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Comment: Incompatible with some situations (Score 1) 158

by spaceyhackerlady (#49150119) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I live in an apartment and a couple of years ago my neighbours bought Guitar Hero or something similar. They played with it for about two days. Then they stopped (and sold the hardware) when the building management gave them an ultimatum over the number of noise complaints they had received.


Comment: Spock made me who I am today (Score 4, Interesting) 403

by spaceyhackerlady (#49148721) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

This one hits close to home.

As a child in the late 1960s I was inspired to my present technical life and career by two major influences: Project Apollo and Star Trek. I thought Spock had the coolest job in the universe. He played with techie stuff and figured stuff out. I wanted that sort of job too. And I got it.


Comment: Re:Gaming on Linux will matter... (Score 3, Informative) 191

by bmo (#49138667) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

>Worthy Office Competitor

Most people don't need anything more than Google Docs.

>but muh obscure Word function

If you're using something obscure in modern versions of Office, you're going to lose when you try to share the document with /other/ Office users. And don't even get me started on formatting when everyone and his brother has slightly different fonts installed (well, it certainly seems that way).

Most (sane) offices have standardized on Office 97 formats, out of desperation with Microsoft's ever changing formats. Office 97's formats are well known and well handled by Office alternatives.

>Windows 10 looks very good

It does? When the icons look like they've been done in Paint?

The Oxygen icons in KDE are better.


Sorry, OpenGL is still better.


Comment: Re:What's the alternative? (Score 1) 268

by bmo (#49135997) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

If you live in the US or various other countries the Chinese also have nuclear weapons aimed at you.

I lived through the cold war. I am going on 50 years old, and I've heard all this bullshit before multiple times in various different inflections and languages.

And that's what it is. Bullshit. Bullshit spouted by people who work for the government and defense contractors who want the big teat of corporate welfare to the war machine to keep on keepin' on.

Fuck you.

Shut the fuck up. My god.


Comment: Re:Actually, ADM Rogers doesn't "want" that at all (Score 1) 406

by bmo (#49124005) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Do you understand that an individualized warrant is required to target, collect, store, analyze, or disseminate the communications content of a US Person anywhere on the globe, and that the current law on the issue is stronger and more restrictive with regard to US Persons than it has ever been?

Whether a warrant is required or not is irrelevant when the agency itself ignores such laws as "inefficient."

It has been proven that they log everything (what used to be called a pen register) and admit to it ("it's only metadata, why should you care?" we are told), and I've previously calculated how much data they'd need to record any person's utterances 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it came out to something like 5 bucks the last time, assuming that someone talked continuously without sleep or stopping to breathe . It's less now because single 4 terabyte hard disks are available for $132 at Newegg, retail and a top-of-the-line enterprise quality 8TB disk with helium goes for under $750. And these are retail prices.

Don't believe me? 16Kb/s for that amount of time is roughly 64GB (516.7E9 bits no parity). So being generous, say we lose 500GB to formatting a 4TB drive, 3500 Salesman Gigabytes.

3500/64=54.blahblah 1 year partitions.


Less than an Extra Large Dunkin Donuts coffee.

For a year.

But wait there's more.

People don't talk 24 hours a day. They talk on average about 16000 words a day, according to this:


So what amount of time does that mean? It means about an hour-and-a-half of speaking at 3 words/second (which is average). 1/16'th of a day.

So take all of that $2.44, and divide it by 16

15 cents.

That's all it takes to store your utterances for an entire year. Half that if you really don't give a fuck about voice quality.

For the entire nation, which is 319 million, that gives $48 million to record everyone's utterances for an entire year. If you only record what is said on the phone, it's a tiny fraction of that.


This does not include all the other stuff like connection to the networks, but that is all externalized by requiring the phone companies, etc, to take the bulk of that cost on themselves.

And by looking at that huge datacenter in Utah, they are already doing it and doubling-down on the methodology.

They don't give a flying fuck about warrants as we've seen, and it's technically and financially feasible, so they'll do it / are doing it.


Comment: Re:Bad Advice (Score 1) 286

by bmo (#49105083) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

All the advice I had been given was that women were turned off by the kind of geeky guy who spent that much time with his computer.

>in facebook
>online acquaintance who knows I'm a geek opens chat and is frustrated with her computer
>she trusts me enough to log in remotely through Teamviewer.

She proceeded to ask me questions, because all she really knew about me was my facebook page. No, I'm not gay, but I have a lot of gay friends thus the gay rights stuff on my page. I'm older than your sister and closer to your age. Yes, I'm single.

>get to seriously talking
>both reach the conclusion "that's not a big deal"
>my plans for a weekend fall through. "Hey, why don't you come down and we hang out in Boston?"
>hit it off immediately.
>skedaddle off to Concord NH.

and we both suffered some horrible emotional scarring in our prior lives apart, but that scarring is what allowed us to appreciate what we have together.

This is why the "you should run away" stuff didn't discourage either of us, and in practice, the baggage is recognized for what it is. "Like old boxers comparing scars."

it's better to be rejected by women for who you are than to be accepted by women for who you are not.

I consider it an idiot filter. It's useful. Plus "keeping up appearances" is far too much work anyway.

It's been over a year with no end in sight, really.

>finding love later in life
>hopelessly in love with each other

All the previous bullshit was worth it in the long run even if a lot of it was unnecessary and stupid.


Comment: Re:Nothing new. (Score 2) 248

by bmo (#49088075) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

does it do a complete job? somehow, I have my doubts and that it leaves some stuff behind (like almost all windows 'uninstallers').

It doesn't

Uninstalling Superfish Visual Discovery

Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program
Select Visual Discovery > Uninstall
Superfish will be removed from Program Files and Program Data directories, files in user directory will stay intact for the privacy reason. Registry entry and root certificate will remain as well. The Superfish service will stop working as soon as it is uninstalled via above process, and following reboot.

And then....

This article will be updated with additional instructions on clean up of deactivated files and removal of certificate shortly.

Uh huh. Sure.


Comment: Re:Use recursion when the problem is recursive (Score 1) 252

by spaceyhackerlady (#49018529) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness

Yes, they did.

In another job interview I was asked to write a program to generate prime numbers. I clarified a couple of requirements ("is memory usage an issue?"), and implemented the Sieve of Eratosthenes. It works, you know why it works, any idiot can read the code and understand it, and if testing shows you need something better (in some sense), you know where to start.


If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.