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Comment: Re:Now I Know... (Score 4, Insightful) 535

by rtb61 (#46753581) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Tell him that M$ have done the same old, same old, attempted to correct their failures in the cheapest way possible by shoving the cost back on consumers. Can't get the upgrade to work, suck it up, format, re-install, repatch, re-upgrade and repatch and the restore you back up data, don't have backups, M$ answer to you, well, that's your fault for trusting their software.

Comment: Re:Well, yeah (Score 1) 134

by rtb61 (#46745481) Attached to: Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

However the NSA's job is not criminal negligence. The NSA's, primary job is adherence to the constitution. When it finds a security flaw in systems which will affect it's fellow citizens it is required by law to either correct the flaw or make the public aware of that flaw so that they can correct it, it is criminally negilgent of them to find flaws and keep them secret so that they and any 'other' criminal agency both foreign and domestic may exploit them. Especially damning if they have evidence of the flaw being exploited and still fail to notify or protect it's victims. Basically the US government and all of it's agencies are now suspect and should not be involved in any security conferences, round tables et al as their contributions can no longer be trusted.

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 4, Interesting) 179

by rtb61 (#46745415) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Meh, I driven down thousands of kilometres of unlighted roadway, even unpaved roads, dodging roos and wombats like most Europeans would dodge rabbits. Simply adjust road speed to conditions. Road side illumination should be generally restricted to built up areas and be more about restricting nefarious activities rather than traffic safety.

Comment: Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (Score 2) 719

by rtb61 (#46738333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Lets be realistic, the nature of the collapse will drive everything that follows. So astronomical impacts similar to prior mass extinction events, well, random chance and how close to the point of impact will most drive those who survive and those that don't. Something slower and still of the astronomical variety passage through a dust cloud severely curtailing sunlight for a short period and then with a longer follow up period of diminished sunlight. In this case the biggest driver will not be individual skills but the core reality of humanity the ability of the society of which you are a part to care and share versus societies driven by selfishness and greed which will chew themselves apart like an ignorant school of piranha snapping chunks out of each other as their pond dries up in a drought.

So by far the most important skill, they ability to work cooperatively and empathetically share the survival experience and thus continue the society of which you are a part. No matter your skills, in collapse you are exposed to all the vagaries of existence, exposure to extreme weather events with no warning, bushfires, disease, a simple slip or trip leading to broken bones, venomous insects and reptiles and of course othe reptile brained survivors, with random circumstance of the encounter defining who lives and who dies.

What drives the ability of a society to survive, the ability to teach and learn. It is not your individual skills but the skills of the society as a whole and of which you are a part.

Comment: Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (Score 1) 111

by rtb61 (#46738263) Attached to: Racing To Contain Ebola

It will be a fine balancing act to ensure transport routes sea and air are cut off to prevent transmission of Ebola before it reaches out from less populated regions to major cities where direct contact between persons becomes possible, keeping in mind sneezing, transfer of perspiration from person to person in public transport systems and other transitory methods of transfer that can extend physical contact be actual direct physical contact.

So major cities throughout the world are under direct threat and likely acting early rather than latter in cutting off sources of infection would be far safer. Especially as under worsening circumstances, those who would risk everyone to save themselves become harder to contain, forcing extreme containment measures, as a result of attempting to apply containment during crisis rather than prior to crisis before chaos ensues.

Comment: Re:I don't think so... (Score 1) 75

by rtb61 (#46738227) Attached to: Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Occupy wall street left a lasting image of two things resistance and oppression. A reminder that we can resist and solid evidence that public expression of political dissent is being emphatically and violently being suppressed. Evil in the current US Federal administration as well as in State administrations was exposed for what it is, Uncle Tom Obama the choom gang coward could no longer hide behind the propaganda charade of the Fox not-News Empire and was exposed for who he really was, a corporate puppet that appointed the worst of the worst of corporate stooges to run corporate administration.

Consider Assange, Manning and Snowden as extensions of web based protest and you see the core of web based protest is the exposure of secrets and lies and the dissemination of that information to as wide a base as possible. The next step is to convert members of the public one by one, so that not matter how much money is spent on main stream marketing propaganda is has only minimal impact and no more idiot box victories.

So web based protests can win because they can and do strengthen democratic principles, they can and do support the truth and expose the lies and they do what protests (not riots) intend to do at there core, inform the wider public of a problem and it's cause.

When they fail due to autocratic suppression, they direct actions need to be taken to disrupt business as usual ie ignoring the will of the public, the majority, chiefly by the public, the majority refusing to support the minority by the elimination of the provision of services either directly or indirectly.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 589

A more simple explanation. Life forces stability out of chaos, so that out of chaos 'everything, everywhere, every when', you get 'something, somewhere, some when' because, you can never have nothing, nowhere, no when. Of course that could mean that chaos 'everything, everywhere, every when', is just a dimension away and there is a whole universe of life keeping it that way, both expressed and unexpressed.

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1109

by rtb61 (#46702925) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

You left out a bit, if the company hires a CEO of a specific racial/social profile that is publicly opposed to all other people not of the same racial/social profile and actively funds political campaigns political to deny rights to those people who not of the same racial/social profile, should that CEO step down when this becomes public knowledge. So not just the CEO race/social profile but the CEO racism/prejudice against those who do not share it, to the point of denial of rights to those who the CEO opposes. So no, not quite the same.

Comment: Re:criminals using fronts (Score 1) 230

by rtb61 (#46702847) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

More realistically, as a results of political appointees, government agencies were targeted all groups that opposed the current political parties administration propaganda, this under the excuse of political party mandate, a blatant lie. Politicians are elected to represent the public, not a mandate to rule. This idea of mandate to rule is to allow the stretch of opposing the current administration political party policy to become treason against the rulers of the country. In turn this extends to the corporate interests who funded the political parties and gave them the ability to target opposing groups regardless of the reason.

Comment: Re:I'll wait and see (Score 1) 117

by rtb61 (#46680351) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Completely the wrong direction. Google should place close attention to the success of galaxy, not bottom of the market but trying to provide the most possible at a competitive price. TV market, go with a dumb big screen display and full featured Android media centre, basically a compact quite desktop PC and in a tablet as a remote and you are done. This provides a design specification for manufactured to follow but leaves them what made Android a success on mobile phones, a price range of hardware to fill out that specification. From size of display, to power of Android media player and of course DVD, Blueray, HDisk, CPU, MEMORY. Now they can really stick it to M$ if they add in server features, email, web, file.

So not cheap but provide as much possible bang for buck and dont shy away from a complete system, including the display.

Comment: Re:Ah, antimatter (Score 2) 392

by rtb61 (#46680307) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?

Nope the simplest explanation is, it had to be either one or the other, complexity not altering the outcome. Take an coin toss a simple probability outcome, either heads or tails but the complexity of the event can be raised by many magnitudes of complexity and probability by not looking at whether the coin lands heads of tails, but at say how many calcium atoms will be scrapped from your thumb nail in the flipping action and be transferred to the surface where the coin lands. So both events occur simultaneously one the heads or tails, it has to be one or the other, very simple and the other the transfer of individual calcium atoms beyond our ability to accurately calculate now and will into the future (assuming we survive and escape psychopathic capitalism).

Comment: Re:Sand in our Brain (Score 1) 105

by rtb61 (#46680247) Attached to: Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

I think they have simply used a too dumbed down simile. Perhaps a better one would be a chain reaction with an catalytical agent. The chain reaction varies according to the catalysing agent or agents, whether internal bioelectrical stimuli, released hormones, drugs, dietary surges or direct physical stimulation. Also the current state of brain and the individual coincidental states of brain cells in molecular transition. So no simple sand pile.

Comment: Re:Freedom of Speech? (Score 1) 328

by rtb61 (#46673939) Attached to: Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

A whole lot of people have already discussed that, I prefer letter of the law as it is "blindly" and equally applied. If legislators are not happy with the outcome they simply have to attempt to rewrite the law until it matches their spirit or intent but is still equally applied as required by typical constitutions. I vehemently deny those who would apply interpretive legal opinion and categorically state that it is the antithesis of justice ie interpretive Islamic Sharia law (seriously is that what the hell you want). To state that one person in one court can give judgement of their personal opinion of the law and another person at another location can different opinion is the antithesis of justice, as those opinions can be bought and sold, as religious zealotry can affect them, as mood can affect them, as whether or not that person received sexual satisfaction the night before or not can affect them, etc, etc, etc. Take a long hard look at those images at the bottom of the article for Lady Justice and what they mean and why they are important.

Comment: Re: TCO (Score 0) 341

'Erm" you do realise I am simply quoting yourself back to you ""If you are giving any sort of legal advice based around the Sales of Goods Act, please fucking stop as you have proved that you know shit about the topic." and "You must be so warped with hatred, because your posts are starting to become incoherent.", 'er' keep up the good work ;D, "so even "sticking to legislation" shows you to be full of crap." 'er' You do realise a lawyers office is not a point of government legislation and "The framework agreement and the order had to be read together" a specific specification provided by the client and a contract directly relating to that agreement, not a general purchase or a post purchase EULA. So you didn't even stick to legislation but when to commentary about a case not even properly citing the case.

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