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Comment: a solid business model helps. (Score 2) 81 81

by nimbius (#50016443) Attached to: How IKEA Patched Shellshock
if its anything like my general Ikea experience, im sure the security ops team was handed a cardboard box labelled "Schelli schocc" with a 7 page manual full of bloated looking stick figures and a tiny hex wrench. they were then left to figure it out over a long night of busted knuckles and impromptu invented curse words. by dawn, either the prod environement passed a nessus scan or theyd built a bed...or both.

Comment: human evolution finds a way. (Score 5, Funny) 46 46

by nimbius (#50013907) Attached to: The Real-Life Dangers of Augmented Reality
As a researcher I can confirm this augmented reality threat is limited to a small minority of individuals. Peripheral vision, for example, has been entirely advanced out of the human genome for the average New Jersey driver. While judgements in relative motion are key for some individuals, the average floridian will be keen to realize movement, perceived or not, is irrelevant on highway 27 as the road itself seems to be immune to the passage of time while in a motor vehicle. Californians should not concern themselves with wearable technology and its impact upon vision and cognitive processes related to distance, as the technology will almost certainly be obsolete by the time they exit the 405 freeway.

Comment: a hollow gesture from the cloistered elite (Score -1) 223 223

by nimbius (#50012239) Attached to: Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables
Elon musk is building a space program and Bill Gates is fixing climate change. These are tactical and purile solutions to what amounts to a strategic problem that affects every person on the planet. Instead of pining for vainglorious deliverance from our greatest problems by the monied plutocracy, we need to address the actual issue. In many cases the very people who propose to solve these kinds of problems are in fact causing them.
climate change skepticism and denial is outrightly perpetrated by multinational oil and gas conglomerates with a vested disinterest in additional regulation and scrutiny of their investments and businesses. Bill gates funds them, quixotically, as he attempts to deep drinkly from the chalice of social welfare and altruistic good. initiatives to staunch additional investment into nasa and bleed dry the FDA, EPA, and FDC are backed, largely, by generous hedge fund and public investmet that arrives from the cauffers of people like Mr. Gates. Bill is never directly troubled by any of this, as most groups like alec and americans for prosperity dont need to divulge their donors, among which are Gates' own investment targets.

Its also incredibly egotistical. things like NASA, Kyoto, and environmental trusts as well as the EPA were all created to circumvent a single donors limited legacy. Once Bill is gone from this earth, his wealth will be divested and his future heirs will likely quietly mothball their fathers once glorious end-of-life decision to cure the world of global warming in favour of perhaps another yacht or mansion.

Comment: no ones really winning. (Score 4, Interesting) 182 182

by nimbius (#50011497) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet
Online media has, like a meth junkie at a desert party, overdosed itself. The average slate or buzzfeed is a rats nest of unrelated yet increasingly predatory advertising that saps bandwidth and kills the user experience waiting for everyhting from monolithic flash ads to autoplay html5 elements to load. even your local newspaper is taking advantage of this to hose you for cash payments you wont make to read their clickbait articles that are written at the 4th grade level.

And what is this television thats slowly weaning itself off advertising? Watching Van Helsing in my hotel room I was treated to a 3 hour movie padded with advertising for everything from pain pills to fried chicken and cars. some ads even came back-to-back for the same damn product. television is rehabing from ads like a crack addict rehabs at the family reunion with a rail of white lightning in the bathroom. And dont think this excuses you, blu-ray and DVD titles are just as much television as the average CW network after school highly sensored puritanical life lesson sitcom. I have 12 to 20 minutes of un-skippable content in each of these disks where 10 years ago i was promised this wasnt ever going to happen. Im forced to watch advertisements and previews for products i dont give a shit about, just so i can get to the movie that includes (surprise) more product placement. Does anyone remember Oreo-bot from the transformers?

The only change in televisions model has been taking credit cards for things other than the ronco electric food dehydrator or the jack lalane power juicer. the guide feature in most provider services at the 1080p level still includes a myriad of floating chyron ads for weight loss and dick pills. buying anything pay-per-view will immediately forward your personal information to nearly two dozen affiliate advertisers and merchants. its a horrendous pain in the ass. And if you dont like it? two words: Its Comcastic.

cable and television service providers not only insult your intelligence and dignity but take it as a personal act of blasphemy if you try to cancel. simply calling up, youll be asked a phonebook of personal and insulting questions about your service and your personal likes and dislikes. its not the callcenters fault, some seersucker clad golfbag toting used car salesman marketing drone decided it was going to be a great idea to force the callcenter to carpet bomb customers in whats known as 'customer retention.' tactics.

the only thing this article isnt mentioning is that adblock is still a very real and useful thing, and that everything on television inevitably shows up on torrent.

Comment: bit coin doesn't solve the strategic issue. (Score 5, Insightful) 311 311

by nimbius (#50010973) Attached to: Greek Financial Crisis Is an Opportunity For Bitcoin
The greek financial crisis was brought on by a neoliberal government that promised the moon and stars, never collected tax, and drove itself into bankruptcy by securing loans (some predatory) that it could never repay. 23 years of national economic policy are coming home to roost, much as they did in the united states during the housing collapse, except the frameworks are radically different.

Greeks aren't generally accustomed to paying tax. Free medical and social services, some wildly more generous than the average western nation, are normatives they enjoy, and expect to enjoy regardless of income. shifting greece from a two decade model of tax evasion to even moderate tax reform will be met with cars burning in the streets because the average greek voter isn't privy to the fact that the government, in order to remain popular and in power, basically spent itself into oblivion.

exiting the euro may be the cure. Greece seems to be a country that doesn't consider capitalism in the western sense. theyve shunned the world bank strategies of privatized education and water. Evergrowing GDP. endless investment, and cloistered monied elite don't necessarily factor into the countries priorities. It will be a hard road for greece because many other nations will be very reticent to trade after an exit, but it will also afford numerous opportunities for local industry to emerge and thrive.

Comment: no, just stop. (Score 4, Informative) 210 210

by nimbius (#49994391) Attached to: Lenovo Could Remake the ThinkPad X300 With Current Technologies

Imagine a blue enter key, 7 row classic keyboard, 16:10 aspect ratio screen, multi-color ThinkPad

so, Imagine IBM. This won't happen, and not because of cost or market, but because Lenovo has betrayed its actual intent as a profiteering multinational. Superfish should be all the average slashdotter needs to know about this company to arrive at the inevitable conclusion that lenovo is committed to realizing a captive audience and perpetual marketing revenue stream through their hardware. The only reason superfish was stopped was because lenovo got caught, not because they cared about what you think or how you approach general purpose computing.

brand me a nihilist but commodity computing is dead. Dell, HP, and even apple all do the same marketing and targeted advertising song and dance. if its not bloatware its shady 'privacy settings' in the OS that are disabled by default. most laptops are nothing more than 20 gigs of branded content and apps store turd polishing. desktops are the literal epitome of the cheapest chinese plastic that can be extruded into peripheral and PCB form, combined with a disingenuous and underhanded disrespect for the users intelligence. restore partitions replaced media and the average consumer started getting coddled at the 4th grade level for everything from return and repairs to power user options and even system administration.

build your own. pick an OS you like that helps you do what you want, not what some think tank in a conference room whiteboarded. And as for lenovo, you can have my full size aluminum tower when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Comment: I own a qihoo router (Score 5, Funny) 207 207

as a qihoo wireless model 32 router owner I can say this is being completely blown out of proportion. my router has 6 very clearly labeled settings besides 'pregnant woman' mode and the article mentions nothing about them. Qihoo users like myself typically prefer to keep the router in 'surly wombat' mode to ensure best communication with devices that may be situated between an agitated or unruly wombat (as mine typically can be.) When i have company over I might set the router on 'roger whittaker' mode, which enables it to automatically emit up to 44 different songs from mellow folk sensation Roger Wittaker. You can even control time of day with different settings...for example around dinnertime ill set the router to 'defrost-reheat' which increases power levels accordingly and allows me to thaw and cook up to 15 pounds of turkey in my living room. And i challenge anyone to find a better mode than 'depeche' mode, which activates both gloomy QoS and tortured soul packet conditioning.

Comment: this thing comes and goes. (Score 1) 812 812

In the carolinas and most of the south, this star spangled rag does a disappearing act every 2-3 years. Governors demand it removed and champion equality/unity. successors have it reinstated and champion heritage and history. its removal is about as permanent as the debt ceiling and it in no way addresses the core issue:

in 1865 a band of wealthy plutocrats refused to give up the concept of owning people as pets and cattle. they were so ardently committed to slaves they invented concepts like 3/5ths of a man and an entire caste system of inferiority to justify this system. it worked to prevent poor white sharecroppers form colluding with blacks, but it also kept the federal government from really bothering with the whole thing until it was legitimately scrutinized. 150 years later after a crushing civil war loss, civil rights amendment loss, interracial marriage equality loss, equal housing opportunity HUD loss, equal employment opportunity loss, and an intractable legacy of hate and misery toward blacks, the south is grappling with the seemingly incomprehensible intolerance and disgust for their flag by a majority of americans that no longer care to quietly pretend 13 states are just 'racist' and thats okay. The problem is a neoconservative theocratic moral and ethical sewer culture that feigns patriotism whenever its challenged and cries bloody murder at the very thought of putting its money where its southern hospitality mouth so readily rests.

we have held your hand long enough. Gay marriage, women's healthcare, minority rights, and the abortion debate have all been settled for you by a majority of your peers.

Comment: simple, effective solution for the office. (Score 1) 244 244

by nimbius (#49985053) Attached to: High-Fat, High-Sugar Diet Can Lead To Cognitive Decline
As a committed member of the management team working to facilitate synergy in my group, it disturbed me to learn the delicious donuts and cookies id been bringing to work each friday morning for my team were in fact turning them into knuckle dragging dullards. The crisp crullers and warm cheese danishes that melt in the mouth were stymying their creativity. Action had to be taken and being an ITIL six sigma pirouette jolliette corvette and pork chop marionette certified manager I had to facilitate this actionable the only way I knew how.

Instead of sickening sweets and donuts, I've changed things up. Each friday morning I treat my team to delicious asparagus and baked beans. The beans I'm told provide powerful protein and nutrition, while the asparagus is good for the mind and helps regulate glucose and blood pressure. I only wish the facilities team could get on the bandwagon and start eating healthier. Maybe then they would be able to make some progress on their continuous restroom repair that seems to have lasted for nearly a month now.

Comment: oh such a disconnect (Score 4, Interesting) 167 167

by nimbius (#49978253) Attached to: Elon Musk Probably Won't Be the First Martian

but I dont have faith in Congress to fund them.

Then you have no one to blame but yourself. Congress can't approve or even discuss meaningful tax and funding increases to NASA because lobbyists and networks of nonprofits like ALEC work around the clock to justify gutting it and other programs meaningful and important to advancing mankind. These nonprofits get their cash and impetus from people like you, and others whom for which taxation at any level is simply outrageous and not to be tolerated.

You're one man, Elon. Organized systems like NASA are designed to circumvent the single point of failure. Once you shuffle off this mortal coil, your estate will likely take great pains to eliminate this whimsical space travel endeavor of yours and instead re-invest the money into something like oil or war machines, focusing solely on their own profit. If you want to help, if your dream is space and not some aggrandized ego stroke, then you fund nasa and make mars a reality for everyone.

Comment: makes sense. (Score 1) 190 190

by nimbius (#49947639) Attached to: IMAX Tries To Censor Ars Technica Over SteamVR Comparison
disclaimer:im not your lawyer.
for those outside the states copyright here is taken incredibly seriously as im sure we're all well aware. If your name becomes a commonplace descriptor it can lose its trademark status entirely. for example, if everyone started saying " I need to pepsi jim about the proposal" or "I cant pepsi this document outside the firewall" then pepsi would lose that trademark. Better examples are in the case of Kleenex and velcro, who sat around until their trademarks became ubiquitous references to a process or commonplace task. IMAX is working to prevent their technology from being relegated to a vague descriptor of large size and high quality.

Comment: im sure routines would get interesting (Score 3, Funny) 59 59

by nimbius (#49947541) Attached to: Orbiting 'Rest Stops' Could Repair Crumbling Satellites
Resurs-P No.2 Can we stop at a rest stop
russian space agency you just stopped like 2 days ago....
Resurs-P No.2 yeah but i have to go again...
russian space agency fine Resurs-P No.2 but make it quick you need to be on the other side of the planet soon...
NOAA-4 SATCOM!!! NOAA-16 wont stop touching me.
stcom: NOAA-16 stay on your side of the orbit.
stcom no you orbit the poles you'll be there in another hour or so. just be quiet
NOAA-19 my Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectral Radiometer is sore can we stop at a rest stop
stcom damnit NOAA-19 not until you stream the rest of your data.

Comment: predictable reactionaries. (Score 0) 609 609

by nimbius (#49944645) Attached to: Privately Owned Armored Trucks Raise Eyebrows After Dallas Attack
As a supervillain I for one am appalled by this. Armored trucks have always been a private citizens right. whats next? we're going to call into question the dazzling array of flamethrowers and toxic gas rocket launchers theyre equipped with? insufferable. I remember the city council (may they rest in peace) raised a fit after I constructed an army of armored tanks programmed to autonomously roam the streets in search for violators of my holy curfew as their new godking. But, and stay with me here, are we really going to let a bunch of bureaucrats dictate our freedoms? our rights? This country was founded on the principle of liberty and by god (plauthar the vengeful, as has been decreed) I as a private citizen should be allowed to build and command my unstoppable aramda of highly lethal airships to blanket the cities and darken the skies in my mission to root out the uncleansed. Its my american dream, nay, my soverign duty to continue construction of the fifth of my 32 story tall octoped cybernetic death harbingers to scour both mountain and sea for the jade sepulchre of the crest of immortality. What would our founding fathers (not the ones that I've reanimated and chained to the 4 beacons of unholy light in what was once syberia) think of this today.

Comment: not many tears if it is. (Score 2, Insightful) 250 250

by nimbius (#49939037) Attached to: Is Microsoft's<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Ecosystem On the Decline?
.net was microsofts misguided attempt to staunch bleeding from open source competitors and recover from the increasingly drunken shit show that was ActiveX. The idea being that while most of the technology existed under Apache 2.0 license, the core redistributed package was proprietary. In typical day-late-dollar-short microsoft fashion the whole thing was hinged on a JIT compiler (because Java in 2002 was a godsend of speed and stability) and came with C++ support in 2005 (more than 20 years after the language was written...nice) via visual studio. Redmond still had a problem though, and that was without a proprietary language, the framework was pointless because C and company were all well known and reasonably portable languages that didnt net any extra cash to Microsoft. So borne of a committee C# came to be, and for many moons C# was wedged into most code shops the same way any other microsoft technology gets there: License bundles. You see programmers were writing plenty of windows software on windows machines, and compiling in windows, but discounts to licenses for the desktop OS the greybeards use was hinged upon accepting free licenses for .NET and the new C# visual studio compiler. Management, ever needful to maximize value, prevented their bosses from yelling at them and in turn started most projects down the intractable cobblestone back alley we know today as .net.

What made matters worse for everyone was now microsoft had an underhanded way to slash the tires of its competitors. If your software beat the pants off Microsoft they might buy it, but if you didnt sell and they knew you wrote C# they used the proprietary compiler against you and simply reimplemented your software with undocumented methods and subroutines that ran faster than yours. Theyd sit out your litigation until you folded, buy up your shop for cheap, and with a few modifications rebrand your application as a microsoft component.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers