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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

lsllll Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

Boo hoo for you. This is what is happening throughout the world. There are bad apples everywhere and some happened to be in your school. I'm not saying what they did was okay. They should have been dealt with accordingly. But to say that the whole school system promotes bullying, or that misogyny of this magnitude is prevalent in the gamer culture is wrong. Those are bullshit blank statements.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

lsllll Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

I don't think it's necessarily geared towards the old geezer crowd, although I would be one of those. There are instances when tape is still the way to go. For long retention periods (less than the life of the tape), nothing beats tape. Once it's done and shipped to offsite storage, it doesn't generate heat, doesn't burn electricity, doesn't take any room in the data center, and is offsite.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

lsllll Re:Performance improvements have helped it survive (511 comments)

Woosh! That was the sound of his comment over your >30y assembler skills. What he said was correct. Instructions in Java are encoded into bytecodes, which must still be interpreted and by the JVM and executed as machine code on a processor. All this translation takes time. You cannot tell me that adding two integers in Java is "directly" translated (without overhead) into the same machine code the a C compiler would generate.

about a month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

lsllll One word (299 comments)

EBay. What if the seller I bought the phone from didn't like the negative feedback I left him for the phone not being described correctly and decided to be a dick and brick my phone? Giving owners that capability effectively kills much of the second and third hand market.

about a month ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

lsllll Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

It's hard to come by any hard stats for this, but here's an article that may shed some light on the issue.

According to the article, out of 800 positions created under DOJ's COPS program, 629 MUST go to veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11. Although this does not provide statistics for the existing law enforcement population, it does provide some insight. There are also numerous articles on the web that talk about transitioning veterans to local police forces.

about a month ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

lsllll Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

Actually many (not all) of the policemen and policewomen in the U.S. are ex military. They've been trained on the equipment that was donated to the police departments. What we should be asking is why have we come to a time/place that we think we need a swat team knocking on a door for an eviction, or even a low profile drug related arrest.

about a month ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

lsllll Wyvern? (306 comments)

I looked up images of Wyvern on Google images. Don't think it's a good choice. Reminds me of the NSA's overreach over our lives. I think they should have named it Pussy Cat.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

lsllll Re:What? (200 comments)

I'm not sure if I would blame my ISP (Comcast) for that. If I'm paying for Netflix, I would expect that they release their packets to my network. This works the other way as well. If I'm paying Comcast for my Internet service, I would expect them to not filter any packets coming to my network. Once I pay for service, my vendor would be obligated to do everything it can do to make sure I can use the services I'm paying for. So, in this case, I would be calling Netflix and complaining.

Having said that, I wouldn't switch my ISP over something like this. I use my Internet connection for WAY too many different things to cancel it just over lack of Netflix. I would cancel my Netflix service instead.

Now, if I had a different, equivalent in speed, option as my ISP (which I don't), I MAY consider switching, but that would be giving in to Netflix's wishes and that's a bad thing in this case.

Going back to TFA, I think the ISPs are full of shit. This could be a prelude to them hiking their rates, even if Netflix doesn't turn to charge them. As it is, in the U.S., we are paying the highest premium for Internet service in the modern world. I don't understand all this corporate bullshit and crying with "we're losing money." Corporations (all the big ones) are raking in money hand over fist. Just look at the dividends they're paying their stock holders.

about 2 months ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

lsllll Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (91 comments)

And I suppose you have calculated the magnitude of the solar storms and the voltage that will travel over lines and the distance in the breaker? How can you be sure that it won't arc across the metal underneath the breaker after you've pulled the breaker? I'm not saying it will. I'm not even saying that it'll arc across the breaker, but just saying ...

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

lsllll Maybe Apples and Oranges? (529 comments)

I haven't read the detail of the 18,000 M$ is laying off, and I doubt they have the detail anyways. But it could completely be that they're laying off all janitors and hiring an outside firm, or they're laying off a whole bunch of non-skilled or low-skilled workers. They may still need high-skilled workers with H-1B visas.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lsllll Re:Perl says your garbage is just that (536 comments)

syntax error at -e line 1, near "^ &&"

Hell, at least it made it 2/3 of the way through.

about 3 months ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

lsllll Why (203 comments)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

lsllll Re: Nexus 4? (259 comments)

Sadly, we are pushed for 3G.

It must be because the high speed winds are too much to handle for the 4G waveband.

about 4 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

lsllll Re:Speculation (475 comments)

Amen brother! I switched to Bitlocker a while ago and never even looked back at LUKS or TrueCrypt. The problem I had, though, was that I run only Linux on my machine. No worries. I installed VirtualBox, created a VM and installed Windows on it. That way I could make /home/lsllll as a private share available in the VM and have Bitlocker go at it. That is the ONLY reason why I run Windows. God praise the Bitlocker developers. They saved me from the NSA.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

lsllll Re:Convenient (566 comments)

Actually you do not have to do a whole partition. You can do a file (created with dd on Linux) and use losetup to set up a loop device, which can then be opened in Linux. Under Windows it can be opened via FreeOTFE.

about 4 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

lsllll Re:no (437 comments)

because you didn't pay them hundreds of dollars for the annual "check-up", you are now liable.

I specifically states that:

B) he had all the required maintenance performed on the vehicle

about 4 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

lsllll Re:no (437 comments)

I don't think you understood what GP was saying. He just wanted to make sure that he wouldn't be held liable under any circumstances if A) he was not controlling the vehicle and B) he had all the required maintenance performed on the vehicle.

I can see his point. I wouldn't want to be sued for a "computer glitch" that may end up killing someone. I'm not even sure I want that on my conscience.

about 4 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

lsllll Re:no (437 comments)

So are humans. Every single workplace safety program starts and ends with "stop and think what you're about to do before doing it". Our higher functions operate at the timespan of minutes, not fractions of a second. This is also the reason we have traffick laws: they turn driving from an activity requiring judgement into a mechanical exercise. When that fails, accidents follow.

Not necessarily. There was a discussion of this on Slashdot back in 2006. Here's an article that explains the rationale behind removing street signs and lights: Traffic Management. What is boils down to is more driver awareness, not less (mechanical exercise)

Humans have next to no intellectual contextual awareness in realtime situations. Various levels of automation drive your body, most social situations, and even activities usually considered intellectual, like math or programming. "Intellectual contextual awareness" is what you use to pick a career, and often not even then.

I've gotta also disagree here. The day may come in our lifetime when computers can write better novels than Stephen King, but until then our intellectual capacity is king. Computers beating us at chess and in Jeopardy are one thing. A computer writing Romeo and Juliet, or composing Beethoven's Ninth is not around the corner. Hell. A computer which can do the menial programming tasks on do on a computer is not even around.

At the end of the day, I don't want a computer driving my car, because I enjoy driving my car. I like to keep it in third gear and hear the engine roar for a bit when I'm driving on the highway before I put in fourth. I just don't think I would get the same pleasure if a computer was driving my car.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

lsllll Re:I wonder... (250 comments)

Just curious, how did you find his/her posting history? The posting is from AC.

about 4 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

lsllll Re:Get computers out of primary school (310 comments)

Technology as classroom aids in elementary grades needs to be limited to special-purpose machines, like things that help present curriculum, or help in classroom discussion to let the teacher or the students aid their point, or if they're used for things like testing to make grading easier, they need to be locked down so that they only do the function that they're called upon to do at that time.

Once the kids get to secondary school, then start introducing the general-purpose machine. Let them learn how to use a productivity suite, or how to do research electronically, or how to use programs to aid in science education. At least at that point it's possible for the skill to actually still apply to the person's life once they reach adulthood where it might have to be applied.

I agree with this wholeheartedly. Except that kids have access to the nuances of the Internet at home and on their cellphones. As others have said above, education must start at home and be extended at school. It cannot just be pushed unto kids at school. Schooling and parenting go hand in hand.

about 4 months ago

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What should I talk to high school computer science

lsllll lsllll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsllll (830002) writes "I got drawn (without my intention) into three 20 minute sessions, talking to high school students about computer science and programming, and am wondering what are some of the things I should talk to them about. I have previously done the same thing for a forty minute period, and all the students wanted to talk about game programming. My only game programming experience dates back to the late 80's and programming a few games (some which ran on top of Novell's network) in Turbo Pascal. Since then I have done lots of database design, web interface programming, and systems configuration and integration. I am pretty fluent with Windoze and Linux, but my contemporary programming skills are somewhat limited to Coldfusion, PHP, Javascript, SQL and bash scripts. Should I talk to them about different aspects of computer science, what it's like to work full-time in the computer industry, or do I make the sessions just question and answer, since 20 minutes might not allow me to talk and do question and answer?"
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eBay Search Engine Completely Down

lsllll lsllll writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lsllll (830002) writes "eBay search system appears to be completely down, or only partially functioning for many users according to The Inquisitr. Users have reported problems with search results returning completely empty sets. Having tested this with the search term "rfid", I can verify that on most refreshes there were no results, and on some there were only about 500 or so results. The specific auction pages are fine, since Google searches jump to the auctions with no problem.

On their announcement page eBay says "Please note that we are working as quickly as possible to get this resolved. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to resolve this." But sellers are already wondering about their lost sales on eBay forums, given that this is probably the biggest Saturday shopping day of the year. The first post on the forums is marked at 1:05 PST, so the search appears to have been down for at least the past 3.5 hours. Interestingly, eBay's announcement gives some workarounds, but I doubt anybody would be checking the announcements for tips and tricks to get around the problem."

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