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Codeplex 100 Day Deadline Passes Unremarked

DXLster Re:Lessig on what plex is really important (106 comments)

Now tha'ts just silly. there are tens of thousands of Microsoft development partners around the world, and developing modifications to Microsoft products is a multi-billion dollar industry. Every product the sell has a robust API.

I've competed against Microsoft products relentlessly for the last 17 years, but the very first thing they are guaranteed to do on any project is create an extension API and provide thorough documentation on it.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

DXLster Re:Why assume the Na'vi are low-tech? (870 comments)

That was more a question of motivation than of capacity. There were lots of other clans who might have been rallied to action by Neytiri whether Jake was there or not.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

DXLster Why assume the Na'vi are low-tech? (870 comments)

The fact that they rely on bio-centric technology doesn't make them low-tech. Every major organism on that planet has a universal neural bus that can establish a physical and logical link in about .3 seconds. Does that sound even remotely accidental?

more than 4 years ago
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What Computer Science Can Teach Economics

DXLster Re:Hayek (421 comments)

Mises was probably the greatest mind ever to explore the problems of social sciences.

more than 4 years ago
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Can IBM Take On Google, Microsoft With iNotes?

DXLster Re:If LotusLive iNotes is in any way based on (171 comments)

"maybe my corporate IT dept. has borked their standard image"

Not exactly, but it is they're fault. Here's the scoop...

1) The entire Notes 8.x codestream is now an Eclipse RCP application.
2) Eclipse is incredibly powerful and flexible. It's also a huge collection of JAR files that have to be unzipped to run.
3) You anti-virus software is probably configured to scan every one of those JARs every time they're accessed.
4) Like every Windows machine on the planet, your drive is probably also highly fragmented. Because the Notes client is quite bulky in terms of individual files for execution (about 7,000 Features & Plugins at last count) it benefits quite a bit from defragmentation. Try it over the weekend.

Mr. Haynes is quite right that the Linux client is blazing fast. So is the Mac client, especially the new 8.5.1 version that is about to ship. (I'm on the beta.) It's Windows that truly suffers from the many-small-files modularity that the client now has.

more than 4 years ago
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NSA To Build 20-Acre Data Center In Utah

DXLster Re:Nothing secret here (226 comments)

"What's this building that I'm driving past for 5 minutes on the freeway?"

Assuming it's a one-story facility, a million sq ft means 1000 ft per side, or about 1/5 of a mile. 5 minutes is 300 seconds, so you'd have to be driving at a speed of about 3.3 feet per second, or about 2.25 MPH.

In which case, please get the hell off my freeway kthx.

more than 5 years ago
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Does Bing Have Google Running Scared?

DXLster wha wha WHAT? (560 comments)

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Camara Goes On Offense Against the RIAA

DXLster Re:Dangerous (316 comments)

Ummmmm.... yes, it does. 2 + 0 = 2

more than 5 years ago
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Voting Drops 83 Percent In All-Digital Election

DXLster Dumbest journalist ever? (156 comments)

So...
a) what was the election FOR?
b) how can you compare the voter turnout for a year with ZERO federal representation ballots against the damn 2008 election!??!?!

These seem like awfully rudimentary questions to ask if you're writing this story.

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

DXLster Re:Let's think of what makes no sense in this movi (592 comments)

Not the best comparison, but...

"At the start of the Civil War, Custer was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his class's graduation was accelerated so that they could enter the war. Custer graduated last in his class and served at the First Battle of Bull Run as a staff officer for Major General George B. McClellan. Early in the Gettysburg Campaign, Custer's association with cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton earned him a promotion from first lieutenant to brigadier general of volunteers at the age of 23."

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

DXLster Re:How about, "I haven't seen it and don't care" (592 comments)

So you reject all content produced from the Hollywood studio system just because it's produced by the Hollywood studio system? Way to judge culture by its merits!

Perhaps you think all blondes are dumb and blacks play basketball.

Y'know, some of us experience culture to enrich our vision of what's possible in the world. And science fiction in particular to encourage us to consider the outrageous and impossible as possible; perhaps even desirable.

What a closed, dreamless life you must have.

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

DXLster Re:Enjoyed it until I started thinking... (592 comments)

"the Enterprise was crewed with competent career professionals"

I'm sorry, did you ever actually WATCH any of TOS? Kirk was always an unprofessional hotdog. He placed himself in the most dangerous situations time after time. He was so unprofessional they made jokes about it in the later series.

The character of James T. Kirk is not supposed to be the kind of institutional success that would really occur in a ranked military organization. He's supposed to be the brash superstar who wins through unconventional thinking and quick action.

Why do they movies about that? Because making movies about 50-year old captains who work hard and climb through the ranks and act like CEOs are boring. They only work in romantic dramas. And I doubt that people want to see Star Trek: Nights in Rondanthe.

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What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

DXLster Re:Well... (592 comments)

He was first officer, not the captain. Until Nero killed the captain.

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

DXLster She wasn't random... (592 comments)

That was Rachel Nichols. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0629697/

She worked with Abrams on Alias -- which she was Sydney's heir apparent. And she plays Scarlett in the upcoming G.I.Joe movie.

YUMMY!

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

DXLster Re:"Just about" ? (592 comments)

Some answers...

1) Why the main computer can tell Original Captain Kirk the autopilot is offline. But still synthesize a voice to tell him it's offline. Of those two functionalities.

It wasn't the main processor that had the problem. It what the fly-by-wire control systems that linked the processor to the physical mechanisms to control flight. The network was down.

2) Why they dropped parachuting human bombers instead of... parachuting bombs.

Because it would have been a terrible plot device. ;-) It's hardly unusual to need onsite assets to determine how best to destroy a military target.

3) Why the romulans were drilling in the first place.

To reach the planet's core. Presumably the red matter needs to make contact with material of a certain density/temperature in order to start it's reaction.

4) How they planned to get off the platform after placing the explosives. (All of their parachutes were destroyed. If they blew up the platform... they would be dead. If they don't blow the platform... they can't beam out.)

Dive again off the platform to the planet's surface. The chutes were "reusable." That's why they retracted and auto-folded.

5) Why starfleet has no backup chutes like modern skydivers.

Actually, the entire Star Trek canon is *terrible* about redundant systems. This would be just another instance of not anticipating a graceful failure.

6) Why the parachutes had no release like modern skydivers.

Reusable chute. See point 4.

7) Why the romulans left Spock within walking distance of a base to warn Vulcan.

Would it have mattered? Evacuating several billion people off the planet wasn't going to happen anyway. And they did want both Spocks to survive.

8) Why an escape pod can't land within 1km of a target.

Always a mystery. In all space films, actually.

9) Why nobody on earth didn't shoot the drill

No idea.

10) Why were they drilling!? Just drop the red matter in low orbit. It'll take an extra 5 seconds to consume the planet.

Minimum density/temperature required to start the reaction. See point 3.

11) Why Old Spock was carrying enough red matter to destroy 100 universes when 1 drop was all he needed.

Well, he was trying to get a star in the process of going nova to turn into a black hole. It's a safe bet he was going to need a MUCH stronger reaction than something that would collapse a planet. Needed 5 orders of magnitude more density doesn't seem surprising at all.

12) Why waves and waves and waves of people from earth didn't beam onto the enemy ship in low orbit over their headquarters and shoot everything on board.

The drill's beam supposedly interfered with communications and with the transporter. Why they didn't just climb into a couple of vintage F-22s and shoot down the drill is a mystery.

13) Why Old Spock would allow his incredibbbbbbly dangerous cargo fall into the hands of the enemy and not just self destruct.

Because the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many? ;-)

14) Why a mining vessel is armed to the teeth with shield penetrating munitions.

Perhaps 200 years into the future we wouldn't consider that large-scale armament -- just protection from pirates.

Take a coast guard cutter with a .50 calibre deck-mounted machine gun back to 1809 and see how you fare against navies of that time.

15) Why young spock would fly straight into a line or torpedos instead of warping to another battle ground to try and get the drop on the ship again.

Because the objective was to engage right there and let the Romulans be destroyed by ramming them. He was transporting out either way.

Not trying to justify anything about the film, but I think a lot of these questions have fairly obvious answers.

Personally, I thought they borrowed heavily from Star Wars Ep IV and V, and that's exactly what made the movie fun. Sure, Kirk getting into the captain's chair so quickly was unrealistic, but Kirk was ALWAYS unrealistic, even in TOS. They made fun of that in the very first episode of TNG, when Riker refused to let Picard leave the ship.

more than 5 years ago
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Court Sets Rules For RIAA Hard Drive Inspection

DXLster Re:New defense tactic... (470 comments)

Since the ID3 tag is part of the MP3 file, the MD5 hash approach could be easily foiled using a batch tag setter to change, say, the release year of every song.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

DXLster Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (1870 comments)

I'm looking for a well written and researched piece that can tell me why TPB and other such sites are good for society, not some crap "I just want stuff for free" argument.

The simple utilitarian answer is that the pain you feel in not being compensated for your software is less than the aggregate marginal benefit to the users who didn't pay you but still use it. The simple rights-based answer is that you have no right to restrict the behavior of a 3rd party with whom you have no contract -- which is what govt-enforce intellectual property is.

For deep reading...
http://techliberation.com/2006/11/22/a-practical-argument-against-copyright-protection/

and...
http://libertariannation.org/a/f31l1.html

more than 5 years ago
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Campaign to Open Source IBM's Notes/Domino

DXLster Re:database vs mail (255 comments)

The biggest argument for open sourcing Lotus Notes is that it isn't selling anymore so IBM has a strong incentive to drop product support, despite the large install base.

So 15 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, and a 50% increase in revenue generation over the last 5 years, totaling about a billion dollars/year in license sales is the definition of "isn't selling anymore?"

Do you speak English?

more than 4 years ago

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