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Comment If nothing happens it becomes negative feedback (Score 1) 108

Trump says X, traders jump on positions that would benefit from X to try and get out in front. However other than the speculative betting there isn't much movement. Then X doesn't happen, so there is no long term movement. The traders disengage from their positions trying to take as little loss as possible.

This happens over and over and more will learn that acting just loses you money. It's why markets don't do fuck-all in response to Alex Jones. It isn't like his message isn't out there for the world to see, and actually more widely watched than I can fathom, but they don't believe anything will happen based on it so trying to get a first mover advantage can't happen.

You only gain an advantage by getting in first if the move happens. If it doesn't, at best maybe you can get out without a loss but usually you are going to take a hit to some degree. Thus you act only on those things that are likely to generate a move.

Traditionally, things the president said would qualify. However Trump is anything but traditional. He shoots his mouth off all the time, regularly contradicts himself, and changes his mind often.

Comment Well with the "elite" schools it is often not that (Score 3, Insightful) 270

For a regular school, particularly state school, then yes it gets stacked a lot by test scores and other academic indicators. The better you do academically, the more they are interested in you and the more money they'll try to give you to get you to attend.

However the "elite" schools have a whole bunch of good old boy shit going on. If you look at admissions in to places like Harvard you find that there are some legitimately top performers who come in, but a whole lot who are not and are instead connected some way. They are kids of alums, politically connected, rich, whatever. They are the "right kind of people" and so get the invite.

That's also the reason why parents want kids to go there is the connections. You don't get a better education at Harvard overall. Any university with a good program will do at least as well, and in plenty of disciplines there are schools ranked far better. However it further gets you in to the old boys club and gets you connections to people that gets your opportunities that would not otherwise be available later in life.

Comment Re:Some of us know how to use PGP in a real client (Score 1) 24

There are two main reasons why Subject lines in ProtonMail messages are not end-to-end encrypted.

Not Standards Compliant â" ProtonMail adheres to the OpenPGP standard which largely respects the SMTP protocol. In PGP, the subject line is part of the header packet which is not end-to-end encrypted.

That only applies to ProtonMail e-mail messages. As far as I can tell, their special "ProtonMail messages" between ProtonMail users have their metadata protected.

Besides, while metadata does show IP addresses, subject and whatnot it still isn't as important as the message body. For example you could have something like this:

Subject: Cat videos

Message body:

Version: GnuPG v2


That's encoded with gpg2 -a --store so it's not really encrypted, it says:

Here is my review of the new Honeycrisp Inc. music player. It is lame, no WiFi, less space than a Vagabond. Also here is some resistor prOn. Man look at those 1.6K Ohm resistors go.

See what I mean?

Comment Re:PC (Score 1) 165

You don't think that sort of thing exists on PC? Remember, Battlefield and Call of Duty were originally PC franchises so the Dudebro-brown-shooter-of-the-week demographic started out on the PC.

Besides, there's plenty of games on console that AREN'T Gears of Call of BattleMadden 17. (I often use the term, "Call of the Medal of the Gears of the Battiefield of War 47 Master Shooty Sergeant Chief Extreme Edition" myself)

Comment Re:ProtonMail users (Score 4, Informative) 24

Why not use PGP with a real e-mail client? ProtonMail doesn't support keyservers or downloading pubkeys to a keyring which adds a few annoyances to the process of sending/recieving ProtonMail with someone using PGP on a real client.

Also if your pubkey is newer than this one:

pub   1024D/C9E6D134 1999-09-26
uid                  Colin Faber <>
sub   3072g/9220F7D1 1999-09-26

You might want to upload it to the keyservers and at it your Slashdot profile here:

Then it will be available at

Comment Re:Double-dipping Nintendo (Score 1) 165

With consoles, they expect you to upgrade much sooner than you would need to with a PC.

They do?

Original Playstation 1995
PS2: 2000
PS3: 2006
PS4 2013

You're telling me you didn't upgrade your PC between 2006 and 2013?

You can't just swap out the GPU on a console to play the "next-gen", you have to literally buy an entirely new console and start from scratch.

You do? That's not quite as true as one might think:

PS2: backwards compatible with PSone games.

PS3: ALL PS3's can play PSone discs. CECHA, CECHB, and CECHE models are also compatible with PS2 games (and SACD's).

Now the PS4 is different, with the change of Architecture to x86_64 and the decision to not slap a PS3 Cell/RSX or PS2 EE/GS in there to keep the cost down that means no hardware compatibility. Some games have been re-released/re-mastered on PSN. In some cases it is cross buy if you already had the PS3 version, you don't have to pay for the PS4 version.

Playstation NOW, while a fee-based service is also a way of playing older games on a PS4.

Plus, games are MUCH cheaper on PC -- that alone is worth it.

No, they're not. New games cost pretty much the same. In some cases even older games have the same price on console and PC Example, Rocket League.

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse

Rebel Galaxy:

Stardew Valley:

If you getting REALLY cheap games on the PC it's because you're waiting for some length of time for them to become $5 on Steam Sales or something. There are also similar sales on the console online stores but if you only do PC gaming, you wouldn't know about that.

For example, SteamWorld Dig is currently $9.99 on Steam

But it is on sale for $1.99 on PSN, it is cross-buy so that $1.99 also gets you the Vita version:

Watch Dogs 2 is $59.99 on Steam:

But it is on sale for $40.19 on PSN:

That, and the fact that they are backwards compatible with literally every era of gaming.

How many DOS games from 80's do you actually play?

Oh and you can also do literally everything else that is possible on PC (i.e. software), which you can't do on consoles.

Sure you can, because it is a general purpose device that runs Windows. You CAN game on it, but the platform wasn't originally designed for gaming...but business applications. Yes, you COULD game on 8088 PC with a monochrome screen...but it wasn't a good gaming machine...even compared with the game consoles of the time, and certainly not compared to something like the C64 or Amiga.

The ability to run games on WinTel machines is kludge on top of inefficient kludge. A console on the other hand, aside from any multimedia it does (audio, video), is machine whose primary purpose is games. A console doesn't have to run a print spooler, or have antivirus/malware/firewall application running. It doesn't have a Java or Adobe updater running constantly, or iTunes constantly checking to see if there's new music to catalog or if you plugged your iPhone in.

Bring up your task manager and count the processes.

A console is a device for a set task, devices like these have existed for a long time. As has been said. What people need is lots of "little" computers not just one "Big" computer. Dedicated devices fill that need.

I have never understood why people kept getting playstations and xboxes once they started turning into PC-wannabe "multimedia" stations. It's like buying a sports car that is priced like a regular sports car, but capped at 45mph, accelerates like a 4-cylinder, charges you to use the radio, and runs on your ignorance.

I have never understood why people kept getting Windows machines for gaming. It's like buying a Lamborghini to just make grocery trips, but it is capped at 45mph, accelerates like a 4-cylinder, charges you to use the radio, and runs on your ignorance.

Comment Re:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 141

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks.

Netflix probably won't do that because they'd be leaving a segment of the market unserved and that would open up a very large opportunity for a competitor.

They would be doing to themselves what Blockbuster and Hollywood did when they ignored the streaming content model.

Perhaps what they need is a better interface so that people like you, who aren't interested, don't have to see that content but people like me, who watch it, can find it easily.


Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 253

Has it ever crossed your mind what would happen if you got hit by a bus?

Every organization should have a "Won the powerball" or "Hit by a bus" insurance policy of some sort. Namely, a second or third person with the same level of access to every system.

Allowing one person to have the power to cripple your organization is a recipe for disaster.


Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 253

Part of being competent at your job is loving your company and what you do.

What kind of Stockholm Syndrome bullshit is this?

I'm good at what I do. I enjoy what I do. I'm on good terms with my employer but I do not love it. It's misguided and unhealthy to love a company. A company won't love you back. A company can't love you back.


Comment And in fact you do the opposite (Score 5, Insightful) 253

You have a plan should you get killed or otherwise be unable to provide the passwords. Where I work, in addition to there being more than one IT staff, all the passwords are safely locked away where the Dean can get at them, if needed. We make sure that even if we are all gone, whoever comes after can get access.

These days the university has policies to that effect but we did it before then because that is what you do. You have a disaster plan, and that plan includes what happens if you aren't around.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

It's clearly a generational thing. Many older individuals can't seem to understand that dvds are inconvenient.

It's more likely that the older individuals have already lived through the death of a service and don't want to experience that particular inconvenience again.

Do you remember when DIVX went belly up?


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