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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

rtb61 Re:Shyeah, right. (61 comments)

Hate to burst your bubble but magnetic bits on plastic are magnetic bits on plastic whether tape, disc or flash drives. Don't become confused with old tapes being reliable, they are reliable temporarily because they were a low density storage format and over years as the storage density increase, just like hard disk drives they tended to become less reliable. Flash media is happy sitting in the dark for a very long time, it wears out with multiple writes not multiple reads or very rare reads. The advantage of course with say flash media is that via a mass storage adaptor, your storage system could provide you instant read only access to all your stored archives at what would be now a reasonable price. You can actually build a storage array of thousands of flash drives, which of course is what a SSD drive technically is. So the balance is the cost of archive storage media, the cost of storing that media, the cost of the storage facility and the cost of accessing that data. Companies will find spending much more on storage media will achieve major savings in all other areas. Inevitably flash type storage will win out, it is only a matter of continuing development time, simplicity of writing data to them and later accessing it from them gives that medium a huge advantage.

about half an hour ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

rtb61 Re:Flip Argument (986 comments)

Excuse me but the evidence was that the trigger happy officer killed someone, proof is required to justify that and prove the victim was guilty of a crime justifying public execution. Guilt has been established now proof is required to justify that action.

1 hour ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

rtb61 Re:How will I explain this to my children (116 comments)

The other question is what is the NSA really doing with all this information especially as they have been known to target 'ALL' foreign politicians and of course have a publicly stated penchant for extortion. How many countries democracies have been derailed of late by naughty foreign politicians being caught and yet to have been exposed, as long as of course they continue to comply. With the inclusion of major US corporations as contractor and such espionage partners, how much leverage will they be able to gain in many countries.

yesterday
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

rtb61 Re:Flip Argument (986 comments)

Well that is something that should have been proven in court. Reality is belief of fear is not an acceptable excuse for a professional. That they killed someone is undeniable, that they should now be required to prove in court the validity of that action should also be required. That actual proof and evidence for the action only is accepted and not beliefs, or faith or cowardly excuses, is the normal requirement. The government publicly executed a citizen, the legal justification for that public execution now needs to be proven in a court of law just as it would be needed in any other execution for a crime. Either the citizen is legally guilty of an action that justified execution or the officer is now guilty of criminal manslaughter or worse.

yesterday
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

rtb61 Save Money (77 comments)

Sounds like an interesting way to make employees pay for their own to be used during work hours and toss the company phone in a drawer. A very cunning way to save company mobile phone call costs and make the employees pay for them ;D.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

rtb61 Re:First and foremost (175 comments)

You are logically required to contribute to the society that promotes your opportunities for 'income'. Failure to do so, means that you are parasitism on those who do and just like all parasites, you should be targeted, and eliminated. The greater the parasitic impact the greater the penalty, get past a million and loss of all profits during that period, past a hundred million and destruction of company is sensible because of the extreme damage done to the country by theft of social, security and infrastructure services. Do not pay for these and your are a liar, cheat and a theft and when it comes excessive the early death of many of that countries citizens due to loss of services. Now that is the harsh reality of psychopathic ring wing capitalism. User pays, they benefited by the provision of an economy by others, generated a profit and cheated on paying access rights to that economy and stole those services that provide and support that economy which generate the opportunity for revenue and profit.

yesterday
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

rtb61 Re:Linux kernel is mostly 80-column (326 comments)

When it comes to coding, I wonder which is the best format, word processor style or spreadsheet style. Years ago, you could do lots of interesting things with spreadsheet style and old macro language. Test outcomes in adjacent cells, track variable outputs, plan out modules across a full 3D format, with lots of width, length and with multiple aligned 'sheets' lots of depth. They seem wedded to the word processor though.

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

rtb61 Re:Helium shortage (114 comments)

Yeah, I know, so many areas in the US don't have electricity, plumbing, roads, stormwater systems, and all of them individually are vastly more expensive than wiring up fibreoptic (let alone combined), wait, WHAT!? So many US business have got to be run by idiots, I mean, literally hundreds of thousands of owners and managers who a stupid enough to accept lies so they can be ripped off with hugely inflated communications costs, and all the future communications monitored and their communications strangled if they compete against subsidiaries or companies owned by major ISP management, SUCKERS.

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

rtb61 Re:Helium shortage (114 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.

3 days ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

rtb61 Re: Socialism / fascism at its finest (61 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.

3 days ago
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

rtb61 Re:Sell them stuff (140 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.

3 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

rtb61 Re:Rotated (326 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.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

rtb61 Re:First and foremost (175 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'.

3 days 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.

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

rtb61 Re:So basically (437 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).

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

rtb61 Re:I think (327 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).

about a week ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

rtb61 Re:To be expected (472 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.

about a week 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 two weeks 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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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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