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Comment: Re:Godwin and wrong at the same time (Score 0) 105

by Crashmarik (#47524609) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

virtually any other country? Read on...


Somewhere on the internet there is another nit for you to pick maybe next time a little basic English will help

adverb: virtually

        1. nearly; almost.
        "virtually all those arrested were accused"
        synonyms: effectively, in effect, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, verging on, just about, as good as, essentially, to all intents and purposes, roughly, approximately; More
        informal pretty much, pretty well;
        literary well-nigh, nigh on
        "the building is virtually empty"
        2. by means of virtual reality techniques.

The reason I used the word virtually was precisely because I didn't want to have a pointless argument about which country during WWII did the least to collaborate, or was the least sympathetic to the Nazis.

Comment: Re:Godwin and wrong at the same time (Score 1, Insightful) 105

by Crashmarik (#47522479) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

If you mean sacrificing your life to defend people

Shortly after it was established, the military regime began to persecute the Jews of the Netherlands. In 1940, there were no deportations and only small measures were taken against the Jews. In February 1941, the Nazis deported a small group of Dutch Jews to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. The Dutch reacted with the February strike, a nationwide protest against the deportations, unique in the history of Nazi-occupied Europe. Although the strike did not accomplish much—its leaders were executed—it was an initial setback for Seyss-Inquart as he had planned to both deport the Jews and to win the Dutch over to the Nazi cause.

Another factor was the disbelief of both the Dutch public as a whole and the Dutch Jews themselves. Most could not believe that the Jews would be subjected to genocide and sent to death camps.[citation needed] This meant the Jews needed to hide in others' homes, but that was difficult especially in urban areas.[citation needed] It was also punishable by death. Despite the risks, many Dutch people helped Jews. One-third of the people who hid Jews did not survive the war.[citation needed]

BTW that was from your link, you might want to read up on it.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 1) 906

by Crashmarik (#47522243) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Typically ?
How would anyone determine that ?

At this point we are into the realm of making crap up, I will stand by the fact that googling for news about violent incidents perpetrated on game developers by gamers yielded exactly 0 results. So when someone says "They are in fear for their lives" from gamers they might as well be claiming they live in fear of Sharknadoes.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 1) 906

by Crashmarik (#47520253) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

You seem to be missing the point. The claim in TFA is that a sufficient number of real assholes exist to make women's lives miserable, and that most men don't take it seriously or do anything to help. That is entirely consistent.

That's because it's a non point. There are enough real assholes to make everyone's life miserable.I am still not clear if she is complaining about office behavior or gamer/forumite behavior but either way there's big reality checks she isn't cashing.

If she is talking about office behavior what she is describing is completely mind bogglingly unbelievable. You could be the Axeman( oh lets be PC Axeperson) letting go an entire office/branch/corporate subentity and not get the kind of blowback she is talking about.

If you are talking about gamers/game forums, lol welcome to internet gaming. I can't count how many times I have had people tell me they would rip off my head and shit down my neck.

So when you say men don't take it seriously, you might want to add that men don't take it seriously when it's directed at them as well.

Speaking of Reality checks, I decided to do one,

You know how many news results actually had gamers assaulting or attacking developers ?
NONE !!!!!
NONE !!!
NONE !!!

If this woman is actually concerned about her safety it's likely she would be thousands times more effective, campaigning to improve driver education and road safety in her community.

Comment: Let me save the editors the trouble then (Score 1) 60

by Crashmarik (#47519429) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gameboy

All the Raspberry Pi in a gameboy box stories you could ever want.

You have to wonder what the progression of these will be

Raspberry Pi does Coleco Football

Raspberry PI does Merlin

Probably not this

Seeing as people are still selling and making new ones and I am sure the people doing so actually guard their rights.

+ - Microsoft to Finally Pull the Plug on Windows RT

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner (1037894) writes "A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company will be working to combine all Windows versions into a unified release by next year."

Comment: Re:I read the list of applications (Score 1) 115

by Crashmarik (#47518655) Attached to: 'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Using lasers for freespac communications is already very practical and well solved, just look at this example

Yesssssh... just like computer networking, both wired and wireless, is already very practical and well-solved, so no need for anything faster than... 10Mbit, or 11Mbit, or 54Mbit, or 100Mbit, or... take your pick.

Really now, what are you smoking?

Actually you have an excellent example there. Networking/communication is much more sensitive to reliability issues than performance issues especially for long distance links. This may help you understand, ask yourself how many people who already have broadband will derive significant benefit from having the amount of available bandwidth increased by a factor of 10 ? Then ask yourself how many people would significantly benefit from having their reliability increased by a factor of 10 ?

Now you also have to ask yourself if you are running 10 times the traffic through one of these links, just how much more impact will downtime have ?

Engineering is always about balancing your choices against each other, in this case you have to think a little about just where this might actually be used. For the communication application it needs niches, where it can outperform traditional fiber, AND existing line of sight communication links.

Hope that helps you understand why so many things you see being touted as the nicest thing since slice bread and will be everywhere in a few years, never amount to much of anything. If it doesn't see if you can find an archive of old popular science/mechanics/scientific american magazines from 20-40 years ago and look at what they were thinking would be the next big thing. Is anyone even thinking about producing a nutcracker vtol ?

Comment: This leapt out at me (Score 2) 234

by Crashmarik (#47518331) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,”

I thought that was an exceptionally silly idea when it used in Captain America Winter Soldier. Is Armin Zola running the DHS ?

The overreach of this goal, is very worrisome. Especially when you consider that the inevitable failures will likely result in its promoters just doubling down on what they claim it needs to work.

+ - The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist-> 1

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. ...The heart of the document revolves around the rules for placing individuals on a watchlist. “All executive departments and agencies,” the document says, are responsible for collecting and sharing information on terrorist suspects with the National Counterterrorism Center. It sets a low standard—”reasonable suspicion“—for placing names on the watchlists, and offers a multitude of vague, confusing, or contradictory instructions for gauging it. In the chapter on “Minimum Substantive Derogatory Criteria”—even the title is hard to digest—the key sentence on reasonable suspicion offers little clarity..."
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