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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

steelfood Re:TPB isn't just cheaper. (118 comments)

* Doesn't creepily track you.

You're more easily tracked via BitTorrent than any other medium.

Well, it's technically tracking downloads and uploads, not necessarily viewing behavior, so maybe that's an advantage.

yesterday
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

steelfood Re:Slashdot Effect (118 comments)

The Obamacare site had the same problems.

Oh, you mean for Slashdot to put out a shitty beta and randomly throw people into it, thereby driving visitors away. That might work.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

steelfood Re:Oh bullshit (578 comments)

Wait, you're not?

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

steelfood Re:This could be really good for Debian (528 comments)

I've found one major distro that still avoids systemd (for now anyway): PCLinuxOS.

It's listed on DistroWatch among the top 20 Linux distros, for whatever that's worth.

Otherwise, every other major Linux distro uses systemd.

yesterday
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

steelfood Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (528 comments)

How can anyone expect someone to pick Windows for their desktop when there's so much fragmentation?

I know you're being tongue in cheek, but most people don't pick Windows; it's picked for them.

yesterday
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

steelfood Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

Yes, but sometimes, colorful language accents a point. And sometimes, it makes people laugh. Linus uses it to do both, often at the same time.

Linus is a fairly eloquent writer. The imagery his descriptions evoke are always sharp and to the point. If he uses colorful language, it's often warranted in the context of the discussion. Said language only appears egregious when taken out of context.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

steelfood Re:Let me FTFY (292 comments)

Well, there's what's written on paper. And then there's what's reality.

And reality is often very different from what's written on paper.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

steelfood Re:It's a Republican Thing (292 comments)

Specifically for Michigan, it's a Michigan (Detroit) thing. Big auto you know?

Specifically for the link in question, there's a strong correlation between blue states and allowing Tesla sales.

To be fair, neither really say that Republicans are for banning Tesla.

5 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

steelfood Re:Windows 7 (138 comments)

I see your anecdote and raise you uh, I guess if I want USB3 functionality, I'll check out Biostar boards first.

about a week ago
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MAVEN Spies Mars' Atmosphere Leaching Out Into Space

steelfood Re:So much for colonization plans... (63 comments)

Colonizing Mars was really just a pipe dream anyway. The core of Mars is dead (no longer liquid and spinning), so the planet is dead. It makes sense. Trying to terraform is it like trying to bring the dead back to life. In the best case, you'll get Frankenstein's monster. In the worst, nothing will come of it.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

steelfood Re:So confused (376 comments)

Actually, we went to war to keep Saddam from selling oil in Euros, so it was in fact Misson Accomplished. The whole WMD thing was just to satisfy Joe Q. Public.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

steelfood Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

Did you forget that Iraq was a U.S. ally at one point? That they used chemical weapons during their war with Iran? Oh, and that those two just so happened to occur during the same time periods?

India, Egypt, China? Might as well include Russia in your list too if you're just going to start listing out countries. And by the way, Egypt was a very close U.S. ally up until Spring fever got to them.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

steelfood Re:This Hospital is in No Way Unique (463 comments)

In this case, the idiot up and went to Ohio to plan a wedding knowing full well there's still a chance of having contracted the disease. If more cases stem from this, I think you very wll can find someone to blame.

And I'm pretty sure she won't be the only one. The people on the plane with her are going to continue with their daily lives as if nothing's happened. They should be strictly quarrantined for three weeks, but instead, they're going to to back to Ohio or go onto wherever they're supposed to go (and back maybe), and in three weeks, we'll be real lucky if there are no more cases.

This is getting more and more serious, but the government's attitude continues to be lackadasical. At this point, at-risk people shouldn't even be allowed to go outdoors. Keep them quarrantined: give them food and water, and compensate for whatever loss they might incur once this all blows over, assuming that it will.

A disproportionate response is the only thing that will stop an outbreak here. A reasonable, measured, adequate response will ultimately result in a much higher body count.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

steelfood Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

No, the reason it's so scary is the #3 is clearly untrue at this point. The protocols are either not being followed, not being enforced, or simply insufficient. Looking at the CDC response and the hospital's response, it's almost like the protocols are being developed as they go along. Select hospitals have training and protocol established. Knowing the insides of a hospital a bit too well, I know most are winging it.

You might expect that for 3rd world countries, but for 1st world countries like the U.S. with a world-class health care system, this is a shock to a lot of people (especially the people who think the U.S. is the best at everything). That's why there's so much noise about ebola. In fact, most people already know (because most people have been to hospitals enough times they know what goes on there) that our medical facilities would be completely inadequate to handle even one case, forget a full-blown outbreak. Couple this with the incredible amount of mobility of a 1st world country, and it's almost a given that there'll eventually be cases everywhere so long as the outbreak in West Africa remains uncontained. And most people know that with enough cases of ebola, the system will simply collapse. That's the scary part.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

steelfood Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

The Ebola infection rate was 100% of the monkeys kept in the same room with infected pigs.

I believe that's the airborne strain that doesn't affect humans.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

steelfood Re:NO (463 comments)

You can't quarrantine international flights. But you can quarrantine Dallas. Or the hospital. Or the hospital workers who've provided care to Duncan specifically. Or hell, just ground all flights, which they're going to have to do if this gets any more out of control.

This person should not have been allowed to fly. We already have a no-fly list. It's not managed well because of its secrecy and difficulty of getting off, but if there ever was a time it was appropriate to use a list to prohibit people from traveling, that would be now.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

steelfood Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

No, she had a low grade fever the day of the flight, which indicates a very high probability she was infectious not just on the flight, but before she left.

It's not just the other people on the plane who're at risk. If she spoke to someone at the baggage counter, that person's at risk too. If she used the bathroom, the next person to use the stall would be at risk. Not as high a risk as if she had been vomiting or even speaking, but it's still at risk.

about a week ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

steelfood Re:Miles? (62 comments)

They took the picture 16km out, which conveniently converts nicely to an even 10 miles. It's like they wanted Americans to convert.

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

steelfood Re:German illegal? (323 comments)

come from people with short memories.

No, just poor education.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

- George Santanyana

We don't live in an ideal. But it's important we set it up as our goal and try to get as close to it as possible. And when we collectively take a step back, which is inevitable, it's important to note this and do what we can to reverse it. Apathy and scaremongering are both unproductive.

about a week ago

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