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Europe and China Will Team Up For a Robotic Space Mission

kelemvor4 Re:A "joint" venture... riiiight... (39 comments)

Yes of course valuable ESA technologies, because USA isn't producing anything of value.

Pretty sure NASA has been relegated to the status of "service provider" for SpaceX.

4 days ago
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Europe and China Will Team Up For a Robotic Space Mission

kelemvor4 Re:A "joint" venture... riiiight... (39 comments)

We Europeans have been trying to weed them out of our economy but apparently we need to approach it in an entirely different way, since we've only managed to hash it up so far. We'll now try to potshot them.

You must be high. We've nothing to fear from those dopes. For some, the grass is always greener on the other side.

4 days ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

kelemvor4 Re:Why oh Why (105 comments)

Why good things are always acquired by douchebag companies and ruined to the ground? First Java, now this.

Shouldn't you also direct your ire at the people from R who decide that selling the company was a good idea. Do you really think that MS went to them and said

That's a nice company you have there. It'd be a shame if you didn't sell it to us

It's not unlikely.

4 days ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

kelemvor4 Huh (184 comments)

What's 4chan?

about a week ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

kelemvor4 Re:No secure download (79 comments)

Just so I know, you are kidding, right?

Didn't you hear? TOR protects you from everything. It's even more effective than trojan condoms at preventing STD's and unwanted pregnancy.

about a week ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

kelemvor4 Re:No video on Linux (223 comments)

The files are sometimes corrupt - refusing to load in anything other than VLC

Do people still use players other than VLC? Weird.

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

kelemvor4 Re:Suckage Waiting To Happen (160 comments)

You've misunderstood my proposal. I am not proposing that the state or any government pay for anything.

I am proposing that the federal government step in to overrule local laws in place that prevent commercial businesses from running their own infrastructure and selling their own service. You may not be aware, but that is actually the situation today in much of the USA.

If bob's HISpeed LowDrag ISP shows up with the cash to lay lines for a service, they should be allowed to do it. Certainly there should be some amount of government oversight. For example a company should have insurance in case they broke a water pipe or any other buried infrastructure. Beyond ensuring that businesses operate safely when local infrastructure could be affected, the government should not have a role in broadband.

I know there are folks out there who want to pay for their internet access in the form of taxes, but I'm not one of them.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

kelemvor4 Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (640 comments)

Pretty much - most corporations have just barely (as in 2-3 years ago at most) updated from XP to Windows 7.

Good luck with pushing 8 to the corporate world... it's about as adoptable as an angry badger with syphilis.

More and more, I'm finding myself working at places where I really don't have to use a Windows UI if I don't want to. Right now I'm typing this on my corporate-issued MacBook Pro, and only rarely do I bother logging onto a Windows server (vSphere client, and even then only out of habit since the web-client works pretty much as well).

Don't get me wrong - Microsoft will still be in the business world for a goodly long time - we still use Outlook/Exchange, Active Directory, and even Sharepoint (for HR/Corp crap - all the important stuff is on Confluence.) Thing is though, Microsoft's hold in business is beginning to show cracks, and I suspect in about 5 years, there will be a bit of a crisis in Redmond...

Don't be so melodramatic. I think you don't understand large corporations. I work for a fortune 20 company and at the office Win8 has been the standard for well over a year. It requires freeware start menu programs for sure but otherwise it's no less usable than 7 or xp. Of course, "mainstream support" is probably also irrelevant for any corporation since they will have their own support contracts with vendors such as Microsoft. I'm sure lots of small businesses are an exception to this. For them, the win95 (or whatever os it came with) pc that is still running may be just fine.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

kelemvor4 ugh (227 comments)

If it's cross platform to iOS then it's almost guaranteed to be a bit lame for PC. Good for sid mier's bank account; bad news for PC gamers.

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

kelemvor4 What it means is (160 comments)

That the federal government is going to have to step in and prohibit state/county/city/other legislation restricting internet access. Such a thing is not without recent precedent. Our state recently enacted a law that prohibits counties/cities/towns/etc from enacting gun laws so that state laws could be followed.

I remember a few years ago Verizon stopped expanding FIOS and cited just these sort of local restrictions as the primary reason they stopped. Pity for those of you who don't have FTTP service available.

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

kelemvor4 examiner.com needs editors (141 comments)

A more ominous purpose existed for the Iranian space program existed, however. Iran, which is in the process of making a nuclear bomb, needs a way to deliver such a weapon.

LOL!

about two weeks ago
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Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

kelemvor4 Re: Then don't buy their phones (50 comments)

They don't have free phones where you live?

USA FTW

Hello hefty cancellation fine (or collection agency/bad credit) in the USA. Free phones are kind of like free North Koreans.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

kelemvor4 Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (393 comments)

How is Origin malware? What does it do that makes it malware? It does have DRM but (depending on the game) its not exactly rocket science to either remove the DRM or find an existing no-DRM crack for your purchased game.

Origin gathers your personal information, computer information, application usage, software inventory, software usage, and peripheral hardware usage. It reports this data back to EA/Origin. You can Google about it or spend a few minutes and read your origin EULA.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

kelemvor4 Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

I don't know about the US but in Ontario they use the fax a lot in the medical practice (and between pharmacies) when there is no electronic interchange available. They are not allowed to use email because it's not secure. My doctors office just has the documents go directly into their electronic system and if they need a paper copy they print it out from there.

That's a bit of a fallacy, especially if the fax is sent over VOIP as a hop along the telephone network.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

kelemvor4 Re:about fax (790 comments)

oddly enough, someone emailed me yesterday asking if it's possible to attach a fax machine to VOIP. And even stranger, it apparently is possible.

That depends entirely on the VOIP you're talking about. Does not work with Magic Jack for example. Does work with Verizon FIOS and Bright House (with occasional errors). Pity on the magic jack, I had hoped to use the thing as a "dedicated" fax line. I ended up giving it away to someone.

about three weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

kelemvor4 Re:Broadcast Radio? Eeew.... (126 comments)

"very expensive"?

I don't think most people would consider $10/month "very expensive". It is a small amount of money by almost any measure.

Is it worth $10/month? That's a personal question... but there's no way that's "very expensive" to anyone with a steady job...

$19/month or $199/yr according to their website.

about three weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

kelemvor4 Re:must be some wrong interpretation of statistics (126 comments)

...which is still really popular. Vinyl manufacturers can't keep up with the demand of record sales.

The hipsters got jobs, apparently.

about three weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

kelemvor4 Re:Nice try failing radio media companies (126 comments)

I simply don't hear radio much anymore. My kids don't listen to it, I don't hear it in cars driving by, I don't hear it much in stores, and I certainly don't listen to it. But the simple numbers that tell an absolute and unmanipulable truth is the advertising revenue. Every other statistic is a complete and total fabrication created in an effort to prevent the total freefall of existing sales and stock prices. A great example of these desperadoes is that they often show revenues from 2009 to the present. This makes it look like a growth industry but in reality it is a recovery from the disaster that was 2008. Quite simply people don't want to be told by a bunch of baby boomers what music to listen to. They have a device in their pockets that gives them total control. Remember these are the same sort of people who loved putting one good song on each CD so that people were effectively paying $20 per song.

How do you propose they figure out what new music to put on the device in their pocket?

about three weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

kelemvor4 Re:nc (126 comments)

People still use the top-40 echo chamber to tell them what to listen to, details at eleven. They need netflix for the same reason.

Because having a seance is a far better way to figure out what's new and good?

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 7 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 2 years 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 3 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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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