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Comment Re:Here's what I heard: (Score 1) 81 81

It doesn't matter which is cheaper if Linux can only play a very small subset of the games. I certainly wouldn't spend $200+ on a video card and then limit myself in my game selection by refusing to spend an extra $100 on the OS.

It is not about the money. I do have Windows 7 installed on a partition.

I play games on Linux and it is a custom built computer with parts that were grabbed off the shelf without regards to Linux compatibility.

I have a GTX980, a 28 inch 4k monitor, an i7 4770, etc. Not the most expensive but certainly not cheap.

I still choose to play on Linux.

Apparently, according to Steam I am less than .01% of all gamers out there, but I do exist.

Why? I am tired of my devices doing things behind my back. Some devices give you the chance to control some of their nasty behavior if you hunt down the option, but all commercial software has behavior that I find reprehensible.

It is funny that Ubuntu tries to follow along with that mess and that Redhat tries to do vendor lock-in. What a wasteland. Modern computing is just terrible.

Comment Re:Cruise control (Score 1) 157 157

I am still trying to figure out why all of those things that you mention require a remote connection or need to be tied in to the "entertainment" system. There should be zero possibility that "remote" commands could be sent to any of those systems. I would go so far as to say those circuits should all be encased in a faraday cage to prevent the circuits themselves from acting like an antenna.

For myself, I am pretty happy with many of the advances; however, I have had issues with drive-by-wire throttles and would hate to see a similar problem with drive-by-wire brakes. Some, dare I say most, of the systems on a vehicle should have a mechanical linkage to fall back on.

Comment Re:Why we should go there (Score 1) 248 248


Well, because if we get used to doing such things, they become easier to do when it is important.

Why exercise? It is a pure waste of energy.

"We" need to get off of this planet. If not now, when? I am willing to bet then, it will be too late.

Comment Re:already late (Score 2) 248 248

"It gets pennies compared to orgs who want to ensure that some mole that no one has ever heard of remains protected."

The EPA has less than half the budget of NASA. "Beggar thy neighbor" is a sucker's game.

LOL. Odd, I thought he was talking the CIA/NSA budgets. It is weird how the same words can be perceived differently by different people.

Comment Re:Works for me - whatever that is worth (Score 1) 136 136

For regular mail, I'm like you guys, Google's spam filtering does a fantastic job. I never check my spam folder any more, unless I'm expecting an email and it doesn't arrive, but it's been ages since I had a false positive.

I will check my spam folder from time to time just to see what kind of spam is out there. I always like the 419 style scams. I rarely, very rarely, find any real mail in the spam folder. In fact, the few times I have found real mail in the spam folder, it was spammy in nature not a true communication that I valued.

Really, kudos to the Google spam team.

Comment Re:This doesn't surprise me One bit... (Score 1) 173 173

I hope you did not buy the vehicle that you are having problems with. If so, I would seriously looking at returning it for a full refund as defective merchandise.

I am guessing all new cars are off the list now. GM has OnStar, Ford has shit that remembers where you drive, and Chrysler has buggy, remotely exploitable software. All of them have stuff that let's someone else control your vehicle.

What the fuck? Who would buy something like that? Perhaps the consumer just does not know...

Comment Re:Holy Jebus (Score 1) 220 220

But even at 80% in-house at SpaceX, looks like that remaining 20% still bit them : Seriously, failing at 1/5th the rated failure value? The vendor might as well have given them a cardboard cutout with the word "strut" written on it in sharpie.

Indeed. I wonder if SpaceX can sue the supplier? I wonder what the contract terms were.

Comment Re:Update slow ... (Score 1) 319 319

Updating from daily builds? Hobby OS.

Upgrading to new OS immediately after release? Thanks for finding all those zero-day exploits and rare bugs for the rest of us when we eventually upgrade.

Applying ONLY critical patches, and even then only when thoroughly vetted? You're using your computer to do actual work, and can't afford downtime.

Odd. My update patterns do not fit on your axis.

I furiously update and live on the bleeding edge until I find something that works well and the way I would like it to work. I then only update for security purposes or because the software will not run anymore due to changing hardware (X64) or changing software environment (GLIBC).

In other words, what you are saying is most important you, stability, is not what is most important to me, usability. What is most important to a person will determine that person's update patterns.

For others, it is familiarity instead of stability or usability. That is why I find your axis to be limited.

Comment Re:Old people are more susceptible to scams (Score 1) 176 176

I grew up way before the Internet became a reality to the wide world. Scams are scams. "On the internet" is not enough to garner a patent, it is not enough to garner a new name for an old art: Scam.

If you can fall for a scam on the Internet, you can fall for one through plain old snail mail. The Internet just makes communications quicker and exposure more likely.

Comment Re:And as usual, Slashdot commenters miss the poin (Score 2) 280 280

Instead, the point is that there exists a systematic, cultural, and longstanding bias against encouraging and fostering scientific and mathematical proficiency in female students

Fuck you. Prove it. I am sick of this shit. When I went to school way way way back in the mists of time, girls were encouraged over boys. My own son dealt with this shit too... and yet girls are STILL not at the top of the heap.

Stop abusing boys. You can not force girls to be on top of the heap... and this is nature: There will be a heap. Deal with it asshole. All you are doing is creating misogyny.

Comment Re:Is it still green if you drive it like a superc (Score 1) 171 171

If you are going to be driving wastefully, doing it as efficiently as possible still makes sense.

I *WANT* one of these. Madly and desperately. Tesla heard my only objection left: All Wheel Drive. I have been maneuvering my finances to buy one since the AWD version came out. Now, I am almost willing to mortgage my soul to get one of these. (I would definitely NOT mortgage my soul, it is a figure of speech designed to show how much I want one of these.)

Comment Re:Statistics need verifying (Score 1) 212 212

every year there are close to 140,000 jobs requiring a CS degree, but only 40,000 U.S. college graduates major in CS, which means that 100,000 positions go unfilled by domestic talent

Is this statistic really true? Are those 140,000 net new jobs, or just job openings that exist for some period of time during the year?

If it were true, wages would be sky high. Ipso facto, it is not true.

Comment Re:Do your part nerds! (Score 1) 283 283

Uninstall Flash. Just stop using it. Encourage your friends to do the same.

I uninstalled it a couple months ago. I no longer have to worry about updating it or being exposed to the vast amount of vulnerabilities - it should be clear to everyone by now that it is a /major/ vector for infection.

Only a few months ago? At least you removed it... I removed flash from all of my computers back in 2009. I was responsible for vulnerability analysis and noticed that every month, there was at least one vulnerability for flash and another for java. I removed both.

I bought a laptop in 2013 that had Windows 8 on it. The very first thing I did was start patching it and downloading updates. It did not matter, I got a virus less than 4 hours after starting the patching process. How? Through a flash plugin that was not installed in such a way that I could even see that it existed.

I formatted the drive with a vengeance and installed Arch Linux on it... which it is still running to this day. Flash can burn in hell as can Windows 8.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?