Slashdot Launches Re-Design
Digg's redesign moved me away from the site, and I went to reddit.
Slashdot seems to have fallen from grace. Used to be plenty of news stories per day, now it's just a few. Some are even totally not relevant to "nerds". The comment system forces me to preview.
Maybe it's time to remove slashdot from my RSS feeds. The world has moved on, this site sadly has not.
RIAA Threatens ICANN Over Music-Themed gTLD Standards
This is ICANN. They made/proposed TLDs nobody had any interest in, and refuse TLDS people wanted(.xxx for adult sites, etc) for no real reason. I'm starting to think it's just a front for selling more domain names. How is that .biz TLD workin' out for you?
The Significant Decline of Spam
I remember getting the occasional spam, and actually out of curiosity seeing how they would even complete their objective. Their objective? Sell you something that they are advertising. Many moons ago, I got one spam that had an 800 number. I called it and I couldn't even leave a message since the mailbox was full.
Spam = advertising. Advertising leading to the sale of a product or service. I noticed about 99% of the time there was no logical or easy way to make a call/visit a site,etc to present me with a product where I could buy it. You think grandma is going to de-obfuscate a URL(like slashdot's stupid email addy obfuscating filters) , visit the URL & buy your fake Lewis Vitton bags or whatever. Some spammers I swear are just spamming for the sake of spamming. Where's the money in that? There's ways around that like recommending I buy some junk stock that will be worthless in a month.
Then there was some Chinese individual who personally spammed me trying to sell me electronics. I carried on a good convo with him for a week until he told me to go to hell for wasting his time. He refused to tell me how he got my email address. In a funny coincidence, my gmail got hacked, sent spam mail out to everyone in my address book, including the spammer. He replied back saying he wasn't interested. yes, spam emailed spam.
BTW slashdot quit forcing me to preview, wait 2+ minutes to make a damn post on here. Or should I just go to reddit?
CIA Launches WTF To Investigate Wikileaks
..some old fogey is working at the CIA who is 100% out of touch with modern slang came up with this name. ..or.. ..someone at the CIA has a great sense of humor. ..or... ..some 4channer is an insider at the CIA and thought they would do this for the ultimate lulz. It's not unlike Fight Club where you find out members of Tyler's gang work everyday jobs and can secretly add things to your meal.
Foodtubes Proposes Underground, Physical Internet
Actually, you have a good idea.
We have a nationwide electricity grid, sending much-needed electrons everywhere.
Why don't we do the same for water? It can be even not-so-clean water & the treatment can be left to the last mile to deal with. Floods in one area? Drought in another? Let them work together to solve the problem. A nationwide water grid would be interesting. Surely it's already implemented to lesser extents somewhere in the world.
Moodle 1.9 Extension Development
If I had mod points(remember those?) I would give them to you. I'm tired of these Slashdot reviews that automatically assume you know what obscure thing they are talking about. How about just a little bit of context? And no, please don't excessively hyperlink it. Just give me 1 or 2 sentences.
Geocities To Be Made Available As a 900GB Torrent
I'm sure this torrent would be much larger if geocities page authors didn't have so many broken image links included.
I'm sure the file would be much SMALLER if they could consolidate all the animated GIFs of the stick figure guy digging into the ground. In fact, with all the stupid animated GIFs, and about 5 sparkly backgrounds, easily compressible instances of text like "I LIKE CHRIS FARLEY", This could be a 20 meg file.
The Home-Built Dark Knight Batmobile
I fell in love with the Tumbler when I first saw it. It's a perfect blend of a Formula 1 race car and, um, a F-117 fighter. It makes all previous Batmobiles look like a joke. No useless neon lights or un-necessary bat logos everywhere.
I'm curious how he implemented the steering system. There's not really anything mechanical between the 2 front tires. Just a bunch of hydraulics with the steering rack way in behind, extending it with control arms?
Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates
Funny how this is in Las Vegas. Insert comment here how the slot machines have better auditing & reliability than the ballot machines do. Why? Money!
Early Review of 11" Macbook Air
I have slightly different results. I bought a launch model EEE PC(the 701) and the display flaked out in about 4 months. It works if you bend the lid a bit. The 4 gig drive filled up quickly, resulting in an infinite boot loop.
The Acer Aspire One(150) I later bought fared a bit better. Only one time the bios freaked out(easily re-flashable) & Windows crapped out, but the hardware's solid. Oh, except for the battery(EEE's died too), but I just ordered a higher-cell one off of Amazon for $40.
Still love my Aspire One despite a few road bumps.
Ontario School Bans Wi-Fi
So they want someone to prove that it ISN'T harmful.
But is there any proof that it IS harmful?
Sure, it's normal to ban something if it's been proven to be harmful, but I can't think of anything that hasn't been banned because there's no proof that it isn't harmful.
Why is this edit box so god dang narrow?
Desktop Linux Is Dead
"Ways of doing things that are confusing to a Windows user" - in regards to something like an app install, I agree.
In Ubuntu, I take a look at Synaptic, I am amazed at just how unfriendly and granular it is. You have your dependency hell, which means if you want to install A, you have to install C, D, E, F, and so forth. Some might install, some will fail with some weird technobabble. Many apps find it necessary to have SEVERAL entries. One will be the game's main files, and then you have to install another "Data files for xxx". Why can't they be in some hierarchy?
I also don't like it when many of the games to install require you to have the datafiles from the original. Try explaining that to your dad when he wants to install a game.
Russian Army Upgrades Its Inflatable Weapons
Better yet, inflate them with explosive gases. Something shoots at them, they blow 'up real good.
Probably the response to that would be to drop flachettes everywhere. Anything that doesn't pop when is real.
Amid Controversy, EA Pulls Taliban From Medal of Honor Multiplayer
It's done to some extent at the toy store. German WW2 planes have the swastika removed. Lego Indiana Jones have characters just called as "enemies". They still do the goose-step though.
Copying Trumps Creating For FarmVille Creator Zynga
That just leaves all the similar-named me too Farmville & Mafia Wars clones that seem to pop up. Then you have to hide THOSE as well.
Then comes the event invites from people who are way too into Mafia Wars, where you get invites like "FREE AK47S GLITCH IN MAFIA WARS!".
The best way is to just defriend them.
Narcissists, Insecure People Flock To Facebook
If you see people with 1000+ friends, they don't have 1000+ friends to converse & be friends with, that's just 1000+ people they can broadcast to.
If you see someone that adds you as a friend, but never comments on any of your wall posts, you're just another viewer to their wall posts. It may or may not have commercial promotions involved.
If you have someone that adds you as a friend, but doesn't talk to you if you saw them in person, well, that's a mystery to me. Maybe you were interesting to them at one point, but lost your shine & been replaced by other recent adds.
Facebook isn't a tool to meet new people, that's for sure.
White House Correspondent Tweets His Heart Attack
You are a hip celebrity & are having suicidal thoughts. Do you
1) Call 911
2) Call a friend
3) call suicide prevention hotline
4) tweet about it
If you chose 4, you are probably faking it so you can get on gawker.
It seems like every other day celebrities are reaching for a twitter client than hitting 911. This makes me think there isn't an actual emergency and things are a bit trumped up. "okay blood is coming out".
What Pinball Looks Like When the Stakes Are High
This is near(ie in the same building) the Penny Arcade or Playland, whichever one exists.
What Pinball Looks Like When the Stakes Are High
If you are in the twin cities area, go to the MN State fair. There's a room with nothing but pins. This is a welcome change from the increasing numbers of shooting gallery & ticket redemption machines invading the fair.
Google Confirms Chrome GPU Acceleration
I can answer for that. If you are picking out individual pages from a base page(ie clicking links), it's sometimes faster than clicking a link, and hitting back to go back to the original. Often pages don't cache, or cache properly. Tabbed browsing is easier. So you look up something in google and find 5 results. You can open up 5 tabs to find what you want instead back & forth 5 times.Then there's those token tabs you leave open all the time, like gmail, etc.
I can't for the life of me ever want to use it in Thunderbird, though.
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The count down
9 days until I am in Amsterdam, and not worrying about mundane stuff at work. 9 days count 'em 9 days.
Hopefully pics of the trip in progress will be posted to http://infaux.net. It's a slashdot-like website for Code and I. We have no other users than us signed on. Yay.
I'm watching the BBS documentary I bittorrented. I threw in a few google searches, and hit a Minnesota BBS history write-up on textfiles.com.
I knew it looked odd. oh yeah, because I WROTE IT. Weird. I never thought I would be given digital immortality on textfiles.com.
Want to see something depressing?
Netcraft confirms: Ana isn't dying
Things I like
Well, from wanting to stay away from the livejournal bs, I'll make this short and sweet.
I like Pepperoni. A snack for me is that plastic vacuum bag of 2 rows of pepperoni slices. Greasy, probably not good for you, but good. Better than in a sausage-like form where you have to cut it yourself. Pre-sliced is convenience.
I also like prosciuto(sp?). It looks like bacon, but is so much more flavorful. It is also sliced very thin, and a bit pricey. Still, one can eat it by itself and get snack satisfaction.
What I never liked was putting entire pieces of pepper(peppercorn?) in salami. Why? It's too much of a spice concentration in an otherwise flawless gestalt of ingredients that make for italian meats.
+20 points for being friends-only
I mean 95% of LJ is posting about how much girls love their boyfriends, but her userinfo just goes way too far into the stratosphere. Such vanity.
new website: infaux.net
A slashdot-like website with different topics.
Bought the following:
USB cable for cell phone. Who knows what fun could be had?
USB bluetooth thingy. WHo knows what fun could be had? Even has a small antenna.
USB 2 hub - to power all this fun stuff. $20 on sale.
Too bad the firewire card I bought is a full-length PCI connector. $30 down the drain. Was hoping I culd use it for faster ipod sync, but that's okay.
The Apprentice 3
Notice how the booksmarts team decided to gang up on Danny, the guitar-playing poleyster freak. Yet, Trump saw this and fired the right person who screwed things up.
Wowl almost 2 years
I should turn this into my own personal Slashdot, this would be so mucn fun!
It would be like Slashdot within slashdot.
Finally, a good mnvibe drama thread