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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

uvajed_ekil Re:Under what grounds (219 comments)

Facilitating illegal sales IS indeed illegal, very much so. Torrent trackers exist in a sort of gray area because they amount to little more than links, while these drug markets are clearly illegal. Even if they weren't acting as a middleman and transferring payments (which is what makes them popular), simply maintaining a site that explicitly connects illegal drug sellers to buyers is illegal. The difference with Craigslist is that illegal transactions are banned by the site's policies and are often taken down quickly, they account for a minuscule portion of the site's traffic, and CL does not handle the money. How your site is used IS your fault if you put it up to facilitate crimes and you know that it is being used for that purpose.

about three weeks ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

uvajed_ekil Re:One of the most listened to Engineers (82 comments)

Hell I was never a "car guy" and had ZERO interest in cars yet whenever i would find their show on i just had to listen, because they were just so fun and had such a great back and forth you couldn't help but like 'em.

To me that is what makes a great entertainer, when you can make even those that don't care about the subject listen in, RIP.

Yes, Tom and Ray had such a large following not because they were car experts (which they were), but because they were incredibly entertaining. I am a little bit of a car guy, and trying to guess solutions before them was fun, as well as hearing their car tips, but it was really their humor and banter that made the show so good. It was a great run.

about three weeks ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

uvajed_ekil Sabotage (443 comments)

Hmm, now who would want to see Orbital fail? Would anyone stand to benefit from that? Any companies that they are competing with for contracts or investment? Hmm...

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

uvajed_ekil Re:Tumblewhat? (24 comments)

And Google isn't exactly hemorrhaging money because they use idiotic names for Android versions, or because it is open source.

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

uvajed_ekil Re:Tumblewhat? (24 comments)

Still, you gotta wonder about what is wrong with most open source folks, especially the Linux crowd, that comes up with the stupidest, non relevant names for their software which sucks so bad they have to give it away. FTFY

Right, because closed-source companies like Microsoft never use irrelevant code names for products, like versions of Windows known as Snowball, Chicago, Mantis, Whistler, and other code names like Metro. Oh, wait...

And, BTW, giving software away is a part of the business model of most open source companies, not a result of producing junk as you say.

about a month ago
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The Man With the Golden Blood

uvajed_ekil Re:Tell me why I should care. (75 comments)

But it's an interesting, well-written story anyway.

Unlike the summary, which is not intriguing or informing, as a previous poster alluded to.

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

uvajed_ekil Re:Tumblewhat? (24 comments)

Tumbleweed is an incredibly appropriate name for a SUSE release, as no one uses SUSE anymore and the dev community is like a ghost town.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

uvajed_ekil Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

Ditto. Or iDitto, or eDitto, or #ditto or whatever it is today.

about a month ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

uvajed_ekil Re:Wait... (315 comments)

I thought the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy was that it doesn't work? (I'd like to be positive and add "yet" to that sentence, but still.)

You just described the whole problem with fusion power more concisely than I though possible. Basically, it is an enviable goal, and looks completely theoretically feasible, but we just haven't worked out how to do it yet. We're working on it, and we're not far enough along yet to even know exactly what route to take, but we should get there eventually. Being far from a goal and not knowing how much time or money it will take can only stifle progress, so it is in the public interest to subsidize fusion research however we can so we keep making progress. Just because you aren't somewhere yet doesn't mean you shouldn't go.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

uvajed_ekil Re:"will present results Oct. 17 (315 comments)

Please post again after completing 6th grade earth science. Thank you.

I know this guy is posting as AC, but he doesn't deserve the -1 moderation and condescending remarks. Thermal pollution as a contributing factor to global warming is real, and in my opinion not discussed enough.

But when considering thermal pollution levels, you must also acknowledge that the shift to favoring thermal pollution would be more than balanced by the decrease in other types of pollution that contribute directly or indirectly to global warming. That is the ultimate point of current fusion - a lesser overall negative impact on our environment (and that means it has to be cheap, of course). Not only are we already generating direct thermal pollution, we are compounding that with our poor management of carbon, plus our brutal extraction methods, highly radioactive waste we still don't really know how to dispose of, etc. etc.

Practical fusion could quickly eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels, more quickly than other alternative methods of power generation are proliferating, anyway. It seems like we should be able to achieve sustainable reactions someday, but how far off that is I have no idea, and no one can say what the lag time between that and widespread implementation might be. However, the goal seems realistic and worthwhile. We need some supporting technical breakthroughs, which could come in quick succession or could take quite a while, but we basically know how to do it, and it would be a huge upgrade. The thermal pollution of fusion-based power generation is not a remotely legitimate reason not to pursue it, thus you're probably not going to read much about it.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

uvajed_ekil Re:Miracle Occurs here. (315 comments)

You would think they would prefer coke for eponymity.

Yeah, and even though I have heard and uttered their name enough times to know how to pronounce it, when I read it my first thought is still "crotch." Not just because their name is sometimes mispronounced to rhyme with crotch, which is undeniably hilarious (on a seventh grade level), but also because I think of them as being miserable, crotchety old turds who are as undesirable as a smelly old, gross crotch, and listening to them is one level worse than being kicked in the crotch.

about a month and a half ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

uvajed_ekil Not surprising (208 comments)

It is not surprising at all that Ulbricht's attorney is pressing hard to try to get all of the significant evidence excluded. It is a standard (if desperate) legal tactic, especially when the evidence is extremely damning. This case looks like it will essentially be decided by what evidence is allowed, since the evidence the government has should make convictions a slam dunk. Getting the court to believe that the FBI's hack was illegal (and perhaps uncovering their true methods) is about the only thing that is going to get the guy off.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Tails, Kali (303 comments)

The article is a bit fluffy and their favoritism for Arch is a bit puzzling, but props for their mention of Tails. It is nice because it makes security and privacy much more simple to achieve if you follow a few basic steps, which is useful. It does a good job of filling the niche of a light, portable, usable distro that covers your tracks well.
But they did leave out another good distro that is also frequently used in live mode, Kali - my favorite distro for, um, "penetration testing." Yeah, "testing," that's what we use it for...

about a month and a half ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

uvajed_ekil Stupid (385 comments)

This is soooo stupid! Everyone knows that the only thing we define as "people" are humans. And corporations.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Re:Dislike Arch (303 comments)

Not sure why this was posted anonymously, but someone needs to mod it up - a score of zero is plain silly.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Re:Same as it's been forever. (303 comments)

Very well said, and accurate! And that it is why it is hard to name a winner of the "best distro" contest - there are so so many with so many different target audiences and points of emphasis that it becomes impossible to simply and concisely rank them all. So while this is a silly exercise I think you actually answered it correctly, on all points. I like Mint and Mint-Debian, I would definitely use RHEL for enterprise use or CentOS for a university or large non-profit (or with admins much more capable than myself), and Gentoo and Slackware users are unique breeds. Everything else is redundant, aside from personal preferences and all the niche uses you can dream up, which are incalculable. So I for one am glad we have choices AND that we can acknowledge some clear leaders (or starting points, I guess) for certain categories, at least.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Re:Which Religion is Best? (303 comments)

"Which Religion is Best?" ...sound familiar?

No. Please explain. (Or, even better, don't.)

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Re:Arch (303 comments)

They do seem to like Arch an awful lot, but their case is less than compelling.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Re:Arch (303 comments)

"But what makes Arch our winner is this: for the large part, its information applies to other distros."
That is very funny of them to say, since I'm not sure how that makes Arch itself a "better" distro than the competition (and since Ubuntu and Debian help apply to many many distros) though something to remember when you get tired of Arch and switch to Ubuntu or Mint. That said, the Mint forums have been an excellent resource for me. If I have a problem or can't figure something out, I first Google it, then Google it with "Ubuntu" as a search term, then if necessary I can ask a question in the Mint forums and generally have it answered within 24 hours. I have precisely zero intention of switching to Arch, but maybe I'll try their wikis and docs next time I have a problem.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

uvajed_ekil Re:Would this not be better asked as a poll? (303 comments)

Enough said in the subject.

Just because you say "enough said" that does not mean debate has ended or enough has been said. That is an over-used conversation stopper. Nuf said.

about a month and a half ago

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LucasFilm Ltd. protects lightsaber design

uvajed_ekil uvajed_ekil writes  |  more than 4 years ago

uvajed_ekil (914487) writes "From the article:
""Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series."

The laser does look vaguely like a lightsaber, or at least the hilt of the Jedi weapon. Nevermind that it is not a lightsaber, is not intended as a weapon, can not be used like a lightsaber, and is not marketed as one. LucasFilm Ltd. has insisted that it be pulled from the market anyway. Is this a legitimate demand to protect intellectual property and a somewhat novel design, given that LucasFilm does not sell a working lightsaber, and has no apparent intentions to develop one?"

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