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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

BlackHawk-666 Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (144 comments)

That amount of money would have brought some pretty beastly desktop PCs. Any reason they all chose laptops instead of a PC with a large hi res CRT?

1 hour ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

BlackHawk-666 Re:Printer drivers (178 comments)

I just write the confirmation code onto a small scrap of paper and put that in my wallet. Why print a whole page when the only thing you want is most likely 8-12 alphanumerics long? Ticketless flights have been the norm for over a decade now.

about a week ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

BlackHawk-666 Australian Aborigines (77 comments)

It's funny how even scientists tend to forget about the Australian Aborigines. They actually would have migrated through Indonesia approximately 10,000 years before this painting was made. They have a well documented history of making paintings exactly like the ones shown in this cave.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/201...

Aboriginal hand paintings:

https://www.google.com.au/sear...

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

BlackHawk-666 Re:Quality of Slashdot discourse in death-spiral (267 comments)

I'm a programmer, so it's quite possible I could help out with any number of open source projects. I have in the past and I will in the future. Even the stuff I'm currently working on will no doubt become open source once I feel it's ready.

I mainly use Windows, but that's because all the applications I need to run are on Windows. I also run Unbuntu 14.04 on a virtual machine, Raspbian or two Raspberry Pi boxes, and some flavour of Ubuntu on 3 Beaglebone Black boxes. I've used Linux on and off for 20+ years.

I simply don't have enough hours in the day to donate code to every single project that I use but think sucks in one way or another. I'm currently using hundreds of applications across several operating systems, and most could do with some love...but there simply isn't enough love to go around.

I shouldn't have to give up the right to express an opinion about a product, simply because I could pitch in, but have other priorities.

about two weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

BlackHawk-666 Re:monkey see monkey do (126 comments)

Your logic is flawed. Alpha animals do not allow lesser animals to feed before they do.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

For those who can't see any racism...let's try a few links:

"Don't beat me massa..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Lazy Town:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Is that bales of cotton those lazy...people...are sitting on?
2:30 - someone eating watermelon.
Fuck it, this shit is totally rascist!

It's such a shame to see the animation they provided for the amazing music that underlies the whole sequence.

There's plenty more and besides if you're willing to open your eyes.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

TLDR;

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

It's also a good way to desensitise or rationalise that those ways are the right ways. If the shows had any modicum of social value, any redeeming features, they might get a pass - but they were just...you know what they were.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

No, it was not fine to watch them as a child.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

I'm currently watching Sword Art Online and Hamatora, perhaps you can point out the racism to me.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

BlackHawk-666 The Hound (141 comments)

To quote The Hound..."Social media is for cunts."

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

I tend to agree with you. I just wish there was a little more substance and less slapstick...hell, even the same amount of slapstick and some substance to boot!

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

BlackHawk-666 Rose Glasses (320 comments)

While I enjoyed those older cartoons as a child, now, as an adult I can totally see why they are no longer screening. They were rife with racism, violence, sexism and other crap that I wouldn't wan pumped directly into my child's brain. Children don't have filters, they ape what they see, and you don't really want your children walking around saying things like "Boy, I say boy...".

Even shows like The Flintstones are rife with undertones of wife abuse and domestic violence. I don't recall any specific racism in them, but that might be because every single character was suburban and white.

Road runner was entertaining, and I don't recall any overt racism or sexism, but it is just silly violence for the sake of violence and I think we can do better for our children. I don't oppose the use of violence in cartoons, but there should be more there for them to chew on.

Elmer Fudd is currently on TV playing the character of Kripke in The Big Bang Theory. It's cheap laughs at what is for a very few people is real problem. I prefer to avoid bullying humour or humour that works by undermining another person. It's weak and it hurts people's feelings. You may not know anyone with that speech impediment, but I can assure you there are people out there with it and while some might laugh, others might feel it's personally hurtful.

I'd rather my kids watched something funny, cool and nourishing - like My Little Pony or some of the anime out there. Something that shows choices have consequences and teaches them morals lessons (without being heavy handed). I won't mourn the passing of Saturday morning TV.

about three weeks ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

BlackHawk-666 Re:The WHO (478 comments)

Have you ever met someone who renewed?

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BlackHawk-666 Science (795 comments)

Science starts from a position of saying you know nothing and works towards knowledge based on a small set of well thought out principles. Science understands that there are things you know, things you don't know and things you cannot know.

Religion starts from a position of claiming to know everything and works towards eradicating anything that contradicts that position.

Religion is a cult of destruction, science is a cult of creation.

about a month ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

BlackHawk-666 They're not astronauts, they're ballast. (77 comments)

It seems some are claiming they won't consider themselves astronauts if the flight doesn't go above a certain height. Given that they add nothing to the mission other than weight, I say they won't be astronauts no matter how high the flight goes...they are just...ballast.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

BlackHawk-666 Prey (460 comments)

The weak prey on the weakest.

about a month ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

BlackHawk-666 1984 (85 comments)

Eurasia is at war with Oceania. Eurasia has always been at war with Oceania.

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

BlackHawk-666 Lego (174 comments)

Minecraft, Lego, Mechano...all branches on the same tree. I don't have children, but if I did I would rather they play Minecraft than CoD Whatever: The Sequelling.

Best of luck to Notch. Hopefully MS are good stewards of the property.

about a month ago

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