Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 70

The problem is that too many IT departments think their primary task is to control the network and IT resources without much regard paid to what other departments are trying to accomplish with those resources.

That's what the fuckups always say. I worked for a web design/hosting startup as the network manager. The boss' buddy set up an FTP server and it immediately got owned and we became a warez site. We don't want control of this stuff because we're control freaks. We want control of this stuff so that someone else doesn't get it horribly wrong.

Comment: Re:negativity (Score 1) 147

by drinkypoo (#49788535) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

It sounds like you may be a little fragile for comment boards on the open internet that don't have specific rules against being mean to people. Such things exist, and they might be a healthier place for you to hang out until/unless you develop a thicker skin.

Slashdot is great because I can say precisely what I want to say, when I manage it anyhow.

What the GP said wasn't even close to the most negative thing I've seen in this discussion, let alone on Slashdot today. You must be new here.

Comment: Re:Computers Kill Trees (Score 2) 99

by drinkypoo (#49788523) Attached to: Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics

Not actually true. As part owner of a tree farm we've looked into carbon credits, etc. CO2 sequestration is highest in the first few years of growth and then gradually tapers off.

What? This is an outright lie. I just covered this here recently, and the precise opposite is true. Mature trees fix more CO2 than young trees. Mature forest fixes more CO2 than young forest. I first found that this was true for Sequoia Sempervirens, but I dug around and found that this was true for the vast majority of trees. You can read the majority of my comments on this subject in the discussion reakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate. As I recall, there was another discussion which followed soon after in which I provided additional citations.

Now, are you telling lies deliberately, or simply repeating lies in ignorance because you were too lazy to go do the research?

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 0, Flamebait) 65

by drinkypoo (#49788511) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion

I'm not in love with the fossil fuel industry, but for all their problems it's also dangerous to assume that installing wind farms on every decent hillside won't have climatic effects.

No. You are being an asshole or an idiot. I and others have covered this material exhaustively here repeatedly in the past, and I thought we were past this. This has been studied and the result was that there is a localized heating effect in a small area immediately downwind of the wind turbine which is rapidly lost in the noise of the already-chaotic system in precisely the same way that the butterfly effect is bullshit — if an entertaining thought exercise.

Now, are you trolling, or just talking ignorant shit so that you have something to say? There's no third option.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 193

That's very untrue. Show some studies to back yourself up.

It's obviously true, because if it weren't, the poor wouldn't be poor. The rich have virtually all of the money, so they're the only ones who can help. And the wealthy have access to tax dodges that the poor can't use, and aren't we always having to hear on slashdot about how entitlements are where the taxes go and how the rich fly from point a to point b and don't use the roads, blah blah blah?

Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 0) 193

You made a claim, I asked for a source, you provided it.

It's ridiculous that you don't already know this, and it's even more ridiculous that you asked me instead of google for a citation. As I like to say, if you actually cared you'd already know, because this information is everywhere. But further, I'm obviously not going to provide you as much information as Google is. Learn to ask google.

No need to get snippy there, sparky.

Learn to internet, kid.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 52

I was mainly talking about the dash space they use. Many manufacturers no longer use the DIN standard.

Yeah, that includes my 1997 Audi. They billed it as an anti-theft feature, ha ha ha. The radio is coded anyway. But I'm not replacing the head unit, just hacking in an aux input. It's an 11-or-so speaker Bose so why would I dick with it?

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 52

I accept 1, but 2 is debatable, we need to encourage people to NOT fuck around with gadgets in the car at all.

Not gonna happen.

I cant imagine how bad my current car, a 2002 Nissan Silvia would be if I couldn't swap out the stereo with something that knew what an MP3 was.

That depends on whether it has a changer interface, and whether you have a changer. I have a 1997 Audi A8 with a Bose stereo with no aux input, but I can get one by slicing into the CD changer wiring and using a switch and/or relays (I have the 12V audio signal relays already, have been too busy to make the mod though) to insert my own audio source in between. Or an el cheapo (~$10) panel-mount mp3 player/bluetooth receiver from dealextreme has a line input, so it's just a matter of finding some connectors which fit the board or soldering on some leads, and making a quick splice. Got a voltage regulator so it can run on 5-32V or something ridiculous like that. I might just go that route because there will be no relays to go bad ever. If the thing goes tits up it'll be easy to splice it away.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 2) 193

As a Californian making $10-$15K/year, excuse me if I don't think we need to donate charity handouts to people making $70K, which by the way is well above the median income.

As a Californian making $10-15k/year, you will be paying fuck-all in taxes. Depending on where you live, you may well be receiving back services whose cost is well in excess of what you're paying in.

Comment: Re: Just another arrogant CEO (Score 1) 41

by drinkypoo (#49787937) Attached to: Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

There's a surprise - you don't consider anything worthwhile unless it's a closed source piece of shit. Some standard.

No, I don't consider it worthy of note unless a lot of people give a shit.

Oh - right, you have a Windows phone (because it's closed source which is better) and it doesn't have pulseaudio - so other than Skype, nothing of importance uses pulseaudio.

I have a Titan running SOKP.

Comment: Re:Thanks, Obama (Score 1) 357

by swillden (#49787651) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

The courts found the bulk collection as "justified" under section 215 as unconstitutional and wholly illegal.

Utter nonsense. Please don't spread such misinformation.

Bulk collection may indeed be unconstitutional, but the court said nothing about that. What they said was that section 215 did not authorize bulk collection, so if Congress wants to authorize bulk collection they have to pass a law to say so. If Congress does that, then the court will eventually have to rule on constitutionality.

Comment: Re:What else is new... (Score 1) 70

So what else is new? Most "Global Business Leaders" don't know much about anything else,

So, you call it an ivory tower when it's intellectual, what do you call it when it's just a tower made of stacked-up money? The reason why "global business leaders" don't know about technology is that they are completely divorced from the daily life that normal humans live. They don't have to know shit, so they don't know shit. Then they want to tell us all about how to be successful. We're always having to endure quotes from Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, who both were born with silver spoons in their mouths, about how we can supposedly be successful — but they actually have no idea how to become successful, because they were born into positions of privilege. We should not give one tenth of one very small shit about what they think about becoming successful, because they never did.

Comment: This is exactly what belongs in cars (Score 2) 52

The ONLY thing that should be built-in is a speaker system, tuned to the acoustics of the car, with an amplifier and aux jack

What you don't seem to realize is that this is the equivalent of that for connecting your smartphone to your car. If only you knew anything about the subject at hand, like about cars or automotive infotainment, you would know that these are technologies for interfacing to your phone while in your car — and that these are both major standards. That means that virtually all smartphone owners will be able to use the interface in the car, designed for automotive use, instead of the interface on their phone which isn't.

Comment: Re:There is no need for the Patriot Act (Score 2) 357

by drinkypoo (#49787259) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

The Patriot act should go away and the US powers that be should focus its efforts on neutralizing the Sunni-Wahabi threat by whatever means necessary.


Unfortunately we are taking the wrong side here in helping the Saudi's eradicate a Shia Minority in Yemen.

What we did in Iraq was separate peacefully coexisting communities of the people you're talking about. We deliberately set social progress back a hundred years there. What you think we need to do is literally the opposite of our government's intent.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"