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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

sexconker Re:Color me a "skeptic" (40 comments)

Earth has been impacted by asteroids in the past, so there's nothing to worry about. It's just a natural phenomenon. Besides, the people saying we should be looking for asteroids are just greedy for grant money. If it turns out the be a real threat, I'm sure the technology to deal with it will magically appear -- with the economy the way it is we can't afford nonessential projects now.

Remember how silly these arguments sound when applied to other potential problems.

You're trying really hard, but all of those sarcastic points are 100% correct.
Impacts are nothing new. Impacts are not an immediate threat. People ARE looking for grant money we can't really afford, and if there is a serious threat the technology WILL magically appear when the US, China, and Russia are forced to bring out their secret military toys. Spending money now on projects that likely have a lot of overlap with existing (secret) tech already in use by certain governments IS a waste.

about an hour ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

sexconker Re:Oh man (80 comments)

Ooh no woman your vagina. Little VAGINA.

1 hour ago
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

sexconker Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (140 comments)

It isn't disturbing because it concerns traitorous scum destroying the nation who are not subject to the rule of law.
Do you feel disturbed when a serial killer is executed?

1 hour ago
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

sexconker Re:So ... (82 comments)

Anything that makes "wearables" die out faster is good in my book.

Do you carry around a smartphone all the time? If you don't, many people do.

Isn't a wearable "just" a subset of an existing smartphone, or arguably an addition (due to using smartphone for communication with the wearable)?

I don't have any of the FitBit, etc., but they seem to have become reasonably popular for the early adopter crowd.

Basically, I don't see a need for a wearable currently either, but to completely throw out the idea seems ridiculous. It seems like just an extension of "more, comparatively powerful, personal electronics being used for specialized purposes to augment one's life".

They're trash because they don't do anything that isn't already:

A: Handled by your phone
B: Handled much better by a dedicated device
C: Both A & B

A good wearable device would be a blood glucose monitor for diabetics that shows real-time (or near-real-time) levels from an embedded sensor, removing the need for the person to sample and test periodically.
Or what about a wearable device people have been using for ages? Bluetooth headsets.

Good wearable devices REDUCE your need to rely on or interact with other devices. Bad wearable devices (everything Samsung et alii are peddling) try to INCREASE your dependence on the device(s). I'm not throwing the idea out completely, I'm throwing out all the recent (and upcoming) forced attempts that don't actually have a use-case. These are the things currently being put out under the "wearables" buzzword. Nobody trotted out that term when Bluetooth headsets were being introduced. They didn't need to - people saw that they we useful and bought them up.

yesterday
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

sexconker Re:Real Names? (91 comments)

Is there ever a reason to actually register one of these products with your real name and info? Unless it's my bank, DL, or passport, I see no point in giving any of these companies real info.

Nope. Rusty Shackleford every time.

yesterday
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

sexconker Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (319 comments)

His private emails were not private. They were public. Just like a governor's text messages are public record - another ruling from today. If you are on a project the public paid for, writing an email with time the public paid for, IT'S PUBLIC. Judge is wrong. Case law supporting this ruling is wrong.

Absolutely. What's more is that "case law" isn't an actual thing. There is law, and we interpret it to decide cases. Those decisions are not law. ALL cases are to be judged individually. Referencing past decisions can be helpful in balancing expediency and thoroughness, but past decisions are not to be used as law, even if coming from a higher court.
When laws are unclear and interpretations are split, the higher courts hear appeals and decide. When a very high court hears a case the legislators pay attention and work to change the laws and make them more clear to prevent the contentious interpretations in the first place.

Of course, that only works if our government follows its own rules and does its own job.

yesterday
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

sexconker Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (319 comments)

Asking for vacation, sending in sick leave requests etc.pp. is all business, and none of them belongs to the public.

On the contrary - it's all publicly-funded business.
The public has a right to know if their money is going to someone who is never at the office doing the job they're supposed to be doing. They don't need to know if he's got the flu or if he's in Maui, but that's what redaction is for, and it's why courts use 3rd parties to verify and sanitize shit during discovery.

yesterday
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

sexconker Re:So what? (319 comments)

Well then you're an ignorant fuck, because you can download all of that data now if you like. Get on google. It's been posted to Slashdot every single fucking time that the topic has come up. You ignorant fuck.

Goddamn know-nothing character assassins.

Except the very premise of the fucking court decision and FOIA request is that the data, the collection methodology, and the relevant communications Mann had about it are NOT available. We don't want a subset of the manipulated data, we want the full set of raw data. It will never be provided because, as everyone knows, the data was cherry picked, massaged, and outright fabricated in order to generate an alarming graph. Not even the most zealous of global warming proponents stand by the graph anymore - everyone knows it's bullshit.

yesterday
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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

sexconker Re:What a waste of time and resources (59 comments)

No thanks - I already have a position in academia. I can tell you with complete certainty academia is the epitome of waste and self-congratulatory bullshit.

yesterday
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

sexconker Re:So ... (82 comments)

So basically they're just throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks? I suppose that's one way to avoid choosing the wrong platform ...

Anything that makes "wearables" die out faster is good in my book. Keep releasing different models all running different OSes and all doing different versions of nothing useful. Manufactured product pushes are like diarrhea. The sooner all the products exit the pipeline, the sooner corporate sees that marketing was blowing smoke up their ass when they told them "wearables" were going to be hot, the sooner I don't have to hear about them and, hopefully, the sooner that marketing dipshit is fired.

The same goes for the asshole who decided that Wendy's, Carl's Jr/Hardees, and Sonic all had to jump on the non-existent pretzel bun bandwagon. Oh wait, nobody actually wanted those? Better jump on the ciabatta bandwagon! That failed too?! Well what about brioche? Still no boost in sales? Revert back to our "classic" buns to save money and leverage our brand!

yesterday
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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

sexconker Re:What a waste of time and resources (59 comments)

Martin and Erik Demaine are professors, not students.

Erik Demaine, in particular, is widely considered to be a genius, so perhaps it's fortunate that you have no administrative power over your alma mater.

Being professors just makes a much worse waste of time and money.
Oh, he's a "genius", is he? Good for him.

yesterday
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Steam's Most Popular Games

sexconker Re:Scalded (117 comments)

Best Buy would have made a decent effort to please an upset customer by offering free Geek Squad support to the point of diagnosis / asking Chris to look into it (instead of Frank, who's just does sales), but not free repairs/upgrades. Best Buy would have jumped at the opportunity to upsell him some Geek Squad if possible after that first assessment.

Regardless of it being open, he can return it and get an exchange for the same item easily in the US, and for store credit fairly easily in the US.
He can return for a full refund in whatever form of payment he initially made in many countries, including the one he's in.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

sexconker Sorry (277 comments)

I'm pretty sure I account for about 1% of those downloads from trying every fucking build multiple times to find one that fucking works (or breaks in different but more-tolerable ways) when opening various MS Office documents.

2 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

sexconker Re:power cars? technically no (173 comments)

Fuel. You've been bitching about the use of the word "power" when you're the one who's using it wrong. The word you want is fuel.

Thermoelectrics generate power in the presence of heat.
Internal combustion engines deliver power when shit explodes inside them.

Gasoline is a fuel, not a power source.

If you built a car engine that delivered power by causing fuel to explode, you'd change the world. Car engines work through deflagration, not detonation. Detonation releases way, way more power. It's hoped that it will be the replacement for scramjet engines... envision a jet being driven by a series of explosions. No one has admitted to successfully making one, though. I've spent years doodling different ideas about how you might make one if we had the materials necessary, but it's like building a space elevator... fun to think about, but you'd need materials far stronger than anything we have available.

Car engines run on boring old combustion. The difference in scale between combustion and detonation is not dissimilar to the difference between a compost heap and a bonfire.

An explosion is anything that involves an outward motion and accompanying noise. It comes from the Latin explodere.
You can try to split hairs about burning, exploding, and whatever the fuck else you want, but ICEs run on exploding fuel. The expansion from the explosion is literally what drives them.
You would have had a better chance if you had tried to correct my usage of the word "shit".

2 days ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

sexconker Re:Scalded (117 comments)

so if you went to bestbuy, bought the (physical) game box, took it home, installed it and figured out it wouldn't run, would you have called your c/c company to withhold the payment to bestbuy until you were able to run the game? What does Valve have anything to do with a game working or not working? It's not that physical stores allow you to take back opened software nowadays either...

If he had gotten it from Best Buy he'd have basic consumer rights to refund, a working product, etc. enforced by policy and executed by a human (be it a sales associate, manager, whoever).
If he had gotten it from best Buy he would have received actual human interaction when first complaining about it. Best Buy may be a joke and the Geek Squad may be a ripoff, but the mere presence of a human being who has some idea of how to troubleshoot shit, or at least whose job it is to keep customers happy, is about 87 miles ahead of Steam's "support".

Steam support simply doesn't exist unless you threaten to issue a chargeback or sue. No human at Valve even SEES your support ticket until 2 automated "solutions" are generated and spit out - 1 blaming your ISP and 1 telling you to delete clientregistry.blob or reinstall Steam. After that they blame the developer and close your ticket.

3 days ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

sexconker Re:Managed langauges (131 comments)

Apparently you missed the cyrpto flaws in Android 's Java crypto library from last year that exposed private keys. Apparently writing things in Java guarantees jack and shit.

No, writing things in Java guarantees your shit will be jacked.

3 days ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

sexconker Re:power cars? technically no (173 comments)

Fuel. You've been bitching about the use of the word "power" when you're the one who's using it wrong. The word you want is fuel.

Thermoelectrics generate power in the presence of heat.
Internal combustion engines deliver power when shit explodes inside them.

Gasoline is a fuel, not a power source.

3 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

sexconker Re:Kids are Retarded, News at 11 (352 comments)

"Children today are retarded - physically, mentally, and emotionally, and they come from retarded parents."
False, by every measure.

True, by every measure.

Look at rates of life-long diseases - from obesity to asthma to peanut allergies - and general fitness in children . After vaccinations for polio, mmr, etc. we should be raising the most fit generations of kids ever, yet here we are with kids who can't do a single pull up to pass the presidential fitness test because they spent their early childhood eating shit and staying inside.

Look at the rates of kids who have behavioral disorders - autism, add/adhd, anxiety, etc. An ever-increasing number of kids are simply unable to cope with the outside world, or are only able to do so while on mind-numbing drugs (which create all sorts of other problems).

Look at the pathetic math and language test scores and real-world abilities. Look at the pathetic life skills high school and college graduates end up with - the current generation of kids can't change a light bulb let alone a tire, can't manage a budget, can't file their taxes, and have mommy go to their fucking job interviews with them.

3 days ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

sexconker Re:Nah! (109 comments)

Still in bed, the two of them. Just like two old lovers, they push away but then relent and then the old in-out continues.

But who's the top and who's the bottom?

Intel Inside
Microsoft.

Oh.

3 days ago

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17" Unibody MacBook Pro Disassembled

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "The folks at ifixit.com have gotten their mitts on one of the new 17", unibody MacBoock Pros. You can see the complete disassembly here.
Of interesting note is the battery which Apple hyped up: Packaging-wise it's just a standard laptop battery. It's also trivial to remove, so you can expect to see replacements from the usual third parties in the coming months."

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Street View Driver Kills Deer

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "A street view was found showing street view driver hitting a deer, and driving off. The deer died after rolling around for a while. Google has removed the images (first saying they were unavailable due to high demand, and later saying they had been removed), but they can be found below. The images show the deer before and after the impact. There was no other vehicle near the vicinity at the time. http://i41.tinypic.com/neja6e.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/x60p06.jpg http://i41.tinypic.com/2vc6wlf.jpg http://i44.tinypic.com/2ductw2.jpg http://i42.tinypic.com/2q24ymf.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/2lxa683.jpg http://i43.tinypic.com/6ibequ.jpg http://i44.tinypic.com/vgjz0y.jpg"
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Microsoft to Pull Seinfeld Ads

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "According to valleywag, Microsoft is pulling its recent series of ads featuring Jerry Seinfeld. The decision to drop the ads likely stemmed from the fact that most viewers just didn't get them. MS reps are spinning the decision to drop Seinfeld as "planned" and say that Seinfeld could be involved in future projects. The ads cost Microsoft in excess of $10 million."
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DivX Releases H.264 Decoder

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "DivX is finally jumping on the H.264 bandwagon with Project Remoulade.

Project Remoulade is an H.264 decoder and is designed to be highly scalable and compatible with just about any twisted form of the MPEG spec you can throw at it. In typical DivX fashion, we can expect a push to get this integrated into portable devices. We'll also probably see branding and profiles for set top boxes. Early info and benchmarks are at the link.

There's currently no word on a compressor implementation (the benchmarks were run against samples created with x.264), however."

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New Study Sheds Light Into the Behavior of Cats

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "A recent study involving has revealed some interesting results.
Researchers at have discovered that .

The study involved .
When , researches noticed some odd behavior; the the , and even tried to .

Proof positive that ? The study can be found here:"

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