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Comment: "virtual" "Reality-TV" (Score 1) 12

by tekrat (#49561111) Attached to: Conde Nast To Announce VR Series

Is it Virtual-Reality TV, or is it Virtual Reality-TV ??? Where that Hyphen goes makes all the difference.

One is a horrible, cheap, dull, painful-to-watch excuse for a TV series, and the other is a not-ready-for-prime-time, slow, dizzy, flutter-filled crap-fest that wants to be the Holodeck.

Essentially, the two should have nothing in common, save for the fact that both make me want to throw-up. Combining the two should theoretically be the worst thing on earth, which means TV producers will love it.

Comment: As opposed to American Trolls? (Score 3, Insightful) 269

by tekrat (#49354101) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

On various news sites, I see what are obviously paid Republican Trolls, Paid Pro-Koch Brothers Trolls, they come in day after day under various identities but having the same writing style, and post comment after comment (sometimes the same comment multiple times on multiple sites).

So exactly what's the difference...

Comment: At what point do we stop playing? (Score 5, Interesting) 139

by tekrat (#49329547) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

Sooner or later, greed trumps useability. Companies are going to screw one another over in attempts to dominate. We, the users of the internet, lose when these entities play their games on one another, and sooner or later we are going to take to take our marbles and go home -- it's not worth it to play.

I feel we have already reached this state; between the NSA essentially hacking every router as it leaves the factory to China issuing false certs to Google putting their own interests at the top of every search, it seems that the time has come to either consider some international organization to regulate the internet, or abandon TCP/IP and start again with a whole new internet based on something else. Clean sheet.

The way we are currently headed will breed a cesspool of an internet you can't trust for anything -- so why would you use it for shopping, news, banking, or any other activity if you KNOW that every single time you do, you will regret using this medium for anything?

If Amazon, Google, CNN, and heck even Facebook want to stay in business, they need to learn to stop fucking around with their users, because I've essentially had it, and I'm guessing that I cannot be alone in my disdain and distrust of what has become of an internet I used to like.

Comment: How to "fix" some African Nation... (Score 3, Interesting) 119

Ladies and Gentlemen; the solution is not simply to provide kids with an education. We've got to shake up the constant warfare, dictatorships and starvation.

And there is a solution. It's called commerce.

Ladies and Gentlemen; I present the humble Volkswagen Beetle. The original I mean --the rear-engined, air-cooled one.

The tooling for the car exists in both Brazil and Mexico, where it's no longer made, so that is cheap to aquire. You then need to build a factory, which employs people, and you need to start building the car, which employs people. This builds the economy; which creates other businesses.

People then buy the car, and the car can be exported into other African nations. Furthermore, you stamp out parts for export worldwide, to countries where the car used to be sold, to those who still run them.

The car is perfect for Africa, where roads are not great, and the car is durable, simple, easy to repair, and cheap on gas. Its construction is some African Nation would raise the economy of the entire continent.

And then they can build their own schools instead of needing the money of billionaires.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 209

In 10 years, half of humanity will have had enough of this bullshit and will have hacked their way to privacy, or have decided that the internet just isn't worth it, or will have adapted multiple identities so as to confuse others.

And I should know, as I am traditionally an early-adopter, and have taken all three paths myself. I am also currently at the point of thinking it's better to destroy the current internet and rebuild it -- but without all the bullshit.

Comment: Stupid reasoning... (Score 2) 128

by tekrat (#49181685) Attached to: The Mexican Drug Cartels' Involuntary IT Guy

The jobs market is so bad in Mexico that thousands cross the border daily to get into the USA. The cartels would be better off setting up a dummy company and hiring IT guys to simply do the work, no questions asked.

Why go through all the extra trouble of kidnapping people and making them work? In the end, if they are smart, they'll figure a way to get out a message or screw you some other way. Much simpler and more secure to simply hire them.

Heck, they are IT guys. Get them a couple of hot women who don't mind getting naked and blow them, and those IT guys will do whatever you want. Much easier.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340