Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!



Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Cutterman Re:Confucius say: (355 comments)

My Black MacBook is still working and I still use it.
(Ditto for my ancient Travelmate)
They weigh a ton though....

Bit envious of son's new MacBook :-(

The Cutter

about 3 months ago

AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Cutterman Re:The story (162 comments)

Many years ago, relatively few people in Africa.
Few domesticated animals. Bushmeat normal part of diet.
Colonisation/"civilisation" - less deaths from disease/tribal wars.
More domestivated animals - more food - more Africans
Bushmeat relegated to occasional traditional treat.
Population rises, colonialists leave.
Medicine stays, governments collapse, foreign aid - more Africans
Not enough meat from domesticated animals - bushmeat consumption rises again
Now routine - first large wildlife declines, then small.
Eventually all the bushmeat is gone - anything larger than a mouse
World gets bored with endless foreign aid to despots
Most indigenous wildlife extinct - jungle very quiet.
Africans start eating each other.

Oh wait....

about 4 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Cutterman Re:This update deleted my "All Programs" list (304 comments)

Unfortunately rstrui.exe is a GUI rather than a console app so if your GUI fonts are messed up it is unusable.
rstrui needs to be a console app

The Cutter


about 5 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Cutterman Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

Confirm Windows 7 affected. System fonts wouldn't display resulting in illegible system.
Did a restore and then cautiously installed update one by one, with reboots in between each.
Running OK now
Seems the problem was Windows installing all those updates in one big bunch.

The Cutter

about 5 months ago

DNA Project 'to Make UK World Genetic Research Leader'

Cutterman Re:First steps (65 comments)

Not only is "each cancer is little different genetically" but the cells of any given cancer are not homogeneous copies - there is considerable heterogeneity, much more than in normal cells.

about 6 months ago

US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Cutterman Re:Wait.. (411 comments)

The stupidity of ignoring nuclear fission never ceases to amaze me. Fusion is still a long way from practicality, will always expensive and isn't the clean dream - the massive neutron flux just makes even more radioactive waste. The oil & gas are going to run out one day, be it in 5 years or 50. Renewables are unreliable, expensive and the quantities of rare earths required make for horrible mining pollution as well as covering the landscape with ugly windmills and solar collectors.

High activity nuclear waste is a small volume storage problem and if we hadn't wasted the last 30 years we would have modern fission plant designs far safer than any of the chemical polluting shit we have now.

Fricken' ridiculous.

about 8 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Cutterman Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Following all this to it's logical conclusion, there is an excellent argument for allowing incestuous civil unions and the, following on from that, marriage.

After all, 20 of the States permit first cousin marriages and another six permit them under certain circumstances.

Why should not a brother and sister (or sister and sister, etc.) living together in a long term relationship be excluded from the benefits of marriage? There are hundreds of thousands of single men and women living monogamously with their mother or father for the long haul.

The Cutter

about 10 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

Cutterman Re:Reward if Found (250 comments)

Not trying to return it was wrong. Scribbling over the name with your engraver means you KNEW it was wrong.

I reckon you're morally bankrupt.

about a year ago

RoboBeast: A Toughened 3D Printer

Cutterman Re:Old news. DeltaMaker already did it. (21 comments)

I'm South African and I've built stuff for Africa (a paraplegic turning frame).

It has to be very simple and very very tough as well as repairable by the village blacksmith.

I reckon van As knows more about it than you or Deltamaker.

The Cutter

about a year ago

Genome of Neandertals Reveals Inbreeding

Cutterman Re:Hence the extinction... (109 comments)

Not so. In Saudi, where cousin marriages are very common, the incidence of genetic defects (particularly ano-genital malformations) is very high. A reconstructive surgeon's paradise. Mac

about a year ago

Zuckerberg Shows Kindergartners Ruby Instead of JavaScript

Cutterman Re:Sigh (144 comments)

"Seymour Papert once had the right idea: you don't teach "programming", you teach structured thinking and analytical problem solving. " Disagree. When I started programming as a kid 30 years ago BASIC taught ME structured thinking and analytical problem solving. Mac

about a year ago

France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

Cutterman Bookstores (264 comments)

Yeah, I've noticed it in Cape Town too. Bookstores are closing or downsizing. There are fewer serious books and more "bestsellers", chick-lit, and dumbed-down stuff. I have fond memories of sitting at my stammtisch in my favourite cafe in the 60's reading French paperbacks and cutting the pages as I went. Cutting the pages: a lost experience... Ho hum. Mac

about a year ago

Larry Page's Vocal Cords Are Partially Paralyzed

Cutterman Re:Only when (189 comments)

Very little research??? My Pa (a physician epidemiologist) spent his whole life researching malaria and I can assure you that there is PLENTY of malaria research. The Cutter

about a year and a half ago

The Scourge of Error Handling

Cutterman Re:First problem is considering it clutter (536 comments)

Agree. Most of the code I've written for handling lab instruments is about 30% doing stuff and 70% input validation, sanitizing, sanity checking and error handling. Can't leave it to the OS. Bloody tedious but you get used to it and a lot of it is boilerplate that once written just transfers to another rountine or app. Just habit. Assume things will break or that the user is demented. Mac

more than 2 years ago

Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic

Cutterman Re:The real fraud... (294 comments)

Absolutely right! Mac, M.D.

more than 2 years ago

Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face

Cutterman Re:Foreshadowing. (454 comments)

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
Cardinal Richelieu

more than 4 years ago

Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

Cutterman Re:something wrong with TFA (1003 comments)

"Same as sudo." No it isn't. YOUR privileges are not elevated, you just assume the mantle of a higher privileged other user, along with their documents, locations and so on. Runas does not preserve the user's profile and ownership of created objects. A better solution is SudoWin (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sudowin/) which acts as a true Sudo for Windows. Mac

more than 4 years ago

Groklaw Shifts Gears, Now Stressing Preservation

Cutterman Re:I think PJ is being very disingenuous (123 comments)

As someone who enthusiastically posted on Groklaw in the early days I can identify with your feelings.

Several times I voiced minor doubts about some viewpoint or introduced another aspect and was stunned by PJ's rapid and savage responses. As a research scientist (MD) and long-term open-source advocate I was somewhat unprepared for being called a gull and a troll and threatened with banning unless I toed the line.

Eventually of course I was and even now (though I stopped posting regularly years ago) any remarks that I make are expunged within hours or less.

As a factual record and investigative journalism Groklaw is superb and a brilliant example of the power of disparate people gathered together for a common purpose over the internet. As a document of opinion and argument it is fatally flawed by its doctrinaire censorship of even mildly dissenting voices.

A pity.

about 6 years ago

Groklaw Shifts Gears, Now Stressing Preservation

Cutterman Re:I'm a bit confused by this. (123 comments)

Suddenly deciding to turn Groklaw into a mausoleum seems very un-Pj-ish.

After all, there's still a long way to go in the saga and an awful lot of dirt
still to be uncovered.

I reckon someone put the frighteners on her - kidnapped her favourite cat or
threatened to shoot her granny if she didn't tone it down.

The shutoff was too brusque and the "return" too humble.

I smell a rat.


about 6 years ago

Are Academic Journals Obsolete?

Cutterman Re:Easy question (317 comments)

"Are they just a way to evaluate the productivity of professors?"

Depends how you define productivity. If it means the ability to publish then yes. If you mean the ability to produce useful and/or interesting work then no.

The vast majority of published articles are literature reviews, rehashes of previous papers, boring but easy research about things that are already well documented, or statistical juggling with dubious data from equally dubious research. Perhaps one in a thousand is both good, true, original and honest. The rest are just badly written dross.

Peer review counts for very little. A small inner circle publish (or at least have their name appended to) 90% of papers in any one discipline and they act as peer reviewers for themselves on a "You scratch my back I'll scratch yours" basis.

The "Publish or perish" mentality has completely debased and largely destroyed good science. Tenure depends on quantity of publications not quality and so vast reams of garbage are generated every month making it really difficult to find the needle in the haystack of irrelevant tripe.

The Cutter

more than 6 years ago


Cutterman hasn't submitted any stories.


Cutterman has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?