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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

zephvark We are all Italians now? (47 comments)

This was a study on Italians. It also smells suspiciously like the old "games cause violence", "comics cause moral decay", "music causes moral decay" sorts of studies. Social networks are modern, so they're suspicious, and probably evil, right?

4 hours ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

zephvark Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1177 comments)

Contrary to the typical libertarian viewpoint not all opinions matter or are worth considering.

This word, I do not think it means what you think it means.


Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

zephvark Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (314 comments)

The advantage of tape has always been it's nigh-indestructibility.

Always? They might be better now but, I've seen massive amounts of data turned to useless piles of crud by tapes getting tangled in the drive. Given that they were generally used for critical backups and only pulled out of storage when you needed them, that was not a good failure mode. Given how slow they were, your previous backup was somewhat out-of-date, and you'd also be needing to replace the tape drive that had all of your precious data wrapped around inside it.

2 days ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

zephvark Well behind the times. Grandmas rule. (275 comments)

I don't play WoW any more, World of Warcraft, but when I did, I was fully serious about it. I might spend 18 hours a day at it. I ran guilds myself and was a key member of others. And this apparently surprises people but, some of the core guildmembers were grandmothers. Grandmothers are people you really, really want in a guild. They're giving and forgiving and they can really kick ass. They've got more sense than the rest of your raid team combined and they're totally dedicated. Possibly until their grandchild picks a different server.

Is this supposed to be news?

5 days ago

Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

zephvark Re:Right to be forgotten? (193 comments)

Anything you have ever put online can reasonably be assumed to be permanent. If you had a blog once and deleted it, years ago, you can often still reactivate it with all of the previous content still totally intact. Aside from the companies themselves keeping all data of any sort forever, odd creatures like the Wayback Machine and RSS feeds eager to slurp down text will preserve your drunken 3am ramblings for posterity. Data space is very cheap, right now, and text in particular barely makes a tiny blip on the map.

about a week ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

zephvark Re:Do the math (336 comments)

There are manufacturers selling 2000-2200 W. vacuum cleaners.

I can't wait for those to be gone. Not because of the energy usage really, but because those monsters are incredibly loud.

I might point out that the power of the vacuum cleaner has no relationship to its noise level. The noise is considered a selling point, a feature, because people have this curious tendency to think, "oh yes, that's causing me permanent ear damage, so it must be doing a good job." People conflate noise with power.

Don't ask about the dust in the corner. I'm protecting my ears. I swear it.

about a week ago

My degree of colorblindness:

zephvark Funny thing about colors. Are mice gray? (267 comments)

You always see mice shown as gray in cartoons, it's their default state. I've had mice, and they're a deep brown loamy earth color... but my friends still thought they were gray. So, I don't know what that's all about but, there appears to be ranges of color perception that aren't really clocked as "color blindness", which may not be an entirely useful phrase for something that isn't exactly binary. Now, if you specify that you're "red-green colorblind" that gives me some practical information. I'd probably still be curious as to what color you thought a mouse was.

about three weeks ago

Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

zephvark Re:He didn't hack (134 comments)

he had been offered a plea bargain that carried only 6 months in a low security prison, but he turned it down.

I dont see how 6 months is out of line for the crimes that he admitted to committing.

Not crimes, civil charges that were entirely disputable. Considering that he was a fairly attractive young gay man, he might also have had significant qualms about the old and generally inaccurate meme of prison rape.

about three weeks ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

zephvark Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

potatoes take 15-20 minutes to bake in the microwave

We're straying off-topic here but, that's ridiculous. Even a large potato doesn't take more than about five minutes in the microwave, then an equal amount of time to finish cooking and cooling down. Just wrap it in a damp paper towel and put it directly on the turntable. It's easier than making popcorn.

about three weeks ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

zephvark Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Why wouldn't you convict if a server admin presented a file, with logs, timestamps, and permissions that demonstrate the owner, creator, and time which that person had it?

Because, as an occasional server admin, I'm perfectly aware that it's easy to change the logs, timestamps, and permissions. Do you not know what a computer is? It's a tool for manipulating data. This is not reliable forensic evidence, it's something that anyone with fairly modest skills could fake up in fifteen minutes.

about three weeks ago

AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

zephvark Re:What the fuck? (117 comments)

Product placement. It's advertising. I presume someone at Slashdot is smart enough to get paid for this, although that may not be a reasonable assumption.

about a month ago

Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

zephvark and make him egligible (175 comments)

Egg lig ibble? Really? Egg lig ibble?

I understand that the title "Slashdot Editor" is intended largely for comedic effect... I hope. Perhaps we could just get the place renamed to ...oh, that's taken. How about, that seems to be up for sale.

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

zephvark Re:NASA (550 comments)

The U.S. Air Force, at least, is just fine with corrective eye surgery. It's been used quite a bit to improve the vision of prospective pilots.

about a month ago

A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

zephvark That... looks... horrible. (82 comments)

I like the ergonomic style, pioneered by Apple (AFAIK), who abandoned it, then taken up by Microsoft, which has made ever cheaper and more bloated versions of an originally nice product.

The bottom arced keys on this thing are a complete horror-show, though. And all of the keys are the same size?

I've seen a lot of alternative keyboard designs come and go. I'm not sure this one will come before it goes. /cue Blazing Saddles sketch

about a month ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

zephvark Flattened icons were good enough for Windows 3.0 (165 comments)

...and if they were good enough for my Dad, they're good enough for me.

It's always "change for the sake of upgrades" with these guys. Microsoft went from flat icons, to 3D icons tilted one way, to 3D icons tilted the other way, and now back to... flat, yes, I'm glad we're continuing to improve by revolving around in circles. Possibly they got the idea from the "busy" cursor.

Prepare to buy new copies of all your software because they have old-fashioned icons but, not sufficiently old-fashioned icons.

about a month ago

UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

zephvark Garbage in, garbage out (97 comments)

Not to put too fine a point on it, right? Look, you need to base a model on something before you can even guess it might possibly mean something. World of Warcraft is a lovely model, but it doesn't predict the nature of life on other planets, it's just a game. This is not remotely news. Get back to us when it's been demonstrated to reliably predict the presence of life.

about a month ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

zephvark Do we want to know why this change breaks Fark? (234 comments)

I'm on Verizon. Fark has been unreachable all day. This appears to be Verizon's problem, not Fark's, so... the fark is going on here? How does a major ISP lose connectivity to a major news-like site?

about a month ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

zephvark Re:Why fly over a war zone? (752 comments)

Witness the valiant (and consistently failed efforts) of our very own Slashdot editors.

Slashdot doesn't have editors. That's just some sort of weird courtesy title, apparently not intended to convey any actual meaning.

about a month and a half ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

zephvark Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

The hell is wrong with your font?

about a month and a half ago

Pushdo Trojan Infects 11,000 Systems In 24 Hours

zephvark Re:11k...? (32 comments)

Yup. Someone sneezed, everybody panic! ...this is not news.

about a month and a half ago


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