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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

i kan reed Re:FUD filled.... (167 comments)

Roll eyes and move on. I'm sorry you don't know how nuclear power plants work, nor how solar flares cause damage, but get with the program, son.

Critical electrical components in nuclear power plants are more than sufficiently shielded from electrical spikes, and EMPs don't cause magical explosions. Nor, if a melt down were somehow to occur, an explosion an expected outcome.

3 hours ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

i kan reed Re:FUD filled.... (167 comments)

The question becomes: how many people would die unnecessarily before we could recover, and how much of our annual GDP would it cost to perform the recovery?

Someone in the US energy department, at the very least, almost certainly has rough estimates of those questions, don't you think?

5 hours ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

i kan reed Re:Vote (146 comments)

And, when, as is the case in North Carolina, those scumbags have gerrymandered both parties into "safe" districts, with the party most responsible having over 50% of the state as such?

What then?

Protest at the capital where they arrest hundreds of people on trumped up charges? Become a violent revolutionary over a tiny infrastructure debate?

5 hours ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

i kan reed Re:What?!? (725 comments)

Yeah, way to go Kimberly, you got petty revenge on people paying your employer, costing your company a small fortune in payoffs, and still likely losing them dozens of long-term customers, and almost certainly getting fired.

Good job, Kimberly!

5 hours ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

i kan reed Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (78 comments)

It's a little more complicated than that.

They have big all-in-one installer .exes that setup a full environment for the games.

A great many are run through dosbox, but others are old win95 games or whatever.

We're talking about a month-long project for a couple developers to convert the low hanging fruit that have an easy deployment target like that. And working out details with more modern indie game studios that natively target linux.

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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

i kan reed Re:~50% have no degree... (168 comments)

That T includes the vast majority of degrees given out at community colleges.

yesterday
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'Just Let Me Code!'

i kan reed Re:Code the way you want... (359 comments)

I'm kinda surprised you chose C# as:

A. Radically different from java
and
B. "Fine for small projects"

I code for work in C#, and for fun in either python or whatever is topical to the project.

I used to code for work in python, and for fun in C#, and before that any mixture of java, C, assembly, and scripty-fu-fu suited my professors.

2 days ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

i kan reed Better than software based, lemme tell you (91 comments)

Everything persisted, including page file, going through a virtual drive that has a cryptographic algorithm applied both directions is slow as hell.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

i kan reed Re:Getting good use out of commercial launch tests (49 comments)

Well, I'm sure it cost at least a little more than doing just what they were contracted to do. It's just that we haven't gotten to the point of taking space launches for granted yet.

When we do, some middle manager will whine endlessly about this sort of experimentation.

2 days ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

i kan reed Re:Robo-Polygraph? (102 comments)

You've got a mistake here.

Polygraphs aren't "baseless pseudoscience"

They're "Extremely unreliable devices based on a mixture of pseudoscientific assumptions and real biometrics". And the CIA isn't a court of law. They're aren't interested in finding the truth beyond a reasonable doubt. They're interested in pressuring you to tell them everything you can.

2 days ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

i kan reed Re:Time for an for IT Union (89 comments)

I'm truly sorry, but an IT union isn't happening, until at least my generational cohort is out of the system.

A. Too many libertarians.
B. Too many people convinced of their own prowess and respect
C. None of us are at much physical risk
D. We get quite a bit more than a living wage, in general

Those factors add up to an insurmountable barrier, even if I personally think the idea is wise.

2 days ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

i kan reed Re:Hooked up to all the equiptment (89 comments)

Checking the methodology section of the paper, they didn't feel it was necessary to include any sort of experimental control.

Now it can be hard to come up with controls for this sort of experiment, when you test the ability of an algorithm that tests for kind of nuanced data, like "where in this block code might there be bugs?", but it should've at least gotten a mention in the conclusion that it wasn't comparative to other methods.

2 days ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

i kan reed Re:Question: (115 comments)

After passing through internet filters, your survey response has been submitted.

For your records, here is your submission:

[X] Yes.
[ ] No.

2 days ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

i kan reed Why is it always developers? (89 comments)

Every time I hear about a terrifyingly invasive means of "improving performance" its targeted at developers. Is it just selection bias, or does the world actually hate us?

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

i kan reed Re:let me correct that for you. (608 comments)

Right, but since you're making that argument, I'll engage like the GGP should have:

Why are a couple essays by a dead philosopher the only definitions of communism we should accept?

They were happy to call themselves the communist party. They were happy to declare communist ideals the only acceptable ones. Certainly the things they did were colored by the ideals of communism. Is it reasonable to dismiss allegations that they weren't communist as inherently facile?

3 days ago
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

i kan reed Hey look old technology (52 comments)

Wait! The old technology is attached to an autonomous quadrotor. Guess I'd better panic.

3 days ago
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

i kan reed Re:Finally (110 comments)

You forgot the most important part:

"And it may be impossible entirely"

3 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

i kan reed Re:let me correct that for you. (608 comments)

I get what you're saying, but their intent wasn't really to avoid acknowledging the awful, awful things the soviet union did.

Their intent was to make the same argument that the soviet union did: that they weren't actually communist, "yet". Now, I can get why you don't want to argue with that point: it's fuzzy, it's impossible to prove either way, and it doesn't actually make a meaningful point about communism. Your response, however, doesn't actually address the argument presented.

3 days ago

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Would a boycott of dice.com help?

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Dice holdings gets most of its money through its main website, and the employees they can provide. Would it help convince them we're serious if we boycott this site next time we need a job?

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