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Geeks In the Public Forum?

clang_jangle Re:Technocrats (326 comments)

If only words like "geeks" and "technocrats" actually meant something other than a diverse group of people who *identify* with science and technology... For many people "science" is simply a matter of faith -- they have zero knowledge or understanding, Naturally, it also complicates matters quite a lot that "science" is a term which covers a lot of conflicting/divergent schools of though. IOW, TFA reads like something written by a 12 year old who recently decid he's "a geek".

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What If Intellectual Property Expired After Five Years?

clang_jangle What if? (577 comments)

What if Spartacus had had a Piper Cub?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Skype Setup For Toddler's Room?

clang_jangle Doomed (302 comments)

Sounds like you're seriously underestimating a toddler's resourcefulness, frankly...

more than 2 years ago
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"Brainput" Boosts Your Brain Power By Offloading Multitasking To a Computer

clang_jangle Re:We are the borg ...... (121 comments)

Considering how much more capable even an average person's brain is than any computer we can build today, this is a bit silly. Enhancing the brain by waking some of the ~90% which is unused would almost certainly yield more practical results. Consider the numerous, very complicated instructions the brain is able to run just to walk, ride a bike, or breathe. If we can gain conscious control over that kind of functionality, we'd be formidable.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

clang_jangle Re:"Get the Facts" (290 comments)

I have one friend who's as non-technically-inclined as they come, using Ubuntu on a Dell laptop for over four years now without incident. The original install from 2008 is now current, and only twice in those four years was I called in to correct minor stuff broken/changed by updates. In those two cases, she still had the use of the laptop and OS, we're talking *little* things like links in email stopped bringing up the browser. She has needed far less help than my windows-using friends in the past four years, so as I said, sir -- your info is out of date. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

clang_jangle Re:"Get the Facts" (290 comments)

Check out Mint LXDE, starting with version 11. I still prefer Debian, but Mint LXDE is absolutely amazing for it's incredible ease of install. Nearly any modern common hardware will Just Work with that distro, and it can easily be installed, configured, and maintained by the most clueless of newbs. Your info is definitely out of date. There will occasionally be need for an expert no matter what OS a person chooses, but I'd say at this point Mint is rigt u there with OS X for being an idiot-proof system that Just Works. Really slaughters Windows in that regard, as well as on the security front. I know you know a lot about windows, and I respect your choice, but if you're talking ease of security for non-technical users you simply cannot beat Mint.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

clang_jangle Re:"Get the Facts" (290 comments)

While there is a lot of truth to what you say, at this time, nost popular Linux distos are by far the easiest to secure and to run securely without having to be a super expert technical user. Windows can be just as secure in the right hands, but ironically requires a much higher level of expertise to do so. I'm no windows expert, so I feel usafe to the point I would never put any bankig or other critical info ito a windows machine, I do it in Linux and BSD all the time though, because I know enough to do it securely. I'm sure you're knowledgeable enough with windows to be safe, but I want my non-tech users on Mint or Ubuntu. Not to mentio that whole slew of issues that comes up with "microsoft" amd "trust", DRM -- I had to reformat my mp3player once after big foolish enough to let WMP access it -- it decided a bunch of indie music was "pirated" and wouldn't let those files play! It also hogged about have the flash drive creatig unnecessary database files. Nasty stuff, that WMP.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

clang_jangle Re:"Get the Facts" (290 comments)

In before all the stupid replies that Linux cannot be hacked. :)

I suppose there could be some people stupid enough to say that, but I haven't seen much of it (unless you count obvious troll posts). In fact, a misconfigured linux system is one of the easiest to hack -- but we're discussing malware, not hacking. Since most linux distros are using repositories for all the third-party software (vs non-tech users zooming around the web downloading "10,000 similies!") malware for linux is pretty darned rare -- much more so than windows or os x. Unless, of course, one counts all the android trojans -- I don't because to me android is a completely unique OS that happens to use some linux code.

more than 2 years ago
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Cash For Tweets and Facebook Posts? Aussie Startup Pays You to Astroturf

clang_jangle Re:This should be considered illegal (156 comments)

It doesn't really matter -- twitter is cutting their own throat allowing this kind of slimy stuff. It's just a matter of time til everyone knows twitter is for suckers that want to read a bunch of really short astroturf. Plus this kind of behavior is practically eternal. "Caveat Emptor", "a fool and his money are soon parted". It's just real life continuing to spread on the internet.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Transplant Same Kidney Twice In Two Weeks

clang_jangle Re:Get me a hammer! (130 comments)

You are correct -- the value of this is the discovery that when an organ is diseased it may be a symptom of a greater problem. It actually seems pretty obvious when you think about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax

clang_jangle Re:A red state raising taxes!!??!!!??? (274 comments)

But apparently it's ok because as TFS says "[not collecting sales tax] has drawn fire from state governments facing budget shortfalls and from traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, who say online sellers essentially give customers an automatic discount when they donâ(TM)t collect taxes. Combs has estimated the state loses $60 million a year from untaxed online sales." That got me thinking... How much is it costing me to not be a thief? Hmmm.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

clang_jangle Re:really? (1258 comments)

Considering that belief is the opposite of thinking

That's an interesting belief you've got there...
The fact is, whether you're an Appalachian snake handler or a CS PHd, you have many beliefs and not all of them are rational. Now, would you like me to fetch you a stepladder, so you can climb down from that high horse? :)

more than 2 years ago
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Will IBM Watson Be Your Next Mayor?

clang_jangle Re:Rio de Janeiro WOW!!!! (148 comments)

So it's more "Brasil" than "The Strength of Stones" then? That's disappointing,,,

more than 2 years ago
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Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

clang_jangle Re:What's up with the writing style, Mark? (285 comments)

My god, that's appallingly bad! When Ubuntu came out in 2004 its niche was clear -- Debian for people who couldn't install or configure Debian. A year or two later, Debian became just as easy to install and configure as Ubuntu, so now what purpose does it really serve? Plus Ubuntu-ites are frequently the annoying Mac fanbois of the linux world, and the number of incorrect, broken "howtos" for Ubuntu is simply staggering. The net effect has been that now we have as many clueless lusers as Mac and Windows. Thanks, Mark!

more than 2 years ago
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One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows

clang_jangle Re:Infected? (285 comments)

In enterprise settings it's common for AV to be run on linux machines that interact with windows machines. ClamAV also exists for OS X. TFA is just an applehate troll. Windows users whose machines can become infected from emailing or exchanging files with another machine are doing it wrong, regardless of the OS serving the malware.

more than 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

clang_jangle It's a huge undertaking (305 comments)

While I'm not a big fan of Microsoft, it should be said that porting the OS to a different architecture after many years of using an architecture designed with their input is a huge undertaking. Give them some time.

more than 2 years ago
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Treating Depression With Electrodes Inside the Brain

clang_jangle Re:Tough choice -- trepanning or... (237 comments)

No,it's ok because he (you?) was trying to conflate nutritional information with superstition. As for the rest, you made it up. I never made the claim you seem to think I made (that diet is THE answer-- just AN answer, but an answer that works for many people). Your inability to understand my words without adding your own superfluous interpretation, followed by compulsively aggressive outbursts based upon your misunderstanding must make life really hard...

more than 2 years ago
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Treating Depression With Electrodes Inside the Brain

clang_jangle Re:Tough choice -- trepanning or... (237 comments)

That there's some seriously content-free trolling! Does the mere suggestion of proper nutrition always cause you to have ad hominem outbursts like that? Maybe you need some electrodes in your brain....

more than 2 years ago
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Treating Depression With Electrodes Inside the Brain

clang_jangle Re:Tough choice -- trepanning or... (237 comments)

Actually, my post is informative and you're simply trolling --probably because you're one of the "normal Americans" who thinks you should be able to live on factory food and fast food (or worse, a "traditional American diet") while using chemicals from Big Pharma to magically control the damage you do with your unrestricted eating.

more than 2 years ago

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Ford's New Cars To Be Wifi Hotspots

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clang_jangle (975789) writes "According to artcles found at autoblog and read write web, Ford is using Microsoft's sync system to allow customers to use their existing cellular usb modems to convert the car into a wifi hotspot. While there are other ways to get your car online, the sync system does look especially practical.
Last year BMW made some noise about FOSS for their cars, but they seem to have stopped talking about it since. Will we see a FOSS option for automotive infotainment systems in the future?"
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The end of US Internet freedom?

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clang_jangle (975789) writes "That's the claim made by the Inquirer in an article reporting some ominous observations about the FCC's impending rules regarding net neutrality.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided that it will police the Internet to make sure that the large ISPs — telecom and cable companies, mostly — do not force a two-tiered Internet on the American public.
However a group of prominent law professors has warned the FCC that buried in the fine print of its proposed Net Neutrality rules are potential loopholes that if left open could be exploited by the ISPs in connivance with the entertainment cartels to undermine the future of Internet freedom.
Columbia University Law School professor and Free Press board chair Tim Wu told the Washington Post about the letter after submitting it to the FCC.

The letter the profs submitted is available here (PDF warning)."

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Comcast's new throttling plan

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clang_jangle (975789) writes "The Inquirer has up a revealing article on Comcast's new plan to throttle its customers' traffic. According to TFA,

Its network throttling implements a two-tier packet queueing system at the routers, driven by two trigger conditions.
Comcast's first traffic throttling trigger is tripped by using more than 70 per cent of your maximum downstream or upstream bandwidth for more than 15 minutes.
Its second traffic throttling trigger is tripped when the Cable Modem Termination System you're hooked-up to – along with up to 15,000 other Comcast subscribers – gets congested, and your traffic is somehow identified as being responsible.
Tripping either of Comcast's high bandwidth usage rate triggers results in throttling for at least 15 minutes, or until your average bandwidth utilisation rate drops below 50 per cent for 15 minutes.

Apparently the above information was taken directly from Comcast's most recent filing with the FCC."

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NASA Tests New Lunar Vehicle

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clang_jangle writes "Technology Review has a brief article about the lunar vehicle to be used by the next astronauts to visit the moon. According to TFA,

The new rover is pressurized so that astronauts can safely explore much more of the moon's surface. During the Apollo program, exploration was limited by the distance astronauts could walk in their spacesuits in case their rover broke down--approximately 9.7 kilometers. LER has a range of about 241 kilometers because astronauts could safely reside inside until rescued by another rover--NASA plans to have at least two on the surface simultaneously. The new rover weighs four tons, has a 20-horsepower engine, and can traverse 30-degree slopes and climb over meter-sized boulders. "It's a beast," says Rob Ambrose, a human robotics engineer at JSC, who works on LER.

Unfortunately, with NASA's scheduled return to the moon by the year 2020 under a shadow of doubt and the possibility of a Chinese manned mission, the new rover may not be the next vehicle to cruise the lunar surface."

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Did Microsoft and Intel "Goof Up" Win 7's

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clang_jangle (975789) writes "Arstechnica has a short article up describing how Microsoft and Intel have "goofed up" Windows 7's XP Mode, by ensuring most PCs will not be able to use it. Meanwhile, over at Infoworld, Redmond is criticized for having the "right idea, wrong technology" with their latest compatibility scheme, and PC World says "great idea, on paper". With Windows 7 due to be released in 2010, and Redmond apparently eager to move on from XP, perhaps this is not really a "goof" at all?"
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Win7's XP mode -- Panacea or Kludge?

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clang_jangle writes "The Register has up a very brief review of Windows 7's XP mode, in which they point out that many PCs will not be able to take advantage of Microsoft's XP virtualization at all, though they do conclude that the virtualization scheme looks "promising". Meanwhile, over at Infoworld, Redmond is criticized for having the "right idea, wrong technology" with their latest compatibility scheme, and PC World says "great idea, on paper"."
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What happened to the "meta" in meta modera

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clang_jangle (975789) writes "Not so long ago, before the Firehose became the dominant Slashdot paradigm, I used to enjoy meta-moderation — modding the mods. But for quite sme time now, when I accept an invitation to meta-mod I am taken to a page which features many unmoderated comments, where I am asked to rate them "+" or "-". Isn't that merely a kind of supplemental moderation? It certainly isn't meta-moderation. So Slashdot, what on earth is up with that? Did someone forget what "meta" means?"
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$20K "Bentley" Designer Laptop runs Vista

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clang_jangle writes "For some time now, a company called Ego Lifestyle has been marketing "designer" laptops. T3 reports that the unabashedly swank company recently attended the British Motor Show to promote their new Bentley Laptop, named for the legendary British automaker. T3 appears slightly less than enthused, saying, "Ego's been making luxury laptops of questionable taste and shape for a couple years now, and seems to have finally met the 'alright, I guess' mark with its Bentley laptops." The article has a photo gallery, for those who wish to see such a marvel. Oh, and it runs Vista."
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First Look at the Lightning GT

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clang_jangle writes "Autobloggreen has a tantalizing if all-too-brief first look at the Lightning GT, an electric supercar from the Lightning Car Company which uses new battery technology from Altairnano. The car was shown for the first time today at the British International Motor Show. It is claimed that the battery pack can be charged in just 10 minutes, with a useful lifetime of up to 10 years. While the Lightning GT itself is to be a limited production, high-priced offering, will this technology "trickle down" to more affordable cars? If so, does this mean battery electric vehicles are finally close to being ready to replace our ICE powered cars?"
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New NASA Office Will Study Strange Cosmic Phenomen

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

clang_jangle (975789) writes "According to this article at sciencedaily.com, "NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will house the agency's new Einstein Probes Office, created to study the universe's exotic phenomena: dark energy, black holes and cosmic microwave background radiation.
The new division, to be housed in Goddard's Beyond Einstein Program Office, will facilitate NASA's future medium-class science missions to investigate these profound cosmic mysteries.""

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So long, slashdot

clang_jangle clang_jangle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

This account will be inactive starting today, May 22 2011.
Slashdot has gained over a million new users since I joined a few years ago, and those users include so many wannabes, trolls, and astroturfers. Slashdot has gone from being a place with many knowledgeable regulars to a place where trolling, "snarkiness", fanbois, and haters are together the majority, all but drowning out the voices of the more knowledgeable and serious.

It was good for awhile, but it's over for me now. So long, slashdot! Thanks for the memories...

Edit 03312012:
Wellp, it's been just a bit less than a year since I last logged in to slashdot. Today I came back out of boredom and curiosity. So, am I back? We'll see...

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