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The Hail Mary Cloud and the Lessons Learned

egamma Re:Nothing you can do? (99 comments)

Centos6.3 and 6.4, AIX 5.3.

about a year ago
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Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

egamma Re:Now, also make it understandable (199 comments)

Would certainly reduce congestion on the roads - I can just see Cpatain Slow and the hampster trying to coach Jeremy Clarkson through that part of the driving test :-)

Quick question--do you know how your mouse or trackpad works? :-)

about a year ago
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Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

egamma Re:Now, also make it understandable (199 comments)

The next obvious step is not to use it unless you can understand it.

So you're not going to use your car because you don't understand internal combustion engines or the chemical properties of gasoline?

about a year ago
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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

egamma Re:old, really old, news (586 comments)

But you probably would want the bomb to go off in the event that the bomber is shot down.

No. What if the bomber just took off? You'd lose an entire AFB or carrier group.

1 year,2 days
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

egamma Re:As a US-only service (169 comments)

It's probably rooted in the fact that American commercials shown overseas won't produce any revenue. I despise Hulu because I pay monthly for service and still get commercials...and the interface sucks compared to NetFlix.

Then do what I do--vote with my wallet, and stop paying for Hulu Plus, and stick with Netflix. So I'm a year or two behind--so what? I can watch years and years of a single show, and then do the same with another show. I never run out of stuff to watch and never see a commercial. Why bother with Hulu?

1 year,4 days
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Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping

egamma Re:Good. (214 comments)

Yeah how about trying "We were ordered to do it by the US government and we can't give you details because a) national security and b) gag order". Seems to work for the government, why can't it work for Google?

Because they've had 2 years to make that argument, and making it now isn't credible?

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

egamma VisualSVN TortoiseSVN AnkhSVN (238 comments)

The developers at my company, who use windows laptops, keep a lot of their code in VisualSVN server and then use eitherAnkhsvn to do the checkout straight into Visual Studio, or TortoiseSVN if you want to be able to right-click in any folder and checkout to that location.

1 year,13 days
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Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

egamma Re:Why is Apple the one being sued? (458 comments)

Even 16 episodes for $22.99 is way too much. You think AMC makes that much off cable viewers? No way.

For that kind of price you could get the DVDs. This is why I wait for shows to be on Netflix.

22.99 is for the high-def version; would you consider that an acceptable price for the Blu-ray disks? It's $14.99 for the standard definition. It is a complete rip-off for only 8 episodes, but seems like a decent price for 16.

1 year,14 days
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Bitcoin Kiosks Coming To 5 Canadian Cities

egamma Re:There are 5 Canadian cities? (121 comments)

Toronto's the capital. Calgary's a pretty cool city. That's 4...

1 year,15 days
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Bitcoin Kiosks Coming To 5 Canadian Cities

egamma Re:Much like Gold (121 comments)

Does anyone know if there is gold in Fort Knox still? Or is this one of those questions that isn't supposed to be asked or answered? If so, I apologize for asking it, but I'd be enlightened to know anything about this situation.

147.3 million troy ounces

And, if you don't believe the government, the Mint is audited by KPMG

1 year,15 days
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Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?

egamma Re:Asking them nicely will stop help? (202 comments)

Most of NSA and CIA funding comes from the transport and sale of contraband, weapons, drugs, any other 'controlled' substance, and money laundering through the banks.

Yeah, I just read that entire article, and I don't see a single mention of the NSA or CIA. Do you have any actual citations, or only unrelated ones?

1 year,15 days
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Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways

egamma Re:Incoming (286 comments)

To try and put in context. As long as the guy had a genuinely difficult/unhelpful time dealing with BA customer service then he's fine. If that isn't true, for example they responded quickly and repeatedly but he ignored it. He shouted and was rude to them immediately on the phone making it impossible for them to capably serve him etc. In those circumstances they would have valid grounds for libel in the UK because what he is saying isn't true. Though BA would never pursue it because it would simply make it a bigger story.

But the word "horrendous" is not a factual word; it has no legal meaning. BA can say "we helped him 15 times and found his bag in 20 minutes and paid him 100 pounds for his trouble", and those are all factual statements that they could (and should, if true) present for their side of the argument in court of public opinion. But "horrendous" is still an opinion and opinions are not libelous, in the United States. Like I said, in the UK things are different, and he probably can be sued for his statement of opinion--but if he is a US citizen then the US will refuse to extradite him for a free speech violation.

1 year,19 days
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Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways

egamma Re:Incoming (286 comments)

But is it libel if it's true?

His tweet said "their customer service is horrendous." That clearly makes it a matter of opinion, which is protected by free speech laws in the US. However, British laws are much more "protective" of the "victims" of "big meanies" who share their opinions in public.

1 year,20 days
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

egamma Re:I never understood the principle. (454 comments)

Nuclear weapons also just "burn" people. They are not used specifically for their fallout either. What's the problem?

The problem is that nuclear weapons cause too much "collateral damage". As in, not only did the military base cease to exist, but the hospital and schools around it are gone, too. Don't forget the orphanage, the retirement home, and the church/synagogue/mosque/etc.

1 year,23 days
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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

egamma Re:Out of jobs? (736 comments)

There's a guy there?

We have totally un-attended gas stations, with nobody around but a phone to pick up in the place is on fire or something. Why does there have to be a guy there? To swipe (as in steal) your card?

To sell me candy! Also, to help the handicapped who can drive but who have trouble navigating the space between the pump and the vehicle while in a wheelchair.

1 year,25 days
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Comcast Allegedly Confirms That Prenda Planted Porn Torrents

egamma Re:Next step (175 comments)

What is this world coming to when a porn company is not completely on the up-and-up?

Actually, they are a law firm that purchased the rights to the films from a porn company, and then "gifted" the copyright to a random guy that the owner of the law firm knew; their business model was to sue those who were sharing the film illegally. But giving the film away for free get the downloaders off the hook, IANAL.

about a year ago
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The Death of the American Drive-in

egamma Re:How old are you? (236 comments)

I would love to see the demographics of folks who still go to drive-in theaters.

And if the demographic is baby-boomers or older, then drive-ins are doomed because those folks are going to just die.

Hipsters? When the fad of retro-whatever-they-do wears off, that market will dry up.

I had a lot of fun going to the drive-in theater (2 screens, double headers on both) in Abilene, Texas, when I went to college there. That was in the 2002-2006 year range, I'm 29 now; hardly close to pushing up daisies. There's also a multi-screen complex about 30 minutes south of Dallas that I went to some years ago; I want to take my kids, maybe make it a group thing, when the kids get a little older.

Drive-ins are fun experiences, and I think some places let you pay "per car", it can be cheaper for larger groups. You can bring a pick-nick basket of food and save a ton of money.

about a year ago
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Bad Connections Dog Google's Mountain View Wi-Fi Network

egamma Re:Nitpick (144 comments)

Yep, I saw that after I posted.

about a year ago
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Bad Connections Dog Google's Mountain View Wi-Fi Network

egamma Re:isn't wifi like the old layer 1 hubs? (144 comments)

Very informative, nice post. A couple of comments.

First, there are three nonoverlapping channels for 802.11b/g. So there's 11 channels, but transmitting on channel 1 means that you are putting noise on channels 1-5; transmitting on channel 6 means that you are putting noise on 1-10; and transmitting on channel 11 puts noise on 7-11. If you transmit on channel 3, that means you are disrupting 1-8, so it's best to simply use 1, 6, and 11.

5Ghz doesn't have as much of a saturation problem because of the smaller distance that a usable signal travels. Sure, 24Ghz would be even better, but then I wouldn't be able to use the signal on my driveway or probably even my bedroom. I can see 24Ghz being good for apartment use, or college dorms, although dorms should have their own wifi.

about a year ago
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NASA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip

egamma I CAN'T BELIEVE OBAMA WOULD DO THIS TO US (127 comments)

10 PRINT Does that MAN have ANY IDEA how many batteries I will have to TURN AROUND?? That will take HOURS!

20 END (kidding)

about a year ago

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