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Comment normalization (Score 1) 26

Once we have been desensitized to mass surveillance of this sort, it will become commonplace.

First they use it for sporting events, then all events with police presence,.then all the time because its cheaper to keep the system active than risk missing something and getting sued.

And thus continues the fall. However with the generations now who love to watch themselves on internet tv, I am not sure if anyone will be left who remembers a world where everything wasn't recorded and archived. If you haven't used an advanced camera system lately, they are approaching zoom, enhance, track, television style skills that was nothing but a CSI joke 10 years ago.

Comment Re:Epic Games what the Mega-Fuck? (Score 1) 399

I consider bitching on Slashdot to be a form of lobbying.

A comment I made here was influential in some changes where Kubuntu is concerned (I went to/stayed with Netrunner anyways).

I've been reading Slashdot since the late 90's even if I didn't register to comment way back then. I have found that Slashdot represents the will of geekdom - companies can chose to follow the Slashdot consensus or crater. Microsoft has been able to resist, but even they haven't been unscathed, they've gone against the Slashdot consensus and very slowly have been slipping into irrelevance. Everyone else sells out, craters, or changes their way of doing things (look at some of the nastiest DRM schemes for an example).

Epic can pay attention to what we have to say here or they can become a division of Blizzard.

Comment 80mph = 128.747km/h (Score 1) 566

"Freeway speed limits should be 80."

80mph = 128.747km/h. That's so bad for fuel efficiency, there should be no other reason as to make it illegal!

I agree what you say that everyone drives 10 km/h over the speed limit and that immediately jumped out at me as the most flimsy part of the obviously premature faulting of the driver.
However, as that holds true, many roads in the country are 100km/h, or 110, so if everyone drives 10km/h over that then we get to your number of 128 anyways. The point is people will just drive 140 in an elevated speed limit, because hey, 10km over.

(this also serves the police of course, they can pull over whomever they want if everyone is breaking the law)

If what people are saying, that the autopilot didnt "see" the car, is true, then they very well should disable that shit until they fix it!
That's a real issue, a bit of speeding is not.

Comment Re:So that makes it OK then (Score 1) 671

Have you actually read that email? ... Even if everything in the Politico article is true it would not surprise me if it is all legal.

Yes I read it. From TFE:

"They take Alice Walton's money and transfer it to state parties, who then immediately transfer it to the DNC. Often times they do it without the state party even knowing because the Clinton campaign controls many of the bank accounts involved. So at the end of the day, most of the state parties have received exactly $0 from their Victory Fund arrangement."

Yeah, sounds pretty legit to me *rolls eyes*. This is the very definition of money laundering and, if everything was on the up'n'up, they wouldn't have to shift the donations back and forth like this. Right? This also clearly illustrates what both Bernie and Trump have been saying all along: it's a rigged system. The DNC's coffers have Hillary's name on them.


Norway Is Building The World's First 'Floating' Underwater Tunnels (thenextweb.com) 79

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: Norway plans to build "submerged floating bridges" to allow drivers to cross its bodies of water. The Next Web reports: "The 'submerged floating bridges' would consist of large tubes suspended by pontoon-like support structures 100 feet below water. Each will be wide enough for two lanes of traffic, and the floating structures should ease the congestion on numerous ferries currently required to get commuters from Point A to Point B. Each support pontoon would then be secured to a truss or bolted to the bedrock below to keep things stable." A trip from Kristiansand to Trondheim is roughly 680 miles and could take as long as 21 hours due to the seven ferry trips required along the way. While building normal bridges would cost significantly less than the $25 billion in funds required for the tunnel project, the fjords and difficult terrain make them unsuitable candidates. The pricey tunnel project could cut the trip time to just 10 hours when it's expected to be finished in 2035.

Comment EEE is not dead; look at systemd (Score 4, Insightful) 399

I guess he forgot about the old Microsoft motto: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. It's still alive today, albeit a bit more subtle than it used to be.

The industry as a whole seems to have forgotten the events of 15-20 years ago (as is common in human society).

If it hadn't, we wouldn't have let systemd do the exact same thing with regards to compatibility with non-systemd distributions, let alone other Unices.

"Sure, all you have to do is add a hard dependency on our library!"
"They way you've been doing for 30 years is incorrect, here make a chance that will force mindshare onto your entire userbase."
"Distributions CAN use something other than the defaults, but we want them to use the defaults and there's no guarantee that not using the defaults will ever continue to work."


'DNC Hacker' Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say (thedailybeast.com) 671

The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian, but new investigation shows he worked directly for Russia President Vladimir Putin's government in Moscow. The Daily Beast reports: The hacker who claims to have stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and provided them to WikiLeaks is actually an agent of the Russian government and part of an orchestrated attempt to influence U.S. media coverage surrounding the presidential election, a security research group concluded on Tuesday. The researchers, at Arlington, Va.-based ThreatConnect, traced the self-described Romanian hacker Guccifer 2.0 back to an Internet server in Russia and to a digital address that has been linked in the past to Russian online scams. Far from being a single, sophisticated hacker, Guccifer 2.0 is more likely a collection of people from the propaganda arm of the Russian government meant to deflect attention away from Moscow as the force behind the DNC hacks and leaks of emails, the researchers found. ThreatConnect is the first known group of experts to link the self-proclaimed hacker to a Russian operation, amidst an ongoing FBI investigation and a presidential campaign rocked by the release of DNC emails that have embarrassed senior party leaders and inflamed intraparty tensions turning the Democratic National Convention. The emails revealed that party insiders plotted ways to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid. The researchers at the aforementioned security firm are basing their conclusion on three signals: the hacker used Russian computers to edit PDF files, he also used Russian VPN -- and other internet infrastructure from the country, and that he was unable to speak Romanian.

Comment Epic Games what the Mega-Fuck? (Score 5, Insightful) 399

"Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, the studio behind the Gears of War and Unreal franchises has once again lashed out at the Redmond-based company. "

I've been an Unreal fan since the original Unreal Tournament.


Unreal stared out Linux friendly. I got GOTY working with Linux, I got the original Unreal working with some patches, 2003 was Linux compatible from the start as was 2004, then Microsoft made some maps for 2004. Unreal 2 wasn't Linux compatible, UT3 was GOING to be Linux compatible, I even bought my copy under the belief a patch/installer would happen, and it never did (you owe me a refund fucker). To top it off all the OLD Unreal games that came out as Linux compatible are only available for WIndows on Steam and other game distribution networks. I have a Mac OSX version of 2004 and it still works on modern OSX, but you don't even offer Mac versions on those networks, just WIndows.


Your company, of all the companies around, have one of the best track records of working with cross platform compatibility until UT2004, then you pull the plug and even shit all over your old games by making them Microsoft only to newcomers despite the fact you're pissed at Microsoft?

It's like walking into a dark alley, have some guy try to mug you with his fist and saying "Right oh, that will never do, if you wanna mug someone you gotta have a weapon, here take this knife so you can rob me propper!" You're a living Monty Python skit, saying one thing and doing another.

Comment Re:Day job (Score 3, Interesting) 343

This sums things up perfectly. I keep seeing "news stories" about things that have been going on since mankind first drug itself out of whatever cave it was living in being rebranded as something that these newfangled kids are doing.

I don't get it.

The current generally has virtually no historical awareness for anything pre-2005. This is beyond the "normal" cyclic view of history and re-inventions, many of them have only the barest knowledge of life before YouTube. I grew up well after the '70s, but somehow I had cultural awareness of the Vietnam War and its influence on the then-present-day as I was a teen and into my twenties.

The current generation (I don't like the term "Millennial" since I find it to be too broad ... let's say the "Digital Natives" (vs. Generation Y, which was roughly born 1980-1992)) is living in the eternal present, unable to re-contextualize current events. Gen Y and Gen X are doing this too, but at least we're doing it ironically. We still remember the critical thinking thought processes we were raised on, whereas they never really got that to begin with.

Comment Re:Free time (Score 4, Interesting) 343

Fuck you.

For decades they have been telling kids to work hard and achieve all they can. To get a good job you need a degree, they said. And she enough, all the good jobs list a degree as a requirement.

Degrees used to be free of course, or at least quite cheap. And there were good jobs that paid the debt off.

Millennials made the decision to get an education based on the advice they had at the time. They were 18, younger even. And it worked out well for their parents.

But oh, sorry, we broke the economy and well, someone's gotta pay... And it won't be us, we've got ours.

I pity the H/S graduating classes of 2007 and 2008, who didn't really know any better but weren't in a position to change course. Anyone afterwards knew damn well that they had to think carefully about their major, about getting a job, and about vocational schooling as an option.

Anyone before then should have remembered the echo from the dot-com implosion and recession, and/or was old enough to know that their degree in Religious Studies and Art History was not going to pay the bills. I remember telling people that, but they continued anyway. That was a *conscious* choice for them that they had plenty of time to reconsider their huge incoming student loan debt -- and with a decent job market, they had options.

Comment Lipstick on a pig (Score 1) 343

I'm sorry, but this is straight-up nonsense. I've worked as many as 3 jobs at a time to make both ends meet in the middle, and no -- it's not a positive thing. At this point, I'm self- employed, and finally able to spend time with my family, which is actually what I want to be doing.
Just because you dress up your poverty as a plus (e.g. "Being unable to afford food has helped me lose 90 lbs!" or "I'm in the best shape of my life, because I walk 10 miles a day. How did I find the motivation to exercise this much? I got my car repo'd!"), does not mean that you should advise others to try it. I'm happy that I can afford food and a car. I'm also happy that I can do that with only 40-ish hours of work each week.

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