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Comment: Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (Score 1) 47

by thegarbz (#47447035) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Training for a marathon improves physical conditioning and fitness which is arguably useful in it's own right.

And yet we constantly hear of studies that show a high degree of constant mental activity is good for the physical condition of the brain and keeping it exercised reduces the risk of dementia.

In pretty much any physical or mental activity we do as people we gain some kind of benefit. Reading has a benefit, playing computer games has a benefit, solving Rubik's cubes has a benefit, and so does playing chess. I could think of worse things for teenagers to do than mentally stimulating their minds while competing with each other.

Comment: Re:And then throw it in a fire (Score 1) 71

What is the value of a used device? Compare that to the risk of the data on that device going to a malevolent third party.

That depends on the device. The fact that you liken them to a $10 harddisk is a problem for your argument. A Galaxy S4 fetches some $300 used on ebay. A Galaxy S4 with a broken screen is still fetching some $150+

That's the value of a used device. Now take $300 in your hand right now, hold a lighter under it and ask yourself, would you light it up right now to maybe protect the data on your phone from the slight chance that someone wants the phone for your secrets rather than as a replacement for the one they dropped in the toilet? I wouldn't. I don't routinely burn money for slight maybe chances.

That said I don't have naked selfies on my phone either, or loan applications, and if I did they're on my external SD card which would not be going with the phone.

I have a better idea, just send me the $300, less waste that way.

Comment: Re:Donate (Score 2) 99

by thegarbz (#47439825) Attached to: First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

Nothing structural needed to be changed in this phase.

Step one of the LibreSSL project is and always has been clean up the code to make it readable by mortals. An illegible clusterfuck does not attract volunteer developers to help audit. Heartbleed arose because OpenSSL was a perfect contradiction to the idea that "Because it's open source anyone can look at the code and therefore bugs get fixed quickly." Structural changes are still to come.

Also posting an about page from OpenSSL doesn't really mean all that much. Lets see some action thanks. Here we are 3 months after the Heartbleed fiasco and the LibreSSL team have forked and started a major cleanup, whereas the OpenSSL team have written an about page living up to their reputation as a bunch of consultants chasing government contracts.

Comment: Re:RTFA: real engineering is going on (Score 1) 55

by thegarbz (#47439791) Attached to: A Peek Inside D-Wave's Quantum Computing Hardware

Because on Slashdot we believe armchair engineers who think they know everything over those people who actually have a clue. Oh expect when it's peer reviewed. Oh and even then the peer review system is broken and the scientist is clearly fraudulent.

Slashdot is a self sustaining social media platform. Just like real media where alarmist and controversial stories sell papers, alarmist posts seem to attract mod points.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 490

Only for your narrow view of audiophile. A true audiophile wouldn't consider any of Klipsch stuff off audiophile quality. There are 2 zeroes missing from the price tag.

Also no better is a matter of both subjective and objective opinion. Speakers are the one thing very easy to tell apart in a blind test. If you're going to build a proper sound system, spend thousands on speakers and hundreds on everything else.

Comment: Re:why new balls (Score 1) 143

Because you're not paying attention?

The Argentinians missed what looked like a great goal in the making yesterday except that it curved away from the goal.

Also the 2006 ball had physicists warning that the ball will behave more like a baseball and that it'll make quite nice curves while spinning, and act chaotically when not.

Comment: Re:And another question (Score 1) 143

dont see much real improvement in the physics of the ball itself.

That's not what the players think. Many of them come out and bitch and moan about the changes in soccer ball design because it feels and plays different. Many teams complained that the Germans had an unfair advantage in 2006 because they got to play with the new ball before everyone else and thus had more training using it. Physicists have chimed in on it too saying the 2006 ball is likely to mostly affect keeping as the smoother surface with less seams makes the balls trajectory unstable if spinning in flight.

To me? It's just a round ball, and I'd happily play with anything round that's lighter and softer than a coconut.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't use a soundblaster... (Score 3, Insightful) 490

But for general gaming or home theater use? Nope. Send the audio out over the HDMI out, or SPDIF for DVI/VGA rigs, and let the amp sort it out.

This right here is a key point. Many people now don't rely on their PC to actually do any audio, just send the data somewhere else. Many hifi rigs are hooked up into digital inputs, many TVs and computer displays will support HDMI audio and do the conversion in the device. In some cases like mine people even opt for external streaming devices like a Roku to get music though that doesn't work for generic sound.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 182

by thegarbz (#47423433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

I find it incredibly annoying when someone THINKS they have researched some topic and knows what they are doing.

You may be perfectly right and capable and interested only in the detail that you're asking, but unfortunately you'd be in the minority. probing questions will confirm everyone is on the same page and while it may be annoying to you, it will be a godsend for many others.

Engineers in general are terrible at solving generic problems, which is ironic because we're thought of as the great problem solvers. Our issue is that it's in our blood to solve problems and quite often we'll have solved the problem without even understanding what that problem is. It reminds me of the great Dilbert comic where Wally interrupts his boss by saying "We'll build a database" and when it was pointed out that he doesn't know the problem yet he retorts "We always build a database."

Comment: Who? (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by thegarbz (#47405771) Attached to: Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

Come on editors! First a typo in the company name and then rattling off some guys name and saying he's an employee of some misspelt company who's been somehow involved in some games?

I clicked on the article to find out why I should give a damn. Then I was going to write about why is this news. Would it have killed you to use the words "Chief Creative Officer", or "Lead Designer of World Of Warcraft", or pointed out that he was listed in Time's 100 most influential people?

Nope apparently he's just some dude who's been working at some company too long. Much like the editors here, although it seems the word "working" in Slashdot's case would be a heck of a stretch.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 200

by thegarbz (#47397977) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

So you're basically saying but someone could change the drone in the summary to something bigger and OMG DANGEROUS! Yeah good argument.
The other half of your argument is self defeating. Fires? Yeah because something that may catch fire is really going to kill you. Let me say that again, LiPo batteries do not spontaneously explode. Go get one and throw it really hard into the ground. Yes it may heat up, yes it may eventually catch fire, but if you get burnt as a result it will be because you got some really recessive genes which Darwin postulates may sort themselves out anyway.

In other news someone in my city stabbed someone else because they wanted a cab ride and they felt the cab stopped for the wrong person. Your little old lady has nothing on that, other than a case of the bat-shit insane. So let me commit the True Irish fallacy and say "No true sane person gives a shit". And that can be found by a quick Google search that shows the FAA hasn't done anything about individuals flying yet, only *attempted* to do something about a few commercial cases. So please, share with me your source on the steady stream of phoned-in tips, and the subpoenas and the cease & desist letters. No, Amazon and the guy who filmed the Tornado don't count.

By the way I like how you just pointed to the danger of drones, did you address the rest of what I was talking about? Think about it. With all those damn terrorists about we should ban fireworks and public gatherings. They are far more dangerous than drones.

Comment: Re:No accountability (Score 1) 154

by thegarbz (#47392373) Attached to: Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

It's really interesting to see the lengths that fracking companies put between themselves and wastewater, basically outsourcing the wastewater manage process to entirely separate companies explicitly for the purpose of no longer being responsible for the wastewater. They've done this pretty much from the start, too.

Actually the reason for that is not as nefarious as you think, and its the same reason for outsourcing construction, operation, commissioning, maintenance and many of the other activities various companies outsource.

The idea is simple. The companies make their money by getting shit out of the ground and selling it. Their value lies in the exploration rights and their proven reserves. Everything else is technical details. Most upstream oil companies are staffed with geophysicists, geologists, and anyone capable of holding a divining rod, as well as a few project managers to hold the whole thing together. They then borrow shitloads from the bank and sink even more shitloads into 3rd parties who will build, maintain and run the equipment. Then they can reap massive profits without having to actually have the expertise to do anything. Ever wonder why BP's oil spill involved a platform owned by someone other than BP, run by someone other than BP, drilling a hole which was cemented by someone other than BP, yet the profits of the operation (were it to have been successful) would have gone to none other than BP?

The entire industry is like that. Wastewater isn't complicated but there are plenty of specialist contractors who are willing to do it for you, so why waste the time and resources to doing it yourself, when you can focus on other things while also partially shifting liability.

Comment: Re:This and more (Score 3, Insightful) 88

Ahhh you must be one of those, "He mentioned guns so he must thing it should all be illegal, I better rebuff" types.

No, couldn't be further from the truth, you misunderstood what I was trying to say. I was saying that compared to getting killed by falling drones the above list is far more dangerous to the general health of people, and THEY ARE ALL LEGAL.

So everyone needs to take a deep breath, get some perspective and realise that getting killed by a flying drone is about likely as a terrorist attack. You should worry more about driving to a ski slope than dying on it.

"Engineering without management is art." -- Jeff Johnson