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Comment: Re:What's missing from this story? (Score 4, Interesting) 569

I think this is the bigger problem. This.. and pretty much ignoring common sense across the board when it comes to any excuse to allowing the government to become more heavy-handed (and frankly, fascist). The media will report this like 'people doing the swatting' are the problem. But, bomb threats and other similar attempts at mayhem have been around since way before the Internet and the police used to respond to them in a sensible manner. I am not saying the police should ignore a 'swat' call - but I am saying they should have some common sense before they suit up 20 officers for warlike conditions and inject them with a 'spasmodic roid rage only-for-the-movies attitude.' I don't care what a random guy on the phone says - it does not mean the other party should forfeit all of their Constitutional rights and have their front door knocked down. In all of this, I would say the biggest problem is not knocking by the police. However, this all fits if you realize the purpose of police militarization and the ridiculously disproportionately expensive warrior on terror is to move us (the US) in a fascist direction since fascism benefits the people currently pay our lawmakers (ie.. the 1%).

Comment: False premise... (Score 5, Interesting) 367

by brxndxn (#49214223) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
"Colleges are largely powerless to deal with the havoc Yik Yak is wreaking." This assumes that Yik Yak is wreaking havoc. So far, the article itself does not even give any real example to 'havoc' being wreaked by Yik Yak. This whole article can be summed up by "A new disruptive way of anonymous communication is catching on amongst college students. Naturally, a bunch of Orwellian-type people are worried about their lack of control over it." Further, if any actual violence happens because it was first announced on Yik Yak, it would be no different than if actual violence happened because it was announced via email, Facebook, or someone yelling and screaming it at a crowd.

Comment: Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (Score 1) 201

by brxndxn (#48890293) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network
There is no free market when Verizon is granted an anti-competitive monopoly on property-owners' easements and given tax breaks for infrastructure that equal more than Verizon pays for infrastructure. Verizon needs to be held accountable for their failure to live up to taxpayer promises. They are hardly a private company.

Comment: Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (Score 5, Informative) 160

by brxndxn (#48832349) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming
AMD is most certainly not a shit company ~ you have a shit opinion. AMD was pounded into the ground financially by Intel competing unfairly when AMD had the clear performance advantage. Intel made their agreements so companies like HP would actually save money if they went 100% Intel even though the market was clearly calling for AMD processors. This was made obvious when AMD offered to give free processors to HP and HP still refused. Since Intel is basically a monopoly and our regulatory agencies are run by ball-less cowards, AMD has a tiny research and development budget compared to both Intel and Nvidia. AMD continues to exist with research money being their only real limitation. History shows that AMD can create processors that outperform Intel with less than a quarter of Intel's research budget. AMD has nowhere near a quarter of Intel's research budget at the moment. As far as ATI/Nvidia competition, Nvidia tends to make things as proprietary as possible while AMD makes them more open. AMD's graphics hardware tends to be more advanced while having a simpler design than Nvidia. However, AMD's very limited software/driver development budget keeps AMD graphics cards performing less than optimally. Further, my experience of gaming on Linux a few months ago gave me no issues with the Metro 2033 Redux and my Radeon 7970.. so I am going to take this 'benchmark' with a grain of salt. Perhaps the latest driver is slow or has a bug - but they do tend to get fixed from my experience. Even if you hate AMD as a company, you can thank them for the reasonable prices of CPUs and graphics cards. Without AMD, both become extremely expensive.

Comment: Re:Build your own fab (Score 1) 230

by brxndxn (#48749615) Attached to: AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks
No, it isn't. The entire market cap of AMD is less than the cost of building a new fab. Intel royally fucked AMD in 1999-2003 and AMD has been in a dismal financial position ever since. Intel does not play fair - and until Intel is forced to play fair, the best you can expect from AMD is for them to stay alive. Intel was forced to pay a fine that was about 5% of where AMD should have been financially.

Comment: Re:More centralised control (Score 1) 386

by brxndxn (#48697559) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making
I have to agree with this sentiment. As an automation programmer, I integrate new technology into existing systems all the time. No matter how old something is, there is usually an interface or way to make it communicate and work seamlessly with newer components. I'm sick of every goddamn writer saying generalized idiocy to the effect of 'we need more government for everything.' If there are enough 'sensors' on existing roads for humans to make good driving decisions, then there are enough sensors on existing roads for machines to be programmed to make the same decisions.

Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 0) 166

by brxndxn (#48673841) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force
Gotta agree with your sarcasm. Se-yul is also saying the exact things US officials would want him to say if they're trying to justify a typical bloated 'cyberwarfare' budget and new laws that limit freedoms in the US. "OMG the scary North Korea and their elite hackers are going to bring the US (home to the programmers of most of the worlds' major software) to its knees!"

Comment: Good job, FBI (Score 2) 229

by brxndxn (#48511673) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents
This is what the FBI should be doing with our taxpayer money instead of going after individual software pirates or trying to push for easier backdoors into consumer devices. Teachers often get handed expensive devices that they don't really need - and they get denied funding on simple things like books, crayons, and copies. Meanwhile, teachers get paid shit and county officials get paid 3-5x as much.. The FBI should be cracking down on these corrupt jackasses.

Comment: Re:Confession - I didn't like Interstellar (Score 3, Insightful) 289

by brxndxn (#48493331) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"
I loved this movie.. It wasn't perfect - but no science-based sci-fi movie is. It's up to us to figure out how to make the impossible possible. No one needs another engineer or scientist telling us what we cannot do. We need more people like Elon Musk saying what we can do - and going out and proving it. The laws of physics are there to be broken. Defy them. Prove them wrong. Einstein broke Newton's laws.. Someone needs to break Einstein's laws.

I'll take Interstellar over any one of the normal Hollywood we get fed to us.. (ie.. XMen, Random war movies, save-the-world CIA shit). So please tell me you think this movie was at least better than the typical Hollywood movie.

If engineers and scientists tended to be optimistic rather than pessimistic, engineers and scientists would be running the world. Obama didn't get elected by telling us what mankind cannot do.

Comment: Dear Judges, (Score 1) 165

by brxndxn (#48442873) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records
Clandestine agencies in the US have circumvented all pillars of free and open government in order to slice off your balls, and tell you that you do not need to look down when you notice the pain. Please act with urgency while there are still means to sew them back. It is your duty to push back. No matter what maze-like justification is used to create a framework that undermines the foundation of our country; it is never justified nor does it serve to create justice. Stingray breaks the law just by existing.\

"Pull the trigger and you're garbage." -- Lady Blue