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Comment: Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 1) 278

by sexconker (#48190817) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Another reason to favor the female of a species for an extended space mission involving possible settlement(s) is the total waste of resources to ship a living male for reproductive purposes.

Literally millions of diverse fathers can be shipped in much smaller containers requiring minimal upkeep.

You can do the same with eggs. Your breeding capacity is going to be limited by the resources available, then the wombs (real or artificial) available, then the care takers available, and lastly the sperm/eggs available. You're arguing for shipping more women than men in order to support breeding, but you've got to deal with the massive amounts of supplies to send for X people + breeding before you deal with the gender ration of X.

Comment: Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 1) 278

by sexconker (#48190793) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Send amputees missing their legs. Legs are dead weight in space. You can maneuver in zero G with just your arms.

StarFox pilots have their legs cut off so they can fit into the cockpits of the Arwings and to prevent blackouts in high-acceleration maneuvers.
Go look at the original box art and manuals if you don't believe me. They've all got mechanical prosthetics.

Comment: Re:Are people still going to buy this thing? (Score 1) 75

by sexconker (#48172951) Attached to: Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

It'll be interesting to see how the general public's trust pans out over this thing. Do they take Kickstarter's cancellation as a red flag or are they so desperate for a easily-configurable Tor router that they'll pay whoever they can for it. Even if that means trusting these assholes vs. their ISPs.

Neither - their interest was enough to get them click on the button on the Kickstarter they were linked to, but their interest is not enough to get them to go to some other site, fill out payment info, and hope for the best.

Kickstarter works because:
There's a single site with tons of people on it who would otherwise never visit or .
It's a single click to pledge your cash for a specific reward.
Backers know that they have the option to cancel their pledge at the 11th hour. This safety encourage people to pledge when they're only slightly interested, and limited rewards encourages them to do it early, generating hype.

There's a reason the vast majority of Kickstarters are extremely front-loaded - people don't want to be left out of the next big thing. I would see more value in the Kickstarter model, and trust it more, if projects were posted before funding opened. This would allow for comments, questions, and updates before the bandwagon gets rolling. Then a limited funding period (7-10 days?) would commence where people could fund the thing. Right now everything is driven by hype and impulse. This is, of course, what project creators and Kickstarter itself want, so it's not going to change.

Comment: Hungry in Italics, Fuck Kickstarter (Score 1) 75

by sexconker (#48172897) Attached to: Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

I'm not hungry for "easy-to-use technology that encrypts and anonymizes all personal internet traffic", nor am I hungry for it.

If you want to encrypt traffic then set up secure keys (OFFLINE) with the hosts you wish to communicate with. Use whatever you want for keys - certificates (NOT FROM THE ESTABLISHED CERTIFICATE AUTHORITIES), passwords, RSA clocks, OTPs, or scans of your genitals.

If you want to anonymize your traffic, then use someone else's connection, changing your MAC every time you do so. Try to use multiple different connections in different locations. Try to use locations away from your house. Do not travel to said locations in a way that can easily be tracked (your cell phone, your car, etc.).

Tor, proxies, certs from the established authorities, etc. are nothing but annoying obfuscation to the NSA and similar entities. There is no easy way to be secure and there never will be. Unless you have physical control over the entire pipe, you cannot trust the connection. End of story.

Beyond that, fuck Kickstarter. I haven't seen a useful one yet.

Comment: Re:Fission is Dead (Score 2) 214

by sexconker (#48172773) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

So far every "inherently impossible" to meltdown design has been proven to be susceptible. The pebble reactors were meltdown-proof, until it was shown that the pebbles will, over time, change in a way that would eventually guarantee a meltdown, shortening the useful life, and greatly increasing the risk.

We've heard it before. So why should we believe it this time?

Of course, the proponents claim the problems are overblown, but nobody wants to find out. The only approved reactor was put on permanent hold. So we may never find out for sure.

Engineers rarely use the word "impossible". With your standards, we'd never build another boat.

Comment: Pollyanna (Score 0) 214

by sexconker (#48172687) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

I believe the morning sun's
Always gonna shine again and
I believe a pot of gold
Waits at every rainbow's end, oh
I believe in roses kissed with dew,
Why shouldn't I believe the same in you?

I believe in make believe,
Fairy tales and lucky charms and,
I believe in promises,
Spoken as you cross your heart, oh,
I believe in skies forever blue,
Why shouldn't I believe the same in you?

You may say I'm a fool,
Feelin' the way that I do
You can call me Pollyanna,
Say I'm crazy as a loon,
I believe in silver linings
And that's why I believe in you

I believe there'll come a day,
Maybe it will be tomorrow,
When the bluebird flies away,
All we'll have to do is follow,
I believe that dreams can still come true,
Why shouldn't I believe the same in you?

You may say I'm a fool,
Feelin' the way that I do,
I believe in friends and laughter
And the wonders love can do,
I believe in songs and magic
And that's why I believe in you
You may say I'm a fool,
Feelin' this way about you,
There's not much I can do,
I'm gonna be this way my life through
'Cause I still believe in miracles,
I swear I've seen a few
And the time will surely come
When you can see my point of view,
I believe in second chances
And that's why I believe in you

Comment: Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by sexconker (#48170933) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

What's wrong with Wayland that Mir fixes?
What else does Mir bring to the table that would make people use it over Wayland?
What is preventing Wayland from improving over the next 2 years?

If you want people to click on, read, and discuss articles, Slashdot, you should have articles worth clicking on, reading, and discussing.

I read TFA. Nothing in it answers the questions I have, not even the answer to the same fucking question that the interviewer had.

So that’s looking at Mir in relation to X. The obvious question is comparing Mir to Wayland – so what is it that Mir does, that Wayland doesn’t?

This might sound picky, but we have to distinguish what Wayland really is. Wayland is a protocol specification which is interesting because the value proposition is somewhat difficult. You’ve got a protocol and you’ve got a reference implementation. Specifically, when we started, Weston was still a test bed and everything being developed ended up in there.

No one was buying into that; no one was saying, “Look, we’re moving this to production-level quality with a bona fide protocol layer that is frozen and stable for a specific version that caters to application authors”. If you look at the Ubuntu repository today, or in Debian, there’s Wayland-cursor-whatever, so they have extensions already. So that’s a bit different from our approach to Mir, from my perspective at least.

There was this protocol that the Wayland developers finished and back then, before we did Mir and I looked into all of this, I wrote a Wayland compositor in Go, just to get to know things.

Comment: Re:Thunderbolt (Score 1) 352

by sexconker (#48170125) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

First of all, Firewire was never able to transfer arbitrary PCI traffic, thus you couldn't use it to attach external PCI/PCIe devices to your portable device. When PCIe "extender" solutions became available, they were expensive and bulky. The connectors were huge, and the cable thick, and sometimes it would just refuse to work in a particular setup. Thunderbolt provides this kind of functionality on a manageable, off-the-shelf interconnect that you can buy in nearby Walmart. A brand name thunderbolt single x16 PCIe card cage runs about $500, and you can buy off-brand ones for half that. This lets you pull off stunts like adding two graphics cards to your laptop. I'd say calling it a "bigger flop than firewire" is borderline trolling.

Connecting "directly" to PCIe for expansion/extension purposes is setting the clock 10 years back - if you have any PCIe to attach to begin with. Fewer and fewer laptops have expressCard slots, and some high end laptops rightfully (IMHO) got rid of them. I don't really miss expressCard on MacBooks. Thunderbolt is much easier to deal with.

Compare the adoption rate of firewire vs the adoption rate of Thunderbolt across peripherals.
Firewire was much more successful, and had an actual use at the time - it was much faster than USB when USB was a bottleneck for common uses.
Thunderbolt is faster than USB, but USB 3 and USB 3.1 are not bottlenecks for common uses. For high-demand uses, you should be using something like DisplayPort or PCIe, both of which are faster and cheaper (from controller to cable to licensing) than Thunderbolt.

I don't think you understand how Thunderbolt works - it's a controller that attaches directly to PCIe and then wraps some protocol shit around it so it can shunt USB, Ethernet, etc. over a single pipe. I would prefer to go over PCIe without Thunderbolt every single time.

Comment: Re:Thunderbolt (Score 1) 352

by sexconker (#48170065) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

A $30 cable, expensive Thunderbolt chipset, expensive peripherals, and you won't be getting actual 10 Gbps full duplex Ethernet through Thunderbolt, nor will it work a damn without an actual 10 Gbps Ethernet controller somewhere in the system.
Keep on keepin' on, though.

Does being stupid come with being an Apple-Hater, or did you pay extra?

Having a fucking brain necessitates being a Mac hater. If you think you're getting anything near the capabilities for full duplex 10 Gbps Ethernet over Thunderbolt without a true 10 Gbps Ethernet controller in the system, you're a damned fool. If you do have a 10 Gbps Ethernet controller in the system, just use it directly.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau