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Comment Re:Buy a dictionary (Score 1) 53 53

actually...No. "a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful."

You also have to know how to use the dictionary. You don't just pick the meaning you like, and then pretend all the other ones don't exist.

1. the act of conspiring.
2. an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
3. a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose:
4. Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
5. any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.

You really need to learn what these words mean before using them.

Comment Re:PRESS RELEASE ALERT! (Score 1) 183 183

And who do they think is going to be purchasing all these "autonomous vehicles" and with all the twenty-somethings and millennials moving back home with their parents, how do they think they're going to afford them?

They think that the market is going to shrink considerably, with more and more car-sharing happening. I think that numerous automakers are going away, starting with FCA.

Comment Re:better give China teh Gay, stat! (Score 1) 89 89

Um, marry someone who is not Chinese? It already happens in Vietnam and Thailand. Some even marry white American girls after moving to the US [pauses for the sound of conservative Americans' heads exploding].

What kind of numbers are we talking? Will the world actually absorb 50M excess Chinese men?

Comment Re: Just goes to show you UNIX SUX (Score 1) 39 39

I've never understood why DNS servers bother with zone transfers.

Yes, and many people disable them, and some DNS servers don't even have the functionality.

Heck, with access to platform-specific file system event APIs, you could probably come up with something that worked a lot better, up to and including near-instantaneous updates.

Well, obviously if you have a system of any complexity, you should be stuffing the records into a database and then generating the zone files from that. You can handle your replication at that level. Give your serial numbers meaning (As a timestamp, typically) to avoid issues there.

Comment stfu troll (Score 1) 39 39

Now imagine if Windows had done the same thing. Slashdot would be in an uproar.

Bullshit, stop trolling. When Microsoft releases a patch which doesn't break anything, nobody complains. It's when they release "patches" which alter the behavior of the operating system in undesirable ways that we get our knickers twisted.

Comment Buy a dictionary (Score 1) 53 53

A conspiracy is when two or more people get together (conspire) to take advantage of one or more people. Conspiracies are the norm, not the exception.

Conspiracy Theorist, as a phrase, was ironically (for you) deliberately created by the CIA as a means of discrediting people who had ideas about how they might be fucking us.

Comment Re:Zero-days are not "back doors". (Score 1) 53 53

These deep-think groups of geniuses are always 2 steps behind those creating the exploits. They publish white papers containing postmortems on exploits that have already reeked havoc

Tee hee. "Reeked" havoc. Do yourself a favor and don't use words you don't understand while talking shit about other people.

Comment Re:Solution: Don't Trust Anyone (within reason) (Score 1) 53 53

I used to snicker at people who thought like this, maybe throwing in a "tinfoil hat" joke here and there. Damn... it's not quite at the level of CIA implanted brain bugs, or thought-controlling water additives, but the government is getting damn creepy with it's mass surveillance.

What we know about CIA-implanted brain bugs and thought-controlling water additives is that this government would not hesitate to use either one if it were available to them.

You can already manipulate people's mental states with water additives, and implanted "brain bugs" are only a matter of time — we're making more and more progress along those lines all the time. We don't have long to get this government under control...

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 58 58

5000 ppm CO2 is an order of magnitude higher than you can find outdoors in any city in the world.

Nobody said otherwise.

Do you think Google cars are going to be driving around in poorly ventilated spaces?

We'll find out soon enough just how much CO2 lingers. It's heavier than air, you know.

Monitoring CO2 levels in cities is completely irrelevant in terms of outdoor air quality.

Not only is that wrong, but the goal is to map "urban air quality", not just "outdoor air quality". RTFA, HTH, HAND.

P.S. If you had anything worthwhile to say, you'd have logged in.

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 58 58

I'm pretty sure I'm right.

Yes, I can see that.

I don't need "data" to back me up.

Unless you want anyone with a brain to care what you think.

Hint, data just the plural of datum, which is just a a single number.

Oh, so we only need one data point to make any decision ever?

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 58 58

fine. i bet the co2 level outside at street level is never more than 10% higher than up in the sky.

I prefer data to what you're willing to bet on. Luckily, someone is going to go forth and gather it regardless of what you think, and we'll find out whether you're right or not.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 268 268

It's awesome how you really are the stereotypical dead broke neckbeard on slashdot.

Getting just five used cables this way will save enough to pay for breakfast for two in a nice restaurant in Mendocino. You don't get to do fun stuff by throwing away money. I've saved hundreds of dollars just by hauling crates of cables around with me through my various moves, many of which came from thrift stores, yard sale, and flea markets.

If I need a cable right away, I don't look to see which flea market occurs next. I just buy it. But mostly I don't have to, because crates. Sorry you haven't got a place to store crates yet.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982