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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

lister king of smeg Re:Confucius say: (344 comments)

I spent $1,200 on my Black MacBook and got eight years of use ($150 per year). Prior to that, I spent $1,200 on a Dell laptop that gave me three years of use ($400 per year). Do the math.

Yeah and I have had a Toshiba laptop last 5 years at 400. Thats 80 bucks a year. Both of our accounts a merely anecdotal though.

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

lister king of smeg Re:Wonder How Much? (290 comments)

Wonder how much the dealer franchises had to pay in bribes for a unanimous vote. Seems a bit overkill when you only need a majority.

They didn't have to Michigan is the home of Detroit the "Motor City". Any one voting against it would have been shooting themselves in the foot come time for election funding.

3 days ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

lister king of smeg Re:Who's in charge? (279 comments)

No but The Doctor, of Doctor Who did previously play a WHO Dr.

about a week ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

lister king of smeg Re:social security? wtf (101 comments)

why would Kmart even have your social security number?

Because they ask for it to look up your Sears credit card if you don't have it with you. Yes it is stupid

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

lister king of smeg Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (424 comments)

Every time I hear that I think the same thing:
"Hey look, another knucklehead who doesn't actually pay attention to politics but says what ever group think crap he pulls out of his ass so he can feel important."

Really both sides want ongoing endless war in the middle east, both sides want to increases surveillance and move toward a police state, both parties side with big media, both sides want internet censorship,... need I go on. Its not crap when its true. Look at the debates what gets argued, abortion which has been in an endless stalemate since the 60s the. health care well some movement but not in a direction that anyone other than the insurance companies wanted, they argue about war in the middleast but both sides do the same thing go arm extremist topple government then go fight extremists that we armed earlier, controll/access has made no real movement either way. where is the real difference?

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

lister king of smeg Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (424 comments)

Your both wrong the democrats and the republicans are exactly the same. They are just two sides of a authoritarian expansionist kleptocratic coin.

about two weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

lister king of smeg Re:Tech Companies have become warring fiefdoms (161 comments)

I was carrying a smartphone 10 years ago, my new one is faster, prettier and better integrated, but does it do anything the other one couldn't... nope. Just polishing there, no innovation that I can see. In fact the battery life is significantly worse.

Yeah only back then we called them PDA's

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

lister king of smeg Re: How about... (482 comments)

It's not creepy if it works. It's kind of like real spam - try millions of times and if one works it pays off.

Dick pics/crude messages work for a subset of women as do really well thought out messages. But a really good message costs 30m-1h; a bad one .5 minutes even if the response rate is 10x worse it is still worth it.

I wonder if there is actually a biological factor here?

Hear me out, the predominate male animal biological strategy is to inseminate as many females as possible, each insemination involves injecting millions of sperm after one or two eggs per female. Is it possible that this digital mating-dance-span as it were, is just a logical exstension of the biological stratagy.

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

lister king of smeg Re:In Theory? (274 comments)

Why should she not be simply because she is friends with the President? We see again that our Republican rulers do not treat us fairly.

Republican rulers?

Why should she not be simply because she is friends with the President?

Republican - I don't think that word means what you think it means.

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

lister king of smeg Re:You are DAMN RIGHT she should be charged (274 comments)

isn't the cloud service provider for these phones technically in possession of all the kiddie porn anyway?

has this issue been resolved yet?

No they are protected by safe harbor laws one of the few good things to come out of the dmca

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

lister king of smeg Re:Story title needs a warning! (274 comments)

ah yes... but Child Pornography is a special kind of pornography. the definition is so broad its scary.

Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor, and images created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor. Undeveloped film, undeveloped videotape, and electronically stored data that can be converted into a visual image of child pornography are also deemed illegal visual depictions under federal law...

well with a single XOR instruction and the right arrangement of bytes in a mask you can turn any arbitrary file into any other arbitrary file child porn or otherwise. Thats it lets ban the use of the XOR operator, or any other arrangement of instructions logical/arithmetic operators that could be used to to emulate it...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

lister king of smeg Re:"Rest assured, the data is going to be obscured (269 comments)

Rest assured, the NSA will be getting the unobfuscated stuff and sending the obfuscated data back to MS.

No, this is much worse than that. The collection of data will lead to Microsoft "helping" you use the system...

and that will be a justification for their ultimate goal...

  BRINGING CLIPPY BACK TO LIFE!!!

Zombieland Rule #2 - Double Tap

about three weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

lister king of smeg Re:How does the quote go...? (267 comments)

HAHAHA HAHA HA!

Guy from GM - one of the most heavily subsidized corporations in the HISTORY of CAPITALISM has something to say about building a business and a "brand"?

Donald Trump has good advice on how to be born rich, and pretend you are a financial wizard, too.

Not even close.
Ever heard of The East India Trading Company?
they make our "defense" contractors look like a fucking kickstarter indi startup. Just go look at the wikipedia list for English Crown Chartered Companies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about three weeks ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

lister king of smeg Re: battle with Android and iOS first! (132 comments)

Apple actually has a fantastic reputation for respecting user privacy. They don't collect/try to profit off of user data.

Really???

iAd is a mobile advertising platform developed by Apple Inc. for its iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad line of mobile devices allowing third-party developers to directly embed advertisements into their applications.[1][2] Announced on April 8, 2010, iAd is part of Apple's iOS 4, originally slated for release on June 21, 2010, the actual date was changed to July 1, 2010. iAd was announced at Apple's June 7, 2010 keynote, with an iPad version appearing in the fall. Hosted and sold by Apple,[3] the iAd platform is expected to compete with Google's AdMob mobile advertising service.

----- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

about three weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

lister king of smeg Re:Best outcome (201 comments)

The only reason the world tolerates the Middle East crazies is cuz of the oil.

The Russians are also proving they can be crazy as well.

Oil production seems to do that to countries. Did I mention the US Is the second largest producer of oil in the world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about three weeks ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

lister king of smeg Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

telnet is great for wathcing ascii art starwars, there is a suitable application

(telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl)

about three weeks ago

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ESR on Clang and GCC no plugin policy

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 9 months ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Eric S Raymond writes in the GCC mailing list that GNU's GCC no plug-in policy may have been a good idea before open source won the compiler war but it now acts as an artefact of the past and that is now hindering its adoption in the face of more open compilers such as Clang. He argues that GCC should adopt to more current needs so it may be more closely integrated into other tools so it can stay competitive."
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not enough garbage?

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn.
The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency."

I have to wonder why we would sell our garbage when we could be doing this ourself?"
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Gnome Project is Understaffed

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "

I suppose I can’t just leave my last post standing there as-is. I’ll start by listing a bunch of things I consider facts about the GNOME project. I don’t want to talk about solutions here, I just want to list them, because I don’t think they are common knowledge. People certainly don’t seem to talk about them a lot. core developers are leaving GNOME development. The most recent examples are Emmanuele and Vincent. Both cite the need to look for something different, there is no hard feelings. GNOME is understaffed. This is hard to explain in a short and concise way. For anecdotal numbers: GTK has 1 person working full-time on it (me). Glib doesn’t even have that. I think evolution is in a similar situation (a complete email client). We can also try Ohloh’s statistics for GNOME (they include 131 packages, including GStreamer and NetworkManager). You’ll see a sharp drop off of committers on the first page already which suggests around 20 full-time developers at most. GNOME is a Red Hat project. If you look at the Ohloh statistics again and ignore the 3 people working almost exclusively on GStreamer and the 2 working on translations, you get 10 Red Hat employees and 5 others. (The 2nd page looks like 6 Red Hat employees versus 8 others with 6 translators/documenters.) This gives the GNOME project essentially a bus factor of 1. GNOME has no goals. I first noticed this in 2005 when Jeff Waugh gave his 10×10 talk. Back then, the GNOME project had essentially achieved what it set out to do: a working Free desktop environment. Since then, nobody has managed to set new goals for the project. In fact, these days GNOME describes itself as a “community that makes great software”, which is as nondescript as you can get for software development. The biggest problem with having no goals is that you can’t measure yourself. Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2. There is no recognized metric anywhere. This also leads to frustration in lots of places. GNOME is losing market- and mindshare. I don’t want to point out Linus’ bashing, but a bunch of very pragmatic facts that all together lead to fewer GNOME users and developers: Distros are dropping GNOME for other environments instead of working with GNOME. Previous supporters of GNOME are scaling back their involvement or have already dropped GNOME completely. Most important desktop applications have not made the switch to GNOME 3. From talking to them, it’s not a priority for most of them. The claimed target users for GNOME are leaving desktop computers behind for types of devices GNOME doesn’t work on.

Maybe if the higher ups in gnome would listen to the users and quit chasing the elusive Joe-Sixpack by trying trying to be a tablet gui they would be doing better."
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Ask slashdot, Privet chat server

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "I am wanting to build and setup a chat server that i can run on a Linux based preferable Debian/*buntu (where i have the most experience). I want the traffic to be encrypted between my sever and clients, it would be nice to have file transfer capabilities between clients. It needs to use a protocol that has clients for windows linux mac android and ios seeings as my friends all have devices on those platforms. Does anyone know of a descent easy to administer configuration, or any suggestions or advise on what use or how to configure such a set up? Also this may end up on a virtual machine seeings as i have a limited number of available physical boxes and several other internet facing projects i am going to be working on so it needs to be as light weight as possible."
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EA releases two games for linux

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "In a rather unexpected move, Electronic Arts has added two web-based game titles to the Ubuntu Software Center of the popular Linux distribution, and although they're far from the newest games, Linux users will likely welcome Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances as well as the Lord of Ultima with open arms.

Before Linux fans get too excited, it isn't the full game installation, but rather a loading web-app. That said, the move does suggest that the game developer has potentially spotted the currently untapped opportunity of using Ubuntu Linux as a another channel for delivering its content."

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what DHS is looking for in your posts

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "As we all know The Department of Homeland Security monitors social networks ,in an attempt to expose Items Of Interest. as it turns out many terms including seemingly benign words such as flu, agent, response, cops drill, and many more words are on the list of words that set off warning bells for the government spooks. Many of the terms make since to be on the list mind you but there are some real stupid one on the list to like "social network".

animal new york has a compiled and indexed list of words that were provided to a DHS contractor that were released by epic.org"

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