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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

BetterThanCaesar "Kirkstarter 2.0" (108 comments)

Submitter totally missed the "Kirk-starter" pun.

Anyway, I enjoyed the first three episodes. They capture the mood and cheese of the original series quite well. I've donated a few dollars to the second run as well now.

about two weeks ago

Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

BetterThanCaesar Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (441 comments)

nonsense, cattle only make up 1% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions.

You can get quite philosophical with that statement. Are cow burps "man-made"?

On the other hand, the UN estimates that the whole livestock commodity chain contributes 18 % of all green house gas emissions, which is more than transport. This is an orange to your 1% apple, and the numbers should not be compared. It does however tell us what would happen to green house gas emissions if we stopped (or seriously cut down on) keeping livestock (primarily for meat, dairy, eggs and wool).

Also, you might want to consider that there is more cattle than humans on this planet, and most cows don't eat just grass. They are fed corn, soy, grains, and antibiotics.

about two weeks ago

Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

BetterThanCaesar Obligatory SMBC (334 comments)

I mention this because what if we went to another planet in search of intelligent life and found something like an octopus? How would we communicate with them? My guess is by cooking them, and then eating them.


about 2 months ago

Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

BetterThanCaesar Re:The World is Overcrowded (106 comments)

this is natures way of making sure the world doesn't get overcrowded. It's a sad fact but people NEED to die.

Then how do you explain the fact that some of the countries with the highest life expectancies, and almost no severe endemic diseases, are also the ones with the slowest-growing (or even shrinking) populations?

Because they don't spit out 5-10 kids each?

Because their 1.9 children will survive long enough to support them after retirement, and since life is not just a struggle to survive, they are productive enough that they can afford to support their parents.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

BetterThanCaesar Re:phonon is a widely accepted term (100 comments)

If one wants to put emphasis on a non-established term, then maybe the <em> tag is more suitable than quotes. One might even link to an explanation of the word.

about 5 months ago

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

BetterThanCaesar Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

Notability is important for preventing a potentially slippery slope towards Wikipedia being expected to have an article on every shop, every street, every apartment complex, every popular teacher, and every creative work ever appreciated by more than 10 people.

What is wrong with that?

Sources. There are no secondary, independent sources about every shop, street, apartment complex, popular teacher, creative work, or the fact that there is a pencil lying on my desk right now. No matter how true it is, it is not verifiable in any reasonable sense of the word.

This is what people don't understand when they complain that things are deleted from Wikipedia. If Wikipedia's ambition is to create a credible encyclopaedia of all human knowledge, then it cannot be filled with speculation and half-truths. Even primary sources are suspect. I could easily create a blog or web site that claims something, then create a Wikipedia article that uses my web page as the main source. THAT is the slippery slope that is so often talked about.

about 5 months ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

BetterThanCaesar Re:He claims this himself (391 comments)

How about this then? From http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/whoweare.html:

<body onload="MM_preloadImages('file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but1_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but2_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but3_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but4_over.jpg','images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but6_over.jpg','images/0_company_over.png','images/0_difference_over.png','images/0_founder_over.png','images/0_team_over.png')">

That's production quality.

about 6 months ago

Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

BetterThanCaesar Re:less useful how? Re:The larger, the less useful (108 comments)

Unicode seems pretty backwards compatible; have any of the the newer versions overwritten or changed the meaning of older versions (e.g. caused damage)?

Yes. Version 2.0 completely changed the Hangul character set. Korean texts written with Unicode 1.1 were not readable in Unicode 2.0, and vice versa. This was 17 years ago, but note that it was after ISO had accepted version 1.1 as an ISO/IEC standard.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

BetterThanCaesar Re:C strikes again! (152 comments)

Actually, C does not try to handle pointers at all. It treats them just like a long int (with the appropriate cast) [...].

That's not actually true. First of all, there is no direct connection between the size of pointers and the size of long int. That is platform and implementation dependent. Secondly, at compile-time, pointer arithmetic differs a lot from that of integers. You cannot add two pointers. You can subtract two pointers to the same type (except void); that will give you the number of elements between them, in the ptrdiff_t type. (In theory, that's only possible if the pointers point to the same array, but the compiler can't know if that's true in the general case.) You can add an integer to a non-void pointer. Adding N to a pointer p is the same as &p[N], i.e. you get a pointer to the Nth element.

about 9 months ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

BetterThanCaesar A simpler solution (187 comments)

A simpler solution would be to just let all the genetically engineered, glow-in-the-dark lab animals out in the wild. The roadkill will light up the roads.

about 10 months ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

BetterThanCaesar Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't a 20kHz sine wave sound less harsh or loud compared to a 20kHz square wave?

It would not. The "harshness" is the overtones (40 kHz, 60 kHz, etc.), which you cannot hear. From a mechanical point of view, no matter how quickly the signal switches from low to high, the hairs in your cochlea are bound by their individual resonant frequencies, which limit their respective frequency ranges.

about 10 months ago

Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

BetterThanCaesar Re:Statistically Insignificant (137 comments)

I can refute this trivially within my own household.

Haha! Good one :-D Refuting a small-sample study with an anecdote, classic!

about 10 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

BetterThanCaesar Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

No, this is getting the cook fired by claiming there is hair in your food, because you spotted an Obama sticker on his car in the parking lot.

Not even close. Eich was not the cook with the power to choose a different amount of pepper; he was the chief executive officer with the power to make the rules that affect all employees, contributors, customers, and possibly even the world's web sites. Eich did not get fired, he was urged by a lot of people to step down, which he finally did.

And I don't even understand what the "hair in your food" is supposed to be an analogy of. Is the hair his contributions to Proposition 8, and the Obama sticker JavaScript?

about 10 months ago

Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

BetterThanCaesar Re:Winelib (130 comments)

Odd considering their (Wines) last copyright cockup was entirely due to an internal contributor committing decompiles of Microsoft binaries as contributed code...

The word you are looking for is the opposite of odd.


about a year ago

Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

BetterThanCaesar Re:not a surpise - coders should take notice (109 comments)

There's actually a lot of evidence that sitting down the majority of your awake time (8+ hours) is itself bad for the body, and cannot be made up for with physical exercise. Working a few hours standing up and being mildly active (i.e. taking walks) during free time is better. Of course, one hour spent at the gym is better than one more hour in the couch. I'm just saying that if you have the opportunity to work standing up, it is likely worth a lot more than you think!

about a year ago

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

BetterThanCaesar Re:I think I wrote one of these. (243 comments)

Step one is to compare file sizes. Since file sizes need to be identical in order for the files to be identical, and file sizes are already calculated and stored as metadata, this will greatly reduce the time needed.

  1. List all files with their respective sizes.
  2. Sort
  3. For each consecutive file in the list with the same size as the previous file, compare the MD5 hashes.

1 year,6 days

The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

BetterThanCaesar Re:Equality (509 comments)

Try making jokes about negative female stereotypes and see how quickly your posts got moderated down to -1 troll or flamebait by all the whiteknight pussybeggars around here.

I wonder why there are so few women on Slashdot. Could it be because of all the idiots who assume Slashdotters are always male, and accuse those who defend women's rights of doing it only to impress women?

about a year ago



Swedish Pirate Party Threatened To Stop Hosting The Pirate Bay

BetterThanCaesar BetterThanCaesar writes  |  about 2 years ago

BetterThanCaesar (625636) writes "The Swedish Pirate Party and their ISP Serious Tubes have received a letter from "The Rights Alliance" (formerly Antipiratbyrån, The Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau), demanding they cease supplying Internet access to The Pirate Bay. Referring to the final sentence on the four Pirate Bay profiles, they threaten with legal action if access is not removed by February 26. On her blog, party leader Anna Troberg calls the letter "extortion", pointing out that (translated from Swedish) "[i]t is not illegal to provide The Pirate Bay with Internet access. There is no list of illegal sites that ISPs cannot provide access to.""
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