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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

mvdwege Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (783 comments)

Anybody that has driven a manual shifter knows that engine noise is a useful feedback mechanism to the driver.

I ride a motorcycle. Since the engine is out in the open, you can always hear the engine. And yet I find myself relying more on the throttle response and the tachometer to tell me when to shift. They could be entirely silent and I still would shift at the same points.

In fact, I did my final test on a Suzuki LS650 Savage, which does not have a tacho, and I hated it. I had to shift entirely on intuition.

2 days ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

mvdwege Re:So (331 comments)

Oh look, another Dunning-Kruger sufferer who knows big words but not their meaning.

5 days ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

mvdwege Re:So (331 comments)

I keep trying to parse your post and trying to find a coherent thought in it, but I can't find nothing beyond "waaah, you're calling me bad names!".

about a week ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

mvdwege Re:So (331 comments)

Is there a way to reclaim Slashdot from this constant barrage of psychological assault on IT professionals by outsiders?

Yes, it is called "stop being misogynistic whiny manbabies if you're called on some of your misbehaviour".

The other way is of course time. There is a movement for more diversity, and it will win eventually when said manbabies die out. Given their obnoxious whinging, they are not recruiting faster than they are dying out, and every flare-up into uglyness like GamerGhazi throws off more moderates.

about a week ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

mvdwege Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

The way I understand it is that if an ISP hosts $BAR, and I file a takedown request asserting the ownership of $BAZ, in the mistaken impression (intentionally or not) that you are hosting $BAZ, the takedown request is valid, even though the actual content does not match $BAZ.

about two weeks ago
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Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

mvdwege Re:That is not doxing (171 comments)

there is no such thing as "clickbait fallacy".

Yes there is. 'Clickbait fallacy' is a dog whistle phrase in the same vein as 'Social Justice Warrior' or 'political correctness'. It signifies that the poster is a reactionary white manchild who thinks the person harrassed by the 'doxing' "had it coming".

<Looks at OP UID> Oh look, it's epyT-R. QED.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

mvdwege Re:Neil Degrasse Tyson: Keeping it real (299 comments)

Riggght. One succesful black scientist means race is not an issue.

Somehow I think the irony of your own statement will be lost on you.

about three weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

mvdwege Re:Mod parent up. (552 comments)

If the cost of programming comes down, there will be less incentive to do it

Really? There are plenty of programmers out there that do it because they want to, even for free.

The existence of Free and Open Source Software alone proves that as long as the material needs in Maslow's hierarchy are provided for, people will program because it satisfies a non-material need.

about a month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

mvdwege Re:Parent comment shows exactly what's wrong with (164 comments)

I'm not going to install a hacked-to-shit Debian install to coddle the typo of morons Shuttleworth seems to think to be a demographic worth mining, no.

No, sorry, I don't like to relate to and empathize with idiots. If that makes me an elitist, so be it. It doesn't take away anything from the fact that I am not going to take anecdotes about Ubuntu fuckups as fact, unlike you. The facts of who is rational here are evident.

about a month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

mvdwege Re:Parent comment shows exactly what's wrong with (164 comments)

You're an idiot if you put your manual network config in rc.local on an Ubuntu system. If that is your story, I have no problems believing the newbies in your vicinity thought it was difficult.

And since I distinctly remember running Debian+Gnome+NetworkManager in that same timeframe with no problems whatsoever using a static config, I think your problems were more of a PEBCAK nature.

about 1 month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

mvdwege Re:what's wrong with ifconfig? (164 comments)

If you consider ip to be the new hotness, then you are dating yourself as just another *buntu script kiddie.

about 1 month ago
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Viacom's Messy Relationship With YouTube and The Rise of Stephen Colbert

mvdwege Re:Lost His Balls (78 comments)

Oh my. People this stupid really exist.

Hey kiddo, hate to burst your bubble, but Colbert was never on your side. I'll spell it out for you: he does a parody of a White Conservative Man.

And if this kind of rampant stupidity is a sample of the kind of comments that video was expected to attract, disabling comments seems eminently reasonable to me.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

mvdwege Re:California Energy Commission still saying it (719 comments)

In short, these models results provide a somewhat fuzzy set of scenarios from which to view the future, they are not detailed predictions

I take back the liar allegation. You are just a subliterate moron.

And still proving TFA so, so, very right.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

mvdwege Re:I deny that San Francisco underwater by 2010 (719 comments)

The global warming alarmists and pitchmen said "San Francisco will be underwater by 2010"

When you start with outright lying about what was said or not, you do a good job of proving TFA right.

about a month ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

mvdwege Re:Why Apple? (201 comments)

Because the buck has to stop somewhere.

And because as a civilisation we don't think "We didn't know" is a defense against crimes committed in the pursuit of your end goal. We used to hang people for that.

about a month ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

mvdwege Re:Mod parent up. (153 comments)

It is you that is making a fundamental mistake. Adding value is wat technology is for, technology is not an end in it self.

We, meaning IT, are here to automate processes. By automating business processes, we make more efficient business possible, thus adding value.

about a month ago

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FreeBSD moving to systemd-like architecture

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "For months now the most heard parting shot heard in systemd discussion from the detractors was: "I'll just move to FreeBSD". However, in his keynote (YouTube video, slides with transcript at Slideshare) at MeetBSD 2014, key developer Jordan Hubbard essentially told that systemd was the right way to go, and that FreeBSD would work towards a similar architecture."
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Apple HealthKit forgets half of humanity

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 3 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Apple proudly presented HealtKit as tracking all your basic health parameters. Rather amusingly, they forgot a basic health issue for about half of humanity: HealthKit can't track a female user's period, as that functionality is not implemented."
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Recommendations for classic superhero comic collections?

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 7 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek, I have gotten interested in the history of superhero comics. I would like to get a better grounding in the Golden Age (pre-Comics Code) comics, so here's my question to the Slashdot audience: what are your recommedations for essential reading? What collections/omnibus editions of Golden Age comics would you recommend?"
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Most Underaprreciated SF Writer

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "In the thread on Most Depressing SF there were hundreds of posts and but four mentions of John Brunner, dystopian writer par excellence. Now, given the normally US Libertarian bent of the Slashdot audience, it is understandable that outright British Socialist writer Brunner would get short shrift, but it got me thinking: what SF writers do you know that are, in your opinion, vastly underappreciated?"
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Fukushima finally reaches cold shutdown

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "The BBC reports that the reactors at Fukushima have reached cold shutdown, meaning that they no longer need active cooling to stay at safe temperatures. Plans can now be made to start the cleanup of the site. Unfortunately, TEPCO has also admitted that not all problems were out in the open until now; an estimated 45 cubic metres of contaminated water have leaked out of cracks in the foundation of a treatment plant."
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How not to handle a security bug

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Calibre is a cross platform application to manage collections of ebooks. It provides you with a set of helpers that, among other things, allow you to easily upload content from your PC to your ebook reader. Unfortunately, instead of relying on system tools, the author has written his own mount helper to manage removable devices, and as usual with people inventing the wheel themselves made a series of critical security mistakes, such as overlooking race conditions. In a setuid application no less. The ensuing discussion is a prime example on how not to handle a security bug report."
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Prominent female dev harassed out of tech

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Alex Bayley, until recently known as Kirrily Robert, and in tech circles better known as 'Skud', has decided to quit all her Open Source work and move into a different career because of persistent gender-based harassment.
Matthew Garret wonders if a persistent unwillingness to speak out against sexist trolling and outright harassment isn't a worse problem than the trolling itself."

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Dennis Ritchie dies

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Rob Pike, long time collaborator, confirms on his Google+ account that Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of the C programming language has died this morning. I learned my first C ages ago from the famous K&R book, and I'm sad to see another part of my computing youth pass away."
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Journalist dumps date for playing 'Magic'

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "So, you're a hard-working up and coming young journalist, too busy to have a social life, so you make an OKCupid profile.

After getting hit by creeps and weirdos, a charming fellow turns up and asks you out. You go on a date and enjoy yourself, until you find out this guy plays Magic; in fact, he's world champion.

So what do you do? You publicly dump him in a Gizmodo article, making fun of his nerdy hobby."

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Nokia to sell Symbian to Accenture

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Nokia announced today that it is to sell its Symbian software activities to Accenture (following the sale of the Symbian services division to Accenture earlier). This decision leaves one to wonder: who is Accenture going to sell Symbian to, now that the largest manufacturer of Symbian devices is leaving this market?"
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TV Tropes Self-Censoring under Google Pressure

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mvdwege writes "The popular wiki TV Tropes, a site dedicated to the discussion of various tropes, clichés and other common devices in fiction has suddenly decided to put various of its pages behind a 'possibly family-unsafe' content warning, apparently due to pressure by Google withdrawing its ads.

What puzzles me most is the content that is put behind this warning. TV Tropes features no explicit sexual content, and no explicit violence. It does of course discuss these things, as is its remit, but without actual explicit depictions. In fact, something as relatively innocuous as children being raised by two females, whatever the reason are put behind the content warning, even if the page itself doesn't take a stand on the issue, merely satisfying itself by describing the occurence of this in fiction."

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CRU exonerated by second inquiry

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mvdwege writes "After being cleared of charges of misconduct by a parliamentary comittee, now the CRU has the results (warning: PDF) of the inquiry into their scientific methods by a panel of scientists. (CRU press release here.

Criticisms: The statistical methods used, though arriving at correct results, are not optimal, and it is recommeded futures studies involve professional statisticians if possible; and the CRU scientists are lacking somewhat in organisation.

A far cry from the widespread allegations of fraud. It seems 'Climategate' is ending with a whimper."
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mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mvdwege writes "Apparently, Eric Raymond has decided that proprietary software is now a good thing, according to The Register. I must say it is rather revealing how easily he is willing to compromise on this particular freedom. Is his earlier vocal proclamation of the importance of freedom (still visible on his homepage mere posturing? And if so, how about his vocal support of other freedoms?"

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Wilting flowers

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 5 months ago

When Anita Sarkeesian posts a mildly critical video on how women are portrayed in video games, she gets rape and death threats serious enough to flee her home, and a large portion of the comments are basically saying "she asked for it".

But dare to call such posters rape apologists, or shitheads, or imply that suicide would make the world a better place, and suddenly the screams for fainting couches are deafening, and pearl-clutching moderators mod you down.

What a bunch of wilting flowers. Really, if you can't take it, don't dish it out, or else shut the fuck up when people call you out for the despicable cowardly piece of shit you are.

I spurn you like I would a rabid dog. I wouldn't trust any of you to sit the right way on a toilet seat.

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Short thought on the violentacrez kerfluffle

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

On the minor Internet kerfluffle that erupted when Gawker's Adrian Chen outed the identity of Reddit participant violentacrez, I have one minor thought:

Sure, the First Amendment means you can be a creep on the Internet as long as you skirt the edge of legality, but it also means that other people have the right to point out you're a creep.

Funny thing about rights: they work both ways.

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The REAL lessons from Fukushima, part 1

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Reading technologically oriented web forums, like e.g. Slashdot, amongst those that are not outright against nuclear power, two views seem to dominate in this author's opinion:

- The earthquake and tsunami were unprecedented, no-one could prepare for that.

- If only TepCo had sited their backup generators better, there would
    not have been a problem

As a computer security professional, this line of thinking sounds familiar to me: it's a 'Default Allow' strategy. This is where you allow full operation, and only build in safeguards or blocks against exceptional circumstances.

Unfortunately, as any professional in the field can tell you, this is a losing strategy; defense against exceptions is futile, as there will always be an exploit that you did not foresee. This makes your security policy an endless race to catch up to the bad guys, a race where you will always trail the leader.

If the nuclear industry's view on safety really comes down to assuming safety and planning for contingencies, then any mistrust thrown their way is deserved. This strategy leaves us scrambling for a solution when, not if, a disaster occurs. Fukushima is merely a case in point.

The only way to implement fundamentally safe nuclear power is:

- Make sure that with no outside intervention the reaction slows down
    and stops gracefully. Any system that relies on outside influences
    on the reactor core to keep it stable is fundamentally unsound.

- Assume failure. Build emergency response procedures assuming total
    failure of even the passive systems mentioned above. The point is
    not to think of what can go wrong and try to prevent it, but act to
    contain the damage if things do go wrong.

As long as these two principles are not implemented, not widely supported, and not communicated to the public, the industry will have to live with a well-deserved reputation of being dishonest about the risks of nuclear power.

Part 2, with my thoughts on what the other problem in the nuclear industry is coming up next.

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