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Comment: That one is easy (Score 1) 731

by (#46742035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Weapon dealers > [insert essential good here] dealers > paramilitary related jobs.

Medics aren't really a necessity when having enough food for whoever is alive is the main issue. It will be a bonus for oneself to have such skill, but it will only take a medic so far before he faces more serious problems than his health.

Pretty much anyone who has an eye for social manipulation will have a huge head start in any state of social disarray, such as those in an apocalyptic dystopia.
People might argue the question was about usefulness, but well, since we are doing the "what if" possibilities, we might as well speculate on the most successful and/or having the most life-expectancy. Criminal activity will surely boom and kingpins will have a field day (or years).

Comment: Re:LOL's community behavior has no comparison (Score 1) 116

by (#46709865) Attached to: How Riot's Social Scientists Fight <em>League of Legends</em> Trolling

I didn't mean tribunal, I meant outright lies about having ban powers or knwoing anyone who has. Tribunal is a great system, it's just not made for this community. 90% tribunal voters are gona be (sorry to put it like this) butthurt players who will lose 5 minutes of their life on it after a flamewar, so that they can vent it there instead of popping up a forehead vein. It's still an effective system on the short-run because, well, whoever gets warned/banned has a 99.9% chance of actually improving behaviour, as that's the probability of them being a truly offending player (i.e. pretty much every registered user deserved it at one point or another, me included). But on the long run, it's a system destined to fail. This is the type of game that could actually benefit from enforced, centralized communication (which exists to a degree) and a disabled general chat, be it team chat or all chat. Unfortunately nobody is in a hurry to remove a standard feature, and as I said, this society obnoxiousness is part of the charm.

Comment: LOL's community behavior has no comparison (Score 1) 116

by (#46708761) Attached to: How Riot's Social Scientists Fight <em>League of Legends</em> Trolling

In theory one might seem like trolls are all the same. Whoever thinks like this has never been in a LOL champion select. There's nothing like the community behavior in this game - every single action (or inaction) is an excuse to offend you, your family, your religion, your skin and your country. People will start grieving at minute minus 2 for the right to a strategic position, which is based on first calling in written chat (think 2+ guys with 100ms latency chatting the same position at once), they will continue to do so because of items bought. Never mind you actually dying out of being your first time on a champ - most times you will be offended just because you don't think the same way as others. Even pro teams have these issues. The game is too darn complex (not hard per say, it just branches way too much, has too many variables). People will flame for you picking a champion they don't like - stats wise, gameplay wise, or just for its looks. It's ridiculous. Everybody is in a constant state of dick size comparison, even female players. I have been in more than one TeamSpeak room listening to chicks spamming "pussy" to their entire team, for absolutely disputable reasons. People will go from "newb" to IRL death threats in a matter of minutes, and every day that passes Riot hires thousands of honorary wannabe admins, since 80% of people seem to have the ability to ban. Most of these things might have been seen in FPSs, MMORPGs, or even 4chan, IRC or WWW-wide comment threads. Nothing compares. I would go as far as to say it's part of its glamour - Riot just introduced a matchmaking system which eliminates the primary issue of trolling (position picking). From the time it takes to get inside a queue compared to blind picks, you can figure it's not getting a lot of prime-time ratings. And most games in that mode are actually a breeze, with people actually sending helping words to each other in adversity, something rare.

Comment: This doesn't even compare... (Score 0) 240

by (#46684381) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS Amazon UK stopping FREE Super Saver Delivery to Europe... ...letting us know by April the 3rd... ...that it was cancelling it for all orders since April 1st... ...SO IT WOULDN'T BE CONFUSED WITH AN EFFING APRIL'S FOOL!

Seriously, anybody who has the necessity to have a named, or fixed location on the WWW should not have a problem getting a fixed IP cheap by their ISP (as in cheaper than leaving the computer on 24/7), unless they are underage, in which case they should be explaining their parent's why do they need to be hosting anything on their computer with such needs, and parent will surely understand, unless parents are like 70'ish year old (which is uncommon for someone underage to have). And I bet there are still many freebies around for the needy ones. This post is to be noted as a warning for current users who might ignore the memo than actually something to take into account in the long run. Business will be business, as usual

Comment: Amazon Glacier is NOT expensive for that (Score 1) 983

by (#46464121) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

So, guy spent around 10 x $100 (2TB drives), maybe more since you mentioned redundancy, for a total of ~$1000. Guy kept drives probably up 24-7, spending a lot in the electricity bill, I would say something in the lines of $150/month. Guy also had to manually maintain the complex disk array, prone to failure. Guy failed at it and lost invaluable amounts of (mostly) unrecoverable data (good luck getting that TV show from the 90's that now has 0 seeds on TPB, your familly event pics and videos, or your college papers).

Now tell me, how can ~$250/month be expensive for 20TB in Amazon Glacier? They will give you transparent redundancy (if they lose the data you have reasons to sue for MILLIONS, you know, those numbers with 7 figures instead of 3). They will pay the electricity bill. They will buy the hardware. They will maintain the hardware too, so no need to replace drives. Your ISP is shapping traffic to AG? Sue them or change provider. Last time I checked it was a lot easier than doing ANYTHING on your 4TB+ RAID array, especially since it's for home use and will return you absolutely nothing besides self-complacency.

Just sayin'

Comment: New pronoun? My dog will be happy (Score 1) 462

by (#46245481) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

So Animals/plants/things in general besides people can be now treated equally too? With the right "it" pronoun?


Disclaimer: This is NOT some ironic comment directed at LGBT individuals

In any case, props to Facebook. More than a reality check, it's good to see persistent stigmata, even for the social web, being treated with the moral worthlessness they deserve. Social web is no place for restriction or judgement. Next step: internationally distributed servers so you can avoid government scrutiny, including privacy violation, censorship, among other idiotic policies that do not support net neutrality, in ways that go beyond bandwidth shaping.

Comment: Re:He REALLY shouldn't from a trade-off standpoint (Score 1) 231

by (#46110871) Attached to: Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

Whatever his current net worth is, he probably makes more in 1-2 hours work than 136$. Is it really worth creating potentially hack-luring accounts on Tip4Commit and (e.g.) Mt.Gox (the apparently most reliable exchange)?

Only decent reason to do this would be giving his thumbs-up to Bitcoin, but does he really need to? I believe he's seen as an open-source guy, not as a "let's decentralize the financial systems and currencies of the world" activist. An despite deciding to do it for that reason, not even safeguarding his bank accounts would prevent at least providing real personal addresses and social security numbers in order to actually withdraw the stuff.

Comment: He REALLY shouldn't from a trade-off standpoint (Score 1) 231

by (#46110533) Attached to: Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

See it from a common, millionaire person point-of-view:

Why would Linux Torvalds, a (probable) millionaire, want to share his personal information on a bleeding edge platform like Tip4Commit, or worse, share his bank information with an exchange service (that could very well be seized, go down, open bankruptcy, pose security flaws) when he wants to convert the wallet to common currency.

Comment: This should do it... (Score 1) 387

by (#46034599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Just focus on the latest trends of core technologies which some 60%+ employers rely on today: Java, SQL and C variants.

Specifically to your new market targets, and going away from low level and embedded, I would say you need to go hands dirty with the most popular frameworks for things like web, mobile and distributed systems, which are indeed vast, but if you wanted to evolve one of each I'd say JavaEE/Rails, Android, and JavaEE (again), respectively to each technology. REST/SOAPclient and server knowledge, along with concepts of SOA will also be a plus for general-purpose. If you want to keep your C roots go for the .NET version of those standards.

Comment: Thi is how Conduit search is killing the internet (Score 1) 194

by (#46008487) Attached to: Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

Conduit and those amazing javascript injected price checkers are killing the internet. I have had at least 10 family members, friends and work colleagues come to me the last year in order to remove conduit from their PC. And they varied widely in browser of choice: Chrome, IE and Firefox.

Conduit, Search protect, and price grabbers need to be put to court soon so they can stop making money from distributing malware and browser hijackers.

Comment: God please bring Bill back and take them (Score 1) 731

by (#46000445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

As Bill Hicks would put it: "If you work in advertising, kill yourself. It's the only way to save your fuckin soul."
Despite backing up Bill's statement to it's fullest extent, I would like to take the chance to introduce some alternatively valid, tiny criticism to all this action being taken by advertisers, advertiser-backed companies and "advertisement enforcers":

TAKE THE FUCKIN HINT - If we use ad blockers, it's because we'd rather have your page fully messed up, your online game unplayable, your newspaper news unreadable, to abiding to deal with the consumerism-centered policies that brainwash us to pay for things we do not need. You want to make money out of the publicly available resource which the internet is since its creation? Provide me a better service by not using ads in the first place and I will be sure to drop some money on your premium services. And by premium I don't mean the ones without ads, I mean the ones where you actually had to work for, unlike whatever web-app reinventing the wheel you developed last Thursday and put ads on linked to your PayPal account.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.