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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

crhylove Good (293 comments)

More Gains for LINUX.

about 3 months ago

Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

crhylove It's not there. (293 comments)


A. There is a fundamental aspect of space/time we don't understand. (Maybe there is some type of Aether?)
B. We don't understand gravity over long distances. (Maybe it has a different effect over longer distances than we are aware)
C. We are not measuring something else properly. Light, time, distance....?

This whole "dark matter" thing has been unreasonably preposterous from the word go.

about 9 months ago

Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

crhylove airships (157 comments)

Autonomous solar power airships are a much better idea. Navigation would be easier and you end a lot of other driving problems on the way.

about 9 months ago

Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

crhylove ClusterStack (157 comments)

I just want my phone, tablet, and i5 desktop to act as a cluster and share cycles and memory. This seems easier than most of Google's moonshots.

about 9 months ago

Russia Today: Vladimir Putin's Weapon In 'The War of Images'

crhylove Hilarious! I read RT frequently. (254 comments)

While the RT agenda is fairly obvious and I don't question that some of the info is skewed in some way, I find it a much more reliable outlet than CNN, MSNBC, FOX, or the plethora of other vacuous and blatantly false media outlets available here in the US.

I can find some decent reporting on the RT, and almost none of it is about Honey Boo Boo and Kim Kardashian, so..... .... It's a much better news source than most of the gheystream media.

about a year ago

EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

crhylove Google, Marijuana, Slashdot (301 comments)

The same google who gives all your data to the NSA? Who's high on Slashdot today?

about a year ago

Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

crhylove What makes good movies... (1029 comments)

1. The Big Lebowski
2. Office Space
3. Ground Hog Day
4. Brassed Off
5. Empire Strikes Back
6. The Princess Bride
7. Borat
8. Dumb & Dumber
9. Braveheart
10. The Unforgiven

What do these movies have in common? Great plots, great concepts, and great execution. Some of them are big budget, but most of them did not have to be (besides Braveheart and ESB obviously). Hollywood makes almost nothing but crap now. It's not really about the budget or the star factor. IDIOTS!

1 year,2 days

Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

crhylove Jenny isn't the problem. (668 comments)

Jenny McCarthy isn't the problem.
Barbara Walters isn't the problem.
Measles, Autism, and Vaccines aren't even the problem.
The problem is that these insane and corrupt pharmaceutical companies have such a poor history of engendering human health that nobody trusts them at all any more.
I'm pro science. I'm pro vaccine. But how can I justify endangering my kid by injecting an infant with the history of Glaxosmithkline?
That seems riskier than ANY disease.
Give me a vaccine from a company with a history of good human health decisions, and I'll gladly use it!

1 year,3 days

Chinese Firm Approved To Raise World's Tallest Building In 90 Days

crhylove Re:Seems like overkill (307 comments)

I know right, if you're going to waste all that money, why not waste it on solar power plants or thorium salt reactors? That would pay for itself eventually no matter what, fix the environment, and they'd STILL be getting something for the imaginary bank bubble they're already locked into.

about a year ago

Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

crhylove Short Answer: (497 comments)


Long Answer: For a while maybe. But as Android & Linux continue dominating in the mobile/server spaces and Linux Mint keeps gaining on the desktop then long term they are screwed. They don't have the best OS. They don't have the cheapest OS. In fact, other than market dominance I can't think of a single reason anyone is using their OS. The last good OS they put out was XP SP3. That was over a decade ago. They are the walking dead at this point. Steam client for Linux is the first bell toll of their inevitable demise.

about a year ago

Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime?

crhylove It's needed, but not here yet? (309 comments)

So long as your footage is instantly available to the public and uncensorable, then maybe? You'd have to have some kind of darknet end to end encrypted publishing system with a public facing interface somewhere. This is a great idea for political freedom the planet over and needs to happen, but currently hasn't yet AFAIK.

about a year ago

Google and NASA Snap Up D-Wave Quantum Computer

crhylove Google = CISPA Sell-Outs. (108 comments)

Soo.... Now The NSA can get into our quantum computers too. YAY!

about a year ago

Obama Administration To Allow All Spy Agencies To Scour Americans' Finances

crhylove Silver & Bitcoins (405 comments)

That's fine. You don't see my silver and Bitcoins, and also fuck you. These corporate butt-plugs have been illegitimate fascists since they murdered JFK, and Obama is no better, if anything he might be the worst of the lot.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

crhylove The Water's Fine! (965 comments)

Come on in, the water's fine! I'd avoid the whole red hat gnome mess (which includes Ubuntu, btw). Go straight debian, or if you want something easier/prettier, got Linux Mint, and in particular the xfce edition.

about a year ago

What Will The Expanding World of ChromeOS Mean For Windows?

crhylove Re:Goodbye MS (263 comments)

My larger point is that this is becoming the exception rather than the rule. And I addressed gaming directly. Steam is a huge part of the gaming market, and it's on Linux now, with titles being added almost daily. Then of course, all the nintendo emulators work great in linux... :)

about a year and a half ago

What Will The Expanding World of ChromeOS Mean For Windows?

crhylove Goodbye MS (263 comments)

Microsoft should be scared shitless. I've done ONE test install of Windows 8, HATED it. I've been installing Linux Mint xfce edition (x64) all OVER the place. Love it. Same functionality as XP, more stable, quicker boot, better software selection out of box.

The ONLY problem with mint atm is that skype is not quite as good (go figure). If google steps up the game and gets google hangouts as good or better than skype and/or gotomeeting (the screen sharing in google is totally unusable right now), I don't see Microsoft as having a chance at all in any market.

At least not amongst the IT educated who see all the other options.

And Mac? How can any shop justify the pricing? LOL

Our sysadmins are all on nagios/android now with anag in particular. Most of us aren't even using linux except when we're doing the actual installs. Everything is android now. And the prices keep dropping.

It's game over. Microsoft and Apple are done, and I'm not going to miss them at all. Corporate scum bags should've been put out of their misery years ago. Especially apple with their drm crap. When I explain to apple users how they've been screwed by apple.... Which is not hard to do, they relook at my jellybean phone and tablet, realize that both of them TOGETHER are cheaper than an iphone, and instantly vow never to buy apple again.

I don't know a single person who has any feelings about Windows 8 other than abject hatred. NOBODY is switching to that here. Even on calls where a client got a new machine, their question is always, "How can I downgrade?" For the majority of them (non-gamers in particular), I convince them to use Mint xfce edition, and they couldn't be happier. Now with Steam growing it's library on Linux? The gamers are next. As soon as Civilization 2 comes to steam, I won't even need my old microXP VM any more!

These are good times for Linux, for open source, for human freedom, and for the tech industry. I for one welcome our new open source overlords.

PS Not to be an unabashed google fanboy. I disable google now everywhere I go (battery chewing spyware), as well as killing all the maps background data processes, etc.. Google is great, but only if you install android fresh and turn off all their spyware.

about a year and a half ago



Colocation Bartering. Does it exist?

crhylove crhylove writes  |  about a year ago

crhylove (205956) writes "I work for a small data center in a rural part of the US. We have a few solid and redundant Internet connections, a bunch of rack space and triple fail-safe power (including a generator if both of our power contracts simultaneously fail). While this is a great solution for our hosting and mail clients, it's not the stability and up-time that multiple international data centers would provide.

There's got to be some other small data centers like us who are looking for a distant location to have a few racks in. Is there currently a website or online meet up that provides a good forum for partnering with other small data centers and trading rack space/bandwidth straight across?"

What have we learned since constructing the ISS?

crhylove crhylove writes  |  about a year ago

crhylove (205956) writes "The International Space Station is in many ways the first "real" space station. It has been inhabited for a while now, and I'm guessing that much of the initial engineering did not jibe perfectly with the intended purposes that the "real world" would impose on such a habitat. For one, we know they are now opting for Linux as the uptime is better than Windows. What other lessons have we learned about living in space, and/or how would the ISS be designed differently today with the new knowledge we've accrued on the ISS as-is?"

The National Defense Authorization Bill effectivel

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crhylove writes "Many sites all over the web are reporting on this, but there's been an almost complete TV and radio media blackout. The president signed into law today "The National Defense Authorization Act" which effectively makes US citizens potential enemy combatants in a war zone and allowed to be held without any kind of due process.

Great video here: basically explaining some of the details."

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Where can we find PRACTICAL technology news?

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crhylove writes "I find myself reading physorg and slashdot nearly every day, and I love them both dearly. Frequently, I'll find an article relevant to something a fellow engineer is doing, and send them over a link. Inevitably, I get a response about how this technology is cool, that idea is neat, but we'll have to wait 10 years before we can use the tech and it's available in the market. Is there a website devoted to new technology that is freshly available and not just a concept or vapor ware?"
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Linux Mint 10 is out!

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crhylove writes "The fourth most popular OS in the world, and the Second most popular Linux Distro "Linux Mint" is out!! Gotta be an article somewhere!!!"

Wii Emulator out for Windows and x64 Windows

crhylove crhylove writes  |  about 6 years ago

crhylove writes "The Gamecube and Wii share some hardware, and the Gamecube emulation seen has been alive for a while now, even emulating some games in a playable fashion. By far the most advanced Gamecube emulator, Dolphin, has just released a new, much improved version, and also announced "Basic Wii Support", which means that it can load Wii isos, and play intro movies. There is currently no controller plugin to allow Wii to work (though probably there are numerous other problems as well), but it's all GPL, so, anyone?"
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Wine 1.0 is coming.... get those bugs sorted!

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crhylove writes "I just wanted a few more people to put their eyes on any part of wine to try to make it better before 1.0. In particular, you can test it out yourself and post your experiences in the app db over at or if you know anything about the code, you can probably check the SVN or whatever they are using. This is one project that can really help end the Microsoft Hegemony, if any nerds want to step in and lend a hand."
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Can we have an Open Source Electric Car Design?

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crhylove writes "The other day I bought a rechargeable 18v drill at Autozone while working on my internal combustion engined car. It was $15. With the price of gas rising so drastically and so constantly, I was wondering how many of those batteries I'd need to buy to drive an electric car? I quickly realized I did not have the electrical engineering background to answer that question, and really wanted to know, since I really want an electric car and solar panels at this point in time. There is an old Dodge Dart for sale down the street for $400. Could I make an electric car that went 100 miles between charges for less than $2000? And wouldn't it be sweet if it was a 1964 Dodge Dart? Where can I get enough juice to push a Dart for 100 miles for less than $1500? Would 100 of the 18V batteries last for 50 miles? Would they deliver enough juice to go 55 mph? I'd like to start an open source car initiative. Somewhere that anybody can go to find information on cheap batteries and electric motors, and where to buy batteries in bulk etc. If enough geeks start really buying the hell out of the right batteries, the price would probably start coming down pretty quickly, too, then even more people would jump on board. Is something like this out there already? Is my electrical engineering completely lacking in knowledge and is there a free online class somewhere I can take to remedy that?"
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How is the best way to bring an idea to market?

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crhylove writes "I have a very good idea, and could be good for the safety of our country. How do I give the DOD my idea and still make money? Or should I try the private sector first? What process should I go through? Does anybody on slashdot have experience in getting venture capitalists, and initial funding? What's my first step? Should I get a patent? My idea is primarily defensive, rather than offensive, and could also have plenty of value in the private sector on it's own. So please don't get up in arms about me giving good ideas to murderers or anything, thanks. This is an idea to help save our troops, and their loved ones from losing them. It can't actually be used to kill, unless..... hmm... Well, the first generation would definitely solely be defensive, anyway, hopefully by the next generation we can have real elections again, and not worry too much about what "our" government has or doesn't have. At any rate, I have the health, mind, spirit, and pocket book of the American consumer most squarely in mind as well.... And maybe have a cure for this global warming problem too. I'm not kidding. I need investors. Much Love. rhY"
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crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crhylove writes "Ubuntu Feisty Fawn is out! For those of you not in the know, Ubuntu is aiming to be a full fledged desktop OS based on Debian Gnu/Linux. It is lightweight, fast, pretty, and by default works on most of the hardware out there that people will want to run it on. Included in this release are easy driver installation for commercial (restricted) drivers, Compiz (though turned off by default), Open Office 2.2.0, The Gimp, Gaim (now Pidjin) 2.0.0 beta6, Firefox 2.0, a bunch of great games, and easy codec downloads and installs. I've been running Feisty since about Herd 4, and most of my Windows friends who see it are contemplating switching, and two of them already have (I also installed Beryl, which helps out a lot on the "bling" front)! The latest torrents and such are up at the usual places:"

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crhylove writes "Apparently, a company called D-Wave is about to unleash a 16 qubit computer on the world as soon as next week. From the article( cfm?newsID=7972&pagtype=all): "D-Wave of British Columbia has promised to demonstrate a quantum computer next Tuesday, that can carry out 64,000 calculations simultaneously (in parallel "universes"), thanks to a new technique which rethinks the already-uncanny world of quantum computing. But the academic world is taking a wait-and-see approach." I'm going to sit in the skeptical seat for at least 6 days, but one can always hope?"

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crhylove writes "I live in San Diego county, and there is only one major broadband provider in my area (Cox). Aside from their rather draconian policies on several issues (bittorrent, etc.), their service is frequently slow and or shuts off seemingly at random. This service and a few crappy channels I barely even watch set me back almost $80 a month. Is there some other ISP? Do any of the satellite services work well yet? Is there a cellular ISP that doesn't restrict torrent traffic? Is there ANY ISP that doesn't restrict torrent traffic? Do I have to start my own ISP?"

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crhylove writes "I was watching Fox news between 7 and 7:30 this morning, and they were talking about the proposed new 20,000 troops being sent to Iraq. They asked a reporter what he thought, and it seemed like he was trying to say that 20,000 extra troops would not help at all. There was a brief bit of fuzz, he was suddenly gone, and the main talking head said "we're having some satellite trouble.." then a different Fox reporter came on talking about what a great idea 20,000 new troops would be. Did any body else see that this morning? I'm in California, and the channel I was watching was Fox channel 6 (San Diego). Anybody got it Tivo-ed? Was this some non-Fox person pirating them for 5 seconds? Was this one of their own reporters not following the company line and getting shut off? What the hell was that?"

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crhylove writes "With all the talk of electronic voting, the corporate shenanigans that have gone on pertaining to that, and the ideas of "representative democracy", I was wondering how we could improve our whole political system with computers and networking.

There are many ideas floating around about voting from home over the internet, and many other ideas about replacing Diebold and other corrupt corporate interests that diminish the very concept of Democracy, but do we still need our senators and president to vote or veto for us?

Why not just have some or all of American laws and rules truly democratically decided by voting on a per issue basis over the Internet?

What is now possible that could improve the democratic process and has not yet been done?

Is there the computer security to truly allow for a fair and honest election?

If so, what is it?

Is there a way to still have your votes anonymous, and yet completely secure at the same time?

Do we REALLY have to look forward to President Hillary because the "Democratic" process only allows for two highly corrupt and anti-American parties? Is she going to take away my Grand Theft Auto?

Why can't us science and education fans have a political popular movement that can truly start to counter the bible belt down at the polls, including actually supporting the idea of real polls?"



Great Irish music.

crhylove crhylove writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Anyone in southern california (San Diego!) looking for a very good time on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night should check this website...

and go see that irish band. they put on a hell of a show, as the photos can show.

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