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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

brxndxn And this is why... (188 comments)

you save all of your AOL cd's...

2 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

brxndxn Dear Judges, (164 comments)

Clandestine agencies in the US have circumvented all pillars of free and open government in order to slice off your balls, and tell you that you do not need to look down when you notice the pain. Please act with urgency while there are still means to sew them back. It is your duty to push back. No matter what maze-like justification is used to create a framework that undermines the foundation of our country; it is never justified nor does it serve to create justice. Stingray breaks the law just by existing.\

5 days ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

brxndxn Re:Use Bitcoin Blockchain technology.. (388 comments)

That is bullshit. That's like saying "Nobody understands the inner workings of a jpg file format so the average Joe cannot understand how to benefit from the technology."

Paper can be thrown away.. Hidden.. burned.. counted wrong.. etc.. Not everybody can verify the paper. No matter what, with paper, you are trusting it in the hands of a few. You cannot cheat the blockchain. Further, you can make a paper printout with the blockchain that has a web address where any average Joe can in fact verify that he voted for Turd Sandwich.. with a date and everything.

https://blockchain.info/tx-ind... Here is an example of one of my Bitcoin wallet transactions. Notes can be entered for each Wallet location that show what candidate they are (or business.. or whatever). For the life of Bitcoin, that transaction cannot be changed or recorded differently.

For the average Joe to verify, it's as simple as him going to a website he feels he can trust, clicking the 'verify my vote' button.. and typing in his unique voting hash from his printout. The average Joe does not need the same experience it takes to program fucking Bitcoin just as the average Joe right now does not need the experience of counting the whole US set of votes to feel good about his paper ballot.

Like I said, there's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done using the blockchain.. while still making it simple for the average Joe.

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

brxndxn BULLSHIT.. Gamergate needs a real explanation (716 comments)

The gaming community is angry because the whole GamerGate scandal exposed how the entire gaming media industry works together to control the opinions of the gaming community through lies and propaganda. Further, no major media publication is actually trying to explain GamerGate. Even Wikipedia leaves out the details.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... Here's a quick GamerGate explanation: (I believe this one is closer to the truth) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... It's really sad how every major publication leaves out half the story and instead tries to paint the gaming community as the source of the problem. Also, I really doubt the gaming community as a whole would condone any threats of violence against these women.

about three weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

brxndxn Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

I have to agree with this.. To apply Sarbanes-Oxley to a bunch of Florida fishermen catching fish off the coast of Florida is basically ignoring the US Constitution (the foundation of law in the US) in order to go after a harsher punishment by an overzealous prosecutor. There no interstate commerce here.. Pulling fish out of the water and putting them in a cooler is not commerce. They should've been slapped with the normal fine and some sort of fine/court case for destruction of evidence.. But this seems like an example of the system going after the little guy in a strange manner in order to change overall opinion on regulation.

about three weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

brxndxn Use Bitcoin Blockchain technology.. (388 comments)

Every ballot creates a new Bitcoin address (polling locations keep track of the generated ballot addresses) with a negligible fraction of bitcoins.. Every vote sends a tiny fraction of bitcoin to whatever addresses are represented by candidates. Only transactions from ballot-list addresses are counted. Candidates with the highest amount of bitcoins in their voting addresses from verified ballots win. Any screwups or attempts at fucking with the votes could be seen on the blockchain.

There's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done anonymously while still being verifiable using the blockchain. Don't ask me to solve all the problems - but they are solvable.

I believe the whole point of the 'closed source' ballot bullshit we have now is the same reason we have a ridiculously bloated war on terror. The real purpose is to concentrate power in the hands of the few. They make us believe our votes are counted.. but they haven't been counted right in years.

about three weeks ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

brxndxn uh oh.. zombies (81 comments)

One day, scientists are going to play the wrong frequency and it is going to re-arrange all our brains.. then.. zombie apocalypse..

However, that can be circumvented if the scientists at one of those large colliders create the wrong matter that turns us all into zombies and starts a different zombie apocalypse..

I had a better story.. but it's Halloween.. go out of your house and look at the women that dress sexy. Happy Halloween!

about a month ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

brxndxn Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (488 comments)

That kind of argument can go both ways. When one single power line goes out, whole neighborhoods go without power. If the average household had a solar array with a Tesla (or other battery powered car plugged in), it could keep on running whether or not there were major interruptions in the power grid.

Your analogy of lighting a stadium with a bunch of shitty Christmas Tree bulbs makes no sense here.. especially if the stadium was covered in solar panels with a battery storage unit.

You're basically trying to argue that a centralized power grid is better than a decentralized power grid.. It certainly isn't going that direction in computing (depending on how you view the cloud).

about 2 months ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

brxndxn Re:IBM is dying (49 comments)

Both IBM and Oracle are introducing the latest and greatest in truly non-migratable legacy software. IBM and Oracle are both neck and neck in developing the largest locked-in IT budget footprint and most proprietary upgrade path. We'll see who wins this eventually - but right now, it's nice to see that the cost per user has never been higher. It's an exciting time to be in the last best thing!

about a month ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

brxndxn Re:Server Admins Everywhere are Saying... (49 comments)

I agree with that sentiment. As far as business laptops go, Thinkpad went from the best laptop you could possibly buy (especially their 'p' models) to a sub-average brand that gets beat by both Dell and HP. Of course, Lenovo, Dell, and HP all make shitty consumer versions in their race to the bottom. Now, Mac has the clear premium laptop crown and it does not look like anyone is close to catching up.

It sucks to see a company buy a brand and to know their full intention is to ride that brand into a lower quality venue. There is no fucking way Lenovo plans on buying the IBM server brand and increasing the quality.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

brxndxn Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

This.. Amending the Constitution means they are abiding by it and admitting it is authoritative. Without amending it, it means they are attempting to subvert it.

The fact that the federal, state, and local governments are going out of their way to create all sorts of circumstances where the Bill of Rights are ignored shows that there is a widespread attempt at completely removing the Constitutional framework. Peoples' rights are only violated when those rights are needed most.

about 3 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

brxndxn Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

Bigger waist = bigger pockets. I shouldn't have to be a fat guy to carry my phone in my pocket.

about 4 months ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

brxndxn Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

My initial impression of articles like this are to make readers feel good about being effeminate out-of-shape doughboys that comply with authority and never think about the obvious inconsistencies and corruptions of society. It's just like the 'food pyramid' that says people should eat a diet rich in stuff that makes you fat (carbohydrates) while de-emphasizing the importance of proteins (expensive, scarce relatively).

Let's go ahead and blame the hormone that makes men muscular and strong and act like docility is a positive trait. If you've ever been in a room full of powerful people - men and women - there is a hell of a lot of energy flowing around and you can feel it. I bet commanding women like Hillary Clinton have more testosterone flowing than most men.

There is nothing to be proud about physical or mental weakness. Weakness is a choice - just like cooperation. It is an error in reasoning to blame testosterone as a hinderance to civilization - correlation does not imply causation.

about 4 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

brxndxn NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

The big manufacturers are all too busy competing with Apple to actually notice there might be a market for something else.. For example, I want a Motorola Razr running Android. I don't care if it's slower, worse resolution, smaller screen than todays' big fat candy bar phones. I'm a guy and I don't carry a bag. The phone has got to fit in my pocket.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

brxndxn Yay.. This is easy to imagine (322 comments)

In typical Microsoft "All heads in our asses" fashion, they release Windows 8 with two completely separate UI's.. One doesn't work at all for desktop.. and the other barely works for desktop. Hell.. opening a PDF in Windows 8 is still a goddamn nightmare.

Now that they're unifying Windows, we know exactly what the customer wants:
1. UI separate from kernel (vector graphic UI for desktops, 2d UI for battery-powered devices)
2. Ability to customize installation (ie.. Windows embedded version, Windows business edition, Windows uber Gamer edition, Windows "I install Weatherbug and other stupid applications" edition, Windows "Gimme the shitty Widnows 8 UI" edition)
3. Ability to control data usage (ie.. Windows "I'm being charged for the amount of data because AT&T and Verizon are shitty companies edition")

What will we get:
1. METRO 80's colors EDITION
2. Cannot multitask edition
3. Super fucking bloated edition
4. We changed shit because we wanted to change shit and good fucking luck finding it edition
5. We give you errors if you're not connected to the Internet edition
6. We update your computer when you're trying to turn it off and take it with you edition

Bleh.. this was a minimal effort bitch session.. Microsoft already knows they suck and we only buy Windows because it's pretty much forced on us

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

brxndxn Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

Throw $50 at it and see if you get 'taken to the cleaners'. Of course, I would not recommend betting your house on Bitcoin. It IS a speculative investment - but I would hardly say it is a speculative bubble.

Also, as most Bitcoin advocates, I would not recommend storing any sizable amount of Bitcoins in anything other than encrypted wallets you control directly.

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

brxndxn Re:Why? (753 comments)

Why would you ever want a cashless society? Cash is one option you have. Taking it out removes an option and therefore freedom.

So you can audit and authorize where it goes. I can't audit a guy stealing cash from my wallet.

Since you can't audit a guy stealing cash from your wallet, we will eliminate all cash! Brilliant! Then, after that, we will audit the Pentagon!

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

brxndxn Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

That 'small percent' of online vendors is growing about the same percentage rate as Google and Facebook when they first started. Your incredulous attitude will only prevent you from getting into Bitcoin and realizing the benefits before it becomes ubiquitous.

Bitcoin started as an experiment.. Now you can buy anything on Overstock, Tiger Direct, Newegg, Cheapair.com, and Expedia with Bitcoin. You can also pay your Dish Network bill with Bitcoin. There is an organic infrastructure growing around Bitcoin - US government regulations, payment innovations, website integrations - and that infrastructure is increasing momentum.

Of course it's not ubiquitous yet.. But god damn, your questions are meant to criticize Bitcoin - but they are awfully dimwitted. First, maybe 10 years ago it was seen as limiting market exposure if users needed to own a smartphone. But, there isn't a company left that worries about being out of the huge capital markets of 'users without smartphones' except maybe Walmart.

And, 'how will you buy gas and food with that?' .. Good question there. Wow.. You found one huge flaw in Bitcoin. It's impossible to buy gas or food with Bitcoin.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

brxndxn Re:Redbox Instant (364 comments)

I am so sick of seeing this damn argument.. The bottom line is Verizon is slowing down and dropping packets that go to specific areas. It does not matter how they do it or what they are saying to justify it. It is intentional and they are lying when they're saying it's not. The fix, for a network provider, is simple and low cost - and it should be part of maintaining the network.

Verizon wants more money to fix their own network problems that they created intentionally because it allows them to extort money from their competition. Also, Verizon is lobbying to further legalize what they are doing since it is a fairly grey area right now. So.. they are both lobbying for the right to slow down competitor traffic and they are claiming that the existing slow-downs in competitor traffic are a 'technical issue' that is not their fault when they are in full control of the means to fix the technical issue.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

brxndxn Re:Redbox Instant (364 comments)

I have Fios and I called about Netflix and Youtube issues. The customer service rep actually told me I should use Redbox Instant instead. I ended up saving the chat log because I was so incensed. I paid for the packets of data I request on the Internet. Verizon is trying to charge twice for those very same packets. The only reason I have Verizon is because it's one of two horrible choices I have for Internet access.

Further, I went ahead and flashed an old wireless access point to DD-WRT and set up an account with hidemyass.com (VPN provider) to see if that helped Netflix and Youtube. Sure enough, it did. Netflix was in HD every time after that and Youtube almost never had a hiccup or buffering issue in the middle of the video - as long as the traffic through the device was going to the VPN.

Netflix, please keep talking trash. Verizon, please go to hell.

about 6 months ago

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X3: Terran Conflict DRM servers down - can't play

brxndxn brxndxn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

brxndxn (461473) writes "After purchasing X3: Terran Conflict from Steam, I have been unable to activate. I went to the Steam forums that say to go to the Egosoft support forums. The Egosoft support forums say to go to http://www.tagesprotection.com/ for support.

However, in the forums, there are a lot of unhappy customers that paid for the game that are unable to activate it. In the Steam Forums for X3 (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=83), most of the subjects are copmlaining about the Tages DRM.

Also, in the Egosoft forums (http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=230592), many people are having problems with the DRM right now.

There are no new posts regarding the issue of the Tages DRM servers being down by technical support."

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