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Submission + - This is What a Real Bomb Looks Like ( 2

szczys writes: You see them all the time in movies and TV shows, but is that what an actual bomb looks like? Probably not... here's what a real bomb looks like.

This story stems from a millionaire gone bust from gambling addiction who decided to extort riches back from the casino. He built a bomb and got it into the building, then ransomed the organization for $3 million. The FBI documented the mechanisms in great detail — including the 8 independent trigger systems that made it impossible for them to disarm the thing. The design was so nefarious it's still used today as a training tool.

Comment I don't feel bad (Score 3, Interesting) 307

Because I have never intentionally clicked on an ad ever. AdBlock is doing the same thing my brain does, except more efficiently. It also has a benefit for the advertisers and site owners: it doesn't make me enraged at them for serving me extremely annoying advertisements that are completely irrelevant to my interests. So, advertisers and site owners should be thanking AdBlock because it is improving their reputation among people who get annoyed by advertisements.

Actually, I have been aiming to cut down on my random web browsing lately -- maybe I should turn off AdBlock and make all of my favorite sites so unbearable that I never go back to them again.

Comment Re:A more interesting question... (Score 2) 889

Duplicity, and by extension rsync. I tried using Duplicati on Windows for a while, but it didn't really work, so I migrated my server to Linux to get a more robust backup solution. It is true that this is a server and not a desktop, and all of my office and home desktops still run Windows. Microsoft has really improved Windows a lot in the last 10 years, and I don't miss Linux on the desktop at all anymore -- except for rsync. And if I really wanted it, I suppose I could use Cygwin.

Actually, I also miss Debian package management. apt-get is so incredibly easy and elegant. Nice try, "Windows Store."

Comment Industry-specific applications (Score 2) 889

There are a few application that I use in my business which are specific to my industry. My office can't function without them, and they only run on Windows. Many businesses have similar software that caters to their niche. The developers probably only sell a few dozen licenses every year, so it doesn't make sense for them to port to a different OS. I'd love to use Linux on my office desktops (my office server runs Linux), but I need to be in Windows for these applications, and they are definitely never coming to Linux.

Comment Re:Most people hate their job (Score 2) 474

Many other commenters have pointed out that one factor is thinking you're special when you're really not. There are a whole lot of highly-skilled people in the world, and it's not really special to be highly-skilled anymore. Lawyers are highly-skilled, but they are among the least-satisfied of workers. As a society, we have learned how to make highly-skilled laborers interchangeable, which yields productivity gains. In the top echelons of every profession, there are those who work creatively and enjoyably, but the vast majority are doing routine tasks. Doctors perhaps have slightly higher satisfaction, but keep in mind that they are at the top of a highly-regulated and stratified industry; a more apt comparison would be healthcare workers in general vs. IT workers in general. It is possible to be high-skill and low-level.

Comment So does everyone else. (Score 5, Insightful) 474

"That's why it's called work," as they say. I laughed at the very misleading graph showing 19% of IT workers vs. 22% of non-IT workers saying they are very happy at work. That is a difference of 3%, but they made the graph on a scale of 19-22, so it looks huge. It's also not clear how much the authors cherry-picked data to support their thesis. On every measure cited, IT employees score poorly -- but do they score better in other areas that weren't reported? Why do they only report those who answered with a 9 or 10? How many answered with a 1 or 2?

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 397

Exactly: it's saving time on cooking, shopping, and deciding what to eat. I suppose the ideal food would be cheap, tasty, healthy, and fast. Soylent is not the cheapest, tastiest, healthiest, or fastest, but it aims to do very well on all of those metrics. There are many ways to eat cheaper food that tastes better, but these are either less healthy (candy bars) or slower (shopping and cooking). The older I get, the more I get fed up with the time and effort it takes to make and consume a decent meal. I have always seen food as a necessary annoyance, made even more annoying by the fact that the market caters to people who enjoy food. If I could save 1 hour a day on food, I would jump at the chance.

Comment Labor will decrease, not profit (Score 1) 231

The smaller amount of claims will result in fewer payouts, and also fewer employees needed for claims administration. But this is just a decrease in costs which will (presumably) be passed on to the consumer through cheaper premiums. The reduction in costs should exactly match the reduction in premiums, so profits should remain stable. A reduced number of claims should not have an effect on profits in the long term as long as the number of drivers stays constant. TFA guesses that the number of drivers may decrease, but I doubt the decrease will be significant; in any case, the focus is mainly on a better safety. So the result will be vastly inflated profits for several years as the number of claims drop, and then a bunch of layoffs as companies cut costs to compete on price. If you WORK in insurance you should be worried. If you OWN an insurance company, you should buy champagne. Warren Buffet says "we would not be holding a party at our insurance company.” Of course not, everyone there will lose their jobs. He will have the party in his house, with the other stockholders.

This is not at all the same as Napster, which resulted in drastically fewer customers for music. I'm no economist, so perhaps I am missing something; feel free to enlighten me.

Comment Radical Feminism (Score 0) 557

Much of the acrimony regarding feminism in the tech industry seems to stem from the inherent contradictions in Liberal Feminism, as opposed to Radical Feminism. Radical Feminism holds that gender categories should be abolished, and that the male/female distinction conceals inherent domination and marginalization of women. It is impossible to move beyond the inequalities of the male/female distinction as long as this gender distinction exists. Radical feminists are not "essentialists" -- they think there is no inherent or natural difference between men and women, but rather that men and women are made, not born (in terms of gender categories, rather than biological sex).

Liberal Feminism, by contrast, seeks to preserve the distinct categories of male and female, but to work toward equality between the sexes through reform. In theory, it seems that Liberal Feminism is a reasonable position: men and women can be "separate but equal" as long as we have the right laws. But in practice, the inherent contradictions of this theory become apparent quickly. The first and most obvious problem is, if men and women are different, who decides what "equality" means? There are essentialists who claim that women have different needs from men, and that our concept of equality must take those needs into account. In order to make sense of this claim, we need to have a clear definition of what a woman is, what women want and need, and how these wants and needs differ from men. But who has the authority to answer these questions? Not men certainly, and not individual women talking about their own personal needs and wants. What we end up with is a frenzy of people, all claiming to represent "women" as a universal category, and denouncing everyone else as unqualified to speak for "women" universally. It is impossible to resolve this situation; the debate quickly spirals into incoherence. Radical Feminism, by contrast, offers us a way out by rejecting the very categories which give rise to these irresolvable contradictions.

TL;DR: Radical Feminism says to gender what we all want to say to everyone involved in gamergate: JUST FUCKING GO AWAY.

Comment Thank God (Score 1) 116

I'm a lawyer, and I breathe a sigh of relief whenever I hear about the automation of the drearier aspects of my profession. Nobody goes to law school to fill out forms and file the same document 10,000 times, but that's what most attorneys end up doing. I can't wait for routine bankruptcy work to be fully automated, for example. Much legal work is just cleaning up messes, and like other janitorial work, we are quickly making robots to do it for us.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky