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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

gelfling Good news (443 comments)

America needs a good plague. Kill them all.

12 hours ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

gelfling You don't own your PC anymore (261 comments)

You pay to have MS grant you permission to use it the way they want you to.

yesterday
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

gelfling So it's a phone w/o the phone (181 comments)

7" is more or less what a $300 phablet is. Of course w/o the phone part. Bum some free WiFi and go to town. Facebook and twitter should give these out for FREE. Of course $99 to run Windows isn't going to be functional for much else but who cares?

yesterday
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

gelfling Just redefine 'excellence' (187 comments)

Maybe C+ is a good enough achievement.

2 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

gelfling If you're a Sprint customer (172 comments)

Everything would be a worthless paperweight, depending on the size and everyone would communicate face to face like before Alexander Bell.

2 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

gelfling Watch more TV (353 comments)

All encryption is instantly breakable by anyone in under 30 seconds. Less if you have tattoos.

5 days ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

gelfling Just get me my shit (92 comments)

DHL Global Mail is slightly slower than me walking to wherever the shit is sent from, picking it up myself and walking back home again. 4 WEEKS to get something from Boston to Raleigh? Or maybe 12 days stuck somewhere in Georgia?

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

gelfling I suspect intermittent use is far different (595 comments)

Incandescent bulbs are designed to be always on. When you turn them on is when they blow out. CFLs and LEDS are designed to be on and off. Too much heat build up from uninterrupted use will kill them. So '50,000' hrs isn't supposed to be 50,000 continuous hrs.

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

gelfling LEDs need much closer tolerances (595 comments)

LEDs are FAR FAR more sensitive to bad manufacturing tolerances which is why cheaper, relatively speaking, units are such shit. On the other hand a quality unit from Cree is probably going to last as long as it should. I would also stay away from dim-able bulbs since they require more circuitry. Same with dim-able CFLs. The transformers are fragile enough as it is.

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

gelfling It's the heat that kills LEDs/CFLs (595 comments)

LEDs, while they are very bright for the energy they use, throw off fantastic amounts of heat given their overall power consumption. This is why large LEDs like floodlights actually look like radiators with their backing fins. Without them LED's would self destruct in minutes. This is relevant in a high hat or recessed lamp. Too much heat build up and they blow.

CFL's don't generate much heat but their transformers do. And it's the transformers that usually dies before the CFL tube. Again, a poorly made or mounted fixture will collect more heat and kill the bulb that much faster, maybe even start a fire.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

gelfling Oh please he's bought the laws he needs (363 comments)

MS, like Apple and Google, simply purchase the laws they need to operate and buy the courts they need to enforce them. Everyone knows that.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

gelfling Re:F-22's don't drop bombs. (475 comments)

No, I don't but thanks for the snark. On you it's fucking cute.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

gelfling That's not what Obama actuallyt believes though (341 comments)

Obama's views on nuclear weapons are shaped by the 'neo realists' of Dr Ken Waltz. And Waltz believed proliferation was a GOOD thing not a bad thing, that the MORE countries have atomic weapons the MORE stable the world is. Waltz, and his acolytes Walt and Mearscheimer have Obama's ear on this topic more than any other advisers. This is why Obama quietly doesn't really worry about Iran. He would like to see them acquire The Bomb.

about a week ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

gelfling No and they never did, much (252 comments)

To the 10 or 15% who are early adopters maybe. To everyone else, no. Doesn't matter never mattered never will. And for what it's worth most carriers tweak their images so much they eat up all performance variables with their shit code and bloatware. Moreover, if you're a Sprint customer, you don't have a network unless you're on WiFi, so performance is meaningless bullshit anyway.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

gelfling Is Best Buy still hiring? (471 comments)

Because America is not a country that hires Comp Sci PhD's. In fact it NEVER was.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

gelfling Re:F-22's don't drop bombs. (475 comments)

They are air superiority fighters and as such carry air to air missiles or air to ground missiles typically against radar installations. F-22's don't have external hardpoints so there's nowhere to hang bombs from and the internal bays are specifically designed around the missiles they carry.

about a week ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

gelfling wait for it, wait for it (138 comments)

someone publishes a study that says weed does more or less the same thing and 10 million stoners jump up and shout 'science is fucking bullshit, man'

about two weeks ago

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I always cringe a little

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 6 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 8 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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