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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

DoofusOfDeath Or... (32 comments)

Putin is going to claim they were Russian speakers, and therefore Russia has a natural right to everything north of the Arctic circle.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

DoofusOfDeath Re:Ask one question about patches (284 comments)

Erm... I meant to write "lives", not "lies." Freudian slip.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

DoofusOfDeath Re:Ask one question about patches (284 comments)

Unless you work for the CIA, in which case the question becomes, "Will this patch cost enough lies?"

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

DoofusOfDeath Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

And 5% something else, unspecified.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

DoofusOfDeath Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

And yes, I know that this opinion is not popular on a site as conservative as slashdot. That is why we see this as a front page story bashing the person proposing the re-examination of the second amendment.

I'm not sure Slashdot's commentators are all that conservative. I'd say they're 45% libertarian, 40% liberal, and 10% conservative.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

DoofusOfDeath Am I the only person... (630 comments)

Who has a deep and abiding desire to beat the shit out of every Congressman who votes for a bill without fully understanding it?

4 days ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

DoofusOfDeath Re:Walled gardens??? (270 comments)

You might reconsider your definition of "leaving" once you see what I've dumped behind those garden walls.

At least you're willing to admit that you're a Microsoft Office developer!

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

DoofusOfDeath Walled gardens??? (270 comments)

So is its notorious tendency to keep developers and consumers within its walled gardens.

What on earth are you talking about? Windows 8 is all about forcing people to get software from Microsoft's store. That's exactly opposite of leaving behind walled gardens.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

DoofusOfDeath Re:Get something about math proofs. (594 comments)

My college geometry course was probably the most enjoyable of all my math courses, and in particular the part about non-Euclidean geometry. It was a wonderful period of growth for me, where I was forced on using rigorous logic without any hope of appealing to physical-world analogs / intuitions for my inspiration.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

DoofusOfDeath Re:"Proof" (594 comments)

Sorry, have to post to undo my accidental modding of the parent as "Redundant". I was going for "Insightful".

about a week ago
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Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

DoofusOfDeath Re:User error? (36 comments)

I wonder how many people were using laptops on their laps with a blanket or pillow or something that helps obstruct the vents on the bottom. It's fun to blame Sony but some times it really does come down to user error. Those vents on the bottom aren't there just for show...

I think it's reasonable to expect these laptops to contain thermometers and to automatically shutdown with there's a risk of fire. They're designed to be used in domestic environments with little to no training of the user.

about a week ago
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Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

DoofusOfDeath Re:Cue The Flames (36 comments)

Shit! I left the Vaio in my Tesla.

Pray it's not bumped by a Pinto.

about a week ago
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In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

DoofusOfDeath International flights (78 comments)

So what happens when they fly over countries with proper privacy regulations? Hopefully those countries will issue INTERPOL warrants for the company executives.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

DoofusOfDeath Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1111 comments)

The issue isn't his beliefs, it's his active attempt to limit the rights of others for no reason except for either religion or he thinks it's icky (I haven't heard any other excuses from anybody, but perhaps he has a different reason).

Any time you advocate the passage of a law, you're trying to force your will on others.

Your problem appears to be that you disapprove of his religion, and want him silenced. You, sir, are a bigot and a hypocrit.

about two weeks ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

DoofusOfDeath Re:Almost makes me want to live there (77 comments)

Yes, and I'm actually planning on making the move (for real). I'm in the process of obtaining my birthright citizenship in one of the Shengen countries, after which I intend to move my family over there.

No country is perfect, but America is being so badly run these days, I think Europe (Germany) is worth a try for me.

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

DoofusOfDeath Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

Umm, no, being libertarian is a choice, the others are not.

Being black isn't a choice. Homosexuality and Judaism both have some involuntary aspects (heritage for Jews, something we still haven't figured out for homosexuals), and some voluntary aspects (participating in Jewish culture/religion; engaging in homosexual acts).

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

DoofusOfDeath Bad summary (218 comments)

Facebook owns virtually all the aspects of the social experience

That sounds far-fetched. My social experience involves hanging out with my family, chatting with coworkers, emailing some people, and chatting up people at the coffee shop. No Facebook whatsoever, and I doubt I'm alone.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

DoofusOfDeath Re:correlation does not prove causation (137 comments)

How else can they be self-righteous?

By having led to the ouster of Mozilla's new CEO?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

DoofusOfDeath Re:Vitamin D (137 comments)

Well, supposedly, the study took levels of exercise into account -- and driving to work in the morning would account for 30 minutes of sunlight exposure, without any real exercise.

Are you sure? I was under the impression that car windows filtered out a lot of UV. For example, you won't get sunburn while sitting in a car with your windows rolled up.

If it's UV that matters here, and not simply bright visible light, then being in a car wouldn't do it I suspect.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

DoofusOfDeath Re:I'm all for religious freedom... (1482 comments)

Unless you're a uniquely talented moral philosopher, you are unable to define "moral" in a way that all rational persons would accept.

That's easy. 1 commandment:

Don't be a Dick.

What that one commandment? And, define Dick in a way we'll all agree on.

about two weeks ago

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Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about a year ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"
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Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
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Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."
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Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"
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Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
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