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Comment WHERE CAN I CHECK MY WHITE PRIVILEGE?!? (Score 0, Flamebait) 814

So when people tell me to check my white privilege, what they are saying is that if I'm not white I can really bank some serious money without doing any honest work simply by accusing "society" of being [racist|sexist|homophobic|islamophobic|everythingphobic]??


Comment Slashdot would lynch him alive... (Score 0, Flamebait) 519

... if he had said that, I dunno, Christians/cops/republicans "aren't necessarily evil"

But interestingly enough, the supposedly rabid atheists around here who "bravely" stand up to those "totalitarian oppressor" church-ladies on here have a huge blind spot / sick fetish for the most hard-core Islamic fascim you can think of.

Some Christian doesn't want to bake a cake for a gay wedding? Government funded execution squad, no trial.

ISIS executes gays by throwing them off of buildings? How dare you be intolerant of other people's culture!

Comment From TFA (Score 0, Offtopic) 93

If you actually read TFA:

Leon, a conservative judge appointed by former President George W. Bush, has long been among the most vocal judges critical of the NSA's spying practices.

Nope, this goes against the groupthink around here and must be rewritten to keep Slashdot a Safe Space (TM):

Leon, a transgender judge appointed by future President Bernie Sanders, has long been among the most vocal judges critical of the NSA's spying practices.

Comment Not the typical hitpiece (Score 5, Insightful) 154

While obviously written from the typical Southerners-are-stupid-hicks point of view, the story has this interesting quote:

Elderly townspeople, black and white alike, were uneasy about the security and privacy implications of entering the Internet age.

Looks like maybe those backwards southerners aren't quite as stupid as everybody thinks.

Comment The attackers are hoping for volume (Score 5, Insightful) 93

The relatively low price is designed to make it too much of a hassle for the victims to contact the police, lawyers, etc. etc. in an effort to track down and stop the perpetrators.

They are probably hoping for higher volumes of payment from a lot of people instead of trying to go all Hollywood and ask for some insane amount of money that would make bringing in the cops worthwhile.

Comment Re:Thanks anti-nuke extremists! (Score 5, Informative) 148

Wrong. The light-water reactors used in the U.S. are not particularly useful at making weapons grade plutonium. If they were so wonderful at churning out nukes, then places like Hanford Washington would never have existed.

You seem to be confusing the safe light-water commercial reactors used in the U.S. with the RBMK reactors that were used in the Soviet Union. They really were designed for dual-use operation and are inherently less safe than U.S. commercial reactors.

Comment Thanks anti-nuke extremists! (Score 4, Interesting) 148

Thank you so much anti-nuke extremists. Thanks to your inability to look at the bigger picture, we get to enjoy nuclear reactors using designs from the 1950's well into the 21st century instead of actually using safer, modern designs.

It's like if the safety problems with the Corvair had been used to shutdown all production of newer car models.

Comment Linux the OS vs. the Kernel (Score 5, Insightful) 291

Linux the OS certainly has had numerous real-world security problems that need to be addressed. I don't particularly care about the semantics of "Oh it's just a kernel!" because I could play the exact same game with Windows where Windows kernel vulnerabilities aren't super common either. Guess what: Linux and Windows both run the same web browsers these days, and that's a cross-platform security hole no matter who wrote the kernel.

Additionally, the biggest security hole I see now is Android due to the fact that it's damn near impossible to actually get upgraded software to fix the numerous holes.

However, Torvalds' direct responsibility is the kernel, so in this particular context I'm not going to give him too much grief. The Linux kernel does actually include extremely sophisticated mandatory access control systems like AppArmor, SELinux, etc. However... and this goes to his point... these systems are used sparingly because they are REALLY complex and lead to all kinds of usability issues for unsophisticated users (And "unsophisticated" here could easily mean a skilled Unix sysadmin with years of experience. These MAC systems are *not* considered "normal" in UNIX).

So basically: Yeah, Linux is not perfect. Nothing out there is perfect. However, the kernel actually does have a bunch of sophisticated security facilities. Maybe more work should go into making these sophisticated security features more accessible and useful to regular people.

Comment No, it's not for playing games (Score 5, Informative) 111

Despite the ignorance (or perhaps intentional clickbaityness) of the post, nobody at Intel expects this to replace a GPU to do regular graphics or play games. They haven't been investing big money in going from effectively zero GPU power in 2010 to beating AMD's best solutions in 2015 to replace it with a software gimmick now.

This renderer is designed to do all kinds of graphical visualization that doesn't make sense to do with a traditional GPU, just like running POVRay or rendering complex images in scientific applications.

It is NOT going to replace a real GPU for what a real GPU does.
Nobody at Intel ever said it would replace a GPU.
The Internet, however, isn't so smart.

Comment It would be a news story if it DIDN'T work (Score 0) 119

While I'm happy that Skylake not only works in Linux but shows some very impressive performance gains over Haswell, this isn't really a news story.

It would be a news story if a widely distributed CPU designed by a company that is [pretty surprisingly] the #1 organizational contributor to the Linux Kernel wouldn't work with Linux.

Comment I'm going to make this easy for you! (Score 0, Flamebait) 470

Just pretend that Hillary is a Republican and that Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren have already been coronated president!

It's OK to demonize Hillary now, since she's no longer a Democrat! You can even use all those sexist slurs from the previous articles about Carly Fiorina that would otherwise be censored by the SJWs as being toxic microaggressions! Hell, just call her Carly instead of Hillary if it makes you feel better!

Comment SJW Filter needed (Score 1, Flamebait) 77

Dear patriarchal slimeballs who are making Slashdot a Toxic environment that is hostile to Womyn and other victim groups: We went through the list of color names and triggered on at least half of them.

Further, the very concept of segregating and discriminating based on the white male oppressive social-construct of "color" is patently offensive.

Censor this entire story in the name of SJ.

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