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Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 1) 192

by eihab (#49489125) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do

It is bad enough the car manufacturers intend to eliminate manual transmission as an option because the poor, coddled generation cannot handle the "complexity' of using the clutch, brake, accelerator, and gear shift

Jump to conclusions much? I drove a manual transmission cars growing up. I now own a car with a CVT, so no transmission so to speak.

I love it. I couldn't care less about having to shift gears while driving the car. To be honest I couldn't care less about the engine in my car, I don't even change my oil.

A car is a tool that gets me from point A to point B. Make me a better/safer/more comfortable one and I'll give you money.

But.. you're probably right. Go ahead and have feelings and nostalgic memories for an inanimate object, and blame the popularity of automatic transmission on the "damn kids".

I'd say I'm getting off your lawn right now, but I'm probably older than you.

Comment: (Score 1) 295

by eihab (#49286635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

I've had nothing but a good, solid experience with, but they're certainly not the cheapest

Seconded. Dyn is amazing and has been nothing but stable for me over the years.

They do not charge you extra if you host your own DNS or point it to another provider. They just charge the $15 per domain and (I believe) $10 for secret registration if you opt for that.

For hosting I've been using Digital Ocean.

You have to know your way around a Linux machine (they offer FreeBSD too) to configure the firewall and enable swap, selinux, etc. The default Ubuntu and CentOS VMs leave something to be desired in terms of security safe guards, but nothing that can't be remedied in an hour.

That said, their value proposition is great. $10 a month gets you 1GB ram, 1 CPU core, 40GB of SSD HDD (insane speed) and 2TB of outgoing bandwidth (traffic IN doesn't count).

Comment: Re:Bring on the lausuits (Score 1) 599

by eihab (#49131749) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

Question for everyone: what are those rules?

Common Carriers Title II rules are on page 35 to 137 (102 pages long) of the linked PDF. The FCC currently classifies ISPs under Title I (first 35 pages of the same PDF), they vote tomorrow on whether or not the next 102 pages in the same Act should apply to ISPs.

Comment: Re:Well, the jig is up for them now. (Score 1) 65

by eihab (#49121257) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

I don't think Casey (handmade hero) has anything to do with these guys. He's been streaming for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week since mid/late 2014.

His goal is to teach people how to build a game from scratch in C without an engine or much reliance on libraries. His stream is extremely informative and fun to watch, it feels like pair programming most of the time.

You can also pre-order the game (he's estimating 2 years to completion) which will give you access to the source code nightly to follow along.

An added bonus to watching the stream live (8pm PST) is that he does almost an hour of Q&A after each stream discussing ideas, explaining things anyone didn't get, next steps, etc.

I highly recommend starting his streams from the beginning if game programming interests you. There's a community already porting the code to Linux/OSX (which he intends to do later on as well).

Comment: Re:Maybe the Muslims will help us out... (Score 1) 173

by eihab (#32861622) Attached to: NASA's Plutonium Supply Dwindling; ESA To Help

That ad-hominem was added after a fairly lengthy post including several points. It doesn't surprise me that you've decided to ignore them all and skip straight to the last line.

I skipped to it because it seemed that I was going to waste my breath talking into the void (AC's do not get notified about replies, do they?).

Just so as you know, Einstein was also deeply religious, he saw his study of the natural world as being an investigation into the methods of God. Given that you seem to think that he was less religious than Newton (if such a thing could be quantified) then you are once again mistaken about the nature of a person you are referring to.

I'm aware of that. I do not have a direct quote, nor do I care to search for one. I was simply trying to get a point across that when we say "only god knows this", it means we're giving up and are not going to investigate further.

*Part 1, I have to head out, and I will get back to you in 6-7 hours from now*

Comment: Re:Maybe the Muslims will help us out... (Score 1) 173

by eihab (#32860692) Attached to: NASA's Plutonium Supply Dwindling; ESA To Help

In conclusion, you don't sound very educated in either science, philosophy or your religion. I suggest a spot of reading before firing that mouth of yours off any further.

Wonderful, an ad hominem attack from an AC. Please create an account so that we can have a discussion instead of one-off posts (I wonder if you'll ever see this).

Al-Ghazali was probably the greatest thinker mankind has ever produced, and the implication that he took science backwards is just plain wrong.

Greatest thinker mankind has ever produced? No comment. But, no, I still stand behind him taking Islamic science backwards.

The period I criticized him for is 1095, when he threw science and scientific investigation out the window and replaced it with Sufism and revelation as the only way to truly understand the universe. When he said "there was no way to certain knowledge or the conviction of revelatory truth except through Sufism". That right there to me is throwing in the towel and calling it quits.

What do you think the repercussions on the Islamic scientific community were when he spent the last 16 years of his life being "technically" a preacher? What did he discover while repeating the "divine names" (dhikr) all day?

I'm not saying Islam or religion itself is bad (I probably lost our Atheists here), but the effect of inhibiting science and discovery by giving up and relying on the divine to truly understand the world is devastating to science. Didn't God say in Quran that we should learn math? (Al-Isra 12). And no, I'm not of the school that interprets "Hisab" as reckoning instead of math (but that's a different discussion).

Where would the world be today if Einstein or Newton spent more time in the Synagogue/Church and gave up on science?

Ok, maybe Newton is somewhat of a bad example since he also said "Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done". Maybe we would have learned a lot more about the universe had he not hit that wall, or maybe not.

Anyway, I have more important things to do with my time than to go and get Montgomery Watt's book to investigate and argue this point further. I might do it someday, but for the time being, I'm taking Neil Degrasse's and my own interpretation of what happened during that period of time over the AC who's "very familiar with his work" on Slashdot. mmkay?

Comment: Re:Maybe the Muslims will help us out... (Score 5, Insightful) 173

by eihab (#32858532) Attached to: NASA's Plutonium Supply Dwindling; ESA To Help

Thanks! and I whole-heatedly agree with you!

I recently watched The Unthinkable (if you haven't watched it, it's a great movie), and as to not spoil it for anyone, all I can say is that I was sitting at the edge of my seat and rooting for Samuel Jackson throughout the movie.

Bin Laden is an a$$hole, and the 72 virgins (myth) will be well-hung top-men scavenging his and his goons' cavities while slow-roasting them to perfection (yes I hate them as much as you do, probably even more so).

The stories that have been hitting Slashdot about censorship in Pakistan and other Islamic countries gathered quite a few "look at them backwards Muslims", instead of generating empathy about the sad state of these countries.

I should know, I lived in a couple of them growing up. People are afraid for their lives and cannot speak up. People can't discuss politics in coffee shops, because that guy smoking hooka is new and he might be from internal affairs, and if he marks you, your family won't even know what happened to you (Egyptian NSA-equivalent calls it "sending someone behind the sun").

America used to be the great nation everyone there talked about. It was wonderland, where you can criticize leaders and "be alive the next day". Where your creed and background did not matter, only what you knew and what you can do.

But somehow when we started meddling with their affairs, we became the villain. There's an Arabic saying that goes something like "Me and my brother would fight my cousin if he does us wrong, but if a stranger comes in, my cousin and I will team up".

The solution is _not_ to go into these countries with military force to "spread freedom", the solution is to stand up against tyranny with words, show them an example of democracy over here and not to co-operate with their regimes to oppress people.

Final words: Any kind of zealotry (religious/nationalistic/software) is ignorant, and I hope that I see a world without hatred before my time is up here. I doubt it, but I'm still an optimist inside and one can dream.

Comment: Re:Maybe the Muslims will help us out... (Score 5, Insightful) 173

by eihab (#32857858) Attached to: NASA's Plutonium Supply Dwindling; ESA To Help

You have issues dude. I identify myself as Muslim and it's a creed, but science-wise "Muslims" (Middle East) have lost it (i.e. stop being mad about it).

Yes, Algebra and Algorithm are Arabic words traced to the amazing Mohammed Ibn Musa Al-Khawarizmi (who was "Persian" btw, yes, the people we intend to bomb), and f#@king YES, India was there first.

But that doesn't take from him (or his civilization/creed) the right to call the names.

(For the purposes of this post, I will interchange creed and civilization, even though they're far-far-FAR from being the same thing).

It's a phenomenon Neil Degrasse Tyson describes as "Naming Rights" (I'm no scholar, so maybe it has another name). But basically, when a nation/region excels and innovates, they get the right to name their discoveries and they effectively "own" them.

Why is the rest of the world using .hk, .uk and .whatever domains? Why is the US the only country that enjoys .gov, .mil and .edu without a trailing .us?

Because, this s$#t was invented here, and "we"* earned it.

Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Pluto.. all Greek mythology names, why? They were "it"** back in the day.

So, what happened to the Muslim world? Well, Al-Ghazali decided to take them 300 years back into oblivion.

No scientist/mathematician/programmer/thinker/etc. would ever express prejudice. Empathy and sorrow for ignorance, maybe, but not hatred.

Now... where are we? We have racism (been to AZ lately?), prejudice (Muslim/Jew/*INSERT RELIGION* haters) and a whole lot more.

A lot of Americans do not believe in evolution or other scientifically proven facts. We kill our enemies for our "god-given" rights and we (the majority of us) want religion taught in school.

I wonder if GWB was our "Al-Ghazali", or maybe it will be Obama. Whomever it is, we must stop it and freaking move forward. Otherwise, we're fscked. We'll be the nation that our grandchildren and history talks about as "they invented XYZ, but muhahaha, look at them barbarians." And the elite nations at the time will nuke the ish out of them for being so backwards.

I want us to prevail, but with attitudes like yours and the extreme ignorance level the populace have, I'm afraid it's already too late.

I better start learning Chinese (Ni Hao) :(

And finally; to be on-topic; NASA needs to get some more of that "shiz-nit" :P

* I'm kind of one of you("us") now!
** A.K.A. The $h#t

Comment: Re:Maybe missing the point (Score 2, Insightful) 263

by eihab (#32828088) Attached to: SSDs vs. Hard Drives In Value Comparison

The GP might have missed the point, but you certainly did. Let me put it more bluntly: Comparing the price of an ssd to a disk by $/GB is idiotic.

I think they missed the point because you did not include a car analogy. Here, let me try to help:

Comparing the price of an SSD to a rotational hard drive by dollar/GB is akin to comparing a small sedan to a Ferrari based on dollar/mile for all the miles driven over the lifetime of the vehicles.

Sure, the sedan will cost WAY less and you'll probably drive it more than the Ferrari, but try putting them on the race track and see what happens.

Obviously you do not buy a Ferrari to commute in (unless you're John Carmack), and likewise you shouldn't buy an SSD to store your warez/mp3z and pr0n on.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 312

by eihab (#32813498) Attached to: The Unstoppable 'Tech Support' Scam

You would be surprised how many there are. I work as a network admin and I have dealt with some .... interesting?.... people.

I worked for a web hosting company before where one of our clients was having supposed issues with their mailing list, they said some users were not receiving messages sent to the list.

I checked out the mailing list code (it was an in-house solution) and then looked through the mail servers' log files and found nothing in there that supports their claims. So, I decided to email the mailing list to get to the bottom of this. I introduced myself and asked everyone to reply to me if they received the message because we're "debugging" this issue.

I think out of a couple of hundred users only a handful actually followed the instructions and responded directly to me. The rest of them decided to use the magical "reply-all" button and caused havoc.

One fun user (with an email address nevertheless) took the cake on this one though. S/He kept replying-all to "each and every reply" that was sent by other members. The emails were one-liners like:

- It's working, I got the email.
- I got this message.
- Got another one!
- I got this one too!
- I'm getting the message!

S/He sent close to 50 emails that day. It was hilarious and somehow sad at the same time. I lost faith in humanity that day.

"To take a significant step forward, you must make a series of finite improvements." -- Donald J. Atwood, General Motors