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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

dltaylor Re:With Linux Support! Multiplayer? (85 comments)

Used to play Civ until breakfast or out-of-memory errors called for a break at LAN parties (Starcraft/BW, too, until they took that away and lost my sales). Better with multiple PCs that hot-seat 'cause you could think ahead more easily.

Still playing AC from the Loki release for Linux. It will be interesting to see how well a simultaneous release works.

3 days ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

dltaylor Re:correlation does not prove causation insulting (137 comments)

Maybe it is evening/night people having their natural sleep schedules disrupted in our industrialized society that contributes to a higher BMI.

AFAIK, morning sun has essentially the same spectrum as evening sun (slightly red due to the longer path through the atmosphere than at noon), and the same angle of incidence, so morning sun should have no different intrinsic effect than evening sun, if the rest of the day is spent in artificial light.

Sounds like a VERY poorly controlled experiment.

about two weeks ago
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DVRs Used To Attack Synology Disk Stations and Mine Bitcoin

dltaylor management fools (75 comments)

But when you've actually been asked by management whether you've implemented RFC 3514 (the "Evil Bit"), how can the Internet NOT be better?

about two weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

dltaylor or just say no (323 comments)

I have not, and will not, use my cable provider's "on demand" service for anything for which I have to pay ($5 - $10 per selection per 24-hour viewing window). If there were some "bundle" price, al la Netflix, I'd give them $10 for access. Of course, I don't pay the obscene fees for "premium" channels, either. I only have one cable box attached to a screen. I cannot watch all three (four?) at the same time, but I would have to pay an additional monthly fee for each one, even if it is discounted slightly for second, third, ... selection.

I may miss something, but nothing I've heard of justifies the pricing.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

dltaylor Re:upgrade - how NOT to do it (860 comments)

upgrade - and find that the photo viewing application is gone

upgrade - and find that the driver for your printer is gone, there is no new one, and the old one won't work in the new OSx

upgrade - and find your ability to install the software that you like is compromised ...

about a month ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

dltaylor Re:YOU HAVE TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR COMCAST ID (253 comments)

BUT, do the "external" users all get a separate IP address, guaranteed NEVER to be linked to your address for a cop stomp (because they have, and will continue to, assault suspected child porn fans)?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

dltaylor Re:mAk dem wrte an essay n text-language (293 comments)

Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) did it better:

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

http://www.design.caltech.edu/erik/Misc/Twain_english.html

about 1 month ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

dltaylor Re:right on the Tesla S (335 comments)

I'm definitely talking about the S (4-door sedan), shown in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA. Granted, the Ghibli is tighter than the XJR, but still not as impossible as the Model S.

I don't need to lose weight, but inches from my spine and legs to fit the roadster (spine, at least, to fit the Model S). I managed to stuff myself into an Elise when they were first introduced, but my head was firmly against the roof panel, and the steering wheel was pressed so hard into my thighs that I could not turn it.

I'm an ex-linebacker (6'4", 275 lbs). There are a couple of inches at the waist, but that doesn't bang my shoulder and head against the top of the door frame on the Model S, when I try to get in.

about 2 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

dltaylor right on the Tesla S (335 comments)

Compared to my '04 Jaguar XJ (or, even the current one that I don't like), or the new Maserati sedan, the Tesla is a sad joke as a car. It is cramped, for one thing (I cannot even get into it); entry and exit is more difficult and less dignified (fun to watch your trophy girl, though, while you hold her door), and there's no good way to make a quick trip from the LA basin to Santa Barbara, Torrey Pines, or Palm Desert with any load of luggage, full A/C, party-level audio, and lights.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Calculate Most Precise Measurement of Electron's Mass

dltaylor Re:I have a more precise measurement. (59 comments)

Is that rest mass (to which GP SHOULD HAVE referred), or while migrating (with, or without, coconut)?

about 2 months ago
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Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

dltaylor self-quotes are tacky but ... (236 comments)

>Make the CIO, CFO, and CEO cough up a few million per breach and they will be stopped. Close companies that are breached repeatedly, and make the directors reimburse the other stockholders out of their own pockets

about 2 months ago
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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

dltaylor Re:Something drinkable. (197 comments)

Laphroaig (18), and old Ardbeg, or something else?

about 2 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

dltaylor no, make officers responsible (195 comments)

It's not that those methods do not work, it is that the managers, executives, and directors are insulated from the damage. Make the CIO, CFO, and CEO cough up a few million per breach and they will be stopped. Close companies that are breached repeatedly, and make the directors reimburse the other stockholders out of their own pockets. I once worked at a company where the CEO mandated that he should be able to access confidential information at any location in the company, including offshore locations. I've worked other places where the product programmers had admin privileges on the financial systems.

For gov't breaches, jail those responsible as traiters.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

dltaylor Re:No, UI designers went crazy. (503 comments)

Of course, the Mac desktop is just a hi-res version of the Amiga (toolbar at the top for the active window, task bar, ... were all Amiga desktop features). Windows 2000 had a clean, usable desktop. What you said about GNOME, Canonical, and KDE is all that needs to be said.

So far, I can still run a "Classic" GNOME, but I do miss OpenLook.

about 2 months ago
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Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

dltaylor now, maybe, there's DATA not guesswork? (207 comments)

Although this may not be the first time the airflow effects have been measured "in the wild", I cannot remember any previous instance.

There are a lot of things "everybody knows" that have never been verified. It doesn't hurt to run the experiments and perform the verification.

"Everybody knew" that time passed slower on a body moving faster; after all, Einstain had said so. Still, it wasn't until we put sufficiently accurate chronometers on spacecraft that we really knew it, because they did, in fact, show that the spacecraft experienced less time than the ground stations. Although surface installations are "orbiting" at about 1000 MPH (too easy with a 24 hour day and 24000 mile circumference), and are at the 1G level of the Earth's gravity well (also has an effect), the space craft are moving at about 16000 MPH (90 minute orbit at 100 mile AGL) and still at nearly the 1G level of the gravity well. That 15000 MPH difference shows up readily, even after the adjustment for gravity.

about 3 months ago
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Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

dltaylor RVS4000, too (189 comments)

So much for "business class" routers/firewalls, and it wasn't on the list.

I've got a couple of old computers around. Time, again, to build my own. Another plus is that local DHCP addrersses will show up in DNS.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

dltaylor (A)REXX (383 comments)

The movie Titanic was rendered, in no small part, with Amigas running AREXX to control the per-frame rendering and result submission. Many Amiga applications included an AREXX interface port (I used the one in the terminal emulator for automated dialing).

PC-DOS 6 (The IBM release, that also included CDROM drivers, and came on CD), had an IBM port of mainframe REXX, as well.

about 3 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

dltaylor or, do the opposite (340 comments)

If all of the competent people working on Wayland would stop wasting time on it and improve the X server, think how much better it might be.

Wayland lacks absolutely necessary features (true "over the net" and root window access, for example) for a significant number of applications and users. Until it has those, even if only through X emulation, it is simply not ready for use by me, and a lot of people like me.

about 4 months ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"

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