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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

tekrat I wish it had happened (212 comments)

Yes, for 6 months the world would have been thrown into chaos. Millions might have even died. But we would have emerged from it stronger and more united as a planet. Imagine just in the USA.

Would Ted Cruz have shut down the government to protest Obamacare after having lived through an event like that? Do you think the Republicans would be global warming deniers if they had gone through an event where the sun struck back at earth and nearly destroyed us?

Suddenly american politics wouldn't be about immigration and shouts of "benghazi" it would be about trying to put the pieces back together and rebuilding our infrastructure rather than spending trillions on a fighter plane that can't fly.

I wish the disaster had happened, because it would focus us on the things that are important, rather than stupid wedge issues meant to keep the serfs arguing with each other rather than realizing their masters are incompetent.

3 days ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

tekrat I will invest in that. (168 comments)

Any company willing to tell it's investors "screw you", because they are looking long-term instead of focusing only on quarterly gains, that's a company I'm willing to invest in.

It's a sad state of affairs in the USA that almost every public company, without question only looks as far as their next quarterly report, and no further down the road. This is why all these businesses are run by idiots that can't even tell you what their company even *does*, because they are so focused on manipulating the stock price and their personal bonuses.

One reason the Japanese kicked our asses in the 1980's is that they were looking at 10-year plans while the USA looked only to the next quarter. Now the Chinese are doing the same, with long-term strategies, and we continue to have not learned our lessons.

So, if Amazon is looking long-term, then they are better managed than 99% of USA businesses. That's a company I can believe in. And I'll invest in that.

3 days ago

ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

tekrat Full Throttle (26 comments)

If this means I can play Full Throttle, count me in! That was one of the greatest games I've ever played, and certainly had the best opening ever made to a game.

4 days ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

tekrat And what about Economic Terrorism? (242 comments)

I mean, if I had to name someone a terrorist, I'd start with Rupert Murdoch, and then think about the CEO of Goldman Sachs (Blankenfein?)... Then there's that bank HSBC, that knowingly laundered money to terrorists and drug cartels.
  If you really think about it, the 1% are the nastiest bunch of terrorists around, but I'll bet you the entire planet (which the 1% own), that these terrorists never, ever, ever get their names on any terrorist list.
  So, what's a terrorist then? Someone, I guess... who represents a threat to the real terrorists running the world.

5 days ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

tekrat Re:DHS hasn't learned from Star Trek's "Nomad" (242 comments)

Sorry, it was "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", not aliens on Mulberry... My brain is shot at this hour without coffee.... Either way, you get it, I hope! ..... screw you slashdot lameness filter.

5 days ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

tekrat DHS hasn't learned from Star Trek's "Nomad" (242 comments)

In "The Changeling", the probe "Nomad" seeks to sterilize anything that is "imperfect" -- and of course, everything is imperfect to Nomad.

So essentially, *everyone* is a terrorist, and everyone is duty-bound to report their neighbors. Until everyone is watching everyone and we're all ready to shoot our neighbors to maintain the peace.

Those Aliens are coming to Mulberry street alright.

And I got to reference two 1960's TV shows that warned us of this very event, and we're too dumb to listen. Amurica f*ck Yeah!

5 days ago

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

tekrat So, America *needs* traitors? (190 comments)

Let me get this straight; because this article is making my mind blow..... When Mr Snowden did what he did, the comments here on Slashdot both hailed him as hero and decried him as a traitor. This is still unresolved.

And now we're saying that we NEED to have a Snowden-style event to have any kind of transparency at DHS? So, Americans need to give up their Hawaiian gymnast girlfriends, go on the lam, be hunted by every three-letter agency, have to move to Russia, have a price put on their heads, and still be hated by 50% of America who'd want to thrown them in a deep dark hole for the rest of their lives without a trial..... All so *you* can have some nice "transparency" at the DHS?????

Sorry, but if that's what's required, PLEASE NOW ADMIT THAT AMERICA IS A FASCIST POLICE STATE, and that if the price of freedom is so high that most people aren't willing to give up everything for that freedom, we have become land of the sheep.

Also, if you feel that's what's required; do it yourself; or start a revolution to take your country back from the oligarchs that have made into a greedy-self-serving-piece-of-shit-excuse for a nation. Mr Snowdens are few and far between and you're lucky to have the ones you have.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

tekrat Screwed up Job Ads... (272 comments)

One advantage of being laid off by Microsoft. When the crappy job ad asks for the impossible, such as "5+ years experience with Windows 8", a former MS employee can actually claim to have that experience!

about two weeks ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tekrat Truth is the first casualty of a war.... (503 comments)

And I am afraid that has always been the case, and always will be. And I'd swear that I first heard the headline of my post out of the mouth of Desslok of Gamilon, while watching an episode of Star Blazers as a kid. Go Star Force!

about two weeks ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

tekrat An even bigger problem... (435 comments)

Adults locked in Hot Driverless Cars.

about two weeks ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

tekrat MOD UP! (533 comments)

Thank you. This is why I still come to slashdot.

about two weeks ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

tekrat Rand Paul Ads on Facebook? (533 comments)

Does this mean that Rand Paul will make "interesting posts" that Facebook thinks I want to read that end up in my newsfeed? Does this mean autoplay videos of Rand Paul will be "posted" by my "friends"?

Facebook is already making me doubt the validity of anything I see on the internet, and frankly, I don't care which game of thrones character I am, I don't care that 99% of people can't name a movie with the letter "S" in it, and I don't care that some friends want a one word response about how we met. And I really don't care that someone's cancer will be cured if they get a million "likes".

So, really, what's being added here by Rand Paul? All it's going to do is confirm that I'm fed up with facebook, and my "friends" aren't important enough for me to have to put up with it.

about two weeks ago

Breaches Exposed 22.8 Million Personal Records of New Yorkers

tekrat Sell your own data... (41 comments)

Companies have proved they do not care about your data and are willing to essentially give it away via breaches. And *nothing* is ever done about preventing identity theft, because the burden of fixing it is up to the individual, not the credit card issuer, and not the large faceless corporation that saved $20 on security software, but let the hackers in to take your identity in the first place.

They then promise to fix the problem, but then never do. And government looks the other way because they are in the pocket of big business in the first place.

So, beat them to the punch: Sell your identity to the hackers. Make it a place like ebay where people get to bid on you. You get money (probably from a previously stoeln credit card); the hackers get to perform credit card fraud; and then you get new cards issued from your bank, and a week or two later, you get to start the process all over again. In the meantime, there's an "economy" at work, and believe it or not, it's on the backs of the credit issuers, who have to keep replacing your card.

Then, after a few years of that; they might actually do something about the ease of identity theft.

Sure, you've ruined your credit rating; but in the meantime, so has everyone else -- this only works if everyone does it of course -- so credit ratings become meaningless and the world, like in fight club, becomes a better place and maybe we go back to the days where companies took some responsibility and weren't just gouging everyone for every last cent.

Maybe, just maybe, we can turn this thing around on them and take our planet back.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

tekrat Max Headroom Reference: (401 comments)

Police officer: Oh my god, this guy's TV has an off-switch!
Other officer: He'll fry for that!

For those of you who never got to enjoy this fabulous series from the mid-1980's Max Headroom took place is a dystopian society where TV ruled the land, and being able to shut it off was illegal. Even political offices were voted on via ratings. Being "blank" (unable to be tracked via computer, no credit history, no marketing history) made you a terrorist. 20 minutes into the future my friend.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

tekrat Outfit (590 comments)

Let me guess... This new female Thor will wear a skimpy outfit, and much less armor than the previous, male Thor. But this is objectification is somehow empowering to women...

about two weeks ago

Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

tekrat Message Decoded.... (95 comments)

It reads.... "If you go to Z'ha'Dum, you will die".
Apparently it's a personal message for Commander Sheridan.

about two weeks ago

Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

tekrat Not Gonna Happen. (389 comments)

In 15 years we couldn't even switch over to all LED lighting instead on incandescent. And as the "Rolling Coal" jerks have appropriately pointed out, any attempt at legislating environmental changes versus "lifestyle" changes will be met with extreme civil disobedience. You might as well be asking to take away their guns.

We are doomed. Earth will survive, but we will not. But hey, it doesn't matter as long as kids get to stare into their cellphones all day twittering. Oh, wait, there's no cell phones anymore because we don't have electricity anymore because of global devastation? It's all that Socialist Keynan Muslim's fault! Benghazi!

We won't switch to nuclear because everyone will be "NIMBY", "oh noes radiation!", meanwhile they hold a 2 watt transmitter next to their skulls for 8 hours a day straight, and eat microwaved everything with GMOs and steroids. Electric cars won't catch on unless there's a revolution in charging times and range and cheapness.

And then there's the entire Republican Party platform that global warming doesn't even exist. Have you read the Texas GOP platform? If even a fraction of that gets through, we'll be sent back to the stone age.

America is too stupid, ignorant, and proud of being ignorant to give a crap if we are killing ourselves. And they won't do anything unless all of Florida is washed away, and even then they probably won't do anything.

about three weeks ago

A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

tekrat I can recall it for you wholesale (87 comments)

Jonny Mnemonic is real. Hack the Gibson. I know how you're wired, cowboy. It was hot the night we burnt Chrome.

about three weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

tekrat Incorporate (223 comments)

Every American should incorporate themselves. It's the only way to guarantee you have rights. If you are a closely held corporation, your religious rights cannot be infringed, your property cannot be confiscated, you can commit heinous crimes and only face a fine (no jail time for CEOs); and furthermore, NSA "spying" can be sued over as industrial espionage or as copyright violations under intellectual property rights laws.

Basically you have way more rights as a corporation. If you're an individual or "citizen", you're screwed.

about three weeks ago



Facebook IOS latest update broken

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about a year ago

tekrat (242117) writes "If you're thinking of downloading the latest update to the Facebook App for your Apple IOS device, don't! Although the new "chat heads" feature sounds appealing, the newsfeed is completely broken, resulting in a grey screen with the "rotating flower" indicating it's trying to load the newsfeed, but never actually does. Nice job beta-testing there, facebook."

Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "A business controlled by Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp., sued 11 companies including Google Inc., Apple Inc. and EBay Inc., saying they infringed patents on Web-based technology. AOL Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Google’s YouTube were also named, according to a statement today from Allen’s Interval Licensing LLC. Interval Licensing owns the patents of a defunct computer science and communications research company Allen and David Liddle founded in 1992, according to the statement."
Link to Original Source

Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only 47 years old and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two people had mentioned Kon's passing, though those two people are trustworthy members of the anime industry: the President of Madhouse Studios (Mindgame) and one of the founding members of Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Now it has been confirmed that Kon has passed away. He died of cancer."
Link to Original Source

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekrat writes "We've had PC case mods aplenty. They are now boring unless they are really off the wall, but hey, what about your PC's accessories? Here's a guy that decided to modify the case to his new bluetooth optical mouse, and house it in something much more classy — a SUN type 3 optical mouse. Now all he needs to do is modify the keyboard as well. Not only is the link a decent hardware hack, it shows a bit of computing history as well. That optical mouse with the bright red LED in it you're using right now was invented before most of the people reading this story were born!"

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekrat writes "The ZENN all-electric car, manufactured by a Canadian company is going to be powered, not by batteries, but by a new type of ultracapacitor created by EEStor of Austin Texas. What's unique about this is that their claims about the storage capacity and the recharge ability of their product could make regular batteries obsolete (9 minute recharge time, provides 52 kilowatt-hours, sustaining a million charge/discharge cycles before needing replacement). Although the ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) car is a low-speed neighborbood grocery-getter, it's obvious that EEStor is looking to create a storage system using their technology (patent application US 20040071944A1) for an all-electric high-speed car that could free many economies from fossil fuels. EEStor seems to be on to something here — even if their product does 50% of what they claim, it's pretty revolutionary and could potentially change the world."



Anybody know how to use this thing

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What the hell is the Journal for anyhow? What are we supposed to do with it? Write funny letters to each other?

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