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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

dltaylor developing countries, like the USofA (45 comments)

where the AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, ... warlords are protecting their turf and blocking access by rural Americans?

yesterday
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

dltaylor Re:not the only, ... (233 comments)

There's not enough generating capacity within Southern California to power the entire grid when so much power is used to run air conditioning in 100+ F heat, and there's also not enough grid distribution to import power (plus they botched the last refit of the San Onofre reactor), since the generators would produce smog, and both of those things would cost money, reducing the shareholders' profits.

Yes, it is an accepted practice, approved by the utility-dominated "Public Utilities Commission".

Living in a multiunit complex (townhouse condominiums), I cannot put enough solar on the available space to operate even the A/C without the utility company. Perhaps, in a couple of years, the nanoscale photovoltaics will, finally, let me get a usable amount of power from garage-roof panels. That, at least, state law requires the association to approve.

2 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

dltaylor not the only, ... (233 comments)

The USofA is not the only country with abysmal mains, but I haven't lived or visited anywhere within it that noise, brownouts, skipped cycles, and total failure (I am actually in a "power outage group" for deliberate power-company shutoffs) aren't common enough to make a UPS necessary.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

dltaylor 1920x1200 (329 comments)

Dell U2412M

Within the range of older video cards, although it has to scale the Ouya.

4 days ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

dltaylor Alabama, Mississippi, ... (112 comments)

I've experienced supersaturated air in the US Southeast (not enough dust, ... for the moisture to condense).

How is blowing on money going to raise the ambient humidity in a way to which the bills could respond?

about a week ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

dltaylor Re:really clean? (77 comments)

An NFC wristwatch could access the chips; it's not like NFC is supposed to be secure.

about two weeks ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

dltaylor really clean? (77 comments)

Now you not only have to concern yourself with the personal sanitary habits of those with whom you shake hands, but whether they've "cleaned you out", as well.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

dltaylor "/", not "\" (525 comments)

Below the UI, Windows really does understand '/' as a path separator, or, at least, it did when I used to write drivers and services for it.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

dltaylor until TSA gets me, eventually (187 comments)

Given their entire organization's history of abuse, sexual perversion (starting with the "no undergarments" duck-walk of attractive women in a Washington stairwell, and the on-camera "office searches", continuing through the nudie scanners that weren't "supposed to" provide full images, but did, through the multiplicity of groping incidents, all with no punishment of the offenders), and general stupidity and malice, I have avoided airports and any other venue likely to be infested with TSA. Some time, though, I'll likely be forced by circumstances to risk it, and, inevitably, things will go badly.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

dltaylor he died doing what HE wanted to do (594 comments)

The test pilots/engineers didn't risk life and limb to make more money for Richard Branson. Michael Alsbury died and Peter Siebold was injured in a regretable accident doing what THEY wanted to do. THEY got to try flying to space, and, even if VG never gets to the point of vacuuming money from those looking for a thrill and wealthy enough to pay Branon for it, the crew got to make the trip, knowing that, as with many ambitious enterprises, sometimes the bear gets you.

about three weeks ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

dltaylor Enough believers for a schism? (268 comments)

Are the jedists a large enough group to start killing each other over the "Old Testament" (episodes 4, 5, 6) vs. "New Testament" (episodes 1, 2, 3, with the midichlorians)?

about 1 month ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

dltaylor it wasn't the price (77 comments)

I have a stack of Loki games. All but the last two were paid full price (those were during the shutdown). The problem was the delay. Shelf life of most games is shorter than the porting delay. Of course, now the libraries needed by the games are incredibly obsolete, although LD_LIBRARY_PATH helps.

about a month ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

dltaylor Re:No they're not (163 comments)

Being wildly creatvie is, however, still discouraged. The men (in the infantry), vehicle commanders, wingmen (in the air) must have some idea what you're going to do, or just you trip over, or kill, each other. Don't know where you're from, but think Amercan football: the defence is typically the more "creative" side of the line of scrimmage; but there are still "plays" (coverage for pass receivers, stunts in the line, blitzes by linebackers and/or defensive backs); yes, it is necessary to adapt to what the offeense is trying to do, quickly and on-the-fly, but missing your assignment while being overly creative more often than not results in good things for the offence.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

dltaylor still rather have Linus than not, or anyone else (387 comments)

I've been using Linux for a VERY long time (like AMD K5 PR100 long), and have done kernel development at a few jobs over the years, and have a few minor edits in the repository. I've always appreciated Linus' forthrightness. He's had some strong differences with equally competent developers over the years, but in both the LKML and private correspondence, those comments and disagreements have been upfront and honest. When one of my edits was sent back for rework, the comments were not only honest, but constructive, and exposure to Linus' and his senior collaborators' comments have made me a better developer.

I know it sounds a bit "fanboy", but Linus isn't the only project "owner" out there I really respect, he's just the subject of this thread.

about a month ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

dltaylor Re:next up (232 comments)

RFTA (I know, I know), but this is NOT about adding competition, it is about Comcast taking over the current Charter franchise, giving Comcast the monopoly on cable service.

about a month and a half ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

dltaylor design for the box you have (338 comments)

As an embedded architect/programmer, I deal with this all of the time. You have to design for the platform, not what you fantasize about having. Doing the dev work on a dual-4-core-hyperthreaded box with 48 GBytes of memory, then whining that the CPU/GPU/memory space/... isn't enough is just exposing your stupidity. Onbce had a developer build and test a database on his quad-core Apple-thingy, then whine to management that the hardware engineers and materials people had just not done their job, when, even before he was on the project, the product had a 1 GHz single-core PowerPC-derived SoC and 256 MBytes of DRAM (more or less, an Apple G4-equivalent).

about a month and a half ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

dltaylor Re:STDs have been doing this since "forever" (103 comments)

It's not that you don't take chances, but that you recognise the dangers and take a few precautions. Not "going down" on the woman you just picked up at the bar might save you a case of HIV (Magic Johnson, for example). Doesn't mean you can't have some fun together, but use condoms, for pity's sake.

Don't download "cute" crapware. Don't visit sites Firefox and its plugins warn you are attack sites. Don't blindly give away your bank account info (at least in the Corporate States of America, where you have no protection). For example, I have a bank account specifically for PayPal (no credit card for them), and I keep in it just enough to cover my purchases/donations. No glitch, stolen credentials, ... are going to clean out my bank account (no debit card, either). I keep a very low credit limit card for Internet purchases. The theater tickets someone tried to purchase in London cost more than that and triggered a block.

about a month and a half ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

dltaylor STDs have been doing this since "forever" (103 comments)

There's a gift, which may be ongoing, but it has a nasty payload.

Never had either an STD or computer malware.

Paranoia is your friend, 'cause they ARE out to get you.

about a month and a half ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

dltaylor I do use VTs, quite a bit (774 comments)

I do embedded development, and most of those have no GUI or X server. I can use VTs to keep VIm sessions open on a few (yes, I know VIm supports multiple files/buffers, but VT switching is easier), a VT for compilation/test, and, with GPM, copy/paste between them.

about a month and a half ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 7 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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