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Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 251

by DrXym (#49785811) Attached to: How To Die On Mars
1) Because Anonymous Coward is a moniker on Slashdot that anybody can use 2) this moniker is mine and has been mine for the ~14 years I've used it here. Real name or not, I still have a history of posts that are distinct from other people's posts, a consistency to comments and a reputation to uphold.

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 150

by TheCarp (#49785749) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Very much so. Just because their business model requires people to make bad decisions, doesn't mean they have a right to enforce bad decisions.

The web browsing they want is like, if you walked into a reseraunt to meet a group of 10 people, 1 of whom you know, and are told in this circle, we greet eachother with unprotected anal which point, everyone at the table stands up to "greet you".

Comment: Encounter (Score 5, Funny) 204

by SuperKendall (#49784751) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Don't think he was a duck. From the fact that he was about to give us a list of real languages but then failed to do so, I can only assume the last "ducks" was him exclaiming at being overwhelmed by a wave of ducks, that subsequently ate him.

Yes, I am quite sure the real problem is he was a victim of.... fowl play.

Comment: Re:Get rid of it (Score 4, Informative) 308

by TheCarp (#49783767) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

He did? Funny I don't see it that way at all.

What I see is him pledging to implement a technical loophole. How is making someone else do the collection and storage (with far less security than their own current collection) really any real change? Do you honestly think the people who were complaining about this are just policy wonks who want the letter of the law followed but who don't actually care about the real privacy implications?

This is not progress, its window dressing.

Comment: Wow....floored at the deft misdirection (Score 1) 308

by TheCarp (#49783353) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Oh he is good. So the collection is a problem, so lets end the collection by outsouricing it. Problem solved.

As long as we maintain our ability to search through the records, we don't need to "collect them". CLearly the public only ever policy wonks about technicalities, nobody actually wants or needs privacy right?

Comment: So not just kids (Score 1) 172

by TheCarp (#49783099) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

Not just CS, a bigger problem is more lack of understanding about networking and more operational details.

You see it especially well in educated people in other fields in their interactions. A particular friend of mine is a chemist. He is aware enough to recognize a web browser with noscript, but his answer to that is to go to a site and based on (when discussing it after) "this site is reputable" hit "allow all temporarily" without any awareness of the actual issues involved like whether affiliate sites can be considered "reputable".... case in point, the site in question referenced doubleclick.

I of course used this as an opportunity to describe using a web browser in the most common way using my favorite analogy ever... "Imagine if we replaced hand shakes with unprotected anal sex. You get a party invite, and you go. You know youre friend is reputable but, does that mean you want to 'greet' all of his friends too? That is what web browsing is like by default, the website is a crowded diner table, and 'greetings' are going around the table"

Comment: Re:Great marketing (Score 1) 345

I would actually consider this reasonable for a self parking feature. I have no issue with a flawed system that is the best you can make. Its early versions ffs, this is decent.

What is not reasonable is realizing its a problem, developing a fix, and then selling a fix for a safety flaw as a bonus feature. Even more so, if its just a software upgrade it should be a recall and fix, if it requires additional hardware or replacement, it should be offfered to existing owners at a reasonable price.

The release I understand. However, leaving it that way and continuing to sell models with a known flaw, that is a different issue really.

You may get the same thing when you buy a Windows CD, but at least one of the first things it does is download the free updates. You will never go to a store and have to choose between Windows 10 and Windows 10 with security updates and then be stuck with what you chose when you get home.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 389

by Ol Olsoc (#49781951) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

The "ways" aren't exactly mysterious. You live in the great plains, you're going to get floods and tornadoes.

Sure - be serious! But since we're here, my thoughts on exactly why places like yours tend to the religious.

A drive through the countryside in my area will show a lot of farms with presumably fundamentalist religious owners, if the signs are to be believe. Plenty of "The wages of sin is death" friendly reminders to see.

Giving some thought to the matter, who more likely to be really religious. Religion is the desire to influence events that you have no influence over. A Farmer has to have some sort of trust that the rains will come, the temperatures will moderate, and the crops will grow. Economic and some times actual life critical.

So they pray a lot, and in earlier times, when weather patterns were not known, it was not outside the realm of reason that abundant years were signs of Godly approval, and bad years were signs of offense.

But then you have the odd happening of the "faithful" being hammered by nature like this. Then it becomes silly season. The leaders scurry to find blame and attach it to the usual sources (Katrina, The mess in New Jersey, and Haiti come to mind).

So we have the elite, gay loving people of the northeast getting pummeled by a hurricane as proof of gawd's wrath against homosexuals, and it's accepted by the devout.

And there will be some insane excuses regarding these floods in Texas and Oklahoma that might be completely opposite in nature, but likewise gobbled up as proof of gawd's something something.

But let's take Haiti. One of gawd's mouthpieces, Pat Robertson gave the massive earthquake in Haiti as divine retribution

Now the fact that haiti sits on a shallow plate of geology that has been there long before there were those Hatians that presumably made a pact with the devil, apparently has nothing to do with it.

I wonder what Pat's comments on the present day mess in Texas and Oklahoma are? It will probably be along the lines of having to purge the sinners among the faithful, or if not fully prepared, back to the old "Mysterious ways" catchall.

So back to Oklahoma and Texas. They don't want to believe they have no control over these disasters, they see the destruction, and since humans have this strong approval blame thing going on, they feel they need to do something. Religion to the rescue.

Whereas the smart money says move elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 251

by DrXym (#49781401) Attached to: How To Die On Mars
Your dumb arguments could apply right here on earth. After all, how can we possibly live under the water without a breathable atmosphere? Are we we expected to wearing a driving suit all the time? What about the burning the diesel? Blah blah blah. Oh wait someone invented a thing called a submarine and developed the means to heat, pressurize and provide oxygen and fresh water to people living inside of it.

There is nothing to "gloss over" since it is obviously hard. Perhaps it boggles your mind but people tasked to do it would break it down into small manageable problems and would come up with practical solutions and contingencies.

It is likely that any human landing to Mars would make extensive use of robotics, possibly with missions beforehand to prepare a site, drop supplies etc. It is likely it would require water but that a nuclear reactor could produce the O2, distilled water and power for life for humans, plants etc. It's likely that the persons would live in a pressurized structure which could be partially or fully buried to shield it from radiation. It is likely that suits would contain extra shielding and humans would only venture outside when the sun was low in the sky and that there would be covered trenches / walkways to travel between any structures.

Perhaps it's all mind boggling to you. I suggest other people see it as a hard but surmountable challenge.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors