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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (327 comments)

Though unlikely to change your opinion, Krugman has an interesting piece on how they're not so radical after all, but pretty much following textbook macro. Don't like Krugman? Well, he predicted the economic quagmire that we're in now. Bill Gross was so off he got kicked out of his own firm.

If you're reactionary, everything pretty much looks like radicalism,

3 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

cant_get_a_good_nick Effort in policing is a a feature, not a bug (392 comments)

The Constitution put in barriers to policing. It's a filter, making it cost a bit if you want to go after someone. This doesn't totally eliminate the threat of tyranny, but it slows it down quite a bit.

So, this clown is saying "hey, if you don't let us do this low effort illegal spying, we're gonna do high effort illegal spying". Even if he's right, this is still good news to me. You need to put shoes on the ground to go after folks. I can't do a blanket surveillance on everyone, no more LOVEINT illegal spying just because you can. I think this is better than even stronger laws. I can ignore the laws of man, but harder to ignore the laws of economics.

4 days ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

cant_get_a_good_nick There goes all protests... (148 comments)

Lets say you've a memory more than a week and you remember Fukushima and Chernobyl and then want to protest Nuclear Energy for safety reasons, and/or you want different green energy.

Now you're arrested, and no safety of civilian courts. FUN!

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Didn't we have this discussion... (290 comments)

This is just invented for parallel construction.
Basically, you do an illegal search, find what you want, then spend time to create something that can get someone arrested.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

cant_get_a_good_nick VPN hack Great for travellers (382 comments)

So, you use a VPN to avoid getting hacked by your local situation, then get hacked by your own government.

about two weeks ago
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Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network

cant_get_a_good_nick TMobile CellSpot routers are ASUS routers (68 comments)

So, i have a free-while-youre-with-tmobile router from TMobile. Its a NTAC68U with a custom firmware. The custom firmware IS vulnerable. But, the firmware is simplified, and doesn't have any way of getting a command line interface to run killall.

Im a geek, so I can reflash to Merlin or something like that. But most people with these routers will be non-technical folks. I hope the TMobile folks patch this quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

cant_get_a_good_nick S, SPlus, R (242 comments)

I'm a tech in a finance firm. We use math tools a lot. Octave too.

Though not quite a language, you can get a lot of jobs knowing Excel spreadsheets,

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

cant_get_a_good_nick MUMPS anyone? (242 comments)

I had an aunt that regularly tried to get me to come to her firm to code in MUMPS.

I wonder why I never did it.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Pono Player? (391 comments)

And lightning connector available for super cool bitrate audio to headphones.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

cant_get_a_good_nick Pono Player? (391 comments)

Neil Young already has the Pono Player. It plays FLAC.

Cooler name origin, just $400 (BKA one third the price), Kickstarter funded. And helps you keep on rockin' in the free world

My cube mate has a $300 bland iPod-ish thing with it's own FLAC capable firmware, and a true hardware amp. Did i mention $300, B.K.A. one fourth the price.

Methinks this is a non-starter. They will sell when heavily discounted, much like the HP Tablets finally sold (as Linux devices) when prices came down.

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

Depends. I think the docking and unloading may be one place where the programming to get this right may be more expensive than actual humans.

Think of restaurants. You can drop hundreds of thousands to build a robot to be a waiter.

Or you can throw iPads at every table for orders and payment, and dump all waiters and cashiers for a much smaller number of servers. Its not about tech, it's about cost. Externalize the feeling thinking humans to be just a cost and get rid of the suckers that dare ask for wages.

about a month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Fine! (420 comments)

I remember StarOffice. Crazy ass hacked together Office Suite used to battle MS Office. Just one of many side projects that Scot McNealy did at Sun. If he dropped those, and actually worked on his SPARC processors so that the $10,000 workstation didn't get smacked by a $2000 Intel PC, he may still be CEO of Sun.

The irony of fighting the MS Evil Empire, waste so much resources doing so that he was swallowed by the Oracle Evil Empire.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

Driverless cars? A better feature proposition (it'd make the commute much easier and enjoyable), but the feature is limited to certain roads/speeds, and after seeing the price hikes for a hybrid, one can only imagine what the driverless feature set will cost you as someone out shopping for a new car.

This will be a hit commercially. Think about all the drivers you need to pay. I see two huge holes to plug.

1) Taxis. Don't worry about Uber. A redesigned,small, driverless taxi, taking Google Pay, using Google maps.
Saves gas (no need to circle, wait for a page). Less space (two seat taxis can do much of what's needed for taxis).

2) Long haul trucking. Drivers have limits on to how long they can drive. To get their quotas they regularly violate them. Safety issues abound. What if you just drove to a highway (human) let the truck drive itself across country, then you drive it to dock it.

about 1 month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Motive (282 comments)

United States of Mexico?

We call ourselves the US, but we're not even the only United States on our continent...

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Move over USA, it's China's time to shine now.. (265 comments)

As an economy that is 70% consumer based, I'm not sure how much consumer debt is from China.

China needs to buy our debt more than we need to sell it. They need to convert yuan to dollars to maintain a favorable exchange rate. How's that go? If you borrow $1000 from a bank, the bank owns you. If you borrow, say, several trillion dollars from a bank, you own the bank.

about a month ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:What about jobs? (417 comments)

I have no "proof" same as any other "proof" out there. The world is a constantly shifting equilibrium, and I have no idea where the attractor may lie.

But I see a few things that were never possible before.

1) Satiety. What do we really NEED now. We need food, clothing, shelter. Other revolutions happened when a large part of the populace was wanting something but costs were too high for food or clothing, etc. We're now in a time of, for a lot of people, food surplus. Where's the demand coming from? Yeah, we can invent new tech, but how many TVs do you really need? Can that drive growth? I don't have the equations, but we're already seeing this in the US, Europe, and China to some extent. We're demand constrained, from both lack of rapidly growing need, and lack of wages to finance that need. Yes, i'm speaking somewhat USAcentric here (i know there is lack of food security elsewhere) but for good or bad, the American consumer economy is the gravity that all the other economic planets align around.

2) Information networks allow centralization as never before possible. Do you think Jeff Bezos is going to walk into your cafe? No, he lives in Washington. You ship money to him on a regular basis, but he makes damn sure he doesn't ship any back to you or your region. It's not just globalization, but a general shipping of resources to places that don't need to ship resources back, either to foreign shores or even local centrally located economies. This trend is not going to end any time soon.

3) Speed. The other revolutions took place over the course of decades, our current one is happening much faster. A contrived example, what if you spent money on becoming a MySpace consultant? You'd be making close to zero cash now. The ability for jobs to disappear seems (IMHO) faster than what humans can do, in the average sense, to learn skills for new ones.

I know I'm no expert, and not claiming to be, but it's something we need to think about. This isn't even a last year thing - our economy has been slowing for years. It was masked by two events, the first being wives working outside of the home bringing in more household cash. The second, is people using home equity as a credit card, using debt to mask lack of wage increases, and that contributed to a near global economic meltdown. Now that the Home Equity Line of Credit is gone, purchasing power growth is now reverting to wage growth and we're screwed.

about a month and a half ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

"Real" Unemployment rate is whatever you measure, as long as you're consistent. We can call this "real" one U4 (currently around 6%), or the one you seem to like U6 which has dropped significantly since your reference. Both are better when Obama took office, when the nation was shedding jobs like crazy. Both are better overall even though the government has shed jobs since Obama took office (yes the government is smaller under Obama, you don't hear about that much). To get a better unemployment number, the private sector needs to grow to offset the losses in the public sector, and still some more. Obama's not doing a horrible job.

Obama did have a decent hand in lowering unemployment. It's just not enough. Even early on in the recession people told him to spend more, and he knew he couldn't get a real spending bill past Congress (and we're still at historically low interest rates on bonds, money is cheap! Build infrastructure, baby!). But, instead of saying "hey we need more, but this is all those suckers will give us" he was very "this should be enough". He never recovered from that. It truly is his mistake, and it cost him much in both sets of midterms.

There is a narrative that Democrats are lousy on the economy, when the economy tends to do better with Democratic Presidents.

As far as how many he should have added, hmm, that's a good question. Comparing to the 60's - hmmmmmm. We had a postwar dividend, in both pent up consumer demand, and baby boomers becoming new consumption targets. We didn't have globalization then. Japan and Germany were still recovering from the war. China wasn't even on the map economically. No Internet, no offshoring, no robots. It would be an interesting discussion on whether we could *ever* get back to that kind of increase. I have kids, I wish we could. But can they ever win a job from Watson?

about a month and a half ago

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How Do I Secure Windows XP for my Mom?

cant_get_a_good_nick cant_get_a_good_nick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) writes "As the family tech geek, everyone asks me how to get rid of viruses. As I explain malware and the difference between the infection vectors of worms, trojans, and viruses, their eyes (understandably) glaze over. And I can't even tell them what's the best freeware anti-virus + anti-spyware + anti-malware-of-the-day for Windows (I'm a Linux geek myself). I moved my sister from a public IP to a private IP, and saw her eyes wander the room when I tried to explain why it's better for her.

Faced with the choices of getting a family that just understands tech (not gonna happen) getting them to move off Windows (not gonna happen) or letting them get infected (I don't want to happen), what are the best resources for getting a Windows machine relatively safe, and keeping it so? The more i look at this, the more I need to explain malware, DHCP, firewalls, rootkit, Windows update (but avoid WGA), the more I hear them ask for a magic bullet to make it all go away. How can I make Windows security as simple as possible?"

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