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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

jedidiah Re:Mod parent DOWN (487 comments)

It's not racism to point out the fact that most H1B scab labor in IT is Indian. It's also not racist to point out that "lowering the bar" is bogus.

If Jesse wants to wage the next race war, he should start by getting more black kids interested in STEM and education in general. He can fight against the pervasive drug and gang culture that keeps black kids away from any means to better themselves.

Perhaps he could even get a bunch of athletes and rappers to just read to kids.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

jedidiah Re:USB Import (302 comments)

> Who uses a flash drive anymore...it's all about the cloud...get with the times grandpa.

It's an automobile.

It goes where the cloud doesn't.

You don't even have to try that hard really.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

jedidiah Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (302 comments)

> You bought a license to play that music

No. That is total corporate-felating bullshit.

There's 100 year old case law that contradicts this nonsense. Corporations already tried to pull this shit and got slapped down by the courts.

There is no "implicit license" on a copy of a creative work, just standard copyright law.

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

jedidiah Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

The ability of a DVD to be compressed using a different format seems largely to be a function of the quality of the "original". A decent original can compress quite nicely. A crap original will be crap transcoded.

It won't be as impressive as a BluRay but the original isn't either.

Again. MPEG2 is a really outdated format. It doesn't take much to do better (or much better).

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

jedidiah Re:Radicalization (835 comments)

One whole seat?

Do you think Blacks would be dancing in the street if they were entitled to one whole "reserved" seat in Congress? Latinos? Asians?

Talk about tokenism.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

jedidiah Re:Radicalization (835 comments)

> Not that I approve of Israel's bombing of their own citizens

Israel is not bombing it's own citizens. Although Hamas is.

Israel is bombing an enemy belligerent. Collateral damage and casualties within your own forces are just a part of that.

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

jedidiah Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (509 comments)

Ireland didn't do anything remotely like what Hamas is doing to Israel. If it did, you would have seen the relevant bits of Ireland flattened like what England helped do to Nazi Germany.

4 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

jedidiah Re: Like China och USSR (509 comments)

We have ISIS running amok engaging in mass murder, mass mutiliations, and the destruction of religious sites. The problems in the middle east have sqaut to do with oil. This kind of ethnic strife would be going on regardless.

It's like the Balkans or any other place on the planet where people can't get along with each other to the point of engaging in genuine ethnic cleansing.

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jedidiah Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (288 comments)

> And I have ones that have failed.

My last Archos 5 with spinny rust inside of it refuses to die. It's fortunate too since no other device I've seen can match it for local storage and disconnected (from the cloud) operation.

I've yet to have an SD card fail. If anything they will become obsoletely-tiny before actually breaking.

It's funny that someone thinks that multiple redundant server farms and the entire network infastructure of the internet and all the phone providers is less of a resource hog than a few tiny bits of electronics.

5 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

jedidiah Re:Alternative explanation (394 comments)

That is true perhaps.

However, this is all entirely Verizon's fault. They are the entity in this arrangement that has actively encouraged assymetric use of the net by offering assymeteric service. It's really rich to see ISPs complain that they are getting too much traffic all in one direction then that's how they f*cking design their service.

Verizon is selling massive downloads. So is every other consumer ISP.

5 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

jedidiah Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

> Why bother compressing?

Uses much less space and yields you something small enough to fit on a phone while still being useful for a 60 inch TV or 120 inch projector. Besides, most playback devices don't handle MPEG2 very well. They're all expecting h264.

DVD is a really outdated format and benefits greatly from transcoding.

about a week ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

jedidiah Re:But what IS the point they're making? (333 comments)

I'm not convinced people in mud huts were numerous enough or destructive enough to manage the megafauna extinctions. A lot of this hysterical screaming about how we're destroying the planet seems a lot like hubris.

On certain level, the idea that we have that much power pleases the egos of some people.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

jedidiah Re:Keyboards (223 comments)

...except consumer tablets aren't proper digitizers. This is especially true for platforms where a stylus is a banned option because it doesn't seem fashionable enough.

Proper tablet inputs typically are PC peripherals, not the limited functionality that comes with consumer tablets.

Even a mundane mouse is better at the "direct manipulation" stuff than what's provided on your average consumer tablet. The "direct manipulation" on a consumer tablet is crude and clumsy.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

jedidiah Re:Keyboards (223 comments)

> No porn and no torrenting, and no hacker tools are not a disadvantage for schools use.

Lack of "hacker" tools is a disadvantage for any educational environment. Students might actually be expected to create something rather than just being mindless consumers.

There have already been educational programs mired by patent attacks that have been pre-emptively banned from the iPad. The corporate IT mentality filters out more than just "the bad stuff".

This much should be obvious to ANYONE that has had to deal with the corporate IT mentality.

With Apple, you get an extra layer of that for free. Your own internal IT busybodies don't even get their chance to kick you in the balls. Apple beats them to it.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

jedidiah Re:Good (223 comments)

> If only tablets had on-screen keyboards or supported Bluetooth keyboards or keyboard docks!

In other words, spend extra money to turn your tablet into some kind of laptop wannabe. You're trying to make the tablet something it's not in order to make up for it's inherent flaws when the simple and obvious thing is to buy the thing that already meets your requirements.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

jedidiah Re: Papers (223 comments)

> There's a reason GDocs is free...

Yes there is. It's a solved problem. It was a solved problem 20 years ago. It's simply not a task that anyone should be paying money for anymore.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

jedidiah Re: Who cares? (223 comments)

> everyone having their own PC turned into an admin nightmare.

This is entirely the fault of Microsoft. Apple itself used to even acknowledge this fact before it gave up on being a computer company. Remember those old commercials you never see anymore.

This was never a "PC problem". It was always a Microsoft problem. They poisoned the well.

A Chromebook is little more than a very locked down PC running Unix. Even an iPad is ultimately the same thing.

about a week ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

jedidiah Re:Games with known linux ports? (81 comments)

One of the things about Civ V that quickly stuck me was how much less crash prone the Linux version is when compared to the Windows version. I had co-op players constantly going offline because their version was crashing all the time.

about a week ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

jedidiah Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (174 comments)

> What's wrong with that? It's one of the cores of the only fair type of government we've found so far that works, communism.

Yes. It worked out so well that corruption caused it to implode in a most spectacular manner. Just ask anyone from the former Soviet block how much communism "works".

You're a silver spoon member of the 1% by comparison.

It takes more than wishful thinking and a single political party with no check on it's power to run a country effectively.

about a week ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

jedidiah Re:Incomplete data (174 comments)

> First, why analyze the percentage of computer and math degree holders who hold an IT job? Why is a mathematics degree automatically equivalent to a CS degree?

Computer Science is ultimately a branch of mathematics. That much should be obvious to anyone that's been through a decent University program.

about a week ago

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InternetGambling Verboten! EU objects.

jedidiah jedidiah writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jedidiah (1196) writes "It seems that the US is not the only country that likes to "legislate morality" and whatnot. Germany and Sweden have now gotten in trouble for taking steps to outlaw online gambling. This has caused a ruckus in the EU since these laws might not be consistent with EU law overall. Did the Europeans saddle themselves with their own version of the ICC here? I guess "states rights" is not just for the US anymore. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/sweden_germany_eu_gambling/"
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