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

jez9999 Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (280 comments)

If it were, why is no-one doing it and making a fortune?

Opposition from the greens, and lazy people who buy into their BS?

yesterday
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jez9999 Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (280 comments)

And they tend to oppose nucelar power which is our best way of actually getting enough "clean energy" for modern society.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

jez9999 Re:As We Speak (271 comments)

Actually, it would be more like "va te faire foutre". :-)

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

jez9999 Re:Hypothetical (956 comments)

But we aren't talking about those issues right here in this post. We're talking about women right now, so let's stick to the topic.

No, because it's a fucking stupid topic.

Why should we only care about women getting insulted online? That's sexist. If you wanna talk about anyone getting insulted/trolled online, fine, but why should we listen to this sexist BS as if women have it worse "in the gaming world" than men? They don't.

It's a bit like campaigning about female genital mutilation. Why don't people campaign against all infant genital mutilation? Similarly, it's because Western culture seems to value girls and women's bodily integrity more than that of men and boys. I don't think it's unreasonable for us to get over that sexism. And if we can't, we should just go back to traditional gender roles because we can't get the equality thing right.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

jez9999 Re:Let's draw a distinction here... (956 comments)

In fact, the article seems to be mostly about women (largely in the gaming press) interacting with the still-all-too-ugly disposition of the anonymous hoards of gaming fans that interact with them

Exactly. This entire article is basically along the lines of "I'm a woman, and I have received some very nasty insulting text via means of email, Twitter, or whatever. Some of it used terms that could only be directed at females." Look, these women need to learn how to ignore non-credible rape and assault threats. Does anyone have a single example of one such woman actually being raped or assaulted by an internet troll, you know, in real life?

The only way to deal with this is absolute zero tolerance policies, at least on forums (literal or otherwise) that you have any control over.

No, the way to deal with it is to teach these women how to ignore people on the internet and/or grow a thicker skin. I learnt pretty quickly - the hard way - to ignore people who were acting like dicks on the internet, within a year of starting to use it. I mastered that pretty well. These women don't seem to want to bother with that. By all means, give people the power to easily ignore someone (I'm sure it already exists on most services) but I wouldn't go down the "zero tolerance" route. Who's going to be deciding what's unacceptable speech? Feminists and social justice warriors, and ANY criticism of them they decide they don't like will be collateral damage of this aggressive censorship. People need to learn to get over things.

And for fuck's sake Slashdot, stop equating internet trolling to credible "daily harrassment of woman" - that makes it sound a lot more serious than it really is.

5 days ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

jez9999 Re:What's the big deal about win8? (346 comments)

Actually, the worst thing fior me about Windows 8 when I had to use it wasn't even the lack of the start menu; it was the fact that every time you move the mouse cursor near the corner, Windows 8 pops up some stupid sidebar. I want to move the mouse cursor from one monitor to another and Windows 8 kept getting in the way of that every time as if I were using a tablet device that needed these gesture popups.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

jez9999 Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Tiles can hold useful information that changes though. I dunno about you, but I always like to see what the current weather is every time I go to open an application.

about two weeks ago
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Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

jez9999 Only one answer, to the Brits (94 comments)

Vote UKIP. Whatever you think of their other policies, we really need them in for one term to get out of the political union the EU imposes.

about three weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

jez9999 Re:"It's just metadata" (147 comments)

"It's evening"? Huh? What do you mean?

about three weeks ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

jez9999 DF is kind of a tragedy (138 comments)

I really had high hopes for Dwarf Fortress; I kind of like complex strategy games with steep learning curves, and I could even get used to the wacky interface. I remember the precise moment I just decided to stop playing it, though; when dwarves started complaining about their clothing being ragged. You have to have an entire economy. To make clothes. For your dwarves.

And this isn't some accident, it's by design. For me, they've gone so far into the micromanagement that the game just isn't fun at all, it's tedious. And that's really a shame because I think if they hit the right spot with the complexity, it could be really great. I had been looking forward to making some really big complex dungeons, but making clothes for dwarves and getting the idiots to actually put the new clothes on, all the time? Fuck it.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

jez9999 Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

'Hate' is an understatement. The language's syntax is broken by design. It's a shame another scripting language couldn't have caught on.

about three weeks ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

jez9999 Re:"The real problem..." he explained (132 comments)

No. The real problem is that it is not backwards-compatible with Perl 5, making its rate of adoption guaranteed to be almost zero.

about three weeks ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

jez9999 Re:drops in the bucket (116 comments)

Well it's already solved in places with competent regulators, so don't try pretending it isn't.

about a month ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

jez9999 Re:drops in the bucket (116 comments)

Get back to me when we don't have years and tons of nuclear waste just lying around in conditions not in fact all that different from Fukushima.

What, and that nuclear power's fault and not the fault of incompetent lawmakers and intransigent greenies?

about a month ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

jez9999 Re:Fuck (158 comments)

No, time has a certain kind of intercourse with you.

about a month ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

jez9999 Re:drops in the bucket (116 comments)

its turns out that making modest cuts in energy consumption isn't that painful, saves some money, and may have longer term benefits

There are 2 main problems.

First, if we're going to continue to increase in technology and especially if we're going to go for electric cars, we're going to need to use a LOT MORE electricity than we do now. Filling people's heads with the idea that we can use less energy as part of the solution is feeding them bullshit.

Second, and this is from my perspective, any energy generated by solar or wind is energy not generated by nuclear. As I see nuclear as the only viable option for generating the amount of baseload we're going to need for the likes of electric cars, that fills people's heads with the idea that we don't need nuclear, which is also problematic.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

jez9999 Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Because most of the risk is due to human factors, which have not been eliminated

No, it's really not. It's mostly technical, and we can build integral fast reactors now with passive cooling where a meltdown, or effective sabotage, is virtually impossible. You should actually open your eyes to this evidence.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

jez9999 Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Why do we need to cover the risk of Fukushima-style accidents when we're NOT BUILDING 50-YEAR-OLD NUCLEAR PLANTS??

about a month ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

jez9999 Re:Awesome! (99 comments)

I'd change browsers if there was something to change to

There's Seamonkey, and there's Pale Moon. Make the effort to switch. Vote with your feet; it's the only possible way to force Firefox to actually start listening to users.

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: Is HTTPS snooping becoming more acceptable?

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jez9999 writes "I recently worked for a relatively large company that imposed so-called transparent HTTPS proxying on their network. In practice, what this means is that they allow you to use HTTPS through their network, but it must be proxied through their server and their server must be trusted as a root CA. They were using the Cisco IronPort device to do this. The "transparency" seems to come from the fact that they tend to install their root CA into Internet Explorer's certificate store, so IE won't actually warn you that your HTTPS traffic may be being snooped on (nor will any other browser that uses IE's cert store, like Chrome). Is this a reasonable policy? Is it worth leaving a job over? Should it even be legal? It seems to me rather mad to go to huge effort to create a secure channel of communication for important data like online banking, transactions, and passwords, and then to just effectively hand over the keys to your employer. Or am I overreacting?"
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Ask Slashdot: Transparent HTTPS proxying - acceptable or abominable?

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jez9999 writes "I recently worked for a relatively large company that imposed so-called transparent HTTPS proxying on their network. In practice, what this means is that they allow you to use HTTPS through their network, but it must be proxied through their server and their server must be trusted as a root CA. They were using the Cisco IronPort device to do this. The "transparency" seems to come from the fact that they tend to install their root CA into Internet Explorer's certificate store, so IE won't actually warn you that your HTTPS traffic may be being snooped on (nor will any other browser that uses IE's cert store, like Chrome). Is this a reasonable policy? Is it worth leaving a job over? Should it even be legal? It seems to me rather mad to go to huge effort to create a secure channel of communication for important data like online banking, transactions, and passwords, and then to just effectively hand over the keys to your employer. Or am I overreacting?"
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The ISP that pledges to put your privacy first

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy by launching a non-profit ISP that would do everything it could to protect users' privacy via mobile connections, and landline connections from $20 a month.

The ISP would try to challenge any orders from the government for data disclosure that were questionable in court; that is, if they even have the capability to release the private information requested. "The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying" with requests from the FBI for stored e-mail and similar demands, Merrill says."

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Home automation comes one step closer

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "When Bill Gates unveiled his $100m networked mansion in the mid-90s, it barely seemed believable that mere plebs of more moderate financial standing might too one day use computers to adjust the ambient temperature of their living rooms and queue Chris Rea on the Jacuzzi stereo when they were driving home from the golf course. We still can't. But we are getting very close, thanks to technology from a company called Intamac, says one Inquirer article."
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Scientists show off 'acoustic cloak' blueprint

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "A Spanish team of scientists have unveiled designs for an 'acoustic cloak'. The technology, outlined in the New Journal of Physics, could be used to build sound-proof homes, advanced concert halls or stealth warships.

The cloak uses so-called "sonic crystals". These artificial composites — also known as "meta-materials" — can be engineered to produce specific acoustical effects.

Noisy neighbours could be a thing of the past, if you have enough money to afford this!"
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Giant trees proposed to clear excess CO2

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "Wallace Broecker, the scientist who coined the term "global warming" in the 1970s, has proposed a radical solution to the problem of climate change. He advocated millions of "carbon scrubbers" — giant artificial trees to pull CO2 from the air. He did, however, admit that such a project faced an uphill struggle, as the political will to implement it would likely be lacking."
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UK considers harsh punishment of music downloads

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "The UK government is considering banning people who they detect illegally downloading copyrighted music and movies from using the internet. They would require ISPs to try and detect, and then report, such activity to them.

The system would operate under a 'three strikes' rule, where users are twice warned, and then banned on the third infringement, from accessing the internet."
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UK Professor argues for teaching of creationism

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "Head of science at London's Institute of Education Professor Michael Reiss argues that there is an educational value in comparing creationist ideas with scientific theories like Darwin's theory of evolution because they demonstrate how science, unlike religious beliefs, can be tested. He said: "The number of Muslim students has grown considerably in the last 10 to 20 years and a higher proportion of Muslim families do not accept evolutionary theory compared with Christian families. "That's one reason why it's more of an issue in [UK] schools." "By not dismissing their beliefs, we can ensure that these students learn what evolutionary theory really says — and give everyone the understanding to respect the views of others," he added."
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UK Lords committee blasts 'e-crime'

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "A House of Lords report says that the government must do more to protect internet users from the threat of 'e-crime'.

The report claims that the internet is now "the playground of criminals", and that UK internet users are now more scared of internet crime than burglary. It suggests a wide range of security measures that the government should take to increase the confidence of internet users, including making 'software firms' (BBC Radio 5 Live used the term 'ISPs') compensate users for 'e-fraud'."

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Bible-based actionfigures set to hit US toy market

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "From the middle of August, Wal-Mart, the biggest toy retailer in the US, will for the first time stock a full line of faith-based toys. The dolls will go under the brand name, 'Tales of Glory'. The company behind the dolls, One2believe, hope that such figures as Goliath and Samson will help to make their dolls competetive in the notoriously difficult-to-crack US toy market."
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jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jez9999 writes "BBC News reports that the [UK] government has announced plans to make the possession of downloaded violent porn images punishable by three years in prison. It follows a campaign by Berkshire woman Liz Longhurst whose daughter Jane, a Brighton schoolteacher, was killed by Graham Coutts. It's already an offence in the UK to publish or distribute such material. Although violent porn will not appeal to many, nevertheless it is between consenting adults."

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This is how I've felt about UX 'design' for ages now.

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I just had to highlight this post I came across; it pretty much pretty hit the nail on the head with what pisses me off about the whole UX thing:

If I have to guess what to do, the GUI lost its purpose. May as well just go back to DOS

The purpose of the GUI is to keep UX designers employed. The year 24-bit color becomes standard, XP's Fisher-price look is "needed" to make that boring and stodgy NT/2K look go away. The year 3d graphics appears on commodity hardware, Aero is "needed" to make that "childish" XP look go away. The year touchscreens come out, Metro is "needed" to make that "distracting" 3D glossy look go away.

Same sorta deal with Firefox - a few years ago, a browser with lots of options and user control was a good thing. Now it's "distracting" and even the status bar and the name of the communications protocol in the title bar needs to go away to make it "clean".

It's not UX design, it's fashion design. Bunch of artistes wanking away on Photoshop trying to out-trendify each other. It's an utter waste of computing resources, and I'm sick of it.

Exactly. Everyone involved in app development needs to read this and decide whether they want to hire ANYONE who is a self-professed "UX person".

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Why corporations act in evil ways

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I often wonder why companies, even ones that are already rich, continue to do evil things such as help out the Chinese government with their suppression of their own people. The answer is that, no matter how rich a company/corporation currently is, they always want more money. It's like food to them; if they don't keep getting more in, the shareholders will punish the company's board; it feels, to them, like the company is 'starving'. It's no good for them to just make one big ton of money (Microsoft) and be happy with that - they must keep on getting more, always, for eternity. Food to humans is a good analogy. So, just as humans have to eat to survive, they companies/corporations have to eat (money) to survive, and try to survive they will. They'll even keep on eating if they're fat (have loads of money alredy), just like humans... unfortunately, companies don't even have the desire to slim again, like humans often do. To a company, getting as fat as possible is, and always will be, the ultimate goal - the point of its existance. This explains their neverending lust for profit, despite any consequences.

"To a person, animal flesh is food (vegetarians excepted). To a corporation, money is food, and like people, a corporation will do just about anything to ensure a consistent supply of food (money)."

This excellent summing up was written by user 'mcrbids' - thanks!

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My advice to programmers

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  about 10 years ago

If there is one thing I would recommend to all newbie or learning programmers, it's this: before you delve into learning the details of a language or API or whatever, read a quick tutorial or overview first. If I had realised this a long time ago, I would've saved myself a lot of time.

There are several reasons for this.
Firstly, you may not like the language that you've decided to learn. Reading a short tutorial about it will let you see quickly whether you want to go further into investigating the language or not.
Secondly, learning a language by reading something like a reference book is a really good way to make you hate the language. Or get bored too quickly to learn it properly, and give up.
Thirdly, it's not really *necessary* to know *everything* about a language before you start to program in it. I'm sure there are people out there who would disagree with me on that, but as long as you know the fundamentals of a language, I think it's better to start going and learn as you create your first few projects, than to read through a detailed book that will probably be a very dry read if you aren't doing much coding using the stuff you're reading about.

My personal experience has taught me this. Maybe it's just my way of learning, I don't know, but I have had a lot more success learning stuff through first reading short and concise tutorials such as 'Learning Perl' (Schwartz & Christiansen) and 'theForger's Win32 API tutorial' (theForger :-) ), and have more quickly picked up and become proficient in the languages (or whatever) I have used this technique with, than the ones where I have started out trying to learn *everything* about the subject before I used it; for example, I am unable to read through from start to finish and appreciate a book such as, say, 'The C Programming Language' (Kernighan & Ritchie) or 'Programming Windows' (Petzold), yet I have both books sitting on my windowsill. Why?

Well, partly because I accidentally bought several such books with the intention of reading through them non-stop, and then realised partway through that I was getting so bored I wasn't really learning anything. And partly because what I now use them for is *reference* books.

It may sound obvious, but it's quite easy to 'bite off more than you can chew' and try to learn too much before you start with a language or API or whatever. Get into the habit of starting with short and concise tutorials, and reading into certain aspects that you need to know in a more detailed way, when you need to know them. Had I had this advice available to me when I first started to learn programming, I would have saved myself a lot of time and boredom. :-)

I wish all new/learning programmers could be given this advice somehow when they start to learn something new. I'd like to stop others making the same mistakes that I did. I don't often say a lot of long-winded preachy stuff, but this is one of the few things that I've really learnt to be useful, and thought that sharing it would be beneficial to all programmers. So please, if you know any struggling new programmers, no matter what language (or whatever) they're learning, try giving them the gist of this advice! It may well help.

Plus, when recommending books, make two distinct categories of books. Tutorials, and reference books. It's pretty much impossible to have something that is both, and I've frequently had inappropriate reference books recommended to me that haven't done much other than waste my time/money, as they were FAR too detailed when I knew too little about the given subject - it's these kind of recommendations that make me think that this advice, though it may seem obvious, needs to be more widely accepted and adopted. Advanced programmers tend to recommend stuff that would now be appropriate for them to read; not necessarily what would be appropriate for someone new to the subject, or indeed them - when they were new to the subject - to read.

Comments are welcome.

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