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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

thesupraman Re:Anti-feminism is NOT misogyny (299 comments)

You need to learn some basic comprehension I am afraid.

An Advocate is someone actively pushing for something.
Not being an advocate in NO way means you are apathetic to something or against something.
You can be a supporter without being an advocate.

However what you have done is demonstrated your actual bias by trying to tar anyone who is not a feminist as being against women, a common dirty trick.

Or do you really believe that you are against everything in this world that you dont actively work to support?
When was the last time you actively worked to support starving africans? homeless people? abused children? abused animals? male rape victims? (yes, they exist) the land rights of Austalian Aborigines?

See how it works? not being an advocate for something does not mean you dont support it.

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

thesupraman Re:Huh? (299 comments)

Journalists are also in a position of power and trust, and as they are quite willing to dig in to the 'background' of others and public report it from that position of power, they should be willing to accept the same.

Neither party should enter in to any kind of smear campaign, or falsely report anything, or hopefully sensationalise anything, however there must be balance.

And part of that balance is that journalists should be willing to be held up to the same level of scrutiny as the people they report on.

From what I could tell there was no reported evidence that their private life was going to be investigated, just their background - and that IS entirely valid, in the
same way that it is valid for a journalist to investigate the background of those they report on. It is quite clear here that there are suspicions, quite possibly valid,
that certain people in the media are intentionally targeting a company - it is ENTIRELY valid for the company to put similar effort in to investigating those
journalists to see if there is an underlying reason for the targeting - of course hopefully they will find nothing.

It is rather precious for a journalists to cry foul about having their 'private lives' attacked when they are reporting comments that were made in a private context,
especially when the journalists in question have reported also on a number of details of the CEO in questions private life themselves.

All part of the poisonous angry world of distrust and low morals that is the public face of the US these days, I guess. Deal with it.

about a week ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

thesupraman Re:Not Sharing (237 comments)

Its also a mini cab.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxicabs_of_the_United_Kingdom

Is it only America that hasnt realised this trick shortly after the invention of the car? or thought that you needed a phone 'app' to use one?

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

thesupraman Tech Diversity is not the big problem... (441 comments)

Increasing diversity in THE TEACHING OF OUR CHILDREN would be pretty damn good also.
Unfortunately, no one seems to care about this.

After many decades of chasing just about any man out of the teaching profession, we are left with a huge bias presented to children at their very most sensitive age.
And we are worried about diversity in Tech? why not ponder the elephant in the corner, instead of the mouse hole.

How do we expect to develop a well balanced and unbiased society when our children are taught, almost without exception, by women?

I am NOT claiming, of course, that women cannot teach well - that is far from the truth.
I AM claiming that having only women teachers IS A BAD THING.

Of course the knee jerk reactions will not flood in - but face it, it is an inexcusable situation.
Where are the big well funded pushed to get more men in teaching? ha! they are being actively excluded.. Many schools now actively
avoid employing men 'as it makes the parents uncomfortable'.

What a sad state of affairs.

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

thesupraman Re:Conversely they spy on Brits for the NSA (95 comments)

I dont think you quite understand...
Why would they use it to craft who wins elections?
They only need it to drop a few hints to the politician of choice at the time, that they know all their secrets, so they better vote X on Y.
You think any career politician is going to stand up to them with that hanging over their heads? Not a chance.

The interesting thing with all of this is how much evidence of criminal activity must they be IGNORING in this data, to keep their capabilities quiet.

They are of course now solidly and effectively above all laws, including international law (thanks to their cooperation).

Have a nice day.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

thesupraman Re:History is written by the victors (495 comments)

Or JUST POSSIBLY it could be like all the 60s/70s end of the world nuclear Apocalypse fiction..
Or in fact the 70s 80s 'big freeze' Apocalypse fiction.
Or, well, zombie plague fiction, etc, etc.

Its 'insightful' that in their own description of the book they appear to complain about the limits of non-fiction for discussion of 'scientific ideas'
Damn those limitations of, you know, actually having true facts and not just making shit up.

Really, this is one step below gutter science, its embarrassing to the whole debate.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

thesupraman Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

no, SOME of the chips are marked FTDI...
Many of the chips are not - they are differently marked or in fact not marked AT ALL.
That makes them FTDI compatible, not counterfeits.
Care to try again?

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

thesupraman Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

WHO says they are fake?

It is entirely legal to produce a FTDI USB/API compatible chip - as long as it is not branded with FTDI, or containing FTDI owned design.
Or are you claiming that somehow USB IDs are legally protected? because they are not.

Many of the chips that have been found affected do not carry FTDI branding, they are COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS, not 'Fake Chips'
Some are of course fake chips - that is another matter, however most certainly not all.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

thesupraman Re:The good news (700 comments)

No, you are not.

FTDI supplied Microsoft with an autoinstalling patch that you have no control over that that breaks devices that commit no more sin that be USB API/ID compatible with FTDI devices (which is NOT illegal in any way). This patch modifies your FTDI device inoperable intentionally - a device that quite possibly (as loing as it was not falsely labeled with a trademarked FTDI label) is entirely legitimate.
I can think of at least 2 or 3 laws that crashes straight through.

This has big lawsuit written ALL over it.

about a month ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

thesupraman Re:The HTC One M8 really stands out (108 comments)

I assume you do realize what it means when one completely arbitrary number equals another completely arbitrary number, right?
its called a 'coincidence' at the best.

Really, this is either a desperate attempt to shill for the M8, or a huge statistics fail that someone has decided to run with.

And, not only that.

If you look at, for example, the Oneplus One, it has basically the same performance but much more battery life.
In what way is that less good that the M8? Of course there is none - it is better.
NOTHING AT ALL is conveyed by these graphics or figures - they are purely arbitrary.

Hell, multiple the battery number by 2 (which is may as well be, as it has no physical meaning) then the Note III is suddenly 'the most balanced'

about a month ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

thesupraman Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

This.

Nuclear is safe and cheap - it has killed far less people than ANY other form of power generation per output (including wind and solar, due to the high incidence of installation fatalities).

It has been politically buried in a mountain of oversight and penalty 'costs' for political reasons - basically a cost created by the cold war 'fear the enemies radiation!' propaganda that was brainwashed in to everyone.

the REAL negative things about nuclear power these days are:
The NRC, an organisation that has for far too long held back sensible improvements in this critical part of infrastructure.
The old, outdated, and unnecessarily less safe reactors being kept live due to the political impossibility of replacing them with modern ones (and even THEN their safety history is pretty damn good compared to alternatives).

Any TRUE environmentalist should be screaming at the top of their lungs, protesting in the streets, to have more nuclear power built and shut down the damn coal plants that ARE spreading radiation everywhere!

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

thesupraman Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

THIS crap got modded up? Scary.

I assume you do realise that that amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has been MUCH higher than it is no previously, yes?
And of course that ran away didnt it, making earth venus like and all.. at least until the magic pixies came and magicked it back I guess.
And yes, of course, that half a billion yars worth of carbon - because as we know carbon is continuously produced (I can only imagine by those
same magic pixies) and so accumulates..

Oh, sorry - there I go again with damn damn pesky critical thinking.

No, you are right! the sky is falling! we had better empower those fantastic politicians who only have our best interests at heart to grab more power!

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

thesupraman Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

And too bad they include completely made up additional costs to nuclear (like a cost of heat production - complete BS, and cost of using up uranium resources, when in fact reprocessing reduces that to almost zero very quickly ).

In other words this is a fluff piece written by some pro-wind political pressure group with the intention of getting some good headlines and hoping no one actually looks at the numbers.

Put another way, propaganda.

Enjoy the lies. Pity that environmentalists so often have to resort to them - not many ideals on those idealists.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi

thesupraman Re:Ridiculous (139 comments)

What a load of BS.

They are copying the pre-spaceshuttle sensible and very workable X-20 dyna-soar, which was a very sensible design for certain applications.
The space shuttle was lumbered with masses of military 'requirements' and pork belly politics that destroyed the design - welcome to the USA!
That doesnt mean that X-20 type return vehicles are bad..

In fact the perfect mix could well be SAs lift body on top of a return-and-land Space-X primary booster.

Pretty much anything but more NASA pork is a win win for space.

about 1 month ago
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

thesupraman Re:We are fucked (126 comments)

The answer is simple isnt it?

Make sure the end user is GUARANTEED the bandwidth they are paying for (no over subscription, no 'up to', etc).
Then I would be happy for 3rd parties to pay the ISP to increase the bandwidth ABOVE that top level, as much
as they like.

That would be a win all round, but of course that is almost exactly the opposite of what they will actually do.

about 2 months ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

thesupraman Re:Undespecced in every way even at $800 (264 comments)

I am having some trouble seeing your point..

So, if I get this right, the people wanting to show off their nice new shiny 'ITS A REAL APPLE!' devices are the overly focused hotrodders overspending on things they dont really need in the hope of a bit more social position, right?

And the people buying a perfectly functional android phone for 1/3 the price, and not upgrading it to this 'latest model' endlessly are the sane ones, hmmm?

In that care, I could not agree more!

Of course if you are trying to say that spending very top dollar on an iPhone is 'sensible' but looking at the fact that an equivalently priced android phone has more features, higher specifications, etc is foolish, then I think perhaps you partook of just a little too much of the happy powder somewhere along the line.

Hell, even apply compare themselves to 'luxury brands' now... and for good reason.

about 2 months ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

thesupraman Re:The downside of SD cards.. turned around. (264 comments)

You may think that allowing 3rd party apps is positive feature, It is not.You seem to understand the upside but let me lay out the downsides:

1) It adds bulk to the phone for a feature that most customers do not care about and will not use
2) It adds to the cost of the product for design, manufacturing, warranty, and support (again for a feature few will actually use)
3) It reduces the reliability of the device by a small but statistically significant amount. When you are selling these in the millions that adds up to substantial expense.
4) Adding the 3rd party apps features comes at the expense of other features that could occupy that space such as additional battery capacity.
5) It is a vector for Viruses and Malware to enter the phone (see point 3 above)
6) It requires supporting third party software that may have compatibility issues
7) 3rd party softwarecomes in a variety of speeds and people will inevitably buy software that are not fast, incompatible or have other performance issues
8) It complicates the software on the device and almost certainly will result in bugs.

Most of your disadvantages are amazingly tenuous at best, and easily miss-applied to all sorts of other features.
In the end Apple profits by people wanting to upgrade their phones as soon as possible - expansion capability reduces that.
9) The functionality can be replicated in other ways that may (and in fact are) preferable to other people such as wirelessly syncing data to other devices.
10) SD cards basically are modern day floppy disks. Do we *really* need to go back to those?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

thesupraman Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

I can happily (and do) run Cyanogenmod CM11 on my Samsung Galaxy S (original version). Thats android 4.4.4, latest.
In fact the progressions of andrioid versions have made the device faster, more user friendly, and functional over time.

Got the phone in early 2010.

So, what is your point?

about 2 months ago

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