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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

something_wicked_thi Re:Yes, Global Cooling (432 comments)

Uh-huh. You know what The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times have in common? They aren't scientific journals. Do you believe the press does an accurate job representing scientific consensus today? Probably not, if you've been paying any attention. So why do you think they were doing a better job 40 years ago?

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

something_wicked_thi Re:Fuck this shit! (432 comments)

That's the problem with people who get their science from the front page of Time magazine and such. They confuse journalists with actual scientists. Actual scientists have known for a long, long time that the earth is warming and will continue to warm. Journalists continue to get it wrong.

about a week ago
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NASA Offers Bounty For Improved Asteroid Detection Algorithms

something_wicked_thi Re:$35,000 split x ways? (38 comments)

I think they're spending too much. Everyone knows this is just another trumped up threat by scientists to get government to pay for scientists' extravagant lifestyles. But asteroids are by no means settled science. Just because 99% of astronomers agree that a large asteroid hitting the earth would result in devastating consequences for the human race, I know this chemist who saw an asteroid enter the earth's atmosphere and burn up harmlessly. Why, just the other day, I saw one shoot across the sky harmlessly.

And don't try to tell me the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid. Everyone knows that volcanoes kill more dinosaurs every year than all the asteroids combined.

These asteroid alarmists need to get a life and calm down.

about a month ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

something_wicked_thi Re:Wrong, study shows disfavor with science. (482 comments)

Perhaps if you want them to be trusted, you should start trusting them and stop spreading your anti-AGW lies. And while you're at it, perhaps you should try to distinguish the latest fad diet from some idiot who wrote a self-help book, or whatever some "science reporter" has tried to pass off as science to sell magazines, from the actual peer reviewed articles in journals that comprise actual science.

about a month and a half ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

something_wicked_thi Re:Sure, why not? (410 comments)

Like the free market never makes a bad investment. Is your argument truly that businesses fail sometimes, and therefore we should not bother trying to stop climate change?

about 2 months ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

something_wicked_thi Re:There are no comments (410 comments)

Facts, evidence, and reason are readily available anywhere you want to look for them. At this point, about the only reason you left not to be familiar with them is willful ignorance. That's the reason you'll (hopefully) get modded into oblivion, not because there's a gospel or anyone's out to get you. Try reading a book once in a while that isn't written by someone working for an oil company.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

something_wicked_thi Re:Cult leader's son behaving like a cult leader (380 comments)

Rand Paul, an anti-abortion, anti-progressive tax, anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-environment moron who won't even answer a question about how old the earth is and ascribes to the philosophy that we should specifically ignore the best interests of other people in the interests of ourselves is the man you choose as your exemplar of someone who has the interests of the people at heart?

Well, I'm not a Republican nor a Democrat. I'm a Canadian! And I'm amused!

about 2 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

something_wicked_thi Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Let's assume what you say is true for the moment (even though by all reports it's not). Are you seriously trying to claim that in a theater full of people, a 71 year old man being beaten by a 40 year old man had no recourse but to shoot him?

This is the problem with gun culture in the US. As soon as you introduce a gun into a situation, people start dying when, in saner countries, things would have ended much more calmly.

about 3 months ago
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The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

something_wicked_thi Re:Mavericks was glitchy? (96 comments)

Turns out they did use 3DES, not 1DES. Still...

about 3 months ago
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The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

something_wicked_thi Re:Mavericks was glitchy? (96 comments)

Speaking of Adobe, how is the Adobe user account leak not on this list? Storing passwords encrypted rather than salted and hashed, using single-DES encryption rather than 3DES, using ECB instead of CBC, and storing the password hints in plain text? How in the seven hells did that not make this list when there's bullshit like the Mavericks Mail bug in here?

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

something_wicked_thi Re:Betteridge's law of headlines (321 comments)

In this case, I think the answer is yes, but the headline is misleading nonetheless. First, some Chromebooks use Intel chips, so Intel is probably getting a cut of this. Microsoft has more to lose than Intel here.

Second, Windows faces competition from a lot more than just Chromebooks, and I'd argue that Chromebooks aren't the reason why Windows is hurting. Rather, Windows netbooks and tablets have failed to be very compelling, so all the other competitors are doing well. I think that, while Chromebooks are getting more compelling, the biggest driver here is that WinTel laptops are getting less compelling faster.

Third, aren't Windows sales dipping across the board, anyway, in favor of more mobile devices? That seems like the biggest threat to WinTel, not Chromebooks.

about 4 months ago
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

something_wicked_thi Re: Hard to believe (804 comments)

30 minutes might be pushing it if you're using optical media, but with a USB 3 flash drive and a moderately fast computer with an SSD, it's certainly possible. But then you spend the next four hours waiting for Windows Update to do its thing.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

something_wicked_thi Re: The worst thing... (575 comments)

You think you'll find out about the white supremacist atrocities from their own literature?

Ah, yes, white supremacists. The poor man's Godwin.

Your post is full of assumptions, fallacies, mistruths, and irrelevant information. It's a shame it's been modded so highly. Let me point out just a few in that confused jumble.

Women are not only the majority of voters

So what? Why do you believe that a group always votes in its own best interests?

Even the president has spouted the wage gap myth despite all evidence proving that it does not exist -- Women do have babies

Wow. Just... wow. Let's put aside the fact that research shows there is indeed a wage gap, though not 23%, and that I never said anything about men earning more than women for the same job. Nevermind those. Let's talk about how women have babies. What do you suppose the men were getting up to? Your implication that it's the woman's job to raise the baby while the man is free to pursue his career belies your attestations that you really care about women and men being equal. Should they also not share equally in the duties of parenthood? Why, then, is having a child more of a tax on the woman's career?

The rest of your post is just as confused, misguided, and boring. Who said anything about giving women jobs they don't want, for example? Or Christians, Satanists, or KKK members?

Anyway, it's been fun, but I've already spent more time than I should on someone who thinks that comparing feminists to white supremacists is in any way a useful analogy. So long.

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

something_wicked_thi Re: The worst thing... (575 comments)

Yes, women rule over us. That's why they make more money than men, dictate what men must look like with fashion magazines, hold 90% or more of the political positions, and head up most corporations.

Clearly, just because GitHub doesn't want to be associated with this idiotic and vile bullshit, they're being controlled by feminists. Quick, everyone, to the free speech mobile. Let's tell GitHub that it's us who get to tell them what they can use their own web site to say. In the name of free speech, of course.

about 4 months ago
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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

something_wicked_thi Re:Billions are larger than millions (216 comments)

You people should try reading a book once in a while.

The water vapor problem is relatively minor because water vapor also causes cloud formation, which offsets the warming effect because it reflects light back into space. The science is still being settled about whether water vapor has even a positive or negative effect on the climate. They have studied it, but the situation is complex.

Also, the idea that global warming has stopped over the last 15 years has been debunked time and time again. It's a result of dishonest people taking an exceptionally warm year (1998, which remains the third hottest year on record) and drawing a line to a less exceptional year or even an exceptionally cold year (2008, usually) in an effort to mislead people into thinking that global warming has stopped or even is reversing.

The climate is cyclical due to El Nino effects, the solar cycle, and so on, so this is incredibly ill conceived. A running five year average is a better way to go, though given that the solar cycle is about 11 years, even that isn't perfect.

The earth has continued to warm. The last five years have shown a slight pause because of a couple of slightly colder years, but there's no reason to believe this is anything other than a temporary slowing. The long term graphs, especially if you include all of the 20th century, clearly show the earth is warming, and continues to warm.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Linux Driver Now Nearly As Fast As Windows OpenGL Driver

something_wicked_thi Re:Intel (113 comments)

I think you haven't been paying attention.

Take a look at this AnandTech review for one example.

Intel has been making great strides in GPU performance, especially for notebooks. This is probably primarily driven by Apple, but if you ignore the 4x MSAA problems, it's quite competitive with an nVidia 650m. And I've heard they're working on some pretty big improvements in Skylake.

Technologies like Crystalwell, and the amount of die space Intel is committing to this these days, make Intel a much more credible competitor for AMD and nVidia. Intel isn't going to unseat nVidia and AMD's dedicated graphics from the high-end gaming throne any time soon, but they're clearly angling for the mid-range market now whereas before, they were only after the lower end market. And given their significant power and thermal advantages, they've already got a pretty compelling offering.

about 5 months ago
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New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

something_wicked_thi Re:Useless exploit, just gives admin to a local us (241 comments)

No, it is not trivial to go from a non-root user to a root user, at least in a properly secured system. That requires local root exploits such as these. This is the whole basis for running daemons as non-privileged users. Even if Apache has an exploit, if it's running as a dedicated, non-privileged user, you can't get root on the system.

Local root exploits are serious, though obviously not as serious as a remote remote exploit. It's also true that they are usually easy to come by on unpatched systems. But your claim that it's trivial to go from a non-privileged user to a privileged one is incorrect.

Your ideas about security are wrong, and you are missing the first rule of holes: when you find yourself in one, stop digging.

about 5 months ago
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Google Patenting Less Noble Use of Project Loon Tech

something_wicked_thi Re:Google is a business... (87 comments)

Hey now. He didn't say it was edited for the better.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

something_wicked_thi Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

The linked article refers to a start button, not a start menu. Furthermore, it would be odd indeed for Microsoft to add new features between the preview builds and the final build. The point of the preview builds, after all, is to test the real build. Adding a start menu at this juncture would be extremely strange from a software qualification perspective.

Also, if Windows 8.1 were adding a start menu, you'd think Microsoft would say so in their Windows 8.1 feature list.

Furthermore, from the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Product Guide:

With new desktop enhancements, including the new Start button, workers can easily transition between the Start screen and the desktop. IT professionals can also customize the Start button to open the Apps view, which provides a complete list of installed apps. This list can be reordered by category, date, or name, and desktop apps can appear at the front of the list. Windows 8.1 can also boot right to the desktop. In fact, you can start directly in any view– the Start screen, Apps view, the desktop, or even a single app.

Note that Apps view is not the start menu. Rather, it's the Start Screen's Apps screen. I.e. this.

about 8 months ago

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Microsoft Not Affected by GPLv3 After All?

something_wicked_thi something_wicked_thi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

something_wicked_thi (918168) writes "ArsTechnica has posted an article that offers a counterpoint to the Groklaw coverage of Microsoft's statement regarding whether they are subject to the terms of the GPL. The ArsTechnica article takes the stance that the FSF might be wrong in their assessment of the situation and that Microsoft probably has not done anything to subject themselves to the GPL but are being cautious nonetheless.

The Groklaw article starts by suggesting the statement is laughable and seems to offer little evidence to support this conclusion. On the other hand, the ArsTechnica article has a more traditional style of journalism. Could Microsoft have a point, after all?"

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Parallels Releases WineD3D Source Code

something_wicked_thi something_wicked_thi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

something_wicked_thi (918168) writes "Seeing as Slashdot ran the story about Parallels being out of compliance with the [L]GPL, I think it's only fair that they provide an update. On the very next weekday after the Slashdot story ran, Parallels, apparently, has released the source code. The Wine developers are verifying that it really is what they say it is. The Wine page provides a link to the sources, though it is temporary. It would be nice if someone could mirror that before it gets Slashdotted."
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