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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

nightsky30 Screw the cars (107 comments)

I want my hoverboard!

about 2 months ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

nightsky30 Re:Of course (141 comments)

Groceries can be very expensive, especially for families. All it takes is a simple temperature change hack to ruin an entire fridge full of food, and cost you another trip to the store (if your fridge is even fixable/usable at that point).

about 2 months ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

nightsky30 Re: what a douche (166 comments)

I believe the primary obstacle is that the gov't [particularly the federal gov't] loathes actually hiring people. they want to outsource everything, because of the mantra "private industry steals the best". and then to make sure only the crappiest companies bid on the project, make everyone submit hundreds of pages of mostly useless paperwork, and then pick the lowest bidder, regardless of ability to actually perform the work. Then, when the lowest bidder fails, award the contract to a close friend's company, and whatever price they suggest, because "it has to get done by yesterday".

THIS! This IS exactly what happens, and the laws, processes, and people that are in place are so broken it is impossible to get anything meaningful accomplished. It's ALL WASTED. The Time, Money, and Talent are spent on chasing down paperwork that was submitted properly 2 months ago that one bottle-necked individual couldn't bother to take 5 seconds to sign because they had to take a 2 week long vacation with nobody as an alternate point of contact or delegate of responsibility. Now you have to resubmit all that paperwork AGAIN because since the first submission the form has changed. They added a box to account for pink slippers instead of "light red" slippers, but that's only after not being told by anyone the form changed. If you're lucky, you might get that stuff in before you run into other issues that prevent even more actual work, but somehow create even greater paperwork. Often you end up putting in a year and a half effort into getting granted extensions for 6 months.

about 2 months ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

nightsky30 Re:Ripe for Linux in china...or new ChinaOS (115 comments)

You mean the Chinese will start pirating Linux next?

The only way to get them to use Linux is to tell them it costs something.

Illegally connect and use RedHat repos?

about 2 months ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

nightsky30 *Door opens* (115 comments)

Good news everyone...

about 2 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

nightsky30 Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

Anyone else here miss the 1980s USSR? Looks like Putin does ...

ISR Pepperidge Farm remember you!

about 3 months ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

nightsky30 Re:Stop these fsckers (125 comments)

Nah, it was something like Microsoft Support or Windows Support.

about 3 months ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

nightsky30 Re:Stop these fsckers (125 comments)

That is devilishly clever, and wonderful, yet awful and a continuous propagation of their asshatted douchebaggery. The phone calls just get passed on.

about 3 months ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

nightsky30 Stop these fsckers (125 comments)

I used to get repeat calls from some "continuing education" bullshit asking for someone by the name of Sasha by some Indian guy. When I told him I wasn't Sasha, he asked for my name, and I very politely said I don't give out that information. Then they claimed they were from some health organization... Then they claimed they were from M$ and wanted to remote into my "Windows PC" to install their virus scanner because it "was infected, and they were seeing traffic from it". I called that bullshit outright, told the guy I run Linux, and that he was a fscktard scammer. They hung up... Then the next time they called, I acted like I knew him, was too busy to talk, asked for his number, and repeatedly told him I'd call him back in 5 minutes. Man did that piss him off LOL! I'd report them, but they block or disguise their numbers. Now I just don't answer numbers I don't know. If it's important, they will leave a voicemail.

about 3 months ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

nightsky30 Re:Kickstarter (57 comments)

SERIOUSLY. If they don't raise at least 5 million I'll be shocked.

DO YOU HAS THE 5 MIL?

about 3 months ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

nightsky30 Re:Yawn (57 comments)

Sorry, but Homestar Runner is lame. Really lame.

Go home Senor Cardgage, you're scaring the children.

about 3 months ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

nightsky30 Re:90's kids?!? (57 comments)

I know several 80's kids who loved H*R, myself included! Not to mention several Millennials!

Ya, I feel the same way. I was like what about us?

about 3 months ago
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Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

nightsky30 Re:Huh? (171 comments)

BPA Free water bottles are common place now.

Except that it appears the BPA alternatives they created as replacements can be just as bad, and sometimes worse. http://www.motherjones.com/env...

about 6 months ago
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India To Build World's Largest Solar Plant

nightsky30 Re:Good for them.... (253 comments)

Incorporating solar panels into low income housing doesn't sound like a bad idea so long as the panel infrastructure were stable and went undamaged by the residents. They get housing, and they provide themselves and others energy.

about 8 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

nightsky30 Re:Normally I do not encourage piracy ... (385 comments)

Care for a trojan with your unpatched hardware/software?

Lesser or two evils.

Definitely two evils here, HP and the unsympathetic, trojan lacing, pirate hackers. Though I can see how you might think they are one in the same.

about 8 months ago

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