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Comment Re:A professional IT organization? (Score 1) 607

Why automate when depressed, third-world wages are cheaper?

Well you do have a point. Those 8 year olds assembling iPhones for 50 cents a day have really nimble fingers.

That said, once you have it automated the only thing you're paying for is the electricity. The technology is getting better all the time...and yes, the USA is still (by GDP) the #2 manufacturer in the world, despite almost nobody actually working in factory jobs anymore.

Comment Re:The next question (Score 1) 120

Ripley: "Van Luen, why don't you just check out lv426?"

Van Luen: " 'Cause I don't have to, there have been people there for 20 years and they never complained about any hostile organism"

Ripley: "What do you mean, what people?"

Van Luen: "Terraformers, planet engineers, they go in set up these big atmosphere processors to make the air breathable, takes decades, it's what we call a Shake and Bake colony."

Comment Re:Oh, I see ... (Score 1) 63

Nope, it exploits only one thing: Android's brain dead permission system of all/nothing. User gets text, then told that due to bug, they can't see the real SMS. User goes and downloads .apk file (turning on sideloading, ignoring warnings about downloading from unofficial sources, and ignoring the permissions that the app wants), and then is nailed.

You're half right. What it exploits are brain dead users.

Comment Re: Global warming is a joke (Score 1) 249

There I have a bit of an advantage over you though. About 90% of the power in my city is nuclear.

Good for you? The majority of the country runs on coal. I agree Nuclear energy is far cleaner, unfortunately it's also far (as in more than 10 times) more expensive, even assuming you can thread through the mob of nutjob eco-warriors and actually build one.

Solar isn't at all ideal (for this application) since it only works in the daytime and that's when people and their cars are at work.

Comment Re: Global warming is a joke (Score 1) 249

Thats why they are now facing criminal charges in California for lying to the public

And how will that do anything other than raise fuel prices even more? Oh right, it fills the states coffers.

Thanks ever so much for the new (2015) carbon tax on fuel governor Brown, I guess 40 cents a gallon (highest in the nation) just wasn't enough for your slush fund this year.

Comment Re:Feel like I'm taking crazy pills here. (Score 1) 113

the games themselves are free of all DRM, including sign-in requirements.

They kind of have to be since most of them are just glorified batch scripts that run games via dosbox.

It's technically possible to DRM it (encrypt the game image and only decrypt it once you're signed in) but I'd be very surprised if Gog ever did it.

Comment But wait, what about the upsides? (Score 1) 249

1. Petroleum based Fertilizer stocks will go through the roof (combating desertification and creating farmland to replace the previously above-ground farmland)

2. No more batshit crazy North Korea issues, now it's 70% underwater.

3. The change in weather patterns will make some places a whole lot more pleasant. Greenland for instance...is actually turning green as we speak.

4. The inevitable Nuclear winter should really take the edge off of this whole 'global warming' thing.

Comment Re:Feel like I'm taking crazy pills here. (Score 1) 113

This is the future we feared when Steam raised its head. A hundred different logins and services running on your machine that demand to be updated or refuse to work. We are squarely back in the mainframe era again. For the record, i like Steam a lot, but i saw where it would lead. Now i have Steam, Origin, Gog.com, Blizzard, Ubisoft, and Epic game launchers on my machine,

Agreed. It's a train wreck. It makes me sad when the only non-connected version I can get is for game consoles.

The good news is (at least for Gog) the games shouldn't need to be connected to actually work. AFAIK it's just a launcher/installer.

Comment Re:"How did it get there . . . ?" (Score 1) 198

You might want to update your windows 98 To something more modern while you're at it. ;)

Windows 98? DOS 1.x FTW. Fortunately you can still get parallel and PS/2 ports on modern PC's. I don't know for how much longer though.

(I still have one of those Compaq 'Portables' I pull out every so often just for grins)

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.