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Best Cube?

lister king of smeg Re:The BORG! (265 comments)

Part of the point of the Borg is that they don't really have conventional weaknesses

You mean other than being completely defenceless against kinetic and melee weaponry. This was true from the very start. Their shields might adapt to energy weapons, but they do nothing to stop bullets and swords.

which brings up a point why didn't Picard simple replicate a Tommy-gun rather than run though a holo-novel until he found one.

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

lister king of smeg Re:The BORG! (265 comments)

I think the veiw of the collective a mearly running on a consensus is not quiet right i think of the overmind of the collective as more of a gestalt entity where it is once conscousness that is the sum of the componets. The relation ship of a drone is to collective is better looked is closer to that of the relation of a one neuron is to your consciousness.

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

lister king of smeg Re:The BORG! (265 comments)

Roddenberry created Star Trek so his word is law. Sorry if you have convinced yourself otherwise, but your opinion does not change official canon.

LOL, sucks for you.

And they made 3 more seires after he died that he had no input in. He did not continue to create after the grave just becuase he was the progenator of the idea does not make everything he said scripture.

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

lister king of smeg Re: The BORG! (265 comments)

You did not invent those words, so you have no authority to control their meaning. Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek which gave him the ultimate authority over it and he said Starfleet is definitely not military.

You look like an idiot trying to tell the creator that you know better than him what his universe is about. It is not up for interpretation or debate, it is already set in stone.

And then Roddenberry died and they kept making more and it didn't all have to fit under what he had previously said. Or do you think the shows writers had a seance every Monday when they wanted to write a new script.

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

lister king of smeg Re:And five minutes later... (238 comments)

really only once a year? As it is now I can get a dump of all of my Google information as often as I want and download it s often as i want i have report on my profile emailed me once a month now and i can edit my information they keep on me. you can also delete you Google plus profile if you don't want it just go to.
https://myaccount.google.com/

about a week ago
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

lister king of smeg Re:Broken Style (154 comments)

The Anthropocene Epoch ended when the Bad Slashdot Style Epoch began after the following style code was introduced:

#comments { clear:both; display:block; position:relative; padding: 0; margin: 0 0 0 122px; padding-right: 1.5em;z-index:1;}

Get rid of the 122px left margin--it's wasting a lot of space.

Thank you I thought it was one of my script blockers acting up.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

lister king of smeg Re:Sad to hear (314 comments)

Unfortunately for me the nearest Fry's is over 80 miles away while there is a Radio Shack just down the street from work. But I haven't bought anything there since I needed a few new RCA plugs for some speaker several years ago.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

lister king of smeg Re:Jurors (303 comments)

this is why slashdot needs a +1 sad but true tag

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

lister king of smeg Zawinski's Law (552 comments)

Christ almighty, this beast is a fucking monster. What's next, a shell and a userland?

No it will expand until it can read mail.

Zawinski's Law of Software Development

        “Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.”

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

lister king of smeg Re:What's next? (496 comments)

"Funding for science under Republic administration's has been historically higher than other Democrats."

Perhaps you don't understand that the Administrations do not set the budget and that Congress controls the purse strings. While the White House can ask for whatever it wants in a budget, Congress gets to do whatever they want and then send it back to the president to sign or veto.

You giving credit to President Bush for things he didn't do...

Firstly I am not making that claim noted astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson did, I only quoted his answer he gave to a question on politics and science funding.

Secondly I am, contrary to your claim, well aware of who makes the budget, but you sir seem to be unaware of your resent political history, so lets look at the congressional make-up during Bush’s tenure in office shall we.

2001–2003 Senate - Democrats 50 Republicans 50 Independent 0 - House - Democrats 212 Republicans 221 Independent 2
2003–2005 Senate - Democrats 48 Republicans 51 Independent 1 - House - Democrats 205 Republicans 229 Independent 1
2005–2007 Senate - Democrats 44 Republicans 55 Independent 1 - House - Democrats 202 Republicans 231 Independent 1 Vacant 1
2007–2009 Senate - Democrats 49 Republicans 49 Independent 2 - House - Democrats 233 Republicans 198 Independent 0 Vacant 4
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/...

For all but one year of Bush's presidency both the House and the Senate were controlled by the Republicans. So the party that increased funding of NASA, NIH, and Nation Science Foundation was the Republicans as they controlled the budget for 7 out of 8 years.

If you wish to educate us all, the least you could do is have a passing knowledge in the subject.

I suggest that when you want to attack someone for not knowing their basic civics that you youself know what you are talking about.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

lister king of smeg Re:What's next? (496 comments)

You know many people insult the republicans fo being Anti Science but what do scientists like Neil Degrass Tyson say

what is your measure op support for science? Is what anybody says, or is it where money gets spent. Basically in Washington it's where money gets spent. Sensibly cuz thats kinda the a point of congress, to spend the three trillion dollars that is the budget each year and how you spend it is the portfolio what defines this nation. Period.
If you ask people, someone from the far left;
"Tell me about Bush and science"
He'll tell you; "oh he hates science, the republicans hate science" and get all excited like.
So alright well what about it give me examples and get basically only three examples you get his record on the environment and stem cells... this pretty much kinda it. And that's given as the example of the republicans having a war on science. Meanwhile over that time the budget for the NIH, the National Institute of Health, tripled over that time. The budget for that National Science Foundation went up by like 40 percent, over that time the budget for NASA went up by about 20 percent not as much as we all wanted but it went up.
During the Clinton administration the budget for NASA dropped by 25 percent over those eight years. So then you look at the issues that Bush was resistant to scientifically and the all traceable to his the fundamentalist Christian electorate that help to get him into office in the first place so makes complete sense that that's what his posturing would be.
I was even surprised by that. I was standing in the middle now just watching politics unfold. That's the politics of it. You can go to Washington and say it's all this politics, because it is all politics its Washington DC.
As an academic, I came to it first as an academic, and I said that there is a problem, here because the it gets so political. To an academic politics is a boundary it is a barrier between where you are and where you wanna land. In Washington it is the currency. Once you understand then navigate like that.

Okay the Dover Pennsylvania trial on intelligent design everyone on the left was worried because the judge presiding over it was bush appointed. I spent enough time with republicans by then and understood the system, so I was not worried at all. And know I have to remind you there was a court case where the the school board wanted to introduce what's called intelligent design to the science classroom. Intelligent design is the premise that there's some things in nature that are not accountable by scientific means and they must have a divine or they would say a intelligence greater than humans that made it happen. which isn't science it is religion basically okay. So therefore doesn't belong in the science put it wherever else it doesn't on the science classroom.
So as thats a whole other the conversation.
So I wasn't worried at all about the setback. I just chilled out.
Funding for science under Republic administration's has been historically higher than other Democrats. Knowing this and knowing that in innovations in science and technology are the engines of economic growth as they have been since the industrial revolution I new above all else
there is a truth that "No Republican wants to die poor."
Therefore if you start bringing things that are not science into a science classroom, you undermine the science curriculum, preventing America from being leaders in science evermore and then you end up dying poor.
and if you read the the court case as written by the judge it is an example in in scientific pedagogy I recommend you take it up online it's brilliantly written says what science is and what isn't and ID is not science. So I don't think it was the black hole of science that everyone says. What one should argue is, one should not politicise science. And that's a different argument from saying that science was not treated with higher budgets because in fact it was.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

lister king of smeg Re:What's next? (496 comments)

I been here to long I read that as Romulan numerals

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

lister king of smeg Re:Impaired driving (412 comments)

And yet alcoholism is not on this list of disorders that lead to increased road accidents...

Then there would be no Russians driving.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

lister king of smeg Re:Meh (220 comments)

If they had any principles they wouldnt be using an apple device.

Not always for example my father has to have a iPhone because the vendor that provides the automation platform his business depends on only releases their app for remote manegment on iOS and WIndows phone with an Android one in development supposedly for the last 4 years or so. So he had choice between a Windows phone 7 and iPhone. Neither are good options, so he picked the less shitty of the two.

about three weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

lister king of smeg Re:Why? (163 comments)

You're not thinking like someone who has to deal with the general public.

People who read slashdot can easily rattle off some semi-accurate estimates for how much bandwidth a particular online activity consumes. Load BBC News? Less than 1mb (I hope). Listen to a streamed MP3 of a pop hit? Probably 3-4mb. Watch a 40 second video? Maybe 5-8 megabytes. Windows update? Errrmm ..... maybe 20-30? Stream a full TV episode. Multiple gigabytes.

In my experience a episode of 20 minutes at 720p is about 700mb and 480p of same length it 350mb but varies with format and encoding.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

lister king of smeg Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Okay, you could fix a toaster or a radio, but could you deliver a calf or clean a rifle? Every generation has things it can fix, and things it no longer can.

clean rifle yes deliver calf never tried but have observed

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

lister king of smeg Re:Dupe (840 comments)

My "actual data" would of course entail my relatives and friends, who indeed can "fix shit", while the current generation is mostly useless in that regard. Can't solder, can't crimp, can't change an oil filter or even headlight bulb, can't measure nor cut nor fasten lumber, etc. etc.

And for every millennial who can't change an oil filter or fasten lumber there is a 50 year old who can't program their digital clock or reconfigure their new cellphone without waiting for their kids to come home for the holidays. Different generations have different skills, and they usually align with the skills that were useful to them in their early life.

I think it depends on what people in that generation they look at, for example even though I am a member the described generation I can and have soldered electronics back to working order and spliced electrical cables, I can do minor car maintenance/repair and do complete teardowns of small engines (lawn mower, chainsaws etc) and fix them, I can build cabinetry and have roofed a building including making new trusses from scratch. I also know a number of survival/primitive skills, (rope making, fishing, trapping, fire building (sans matches and lighter) edible pants, etc. But then again I had parent that made me go into a scouts like groups and insisted that I take some practical classes in high school like small engines and made me learn to replace all of the fluids, spark plugs distributer and such before I could learn to drive. Then I have friends that look at everything as a magic black box that does things for the; then they take them to repair shoppes or buy new one when it stops. The big problem I see is people that have aren't taught the skills not because they are incompetent or uninterested but because then never were put it a situation to learn how and the up front cost to learn now it much higher because classes aren't free after high school and all there time is taken up working when classes are available.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

lister king of smeg Re:Groundhog day! (121 comments)

And I think I'll learn an ancient language, pottery-making and juggling, play some golf and ride a bicycle.

That was one of the best episode of SG1 beside the 100 and 200 episode where they made fun of themselves.

about three weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

lister king of smeg Re:Winderz (203 comments)

I wish Microsoft would bite the bullet and just drop telnet and fork Openssh for use on windows, at this point there is no good reason for them not to.

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  |  1 year,4 days

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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