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Comment Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 2) 293

If I weren't an honest, god-mocking atheist, I'd be really tempted into selling online papal indulgences. But seeing as I'm a much better person without god than I ever was with a god belief, I'll just stick to mocking the religious's absurd assertions directly to their faces.

Comment Re:Satellites (Score 3, Interesting) 403

The 10,000 year clock? If they ever build it.... Although, there's certainly a chance that a satellite sufficiently high enough in altitude with durable solar panels etc. would stay in orbit much longer than 10,000 years, if not functional due to it's batteries going dead. Perhaps there's already a satellite up there that will turn back on if it's panels are exposed to sunlight even if it's batteries are dead. I wouldn't know.

Comment Re:Have you been the victim of recruiting spam? (Score 1) 227

They aren't actually offers. Nearly all of them are Companies who will ONLY hire H1B workers, and if you're a citizen AND honest, almost certainly don't have a chance at getting the job. They're just required to "look" for American workers before going the H1B slave route. The law doesn't strictly say that they can tailor their job opportunities to have practically unmeetable requirements, then email exactly what to input to trigger the system to the person they actually want to hire in India or wherever. This spam aren't offers, it's CYA bullshit that's required by law before the companies can have their slaves shipped over.

Comment Re:Just blacklist their mail servers (Score 1) 227

Wheeew, for a second there I thought you had inherited USD 12.53 Million dollars US, and that you very important tax reason to move your US 12.53 Million USD in USA so you could give me 150 USD US USA US Dollars money wiretransfer Western Union. But no. You were just complaining about how some guy you were fucking with ignored you and your shitty boss fired you for being ignored. XD

Comment Re:Bullets are OK, but... (Score 2) 247

Transparent aluminum like this stuff is basically sapphire/aluminosilicate glass. So it's a lot like pyrex except especially scratch resistant and hard. It's no more bendy than any other kind of strong glass material, and will shatter into big stabby pieces if stressed enough, although in their vacuum powder-sintering process, it looks like it might be more prone to chipping and ablating than outright shattering, since it's basically a wad of microscopic granules of glass melted together at the edges instead of a single piece of glass that was formed from continuous liquid.

Comment Re:Hasn't Google been doing that for a while now? (Score 2) 109

I just downloaded the win32 binary of youtube-dl and the ffmpeg win32 binary, stuck them in a folder, opened a cmd.exe there, dumped that test commandline in your post, all in windows, then opened the resulting webm into VLC 2.1.5 for windows. Works like a charm. Maybe VLC would work for you on Ubuntu? Maybe the default distro channel in the package manager has an older proven-stable version of VLC? You might need to get a more recent package. There's also the chance that the x86_64 version of VLC might not decode VP9 properly while the 32 bit version might.... I don't mess around with 64 bit codecs for the most part because half the clients I'd use them in choke on 64 bit codecs. At least they do in windows.

Comment Re:Horrible artifacts (Score 4, Insightful) 109

That doesn't prove anything. It could have had all those ringing and mosquito noise artifacts when it was uploaded, and the vp9 could be completely transparent. Since we can't see the original file uploaded there's no telling how good or bad VP9 actually is. For all we know, that file could've been encoded in MJPEG then uploaded. Those ringing artifacts are pretty common with JPEG DCT type compression.

Comment Re:Tracking (Score 5, Insightful) 569

That happy middle is called due diligence via police work. You don't send a swat team to do a detective's work, and that's exactly what more and more PDs are doing every day. It's a disgusting lack of intellectual effort on the part of the PDs, and exposes them for what they are: Soldier wannabes who are too cowardly to actually enlist.

Comment Re:Patience is the key (Score 4, Insightful) 129

the operator was excellent at following instructions and telling me what exactly he was seeing on the screen.

As someone fairly green on the helpdesk (just hit the 1 year mark), I must say that I appreciate ten times more a user who follows instructions and describes what's on their screen, than users who claim to be tech savvy, broke what they were working on, and can't seem to fix it themselves.

What I really hate are those users who never learned how to use their computer. They know how to operate one or two programs on the computer, but they always say "I'm not a computer person", and use that as an excuse for never learning the difference between the mouse, the monitor and the tower. The kinds of users who can't take instructions because they're unwilling to focus their eyes in unfamiliar territory on the the screen.

I'm fine with ignorance, ignorance can be fixed, and ignorance is honest. What I can't stand is when people call in asking for help, but refusing to say what they need help with, then when you pry it out of them, they refuse to follow the instructions you give them. Those are the worst users.

So yeah. Compassion is great. I do my level best every day to put myself in the users shoes, because I understand how stressful it is when your tools fail you. But there is certainly a point where the patience runs out, because someone who is asking for help (often demanding help) is not willing to be helped once they have my attention.

Comment Re:Failing as a math teacher (Score 2) 114

When I was in high school, I was very good at math but couldn't be bothered to actually apply myself and take the highest level classes. I picked up everything pretty quickly, and I remember it being hellish when the teacher would say "break into small groups." Nobody cared to actually do the work. Most of the time it would be me and 1 or 2 other people in the class who actually got the concept, and everyone else would beg us to let them just copy off of me. I never consciously let anyone copy off of me. Most of the time, the other people who got the concepts would let everyone copy off them though. To this day that kind of laziness sticks in my craw, and I simply refused to let people copy. I offered to re-teach the concepts one on one, with the stipulation that they teach what they learned one on one to the others. This made it so I only had to re-teach the class once, then I could do my own homework. It was nice in that I was recognized for my abilities, and I was a decent teacher. I'll be damned if my students just copy off of me, so I did my best to make them prove they could do the math along the way. I think the biggest problem was probably that none of my math teachers actually gave a damn about math. They were all football/basketball coaches, and teaching math was just their night job, really. So the jocks and the cheerleaders always got passing grades, (at least C-) and everyone was left to flounder, since the coaches were too busy chatting with their favorite quarterbacks, pointguards, and cheerleader captains.

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