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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

enigma32 Allah is Proud (128 comments)

It's always good when terrorist groups act like 13-year old haxxor boys.

I hope their god is proud of them.

about two weeks ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

enigma32 Re:Wish he would create Galt's Gulch (441 comments)

Yes! This!

It's frequently all too obvious that people critical of ideas that originated (or were perpetuated by) that woman have absolutely no understanding of the ideas and frequently haven't even read the books.

Love that phrasing, btw: "I'd like to work on mine and it would be nice if you would get out of the way".

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

enigma32 Re:And who will collect the trash? (441 comments)

You either have extremely poor reading comprehension skills or are just an idiot. Either way I'll take the bait.

Socialism does not fail because it "has made most of society's lives better". It failed because it DID NOT do that, and worse, always seems to result in an oppressive regime with the only goal of keeping itself in power.
That is a failure. Don't you get frustrated when you can't do anything to fix whatever lousy situation you happen to be in? Now imagine it were legislated specifically so that you were unable to.

Next time try reading what I wrote, instead of twisting it to fit your bigoted, uneducated, and perhaps brainwashed view about opponents of socialism.

To be fair, there could be an example of an amazingly successful government (perhaps beaten into the ground by the evil freedom lovers somewhere in the world) that I'm unaware of, so please give me an example of a thriving socialist paradise where everyone is happy living out their lives for everyone else's benefit, since they're unable to influence their own lives through their own effort.

I'm waiting.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

enigma32 Re:And who will collect the trash? (441 comments)

Not at all. But civilization doesn't have to always be the bureaucratic mess it is today, as perpetuated by the established "liberal" and "conservative" (that is, entirely anti-freedom and advancement of society on both sides) incumbents.

Socialism in particular fails because the only motivation inherent in the system is to improve the lives of others. The cool thing about making a society more democratic and less restrictive (that is, moving toward the libertarian sense of what a government should be) is that it makes it really obvious how you can benefit from the self-improvements of others, and how they can benefit from your own self-improvement at no cost to yourself.

Why does everyone always think that a libertarian ideal is completely geared around making money? It doesn't have to be. My ideal would be as much humanist as libertarian, and I expect that's more of what is being talked about with the "seasteading" project as well, since it seems to come from the Randian vision of how to define a model person.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

enigma32 Re:Wow, such a surprise! (441 comments)

So... you had a kid recently then?

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

enigma32 Re:And who will collect the trash? (441 comments)

Some of us try our best to live up to the standards set by the society we live in without being forced to, because it's in our own best interest.
And sometimes that means you collect your own trash.

Socialism has been tried in the "modern era" and it failed-- why are so many people against trying the opposite? (To my knowledge it's never actually been tried in modern times, especially with only people who give a damn.)

about a month ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

enigma32 Re:What an amazing professor (416 comments)

Was it merely something not quite PC enough for today's crowd, or was it something truly grotesque and thus damning and beyond recovery?

Irrelevant.

I am back in school (at age 30) in no small part because of the excitement and interest that the Lewin physics lectures instilled in me. His alleged misconduct in any other arena is irrelevant. It's not even as if the content of the lectures could be perceived in some "bad" manner-- it's totally unrelated!

For those that haven't seen those lectures, I cannot recommend them highly enough.

This is a terrible move for MIT. They should be embarrassed.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

enigma32 On Slashdot, really? (162 comments)

Since when has Slashdot of all places become accepting of general mediocrity over personal excellence?

" Perhaps the advice-giver wants to sound smart, or simply wants to avoid the possiblity of having to admit they were wrong (if you make your advice hard to follow, that reduces the chance of somebody actually climbing that mountain and then pointing out to you if your suggestion didn't work). So it's not just that the advice-giver is being unhelpful, it's that they're being a dick."

Well, I'm glad the author cares about the overall performance of his advice across 'everyone'. Personally, when receiving advice, I prefer searching out and researching all reasonable options and choosing the best one for me rather than taking generic advice applicable to a wide range of people. And when I give advice I try to do it in such a way that leaves the advice-taker able to evaluate the options and take the best option for them, rather than giving them advice that may help "anyone" a little bit but won't help them in particular a whole lot. If the advice-seeker doesn't have the interest to look at the options and make a choice that's their problem.

about 10 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

enigma32 Re:Change (162 comments)

+1 UI madness.
For me the problem with git is the extreme un-usability of the standard command-line client.

There are countless ways of doing the same operations, all of which are confusing. Unless I use a specific command on a daily basis I end up having to look it up and sift through results with varying ways of doing the same thing. It is extremely frustrating. Some of the other dvcs solutions are far superior in this regard.

Architecturally, git is fantastic. It seems to me it shouldn't be that difficult to make the standard client app easier to use on the command line. Too bad this article is a joke, I would actually love to see it happen.

about 10 months ago
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Chicago Public Schools Promoting Computer Science to Core Subject

enigma32 Critical thinking (236 comments)

Yeah, this is great and all...

But wouldn't it be more useful to have a course that emphasizes critical thinking about all types of problems rather than focusing on one specific application of critical thinking? People usually seem to overlook that the important thing about working with computers is the ability to think critically about what you're doing, not the specifics of what you're doing.

Traditional science classes kind of broach the surface of critical thinking, but I suspect that it could be covered in much greater depth over a wide variety of problems, to much better effect.

about a year ago
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Facebook open sources SQL-on-Hadoop engine "Presto"

enigma32 Submission denied? (1 comments)

This is retarded. I submit a story for the first time and it just disappears from the submissions list. No way to determine what happened.

The "firehose" apparently is just gone, even though the site FAQ still refers to it. There isn't even a redirect from the /firehose page.
There is no way to control what "colors" of submissions I can see on the submissions page, and even clicking on a particular color (which it says will filter to just that color) does absolutely nothing.

One would think that there would at least be a way to see that my submission has presumably been scored "black" or below. But no... there is in fact no way to determine that.

This place has really gone downhill in recent years.

about a year ago
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I've done my current job in X time zones ...

enigma32 Re:Are the X=1's legit? (167 comments)

Actually, it kind of does.

ET == [EST or EDT, depending on the time of year]
So, if you look at your timezone as "ET", then yeah, it's one timezone.
However, if you look at your timezone as EST or EDT, it's two.

Personally, I look at it both ways, depending on the context of what I'm doing.

about a year ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

enigma32 Re: Government vs terrorists (395 comments)

This. Exactly.
Terrorists are a sometimes-maybe-sorta threat. Government is much more terrifying because it is always there protecting itself rather than its citizens.

How do we fight this nonsense?
It goes way beyond the role of groups like the EFF... What groups can I support to prevent nonsense like this?

about a year and a half ago
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iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

enigma32 Purposeful (519 comments)

Sometimes I swear Apple makes the Windows versions of their software terrible on purpose. It's still an uphill battle trying to use any of their software on a windows machine, as it always has been.

Why?
Obviously when you're using their amazing iPhone or iPad or whatever other tacky Apple gadget, you'll start to feel that your PC isn't up to par and you should replace it with a Mac.

Total rubbish. People should avoid buying trashy Apple products at all costs, lest they support this fiefdom.

full disclosure: I have used Linux exclusively for the past 13 years. I only have to interact with Apple and Microsoft's junk when I have to sync my wife's iPad with her PC.

about a year and a half ago
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If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy

enigma32 Bad idea? (219 comments)

Maybe they shouldn't have Coca-Cola deliver refreshments to their secret military installations? ;)

about 2 years ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

enigma32 Re:Bout Time (582 comments)

This sounds like what I've experienced with USPS.
Except I've had this sort of nonsense happen dozens of times with them.

about 2 years ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

enigma32 Re:Restructure the USPS (582 comments)

I'm sorry... are you implying that restructuring the USPS would be in some way unethical or inhumane?

about 2 years ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

enigma32 Re:Bout Time (582 comments)

Yeah?

I've lived in apartments in the NYC area and the LA area over the past 5 years.
In both places, the USPS has screwed up almost every package delivery, almost always without apology. (Frequently resulting in packages going back across the country with me never having even seen a missed delivery notice.)
There's not even a useful way to complain to anyone higher up the food chain than the local postmaster, who, based on the three I've spoken with, is useless 100% of the time.

I, for one, am thrilled to see them dropping Saturday delivery of some items. They need to start running the operation like a business instead of a government agency if they intend to hang around much longer.

I never have a problem with UPS or Fedex.

about 2 years ago
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Turning SF's Bay Bridge Into a Giant LED Display

enigma32 Re:25k addresses, not so challenging (99 comments)

Agreed. Chamsys' or other commercial (or open source-- see OLA) tools have been around to do these sorts of things for years.
This is really no big deal.The entertainment lighting industry does this all over the world, all the time.

Except there it's often previsualized in a computer months before anything is even assembled in the real world. There is no need to "debug" this sort of thing on the bridge itself. Simple video animations can drive 25k pixels without a problem and are very predictable in a simulation.
This is simply a publicity stunt.

I don't see what the big deal is. Yes, it looks nice, but there is nothing even remotely exciting about this.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?

enigma32 CompSci? (309 comments)

Sounds to me like you're more interested in _Computer Science_ than programming or "IT".

Maybe you need to reconsider the program you are in, or attend a more serious education institution?

more than 2 years ago

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Associations against our losses of freedom?

enigma32 enigma32 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

enigma32 (128601) writes "With all of the recent talk of law enforcement's issues with photography and the continuing degradation of the ability to travel without harassment or annoyance at trivial issues, I've become fed up with the situation. I'm really sick of losing my rights and feeling powerless to fix it. What organizations are you all involved in to help work against this problem? What politicians can I support to work against this idiocracy? How can we stop the senseless spending on useless security theatre gestures? What can I do to help?"
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New SheevaPlug Announced

enigma32 enigma32 writes  |  about 5 years ago

enigma32 (128601) writes ""The Marvell Plug Computer 3.0 comes with a range of new features over the previous model which include a built in hard drive, as well as integrated Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity."
And a 2ghz processor. Price expected to be similar to the original SheevaPlug- around $99."

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ISP Port 80 Block by TOS

enigma32 enigma32 writes  |  about 5 years ago

enigma32 (128601) writes "Just why is it that so many ISPs get away with charging extra for a specific port in our pipe? Granted, the average internet user has no clue what port blocking means. But upon recently going out of town and attempting to check some automation goodies in my house but forgetting to leave apache open to a garbage port number (8080 and 8000 are also blocked) I became extremely perturbed. Even when I try to complain to my provider, the best I can do is leave a complaint through a customer service rep on the phone, so the rep can pass it to their supervisor, who will supposedly email it to someone who might care. I refuse to pay extra for services that won't detract from their bottom line (e.g., running a well-secured personal webserver-- which I used to do for years without difficulty using RoadRunner) but I can't even catch the ear of anyone that can do anything, let alone get them to do something. What can we as a community do besides support slow paced net-neutrality legislation and encourage the FCC to help us from being screwed by the monopolies we're forced to pay homage to?"

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