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10 OSes We Left Behind

CaptainCarrot Re:Windows 95 coincided with the Internet (562 comments)

Not only was Myst written for the Mac, it was developed using a Mac-only hypermedia application HyperCard. The "making of" video included with later versions clearly shows development happening in a HyperCard environment. Bringing it to the PC was less a port than a rewrite.

more than 5 years ago
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Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" Episode

CaptainCarrot Re:Length of $1 $ NonDollar remedies (483 comments)

You really think the only way a union accomplishes anything is by lawsuits? Wow.

more than 4 years ago
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Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" Episode

CaptainCarrot Re:Length of $1 $ NonDollar remedies (483 comments)

Writer's Guild, not Author's Guild. The Writer's Guild is a union representing (among others) Hollywood screenwriters, and yes, part of what it's supposed to do is to secure the interests of its dues-paying members.

No one said the WGA was supposed to "sue" anyone for him, but they were supposed to "act" on his behalf and he alleges they haven't been doing that. What he wants it to do is nothing more than its job.

more than 5 years ago
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Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" Episode

CaptainCarrot Re:Hmm... (483 comments)

Do I have to spell it out for you?

Apparently, yes.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

CaptainCarrot Re:Time (1656 comments)

"Historic doorknobs"? That's a new one on me. People forget that the entire building was gutted and rebuilt around 1950, since the original was in immanent danger of collapse. Only the facade is original, and I question the historical value of doorknobs installed only 40 years earlier, even if they existed as described.

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Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

CaptainCarrot Re:Wrong (1656 comments)

The nitpick isn't that he was running late, but that he got the Constitutionally-mandated wording wrong.

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The Zen of SOA

CaptainCarrot Re:Othe recommended books (219 comments)

Modded funny but should be insightful. If someone wrote these, I'm almost positive they'd sell.

more than 5 years ago
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The Universe As Hologram

CaptainCarrot Re:They found the Matrix? (532 comments)

You mean "Planck length", which is a concept from physics, not "plank length", which is a concept from carpentry. (Or piracy. Whatever.)

Actually, the only person calling this a "theory" was GP. TFA was very careful not to. At this point it's only a hypothetical explanation for the observed noise, and there could be other causes. But it's useless to rule out hypotheses because they don't fit into any available theoretical framework, especially when, as in this case, none of them work particularly well.

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Internet Not Really Dangerous For Kids After All

CaptainCarrot Re:*plop* (mind blown) (445 comments)

Your counterexample had nothing to do with the specific example, which was of a household where the resident children were all old enough to know better. In such a house, were there to be small children visiting, the sensible parent keeps an eye on them because there's likely to be nothing for them to do.

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Internet Not Really Dangerous For Kids After All

CaptainCarrot Re:*plop* (mind blown) (445 comments)

After all that, I suspect many things are fuzzier to him than to us.

more than 5 years ago
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The Recession

CaptainCarrot Re:Maybe I am just lucky.... (688 comments)

No. Even if the building is like that, the land is worth more. You simply don't know what you're talking about. Yes, there really are places in the country where property is that valuable, even if distressed.

But why would I move to such an area with two special-needs children, one severely handicapped? (This is also why I cannot do without a house of a certain size. I already have to have a bed in the living room.) Living in a high-crime area -- not merely one that's poor, which is another matter entirely -- carries its own expenses and risks, and is probably not worth it.

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The Recession

CaptainCarrot Re:Maybe I am just lucky.... (688 comments)

I work in Santa Clara Valley, not the Deep South. A house anywhere around here offered for a mere $50k would make headline news, literally. Even with the downturn, median house prices are in the $400k range.

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The Recession

CaptainCarrot Re:Maybe I am just lucky.... (688 comments)

Depending on where you live, not that much cheaper. In my area -- fixer-upper or not, ideal location or not, smaller or not -- 15 months of my 6-figure salary will not buy a house, period. They simply are not being offered at that price, not even for a tear-down.

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State Secrets Defense Rejected In Wiretapping Case

CaptainCarrot Re:really? (269 comments)

Yes. Really. I suggest you read the Federalist. If I've gone off the deep end, then so did Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, and the other founders. Our Constitution, and especially the Bill of Rights that was soon added, was designed to limit government for precisely that reason. They had a recent, violent example of an overreaching government they wished to avoid ever repeating.

The real threat to us from terrorism is virtually nonexistent. In terms of actual risk, the threat from terrorism is miniscule compared to any number of risks we routinely assume without even blinking. It's not worth yielding the tiniest fraction of our freedom in order to combat it.

more than 5 years ago
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State Secrets Defense Rejected In Wiretapping Case

CaptainCarrot Re:really? (269 comments)

If you want the Constitution to protect your freedoms, then you have to allow it to protect even those you're certain are doing wrong. And yes, we're even willing to let pragmatics take a backseat to freedom. The government has always been a more clear and present danger to the people than any real-world terrorist threat. The framers of our Constitution knew this, even if they never specifically had terrorists in mind. That's why they were primarily concerned with limiting the government, not granting it vast powers (which it has largely arrogated to itself anyway.)

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Gaming PC Dead?

CaptainCarrot Re:Dupe, (417 comments)

+1 Funny

more than 5 years ago
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Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

CaptainCarrot BASIC, and *the* assignment (962 comments)

There are other BASICs out there, and I can't help but think something like that would be a good start. For teaching young children you want something interpreted so they can test single statements and need no intermediate steps to execution and reasonably complete, but without asking for a lot of preamble that just gets in the way of what you really need to convey to teach programming, which is how to think in algorithms.

I'd played with programming without fully grasping what I was doing for some years before I took a course in it in HS. The one assignment that got me into the right mindset was one to divide two numbers and give the result to an arbitrary number of decimal places. Any number, not just to the maximum of the floating point representations we had available. Doing this made me understand for the first time how to correctly analyze a problem and translate each step in the solution into terms the computer could understand.

more than 5 years ago
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Bittorrent To Cause Internet Meltdown

CaptainCarrot Re:A little extreme there, don't you think? (872 comments)

The post office is a private industry, not the Government.

It's an agency wholly owned by the United States Government, and the top management are all Presidential appointees. In what sense is that "private industry"?

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The Real Monsters Behind Godzilla

CaptainCarrot WB didn't know? (243 comments)

From TFA:

Warner Bros., for example, didn't know it needed Toho's permission to use Godzilla in a 1985 chase scene in Tim Burton's Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The Hollywood studio paid an undisclosed amount to Toho after it was sued.

They may have been able to convince a judge of this and so been able to merely pay out some cash and still release the film, but I don't believe it for a second. No MPAA member, particularly not one that owns the rights to Bugs Bunny, can be ignorant of IP rights associated with a fictional character. Lying sacks of shit.

more than 5 years ago

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The World is Flat

CaptainCarrot CaptainCarrot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CaptainCarrot (84625) writes "Defined in a very broad sense, that is. Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer has summarized for his readers the new results released by NASA from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which has been surveying the 3K microwave radiation left over from the Big Bang. Some of the most interesting results:
  • The age of the universe is now known to unprecedented accuracy: 13.73 billion years old, +/- 120 million.
  • Spacetime is flat to within a 2% error margin
  • Ordinary matter and energy account for only 4.62% of the universe's total energy.
Plait's comment on the age result: "Some people might say it doesn't look a day over 6000 years. They're wrong.""
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CaptainCarrot CaptainCarrot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CaptainCarrot (84625) writes "Writer/IT contractor Matt Boyd, formerly the man who made up the words for webcomic Mac Hall and who now does the same for his and Ian McConville's new comic Three Panel Soul, was recently fired from his government job. His conversation with a co-worker about a gun he intended to buy for target shooting was overheard by someone in a nearby cubicle. As it was unfortunately the day of the Virginia Tech shootings, the eavesdropper panicked and reported him to management.

That was bad enough. But when he used the comic to document the meeting where the reason for his firing was explained, he was visited by representatives of local law enforcement investigating him on suspicion of making a "terroristic threat" using the Internet. No charges have been filed. Yet.

Matt's interview at FLEEN about the incident is online."

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