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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dAzED1 Re:As long as we're being more specific.... (634 comments)

it must really bother you that the ozone layer is recovering after a global effort to fix it, huh. I mean really, it impinges on the ultra-wealthy to do whatever they want, and that's a bad thing to the likes of you...society saying enough is enough on issues that effect everyone? Horrible, it should be the 0.1% making those decisions! (misdirection is such a fun tool, eh?)

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dAzED1 Re:Backfire (634 comments)

um, there can be varying degrees of something. Just because two people are attractive, for instance, doesn't mean they're equally attractive. Outright refusing to engage in honest debate however, does make someone something other than a skeptic; with so much actual data painting a relatively clear picture, if you're going to say that picture is something else then... The foundations of statistics are based on the idea that if a pattern emerges with very little deviation - very few outliers in the data - then you can be very certain (to some degree) of the conclusion. If you're going to deny the very process itself, versus the results, then we have to throw away most of what we know - not just climate change.

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dAzED1 Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (634 comments)

were I to show data that average temps on Mars increased during generally about the same time range, I could point to the cause being external (ie, something with the Sun). Thus it wouldn't be anything humans were doing. That (were there facts to back it up) would be an example of actual skepticism. Covering your eyes and yelling "I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALALA" is not.

2 days ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

dAzED1 Re:That Word (184 comments)

the English speaker isn't misunderstanding, they're being intentionally misled. That is a very big difference. They are perfectly understanding the intended message.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

dAzED1 Re:That Word (184 comments)

Um, I don't if you're aware, but Islam didn't invent English. The word you're describing is "submission" or perhaps "conformity." "Peace" means, in English, what it means - Islam doesn't get to define that.

about two weeks ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

dAzED1 Re:Wrong question. (197 comments)

+1 to your comment. Some of the biggest problems in our current society trace back to making groups of people no longer groups of people - we pretend that corporations have a compass, when a piece of paper can have no such thing. We then treat the government as some external entity that oppresses us, when in theory the Great Experiment is supposed to be "government of the people, for the people, by the people" - *we* are the government. These people *are* uber. Are those people served by having morals, in so much as making money is concerned? Clearly they don't think so.

about a month ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

dAzED1 Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

His text was off then, but not his subject line - "Capitalism does not reward morality." That it's possible to be moral and somewhat succeed isn't per se the point - the point/question is whether morality is a hindrance. It most certainly is one of those, when in a society (like ours) where companies can make false claims to having morality - some of us intentionally seek out moral businesses to patronize. When truthful labeling (and the like) is not mandatory, and court cases actually strike the requirement to be truthful, then there really can be no more reward for morality.

about a month ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

dAzED1 Re:Consoles should just go away (227 comments)

Uh, there is no way that a PC could replace my DSP...first, my DSP is a full fledged AVR putting out serious power to large speakers throughout my livingroom. Second, it can be controlled by my phone or my remote, with 3 zones and the ability to rapidly play various internet radio (and control thereof) channels, such as pandora or what-have-you. If I want to start my americana station in zone 3, watch a movie in zone 2, play a comedy station in zone 1 - all done in seconds from my phone or easy remote. Versus logging into a laptop connected to an aux port, then starting the pandora app, then saying "well, guess that's all I'm doing right now..."

Real home theatre/entertainment systems can't use a cheap PC. What in the heck would be driving my PSB Stratus Gold loudspeakers? The digital output from a PC? You're nuts. Oh wait, you want me to then get little amplifiers for each different thing, and maybe multiple video cards and sound cards so I can mimic mutli-zone. Or...and it's just an alternative - I could use a real AVR with a PS4 plugged in as a source (a source which just happens to handle the 3d bluray disks I occasionally use, though I do streaming >90% of the time).

You're a fanatic. Just accept that the rest of us aren't. I could also walk to work, since it provides the greatest flexibility of what direction I go - but instead I ride a harley, where I've got limitations such as staying in lanes (sortof) and going the same direction as everyone else. I know, I know, sheeple.

about a month ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

dAzED1 Re:Consoles should just go away (227 comments)

when I bought my ps4, it was a very cheap high-quality 3d blu ray player. It also happened to play games, which I enjoy. Instead of spending $2k on a PC to plug in to my $8k home theatre setup, I plug in a PS4 and it works great. I /suppose/ I could plug a PC into one of the AUX ports in front, and then awkwardly try to find a place to put my keyboard and muss around with a mouse...or - and this is just an alternative - I could use a little handheld controller thingy that pairs up with my PS4. Decisions, decisions. My overall experience with a 65" TV and hifi 7.1 sound while sitting comfortably on my couch is WAY higher, in my experience, than it would be sitting in my office upstairs - even if the graphics had slightly more detail on the PC. That way I can then have a laptop that I can use for work, and get a mid-range "gaming" laptop so it is relatively decent for a while, but not actually use it for games much...instead, I use it for home, school, work, etc. And it only needs cost me $1200 or so. I could spend $3k on a gaming laptop, but then I'd have a 17" screen with stereo sound, instead of a 65" screen with 7.1 surround. Maybe some of us don't want multiple PCs? Maybe some of us want a better overall experience, instead of just having slightly better graphics detail? Maybe those of us like that are a big enough market that consoles do actually sell, despite gaming PCs being an option?

about a month ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

dAzED1 Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

you're a horrible person for wanting such unreasonable things. Clearly you just don't know how incredibly useful a "smarthome" is. And stuff.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

dAzED1 and why was there... (430 comments)

and why was there a monument to Steve Jobs anyway? Seems like "today is monday" would be a good enough reason to tear it down. That said, this was a spectacularly bad reason, I'm just saying no reason was necessary. Doing something for the wrong reason doesn't make it the wrong thing to do - if I make a habit of drinking several glasses of water a day because I think the midichlorians need it for fuel, that doesn't mean I was wrong for drinking water...

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

dAzED1 Re:Doesnt matter (150 comments)

the reason he brought up voting was because of your sig. There was a point being made.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

dAzED1 Re:More secure than cards (150 comments)

First, your phone is amazingly insecure - unless you have one of the ones dedicated to security. The most valuable thing you have is you - the who of who you are. Trusting that identity to your phone is...spectacularly foolish. Second, most people don't have a phone that could survive a trip to the hotel pool or hot tub, whereas the throwaway cards can do just that, just fine.

If someone breaks the card's security, the worst you're out is the stuff in your room. The more you stuff into your phone, then the worst that could happen is you aren't you anymore.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

dAzED1 Re: Anonymity? (125 comments)

The point is that the rules make this new feature pointless.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

dAzED1 Re:I'll explain it this way... (928 comments)

PS -

" Exactly what do you think in the 1980-90s you were doing to the mini computer culture of the generation before you when you made client server cheap and ubiquitous?"

Wasn't nobody doin nothin with Linux in the 80s, and the PC world (Doom, etc) was already out and in full swing before the earliest (Slackware, for instance) distros were even started.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

dAzED1 Re:I'll explain it this way... (928 comments)

Your history is a bit off here. Linux's earliest intent was as a workstation OS.

1) where in what I wrote did I say linux started as a server OS? Neverminding my first use of it as being just that, but "year of the linux desktop" doesn't - and never - meant that it would be the year someone would finally use it as a a desktop. I used it as one for many years.

2) Linux's first usage (and especially intent) most certainly was not as a workstation. "Workstation" has that word "Work" at the front of it because you accomplished "work" on the workstation, versus the work being the workstation. When I started using it in 94, no sane person would use it as a "workstation" because they'd be futzing with their machine too much. The mother's day release of redhat, which I still have on an old infomagic cd pack sitting on the shelf above my desk (for giggles), was not a "replacement" for a pizzabox in any far remote sense of the word.

Linux's earliest intent was to be a hobby plaything. It was for people who wanted to tinker around and play their hand at writing a device driver, or otherwise really know what it was their PC was doing. As for Linux being disruptive to UNIX - no, it wasn't. It was just cheap/free UNIX clone ala MINIX and other "learn-what-is-really-happening" educational tools of the time, but it still held the same "do one thing, do it well" principle, it came from/was birthed from the community/culture of UNIX users of the time, thus had more or less that same community and their ideals. Linux also never coopted anything - it eventually matured enough to be a competitor to the giants that came before it. Poettering's stunt was pure agism, as was that which allowed it to succeed. Change for the sake of change is and has always been stupid - don't try to paint it as a cycle, that Linux started the same way. Linux was an educational tool, and 100% of the rebellion of it was communistic; Ubuntu quite literally was anti-community from the start, as a core principle - as is and was systemd.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

dAzED1 I'll explain it this way... (928 comments)

(stay with me here...) Once upon a time there was a community. In the community were lots of different opinions - Slackware, Redhat, Debian, the weird *BSD folk - we all worked together, despite being of different religions. We'd yell at each other, and to an outsider we'd look as though we hated each other, but we were yelling at each other at the same bar while buying each other drinks. We yelled at each other because that's just what we liked to do. We had a certain set of rules that we all followed - and those rules were our real religion. We contributed code upstream. We filed bug reports. We did code review. We contributed. We Kept It Simple, Stupid. RMS was one of our major prophets - maybe even a god (though, we often started rolling our eyes and heading home for the night if he showed up at the bar to drink with us). We laughed at people who would declare, year after year, that this would be the Year of The Linux Desktop.

Then, along came two things - Ubuntu, and modern capitalism/culture/media/whatever - a mindset where there should be no plan, just go go go new feature new feature new feature go go go (I'm looking at you Agile, facebook, google...). Suddenly, the highest and best praise your project can get became whether it was "disruptive."

The *NIX/FOSS community would not have been a place for this to take hold, were it not for Ubuntu. Ubuntu decided they would break all our paradigms - they'd refuse to contribute patches upstream, they'd take simple processes that worked well and left tremendous power in the user's hands, and replace them with very broken messes of stuff. (In contrast to what we had...) they'd make an experience that mostly worked for complete novices - to be distinguished from most other distros that rarely worried much if even their initial installer failed because meh, you should know enough to know how to fix it yourself. They'd ignore religious ideals like only using OSS. And last but most certainly not least, they replaced init.d.

Problem is, when a lot of new people started in on the scene via Ubuntu (and the like), the established distros decided that they had always wanted their distro to be the desktop featured in The Year of the Linux Desktop, and realized they were losing overall "market" share (@#$%@ for those nitwits thinking of people as a "market," when we had been a "community" for ages), even though the number of users of each of the major distros was still increasing. So they looked around at what Ubuntu was doing to become popular, and tried to decide what to adopt from it. Unfortunately, this new crop of people included the likes of Lennart Poettering, who would have ideas such as this one, regarding systemd. Instead of seeing diversity and differences as good things, those of his ilk decided to destroy (yes, a harsh word...but it's pretty much accurate) the FOSS community. An entire set of ideals just...disappeared. No longer are simple things kept simple, no longer is "Do one thing and do it well" followed, no longer do we try to let open inter-connectivity organically solve problems of integration (instead, we just birth a giant Rock Biter to mow our laws).

Systemd came from a new set of ideals where solving problems that don't exist is great, so long as the big bad Establishment is taken out. I actually saw it as a bit of agism - where youth expected to be peers to those who had been around for ages, and when they weren't immediately accepted as experts they just co-opted the entire environment and left us old farts without any toys anymore. Oh wait...you wanted something good about systemd. Um, well, my laptop now boots 0.5 seconds faster than it otherwise would have, even if I no longer know why and can no longer really do anything about it. That's good, right?

about 2 months ago
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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

dAzED1 Re:Meaningful Competition? (97 comments)

the discussion is about internet access, not cable tv. That they run on the same lines by the same companies is not part of the conversation - there are countries that were decades behind us in getting internet access, and are now (seemingly) decades ahead of us. Those countries have found that providing broadband access to nearly everyone dramatically improved the economies there. Yet here, we still have people who can only get 128k (or maybe slightly better) from DSL. I have a client that has a location (which I'm currently sitting in) where ~300 people use a 3mb connection. They're constantly losing calls, have problems with web conferences, etc - dramatically hurts their productivity. There just isn't decent access available in this area - and it's in a relatively nice area of Houston, a relatively modern metro in the US. This isn't the 90s, we can get speed not measured in kbps or single-digit mbps now...we should be looking at gig, like they've had for years elsewhere.

about 2 months ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

dAzED1 form over function? (209 comments)

Given the type of IT consulting I do, I have to stay comfortable with Windows - I've been trying out Win10 on my fairly new high-end gaming laptop, installed on a SDD, and have been amazed at how often a seemingly menial task can lag - or even hang up the entire UI. For instance, I started up IE a bit ago - while using a blank default/home page - and it froze up the entire desktop for a few seconds (even briefly sputtering the audio of a movie I had playing in another window). Seems to me like they have more to work on than animations - maybe they should focus on usability for a bit first.

about 2 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

dAzED1 Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

I've got solar. I don't imagine that those who are in areas where they burn dirty coal and dead babies for energy are big markets for Tesla. California accounted for 36% of Tesla sales in 2013 - and hey, what do you know, not only does California have a growing percentage from renewable, but there's incentives for installing solar in California too. Oh and even in most of the metro areas in Texas, you can choose to pay extra to get renewable for your portion added to the grid. So....yeah.

about 3 months ago

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IBM "loses drives," exposes 1.9m HeathNet insurers

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dAzED1 writes "Along with 1,900,000 other people, I received a letter from Health Net a few days ago letting me know that "information includ[ing] details such as [my] name, address, health information, Social Security number, and [my] financial information" was on the drives. This, just one year after another major HIPAA violation from Health Net just one year ago. Why such data was stored in an unencrypted manner, such that merely having the drives exposes the data, will have to be determined. Health Net has already offered free signups to the Debix Identity Protection Network."
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solar power pre-deployment to Afghanistan?

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dAzED1 writes "My little brother is heading for training at 29 Palms as a Navy Corpsman with FMF. He gets a [Sailor|Soldier|Marine]'s pay, so while he can't afford gadgets, I can; since he'll be in a LAR unit, I was thinking of getting him a small video camera, an IPod, and some sort of solar recharger. Whatever he takes he'll have to be able to carry in his pack, which is already going to be heavy with his medic gear.

Other than the weight issue, I am having problems finding a solar recharger that doesn't get wildly differing reviews as to basic quality. He'll have plenty of sun, few clouds, but it needs to be light, effective, and robust. With price not being much of a concern, what would you suggest for accomplishing this? Advice on a small robust video camera would be appreciated as well."
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PKI/CAC authentication implementation/migration

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dAzED1 writes "I've inherited a task for which I cannot yet prepare myself, but will have to resolve as quick as possible, once our current stumbling block is overcome. The company I work for is close to acquiring a .mil address so that we can use CAC authentication, which they are driving that all DoD systems use. Problem is, we can't access the info about CAC usage until we have the .mil, and once we have the .mil, we'll need to implement CAC usage very quickly. Who in the /. community has implemented PKI authentication, especially CAC, and has tips so that I can prepare myself for the quickest response when that day comes? No sensitive information please, obviously...just suggestions on what I could test before-hand. And yes, several of us here do have CACs to use, they're just (seemingly) worthless since we can't reach the .mil certificate authority (yet)."

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