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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

gl4ss Re:It is an end of a era... (156 comments)

they just suck at monetizing.

though more importantly, they suck at producing content you would pay for at this day and age.

look at their jolt awards.. xcode, intellij..

recent articles include stuff like how to debug xdk apps(xdk is a phonegap clone from intel, nobody cares).

4 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

gl4ss Re: But but but (324 comments)

well if you can buy water for drinking for less than a dollar when the minimum wage is way more than a dollar/day, then there really isn't a problem as such.

any fix right now would be a farming subsidy, it seems.

4 days ago
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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

gl4ss Re:Yeah, sure, any day now... (65 comments)

the blurb reads like they would just resell comcast/centurylink?

they're building their own network or no?

(repacking crap would be right up tucows biz model)

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

gl4ss Re:Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

if the general plan to free "yourself from slavery" from the book is to pretty much utilize the same dogma as Ur Quan, then yeah, it sort of makes you a warlord if the preferred plan to deal with other tribes is to conquer them, kill them and put in slavery. actually the plan is even worse than the green ur quans plan of action, because according to the books(tm) you're not supposed to offer them the possibility of being a vassal/slave state.

Islam, as it spread wide originally, had provisions for slave tribes(who need pay tribute), turning the conquered into Islam(assimilating them) and such - you know, basic empire building provisions in the general plan. Judaism does not. this might explain why the other spread regionally fast and the other did not.

besides, historically speaking, who were they slaves to? I thought there was no evidence of them actually being in egypt to build the pyramids like claimed? and parting the seas and whatever.

so both Islam and Judaism are pretty much warlord religions.

anyhow, you should note that all religions can be used as tools for conquering, through terrorizing, war etc. even budhism. many of the budhist nations are strangely patriotic and militaristic and proud of their military prowess(even if it is mostly made up).

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

gl4ss Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

it's the sort of mistake people who see a picture of how a dac works in _principle_ make.

like the stairs. but in reality, the output smooths out of course. making a dac that did really, really hard transitions between the "stairs" would be harder to make!

though I think it's just a joke, with audiology and all. or maybe it was a mail order certificate from the top end hifi university.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

gl4ss Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (379 comments)

they were providing emotional support to the targeted reb... Terrorist, so they were Enemy Combatants.

what the drone strike system is in reality is a system for Jemen etc governments to order strikes on their dissidents - and USA gets the blame.

really, they're not strikes against people who would pose a threat to anyone in USA, but who are against the central, often dictatorial tribe politics engulfed government in said countries they happen in.

really, there's not any sort of attempts even to do ground apprehension and to bring into trial or do thorough investigation and the intel is based on what the locals say - so what they have in effect created is a system of ordering hits for rival mafia(tribe in local lingo) gangs.

said countries aren't even in state of war, so just double tapping people with missiles is pretty weird for any outsider and not doing anything to help anyone

about two weeks ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

gl4ss Re:These are the men we want to memorialize? (171 comments)

well yeah, since nowadays if you out that one government branch is lying to another, then you're a traitor if you out that information.

which seems kind of fucked up - get your fucking agencies in a leash, you're bleeding money to fuckups who ruin your reputation and provide you with no service whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

gl4ss Re:How crazy (135 comments)

that they try to find infection on their own computers/honey pot or whatever? ..how do you propose that they decide if the suspicious file hasn't gone and encrypted itself inside your family photos without them downloading them just for kicks? or into your big businesses yearly finance report, that the random tech guy over at rapport can take a glance at without oversight?

about two weeks ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

gl4ss Re:Is SONY breaking the law with this "defense"? (190 comments)

breaking the law? yes, if it is sony behind the attack then they are. there's not really much discussion to be had about the subject if you any grasp of the usual laws.

but if it is happening from an asian country to another asian country, probably nothing will come out of it. maybe someone needs bribed but that's about it.

and right to bear arms applying to executing a cyber attack? that's like saying that right to bear arms should be interpreted as the right to form a lynch mob, WHICH IT IS NOT. this is not even a "stand your ground" situation - and applying that would be equally silly since that law applies to individual persons in some states.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Pushes Ahead With Website Blocking In Piracy Fight

gl4ss Re:Good luck with that (100 comments)

they don't want other countries to get it before through internet because they want to sell the show to the TELEVISION NETWORKS of the other countries. that's why they can't sell them online to anyone who wants to buy them.

not to the viewers. but to the television networks - and they make those networks bid stupid amounts of money for the shows. they don't want to piss them (murdoc in case of australia?) off because of this lump sum money exchange program they got going on, with this lump sum money exchange program they also get to sell the shows in packages so they need to buy the shitty shows too to get the good shows.

of course, the solution that the viewers do is fairly simple, they just copy it.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

gl4ss Re:Redefined Retrofit to make that work... (178 comments)

well by that logic the 50 richter level quake could level the houses far away in the non quake zone too, dickwad.

building them to withstand probably occurring quakes is just common sense.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

gl4ss Re:Profit!! (235 comments)

it doesn't really seem like he was broke unless he had a very expensive coke habit or something.

it was done mainly to redeem himself or make himself relevant again, by getting some money to donate.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

gl4ss Re:I'll wager it doesn't actually matter (190 comments)

number of reasons.

for example, you're an advertising agency. your campaign payout is tied to the number of rise in traffic. so you buy extra traffic. or maybe you buy it to get extension of the contract. once your campaign stops, you stop the extra traffic. then you have black and white data about your campaign being effective.

about two weeks ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

gl4ss Re:Double blind review (100 comments)

well the news is that these particular two journos are shit.
nothing more to it, really.

if you knew the names of the people who accepted it through, you would also know that they don't do shit. that would be nice info.

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

gl4ss Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (225 comments)

it doesn't blind in the general direction of the target...
besides, the blinding is accidental by product.

also, it's not "fire". just like bombs are not "fire" and using a fire to make swords is not "making war with fire". So I think they only mean some shit like a forest fire. they don't have any forests anymore soo..

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

gl4ss Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

but 120 is at the expensive range of cable tv though?
and for 1TB / month, you would be providing a service equivalent of providing few hours of cable tv per day for what, 50-100 people?

you could run a fairly popular web forum for 100 bucks/ month, or an insanely popular walkthrough site, or the most popular nethack spoilers site there is.

you couldn't host a lot of videos, but who the fuck hosts videos apart from porn sites and there's only a handful of sites that actually host their own free porno anyways(most just link to the handful).

for majority of sites with written content or even video content(hosted on youtube or vimeo like everyone does now) it's just fine to operate on 100 bucks.

if you're doing data processing for 5 million people, that's going to cost you some of course. but even then it's probably not trivial data processing - and again, most people wouldn't be hosting mods or whatever for 5 million downloaders(it's not a small or even medium size operation to do that - basically you had more users than the most popular site in Finnish and the most popular sites in Finnish have you know, actual employees.).

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

gl4ss Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

well, you could do your own analysis on the clickthroughs that you're getting. as you should. how the fuck do you know otherwise if your ads are effective or not? dollars spent on marketing vs. dollars gained from marketing.

It's not clickthroughs that you really care about, it's how much dollars you need to spend for a sale.

big brands who do just "recognition" campaigns are another issue of course, since they care only about impressions.

thing is, you should know the site is popular before you buy the advertising on it.. if you just buy through an ad network, how are you going to know? you're not. and the newspaper or whatever you're buying direct from the site publisher to put the ads on has less incentive to run bots to steal your ad money than an ad network has.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

gl4ss Re:Nerd Point of Contention (222 comments)

if "computer games" count then consoles have nothing to offer on 3d games in time line of firsts.

elite was released a _decade_ before star fox after all and elite offers a true free space 3d environment(and filled polygon versions of elite were released afaik half a decade before starfox).

microprose (and even microsoft) released multiple polygon 3d simulation games for computers in the '80s. by 1990 the list of polygon 3d games is so long that the kid wouldn't have had time to finish them at all(or wouldn't have understood half of them and some of them don't have end goals anyways, maybe the kid would have enjoyed an '80s version of flight simulator who knows).

if you look at the article, the game set presented is _very_ shallow(pacman, contra, megaman etc). which made the project quite a bit less unusual, many parents put their kids to play old console games since a) the kids understand them b) it's cheap c) the young kids don't mind playing them, it's new to them and they don't see the difference to modern games that much.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

gl4ss Re:Nitpick on the linked article (222 comments)

i think he used a plug-n-play console.

all the games are pretty kid friendly.

and definitely not ALL of videogame history. it's just kid action games. not even a big bunch of them.

the title is faulty and frankly stupid in context of the original article. kids don't mind NES graphics and for 4 year old playing COD would be confusing anyways. none of the games mentioned take a significant time to finish.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

gl4ss Re:I call bullshit again (222 comments)

there's a port of elite to NES.

I find it pretty fucking hard for the boy to play through all of videogame history. he wouldn't have the time.

let's just say that only playing through ultima 1,2,3,4,5,6 would take quite a bit. throw elite in there for another quite a bit.

about two weeks ago

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Would You Board Flight 666 to HEL?

gl4ss gl4ss writes  |  about a year ago

gl4ss (559668) writes "http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/board-flight-666-hel-20244972 Superstitious people might want to skip this one, the flight AY666 to HEL. Currently in Helsinki the weather is great, even if HEL is due to freeze in few months."
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Android-x86 3.2-RC2 released

gl4ss gl4ss writes  |  about 3 years ago

gl4ss (559668) writes ""The test build is based on the Android 3.2.2. We fixed and added many x86 specified code to let the system runs smoothly on x86 platforms, especially for netbooks or tablets.". android-x86 can be used for running android on generic x86 hw or in virtual machines, which is useful for development purposes among other things."
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Google acquires Motorola Mobility

gl4ss gl4ss writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gl4ss (559668) writes "http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Google-to-Acquire-Motorola-bw-4079820793.html?x=0 . (g&m))"today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies." So Motorolas frequently re-organized phone subsidiary has found now a new home, at a sizeable premium. Is this start of Google starting to defend Androids patent troubles and what will this mean for the rest of Android manufacturers?"

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gun crime vs. gun control

gl4ss gl4ss writes  |  about 12 years ago

wtf has this to do with slashdot?

WTF?

gazillion idiot posts in a second. NONE of wich were unbiased, and riddled with serious thought holes.

israel has low gun crime ratio? wtf, the country is in (half) state of war ffs. oh yeh, legit shooting isn't gun crime and legit rocket strikes from another side of the fence isn't gun crime either.

guns don't kill people, idiots with guns thinking they can protect people kill people.

guns are fun. ON A FREAKING SHOOTING ALLEY. that i must admit.

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whore.

gl4ss gl4ss writes  |  about 12 years ago

yes. i'm developing my theory and practice of karmawhoring.

seriously, there should be a howto to karmawhoring.. though.. it could end up pretty short. following just about 3 rules one could easily expand his karma to excellent in ~3 weeks.

hmm. karmawhoring robot could end up intresting..
aw i guess i'll have to try to finish my google linkfarm detector/filter searcher..

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