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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

darien.train The Real Travesty (2219 comments)

The real travesty has been the constant hijacking of threads with redesign whine. If I had hit the mod point lottery in the past few days the off-topic button would have broken. As someone who gave testing the new design some effort (in a helpful community member beta-test sort of way) I noticed right-away the ability to switch to classic (which they didn't have to do).

I seem to have had this now misguided impression that there was a healthy professional element of the community here who would give constructive feedback but all I've seen is a mob of angry comment children. I hope you all leave when it switches over so we can build anew without you.

about 8 months ago

Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files To Russia

darien.train Re:Only moose and squirrel have them (220 comments)

"Come to Islam" is rhetorical. It's boilerplate AQ copy that doesn't mean anything. It's PR for his own recruiting strategy. That letter is as much to potential recruits as it is to the American people. I believe he refers to us as "Friends of Satan" a few lines down from there.

Crashing planes into world financial centers is direct cause and effect for a stated military/economic goal. Which of the two goals do you think BL thought he could actually pull off?

about a year ago

Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files To Russia

darien.train Re:Only moose and squirrel have them (220 comments)

Bin Laden's stated goal was not to turn the west to Islam. Why would he want a bunch of white devils screwing up his precious Islam. He hated us remember?

His goal was to destroy Wall St and the US/Saudi economy (He was mad at his rich family and their rich US friends - Like the Bush's and Clintons!). Hence crashing planes into our primary economic hub. Remember that part? Makes much more sense as a tactic for financial ruin opposed to a recruiting strategy wouldn't you say?

In 2004, Bin Laden released a tape to Al-Jazeera where the former head of Al Qaeda laid out the purpose of the 9/11 attacks, and the organization’s goals. “We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah,” Bin Laden said.

This is why I always laugh at the phrase "Never Forget." Everyone keeps forgetting!

about a year ago

Facebook May Dislike the Social Fixer Extension, but Many Users Love It (Video)

darien.train Re:They don't want your experience streamlined (176 comments)

The cow doesn't get to choose how it gets milked.

While I agree with your premise your metaphor is actually incorrect. This is likely due to the age of the expression but robotics now allows cows to choose when and how they are milked. Cows also give the most milk and are far less stressed with the "elective milking" system.

Automatic Milking

about a year ago

'Gorilla Arm' Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

darien.train NUI is not just touch (610 comments)

MS is betting big on NUI input - not just touch. There's a HUGE difference. The Kinect can easily be used for NUI input. As can many other technologies that don't require actually touching anything - hence gorilla arms are just a small piece of the interaction picture. Eye-tracking interfaces can even provide NUI output that could operate W8 without changing anything on the Windows side.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages

darien.train Re:Hey Apple (377 comments)

I love how you dismiss marketing as an invalid answer without any reason or citation for doing so. Just because you don't want it to be part of the argument it doesn't mean it isn't a prime factor.

about 2 years ago

MythBusters Bust House

darien.train Re:Remember (631 comments)

Dude. Do you even watch the show? Half of it is on-camera experts talking about experiment logistics and safety procedures. For example the explosives expert Frank Doyle they've used to supervise every explosion at the Alameda County Sheriff's Bomb Range since the show began. I know the dudes name and the the range because Frank Doyle has been in like 30 episodes.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study

darien.train Re:EFF off (96 comments)

And no, I think it's absurd that writing encryption software entitles you to lead the struggle vs survelliance.

How's that whole choosing who gets to lead struggles thing going for you? Not good you say? One doesn't choose a leader they emerge and one chooses to heed their guidance or not? GTFO? Really? Wow? Thought you had an ace in the hole with that argument.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study

darien.train Re:Whatever Julian (96 comments)

Actually it's Wikileaks that describe themselves as journalists (they provide editorial context) and publishers (they publish the source info that gets leaked to them). I got that wrong above. JA considers himself a scientific journalist (or data journalist in some parlance) that unites editorial content with the source documents/data to heighten transparency and give readers an opportunity to form their own conclusions.

Like I said, pure evil.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study

darien.train Re:Whatever Julian (96 comments)

I think your snark detector is broken.

JA describes himself (accurately IMO) as a publisher which is an act of journalism one engages in without being an actual journalist. It's a more general term.

Whenever I look around at our current field of "respected" journalists and then back at JA I don't know how one can come to the conclusion that he's the evil one.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study

darien.train Whatever Julian (96 comments)

No matter how many acts of journalism this guys commits I will never see him as a journalist. I have to like someone personally first and also make sure they have a flawless record using a standard that I set and reserve only for him. Until this impossible standard is met I will bash in any way I can regardless of logic and back calls for his extrajudicial murder.

It's really the only sensible path Very Serious People can take.

more than 2 years ago

US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data

darien.train Re:I know that's what they're doing... (240 comments)

I know this was posted in jest but you may not be far off when it comes to a "defense" for such a system. Internet sock puppetry could get a whole lot more interesting.

more than 2 years ago

Michael Mann Vindicated (Again) Over Climategate

darien.train Re:A little late (961 comments)

I wasn't sure if you were trolling earlier but no there's no doubt.

The scientists in question have been cleared of wrong-doing many times over by multiple entities. What exactly are you trying to argue here?

In case you haven't noticed, the earth keeps getting hotter. The predicted melting of the ice caps, ocean acidity increases, ocean temperature, storms, floods, hurricanes, etc. are all on the increase as generally predicted. Noticed all the jellyfish at the shore lately? Climate science prediction continues to increase in accuracy and the results are easier to monitor than anytime previously.

You seem to be missing the point, intentionally, so you can continue to say smartish-sounding stupid shit.

What I want to know is what it will take for you to believe that man-made activities are fucking up the climate. Not what scientific data do you need to see. What needs to physically happen to the earth before you believe it?

about 3 years ago

Outgoing Federal CIO Warns of 'IT Cartel' In DC

darien.train I think we need a new government agency... (198 comments)

Called the No-Shit-Sherlock Department. This would be a good example of an agency press release.

more than 3 years ago

News of the World Investigation Expanded to 9/11 Victims

darien.train There's blood in the water.... (135 comments)

And a lot of it too. Everyone can smell it and the revelations are only in their infancy. I always thought Murdoch was a blight on the news industry and a poster child for the evils of media consolidation but this scandal shocks even me. This is mafia-level shit.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

darien.train Doesn't Anyone Notice Something Strange Here? (835 comments)

The info released isn't funny in any obvious context. The press release is certainly not funny and doesn't even try to be. The ASCII gun graphic and the content of the information and press release look like classic anarchist material. Not sure if it's intentional or what but none of this seems directly connected to the personality on Twitter.

Maybe this is the result of the Anonymous/Lulzsec partnership. Maybe Lulzsec is under new management. Maybe the false flag operation has kicked into high gear.

Something has changed. You can tell by the dejavu.

more than 3 years ago

Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally

darien.train Re:"Screaming, Mindless Christians" ?? (688 comments)

I believe you've neglected to consider Muslim bashing when stating your claim. Kind of tops out Christians for the top spot of politically-correct hatred by a wide margin.

Look! Is that a Sharia Law behind you? [ducks out]

more than 3 years ago



2004 Ohio Presidential Election Results Hacked?

darien.train darien.train writes  |  more than 3 years ago

darien.train (1752510) writes "A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush."
Link to Original Source



iPad & iOS - The Video Game Console for The Over 40 Crowd

darien.train darien.train writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about Apple's iOS business model. There's just been something about it that seems so "not-computing industry" to me but I haven't been able to put my finger on it..until now!

I would like to posit that iOS is basically Apple's device-scalable video game console OS. It makes perfect sense if you think about it. A sometimes-mobile and non-extensible operating system that offers tight development controls, astonishingly limited hardware support, and a tendency to just "work" when you add a new application or start one up (do not react to this applehordes, it's conceptual not a fact). It isn't an extension of your computer exactly but an extension of an equally inflexible and locked down application on your computer (iTunes). It has individualized 3rd party product titles that you buy through another tightly-controlled system and you have to buy the specific hardware to run these applications.

So, enter the iPad. A large-scale, semi-mobile device that packs all the elements of a gaming console (including the screen) into a single form factor available all over the world. It's different from the iphone and ipod touch in this regard as both products had an alternate use that apps were tacked on to.

The iPad IMHO is the first foray into mixing traditional computer and game console business models and interestingly it seems most appealing to the aging semi-nerd crowd. I do a visual survey of the demographics of iPad users on the NYC subway during my work commute and 75% of users look 35-50.

Could it be that the iPad is picking up where the Wii left off in adding new demographics into the console fray? Only time will tell. Oh...and the new iTV setup should shed some light on this as well.


Synchronizing Multiple Video Streams Across Multiple Monitors

darien.train darien.train writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I work at a production company that creates media and media installations for large corporations. A common refrain amongst our customers is the desire to play synchronous video across multiple computers/monitors to achieve that "integrated" look in a trade show booth or corporate lobby. We've gone down this road before using lumbering proprietary solutions such as WATCHOUT but they all involve a lot of specialty hardware and an unnecessarily tedious setup.

Is there an open-source or super-easy proprietary solution out there that can do this using a simple protocol like midi or an ethernet-based I/O that can trigger basic playback events simultaneously?

The basic ability to slave a bunch of playback machines to a single master control machine is a must-have.

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