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Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

im_thatoneguy Re:please keep closed! (50 comments)

Also most internal tools aren't CPU bound it's either Database or Disk bound anyway. A lot of internal tools at media and corporate offices is just a workflow enhancer.

about a week ago

Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

im_thatoneguy Re:not faith, economics (168 comments)

Airbus is only a quasi-private company. Their entire operations are heavily subsidized by the government. It would be a bit like.. I don't know... The Airforce using a European Airbus airframe instead of a US one. Politicians will be (?justifiably?) pissed that it's tax payer dollars being diverted into an overseas corporation.

about a week ago

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

im_thatoneguy Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

My internet connection at home is 100mbps = 12MB/s.

= 43GB/hr
= 1TB / day
= 100 TB in 100 days.

Spread that out across 10 machines and you're looking at a little over a week.

An uncompressed 4k film in DPX is 10bit * 4096 x 2214 * 3 = 32 MB / frame * 24 fps * 60 seconds/minute * 60minutes/hour = 2.63 TB per *version*. Then there are Subtitled and Closed caption versions. A single film often has 10TB. They might have just stolen 10-20 films. And those servers presumably are on very fast connections capable of remote review over something like cinesync.

about two weeks ago

Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

im_thatoneguy Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

Then we *shouldn't* be teaching long division we should be forcing them to estimate in their head.

3913 / 3 = ???

No using a calculator or long division.

"Well 3913 is about 3,900 which is a nice division of 3 so about 1300. 13/3 is pretty close to 12/3 = 4 so about 1304. "

That's not teaching long division that's teaching how to decompose a number into "easy" similar numbers and then estimating. That's incredibly useful to check your answers. What's not useful is getting 1304.33333

about three weeks ago

Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

im_thatoneguy Re:perhaps it's time to scuttle legacy application (171 comments)

Windows has so many piles of APIs and hooks rotting in the corners, unpatched for 15 years and longer, that it's perhaps time to blow up the known universe and start afresh.

You just described WinRT aka Metro.

about a month ago

Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

im_thatoneguy Re:Who cares (77 comments)

You're both wrong. They're wrong, Windows Phone isn't targeting mid market it's setting its sights firmly on the low-end. And you're wrong, Google is doing a ton to make Android work on the low-end. Low end is doing things like adding dual sims and other features for people in the developing world. Low end means heavily optimizing the OS so that it runs smoothly on weaker hardware. Google could be adding features but all of their press is on optimizing the rendering to achieve better framerates with existing hardware. Facebook is doing the same thing, read their blog on bandwidth optimization. Google is even spending tens of millions on R&D for giving web access to the developing world. Those won't be up market devices. They want to bring wireless internet to the developing world to sell billions of phones--all accessing Google Adwords.

about a month ago

OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

im_thatoneguy Re:All cloud services story needs this in the head (145 comments)

If all stories came with that disclaimer then all stories would be burdened with a load of FUD.

Computers become outdated and useless, hard drives crash, thumbdrives are lost, LTOs break, RAIDs die, etc etc. Everything is temporary, no single solution is reliable and should be solely relied on. The cloud is no better or worse.

On the other hand TODAY while the cloud is still here OneDrive gives me a really nice service to consolidate my data across multiple machines. So why would I toss a great service today because tomorrow it might go away? I got unlimited Gmail 10 years ago or so and it's a cloud service I still use every day. Maybe gmail will implode some day. And when that day comes... I'll find something better.

about 2 months ago

Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

im_thatoneguy Re:I'd be useful if the forensics were released (235 comments)

Considering Sharyl Attkisson is an Anti-vaxxer and a conspiracy theorist who quit CBS because it was full of too many liberals I doubt that forensic evidence will ever come.

Just another conservative who thinks the government A) cares about them in the slightest B) is trying to stop them from uncovering their secret evil communist plots!

about 2 months ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

im_thatoneguy Re: Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

It's informative to look at the raw numbers:


It's not that women disproportionately left in the 80s. They just haven't benefited from the boom years as much. Men left the industry in the 80s too. But since the high was higher the low was higher.

about 2 months ago

Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

im_thatoneguy Re:ps Good luck teaching AFRICANS to code... (164 comments)

Nah the Tea Part is the PERFECT name for these people. The original tea party was a astroturf protest instigated by wealthy tea importers who looked to lose business thanks to their businesses being made obsolete by a direct sales model combined with a *lower tax*.

England thought they had found the perfect solution: their too-big-to-fail tea company would see increased profits thanks to direct sales and the Americans would get lower prices and reduced taxes.

Instead a bunch of self interested 1%'ers spun something ostensibly *good* for the people into an "evil plot to take your money!" to distract from the fact that they were actually better off with the tea tax.

The fact that they blamed a disadvantaged minority group for their own actions is just icing on the cake.

The parallels are eerie.

about a month ago

NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

im_thatoneguy Re:1..2..3 before SJW (786 comments)

Yeah I would say "OMG YOU ARE A STUPID ____" is endemic to the tech industry. I'm definitely guilty of it. Within half an hour you can have two people do it back and forth in half jest. But it's also true of nerdy girls in school and nerdy boys. Nerds are generally the victim of mocking so to be superior gives them an opportunity to take it out on others. It's not helpful--but it is understandable.

about 2 months ago

Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

im_thatoneguy Re:Federal govt + cloud computing (120 comments)

Or neither. Sometimes it's fine to have a website crash and it's not worth the effort for the one time every 10 years that it gets pounded into oblivion. It would be like WalMart needing to redesign their entire store for black friday. It's probably not worth the effort to redesign the entire store for a single day.

about 2 months ago

Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

im_thatoneguy Re:Uneven distribution of talent? (198 comments)

My advice to anyone who wants to work in IT is this -- there will ALWAYS be downward pressure on salaries.

I think this is good for everyone, not just IT. I had a job on the side for 3 years that was paying buko bucks. I socked every dollar into stocks and launching a side business. Now all of my profits from my side business are gravy since I invested in myself and others. And long after that job is a distant memory I'll still be making money from those paychecks.

I see a lot of people get a really sweet job and instead of treating it like a lottery winning, they treat it like a permanent source of income. Then that sweet deal disappears and they've raised their living expenses so that they have to find a replacement or go broke.

My little windfall has helped me fully fund my retirement account and it's given me a side job that I could parlay into a full time gig to fall back on if I ever was completely unemployed.

The long term trend as far as I'm concerned is near complete unemployment. If you don't own capital in one of the large corporations who own the robots and get a share of their profits you'll be broke looking for a job. You can already see that today. People always complain about how companies only care about their stock holders not their employees. It's true. They'll happily fire you and hire someone for 1/10th the price overseas if it increase their profits. But those profits don't just evaporate, they go said shareholders. So if your company is going to outsource your job, you might as well profit from their increased profit margin.

about 2 months ago

Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

im_thatoneguy Re:Moore's law applies here. (365 comments)

I agree. And I would wager that compiled languages with efficient compilers are on average more efficient than depending on people to write these systems in assembly and random mistakes being a drag on performance.

But, there is a big difference between the networking stack and some rapidly evolving "feature". For the most part TCP/IP handling is largely static so first-to-market is less important than bullet proof.

about 2 months ago

Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

im_thatoneguy Re:Society is Hostile to Idiotic Billionaires (238 comments)

I apparently know more about PayPal than you. It wasn't setup to just make Ebay money. It had far grander designs.

"We're definitely onto something big. The need PayPal answers is monumental. Everyone in the world needs money â" to get paid, to trade, to live. Paper money is an ancient technology and an inconvenient means of payment. You can run out of it. It wears out. It can get lost or stolen. In the twenty-first century, people need a form of money that's more convenient and secure, something that can be accessed from anywhere with a PDA or an Internet connection. Of course, what we're calling 'convenient' for American users will be revolutionary for the developing world. Many of these countries' governments play fast and loose with their currencies," the former derivatives trader [referring to Thiel] noted, before continuing, "They use inflation and sometimes wholesale currency devaluations, like we saw in Russia and several Southeast Asian countries last year [referring to the 1998 Russian financial crisis and 1997 Asian financial crisis], to take wealth away from their citizens. Most of the ordinary people there never have an opportunity to open an offshore account or to get their hands on more than a few bills of a stable currency like U.S. dollars. Eventually PayPal will be able to change this. In the future, when we make our service available outside the U.S. and as Internet penetration continues to expand to all economic tiers of people, PayPal will give citizens worldwide more direct control over their currencies than they ever had before. It will be nearly impossible for corrupt governments to steal wealth from their people through their old means because if they try the people will switch to dollars or Pounds or Yen, in effect dumping the worthless local currency for something more secure."

about 2 months ago

Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

im_thatoneguy Re:So confused (376 comments)

These WMDs weren't the pretext we used to go to war. Our pretext for war was Nuclear mushrom clouds and small box clouds. It's pretty trivial to make Sarin gas and these weapons predate Gulf War 1. It was pretty much just shoddy disposal of an inconvenient and expensive problem (old weapons). The same problem the US has had. So to save a buck they just burried them in the desert and kind of ignored them hoping they would go away.

When the US arrived we obviously weren't ok with insurgents breaking out their metal detectors and going on a toxic waste scavenger hunt so we kept quiet. In fact many of the stockpiles were already registered with the United Nations. So securing them early in the war was a priority for the military.

Also this isn't just leaking, this was in the news back in Bush's second term.

about 2 months ago

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

im_thatoneguy Re:"will present results Oct. 17 (315 comments)

If energy dropped to 1/1,000,000th of the current price and we increased our energy production by x1,000,000 then we would absolutely have to insulate the plant and re-use the coolant. There wouldn't be a large enough radiator nor could we do what we currently do which is take in a bit of river water and expel it a bit warmer. We would have to feed a river the size of the Mississippi into the reactor and turn all of it into water vapor which WOULD warm the planet. But it would also rain like crazy.

x1,000,000 times the heat/energy becomes an unfeasible problem using current solutions. You wouldn't be able to rely on water you would have to run like molten rock through your turbines which obviously wouldn't work either with current material science. :D

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

im_thatoneguy Re:Actually, it's easy. (174 comments)

While I think your idea is pretty brilliant, I'm pretty sure that Battlefield is a UDP not TCP protocol so does UDP have the 'intelligence' to discard duplicate packets?

about 2 months ago

Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

im_thatoneguy Re:Society is Hostile to Idiotic Billionaires (238 comments)

They created PayPal to circumvent government intereference in money exchanges *cough avoid taxes*. And now he's shocked and dismayed that governments aren't spending enough on infrastructure?

It's no shock that the government is hostile to idiotic billionaires who both want to promote tax evasion while also expect a well funded government's services in order to profit further.

about 2 months ago



Atari Claims Piracy to Supress Bad Reviews

im_thatoneguy im_thatoneguy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

im_thatoneguy writes "According to Shacknews

Atari has filed suit against German gaming website 4Players for publishing a negative pre-release review of Alone in the Dark, alleging that it was written based on an illegally obtained copy of the game.
Atari has also demanded the removal of 3/10 reviews from both Gamer.no and Gamereactor citing accusations of piracy."

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