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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

bmo Re:What would a real nerd do? (303 comments)

Why bother with the shotgun and waste the rounds conducting this worthless experiment.

Because it's fun.

You must be loads of laughs at a party.

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BMO

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

bmo Re:maybe KDE will be next (665 comments)

QFT:

Kay Sievers sucks. Now, if we can just ban Lennart Poettering's code too, we can start getting back on track. They both suck. Most of their contributions are ungainly, ugly abominations and Systemd is the suck on the suck of it. These guys are from the first wave of Winblows lusers getting involved in Linux and beginning the great ruination. The first wave of people to get involved with Linux (e.g. Alan Cox, Donald Becker, etc.) were all Unix people, and they did things gracefully, as god wanted. Then these fucking Philistines came along and started ruining everything. They don't care about Unix and they do shit work. They make Linux suck like Winblows more and more. Good riddance! Good riddance! Good riddance! Systmed is NOT a drop in init replacement. It sucks to high heaven. I've watched presentations with Sievers mocking the idea of making sure it works with other Unices (what a parochial minded fucking luser). I could write a book on how these guys, their ilk and all their shit is suck, suck, suck.

--Kyle Neoprint

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

bmo Re:maybe KDE will be next (665 comments)

>get rid of both GNOME and KDE,

Really? You lump these two together? One is designed to be opaque to user preferences, and the other is obsequious to the user - there are so many "knobs and levers" that I can get KDE to work for me instead of against me easily.

That and Qt is the cat's balls.

inb4 "b...but Qt is C++!#@!$!#@%$!$^%"

There are bindings even for BASIC if you want. I haven't looked, but I wouldn't be surprised if you could use Brainfuck.

>XFCE

Let me know when Thunar becomes usable, if ever.

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BMO

2 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

bmo Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

If you think that the computing field is somehow exceptionally divisive regarding the two sexes, think again.

Sometimes I think it's worse now than it was in the 60s, when men were programmers and women slammed the keys on the keypunch.

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BMO

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

bmo Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

BMO was rather obviously trying to answer the implied question (that needs to be solved if the issues are to be addressed) "Why (are) women apparently (...) unable or unwilling to following a career in the computing fields".

Winner winner chicken dinner.

I'm as guilty of it as most, I'd guess.

As am I, but I have been making an effort to be less so, sometimes.

There is much said about how the IT and computing fields are meritocracies. Recent articles even here have put the lie to that.

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BMO

5 days ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

bmo Re:Am I understanding this correctly? (83 comments)

DMARC requires that the FROM field also match the sending server

REALLY?

This is the stupidest thing I've seen in a long time.

In spam fighting circles, the FROM header is universally ignored, because it can be anything. We don't fucking care what the FROM header says. Indeed, treating the FROM header as "accurate" leads to insanity like joe-jobs.

Whoever came up with that idea should schedule a meeting with Bill Mattocks' wooden mallet.

"My sense of personal integrity is none of your concern."
-thus spake Walt "Pickle Jar" Rines

"I'm going to pound your balls flat with a wooden mallet."
-thus respondeth Bill Mattocks

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BMO

5 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

bmo Re:Sex discrimination. (672 comments)

Why women apparently feel unable or unwilling to following a career in the computing fields.

Just look at the comments here in this "enlightened place."

Assholes abound.

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BMO

5 days ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

bmo Re:I lost a loved one to (179 comments)

I played E.T.

It turned me into a cold-blooded serial killer.

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BMO

about a week ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bmo Re:The Internet: Where Religions Come To Die (1035 comments)

(I'm proud to have been one of the people they tried to block.)

Sometimes you can judge people by who their enemies are.

And this confirms why I have you friended.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

bmo Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

Oh look a "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about"

Show me your tax return.
Tell me where you live.
Tell me the names of your children.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

bmo Re:from a year ago (90 comments)

Patrick Ventrell rejected the allegations as "baseless and unfounded"

Legalese for "true."

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

bmo Re:About time (175 comments)

A few years ago I believe the courts determined that these programs where legitimate programs and listing them as spyware or malware was illegal.

No they didn't.

A lot of spammers and malware authors shout about "free speach" but the only court case where a spammer won was where Spamhaus replied to the lawsuit but didn't show up. Which was later overturned.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

bmo Re:Should void warranty (208 comments)

If you jailbreak your car, however, and inadvertently change something that impairs reliability, you're compromising the safety of everybody else on the road.

Yeah? So? That's what insurance is for.

Secondly, you don't seem to have remembered that there are over 100 years of DIY automobile engineering (commonly called hotrodding).

Are you German or something?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

bmo Re:Stupid (163 comments)

College is about learning theory and how to apply it, it isn't a vocational program.

When you have a $100k bill to pay off that you can't escape through bankruptcy, you'd better have some way to pay it off. When you have a trillion dollar debt problem based upon this (see previous slashdot headlines) you have what they call a "real problem."

What you say is a nice sentiment. It's a sentiment that was only valid 40 years ago, when a summer job every year could pay for tuition at Northeastern.

It is also preposterous to not teach the concepts of security for devices connected to hostile environments (i.e., every network ever), and networking is not a "fad." The only people that thought that the Internet and networking in general for "the great unwashed" were fads were "futurists" like Cliff Stoll who were wildly wrong in 1995.

http://www.newsweek.com/cliffo...

Read that. A 30 year trend is not a fad.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

bmo Re:What about 2012R2??? (387 comments)

It's funny how nearly all, to a one, who are mad at you are "anonymous cowards"

If their opinion mattered, they'd have at least an alias to reply to.

Guys, Martian isn't a troll. He's been just saying something that nearly all of us with two brain cells to rub together have been saying about a touch interface on a DESKTOP operating system.

You want to point at the screen so much? Go retrofit a light-pen for your XP laptop.

Morons.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

bmo Idiot. (164 comments)

It's like taking antidepressants. The world just feels too comfortable.'"

Spoken like a person who has never used antidepressants or understands or how they work, or just buys into the nonsensical Scientologist bullshit.

Antidepressants aren't magic happy pills and they aren't some sort of metaphorical rose coloured glasses.

They take the edge off. That's it. They give you the chance to back away from the emotional precipice that you would otherwise jump from. Some are better than others (Paxil sucks for many many people, for example) but properly used, they help people restore their lives from what was a bottomless pit.

Depression is the third leading cause of death. Probably the main cause of preventable death since if you don't kill yourself yourself outright, you tend to not give a shit about "healthy living" and shave 20 years off your lifespan with heart disease and other crap.

This article and summary is crap.

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BMO

about three weeks ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

bmo Re:OH LOOK A TROLL HEADLINE (676 comments)

And the irony of "obamacare" is that it's an invention of the Heritage Foundation.

They're the ones that designed it.

That Obama, implementing the plans of communist sympathizers like the Heritage Foundation.

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BMO

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

bmo OH LOOK A TROLL HEADLINE (676 comments)

>read article
>2/3rds goes to retirees

The baby boomers are retiring?

YOU DON'T SAY!

And you are surprised at this? If you are, you're a moron.

"Social security is going broke!!!#$#!@$@#%11ON#"

No it isn't you stupid fuck, not if the legislature tweaks it A LITTLE BIT. But no, we have teabaggers and corporatists crying about the "47 percent that don't pay taxes" lie.

Hurr.

Fuck all of you.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

bmo Re: Kinda funny (392 comments)

Postscript.

I am closer to you these days, btw.

I am in Concord, NH. Hope you are well.

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BMO

about a month and a half ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

bmo Re: Kinda funny (392 comments)

From elsewhere:

Msg 123719 of 125222 at 10/5/2013 10:40:10 PM by hamjudo2000
In response to msg 119170 by hamjudo2000 view thread

Microsoft OS usage dropped below 50% for Wikipedia users, was Re: Time for Microsoft to panic

Wikimedia just posted more usage statistics. Windows had a 49.93% share in August of 2013. 4 years ago, for the month of September 2009, 88.68% of Wikimedia users used Windows PCs.

In 4 years, Microsoft dropped from stably controlling nearly 90% of the OS market for hosts used to browse the web, to controlling less than half , and dropping steadily. For the last 12 months, Microsoft's market share has been dropping on average more than 1.5% per month

More than a year ago, on August 15, 2012, I wrote:
>>>
Wikimedia gathers statistics any time somebody grabs a wikipedia page with an image, including the logo. (People who use text only browsers, do not significantly contribute to Microsoft revenue.) Three years ago, just shy of 90% of Wikimedia users were using browsers running on PCs running Windows, and the percentage was relatively constant month to month.

iPhone usage hit 1% share in November of 2009. At that point, Windows still had a 88.18% share. Fast forward to last month, Windows had a 69.15% share in July of 2012. They had a 1.3% drop in one month (70.45% share in June 2012). Most, but not all, of that decline is due to mobile usage climbing. All mobile usage combined for July is at a 19.6% share, so Windows isn't just losing market share to mobile devices, it is also losing share on the desktop.

Even if the recent compound increase in market loss is noise in the data, and the market share loss stabilizes at "only" something like 1% per month, it is still a huge shift away from Microsoft's income producers.
http://www.investorvillage.com...

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BMO

about a month and a half ago

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Oak Ridge's Titan Supercomputer Claims Top Spot

bmo bmo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bmo (77928) writes "MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Advanced reports that Oak Ridge National Laboratory was fielding the world’s fastest supercomputer were proven correct when the 40th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 List of the world’s top supercomputers was released today (Nov. 12, 2012). Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge, achieved 17.59 Petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. Titan has 560,640 processors, including 261,632 NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores."
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Steve Jobs Steps Down as CEO of Apple

bmo bmo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bmo writes "PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you."

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Nokia will lay off up to 6,000 next week

bmo bmo writes  |  about 3 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "TechEye has heard that Nokia is going to fire up to 6,000 people as soon as next week.

An industry source tells us the lay-offs will mainly be in Nokia's home country, Finland.

There will be job cuts all round — but the majority will be in Finland. We have also heard from that all the work from the Symbian group is going to go to Microsoft."

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bmo bmo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "October 09, 2006 (Computerworld) — Ray Noorda, who led Novell Inc. as CEO from 1983 to 1995 and was a leader in the world of computer networking, died today at his home in Orem, Utah. Noorda, 82, was the "Father of Networking" and built Novell up to be one of the largest movers and shakers of the 1990's.

More here and here."

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