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Bitcoin Plunges after Mt. Gox Exchange halts trades

forkazoo It's interesting seeing the plunge in real time (3 comments)

So, I checked slashdot on my phone today over lunch, and I saw the big "We hear you!" post discussing beta. Then, I got home tonight and was redirected to the new beta interface. So, clearly, slashdot the corporate group doesn't hear what slashdot the community is saying. If people are still being involuntarily redirected to something that has put the community at the edge of open rebellion, slashdot is clearly plunging in relevance even faster than a post Gox bitcoin. It's been a good run. I had over a decade of fun here on slashdot. I had excellent karma. But, clearly it's time for me to walk away. It's a shame that that ./ is so hell bent on shooting themselves in the face with this redesign. If they don't completely abandon it, this will probably the last post from this account. Weird. If you want to improve ./, add utf8 support and math rendering. Stuff people are actually asking for. Trying to refine the redesign is the wrong path. It's the wrong direction. Trying to dial in the details of shooting yourself in the face doesn't really matter. It doesn't matter if you trade the shotgun for a pistol, or whether you aim for the nose or the roof of your mouth. That's all "Beta isn't ready" means. It's a shame when a good community dissolves, but good night.

about 7 months ago
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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

forkazoo Re:common and fun (301 comments)

I count that as wise. If you put a real IP address, it would likely get a lot of traffic.

Which is why I've always been confused by the fact that they use fictituous IP's, rather than a production company website with trailers for upcoming projects...

about 8 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

forkazoo Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

It is a lot of work to raise your arm and point at an exact location on the screen (and slow too). After a short time you will be feeling the fatigue building up in your arm, which starts feeling very heavy. Then you will hate your touch screen and go back to using a mouse, touchpad, or keyboard, none of which require you to make large arm movements, or hold up the weight of your arm in front of you.

Why is touch on the desktop always assumed to be something that would have to replace using other inputs? I mean, if touch added $5 to my monitor, and I used it once every few weeks, I'd consider that a win. And, if it were widely deployed, economies of scale would mean that it really would be very cheap to add. (Like audio on the motherboard.) Having things like pinch to zoom could be handy on the desktop.

about 8 months ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

forkazoo Re:News for Nerds??? (253 comments)

Way easier to toss a condom than to clean a sex bot. Just sayin'.

about 8 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

forkazoo Re: Good! (340 comments)

instead, they ran rampant and now we have a bullshit system which even on my system, sometimes fails...chrome doesnt play audio, firefox does...no idea why...although getting my HDMI tv to play sound on fedora was interesting, the eventual solution was I had to edit a file in /usr/share and add a :0 to the end of one of the parameters...I have no idea why....in linux mint it was fixed and I never had to do it...but weird shit like this seems to happen all the time...

Despite my best efforts, with Chrome on Ubuntu, Some YouTube videos will play out of one sound card, and some videos will play out of another. I think it's Flash vs. HTML5 being used for different videos. Seriously, it's the most bewildering user experience to have to randomly switch between my USB headphones and my analog headphones. Getting bluetooth audio working reliably is just a lost cause. Skype used to work. I apparently broke it in the course of trying to fix other things. 10 years professional experience as a UNIX admin, and I can't figure out how to make Youtube work without wearing two different headphones. It's sort of fucked.

about 9 months ago
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A Short History of Computers In the Movies

forkazoo Re:The Q-7 (165 comments)

Slashdot's terrible at interviews. Hopefully somebody much more qualified would interview them, and then amonth later slashdot would post a link to it several times.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?

forkazoo Re:Why just device updates? (159 comments)

Well, if he has identified it as taking up a large amount of the available bandwidth, then it certainly makes sense to consider it a target for reductions. Perhaps more importantly, users tend not to care about updates like that. A user actively downloading a file from some source is probably more important than some automated process the user doesn't care about, and can be deferred until the user gets home without them noticing anything.

That said, I've been saying for a while that there needs to be some sort of bandwidth discovery protocol. My original thought process was driven by apps on mobile phones, but this seems like it would benefit for the same reasons. Wireless oeprators are always concerned about using scarce bandwidth resources so we get plans with low data caps and such. Imagine if there was a completely standardised way for an application (say an email app on a phone) to "ping" bandwidthdiscovery://mail.foo.com with some sort of priority metric. If nothing responded back, it would act normally, so the system would be completely backwards compatible. If something did respond back along the route (for example, the wireless ISP you are connected to, but it could theoretically be something local or distant. The school's DDWRT router in the OP example.) it could reject the session, or encourage a delay. That way an email app set to check every 5 minutes could occasionally get a polite rejection from the ISP asking the app to hold off since circuits are overloaded. The phone would then wait a few minutes before trying again. Eventually the phone would download new email, but at high traffic times, it might wind up going 15 minutes instead of 5, saving the network some trouble. Software updates might defer a download for days or weeks if there is a continual rejection.

My Android phone lets me set software updates and podcast downloads to only happen over wifi, under the assumption that cellular data is expensive, but wifi data is unlimited. But, if I connect to a Mifi access point connected to a cellular connection, my phone currently has no way to discover that it is actually using (limited) cellular data. With a bandwidth discovery protocol, it would get the same rejections from the ISP that it would get if it had directly connected to the cellular data itself. And, local admins could easily set up rejection rules like the OP would be interested in, while still allowing the possibility of user overrides in cases where the school IT guy really wants to manually update the school's computer systems and whatnot. Think of it as a sort of queryable QoS.

And because any intermediate system on the route can let apps know to reduce bandwidth usage, a server being slashdotted can have some queries be rejected, rather than everything being on the link local side near the user. Obviously, none of this helps the admin in the immeadiate term. But, it would seem like that's how it ought to work.

about 9 months ago
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Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart

forkazoo Re:OK, I'll bite (190 comments)

Implicit semicolons. '5' + 3 gives '53' whereas '5' - 3 gives 2. I tried to include the famous Javascript truth table. Look it up. Including it in the post just triggered the junk filter, but it's hilarious. Javascript manages to be chock full of wtf even without the DOM at all. I always wished that Python would show up in the browser at some point. Once apon a time, the idea of genuinely novel scripting languages for web pages actually seemed plausible. (Remember vbscript web pages?) I guess there is so much legacy JS now that it's just the way things work and we'll never be completely rid of it.

about 9 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

forkazoo Re:You can buy 2 TB flash drives now (191 comments)

And then you need to duplicate the whole thing in another datacenter for geographical redundancy.

Useful for some workloads, sure. But if it is an internal service, rather than something like a website (gasp, not all servers are public facing websites) then if my office gets taken out by a meteorite, none of the corpses in the building actually care about whether or not some instance of the service exists in some other safer geographic region.

about 9 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

forkazoo Re:get used to the monthly payment (191 comments)

The flip side is that at a small scale, you get a certain amount 'for free.' If you need to have some infrastructure locally, then you already have some sort of a room with space to put a new server in, you already have sufficient electricity. You already have a guy to replace a blown hard drive. The extra time he spends replacing it is technically nonzero, but it's a fairly rare event, so a single extra server tends to be "in the noise." The big cost is as soon as you exhaust your existing capacity. I.E. The guy is already replacing drives full time, so adding one more server will mean needing to add another full time guy. Or, all the racks are full and you will need to add additional space. You can see a point where the TCO of the last server was genuinely much less than outsourced infrastructure, but the TCO of the next server will effectively be $500000 if you only add one more machine.

about 9 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

forkazoo Re:Sentence doesn't make sense (191 comments)

It's hardly sudden. Developers have spoken about an algorithm being compute/bandwidth/io/memory bound for at least decades.

about 9 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

forkazoo Re:Locked down tighter than a CEO's wallet (227 comments)

Emulating a piece of hardware with another piece of hardware in software is always slow. I remember when you needed a fairly beefy PC to play emulated NES games effectively. If you think that emulating a current console on a PC will never be practical, given that they are essentially just PC's themselves now, then you attention span is too short to have bothered reading this far into my comment, so I'm not entirely sure why I bothered.

about 9 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

forkazoo Re:They will, without a doubt, die... (923 comments)

A Mexican desert shark that robs trucks? That seems like a syfy movie of the week even before it gets ahold of the radioactive cobalt!

about 9 months ago
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Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

forkazoo Re: I think people just won't own these cars (140 comments)

Except now the car can just take itself to a maintenance appointment while you are at work or overnight, so you never need to actively actually do anything. In any case, I think the cars will make the best estimate of the world that they can, based on a combination of sensors. It seems to be the case that you can drive a car optically (humans do it) so if the radar sensors go out, it's probably still perfectly safe to let it drive on lidar and cameras for a little while. It doesn't get scary until cheap econobox cars go autonomous without any real redundancies. But, they'll still be safer than human drivers.

about 9 months ago
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The New York Times Has Lessons For Others Making the Slow Transition To Digital

forkazoo Re:The NY Times overlooks the fundementals (67 comments)

The thing is that every "video news" website gets it wrong. Nobody cares about the talking heads giving bookends for the content, and nobody wants auto play. So, whenever you go to such a web page, it instantly starts playing some random person giving a banal intro. OTOH, an article saying "X happened" with a video that you can choose to play to see X happening would actually be valuable. If person X gave a speech to the UN or something, then having video of the speech is reasonable. But, yeah, I'll play it if I want it.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

forkazoo Re:Business is business (264 comments)

Why is that "reasonable"? Shouldn't they be focusing their resources of groups/nations that present some threat to us?

Why wouldn't military allies pose a threat? Seriously, this is an incredibly naive view of the utility of intelligence. You think that a relatively small number of terrorists trying ineffectually to lob a few bombs is really the only major concern? Or even "partner/competitor" nations like China that have a single second hand aircraft carrier? No state military power is realistically going to start a full on war with the United States by attacking the U.S. mainland, and no non-state actor has the resources to realistically do all *that* much physical damage.

But, military allies who oppose US preferences in trade deals can potentially cost the US economy billions of dollars. Massive unemployment and economic collapse is absolutely considered an existential threat to any state. And, yes, much of the day to day accomplishments of an intelligence agency revolve around knowing in advance what tariff rate an ambassador to a trade conference in going to support on potatoes from various parts of the world. Knowing who you can move a few percent, and who is a hardliner, is enough to change a deal. A few small changes in a trade deal can effect msaaive numbers of people, and the US is very aggressive about maintaining power through things like trade deals which seem incredibly boring, and often go unreported in the news here. In business, everybody is both a friend and an enemy. A potential supplier of customer, but also a potential competitor. The concept of "Ally" becomes very grey as soon as you take a broader view of international relations that "If we shoot at somebody, are we supposed to shoot at them?"

about 10 months ago
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Bizarre Six-Tailed Asteroid Dumbfounds Scientists

forkazoo Re:And... (134 comments)

Ask again in 200 years. Then we'll know if understanding asteroids proved useful. It takes a long time for basic research and pushing the boundaries of human understanding to pay off, but some of it eventually does. You know, like the electron, or semiconducting, or liquid crystals, or imaginary numbers. All of that stuff was ivory tower academic fluff at one point. The whole value of "out there" research is that it is in areas that we don't fully understand yet, and therefore have no idea how useful they might eventually become.

about 10 months ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

forkazoo Re:What is odd about those results? (449 comments)

You are assuming a more rational person than most of them probably are. Try "I'm obviously a better driver than any computer or most other people, but if they reduce my premiums, I'm willing to take on the extra risk in exchange for the extra money in my pocket and convenience."

about 10 months ago
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

forkazoo Re:The network says no (164 comments)

Don't forget, you can buffer a YouTube video. Can't really get a 30 second buffer of an RDP session. The requirements are very different.

about 10 months ago
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

forkazoo Re:The network says no (164 comments)

Well, it probably does real time encodes of 24 FPS content, but perhaps would struggle a bit more with 60 FPS+ Desktop content. Likewise, if the content is photographic, the compression artifacts tend to be less noticeable. Have some simple shapes and bright colors with crisp edges like a GUI in the mix, and you tend to need much higher quality than with photographic content. Even doing the encode in real time at adequate quality, you are probably encoding to a long GOP codec which has quite a lot of inherent latency. If the GOP size adds 1 second of latency, it doesn't matter how much CPU and bandwidth you throw at the problem, it would still be very bad for real time interactive uses.

* (Used to be an Engineer responsible for dealing with remote sites and technology for real time remote color grading sessions transmitted over the internet and over private WAN links using H.264 and JP2K based codecs mostly for TV commercials.)

about 10 months ago

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forkazoo forkazoo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

forkazoo writes "Space.com is reporting the successful launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. There were no major incidents or problems during the launch, except that there was some concern about the weather at the two European abort landing sites. The weather cleared up and the launch was pretty much perfect. I watched on the live NASA TV stream."
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forkazoo forkazoo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

forkazoo writes "A number of you have posted expressing concern about Slashdot's enthusiasm for April Fools jokes. Since Slashdot has always striven to be perceived as a legitimate news source, we have had an internal discussion, and decided to immediately end all our articles which are not fully verified for today. This site was never about just personal amusement. The point has always been to provide absolutely articulate, well edited articles to inform the IT community about new events which could effect their jobs. Because the April Fools jokes make this site look like some sort of personal blog for CmdrTaco, I am happy to announce that we declare that we will never violate the trust that you have in us ever again. For the rest of the day, you will be able to enjoy the carfully edited, duplicate-pruned, always relevant articles which you have come to know and explectr."

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