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Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 2) 316

Today's dime was 1970's penny. 1970 prices:

McDonald's Hamburger 12 cents
Pepsi 10 cents
candy bar 5 cents
Cigarettes 25 cents
Gasoline 25 cents
Ajax Cleaner 15 cents
Alka Selzer 39 cents
Apples 14 cents per pound
Bananas 12 cents per pound
Bathroom Tissue 13 cents
Birds Eye Cool whip 38 cents
Campbells Tomato Soup 10 cents
Clorox bleach 38 cents
Dogs Food $1.00 for 12 cans
Fresh Beef Liver 49 Cents per pound
Frozen Vegetables 25 cents for 2 pks
Ground Round 79 Cents per pound
Head and Shoulder Shampoo 79 cents
Heinz ketchup 19 cents
Idaho Potatoes 98 cents for 10 pounds

Miniimum wage was $1.40. So why is it not $14 today? And why do pennies and nickles still exist? ...
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Stupid slashdot, those were spacers to make the post more readable. Now gone, idiots. Happy?

Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 1) 316

Not only that, but there are still dealers who will only take cash. The bar I go to takes only cash and checks, although there is an ATM, which dispenses... cash. A lot of bars and other places are like that because it costs the vendor a buck or two per transaction if a credit card is used. Do you really think the banking industry will let Apple kill their cash generating machines? Banks make tons of money from ATMs.

The statement is literally brainless; no thought whatever was put to it, unless you consider wishing for unicorns "thinking".

Comment Re:climate models (Score 1) 150

whatever causes that

Google "Hadley Cells", they are basically convection currents, tropical storms create huge updrafts which reach the stratosphere and are pushed polewards from the equator by the rotation of the planet. At that altitude the air becomes cold and dry, the cold, dry air falls back to earth and forms the bands of deserts that circle the earth on each side of the equator. As the planet heats up the convection currents become stronger, making monsoons wetter and the desert bands wider.

Comment Dongle company : Yes !!!! (Score 1) 211

I think they are turning into a dongle company where they plan to make their money selling dongles to let you connect all their hardware together.

Best proof is when you compare the price of chinese knock of and Apple-certified dongles.
The only single difference between a plain simple adapter/cable that you can build yourself, and apple's over-priced stuff, are the special chips whose only puprose boils down to "So we can charge you for expensive Apple-certified dongles"

Comment Some notes (Score 1) 150

Civilization Will End Within 15 Or 30 Years

Yeah, this point is exactly like TFA :
also paraphraseable as "if nothing ever changes and absolutely everything keeps as it is now, we will be doomed".
Except that things change anyway, no matter what people want.

(And same with today's prediction. By 2100, there are probably going to be tons of other factors changing.
Maybe people's energy requirement will be lower simply because it's cheaper overall.
(lower consumption electric/electronic gizmos == cheaper electricity bill)
Maybe electric car will get more popular which even factoring battery/solar pannels manufacturing, could have some impact : by incite people to burn less fossils and because some regions like europe are trying to move fast away from fossil electricity generation)
Maybe a huge social collapse will cause society to regress to a hunter/gatherer state which has a lot less environmental impact by the sheer reason that they are much smaller societies

* Population Will Inevitably And Completely Outstrip Whatever Small Increases In Food Supplies We Make
* Demographers Agree Almost Unanimously Thirty Years From Now, The Entire World Will Be In Famine
* 100-200 Million People Per Year Will Be Starving To Death During The Next Ten Years

...and as you note: this came as a surprise - population actually tend to slow their growth spontaneously.
(This was even discussed here on /. )
Suddenly in modern societies, having more children became a burden, not an economic advantage.
And thus, the catastrophic scenario evoked by demographers didn't happen.

In A Decade, Urban Dwellers Will Have To Wear Gas Masks To Survive Air Pollution

Actually, spot-on, in some more polluted area of the world. Mostly in developing economies.
(Industrial areas in China come in mind as an exemple. But happens also in South America)
With one minor difference :
- The people didn't *actually* start wearing the predicted gaz masks, and thus we are seeing increases in health issue in those smoggy areas
(whereas the prediction was that people *will do* wear the gaz masks and business as usual will continue).

Meanwhile, there has been some effort in the occident to put a dent in pollution (several European countries come in mind)

Childbearing [Will Be] A Punishable Crime Against Society, Unless The Parents Hold A Government License

Completely spot-on.
Say hello to China and its "Single Child" policy.

And turned out to be not that useful, as mentioned above, other countries without such policy also curbed their population growth all the same (big surprise to 1970s demographers).

By The Year 2000 There Won’t Be Any More Crude Oil

By the 1970 definition, yes all the 1970-era wells are getting dangerously low, and price of gaz and other fossils have exploded as a consequence of demande/offer market laws...

(so the 1970-era prediction were right when thinking that their well will dry up in the near future) ...except that increased price and advances in technology made other extraction methods viable.

so instead of the drying wells leading to a collaps of gaz-based technologies,
the drying wells got simply replaced by fraking and co.

There's an interesting article on why most of these dire predictions didn't come to pass, noting some positive outcomes of the increased environmental awareness, like the Clean Water, Clean Air, Endangered Species acts, and other environmental protection laws.

And who knows, maybe due to tons of small modifications in habits and lifestyles everywhere, the "business continues as usual and southern europe turns into a giant desert" will never happen, even if the politics never manage to actually pass policies to control warming.
(Just like only China passed demographic policies, but population growth decelerated elsewhere nonetheless).

When the experts have been consistently wrong with these constant doomsday predictions for 45 years, is it any wonder that people start to become skeptical of ALL climate and environmental sciences?

And I agree.
On the other hand sensationalism in media to attract eyeballs to pay journal / to sell to advertisers / or just plain whore for attention (hello, social medias !) have always been the norm and nothing is new.

(You can find 5 century BC writings in ancient Greece sensationalising that the "new media of their time" - i.e.: *drama theater* - will corrupt the easily impressionable youth and cause the downfall of society by over-emphasising on extremely violent subject like murders and rapes. (hey, doesn't this remind you of nothing ?)
Given the length of civilisation since then : prediction proven wrong).

Comment Re:I wanted to take a photo of my ballot (Score 1) 171

For national presidential elections, that's entirely up to the states, which are given the Constitutional authority to "appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors..." The Constitution doesn't even require a direct vote for President, a state could chose to have its own congress appoint Electors, it it so chose.

Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 5, Insightful) 316

"People will want this because of the convenience."

The convenience vs. using a credit/cash card which doesn't depend on batteries, which is both smaller and lighter than a phone, is accepted in many more places than a vendor unique RFID payment "solution," and comes with long established and legally enforced protections against abuse? Or simply carrying cash, which takes almost no space, weighs next to nothing, and is accepted everywhere?

Comment Re:Holy Carpal Tunnel Batman (Score 2) 325

I can see some interesting use cases for that TouchBar, but dear God, when that Photoshop lady was demonstrating using the mousepad & TouchBar at the same time, I cringed. I mimicked it on my keyboard in front of me and my wrists cried out in pain -- I can't imagine how it'd be if the keyboard was in my lap (i.e. on a laptop).

Anyone that is doing much more than casual, every once in awhile Photoshop work...already is using something like a wacom tablet and pen.

You can get more control and that combined with keyboard short cuts can make ones workflow pretty quick, especially with the tools one uses most (brushes, clone stamp, etc)....

It might be interesting to do this in conjunction with then new touch bar, but it may not help speed things since it changes and you can depend on muscle memory combined with tactile feedback of real keys for hitting shortcuts on the fly without looking down from the monitor....

But no, for any real work, you're not gonna be doing finger contortions with both hands like she was doing with trackpad and the new bar at top.

Comment Re:Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 1) 236

So you believe in the results of the study, as it applies to an individual case that happens to be yourself. Reading your post I've come to the conclusion that you are quite fuckin arrogant and a bit of a wanker, I can picture it now; we go for a couple of beers and you are "lost in though", thinking about how you can better yourself instead of engaging in a conversion. Fuckin die

Goodness...pot calling the kettle black maybe?

Wow...that's quite a jump in logic.

No, when I'm with my friends in person, I'm fully engaged. I don't mess with my phone texting others or checking social media....I really pay attention and engage in meatspace with others.

But the article was about noticing and dwelling attention time on strangers as you walk about the city, etc. And in that latter case, during the work week for the most part, I do tend to go that way and not notice strangers around me as I move about in the world, or at least I don't give them much attention.

But no, unlike many folks, especially younger ones...I crave personal, real contact and interactions with friends and family over social media or only texting. Sure, I text and email a lot....but I prefer to spend the most quality time I can in person with them, and I give them my attention. At those times, I really do ignore strangers a lot too, so that I can give the person I'm interacting with as close to 100% attention as I can.

Comment Re:Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 4, Insightful) 236

Perhaps to them all of us peasants look the same?

ON the other hand, perhaps those folks' attention is more often in thought of how to be successful and planning their next step in life, rather than just idle people watching all the time.

I'm not wealthy, but I do alright.

And don't get me wrong, there ARE times I like to kinda just sit and people watch, especially since I live in New Orleans, and man...we have some real characters here.

But that's on relaxing days off. During the work week, however, I'm usually lost in thought on what to do, what I want to do, what I need to do....and I likely don't notice people while I'm out and about either. I'm focused on goals and what I need to do to make a buck, or enhance my pleasure in life.

So, it may not just be's just that successful (and often wealthy) people have on their minds what it actually takes to be successful, and aren't spending as much time day dreaming about other peoples' lives.

I don't really see that as a bad thing...?

Comment Re:Easy Scan?!? (Score 2) 109

I just refuse the scan, I politely tell them I want to "opt out" of the scan.

I don't want any more radiation exposure than I need, no matter how small.

Its the physical pat down, but it isn't that bad and I feel good about making them work a bit more. Hell, if more people opted out for the physical pat down, it might cause such lines that they'd need to change their tactics and not make the general public feel like a suspicious heard of cattle.

I just make sure to get there a few minutes early for this....

Comment IPv6 deployment (Score 1) 190

And I'm telling you :
- you DO NOT need to be on an unaddressable private address (192.x.y.z or fxxx:::) to not receive any traffic.

No shit. Then again, how many "average joe 6-pack" users get assigned anything bigger than a /32 (i.e. a single address) for IPv4, or anything at all for IPv6?

Here around on our side of the pond ?
Let me count :

- Most of the ISP here around in Europe that I know of (Switzerland, France, Germany) are providing IPv6.
Usually they are 6RD (rapid deployment), i.e.: their network (fiber, xDSL, etc.) is still legacy IPv4,
but their router automatically establish a 6to4 tunnel to the ISP's IPv6 access point,
Usually, most 6rd deployment offer /60 or /56 prefix, so each (IPv6-enabled) device on the home network can get its very own 64bits suffix based on the MAC-Address (and the router get a few extra 4 or 8 bits of headroom for its internal management).

So anyone plugging "the box" they've received from their ISP is automatically on IPv6.
And automatically getting sensible IPv6 packet filtering on said box (to go back to the subject of this discussion)
(And hopefully also getting sensible default passwords for amdin and Wifi in the form of long random base32 strings printed on the backside of the box)

- Lots of 3G/4G wireless providers are moving to IPv6 (well, obviously as 4G is a purely packet-switched network. IPv6 is more or less an unofficial requirement)

(Though usually, a smartphone will get a publicly addressable IPv4 and IPv6 on lots of networks. Not all though, some wireless providers are moving to NATed IPv4 and only publicly addressable for the IPv6 prefix)

(3G/4G to USB+Wifi routers do work similarily to above-mentionner xDSL/FITH routers. They advertise a publicly accessible IPv6 prefix and provide packet-filtering).

- Most universities I've seen also provide both IPv4 and IPv6 (but usually provide publicly addressable IPs on both).
(Though not necessarily on the "eduroam" shared wireless network. They used to be on IPv4 on some universities, and as of lately, all univesrities I've been in seem to move their eduroam on a different special IPv4-only subnet).
(And though to go back to the current discussion, universities here around seldom do any filtering. As soon as you plug in your laptop, your start to see failed login attempts in your SSHD logs)

- If you want your very own special IPv6 prefix, you can get one from SiXXS over a 6in4 or AYIAY tunnel.
(But then again that's not average joe).

And with only a single globally routable address, you do NEED to be on RFC1918 network.

Obviously this isn't the only way one can do NAT, but it's the only way joe sixpack's router does it.

Most users in a non backwater countries will get a 6rd publicly addressable IPv6 prefix, too.
By default, the box they've received from their ISP and they've plugged into the wall will filter the packets by default.

So please stop with this "NAT increases security".

And I'm telling you, the extra security provided to joe sixpack DOES come from the fact that he's being NATted, since he's still unreachable when any other packet filtering is disabled.

(emphasis mine)
Yup. We've reached a conclusion.
We both agree that for security, you need packet filtering.
You need a "magic box" standing between the wild wide interweb and the home network that does this filtering.
Usually this box is the xDSL/Cable/FITH/whatever router that the user has recieved from the ISP.
NAT'ing, is one of the peculiar types of packet filtering that happens on this box and provides some form of security (simply because of the reason it's a type of packet filtering).

IPv6 by itself isn't usually subject to NAT'ing (not needed, nearly every deployment I've encountered - include at home of random non-techie users - gets a publicly addressable prefix), but still isn't any less secure BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO GO THROUGH THE EXACT SAME MAGIC BOX (the router) THAT STILL DOES PACKET-FILTER NO MATTER WHAT (which happens *not* to be NAT in this exact context).

The joe six pack himself doesn't care, he just plugs the "magic box" that he got from his ISP, painstakingly copies the overly long password from the sticker on the back of the magic box (while cursing why isn't he allowed to use "Passw0rd!" as a passwrod. Com'on, there's even an uppercase and number), or simply flashes the QR-code from the OLED mini-screen (for the lastest generation of router that have one for that purpose).



They used to be a time when users did connect to the wild wide interwebs over an Analog Modem (those screeching boxes that you use to plug into your computer's COM port), or later ISDN Modem (no screenching, but basically the same). Back at the time, a computer thus connected was completely exposed to anything coming at it (Ah, the joys of a time when you could "winnuke" any computer on the net), and lots of software (FTP, IRC, direct file send in IM, P2P file sharing) counted on it.

So when xDSL arrived, I've seen lots of weird setups.
- xDSL *modem*. That plug straight into the USB port of the computer, and the computer gets a public address just like in the time of Analog/ISDN connections.

And that also includes weird routers :
- Router with USB (as a network device) and a single Ehternet port,
that did hand out a private address over DHCP to the computer,
BUT THEN DID A 1:1 STRAIGHT MAPPING between the public IP address and the private address of the computer.
(What was the name of this already? "cone NAT" ?)

- Same as above. Except that now the DHCP can hand out 3 other adresses (to plug a networked printer ?)
But still does straight 1:1 Mapping with the first address (printer doesn't need to have internet access at all, and the whole internet needs to be able to win-nuke the windows machine).
I still have such a useless junk from ZyXel collecting dust somewhere - it got used only a couple of hours, the time it took me to go buy something better.

So the reason current NAT'ing does security is because in addition of employing private address, it does sensible packet filtering (block inboud traffic, allows on-demand outbound traffic for all parties, requires manual TCP-forwarding configuration or UPnP to allow inboud traffic), but there exist asinine ways to do unsecure private addresse that used to actually exist in the wild.

Comment Re: Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 4, Interesting) 236

More progressives looking to play with numbers to justify whining about rich people

Your bias sees these studies as part of a political movement, mine sees them as part of the strangely recursive science of anthropology. From the moment we are born to the day we lose our mind, watching others is how we navigate the society we find ourselves in. Those at the top of the totem pole are no longer trying to navigate, they are either trying to steer or have anchored in a safe and pleasant harbour.

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