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Comment Re:The "average" consumer? Of course not. (Score 5, Insightful) 267

The "average" user has no idea and that's why they put IOT shit on their unsecured network in the first place, duh.

The average user has no idea that there is something like "IoT" and that it is in any way different from the rest of "the internet". All they know is that it is "smart" to have an app on your phone that can turn on the heating and tell you the fridge is empty, and a TV that seems to understand what you want to watch, or a smart meter that tells you (and the utility company) how much gas and electricity you use up to the last minute. They won't know or care about the security implications until it goes badly wrong.

Comment Stirring the shit? (Score 1) 228

Although one Democrat criticized the extension by arguing that nuclear power "does better in a socialist economy than in a capitalist one, because nuclear energy prefers to have the public do the cleanup, do the insurance, cover all of the losses and it only wants the profits."

I remember in the beginning how refreshing it was to find Slashdot, where you could quite often find intelligent discourse about technical subjects and where Linux was often portrayed in a positive light at a time when the consensus in the IT industry produced such catchy phrases as "You get what you pay for" and other goodies. It feels quite disappointing to see that we are now becoming little more than a sort tabloid outlet, whose main editorial line is to post anything that stirs up controversy, because that attracts more commentators, who we can sell as potetial eyes that look at our adverts.

I've picked out this particular sentence, not because I feel that socialism needs defending, but because it once again portrays Americans as being stereotypically crude, uninformed and astoundingly stupid. So, is there actually 'one Democrat' that spews out this sort of tripe about socialism? Probably - just as there are Republicans and Americans of any denomination, who tend to hold a similarly uninformed view of the world. And for that matter, people from any nation. I happen to know quite a few Americans - and I have only ever come across 1 in the flesh, who matched the sterotype; to compare, I know loads of Britons that appear to be functionally braindead.

As for the comment on itself: the behaviour desribed matches very closely what we have grown up to expect from businesses, especially big businesses, under glorous Capitalism: acid rain, dead rivers, corrupt companies paying corrupt researchers (they don't really deserve being called scientists) to tweak their results, pollutants poured out in the environment with the excuse that "it hasn't been proven that these chemicals, which cause deformities in frogs are harmful to humans" - and so on. Plus, of course, they do all they can to avoid paying taxes, so who gets to pay the bill for cleaning up the mess for their reckless profiteering? Societies all over the world are still paying the bill for the tobacco industry's profitmaking - they make money from selling a drug that is proven to cause cancer, but they don't pay the expenses for cancer treatments, nor do they compensate for the loss of production or any of the other significant costs associated with their business. All in all, I think it has absolutely nothing to do with socialism when the public has to foot the bill for the mindless greed of Big Capitalism.

Comment Re:The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 1) 526

When it comes to free speech, I'd still rather them be in charge than just about anyone else.

Indeed. Nowhere else in the world has the robust guarantees of free speech that America has.

Sure, why not? However, and correct me if I am wrong, what we are talking about is "the transfer of oversight of the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN", who administrates what (top level) domain names can be used in DNS, and coordinate who uses what, to we can avoid name clashes and that sort of things. I find it really hard to see that it will have any impact on free speech in general, whether they will allow you to use domains ending in .xxx or whatever; of much greater importance is the operation of the root domain servers, but since disrupting them in any way will hurt everybody, I can't see that happening, no matter who oversees the operation of ICANN. The only real importance of this transfer is symbolic, in that it puts the US on the same level as the rest of the world (nominally), but in practical terms, it makes no difference at all. Speaking loudly and forcefully about it is no more than posturing - like picking a fight over which shade of grey you prefer.

Comment Not optimistic, but... (Score 2) 259

The language is deliberately vague, because of course this is mostly a marketing stunt for Microsoft; after all, what does 'solve cancer' mean? But to be fair, we are in fact beginning to understand many of the factors that make up several cancer diseases, and sometimes it is beneficial to focus on a far away goal, even if it isn't entirely realistic in the timeframe.

Cancer, I think, will always be with us - in a snes it always IS; some would say that all of us have cancer, all the time, because there is always a certain proportion of new cells that have genetic faults, and some of them have the potential to become cancerous - what saves us is a good immune system. It makes intuitive sense, I think, because as we get older, our immune system becomes less efficient, and then we are less likely to stop all cancer cells, which explains why cancer is much more common in older people.

There is, however, reasons to hope that we can at some point find a single or a few common traits that unite all types of cancer and make them curable; I have certainly seen articles that hint at something that could give us that. But in 10 years? I don't know.

Comment Re:I claim prior art (Score 1) 201

It's not a paper bag, you fool - it is a modular, physical containerisation system, a completely different concept. Paper bag indeed - young people now a days. I throw up my hands*.

(*makes you wonder how I managed to swallow them in the first place, doesn't it?)

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 1) 205

None of them require us to live like the Amish.

Indeed - even if you compare the amount of energy used in America per inhabitant with the same for Europe, you can see a significant difference, and I don't think most Americans would feel life was uncortably primitive if they wen't to stay here. To think that only something like 150 years ago, Americans were incredibly tough pioneers, who survived on next to nothing and still managed to build up a great nation; things have gone downhill somewhat, it appears.

It is perfectly possible to live good, comfortable lives wasting next to nothing in terms of resources - you just have to be open minded and inventive.

Comment Reddit? (Score 2) 610

The thing that caught my eye here was the mention of Reddit - is that a good forum to discuss techie things? Maybe I'll have to go and check it out - I always just dismissed it as yet another social media thing.

Oh, Clinton and Trump, yeah right, what's the fuss? Clinton is without doubt the most evil, criminal mastermind in history (based on hearsay on the gossip channels), and Trump is the spoiled son of a family that made it's fortune from brothels and gambling, apparently (if one can believe this: To be honest, I don't think it is only the political classes in the US that are sick - from the noises, it sounds like the whole nation is in the grip of severe, mental illness. I hope I'm wrong - I think any sane person would dismiss the more obviously stupid noises and look up fact for themselves, like what are the track records of the two candidates, what have they achieved that is relevant to the job they are applying for and so on. I mean, those things are in fact quite important, since the President holds real power, unlike some other heads of state. Has anybody of you guys with the loud voices even thought about what qualifications are desirable in a president? Or does it just boil down to "whatever seems to fit the description of our candidate"?

The world is going through a very difficult time, and it is going to get worse before it gets better. Globalisation means that things like nations and capitalism are beginning to lose their relevance, and climate change means that we are going to see major conflics over mass migration, among other things. Terrorism is only a small symptom of what is likely to come, if we don't get some things sorted out rather urgently, so I would suggest that people take the issue of who governs the most powerful nation on the planet a little more seriously; this isn't a cheap "reality show".

Comment Re:Already approved (Score 1) 69

My attention immediately shuts off any I have no respect for what that person is saying. Sounds like marketing drivel.

They are expressing an opinion, no different from saying "Linux/OSX/Windows is the best thing ever!" - nothing wrong with being excited about your favourite tool, I think, even if others have a different perspective on things.

Here's my experiences with the beast: I have, since the early days of Linux (kernel 0.9 installed wirh a huge pile of floppies) been a terminal+vi+make kind of guy; I never really liked GUI based IDEs and was not too keen on the fullscreen IDEs of the DOS era either. As everybody else with development background, I've had to use IDEs from time to time, but I still prefer to develop C and C++ without. However, since I started on working with Java EE, I suddenly found a use for an IDE, and the one that I converged on was Netbeans - I've tried Eclipse, Kdevelop and JDeveloper, but for me at least, Netbeans has all the things you need when you don't know too much about Java. It automatically suggests which things to import, and believe you me, that is a huge help in Java EE, with the enormous number of standards, annotations and what have you. Perhaps if I had lived with Java development from the beginning, I would have preferred the command line, but ...

Comparing with Eclipse, for example, Netbeans was really easy to get going with, perhaps not surprisingly, because I think Java and Netbeans have grown up together for a long time, whereas Eclipse seems to be more of a universal IDE that started closer to C and C++.(in my superficial view).

Comment The real problem (Score 1) 181

There are many reasons why watching pornography may be bad, but I have never been convinced that seeing pornography is likely to traumatise anybody, especially not a child, who would have no experience against which to interpret what they saw. It seems to me that any trauma that arises comes from adults making undue fuss over it and describing it as "dangerous" and "dirty". When you have no sexual experience and have yet to develop your drives and lusts, porn is more likely to evoke feelings of confusion and perhaps some level of disgust.

Comment Re:Illiterate cretins... (Score 1) 170

First of all: "using a similar email address as Musk's"

It's "using a similar e-mail address TO Musk's" (American cretins).

And secondly - the e-mail itself is an illiterate load of rubbish, no capital letters, 'txt speak', etc. WTF?

I too sometimes find myself irritated by things that seem to be common, American usage, but the thing is - the correct form of a language is decided by the native speakers of that language, and American English is slowly becoming a different language from British English; and of course, what is taught in British schools as 'correct' is only one version of the many, equally valid, English dialects. Just because they speak Geordie in Whitehall, that doesn't mean it isn't correct. BBC Parliament would be a whole lot more fun to watch if they did.

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