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Comment Mark Zuckerberg couldn't get an ordinary job today (Score 1) 307 307

> My boss was pissed that I don't have one... He asked,
> why in the hell don't you use Facebook?

You're in HR, interviewing a job applicant. Would you hire somebody who once offered his company's personal client information to a friend? And called his customers dumb? What if he said it was "a youthful indiscretion"? Like the following?

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks.

Comment Re:What's Cash? (Score 1) 294 294

> There is no service charge to use it and this way I
> don't have to have a pile of change in my pocket.

I Live in Canada (Toronto area) and some shops do charge 10 cents or so per transaction for debit cards. The fact that Canada has done away with pennies makes lugging around cash a bit easier.

Comment To quote Elliot Spitzer (Score 4, Interesting) 86 86

> "Some people delete their emails on an almost daily basis,
> others just try to avoid putting anything potentially interesting
> in an email in the first place."

Reminds me of an Elliot Spitzer quote...

"Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod.
And never put anything in an e-mail."

He should also have mentioned never using prostitutes so expensive, that paying them triggers "money-laundering-detection" and gets the feds to investigate you. But that's another story.

Comment Re:SFLC's brief explains parts of this well (Score 1) 210 210

> You mean instructions like JMP which AMD blatantly stole the opcodes from Intel?
> Why can't Intel demand protection for the use of 0xEB 0xbb to instruct the
> computer to jump by signed bb bytes, but Sun/Oracle can claim protection for
> System.out.println() to instruct the computer to output an end-of-line
> character to the standard output?

Old fart here... AMD was cross-licenced by Intel to produce 80x86 cpus This was done because many businesses, especially government, insisted that the components NOT be single-sourced. Ironically, this cross-licencing agreement is what allowed Intel to legally use AMD64 cpu architecture, which Intel named "EMT64".

Comment So ya wanna be an ISP? (Score 1) 390 390

> Are they just unaware of what advantages running a home server can offer? Or have
> the benefits of a server been explained to them after which they still decline?

Linux nerd here... sorry, but I have better things to do with my time than worry about constantly patching and running smtp/web/ftp servers, and constantly monitoring logs, etc, etc, etc. Having a life gets in the way of an internet.

I have a reasonable idea of how vulnerable linux servers are on the open internet. It's mind-boggling how easily the average Joe/Jane Lunchbucket gets pwnd/social-engineered even with a client machine behind a stateful firewall. Give every one of them a server, and if you think today's botnets are something, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Comment Re:Summarry is misleading... (Score 1) 166 166

> If a self driving car is seeing something in front of it and launches an app to
> determine what that object is, then that app needs to return an answer
> before the car hits the object and in time to brake to a stop, if necessary.
> It needs a time signal to understand how much time it has left.

What are you talking about? Time to impact = distance-to-object divided by your current speed. Distance is obtainable by radar/sonar/whatever, and speed comes from the same tachometer connected to your car's wheels that provides speed info to the speedometer display. It self-driving-car shouldn't care or need to know what time it is. BTW, how would a GPS system operate in an underground (and/or underwater) tunnel

Comment How do electric vehicles handle cold weather? (Score 1) 229 229

GM has a cold-weather test facility at Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada Ordinary batteries tend to lose power when cold. Cold weather doesn't just happen in Canada, but also in a lot of the US "Northern Tier" states. E.g. Minnesota, Wisconsin, the North+South Dakota, etc. And let's not forget Alaska. Is there noticable power/range loss in cold weather with GM's electric cars?

Comment Re:Full blooded American here (Score 1) 671 671

> But what if POTUS was a lame duck?

American ex-presidents are protected by the Secret Service after their terms, because there are a lot of people around the planet (including in the US), who have grievances (real or imagined) against said ex-president.

> The original act provided for lifetime Secret Service for former presidents.
> In 1997, it was reduced to 10 years for presidents taking office after 1997.
> The 1997 amendment was reverted by the Former Presidents Protection
> Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-257).All living former presidents and their
> spouses are now entitled to receive lifetime Secret Service protection.

Snowden's info releases embarressed the USA. But it is believed that several US agents died or were captured by other countries due to Pollard's espionage. The Secret Service is part of the US "intelligence community". Do you, as a former US president really want to pardon the man who was responsible for thr death of comrades of the people charged with protecting you?

Comment Re:Fuck it - everyone for themselves. (Score 1) 374 374

> Whoa cowboy. With net metering we have an additional source of resources for
> the monopoly that controls electricity in a given region. And its generated at
> the point of use, reducing distribution cost. If they're too stupid to figure out
> how to use new technology and load balance, they should be obligated to
> figure it out or rescind their monopoly.
> "Its well known" that you make shit up. There are many different scenarios and
> some are not conducive to solar. However in my state (high coal usage), my
> rooftop solar panels are currently cheaper today than coal generated
> electricity. They'll generate back the power that it took to make them within
> a year or two and over 20 years I'm looking at an 8-10% ROI. How is eliminating
> coal power to a house for less money not cost effective?

Is that "less expensive" with or without massive subsidies? Gee it must be a nice racket;

1) produce 15% of the power you need
2) sell it to the utility for 8 times the market rate
3) buy back 100% of you power needs at market rate
4) Profit

In Ontario...

By the end of 2013, Ontario household power rates will be the second-highest in North America (after PEI), and they will continue to accelerate while they level off in most other jurisdictions. Even more alarming for Ontario's economic competitiveness, businesses and industrial customers will be hit by almost $12-billion in additional costs over the same period.

Such is the legacy of the provincial government's 2009 decision to establish feed-in rates, ranging from 44.5 cents to 80.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar power, and 13.5 cents/kWh for wind power. These solar feed-in rates average 11 times the 5.6 cents/kWh paid for nuclear-generated power, and 18 times the 3.5 cents/kWh for hydro-generated power. The wind-power rates are more than twice as high as nuclear, and four times those of hydro.

Comment Talking points for your management... (Score 2) 112 112

...if they ever consider "Facebook For Work". Mark Zuckerburg is backstabbing sleazebag who has no conscience. Consider how he joined the Winklevoss twins' "Harvard Connection" (aka ConnectU) project, stole their ideas, and delayed the ConnectU project whilst he set up his own project ( His attitude to users is one of absolute contempt, and total disregard for their personal data confidentiality. Does your management really want him having access to your internal emails? If it's not blocked by your worksite due to NSFW language, point your management to Here's a relevant snippet from the article

=== Begin Snippet ===
The technology site Silicon Alley Insider got hold of some of the messages and, this past spring, posted the transcript of a conversation between Zuckerberg and a friend, outlining how he was planning to deal with Harvard Connect:

        FRIEND: so have you decided what you are going to do about the websites?
        ZUCK: yea I'm going to fuck them
        ZUCK: probably in the year
        ZUCK: *ear

In another exchange leaked to Silicon Alley Insider, Zuckerberg explained to a friend that his control of Facebook gave him access to any information he wanted on any Harvard student:

        ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
        ZUCK: just ask
        ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
        FRIEND: what!? how'd you manage that one?
        ZUCK: people just submitted it
        ZUCK: i don't know why
        ZUCK: they "trust me"
        ZUCK: dumb fucks

=== End Snippet ===

Comment Re:Will SystemD feature creep ever stop ? (Score 5, Informative) 553 553

> Why do you care how other people build their Linux systems?

I don't. If Poettering and company had simply forked GNOME Lenna-X off of GNU Linu-X, there wouldn't be all this complaining. The problem is that Poettering and company have hijacked mainstream linux that almost all linux users use and changed it into something unrecognizable. udev is now built into systemd. The "udev install process" on Gentoo consists of building systemd, but only installing the udev portion. That's why the eudev fork. And some people are running with busybox/mdev in place of udev.

Then there's also dbus, which is being rammed into the kernel. Gnumeric was a great spreadsheet a couple of years ago. But now it's picking up GNOME dependancies all over the place, including dbus. And Skype now requires PulseAudio, another piece of crud from Lennart.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)