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Comment: OS less significant (Score 2) 249

by HangingChad (#47897651) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

I remember when the Redmond faithful used to go on about needing Windows to get "real work" done. My work must not be real because I can do it on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS. I find myself using my Android tablet more and more for work and all my social media promotions.

The operating system is becoming less relevant every day. People are choosing devices, not operating systems.

Comment: This is getting out of hand (Score 4, Interesting) 462

by HangingChad (#47884045) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

First the militarization of small town police departments, SWAT teams for serving routine warrants, rising incidents of shocking brutality and now law enforcement has devolved to the point of being little better than a band of petty thieves. This is getting pathetic and scary. Foreign countries are issuing warnings about the conduct of U.S. law enforcement personnel. Am I the only person who has a problem with that?

Comment: Missed Opportunity? (Score 4, Interesting) 81

by silentbozo (#47853993) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit
So... Getty Images, instead of using the power of image-matching algorithms to get more customers for its library by setting up a checkout point at the end of the auto-slideshow and/or tack on advertising (ala YouTube) just torpedoed the whole thing instead.

You figure they had the tech to identify the infringing images to begin with. Why not just say to Microsoft "hey, we have this set of algorithms that you're welcome to use to improve your widget. Let's talk about blanket licensing for Bing in exchange for downstream revenue."

Comment: Re:Why buy American? (Score 5, Insightful) 250

by HangingChad (#47840277) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

there are always people in third world countries who will do the same work as you for peanuts.

I remember spending hours untangling Bangalore Spaghetti Code. One application used a 2,000 character url string that passed the administrator user name and password in plain text. Cheaper does not mean better. People over there can work for peanuts because they live in cardboard ghettos. Maybe we want our people to have indoor sanitation, running water and electricity.

Maybe we should be considering trade barriers instead of feeling like we need to compete with starvation wages in every third world hell hole on the planet.

Comment: And the next one will be the size of Texas (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by HangingChad (#47834391) Attached to: Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

All our hopes and dreams revolving around deflecting asteroids and comets all hinge on being able to detect them far enough out to make an intercept. Makes me think we should really reconsider the priority we put on manned space missions, particularly generational missions. Otherwise we stand a good chance of getting snuffed out as a species if we hang around here long enough. Asteroids and comets are not even the most dangerous threats we face.

Comment: Wow, who would have though (Score 1) 230

by HangingChad (#47819367) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Attackers have used the Linux vulnerabilities on unmaintained servers to gain access, escalate privileges to allow remote control of the machine

Holy misleading headline, Batman! Any server that's not maintained is vulnerable, how is this news other than it's a Linux server botnet? OMG unpatched servers are vulnerable to hackers!

Comment: 'an anonymous government source' (Score 2) 789

by CKW (#47816755) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

The source of the "5000 troops in organized groups" is an 'anonymous government source'. The source of the "they are threatening to nuke us, they claim they will nuke us if necessary" is the Ukrainian government itself, the second least trustworthy source in the region. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. NOT BY FAR.

Without question they've been transferring in armoured equipment, and I wouldn't doubt the number of 1000, and some cross border shelling is believable (something the Russians think they could get away with), but whenever actual media on the ground go looking through "newly won rebel territory", they find nothing but locals. The Ukrainians haven't captured any regular Russian forces in actual combat, just that one small unit out of position near the border weeks ago.

The funniest thing in all of this is that weeks ago when the Ukrainians were making gains, they refused to negotiate while the Russians and Rebels seemed to be willing. Now that the rebels are making gains, guess what? Ukraine wants to negotiate, the rebels not so much.

This "slashdot submission" is dangerously alarmist, and completely unacceptable. The mainstream media needs to be a LOT MORE sensible about what drivel they publish. We cannot allow ourselves to get ourselves hyped up about imaginary dangers.

It would be one hell of a crime if our vaunted "fifth estate" ... normally such a pivotal key part of democratic and free countries ... helps drag us deeper into a pile of crap because they are pursuing advertising dollars.

Comment: vast hyperbole, just like last time (Score 1) 789

by ckedge (#47815949) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

> The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel -- a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops.

Oh great, once again an "anonymous government source" is the basis for the media's coverage of a pending war?

No fucking way.

NONE of the independent media that has travelled to eastern ukraine has found actual russian troops.

> the Ukraine Defence Minister claims Russia has made threats that they're prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to stop further resistance.

The Ukrainian government is the second least trustworthy news source involved in this conflict. This is the most idiotic infalmatory statement I've heard in ages.

The funniest thing is that weeks ago when the Ukraine forces were "winning", they didn't want to stop for talks but the rebels and Moscow did. Now that the rebels have the upper hand, Ukraine wants to talk but the rebels don't (or at least not without a partial pullback of Ukraine forces).

Comment: Re:My money is on SpaceX (Score 1) 211

by HangingChad (#47797147) Attached to: Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

They have the vision and agility that NASA lost in the sixties.

I get smacked down here for suggesting that NASA is no longer the best agency for moving the space program forward. SpaceX soft-landed two boosters in the ocean and are ready for a land trial. They did that in their spare time. It would have taken NASA 10 years and $20 billion dollars to replicate that achievement. NASA also relies on contractors with obscene overhead rates.

SpaceX is living proof that NASA wastes billions.

Comment: And? (Score 1) 289

by HangingChad (#47792111) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

When you look at the problems they have yet to solve, compared to the problems they've already solved, they don't look that menacing. To me it looks like a prototype that has been fantastically successful.

that the car wouldn't be able to spot a police officer at the side of the road frantically waving for traffic to stop

Well, can't solve that problem so lets hang up the entire concept of self-driving cars because of a handful of hypothetical obstacles. Never mind the lives and money saved, never mind the productivity salvaged by all that extra time. Can't see a cop waving so hang it up. No progress for you!

Comment: How Does SpaceX Do it? (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by HangingChad (#47792057) Attached to: NASA's Competition For Dollars

How can SpaceX come up with innovative rocket designs for a fraction of what it costs NASA? And they can produce those designs faster. SpaceX soft landed two boosters into the ocean, it would have taken NASA 10 years and $20 billion dollars to replicate that development.

I spent years in Titusville to cover the end of the shuttle program and walking away my opinion was that NASA is a flock of risk-adverse mid-managers flying in formation with a rusting theme park endless replaying clips of their glory days. There are some really good people there, some of them doing amazing things, but they're handicapped by a management structure that's too fat and doesn't have an aggressive vision for the future. NASA depends too much on contractors that can't produce anything on budget and there's no penalty for not performing. Some of that is political, not all their fault.

If we're going to explore space then we have to face the fact that it's unlikely we're going to get there with NASA as it exists today. And we have to find a way to fund that exploration so it's more insulated from politics. Otherwise we're stuck on this rock until a giant comet, asteroid or neutron star wanders by or we get fried by our own sun or a gamma ray burst.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.