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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

strikethree Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (171 comments)

It's already socialism, because the big Telcos and cable providers have a government-protected monopoly.

No. That is closer to Fascism.

1 hour ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

strikethree Re:Not my LG... (104 comments)

If at all possible, I would recommend rooting your phone and killing/removing apps. You could also try Cyanogenmod if it is supported on your device... which it likely is.

1 hour ago

The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

strikethree Re:Ho-lee-crap (271 comments)

Wait wait wait! It gets even MORE radical when you consider that they are also building 100 other ships AT THE SAME TIME. Oy oy oy. 46 thousand employees indeed. It must be an amazing dance to watch. It sounds like they have some great management there too if they are sustaining this kind of work.

5 hours ago

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

strikethree Re:If you want results from the web (312 comments)

Anything to help the user is best.

Won't someone think of the children, erm um, user?

It is downright invasive to do such things without the user knowing about and being able to control such things.

Granted, it is potentially a nice service to offer. Forcing such privacy violations on EVERYONE without recourse is just evil. No excuses.

8 hours ago

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

strikethree Re:This won't stop until we are in chains (130 comments)

While I can see the temptation, it isn't going to work so well. That war was of states verses states, with access to military hardware on both sides. A revolution in the US today would consist of semi-organised armies of volunteers with rifles verses a government with long-range artillery, bomber aircraft, advanced intelligence-gathering equipment and much more powerful fully-automatic assault rifles.

Erm, yeah. So how did less than a thousand Islamic State "fighters" just defeat a state (Iraq) sponsored force 10 times their size when the state sponsored force has all of the stuff you seem so fearful of? You seem to think it will be a simple us vs them battle whereas the truth is that the "us" and "them" are both part of the same government. You do not think that some general will command his people to defend citizens from a government assault or that some FBI analyst might pass information about upcoming ops to the rag-tag bunch of high school students fighting for freedom in the foothills of Colorado? Etc etc. The personal weapons are just a prerequisite.


Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

strikethree Re:Meh (201 comments)

Why couldn't they have hit the sweet spot - 5", 1080p, and focused on camera quality & battery life?

Erm... My Nexus 5 is about 5 inches. It has 1080p. The camera seems pretty good. If my phone idles for 14 hours is still has 93% battery left.

Isn't the Nexus 5 what you really want? It is dirt cheap too.

2 days ago

How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

strikethree Re:I don't get the rage (238 comments)

I for one have decided to 'check-out' from games; I'm no longer spending any money on games with anyone for anything. I'm not pushing a boycott, I've just decided that the well has been so poisoned, that I don't want to be supporting anyone with my custom.

Just play games. Ignore them. Do what YOU want to do. Just play games. You are in control of your life, not them. They are outside. You are inside. Just play games.

Fuck 'em.

2 days ago

Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

strikethree Re:Don't bother with AP CS (144 comments)

One of the best things about AP Computer Science is that you get some good experience with recursion, inheritance, interfaces, class design --- more advanced topics that you might not encounter as a self-educated programmer

As a self taught programmer, some of the most enlightening things I learned were algorithms and data structures. These are the ones generally missed by many of the self taught people that I have met. No, Big O notation has nothing to do with Office Space and Jennifer Aniston while Red and Black trees have nothing to do with Christmas.

I did not, and still do not really like recursion, but I do find tail recursion useful at times. Very elegant. Object Oriented stuff... is useful but I prefer to stay in C and ASM and use function pointers instead of strictly defined objects.

about a week ago

Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

strikethree Re:More information: (151 comments)

Can you imagine if we put the war on drugs budget against fusion power instead? If we had started 40 years ago we might already have it.

Control of people is more important than control of energy. I feel certain the rulers of this world would be happy to go back to stone age living conditions if the alternative would mean losing control.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

strikethree Re:What makes you think (174 comments)

Nope. If I am understanding the situation correctly, there is only one connection from his server at the datacenter to the Battlefield server. The "duplicate" streams are handled before they ever leave his own datacenter server. I see no reason why this could not be accomplished since he controls both endpoints... but AFAIK, he would need to write his own networking stack. It seems that what he wants is a bit outside of the protocol specs and can not be handled "automatically".

about a week ago

Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

strikethree Re:Inaccurate headline (238 comments)

This is a documentation failure. They're fixing the documentation. For anyone who would actually care about perfect accuracy in these kinds of operations, there are any number of different solutions to achieve the desired, more accurate result. argues directly against your dismissive attitude.

about a week ago

Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

strikethree Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (238 comments)

I'm a maths graduate. I'll tell you now that I wouldn't rely on a FPU instruction to be anywhere near accurate. If I was doing anything serious, I'd be plugging into Maple, Matlab, Mathematica and similar who DO NOT rely on hardware instructions.

I am a terrorist. I am designing the detonator for a bomb with a nuclear yield. I absolutely need those instructions to be in hardware so my calculations can finish before the heat death of the universe. Your software math programs fail at that.

about a week ago

The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

strikethree America (478 comments)

International groups wanted the U.S. to step in sooner to help fight the outbreak in west Africa

What the fuck? Why not ask Russia, Japan, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, etc to step in and stop the outbreak? Why America? Why not someone else? Is Sweden or the UK lacking in medical knowledge? Is it about money? China has none? Is it about personnel? India doesn't have people?

Seriously, why call on America when everyone knows how evil and totalitarian America is? I just do not get it. On one hand, we get, "Get away from us. You are evil." and on the other hand, we have, "Hey, we know you are nice guys. Can you help us?"

Really? If you shit on someone, don't go asking them for help afterwards. America should not help, but America is better than that and will help anyways.

about a week ago

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

strikethree Re:Really? (144 comments)

This girl has already done more in the less than 2 decades she's been alive then the whole of the Slashdot community combined.

I would not be so sure of that if I were you... Not everyone here posts under their real name and lists their real life accomplishments.

about a week ago

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

strikethree Re:Never forget (717 comments)

No, children, the trolls were not here first. Some of us remember that human beings inhabited the Internet before the Eternal September.

WTF are you talking about? Trolling was a high art long before Eternal September. I recall seeing some pretty incredible trolling on Usenet long before the AOL masses were unleashed onto the Internet.

about a week ago

Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

strikethree Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

You cannot ever prove that the NSA (or whichever agency) does not snoop

Erm, the reason the NSA is an issue is because it is part of the one of the very few governments on the planet that did NOT snoop on your internet traffic as a matter of course.

In other words, if you are from a non-Western country, it is guaranteed that your packets are being snooped and your traffic analyzed at all times. Even many Western nations do not explicitly guarantee that your packets are not snooped.

Ultimately, nobody should have EVER trusted that their communications were not being snooped regardless of where they are from. People have an unyielding need to snoop on others. Governments are uniquely placed to do such things, but you can bet your ass that private entities are doing what they can to snoop on your packets (and anything else you do!) as surely as governments are.

about two weeks ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

strikethree Re:Why do people care so much? (771 comments)

That, and there are the corruptable binary logs, the solution to which in the bug report is to "just delete them" and the bug has been closed as won't fix. Sorry, but if this is the resposne to journal corruption rather than finding out WHY the journals get corrupted and fixing the fuckign problem, then i do not want that in control of my logfiles.

Log files are unimportant to the people who are writing and advocating for SystemD.

Logs files are criminally important to those who have to report to regulatory agencies and otherwise important to those who manage systems for others (businesses and governments). None of those agencies will accept missing, incomplete, or corrupted log files during an investigation.

The people writing this software need to get serious or get out. Logs are of vital importance.

It seems like I am surrounded by inexperienced children who have no adults to discipline them.

about two weeks ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

strikethree Re:Slashdot Response (771 comments)

And you come to EXACTLY the wrong conclusion. Here is how it should really go.

Article: Someone is fixing VTs and making them more secure and reliable.

Comments: Fuck yeah! VTs worked but they certainly needed improvement.

Article: SystemD is integrating VTs.

Comments: What the fuck?! I can understand someone wanting to fix VTs but why in God's name are they integrating it into SystemD? It already has 69 fucking subsystems, all of which come crashing down if there is an error in even one. Why would I want my VTs to be integrated into that mess?

You: People are complaining about someone fixing VTs.

Me: You are a fucking troll.

about two weeks ago



MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 7 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."

Link to Original Source




strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 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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