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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

nimbius so the story goes (155 comments)

researchers in 1973:Jesus christ we've just found a horrible disease in africa!
Nixon: lol africa.
researchers in 1995: jesus guys this outbreak just killed 250 people in the congo.
the clinton: but i dont play the congo.
researchers in 2007: guise this deathtoll is over 1000 so far and Western Uganda is looking pretty bad.
Dubya: What do you mean western union kicks ass their commercials are funny.
Ebola 2014: remember me? LOL KILLSTREAK=4000 and i took a few medics too u mad?
Obama: I'm dedicating 175 million dollars to fight this horrible disease
congress: nope.jpg
Obama ....seriously....
Congress: LOL y u mad bro?

5 hours ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

nimbius the usual question is, who will buy it? (281 comments)

If theres a magic number for tesla, somewhere theyre hoping to get in order to dramatically increase sales of their technological wonderland on wheels, theyre sadly mistaken. Your target demographic in the future does not fucking care.

According to the AAA, From 2007 to 2011, the number of cars purchased by people aged 18 to 34, fell almost 30%, and according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, only 44% of teens obtain a drivers license within the first year of becoming eligible and just half, 54% are licensed before turning 18. Speaking as a millenial, let me be frank when I address the clearly shocked and disappointed Baby Boomer parents that find my lack of enthusiasm infuriating.

You're right, i want electric vehicles to staunch global warming and climate change. and I sure do like that cellphone I'm always carrying. However, You're delusional if you think I want a new car . You wrecked the economy, crushed the housing market, and saddled me with student loans that can never be forgiven and that will garnish my wages even after death. until last year, i didnt have a chance in hell of getting health insurance. Most of my friends work more than one job, not many of them earn a programmers salary like me and even if they did theyd be furious to find out most of it (after the universities generous cut) is going to an apartment owned by a capital investment firm that doesnt care about my broken shower. I've never met my landlord but i sure as hell know who my loan officer is. A car represents tax, title, license, maintenance, and fuel money I dont have. It represents parking tickets and accident insurance and a parking space. Not only do i lack the cash to buy this car, but chances are likely i'll never have the credit rating you did.

so drop it low. I dont care. I live downtown and I reverse-commute to the exurbs because the traffic is easier and im not as frightened of minorities as your generation was. I own a bicycle and take the bus if theres inclimate weather. The car is a 2001 crown victoria fleet vehicle I purchased used from the city with a broken door lock switch and a sagging headliner and honestly, i dont care. cars do not exemplify who I am or my success as a person and as more companies become copacetic with telecommuting, they'll only become less relevant to me.

6 hours ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

nimbius automate all the things. (108 comments)

Logitech has some serious issues to contend with. Namely, they dont adhere to standards entirely like bluetooth and expect users to install management and configuration software. this software is cloud based and requires an internet connection to function as well as constant communication with the logitech servers. The other issue is that this might not be the right direction at all. Home ownership has sharply declined after the great recession. the new owners are investment firms that bought up the property for a song and would seek to minimize expenses like regular maintenance and home automation upgrades for their tenents. At best their venture will amount to a bunch of neat devices that still dont entirely play nice with eachother, and a few houses with enough background RF radiation to broil a turkey in the living room.

10 hours ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

nimbius tanslation for the masses: (187 comments)

Tim cook, talking head who has only ever held managerial roles in various fortune 100 companies, expels platitudes about the sanctity of the iGalaxy for users who slept through FISA and NSA backdoors and only recently began giving a shit when selfies and nudes were leaked from the magical cloud by notorious hacker 4chan.

yesterday
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

nimbius its apples device, not yours. (307 comments)

Once a company can questionlessly assert the music you like, add and remove content, and that content is no longer in your immediate control, then no, its not your device. One could argue that the DRM structure imposed upon apple devices alone should be enough to convince the buyer to re-evaluate their purchase. Apple users should seriously question what it is that theyve invested in, if anything, and review the terms and conditions of their iPods, Pads, and music service to determine just what it is they dropped $200 or more on to listen to the music they like.

And if it comes to it, consider alternatives. You're the customer after all and your privacy and conditions should largely be non negotiable. Amazon sells DRM-free music, as does beatport. Use LibMTP for your mtp transfers, or better yet pick a device that hasnt adopted a slower, serialized transfer standard designed to cripple the users rights.

yesterday
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

nimbius AT&T is only doing this for one reason. (234 comments)

AT&T is reaching out and offering a nicely wrapped turd to customers because its seen SOPA and PIPA go down in utter flames thanks to internet advocacy. We may not have caught Kony 2012, and ALS certainly wasnt cured with a bucket of ice, but the fact remains that internet users have inundated social media as well as the FCC formal request system with insistant pleas for net neutrality. AT&T is at a weak point, as its general position of ramming controversial and problematic legislation through in order to lube the wheels of its moneytrain has run into a plutocrats biggest problem. Namely, that if regular people are all allowed to vote and voice their opinions individually, your ability to control the outcome in your favour is eliminated. Its why we have the electoral college instead of an FCC-type system that permits individual input.

So stick it to these assclowns. Keep fighting. https://www.fcc.gov/comments

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

nimbius it doesnt address a major bug. (583 comments)

As an american I applaud any effort toward making guns safer, but our critical defect is our public policy. I dont mean to troll, some of this opinion will be very crontroversial but part of the second amendment has been forgotten, in that the right to keep and bear arms applies to a well regulated militia. Instead, we've doled out Uzi's to nine year olds and have the malevolence to turn around and act shocked when she kills her instructor. we've at best imposed a 1 week wait on ownership of a firearam, which as recent shootings have confirmed only serves to offer a week of additional planning for the murder of 32 school children, or a crowded military base, or any number of other venues for people who are simply too unstable or unfit to own a weapon. The greatest barrier to owning a firearm is competent penmanship. Biometrics arent going to stop the antifederalist lunatic or the hopelessly depressed suicidal person. they will only serve to electronically verify our callous, sadistic, and laughably ineffective approach at firearm ownership in america.

most of this problem is the NRA. the NRA targeted the first safe-gun and wiped it from stores everywhere. they spun uncited rhetoric about the unreliabiltiy or the technology and pounded the communism/fascism fear, uncertainty, and doubt into the public that a biometric or safer firearm was simply another cobblestone in the road to hitler/stalin/mao. politicians are too terrified of the NRA, despite it having no effect on the clinton election and no effect on the obama election to impose or even suggest marginal efforts to make firearms safer. This is because the NRA does not represent firearm owners. It is the lobbying and PR wing of a conglomerate of foreign and domestic firearms manufacturers that, faced with a shrinking customer base, are doing damned near anything to make ownership barriers like waiting periods, legislation, and even firearm related fatality statistics disappear. It needs the general public to associate guns with can openers and blenders; utilitarian and good. the NRA does not support open carry overtly in states like texas because on a national level the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative to the tactics of average citizens occupying starbucks and mcdonalds with assault rifles and pistols. Texans are reducing the marketability of firearms.

3 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

nimbius and they picked a lemon state (193 comments)

We cant fail an applicant for not being able to navigate a traffic circle if they say that there [sic] vehicle cant yet do it.

Bullshit. in this case the vehicle is the driver. the car itself is entirely capable of turning and entering a traffic circle but in this case the driver, the autonomous car, wont do it. the excuse from google "most people dont know how to navigate a traffic circle" is also some supreme bullshit. most drivers in practice never signal their lane change, drive much faster than the speed limit, and overtake vehicles improperly but those inherent dangers didnt mean the autonymous car couldnt negotiate a highway, it simply meant they were ignored because google got to cherrypick a desolate strip of highway. this wasnt a driving test, it was a publicity stunt.

When faced with a partially blocked-off road, the car switched between autonomous and manual modes and then braked to a halt. Wojcik also recorded that the car needed driver assistance with some turns, although she did not note the circumstances.

Road construction is a fact of life. Are we to seriously believe Nevada thought it was entirely acceptable for the vehicle to come to a complete standstill in construction traffic? and problems turning? thats kind of a fundamental of motor vehicle operation that should you mess it up will generally not see you pass the exam. the fact that this drivers exam was only made available after a FOIA request is also a red flag that nevada isnt taking this seriously. should this car be allowed as its been passed onto Nevada roads, and in fact be responsible for a major collision, this document will come back to haunt quite a number of politicians.

about a week ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

nimbius a redundant approach (63 comments)

I could imagine a situation where a company obtains genetic samples from a given geographic area to determine regional likes and dislikes, says Medvedik. That would be a very powerful marketing tool.

not necessary. 1.28 billion people voluntaily and questionlessly provide deeply personal detauls about their opinions and beliefs every single minute. its called Facebook, and its helping to destroy privacy on a very fundamental level.
what genetic data is being used by corporations to do is hock tests for a wide range of precursors and indicators of ailments and maladies, many of which are controvesial or flat out inconclusive. this instills fear in the customer and in turn more drive to purchase additional products and services they offer.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

nimbius its the fundamentals most drivers suck at. (363 comments)

As a motorcyclist who does not own a car, I notice this constantly: totally distracted, careless drivers. Usually lined up in the median or shoulder in teams of two or three with a dumbfounded, perplexed look on their face as to how this all could have come to be and why the police are even present, despite extensive damage present to their vehicle. the key point ive noticed is that it is not just cellular phones. the problem is much, much bigger.

1. the floorboard.: what in the hell is down there. drivers wobbling in lane face-down in the passengers seat or pretzeled around into god forbid the rear floorboard of the car. is it the shire? does frodo live down there? did you lose the one ring?
2.Food: im not sure what it is about burritos and burgers, but they have the magical ability to turn any sane driver into a maniac. even the expression on their faces while shoveling calories into their face is disconcerting. Drivers multitask too, so its not uncommon to see some lard-lad juggling a starbucks liquid candy bar and some awful breakfast sandwich trying to merge into 5 lanes of good-morning gridlock.
3.the goddamn car.: Acura and Audi drivers are the worst. im not sure what future-perfect ameneties these cars have to be saddled with in order to attract millenials and mid-lifers but id give anything if they were disabled during transit. Usually its some white-collar clown button-mashing the console or prodding in a dazed stupor at the enormous screen in the vehicle. that lane-change warning technology likely compensates for some kind of brain-damage induced by corinthian leather and more brass than sense.
4. phones.: I get it, in gridlock it seems pleasant to text someone but speaking from experience its nothing short of stupid. Ive personally watched as an inattentive driver, at impulse speed, slowly mount a curb in their ford excursion and proceed to deacpitate a parking meter in plain view of a traffic cop.

the reason drivers get away with this shit is because the repercussions are limited. disabling their phones isnt going to help, you need to start docking points from their license and sending them to remedial drivers ed. texting while driving should triple your insurance rate.

about a week ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

nimbius a few corrections (183 comments)

We (4chan) will control our hearts with our smart phones, tuning down its pumping capacity when we want to sleep (for weeks or months at a time, or randomly every 19 seconds), or tuning it up when we want to run marathons (or attend a funeral, or fix a sandwich, or enter a bathroom)

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

nimbius I use cobol, you insensitive clod! (381 comments)

I work for a financial institution that rhymes with race, and im paid handsomly for nothing short of necromancy and time travel. my cobol applications interface with 50 year old cobol applications, which in turn interface with java, which runs in a godless vortex of jboss and tomcat. the accounts division I write for is beginning to suspect im some kind of evil witch that lives on the 5th floor and creates their reports over a fuming cauldron. I have in the past transferred money in my checking account using the original cobol-85 nested subprograms written to handle some of the first ATM's ever invented. Security has, on two separate occasions, mistaken me for a hobo trying to steal a laptop.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

nimbius php for sure. heck, java too. (729 comments)

PHP: in constant and ubiquitous employ despite existing for 20 years without a formal specification. Just as strange is a feature of programming teams where they became capable of willfully disregarding this fact for two decades.

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

nimbius its the cops, not the cameras. (170 comments)

When Eric Garner was choked to death by NYPD cops, cameraphones were rolling to capture the event. when they shot dead a man on 37th street for brandishing a knife, video was taken through bystanders. two years ago when a cop shot a homeless mans dog in East Village there was plenty of footage from bystanders. 11 months ago when the NYPD fired haphazardly into a crowd of people to control a single disorderly man, there was quite a bit of footage. when the NYPD dragged a nude grandmother from her apartment last month, plenty of cameraphones picked up the action.

Strapping a camera to a police officer at this point is moot. its designed to deflect attention from the routine use of disproportionate force against the citizens theyre charged with protecting. the actual issue the NYPD needs to deal with is either burned out or unfit for duty officers. Rookies fresh from Afghanistan and 10 year veterans with a calloused trigger finger need training, counseling, and support to help correct a systemic 'us vesus them' mentality. PTSD evaluations and regular, significant performance reviews should be a part of every officers career and something the police union should champion first. Strapping a go-pro to your departments beat-cops will result in either a glut of abuse evidence or no footage at all. Do not promote unfit officers to higher ranks either; the glut of stonewalled or ignored FOIA requests is evidence this is a bad practice.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

nimbius Truly priority one. (166 comments)

knowing the threat to our vital supply of hot black ichor was in peril, scientists of all fields have clearly exhibited a remarkable drive to solve this problem. Cancer, supercomputing, and most modern breakthrough technologies would have ground to a halt without some means of ensuring a steady supply of our dark glory bean. In honor of these brave scientists, I propose a toast of the finest coffee this mornings breakroom has to offer.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

nimbius Phrased a few other ways... (448 comments)

"Could Tech Have stopped the mujahadeen from using our own heavy weapons against us?"
"Could Tech Have stopped mexican cartels from using our own heavy weapons against us?"
"Could Tech Have stopped Afghani armed forces from using our own heavy weapons against us?"
"Could Tech Have stopped Iraqi armed forces from using our own heavy weapons against us?"

there is no amount of technology that will intercede to short-circuit the natural conclusion of a foreign policy of wreckless interventionalism

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

nimbius an insight into the stagnation (157 comments)

sterling allies of the separate but equal doctrine and creation science, Georgias firm stance against competition from Tesla shouldnt surprise anyone. Texas and Ohio do the same thing when it comes to selling cars in the interest of preserving a relic of a dying baby boomer era. We all know and love the car salesman for his even handed approach, calm demure, and truthful nature right?

another issue of stagnation is price. Outside of California and New York, electric cars largely dont have subsidies. this is partly due to the franchise racket, and partly because other states dont have stringent EPA mandates or emissions standards like california. Tesla is also, according to their website a 'premium' electric vehicle company. The average price for a Model S is around $90,000 US so among the worst wealth gap in history, the remenence of a major housing crisis, a looming student debt crisis, and rampant american unemployment its no wonder most people arent exactly leaping at the opportunity to saddle themselves with this. 90k is, or was, a decent chunk of a home for most people before the collapse.
target demographics are also not to be forgotten. Millenials like myself do not care for cars. give us light rail, busses, and trains but ultimately the thing that matters most to us is not that symbol by which our parents projected their status. cars are expensive to maintain and own for us because we earn less than our parents do and, once again, are commonly saddled with an enormous amount of student debt. make it as futuristic as you want, thats fine, but that centre console only does half the things our smartphones are capable of, and requires us to multitask and drive while using it.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

nimbius to clarify what this means. (134 comments)

many people think 4chan is a place where 'anything goes.' thats not the case. the /b board is where the most shocking content submission and conversation happens, and its arguably been the one 4chans owner moot (christopher poole) has had the most trouble handling in the past. Poole determined rather early on that he was willing to sacrifice 4chans freedom of speech so long as someone was willing to foot the bill for his posh new york condo and hipster pedigree. He used to at least make a passing attempt at participation by dredging up old 4chan memes like 'crescent fresh' but lately its mostly mods and ops in his name that enforce the christmas hat overlays and such. Its nothing new though, 4chan has had a DMCA policy for nearly a decade and will gladly redact link content and ban users for posting torrents.

poole has always done the DMCA shimmy because while leaks like this draw traffic, they also have the ability to draw him into protracted litigation and harm his advertising revenue stream. hes worried about celebrities in this case growing a pair and sending him to court personally, or attacking his advertisers.

about two weeks ago
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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

nimbius neither science nor news. (54 comments)

its articles like this that help rocket slashdot into obsolescence. Timmy, drunkenly shitposting 4chan fodder at 2:30 in the morning and making it past firehose and onto the newsfeed. Other memorable turds include the video slashvertisement, the video interview/slashvertisement no one wanted, and the news article from a paid advertiser fearmongering for their latest appliance a-go-go. So ill give it a go at trying to make something productive of the comments section related to this worthless post.

lets discuss functional and informative alternatives to slashdot. https://soylentnews.org/ is good, but lacks userbase from what im told.

about three weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

nimbius this would expose an enormous state secret. (248 comments)

To divulge this information would let loose the fact that the list is populated arbitrarily in most cases, and in others using illegal domestic spying practices currently being swept under the rug by the administration and the NSA. More importantly it would further confirm the TSA and most of homeland security as nothing more than security theatre and lemon socialism for defense contractors. Further, it would serve also to undermine more than a decade of highly controversial foreign and domestic policy in the wake of the september 11th attacks.

Another way to approach this retiscence from the government is in terms of employment and consumer confidence, as thats really all a capitalist government is focused on when it legislates. for those who insist it would help to dismantle the department of homeland security, its not that simple or even prudent to do. closing a 60 billion dollar a year facility would instantly land a quarter of a million americans unemployed as well as trigger staff cuts in military agencies and various contractors across the board. the long story short: as capitalism employs outsourcing and offshoring in its advancing race to the bottom, it becomes increasingly incapable of providing gainful employment for anyone and in turn government programs like this must be protected, even if they do very little else but harass the public and chase their tail. the big state secret is that the United States can hardly keep the government open, lags the world in education, and leads the world in incarceration

about three weeks ago

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Fedora 13 released

nimbius nimbius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nimbius (983462) writes "Fedora 13 was released today, and contains many new features including a command line interface for networkmanager, experimental 3d in the Nouveau driver for Nvidia, Rhythmbox iPod Touch and iPhone music management and experimental support for Btrfs."
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