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Comment: Re:This won't stop until we are in chains (Score 1) 130

While I can see the temptation, it isn't going to work so well. That war was of states verses states, with access to military hardware on both sides. A revolution in the US today would consist of semi-organised armies of volunteers with rifles verses a government with long-range artillery, bomber aircraft, advanced intelligence-gathering equipment and much more powerful fully-automatic assault rifles.

Erm, yeah. So how did less than a thousand Islamic State "fighters" just defeat a state (Iraq) sponsored force 10 times their size when the state sponsored force has all of the stuff you seem so fearful of? You seem to think it will be a simple us vs them battle whereas the truth is that the "us" and "them" are both part of the same government. You do not think that some general will command his people to defend citizens from a government assault or that some FBI analyst might pass information about upcoming ops to the rag-tag bunch of high school students fighting for freedom in the foothills of Colorado? Etc etc. The personal weapons are just a prerequisite.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

by strikethree (#48185771) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Why couldn't they have hit the sweet spot - 5", 1080p, and focused on camera quality & battery life?

Erm... My Nexus 5 is about 5 inches. It has 1080p. The camera seems pretty good. If my phone idles for 14 hours is still has 93% battery left.

Isn't the Nexus 5 what you really want? It is dirt cheap too.

Comment: Re:I don't get the rage (Score 1) 238

by strikethree (#48184625) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

I for one have decided to 'check-out' from games; I'm no longer spending any money on games with anyone for anything. I'm not pushing a boycott, I've just decided that the well has been so poisoned, that I don't want to be supporting anyone with my custom.

Just play games. Ignore them. Do what YOU want to do. Just play games. You are in control of your life, not them. They are outside. You are inside. Just play games.

Fuck 'em.

Comment: Re:Don't bother with AP CS (Score 1) 144

One of the best things about AP Computer Science is that you get some good experience with recursion, inheritance, interfaces, class design --- more advanced topics that you might not encounter as a self-educated programmer

As a self taught programmer, some of the most enlightening things I learned were algorithms and data structures. These are the ones generally missed by many of the self taught people that I have met. No, Big O notation has nothing to do with Office Space and Jennifer Aniston while Red and Black trees have nothing to do with Christmas.

I did not, and still do not really like recursion, but I do find tail recursion useful at times. Very elegant. Object Oriented stuff... is useful but I prefer to stay in C and ASM and use function pointers instead of strictly defined objects.

Comment: Re:More information: (Score 1) 151

by strikethree (#48148023) Attached to: Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

Can you imagine if we put the war on drugs budget against fusion power instead? If we had started 40 years ago we might already have it.

Control of people is more important than control of energy. I feel certain the rulers of this world would be happy to go back to stone age living conditions if the alternative would mean losing control.

Comment: Re:What makes you think (Score 1) 174

by strikethree (#48147531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

Nope. If I am understanding the situation correctly, there is only one connection from his server at the datacenter to the Battlefield server. The "duplicate" streams are handled before they ever leave his own datacenter server. I see no reason why this could not be accomplished since he controls both endpoints... but AFAIK, he would need to write his own networking stack. It seems that what he wants is a bit outside of the protocol specs and can not be handled "automatically".

Comment: Re:Inaccurate headline (Score 1) 238

by strikethree (#48147273) Attached to: Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

This is a documentation failure. They're fixing the documentation. For anyone who would actually care about perfect accuracy in these kinds of operations, there are any number of different solutions to achieve the desired, more accurate result.

http://hardware.slashdot.org/c... argues directly against your dismissive attitude.

Comment: Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (Score 1) 238

by strikethree (#48147185) Attached to: Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

I'm a maths graduate. I'll tell you now that I wouldn't rely on a FPU instruction to be anywhere near accurate. If I was doing anything serious, I'd be plugging into Maple, Matlab, Mathematica and similar who DO NOT rely on hardware instructions.

I am a terrorist. I am designing the detonator for a bomb with a nuclear yield. I absolutely need those instructions to be in hardware so my calculations can finish before the heat death of the universe. Your software math programs fail at that.

Comment: America (Score 1) 478

by strikethree (#48146847) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

International groups wanted the U.S. to step in sooner to help fight the outbreak in west Africa

What the fuck? Why not ask Russia, Japan, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, etc to step in and stop the outbreak? Why America? Why not someone else? Is Sweden or the UK lacking in medical knowledge? Is it about money? China has none? Is it about personnel? India doesn't have people?

Seriously, why call on America when everyone knows how evil and totalitarian America is? I just do not get it. On one hand, we get, "Get away from us. You are evil." and on the other hand, we have, "Hey, we know you are nice guys. Can you help us?"

Really? If you shit on someone, don't go asking them for help afterwards. America should not help, but America is better than that and will help anyways.

Comment: Re:Never forget (Score 1) 716

by strikethree (#48137847) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

No, children, the trolls were not here first. Some of us remember that human beings inhabited the Internet before the Eternal September.

WTF are you talking about? Trolling was a high art long before Eternal September. I recall seeing some pretty incredible trolling on Usenet long before the AOL masses were unleashed onto the Internet.

Comment: Re:Very easy to solve (Score 1) 179

by strikethree (#48128021) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

You cannot ever prove that the NSA (or whichever agency) does not snoop

Erm, the reason the NSA is an issue is because it is part of the one of the very few governments on the planet that did NOT snoop on your internet traffic as a matter of course.

In other words, if you are from a non-Western country, it is guaranteed that your packets are being snooped and your traffic analyzed at all times. Even many Western nations do not explicitly guarantee that your packets are not snooped.

Ultimately, nobody should have EVER trusted that their communications were not being snooped regardless of where they are from. People have an unyielding need to snoop on others. Governments are uniquely placed to do such things, but you can bet your ass that private entities are doing what they can to snoop on your packets (and anything else you do!) as surely as governments are.

Comment: Re:Why do people care so much? (Score 1) 765

by strikethree (#48100531) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

That, and there are the corruptable binary logs, the solution to which in the bug report is to "just delete them" and the bug has been closed as won't fix. Sorry, but if this is the resposne to journal corruption rather than finding out WHY the journals get corrupted and fixing the fuckign problem, then i do not want that in control of my logfiles.

Log files are unimportant to the people who are writing and advocating for SystemD.

Logs files are criminally important to those who have to report to regulatory agencies and otherwise important to those who manage systems for others (businesses and governments). None of those agencies will accept missing, incomplete, or corrupted log files during an investigation.

The people writing this software need to get serious or get out. Logs are of vital importance.

It seems like I am surrounded by inexperienced children who have no adults to discipline them.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Response (Score 1) 765

by strikethree (#48100469) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

And you come to EXACTLY the wrong conclusion. Here is how it should really go.

Article: Someone is fixing VTs and making them more secure and reliable.

Comments: Fuck yeah! VTs worked but they certainly needed improvement.

Article: SystemD is integrating VTs.

Comments: What the fuck?! I can understand someone wanting to fix VTs but why in God's name are they integrating it into SystemD? It already has 69 fucking subsystems, all of which come crashing down if there is an error in even one. Why would I want my VTs to be integrated into that mess?

You: People are complaining about someone fixing VTs.

Me: You are a fucking troll.

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