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Comment: Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 5, Informative) 72

I used to work at a large company that specialized in "e-trading". They paid a fee for access to second order quotes, which meant that they knew about not just the current price of a security, but the actual stream of bid and ask prices from individual investors. If you have access to the stream, you can just write code that slightly underbids and offers slightly overpriced shares, so you get to nickel and dime investors all day with sub-millisecond accuracy. It was basically software that stole money from everyone all day.

Comment: Re:Atmosphere study is in NASA's fucking 1958 char (Score 4, Interesting) 170

by MillionthMonkey (#49604035) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Every nation on earth has weather and climate scientists. WTF do we need NASA to study the weather?

First of all, weather is not climate.

Second, those scientists in other nations depend on the data collected by NASA, since no one else can do it as well.

Third, the idiot currently heading the committee that plans to eviscerate the NASA earth sciences program to the tune of $300 million per year sees no problem blowing hundreds of times as much money on Cold War fighter jets. One might ask,why do we need to spend $1.5 trillion dollars on F35 strike fighters that can't turn, can't climb, run hackable software, and explode when struck by lightning or running on warm fuel?

This is not about the money at all. They just don't want anyone looking into this, period.

Comment: Re:Did a paid shill write this summary? (Score 1, Funny) 170

by MillionthMonkey (#49603901) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

And what about that space stuff? Remember the space stuff?

Why yes, we just saw a story about space stuff:

NASA hopes to send the first round-trip, manned spaceflight to Mars by the 2030s. If the mission succeeds, astronauts could spend several years potentially being bombarded with cosmic rays- high-energy particles launched across space by supernovae and other galactic explosions. Now, a study in mice suggests these particles could alter the shape of neurons, impairing astronauts' memories and other cognitive abilities. In the prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with executive function, a range of high-level cognitive tasks such as reasoning, short-term memory, and problem-solving, neurons had 30% to 40% fewer branches, called dendrites, which receive electrical input from other cells.

It's pretty clear that Republicans are seeking to get people into space so they can expand their voter base.

Comment: National debt (Score 5, Informative) 349

by MillionthMonkey (#49602617) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Obama has cut the budget deficit in half since 2008. (Bush left it at $1.5 trillion per year, and now it's about $750 billion). Since $750 billion is still greater than zero, the national debt continues to rise, at about half the rate that it did during the Bush administration- when, if you recall, no one seemed to be complaining about it at all.

Comment: this. exactly this. (Score 4, Insightful) 314

by nimbius (#49593575) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
Two years after snowdens revelations we're seeing a reality come to pass. After the NSA swept its most damning indictments under the rug, after congress gave a sigh and a shrug and stifled a syrupy belch from the afternoons filet mignon lunch, we still see this change. After the TV spotlights were turned back to fashion trends, civil unrest, diet pills and other nonesuch this persisted despite the best effort. and its extremely unfortunate

Instead of watching discourse spread and meaningful legislation come to pass we're watching a largely uninformed electorate occasionally mistake snowden for assange on national television, and the elected officials with whom our protection they are charged bungle through bills that dont really do much of anything. We're seeing the alternative that no nation wants, and that alternative is a two-tier us-versus-them system in which groups of dedicated hackers fight back. It sets the stage for good-versus-bad and the determinant for this assertion to eventually become the existence of crypto or passwords and ones general willingness to divulge them in the face of overwhelming yet unconstitutional authoritarian presence.

expect 3 letter government organizations to get frustrated, and angry, very quickly. Aaron Schwartz was a prime example of how, in the future, citizens who act to protect themselves with crypto and security will face the bureaucratic version of biblical retribution in the form of endless charges, indefinite espionage, and a litany of convictable offenses that would result in a lifetime of imprisonment for anyone who dares not to divulge their password.

Comment: a cursory reasoning. (Score 2) 119

The bill leaves intact surveillance programs conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency

the average age of a congress critter is 62. These politicians still believe things like communism and the war on drugs are legitimate aspects of foreign and domestic policy, not just ginned up talking points from the administrations they floated.

and levies high penalties against those offering "material support" to terrorists.

Queue the age range again. at 62 the greyhairs on the senate and house floors respond more to "isms" like communism, socialism, and terrorism than they do independent research from political and social scientists. To them, politics is established cannon and they discern that which is sacrosanct and true from that which is patently false over a medium rare tenderloin.

It also renews the expiring parts of the Patriot Act through 2019.

Blame George Bush, but really blame politicians for making a bill thats toxic to democracy but even more toxic to repeal. Im certain you could find more than half of the house or senate willing to repeal a bill called the "spy on all people forever and build a torture prison" act, but you wont find so much as a ball of pocket lint in the carpet willing to touch "patriot" act. We've built a genuine third-rail that isnt getting dismantled until it zaps the ever-loving fuck out of someone with more brass than sense.

Comment: the $10,000 version has MORE problems. (Score 5, Funny) 393

by nimbius (#49585431) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors
Im sure fellow readers are concerned about the $10,000 version of the apple watch, and as an early adopter I am truly livid. If the watch comes into contact with my tattoo of the spirit of extacy riding a diamond into tattooine astride a golden dove the sensors stop working entirely. The watch is also difficult to locate as im sure most people have undoubtedly found out. I had to search all five bedrooms on the yacht just to find the darn thing! Also the watch has difficulty determining if or when I am wearing the rare jade oriental pendant of everlasting immortality, and just last weekend I had to buy a new one after I bumped into the caviar chafing dish and spilled lemon rochette truffle remoulade on the band.

Its not that apple doesnt make an excellent product, they truly do! But I for one am getting tired of having to take the same bently to the same helicopter every other week to send my manservant into the apple "store" as the common people call it to have it replaced. A man can only tolerate so much car champagne before the aftertaste of the lox comingling with the alsace vintage becomes too much to bear.

Comment: the choice was clear. (Score 5, Insightful) 433

by nimbius (#49584473) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
Rand Paul: I want to be president...whats a guy gotta do?
Republican Party: We're glad you asked rand and happy to hear youve considered being a republican brand president. In order to best serve the interests of our constituents, their yachts, and various institutions named in their honour, we're going to ask you to toe-the-line with our conservative fiscal policy and principal of small government. Please select from one or more of the following principles we believe assists in small government and lower taxes:
1. Repealing affordable healthcare for millions of americans and replacing it with a faint mumbling noise.
2. Outlawing homosexual marriage
3. Outlawing abortion
4. obstruct or repeal a meaningful federal regulation: EPA, FDA, FCC.
5. Funnel billions of dollars into a foreign war with no clear objective other than amorphous freedom/patriotism/democracy
6. oppose decriminalization of marijuana and/or prison reform.

as a bonus you may call for a government shutdown but only while affirming 'in god we trust' on the currency.

Comment: shareholders have tanked it. (Score 1) 208

by nimbius (#49579825) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company
IBM isnt your fathers supercomputing company anymore, and cutthroat capitalism has led it to where it stands today to a large extent. 3 very public layoffs, a newfound reliance on 3-6 month contract jobs, and no tangible innovation for major consumer markets. Marketing that pushes AI supercomputing during the superbowl is great, but at the end of the day the PHB that watched that commercial is going to weigh her next desktop or server purchase in terms of Dell and Silicon Mechanics. That is to say she will certainly place a premium on the visible discounts shes already seeing in the market, instead of relying on IBM's brand name to justify the cost.

Power doesnt run things like it used to, and while IBM is pushing it for virtualization you can do the same thing big iron touts with more hardware and lower cost. Where IBM isnt challenged is in SAP and JDEdwards, markets where its written itself in as defacto hardware provider. IBM supports linux, true, and fought valiantly in its name, but what IBM represents is a client server sales model that doesnt scale to a world where even the toaster is expected to run an apache or memcache instance.

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