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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

quadrox Re:So he was clever enough ... (547 comments)

Why do you think I was wishing the best for him?

OP was asking how he could be clever enough to use TOR, but then apparently not clever enough to ask for a lawyer instead of confessing. This has nothing to do with what is right, it is simply about acting rationally (not implying the bomb-threat was rational in the first place).

Your response was that since he was guilty, confessing was the right thing to do. That may be true, but is besides the point. OP was not discussing whether confessing would be morally right, but whether it made sense for someone who clearly puts his own interests before those of others.

about 7 months ago
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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

quadrox Re:So he was clever enough ... (547 comments)

That doesn't change the fact that most likely he would be better of consulting a lawyer and not saying anything to the police/FBI/whoever.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

quadrox Re:Please explain the Elon Musk hate (239 comments)

Yes, this is exactly how I feel. It just seems so strange to hate so strongly on someone who has clearly accomplished so much, even if it's not all perfect.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

quadrox Re:Please explain the Elon Musk hate (239 comments)

Perhaps there is significant revulsion to the way Elon Musk relies on heavy advertising/propaganda to construct a corporate image. The same is true of all big corporations --- but that's no excuse, since there's no fundamental reason why a tech nerd should be blindly accepting of how corporate capitalism works. People might respect the technological / engineering side of Musk's ventures, but feel icky about how this is tied to marketing/PR goons saturating the tech media with gushing propaganda stories aimed at rich investors (instead of plain-spoken, informative, "engineers' talk"). Of course, the appearance of genuine anti-corporate-PR revulsion to Musk's enterprises is magnified by slimy corporate PR shills from competing industries adding their own FUD.

Of course Musk will interpret everything as positively as possible, but as long as he does not actually lie or try to deceive with heavy handed rheorics or in other ways, then I have no problem with it. In the end, the reader (esp. on /.) should be intelligent enough to discern just how far what he says should be believed. I am not familiar with the SpaceX stuff, but when it comes to the Tesla cases I have not seen him say anything I would classify as dishonest yet. For example, you may argue about how exactly Tesla fire occurrences should be compared with ICE vehicle fires and you might end up with somewhat different numbers/results, but he does have a point when he says that fires occur in ICE vehicles as well.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

quadrox Please explain the Elon Musk hate (239 comments)

In every piece concerning Tesla on slashdot, there are a few people making negative comments about Elon Musk. However, not once have I seen the complaints backed up with facts, examples, or otherwise, just negativity without any indication as to why.

Could someone please explaint to me why there is this hate on Elon Musk, and what it is about?

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

quadrox Mod parent up! (424 comments)

Wish I had modpoints, I would mod you up :/

about 8 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

quadrox Re:Right... (211 comments)

Oh you're so right. And while we're at it we should ban cars, they can be used to "augment" bank robberies. Or healthy food, it helps those damn muggers grow strong so they are more of a threat. And we don't want to allow computers, they can be used for hacking. Hell, any person alive is a potential threat - let's kill them all.

about 9 months ago
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Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

quadrox Re:XMir is dead. (88 comments)

My webserver is currently running ubuntu (server edition without X), could someone please clarify why that makes me an idiot?

about 10 months ago
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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

quadrox Re:Treason.. or... (524 comments)

Oh yeah, that approach sure worked out for Manning and Snowden. Thank god public outraged ensured that they are now sitting peacefully at home in the US, not in prison or exile.

about a year ago
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Meet the Guy Who Fact-Checks Stephen King On Stephen King

quadrox Re:The continuity adviser is not doing his job (121 comments)

I don't mind the ending so much as I hate the new books in general. Wolves of the Callah was downright awful (I really hated all the Harry Potter and other stuff), the one after that was not much better, and the dark tower finally was actually ok again.

I don't know why, but the first four books are exciting and amazing with a lot of suspense and mystery, and the last three just plain suck compared to that. It's like he figured that he really needed to finish the series and just rushed it. Or after the long break and the car accident he forgot what it was all about - I think he even alluded to this in some interview, I'm very fuzzy on the details though.

No, the end really was ok. It was the only logical ending I guess. But I wish anything between book four and that ending was left unwritten instead.

And in addition to all of this, he decided to mangle the original books with all the jesus crap. Fuck that shit!

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

quadrox Re:Bingo. Typical MS arrogance at work. (629 comments)

How can you possibly be so retarded? There are two separate issues that are being discussed here.

  • 1) Google doing something nasty.
  • 2) MS having something nasty being done to them.

It is entirely possible to disapprove of point 1 and approve of point 2 at the same time - and all without being a hypocrite. MS is a nasty and evil company that deserves any shit that happens to them. This does not mean that it is ok for google be evil - I am quite unhappy to see them do this.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

quadrox Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

What Google is doing is saying: "No, since we don't like your company, you will never be allowed to write an app for YouTube. Ever. We are assholes, and we own YouTube, and we hate Microsoft, so you can go f*ck your self".

If only that was what google actually was saying publicly I would cheer happily. Microsoft needs to die, the sooner the better, and they have absolutely zero reason to complain with their history of being evil.

But instead of publicly telling MS to fuck off, google is pretending that there is no problem at all. This is the same kind of scummy behavior I hate about MS, and so I cannot be happy about it.

about a year ago
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

quadrox Re:Who buys (and keeps) this crap console anyway? (212 comments)

I guess one of the problems with the Wii U for me is that Nintendo and their games are generally not something that I enjoy very much. Wii Sports was/is fun, and then I have Guitar Hero for the Wii. Everything else I looked at was never interesting for me. What I do not understand is how you can not find the UI slow. Without any exaggeration, the UI was maybe twice as slow as on the original Wii. Whenever chaning to a different screen or loading some application, it would sit there and make me wait for half a minute or more. Really really annoying in the long run. Is yours not like that?

about a year ago
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

quadrox Re:Who buys (and keeps) this crap console anyway? (212 comments)

Could have fooled me (well they did), what with having to boot up in a special compatibility mode and not supporting 1080p. I bought the original Wii not knowing much about Nintendo, but I have since realised again and again that they don't give a shit about their customers. Well fuck em, may they go bankrupt soon.

about a year ago
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

quadrox Who buys (and keeps) this crap console anyway? (212 comments)

I had one for a month or so. Very few games to pick from, those I tried were "meh", nothing on the level of Wii Sports for the original Wii. The screen added nothing of value, the UI is extremely slow, it really isn't much fun. And the emulator is still unable to render my old stuff in full HD - so what is the point? I really don't understand what I would want to do with a Wii U. Luckily I was able to sell mine again for almost no loss.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

quadrox Re:Evidence (529 comments)

First of all, I am not trying to prove beyond doubt that the US government is doing these things, I am only trying to point out that it is not quite as simple as your previous post suggest (I hope you understand what I am trying to express).

I am sure someone would miss the person disappeared by the government. Unless you believe the government is disappearing people along with all their friends and families"

No need for that, of course friends and family will miss the missing person, but what can they do? File a police report? They can't undisappear him. Who would ever know? There is no guarantee that the media would make a big thing out of it.

"Whether this does or does not happen can only be guessed at by looking at general behavior"

And here is the main problem. You can't prove the government is actually killing or disappearing people because of their political stances so you generalize and try to justify your statements and opinions using by trying to predict future behavior.

As I said, I am not trying to prove anything. I am only saying that whether disappearances happen can not be known for certain. You can only make guesses based on e.g. missing person cases and general government behavior. The extreme exception is of course if is a disappearing action somehow goes wrong and becomes public - but that seems unlikely in any case.

Oh and did I mention gitmo, the lack of due process, the governments ability to hold citizens in prisons indefinitely when they invoke all those nice patrior act laws? All of that doesn't count as disappearing people?

And if you need to use the Ruby Ridge incident to support your opinion that the government is killing political dissidents, journalists, and even leakers is weak. The FBI was going after a white supremist

You and I may not like white supremacists, but that does not make it ok to just go out and kill them either. If the government is ready to do that, there is no reason they wouldn't act similarly with other unwanted persons - except perhaps for public perception. But we have all seen how much they care about public perception these days.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

quadrox Evidence (529 comments)

First of all, by very definition the act of making someone disappear is something you wouldn't know about. Whether this does or does not happen can only be guessed at by looking at general behaviour of the U.S. Second of all, executing political activists - there is always stuff like the Ruby Ridge incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Ridge. It didn't work out quite like the FBI had intended, but close enough. I am sure that other slashdotters can contribute with additional cases and/or material.

1 year,8 hours
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Google's Latest Machine Vision Breakthrough

quadrox Re:20GB?? That's it??? (113 comments)

My laptop came equipped with 8 GB RAM - I upgraded it two 32 GB after finding out just how cheap RAM has become nowadays. I must admit to rarely being able to come anywhere near filling this up, but that is a good thing in itself. I still have some ~200 megapixel panoramas I need to stitch with hugin, so maybe it will come in handy then.

1 year,7 days
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Direct3D 9 Comes To Linux, Implemented Over Mesa/Gallium3D

quadrox Re:Year of Linux on the desktop (138 comments)

that woosh you might be hearing is not a tsunami...

1 year,14 days

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US officially becomes a police state

quadrox quadrox writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quadrox (1174915) writes "The national defense authorization act recently passed by the senate contains a provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial. An attempt to restrict this provision to non US citizens failed."
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Synching Laptops With Desktops?

quadrox quadrox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

quadrox (1174915) writes "I would like to know how slashdot readers keep data (photos, letters, code projects etc.) on their laptop synchronized with their desktop computer. I realize that a simple solution is to hook them up on the network and use something like rsync (though I have never tried) but I was wondering whether anyone is employing any alternative schemes. I believe there are multiple ways to do this, each with its own benefits and drawbacks, so I would like to know which solution other slashdotters prefer and why.

One solution could be store the home partition/folder on an external drive, preferably a 2.5 inch drive so you don't need an extra power supply. The disadvantage would be that you could only have one computer using it at a time. Another similar solution could involve a (physically small) NAS, preferably with wifi built in, but this again requires you to lug that around with you whenever you go somewhere. The advantage would be that you probably could hold more data than what is possible with most typical laptop drives. You could also connect the NAS to the internet and get your data that way, but that again has its obvious drawbacks (connection speed, security). Finally you could use the laptop drive as an NFS drive for the desktop computer, but that doesn't really appeal to me.

Are there any other options I have missed? Is rsync still the best way to go?"

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