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Comment Honestly, I call bullshit. (Score 1) 110

As a hardcore gamer that finished "Nightmare" mode in most games for the last 40 years, I understand that out of the gate, I know exactly what kind of dedication goes into playing hard, and it IS real. My crew and I were in the top 1%.

But that said, watching my kid play Water Polo... seriously, gamers are a bunch of fuckin' posers. And my kid by choice would play TF2. He's a vicious spy.

The old line was 'no pain no gain'. That's the problem with e-sports. No pain.

Comment No control is the real issue (Score 4, Funny) 91

As a serious coffee consumer, their main problem is you can't customize the cup of coffee. I drink so much coffee that I started making it weaker, and weaker, and then half strength. The last time I stayed in an office with a Keurig setup, I think I nearly killed myself before I realized what was happening.

I'd love to have one, but the 'my way or the highway' reality of those little cups doesn't work. And don't even start on the cost.


Debian 8 Jessie Released 442

linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next five years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team. (Release notes.) Jessie ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in Jessie. Screenshots and a screencast are available.

Comment Get in line (Score 2) 222

Been there, still doing that that.

Waste of time on a 4 year old. I have bright 11+ yr olds who are only beginning to really get it. Even while they have stuff in the TF2 workshop. It's both sad and hard to see that they, too, are distracted by the 3D shiny instead of the gameplay diamond. But they're getting there.

Comment Re:And fyi, don't try for France (Score 1) 123

A lot of it was walking the walk, but search Amazon for "Working in France" books, or the dearth thereof to get a hint. Or for the full historical retrospective, look for a copy of the book with that very title by Carol Pineau and Maureen Kelly, 1991. That book actually tried to help with a lot of useful advice, but read it without the rose colored glasses and it's pretty dark read. It got worse since then.

Comment And fyi, don't try for France (Score 1) 123

But citizens in the United States seemed a bit more reluctant to return the favor—less than 50 percent said they either lived abroad or would consider doing so for work. That's in sharp contrast to countries such as France, where a significant majority of citizens seemed willing to explore jobs in other nations. Of course, those who work in tech already know that globalization is a huge issue.

The elephant in the room is that American citizens aren't allowed overseas, because "We'd be dar to take der jobs!"

If you work for an established multinational, then you can get placed within that framework, or an within an established academic one, but just try an get a job in France as an American citizen -- it's laughable. They don't even pretend.

Speak French? Lived as an exchange student in France? Have ultra high-end tech skills? None of that matters once you try it for real. The door for 'skilled immigrant labor', or any labor, only opens towards the U.S. It's a shame there's no WTO for labor, because we could bust the rest of the world for non-tariff trade barriers.

Comment Not all user error is equal? (Score 1) 70

A major meth dealer’s operation was discovered after the IRS started investigating him for unpaid taxes, and an OBGYN who allegedly sold prescription pills used the same username on Silk Road that she did on eBay. Likewise, the recent arrest of a pedophile could be traced to his use of “gateway sites” (such as Tor2Web), which allow users to access the Deep Web but, contrary to popular belief, do not offer the anonymizing power of Tor.

I'm a Tor fan, and think it serves a real need. But seriously .. am I the only one on Slashdot that is ok with busting the meth dealer, the OBGYN dealer and the pedophile?

Generally speaking, it's been the other way. It's the fake fanning of the flames of a -potential- drug dealer or pedophile that law enforcement brutally abuses to make everyone guilty until proven innocent and collect power unto themselves. But here, here we are are with actual bad people, doing actual bad things that got caught, and the /. response is to fix Tor.

It's true, Tor should be fixed. But can't we cheer a little that some bad guys went down?

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