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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

brxndxn Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (200 comments)

There is no free market when Verizon is granted an anti-competitive monopoly on property-owners' easements and given tax breaks for infrastructure that equal more than Verizon pays for infrastructure. Verizon needs to be held accountable for their failure to live up to taxpayer promises. They are hardly a private company.

about a week ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

brxndxn Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (160 comments)

AMD is most certainly not a shit company ~ you have a shit opinion. AMD was pounded into the ground financially by Intel competing unfairly when AMD had the clear performance advantage. Intel made their agreements so companies like HP would actually save money if they went 100% Intel even though the market was clearly calling for AMD processors. This was made obvious when AMD offered to give free processors to HP and HP still refused. Since Intel is basically a monopoly and our regulatory agencies are run by ball-less cowards, AMD has a tiny research and development budget compared to both Intel and Nvidia. AMD continues to exist with research money being their only real limitation. History shows that AMD can create processors that outperform Intel with less than a quarter of Intel's research budget. AMD has nowhere near a quarter of Intel's research budget at the moment. As far as ATI/Nvidia competition, Nvidia tends to make things as proprietary as possible while AMD makes them more open. AMD's graphics hardware tends to be more advanced while having a simpler design than Nvidia. However, AMD's very limited software/driver development budget keeps AMD graphics cards performing less than optimally. Further, my experience of gaming on Linux a few months ago gave me no issues with the Metro 2033 Redux and my Radeon 7970.. so I am going to take this 'benchmark' with a grain of salt. Perhaps the latest driver is slow or has a bug - but they do tend to get fixed from my experience. Even if you hate AMD as a company, you can thank them for the reasonable prices of CPUs and graphics cards. Without AMD, both become extremely expensive.

about two weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

brxndxn Re:Build your own fab (230 comments)

No, it isn't. The entire market cap of AMD is less than the cost of building a new fab. Intel royally fucked AMD in 1999-2003 and AMD has been in a dismal financial position ever since. Intel does not play fair - and until Intel is forced to play fair, the best you can expect from AMD is for them to stay alive. Intel was forced to pay a fine that was about 5% of where AMD should have been financially.

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

brxndxn Re:More centralised control (386 comments)

I have to agree with this sentiment. As an automation programmer, I integrate new technology into existing systems all the time. No matter how old something is, there is usually an interface or way to make it communicate and work seamlessly with newer components. I'm sick of every goddamn writer saying generalized idiocy to the effect of 'we need more government for everything.' If there are enough 'sensors' on existing roads for humans to make good driving decisions, then there are enough sensors on existing roads for machines to be programmed to make the same decisions.

about a month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

brxndxn Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (166 comments)

Gotta agree with your sarcasm. Se-yul is also saying the exact things US officials would want him to say if they're trying to justify a typical bloated 'cyberwarfare' budget and new laws that limit freedoms in the US. "OMG the scary North Korea and their elite hackers are going to bring the US (home to the programmers of most of the worlds' major software) to its knees!"

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

brxndxn Re:Not a Real Question (280 comments)

WTF does STEM even mean? To me, it sounds like someone who is so goddamn unfamiliar with anything technical that he is trying to find a word more generalized than 'anything technical.'

about a month and a half ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

brxndxn Re:I'll donate some onions for the cause... (171 comments)

Holy shit what a fucking insightful opinion. Mod parent to 5! Nobody else thought this initially and had the bold cavalier mental fortitude to just fucking post it... without wondering if there's really any truth to this.

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

brxndxn Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (772 comments)

As a private citizen, you can do that without representing the neighborhood. The CIA tortured on behalf of the United States.

about 1 month ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

brxndxn Good job, FBI (229 comments)

This is what the FBI should be doing with our taxpayer money instead of going after individual software pirates or trying to push for easier backdoors into consumer devices. Teachers often get handed expensive devices that they don't really need - and they get denied funding on simple things like books, crayons, and copies. Meanwhile, teachers get paid shit and county officials get paid 3-5x as much.. The FBI should be cracking down on these corrupt jackasses.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

brxndxn Re:Confession - I didn't like Interstellar (289 comments)

I loved this movie.. It wasn't perfect - but no science-based sci-fi movie is. It's up to us to figure out how to make the impossible possible. No one needs another engineer or scientist telling us what we cannot do. We need more people like Elon Musk saying what we can do - and going out and proving it. The laws of physics are there to be broken. Defy them. Prove them wrong. Einstein broke Newton's laws.. Someone needs to break Einstein's laws.

I'll take Interstellar over any one of the normal Hollywood we get fed to us.. (ie.. XMen, Random war movies, save-the-world CIA shit). So please tell me you think this movie was at least better than the typical Hollywood movie.

If engineers and scientists tended to be optimistic rather than pessimistic, engineers and scientists would be running the world. Obama didn't get elected by telling us what mankind cannot do.

about a month ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

brxndxn And this is why... (194 comments)

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

about 2 months ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

brxndxn Dear Judges, (165 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.\

about 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 months ago

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

brxndxn brxndxn writes  |  about 6 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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