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Why Did It Take So Long To Invent the Wheel?

Bemopolis Obvious explanation is obvious (389 comments)

It's the same reason every invention takes a while: man had to figure out a way for the wheel to get you laid or kill other people with them. St. Catherine may have got both ends of that one.

more than 2 years ago

One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020

Bemopolis Re:What's much more important is... (337 comments)

Yes, but only because Eve was holding it wrong.

more than 2 years ago

The Destruction of Iraq's Once-Great Universities

Bemopolis A Barrel's Worth 1000 Words (444 comments)

Well, be fair — we invaded to get their oil, not their books.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

Bemopolis Is There An Eco In Here? (647 comments)

Vonnegut's fun, and any random Mark Twain is great (especially Huck Finn), but man do I love me some Umberto Eco. His novels establish themselves in the period of their setting and just drill down deep into the minutiae, so his books are great if that's your bag. The first I read was The Name Of The Rose, largely as a way to hate-fuck that awful, awful movie adaptation (don't watch it by the way, it's awful. And by "it" I mean Christian Slater.) I have no qualms recommending it, nor Foucault's Pendulum, which is like The Da Vinci Code for people not confused by fractions. The Island Of The Day Before is also a cracking read. I cannot speak to the merits of Baudolino, but it sits on my shelf, taunting me. He also has collected essays, which are fine for what they are. But the novels have the advantage that they are so damn long and dense you'll only need one book for the whole break.

As for me, I'm spending the holidays plowing through the Lemony Snicket cycle.

more than 2 years ago

World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario

Bemopolis Re:We are so fucked (760 comments)

Wait, so Michelle Bachmann is a liberal now? Jesus fuck, the Republicans must have really gone far right then.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

Bemopolis What does it matter (343 comments)

Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

Regardless of outcome, a fucking grief counselor.

more than 2 years ago

Is the Apple App Store a Casino?

Bemopolis Re:Welcome to real world (542 comments)

No, this is *actual* capitalism at work. Now, if these developers were to fail due to their greed and rank incompetence and receive an 800 billion dollar taxpayer-funded bailout...

more than 2 years ago

Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

Bemopolis Re: humans are causing it? (776 comments)

The fact that the "Global Warming" (oh sorry, now it's "Climate Change" since Al Gore's P.R. folks sat around and came up with that as a more palatable term to use instead when speaking in public) crowd wants to call everyone else a "denialist" shows the amount of polarization on this topic.

Wow, you really are an uninformed asshole aren't you: Origin of popular usage of "climate change" instead of "global warming".

That's what politics is all about!

more than 2 years ago

Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

Bemopolis Re:Oh goody... (776 comments)

So does Slashdot, with the proper use and dosage of alternate pharmaceuticals...

more than 2 years ago

Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

Bemopolis Re:Not news (776 comments)

Given the number of true believers here (people I equate with the deniers on the skeptic side), I am wondering how long this post, all of which is factual and can be confirmed with relative ease, will be modded "troll". Seems to happen to all posts that are in any way skeptical.

One thing that could have been confirmed with relative ease is the name of the person who led the study — MullEr, not MullAr. Although given your description of him as part of the "mainstream side", maybe you are talking about a completely different person. Unless by "mainstream" you meant a scientist who goes where the facts lead him instead of his politics.

more than 2 years ago

Highly Efficient Oxygen Catalyst Found

Bemopolis Re: Can't reduce the energy required, period. (156 comments)

In case you aren't just being an ass, I'll avoid being one (just this once) and ask...

How does your list of ecological atrocities compare to that for the extraction of fossil fuels? Unless it is wildly out of balance (and it's not), the net gain comes from not injecting X amount of mega-million-years-old sequestered carbon per joule created into the atmosphere.

more than 2 years ago

German Paleontologists Find a 'Near-Perfect' Dinosaur Fossil

Bemopolis Ussher In a New Age (99 comments)

I hope they found his saddle so the Creation Museum can update their exhibits.

about 2 years ago

US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

Bemopolis Re:Take that to the bank... (386 comments)

Guess what else? Congress defunded the closing of Gitmo. And while it was expected that Republicans would be their usual demogogical selves, at least it's comforting that we can still count on Congressional Democrats to be as craven as they have been since the whole GWOT bullshit started in the first place.

more than 2 years ago

US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

Bemopolis Re:A funny picture is worth 1000 Bush jokes (386 comments)

The only thing you can say in favor of Obama here is that he was no worse than Bush would have been.

Moot point, since Bush's terms were over. Now, if can you say that he was no worse than a hypothetical McCain administration...

Although to be fair, I am fairly certain that McCain also would have withdrawn our troops from Iraq. I'm just not completely sure that his withdrawal would not have been across the border with Iran.

more than 2 years ago

Table Salt Could Help Boost HDD Storage Density By a Factor of 5

Bemopolis SeaSaltGate? (142 comments)

I haven't read the article, but the idea sounds kosher.

Good night, tip your waitresses.

more than 2 years ago

Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

Bemopolis Bring It On, Assholes (699 comments)

Considering their attention-whoring targets are the likes of military funerals and Mr. Rogers, it would be a fucking honor to have made these douchebags' lives miserable enough to justify them picketing my funeral. Sic semper cuntannis.

more than 2 years ago

Does Famous Exoplanet 'Fomalhaut b' Really Exist?

Bemopolis Re:Bigger star = faster orbit (40 comments)

I should probably check that before I post to slashdot, because they'll be cruel if I remember incorrectly. But, eh. I'll take my chances.

You lose! For exoplanets of mass insignificant compared to its parent star, the relation is
M(star) x Period^2 = Distance^3

So if the mass of the star were doubled, the period would decrease by a factor of 0.7071. And if the orbital radius doubled, the period would increase by a factor of 2.828.

On the plus side, that would alleviate the global warming situation, although to a degree of compensation much to our detriment.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Plan "Artificial Volcano" Climate Experiment

Bemopolis Re:Isn't water vapor a greenhouse gas? (292 comments)

Correct. Do you also understand what rain is made of? (Hint: it's not CO2). Maybe once you understand simple things like that you won't depend on your demonstrably limited knowledge of climate to post inane statements on the Internet.

about 3 years ago



UMG Considers iTunes Contract Terms 'Indecent'

Bemopolis Bemopolis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bemopolis writes "Brace yourselves for a shocking revelation: The CEO of Vivendi, parent company of UMG, is not happy with the current deal with the iTunes Store.

"The split between Apple and (music) producers is indecent ... Our contracts give too good a share to Apple," Vivendi Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy told reporters at a gathering on Monday organized by the association of media journalists in France.
I must admit, it is outrageous what Apple is charging them for maintaining an online store that doesn't require the manufacture of physical media; foots the bill for advertising, bandwidth, credit card charges, and software updates; and maintains what must be an incredibly modest server farm (only 6 Msongs in it, after all). In case you've forgotten just how bad Apple has them over a barrel,

At present, UMG, the world's largest record company, gets 0.70 euro ($0.99) out of the 0.99 euro retail price charged by iTunes, Vivendi said.
From what I could read through my tears, the usual argument about older music priced at the same rate as new music is trotted out. No doubt UMG would prefer to make the former cheaper, while maintaining the current pricing for the latter. At least he had the decency not to claim that they were trying to defend their artists against predatory iTunes pricing. Or maybe he just misplaced the index card with that boilerplate on it."


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