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Comment: nope (Score 1) 95

by aepervius (#49180931) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

"I would say it's the opposite - that if everyone has their mistakes on parade, then it' makes it easier for others can admit that they too aren't perfect"
There is absolutely no evidence that this is hapenning. in fact there is a lot of evidence that people simply stops at the top information they find and retain negative information far easier (bias). Look there is a reason stuff like susperstition exists, post hoc or ad hominem are used successfully : because people bias toward the negative. Spread the negative the bias will stay, but a LOT of people will get fucked. The only way it would work would be if *absolutely everybody* would be hit by this, for decades. Not going to happen.


The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40% 188

Posted by Soulskill
from the any-way-the-wind-blows-kinda-actually-matters dept.
merbs writes: The U.S. is finally getting its first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind has announced that its Block Island project has been fully financed, passed the permitting process, and will begin putting "steel in water" this summer. For local residents, that means a 40% drop in electricity rates. The company has secured $290 million in financing, with funding from the likes of Key Bank and France's Société Générale, in part on the strength of its long-term power purchase agreement with US utility National Grid. Block Island has thus surpassed the much-publicized Cape Wind project, long touted as "the nation's first offshore wind farm," but that has been stalled out for over a decade in Massachusetts, held up by a tangle of clean power foes, regulatory and financing woes, and Cape Cod homeowners afraid it'd ruin the view.

Comment: That is what the author wish (Score 1) 202

by aepervius (#49175629) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?
Seeing what Microsoft has done in the last years and how the amrket is going , they will almost certainly go for the following :

* subscription based, forget the 15$ or whatever you paid for minecraft, they will ask 1$99 every month.
* separate set and special mods which allows more than color/form only microsoft, and only for money
* everybody else relegated to basic coloring, texture and form mod, no "command" block type mod adding new function.
* not possible anymore to have your independent server. After all you could do some stuff which would tarnish the image of MC2.0 "microsoft". And there is the money from the server subscription, like 20$ a month.
* API even more obsfucated than for MC 1.0, but with DMCA take down if you deobsfucate it and attempt to add your own command mod
* going away from Java

Yeah i am quite a cynic.

Comment: Re:Hillary is a divisive figure *among Democrats* (Score 1) 481

She is, in fact, from the right wing of the party and could have been an establishment Republican a generation ago.

The first part of that sentence is true and tells you how far left the Democratic Party has moved.

The problem with that logic is that the sentence is actually slightly inaccurate. Hillary comes from a Republican family. She actually was an establishment Republican before she married Bill and was essentially forced to switch parties. So what this really tells you is how far to the right the Republican Party has moved.

Assuming you hadn't already noticed this by little things like them decrying Richard Nixon's health care scheme as a Communist Government takeover, or insisting that political positions held by Ronald Regan are a sure sign of anti-Americanism.

Comment: Re:Jail time (Score 1) 481

This has nothing to do with her politics. If Bush or Cheney had done this, we'd want them prosecuted as well.

Are you sure? Because they actually did this exact thing, and not only do I not see you saying anything of the sort, I don't even see any indication that you remember it happening. In fact, they uncovered emails from Rove specifically instructing White House employees to break the law and use personal email, and some where he actually complained when people didn't comply. So this wasn't ignorance or oversight, it was active malice.

From where I sit, it looks like there's only a big stink now because the alternate Republican media establishment wants to attack what looks like might be their POTUS opponent in 2016, and this is the best they could come up with. We know for a fact that if this was a Republican it would quickly be forgotten, because it recently was, and you just demonstrated that you'd forgotten it.

Comment: Re:Optimists is for fools (Score 1) 230

by T.E.D. (#49172331) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

If you have mod points, and you post on a Slashdot article, you may no longer use mod points on any post in that article (and any previous moderation you have done on posts on that article are undone).

IMHO it would probably be sufficient to do that on a thread basis, rather than for the whole article, but that's the system /. uses.

Comment: Missing the point (Score 2) 500

by aepervius (#49171859) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

This is not about how your own application react to a file. this is how the operating system *does*. There is a convention in the operating system, particularly windows, that a .gif will be tried to be displayed as a picture and a .html as a web page. Your application may *chose* to interpret it as music for all we care, but the operating system will react by default as described.

This is why displaying and showing this is an executable is important. Although nowadays the windows operating system should warn you you are about to run an executable.


Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12 83

Posted by timothy
from the cross-platform-good dept.
Phopojijo writes The Khronos Group has announced the Vulkan API for compute and graphics. Its goal is to compete against DirectX 12. It has some interesting features, such as queuing to multiple GPUs and an LLVM-based bytecode for its shading language to remove the need for a compiler from the graphics drivers. Also, the API allows graphics card vendors to support Vulkan with drivers back to Windows XP "and beyond."

Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement 62

Posted by timothy
from the western-imperialists-violating-the-kim-family's-rights dept.
Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks. Another has passed them over from tourist boats that meet with fishermen mid-river. Others arrange USB handoffs at the Chinese border in the middle of the night with walkie talkies, laser pointers, and bountiful bribes. Even Kim assassination comedy The Interview, which the North Korean government allegedly hacked Sony to prevent from being released, has made it into the country: Chinese traders' trucks carried 20 copies of the film across the border the day after Christmas, just two days after its online release.

Comment: In the end they were fair (Score 4, Insightful) 204

Rather than spend all the money, 20% will be refunded. And a software source and PCB will be offered. It is a failed kickstarter, but not as bad as those which went home with the money breaking all promised delivery. Like moulyneux and godus for example.

Comment: "Empire of the Rising Scum" (Score 5, Insightful) 167

by Beryllium Sphere(tm) (#49168905) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

From a 1990 essay comes the insight
"The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets. There are some people who are extraordinarily good at manipulating- organizations to serve their own ends. The Russians, who have suffered under such people for centuries, have a name for them-- apparatchiks. It was an observer of apparatchiks who coined the maxim, 'The scum rises to the top.' "

It is as insightful in its own way as "The Mythical Man-Month".

Comment: Re:Optimists is for fools (Score 1) 230

by T.E.D. (#49167331) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

star trek was never peaceful

Shame you burned any mod points you might have posting this, or I'd direct you to my other answer , which hits a lot of these same points.

I will mention that the competition theory is only one theory of how Europe got where it is. The one I prefer is that it was all about information supremacy (Europe perfected printing presses first, everyone else was stuck ludicrously expensive hand-copying, and it was game over. All your base are belong to us).

However, I think it is quite true that people are wired to organize their universe as "us vs. them". Political units are defined in opposition to other units, and without them, people just form smaller units to squabble with. This isn't necessarily a good thing though. In many cases it is downright evil, and should be fought against, but the first step is to realize it is human nature you are fighting against. In this respect, Trek was often aspirational, rather than being realistic. But even there, there had to be an "other": Klingons.

Comment: Re:Star Trek gave us a future to shoot for. (Score 1) 230

by T.E.D. (#49164397) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Nobody fights wars over the stuff we fight over because we are seen of one of Billions of Species spread all over this universe in a vast cosmos

This bit is wrong as well. In TOS the Federation was involved in sort of a "Cold War" with the Klingon Empire (mirroring the extant real-world political situation), and indications were that it wasn't always so cold, and likely wouldn't always stay that way. Even as an exploration vessel, the Enterprise was liberally equipped with weapons, and regularly needed to use them.

And truly there's nothing shocking about a group of independent polities banding together in the face of an external threat (the Klingons). Humans have a basic need to categorize into "us" and "them". External threats are how countries are made.

If you analyse anything, you destroy it. -- Arthur Miller