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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

module0000 Re: Politician thanks company for doing his job (137 comments)

Whenever I point this out to a teacher (like my spouse), that they get pay on par with year-round workers, they give the boilerplate response "But we only get paid for the days we work! Not the entire year!".

Which means given an 8 hour workday, instead of making $24 an hour(for a 52 week year), they are actually making $32 an hour. This is under "underpaid" at all.

TLDR; Teachers make much more per-hour than people assume, and they do not like it at all when this is pointed out.

about three weeks ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

module0000 Re:This naming trend has to stop (188 comments)

FYI, "Windows Explorer" is much older than "Internet Explorer". The browser was likely named to mimic the file manager, not the other way around.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

module0000 Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

You say "Layer 3"(a step in the OSI model), do you mean "Level 3"(an ISP)? They are the ISP and backbone provider that has owns the CDN appliances caching and delivering the [majority of] Netflix streams in the USA.

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

module0000 Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Never let pride get in the way of sound business sense. If my options were working the grill at Arbies or Microsoft, the next words out of my mouth would be "Yes Mr Balmer, laying off all us slackers really taught us a lesson sir. Would you like me to buff all your golf clubs now?"

Sad advice but still very good advice. The "to hell with them" crowd is likely too young to know that pride gets in the way of providing for your family, and swallowing your pride is vastly easier than being foreclosed on.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

module0000 Re:Backtrack the financials... (93 comments)

You can buy your own devices with enough cash, which you get from massively profitable trades based on (stolen) insider information.

I don't think a nuclear arsenal is what they are after though..more likely they just want to take the money and run.

about 1 month ago
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In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

module0000 Re: i don't wanna hear how lazy americans are. (120 comments)

I wish I had mod points - you are absolutely correct.

I often go to the Deep South where I have family, and so many people are morbidly obese that no one bats an eye any more, and if you did confront people about their weight, they would say "Oh, uh, it must be a thyroid problem".

No one wants to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions, and obesity is one of those consequences.

about 2 months ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

module0000 Re:syntax (132 comments)

Human brains are finite. The simpler* a language is, the more likely the developer can fit the entire thing in his head and still have room for the actual problem he's trying to solve.

Simple languages for - wait for it - simple developers.

about 2 months ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

module0000 Re:syntax (132 comments)

I notice you don't even tell us what the squiggles are ...

There is a man page for that, do your own homework if you are capable of comprehending the textbook.

about 2 months ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

module0000 Re:syntax (132 comments)

The mass of programming languages are designed for the mediocre mass of programmers. The others make the top tier of cash, and don't find Perl "too hard!" at all.

about 2 months ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

module0000 Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (190 comments)

It is not illegal to visit Cuba, but you won't be getting in with traditional methods (direct flights to/from the USA, tourism visa, etc). Hundreds of missionaries and educators visit Cuba each year, and are quite welcomed by the Cuban government.

about 2 months ago
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Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

module0000 Re:Will this "War on Terrorism" ever end . . . ? (349 comments)

I don't think the powers that be would like it to ever end. The expression "War is Peace" sums this up...as long as there is a constant threat of war(in this case, "terrorism"), the populace can be made to accept nearly any unreasonable demand in the name of that defending against that threat.

Imagine if you are the commander of a military force - would you rather a mediocre budget because of peacetime? Or would you rather have a "buy anything and everything no questions asked" mandate because of the imminent threat of war? This also appeals to the sense of power the government leaders have - it allows them a constant state of martial law, effectively letting them act with impunity while "defending us" from war(or in this case, imminent terrorism).

about 8 months ago
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The Geekiest Game Ever Made?

module0000 Re:Nethack? (87 comments)

I still like nethack, but at some point I switched to 'dungeon crawl stone soup' instead.

about 8 months ago
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OpenSSH Has a New Cipher — Chacha20-poly1305 — from D.J. Bernstein

module0000 Re:Nothing wrong with clear goto code (140 comments)

I second this - `goto' in C is not the hacky technique kids in QBasic use. If you ever look at the kernel source, you'll find plenty of sane `goto' statements there. It's when you improperly use them than sanity begins to ebb away.

about 9 months ago
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SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

module0000 Re:GNOME? (211 comments)

This is not for "OS" use.. it's meant to be installed on a media-center style box in your living room by your TV. The only interaction with it is meant to be through a controller - it's not for you to compile code on, instead it's for your kid to pick up a controller and start a game without any "computer" work. It's a pretty cool idea when you think about it, let people build their own "console gaming systems", and just give them a nice OS that will drive them.

about 9 months ago
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High-Frequency Trading For Your Private Data

module0000 Re:SUCK A COCK (75 comments)

I wish the consumers would get the hell off *all* our lawns. I only want to deal with enthusiasts and engineers...you know, people as interesting as we are to ourselves. The rest of the users should come up with their own watered down "internet" of facebook and similar bullshit. Oh wait...don't know how? Brain full of sports statistics and beer preferences? Think sockets and ports are car-mechanic terminology? Too bad, you lose, GTFO. The unwashed masses were the worst thing to ever happen to the internet, and I really wish they piss off - kindly or otherwise. Just leave.

The "golden days" main appeal to me was that due to the technical difficulty of connecting to what people refer to as the internet(or ARPAnet then), ruled out the possibility of 99.999% of the current users ever having a chance at participating. *Sigh*, if only it could have stayed that way. I realize every idiots likes to feel "involved", and is thrilled to death to be here with their cat pictures and facebook "likes"...but really? They contribute nothing but e-commerce dollars and ad-views to companies of superior business cunning and intellect. Good for the companies I suppose, but bad for the enthusiats and engineers forced to breath the same air.

I realize this is just a big "get off my lawn" post...but really, get off ALL our lawns. It's disgusting, all of them are disgusting. This must be how genocidal maniacs felt about the cultures they were butchering - I *hate* them, can't stand them, and wish all the worst for them. Not sure how it's gotten this way, but for some reason I'm mainlining the Haterade(tm) on their account at this moment.

TLDR; I like the type of website you describe. A hobbyist and generally intelligent human is the only person who should have a right to be here.

about 9 months ago
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Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

module0000 Re:Not just kids (207 comments)

That's pretty sane - when I force myself to learn a language just to try it out, I usually end up forgetting it days later. When I really need to learn one for something specific though, it's fun, it sticks, etc etc etc.

Also, I like your name. Makes me want to go read....

about 9 months ago
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Meet Paunch: the Accused Author of the BlackHole Exploit Kit

module0000 Re:I am confused. (52 comments)

You're not buying the skeleton of the kit - you're buying the kit equipped with the latest 0-days to be effective. The last thing you'd want to do after you pay thousands for a 0-day exploit and the kit as a payload - is give it away. Then it's in the wild and antivirus is going to protect against it.

about 9 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

module0000 Re:Limited uses. (183 comments)

Only way to get it done within the backup window - 40-50 clients at a time, out of ~750. The idea is to get as close to 100% capacity for network/IO as possible, without creating a backlog. Ideally, with an unlimited budget we could just double or triple our backup destinations, but that's not an option right now.

about 9 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

module0000 Re:Limited uses. (183 comments)

I'm not quite sure exactly where these would be used, other than in niche systems that need large amounts of local, superfast storage.

Wireless access to a NAS? You've got it backwards _you_ are the 'niche'. Every NAS I touch is connected via 10GB, and in some cases bonded 10GB lines that aggregate to 40-50GBS. We don't want these for playing warcraft at home - we want them for work.

Example: I have NAS's as storage targets for backup daemons that receive 40-50 simultaneous backup streams from clients. Each stream can average 120-150 mBytes/sec on it's own; usually the network link is the bottleneck. Even if we pack several dozen 15k SAS drives in the bays - they can't handle that without the network buffer backlogging waiting on disk IO. Solutions like larger and faster SSD's fix these business problems for us.

about 9 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

module0000 Re:weird gateway currency (276 comments)

BoA is a household name as a bank (and everyone knows they are rotten to the core). That household name status would make people feel like bitcoin is more "real" though, since they can goto their neighborhood BoA to cash out or buy in, etc. This would be a huge step towards de-anonymizing BTC transactions - linking real humans to all those block chain transactions. Very very bad.

about 9 months ago

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MMO guild on guild violence ends in murder.

module0000 module0000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

module0000 writes "In Russia, members of opposing guilds in an unknown MMO [suspected to be Lineage II in the article] had a real life confrontation ending in a player being beaten to death. Didn't this happen some time ago in Korea in relation to Linage II as well?"
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