Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:"At that price it's almost a burner" (Score 4, Informative) 146

"In the 1%" means you make $32,400 a year.


I personally sit in the top 0.38%.

Now you're just being pedantic. "The 1%" was a phrase popularized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and refers almost exclusively to wealth inequity in America. The median income for the cohort to which the phrase "The 1%" refers is $400,000. Global wealth has no seriously meaningful value when considered on the scale of the individual. By your metric, the average homeless person in the US will be in the top 15 - 20%.

Comment Re:Why does it have to be liquid? (Score 1) 140

I would think - with my limited understanding of physics and cosmology- that Mars' smaller size, being about 1/3 the size/mass of Earth, would have to play some part in it's early "death". A smaller, less massive core would would probably not have the same inertia as a larger one; and less magnetic field, not to mention gravitational field, would make an atmosphere more vulnerable to the solar wind.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 97

Their gear has worked quite reliably for us. We had a Symmetrix DMX1000 for about 6 years, and a Centera, and EMC's service was impeccable; while the DMX did suffer from some hardware issues at one point, their FEs busted arse on it, and we never had an actual outage. Managing that beast was no picnic though. That was retired, and now we're using a CLARiiON CX-4 (bought from Dell at the time but also soon to be phased out) and a relatively VNX5400, both of which are much easier to manage and have been stable. *fingers crossed*
On that count though, Dell's not so terrible either; in some cases we've got a few Dell servers still running even though they're 8 years past EOL (yay for crap budgets) and some are stuck in some truly horrendous environments. It's hard to kill the 1650s, 1750s, and 1850s, apparently.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 0) 405

That's really sad if a comedy needs to prompt people when to laugh, which, judging by the laugh track or whatever, is far too often and for one liners that aren't remotely funny. It feels forced and artificial, but humor should be natural. If it's funny, you laugh, if it isn't.. get new writers.
I used to like The Big Bang Theory, but the last few years it's been in a steep decline to where I don't even bother anymore. Sheldon now sounds like more like a little old woman when he talks than he does someone with OCD or Aspergers or whatever it is he has that they say he doesn't. The same old gags have gotten old.

Comment F'ing Mice (Score 2) 250

Back in the mid '90s playing Doom and Quake using mouse look, I had a problem that my left hand would cramp up horribly from trying to handle all of the keyboard buttons.

So I took a few old mice, a copping saw, hot glue gun, and soldering iron, and made my own left hand controller.

It resembled two mice going at it. The upper mouse my hand rested on and the first segment of my pointer and middle fingers controlled the top mouse buttons, and my finger tips controlled the bottom mouse buttons. Thumb and pink controlled side buttons.

I ran the mice wires into an AT keyboard (this was either pre-USB or really early in the rollout) and solder them in as a secondary path for assorted keys.

It was the greatest thing since sliced bread IMO. These days you can get quality made left handed controllers like the Nostromo 52 and other ergonomically designed devices, so I haven't been hacking up mice any more ;)


Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 450

I like your bonus points. Well, it's a weird balance I guess; there's a fair amount of money spent on health research too; and there's no guarantee that throwing more money at something will make it happen. I would not argue that the military has not spent wantonly and recklessly, of course they have; government knows no other way. But if you have people trying to kill you, as well as your allies, and disrupt economies of the world, you have to address that too.
The middle east is a necessary evil right now, as so much of our economy is tied into it. Instability in that region translates to economical instability, and ... and... well crap, there's the crux of it. Our huge spending on terrorism is mostly about protecting the economy, or more namely: Wall Street. The fringe benefit is that it can save lives.

Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 450

What claim is that? That more people would die than actually have, if not for the anti-terrorism efforts? What's facetious about that? I never said more would die than have died in car accidents, if that's what you think I said, because I didn't; you may need to slow down and read more carefully. Regards evidence, I know for a fact that there is a massive anti-terrorist undertaking, but why would the CIA/FBI/NSA and myriad other LE agencies publish their information as to how many they've thwarted, which leads to questions like "how" and "when"? That would be like sending a western union telegram and telling them exactly what we're doing to combat them. Same is true of investigations into the Mafia or any other criminal enterprise, ongoing investigations are kept closely guarded.

Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 450

Car accidents and terrorism are apples and oranges. I find this argument to be repulsively dismissive of life. It sounds like the, "That stuff only happens to other people, not me" mindset. Until it happens to you or someone close to you. When people die in a car crash, it's an accident. It's random. Shit happens, but no one was [i]intentionally[/i] trying to mow you down in their car. That's the whole difference. Intent is the big deal, because there's a human intelligence creating and driving it, not random circumstance, and that intent is to cause and increase the pain, suffering, and death as much as possible. (And if a car accident killed 20, 100, or 2,000 people in a single event, I think it'd get a LOT of attention). Admit it or not, but one of the reasons so few people have died via terrorism is probably because there's a ridiculously lopsided massive effort to fight it.(though the TSA is a bit of a joke).
If the system simply said, "Big deal, more people die in car accidents" and did nothing, there'd be more terrorist attacks and deaths, because it's not for lack of trying on the part of ISIS and AQ, who clearly want to, who have have the resources to. And while the feds can't catch everyone (Boston bomber) that doesn't mean they don't thwart others.
Just to clarify, I'm not justifying the intrusion on the Constitution, just addressing the car deaths analogy.

"I have five dollars for each of you." -- Bernhard Goetz