81 posts • joined 7 May 2013
Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?
Indeed. The way people worship government is absolutely no different than how people worship God or Allah. We thank government for the food on our plates, and we pray that government will both protect us and smite our enemies. We consider ourselves "moral" for being law-abiding citizens is if the law was our holy book. And in both cases (worshipping god, worshipping government), the same mental illness is at play. At this point I don't think Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in the world. The state now holds the #1 spot.
Reason for downvote
"or offering any evidence that Police are going to start conducting Random Spot Checks"
No evidence needed for a downvote. It's not the legitimate role of police to profile non-criminals to ensure they stay on their best behavior. Unless a person has been convicted of a crime and is under parole conditions, the police have NO valid reason to knock on his door to perform an inspection. All other talk of "evidence the police will violate additional rights" is unnecessary and irrelevant.
Re: New Noun
So now we're all doing Grammar Overanalyzing? I didn't know that was a thing.
*Ba dum tsh* ... *crickets*
What a fuckbag
Fuck a fuckload of fucks you fucking fuck fuck!
Re: What Freaks Me Out...
Governments aren't gods. Nobody will be brute-forcing AES-256. Someone figured out the theoretical minimum amount of *energy* required to *iterate* through a 256-bit sequence on a 100% energy-efficient computer, and all the energy stored in the sun wouldn't even come close.
Re: rant-like journalism
People with ADD have a much greater ability to identify and avoid pitfalls and come up with creative solutions to problems. You speak of ADD as if it were a genetic defect that has no evolutionary advantage. If that were true, it would have been cleansed from the gene pool long ago.
The world has enough worker bee drones.
He's the host of a major prime-time hour-long science show in the US.
I'll tell you one thing
Few things drive me as bonkers as reading about scientists getting excited over discovering water droplets in an otherwise uninhabitable planet 2,000 light years away. These people are being allowed to use billions of dollars worth of scarce resources on their fruitless pipe dreams about space utopia that were brainwashed into them by Gene Roddenberry.
The entire story makes no sense and just isn't believable. I have a feeling the real story is in what *isn't* being told.
I thought that IPv6 networks were completely isolated from the IPv4 internet, and that switching to IPv6 would basically require building a brand new internet from scratch (except for physical cables obviously, so OSI layers 2 thru 7). Can someone set me straight here?
Re: Other fun tasks!
"it's just that one group ("government") has the largest collection of paid enforcers and can thus exert influence over the general population under threat of violence. Note how another group ("criminals") refuses to subject themselves to the rules laid out by the first group and wilfully ignores them, even knowing the consequences will be violent.
Or had you never thought of it that way?"
I actually hadn't. Veddddddy intedesdink.
Exactly. People wrongly assume that the big holders in a given market can manipulate the market to their advantage by violently selling and buying. While they certainly have the ability to do this in a way that creates violent turmoil in the market, it would in no way be to their advantage.
That's because violently selling your holdings will oversaturate the market and cause you to get a very low price. On the way up, violently buying into the market will result in a shortage and force you to pay a very high price.
So while market juggernauts can certainly manipulate the market, they certainly don't. The only time you see such market manipulation is when the actor has political motivations, not financial motivations.
"Anyway if quality is your key why CDs and not SACD or Bluray Audio?"
I had to downvote you for this part alone. CD audio specs already surpass the limits of human hearing. MP3-type compression falls short of the limits of human hearing. It's pretty simple.
Re: Digital Clone - billat29
Umm, no, CDs are not 1/3 payload and 2/3 redundancy. It's about a 10 to 1 ratio 1.411mbps of actual data inside a 1.536mbps error-corrected stream.
Re: This is a 'how hot is hot' question
My entire music collection is stored in FLAC, mostly ripped from CDs. I carry it with me in multiple microSD cards.
Why the hell not? Storage is dirt cheap, especially considering that people paid $200 for a decent CD-walkman and wallet 15 years ago.
Can I tell the difference between a 1000kbps FLAC and a 192kbps MP3 in a blind test? Most likely not. All I know is that in 2014 I'm bloody sick of hearing compression artifacts in dance clubs, on the radio, in other people's cars, and I enjoy the peace of mind knowing that I have a bastion of unbastardized harmonics available to me in my pocket whenever I want.
Actually, yes. Constitutional rights have been eroded, and exceptions have been made and upheld by the supreme court.
1st amendment - Holocaust denying can be punished by law.
2nd amendment - Owning unregistered firearms or automatic weapons is a felony in many places.
4th amendment - Police stop-and-search checkstops have been deemed "technically unconstitutional but we'll let it slide" by the supreme court.
5th amendment - People have been charged with obstruction of justify for refusing to decrypt their own devices.
What a fuckbag
Put people above the law? What about the 4th and 5th amendments? Do they put people above the law as well? Oh wait, no, they don't, because the FBI can break constitutional rights, but not SHA-256.
Eat a sack of fucks you fucking fuck fuck.
"Or it might be that having lower intelligence and self-esteem is what caused them to get fat in the first place."
Ding ding ding! We have a winner!
That's some pretty awful trolling. If anyone was fooled by that, then I weep for their soul.
Glad to see that US student loan money is being spent in an intelligent and rational manner.
Re: @Erik Is this actually warranted?
"This isn't a good thing for IBM. It says long term, IBM is toast because they can't attract the necessary talent and they don't invest in their people."
Sorry, please explain to me how them investing in their people is them not investing in their people.
Please feel free to scrutinize my math, but as I see it, having to work 20% fewer hours for 10% less pay amounts to an hourly pay raise. And on top of that, receiving free training is another very tangible benefit.
I'm an IBM employee, and I don't find this unreasonable at all. One of the most frustrating things about IT is that we're expected to "stay current" with new skills and training, but with very little guidance on what to learn and where to learn it.
1 day per week for 6 months adds up to about 200 hours of training. Assuming a salary of $80k, that's about $4k that an employee pays for training minus income taxes, so let's say $3k.
$3k for 200 hours of real world, useful, hand-on training is a pretty good deal. But to say that it costs the employee $3k is quite disingenuous. That's because an employee is being trained on company time. So here's another way of looking at it: Instead of an employee taking time off work and paying for outside training, and assuming he was earning $40 an hour, he is actually *being paid* $25 an hour for 200 hours of training.
In my mind that's a $5000 bonus, and now I'm a little jealous.
Auto failover to backup token ring, obviously.
Re: Giant Sugarlumps!
The flaw in your visualization is that you're compacting all the suns together, which does not represent the density of stars in Laniakea.
Spread out the 100 quadrillion 1x1mm sugar grain stars so that they're each 3,000 kilometers apart, and there you go! A perfect super-shrunk visualization of a supercluster!
And this is a perfect example of what's wrong with non-profit organizations.
Snowden is a refugee. Saying that he should man up and face justice is no different than saying that a raped woman from Saudi should return home and face her honor killing.
And on top of being a refugee, he's an international hero.
Looks like we need a distributed, P2P cryptomail solution. We can protect our virtual currencies from prying eyes and unauthorized access. Funny that we still can't do the same with our day to day communication.
Absolutely no truth? Does that mean the boss and employee didn't live together? That seems pretty easy to verify, one way or the other. If they lived together then that's strange in itself.
Re: "If you want to listen to great-sounding music"
For any reasonably sane person, live music necessitates earplugs, which pretty much immediately destroys any possibility of sound quality.
Re: hi-res audio bullshit
Agreed - these 24-bit/192khz systems are targeted at the same people who buy 500 megapixel cameras and 30 speed bicycles.
Re: Deflation is great
But but but but if prices fall then nobody will buy anything and the economy will collapse!
Wait, 70 pounds for 30 minutes is a "better value" than 3 pounds for 5 minutes? Any video game, anywhere, would actually try to charge as much for an hour of play as an all-out meal at a high-end restaurant?
You've GOT to be making this up.
Re: No sympathy.
More disturbing in this story is the fact that the supreme court ruled in favor of the defendant while allowing the conviction of the defendant to stand.
If this were a case of an axe murderer, where the police barged into his home without a warrant and happened to find the axe, the case would have been thrown out.
The only reason the conviction stands in this case is because it was about child porn. It's a radioactive issue, and the justices simply caved to fears of a backlash against the court. They even implied as much in their statements.
"That patent very obviously states that a camera is part of their system, which the Wii most certainly doesn't use."
I can assure you that the pointing functionality most definitely involves a digital camera embedded in the Wii remote.
Or are you saying the Wii console (the physical white box) doesn't contain a camera?
Trying to prevent Wii U sales?
Isn't that a little bit like trying to cockblock a Star Wars fan?
Re: One more off the list...
In my experience, those struggling with their weight tend to be following the "eat less, move more" approach.
For those following the "low carb, high fat" approach, I don't think I've ever met a single follower who had a weight problem.
And there's the (in)convenient aspect that it's not just anecdotes backing this up; the science does too.
I guess the moral of the story is that when it comes to peer-reviewed science, the populist finding beats the scientific finding the majority of the time.
How would the donation be misplaced? Admittedly, I didn't read the whole story, but my assumption was that the donations were for all the aggravation he went through unnecessarily.
Re: Pretty easy
I did a quick CTRL-F before posting to see if anyone made a homeopathy reference. Damn you.
Re: Does not add up!
First of all, 1 in 35 elementary school kids view porn in a given month? I call bullcrap. 1 in 5 is a much more believable number.
And I don't care if 9 out of 10 kindergarteners are getting the good stuff. It doesn't justify a shred of legislation.
What would be the fun in that? If your buddy's fly is hanging open during a funeral, you don't quietly mention it to him, you point and laugh! Ok, maybe you have a point.
Re: sounds like
"especially for a small data set like 276TB."
"According to AMD, the Hadoop software was able to reduce query times by 300 per cent"
So let's say you have a report that takes 6 hours to run... When your boss says "and I need it yesterday!", you can say "You've got it, literally!"
By all means, beat this dead horse of a company to a finer pulp. Maybe you'll get a few more gallops out of it.
Not-sarcastic translation: The bitcoins are gone. Get over it already.
He was stupid enough to leave his Bitcoins in an exchange. I guess that's why he's stupid enough to whine about it after the fact.
Re: ... Blood from a stone?
That's like saying that a bank that went bankrupt and lost the 10 kilos of gold in your safety deposit box "can surely just go mine some more".
"One could imagine a similar disaster with ordinary currency; the difference is, a bank that badly run would be shut down by regulators."
Or it would be bailed out using billions of dollars worth of freshly minted currency.
Re: Virtual currency banking has been done before
Ponzi schemes don't recover after a crash.
Re: Sigh @intrigid
I wasn't arguing that Bitcoin is less risky than your bank deposits. Bitcoin is highly speculative, so of course it is very risky.
But if we're talking specifically about default risk, which is what happens at the end of a pyramid scheme, as opposed to valuation risk, then your bank deposits are indeed riskier.
Re: This shows something very interesting/positive
You're pretty dead wrong about that. Bitcoin is still the far and away leader with a $7 billion valuation. Ripple comes in a distant second at $1.4 billion market cap. Litecoin is an equally distant third with a $380 million valuation.
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