was later dismantled as being ineffective. Unfortunately, it seems public school in the U.S. is about mentally (and sometimes physically) beating kids down instead of embracing critical thinking.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time

blueworm don't use the crack, don't play the games (443 comments)

Do not use the crack and do not play the games with DRM if we want to really see an end to DRM. Even playing the game without buying it can be good publicity that generates sales for those who would complain they are not selling enough. Resisting the temptation to consume products instead of creating our own is the real problem. Instead of consuming things because we feel we need to, if we do not agree with the product we should instead work to create our own. We cannot let self-doubts and temporary failures prevent us from being creative if we are to bring about a new creative renaissance without DRM.

more than 4 years ago
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South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

blueworm force is lack of moral authority (1224 comments)

Any time force is threatened, the threatening party has lost moral authority. If you seek to affect moral change in somebody, then your own representation of your ideals should be enough to convince them.

more than 4 years ago
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Multi-Platform App Created Using Single Code Base

blueworm Re:I wish Java won (296 comments)

Java on the desktop is really fast now. I can generate a JAR file and my application launches from that when I double-click it in about two seconds. Java applets do take some time to launch, though.

Anyway, for web graphics it seems like IDE plugins using Javascript/ECMAscript, HTML5, and WebGL will eventually make Flash obsolete, but it's still a bit early for that.

more than 4 years ago
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Perelman Urged To Accept $1m Prize

blueworm Re:it's more about us, less about him (421 comments)

Adopting a humble lifestyle does money must be rejected, it simply means its use should tend be avoided in want of expensive or unnecessary things. While I cannot expect us to eliminate our worldly possessions, we can take steps to minimize the amount of physical things we own such that we cannot be easily controlled with threats against them (direct or otherwise). If you are unsatisfied with your job and have a few vehicles and a large house to maintain, expenses for these things makes saving money difficult, and in turn make exiting that job difficult, which makes it more likely for you to accept frustrating management decisions at work for fear of not being able to afford the upkeep for your investments in physical products. Variations of this scenario may be adapted to fit the idea expressed here, however the general argument remains the same.

more than 4 years ago
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Perelman Urged To Accept $1m Prize

blueworm it's more about us, less about him (421 comments)

This bit is more about our personal dissatisfaction with our lives, as the readers, having to do things we don't like for money. It's more about a dissatisfaction with the economic system and less about this mathematician, or ex-mathematician. This dissatisfaction leads us to react to any declination of money with shock. The real key to freedom is living with very little and very humbly such that we "work" less and live more enjoyably, where "work" is here defined as any activity done more for money and less for personal enjoyment.

Even Richard M. Stallman himself has suggested this:

"I live like a student, basically. And I like that, because it means that money is not telling me what to do."
-- Richard M. Stallman
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/fsfs/rms-essays.pdf
Pg. 164

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

blueworm Re:I dont use... (896 comments)

It's hard to argue for no antivirus at all, but at the same time there have been a large number of zero-day attacks such as the ones involving the flash vulnerabilities which antivirus did not detect. Sufficiently new malicious code which users are enticed to run has the ability to go unnoticed by up to date antivirus. While running no antivirus is probably a bad idea on principle, it's definitely becoming more marginalized as malware authors continue to develop a higher degree of sophistication in hiding themselves from it.

Best practice is probably to install some kind of antivirus, but treat the PC as if it has no antivirus and develop some Internet "street smarts" -- to put it succinctly.

more than 4 years ago
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A Skeptical Comparison of HTML5 Video Playback To Flash

blueworm GPU acceleration in MacOS (391 comments)

The Engadget stub article states that Adobe is "cut out of the loop" of GPU acceleration on the Mac platform, and as evidence links to three other articles (also Engadget):

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/28/adobe-on-flash-and-the-ipad-apple-is-continuing-to-impose-rest/
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/29/adobe-ups-passive-aggressive-stance-on-ipad-while-apple-promo-f/
http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/10/adobe-got-7-million-iphone-and-ipod-touch-download-requests-for/

All of which seem to detail the battle to get Flash on Apple's mobiles, and not a battle for GPU acceleration on MacOS. It would seem to me that if Flash isn't GPU accelerated on MacOS now, that they could take advantage of OpenGL to do so.

more than 4 years ago
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Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

blueworm make something beautiful (425 comments)

Your typing skills are sufficient, make something beautiful instead of relearning typing.

more than 4 years ago
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Charles Nesson Ruled Jointly Liable To Pay RIAA

blueworm don't patronize the RIAA (207 comments)

The RIAA and MPAA are still powerful because people still buy products which support them. Check RIAA.org 's list of member companies if you're buying anything music related. For movies, it's a bit easier, but the member studios are nonetheless listed on MPAA.org as well. People need to stop complaining and stop buying to starve these guys of cash more effectively.

more than 4 years ago

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