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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

nucrash Re:Screw them (215 comments)

Push the movie to the digital streaming platforms. Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Hulu, and others could monetize the hell out of the movie. While that won't gain the money of a theatrical release, at least they will get some of the costs back.

Being that Sony is Japanese and has had a few issues with North Korea in the past, I can understand their country being a bit apprehensive about the release though.

2 days ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

nucrash Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Capabilities of the space craft being 3600 miles above Earth.

I am a bit disappointed though, I would like to see how she performs at least after a loop or two around the moon. To get Orion out in space for a couple loopty loops around the planet feels like such a waste of taxpayer money. Know, baby steps, but can we at least take a full step rather than this edging forward. When we look at the size and scale of Apollo in comparison to this, we would have already been launching people after the engineering modifications, after barbequing a trio of astronauts.
We have been working on Constellation/Orion/SLS since 2005 or possibly earlier, post Columbia 2003, when we thought the space shuttles were going to need to be retired. Sadly, if this had been Apollo, we would already be seeing Neil on the Moon's surface waving back at us. There should be no reason why we shouldn't be able to get our own people up to a space station largely funded by us. I say we push forward with Orion testing, but also use it as a supply tool for the ISS.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

nucrash Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (375 comments)

As far as I am from a doomsday preparation fan, I tend to take security seriously. You might say that security is in my job title, which is accurate. Yes, you can have your tools provided by online resources, but depending on your paranoia level, you can also create an online profile which can be tracked with ease.
Perhaps you want to be stalked, that's fine. We live in a society were fewer people value privacy. While I do enjoy the openness of open source as well as knowledge, I still hold a few things sacred and try to keep them to myself. Helps reduce the chance of identity theft and security breaches.

TNO tends to be a nice practice from time to time.

about three weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

nucrash Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (375 comments)

I am truly shocked by anyone from the security conscious world of Slashdot would do such a think such as push a cashless society.

The advantage to cash and coin is that you don't have a paper trail to follow everything you do. I have no problem putting purchases on a credit card, but there are ways around this to minimize your digital footprint.

Awesome that you can do what you choose to, but some of use do not want our spending dollars to serve as directing advertizing for our next purchase.

about three weeks ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

nucrash Re:Don't you know? (107 comments)

As an educator, I can tell you, being cut off from the internet has been a serious hindrance in teaching class.

I taught at one of those evil "For Profit" schools and wasn't able to provide adequate resources for students to be able to download the tools for class, let alone entire operating systems which were needed from time to time.

I used my phone as a hotspot for teaching because there wasn't enough bandwidth for a youtube instructional video.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

nucrash Re:Dems who held the Senate for SIX FUCKING YEARS (445 comments)

Two things you never want to see manufactured. Sausage, and Legislation.

Lawmakers get paid to apply an angle to anything to get legislation that benefits them and screws everyone else through all the time. That is their role. You can attack the Affordable Care Act all day long, but how much has the public been lied to over the Invasion of Iraq, The PATRIOT Act, and so many many more pieces of legislation over the years.

Lincoln's most recent film exposed deception back in the Civil War to free the slaves.

Social Security was built around the idea that the average life span was 64 years old, so if you happen to be one of the lucky few that make it that far, congratulations, you earned a check. For those who passed away before then, too bad, so sad.

Insurance is built around the same principle by default. The key problem with Insurance is that the younger generation didn't have enough money to keep the Insurance companies afloat and because many younger people such as myself see insurance as not all that important, we would skip on that until it was needed. Fortunately I managed to gain employment at a company that will provide coverage before I needed any serious surgery.

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

nucrash Re: I am not reading that. (246 comments)

That's pretty much how I saw reading this material. Guess what, statistically people are still racist and even more people seem to be offended by feeding of babies in public.

There was not enough data to assist in this statistically small sampling.

Why I get so frustrated by polls anymore is that there are so many variables that can affect the outcome. Nathan Silver has done a great job of minimizing the noise and amplifying the signal, but the work involved is impressive. I have seen poor phrasing of questions, sampling of people who own telephones which limits your demographic to older people. Sampling people only at churches would skew results. Hitting only rural areas if you are a conservative or hitting only urban areas if you are liberal could easily sway people back and forth.

This individual with a double digit sample size isn't worth recognizing. What is he doing? A survey for grade school?

about a month ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

nucrash Re:This article is useless (91 comments)

History seems to repeat itself with every new technology.

1. is new fangled and confusing, only used by a few.
2. hits mass acceptance.
3. is not perceived as useful at work because people will not actually get work done, they will just screw off.
4. starts to become useful and appealing as a way to get work done faster.
5. becomes the status quo for work environment and getting work done becomes impossible without the .

In the place of you can place:

a. Telephone
b. Personal Computer
c. Email
d. Internet
e. Instant Messenger
f. Social Networking
g. Cloud Services
h. Cellular Phones
i. Smart Phones

This is literally the same story over and over and over.

My company is one that blocks Facebook, but there are a select few who are allowed through because... "They can't get their job done without it."
I can tell you that at one time or another access to each of these resources was limited by my company and that slowly over the years, there has been a transition for each and every one of these.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

nucrash Re:Why is this story on the front page? (834 comments)

Anyone who expresses any opinion at all on this article will be doxxed and demoralized. That's part of the problem.

There needs to be a way to resolve this matter without this continual conflict, but so far the only way to manage to do that without getting dragged into a knockdown brawl is to not get involved.
This makes apathy the answer. The problem with apathy being the answer is that history shows a lot of bad things happen in the presence of an apathetic crowd. In World War II, the U.S. was apathetic to the plight of the Jews. In the seventies, the U.S. was apathetic to the plight of Cambodia under the rule of Khymer Rouge. In the nineties, the US was apathetic to the plight of the people of Rwanda.

So here we are stuck on trying to not get involved in this senseless war and trying to prevent those from succumbing the out right aggressiveness of parties for and against everyone involved in GamerGate.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

nucrash Author's Idealism Fails, but Consider this.... (834 comments)

We can talk about the idealism of trying to protect those who are being harassed, and attacking the harassers all day, but unfortunately humanity doesn't seem to be wired towards that mentality. Our social order seems to still follow rules of mob mentality. This is why we still have situations where some kid is kicked down and rather than protecting him, many in the crowd kick or even stomp on the downed person. Sometimes we come to the defense of others who we feel have been wronged. Sadly, I have tried to do this act most of my life and found myself frustrated that I was actually standing up for someone who was just craving attention more than someone who was truly wronged. We as a society struggle with trying to protect the weak so that they can have an opportunity to flourish and trying to naturally select those who we deem worthy to move on.

Unfortunately, being on the protectionist side, we fail to understand how driven those on the aggressive side are and are often lured into becoming aggressive ourselves. Our best offensive strategy is not to be on the attack or shaming our opponents, but to find a way for these people to reflect on the negative nature of their behavior. As they are forced to consider the damage of their actions, then perhaps they might change their attitude.

I can not say that I am without being aggressive and attacking those who disagree with me. I have called many people racist and more than likely far worse. Yet now I reflect on this behavior with great sadness as I have been taught how to behave better than that.

about a month ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

nucrash Re: Well (SpaceShipThree (594 comments)

SpaceShipTwo was a stepping stone to SpaceShipThree which actually added some practical level to the business model of Virgin Galactic. SpaceShipTwo was built entirely to get the initial capital rolling and then further utilize the profits to build a market for suborbital flight like for the Kangaroo Run or From New York to Tokyo.

Imagine a day where the US President is able to take (NASA One?) from DC to Moscow within two hours to put out some political fires. Virgin Galactic is working towards that plan. So while I don't much care for a business model that is some tourist trap to get a few wealthy people to spend 14 minutes floating, I do enjoy the idea of making Space flight potentially affordable.

Who knows, perhaps one day, we could make a trip to the moon as routine as a grocery run. We will have to spend time time and sacrifice a bit to get there. I am still sorry for the loss of the individual who passed away, but I only feel he would feel his contribution to society would best be not wasted by continuing to build on his sacrifice.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

nucrash Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

"In theory that works great, in practice it does not work at all."

Republican policies in a nutshell.

The first statement holds true for a lot of political ideologies. Welfare sounds like a great system to end hunger, and we assume that no one would want to live on government assistance. Some people are perfectly happy giving the minimum though.

Taxes and exemptions sound ideal too except you have people who are going to take every exemption to end up not paying a dime.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

nucrash Re:So... (150 comments)

Sadly studying different languages, I found this entire conversation to be confusing with our uses of left and right.

I think my understanding of this conversation has come to a middle.

about 2 months ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

nucrash Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

And all this time, I theorized that Jesus was a time traveler from an alternate future who was sent back to try and advance civilization only to screw up the Roman Empire and accidentally plunge the world into dark ages. Unfortunately no one else came back to stop him. :/

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

nucrash Re: Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

As long as you are showing evidence that refutes the decisions of the IPCC, I welcome that into consideration. I am sure they will too. However, Venus serves as a pretty good model as to what happens when you trap a lot of carbon in the atmosphere. This is where Global Warming concerns came from. Mars serves as a model of what happens when you don't have enough carbon in your atmosphere.

When you can develop better scientific models which reflect what's going on in the world, then the entire scientific community will listen, but you can't just dump bullshit out there without some evidence to backup your claims.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

nucrash Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Religions often ask you not to question the creator or authorities. Science is built on the idea of curiosity, Science can only work if you question authorities.

As a scientific mind, I welcome you to question everything I understand and rewrite the world as I know it. As a religious fundamentalist, I scold you for attempting such a thing.

This is why religion and science are not often compatible.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

nucrash Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

By telling future generations that the planet is 6000 years old when the universe is 14 billion light years across, you stunt the growth of individuals. This is like telling kids today that Columbus discovered America and proved that the Earth is round. No, he screwed up and though it was in the East Indies.

Then we wonder while our kids are so screwed up compared to the rest of the world. They have to relearn everything and straighten up the moronic things everyone taught them earlier.

As far as testable, we already have evidence that creationists are morons. Done and Done. Now we just need to prevent them from trying to spread their ignorance.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

nucrash Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)

Think of it like this:

If we took that money and spent it on education alone, considering the average cost of what it takes to put a student through school in a year ($11,153), that would allow for 6276 students. That's per year for 15 years.

In less than two years, India would have been able to pay for another Satellite to orbit Mars.

Think of the amount of road work that could have been done in that time?

I know this is from a Tax and Spend Democrat, but right now, I know there are a lot of students that could use that money, as improving their living conditions would improve their school performance.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

nucrash Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

He only manages to make 25 times the what the median household income is. So yes, he's going to pay more in taxes in one year than most of us do in a life time.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

nucrash Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)

Did you mention the good fundamentals?

Death by Snoo Snoo!

about 2 months ago

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