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Comment Re:huh (Score 2) 591

The tag line for /. has always been "News for nerds, stuff that matters".

It's not specifically news just for nerds as anyone benefits by having informed knowledge of world events. I would say it would fall under stuff that matters. If it's not news for you, or something that matters to you, just skip over the article and read the next one.

Comment Re:Oh brother -- more idiotic 3D UI (Score 2) 93

3D UI's don't work (well) because they are horribly inefficient.

When it came time for an (almost) complete novice to navigate a complex theme park security system to lock it down before a velocaraptor ate her for dinner, what type of UI did they use? A friggin 3D UI on a Unix system. If it's good enough in that case, it's good enough anywhere.

Comment Re:Fact check or PC checking? (Score 5, Informative) 337

The actual wording of the textbook reads:

The African Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.

While that alone may technically be accurate, it's a great mischaracterization of the situation. It's even more egregious because the section of the book it's in is under "Patterns of Immigration". It's not really immigration when it's a forced migration to a place you're not even recognized as a full human let alone any chance, at that time, of being a citizen.

Comment Re:Donald Trump just got another point... (Score 1) 275

I'd rather see 1M Syrians forced to stare down ISIS than see the status quo continue and help ensure a steady supply of potential excuses for abridging our rights.

Unfortunately, for the Syrians as well as us, one very plausible outcome is that the Syrians refugees are left to fend for themselves AND our rights continue to be trampled. It's not sliding scale where one gives way to the other. Anything that gives TPTB more power, more control, and more money is their goal.

Comment Re:Joe Barton? (Score 5, Informative) 275

Where do these people get their science?

The Bible.

A friend shared a page from about how carbon dating isn't necessarily accurate. I stopped reading when I got to this passage:

When a scientist's interpretation of data does not match the clear meaning of the text in the Bible, we should never reinterpret the Bible. God knows just what He meant to say, and His understanding of science is infallible, whereas ours is fallible.

So yes, you are absolutely right. People do get their science from The Bible. Because it's the absolute word of God. As heard by man. And told to other men. And eventually written down by man as best as they could remember. And translated by man. And reinterpreted by man to fit their various beliefs even if they are self contradictory. But exactly verbatim what God said.

Comment Goes both ways (Score 5, Interesting) 119

Microcomplaints may make a mountain out of a mole hill, but it may also give management (or at least someone higher up the food chain) and opportunity to earn back business.

Several years ago I ordered a mattress online at Sam's club. I waited for it to be delivered. And waited. And waited. After missing several dates it turns out that their vendor screwed up the order and it never even went into manufacturing despite being told that it had really been shipped. None of the CSRs at Sam's club or the vendor really cared about me or gave me any options other than keep waiting. Walmart Corporate got a hold of me after I posted several microcomplaints online and satisfied my situation much in my benefit within a few hours. Instead of losing my business forever (especially since a Costco just recently opened, they earned it back).

Comment Re:Not justified (Score 1) 137

Substantial resources? Seriously? That's a basic shell script to run a bunch of DNS resolutions and then add the addresses into an existing Firewall drop policy. That's sys/net management 100 level stuff.

Yeah that'll get em. So now Dad will just have to ask his middle school aged kid how to circumvent the block. With alternative hostnames, IPs, VPNs, proxies, etc..., not to just mention new sites, it's not like people are going to be slowed down much. At best, it will just prevent the casual curious user from looking into the sites much.

Comment Re:Summary lesson: Physical access trumps all. (Score 1) 73

I thought the entire point of full disk encryption was to keep your data safe even if the computer is stolen. If FDE is not effective against that, then why bother? It's not like FDE protects you from online attacks so if it can't protect you from physical theft, what can it protect you from?

It's not like a deadbolt prevents your house from being broken into, or a locked door on your car, but it's a lot better than nothing.

Drive encryption likely stops the casual thief, but it's not perfect. And like the XKCD comic, if they REALLY want the contents of your drive, they're going to use a $5 wrench as the master key.

Comment Re:20 years? (Score 2) 406

Do you think consumer electronics that have seen a nominal amount of usage over 20 years will be still working? Probably not, and that includes your telephone example.

Ever seen a Model 500 telephone or one of it's successors? Chances are that they are well over 20 years old. Some that are still in use may have been 20 years old 20 years ago.

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