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Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark

masterwit Re:Which One? (94 comments)

You bring up a good point because I wonder if updates count... correct me if I am wrong but updates require virtually (or exactly) the same size download as the original correct? Updates + variations = skewed statistics perhaps?

cheers

about 3 years ago
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Download.com Now Wraps Downloads In Bloatware

masterwit Re:A Software Author's Perspective (397 comments)

We changed our mailing address to our neighbors who did the complaining for us :)

more than 3 years ago
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GA Tech: Internet's Mid-Layers Vulnerable To Attack

masterwit Re:Unstated, and important, assumptions? (166 comments)

(unless you are in the very small formally-proven-systems-written-in-Ada market, or something of that sort) v1.0 of snazzynewprotocol is a bit of a clusterfuck, and is available in only a single implementation, also highly dubious, while the old standbys have been polished considerably and have a number of implementations available...

Careful that we do not open Pandora's box here... (You know exactly what I am talking about, heh)

But on another note your exactly right. This article seems to talk about how protocols "evolved" but this is just as useful as painting a picture of the internet:
Time and time again I will see models looking at a picture of the internet "all at once", but without knowing what and why with each individual link, protocol, implementation, etc... this is a complete waste of time.

As you have said in so many words above, what these "researchers" did is a complete waste of time. Maybe they need to do some research on peering 101?

Disclaimer: I have not read the actual paper just a poorly written article linked by Slashdot. Perhaps there is much more to their work; if so, I do apologize.

more than 3 years ago
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Good Job Not Updating That One, Borders

masterwit One phrase... (1 comments)

Outsourced advertising.

more than 3 years ago
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A short reflection to end the day.

masterwit Re:The Year of Fear (4 comments)

Sorry for the late reply - been busy lately.

Year of Fear

there is more wisdom to that statement than you would think :)

This year is becoming the 'Year of Fear', and may be a turning point for corporate (and public) awareness that security is a pillar upon which your business is built - it is not an accessory tacked on after the fact.

Very well put.

cheers

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome Hits 20% Share As IE Continues Slide

masterwit I wonder... (308 comments)

I wonder if this rise in popularity can be attributed to the Chrome ads on Google's homepage we've seen in the past...

The article did not provide much analysis but rather a "news report" style...oh well.

more than 3 years ago
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Who Killed the Netbook?

masterwit Re:They aren't dead. (398 comments)

mod parent up.

The shape of the netbook has changed, what we knew may be gone. Great point.

more than 3 years ago
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Who Killed the Netbook?

masterwit Re:I don't get it (398 comments)

Exactly and I still love my linux book.

Touchpad - starting at least ~500.00
Netbook - ~250.00 (ish)

They are a different market (sorta). Personally I like buttons.

more than 3 years ago
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A short reflection to end the day.

masterwit Re:Not to me (4 comments)

I guess my only reflection is what is perceived by the mainstream media and general public. These "hackings" and "stealing of personal" blah blah have really shown a light to the average consumer and how they may be affected by security...and thus the pointy haired boss has taken notice.

Your point regarding ICANN does piss me off too though...just the average citizen doesn't know enough or care (yet) regarding this issue unfortunately. (Perhaps this is changing, I've been known to be wrong on multiple occasions :) ).

more than 3 years ago
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Google Hits One Billion Unique Visits In a Month

masterwit Re:Microsoft? (126 comments)

See the following process comparable to a maddening wikipedia link chain with no surprises:

(1) click on semi-relevant article with a title that seems like it may help to resolve said issue.
(2) find that this article has to be written for the likes of your grandmother (completely retarded user) or some weird error code (that uses like 8 digits these days) and is completely irrelevant.
(3) Look to the bottom and see See Also:
(4) Go to Step (1)

True story. In fact I bet this is really easy for content service providers because they only need to cache perhaps around 100 different help articles that can co-link and co-create a tangled mess from hell.

(You could say I am a Microsoft fan.)

more than 3 years ago
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Where Is Your Spine, Mrs. Bachmann?

masterwit Re:I used to think... (11 comments)

meh, I still hate politicians regardless :)

more than 3 years ago
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Where Is Your Spine, Mrs. Bachmann?

masterwit I used to think... (11 comments)

I used to lean slightly right (as you well know from our previous threads damn_registrars due to some financial issues) meaning i hated a some politicians that were left and hated slightly less that were right. (all hatred, no "likes") After reading some of your journal entries throughout the past months I can conclusively say I am now non-biased and hate all politicians.

Mrs. Bachmann has so far not responded to the request. And while she cannot be said to endorse all the actions of her supporters, what has come from some of her supporters speaks volume about political discourse in our country today:
Cherry Hill Teen Threatened With Violence and Rape After Challenging Bachmann to Debate
From the article:

A lot of them are calling me a whore, Myers said of the anonymous postings. Amy and her father said the comments from conservative websites alarmed them most. Some commenter threatened to publish her home address. Others threatened violence. Some threatened rape.

The 16-year-old went on to point out just how disgusting of a job Bachmann herself does:

As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere.

We are expecting that Mrs. Bachmann will be in Iowa soon to announce her intention to run for the GOP Presidential nomination. Currently there is no expectation for her to respond specifically to this request for a debate, however.

It may have been this girl was being used to debate Mrs. Bachmann, but that does not justify the crude treatment of this girl. Damn politicians...
Disgusting.

The day we have "good" politics in America is the day I am sufficiently brainwashed into believing there ever was "good" politics in the first place --- it just doesn't exist.

more than 3 years ago
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Is That You At The Wheel, May?

masterwit Re:Hah! (2 comments)

amen to this.

more than 3 years ago
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[MLB] Harmon Killebrew RIP

masterwit Re:Cancer, that. (5 comments)

She is doing much better and the outlook is positive. I am not sure why I brought that up randomly outside of the fact it was on my mind.

As for contributions... being that my mother has a much better outlook that pre surgery... I'd say I'm going to let her find the organization, thanks.
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As for another thing, Slashdot has give me more moderator points that is possible to allocate fairly, again...must be that time of month again.

more than 3 years ago
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Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

masterwit Re:Still wondering... (490 comments)

What exactly gives a Bitcoin its value?

All the commercials by Goldline (mostly on FoxNews) of course.

more than 3 years ago
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Worm Descendants From Columbia Disaster Relaunched

masterwit Re:Dangerous (80 comments)

with what seems like a recent increase in spam and general crap here I'm in a bit of a bit mood with /. and when that happens I tend to mod down rather than up.*

Ah I haven't been here too long myself but I can entirely relate.

modded posters get replies telling them to have a nice day

I usually end with that or cheers... for everyone. Although it is true people are a bit less insulting (in general) to moderators.

I'm not going to stop modding such things down but in future it'll be offtopic instead; I don't think that does anything to karma. Does it?

His comment, like many, is funny. Fortunately funny does not award karma but just makes /. users a tiny bit happier inside (not smarter or more well informed).

Modding funny does not affect karma and some people can choose to filter it if they want to read intelligence instead of a stream of jokes... this is what other people have told me in the past so take it with a grain of salt.

Personally I believe if you have the will to reply to my comment and to moderate good, you sir are ahead of 95%+ of the users here.

cheers and good night.

more than 3 years ago
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[MLB] Harmon Killebrew RIP

masterwit Cancer, that. (5 comments)

My mother just had both her breasts removed due to cancer... no lymph nodes fortunately but it seems everywhere i look on the web cancer this or that.

Nothing against you it is just on my mind that is all.

more than 3 years ago
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Worm Descendants From Columbia Disaster Relaunched

masterwit Re:Dangerous (80 comments)

Yes. Just moderate then join back in the discussion on the next article. Posting comments is borderline taunting in some cases even if that was not your intention.

Have a nice day.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Broad Patent On Digital Media Tagging

masterwit Re:Good. (61 comments)

Sir, I do not have a Facebook account.

Although pointing a finger at the angry mob covered in shit surrounding me also may not be wise haha

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Goodbye MacDefender, welcome MacGuard, in hours...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "From the article:
> Just hours after Apple updated a security update
> to protect Mac users against a rash of scareware
> attacks, a new variant began circulating that
> completely bypasses the malware-blocking
> measure.
I think some people predicted this in the comments of last article...this will be interesting to see how this plays out."

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Apple handcuffs 'open' webapps on iPhone home scrn

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "Saw this on The Register, but it seems that in order to promote in-house apps, Apple may specifically be hindering web-apps' performance in order to promote in house apps (of which Apple gets a 30% cut).

As one alleged quote from a developer in the article states: "Apple is basically using subtle defects to make web apps appear to be low quality – even when they claim HTML5 is a fully supported platform."

Since it is important to consider all viewpoints before being presented with concrete facts, this may be a bug and merely non-intentional on Apple's side..."

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Judge orders IP logs released to Sony from PS3...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "A story on wired and also at The Registrar and also Wired tells of the following:
'A federal magistrate has awarded Sony a subpoena allowing the company to obtain the IP addresses of everyone who visited the personal website of PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz for the past 26 months.

Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero of San Francisco also granted Sony's request for subpoenas on Google, Twitter, and another service for information relating to accounts held by the 21-year-old Hotz, who goes by the moniker GeoHot. Thursday's move comes in a lawsuit Sony filed in January alleging that Hotz and more than 100 other other hackers violated US copyright law by showing others how to bypass technical measures built in to the game console so they would run games and software not authorized by Sony.'

This is not only a major change in policy on privacy but disturbing on a multitude of levels. Both of these articles are worth checking out."

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Migrating animals might decrease bird flu spread

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "I found this quite an interesting take on another role of migration and the complexity of our planet. From the article:

"Birds that migrate across continents tend to have a higher viral load than those that stay at home year round. But for some of those species, migrating might help to avoid the more virulent pathogens that can accumulate in one environment. Other animals might use this migratory escape method as well."

This is all fine and well... but considering human impact on the environment: "Better understanding these disease dynamics will be important in stemming potential pandemics. But migrations, like the animals themselves, are moving targets, influenced by human impacts to the physical and climatic landscape. With less available land and more impediments to movement—such as fragmented habitat—more animals might end up in a few close-quarters stopovers like Delaware Bay or curtail their migration, leading to fewer opportunities to escape local infection or leave the sick behind."

This is a good article with a decent bit of embedded links imo. Check it out I found it a good read."

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Convergence to enhance biomedical research

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "The article reads:
"The MIT white paper says the emerging field of convergence—which brings together the life sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering—should create a “third revolution” in biomedical research. It would follow the revolution that started with the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and the subsequent genomics revolution, begun in the 1980s, that led to mapping of the human genetic blueprint."
The article brings up some good points. Plus, no paywall is always a bonus."

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Gulf Bacteria Quickly Digested Spilled Methane

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "From an AAAS news release: "Bacteria made quick work of the methane released by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, digesting most of the gas within the four months after its release, according to a new study published online at ScienceExpress." This study however did not deal with other chemicals (oil) from the disaster's fallout. A glimpse of good news from the disaster's fallout..."
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black holes may mature early in galaxy evolution

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "From Scientific American: "An accidental find in a star-forming dwarf galaxy shows that black holes may mature early in galaxy evolution" also "if giant black holes in star-forming dwarf galaxies prove to be common—that is, if Henize 2-10 is not an outlier but a representative of a larger population—they may have much to tell about the formation of primordial black holes and galaxies in the early universe" I personally do not come from a large point of knowledge here, but I found this read very interesting and thought someone else would share my sentiment."
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Internet Indentity System for America

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "From the article: "President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today...." The real question is this even possible? And how are we to know that this data will remain secure? I mean what could possibly go wrong?"
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~2,000 black birds fall dead from the sky

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "Whether this is the result of some sort of fallout gone bad, a deadly virus, or this...much speculation remains to why thousands of birds dropped dead out of the air just following this past New Years. The article states:
'
The mystery is unraveling like scenes from a movie, dozens of U.S. Environmental Services crews spent the day picking up the birds, walking between homes and climbing on roofs with protective hazmat suits and breathing masks,.
Charles Boldrey stands outside watching the crews, "Nobody knows, I asked these guys who are out here picking them up and they don't seem to know anything. Nobody seems to know anything. It just kind of freaked everybody out."
Officials with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission flew over the area and determined it's a one mile stretch. There are a variety of dead black birds, mostly red winged and a duck was also found.
No one has been evacuated because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) air test came back clean for toxins.
'"

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Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "The story reads:
"American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure." Interesting as I did not think the opposition to regulation was this high."

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Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "In the wake of recent articles involving the arguable privacy issues and constitutional rights violations involved with the new technology employed by the TSA , back scanners...this happened:
The article states: "One of the first people in line after that shutdown never made it through. She was arrested and banned from the airport.
Claire Hirschkind, 56, who says she is a rape victim and who has a pacemaker-type device implanted in her chest, says her constitutional rights were violated. She says she never broke any laws. But the Transportation Security Administration disagrees."
It will be interesting to see the fallout from this unfortunate situation."

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Stuxnet virus adds 2 year delay to nuclear program

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "The source is a bit biased it would seem, but there doesn't seem to be much more coverage yet. The article states:
"The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program’s code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday."
-and-
"This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war. From a military perspective, this was a huge success."
-also-
"Widespread speculation has named Israel’s Military Intelligence Unit 8200, known for its advanced Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities, as the possible creator of the software, as well as the United States."
(just go read the article...)"

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Apache is officially quitting Java's governing bod

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

masterwit (1800118) writes "The article reads:

Apache called the Java 7 and 8 vote the EC's last chance to demonstrate it had any intent to defend the JCP as "an open specification process, and demonstrate that the letter and spirit of the law matter." The law in question is the Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) that sets out the rules for the running of the JCP. By failing to protect the JSPA, the ASF said it's concluded the JCP is no longer an open specification process and that the commercial concerns of one company, Oracle, "will continue to seriously interfere with and bias the transparent governance of the ecosystem."

Funny, I mentioned Oracle in class today and my professor told me to stop using that curse word..."
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Journals

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A short reflection to end the day.

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

You hear it, "Year of the Linux Desktop", "Cloud Computing", "Internet Kill Switch", "Copyright Reform", and many other hot issues today.

No this year will be quite different my friends... I do believe this year will simply be known as the year companies began listening to their IT department's advice, and spent the time and money needed to remedy their security. (At least to some noticeable extent)

I see this year as the year in which security moved from an issue to a priority, from a recommended option to a requirement, and from an afterthought to foresight.

This year, security becomes paramount.

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New abbreviation formatting for standard Slashdot.

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I would like to say, in short, I approve.

The "tab-only" feel for abbreviated comments allows less scrolling and more spam per pageview. (More of Slashdot all at once!)

I approve.

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There once was a dream that was "the Internet". You could only whisper it...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I would like to tell you a story but I am afraid it does not end well. This is the story of the PC and the dream that is not but almost dead. A sad story you may ask - I don't want to listen to that!

Well sometimes you must listen because as the saying goes... "those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it." Now there are many things wrong with the world these days, hunger, famine, war, corruption, but if we were to focus on all of these at once... we would go completely batshit crazy. This need to focus one's anger and motivation towards good or evil has led to what we refer to today as extremism and it is a plague to both America and the rest of the world.

In order to be right, we all have to be really right these days... you know where anything less than an A+ makes one "tear up" for the immense failure of an A-... yes that level of achievement.

Back in the Golden Age, when the digital landscape we call the Internet was new, there was less activity online and the activity that did exist did so for unique needs. There were websites to search the web like AOL, shopping sites, and even MySpace pages... but most of these things came even later on. This was also the advent of computer gaming: the escape from the console environment to intellectual challenge, the freedom to manipulate software within reasonable bounds, and the move beyond 8-bit color. (I am young so people will tell of before this era, but I come from the 16 bit color era...)

A simple CD-key, if required, was all that was needed to install a game. When one bought a game, they did not require some company to stay in business to play their game in the future. In fact, after purchasing the software, people would consider the right to run the game theirs... There was a huge problem, however, as this Internet was structured around a loose set of rules (if you could call them that) that let most users chose whatever path they wish. Illegal copying became rampant and profitability of the PC-gaming market slumped. With no check on the super motivated individuals, shit hit the fan.

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My journal today is me bitching about Steam. I will not present a Tron knock-off but rather I wish for another era, that of where a damn Steam client does not need root access to whatever the hell it wants on my "Windows" box. I went to GameStop (I know but it's close by) to by a PC game. They don't sell them. After Starcraft 2 was released, they figured their sales were done in the area and closed shop on the PC-games. Yes their counterpart EB-games still sells the lonely cardboard pyramid shelf of PC games next to the used xbox 360 titles, but the empire of PC gaming to me is dying despite all the World of Warcraft and other few titles. Each year "profitability" falls as the Internet is free.

This freedom has come at a price it seems, for all the freedom we enjoy on the net... it was the downfall of many aspects of software and perhaps the Internet itself. As the steam from the wreckage rises in the distance, I vent my anger on Slashdot that has more become sadness by the end of me writing this. It's ironic I guess - the principles on which the Internet and computing were established may have been the downfall of what "it" sought to uphold.

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I did warn you, this story would not end well...

There once was a dream that was "the Internet". You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile...

Now to get this damn Steam client under control and restrict the son of a bitch with a little bit of virtualization and C++...

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Ah politics...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Politics or just curiosity? Yes I am talking about satire, but sometimes it is harder to tell...

Whatever this is a good laugh.

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Slashdot is acting weird? Likely just me...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

...so I log on and I get the achievement (because Slashdot is like xbox live) for the successful submission of a story. Now I donated a few bucks a while back so I am able to preview the stories before they are submitted, you know for that extra trollin' touch, but looking on the front page I did not see any stories that I had submitted and I have no filters applied. This means one or more of the following:

---I still do not understand how Slashdot works fully, as I may never truly grasp.
---That instead of posting news as soon as it happens, someone picked out a bunch of stories and will let them feed out at predetermined times. This makes it appear as if someone is still actively checking articles as they are submitted.

The second option above disturbs me...why not just release the stories instantly after a number of people thumb them up? (There is no need to "fake updates") But like I said before, it could be I'm just retarded...hell one of my submissions had a terrible spelling error in the title! (funny)

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For all you people who logged on Slashdot (East coast) after the ball dropped...

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

...happy new year. But seriously we all have an addiction...

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Polls, don't convert to integers!

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago Ok, the latest poll looks at which Star Trek technology we all wish would be implemented. The only issue is I see 199 votes for "Phaser" at the time of me writing this with 0% total? Being the math geek (and future computer science) that I am I hate this!
Solution:
A simple request: if you must use an integer representation for the percentage of voters which chose a particular choice in the polls, please due so after calculating said value as a "double" or floating point and rounding!
---The percentages listed add up to 97% at the time of me writing this...
---I understand the concept of rounding down, I just cringe at it.

/endrant

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Apathy to impartiality in moderating

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago I have been given another 15 points of moderation this time, and really I wonder if this is for the best? Before anyone ridicules me here I ask to hear me out:

I first would like to begin this strangely motivated journal of mine with a look that poisonous word: apathy. Apathy of the common voter, apathy this and that...to an actavist this is a curse word. But I would have to say this is my curse on moderating in Slashdot: I have a ton of apathy for other people's passions when moderating...

This might, at first glance, seem like a good thing, but it is anything but that. 15 moderator points, this will take me hours. Why you may ask? Because I have an odd system of moderation when I seem to be given these points frequently: Step 0: read the damn article Step 1: read all highly ranked comments and top tier posts for roughly ~50 posters Step 2: turn off ranking Step 3: find a comment with no previous moderation 1st or 2nd tier (no third tier comments yet) Step 4: ignore all comments made to that particular comment Step 5: look for positive qualities

...

Point being, this is a huge waste of time! Moderation is important, we all know this for a fact, but in my short time here I have come to understand the importance of properly moderated discussions: it saves both the reader time and avoids the Digg effect.

I just wonder if a lot of our moderation is in vain. If I see someone post a comment, even if it is relevant, but against my political views...I avoid moderation for the most part. Why? Because I am biased as hell and will readily admit that. We all know that one moderator point or more, in the past, has been spent unwisely by all of us.

I say now if we are to take a look at how moderator points are spent from birds-eye view, say for the entire population of Slashdot, you and I both know this is a scary thought. Internet meme-ing does not belong on intellectual discussions, ever. Sure the occasional joke is funny and will make me smile, but 25 +5 comments of jokes does not do me much good when I was looking to the discussion for insight.

Ridicule me if you may: "Looking to the discussion for insight! Ha is he an idiot?!?!" But I say to you is this not the ultimate design? Don't we want discussion, however intellectually based, to occur? I've spent a fairish amount of time looking over other forums and news discussions and I can say that the moderation system here is broken for this sole reason: user apathy.

This is not a matter of our best interest: our best interest is for the health and well being of this internet "nook". For the most part I can say many Slashdotters agree that they care about Slashdot's future. Instead consider apathy to be incidental here, not under our control. We are forced to read comments and entire discussions before applying that "sacred" +1 or "damn troll -1" mark. This. Is. Bad. To better understand where I am coming from, let us first consider Jury Duty (bear with me here!). Each time a potential candidate is called to perform Jury duty, it is in the hope that the media or other forms of "reporting" had not gotten to this individual first. Why? - because any individual makes up their mind, however small the degree, upon hearing some argument or reporting no matter how convincing.

There is a simple fix, however, augmented moderation: Upon entering a discussion board a user is either assigned to dupe/troll duty or only given 3 comments to moderate (two with at least 1 followup comment). In this way the user is blinded from the rest of the discussion. Moderation points (up to 3 per article) may be applied as seen fit for these three threads, or the user may chose to not moderate on the given article / exit early. Upon early exit or finishing of those 3 comments, the discussion board would open to normal moderation. Now 3 is an arbitrary number here, I do not know what would work best...but the idea that preliminary points should be considered without regard to the rest of the discussion allows for the initial impartial view...and then the mob view later if needed.

An intro screen to moderation for articles would help Slashdot achieve it's goal for effective distributed moderation without loss of the normal moderation we have come to find effective to many regards. Hell, we all know meta-moderation is too shallow of a view to know the context of how to moderate (honestly one has no idea if sarcasm is applied half the time!) and people enter an article not impartial to the current ratings too often.

Hell ignore what I've said here right? This is only a modest proposal that will be completely forgotten and unnoticed (not to say my idea is perfect - it needs tweaking), but it is a damn shame seeing the meme-a-fying** of this place. **(yes it is a word!)
...
So you the reader, before you break down my individual quotes with one sentence comments, what do you think of this idea? Do you find this an issue also...why or why not? I would like to see why the current system exists...for no-one, yes not one person, has really given or shown me a rundown of why our current moderation system makes sense.

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This is completely hilarious

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I haven't laughed this hard in a while...this is completely hilarious.

Makes it a whole lot better that my exam tomorrow morning is on this topic. This was a good one.

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Interesting...mod points.

masterwit masterwit writes  |  about 4 years ago Slashdot why do you keep on giving me mod points? I take time to read everyone's comments but that does not mean I always have the time. 25 points over the past week with 15 this time? I didn't even know they had the Costco deal...well there goes 30-45 minutes.
I have a habit of only modding people up with no previous mod points, makes finding comments a bit more hard and takes much more of my time.
...
Does anyone else seem to get mod points in "groups of days" and then go for weeks without mod points? - I still do not know quite how this system works here.

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Question regarding SSH

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago I do not have much experience in ssh, but I would like to set up my home computer to run as a "server" so that I can carbon copy my usb drive after sessions working away from home (I lose the damn things every so often). I have been using ftp for a little bit, but it really isn't that secure and I do not want to transmit a non-encrypted password etc etc.

Anyone have a recommendation for a preferably freeware lightweight program I could use? I have been filtering lightly through the internets, but it would really be helpful if I knew what I was looking for...
(I have the client side issue resolved, that is the easy part)
Thanks :)

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Ah it comes again

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago

After a late night with the friends, I am eager to begin the final parts of my "education" this coming week...go JMU dukes.

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A simple wish for Slashdot

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago I know there are many wishes we can list out there for a website, but this one is regarding the feed and related comment system here at Slashdot. I feel that articles going through the "fire-hose" that receive comments should be able to be filtered higher...that way perhaps more debatable or insightful topics find their way to the top. Perhaps a two-fold weighting and comment hybrid could help with the filtering.
Sidenote: if there is a way to already view recent articles with a "color" threshold ranked with comments, I'd be interested in where I can find the sorting options, because I must have missed it...thanks

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Question: storage, backup, and the affordable solution

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago Here is a question to anyone who is willing to provide input:
After recently experiencing the "joy" of a PSU trashing my 2 hard-drives and losing all my 1's and 0's, I am searching right now for a "backup storage solution" to avoid this fallout in the potential future. However simple this may seem, I am looking for an independently powered backup (RAID 1 is useless if the PSU goes beserk!) Additionally I would prefer at least a 2TB backup size. My question is what is the smart solution?
(A) an external enclosure that could support multiple drive bays (must be independently powered) that runs of e-sata or usb
(B) network attached storage, although I am unfamiliar with the performance of this alternative
(C) building my own case, adding some type of power supply and cheap processor,etc, and then putting this on the network as a computer devoted to storage
Any advice to a modern day affordable solution or even an alternative that I did not present above would be greatly appreciated.

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Pet peeve, except I do not have a pet.

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago The next person who says

"I welcome our new ________ overlords"

Should be shot on sight. It's not funny unless its entirely irrelevant and original. Every time an article is posted about some animal or robot, we do not need this posting!

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My motherboard: a soothing blue, red, and yellow sparked flame

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago It was Tuesday and I was back from college and my little brother needed a new PSU as his current one went into insta-brick-mode. After running some basic tests I placed an order for a new PSU giving him my older one (which his machine runs flawlessly now). Feeling "smart" I soldered a connection off a traditional 4 pin molex power plug to power a fan independent of my motherboard. However, the connection I used I realize only now that when I plugged it in, I somehow through my array of wires managed to cross the red and yellow wires (the psu 12V rail didn't like this). Upon powering up my psu using the front button / motherboard, I generated a deep blue fire about 1 cm in diameter with a red tip and yellow sparks directly over a capacitor on my north-bridge. Now I am no hardware guy, I will never pretend to get one unless I get some education there and experience in the field, but this wasn't good. Three days later with the smell still lingering in my room (yes I am using the "traditional fans on that") I am still waiting for a replacement motherboard and new cpu thermal grease. I can only hope that my cpu was not damaged in the incident, but being that I had my computer powered off within 1-2 seconds of it powering on, I believe it is safe to say the cpu probably survived. Anyways this whole ordeal is very traumatizing and I cannot wait to escape this HP laptop I am currently using.
On another note, anyone else have some entertaining horror stories or something that can top a tri-colored flame?
if you read this journal entry and it looked different, I rewrote it due to it being very hard to read...

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Want I really want

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago

After that nuke the oil spill article, I would really love to see a modern day nuclear explosion with our camera technologies. Furthermore, since it would be planned, much geological effects could be carefully measured, perhaps providing intelligence into detecting (*cough* North Korea) other nuclear explosions. Lastly it should be noted, how many times have you thought the phrase: "aww just nuke it!", and the possibility that this could be used: awesome.

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Misinformation and other liberty buzzwords

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago Yes I am coming on here complaining, its what I do best. My latest beef is really a hopeless cause as nothing I do will change this:
Everyone seems to hate buzzwords, you know those empty shelled words that represent a concept that isn't quite an idea, well I am tired of political buzzwords, or even the use of the word liberty as an empty shell for something every American** needs, or as a substitute for "freedom".
Here I will attempt to explain at least my take on why they cannot and should not be interchanged:
Liberty implies a "set of rules", a "system or safeguard", and the remarkable feature of "restraint". Freedom on the other hand is a word used in context to describe how slavery does not exist, or how I am free from having to choose 2% milk, etc. Liberty can guard to protect various freedom s , but is not a single freedom to do X itself. Now don't get me wrong, I am no political scientist, but I know us Slashdot-ers hate what is coined as buzzwords, or nonsense talk. Instead of referring to "liberty", "freedom", "personal rights", let us learn to talk specifics.
Every time I see a title "Obama calls for..." and someone says something like "human rights" without specifics, I die a little bit inside - and no it is not because of my political standing.
(http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htm - a good read)
**yes I am aware not all Slashdot users are American

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Bored

masterwit masterwit writes  |  more than 4 years ago Didn't like much of the articles past day. Oh well...

_public class Bored{

___public Object value;

___public Object next;

___public void entertain(){

__________throws WhiteNoiseException

______Bored temp = new Bored();

______value = Google.fetch();

______next = temp;

______if(entertain.value == null)

__________temp.entertain;

}}

(The linked list from hell)

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