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Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 669

by N!k0N (#49536453) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

They grew up in a time of blind jingoistic nonsense, though people are now growing up in the same, possibly even worse with all of the constant propaganda.

The older generation is smart enough to know that the cold war never ended. Stupid millennials are going to be in for a rude awakening when Russia marches on Europe.

Nah, we (they? stupid non-hard dates for generation lines) partially grew up on Command and Conquer.
I for one await the day that the Allies call upon me to command the forces on the Eastern Front.

Comment: Re:It's not surprising (Score 1) 129

by N!k0N (#49526413) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

What would happen if every single railway company would have different track gauges?

Lots and lots of trans-loading stations ... and increased costs, etc. Probably would cripple the economy (as it seems to run on cheap Chinese goods that're built to break in 3-4 years in the first place ... "They don't build 'em like they used to" and all that).

Comment: Re:I always look at the bad reviews (Score 1) 126

by N!k0N (#49446065) Attached to: Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews
In my case, 1 star and 5 star reviews are filtered out (if possible) from the results I'm reading.

2, 3, and 4 star reviews are where the meat of the "good" reviews are (i.e. the "Look, I'm not a pro, but still I consider myself better than average. Tried using features A,B,C,D that're listed as supported, and work flawlessly on [other brand of same thing], however those features do not work on this device." ). Obviously it's not a flawless system, but usually the reviewers giving it 2-4 stars ALSO include steps for fixing problems as well -- or better ways to assemble it than what the instructions said.

Comment: Re:Drupal??? (Score 1) 29

by N!k0N (#49380419) Attached to: Book Review: Drush For Developers, 2nd Edition

Wtf, so much better has been built. If if not those, just shut up and install wordpress. But someone wrote a book on it OK

just like all the people still using Sendmail, BIND, SCO Unix, or Windows: apparently being mediocre (or just plain shitty) is a highly effective strategy and will guarantee for a system long life.

I get the idea of moving away from Sendmail, SCO Unix, or Windows ... but for a DNS Server what would you consider "better" than BIND?

Comment: Re:Boxen? WTF? (Score 1) 296

by N!k0N (#49292489) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

In what fucking language. Pretty sure boxes is the pl. of box. But you know with everyone out there making up new spellings left and right how am I supposed to keep up. (I mean really "rediculous"???? why that one pisses me off so much I'll never know)

Hand in your card and get the fuck out.

You assume GP was given a card in the first place. (And would give a king's ransom if I could remember my 5 digit UID :( )

Comment: Re:Transfer the heat to.... where? (Score 1) 51

by N!k0N (#49265805) Attached to: Fujitsu Could Help Smartphone Chips Run Cooler
Presumably the entire expanse (limited though it is) of the back of said phone. I know with mine (GS4), it tends to get hot centered at the CPU, and to a lesser degree, the battery. However, the rest of the case is generally cool. So a heat pipe putting the heat "over there" (and thus, equalizing the temperature across the entirety of the unit) wouldn't be the end of the world.

Comment: Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348

by N!k0N (#49223495) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

dammit, I really do need a new keyboard. probably another typo he'll crucify me over: 'huts' == 'hurts'.

see, letters get dropped all the time. I'm sure your keyboard is brand new and all keys respond perfectly as you hit them... (rolls eyes).

(Not the GP) ... No, but I have enough IBM Model M's that when the keys start misbehaving, said malfunctioning keyboard goes into the "Beat the [PHB|HR Drone|DamnKidOnMyLawn] to Death" pile, along with a couple of vintage AT&T wall phones (you know, the ones you had to rent from AT&T) and other built to last stuff from the days when America took pride in manufacturing.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681

by N!k0N (#49110573) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Let's be clear here a computer science or masters degree teaches you not one whit about how a computer works in terms of physics or chemistry. subjects aren't even really touched unless you decide to pick them up.

There's a very clear line where a computer begins, and that is at the gate level, and/or/not. Below that, it doesn't matter what materials you use (except for efficiency purposes). You can use transistors, or you can use relays, or water pipes.

or redstone ... but that tends to be hard to come by, so best to build in "creative" rather than "survival" mode. ;)

Comment: Re:Might as well have the doomsday popomatic (Score 2) 145

by N!k0N (#48874027) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

What the hell does that even mean? Does it mean we only have 5 minutes left to live? or fifty years? or an additional five thousand years? The claim isn't even falsifiable, since it's not anchored to any specific meaning whatsoever.

"Midnight" = Imminent global thermonuclear war (or, these days "catastrophic climate change")
"x Minutes to Midnight" = Indicator of how close international tensions are to breaking (or, "catastrophic climate change" -- however they define that).

Thing is, I will agree that the clock's usage is pretty awful -- it's updated infrequently enough that it can only be considered as an indicator of the tensions for the few days before and after the actual update. For example, the Cuban Missile Crisis - arguably the closest humanity has come to total annihilation - was resolved in between updates to the clock, and as such did not effect a change to the clock in 1962.

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