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Comment: Re:Smart move moron (Score 0, Offtopic) 221

He shouldn't have too much trouble finding work. Alton Nolen, the guy that beheaded a co-worker in Oklahoma this morning in another incident that is also Not Terrorism had only been released from prison a year ago:

According to the state corrections department, Nolen was convicted in January 2011 of multiple felony drug offenses, assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention. He was released from prison in March 2013. Neither woman had any relationship with Nolen.

This guy will plead to criminal mischief or something, do 18 months and return to commit more non-terrorist crimes.

Comment: Re:is anyone really surprised here (Score 0) 195

by Tailhook (#48005951) Attached to: The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

This is evidence.

We've had evidence for years. The SEC records from the Madoff investigation showed the same pattern. The auditors and investigators carefully step around the turds, carefully do not look beyond a strictly limited scope of investigation. They do this because they report to corrupt bosses, appointed by corrupt politicians, voted in by an electorate pursing its narrow self interests.

None of the above has changed, so naturally we're doing it all over again. They're quietly loosening lending standards again, only this time they have the Fed to print and keep the banks capitalized while it's happening instead of after the fact, so the next credit bubble detonation will be even more violent.

Enjoy. You voted for it. And you'll keep voting for it as well because doing otherwise would involve correcting too much of the world view you been trained with.

Comment: Re:Someone's going to complain (Score 1) 208

by Tailhook (#47996299) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

But but but Drones! Government Drones!!!1

Nailing rich people though........ I bet this particular case of government drones gathering intelligence on citizens gets a pass. Because on Slashdot, the only thing worse than rich people are their corporations. This site came to mind pretty fast when I spotted this story.

+ - Drones reveal widespread tax evasion in Argentina->

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Tailhook (98486) writes "The Argentine government has used drones to reveal 200 homes and 100 pools in an upper class area about ten miles south of Buenos Aires that had not been detailed on tax returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines."
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Comment: Uh oh (Score 1) 184

by Tailhook (#47956163) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

This worries me. The "usability" folks are at the plate again, wanting to "simplify" things.

Just so you know, I regularly and routinely use advanced features in KDE. I have at least a dozen applications with very specifically configured window positions and decoration settings. The panel is carefully configured to behave how I need it; grouping control and changing the order of applications manually is absolutely essential. I routinely change pager options to suit my current needs at any moment. I have customized the crap out of key maps, file associations, Konsole, Dolphin and Kate.

Notice how I make zero mention of "activities," nepomuk, baloo or akonadi.

If you need to hide some of the "advanced" features behind an "advanced" button to satisfy your notion of aesthetics then that's fine. Two things: 1.) Do. Not. Remove. Features. 2.) Once I've enabled "advanced" features somewhere don't make me do it again.

That way the added burden I face is hitting each "advanced" button once, and only once, and never thinking about it again.

Done right I can imagine a gentle reorganization of configuration being a small benefit to KDE. If you indulge configuration hating zealots that remove capabilities and dumb down KDE you will breed an army of haters. You will live in a world of haters hating on your work for the rest of your adult life.

Keep that in mind as you "simplify."

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 4, Interesting) 324

by Tailhook (#47948545) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Tax subscribers. Obviously. The funds will be pissed away giving Canadian cable executives better bonuses

Is Canada still taxing blank media to subsidize the "victims" of "piracy?"

Whatever. Enjoy your cable monopoly Canuckistan. You deserve it. As do we.

Comment: Re:so the story goes (Score 4, Interesting) 221

by Tailhook (#47931951) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

From UT Austin: On the Cusp of an Ebola Vaccine

Bush built that lab (Galveston National Laboratory) as part of the $5 billion Project Bioshield Act of 2004, one of two, the other being at Boston University Medical Center. These are the places where actual research on ebola, dengue, hemorrhagic fever, SARS and others has been happening for years while you perfected your Bush derangement syndrome narrative.

Ass monkey.

Comment: Re:It did? (Score 5, Informative) 129

by Tailhook (#47904789) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Here is a post from the Chromium Blog that explains how 64 bit improves Chrome. Incidentally this applies to software generally, not just Chrome. The key part of the post that explains the expected improvements:

64-bit Chrome has become faster as a result of having access to a superior instruction set, more registers, and a more efficient function calling convention. Improved opportunities for ASLR enhance this version’s security. Another major benefit of this change comes from the fact that most programs on a modern Mac are already 64-bit apps. In cases where Chrome was the last remaining 32-bit app, there were launch-time and memory-footprint penalties as 32-bit copies of all of the system libraries needed to be loaded to support Chrome. Now that Chrome’s a 64-bit app too, we expect you’ll find that it launches more quickly and that overall system memory use decreases.

While you may appear to be using more RAM because the 64 bit Chrome processes are larger than the 32 bit, the net memory usage should be the same or less because 64 bit Chrome will not pull the 32 bit stack into RAM to operate. ASLR is a security technique that mitigates vulnerabilities that appear in applications and libraries; lack of a form of ASLR is among the reasons Heartbleed became a thing.

So stop quibbling and use modern software. If you are experiencing a RAM shortage — as opposed to obsessing needlessly over monitoring tools and being difficult — then get more RAM or use a less demanding browser; Chrome use more resources than its contemporaries and makes no apologies for it.

Comment: Re:This is not a new or unique problem (Score 1) 124

Now, the real trick is how to measure performance.

They've already done that. It's right there in the summary; "the best performance in recent memory and, perhaps, in its entire 224 year history."

So obviously they are rigorously measuring their stellar performance ... otherwise how could they make that sort of claim?

What? You don't think that's credible? You must be one of those tea bag knuckle-dragger anti-government types. The rest of us know better than to question the noble creatures inhabiting our sacred government.

<sarcasm, you dolts>

Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 1) 108

by Tailhook (#47898557) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

they have to constantly produce it an improve it

Netflix told shareholders it's currently filming eight new and continuing series, two of which are big hits with fans and drawing subscribers by themselves, of which there are 50 million as of Q2 2014. I noticed in that list they omitted at least one Netflix property of which I'm personally a fan, so it's not comprehensive.

You're arguing with success here, for some strange reason. Yes, Netflix doesn't have Warner Bros. or Paramount profits. That's not a bad thing. Their operating income is ~$228e6 and they employ about ~2000 full time. It's a cost effective operation that can't milk its famously cost sensitive customer base and become another media behemoth. They're commoditizing media and I can't think of a single thing we're going to lose as a consequence that I'm going to miss.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson