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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

sydbarrett74 Re:SSE2 and NX (215 comments)

Who on earth would be trying to run a modern release of Windows on pre-2003 hardware, anyway? Stuff of that vintage is only useful for historical curiosity, or at best running a stripped-down Linux distro. Given that CPU's that old had a horrible power/performance ratio, it would be cheaper in the long-run to spend the couple hundred bucks on newer equipment.

about a month ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

sydbarrett74 Answer: lemon laws (141 comments)

Until lemon laws for computer-related products become pervasive, this shit will continue. Manufacturers are able to skirt liability and hide behind nebulous EULA's.

about a month ago

The Benefits of Inequality

sydbarrett74 Hierarchy as correlated to division of labour (254 comments)

Hierarchy goes hand-in-hand with specialisation of roles in a society. Even in a hunter-gatherer society, the more physically endowed were hunters whilst the frailer members of the band gathered or engaged in child-care; even in pre-agricultural times, larger groups certainly had various factions even if they viewed other factions as peers. As agriculture took hold and a warrior caste developed, the more physically-armed members of society (or those were were under the protection of such) could keep the rabble down via the threat of violence.

about a month ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

sydbarrett74 Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

Sounds like your ideas on development are just as atavistic and misguided as the ones you have regarding economics. I see a trend here.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

sydbarrett74 First have user close windows w/ sensitive content (246 comments)

Before I work on someone's machine, I ask that person to close all windows that may have sensitive content s/he may not want me to see. This policy establishes a certain amount of trust with the user. Put the onus on the user to determine what s/he considers private and sensitive. Easy-peasy, and it only takes 30 seconds.

about a month and a half ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

sydbarrett74 Re:Boy, do I hear you! (372 comments)

Don't worry, there are some of us for whom your irony didn't escape us. :)

about 2 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

sydbarrett74 ' substantial benefit.' (474 comments)

The War on Drugs does provide a substantial benefit -- for the police forces who can buy shiny new toys by auctioning off stuff seized via asset forfeiture; the owners of private prisons; drug kingpins who earn their filthy lucre from peddling illicit wares; the members of public-sector prison-guard unions; and the laboratories who get to charge outrageous amounts of money to administer and process drug tests.

The general public, of course, does not share in this bounty and furthermore suffers from higher rates of violent crime spawned by prohibition.

about 2 months ago

After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

sydbarrett74 Re:Considering Bush did this... (219 comments)

As to why the 'cheap shot', it's because Obama has been expanding upon many of Bush's most-hated policies. In his campaign speeches, he promised to scale back the War on Terror, close Gitmo and rein in the surveillance apparatus. He has done none of these things, and has indeed intensified those efforts.

about 2 months ago

Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

sydbarrett74 Re:Jiji press? (283 comments)

Technology only goes so far. There are certain limits imposed by the laws of physics (e.g., thermodynamics) that are unyielding.

about 4 months ago

Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

sydbarrett74 Amory Lovins (568 comments)

I like Amory Lovins' twist: 'Global Weirding'.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

sydbarrett74 Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Have her run ReactOS in a virtual machine and she can run her favourite piece of software under *that*. She can run everything thing else (including a browser) under Windows 7 or 8.x.

about 6 months ago

How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

sydbarrett74 Re:Which is why (288 comments)

It throws the burden of taxation more on the wealthy, because they buy more things, and they be the least harmed, because they are wealthy.

Erm, no . If Bill Gates is a million times wealthier than me, do you think he buys a million times more automobiles? He does consume more than I do, but nowhere near in proportion to his greater overall wealth. You're committing a fallacy of composition. The wealthy may consume 10 or 100 times more, but the bulk of the difference in income and wealth are locked up in bonds and offshore accounts. This stuff gets passed onto their progeny, creating a de facto dynastic ruling class.

about 6 months ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

sydbarrett74 Follow the money (289 comments)

The people who profit from making all these inane rules are ultimately the manufacturers of the screening equipment, the people training security staff, et cetera. In other words, the military-industrial-security complex. It is with them (and the politicians who sell us out to them) that we must start redressing our grievances. We must also stop sensationalising every one-in-a-million occurrence (terrorism, being struck twice by lightning) and start mitigating the effects of problems that will likely impact us all (e.g., climate change).

about 7 months ago

Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

sydbarrett74 Criminal charges for management (236 comments)

The management who 'brushed off' the security staff should be held criminally liable. This goes beyond mere negligence.

about 7 months ago

Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

sydbarrett74 Re:Fuck Android (249 comments)

I also observe Google progressively closing off more and more of Android's API's, making iOS comparatively less of a walled garden over time. In that respect, Android's comparative advantage is decreasing steadily.

about 7 months ago

How Adobe Got Rid of Traditional Stack-Ranking Performance Reviews

sydbarrett74 Re:Yep, that makes sense (175 comments)

That self-assessment stuff is mostly wankery. I want my boss to be candid about what I'm doing right, and what I'm doing wrong. And tell me then and there, not six months later.

about 7 months ago

How Adobe Got Rid of Traditional Stack-Ranking Performance Reviews

sydbarrett74 Just like saving a file... (175 comments)

Feedback from our bosses should be like saving a file: early and often. I can't tell you how many times I've heard of a manager showing his/her dissatisfaction too late: during 'the talk' about the direct report being let go.

about 7 months ago

FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

sydbarrett74 Re:It's Like The Last Piece Of Technology That Wor (218 comments)

Your telephone line is a private circuit. Chances are, if someone's phone line got a short circuit -- the other circuits are intact -- it's not everybody elses.

That may be true if you're a rural customer and/or have DSL. However, if you live in a (sub)urban location and don't have DSL, chance are you're provisioned from a SLC-96. If so, your line is only private between your residence and the SLC-96 cabinet. From that point on to the central office, you're sharing a circuit with 23 other customers (a SLC-96 cabinet has 4 active DS1 circuits, with 1 spare; 4 x 24 = 96, hence the name).

about 8 months ago

U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

sydbarrett74 Infinite delay (348 comments)

The federal government needs to impose an 'infinite delay' on the F-35 -- i.e., scrap the fucking thing. Even most quarters within the Pentagon don't want it. It's a big white elephant that needs to be put out of its misery.

about 8 months ago


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