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Comment: ICYMI: Frontline's Secret State of North Korea (Score 5, Informative) 60

by eldavojohn (#49171137) Attached to: Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement
This exact same topic was covered in Frontline's special on North Korea over a year ago. Their point of contact was Jiro Ishimaru of Asiapress who was sneaker netting USBs over the border. They even took a video of people trying to watch on a tiny screen and having to shut everything down whenever they heard someone outside.

The documentary also touched on humanitarian issues as much as it could using a secret camera. Sad stuff. Great thing to watch. Occasionally you can catch it streaming on Netflix but it seems to not be available right now.

Comment: Re:Viewing Launches (Score 1) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49166815) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

With luck, they'll start incorporating our radio transceivers. I hear that SpaceX flies with several USRPs now, so that's not completely unrealistic. That might be as close as I can get. Anyone who can get me a base invitation, though, would be greatly appreciated and I'd be happy to do some entertaining speeches while there. I need a base invite for Vandenberg, too. I got in to the official viewing site for the first try of the last launch (and that scrubbed too), but this next one is on Pad 6.

Comment: Re:seriously (Score 4, Interesting) 243

Yes, traditional zombie-ism is modeled like a disease that is highly contagious, highly virulent, and requires direct contact to transmit. Truthfully, the prominent characteristic of zombie-ism is that the infected are easily distinguishable.

Imagine a highly contagious disease which was transmitted by physical contact with two symptoms: it drastically increases the infected subject's sex drive, and it reduces social inhibitions. It also has exactly one prognosis: It renders 100% the infected subjects totally and incurably sterile.

How fast do you think that would burn through the population? What steps do you think the uninfected would take?

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 2) 252

by hairyfeet (#49165085) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Uhhh...unless I'm mistaken the USA hasn't used RTGs as power sources except in deep space for precisely this very reason, too risky if something goes BOOM!

OTOH the Soviets had a serious love affair with RTGs, they used 'em on LEO sats, used 'em in their arctic bases, even ran lighthouses with RTGs. They cranked out so many RTGs they honestly no longer know where they are all located, so many were used in the former USSR that there is no telling how many abandoned stations in Bumfuckistan have RTGs lying around waiting for some fool to kill himself trying to steal the metals in the casing.

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 1) 252

by hairyfeet (#49164927) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Interesting? Really mods? Everybody forget Occam's razor? This thing was the OLDEST one the military had that was still "functioning" and by functioning they meant it was parked as a back up for the last NINE YEARS.

So you have a device in one of the most inhospitable places we know of, WELL past its prime, sitting in a holding pattern with minimal power strictly as a backup. So what would one say most likely using Occam's razor? That the thing has been deteriorating for over a decade and that when somebody fired up the engines they went BOOM! and took the bird with it. Considering how old it was? Not only is this most likely it really isn't even surprising, after all you ARE talking about trying to perform a controlled release of highly pressurized gas from a sat that has been beaten by micro meteors and exposed to insane temp variations since Clinton was POTUS.

Now which is more likely, the US military risked setting off a chain reaction and fucking up their satnav network just to test a laser, or they tried to move the thing and it ripped itself apart?

Comment: Viewing Launches (Score 3, Interesting) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49164783) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

I was in Florida to speak at Orlando Hamcation and went to see the DISCOVR launch at Kennedy Space Center. I paid $50 to be at LC-39 for the launch, an observation tower made from a disused gantry on the Nasa Causeway between the pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building. A crawler was parked next door! A hot sandwich buffet, chips, and sodas were served. It was cold and windy! I watched for a few hours and unfortunately the launch scrubbed due to high stratospheric winds.

The next day, Delaware North Corporation, which operates tourism at KSC, decided not to open LC-39 or the Saturn 5 center for the launch. This was the third launch attempt and I guess they decided most people had left. I was annoyed.

The closest beach was going to be closed in the evening, it's a sensitive ecological area. I ended up seeing the launch from Jetty Park. This turned out not to be such a great location, the tower wasn't visible at all and the first 10 seconds of the rocket in flight were obscured before we saw it over a hill.

What's a better viewing location?

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 1) 101

by hairyfeet (#49156559) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

When most legit sites are accused of corruption? They show what steps they have taken to show they are not. Kotaku says we are just for entertainment so it doesn't matter which frankly says all anybody who ISN'T an SJW needs to know.

As for the rest of the "la la la, you are wrong, no proof you are wrong" all you have shown is you are a hardcore SJW and therefor there is no point even bothering to waste a few minutes to speak to you, you already believe your political narrative and if Jesus Christ came down and said "you are wrong" you would accuse him of being gender biased, good day.

Comment: Re:Bloatware?! (Score 1) 208

by hairyfeet (#49154503) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Then you have only yourself to blame as Sony TRIED that, offering to sell its Viao line 100% bloatware free, you only had to pay $50 difference to make up what they were losing by not including the bloatware, what happened?

OMG get out of the way, here comes the waaaambulance as everyone ran to bitch and moan about actually having to pay full price for things, ZOMG the bastards! After 6 months where less than 3% actually paid the difference Sony quietly gave up, realizing that if given the choice between bloatware and cheaper or clean and more expensive? Well screw that $50, bring on the crapware...sigh.

Ya know, its that kind of stupid shit that keeps guys like me in business and ya know what? I really wish it didn't. I'd happily do something else if we could wipe that kind of dumbshit attitude from the world but as Sony found out "stupid is as stupid does"...ugh.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 2, Insightful) 101

by hairyfeet (#49153857) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

I'll just leave this here, but feel free to go back to Kotaku, which came out and actually BRAGGED about how corrupt they were, ignore the chat logs of GameJournoPro, where they literally got together to formulate a response when they got caught accepting both monetary and sexual favors (which is why no less than 13 different websites all printed the EXACT SAME ARTICLE about how "gamers are dead" within an 18 minute span of each other) and listen to AS who is literally a living breathing sockpuppet of the guy who runs feminist theory (she literally retweeted entire articles word for word he wrote nearly a decade ago as her own, when nobody would listen to a "CIS male" saying his crap he found her shilling real estate and hired her, funny shit) but that is the thing about people living a political narrative, they ignore any and all reality that doesn't fit their political agenda.

I find it funny how many of the radical feminists identify as social marxists, as they do seem to be stealing whole cloth from classical communist media manipulation, especially the old And you are lynching Negroes tactic of derailing a conversation from where they are weak (such as corruption and free speech) to some place where they believe they can control the narrative. I guess those that forget their history are doomed to use failed policies of the past over and over.

Comment: Re:Driver model (Score 0) 198

by hairyfeet (#49152395) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

So you ADMIT that Linux can't even KEEP ITS OWN DRIVERS FUNCTIONING for a lousy 5 years, just HALF the life cycle of Windows?

I don't know what is more sad and pathetic, the fact that you consider basic functionality "stupid" or that you are so drunk on the koolaid that you actually consider such piss poor support to be an acceptable situation. And you wonder why Linux has been stuck at under 2% for 24 fricking years?

Comment: Re:Video over LAN (Score 1) 85

by hairyfeet (#49151487) Attached to: VLC Gets First Major Cross-Platform Release
That is not it, as I have been having the same issue and I'm on an all AMD rig. I don't know what it is, maybe they changed the buffer, but I've noticed that VLC is a LOT more choppy and stutters whereas MPC HC plays the files smooth as butter. The OS is on an SSD while the media files are on a 2TB HDD attached to the same system, maybe VLC doesn't like the speed difference?

Comment: Re:MAKE SOMETHING NEW! (Score 2) 159

by hairyfeet (#49151423) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

The problem with those kinds of things is they just teach the kid to be a glorified MP3 player, that's it. There is a vid online of some kid being brought up on stage with Steel Panther I believe and as long as all the kid has to do is play Van Halen note for note? The kid plays perfectly. The second the kid is told to just shred? Deer in the headlights.

I've gotten on stage with those kinds of players and even though they could totally slaughter me when it came to playing a cover tune note perfect? I'd end up with the crowd cheering me because I could actually interact with audience feedback and play with feeling, despite not being nearly as technical as they were. there is a BIG difference between playing somebody else's work note by note and actually creating music, if all you want is the former? These are great for that, you want the latter? I would argue they actually hinder the player as they teach basic patterns but don't give you any context to use them except in that one specific piece, you end up with "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra", you know the words but have no meaning or context to use them correctly.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.