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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

jargonburn Re:This study is... (123 comments)

When clicking on this article my first thought was: "The first post on discussion just HAS to use the word 'shocking'."
Thank you.

about a month ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

jargonburn Re:Cool data but... (142 comments)

The meaning of that BIOS option may vary by system.

I have used utilities to view the SMART info on drives where this BIOS option is disabled, can't recall any systems where it flat-out didn't work. I won't say that this information couldn't be blocked in some cases, but I believe that this option is for whether the BIOS checks SMART status during POST. It has made the difference between a system merrily proceeding to boot with a SMART failure versus reporting that the drive's SMART indicates failure and waiting for keyboard input to continue.

I don't know if it affects whether the OS (Windows) can/does "see" and report a SMART failure.
The bigger issue, in my opinion, is that "warnings" (such as on the important metrics as decided by BackBlaze) are rarely if ever reported.
I've used the same metrics that BackBlaze reports using as an indicator to recommend drive replacement to my clients for a long time. With the exception of "Command Timeout", which I truthfully don't remember looking at.

Anyone else have some information, experience, anecdotes about SMART in BIOS?

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

jargonburn Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (324 comments)

Internet service is taxed in the US, right? In some way? I guess I could look at my bill, but aren't there any fees such as exist with a landline?
Not that I'm saying it should/shouldn't be taxed, but...

Say there is a really popular forum (the physical kind, not internet) for people to mingle with other people and discuss/argue about anything they feel like talking about.
Let's say there is some monthly membership fee paid to the government for the use of the place, say $10/month.
Now, imagine if the government decided that it needs more money, but wants to split the cost based on how much use you get out of the place. So they decide to charge you 1 cent ($0.01 [suck-it-verizon]) for each word you hear and each word you speak.

The effect of this policy is left as a mental exercise for the reader.

about a month ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

jargonburn Re:Golden Hammer (195 comments)

Just the Doctor.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

jargonburn Re:Wow! (253 comments)

Women are human beings?

Slashdot ate my [/Sarcasm] tag, if it wasn't apparent from the context.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

jargonburn Wow! (253 comments)

emotional and cultural payoff may be more valuable, helping women be more productive human beings.

Women are human beings?
I am seriously appalled at that parting shot. I think choosing to pursue a career vs raising a family is a perfectly valid option. Bonus points if you can do both, but there are trade-offs for any of the choices.

Also

encourage women to stay with their employer longer

Yeah, yeah, that's fine. "Encourage." Right up until the employer starts pressuring a woman into doing so and committing to her career before she can move ahead. For instance, unofficially giving preference to those who have done so when promoting/hiring. Might be a non-issue, as a woman could still choose to have children unless she's taken steps to remove that possibility.

about 2 months ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

jargonburn Hmm (742 comments)

If he's on the level, sounds like a wrongful termination suit against the firm, and possibly something related against Comcast? Not a lawyer, or anything. IF he's on the level.
I'm not sure what he could have said (with regards to his employer) that anyone at Comcast should have taken into consideration with regards to whatever his problem was. If he did, he shouldn't have. If he did, Comcast shouldn't have cared. If he did, and Comcast cared, I don't think his employer should have cared.

Long story short, there's a HELL of a lot of information we are missing. *shrug*

about 2 months ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

jargonburn Wait, I know this one... (184 comments)

Why not just call it a tariff and be done with it?

about 3 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

jargonburn Re:ISPs becoming liable? (376 comments)

most ISPs are already doing it. Try entering a non-existent domain. You'll be directed to a server that has search and advertising.

Yes, but that's not a "hard redirect". By default, your internet connection relies on the DNS servers indicated in your ISP's provisioning.
You request a webserver's address, the DNS server returns a result. If that server doesn't exist (bad address or typo), the DNS should return a message to that effect. They simply modify the behavior to return their own custom search/astro-turf page. I find this behavior distasteful, but you can always change your DNS configuration to point to a better-behaved server. Google's public DNS has treated me pretty well.

But I stray from the point; with this hard-redirect, they are FORCING you, not just tricking your computer.

about 4 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

jargonburn Re:Think of the children! (419 comments)

there's an easy way to get that experience: enlist, serve, spend some time doing something for your country

From TFA:

two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11

I don't believe they are eligible for enlistment in Sweden; indeed, Iran is in a three-way tie for youngest military service at age 15.

I don't fault your recommendation. Rather, having a limited but real exposure to such situations might even encourage them to serve in the military.
Let's not forget there are other ways to serve your country and the people around you. I don't think Military service is even the best way (although I do think it a good one).

about 4 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

jargonburn Think of the children! (419 comments)

No, seriously. This guy was thinking of his children.
I think it's great that he wants to give them a dose of reality. I think a lot of us in the US (and not just kids) could use that kind of experience.
Does it pose some risk to the kids? Yeah, sure. Growing up has all sorts of risks.
Which is why some of us never do.

about 4 months ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

jargonburn *jaw-drop* (327 comments)

We're seriously paying? For this?
I think I might be sick. I know the government is.

about 4 months ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

jargonburn Re: The DHS Is On The Case (207 comments)

Can we save the rhetoric for when we need it?

By the time we "need" it, it will be too late.

about 5 months ago
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The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

jargonburn Does it matter? (18 comments)

Yes; however, until the problem of the DoJ getting all this data is resolved, I'm not going to separately quibble over the opportunists riding the coattails.

about 5 months ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

jargonburn Re:This is bad (238 comments)

having to use real names has made it far less.

FTFY. Full stop. Emphasis mine.

about 5 months ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Re:Damn cars (106 comments)

What saddens me is that I reloaded the page to check and see whether my comment had actually submitted (I thought I'd accidentally pushed it through before being truly ready), but I guess I didn't wait long enough before checking. *sigh*

about 5 months ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Damn cars! (106 comments)

They can pry control of the steering wheel out of my cold, dead han---wait. That would actually be a good thing! ;)

about 5 months ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

jargonburn Damn cars (106 comments)

They pry control of the steering wheel out of my cold, dead han-------wait. That would actually be a good thing. ;)

about 5 months ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

jargonburn Ask Snowden! (231 comments)

Perhaps they should try and contact Edward Snowden and see if he has copies of those email messages that'd he'd care to release.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

jargonburn Do I want a smart watch? (381 comments)

No, not really.
I'm inundated with tech. It's what I do for a living (not uncommon, on this site). If anything, I'd prefer easier ways to disconnect rather than add an additional stream of information.
Until they're ready to override my optic nerve or provide (nearly) seamless Augmented Reality, I am perfectly happy to live without. I still enjoy seeing the progression, but I just think I'm still happier not using most such things.

about 5 months ago

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