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Comment: Neat (Score 1) 106

by markdavis (#48643697) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Must have been under a rock, had not heard of "Star Trek Continues" before, so I am watching the first episode right now. Although I can certainly understand keeping the same sets, characters, props, and sound effects, I can't for the life of me understand why they would intentionally want to use the 4:3 aspect ratio. Hmm

Comment: Re:And this attack ad is brought to you.... (Score 1) 141

by ncc74656 (#48628473) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

They establishment Republicans have already rolled over with the passing of Cromnibus. I expect that if the push Jeb Bush to the front there will be record apathy among conservatives in the 2016 election.

To amplify on that point, never underestimate the ability of the Republican Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. :-P

Comment: Re:Rethuglican hypocrites (Score 1) 141

by ncc74656 (#48628415) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

the composition and political thrust of the parties changed dramatically with the Republican southern strategy of the 60s

Let me put you some f'in knowledge.

And more.

And even more.

On top of that, how do you explain the Democrats' only really starting to lose their stranglehold on southern-state governorships and legislatures in the '90s and later?

Comment: How arrogant (Score 1) 394

by markdavis (#48623015) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

>"If implemented, the developers wrote, the change would mean that a warning would pop-up when people visited a site that used only HTTP to notify them that such a connection "provides no data security"."

Arrogant, annoying, unnecessary, stupid, and inaccurate. There are a LOT of sites that have absolutely no need for https and labeling them "insecure" will annoy clue-full users and confuse clueless users all in one swoop. And by encrypting everything, it makes caching far less useful and slows down browsing some.

This type of attitude in design is one of many reasons I don't and will not use Chrome. It is bad enough some of the recent stuff being shoved into Firefox :(

Comment: It is not skin color (Score 1) 448

by markdavis (#48612621) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

>"It's as simple as making a light-skinned person feel connected to a virtual, darker skinned self"

Except it is far less about skin color than speech, beliefs, attitude, clothing, how one acts, who one associates with, etc, etc. Race issues are rarely just about skin color... that is WAY oversimplifying the whole topic. Just slapping on a different color might change the way many people initially treat or interact with you, but far too many people point to that as being the main problem, when it has more to do with other factors. Still, it sounds like a good experiment to teach tolerance and remind people that you can't judge a book by its cover (you might have some notions, but should always keep an open mind).

Comment: Re: Bank Security Guy here (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by markdavis (#48578085) Attached to: Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

It certainly won't change the fact that we can't run it on Linux and it is a pain in the ass under any platform.

Trusteer Rapport is a HORRIBLE idea and many businesses are being FORCED to deal with it because it is essentially mandatory for many banks (looking at YOU, Suntrust).

It is a totally unacceptable "solution" from an I.T. department perspective. And it is also unnecessary for many situations, if they just allow us some additional common-sense controls (like limiting access to just certain IP addresses, or using hardware token devices).

Comment: Re:wireless (Score 1) 115

by ncc74656 (#48572753) Attached to: FreeNAS 9.3 Released

What if I want my server in a different room from my router?

Minimal solution: run a cable between rooms.

Better solution: put in structured wiring and use that to make the connection between rooms.

Best solution: buy a home where the builder put in structured wiring, and use it. :-)

Comment: Re:Like the space shuttle-------- (Score 1) 140

by ncc74656 (#48531177) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

We keep hearing this is going to be the vehicle that's going to take us to Mars. Excuse me? Exactly how is a vehicle that can only carry 6 people carry supplies for even one person for nearly a year?

Multiple launches to first put supplies for the trip in orbit, with the last launch bringing the crew up on one of these. Assemble the Mars-bound bits in orbit, then send them on their way. I read something about this the other day, but don't remember where.

I have a very small mind and must live with it. -- E. Dijkstra