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Comment: Re:"Conservatives" hating neutrality baffles me (Score 1) 550

Exactly this.
People rail against the governments inability to manage anything without becoming a source of huge waste and corruption.
What they dont seem to understand is that it has nothing to do with the nature of government. It has to do with people taking advantage of the slack and loopholes in ANY large organization whether you are a government or corporation.

Comment: Re:Here's hoping they bought it to close it down. (Score 1) 208

by MrTester (#49172943) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?
I tend not to be insulting when I post, but Ill make an exception here.
Your an idiot.

Tearing their imaginations from them? I have 2 daughters that LOVE minecraft because they love building houses and castles and populating them with all sorts of creatures. They do this collaboratively with friends, some of whom are in different states. It allows infinitely more collaborative creativity than just about anything else I have seen on the internet.

Minecraft is nothing more and nothing less than the electronic generations Legos.

In case I wasn't clear the first time, let me say it again...
Your an idiot.

Comment: Re:Be Gentle With Him (Score 1) 452

by MrTester (#48462803) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God
I am not religious myself, but I really wish people would get off the blame-religion bandwagon.

Every form of organizing people has been at the root of man killing each other for thousands of years now. Yes, religion is one. But so is race, ideology, nationality, you name it.
At the end of the day they allow a bunch of individuals to get together and say "I can improve my life or my family's life by killing some people and taking their stuff" but have a clear conscience because its for "the greater good".

Excuses. Nothing more.

Comment: Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (Score 1) 222

by MrTester (#48427111) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust
And sometimes you need a someone who doesn't have all the baggage and assumptions to jump into things and attack a problem from a different perspective ala SpaceX.

Its true that "solutions dont suddenly appear just when they are needed", but your not going to find them if you dont look. And sometimes all the assumptions that the "established" research communities make hide the answer from them. Especially when much of the research is funded by groups with a conflict of interest.

Its no magic wand, but I, for one, appreciate it when someone new tackles a major issue.
Even if they fail, at least they tried.

Comment: Power Waste (Score 1) 61

by MrTester (#48241723) Attached to: Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances
Everyone is assuming that these things will just sit there spewing out power 24/7, but I have to believe that we can figure out some sort of handshake so that these are only throwing out power when there is a valid device within range.
It doesn't say anything about that in the article, which seems odd, but I think we are only talking about the power loss from inefficient transfer (which is not insignificant), not continuous output.

Can anyone confirm?

Comment: Re:Already gone (Score 1) 304

by MrTester (#48152337) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race
When a person cheats they are usually (not always, I know) looking for something that they are missing.

In one case you may have an otherwise happy couple that are not on the same page sexually. Maybe one partner has no sex drive and is not interested in sex at all. But otherwise the relationship is solid. So someone steps out and has a physical relationship with someone else, but remains emotionally tied to their partner.

On the other hand you have a couple that is having great sex but are not on the same page emotionally. So one of them steps out and has a purely emotional relationship with someone else but continues having great sex with their partner.

Which relationship is in more trouble? Which betrayal is greater?

Comment: Re:what an idiot (Score 1) 263

by MrTester (#48111759) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana
A drug is something that puts chemicals in our systems that effect how our bodies work.
Go to a pharmacy and you will see all sorts of drugs that do this to a positive effect. Some are man made, but most have their roots in something naturally occurring. So its not an impossible notion that there are beneficial aspects to pot.

Im not one to say that all drugs should be legalized. Many (especially the man made crap) are dangerous as hell and should be illegal. But just because a bunch of lawmakers got together and decided Marijuana is bad doesnt make it true.

People bitch about pot being the "gateway drug." Bullshit. You know what the gateway drugs are? Sugar and caffeine. These are the two that every kid at some point has too much of and goes "oooh. I feel funny."

+ - Security Collapse in the HTTPS Market->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "HTTPS has evolved into the de facto standard for secure Web browsing. Through the certificate-based authentication protocol, Web services and Internet users first authenticate one another ("shake hands") using a TLS/SSL certificate, encrypt Web communications end-to-end, and show a padlock in the browser to signal that a communication is secure. In recent years, HTTPS has become an essential technology to protect social, political, and economic activities online. At the same time, widely reported security incidents (such as DigiNotar's breach, Apple's #gotofail, and OpenSSL's Heartbleed) have exposed systemic security vulnerabilities of HTTPS to a global audience. The Edward Snowden revelations (notably around operation BULLRUN, MUSCULAR, and the lesser-known FLYING PIG program to query certificate metadata on a dragnet scale) have driven the point home that HTTPS is both a major target of government hacking and eavesdropping, as well as an effective measure against dragnet content surveillance when Internet traffic traverses global networks. HTTPS, in short, is an absolutely critical but fundamentally flawed cybersecurity technology."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Syfylys passes on an actual classic (Score 5, Interesting) 144

Hell yes.
They have a couple of good properties now, but for the most part its crap.
And where is the classic SciFi appreciation? Forbidden Planet, Them, The Day the Earth Stood Still (without Neo). When is the last time they showed a black and white program other than Twilight Zone?

If I was in charge of SyFy:
1) Classic movie of the week with a Turner Classic Movies style intro talking about the movie, its impact, roots and the making of the movie.
2) Guest hosts introducing their favorite SciFi
3) Put together a stable of actors, authors and directors and host a weekly 90 minute-3 sketch late night program modeled on Saturday Night Live, but focusing on scifi story telling instead of comedy. Some of the sketches could be one offs, others a mini-series. Probably not live, although that might be fun too...
4) Get some real scifi lovers to look for classic works that they could get the rights to produce as movies. They dont have to be high budget. Take the same budget they spend now on their monster of the week movies, spend less on special effects and throw it at the scripts. I know thats not a lot, but give me a day and $500 and I can improve the hell out of their scripts.
5) No wrestling
6) Change the name back to SciFi

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982