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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

cyn1c77 The best thing that Sony can do here... (580 comments)

... is to give the movie away for free download.

Nothing would piss of North Korea more, unless they could convince Apple to force you to download it, like U2 did!

3 days ago

Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

cyn1c77 Re:And where are all the hurricanes? (187 comments)

I think that the GP was just making a point that many of the global warming proponents have oversold their agenda.

You can't remain credible by simultaneously implying (with "weasel" words) that each natural disaster is a direct result of global warming, while ignoring the growing arctic ice thickness and decrease in tornado activity.

Yes, nature is stochastic. But the sword cuts both ways, but pandering to sensationalism will ultimately undercut any scientific argument.


about a week ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

cyn1c77 Seriously, let's not. (567 comments)

I have tried this years ago.

It is incredibly uncomfortable to have to angle your head up or down to view content outside of the natural position of your neck, which only accommodates a very small angular range. Thus, a tall vertical monitor really increases body and eye strain. You will end up not using the top or bottom of that monitor.

Turning your head side to side induces much less strain. Additionally, most eyeglasses wearers (and people in general) have wider corrected fields of view horizontally than vertically.

The most comfortable solution is to have your primary monitor horizontally oriented and a secondary monitor vertically oriented. Either way, properly oriented textual content should be adjustable with the window aspect ratio.

about two weeks ago

Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

cyn1c77 Re:I hate these misleading statements... (388 comments)

... caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

No, he was caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the FBI. Since he thought he was trying to deliver them to the Egyptian government, that makes him a scumbag, but let's not pretend an actual crime that would have occurred without the FBI's action has been thwarted here. They didn't step in and stop something bad from happening, they just found some guy who likes money more than ethics and made a good headline out of him. Arguably doing so maybe has some deterrent effect, but don't misrepresent what happened or blow it out of proportion.

What if he sold anti-aircraft missile designs to a terrorist organization, who then used those designs to shoot an airliner out of the sky that had your family in it? Would you still think that this was being blown out of proportion?

Someone with a security clearance could do that and a whole lot worse. In the process of agreeing to receive the clearance, employees also agree not to do that, in writing, under penalty of law. They also agree to be surveilled while using government resources. So it is completely acceptable for a government to test their employees to see if they are susceptible to treason or espionage.

This guy should be tried and if found guilty, put to death or locked away for life.

about two weeks ago

Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

cyn1c77 Re:simple (193 comments)

Your post seems to represent the segment of /. that has not bothered to really look into chromebooks before hating them. . .

Dude, this is /., where you must express your opinion without informing yourself or reading the article.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

cyn1c77 Awesome picture (140 comments)

The best part of the listed articles is the picture of the sheriff pointing a gun at the dalek with his finger on the trigger, while two employees stand directly on the other side of the robot!

Awesome: 2nd article, go to last picture.

Maybe this is a cunning advertisement by Knightscope to demonstrate why police need to be robotized.

about a month ago

Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

cyn1c77 Robot tipping! (140 comments)

So, if I push it over, can it get back up?

Because that thing looks like it was made to be pushed over.

about a month ago

Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

cyn1c77 Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Here we go, endless posts about how it's all down to pure willpower and entirely the fault of the individual. Maybe we could try looking for more practical solutions and simply berating people this time?

Um, if you read the article, you would know that it is entirely the fault of the individual.

If you are not willing to swap fecal microbes, you won't be able to change your body weight as easily.

Thus, like most things in life (work, pleasing your spouse either physically or metaphorically), good things come to those who bend over and bear it.

about a month ago

The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

cyn1c77 Re:Just cheating themselves (438 comments)

Sadly, most people learn this little gem of wisdom too late in life. Cheating only harms the cheater. It may mildly harm those who employ these people, but it doesn't take long for others to see despite your piece of paper, you're just an idiot who knows nothing, when you cheat.

So I say, if that's what they want to do, let 'em. It'll bite them in the butt soon enough.


This isn't true at all. Cheaters get better grades than many fair students. The cheaters then get better jobs and make more money, while the fair students may miss out. If this issue corrects itself, it can take decades, during which the fair students have missed out.

I also have a theory that cheaters that can't hack the workload as a regular worker just become managers to better hide the fact that they can't "do." Thus, these people are more likely to company leaders. This may be why you see such poor ethical behavior at the highest levels of any company.

The only way to even remotely try to fix this issue is to not give a degree to any cheater.

about a month and a half ago

Amazon's Echo Chamber

cyn1c77 Re:Failure Matters (112 comments)

Ipod(the old crappy ones)?

Ah yes, we remember the crappy ones. No wireless. less space than a nomad. Lame.

You call them crappy now, but they were insanely popular amongst non-/. folk when they came out.

about a month and a half ago

Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

cyn1c77 Re:Thanks fracking (334 comments)

Start looking at how to adapt to climate change instead of some fantasy of avoiding it.

The way to adapt is by retiring the internal combustion engine.

Yes, then we can charge up our poisonous battery powered cars from coal.

But we are also supposed to stop burning coal, so I guess we will charge them from nuclear power.

But Congress shut down Yucca Mountain, so now nuclear power is not sustainable as we cannot safely store the radioactive waste. Instead, we should use wind, water, and solar power to charge them.

But wind, water, and molten-salt solar generators kill animals, require toxic emissions to mine the necessary rare earth metals, and don't generate sufficient power for the world's needs.

Thus, the only remaining solution is to reduce the earth's population back to a sustainable level: Will you volunteer?

No? Then I guess we'll both have to go back to the drawing board and think up a practical solution.

about a month and a half ago

A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

cyn1c77 Re:Jeez, just come clean (146 comments)

Actually, the orbits are 4-dimensional trajectories of various structures. In orthonormal basis, the spatial dimensions are usually referred as x, y and z, and the t is known as 'time'.

The GP's point was that satellite orbits are elliptical and thus can be specified with less than four dimensions.

about a month and a half ago

Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

cyn1c77 Re:Here's why (468 comments)

Real political change is brought about by lobbies. If someone wants to do something about the state of things, he either founds a lobby or supports an existing lobby that champions his cause (and by "supports" I mean "gives cold hard cash to.").

There is no evidence for that. In fact, it's pretty clear that the primary concern of politicians is pleasing their voters. Politicians listen to lobbies only in areas where voters don't care.

The problem is that most voters simply don't know what to care about. Voters worry about irrelevant issues like abortion, gay marriage, inequality, and racism, while not worrying enough about the stuff that matters, like banking regulation, tax policy, nepotism, and crony capitalism.


Lobbies buy ads that tell YOU what you should care about. You then vote for the politician that they put money into.

Most people do their political research by watching TV ads, so this approach works well.

about 1 month ago

Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

cyn1c77 Re:Time for a Layman's TOR? (95 comments)

What would it take to produce a seamless, idiot-proof, and completely secure and encrypted Tor for every layperson to pick up and use?

A lot, given that most people don't even encrypt or password protect their smartphones.

Government oversight would likely be required to enforce its usage!

about 2 months ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

cyn1c77 Who is going to resolve my payment dispute? (631 comments)

When I have an issue with my CurrentC bill, should I expect fair service on a payment dispute from a corporation owned by the company that is screwing me over?

How about in the case of stolen CurrentC credentials?

about 2 months ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

cyn1c77 Re:Time to "stock up" from NewEgg ... (242 comments)

Windows 7 64 bit

I think Windows 7 is going to be the last Microsoft OS I'm going to buy. Linux is free. Hell, even OSX is free. Yet MS wants to keep gouging customers $100+. Uhm, no thanks.

Especially since you can use the Safe Boot > Repair Computer > and this batch file to have "unlimited" time to "register"

reg load HKLM\MY_SYSTEM "D:\Windows\System32\config\system"
reg delete HKLM\MY_SYSTEM\WPA /f
reg unload HKLM\MY_SYSTEM

Oh, you pay for the Linux and OS X, just not directly.

OS X is free on Apple hardware only, so you pay the Apple hardware tax.

Linux is free because it is open source, but that can have its own associated restrictions (associated with the time input required to it to a certain level of functionality, depending on your Linux expertise.)

So Windows is the only OS that directly charges you.

about 2 months ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

cyn1c77 We're really not a decade away for driverless cars (320 comments)

I don't know why the OP thinks that the "legal framework" is an issue? The government has been ignoring legalities for over a decade now.

The lobbyists will decide when driverless cars will be legal.

My guess is that it will all be sorted out right after the mainstream US automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) have their self-driving cars ready to go.

about 2 months ago

NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

cyn1c77 Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

IMHO, either Ebola is easier to transmit than we are being told _OR_ these Ebola doctors who get the disease are FSKING IDIOTS

if it is so damn hard to get, how the hell do Doctors who should be the best at following procedure can get?

i think people are just morons, no matter what degrees they have

The only people telling you that Ebola is hard to transmit are the ones that want you to stay calm so that you are easier to control.

Most viruses (even HIV) have low transmission rates (below 30%) when the virus is exposed into the body. Relative to other viruses, Ebola seems to have an exceptionally high transmission efficiency. So if you perform any protocol wrong, you will likely contract it.

about 2 months ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

cyn1c77 Re:Politics (384 comments)

If the CDC had descended on the hospital like a ton of bricks and the first inkling of Ebola they might have prevented most of that from happening then people would be complaining about Federal overreach.


If the CDC had clamped down on that hospital, the only people complaining would have been the hospital staff.

Instead, the CDC has lost most of the public's trust.

Ebola is a deadly virus. With deadly things, you are expected to be proactive, not reactive. Once you react, people are already dead.

about 2 months ago


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