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Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 1) 328

On the flip side, if Climate Change is your religion, and yet you live in low-lying coast land, you're kind of an idiot at this point. If you Believe, then topographical maps are free and you should be taking care of yourself and your family - live and work where it will remain safe, and make the move now, not after everything goes crazy. Heck, buy a bunch of safe property while you're at it, great money to be made when the waters rise!

I believe in Climate Change and the resulting sea level rise. I live about 10 feet above MSL (and about 2 miles away from the water) and my region recently voted to tax ourselves to help pay for mitigations against that rise.

But instead of paying those taxes, I'd rather pay a bit more in goods and services to cover the costs of reducing carbon emissions to reduce the rate of global warming and slow the sea level rise.

Comment Re:Slashdot is officially worse than breitbart now (Score 4, Insightful) 191

OP here, knowing the usual subjects would try and known be down a peg or two for throwing in the towel in trying to enjoy a tech site for nerds when it's nothing but a flood of butthurt liberal editors smearing our president every chance they get with propaganda I decided it deserves one final message.

You haven't said what you think this so called "propaganda" is -- the headline and summary are factual and don't even say that opposition to net neutrality is "bad", they just pointed out that the weakening of net neutrality policies is consumer un-friendly and will be a boost to large ISP's. That's hardly a controversial opinion and many conservatives think it's a good thing. This same article could be posted on a conservative news site and it would be applauded as a step in the right direction.

If you take offense at your own political party's policies, then maybe you're supporting the wrong party?

Comment Re:Slashdot is officially worse than breitbart now (Score 5, Informative) 191

With the sensational leftist tabloid boogeyman headlines and clickbait articles, this isn't the site for me anymore. You've jumped the shark /. kindly go fuckoff and join all the other extremist sites while I go search for tech news that matters.

What part of "Trump Appoints Third Net Neutrality Critic To FCC Advisory Team" is not completely factual? You may not like the facts but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be reported.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 5, Informative) 177

It is not a bargain at all. Also that price is construction only, and fails to include all owner's costs in development, not to mention the capacity factor is far below conventional power plants.

Well yeah, it's a PV Solar plant of course it has a lower capacity factor than a conventional plant, you might as well just say "It's dark at night"

But given this is India, expecting them to build a modern combined cycle plant without natural gas infrastructure, or nuclear power without experience is too much.

You mean like the Sugen combined-cycle power plant in Gujarat, India? Or one of the 22 nuclear reactors in operation at seven sites that generate about 25% of India's electricity?

Comment Re:Beyond that, fragile overall (Score 1) 141

Even beyond that, systems that can be so completely broken are typically fragile systems, systems that break in ordinary use. As an example, here's a standard SQL injection, which was present all through a system I worked on recently:


Sure that can be leveraged by an attacker, but what happens when the user's last name is O'Reilly? O'Reilly can't sign up for the service.

That example is typical. Code that's easily hacked is fragile, poor quality code in general, in most cases. Fixing security isn't JUST fixing security. Code that can't be broken is code that doesn't break.

Even worse, what if his name was "Robert'); DROP TABLE Students; --"?

Comment Re:Enough! (Score 1) 141

It's a goddam computer!

Actually you're wrong. It's not the computer's fault. It's just doing what that thing between the keyboard and the chair told it to do. You need to train people how to not open email attachments. I'm frankly shocked idiots continue to fall for this shit.

Rather than making it more difficult for humans to use computers, why isn't the right thing to do: Train computers to stop being infected by someone opening attachments? Sandboxes have been around for years, and with hardware VM support, sandboxes can be entirely virtualized with little effect on performance.

I send and receive documents and spreadsheets with external users all the time - are you saying that I should just go back to 1990 era plain text emails because computers can't be trusted?

Comment Re:Only allow reviews from people who purchased. (Score 1) 106

Amazon could solve this issue by only allowing reviews from people who have actually purchased the product on Amazon.

Sure, this would remove the ability to review products that you bought elsewhere, but I'm sure that's not a large percentage of reviews.

They could easily have it both ways - provide a checkbox to show only show reviews (and calculate the average score) for verified purchases.

Though this wouldn't get rid of the problem entirely -- companies that are willing to give away product in exchange reviews will just reimburse reviewers for the purchase price of the product, so they'll come up in the "Verified purchase" section.

Comment Re:2030 will be 3 elections away ... (Score 4, Interesting) 147

Yes ... let's keep kicking those environmental issues down the road. Fourteen years should give plenty of opportunity to blame some other government when this (and many other distant promises) don't actually happen ...

If the the new Administration does ignore Global Warming (and indeed, rolls back the paltry reductions that have already been put into place), I wonder if that opens up the USA to huge reparation payments down the road when other countries are forced to make huge expenditures due to the climate change?

Comment Re:Technology isn't there yet (Score 1) 260

sadly, it's still a dream. As sending a note through an e-mail takes so much more time than handing over a piece of paper to someone, finding the information on a note that you've written is much easier than going through hundreds of e-mails, having connectivity issues, hardware issues and battery issues... a pen and paper is "cheap". there is too many things that are more easily done with pen and paper or printed on a piece of paper that we still have many years ahead of us that we will still retain the ability to use our writing skills, for the better or worse...

Finding written notices is only easier if it was relatively recent and you know roughly where to look -- just try finding that note you wrote down in a conversation with Bob 6 months ago. Paging through 100 pages of handwritten notes is going to take longer than typing "from:bob after:2016/4/17 before:2016/5/16 subject:widgets"

And if you're at home but left your notepad at work (or vice versa), then you're not going to be able to find it at all.

That said, I find I retain more information when I take notes on paper than when I type them. I still tend to take meeting notes by computer (since I often want to check calendars, etc), but if I'm attending a seminar or other session where I want to learn and retain new information, I take notes on paper. I rarely refer to the notes, but taking the notes helps me retain information.

Comment Re:Next step... (Score 1) 478

I've never bought a computer that I didn't upgrade.

I don't doubt that there are lots of people like you that really do want to upgrade their laptop. Unfortunately for people like you, there aren't a lot of you out there, and the market is probably going to shift toward non-upgradable laptops. Already the new macbook has outsold all competitors

And if providing upgradable laptops provides no real competitive advantage while also being a disadvantage - people like you can buy a small laptop now and upgrade it later when components are cheaper... so the manufacturer makes less money from the sale - upgradable laptops will become less and less common.

Comment Re:Next step... (Score 1, Flamebait) 478

Buy or don't buy. There is no upgrade.

When I bought my last laptop a few years ago, I made sure to get one with plenty of upgrade potential -- extra drive bay, memory slot, etc. Since then, I've upgraded it exactly zero times, and still see no need to upgrade it.

I used to feel the same about buying a phone without a replaceable battery or SD card slot.... then I bought my first Nexus with neither.... I've been very happy with my choice and haven't missed the upgradability.

I'd imagine that a lot of people are like me -- they like the idea of having the option to upgrade, but don't actually *need* to upgrade so a non-upgradable laptop isn't all that unattractive.

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