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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

strikethree Re:Wait, what? (114 comments)

I was getting headaches like that too. Found out it was due to something that was put into the little "bread cakes" I was eating. No, the specific ingredient was not listed on the package. I suspect it was some sort of preservative that is used on grain type foods.

Thankfully, my headaches were regular. It took only 3 weeks of investigation (after three months of "I want to cut my head off" pain).

I did not eat the little bread cakes one weekend. Had no headache that week. I ate two little breadcakes the following weekend and felt the migraine come on. I took the wrapper into the doctor (it was in Arabic) and he said all it has is sugar, water, and grains. Yeah....

So I had a graham (?) cracker at one of the Haagen Daz stores here and it triggered the migraine response too.

I generally have to be somewhat careful around grain type foods but I rarely have those headaches anymore.

5 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

strikethree Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

It's not a massive program, it's a collection of small daemons implementing basic OS services needed by modern desktop and server deployments, one of which is PID 1.

I do not need any of the services it provides. The only thing I need is a kernel, a libc, and a shell. Everything else I can do. Take your fucking windows-like bullshit elsewhere motherfucker.

5 days ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

strikethree Re:Qt... (89 comments)

I like your .sig

"Those that start by burning books, will end by burning men."

Where is it from?

about a week ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

strikethree Re:Early adopters (154 comments)

I was incredibly interested in Google Glass but when I found out it would be uploading everything to Google; that they were essentially useless without sharing everything with Google, I was immediately and completely turned off.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

strikethree Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

I'm not sure how adopting a free software component (which sure, happens to be largely maintained by RH engineers, like many other free software components we use to build a distro) will turn us all into corporate-loving robots giving up freedom to be near the source of systemd.

SystemD has tentacles into a LOT of subsystems. I am unsure how it will be used against me but since it requires its own ecosystem and denies the ability for other ecosystems to even exist, I feel threatened by it. I have no other problems with SystemD. I am using CentOS 6.5 and have no troubles with it... but of course, it does not restart daemons like it claims to do, but that is a trivial problem in comparison to why I feel threatened by it.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

strikethree Re: Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

Since Debian is known as the "super stable" distro and from what we've seen systemd obviously still has some issues to be worked out why not simply have systemd in testing and have stable without?

Because SystemD is an all or nothing proposition because of the way it tries to "integrate" into pretty much everything. Maintaining all of the dependencies is too much work so it either requires a complete fork or complete integration.

Which is, of course, one of the reasons so many people reject SystemD on such a fundamental level.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

strikethree Re:I agree with the IT workers' take... (459 comments)

I am deeply curious now: What about you says that you are not the expert or in charge?

You do not say what you think it is. Gender? Race? Mannerisms? Bearing? Age?

about two weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

strikethree Re:The worst thing you can do. (273 comments)

but the truth is that there is no amount of hard work will necessarily make you successful. There are too many people waiting with outstretched hands to take advantage of you, or feet waiting to trip you

Truer words are rarely spoken.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

strikethree Re:They're probably correct (273 comments)

Whoah whoah whoah there. Rote memorization is fine and necessary but you simply can NOT memorize everything on this planet. That implies that some things are worth more to memorize than others.

Rote memorization of first principles is not just important, it is a _requirement_

For example, rote memorization of an alphabet is a requirement if you wish to know how to read or spell words in a language. Multiplication tables are not quite at the same level of requirement as an alphabet, but are exceedingly useful to have memorized.by rote.

Remembering that the American Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776 would be useful but remembering that it was signed at 9:11 AM would be not so useful.

In summary, rote memorization is an important aspect of learning, but its use should not replace reasoning and logic.

about three weeks ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

strikethree Re:the problem is elsewhere (389 comments)

If there is no penalty, why don't we all commit to filing 5 DMCA takedowns a day per site we visit. 5 per day for Slashdot, Youtube, Facebook, whatever, multiplied by a million people... at the end of the month, a major hurting could be given to a law like this.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

strikethree Re:Magic Matter (138 comments)

I think you are being overly hard on the parent. What I read into his words were that by calling it "Dark Matter" we are focusing too much on the possibility that it is actually matter whereas the truth may be far more... different.

For example, someone above proposed that space itself may be "dimpled". Another off-the-cuff proposal is that the convention of "frames of reference" is not defined properly so that the galactic curves may not be what is actually there (assuming there is actually an objective reality).

Sure, Dark Matter is an excellent placeholder like X is an excellent placeholder in an algebraic equation; However, in algebra, we do not assume that what X actually represents will be a letter. With Dark Matter, it seems that we are assuming it will be matter... but there is zero evidence that it will be matter at all, which is why is it has the further label of dark.

To me, the parent was insightful even if the comment did not offer any actual forward progress.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

strikethree Re:To what Standard? (170 comments)

My government protects me as I expect your government to protect you.

Your government does not protect you and my government does not protect me. Our governments protect themselves and their direct money streams. If either of us happen to be part of the government or part of the direct money stream, we enjoy fairly good protection.

As citizens, we are a herd to be slaughtered. No single one of us is of any importance and we will not be defended unless our respective government sees a direct advantage for itself in doing so.

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Opens Up 60fps To Everyone

strikethree Re: Firefox better get their act together (152 comments)

Mozilla is not making products from the point of view of people. They appear to be making products from the point of a view of a company that has had some success. HUGE mistake. They are irrelevant without people using their products. People use stuff that respects their own wishes.

about three weeks ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

strikethree Re:Sparks but no flame: Pianist Dejan Lazic at Ken (257 comments)

Fuck. Now i want to hear him play. I like some of those qualities he is "guilty" of. I love technical greatness.

Honestly, he should have just shrugged it off if it truly bothered him... or else is this is a concerted effort to have the Streisand effect applied to him. The worst thing that can happen to a performer is to be forgotten.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

strikethree Re:the ones to blame are the 350.org, etc (695 comments)

They grip about the amount that America produces per capita.
Yet, America as a whole, produces less than 15% of the CO2. Likewise, our per capita is less than 16.

I never understood this "per capita" measurement. Per capita, I should be making a metric fuckton of money... and yet here I am, getting slightly better than jack and shit. Per capita, I pollute more than a majority of the world, and yet here I sit, almost entirely carbon neutral.

What good is this per capita crap? America produces more than China and has a third of the population of China so of course, per capita, it is going to be higher. But that says nothing about the total pollution. If China were manufacturing more than America, they could say they pollute less on a per-capita basis... but, again. What fucking good is that?

Why do people constantly speak about per capita?

about three weeks ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

strikethree Re:This is news, how exactly? (187 comments)

and what the actual customer experience is going to be is a direct reflection of how many titles they actually sold, not necessarily what people think of the experience afterward. Customer experience only impacts them to the extent that it might theoretically influence future purchases from such customers

There is no theory about it.

I bought a game called Armour Geddon. Absolutely awesome game. I had no idea of copy protection or how it may have been implemented, so I put my Armour Geddon disk in the drive. My Amiga tells me the disk is corrupt and would I like to fix it. I now had a disk called Lazarus but no Armor Geddon.

I bought a game called Ultima 5. It required the write-protect tab to be OFF in order to work. possibly for saved games, possibly for some weird copy protection scheme. I am unsure, I was still a bit naive. Well, the disk failed. I returned it and had to pay something like $15 for a new disk. It failed again. Another $15 dollars later ... and, you guess it. It failed again.

So I educated myself. Copy protection is bad. It takes what I paid for and removes my ability to use what I paid for.

So I decided I would never buy games with Copy Protection on them. There is no theory involved here. "Future sales" have been impacted for like 20 years now. It is just that there are millions of naive people new to all of this each year so nobody notices and disregards that there are millions each year pledging to never buy copy protected games again.

Well, I like playing games. I really want to reward the people who make the games that I like because I want them to continue making them.

How do I resolve this? I do not really resolve it. What does happen is this. I pirate EVERYTHING. I justify that to myself by saying that they want to steal from me so, since it is war, I will try to steal from them and we will see who wins.

So how do I ensure that games I like keep getting created? I buy the ones I like... after I have pirated them. But I will not install them. I only play pirated games; although Steam has moderated that somewhat.

Again, there is no theory here: Copy Protection impacts sales negatively.

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

strikethree Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

Travel in suborbital space for the wealthiers accomplish nothing.

By itself no...

Actually, even by itself it does. Instead of sitting on a plane for 32 hours flying to Australia I could take a suborbital and be there in four hours... if the wealthy had financed such research.

The GP is just being a reactionary luddite at this point. No imagination.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

strikethree Re:Out-of-the-box babysitting of processes (928 comments)

I like that in the future when the integration is more complete, I'll be able to install a database or a webserver and then once in a full moon when a cosmic ray hits the process and kills it, systemd will just restart it.

I wonder when that future will be. It certainly does not keep nessusd running. That is what kills me about all of this: The shit just isn't reliable and some people still want to jump on it as some sort of standard immediately. Just insane.

about three weeks ago
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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

strikethree Re:Why? (95 comments)

They say we get the governments we deserve -- if that's true, we must be truly evil bastards!

Sure, just like that cute little girl gets the rapist she deserves. WTF?

about three weeks ago

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MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 8 months ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

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Wikipedia

strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.

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