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Comment: Informative? Seriously ?? (Score 2) 99

The author cites as background for his grievances a 15 year old computer that Apple once produced and .... a Sears air conditioner. A. Freaking. Air conditioner.
The author, who in my mind is now being referred to as Mr. Dunning Kruger, then goes on to display his extensive legal knowledge by proclaiming "f you make your warranty claim before the period expires, though, they don't have a legal leg to stand on" without of course any awareness of various state's (or Federal) statute of limitations laws on bringing forth timely lawsuits.

And this is given a Slashdot rating of 5, and "informative" as well.
Which is why I get my tech news from Ars these days instead of here.

Comment: Our universe is an artifact from our consciousness (Score 1) 226

by La Gris (#48946223) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

We are just trying to describe and define it based on our consciousness and from what our senses can feel about it.
And given our consciousness and our senses are themselves artifacts of the universe. I think we will never be able to understand and describe outside of the thin domain of our own being.

Comment: Click Bait? (Score 0) 490

by TechnoGrl (#48775483) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages
This is an obviously important story - available on hundreds of news sites elsewhere.
My question is how this is related to technology ? How is this "news for geeks"?

This is obvious clickbait designed to gather hits for people doing searches for this story.
Next year are we to expect the site to be renamed the "Slashington Post" with the right hand column devoted to sideboob?

Comment: Why link to Gawker instead of the original article (Score 3, Informative) 105

Why is this linking to a Gawker site (IO9) instead of the actual original article at:
http://www.universetoday.com/117615/making-the-trip-to-mars-cheaper-and-easier-the-case-for-ballistic-capture/

The Gawker site merely copies/pastes what the original article states plus ad LOADS of additional advertising.
How does this get past the Slashdot editors? Was this an intentional Promo or has Slashdot declined just this much these days :(

Comment: Re:Marketing? (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by TechnoGrl (#48648097) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves
Considering that the obvious consequence of doing such a thing (and what actually happened) is a detailed review of the hack by our various national security agencies, and considering that the obvious result of such a review would be finding out that Sony itself was responsible - only the most ill-informed, tin foil wearing conspiracy nut would believe that a huge corporation would expose themselves to such a risk.

Also the release of internal emails and salaries .... seriously? How could you possibly believe that Sony would release that themselves?
Think Better.

Comment: Proving Again that Dictators Lack a Sense of Humor (Score 1, Insightful) 239

by TechnoGrl (#48648067) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves
Spoilers: In the end of the movie Kim Jung-un turns out to be a pretty fun guy (aside from the debauchery and keeping the population in slavery and all) and the would - be assassins don't do the dirty deed because of it. In other words the movie actually put's down America's CIA killing machine and puts Kim Jung in a far better light than he deserves.

The only thing worse and with less sense of humor than the CIA is ... the Korean dictatorship. Had they not wigged out over a freaking B-list movie than their Supreme A-Hole would have garnered some degree of sympathy form the American public but instead they decided to shoot themselves in their foot once again.

(also .... Sony vs. N. Korea??? .... I'm finding it pretty hard to really root for any of those schmucks here)

Comment: Re:Other things they said couldn't be done... (Score 2) 571

by TechnoGrl (#48151169) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project
I used to enjoy internet discussions - back in the early 90's when the bar to entry was at least a 105-110 IQ. Now that everyone can "discuss" it becomes obvious that the roughly 23-25% of humanity who are idiots have roughly 75% more time and willingness to post than anyone else which drives the bulk of the sensible posters away and it spirals downwards from there.

The concept of free and open discussion is a failed concept. There need to be bars to entry in order to prevent the 25% from taking up 90% of a forum's bandwidth. I am sure that you have noticed that on any given forum the most prolific posters are inevitably the worst posters - driving other far more informed and interesting posters away? It could be something as simple as requiring a credit card and a $2 fee to participate. When you troll, flame,spam or repeatedly say something incredibly, undeniably stupid than you and your card is banned. There are only so many $2 fees and so many credit cards that someone can reasonably obtain. Additionally how about limiting the posting privileges of both the newest AND THE MOST PROLIFIC contributors so that one person can not dominate a discussion.

I know , I know - cue the rallying cry of "freeze peach!" once again and those are the posters that I am talking about.

Comment: Why Is This Still A Thing? (Score 1) 986

Why is this still being posted? Rossi has a background of being convicted for fraud. The "e-cat" scam has been going on for at least 6 years now with nothing at all to show for it. Not. One Single. Thing. There is even less chance of Rossi having developed a cold fusion device than there is of Moller successfully building an actual flying car.

Hey I've got an idea let's put Rossi's ecat into Moller's flying car and send both those a-holes to the moon.

 

Comment: Re:I know this is going to sound crazy... (Score 3, Funny) 294

by TechnoGrl (#47937083) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
Yes - How insightful! And instead of having a piece of pie now and then why don't we all just satisfy ourselves with some unsweetened bran flakes. Oh hey! Why eat ice cream when you can eat some oats? Why have a steak when you can eat a stick of celery?? Just why DO people want to have a bit of pleasure in their lives anyways? More importantly, exactly how do the most trite comments manage to get modded up to "insightful" ??

Comment: Re:One of the most frustrating first-world problem (Score 1) 191

by gregorio (#47662215) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Wrong; if all cars have the cap on the same side it leads to inefficiency at pumps when big vehicles / those too bad at driving to park sufficiently close to the pumps cause queues by having to wait to park on the same side of the pump. Yes, I know that pretty much every pump has a long enough hose that it doesn't matter which side you park on at least with a smallish car, but it still seems beyond some people. Optimally 50% of cars will have the cap on the left, 50% on the right.

It is not about the pump, as the hose is long enough to allow filling cars on both sides of the isle, but about the driver being able to check what is being done to his car on gas stations with full service.

Comment: Re:I can't change my fingerprint (Score 1) 383

by gregorio (#47646593) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Note that I am not a security researcher and have no idea if what I just said is pure BS or not. However I would hope that people who ARE security researchers have already thought about these aspects.

No, it is not possible to "hash a retina scan", because just like fingerprint scans, the matching process for retina scans is based on feature comparisons. One can say that a retinal feature table is "a kind of a hash", but I disagree: it is quite easy to generate an artificial retina "clone" image from a list of features, just like it is easy to create a fake fingerprint from a list of fingerprint minutiae.

But database hackings are not the big issue here. If fingerprint or retina readers ever go maistream, you'll be simply sharing your password everywhere, from the gym to your job's access system.

+ - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "On July 3 the the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet was being grounded after a June 23 runway fire.

The grounding could not have come at a worse time as costs have soared to an estimated $112 million per aircraft.

One thing the grounding won't do, however, is derail the F-35, a juggernaut of a program that apparently has enough political top cover to withstand any storm.

Part of that protection comes from the jaw-dropping amounts of money at stake. The Pentagon intends to spend roughly $399 billion to develop and buy 2,443 of the planes. However, over the course of the aircrafts' lifetimes, operating costs are expected to exceed $1 trillion. Lockheed has carefully hired suppliers and subcontractors in almost every state to ensure that virtually all senators and members of Congress have a stake in keeping the program — and the jobs it has created — in place.

"An upfront question with any program now is: How many congressional districts is it in?" said Thomas Christie, a former senior Pentagon acquisitions official.

Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems."

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