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Mozilla Launches Student Coding Program "Winter of Security"

michael021689 Do they really have time for this? (40 comments)

I'm surprised that Mozilla has time for this sort of thing. I would think that trying to make a Chome clone would keep them busy all the time. Hell, on top of that they seem to be actively going against the wishes of their community. That has to take a lot of time; they have to figure out what would keep them in the game and then do the opposite.

Seriously though, Mozilla has destroyed itself in the past three years. It is depressing. I don't want to use Chrome because Google..hell, IE is starting to look pretty good.

about 7 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

michael021689 Re:Obligatory knee jerk reaction (747 comments)

Yea, more likely to die from a bee sting because we vaccinate against it. Statistically, you are more likely to die from measles than a bee sting if you haven't been vaccinated against measles. These stupid douches are endangering their children's lives; it is child neglect/child abuse and they should be prosecuted as such.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: College Club Fundraising On the Fly?

michael021689 Re:Followup from OP (89 comments)

Just based on the fact that the situation involves a former Rear Admiral should be able to open doors for you. Such a person would have had a lot of useful associates. If you could manage to contact that circle of people, you would likely find many people that are happy to help. You could name the tower or facility after him and put of a plaque talking about his career and life. Us military types usually eat up that kind of thing.

about 9 months ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

michael021689 Re:Just start the war already! (498 comments)

Although drawing comparisons to the thirties is overdone, this is a rare case where it makes sense. It is coincidence that I have been rereading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" in the past few weeks, but it is impossible not to draw parallels between the history of the Sudetenland and the current situation in the Crimea.

about 9 months ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

michael021689 Re:Nuke Store (498 comments)

Yeah, if the Ukrainians just cut their losses like the Czechs did under the guidance of France and the UK, things could work out even better this time.

about 9 months ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

michael021689 Re:Sadly, Elon Musk is proof that (236 comments)

So your argument is that because we are evolving and won't be the same in millions of years we should just give up on progress and the preservation of the species? It must suck to live with that bleak outlook.

about 9 months ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

michael021689 Re:Groovy ... (236 comments)

I think that you are looking at this in an overly negative way. Going to live another place isn't the same as going somewhere to die despite the similar actions taken. Someone going to a small colony on Mars would be no different from Polynesians crossing oceans or people packing up and moving across the continent in 1800s. Leaving behind an old life is not the same as throwing away your life.

about 9 months ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

michael021689 Re:Good (236 comments)

There is little I enjoy more than the timeless argument and ceaseless complaints about the USA being deficient compared to higher population density countries in services (such as mass transit and broadband) that are dependent on high population density.

about 9 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

michael021689 USA! USA! (519 comments)

The reaction to this will dwarf the reaction to all that NSA business. This is the pointless stuff that Americans really like to fight over.

about 9 months ago
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F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

michael021689 Re:Hypocrisy (263 comments)

You're being delusional. Everyone spies and everyone will continue to spy. Why is everyone reacting like this is something new? Do you all think that we abolished nations after the cold war? Every country that can afford it has been spying on every other country for as long as there have been countries.

about a year ago
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Japan Promises an Ultra-High-Tech 2020 Olympics

michael021689 High resolution (106 comments)

I find the comments about 8 and even 4K being unrealistic to be somewhat laughable. Do you remember you internet connection seven years ago? Mine is vastly superior today and if it progresses at half the rate it has been streaming 8K won't be an issue.

about a year ago
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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

michael021689 Re:Pointless (333 comments)

Right, there is no point in questioning and no point in fighting. If we little peasants make too much noise our lord will come out of the castle and put us to the sword. And I don't know about these other guys, but my life isn't too bad, working the fields without anything else in my life.

about a year and a half ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

michael021689 Re:Relevant to how I spent my day (1215 comments)

Of course you could. Although not proficient, I am more experienced in that sort of thing than your random Windows user.

But that wasn't really the point of my comment. Most people will never consider something like that and that is the downfall of linux on the desktop.

about a year and a half ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

michael021689 Re:Relevant to how I spent my day (1215 comments)

Sadly not practical for my particular scenario as the entire purpose of the computer is for watching that stuff, but you still make a valid point. However, the problem is that we, people, are inherently lazy. Dual booting is more "work" and most people aren't willing to put up with that.

I'm not saying that linux is deficient here. It is just a chicken and the egg problem; the majority of users won't consider migrating until the random niche program they use is available and such programs won't be created until enough demand is there.

about a year and a half ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

michael021689 Relevant to how I spent my day (1215 comments)

I spent about twelve hours today getting ubuntu up and installed on my new computer and then promptly removing it and installing windows 7. Although the installation was long and painful (thank you, OCZ), once it was up and going I was very satified with it. It looks much better and works much better than the last time I had tried some form of linux (three years ago). Of course, there is still the constant requirement to go to terminal; although that is fine by me, it is still a major barrier to wide spread adoption.

My decision to remove it and go back to windows came from windows software. This computer being HTPC rather than for gaming, I figured I wouldn't need anything windows specific, but I found out better soon.

A tiny app. Open source even - but only available for windows. And it is the stupidest little thing - all it does is automate downloading anime and updating a website. That one thing killed what otherwise would have been one more box running linux.

I find it all rather humorous. Linux has come a long, long way, but even the smallest "problems" will turn away users in seconds.

about a year and a half ago
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How the Super Bowl Will Reach US Submarines

michael021689 Laughably wrong (142 comments)

This is an impressively ill formed and ill researched article, even if you consider the reputation of the site that is distributing it.

The misinformation spread about the Navy, and submarines specifically, is awe inspiring. Whereas most of the government spends its efforts to protect secrecy fruitlessly, the Navy seems to have grasped the idea of quantity. If you spew enough bullshit out, it doesn't matter if someone says the truth because it will be lost in a wave misinformation.

about 2 years ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

michael021689 Re:Fascinating article. (398 comments)

No, you're reading comprehension is just poor. Each solar system shares a node with several others. When the solar system in question overloaded the node due to the battle, the other solar systems on that node were disconnected, likely for less a minute, so that that node could be dedicated to the battle. The other systems in question were placed on other nodes. Being disconnected for a number of seconds so that the system that you are in runs at full speed is much better than staying continuously connected and running at 10% speed. On the topic of reduced speed, there is a significant difference between intentionally running a game at slow speed and it breaking into a slow speed. By intentionally slowing the speed, they are employing a controlled and tested process. That is much more sensible than trying to run at 100% and just letting what happens happen.

about 2 years ago
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The Trouble With 4K TV

michael021689 Re:The real problem (442 comments)

1920x1200 monitors are still widely available.

about 2 years ago
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Human Cloning Possible Within 50 Years, Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Claims

michael021689 Replace a dead child? (233 comments)

I support human cloning. Why not? Maybe some of us are too valuable to waste by mixing our genetics with an inferior being. I'm sure there are people who think like that. But to replace a child? Not only would the kid always worry about whether or not he was "wanted" or "playing his role" correctly, but the parents would quite likely overcompensate in one way or another. Would you really want to be a "replacement" whose parents either spoiled you stupid for being someone that isn't "you" or neglect you because you don't "match" the way you should?

about 2 years ago

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Helio Charging Users For Access To YouTube Mobile

michael021689 michael021689 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

john2618 writes "'As of sometime last night, visiting Youtube Mobile [from a Helio Ocean] prompts you to subscribe to a new package: "Video Virus". 6 dollars a month. Wait a second — m.youtube.com is a free service. We've been able to access it for a few days. Heck, you can still view it on pretty much any browser. With that, Helio is now picking and choosing what you can access on the internet on your "Unlimited" plan.'

Read the full story at Heliocity."

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