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BadBlood Re:And next up... (139 comments)

Where I come from, the difference between the 80%-ers and the 100%-ers is like comparing amateurs to professionals.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Strikes Gold and Water On the Moon

BadBlood Re:Nice post, but... (421 comments)

I know you feel our chances are dim, but don't you hope for more from us as a species than to be forever relegated to this planet? Is that all we were ever meant to be? Earth-bound? At some point we need to take that next step away from here and it will never make "sense" to do so in the short term. I just think the payoffs would be huge, the knowledge gained worth it, and the species as a whole would be motivated to do more than what we're mired in now.

more than 4 years ago

Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

BadBlood Re:No history is worse than bad history (706 comments)

It is the insatiable thirst of the human ego. It's why reality TV has taken off. Everybody wants to be noticed for some reason. Everyone at one time or another thinks that what they've just thought or done is either funny enough or important enough for people to know about immediately. It's generally not the case, but now there's nothing to stop you from announcing it globally. "Look at me!"

more than 4 years ago

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

BadBlood Re:Generic hardware (242 comments)

The dedicated device vs. multi-function device is a scale determined by the end user's convenience level. From your description, you're willing to sacrifice convenience (i.e. carrying only 1 device) for efficiency. There are a lot of folks who weigh the convenience side more heavily. I always thought that's how the .mp3 player market emerged because of the convenience of carrying around your entire music collection on one device. The sacrifice to audio quality was deemed less important.

more than 4 years ago

George Lucas C&Ds 'Lightsaber Laser'

BadBlood Re:Me too. (481 comments)

As my wife is so fond of saying...."It's all about the packaging."

more than 4 years ago

Senate Panel Approves Cybersecurity Bill

BadBlood Re:not likely to happen (269 comments)

Who decides how dire is dire enough?

Mark Knopfler, obviously.

Humor for nothing. Slashdot is free.

more than 4 years ago

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer

BadBlood Re:Too much time on their hands (502 comments)

I like to think Burton's soul spawned the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene and all of In Flames, Dark Tranquility and At The Gates music has a piece of him in it.

more than 4 years ago

Push To End Online Gambling Ban Gains Steam

BadBlood Re:Online gambling is a bad idea. (206 comments)

It seems like poker, played against other RL opponents, would be outside the bounds of this, although there's no guarantee that you won't be stuck at a table with a bunch of other people colluding to take your money (or one person playing several seats).

No guarantee, but there are plenty of safeguards. The two biggest online poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt, each take colluding very seriously and if a player suspects something, they are encouraged to report it. With respect to one person playing several seats, there are also ways to detect and prevent that too. The above two risks you mention are very minimal and not really something to worry about at all.

more than 4 years ago

If the Comments Are Ugly, the Code Is Ugly

BadBlood Flogger (660 comments)

I once mis-spelled the word "fogger" by typing "flogger." I hadn't realized it until a co-worker need to port my code to another application. We left it as flogger simply for amusement. The code worked properly though.

more than 5 years ago

Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.

BadBlood Re:Copyright (775 comments)

Dollars to donuts the moderators who marked your comment Interesting have no idea what you're doing here. But I do. Nicely done.

more than 5 years ago

Algorithms Can Make You Pretty

BadBlood Re:Maybe I'm just weird... (288 comments)

it's unsurprising to me that Viceroy Potatohead would have trouble differentiating pictures of people who've had their facial features moved around

I rarely post any longer on Slashdot. But the timing and delivery of your comment elicited a true LOL and for that I applaud you.

more than 6 years ago


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