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Comment as a restaraunt or pub owner, crucial. (Score 1) 158

Owning a pub or a restaraunt means you have systems like Micros and Aloha as your Point of Sale machines. Losing these during a night when you're expected to process $7,000 an hour in credit card transactions is basically game over. getting your PoS hacked means a sizeable number of regular customers will never, ever return. Working on the 1:8 rule (1 bad experience translates to 8 bad stories) you'll take an identifiable hit that might cost you a new draught line or a much needed walk-in freezer repair.
Understanding hubs, switches, and general network connectivity helps greatly. shaving 2 seconds off a credit card transaction because you know QoS and packet shaping translates into happier customers and faster sales...your bartenders spend more time slinging product instead of standing at the register. If you know how to run cat5 you can basically put a PoS anywhere, anytime. it helps during summer if you want/have a patio because your servers are now twice as quick as the competition next door. Learning to restrict PoS systems to local networks and how to segment and protect the customers who want free wifi and the luxury of a credit card transaction is something of a benefit as well. Speaking as a pub owner, when my neighborhood cable internet died and I knew how to configure my android tablet as a stand-in 4g router for credit cards, I watched two bars close early and had to call in an extra bartender to handle my friday night crowd.

Comment the discourse must have been riveting (Score 1) 202

scientific journal: earlier tests unsuccessful as we've managed to teleport ryans carbonara pasta lunch into the aegean sea (could not recover.)
Update: telimetry meeting at 2:00 to discuss experimental teleportation of a cat 8 miles above the research chamber. projects will no longer be colloquially referred to as 'operation cat splat'
informational: research staff will immediately discontinue teleportation of chicken vindaloo from the west end of town. building maintenance will be on site this afternoon to correct the eleven pounds of vindaloo in the break room water cooler

Comment one should also reconsider consumer capitalism (Score 1) 339

The american notion that we should continuously purchase new things as quickly as possible so as to ensure our continued virility and happiness is whats really the problem. Imagine if instead of remaking a movie half a dozen times, we contented ourselves with the original and cultivated an appreciation for film as not just a disposable commodity but an art. Instead of butter-churning 10 sequels we stopped trying to milk storylines for box office parity. If instead of buying ever newer and larger televisions, we contented ourselves to only upgrade when and if the technological advancement were warranted and only if the purchase did not remove or restrict features already present. If instead of e-readers we maintained a small library of books we enjoyed, and when we were through donated them to a library. If Blu-ray and DVD werent packaged so extensively in a misguided attempt to thwart theft and instead came in a simple cardboard sleeve im certain a sizeable quantity of energy would be saved.

Comment stop calling it a "belief." (Score 1) 772

a belief is confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof. the scientific theory of evolution is grounded upon a mountain of scientific research so overwhelmingly exhaustive as to render it a fact of life, no different than gravity. What the study is comparing is overall scientific literacy as a product of the comprehension of a single scientific concept. those who willfully choose to disregard the science will, of course, be marred with an incredible blind spot in their science comprehension. inferential logic would suggest that, yes, their scientific comprehension of everything from mutagenic bacteria to human reproduction will be degraded. They will be left empty handed when challenged to explain things like the shape of the human ear and the color of a persons skin.

the fact remains that so long as we recoil upon realization that doing science has offended the well-mannered intentions of the clergy and its congregation, we will forever remain as a species one heel in the well from which we shared company with the four humors and ritual sacrifice.

Comment with every improvement, more to loathe. (Score 1) 213

PHP has always been to me the Ikea of programming languages. At some point its not a lamp, you've used up all the pegs for holes that take screws instead but still fit, and your wifes import lamp was done hours ago despite your best efforts.
And if more than 10 people in a room want to enjoy your lamp, the chain comes loose and your cat comes down with the squirts.

Comment but what is a functioning democracy? (Score 5, Insightful) 348

Because america, although projected as one, is far from a functional democracy. We've engaged in systematic disenfranchisement and enslavery of an entire race of people during slavery and well into the 20th century within the confines our our policy of mass incarceration. Women didnt achieve equal voting rights until the early 20th century. We wiped an entire indigenous race of humans out of existence during colonization. Voter identification is enforced in 30 states and will prevent free and open election for anyone without a picture ID. Gerrymandering, closed primary elections, and the 2000 florida voter scandal are all conclusive proof we do not even remotely represent a functional democracy and have not for quite some time. Former criminals, after completing their sentence, are barred from the right to vote in many states and may only seek restoration of their voting rights with the pardon of a governor and a steep fee. Many states still maintain a debtors prison system by which those who cannot pay court costs are summarily enrolled in detention facilities. A Third party has not existed in any respectible context in the United States for more than 100 years, and the electoral college system exists to ensure this reality remains unchallenged. There are virtually no repercussions for employers who resist or refuse an employees request for time off from work to vote. Japanese americans faced internment and were not permitted to vote during world war two, let alone contact family members outside of their camp. Jews were barred in america holding state office for quite some time, and atheists to this day in many states are still restricted from holding political office. New York has a stop-and-frisk policy where they do not need probable cause to stop anyone at will. Our supreme court recently ruled that the systemic isolation, relocation, and arrest of protestors during the presidency of George W Bush was entirely legal. As evidenced by the occupy campaign we readily beat, torture, and maim protestors even going to far as to hose passive protestors with pepperspray for simply existing. Our borders have the free right to interrogate, stop, and detain anyone (american or not) without any formal probable cause. Those declared terrorists may be detained indefinitely and shipped to a secret torture camp in Cuba. We have banned the communist party from ever taking part in an american election or operating as political party.

so while I applaud the author for pointing this very recent discovery out, its critical to remember we are as much a functional democracy as the USSR was a functional communism.

Comment this is really reaching. (Score 1) 304

it should be reiterated that when the government of Iran refers to "zionist" its usually directed toward leaders of israel (who are, admittedly, zionist.) Extending this descriptor to Zuckerberg based solely on his last name feels like the court is making a leap of faith. It wouldnt surprise me if the whole thing is a 'look over there!' maneuver from local courts to deflect criticism of Irans own violations of privacy as they pertain to the internet. Certainly no respectable political or legal figure in Iran would realisically expect this to work outside of the sphere of public opinion. Its all rather akin to George Bush remarking that terrorists attacked us because they 'hate our american freedoms.'

Comment we do this because weve failed before. (Score 2) 241

in order to win hearts and minds, one must know what secrets lie within them. Our series of sponsored elections in iraq failed ultimately because we assumed our liberation theology was a mutually shared concern. Hamid Karzai's relations with NATO countries is strong, especially with the United States seeing as during the elections we sponsored, he was the candidate we placed the most effort behind to win. we labelled the opposition "terrorists" and regardless of how moderate their islamic platform was, branded them outlaws and sentenced them to summary execution by drone. The fact that the NSA is monitoring the entire country is reason enough to assume the united states does not have enough confidence in the afghani people to rest assured they will continue to vote for one of "our" guys. We can have democracy in Afghanistan, so long as its the democracy we select. religious or islamic candidates are flatly forbidden regardless of how conservative or progressive they may be as we fear a nationalist element to their political aspirations that would preclude us from installing military bases at will, or outsourcing the country to make tshirts and sweatpants as we did in cambodia and viet nam once the democracy we wanted was had.

If you think this is morally wrong, it is. In american elections we're routinely given to elect fundamentalist christian leaders without so much as questioning the idea they believe in say, the death penalty as is biblically prescribed. We elect leaders at all levels of government in part based on their religion, as would islamic citizens.

Comment where this stuff comes from (Score 4, Interesting) 136

these tiny bits exist for a few reasons.
1. Natural photodegradation permits older plastics to disintegrate into smaller pieces. new plastics impregnated with photo-inhibitors resist this for a seemingly infinite span of time unfortunately.
2. industrial processes like bead-blasting and resurfacing may sometimes rely on plastics instead of formed metal shot as its cheaper in many cases. plastics are also often fluid-formed from tiny pellets or beads shipped across the world, so naturally losing a conex full of them would contribute.
3. cosmetics. Pomace, apricot and peach pits used to act as surfactants in many soaps however seasonal limitations of production and particulate dimension were always a factor. They also didnt perform well in gelatinous suspensions like body washes. reprocessing and shredding waste plastics from other manufacturing processes however proved far more economical and reliable. As a result, the "micro beads" in your bottle of Gillette body wash are likely made from reprocessed Gillette body wash bottles that were damaged or defective during the injection moulding process.

Comment a group representing independent musicians (Score 2, Insightful) 197

Look, unless its an actual group of independent musicians, can we just assume WIN is a group of agents, managers, and lawyers suckling for cash? Its not as though the musicians couldnt form their own group, start up a listserv, and send a strongly worded email to google insisting they be paid fairly in order to stream content.

Comment pseudocode for clarity: (Score 1) 433

Freedom.exe
if (target == suspicious){
drone.attack(target)
check(target)
while (check(target)=="civillian casualty"){
spin(drone.attack);
}
}
git clone ALQUAEDA
leader==leader.name()
if (leader.status != 1){
leader.close();
global leader=new leader(extreme=1,militant=1,relig=1)
}
new attack(leader.lead(), adv_notify=0, proclaim_relig=1,antiwest=1)

Comment it was always just a hope. (Score 5, Insightful) 411

Peak US oil production begat a rampant speculative market, which in turn sends our oil and gas prices soaring and crashing on a yearly basis. This is always quietly dismissed as seasonal demand so as to coddle speculators and assuage the fears of our politicians. Sustained high crude prices and a rapidly diminishing prospect of respectable foreign policy with regard to the oil market during the Bush administration led many oil and gas producers and their lobbyists to declare a diamond in the rough. This shale oil and gas to be captured through fractionation came at a time when to deem it suspect was nihilistic and we all tacitly agreed it must be true for sake of our own collective future. As our war machine contracted and our focus returned somewhat toward domestic policies and act of sustainability it of course became increasingly difficult to ignore what during the past 8 years was a boon of blank checks and exemptions from the federal government to be applied toward the shale moneytrain. Halliburton certainly wouldnt be the first to fess up, and nor should they as theyd worked hard to secure by hook and by crook some of the most lucrative and reprehensible federal exemptions and contracts in recent history. Shale is good, shale is great.

No. Like an alcoholic stumbling from a hot malt liquor hangover into the nearest gas station we scrambled to find anything to take the hurt away. That we like the rest of the world would have to firm up our collective constitutions and make seriously warranted changes was simply too much. We crawled back into shale oils warm cockle and clutched our crossover SUV for one more year. We looked to the tar sands and their beleaguered machination of destruction and waste as no more than a fine bourbon whiskey we partook of on occasion. Science, like a distant cousin with the bail money for the last bender, is shuffling us along into the rather unpleasant sunlight once again with heavy heart and a morose sigh. We either change or we die, because at this point Science will have existed as much with us as it has without us.

Comment Im no psychologist (Score 4, Insightful) 449

But Mister Weev seems a touch frustrated by the machinations of the american legal system as they pertain to billion dollar monopolies. The US Government has granted retroactive immunity to AT&T for a cornucopia of offenses with such timeliness as to be indistinguishable from an NTP stratum. Given the historical context in which AT&T has consistently operated, it would be no surprise if the government not only categorically refused payment, but retroactively enacted legislation ensuring Weev was guilty.

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