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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

gelfling Protectionism plain and simple. (166 comments)

No worries, Ariane 5 has huge cost overruns and Ariane 6 is so far behind schedule it's no longer considered a real option.

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

gelfling How high was he (294 comments)

Because unless you're idiot you can't have missed that Harrison Ford is one of the most publicly stoned people in history.

4 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

gelfling Whoa hold on there hoss (1038 comments)

Islamic countries routinely murdered polio vaccination teams. So it's a self correcting problem in the long run.

5 days ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

gelfling Calistan needs to nationalize everything (136 comments)

Or whatever the state equivalent of that is. Simply take everything unto the state, tax everything and 100%. Problem solved. By the way there's no way to hire a 'real' cab by me where the driver doesn't speak ONLY French or ONLY Spanish. So.....good going. That's fucking awesome.

And remember to down mod me, please.

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

gelfling Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

Saving face. the Oprahfization of everything. Now what he has to do is go on TV crying, begging apologies to everyone living or dead and MIT will reinstate him.

about a week ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

gelfling That's because there's fewer new cars (176 comments)

And in my state at least, it's only the newest cars that are held to any emission standards at all. Older cars can be as ghettotastic as they want

about a week ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

gelfling The general tenor of /.rs is more Obama than Obama (209 comments)

Even though they like to tell you about their rugged individualist libertarian techno streak. It's all bullshit and arguing the point here @ /. is pointless. Obama Uber Alles.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

gelfling Just criminalize then. (280 comments)

States will make it illegal or tax the shit out of it the same way several states criminalized homemade biodiesel and/or charge people a mileage road tax in lieu of gasoline taxes. Of course in the case of utilities they will shape it as 'public safety' and 'a reliable network' but that's nonsense. Anyway in most states the utilities get to pick their own regulatory boards which is why rates go up to whatever the utilities want.

about a week ago
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Twitter Use By Romney and Obama In 2012 Highlight the Speed of Social Media

gelfling We should be able to vote via twitter (47 comments)

Why not, it's as meaningful as any other bullshit election.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

gelfling The next fatality will be from the police (325 comments)

Come on, the biggest danger will be unregulated law enforcement use of these things for 'public safety, spying on people and parking lots. Because in a world of untrained asshole cops and Federal agencies who don't see a 'near miss' as anything at all, you're going to see more and more of it. Anyway, why do you think it's flying at an airport? To find the rare idiot shining a laser at planes.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

gelfling Oh please (398 comments)

There is no more arrogant self important self worshiping group of narcissists than IT people and coders. Each of them believes they are seconds away from a Nobel Prize and will therefore never stoop to organizing or needing or claiming to need anyone's help. I have heard this nonsense for going on 35 years and it never changes. IT people think they are god's gift to the world and IT people get cut, outsourced every single day. And even if you ask the people who just got fired, they tell you it's because of something personal or bad management. Never, not ever does anyone come to the conclusion that the whole business-employment-employee model is broken and they're all screwed in the long run. Never occurs to them. If you don't like the way are abused then there's a few things to consider: 1) suck it up 2) you're not a snowflake 3) change your jobs and/or career, or 4) everyone else in nearly every other job or profession is treated the same way.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

gelfling Don't worry they'll bounce back (345 comments)

They already all got jobs in the White House/MSNBC

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

gelfling What Would Jennifer Lawrence Do? (528 comments)

After all, all we care about is hacked nude selfies.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

gelfling Like the space shuttle-------- (140 comments)

It's stated capability will be 10 or 20x it's real world capability.

about two weeks ago

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  about a week ago

I seem to have collected a lot of enemies. And what do all the differences even mean?

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I always cringe a little

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

When I see that someone has responded to one of my posts because if nothing else, the most common attribute of the blogerati and their wannabes is that no one really has anything to say unless it's to shriek that you're a retard asshole or that some dipshit fresh out of the 11th grade demands you 'prove' something to them. I worry a little bit about the generations behind me. I think that not only are stupider and less motivated than their elders but they angrily self righteous about it. I said back in the late 80's (yes I've been on the internet since 1989 so for you angry fuckhead teens out there, don't bother 'correcting' me, thanks) that eventually the internet would become a weapon of tyranny. Not because of control but because it collapses belief and freedom into the smallest angriest space possible. You no longer need to think.

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Now you can't even recount your own bad MS experiences

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So now you can't even recount your ongoing experiences with MS mind bendingly poor customer support w/o being modded down a troll. Why the fuck doesn't this site just admit it has paid flacks on board to do Redmond's bidding. Or, that it's just a bunch of retarded teenagers?

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Do you ever get the sense that there's a population of MS boosters who are here semi-officially ready to pounce on anyone who doesn't tow the MS party line?

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Intel Apple. Not so weird?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Apple's history of switching CPUs is as old as Apple. First was the 6502 then the Moto 68000 series then the PPC and now Intel. Seems like it's not such a leap after all and isn't it really what we've been asking for for 2 decades? To build & sell a PC where the internals don't matter to us.

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Google porn: searches or results?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It's one thing to query results it's quite another to query searches for results. You would be in effect enlarging the child pornography statute to include looking for child porn.

And let me add - fuck slashdot and the posers who run it. Fuck them all to death.

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What are MS's own security priorities?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Feel free to post this in the appropriate Nash interview thread. I forget sometimes that I'm persona non grata here at Anime/LotR/Nerd Porn Central.

Without saying 'everything' what are the actual ranked or prioritized security issues at MS for Windows?

DRM?
Spyware?
Integrating tools that already exist into the MS sphere?
Patch management?
Time -to -fix cycles?
Better security architecture?
Other?

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Mac security comes from doing insecure things

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Note: since I've been targetted by /. modbombers for banning and day by day my karma is being synthetically erased, I've decided to post everything here in duplicate as long as I'm permitted to post. When I'm no longer permitted to post then everything will go here. Until of course, /. admins decide to ban my IP outright. This has already happened to one of the places I commonly post from, but only after I complained to /. admins about being attacked here. That ID that I complained to them, from, has been banned permanently. Word to the wise: /. is rapidly turning into the darkest version of everything they claimed to hate.

I get regular security vulnerability email alerts all the time. Just today there was a long list of potential problems with 10 different flavors of Linux, HP-UX, Cisco, OS/400, Z/OS and of course Windows.

Now the issue is, how bad is that? And the other question is what is the cost - benefit of fixing it?

Many of the vulnerabilities in the alert I alluded have the potential to be serious enough to warrant your attention but this assumes that you already have NOTHING in place to protect yourself, that you've effectively not implemented any security infratrature whatsoever. The probability of this is quite low.

But - and this is the big issue with Windows, your exposures surface out of EVERY SINGLE ordinary everyday common task you employ the machine to do. It would be as if every Cisco vulnerability surfaced specifically and only when it routed packets and only because it routed packets.

Therein lies the difference.

In the Mac world, no one is seriously suggesting that their BSD based OS is defacto immune from problems. What they're arguing convincingly is that those problems when they arise will arise out of non common tasks and obscure problems that typically stem from operating your machines in a very nonstandard way to begin with. For instance the ordinary Mac user could, if they were motivated, run as root all day everyday. But why would they? That's a nonstandard operation mode. Moreover the common problems you do see in the Mac world won't ordinarily occur because of executing common tasks that ordinary users employ their machines to do. You won't see many vulnerabilities exploited the same way that simply using AOLIM or Limewire or reading a rich email or any of the other innumerable problems in Windows stems from.

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

My email alerter shows my last post was modded 8 times up and 8 times down. /. continues to be the nerds revenge for the cool table in the lunchroom in highschool. What they fail to appreciate is that social maladaption is social maladaption.

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somebody tell me why this is considered a troll?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=173869&cid=14464389

Seriously it's a statement of fact based on real world experience.

I honestly think that /. is quickly killing itself.

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so my plan is

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

if I'm ever able to post and mod again I'll randomly single out specific posters and mod them down as much as I can. I really want to share the wealth here at slashfuck.

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have been banned for the second time in 10 days. Apparentlt at this point no matter what, if anyone mods any post I've ever made I risk being banned again. There is no way to wipe the slate clean after being repeatedly banned. So fuck /. and circle jerk of anime wannabes that run it.

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Hate Mail

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

See this is exactly my point. /. has a secret modding scheme that will punish you if you don't plod along with their normal bovine groupthink. Got banned for weeks over something I never knew and the first post back when I comment on it it's back to being downmodded. This to me is the beginning of the end of /. Pretty much it's all about anime, sci fi movies and Libertarian bullshit. If you're not down with that or, perish the fucking thought, express an opinion you might actually have a knowledgeable background in, if it's not part of the official /. checklist-o-thoughts, you get punished. And it's in a very capricious way.

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