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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

kelemvor4 Excuse me mr. horse (183 comments)

Excuse Mr. Horse, but what were your feelings about that fall?

1 hour ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

kelemvor4 Re:yet if we did it (439 comments)

well to be fair, im sure a civil case is going to happen. Its just sick. I wonder if there will be any riots over this one

Nah. It was wrong, but people generally don't riot over the death of a rich dude.

yesterday
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NASA's Competition For Dollars

kelemvor4 Acid Bucket Challenge (73 comments)

They should create an acid bucket challenge. Participants would get challenged to dump a bottle of hydrochloric acid on their heads or donate to NASA.

3 days ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

kelemvor4 Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (162 comments)

Pic of the wheel ...

http://www.garrettbelmont.com/...

The first time when I saw the wheels I was wondering why the hell they spend so much money to send up a robot to Mars and then equip that thing with such flimsy wheels

And I did post question here on /, and there were people (NASA fanbois, perhaps) defending those flimsy wheels

Obviously the engineers designing the wheels had just come off a Livin' The Low Life marathon and felt inspired.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

kelemvor4 Re:Why? (132 comments)

open source, with a community following ;

Why? So if you find one that fits every other requirement but this one you will refuse to use it?

Derp,

Probably because if there is no community following it there is not going to be much in the way of development going on.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

kelemvor4 Re:IRS (116 comments)

Contract with them. They destroy everything.

Oh no they don't destroy everything. They have tax records going back for a decade or more from both what you, your employer, and financial institutions reported and trust me they can pull these records out of the hat when it suits their purpose. (Such as when they decide to audit you.)

http://politics.slashdot.org/s...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

kelemvor4 Ask yourself what you want to do. (637 comments)

Do you want to go work somewhere and write Java programs for a living? Maybe you'd like to go write games or work on an office suite? Then learning high level languages like Java will serve you well. Do you want to write low level stuff and do "real" computer science? Maybe you want to develop a new high level language, or do hardware development or other significant development. If that's what you want to do, then you're right. High level Java and other languages should just be a footnote. Focus on Math, assembler, maybe some C/C++. Other low level work that provides a good foundation would also be wise.

Both of those are "Computer Science" disciplines in the modern sense. Obviously they are significantly different from each other in both required study and expected results.

about a month ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

kelemvor4 Jewel vs NSA? (78 comments)

And I thought she was just a has been singer? Who knew?

about a month ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

kelemvor4 Re:What else ? (204 comments)

Heh. "Second Leaker" is a little less damaging to the NSA than "Persistent, undetected back door access".

It's a form of disinformation as misdirection, related to "plausible deniability" and "limited hangout".

Are you sure it's not a modified limited hangout?

about a month ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

kelemvor4 Re:So... (110 comments)

If you steal the product you sell, then you aren't a monopoly.

I guess Microsoft has nothing to fear in that case.

about a month ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

kelemvor4 Re:Easy (183 comments)

It's not even the original list, so I'm not sure what you are so uppity about.

That's the list from AD&D "First Edition". Perhaps you're thinking of regular D&D or something else?

about a month ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

kelemvor4 Re:Easy (183 comments)

He lost a Will save.

The only real saving throw types are

  1. Paralyzation, Poison, or Death Magic
  2. Rod, Staff, or Wand
  3. Petrification or Polymorph
  4. Breath Weapon
  5. Spell

All the rest are bullshit.

about a month ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

kelemvor4 Misleading Article (75 comments)

It does sound kind of lame if you read the article. Fortunately for me, I'm a customer who read the offer and took it. You don't just get membership in yet another rewards program. Your internet service gets upgraded to symmetrical at no additional charge if you sign up.

I went from 150/65 to 150/150 instantly. It tests on speedtest.net as 152/164. I'd say that's a pretty solid "payment" for joining. Better than I have ever seen from any other rewards program.

about a month ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

kelemvor4 Re:So It's Come to This (75 comments)

Except it isn't Google's business plan. Google sells advertising targeting to ad companies. Verizon is selling your data to data mining companies. Google would never sell your data because it's their core business to be the keepers of that data so they can sell targeted ads. Not that Google is altruistic, just that they are themselves the data miners so they are not going to share.

Google offers free services to compensate. Services people tend to find pretty valuable such as Android, Gmail and Search.

Verizon is going to offer "discounts for shopping, travel and dining" read: coupons (ie more advertising). Verizon is going to "anonymize" your data and sell it to anyone and everyone willing to pay.

I see the exchange of value in one business plan, and not the other.

Verizon is offering more than just the points. Your asymmetrical FIOS connection gets upgraded to symmetrical based on your download speed if you sign up. My 150/65 got upgraded to 150/150 and speedtest.net shows it is actually hitting 152/164 consistently. I'll take it, especially considering they could probably have sold the data with no compensation.

about a month ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

kelemvor4 Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Apparently being Muslim is good enough for probable cause. So much for freedom of religion.

I'm pretty sure that the agencies in question did not tell these people they aren't free to be Muslims.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are a Few Home-Tech Startups To Watch

kelemvor4 Re:For Starters... (88 comments)

Nothing wrong with 'getting acquired' as a goal. Not everyone wants to run a big business. If I had a successful business and Google wanted it I'd sign so fast the ink would burn. Then I'd spend the rest of my life stress free.

At least until you move to Belize...

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

kelemvor4 Re:Moore's Law (143 comments)

That's a fun post! 36-core is immense! As an aside: It's been a while since we've seen any decent rise in processor Ghz. I remember IBM talking about functioning reasonably cool 10 Ghz processors (ref needed) in the early 2000s, but no one has them in the shops yet! I'm sure this was discussed in Moore's Law lectures prior to Y2K, but mention it these days and everyone scowls! So some people can (and they run cool) and some people can't, what normally happens in computing when the faster items are released?

It's a step down from the 48 core CPU Intel created in 2009. http://www.intel.com/pressroom...

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

kelemvor4 Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Can someone explain this? Netflix runs on Linux under Wine, so why the need for hardware/driver support?

IME it runs poorly under Wine. I have had good results with an XP Pro x32 VM running under Linux x64, though. Not even too much added overhead, it seems. However, XP Pro x32 under XP Pro x32 seems to fail due to DRM. Hooray Linux!

As does pretty much everything under wine. Wine is great for a stopgap, that's about it.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

kelemvor4 Re:Wait a second (144 comments)

There are that many comment trolls that have paid for HBO?

No, there are that many comment trolls with a bit torrent client.

about 3 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

kelemvor4 Re:Ashamed! (265 comments)

"H-1Bs do not commit sabotage."

Absolutely, allowing foreign nationals access to your systems is COMPLETELY safe. Moreover, they don't get angry when you take away their livelihood.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 2 months ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Despite Microsoft's offices being presumably filled with the best MS tech on the planet, the thieves instead chose to steal only five Apple iPads that were in the office. As the paper notes, no Microsoft products were stolen."
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Smart Automotive Headlight for Seeing Through Rain and Snow

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Standard vehicle headlights improve driver visibility at night by illuminating the road and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate raindrops and snowflakes making them appear as bright flickering streaks that are distracting to the driver. We propose a headlight capable of avoiding precipitation to improve driver visibility while adequately illuminating the road. This reduces driver stress and makes roads more safe during rain and snow storms. We have conducted simulations and built a prototype system to show that the approach is feasible and effective. Demonstration of the prototype system with an artificial rain drop generator is encouraging making the falling rain disappear in front of the observer.

A write-up on the subject is available here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ILIM/publications/PDFs/DTBRKN-ICCP12.pdf"

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Supercomputer predicts revolution

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location."

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EA's Origin may be a little too intrusive

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "One of the most intrusive EULA agreements I've seen to date is that of EA's ORIGIN:
“We or third parties operating the advertisement serving technology may use demographic information such as age and gender as well as information logged from your hardware or device to ensure that appropriate advertising is presented within the site, online or mobile product or service and to calculate or control the number of unique and repeat views of a given ad, and/or deliver ads that relate to your interests and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. We or third parties may log data for this purpose including IP address (including for purposes of determining your approximate geographic location), unique device I.D., information about your software, applications and hardware, browser information (and/or information passed via your browser), hardware, machine or device make and model, advertisement(s) served, in game location, length of time an advertisement was visible, other Internet and website usage information, web pages and mobile internet sites which have been viewed by you (as well as date and time), domain type, size of the advertisement, advertisement response (if any), and angle of view. The foregoing data may be used and disclosed per this policy and the privacy policy of the company providing the ad serving technology and to other third parties in a form that does not personally identify you.”"

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Can a virtual currency do away with banks?

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Bitcoin is an electronic currency that can be traded directly on the internet, members don't even need to have a bank account.

Its value is fluctuating significantly, but creators claim it will do to the banking system what emails did to the postal service."

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