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Comment Re: First, AGW came for the Marshall Islands... (Score 1) 240

Of course I don't expect you to believe me. That might require you to suffer an existential crisis by this point. I've read your comment history, it's all you talk about.

As for evidence, it's extensive enough that we have the military, food and drug production companies, insurance companies, and oil companies (who were among the first to realize it) all making plans for a warmer, more hostile world and broken ecosystem. Suggesting that all of this is just part of a conspiracy by climate snake oil salesmen is the greater claim with the least support.

Submission + - Windows 10 update didn't remove spying utility, Microsoft just renamed it (

colinneagle writes: With the release of Build 10586, or Threshold 2, DiagTrack — the Diagnostics Tracking Service, one of the main culprits in telemetry and other user activity gathering in Windows 10 — disappeared, and there was much rejoicing. However, the white hat hackers at Tweakhound (and confirmed by BetaNews) have discovered that Microsoft merely renamed it to the Connected User Experiences and Telemetry service, which throws people off, along with all the utilities to turn off these services, like DoNotSpy10.

Even sneakier, when you install Threshold 2, Windows 10 resets user preferences, so everything you turned off is back on without telling you about it.

Fortunately, the service can still be manually disabled, and no doubt the anti-spying apps will be updated to reflect this.

Comment Re:I guess I'm the only one who likes Thunderbird? (Score 1) 296

> Am I the only person left who actually LIKES and used Thunderbird?

Nope -- the problem is "webmail" is good enough for most people; We're a dying (technical) breed. Not enough people care about having a good, fast, stable, email client. :-/ Just look at how many people's eyes roll over when you mention something like PGP. They use the ignorant and naive excuse "But I have nothing to hide" ...

Comment Re:First, AGW came for the Marshall Islands... (Score 2) 240

"If you know what's good for you, if you know that they're leftists, you won't believe anything they say any time, anywhere, about anything ... So we have no the Four Corners of Deceit, and the two universes in which we live. The Universe of Lies, the Universe of Reality, and the Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit." - Rush Limbaugh

The program must be pretty simple:

  • If it's said by someone belonging to the party you disagree with politically, it is a lie.
  • If it's said by someone belonging to the party you agree with, it is the truth.
  • If it's from an organization composed mostly of people who vote for the opposition party, it is a conspiracy.
  • If it's from an organization composed mostly of people who vote for your party, it is gospel.

If the Republican Party agreed with the scientific community from the outset... or if most climate scientists were Republican to begin with, you'd believe in global warming. Though with the new questions of conservative purity going around, I'm not sure how long the scientists in this example could be considered true Republicans...

It brings to mind the terms revolutionary and counterevolutionary... from within a Communist country. Of course, you'll never agree with a counterrevolutionary, they always lie.

What I'd like to know, is how people get sucked into that mode of thinking to begin with, because by those rules everyone inside of it had to have an open mind at one point before deciding to close it, and once inside, since you trust them emphatically, they outline the necessary coding to keep you in.

Maybe it's fear, uncertainty, doubt... tools used by cultists like The Peoples Temple (origin of the Koolaid phrase). And what does that koolaid do? It kills them. It seals their fate, just as ignoring global warming science seals ours. At least in a cult the damage stays within the compound.

"Don't look out the window at the hurricane approaching. Work to prevent anyone else from sheltering from it. We're all safe so long as you do exactly what I tell you and listen to no one else."

Even if we act and do all we can to hold back global warming trends, it'll continue for some time before it gets better. What we're trying to avoid is a mass extinction event. Warming's already happening. Only the willfully ignorant have trouble seeing that.

So who's drinking what? Who's the suicide cult here?

Submission + - Richard Stallman: "I'm not the father of Open Source", and "Ubuntu is malware" (

dkatana writes: Stallman walked barefoot to the podium last month during Fossetcon 2015 and said "I'm not the father of open source. If I'm the father of open source, it was conceived by artificial insemination without my knowledge or consent."

For Stallman, "free" isn't about price but about the lack of restrictions. "Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer."

"Ubuntu is malware because it uses a desktop that spies on users. Even if that is fixed, they still install non-free software as part of the system," Stallman said

Comment Re:But intel... (Score 0) 135

But intel keeps telling us we only need 4 cores for games?!

They're right. A quad-core intel chip beats the pants off an eight-core AMD chip... for twice the money. The maximum frame rates are only maybe 5% higher, but the minimums are almost 50% higher. If it's worth the money to you to keep your minimum frame rates up, which really can make the difference between killing and being killed in an online match mind you, then you buy the Intel chip.

To me, saving a hundred bucks (and almost another hundred on the motherboard, which was also cheaper) was more important. But to each their own.

Comment Re:the main legit use i can see (Score 1) 267

I presume that this would be integrated with some kind of app on the receiver end. When the truck is dispatched (or, if the depot is in range, when the parcel is ready for direct dispatch), you'd get a message telling you the time window when it will be available. You then signal that you're ready to receive it and give some GPS coordinates. It's then dispatched and sends another message when it's a few hundred metres away. You then go outside (or stand on a balcony) and wait for it to be delivered directly to you. Once it's very close, it can use WiFi from your phone (send your MAC address to the drone and the SSID that you're associated with - or create an ad-hoc network if you're out of range and it can home in on you) to check that it's actually landing by the correct person. Then just tap the 'delivery received' button and it will fly away.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz