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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

zephvark Re:lol capitalism. (76 comments)

In response to one anecdote, you post a few more? That's not data. If you want to get smart about it, get smart about it. Show me the evidence.

about a month and a half ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

zephvark Re:Blast from the past: the Orange Book (124 comments)

4.2 BEYOND CLASS (A1)

Most of the security enhancements envisioned for systems that will provide features and assurance in addition to that already provided by class (Al) systems are beyond current technology.

Ah, lovely. Government language at its most... statuesque. That's an incredibly awkward way to say, "Dude! We can't do it!"

about a month and a half ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

zephvark Re:obfuscation methods (124 comments)

If only I had a mod point, I'd be modding that as "funny". That's the most completely hilariously wrong code.

about a month and a half ago
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

zephvark Re:lol capitalism. (76 comments)

Second, being opposed to hostile takeover is a bad thing. I will put it simply, if you owned some stock of eBay, why would you want to discourage somebody offering you a price that is higher than it is trading for today?

It is possible you are not familiar with turn-and-burn operations. A company I worked for once was acquired in a hostile takeover. Everyone was fired, most of the products were scrapped, the buildings and equipment went... all that was left was a quick profit for the takeover company and a few bits of software that could never be updated to remarket.

You are horribly ignorant or deluded if you are arguing that hostile takeovers are a good thing.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

zephvark Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

And if your local water supply really is limited, and is being exhausted through over-use?

Then the prices would be higher, instead of being effectively fixed-rate. Also, the supplies would be reduced to the primary consumers of water, such as agriculture and golf courses, not the public households that are barely using raindrops by comparison.

Worrying about how much a toilet flushes is utterly ludicrous. That's not at all significant. It's not where the water is going. It's irrelevant.

Do you need more synonyms to process this?

about 2 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

zephvark News you read two days ago somewhere else (478 comments)

...slashdot is having a real hard time posting either "news for nerds" or "news that is news". Go ahead and bring the beta online, guys, I'm ready to quit this dusty old place, it's become irrelevant.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

zephvark Re:No Need (471 comments)

No. Slashdot hasn't been a tech site for years. These days, it's mostly irrelevant rewarmed posts that everyone saw somewhere else two days ago.

about 2 months ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

zephvark More solar exposure? (34 comments)

So, help me out here. The roof gets hot, so it expands, thereby exposing much more surface to the sunlight. How is this considered a good thing?

about 2 months ago
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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

zephvark Re:I don't care. (108 comments)

That's why I always use ROT-13 twice. It completely eliminates the risk of that form of decryption.

about 2 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

zephvark Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Nah, I spent more than my share of money on CRTs back in the day, but those days are long gone. A 24" display is still a very wide beast. A 30" sounds like a lot of fun but, then where are my speakers going to fit?

about 3 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

zephvark Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Yeh, 1920x1200 is chump change. I spent over $2,000 for my 1920x1600 monitor a decade or so back but, it eventually blew a capacitor, and at current display prices I was willing to accept a drop in resolution. It's nice to see that display quality is moving forward again, rather than backwards, although 24" is enough of a desk-eating behemoth that I'm doubtful about increasing the size.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

zephvark Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

Nonsense. C is a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age. It's a shame that mass-produced coders have to rely on blasters.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

zephvark Re:Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (131 comments)

It does not do this on any Facebook page I've seen. I don't know what your browser or Facebook settings might be, of course.

about 3 months ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

zephvark Let me guess. Shiitake mushrooms. (97 comments)

Surely it would be more effective to recycle coffee grounds for the purpose. They're already fairly sterile and must be available in huge quantities. Or has Starbucks already found a secondary market?

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

zephvark Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (131 comments)

What the article is referring to as "autoplay" is actually preloading. The video is not playing on its own, it's just being cached in case you want to click on it. This could certainly be a problem for people on limited data plans. It is not nearly the same kind of awfulness as genuine autoplay, where the video starts up without asking permission.

about 3 months ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

zephvark Re:I never thought I'd be one of these posters (129 comments)

I'd gladly sit on the phone

You're doing it wrong.

See, this is the kind of problem that makes it difficult for tech support to help you.

about 3 months ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

zephvark The argument for libraries: who wants them? (116 comments)

>how about the U.K. where miserly pols are closing libraries even though the Guardian says "a third of UK children do not own a single book and three-quarters claim never to read outside school"?

So, the argument here is that at least 75% of the children never use libraries, so libraries should be kept open? Interesting but, I'm afraid you've lost me there.

I don't really see reading books on a phone. The text is too small. On a tablet, sure, that works, and I've been very happy to dump all my shelves and shelves of books for a simple single slab of electronics.

about 3 months ago
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Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

zephvark robots and other intelligent machines (31 comments)

Do I have to be the one to note that we don't have any intelligent machines? None of them have any more of a mind than a toaster. I don't think there's an AI out there that can even approximate the intelligence of a cockroach.

This is just random nerd click-bait although, at least it's nominally "news for nerds" for a change.

about 3 months ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

zephvark Doom by boredom (170 comments)

It's the same thing that's taken down games like World of Warcraft. They kept making it easier and easier, hoping to gain more players. After a while, the game is just too simple and repetitive to interest anyone. The whole thing just collapses.

Yeah, WoW is technically still around, but the players have been dropping out so badly that they have to consolidate realms now, instead of bringing out new ones. Even so, it's alarmingly vacant.

about 3 months ago

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