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Comment Re: Left and further left (Score 4, Informative) 341

You seemed to have left out the Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs, which went a long way towards splitting the parties.

Conveniently towards the end of your timeline, Nixon during his 1968 campaign appealed to many dixiecrats who were upset about the passage of the civil rights act, stating it was a form of government encroachment on their lives. This in turn led to a party shift where former dixiecrats turned republicans and in time, the former republicans turned progressive. Once the parties flipped, you've got the War on Drugs for the 1970s and 1980s that heavily criminalized communities of color and anti-war liberals. Or as John Erlichman said it "We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news,"

Blacks, who were outright demonized by the right, turned to the left, which accepted them because who would not turn down the free vote. The left still treats black voters in a passive-agressive manner, knowing they can reliably count on the black vote, but the relationship is not as antagonistic as what is seen on the right.

So many right wing people love to crow about how Republicans freed the slaves and were responsible for most progressive legislation early on in this country. All that is true, but the conveniently leave out the part where Nixon and Lee Atwater flipped the parties, and when both Reagan and Bush used race based fear mongering to further drive the republican base whiter and more conservative.

Comment Re: Narrative Pushing (Score 2) 434

You bought the fake news. Point me towards a racist thing trump has said in the last 20'years. You can't, because it's fake news. When you look at his actual statements, you will see a populist platform, not racism. He said deport illegals. That's not racism. He said to vet Muslim immigrants for terrorism ties before letting them into the country. That's not racism. The bowl of skittles? He said a few, not a large fraction. Keep digging through what he said, vice what's been reported, and you'll see who the consumers of fake news are.

Trump saying Judge Curiel's inability to impartially judge him in a court of law is the very definition of racism. It was a direct quote from Trump himself. You can also cite the many cases against Trump's properties unfairly discriminating against potential black tenants and the ad he took out in the paper himself calling for the death penalty of the central park 5. He's pretty racist.

Comment Re:You mean new apps right? (Score 1) 153

In other words we have the apps we like... which is kind of why this article makes me roll my eyes.

There's this thing in economics called rational ignorance.

The upside of finding another app with positive utility is less than the downside of having to wade through hundreds of apps whose security policy comes nowhere close to my personal threshold of acceptability.

The search friction is immense, because Android doesn't allow me to hard code my own "acceptable security" profile, restricting the apps that it shows me to only those apps (at least, not the last time I tried). It would be a short list based on what I've observed in prior dumpster dives.

Want to access my personal contacts in exchange for turning my camera flash into a flashlight? Go fuck yourself.

The utility I'm losing because of my posture of rational ignorance is definitely non-zero, by deliberate Android design. Make it easy for users to impose their own personal security profile, and users will actually start doing it, even the lazy ones who might otherwise fire and forget.

Because the granularity of my control is so outrageously coarse, I have my GPS disabled, I have my data service disabled, I have location services disabled, I have Bluetooth disabled (despite owning a Pebble watch), and 90% of the time I have my Wi-Fi disabled. And I have software installed to warn me when any of my apps try to update. Even Google Play now has to ask permission. If I had a mechanical slide switch like I do on my T500 laptop, I'd also have my microphone and camera electrically disabled when not in active use (the switch on the T500 only controls a few radios).

In a world where the Mozilla phone was viable (never did I suspect this for a second), I'd have switched already.

Android has a user security experience—for a user technical enough to know the difference—of a combination payday loan / taco stand / ripoff currency exchange parked over a filthy storm drain piped through rotting, pre-coup infrastructure into a Zika-infested marshland.

Get a phone with cyanogenmod and privacy guard. You can disallow individual security permissions to an app. Some apps don't like them and crash, but most ask for them but chug along perfectly fine with those permissions disallowed. Privacy guard is a real game changer.

Comment Good for the masses, but there will be niche holdo (Score 1) 990

Heh. I won't say they never work, but my job regularly has me doing 100-150 mile trips *daily*, some cases 200 miles. The cheaper EVs would not work, but a vehicle with a range like the Tesla 100d would suffice...If i charged it almost nightly. For the record, I am a roving network engineer that covers an area with the landmass roughly half the state of Rhode Island (around 550ish miles). I drive a 96 volvo station wagon that averages mid 20's mpg, going as high as 31 MPG on the highway and as low as 20ish in the city. It costs almost nothing to run besides tires, brakes, oil changes and suspension and I do my own maintenance. I love what Tesla is doing, but probably won't buy one until I can get it for less than $5000, I can do my own maintenance and it can haul me, plus all my gear comfortably. I'd imagine for a niche case like this, it may take awhile..

Plus, I wonder how long it will take to trickle to those who simply cannot afford new cars. To those outside of the new car market, there exists an entire underclass of used vehicles and the industries that spurs along. Think shadetree mechanics, places like autozone that sell parts and places that refurbish used parts and sell to the consumer or mechanic. I wonder how EV battery life will look after 10 years. The cottage industries that will no doubt arise selling refurbished batteries and/or doing in-car cell replacement for those who cannot afford to swap the whole unit. As a guy who swapped his own transmission over two weekends, I"m more excited about the prospects of how cheaply I can own and purchase a car, rather than the mass market $35k unit.

Submission + - Digital Cable Q2Q Enterprise Decoding?

racerx509 writes: I work for a school district in Georgia and we are trying to improve our IPTV distribution system. Currently, we house 30 RG6 cable taps, going to 30 cable boxes on a server rack in our data center, feeding 30 encoders via component cable cables as well as a few IR blasters to change channels. Each encoder has a multicast stream address, which runs through a big switch, that sends the encoded video data across our network. Clients pick up the stream through an internal AD managed web interface.

The whole setup is slated to move later on this year, so I was hoping to improve things by simplifying the cable boxes, taps and encoders. We convinced the cable company to rent us a hospitality style Q2Q installation at our data center, which outputs Pro Idiom DRM encrypted QAM signals, which will need to be decrypted and re-encoded as MPEG4 before I can stream....

I'd like to leave the consumer cable boxes behind, as they require constant babysitting, a hard power reset after inclement weather, and no way to monitor any of it in our NOC. Also, the IR blasters lack security, which has led to random sporting events showing up on all channels during *insert sport season*.

The cable company isn't being overly helpful, as they do not have a way of monetizing a Q2Q system, the way we are using it, so I'm turning to slashdot.

I've found a few solutions that may work, but all are rather expensive. Price isn't the issue, but I want to know if they actually *work* as advertised. I have some experience, but any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Has anyone here had experience in the hospitality or enterprise IPTV sector?

Comment Re: uh... (Score 1) 215

Not particularly. For many, many years one would get a disproportionately higher sentence for the drugs people of color used despite the fact that they were less damaging to the body physiologically. Obama was the first president that tried to make all sentences for all illegal substances uniform. Furthermore the original laws put in place banning marijuana were sponsored by the robberbarons of the early 20th century who used white fear of images of crazed blacks and brown people to garner support state by state for prohibition in order to sell their own product. Finally its a great way to control a populace by shipping non violent people to jail and keep them paying parole/ probation fees etc. This entire war on drugs was a farce. Also the white drug of choice would be methamphetamine rather than alcohol which had a very different public reaction and laws attached. When the supposed crack epidemic of the 80s occurred one never saw actual useful products like baking soda or gasoline banned or regulated. Instead more folks were put in jail. I write this painfully aware of the difference in laws as actually medicines previously available that helped people through sinus and chest infections are no longer on the market due to changes in law thanks to meth. That's the difference.


Submission + - Desktops vs mobile devices in the future classroom?

racerx509 writes: I do IT for a medium to large sized school district who was just awarded a charter earlier this year. They are getting ready to plan the next generation school building which all new schools must follow and the new CTO has decided to leave all computer labs out in favor of 1:1 mobile devices for each student. We've had a fairly bumpy trail this year with some bot based and fruit based tablets already in the classroom, so I am a bit leery of a wide scale deployment.

Besides technical issues of wireless connectivity and issues of kids taking care of their new shiny tablet, what are some of the other pitfalls with this strategy? Any benefits? From a sheer maintanence perspective as well as an accounting perspective, I can see this being a nightmare, plus, you can't code well on a tablet.

Comment Re:Same happened in all ages, with everything (Score 1) 525

When technology moves on, the end users learn to use the new tools and new materials, and only experts use the expert's tools to make the tools and materials for the every day man. But the experts do that much more efficiently and at a lower price than the normal people could do before.

There was a time when you could fix your own car, but that car would be so simple that it could only do 100 km/h, had no satnav, no ABS, no fuel injection, no mp3 player, no central locking system, no electrical windows, no indicators when something was wrong. And I spend my time to do something else (like spamming on /.), instead of tinkering on my car.

Nostaligia is a rubbish argument against technological progress.

My car may not be very new; a 2001 audi with twin turbo v6, but has ABS, Fuel Injection, MP3 player, central locking, indicators, electric windows, front/rear heated seats and aircon, Blue-tooth for cell phone and is capable of 240km/h(stock...mine is modified to do nearly 270km/h). I work on it myself quite regularly, recently replacing the A-arm and suspension bushings in the front. I also installed my own transmission (with front/rear diffs and drive shaft in my back yard). The knowledge is still there for those who seek it, but it is not as widely distributed as it used to be.

That is the "fun" car, with the daily driver being a 95 volvo T5/r that will also do nearly 270km/h but it takes a little longer to get there :)

The article is quite valid and other countries, specifically the ones that seem to be above the European debt crisis (germany, finland, sweden) seem to still value craftsmenship. I"ll agree that nostalgia is rubbish, but the ability to work with one's hands is still a very valuable trait. The meteoric rise of economies in the far east can be evidenced if this, as well as those previously mentioned European countries. If we are to remain a superpower, we will have to stop the secret war we are waging on skilled workers and/or those who work with their hands.

Comment Re:Old burned-out gamer chiming in (Score 1) 308

QFT. I was a serious online FPS gamer back in college, to the tune of Q3, halflife and counterstrike, but after graduating, starting a business and working a 9 to 5, I find I simply don't have the same amount of time that I used to. I still make time to game, but online games don't strike my fancy like they used to. these days, I find myself playing adventure games, first person and third person action games with lengthy single player campaigns. If a game has a good story, decent graphics and controls, I'll load it up and play it a few hours a week at a time, often whittling it down in a few months. I picked up Crysis 2 in january, conquered it in march. I picked up Metro 2033 on steam back in jan, but the lengthy time between save points, and no quicksave has put me off it.

Comment It could help diagnose disabilities. (Score 1) 133

I think such a technology would be very useful for the early detection of math learning disabilities. I went through grade school, middle school and high school with high grades in all subject areas with the exception of any sort of maths. It took 6 years to pass basic algebra. I was later tested and diagnosed with dyscalculia and had to give up a long dreamed career of engineering.

Such a tool would be useful to help get students the help they need early and not have them either waste time, or languish in school beating their head against a wall.

Comment Re:FCC chair should mind his own store first (Score 1) 110

The FCC is currently mismanaging radio spectrum sales and partitioning. That is their primary function. Do that and once you're doing your ACTUAL job then worry about the internet which you in fact have no authority over.

The FCC seems to be trying to fail up. TV viewership is dying so they're trying to expand themselves into the internet. I get it. But first maybe they should sell off that radio spectrum and do their actual jobs.

except for the fact that the original mission of the FCC was to regulate communications mediums by wire or radio. In the very beginning, their roots were traced to the FRC and they used the reasoning of spectrum scarcity to regulate radio waves, but it spread to broadcast and wire due to the pervasiveness of the medium. Like it or not, legal precedent is on their side until someone challenges it.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 412

Maybe someone should tell him that it's the GAMEPLAY that matters, not flashy graphics. I never did like Crytek's games because they felt more like tech demos that real games.

Also, consoles have one more advantage. If I want to play a game I just stick the disk in and that's it. No worries if my drivers are current, or if my combination of mb+graphics would cause a problem etc. Also it's much cheaper to be a gamer on the consoles. Sure, the games are more expensive but ask yourself how often do you have to upgrade you machine? I did it every 6-12 months and each time i spend around $500 on it (new mb, new graphics and usually a new cpu) just so I could play the latest games with details on max

I take it you haven't played any of the newer consoles. The only system like this out of the box is the Wii. I"ve gone through 3 xbox 360 consoles and a ps3. Two of the 360s red ringed and the third began cutting rings in the bottom of the games. Even still, you have to go online for updates to the dashboard and some games want drive installs. The ps3, most games *require* drive installs, and/or online updates with GT 5 taking 30 minutes to install itself.

Consoles of yore were simpler and would work out of the box, but today's systems act more or less like PCs, only with worse graphics and DRM.



Cooking With Your USB Ports 188

tekgoblin writes "Wow, I would never have thought to try and cook food with the power that a standard USB port provides, but someone did. A standard port provides 5V of power, give or take a little. I am not even sure what it takes to heat a small hotplate, but I am sure it is more than 5V. It looks like the guy tied together around 30 USB cables powered by his PC to power this small hotplate. But believe it or not, it seems to have cooked the meat perfectly."

Comment Re:Sleep (Score 1) 259

I find the endorphine rush that accompanies a good workout only serves to delay the sleep even worse. Much like the OP, I find it difficult to sleep before 2:00 or 3:00. I can sleep fine from this point until 12:00 the following day, but if I force myself to conform to a "regular" schedule, sleeping at 2300, and waking at 6:00, I am typically groggy and incoherent until well after 11am. On mornings when I can gather the mental energy and focus on a good workout, I'll awake at 6:00 and run a few miles or do some calisthenics. Nothing too complex, as usually at that time, I lack focus or coordination to do anything beyond the most simple exercises. Anyway, the resultant endorphine rush is like a natural cup of coffee; It wakes me up.

In contrast, doing a workout not long before bed causes one to also shower. Showering before bed time for me, at least is a huge no-no. I WILL NOT fall asleep until well after 430! I"ve attempted this a few times, and was faced with a full 8-12 hour work schedule the next day and things were not pretty.

Melatonin pills, a bit of white wine, some higher quality vodkas, and/or a bit of sexual activity (when the lady is around) all seem to work. I just hate being codependent on some outside stimuli to fall asleep, but until one can find a job that allows a 12:00 schedule, this is the way it has to be.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Internet 92

MMBK writes "Our friends at JESS3 have unveiled The Ex-Blocker. It's a Firefox and Chrome plugin that erases all name and likeness of your ex from the Internet, even if they become a meme, or the president. You'll no longer have to threaten to delete your Facebook account or concoct an elaborate e-hoax to assuage the reality-shattering complications that are born from break-ups. Simply construct an Internet that omits bad vibes all together."

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