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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

scubamage I love non- (255 comments)

Too many. 2 work phones, 2 personal phones, 1 ipad, 1 mac mini, 3 macbooks, 1 pc laptop, 1 dd-wrt router acting as a wireless bridge, 1 ps3, 1 wii, 1 smart TV. I'm sure more will be coming in the future.

5 days ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

scubamage Re:Video or it didn't happen (516 comments)

Honestly, I thought they had proven that light diffuses too quickly for this to happen without a lens to concentrate it. Not that it's real science, but they tried to build the ancient "death ray" multiple times on Mythbusters and while they were able to get smoke, they weren't able to ignite anything. Maybe they're not so much "setting the birds on fire" as they are cooking them?

about a week ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

scubamage How big is this thing? (69 comments)

So, the majority of the articles I've read about this eruption, have potential dangers all along the scale. From "some ash" to effects similar to the eruption of Tabora (which caused crazy weather fluctuations as far west as north america, where it seeded clouds, was able to drop temps from 85 degrees to below freezing in hours, etc). It's getting hard to find real facts from FUD. If it's as big as Tabora, I would understand governments trying to mute the possibility because it would cause widespread panic. Any geo-geeks out there who can provide some hard facts?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

scubamage Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

I agree, but reddit has a big issue with stalking downvoters. If you post an unpopular opinion on one sub, it's not uncommon to see days of downvotes afterwards on completely beneficial, completely unrelated, helpful posts on entirely different subs. It's an acknowledged issue with the system. Basically, there needs to be a limitation on the number of downvotes a user can receive from a particular source. The hard part is doing this in a way that lets people rebuke someone who is being a genuine jackhole, but also prevents people from harassment.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

scubamage Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

It's a shame you posted that as AC, because "Humans are not rational creatures - they are rationalising creatures." is an EXCELLENT sig-worthy quote.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

scubamage Re:What trolls (381 comments)

This is a pretty normal sociological phenomenon. Outside of tribal culture, people usually find some group that they best fit in with based on any number of demographic/sociological attitudes. I'm pretty sure there is a doctoral thesis in here somewhere for someone who's feeling squirrely. It's pretty fascinating.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

scubamage Re:Enough World of Warcraft already (146 comments)

I was a closed beta player. I think a big part of my loss-of-interest is that they've vanilla-ized each of the classes so much. The original players manual stated, for instance, that the mage was the highest damage dealing class, but in exchange, could likely be 1-or-2-shotted by some other classes. They were the epitome of the glass cannon. It defined the playstyle of the class. They had cool spells like invisability to enable a mage to attack while hidden (just once). They had khadgars unlocking. Hunters on the other hand, could do tons of damage, but also got to wear better armor, but as an expense, had to worry about sacrificing inventory space to store expendable ammo. I played vanilla, and then the first expansion. The classes were still unique, fun, and had that sort of a feeling. But making everything generic and getting rid of real defining abilities for each class has killed a lot of the fun. I want to trade the risk of being 1-2 shotted for being able to 1-2 shot other people. No class really feels like it stands out from the others so far as damage.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

scubamage Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

I was really into PS2, and had been an avid PS player since the beginning. However, PS2 got a bit annoying after awhile. I didn't like how they limited you (unlike the original PS). The problem we had is every side on every server seemed to develop at least 1 "massive" guild that would just steamroll whatever they wanted with numbers. If you weren't in that guild, you basically scratched by. It made it un-fun.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

scubamage Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

They actually didn't do anything new and different. They basically put a few changes on FFXI and rebranded it as a new game. The locales weren't that different, the timer things were annoying, the races were the same (with a couple different letters different in the names)... it really didn't feel different. I'm saying that as a long time FFXI player.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

scubamage Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

My biggest issue is the huge push they put on players to pay extra cash.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

scubamage Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

You may enjoy guild wars/guild wars 2? The only big issue is that they really are heavy on the pay2play crap. Constantly getting drops and "chests" you can only open by buying "keys" that cost real world money.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

scubamage Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

I tried the original, and I tried the revamped version. I honestly couldn't get through the 45 minutes of intro before I could do anything interesting. Then when I got there, the combat just kinda felt... meh. I have 1 friend who plays and enjoys it, so maybe it gets better. I just didn't feel like giving too much time after everything leading up to that point.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

scubamage Re:Legal pemission? THEY GIVE IT! (368 comments)

Correct. I know that at, for instance, T-Mobile a customer must be the one to hang up, or give explicit instructions that they are finished with the call. Otherwise, the CSR cannot hang up the phone or they risk losing their job. This ended up being an issue for T-Mobile employees in our area because they started getting calls from elderly folks/shut ins who just wanted someone to talk to, and they'd hang on the line for 2-3 hours refusing to hang up. The rep is powerless to hang up if the person on the line hasn't initiated hanging up. Not sure if the same applies to Comcast or not (or if the T-Mobile policy has changed).

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

scubamage Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

AFAIK Comcast is not a public utility. Not sure about centurylink.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

scubamage Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

The bulk of Comcast support is handled in Colorado. They do hire some contractors but for the most part they work domestically. Granted, I only deal with Comcast Business class services, so maybe we have different tier1 folks.

about two weeks ago
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Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

scubamage Silver lining (99 comments)

So what you're saying is this may be a good time to invest in companies that make bottled water or purification systems.

about two weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

scubamage Re:The infection the 'right-sizes' the human race (183 comments)

I'll get rated down for this, but I agree with you. People don't want to look at a lot of hard facts. We currently have about 7.046 billion people alive (based on 2012 numbers). Our global human population is increasing by approximately 1.1% annually, which means we will double to 14 billion people in 63 years (following the rule of 72). Nearly about 870 million people are currently suffering from chronic malnourishment. 780 million lack ready access to water. Realistically, do we think logistical changes to provide food and water for another 7 billion people are possible in the next 63 years? Another 14 billion in 128 years? Another 28 billion in 193 years? Worse, some countries see growth rates as high as 1.8%, which would shorten that doubling rate to about 40 years. Exponential growth is a bitch. While ebola is no where near a nice way to go, a pandemic that wipes out a significant portion of the world may be preferable to experiencing water and food wars that will occur if we aren't able to institute logistics to provide for the constant influx of mouths to feed. Otherwise, we are going to be looking at global population controls within our childrens' or our grandchildrens' lifetimes.

about three weeks ago

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Dogecoin Cryptocurrency raises $40,000 to provide fresh water Africa

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 5 months ago

scubamage (727538) writes "TANA, Kenya — March 16, 2014 — Remote villages in Eastern Kenya may not be the first place you think about when it comes to the hot button topic of crypto-currencies but this past week investors and early adopters of Dogecoin used their "magical internet money" to help save lives in an area that suffers from seasonal drought and a lack of clean drinking water.

Over the past week the Dogecoin Foundation, a non-profit organization started by the founders of Dogecoin began accepting and collecting donations for their Doge4Water campaign to coincide with World Water Day on March 22nd. The foundation hoped to raise 40 million Dogecoins (est. $50,000 USD at current exchange rates) to be able to sponsor the Charity:Water initiative of constructing two hand-dug wells to provide access to clean water for the surrounding communities in the Tana River area of Eastern Kenya.

On Friday a generous benefactor who goes by the name of Hood (@savethemhood) helped achieve that goal by making a record tip of 14,000,000 Dogecoins via Twitter. With a tweet berating the wealthy for not doing enough, Hood summed up how he felt with this post, "It is astonishing that we have fellow humans on this planet without water. We have the wealth, but not the will. The greedy do nothing...." Users and foundation members alike were overwhelmed with an outpouring of gratitude on the /r/Dogecoin subreddit.

Since its beginning in early December the Dogecoin community has used their popularity and growing monetary value to help out several causes and charities. Donations from Dogecoin helped the Jamaican bobsled team to travel and compete in this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as well as fostering a community based not so much on gaining wealth but on giving it away. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Dogecoins are given away through tips each day on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

While cryptocurrency has been a high profile topic this past week as to whether it should be regulated, especially due to several well publicized thefts and losses, or as to who the inventor may or may not be, the one coin which seems to take itself a little less seriously than the others firmly made its case that alternative currency can change the world, and for the better.

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Uber car attacked in Paris during Taxi Strike

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 7 months ago

scubamage (727538) writes "A major protest by taxi drivers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris saw an improvised barricade force drivers single-file through a gauntlet of taxis, where Uber cars and other independent taxi vehicles were attacked. They had their windows busted, tires slashed, paint flung at them while taxi drivers attempted open doors and drag out passengers and drivers. Reports say that police were present, but did nothing to stop the attacks.
At least the downfall of traditional post to email has never seen people being beaten in the streets?"

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University of Florida Cuts Computer Science, Ups Athletic Budget

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scubamage writes "In an incredulous move, the University of Florida has cut its Computer Science and Engineering Department in an effort to save 1.7 million dollars a year. Yet at the same time, it has increased funding to its athletics department by more than 2 million dollars a year. The move has spurred criticism across the industry and academia, and caused the launch of a "Save the CS Department" website, and incited student protests. Ironically, all of this seems to be happening as Florida Governor Rick Scott is evangelizing a push towards STEM education (while cutting education budgets by more than 30%)."
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Ask Slashdot: A cheap, DIY home security and surveillance system?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scubamage writes "Approximately 6 weeks ago, my home was broken into while my fiance and I were at work. Our neighborhood is essentially empty during the day because it's an upper middle class neighborhood. Two laptops were stolen, an iPad, a power brick, a safe (complete with several years worth of taxes, my birth certificate, and old copies of my driver's license), a digital SLR, several pieces of heirloom jewelry, a guitar, and a custom built saxophone. In total, we lost around $20-30,000 dollars that day. We are now dealing with an attorney because the homeowner's insurance is fighting us on a number of items and we're not backing down. It has been a nightmare. Now as we were hoping things were starting to calm down, we've noticed that someone has been visiting our house during the day. There has been garbage left sitting on our back porch table, so its unlikely to have blown there. We've also seen footprints in our garden that are not there in the morning. We want to know who is on our property while we're not, and maybe if we're really lucky reporting it to the police could recover some of our property. My fiance has asked me to assemble a home security system that is motion activated, and both notifies us of an entry, as well as records video or rapid HD stillframes when sensing motion. The goal is to do this cheaply and more effectively than going with a private security company like ADT (who, consequently, our police department told us to ignore due to the incredibly high rate of false alarms). Also, we already have gotten the dog and the gun, so we have those bases covered now. What suggestions do you have on setting up home security systems, and what have you done to build one in the past? Help me slashdot posters, I need your brain juices!"
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Online Study for Masters/PhD in IT?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "After my housemate recently announced his intention to return to academics and pursue a master's degree, I have started pondering doing the same. I kind of hate knowing that I've put years into a degree (BA in Clinical Psychology) which currently does me no good. However, I can use it as a stepping stone towards a Master's Degree in my chosen field. I'm lucky to say that I enjoy IT, and I'd like the pay scale and management/job opportunities that a Master's degree would bring. However, given my work/oncall schedule, going to brick and mortar school is going to be highly difficult (irregular schedule, being on call a week at a time, etc). Online classes seem to be the right choice, but I know from speaking with numerous people in HR departments that online universities tend to be looked down upon in comparison to their traditional brethren. The best recommendation I've gotten was to pursue a traditional institution which offers online distance learning classes. I've looked at Drexel University's MSIS degree, but it seems to be more about software product development/analysis, and less about actual information systems and technology based on the curriculum they have listed. The curriculum I'd prefer to be studying is something similar to PSU Great Valley's MSIS Program(yes, I know the second one is brick and mortar). I know there have to be other options out there. Can you, the folks of slashdot, help shine some light on them? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!"
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A Free/OSS Hardware Deployment Solution?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "

I work for a small technology firm and am responsible for server/workstation builds, among other things. We deal with a number of different systems, but are mainly a HP shop. I am trying to find a solution for our deployments so that we can roll out system images to X number of servers/workstations, while also keeping an archive of the image for fast restoration if a customer/field technician has an issue.

So far every product we have found which addresses our issues has some major problems. Ghost by Symantec doesn't support RAIDs or Server OS's, so that option is down the tubes. Further, Sysprep is necessary to make a usable image. We also investigated Acronis Snap Deploy 3 which seemed perfect, however it wasn't until we had already purchased a few licenses that we discovered how prohibitive their licensing is (we had been told by their presales support that one license would be good for one concurrent imaging task; turns out that the licenses bind to the MAC Address of the chassis that you deploy to, so our one license was exhausted after the first successful test deployment, yay wasted money!). To keep using the software we would need to keep purchasing licenses which is not only an administrative nightmare, but it will quickly become prohibitively expensive — especially since the cost of server licenses is triple the workstation license price.

So, we are back at square one. We need software which can be used for deploying system images, is capable of recognizing and handling RAIDs, is compatible with both workstation and server OS's, and is relatively simple to use (we would like to use it in the field for our technicians off site, which means I have to be able to guide them through its usage). It would be a real boon if we could use the same image to deploy on to dissimilar hardware similar to acronis' Universal Deploy utility. It would be even better if we didn't need to resort to sysprep, though I'll live if we need to. So, I throw myself humbly at your feet /. — please help!

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Monsanto backed bill could outlaw organic farming

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) has introduced legislation which could potentially destroy both small and organic farming as we know it. The bill, HR 875, forces pesticides, herbicides, and any new chemicals developed to be used by all farmers in the name of "food safety and sanitation." It would also seek to outlaw seed banking, enforce mandatory GPS tracking of all livestock, and to create a new governing body to oversee food safety without any oversight. This includes warrantless searches of all food production facilities. Further, it would require such intense record keeping that it could quite literally strangle many small farmers out of business. It is also interesting to note that Ms. Delauro is married to Stanley Greenberg — a political strategist whose clients include none other than Monsanto: the world's largest producer of herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified food products."
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US Power Grid and other Infrastructure Breached

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, both Chinese and Russian agents have infiltrated US infrastructure systems in an attempt to map out their contents. So far intelligence officials believe the acts are solely for reconnaissance, but they have found that tools were left in place which could have been used to cause damage and disrupt the power grid. Officials warn that similar probes and attacks could be possible against sewage, and other utilities. Further, intelligence officials have noted that reported attacks are growing in number — more than tripling from 20,000 in 2006 to almost 70,000 in 2008. What I personally want to know is why these systems need to be publicly accessible at all? Do we need people at a nuclear power plant reading fark and slashdot all day? Why risk exposing such critical systems? Surely these companies can afford leased lines to keep a private network, well, private and well away from the public internet."
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Tree-shrew is heavyweight boozer

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 6 years ago

scubamage writes "According to BBC News, "A tiny tree-shrew that lives on alcoholic nectar could — pound for pound — drink the average human under the table, scientists have discovered." The shrew lives on fermented necter of an indigenous palm tree. Videos are included in the story. I want to party with this rodent!"
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Google opens Philanthropy Branch

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "This morning Google announced the opening of a new Philanthropic branch of their company, Google.org. Google has pledged 1% of all revenue to be devoted to their philanthropic interests which include five major focus areas: Predict and Prevent, Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services, Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, Develop a Renewable Energy Source Cheaper than Coal, and Accelerate the Adoption of Plug-In Vehicles. The effort is to make good on early company plans to use the corporate powerhouse's technology to improve the world around them. More information can be found here."
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PA House Considering ban on online ordinations

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "Many of you may be familiar with the Universal Life Church, a liberal online church who offers ordinations for any who seek them free of charge over the internet. While being completely allowed under the freedom of religion clause in the first amendment, the church recently suffered a blow when Judge Marcia Cook of York County annulled a marriage because it was solemnized by a ULC minister on the basis he had no physical church or congregation. Now, before the PA House of Representatives is Bill 1099, which seeks to invalidate all online ordinations in the state of Pennsylvania. Similar attempts have been made in other states but were later ruled unconstitutional. Should this bill pass it could have chilling constitutional consequences on how religion is practiced in the US by giving other states a boilerplate to work from in passing similar legislation."
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scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 7 years ago

scubamage writes "On the 14th of April, Stanford University scientists announced the completion of the experimental phase of Gravity Probe B, a test of Einstein's theory of relativity and gravity. To quote, "One way to think about space-time is as a large fishing net. Left unperturbed and stretched out flat, it is straight and regular. But the minute one puts a weight into the net, everything bends to support that weight. A weight that was spinning would wreak even more havoc with the net, twisting it as it spun. The mass-energy of the planet earth represents a "weight" in our net of space-time, and the daily revolutions of the earth, according to Einstein's theory, represent a twisting of local space-time. GP-B will search for this twisting effect, which has never before been measured." The tests so far have shown that Einstein was correct at least in the fact that there is a distortion. The actual drag created on time space is still being calculated. The stanford article can be found here. The official press release in PDF format can be found here."

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