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Comment: Re:I Don't Buy It (Score 1) 100

by Jeremi (#48902181) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

there are people who actually believe trading in and looking at child porn isn't a problem, that that is victimless, it's just pictures and video

I don't think I've seen anyone argue that the distribution of child porn isn't a problem.

I have seen people argue that the First Amendment permits it, regardless of whether it's problematic or not.


DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update 63

Posted by timothy
from the until-activated-by-a-trigger-word dept.
MojoKid writes After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements.

Comment: Re:Credible, Really??? (Score 2) 107

by Jeremi (#48896621) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Some random twitter loser says he put bombs on two separate planes at the same time in different parts of the country? Not remotely credible.

It is quite possible, if he had an accomplice.

I agree that the guy was basically covering his ass, but he should be fired for being such a gullible idiot.

If he was correctly following the procedures that were set up, it's hard to justify firing him because the procedures aren't to your liking. A more rational response would be to change the procedures.

Comment: Re:Credible, Really??? (Score 2) 107

by Jeremi (#48896097) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Would you want to be the guy who ignored the bomb threat, after a plane (or two) blew up?

Put it this way: following procedure (when it later turned out it wasn't actually necessary to do so) won't end your career. Failing to follow procedure (when the threat turned out to be valid) almost certainly will. "But the bomb threat didn't really make sense, because (reasons)" will probably not be seen as a valid defense.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 396

by Jeremi (#48895821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Who puts three fingers on the surface of a mouse?

Everyone with the normal human number of digits, I would think.

(e.g. for a right-hander: the thumb is next to the mouse, on the left side; the pinky finger is next to the mouse, on the right side, and the central three digits rest on top of the mouse)

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 5, Interesting) 286

by Jeremi (#48892609) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Let's just enforce existing laws and get dangerous drivers off the road. THERE IS NO RIGHT TO DRIVE. If you are a dangerous driver you can and should be taken off the road.

I was a safe driver for 11 years; no tickets, no accidents, no "close calls", no complaints. Then one day I was driving to the airport early in the morning, got distracted by my radio, didn't notice that the traffic light was red, and ran right into a car that was (legally) crossing the intersection.

My question: should I have been driving for those previous 11 years? If not, why not? What kind of test would you have had me take to show that I was a dangerous driver? Or, if I was a safe driver except on that one morning, how would your plan have prevented my accident?

The fact is, most people are safe drivers most of the time. Except for when they're not.

Comment: Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 1) 226

by Jeremi (#48869863) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

EVE seems to be doing OK, and while there's war to participate in if you want to, there are plenty of people making money from mining, research, logistics, and so on.

I wonder how well EVE would be doing, if its creators had decided on day 1 to not allow war in their video game? My guess is, not so well.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 5, Insightful) 661

by Jeremi (#48869785) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Voting whether something is fact is indeed stupid.

While I agree that these amendments are political gamesmanship, they are not "voting whether something is fact".

You'll notice in TFA that the amendments are voting on the "sense of the Senate" -- i.e. their purpose is to get Senators' opinions/positions on record, not to determine reality.

Specifically, the Democrats want the Republicans to either publicly acknowledge that climate change is a real problem (thus undercutting their own arguments against doing anything about it), or publicly deny it (and, presumably, thereby look increasingly silly in the future as its effects become more pronounced).

Comment: Re:Proprietary (Score 3, Insightful) 630

by Jeremi (#48858661) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

You're going to need to give a much better reason than "proprietary" to discount the VB argument. There are lots of good ones, but this isn't one.

Proprietary isn't just a matter of whether the language is well-supported or not, but where it is supported.

For example, say you've spent several hundred hours of your life learning Visual Basic, and then several thousand more hours writing the Great American Program, in Visual Basic.

Now your boss wants you to get your program running on a Mac. Or a Unix box. Or a Linux box. Or anywhere that isn't Windows.... and here's where you find out that it simply can't be done, because Microsoft doesn't support anything other than their own OS's.

So, all of the time you spent learning and programming with Visual Basic gains you nothing at this point; now you have to go back to square one, learn a different (hopefully less proprietary) language, and rewrite your program from scratch in that language.

That's the real problem with "proprietary". You're locked in to doing only whatever your single-source vendor wants to allow you to do.

Comment: Re:Money talks, electric car walks (Score 1) 181

by Jeremi (#48813523) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

I love the idea of electric cars, and Tesla is on my "lottery win" shopping list. With that said, if you apply hard numbers these cars do not make any sense at the current gas prices.

The truth is that none of the cars in the luxury category make any economic sense -- why spend $60,000+ on a luxury car when a $12,000 Honda Fit would get you to your destinations just as effectively?

So why do expensive cars sell? Because they're cool. And cool is something that Tesla's cars have, in spades.

Imagine what will happen to electricity costs during peak usage when everyone runs AC AND charges electric cars at the same time!

Okay, I'm imagining a lot of people switching to charging their cars at night, and running the AC during the day.

Comment: Re:Dewhat? (Score 1) 150

by Jeremi (#48806721) Attached to: Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

Most users don't care. Most users wouldn't care that their keyboard COULD be logged, even if they were told. MOST users are using wireless keyboards to type twitter and facebook posts.

They also use those same keyboards to log in to their bank accounts, so they'll care after the first time their checking account gets drained. (And for those that don't use on-line banking, they'll care after the first time their Facebook account starts posting goatse pics for their mom to see)

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...