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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

multimediavt Re:I hope.. (46 comments)

the cellphones lane ends with a hole in the ground. So that all those idiots who are too busy looking down at their phone to look forward, fall in it and die.

Ummm, they're looking down and will see the hole. I think a nice beam about nose high so it hits them in the head might be more effective at getting their heads up and some poetic justice.

yesterday
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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

multimediavt Re:Send them into traffic (46 comments)

... seriously, sent the texting/chatting group into a lane that walks them right into traffic. That way, you address China's population problem, and you remove lots of idiots from the genepool (hopefully), or at least take out some of those who endanger the rest of us (I can only imagine how those types drive...). The one's who don't walk into traffic survive their Darwinism test.

If you look at the picture closely you will notice that they did make the sidewalk lane closer to traffic the one for the unobservant cell phone users. I do not think that was a mistake.

yesterday
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

multimediavt Mystified (866 comments)

Wow, almost 800 comments and NO ONE even mentions the word "mythology" when speaking of religion. Atheists, like myself, reject mythoogy as "Truth". All religion is mythology. The Romans believed as hard about their Gods as modern Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Wickens, Satanists, etc. do about their current God or Gods. So did the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Aztecs, the Egyptians, and all the societies that had religions before them. What do we call all those completely valid at the time beliefs today? Mythology. Why? Because it was replaced by a new more accepted one? Nope. Sorry. Don't buy it. Anything involving the supernatural is mythology, including all current religious texts. Sorry. They are books of parables.

Another thing that a lot of atheists exhibit is a lack of trust in "blind faith", the "because I said so" schtick. Again, no.

The morality argument is tired. If religion was so great at instilling morality then all criminals would be atheists. Enough said. STFU about religion and morality. More atrocious things have been done in the name of religion than for any other reason in human history since religions came about. Especially, the current Abrahamic sorts. We've got more than a few live demonstrations of this lunacy going on right now! Hypocrites, the lot of them.

I am also not missing anything by not having religion or some "higher belief" in my life. Meaning to life comes from inside you. The joy you take from what you do everyday. Knowing that we all live in a wonderful universe that is full of mystery. That there might be no limit to the things we still need to learn about our universe in order to understand it. Everyone has the capacity to find meaning in their own life no matter what their beliefs are. If the only meaning you derive from life comes from religion, then I am sad. There's plenty more places it can come from. The proof is all around.

P.S. To limit confusion I put the links in to definitions of words that may have different meanings to different people. I don't care what you think the word means I am going by what it means. When you invent your own language you decide what words mean. If we're using English we go by the definitions. I have also read most modern religious texts (for analysis and comprehension, not just skimmed and put down) including, Torah, Bible, Qu'ran, many Hindu texts and Buddhist texts. I have attended many denominations of services and rituals and enjoy learning above all. I am not closed minded and tend to make deliberate, educated decisions while keeping in mind that new information may change things in the future.

yesterday
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

multimediavt Re:How about sharing legitimate advice? (151 comments)

EMP does not equal CME

There is no EMP issue with CMEs. CMEs can cause power outages due to overload (charged particles building up in the electrical system). EMP comes from nuclear bomb blasts and if we're preparing for that the best thing to do is bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. BTW, see my earlier posts about the foil thing. CMEs are producing high energy protons. Six feet of lead won't stop that. You have to put distance and/or a lot more mass between the CME and whatever you want to protect than you have ready access to, unless you own a mine.

5 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

multimediavt Re:Backup My Data (151 comments)

I don't actually prepare for coronal mass ejections, but backing up data just always makes sense.

In fact, I think I'll go back it up right now.

I did, but the whole foil thing is a joke. High energy protons aren't going to be stopped by aluminium foil. Get farther away from the sun, or put a big mass between you and it (be on the far side of the planet, leeward) are your options for avoiding CME damage. Foil, lead, concrete won't do a thing to help; not unless you're also at the bottom of a very deep mine shaft.

5 days ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

multimediavt Re:Stupid, stupid stupid (314 comments)

To the people who want to run Gnome3 on BSD: it sucks to have made a stupid choice. Wake up, kick it to hell and use a better DE or WM.

Or, stick to a command line on a server! Few people run BSD as a desktop OS. Most are servers and get the fscking GUI OFF THE DAMN THING AS YOU LEAVE MY LAWN!

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

multimediavt Re:Er? (314 comments)

Mod parent up. Most commenters are missing this point when replying to Zocalo's post. Why is he putting a GUI on a *NIX server?

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

multimediavt Re:Based on your link to examples (187 comments)

Oops, just saw the binocular recommendations. [face palm] Of course that would be a much better choice and be useful for more than just star gazing. Might get them interested in optics in general, photography, etc. I'd go with a nice pair of $35-$65 10x50 binocs and a good app.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

multimediavt Based on your link to examples (187 comments)

I'd go with the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope. It's a more modernized version of the one I first used as a youngster. I think I still have it somewhere but will have to look. Aiming the thing is probably the hardest to learn with any telescope and I'd stress that to the children you are going to give this to. That's the number one thing that turns children off to telescopes is trying to find the desired object in the sky. It takes a lot of patience and practice and if the child doesn't have the personality characteristics they will lose interest quickly. Sky watching can be amazing good fun, especially now that there are good apps that can help you find things in the sky easily. That might be another thing you spring for, a good app (desktop or mobile) for them to use to help them find things to look at.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

multimediavt Shenanigans! (371 comments)

'snydeq' isn't a member of the community, he's a paid writer. Go look at his submissions v. comments. This whole site is a sham anymore. This will be my last logged in post. Complete troll bait anymore. Have fun being cogs in a money making scheme. Like Facebook they're done making money off me.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

multimediavt Re:Seriously?!?! (371 comments)

Andrew Oliver? The shit mountain of self-importance? Still hasn't died of a heart attack? WhyTF is this on /.? Has this website really sunk that far?

In a word, "Yup."

about a month ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

multimediavt Re:Objection! (102 comments)

If these people have knowledge of a crime, aren't they legally obligated to report it to law enforcement?

Normally, one could claim no knowledge of a crime but in this case, they have announced that they have knowledge of crimes.

Depends on the laws in their HQ location, but in most civilized nations this is called extortion by Hold Security. They are most likely in the cross hairs of law enforcement as I type this. If this turns out to be a bogus or inflated claim (like it smells) they could face some serious criminal and civil charges, regardless of what country they are in.

about a month ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

multimediavt I am not colorblind (267 comments)

I have had my eyes checked regularly as I wear glasses and have since age five. They test for colorblindness when you get your eyes checked. WTF is up with "as far as I know?" I know I am not colorblind, at all.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

multimediavt SDD Policy (116 comments)

Pulverisation, preferrably by hammer on concrete slab, in absence of a suitable anvil; maybe Acme brand.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

multimediavt My policy (116 comments)

Drill press. 'nuf said.

about a month ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

multimediavt Re:Can we dumb it down some more? (144 comments)

Here's a question. What would happen if the beams traveled different distances? AKA, one beam took longer to reach the recombinator than the other. I can guess, but I have no clue about Quantum Mechanics.

So, go read more about the subject in your free time. There are s of freely available publications that cover the topic. I am not certain that the experiment would yield anything based on your hypothesis, not even the results being discussed. The most quantum experiments are predicated on a very specific set of conditions and why it hasn't been done before, accurately.

about a month and a half ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:Who else makes this mistake? (402 comments)

Oh yeah! You think that's annoying, try typing 'ls' into a Command Prompt session on Windows. Instant D'oh! instead of delayed D'oh! Fucking hate WIndows!

about a month and a half ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:Jed (402 comments)

apt-get? Who uses apt-get? Real men use make, make dep, make install!!!

about a month and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt writes "Ok, here's my problem. I have A LOT of personal data!

And, no, it's not pr0n, warez, or anything the MPAA or RIAA would be concerned about.

I am realizing that I need to keep at least one spare drive the same size as my largest drive around in case of failure, or the need to reformat a drive due to corrupt file system issues. In my particular case I have a few external drives ranging in size from 200 GB to 2 TB (none with any more than 15 available), and the 2 TB drive is giving me fits at the moment so I need to move the data off and reformat the drive to see if it's just a file system issue or a component issue. I don't have 1.6 TB of free space anywhere and came to the above realization that an empty spare drive the size of my largest drive was needed. If I had a RAID I would have the same needs should a drive fail for some reason and the file system needed rebuilding. I am hitting a wall, and I am guessing that I am not the only one reaching this conclusion. This is my personal data and it is starting to become unbelievably unruly to deal with as far as data integrity and security are concerned. This problem is only going to get worse, and I'm sorry "The Cloud" is not an acceptable nor practical solution.

Tape for an individual as a backup mechanism is economically not feasible. Blu-ray Disc only holds 50 GB at best case and takes forever to backup any large amount of data, along with a great deal of human intervention in the process. So, as an individual with a large data collection and not a large budget, what do you see as options for now (other than keeping a spare blank drive around), and what do you see down the road that might help us deal with issues like this?"
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Can SSD Electronics Be Replaced & Retain Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "I know that because of the delicate calibration between electronics and read/write heads in standard hard drives, that even with matching electronics it is next to impossible for those not fortunate enough to work for a data recovery lab to retain the data stored on the platters after replacing the onboard controller electronics should they fail. I am curious if that is true of SSD drives as well? I would assume not, but wondered if any /. folks had any insight on whether this was true or not? Beyond the speed increases and not having to worry about head crashes due to traumatic, sudden deceleration, the ability to replace faulty controller electronics (or even to upgrade them down the road) would be yet another huge advantage of the technology."
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Apple: Consumer Reports Antenna Testing Flawed

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "Many seem to be jumping down Apple's throat about the iPhone 4 antenna issue, but there still has not been any independent, credible, scientific diagnosis of the problem. Bob Egan, an electrical engineer, has posted a blog explaining how Consumer Report's testing was flawed and simply reinforces anecdotal evidence of a problem, but does not give any credible scientific diagnosis as to the cause.

From TFA:

"Consumer reports '½ÂoeRF'½Â engineers should know better than to think they can run an engineering grade test for an issue like this in a shielded room. And certainly not one with people in it.

To even reasonably run a scientific test, the iPhone should have been sitting on a non-metallic pedestal inside an anechoic chamber. The base station simulator should have been also sitting outside the chamber and had a calibrated antenna plumbed to it from inside the chamber."

Ok, there's a problem, but let's not overreact until we know the real cause and how it can be fixed. A recall may be needed, but it could really be a simple software fix."

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