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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Culture20 Re:Nice name (202 comments)

"Head" isn't his last name, neither is Former his first name, nor Marketing his middle.
Or are you talking about Bearding the Dragon (Mozilla)?

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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Culture20 All I will remember her saying is (579 comments)

All I will remember her saying is "I am anti-vaccine" http://news.slashdot.org/story...

Over time, "negation tags" fall out of memory: "Saddam didn't plan 9/11" becomes "Saddam planned 9/11."

Her only option is to state unequivocally that she's pro-vaccine and say it a lot.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Culture20 Re:u can rite any way u want (427 comments)

Fast forward to today and a part of me believes that if an educator is actually teaching words and meanings to students that their should be actually definitive meanings for terms when given the chance. We know that written language is derived from verbal communication which is why we used phonetics in the first place. So, for example, if a teacher was teaching the world "there" without a definitive meaning, then students would always have to rely on context clues to figure out if the communicator is saying the equivalent to "there, their, or they're". Which can become even more confusing if there are other words that are also homophones in the same sentence.

Is this irony or coincidence? I was never taught the difference.

2 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Culture20 Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

Torez and Kim trade holodeck time. I don't have the DVDs available, but it's stuff that's casually mentioned in downtime while they're doing engineering type tasks. It's not anything that is plot critical, so it rarely shows up in synopses (which I'm guessing is the only way you've "watched" Voyager if you aren't aware of the the fact that there are two crews on a starship with only two holodecks (unless you count sickbay, which I don't).
As for citing:
HOLODECK SCARCITY:
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
"KIM: Doc, how about a trade? I'm willing to throw in some holodeck time. Come on! It would mean a lot to my mother."
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
NEELIX: Now watch carefully. I place the tera nut under the cup. Then I shuffle them. Round and round they go. Keep your eye on the nut, but be careful, the hand is faster than the eye. Now, for three hours of Holodeck time, can you tell me where is the tera nut?

REPLICATOR RATIONING:
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wik...
https://www.google.com/search?...
The Voyager Transcripts - Meld
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
PARIS: Why don't we make it interesting this time. Let's add some table stakes. KIM: What kind of stakes? PARIS: I don't know. Hmm. Couple of replicator rations, ...
The Voyager Transcripts - Parturition
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
... So I ate Neelix's food for a week and used my replicator rations. PARIS: Play something for me. KIM: Well, I've only had ...
The Voyager Transcripts - Warhead
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
... PARIS: I'll pay you back double with next month's replicator rations. NEELIX: That's what you said when I let you ...
The Voyager Transcripts - Twisted
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
... It must have cost you a week's worth of replicator rations. PARIS: Two weeks actually, but who's counting? I'm just glad ...
The Voyager Transcripts - Equinox
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
... NAOMI: If you need anything, replicator rations, a tour of the lower decks, I'm your man. GILMORE: Thank you, Miss ...
The Voyager Transcripts - Real Life
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
Apr 23, 1997 - ... CHAKOTAY: If we could harness some of that energy, we could go off replicator rations for a while.
The Voyager Transcripts - Scorpion
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
... I'm working on a plan to extend our food and replicator rations. JANEWAY: We have to act fast. The Borg have captured ...
The Voyager Transcripts - The Chute
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
Sep 18, 1996 - ... So, what do you say we blow a week's worth of replicator rations? KIM: So what's for dessert?
The Voyager Transcripts - The Cloud
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
Feb 13, 1995 - ... I'll use one of my replicator rations for coffee. NEELIX: That would not be appropriate, Captain.
The Voyager Transcripts - Before And After
http://www.chakoteya.net/voyag...
Apr 9, 1997 - ... KES: I remember last month's supply of replicator rations that you borrowed, that you owe me, if that's ...

FEDERATION CREDITS (including transporter credits):
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wik...
http://www.chakoteya.net/ds9/4...
"SISKO: I remember, Jake, I wasn't much older than you when I left for San Francisco to go to Starfleet Academy. For the first few days, I was so homesick that I'd go back to my house in New Orleans every night for dinner. I'd materialise in my living room at six thirty every night and take my seat at the table just like I had come down the stairs.
JAKE: You must have used up a month's worth of transporter credits.
SISKO: My parents, they never said anything about it. Just 'how you doing, son, how was school today? They knew that I would get over being homesick soon enough. And after about the fifth, sixth day, you could pry me from that campus. Of course now, if you go to Pennington, you won't be able to beam back to the station to have dinner with your old man. After about a week or so, you'll get over it. "
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wik...

2 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Culture20 Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

Voyager the show does treat Holodeck use as a scarce resource. Likewise the replicators. Transporter credits for use on Earth are explicitly mentioned in DS9. The Federation per the shows might have eliminated hunger, but not want.

5 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Culture20 Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

The holodeck is a scarce resource. They're new on Galaxy class starships, and there isn't one for every person. They can't all use it at the same time. I will concede that I might have conflated bits of voyager with Barclay episodes since they absolutely do trade holodeck time as currency in that show.

5 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Culture20 Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

I believe it's mentioned in an episode that he trades favors with other crewmembers for their holodeck time. Holodecks are scarce, and time on the holodecks is rationed just like replicator and transporter usage.

5 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Culture20 Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

And that's why they have replicator and transporter credits on Earth. It's not post-scarcity. It's not even post money because they could trade their credits for services from others. But the Federation citizens were told the lie enough that they believe it.

about a week ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Culture20 Re:Happy day-after-birthday! (312 comments)

Since the author was apparently born yesterday, I would like to explain a simple concept. When politicians want naive citizens to believe they're doing something when, in fact, they are not doing it and do not want to do it, they will make a big show about doing it in a very roundabout and ineffective way. This has been going on for, oh, all of recorded history.

"Oh that Pharaoh, he should build his own tomb and lie down in it."
"Great idea. I'll get right on that. We'll need some limestone..."

about a week ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Culture20 GameSpy closure will affect CD-key authentication (145 comments)

Three cheers for DRM! This is why I only play older games. I know that I will always be able to play them in the future (as long as dosbox and wine still work).

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Culture20 Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

For me, it would take the "cornerstone of the internet" itself being wrong, not its CEO or other individual members of the corporation. I'll bet there are some managers at Mozilla who are racist, maybe a janitor who has been convicted of assault and battery of a homosexual, and an HR rep who is Hitler reborn (that one is most likely), but I didn't hear any hew and cry over them. And they're more likely to put their personal beliefs into action than a CEO is.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Culture20 Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

What if he had said, "blacks don't deserve the right to vote"?

I would have said "Mr. X is wrong in his view, but his company makes a mighty fine browser."
Now if Mozilla had started using HP webcams for facial recognition to determine who can and can't use Firefox, then I'd change my tune about whether the company's product should be boycotted.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Culture20 Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

I think the problem comes because "put down one's tools" in American English implies a polite setting down of tools. The term used for quitting in America is to "drop one's tools". It implies an immediacy that pairs well with quitting without notice.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Culture20 Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

In an article where the tools explicitly described are coffee and Mountain Dew, and the standard American use of "downing X" means to "drink X", I can see the confusion (and was confused myself).

about two weeks ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

Culture20 Re:Evidence is allowed: the violator gets the same (207 comments)

And then you end up with cops with martyr complexes willing to go to jail for two years to nail a criminal without due process. It allows for a perverse interest to break the law to uphold the law. Even if the punishment is the same as the criminal receives (cop gets death sentence for breaking due process in mass-murder case), there are some who would do it. Better to disallow the evidence.

about two weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Culture20 Those are ordinary prophecies (94 comments)

Self-fulfilling prophecies cause the events they predict. Saying "Labs will release viruses!" doesn't seem to cause the virus releases in any way I can see. If anything, it makes the controls more stringent.

about two weeks ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Culture20 Re:fuck wil wheaton (512 comments)

So far he's killed ... Generator Rex. Ben 10. Teen titans.

These three were cartoons geared toward a demographic that quickly outgrows their current favorite shows. I happened to like them as an adult, but when they were canceled (or altered as in Ben 10 and Teen Titans), I didn't complain because I knew the target audience had changed.

about two weeks ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Culture20 Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

It probably does, but the adults have evolved past the point of using language that way. For a modern example, imagine a group of nerds who haven't seen each other for a long time. They'll reminisce about days long past referring to common experiences, technical jargon, and Monty Python quotes. Most English speakers will find the conversation incomprehensible.

about two weeks ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Culture20 Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

The unbelievable part is that the Tamarian's were advanced enough to built interstellar spacecraft and transporters but somehow they weren't smart enough to say to themselves "hmm, you know what, I bet they can't understand us because we only speak in metaphors".

They did, but it came out as "Shaka, when the walls fell."

about two weeks ago

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Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-078.mspx
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032399448&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and 2.0.0.19 today. 2.0.0.19 is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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