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Court Rejects Winklevoss Twins' Facebook Appeal

Cervantes "The Winklevii" (106 comments)

"The Winklevii".

Best movie line I've heard in years. Had me rolling in my seat.

Also, the only good thing about these guys, as near as I can tell (yes, based on more than The Social Network). They fed meat to a shark and then complained when they had no dinner. Better luck next time.

more than 3 years ago

My primary computer has N screens, with N being ...

Cervantes Re:Lack of options! (503 comments)

I have a 21" CRT secondary and a 46" LCD-TV primary. Used to be a pair of 21's, but I lucked into an upgrade. Now I just have to sit reeeealllllyyy far back.

However, my highest monitor count (not counting kvm's, xwindows, virtual desktops, vnc sessions, etc etc blah) was 4. 21/21/17/14. Two for browsing, one for coding, one for MUDding. Ah, those were the days.

Of course, I had to buy a second desk to have room to do anything, but that's a different story...

more than 5 years ago

Shell Ditches Wind, Solar, and Hydro

Cervantes Re:Bah (883 comments)

The surface of the earth could very well feed everyone, if it wasn't for profit hungry empires trying to prop up their inefficient business models along with their inefficient farming methods.

And I hope your troll mod wasn't for pointing out that the ethanol regulations drove up food prices, because you're right, it did. The problem with ethanol is it's based on corn, which is just about the most inefficient source of it. But a profit hungry empire is trying to prop up their inefficient business model, so here we are, suddenly having rising food prices because all the corn is going into ethanol. Base it on something better (hemp/algae/prairie grass), all of which can be grown on less desirable land, and watch prices fall while still maintaining the biofuel component.

Oh, wait, can't have that, those products don't have an empire yet...

more than 5 years ago

Shell Ditches Wind, Solar, and Hydro

Cervantes Bah (883 comments)

Bah, humbug.
Does this mean we can PLEASE break up/ditch/ignore the Corn Cartel... sorry, lobbying group... which is probably the single biggest reason that biofuel is expensive and inefficient and such a bad idea?
Although I'm unhappy to see Shells move, I can't blame them... they aren't really a R&D outfit, and other startups are taking over the role of expanding wind/hydro/solar and making it profitable. Now, if they would just dump all that money into deciding that algae (or, gasp, hemp!) is a much more efficient biofuel, and help get rid of Big Corn, then everyone could win...

more than 5 years ago

My longest stretch without sleep (catnaps count) ...

Cervantes Pft. (605 comments)

48 hours plus? Pft. I'm running that right now.
Chronic insomnia, and pills just screw with my head too much. So I frequently skip a night or two of sleep. I'm used to it. I can go up to 3 days before I start to feel any effects or need caffeine. Back in my university days, I figured out the admin code to the coffee machine, since I was told "if you can hack it, you can have it". 2 litre bottles of cafe mocha = no sleep for a week.
In other news, my fiance can fall asleep in less than 5 minutes, and I hate her for it with a fiery, burning passion.

more than 5 years ago

National Ignition Facility Fires 192-Beam Pulse

Cervantes Re:Energy Independence (438 comments)

If you have effectively free and infinite energy, practically any other resource problem can be solved with today's technology.

We do. It's called the sun. We're just too impatient to wait for the energy to collect, and too impractical to put serious effort into collecting it.

more than 5 years ago

The Broken Design of Microsoft's "Fix it" Tool

Cervantes A new low for slashdot... (165 comments)

I thought I'd seen it all. OMGPonies... a front page filled with nothing but XP bashing... etc etc etc...

But, seriously. A front page story complaining that you could /download/ something? Sweet zombie jesus on a stick, WTF is wrong with you guys??? "I could download this thing... I think I'll write to /. about it!".

Articles like this make me firmly believe that we should start allowing natural selection again.

more than 5 years ago

"Subhuman Project" Human Powered Submarine

Cervantes On a similar note... (103 comments)

On a similar and yet much cooler note, I encourage everyone to visit www.Expedition360.com , a most awesome site about a brits attempt to circumnavigate the globe only via unsuplemented human power. Read through the entire diary and you'll feel like you've read a great and fufilling book. Highly, highly recommended.

more than 5 years ago

EU Could Force Bundling Firefox With Windows

Cervantes Re:What a load! (650 comments)

I know the point you're trying to make, I just think it's a load of shit. For many reasons, the foremost of which being that software is a different beast than other normal products for which one could validly consider bundling to be an antitrust action. The bottom line of an OS is that you NEED a browser in order to get online to get your choice of browser. Simply not bundling a browser is not the answer, because 50% of the populace is too dumb, or somehow not easily able, to get a browser loaded onto their system on their own. And it creates a ridiculous overhead too. You think the Mozilla Foundation can afford to print and send CDs all over the globe? Or are you just going to trust the guy at the Quik-E-Mart who burned you a copy of Firefox when he says he didn't put a trojan in there?

Yes, IE may suck, but a new computer needs a starting point, and IE is it. And as long as MS doesn't do something to stop you from loading any browser of your choice, there's really no reason to bitch.

And if you want Firefox/Safari/every other browser in existance loaded on to Windows, does that mean you're in favour of the same thing being done to *nix? I wonder how big those distro downloads will be with 50 browsers preloaded. And I wonder how confused all the noobs and old folks will be when they go to open the internet and there's 50 different icons there staring at them, and every one behaves differently.

Forced browser bundling is a retarded idea. Everyone has choice now, and that's what counts.

more than 5 years ago

EU Could Force Bundling Firefox With Windows

Cervantes Re:What a load! (650 comments)

I'd like to live in your fictional universe. That would be great.

MS in NO WAY stops Mozilla, or Apple, or anyone else, from loading their browser onto Windows. Anyone can go and load up any browser they damn well feel like. Ergo, MS is not using their position to harm anyones ability to sell (or give away) browsers.

about 6 years ago

EU Could Force Bundling Firefox With Windows

Cervantes What a load! (650 comments)

Seriously... should we next force Coke to include a can of Pepsi in every 6-pack?

I know, let's just remove IE from Windows entirely... oh, wait, how would people go download Firefox or Safari or Chrome then?

This crap just drives me nuts... an OS needs to have a browser included. The fact that so many people stay with IE isn't a result of evil dominance, it's a result of people being to lazy to install something new. MS is in no way stopping people from using FF or GC or AS or anything else, and until they are, I really wish people would STFU and stop this pointless whining.

I really hope MS does start shipping a EU version of Windows, sans browser, and with a little note coming up to say "thank you for trying to access the internet. The EU has prohibited us from helping you with this. Please go find a CD of Firefox and then install it. Hope you don't live in a rural area!"

about 6 years ago

HP Seals the Deal, Buys EDS For $14B

Cervantes EDS? Really? (214 comments)

Remember when HP used to be about quality equipment and scientific research and innovation? HP Labs?
Yeah, I miss those days. What's next, buying their way into the lucrative "Tickle me Elmo" market?

more than 6 years ago



Cervantes Cervantes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cervantes (612861) writes "As previously reported on Slashdot, the ashes of James "Scotty" Doohan were launched into space (well, sub-orbital altitude). Now, it seems Scotty has gone for one last camping trip in the mountains. Space.com is reporting that the rocket came back to earth and is now lost in the mountains of New Mexico. Keep an eye on eBay for word of the ashes recovery..."




Cervantes Cervantes writes  |  more than 12 years ago

God, speaking to one of his underlings after the creation of the earth is pointing at some of its wonders. God says, "oh, and this is Canada, it will have a democratic and peacefull native people, it will have unequalled natural beauty, Mountains, seashore, Wild places like nowhere else... later, a great nation will be formed there. One of peace, tolerance, dialogue and understanding. They will not make wars with their enemies, they will appeal to man's good nature. They will care and respect one another. These Canadians will have the respect of other great peoples, but be humble and honest -- respectfull and mindfull of the virtue of others.

to which, God's pion replies "Well, I wonder God, Is it wise bestowing all these great gifts on a single place -- on a single people?"

God replies "well, its not as simple as it looks, wait until the you see the Assholes I put next to them.


Karma-whores, unite!

Cervantes Cervantes writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Current karma:
5+5+3+5+1+5+1+1+2+1+2+1+1+5+5+1+5+3+5+0+2+1+2+5+0+2= 69.

Talk about irony, eh?


Notes and taglines

Cervantes Cervantes writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I always believe that a good sig can make someones day, so I'm gonna store the better ones I find here for use. I may even grant fair-use ;-)

--- The believer is happy; the doubter is wise

--- The world is run by idiots because they're more efficient than hamsters.

--- How come we choose from just two people to run for president and fifty for Miss America?

--- I wish I could hear the soundtrack to my life. That way I'd know when to duck.

-- "Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a pool." Think about it.

--- If I knew the wedgies I gave you back in 6th grade would have resulted in this . . . I might have taken a moments pause.

--- Is your freedom worth your life?

New as of Nov 6:

Don't you miss the good ol' days when it was the FCC's modem bandwidth regulations rather than the FBI's guns that controlled how fast we browsed?

I wanna be just like Linus when I grow up... No, the one with the blanket

"You can't have everything. Where would you keep it?" -- Steven Wright

Would you cut off your right hand to become left-handed?

"Here's this box, it's FREE!
It may contain candy.
It might contain scorpions."
How can you tell?

When in doubt, f*ck it. When not in doubt, get in doubt!

"The function of freedom is to free someone else." -Toni Morrison

"If imprisonment worked, the United States would be the safest country in the world." --Dr. Kelly Hannah-Moffat

-- We live in a world where lemonade is artificial and soap has real lemon.

  It's going to be like the War on Drugs, except it'll take away the rights of white people too.

I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them." -- George H. W. Bush

I wonder where our government will put the concentration camps.

"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists."


laugh while you still have the right..


I was very involved in my high school politics... I assasinated 3 class presidents.

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