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Comment Re:This may be somewhat accurate .... (Score 4, Interesting) 150

Now, would I say all of this means she's headed down the road of becoming a cyber-criminal? Not exactly .... In daily life, she abides by most of the rules. She's not the type to try to steal something from a store, for example. She generally knows right from wrong. But I think when it comes to games where everything is virtual, she has a feeling, deep-down, that it's more "ok" to cheat and hack

Her instincts and morals are good and are like most technical people, they can tell the difference between virtual and non-virtual, the true harm (if any) and consequences are understood. Hacking games never harmed anyone and should never carry severe consequences, at most you don't get to play that game anymore or have to pay for a new account, yes it's ethically wrong within the context of a game... but that's the point it's just a game, when someone cheats at monopoly they don't go to jail or get extortionate and real fines... people just don't play with them.

Of course we know hacking can have serious consequences, if it's connected to something real and dangerous, but when you hack that stuff you will know it... the problem is outsiders who can't tell the difference, it's black and white hacking === evil to them, the best we can do for those people is say hacking is a broad term: it's like "mechanic", a mechanic can fix cars and tinker with them, make them run in ways their manufacturer never intended because they have explored how these things work, but that's ok. Their knowledge also gives them the ability to modify cars in specific dangerous ways that to intentionally harm a driver... your mechanic at your local garage could do that...

Comment Next up: How to drill a hole in your MacBook (Score 1) 495

How foolish we've all been... it's nothing to do with making money on wireless headphones at all, Apple have obviously just bought up a load of power drill companies and are going to get iFixit to post how to's on drilling headphone ports. Next it will be Apple workshops on how to drill a hole in over-expensive anodised aluminium body without making a giant horrid protruding mess.

There is no other explanation, why else would people buy a notebook that's incompatible with analogue speakers.

Comment "pirates"? (Score 1) 136

Such a vauge term, if they mean copyright inf ringers then they are going to have to increase the size of their prisons massively to accommodate a 3rd of the counties population. I should probably give up copyright infringement and become a murderer as a past time so i'm less likely to go to jail for a decade.

Comment Re:We Are Made of Wilderness (Score 1) 150

You have some good ideas, but you need to focus on whats worth while... Recognise what the core principle behind each of your points is and then see if that principle makes sense in their order of execution and context.

Categories of your points in order of effectiveness:

By Designs (Preemptive)

  • We need to sort are garbage better and design things so that they can be recycled from the get-go.
  • We need to buy things that can be repaired--instead of thrown away.
  • We need to build more 2 and 3 family houses with big yards--instead of single family homes.
  • We need to make our roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists, skateboarders, and scooterists. In the SF Bay, lots of people longboard commute.
  • We need smaller and lighter cars.
  • We need to to plant more trees, anywhere we can.

By Mindset (values):

  • We need a value system that wastes less.
  • We need not to buy things we don't need or strongly want.
  • We need to always keep in mind where "away" is before we throw something away from us. Where does it go?
  • We need to offer someone a ride in our cars--if we are going that way.

By Reduction (Damage Control):

  • We need to cut down on unnecessary packaging.
  • We need to cut down on detergents. I use 1/3 as much as I am supposed to, and no one has ever noticed.
  • We need to put an end to the Chevrolet's brother's invention of the automobile model-year, and return to model, so cars aren't devalued before they are even sold.
  • We need to recycle ABS plastic. It's good plastic, but made of 3 cancer causing chemicals, and made fire retardant with a bromine halogen.
  • We need to ration powerful chemicals such as bleach and drain cleaner.
  • Our leaders should ask us to take it easy on resources and fuel, and generally, they are not.

I want the same end result of environmentalists, but I find 99% of self proclaimed environmentalists to push annoyingly futile ideas against obvious resisting forces. But we create those forces, it's like we made a river and the environmentalists want to swim upstream and are asking everyone else to follow... no one will follow because it's not practical, only idealists - which is not useful because there is no point if we can't get the vast majority of people on board, the vast majority of people are NOT idealists. Change the river don't ask people to kill themselves going the wrong way.

Most environmentalist ideas reside in the "Reduction" category. In principle reduction is making stuff less-bad - I say fuck that, make it good. "less-bad" is pointless in the face of economic and human growth whos rate will always outpace any reduction rate (another topic all together). The Alternative to "Reduction" is at the opposite end of the scale: "Design"

Like it or not much of the world creates "stuff" whith the ultimate driving force of it being sold and put in the ground so that more can be sold. If "repairable" can be made more profitable then great, that's a practical way to solve part of this problem by design, but ultimately some things will still go in the ground... Actually it's best to just assume that everything you sell to people will go in the ground, either because it's just not a repairable thing, or (more likely) because they can't be bothered. Which is why designing it out of materials that can both go in the ground or be trivially separated (no sorting nonsense please, again dont rely in individuals to spend their lives sorting garbage) is the most effective solution, but this requires material science and engineering... your top point about designing for recycling is the closest to this.

TL;DR if you care about the environment stop whining about reduction, whine about products, manufacturers and materials or better become a material scientist and engineer a solution, make it impossible for people to put non degradable toxic carcinogens in the ground by never giving it to them in the first place.

Comment Exactly the same MS strategy (Score 1) 76

They don't care if it's the OS or the Office apps, whatever the software they are trying to push they use the same strategy, make it default, force everyone to use their software, force vendors to ship it and nothing else, force schools to teach it and call it computer education so that kids grow up with with office and windows as the definition for "computer".

Because of this, they are still everyone's enemy, so don't pretend like anything has changed... especially after the secure boot shit they pulled on all of us non windows users.

Comment Re:Seems stupid... (Score 3, Interesting) 191

None of which is good, but those are the facts.

I generally agree with your post and share a dislike for misinterpreted statistic. However I think It's also important to understand that the raw data itself however empirical is quite fallible and cannot be trusted as hard evidence, the gathering of raw data is often as mistreated as the analysis. So referring to them as "facts" (perhaps not what you really meant) borders on 2nd order ignorance in my mind, they are indicators that even after correct analysis are open to interpretation and should be weighted based on the source of data.

Comment Re:windows 10 windows 10 windows 10 windows 10 (Score 1) 177

Lol at the mods :P if you think i'm trolling then you need a reality check. Microsoft is always seeking media attention for it's abused OS, this is a restrained and unbiased response to any company that acts that way... fuck off. if their OS is so great they wouldn't need to shove it down everyone's necks.

Comment Find a thoughtful sport / physical activity (Score 1) 254

I think the problem with being lazy but having an appetite for thought, is that many physical exercises are extremely tedious and repetitive. There are some sports that I think are more demanding of the mind, I know all competitive sports have a form of strategy, but the technical skill of sports vary greatly. Thinking "i'm lazy, I need to do exercise" and then going to the gym, is a recipe for failure... if you want to do it consistently then you need to enjoy it.

My sport is rock climbing, from an outside view I know people just think it's a purely physical thing, picturing Stallone using brute force to solo up something while unnecessarily carrying a bolt gun... but it is a very technical sport especially when you get into the upper grades, i would describe it as good combination of intuitive r-mode ability with a balanced thoughtful l-mode overseeing, modulating, strategising, then combine that with the physiological challenges of falling... It's a mentally demanding sport, and I thoroughly enjoy all of it's challenges.


"Trust" is subjective. I have to "Trust" someone.

But apparently the OP doesn't have to trust anyone... In which case I'm pretty sure that before using his computer he reads and comprehends every single one of the millions of lines of code that comprise his open source software stack before compiling and using it on his open source hardware which he has painstakingly verified with a TEM after going through the RTL source to make sure the fab wasn't trying to subvert his privacy.... All while being wrapped in a giant tinfoil snowball orbiting Pluto to keep away from those pesky TEMPEST spies.

I mean... yeah, you gotta trust someone when you use tech, whether or not it's open source you still have to trust people.

Comment Re:"All services have been restored" (Score 1) 68

...And during all that time, the BT DNS service was not working, so I couldn't do any other work. #RANT# The BT-supplied router, the fornicating clunky useless and slow Home Hub 5, does not allow you to put in your own DNS servers...

1. Never rely on routers supplied by ISPs (especially BT), they reliably suck giant fucking donkey balls.

2. Your OS doesn't have to (and arguably shouldn't) use the DNS server address given by the DHCP (router).

Arguably you should specify the DNS on your OS for security purposes anyway (e.g a compromised router sending all your DNS requests to a malicious server and sending you off to some amazon.com impersonation... that's what you risk every time your computer connects to a public AP).

Another reason not to use ISP's DNS is they all poison it these days, I'm not on BT anymore but they used to redirect all missing DNS entries to their search page with loads of advertising... I can't begin to go into whats wrong with that because i'd take too long.

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