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Comment: Misses the big picture (Score 1) 345

A well formed argument that entirely misses the point; OS updates (not just microsoft) are essentially the broken window fallacy writ large.

It's all about sales and marketing types being able to say "oooh look shiny!" whilst fleecing everyone.... good engineering is about form following function not planned obsolescence.

Comment: Re:How do you think that it should work? (Score 1) 141

by Enter the Shoggoth (#46372505) Attached to: Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

There are many airports across the U.S. that actually went privatized-- the cities decided they didn't want TSA anymore. SFO, San Francisco, is one example. The government regulates and monitors the private firms at those airports to make sure they're up to federal requirements. I believe private firms do just about everything more cheaply. And I can't imagine they would be any less effective than TSA.

That's fascinating. I'm an aussie who has travelled to the US twice, once to San Jose via LAX, and once direct to SFO.

The difference between them was chalk and cheese... I'd previously put it down to cultural differences between SoCal and the north of the state. But, now that I know that SFO isn't the TSA it makes perfect sense.

Comment: Re:*golf claps* (Score 1) 2219

by Enter the Shoggoth (#46194845) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Thank you. I sitll intend to participate in the slashcott next week, however. I believe that there is a political element at Dice that would not mind seeing the wretched hive of men's rights activism and anti-feminism that is Slashdot in mothballs.

Godspeed to those who are working on I'm afraid that and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have given orders from On High that the community that questions feminism at Slashdot must be disbanded.

I've encountered sexism many times in my life before. Usually the argument is that because I was assigned the male gender at birth, despite the physical gender of the wetware between my ears, THEREFORE I am sexist. Q. E. D.

I wished many, many times during my male adolescence thatI had been born female instead. None of those wishes came true. However, if any of them had, I suspect that my school's administration would not have attempted to threaten me with FBI incarceration because I wanted to have a computer club nor would they have attempted to paint me as a plagarist because my code was "too good" for somebody of my age back then.

More assigned males are speaking out against this problem. There is nothing you can do, Dice or More and more of us are becoming aware that the feminist narrative is wrong-headed.

As much as I wish more cis women would go into programming, I am not their mistress or their Borg queen. I do not control their actions.

There needs to be a different approach.

How about a -1 WTF option?

Comment: Re:Unnecessary (Score 2) 208

by Enter the Shoggoth (#46071651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

A big advantage of the "old" technologies is that you can get them running with household items. It's impossible to built an integrated circuit at home, but it's quite feasible to build a steam engine. I learned a lot about technology by servicing my bicycle. I had a very old typewriter which was build on a completely different principle than the usual querty keys, it had a pointer which mechanically connected to a cylinder with the letters and only one key which caused the cylinder to hammer down on the carbon ribbon and the paper. Just to see that there are many different solutions to a given problem greatly increases your understanding of technology. So yes, I think you missed out greatly. All you had was magical black boxes which somehow did what you wanted them to do.

Don't be so sure about that

Comment: Re:Reinforcing the term (Score 2, Funny) 464

With that defense, yeah - a total douche. She isn't "defending the future", she's trying to dodge the speeding ticket, with a twist that she was caught what the state of California (IMHO rightly) defines as a monitor. They didn't say it was a "television", and neither does the citation.

Sorry, ma'am, but even if you manage to get the law itself changed, you're still guilty of violating it.


My experience with driving in the US (specifically California) is that if she wasn't doing 80+ in a 65 zone the cops would have picked someone who was, they wouldn't have had to wait long at all. She was caught speeding and is trying to make a spectacle out of it in order to get off.

I see what you did there

Comment: Re:Cry me a fucking river... (Score 1) 374

by Enter the Shoggoth (#45980433) Attached to: Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

Oh, so it's a synonym for "highway." Damn Brits and their other words for common things. I hear "motorway" and thing "road where motored vehicles travel," which would include pretty much everything other than bike paths and trails.

Yeah damn those English people who speak something other than English as it's spoken by those who invented it.

Oh wait! It's called English because the English "invented" it and the ex-colonists decide to fuck with it.

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

Comment: Re:it'll be back (Score 1) 309

by Enter the Shoggoth (#45938359) Attached to: India Frees Itself of Polio

Smallpox has been absent since the 70's, and hasn't show up yet... So if the premise is the same with polio, yes we can say that it is extinct... I think.

I think it only exists in one CDC facility and one research / germ warfare facility in siberia, now.

Meh. I'm sure it exists in other places as well. For example, the sequence for smallpox is well-known, so it could be reconstructed by a government even if those samples were destroyed. Furthermore, there's always the random serendipity of as-yet undiscovered samples:
Century-old smallpox scabs in N.M. envelope (found in a library, of all places...)

However, I concur that the disease is extinct in the wild, and, barring malfeasance, there will never be another epidemic of smallpox.

Interesting that the FBI sent the envelope to the CDC via mail... aside from being illegal I would've thought that this would of at least raised a few eye brows at the CDC.

Comment: Re:Tiger nuts? Not meat? (Score 1) 318

The paleo movement is frustrating for anthropologists. Humans ate pretty much whatever they could get their grubby little hands on: meat, nuts, edible leaves, roots, fruit, etc. We did eat quite a bit of plants, though. Mostly because they didn't run away.

Vegans who insist we're herbivores are equally frustrating, however.

I'm curious: in what way has the paleo movement frustrated anthropologists? Care to enlighten me.

Comment: Re:And so begins the FUD (Score 1) 573

by Enter the Shoggoth (#45904493) Attached to: Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

our elites have failed us and it's only a matter of time before history repeats and the streets run with blood.

You have a very... limited understanding of history if you think that the elites "failing" the commoners tends to result in their blood being spilled.

A much more common pattern is that the commoners get out of line and their blood ends up running in the streets, and then order is restored.

I'm thinking elections are a lot more likely to reform government agencies than riots.

You've made an assumption about who's blood I was referring to. You've also inferred here that I'm presuming that civil unrest will necessarily lead to change.

So that there is no room for misunderstanding I will rephrase:

Those of us who have had faith enough in "the system" to be self correcting are in a majority but none the less our cohort is shrinking.

I am not suggesting that there will be a rapid change in the numbers of the politically active, I am suggesting that a significant number of those who have remained passive will not do so for very much longer and also that those who are already politically engaged will become disenfranchised with the notion of slow, progressive change from within the system and will become radicalised to varying degrees.

Note also I am not advocating a more radicalised approach either but am becoming more resigned to a significant change in the size of the outlying region of the political bell curve which I believe will result in a positive feedback loop where those in power and the middle that still support the system will double down against those who have given up on the idea of being able to change the system from within.

In actual fact I do agree that elections are better than riots but there comes a point where a large enough minority disagrees with this and that's where things go awfully wrong and simply blaming the rioters in isolation does nothing to remedy the problem.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.