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Comment: Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 2) 117

by Trax3001BBS (#48913535) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

why the USA still has an embargo against Cuba? (sensible answers only please).


You get the old-people-who-still-fear-those-godless-red-bastards vote, and you get the Cuban exile vote. And you get the agriculture vote, because we grow a hell of a lot more corn than sugar.

Almost everything produced in the U.S. uses high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) rather than sugar and there is a difference. Being a LOT of Mexican stores around I go to them as anything sold there is authentic and made of real sugar, and my source of Coca-Cola for one.

"The use of HFCS in the United States is partially attributable to government tariffs that maintain domestic sugar prices at above the global price and subsidies to corn growers that lower the cost of the primary ingredient in HFCS, corn. Since 1797 there have been a system of sugar tariffs and sugar quotas in the United States that maintains the price of imported sugar at levels up to twice the global price"

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 344

Except in this era of increasing server-side reliance, game piracy is becoming less of an issue. It will eventually get to the point where you're not actually buying the game, you're buying an account with which you can then play the game. Since the majority of people don't think twice about needing to be always connected this trend will only continue.

EA.COM now started this with the Battle Field series. Steam, most don't mind always running as it's been operating for so long, I remember the /. article about Stream coming; being an on-line service, I tried to find it a few months ago with no luck, but it wasn't being accepted even back then.

Now a gamer can have numerous front doors running switching back and forth between games, A lot of needless overhead.

Origin doesn't have any requirement to be running. I just exit it when a game starts, 2.5 years later it complains about not being sync'd which again can be ignored, once a week I'll sync my games. Most are now following Steam's example (I only know of Steam and Origin, little about UBI.). Well just that UBI just shot themselves in the foot, yet again.


I not only requested but had to call for the BF3 box (3 CD's are included), Yet all the first CD does is start downloading the game from Origin and many other mirrors.

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 168

by Trax3001BBS (#48911709) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

They are still not talking about literacy - they are talking about problem solving. That makes it the new Mathematics, not the new literacy. (And yes, what I learned coding on my VIP not quite 40 years ago did help me with my degree in Math a few years later, so I do know what I'm talking about.)

Mathematics is under rated. I wish I'd of spent more time with it (progressing courses), but it's too late.

Comment: Re:They tried this in the early 1980s (Score 1) 168

by Trax3001BBS (#48911599) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

The early 1980's was when I discovered in the 7th grade that I came from a "poor" family for not having cable TV to get MTV and an Apple ][ to complete my Logo homework assignments. Worst part, it was the girls who told me.

I wanna know what the girls had to say! :)

I guess I was considered poor, staying at home while the better half pulled in just enough to meet the basics.

Early 80's I started "coding" or teaching myself Basic on the TRS 80 III (cassette storage) that was given to me. I was good except when it came to arrays. but it's also the only thing I had to do, MTV (local station) in the back ground but that was it. The TRS had it's own magazine of which I was also given (many in fact) that had basic programs which I would type in by hand (duh) taking 6 hours or more. It was debugging (that was always required) that I learned more from than anything else.

I started self teaching myself assembly language (TRS 80). Then leaning my job became everything -I had 18 months to learn (certify in) a subject I'd only known of in it's broadest terms.

Years later I went with the Amiga who's basic was so broken I had two choices, quit basic or toss the Amiga through a window/wall when a gimme wouldn't work (they went to ARexx, dropping Basic years later). I purchased an 2400 baud Supra modem ($240) for no real reason and found BBS's which took precedences over anything else.

Now what do you learn So many languages have popped up (some gone now as well)*. yet almost all suggest a knowledge of C++ due to it's format or structure. I've tired (C++) but so many things get in the way, the most important being past the age of around 35 and much harder now, it came so easy when I was younger.

And no I've never used Excel, as the article seems to make such an importance in.

*ARexx is written in 68000 Assembly, and cannot therefore function at full speed with new PPC CPUs, a version of ARexx has not been rewritten for them

+ - White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Submitted by (3830033) writes "The Washington Post reports that the intrusion by a recreational drone onto the White House lawn has exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix. Commercial technology is available that can use a combination of sensitive radar and acoustic trackers to detect small drones, though coming up with an effective way to stop them has been more elusive. "To do something about the problem, you have to find it, you have to track it, you have to identify it and you have to decide what to do with it,” says Frederick F. Roggero. “But especially in an urban environment, it would be tough to detect and tough to defeat kinetically without shooting it down and causing collateral damage.” Most recreational drones, like the one that crashed Monday, weigh only a few pounds and lack the power to do much harm. Larger models that can carry payloads of up to 30 pounds are available on the market and are expected to become more common. The FAA imposes strict safety regulations on drones flown by government agencies or anyone who operates them for commercial purposes. In contrast, hardly any rules apply to people who fly drones as a hobby, other than FAA guidelines that advise them to keep the aircraft below 400 feet and five miles from an airport. “With the discovery of an unauthorized drone on the White House lawn, the eagle has crash-landed in Washington," says Senator Charles Schumer. "There is no stronger sign that clear FAA guidelines for drones are needed.""

Comment: Re:Internet Explorer (Score 1) 98

More standards compliant based on what? Chrome is 100% acid 3 compliant and has one tiny pause. Chrome has kicked IE's ass in standards compliance for years and continues to do so.

Opera up to 12+ always passed the acid tests, even acid test #1 when they shouldn't of been prepared for it. I don't think any other browser can make this claim. Opera 26 passes #3 100/100 (no pause and one tab edit from default) but it's chrome with a different skin. While not actually Chrome they are stepping in it's foot prints. About Opera 26: made possible by it will import bookmarks but not Opera's :)

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 303

by Trax3001BBS (#48896371) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

If the safety feature enables the brakes when a crash is 'imminent', it takes away the driver's discretion during the times braking is not advisable.

During icy conditions, when I'd rather kill that deer instead of my family, or when a piece of black plastic blows across the roadway, are three that come to mind.

Yep, my first thought:
Deer's history anyhow why take the family with it, twice I've been in a car/truck when the hood opened on us, while a sudden stop wasn't necessary, these smart brakes going to allow one?

Hell with it, I'll just play cards and have my self driving car worry about it.

Comment: Ask a left handed person this (Score 1) 2

by Trax3001BBS (#48896313) Attached to: What does a person use for a three button mouse these days?

Being right handed, I learned to use my left hand for the mouse due of all things - a short cord, and the comfort of sitting on the couch when computing

Now I'm stuck using right handed mice left handed

I noticed one link you posted did have a left handed version which is rare.

I use the G5 which went to become the G500, it's a gaming mouse and that dangling ring finger operates the two side buttons. Yes there are three side buttons but the third too far back to use reliably; hitting the second (middle) button first. See they changed the button locations, really going to mess me up now. broke the $100 mark, I go through one a year if it's built right, some get quirky quickly and need to be replaced sooner. I can count 6 I've bought by the box of weights that come with it and started stacking on top of each other.

A high DPI or low DPI on the fly (gaming, snipers) and memory chip to store your settings, so you can always have the mouse settings your comfortable with on a different computer. While storing settings doesn't sound that great, it is. If you really need to make a small adjustment or find the pointer, one just runs: Main.cpl (windows).

As for ergonomics the G500 feels made for my hand, but then I'm using it backwards.

Comment: POP3 your E-mail, reading it with Agent (Score 1) 467

by Trax3001BBS (#48896049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

I have many E-mail accounts as I'm sure others do, all being forwarded to my main E-mail account (Gmail). Gmail allows POP3 which lets you download your E-mail, many E-mail sites don't offer that ablity.. Web based E-mail you need to open to read (or even see) you don't know what it's going to contain or do, mostly though install beacons -the sender, if a site you subscribe to will tell you this up front in it's privacy policy.

I use Agent as my E-mail/newsgroup reader, actually I've always used Agent starting with version .98 (so know of no other similar programs); at this time Agent 6 as it has SSL. While I prefer 1.93 it hasn't SSL and the latest update to Stunnel not only didn't work, neither will the older versions now.

Agent won't load HTML, allowing you to read your E-mail as text; most HTML E-mail have two "versions" the HTML followed by text, both saying the same thing. Agent will load your E-mail in your browser if you want, but I have rarely needed to.

I can tell if an attachment has been sent with the E-mail by it's flags (status), the first item listed before the lines the message has, subject, author, and date. If I don't know the sender I just delete it by right clicking on the line of E-mail info itself. Since I've already downloaded it, if I really wanted to I could go into my incoming directory and see what it is, but if an unknown sender I couldn't care.

Charter offers access to the newsgroups (UseNet) as part of it's service (no charge) which I use Agent for as well. I've begun to notice people referring to Google Groups as the newsgroups (not even close).

Headers, while not as informative as they used to be (senders IP address no longer listed) are fully listed and an option to view along with the message. None of the E-mail programs I've seen (cell phone and such) have more than a few lines and of no real value.

I see E-mail having bounced back and forth between Google servers much like ping-pong. Servers which btw use the ip address block Https://, all internal to Google. I was kind of impressed, cost em nothing.

I'd post one of the headers here but it would have to be edited to senselessness as it shows the complete path the E-mail followed; being forwarded E-mail, just too much info.

The only down side of Agent I've ever encountered are the features and options one has to work with, which can be overwhelming at first, this includes the message filtering system.

Not being that bright, a filter can take me quite awhile to get it to do just what I want, whether it's to begin downloading a file showing up sight unseen, or deleting one. The last time was to keep the first .par file but delete any additional .par files (ones needed to repair) as the newsgroups are very reliable, yep it took awhile.

But don't forget web based E-mail is a threat as well.

Feel I need to add: I have nothing to do with Agent (Forte), just a user.

+ - NVIDIA Responds to GTX 970 Memory Issue->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "Over the past week or so, owners of the GeForce GTX 970 have found several instances where the GPU was unable or unwilling to address memory capacities over 3.5GB despite having 4GB of on-board frame buffer. Specific benchmarks were written to demonstrate the issue and users even found ways to configure games to utilize more than 3.5GB of memory using DSR and high levels of MSAA. While the GTX 980 can access 4GB of its memory, the GTX 970 appeared to be less likely to do so and would see a dramatic performance hit when it did. NVIDIA responded today saying that the GTX 970 has "fewer crossbar resources to the memory system" as a result of disabled groups of cores called SMMs. NVIDIA states that "to optimally manage memory traffic in this configuration, we segment graphics memory into a 3.5GB section and a 0.5GB section" and that the GPU has "higher priority" to the larger pool. The question that remains is should this affect gamers' view of the GTX 970? If performance metrics already take the different memory configuration into account, then I don't see the GTX 970 declining in popularity."
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+ - When the argument between science and industry was over ozone->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Thanks to the world’s first global environmental treaty, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has stopped growing. Yet for about a decade after Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland published their 1974 journal article describing the chemical link between CFCs and stratospheric ozone, the fate of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was far from certain, right up to the moment when the Antarctic ozone hole was reported by Joseph Farman and his colleagues in 1985. The similarities to today's climate "debate" are depressing, as the pattern of acceptance, inaction, and the public trashing of scientists is the same: 'The vast majority of scientists who study the problem say that the weight of evidence shows that human activities are driving climate change. A few contrarians, businesses, and political and media pundits say otherwise. The majority of the public is confused by the conflicting messages and has low interest. The greenhouse gas producers, their lobbyists, and the governments that control their energy sectors are stalling, saying that the science is too unsettled and more proof is needed that humans are responsible. At the same time, corporations are examining new technologies and trying to find ways to achieve a competitive advantage and profits." All of this played out over 30 years ago, when ozone was the issue and human-created CFCs were the problem."
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Comment: Re:Thanks Google (Score 1) 168

by Trax3001BBS (#48890941) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

See now this is why Google is so successful.

I agree.

Google has had no problem in the past with people rooting (jail breaking) their product, once sending dev developers a soon to be released Android phone so they could have a head start.

It's a good bet to say if you own an Android tablet/cell phone and enter "about device" clicking 7 times on say the "Kernel Number" listing or one of the info blocks you will enter Developer mode, for the Samsung S5 it's the “build number” info block.

Once your in dev mode you can run ADB:
"ADB, Android Debug Bridge, is a command-line utility included with Google’s Android SDK. ADB can control your device over USB from a computer, copy files back and forth, install and uninstall apps, run shell commands, and more."

A requirement and first step to rooting (jail breaking (owning)) a device.

Motorola said it wasn't possible for the Google Xoom tablet to use KitKat 4.4.2, a developer showed it was making the old new again.

Quantum Mechanics is a lovely introduction to Hilbert Spaces! -- Overheard at last year's Archimedeans' Garden Party