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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

gizmo2199 The Cloud? (98 comments)

What about scalable cloud instances that students pay for out of their tuition fees? That way if they want to use 32GB of ram and 12 cores for their hello world.c program, they can do so without affecting other users, but they have to pay?

about a week ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

gizmo2199 Re:Seriously, an iphone? (143 comments)

IDK, a smartphone is the perfect spying machine.

Not only do people keep their whole lives on their phone, email, pictures, documents, passwords, social media accounts, but the same device is fully portable, has a GPS receiver, picks up and connects to open wifi APs, has a microphone, and accelerometer.

So you can find out what your target is up to, what he's planning, who he's talking to, where he is, and how fast he's moving, and by extension you get acces to his digital life.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

gizmo2199 Does your CPU spy one you? (143 comments)

Let's say a hypothetical security service, such as the Norway Safety Alliance (NoSaal), wanted to collect intelligence by putting in a backdoor, secret registers, or something in a CPU manufactured by another hypothetical entity called Ingal, how would they do it?

What intelligence gathering capability could you include in a CPU that would 1) not interfere in the normal functionality of the PC, or otherwise be detectable by the end-user?

I've read that an entity like nosaal could read the electrical hum of the CPU from a distance to determine what it's doing, or maybe grab crypto keys that way.

But could Ingal actually put code or some other way dope their CPUs without anyone knowing?

And more importantly if that's the case, what could we do about?

about three weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

gizmo2199 Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

No, I think you're logic is fallacious. You're not looking at the functional power wielded by either party. Since the US is a democracy which holds private property, including the assets of a corporation, as the highest form of freedom, the government can't take that property without due process.

This process is handled through the court systems, which works with lawyers and Judges, and juries. The only lawyers that work for the government are criminal prosecutors, and they make less than corporate lawyers. So government lawyers would only be involved in a criminal case against a private corporation.

Therefore, in civil suites, corporations get get the best private attorneys money can buy. This includes lobbying the government to pass certain laws in their favor. And the corporations that pay for the right lawyers, can get away with anything they want and $$$.

So, in reality, in the American capitalist system of government, it's the government that's beholden to private interests, since they make more money.

If you can't see this, you've been watching too much Fox News.

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

gizmo2199 Re:Life on Mars? (265 comments)

Yeah, it starts to look really, really expensive, and thus less and less likely. Face it: colonizing space is the dream of the future, and it always will be.

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

gizmo2199 I guess (110 comments)

the internet is a series of tubes after all. And data packets are gumballs.

about three weeks ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

gizmo2199 Re:UV (123 comments)

I think it has to do with the fact that the plastic trash melts either by campfires or lava and can't be carried by the wind or water, so it gets buried, thus no sunlight. This buried melted plastic gets fused with sand and coral to form a stone.

about 2 months ago
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

gizmo2199 Re:240,000 jobs for robots? (171 comments)

This doesn't make sense to me. On the one hand, a big reason for automation is that you can easily replace a broken component with another one. If an army of technicians were required to fix a robot, who would buy it? On the other, a large part of creative destruction in the modern era is that 1 new job replaces many old ones, unlike the example of the car replacing the horse an buggy. Innovation no longer replaces specialized craft-labor (required for building a buggy) with huge factories full of workers (required to assemble a car), it replaces that factory with very few specialized knowledge workers an loads of automation.

"With the current state of robots, you're talking about taking away the most dull, dangerous, and dirty jobs out there"

But we're not talking about the current state of robots, like robotic arms painting a car, with a highly specific set of pre-programmed instructions
The future of robotics alluded to here ranges from automated package delivery, robotic supermarket clerks and checkout counters, to automated fast food service.
There's no technical reason at the moment why something like an automated drive-through burger place couldn't exist

But really though, future advances in AI could even put most lawyers out of work, what with autonomous systems which fill out contracts, deeds, divorce papers, etc, jobs that are already being outsourced.

So it's pretty naive to think that only dangerous blue-collar work would be subject to robotics and automation. And it's not unreasonable to surmise that unemployment in 50 years might be 20%, a society where the wealthy build and own robots and their labor, while everyone else picks-up the scraps.

about 2 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

gizmo2199 Re:Good (490 comments)

It can just be a metal tube. Aluminum would be terrible for instance, and it would have to be rifled, to give the bullet spin so it doesn't tumble through the air.

about 2 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

gizmo2199 Re:Wait... (255 comments)

"McCain picked Palin who is probably smarter than Biden"

What evidence are basing this on? It took Palin 5 years and 3 different colleges to earn a BA (in communications). The totality of Palin's government experience before she became governor was 10 years as city councilor and mayor of a town of 5,000 in Alaska. Biden, in addition to a law degree, was a well-respected U.S. Senator for 40 years. He served on the Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees.
Moreover, since losing, Palin has made some pretty questionable decisions regarding her public persona. Nobody takes her seriously as a political contender any more.

about 2 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

gizmo2199 Undeniably not (255 comments)

"the right policies that could help put Computer Science — which is undeniably the most important 21st Century skill..."

Isn't this a bit like saying: in the 1950's undeniably the most important skill was operating and repairing TVs and video transmission equipment.

Just because a technology's new, doesn't make it the most important. If anything skills making pharmaceuticals and treatments for human diseases is a much more important skill, let alone robotics and engineering.

There's only so much you can do with a compiler, OS, or a database after all.

about 2 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

gizmo2199 Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

"I mean machine guns should be fine"

You do know that machine guns are mainly used to fire at advancing infantry, and kill dozens of people at the same time. In other words, they're truly weapons of war, not for hunting or self-defense. Why would the average person need one again?

about 3 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

gizmo2199 Re:Shh... (202 comments)

Apropos, does Wayland support hardware accel: vdpau, vaapi? No point in having a newish gpu if you can't use those.

about 4 months ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

gizmo2199 Re: Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

Also, gold isn't worthless, it's a very good conductor and highly malleable and would probably see more wide-spread use in electronics, if it weren't so expensive. Bitcoin on the other hand...

about 4 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

gizmo2199 Re:my daughter (280 comments)

This guy, huh?!?

Has malicious command in his sig, replies with a Star Wars reference.
He must hate it when his mom goes into his room to do the laundry.

about 5 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

gizmo2199 Re:They still have not caught a single terrorist. (289 comments)

This is a useless statistic, as it's LEGAL to carry a gun on a US airplane, with certain restrictions obviously. What kinds of guns are these? Were they loaded?
It's like saying the TSA discovered 1,000 bags of potato chips.

about 5 months ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

gizmo2199 Re:Paul Krugman, 1998 (187 comments)

So if the economy is depressed because the government is "printing money", why is inflation so low? (1.64% per year since 2008) Why isn't it 20% or higher as has been the case in other economic crises such as in Brazil or Argentina in the 1980s? Furthermore, the move toward consolidation has more to do with deregulation, than with "government monopolies."--the exact opposite. Companies are sitting on so much money (because of lower tax rates, higher stock prices, etc), that it's easier for them to buy their competitors than to invest in their operations to get new customers. Which leads these companies to have even less of an incentive to invest in higher speed broadband, or offer better prices for their customers. That was the whole point of Krugman's article.

about 5 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

gizmo2199 Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

Cost of the Iraq War: > $2,000 billion or 100 years of welfare cuts.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

gizmo2199 Re:Incentives. (397 comments)

You'd think that since they're asking for the top 10% to be their employees, Netflix would pay them salaries in the top 10%. I'm guessing they don't see it that way.

about 7 months ago
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Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back

gizmo2199 Re:Just copying data? (243 comments)

Speaking of bitcoin, Krugman said "Bitcoin... is by design, a kind of virtual gold. And like gold, it can be mined: you can create new bitcoins, but only by solving very complex mathematical problems that require both a lot of computing power and a lot of electricity to run the computers. Hence the location in Iceland, which has cheap electricity from hydropower and an abundance of cold air to cool those furiously churning machines. Even so, a lot of real resources are being used to create virtual objects with no clear use."
In other words bitcoin mining is actually wasting electricity and adding to the carbon footprint, but not really adding value to anything. The object itself is entirely fictional and speculative. At least gold can be made into jewelry or used in electronics, what can you use bitcoin for, other than speculating on it's price?
And what I find ironic is that 200 years ago, there was no Federal Reserve, and any bank could print their own money. Yet somehow people opted to use the currency backed by the US govt. So in a sense we are mining our way back to the 17th century.

about 7 months ago

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