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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

solios Re:There are no such things as human "rights". (308 comments)

No amount of history education is going to stop the herd mentality from handing your privacy over to some domestic intelligence type claiming it's Required to combat terrorism or pedophelia or both. Don't want to hand over your rights? THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

(watching this happen in the UK is predictably hilarious)

5 days ago
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Using Facebook Data, Algorithm Predicts Personality Better Than Friends

solios Re:2015: Still using Facebook (80 comments)

It doesn't matter if you use Facebook or not - they can already infer that TV shows and musicians exist via user data and automatically construct pages for them - WKRP In Cincinnati is a good example or was when I looked at it last summer. If they can infer media exists then it stands to reason that they can infer that you exist. Imagine that, if you will - a near future in which you have a fairly accurate social media profile rather you want one or not.

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

solios Re:Slashdot today. (142 comments)

...and unlike reddit, a registered and logged in user can dock "funny" posts and read at a threshold that scrubs most of the jokers and trolls under the rug. A feature slashdot has had since the 90s; a feature the rest of the internet still hasn't implemented.

about three weeks ago
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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

solios Re:If eveything is Hunky Dory (39 comments)

Which, voting for Reagan, or being old enough to vote in 84?

about 5 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

solios Re:Take medicine away from the wizards (255 comments)

Apple markup may be the fattest in the industry but if anyone can kick the bottom out of medical device pricing while still making an enormous profit, they're the company to do it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

solios QED. (533 comments)

Answers like this make Slashdot great. :-)

1 year,13 days
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New Shrew Has Spine of Steel

solios Re:Something that gets me... (93 comments)

This would be why I snort derisively at rapture-like interpretations of The Singularity - evolution is an endless process of optimization, not a directed A to B to C progression. Animals that haven't evolved in millennia - sharks, for example - aren't "Evolutionary dead ends," they are in fact optimized for survival in their habitats.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Add Ads To Smart Search

solios Re:Just copying. (169 comments)

Actually, Apple did it first with Sherlock, the search replacement in OS 9.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Said To Be Working On a 'Watch-Like Device'

solios Re:Oh, the irony! (291 comments)

I've worn a watch once in the last four years.

While my phone was being serviced!

about 2 years ago
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Software-Defined Radio For $11

solios Not Searchable. (171 comments)

Time isn't the issue for me. The issue for me is the fact that video "tutorials" feature voices that frequently grate on my nerves. Worse, the video tutorial cannot be quickly searched for the relevant information.

Seriously. I can find out if a text tutorial is relevant to the issue at hand in seconds. With video tutorials, I've typically closed the tab before the "host" finishes talking about how great he is, how great the software is, and what the tutorial is going to cover.

more than 2 years ago
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Museum of Engineered Organisms Opens In Pittsburgh

solios Re:Weird neighborhood for a museum. (54 comments)

Size-wise, you're right - it's definitely not in the same category as CMP. From google street view it seems more like the Toonseum.

I'll definitely have to check it out!

more than 2 years ago
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Museum of Engineered Organisms Opens In Pittsburgh

solios Weird neighborhood for a museum. (54 comments)

Garfield isn't exactly gentrified - in the 4900 block of Penn Avenue this place is a good distance from the Carnegie Science Center (north shore) or Natural History / Museum of Art in Oakland.

Out of the way of casual tourism, a couple of blocks from Garfield Artworks and two doors down from a really good Vietnamese restaurant.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

solios Re:They should wait a few more months (348 comments)

Have you actually gone through the military procurement system? They probably ordered these when the Newton was announced.

FTFY

more than 2 years ago
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Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life

solios Yes and no. (289 comments)

The fact I can troubleshoot classic MacOS 7.6.1 up through 9.2.2 and a number of old-world PPC related hardware issues over the phone without being anywhere near the machine in question is hardly Buzzword Compliant in this day and age.

The fact that I learned basic troubleshooting out of self defense in that environment, however, gave me a great baseline for dealing with hardware and basic software issues in the general sense. While any classic MacOS-related "certifications" may be long useless, the fact that I got that knowledge in the field with plenty of practice instead of out of a book or classroom lecture provided long-term benefits that no class or HR-friendly tickybox ever could.

The fact that hard-won knowledgebase went from being Current to Niche to Hobbyist over the course of a couple of years is one of the major reasons I've stopped giving a shit about staying "current" on hardware and software. It's a moving target, and I have much better things to do with my time - namely using the production software everything else is there to support.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?

solios Re:This is a software thing (556 comments)

First off Apple still offers anti-glare displays as an option on ALL their MacBook Pros. So the rant about not offering matte displays is completely off base. In fact, I'm writing this post on a later model Macbook Pro with an antiglare screen and a quick glance at the store shows this option still available.

Not on the 13", and not as an "option." The 15" with AG is almost a thousand dollars more expensive than the baseline 15". You can't mix and match - it's that machine or All Glare All The Time.

more than 3 years ago
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I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

solios Pants. (454 comments)

It's fall when the wardrobe shifts from shorts to pants. It's winter when the wardrobe shifts from hoody to heavy jacket.

The official dates don't seem to have much to do with the weather.

more than 3 years ago
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Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

solios This will happen when IT is put in its place. (443 comments)

IT exists to enable the business, not to dictate terms or restrict it. At present the basic corporate dynamic is a largely computer-ignorant upper management that can't be arsed to stay up to speed on the basic IT environment, so they blindly delegate the power and authority to the sysadmins, and IT gets to (largely) set policy and tell the office employees what they can and can not do.

As basic IT competency becomes progressively more and more of a requirement to get anything done (for work or at home), the user base is becoming more educated, and more irritated at the "priesthood" attitude of the IT department. Give it a generation - or less - and upper management will be dictating terms to IT instead of living in fear of the Beige Box, blindly accepting whatever The High Priest Of The Beige Box tells them.

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Gaming Industry Moving Online Too Fast?

solios If I can't get it how I want it I won't buy it. (185 comments)

See topic.

Sony behave like assholes and don't provide anything that makes their attitude towards their customers something worth tolerating.

For me, "entertainment" is a mix of value, convenience, and cost. If "convenience" isn't convenient, if enjoying the work is too much work, if I have to create yet a-fucking-NOTHER account to access your whatever, well... your loss. The library got here first, I can talk to the used bookstore clerk (or owner!), and your Big Media Mandate just means absolutely fuckall to me.

We've been unsteadily lurching towards a "tipping point" in which the content providers will have to strike a balance between the data they can mine and the eyeballs they can get. I know this, and I accept and endorse this by participating in it as little as possible (/. included)

more than 3 years ago

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