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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

rtb61 Re:Helium shortage (98 comments)

Gees, hot air, helium, what difference does it make, why would you even bother with ballons. Harsh reality is if a country is too stupid to get it's fibre optic broadband push together than it deserves to slowly but surely get relegated to second world status for blind ignorance driven by nothing but psychopathic greed. Those first world countries that are still struggling with fibre to the premise have first world fuck wits in government being fed money in off shore tax havens by corrupt main stream media and telecom incumbents and they are kept in power by the cheetos brigade for whom the internet is nothing but a new source of commercials and being told what to buy and when to buy it in order to be happy and 'sic' a better person when you can pose around with all the shit you have bought.

1 hour ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

rtb61 Re: Socialism / fascism at its finest (43 comments)

A government is there as a social function of the people that form that government. The governments function is and should be what ever the people want it to be. People uniformly hate being lied to, cheated and having their possessions stole. So a function people pretty much uniformly ascribe to government is to prevent lying, cheating and stealing and of course catch and punish those that lie, cheat and steal. Governments implement regulations in order to attempt to achieve this, liars, cheaters and stealers then attempt to work around those regulations which means government ends up creating more regulations etc.

Don't get rid of government, get rid of the psychopaths and narcissists the necessitate huge mechanisms of state to control their out of control behaviour. Let's just guess who hates regulations more the liars, cheats and thieves or their victims.

1 hour ago
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

rtb61 Re:Sell them stuff (91 comments)

The Ukraine government had huge amounts of military junk at one stage. It all 'er' disappeared, as various oligarch got 'er' rid of it, selling 'um' paying to dispose of it to supply various war lords around the world. Providing more weapons for free will just most likely enrich a free oligarchs and empower a few more African wars. Always have to take a long hard look at countries where diplomacy is considered far more expensive than war regardless of course how much less in reality, hint, hint, USA. Apparently there is no profit in diplomacy for the minority even when the majority make huge positively mind boggling savings but of course the minority must have their profits and they pay for the PR massaging of reality to make murdering people look good.

So why isn't or more accurately shouldn't military hardware be shipped around the war, BECAUSE IT FUCKING FEEDS WARS AND GREED, let's try shipping low cost diplomacy around the place and under UN accord starve the war beast by blocking all international trade in arms and munitions. If you fucking can't make it you most certainly don't need it when it comes to weapons of war, you wont solve nay problems by buying into that shit but you must certainly will end up killing a lot of people, making the majority suffer and oh yeah, feed the greed of a tiny psychopathic minority.

So a better idea, how about political activism to block all global trade in arms and munitions. History has proven all those efforts largely turn around and bite you on the ass, repeatedly.

2 hours ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

rtb61 Re:Rotated (167 comments)

So why are you still adhering to narrow output when so many of your end users have switched to wide screen. Having a quick browse around, I find it unfathomable why so many tech sites stick to narrow format suited to old CRT displays when the world has moved on, must be the 'qwerty' effect, stubbornness bound to ignorance, don't worry it's not so much an individual problem but an industry delusion.

PS don't try to make output that suits a full sized display suit a mobile phone or vice versa.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

rtb61 Re:First and foremost (75 comments)

You missed, avoid outsourcing your core service because of course you are not just giving you ideas away for free (there of course is nothing FOSS wrong with that) but you are paying people to take them and directly funding potential competitors. Outsourcing was just bean counter spreadsheet bullshit to grab the bonuses in the short term at the expense of crippling long term survivability. All those years of developing your companies skill set are gone, evaporated in the blazing sun of short term greed and instead you have just funded the development of skill sets of other companies.

Keep in mind the top level of outsourcers only outsource things like management because it gives them the opportunity to hugely inflate management costs, shift them to offshore tax haves and not only cheat on taxes but also to hugely cheat their own investors, whilst spreading lots of PR fertiliser about saving money.

Of course when it comes to software/web development the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to create a real long term company or just create a scam that looks good and gives something 'investment' companies can promote and sell to the gullibly greedy before it all 'mySpaces'.

2 hours ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

rtb61 Re:New Language (84 comments)

Again another fool trying to justify qwerty to this day. So why are they not teaching the QWEs at school and still persist in teaching the ABCs, make up your fucking mind which is right and PS stop you anal comment dissection it is lame.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

rtb61 Re:So basically (428 comments)

In this case, far more likely, the voted because "they got yours and they got caught" but if they want to remain in their positions of graft and corruption then they had better vote the way they have been instructed to vote else there is a federal cell with their name 'er' number on it. Make no mistake when an espionage service over reaches purposefully and against a countries law, that is it's real intention in a corrupted capitalists society, finding and controlling the cheats. This is done locally and in foreign locations. When the means are criminal don't be surprised when the end is also criminal (often in the initial planning the end wasn't criminal but once the corruption set, the criminal activity becomes the norm, the end soon changes to feed the ego of the individuals with the power).

3 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

rtb61 Re:I think (316 comments)

Now which is more likely to occur:
1. A carefully programmed and thoroughly tested robot.
or
2. Lowest tender robot with just barely sufficient buggy code to get past the tender process. Generating a huge bonus for the psychopathic executive team when they produce 10,000 of them.

Bad luck under capitalism, corporations will never ever produce a "A carefully programmed and thoroughly tested robot", it just wont happen, it can't happen, corporate greed controlled by psychopaths guarantees it wont happen, that is the reality.

The only real reason for killer robots is not to protect people the dangerous hobby of killing other people and those victims trying to defend themselves, the real reason is of course the people you send to commit mass murder at some point refusing to do so. So killer robots are all about nothing but mass murder without restraint or conscience. Any country that produces them seriously has to be considered an enemy of humanity and should be ostracised and excluded.

Any attempt at out technologically competing other countries with robotic death machines will immediately result in the return to the development of biological weapons delivered by small stealthy drones (easy to do and of course lateral thinking means you can tackle food sources not just people).

3 days ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

rtb61 Re:To be expected (468 comments)

Basically what you have done is spout fantasy spreadsheet economics. Reality is dropping off line single player means losing all those who will be tempted to play multilayer as well. So dropping 100% of people who want to play offline means also losing say 50% of them who would have gone on to play mutli player. Of course that is just a guess but far more reflective of reality than your guess. Add to that the game does not exist in the vacuum it simulates (space heh heh) and has to compete against other games and this will do a lot of damage to the game. You can bet people will avoid the game just to stick it to the developers for scamming people who wanted the single player.

3 days ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

rtb61 New Language (84 comments)

One of the first things code.org needs to do is settle on the first coding language to teach. Problem with coding languages is they do not follow the logic of other things young people are taught 'reading, 'w'riting and 'a'rithmatic' but only follows their own 'internal' logic and this makes it much more difficult to learn. The language needs to more tightly align with normal spoken and written language and maths use. Which of course makes other spoken languages coding language an interesting problem. Want more people to learn to code make code learn able, make sure is does not break the logic rules of other things they are taught and adheres to those logic rules. So a new free open source learning to code language, with some real research on how to align it properly with language and maths use, rather than convenience, or because it was done that way on punch cards. Simple proof of how defective programmers and the computer industry, is the querty keyboard, seriously still making excuses for non-alphabetic keyboards when teaching alphabetic order is one of the first lessons learned when learning to bloody write. Any one who tries to excuse that is a fool.

about a week ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

rtb61 Re:Step one. (162 comments)

M$ is just like every other corporation, it reflects the attitudes and morals of it's executives and board of directors and this can really change at any time, for good or ill. Interestingly enough the real fear with M$ and Linux is that M$ would do what it had a history of doing, which was embrace, extend and extinguish http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.... As such there was strong motivation to keep M$ from taking up Linux and causing problems and hence it was led/fell into the trap of being opposed to it, rather than embracing it, attempting to extend it and then of course extinguishing all competitors. I often felt IBM strove hard to keep M$ out of Linux and opposed to it. Many members of early FOSS community also wanted nothing to do with M$ and as such helped to ratchet up the mutual dislike and distrust.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

rtb61 Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

Basically the first point of using computers in school is to save money. Instead or inordinately expensive, soon to be out of date text books, free online creative commons texts continually refined, represents a major saving. When it comes to laptops versus tablets, the obvious difference is between creating content versus consuming licensed content. Obviously creating content is far better than being a manipulated target market for corporate profits and blindly consuming licensed content.

The big advantage in using computers in schools will be the teaching of complex simulations, where students learn the outcomes of manipulating the inputs and for the more advanced students the impacts of altering the controlling algorithms. Shifting from simple quick dirty physics (ignoring a lot of the inputs) to more actual physics based on real interactions that can be simulated using many more inputs will enable teaching more but of course only for those capable of absorbing it.

Computer education on it's own will never really do so much for the below average intellect but for the above average intellect it will provide many opportunities for greater early learning. The interesting problem this will create in the classroom, is a profound intellectual divide, as those who can race ahead and the other 50% fall further behind, to become disgruntled right wingers for whom thinking from the gut is smart and who consider higher education qualifications a stupid waste of time.

about two weeks ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

rtb61 Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

Some countries have far stricter laws and model aircraft are restricted to specific parks in built up areas and are not to be flown in public space and most definitely not over other people's properties. Drone usage logically needs to be restricted and licensed and all drones registered. They are not for idiots to fly in public spaces where they can crash into vehicles on the road or people. That is a sound normal restriction for a hobby that can place others at risk. When it comes to explosives, flammable agents or bio-toxins rest assured many countries are in fact working on just that, to improve their countries competitiveness and of course for counter attack. Consider major commodities investors, literally billions of dollars in profit available should another countries produce fail to reach market and supply falls well short of demand. Would modern psychopathic corporations spend, say a couple of hundred thousands dollars spreading plant diseases in order to generate a billion dollars of profit from guessing a major increase in the price of the product they are betting on.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

rtb61 Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 comments)

What exactly does the creation of off balance sheet companies, to divest public reaction from the corporation initiating the action have to do with Free Open Source Software. Any company that takes potentially business bankrupting risks with the non-binding promises of a public company that can readily change ownership and in turn management principles, are just fooling themselves. My comment is about the actions M$ "has taken" with regard to the patent and the global corporate wide environment of patent corruption. Quite simply it is not worth the risk because the patent protections M$ has offered are not strong or enduring enough to last the life of patents, especially considering current corporate efforts to extend patent life well beyond the existing period. The rounded corners example in fact has nothing at all to do with M$ but is an example of how patents can be used to shut down businesses whilst the matter is sorted out in the long travail through the courts which pushes many defending companies into bankruptcy before they can successfully defend themselves. To anybody with business sense and a real understanding of public companies and not some M$ zealot it makes sense that patent protections are rock solid and readily defend able at the level of the lowest court and not require years whilst you product is productively dead. You company bias seems to refute any modern business sense.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

rtb61 Re:Ya...Right (285 comments)

Not a bloody problem. Firstly the bulk of money was loan guarantees, so not a freebee at all unless the loan defaulted (which means the renewable never ever got it, only the banking cartels were protected). Other programs only paid for 'part' of the cost of renewable power infrastructure and as such that part is often just covering the return of taxes paid during the investment in that infrastructure as it circulates through the economic elements associated with that investment. Then of course right wing news is basically all about bullshit and lying, with not one mention of how much was actually paid out, the balance against taxes paid or how much was paid back.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

rtb61 Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (319 comments)

Well, it is the corporate attitude as promoted by main stream media. It is never about who actually does the work, it is all about who publicly claims credit for doing the work and of course the opposite for mistakes. It is not about who makes the mistakes but about how effectively they can blame others for it. It is factually in practice the psychopathic capitalist way. So it is not so much cheating as modern training for the typical modern corporate executive.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

rtb61 Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

Sensible gun control is only have the equation, the other half of course is adequate public mental health services. Of course right wing politics any more being spent on the poor and in the case of people suffering from dangerous mental health illnesses, their victims. Their lack of empathy always means it is someone else's problem and especially so when it is one of their own (they loathe each other as competitors for the same pieces of the pie, well, actually the whole pie, they all want it all).

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

rtb61 Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 comments)

Easy peasy, M$ can just manufacture an off balance sheet company and sell the patents to them and that company can then sue the crap out of you. So the M$ promises are empty unless the patents are specified, otherwise the future 'owner' can argue which patents are or are not covered, seeing that shite like rounded corners can killed a product under corrupt US Patent law, the risk still seems grossly excessive.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

rtb61 Re:what? (138 comments)

Well if you marked up the rental price enough to cover the loss for wine bought (including management assessment and evaluation costs), transport, storage and cleaning bottles, serving and supplying of glasses, as well as cleaning said glasses and disposal of empty bottles. What is really happening is there seems to be a scammy deal with a no bid lease not open to the public purview and discounted fuel to boot (ignoring all costs associated with the distribution of fuel). Google seems to be doing evil all over the place with with many lobbyists.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

rtb61 Re:Legalities (301 comments)

It is evidence and only a matter of public record in a court, until then it should be protected for security reasons, as public release will interfere with it's use in any possible new or ongoing investigations. Want a peak, then go to court to get specific access to specific dates and specific interactions and justify why and show your pretty face to the cameras.

about two weeks ago

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How to make use of public review sites

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  about a year ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Coming across a particular public review site http://www.productreview.com.au/ I noticed that by far the majority of 5 star reviews for http://www.billyguyatts.com.au/ well all one shot reviews, where as the majority of negative reviews were by people who had made a multiple of varying reviews across various products.
Another site which comes to mind is http://www.imdb.com/ which seems to suffer from a veritable plethora of fake one shot 10 out of 10 reviews.
When I commented on the inconsistency, my comment was deleted and marked as "Inappropriate Content" as if I had been abusive.
So which review sites are reasonable, how can you make use of them and what are review sites doing to clean up their act. Are gradated reviews better where, various qualities are separated out and each rated (especially contradictory qualities) so at least to slow down fake reviews"

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Script Kiddies

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Should adults who supply software for criminal use to minors or lead minors into taking criminal actions on the internet be charged with grooming children and child abuse. As in the case of Hector "Sabu" Monsegur and Lulzsec, where he established contact with some of the accused members Lulzsec when they were minors and led them into committing crimes on his behalf prior to those individuals latter being arrested as adults. Has the FBI in this case failed to follow up upon confessed criminal actions."
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A differen method of protest

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Whilst stumbling about the web I came across the fascinating article http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1719872,00.html and to quote "If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented.", a protest method I would never have though of. A stunning and imaginative way to declare war upon an out of control civil war, the drug war."
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Australian Labour Party going for a big net impact

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "The Australian Labour Party pushing for net aware youth with a flashy personality orientated web site http://www.kevin07.com/. I got it in my email, I suppose I must have registered at one stage or other in way or other. A site complete with pro-youth links to Youtube, Myspace and Facebook. Personally I have never been into team politics and think it is a stupid way to align yourself politically as an individual, always pursue the policies and leave the rah rah for the jock straps and sport, at least there are some policies on the site. I still wonder whether it is appropriate for parties to indirectly promote commercial web sites by linking to them, as for 'KMail', perhaps a little political correctness with a polite point to the people at KDE. The Facebook link it is likely a very bad idea as they have no control on who or what they are now promoting."
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rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rtb61 writes "So is Google 'searching' the Slashdot forums for patentable ideas and claiming them as their own? Not that I am particularly proud of coming up with the idea but I certainly don't want Google patenting it, http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=167009&cid =13929372. Now would that post, as negative as it is about the concept, be sufficient to constitute prior art and is Googles "Do no Evil" starting to wear 'patently' thin."

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