Good (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Driverless cars may reduce U.S. auto sales 40% by 2040 on 2015-05-21 07:42 (#9EWJ)

There are too many cars polluting the skies and requiring vast quantities of landscape to be paved for roads and parking. Also of note, driverless cars won't just impact US automakers, they will impact all automakers. There will likely be a short lived (in the 10ish year time span) boost in sales as everyone gets theirs, then people will just relax and enjoy. As an avid driver, I'm only worried (and even then, just slightly) that driverful cars will at some point be banned.

As a side note, I expect driverless cars to last longer than driverful cars due to the cars always driving smoothly and the potential for the car to drive itself to the mechanic for maintenance.

Great start (Score: 1)

by in NASA search and rescue radar saves lives in Nepal on 2015-05-09 02:56 (#8P56)

I look forward to the day where every emergency response department has several of these. If they had had more than a couple, how many more lives could have been saved?

Re: Time for a change (Score: 1)

by in Aircraft fire-suppression systems can't prevent lithium-ion battery fire and explosions on 2015-05-04 23:32 (#8CPX)

If I could be tranquilized, for free, for the entire flight, I might fly more often. The movies, snacks, etc. are just a distraction from how horrible being stuffed like sardines into a flying can for several hours really is.

I've flown first class once, and it was brilliant. If I were rich, I'd take that route every time. Until then, sign me up for the tranquilizers.

Shucks (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Crickets aren’t ready to replace meat on 2015-04-21 04:48 (#7FVZ)

Looks like we'll have to stick to the more nutritive, cheaper, less "icky," and already being consumed, spirulina.

Re: Those sneaky hackers.... (Score: 1)

by in Ransomware Decryptor - NHTCU & Kaspersky Lab on 2015-04-20 20:08 (#7ETJ)

I would assume that the police are easy targets the same reason grandma is: computer illiteracy.

About time (Score: 1)

by in Antarctica experiences hottest day ever on 2015-04-10 04:56 (#6RPX)

I've been waiting to take my tropical vacation there for some time now, and didn't want to wait for the alien invasion and terraforming.

"Made from edible materials like plants" (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Consumer product containers with non-stick coating coming out this year on 2015-03-26 06:09 (#5S0G)

For use in things like glue bottles and paint cans, sign me up, but for food I think I'll wait a few years for everyone else to guinea pig this product for me. I guess I just like the food label to be more descriptive than "like plants."

Re: Music video (Score: 1)

by in Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy on 2015-03-01 09:47 (#41ST)

Funny, that was my first thought when I heard he died. I knew Mr. Nimoy from his role as Spock, but I always preferred the smiling, singing version. Even Bill Shatner said "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." His nuanced performance of an alien isn't what made him human

Obsoletism (Score: 1)

by in Late lament on the death of slide-out keyboards on 2015-02-24 00:22 (#3P98)

Maybe it's because they are considered obsolete? I didn't upgrade my original Droid until very recently (when it finally died) and I lamented the loss the of the slide-out keyboard. I was extremely happy with both a) how far predictive text input technologies had come, and b) swype. I can type much faster with one thumb and swype than I ever could with two thumbs (and I'd had years of practice with various Palm Treos beforehand). The magic technologies aren't without their problems, and now I'm much more likely to "type" a completely different word than what I intended rather than just missing a character here or there. For the reader of my messaging, it is a step backwards. For me, it is a step forwards.

How the mighty have fallen (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Lenovo apologizes for pre-loaded insecure adware "Superfish" on 2015-02-21 08:10 (#3H4E)

I take it as a sign of the times how far the once mighty Lenovo (in pseudo-proxy-of the once mighty IBM) has fallen

I loved my first IBM Thinkpad: full of reliableness and gusto. I type this now on my chiclet stricken, touchpad button missing (although I never use the touchpad: long live the nub!), X1 Carbon. I look at even the very next generation of X1 Carbons and see faults that would make me -- a true believer -- second guess the company's strategy.

I recommended an Ideapad to my less-than-tech-savvy friend. When it experienced its first problems I shrugged them off as the fault of Microsoft. When the problems became persistent -- for example, an incompatibility between the wifi driver and Google Fiber's router -- I started to see the Lenovo of now for what they are: a memory of what once was.

Re: m0n0 (Score: 1)

by in End of the m0n0wall project on 2015-02-18 05:53 (#3AFJ)

Oh, I'm sure Microsoft Windows will be fine.




Seriously though, from TFA: "m0n0wall has served as the seed for several other well known open source projects, like pfSense, FreeNAS and AskoziaPBX. The newest offspring, OPNsense (, aims to continue the open source spirit of m0n0wall while updating the technology to be ready for the future. In my view, it is the perfect way to bring the m0n0wall idea into 2015, and I encourage all current m0n0wall users to check out OPNsense and contribute if they can."

Re: D vs. R (Score: 1)

by in Congressmen raise concerns over SoCal Edison replacing 500 IT workers with H1-B visa holders on 2015-02-10 02:49 (#2X01)

That's my point. Both sides seem willing to be for it while equally sabotaging their own platform. What I meant was that I don't see why it's the republicans that are against it now rather than both parties being against it.

D vs. R (Score: 0)

by in Congressmen raise concerns over SoCal Edison replacing 500 IT workers with H1-B visa holders on 2015-02-09 21:16 (#2WZV)

I've never been sure why republicans are the ones against this (maybe old fashioned protectionism?) and why the democrats are against it (maybe they really do hate America?), because it always seemed to me to be opposite of their respective platforms: the republicans always tout their business friendliness and the democrats always seem to portray themselves as the protector of the little-guy. Obviously I'm not so naive to think that party platforms and party policy are the same, but it seems like both parties are going out of their way to be hypocritical on this issue.

I'm mostly just hoping for a day when the bipartisan support for exporting American jobs is replaced by bipartisan support for encouraging businesses to stop the brain drain. First we lost manufacturing and just now starting to bring it back, and now we're exporting (and in this case semi-exporting via remittances) high-tech and service jobs. At point do we just say "let Americans compete in a fair way?"

Re: Pipedot (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-02-06 14:57 (#2WXF)









Re: More government bullshit! (Score: 1)

by in Wood-burning homes targeted as major air polluters on 2015-02-06 00:07 (#2WX7)

You're right, looking up the numbers now, I see butane, propane, and wood all in the same order of magnitude for CO2 emissions, which is not what we're directly talking about here. However, there are wood heaters that beat those numbers by a large margin, as those are aggregate numbers, not best-of numbers (the same is of course true for propane, butane, natural gas, etc). I tend to agree mostly with another poster that suggested burning wood in a power plant instead. Capturing emissions is much easier at scale (if not cheaper), and wood is CO2 neutral in the long run. As far as climate change is concerned, wood is great on so many levels. As far as me, and other asthmatics go, wood needs to go for all but a very small population that relies on it as the sole source of heat.

Re: More government bullshit! (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Wood-burning homes targeted as major air polluters on 2015-02-05 23:45 (#2WX5)

Utahn here, and yes, I believe that Utahns believe that Utah is a nanny state, mostly because of things like their current ban on wood burning stoves. There are something like 12 homes in Utah (that the government is aware of) that rely solely on wood to heat the house because it's illegal to give/get a mortgage on a home, new or not, that doesn't have a proper heater. The problem I have with the ban it is possible to operate a wood burning heater that produces less emissions than a propane or butane heater; both of which are entirely legal (and horrendously expensive to operate). I think wood should remain an option for heating your house as long as it is a heater that produces very little emissions. Burning wood for the romanticism? Sorry; fuck you. I have to breath the air you are polluting. It's for the greater good, so fuck off.

All of that said, Utah is a nanny state in so many more ways. For example: you can't buy liquor at the grocery store. In many cities you can't buy beer (which here is very much near-beer because the alcohol content is so low) on Sunday. If that's not the state being a nanny, I don't know what is.

My favorite part? Utahns are so very much in favor of some nanny-state laws and so much against others. If it's something they don't agree with (and Utah mormons in particular are a very cohesive voting bloc) then it should be banned. It makes for very entertaining political theater. (Another favorite is things like politicians saying, just the other day, that it's okay to rape your wife if she's asleep; seriously Utah wtf?)

Re: Interesting idea (Score: 2, Informative)

by in New app lets you rent a toilet on 2015-01-20 19:23 (#2WS3)

One of my first jobs was as a janitor at a local university. I can indeed confirm that the women's stalls were worse than men's on average. I blame it on the hover (ew, that toilet looks gross, I'm not gonna sit my ass on that, I'll squat above the toilet and let fly...oops, now it's even more gross).

64k (Score: 1)

by in Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Settle Employee Poaching Lawsuit on 2015-01-19 07:20 (#2WRB)

Not to nit pick, but as we're talking programmers and engineers, shouldn't that be 65,535, not 64,000?

Re: Commodity solutions for specialized tasks (Score: 1)

by in Hackers destroy blast furnace in German steel mill on 2015-01-13 05:38 (#2WPV)

Jeez, that ain't all that bad. I replaced a PBX (Intertel with Asterisk for the curious) that had a voicemail system running on OS/2 with its chassis on the floor beneath a water heater. Now that was an archaic piece of crud (or at least, somewhat caked in crud).

Re: Starving people... (Score: 1, Informative)

by in Europeans were lactose intolerant for 4,000 years on 2014-12-17 21:09 (#2W22)

No, I'll take that back. I was right. Your link even states the truth:
Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe. Just because an initial reaction causes few problems doesn’t mean that all reactions will be similar; a food that triggered only mild symptoms on one occasion may cause more severe symptoms at another time.

Re: Starving people... (Score: 1)

by in Europeans were lactose intolerant for 4,000 years on 2014-12-17 21:03 (#2W21)

Fair enough, I was misinformed. Let the truth reign.

Re: Starving people... (Score: 1)

by in Europeans were lactose intolerant for 4,000 years on 2014-12-15 19:33 (#2VZ1)

Just a nit I have to pick: Lactose intolerance isn't a food allergy, it's the body not producing lactase. If you were allergic to lactose, eating would definitely kill you. The phrase "food allergy" has a specific meaning related to anaphylaxis, which is extremely dangerous; often deadly.

Re: ZSH (Score: 1)

by in Friday distro: Grml Linux on 2014-09-26 12:16 (#2SYS)

I always find myself using bash out of sheer habit: it's what's installed by default essentially everywhere (except where it's cruel, unfeeling friend, sh, is installed by default). It's old, it's clunky, it's (apparently) sometimes insecure, and yet, it's not so much that I like it, but 15 years of habit is hard to break.

Just what a violence torn continent needs (Score: 1)

by in Lead in recycled-metal cookware a health threat in Africa on 2014-09-19 22:25 (#2SMN)

If we all remember (and mentioned in TFA), leaded gasoline was linked to surge in violent crime, and probably causative due to lead poisoning effect on the brain. I can't fathom that this isn't hurting already fragile situations.

Re: What about her face? (Score: 1)

by in ZFS on Linux on 2014-09-12 18:50 (#2SBR)

Because ZFS does those things, btrfs will have to add them, or die (well, receive less marketshare). Woo competition! I win! You win! We all win!

I 100% agree with you on the snapshots and syntax thing though.

Re: What about her face? (Score: 1)

by in ZFS on Linux on 2014-09-12 16:47 (#2SBC) mistake...Sun had nothing to do with btrfs. I misread the wiki article many moons ago.

What about her face? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in ZFS on Linux on 2014-09-12 16:45 (#2SBA)

I always thought btrfs was the answer (also brought to you by Sun) for the same feature-set as ZFS, but in a linuxy way.

I hail all progress made on this front. I dinked around with running a failover ZFS before, and I can say it is pretty awesome stuff (as is btrfs).

Competition in the filesystem field is slow going (as it should be), but fierce. That's the ways I's likes it.

Re: Old news (Score: 1)

by in Is this the year of Linux of the desktop? For these guys, that's old news on 2014-09-12 06:05 (#2SA9)

Sure, lots of individuals have used Linux as their desktop for years and years, but many companies assume they can't function with Linux. The company I worked for, until very recently, ran Linux since at least 2005 when I joined up, and from what I could tell, about a dozen years before that. (They got a new CEO who now assumes that all of the problems the company has had since 2008 are Linux's fault, hence why I, a systems developer, left.)

A big problem most people seem to have with Linux is the assumption that "you get what you pay for." Many people also assumed that it was "old technology" because we used FVWM (which is very, very old indeed), so the whole system must have been "outdated."

If I knew some magic way to get people to realize that Linux is worth the learning curve, I would get everyone I knew converted over in a heartbeat. The only places Linux seems to shine are the places where it out-competes on the full experience, not just price: servers (especially lots of servers) are easier to manage than Windows and Android is more accessible, and has more features people want, than an iPhone. If price were the only factor everyone would have switched to Linux on their desktops in the early 90's, but they didn't because Linux was extremely difficult to use/install at the time. The times, they are a changin', but I think for the average Joe, they need to keep a changin' for many years to come.

It has to be said (Score: 2, Funny)

by in DARPA awards $40 million for research into memory-controlling implants on 2014-08-07 16:28 (#2S2)

I know kung fu.

Re: Xbox is next? (Score: 1)

by in Nadella steering Microsoft back towards software for economic reasons on 2014-07-30 21:15 (#2QA)

Often times it's better to junk something than to try to recoup losses:

The question is when to pull the plug and when to feed it more.

Re: tricycle wheel (Score: 1)

by in My next big purchase will be: on 2014-07-28 17:41 (#2P8)

Agreed; technology purchases end up not being "big," so I'd say a new (to me) car, some time in the next 6 months (probably before next summer, two summers in a row without A/C is too much).

alive? (Score: 1)

by in "Kerbal Space Program: First Contract" is now live on 2014-07-18 14:01 (#2JB)

keeping those little green dudes alive actually takes on importance
I assume that my kerbel that has been (accidentally) orbiting the sun for over a year counts as alive, right?

Privacy at work (Score: 1)

by in People in leadership positions may sacrifice privacy for security on 2014-07-17 18:00 (#2HT)

This seems to be studying leadership roles via the worker/boss mentality, in which case I would probably tend to agree in a very narrow way: Privacy at work doesn't exist, and for the sake of the company (liability usually being near the top of the list) it probably shouldn't. Being a boss means knowing what your employees are doing.
Does that mean my boss should look into my private life? Absolutely not; not even in the case of a pre-employment background check (which nowadays seems to include perusing social media).

Well, there's your problem (Score: 1)

by in Exploiting bug in Supermicro hardware is as easy as connecting to port 49152. on 2014-06-23 04:05 (#280)

Why would I run IPMI on a public network? If work needs done remotely, that's what VPNs, etc. are for. Not only that, they shouldn't even be accessible to any user (or even super user) on any computer (desktop, server, phone, etc.) that doesn't have direct access to the IPMI network. There's a damn good reason why IPMI usually runs on it's own nic. To me, it's the holy grail of hacking targets so of course it's either locked down tight by dividing it into it's own network with strictly guarded access or it's disabled. There should never be any in-between.

Woo, I guess (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Stargate Reboot Trilogy on 2014-06-01 00:29 (#1ZN)

I'll probably see them because I liked the film and I loved the series, but I'd much rather see them either continue SG: Universe or do a new series. Anytime Hollywood does a "reboot" it's really saying to fans "we know you like this, and it won't matter how shitty it is; you'll still pay." Stupid Hollywood.

Re: Checklist (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Appeals Court Halts Copyright Abuse Case on 2014-05-28 23:12 (#1YE)

Unauthorized != illegal.

If it were up to the copyright holders than yes, it would, but the reality is more nuanced than that.

Re: In short, no. (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Potentially the world's coolest new watch on 2014-05-23 18:49 (#1WA)

I agree with the name. Stick the overlay and bluetooth and brains on a rolex and you can feel free to charge an extra $5k for it, put it on a citizen and charge an extra $100, but a no-name, I'd only be willing to spend a couple hundred overall. It's easier to buy a all-digital and feel fine from a tech company (samsung, apple, etc.) but I want my mechanical parts to work day-in, day-out with no maintenance and remain accurate; I won't trust a startup to deliver on that (or really, anything else) until their product has been around for a while. Fancy new electronic gizmo I'm more willing because it is more of a toy. My watch is a tool, and I need it to work.

Re: Ah, the 'less rich' (bug report) (Score: 1)

by in How materialism makes us sad on 2014-05-07 15:48 (#1F4)

Grr...the preview removed my </snark> tag from the end of the first paragraph. It was totally there before when I clicked preview, but the &lt; and &gt; tags got turned into < and > in the comment block. Also, double-quoting "the rich" in the subject also got removed, but I noticed and fixed that one using single quotes.

Ah, the 'less rich' (Score: 1)

by in How materialism makes us sad on 2014-05-07 15:44 (#1F3)

I personally prefer the less-colloquial term "the poor," or at the very least "those people." I also prefer them to remain altruistically and emphatically oriented, it makes them more sheep like and exploitable. When you don't care about being run over (gently of course, they need to get run over again next week) it's just making it easy for us rich to get richer.
Of course, as far as I can tell, this isn't actually saying the poor are either of these things, but rather those who are rich, but not super-rich, are.

Glorious SD (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Live Video Feed of Earth From Space on 2014-05-02 18:41 (#1B9)

I'm not sure I'm willing to calling 480p HD. 720p would be my minimal limit. Not to say that I'm not loving it, but man I can't wait for the 4k live feed that I can reasonably expect to be on most of the time. At that point, I can see a TV (or projector) being dedicated to it, or at the very least as a live background to my monitor.

LEGO Blocks (Score: 5, Insightful)

by in Science Toys For Girls on 2014-04-08 17:05 (#10P)

The only thing that makes LEGO a boy toy instead of a girl toy is because we tell ourselves it is because it isn't Barbie. While LEGO specifically has a series of sets directly targeting girls (bigger minifigs, various shades of pink blocks) there are no sets targeting boys. They have a mostly boy base because there aren't that many good toys for boys either, especially that make them think. My friends kids, 4 girls, 3 boys (what can I say, it's Utah), all enjoy playing with LEGO blocks together. The younger ones also enjoy Mr./Mrs. Potato Head and dress up, both of which also foster creativity and imaginative thought for boys and girls alike. Having so many kids they need have toys and games that all can enjoy: it saves space and money. Why define strict gender roles at home when they're going to be bombarded by it for the rest of their lives?

They should worry (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in ORACLE: New Roadmap for SPARC and Solaris on 2014-04-07 17:49 (#10E)

If you're truly invested in SPARC, and you haven't already considered jumping ship to x86, I'd recommend reconsidering. Yes, it will continue to bump along, but since Oracle's main focus is their database, which runs fine on x86/Linux, that is where the future is for them. I am not aware of anyone using Solaris for anything other than Oracle and SPARC for anything other than Solaris.

JIRA (Score: 1)

by in Accenture wins $102M contract to implement Australian Child Support system in SAP on 2014-04-04 19:03 (#ZK)

I'd keep it in-house, as in, in Australia. While JIRA itself is not necessarily built for this type of task, it's extremely flexible and Atlassian could, for a cool $102 million, definitely expand it or customize it to meet the expectations of the customers. Having the technology local would probably also reduce the costs of support later.

So, it's not the vaccines? (Score: 4, Funny)

by in Autism Rate Rises in US, May Begin In Utero on 2014-03-28 19:27 (#VD)

The rate of vaccination declines and the rate of ASD increases? Blasphemy! Anecdotal evidence clearly shows that the opposite should be happening!

Radiant heat loss (Score: 5, Insightful)

by in How about an array of orbiting servers? on 2014-03-12 20:38 (#H4)

Except that in space you only have heat loss due to radiation rather than conduction, which is quite a bit more efficient.
Add to that the cost of upgrading obsolete servers, and I don't (forgive the pun) see this taking off anytime soon.

2d vs 3d (Score: 4, Interesting)

by in Scientists Create LEDs Only Three Atoms Thick on 2014-03-11 16:20 (#ER)

So, at 3 atoms thick it magically becomes 2-dimensional? I'm fairly certain at 1 atom thick it still has depth. That depth would be 1 atom in thickness, but that's still more than 0.