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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

russotto Re:What? (195 comments)

Right in TFS: "Indeed, it is more likely that these large edge providers would seek to extract payment from ISPs for delivery of video over last-mile networks."

2 days ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

russotto Sure, the wires are miles long (90 comments)

But you don't have mile-long runs between towers. Induce enough voltage and you'll arc across the insulators to the support structure and ground the surge that way. There's also arc-horns and other things meant to handle breakdown in a more controlled fashion than arcing across the insulator itself.

2 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

russotto Re:More on the story... (124 comments)

...the initiative, led by Khan Noonien Singh

-1, confusing Frankenstein and his monster.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

russotto Re:Pft (956 comments)

Your link fails to support your claim, so there's nothing to trump.

3 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

russotto Re:Pft (956 comments)

I totally get it. Male nerds don't call eachothers cunts.

AMERICAN male nerds don't. That particular insult is less taboo in other English-speaking countries.

4 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

russotto Re:Pft (956 comments)

I used to hold an attitude very much like yours, but I took some tests on this site

Congratulations, you've just been push-polled. Those tests aren't built to discover bias, they're built to convince you that you are biased.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

russotto Re:Pft (956 comments)

Every time some man acts like an ass to some woman, it counters 10 men being perfectly civil. If you don't like it, try to keep your bro's in line. It turns out they're assholes, and no one likes assholes.

It turns out I neither have power, authority, or even influence over those "bros". So, you can take your collective guilt elsewhere; I'm not buying.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

russotto Re:Pft (956 comments)

The only "special" insult they make to women is rape, because they know that will piss them off.

Really? Did they stop threatening male players with buggery?

5 days ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

russotto Re:This just in: PNRs include notes (216 comments)

I know, Occam's Razor would explain this by simply having all airline employees be psychic, but in fact, when you call and talk to someone, they note what you talked about, then when you call and talk to an entirely different person who magically knows what you talked about before, they're just reading that note. OMG!

I've never actually had this experience when dealing with an airline; I typically have to explain the situation to each employee, often more than once.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

russotto Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

I find it also exceptionally hilarious that this attack is coming from the Tea Party, considering that they are nominally libertarian. Buffet, Gates, and Adelson ARE their masters of the universe - at least, they would be, if the Tea Party or the libertarians had any sort of consistency in their beliefs. Instead, this diatribe exposes them for what they really are: run of the mill politicians who are just more xenophobic and nativist than the other politicians.

The idea that the Tea Party is libertarian is silly. The idea that Warren Buffett is libertarian is ludicrous. He's the guy who is well known for claiming he doesn't pay enough in taxes.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

russotto Re:Horrible PR move by MS (528 comments)

It's like the new CEO is bragging he purged more workers than the last CEO.

He is. Main Street isn't the audience; Wall Street loves downsizing.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

russotto Re:Not fungible (528 comments)

At which point they bring a foreign worker over and train them in J2EE and Joe Bob's Serialization Framework

Nope. They bring a foreign worker over who already has, on paper, the required (and often impossible) experience in J2EE and Joe Bob's Serialization Framework. The foreign worker then fakes it. And that's assuming the job ad wasn't just a phony to substantiate a green card application for the foreign worker already in that position.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

russotto Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

The problem with UI design is it is subjective, it depends heavily on who your target user is. The "good designers" of the past were catering to a particular type of user who no longer makes up the majority of customers. They were indeed good at what they did, but the market has shifted and thus a new crop of designers are trying to work out what serves the majority of user now well.

This is the UI design version of "the lurkers support me in email". The new crop of designers is enamoured with particular design principles which are simply bad. Pretty much every technically sophisticated user hates them, and many of us can explain in detail exactly why they suck. So the designers claim they're designing for a new kind of user who isn't technically sophisticated in order to silence their critics. Management is perfectly willing to buy this line of bull... at least until the bad design hits the regular users who may not know exactly what is wrong, but they DO know it is wrong, and out come the torches and pitchforks.

The good designers of the past were _already designing_ for the same sort of user the new designers claim to be designing for; that's been the case since about 1984. This new user who likes the new stuff... basically doesn't exist.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

russotto Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

"You must be stupid if you believe that" is not a logical fallacy. "You are stupid, therefore what you believe is false" is a logical fallacy (ad hominem). "People who believe things that are obviously false are stupid. That is obviously false and you believe it, therefore you must be stupid" is valid, assuming you accept the premises.

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

russotto Perhaps not the best start (158 comments)

"ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source"... where they encounter Richard "THAT'S FREE SOFTWARE TO YOU" Stallman , Linus Torvalds, and Theo De Raadt and vow never to touch a computer again.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

russotto Re:Plumber (509 comments)

In the future, they will have sensors that optimize the flush cycle, and use a pressurized system to automatically clear clogs, while using far less water per flush. They will use electrically actuated valves...

And you think all that will make toilets MORE reliable? Haha. Most problems with the mechanical parts of toilets result from wear to the valves, wear to the flapper, and debris clogging the valves. None of that is going to be improved by adding all the doodads you suggest; they're just new things to break.

And of course most of the problems with toilets aren't in the mechanical parts at all, they're just caused by people putting stuff in it that shouldn't be flushed. None of your doodads are going to help that either.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

russotto Looks like they'll get rich (238 comments)

This is the sort of material which could be used for artificial hearts for lawyers, bankers, and politicians.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

russotto Re:Get rid of them all (155 comments)

Wait, the gospel has changed from the old story about the horrible Westerners using 99% of the resources and producing 150% of the pollution by oppressing the poverty-stricken but frugal and in-tune with nature third-worlders? When did this happen?

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

russotto Chinese corner the market (155 comments)

with stuff that's crappy but incredibly cheap in 3...2...1...

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

russotto Re:Chicken or egg? (230 comments)

"I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can't afford to live here anymore."

Ha... cause and effect is a bitch sometimes, isn't it? No doubt she thought all those things would be paid for by other people. If she thought at all.

about two weeks ago

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US Software Developer Wages Fall

russotto russotto writes  |  about a year ago

russotto (537200) writes "Despite all the talk of "skills gap" and "tech worker shortage", wages for the software industry are falling, not rising. Wages fell 2% to $99,000 in 2012. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't basic economics state that if wages are falling, there must be a surplus, not a shortage?"
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Modern man result of interbreeding with Neandertal

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "It turns out Neandertal man could, and did, interbreed with modern humans. According a study in _Science_, 1 to 4% of modern DNA from Europeans and Asians comes from Neanderthals. So next time you call someone a knuckle-dragger, remember your great-to-the-Nth grandfather probably was one too."
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Man arrested for anti-cop video on YouTube

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "In an apparent attempt to prove that while we may still have the Second Amendment, that pesky First Amendment is obselete in the digital age, Philadelphia police arrested and charged a man for posting a video on YouTube where he says that he rejoices every time a cop is killed. He was charged with aggravated assault, corruption of miniors, terroristic threats, and harassment. YouTube, demonstrating its commitment to free speech, pulled the video for "terms of service violations"."
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russotto russotto writes  |  more than 5 years ago Wow, someone out there really hates me. Used up all 5 mod points to score my comments as "Flamebait", when none of them were (and 4 of them clearly weren't).

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