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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

rsilvergun I'm red/green colorblind (325 comments)

as are many people (mostly males). So better color space really doesn't matter to me.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

rsilvergun I saw the trailer (418 comments)

and it's no worse than Shrek. No _better_ than Shrek, mind you, but it's not worse than any of the adult reference heavy dreck that passes for children's movies today. The days of Secret of Nimh or even Black Caldron are long gone...

3 days ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

rsilvergun No... (194 comments)

lets get the Gov't to enforce the law. It's our Government. I never said we trusted it. I don't trust fire, but I use it to cook my food.

3 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

rsilvergun 128-bit Memory Interface? (114 comments)

nVidia's been using that for years to keep their mid range from biting into their high end. At those price points I wish I was confident enough in AMD's driver stability to buy an R9 270X. 256 bit interface + 1500 mhz core clock for $210 bucks.

4 days ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rsilvergun The reason we didn't get single pay (238 comments)

is the insurance industry spent half a billion dollars in 1 year on anti-single payer campaigns. They were fighting for their lives, and they won.

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rsilvergun I call bullshit (238 comments)

If you're talking about America Healthcare is cheaper in every other 1st world country and they have just as many unhealthy people (dear god, have you seen British food?). Heathcare is expensive in America because Regan gutted the education system 30 years ago and we've got a doctor shortage (esp primary care docs) and because we let a large, completely unnecessary industry skim money off the top.

And before anyone tries to blame malpractice insurance it accounts for about 10% of the cost of health care. I forget how pointed this out but: Would you sign a waiver on any mistakes the doctor might commit for a 10% discount on surgery?

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rsilvergun You're looking at it from the wrong end (238 comments)

The disruption is not lower rates for drivers it's bigger profits for investors. 10% of 481 Billion is a nice chunk of change. Throw in some data analytics to get rid of high risk drivers (or charge them 3x what they pay today) and now you're really talkin'

Big Data and Expert Systems suck for everybody except the investor class :(.

about a week ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rsilvergun What the heck are you talking about? (311 comments)

What did we get out of the last big housing crisis? There's a ever loving economic crash every 10 years like clockwork. The Republicans pull back the regulations, the economy crashes when rampant speculation runs out of control, the gov't bails out the rich and well connected and the Democrats get voted in to clean up the mess. It's been like this since the 70s, probably since before that.

Christ, the things that get modded up on /. these days...

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rsilvergun Naw, it's functioning as designed (311 comments)

The US Constitution was written by a bunch of wealthy land owners. Our representative gov't was specifically designed to ensure they'd keep that land and that the rabble wouldn't get too uppity. They weren't shy about it either. You can read plenty of documents from the time where they talk about it.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rsilvergun With few exceptions (311 comments)

Republicans are in favor of Civil Asset forfeiture laws. It fits in well with their tough anti-crime stance. So it's not much of stretch to see them opposing this. Even Rand Paul pretty quickly dropped his bill banning civil asset forfeiture (or at least quietly let it die, which is the same thing). This is the first real step taken towards ending the practice since it began.

The real question is: after 40 years of non-stop tax cuts (especially for top earners) how are we going to fill the gaping hole in local law enforcement budgets this'll leave?

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

rsilvergun I fear AI (227 comments)

because I live in America, and our economic system isn't designed to handle a world of expert systems that replace all but the top and bottom 5% of workers; leaving the remaining 90% without the means to secure food, shelter and health care.

about two weeks ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

rsilvergun it's actually the opposite (70 comments)

We have a dualapoly because of a lack of regulation. at&t and Verizon have been buying up competitors for years. There's a funny video of one of the guys from The Daily Show showing how AT&T undid their breakup through mergers

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

rsilvergun So we open the schools here (482 comments)

to rubber stamp 'em. U of Phoenix got it's start when a guy bought a secretary school so he could use the accreditation.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

rsilvergun Never (482 comments)

they're the ruling class. America has one. We just don't like to talk about/acknowledge our social betters.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

rsilvergun Supply meet demand (482 comments)

by definition having them in the country reduces the prevailing wage...

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

rsilvergun It's a badly written article/summary (482 comments)

It's using the phrase "offshoring" to mean Americans losing jobs to cheaper foreign workers in general. Probably because by now everyone understands that "offshoring" == "bad".

It doesn't change the fact that the basic point (the death of American IT) is correct. If you can bring anyone in with an "Advanced STEM" degree then India will just open more schools to rubber stamp 'em. Race to the bottom.

about two weeks ago
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Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

rsilvergun Good luck with that (124 comments)

the only reason we do fire drills is their mandated by law. Every business I know of is trying to cut IT costs. There's no way in hell this idea would fly. It's always cheaper to pick up the pieces as long as you don't really care about the damage.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

rsilvergun Neuromancer will need cliff notes (790 comments)

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel"... On my kid's TV a dead channel is blue now.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

rsilvergun It's still Integrated graphics (97 comments)

and it still gets rings run around it by an 830M. Heck, the AMD stuff out performs it. It just seems silly to have that much processor and an integrated graphics chip...

about two weeks ago

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Law firm offers H1B Visa Hiring How-To Guide

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  about 4 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "A Law firm has taken to running symposiums on how to skirt the law regarding H1B Visas. Companies in the United States are required to seek qualified local labor before applying for and receiving an H1B Visa to hire abroad. Slashdotters have always suspected these shenanigans, but here we have documented proof. Have you experienced a job interview where you knew they didn't want to hire you? What recourse do we have in these situations?"
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Simple data transfer for my Family?

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "As the family tech, I'm often stuck transferring data from old to new computers. These days, the process can take hours, what with gigs of mp3s, avis and jpegs. What I want is disk imaging software that makes autorunning dvds that prompt to extract the image to a folder, and then prompt for each disk in the set. That way I can make them sort out the data instead of me. I've looked at solutions from Acronis, Runtime and even Norton, and every one of them is just too technical. What do /.'ers do when stuck with this chore?"
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rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "Director Uwe Boll, in a bid to silence critics, has taken 5 of them into the ring. This September five of Boll's critics agreed to enter the ring for the upcomming movie Postal. But what started as a pr stunt seems to have ended badly, with some contestants needing medical attention."

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