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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

Dr Herbert West History of Comics: "Ten Cent Plague" (165 comments)

With the risk of un-hijacking this thread I notice you didn't specify comic book reading suggestions, just reading suggestions connected with comic books and a certain period of history. There's a couple great histories of the pre-comics code comic book industry: The Ten Cent Plague-- The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

You can also check out Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book I didn't read the first, but it's supposed to be pretty good. The second focuses on some of the cool and quirky characters that really were the founders of a new industry. I found it entertaining and inspiring.

about a month and a half ago
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

Dr Herbert West ads == money laundering (347 comments)

you would think that the money involved would bring creativity, but it's quite the opposite. Keep in mind ad agencies are slaves to their clients (the days of renegade "mad men" are long gone, and I suspect their gonzo reputation of yesteryear was a fabrication) and as a result the typical creative process is:

--Look at the ad trade magazines from last year.
--See which ads "did the best" which really means, which ads all the other advertisers ranked the highest.
--Do exactly that same ad, but tweak it for whatever pop culture thing is hitting as of six months ago.
--The metric ad agencies give to their clients is not how much product got moved-- it's what "rating" their superbowl ad got.

The superbowl is a money laundering scheme for advertisers-- it's very incestuous and the only real beneficiaries of the superbowl are the ad agencies. Certainly not football fans.

about 6 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Dr Herbert West Re:Good advertising? (324 comments)

Why is this marked troll? I have a prime account, and I've often noticed that I can find something "not-prime" cheaper, even when shipping is included. Hard-to-find items in particular.

about 8 months ago
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Sleep Is the Ultimate Brainwasher

Dr Herbert West Re:Windows (210 comments)

THAT IS A GREAT IDEA FOR A BOOK/MOVIE!

You should get to it before someone else does... I'm thinking something along the lines of Larry Niven's body banks... or the premise of the (terrrible) Repo Men

about 9 months ago
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Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads

Dr Herbert West Re:Good Lord... (274 comments)

You, sir, are a do-er of good. If more people would treat advertising as the noise it is, rather than an annoyance to be endured (we kill mosquitos, don't we? Why put up with ads?) the world would be a better place.

Before someone flames me for "Won't someone think of teh jobz", full disclaimer: I'm occasionally employed by ad agencies. Can't stand it... til I get the paycheck.

about 9 months ago
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

Dr Herbert West Re:Cockroach rights? (512 comments)

Mod parent up, please. I kill all kinds of insects that invade my personal space without compunction-- but living creatures of any kind are not toys.

There's plenty of grey area to go around, I guess-- would I feel the same about building a treehouse? Probably not.

about 10 months ago
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Colorado Company Says It Plans To Test Hyperloop Transport System

Dr Herbert West Re:Discovery channel? (258 comments)

That sounds JAWSOME!

1 year,10 days
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Colorado Company Says It Plans To Test Hyperloop Transport System

Dr Herbert West Re:Discovery channel? (258 comments)

Responding to undo my -Offtopic mod, when I wanted to mod Funny. "TubeShark-aggedon" could have some crossover with "Sharkonado", maybe set in the midwest..

1 year,10 days
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Dell's Haswell-Powered Alienware X51 R2 SFF, a PC Gamer's Console Alternative

Dr Herbert West Re:Says a lot! (154 comments)

I saw what you did there. Spelling's a beach sometimes.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wiring Home Furniture?

Dr Herbert West Re:Easy (235 comments)

You're completely right-- and sometimes it's a real bummer when we show up at the place (stadium, concert hall, ballroom, corn field, whatevs) and all the info we need to set up boils down to "isn't that a power outlet over there? It is! Good luck!"

Hence, the comparison to someone getting back from Ikea with an electric couch and setting it up with... instructions in Swedish?.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wiring Home Furniture?

Dr Herbert West Re:Easy (235 comments)

Mod parent up. I work with licensed sound engineers, gaffers, and A/V techs all the time...we get loads wrong all the time, and we're trying to do it right.

Either "electric furniture" is your new business model (yikes!) or don't do it, ever.

about a year ago
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

Dr Herbert West Re:Long term document access (403 comments)

Mod this up! Professionals in the field often have to refer to or re-use assets from previous jobs-- do you think those stupid superbowl robots you see every year are re-built from scratch?

What happens when a deadline hits and a quick re-skin turns into a total rebuild because Adobe's servers went down that week... or Adobe has gone out of business?

about a year ago
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Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects Master, Dies Aged 92

Dr Herbert West Skeleton fights! (49 comments)

There's a great documentary about Harryhausen as well as some of the artists he inspired. It's on the Netflix for streaming, as I recall:

The Sci-Fi Boys

R.I.P Ray, your work with skeleton fights in "Argonauts" opened my eyes to the world of animation and all things morbid! You will be missed.

about a year ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

Dr Herbert West Wasn't this a book? (303 comments)

"The Problem Pit" by Fred Pohl. I forget how it ended... mass extinction? Incest? Everyone goes home happy?

about a year ago
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The Accidental Betrayal of Aaron Swartz

Dr Herbert West Re:Your plan in action (409 comments)

A couple (>10) years back I was at Denis' Place for Games over on Belmont in Chicago. Found a wallet on the floor. Walked outside to find a cop, tried to hand him the wallet.

Cop: "Is there any money in it?"
Me: "No, I didn't check" *looks inside, finds 20 bucks*
Cop: "Keep the money, give me the wallet."
Me: *uncomprehending look*
Cop: "If I take this to the precinct, the money will be gone in minutes. You might as well get a reward".
Me: *looks suspiciously at the cop*
Cop: "Here, take it. Get out of here."
Me: Goes back in to play Mortal Kombat 2.

True story.

about a year ago
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Windows 7 RTM Support Ending Soon

Dr Herbert West What about XP? (173 comments)

Is this "service pack 1" mentioned in the summary compatible with my XP installation?

If not, I'll wait for service pack 2 before installing sp1. It's just common sense.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Store Sends User Information To App Developers

Dr Herbert West This is a feature, not a bug. (269 comments)

Is it weird that I think this is a good thing for app developers? Along with some apps on the various app stores, I have an online store (PayPal, barf) that I use for selling video plug-ins. Since it's "my" store, I get all customer information every time there's a purchase. As a result, whenever I have updates or new products I like to be able to send out an email to all my customers with a promo code and a quick "Thanks for buying from me in the past, as a reward here's a discount code for some new stuff!"

I get a lot of new sales that way.

With these app stores, I don't have a lot of info about my customer other than the poorly managed review process, and in the case of Apple, the remarkably shitty "sales manager" window.

I like knowing who my customers are, it helps me be a better vendor. Of course, I'm not an evil email harvester or spambot.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

Dr Herbert West Re:no, it's easy. (736 comments)

If you're writing progress bars, I feel bad for you son.

I've got 99... wait, 45... wait... 85 problems and being trolled ain't one.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making Side-Money As a Programmer?

Dr Herbert West Re:Side code projects for moolah (257 comments)

Mod this Anonymous Coward up. Niche markets are great for little side projects-- they tend to have a userbase that is starved for choice, so they are more inclined to spend money... and when you're talking software, a niche market can be comprised of hundreds of thousands of people.

AV covers more than lighting systems for home entertainment, it can involve visuals for nightclubs, cool DMX interfaces, etc. This industry has some nice perks (rock and roll, hookers and blow), and when you get into stadium-sized projects the money can be pretty breathtaking as well .

As a side note, what's the OP's problem with making 20 bucks? Do more advertising, expand your user base by 10000, and you've done quite well.

about a year and a half ago

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SnapChat turns down 3 Billion offer from Facebook

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  about 8 months ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "For those who don't know, the way Snapchat works is that you send a message—text photo, whatever—to a friend or group of friends. But instead of the message being persistent, it "disappears" rather quickly. The young 'uns like it because it's a superior method of sexting that doesn't leave yourself open to incriminating pictures of yourself circulating online.

The general consensus is that it's a mistake to turn down the offer since Snapchat has no revenue and doesn't seem like a promising ad service... but possibly the 23 year old founder may have felt that a threatening acquisition would ruin the platform (think Flickr and Yahoo).

Cash out early, or "dare to dream big"-- what do Slashdotters think?"

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? GM opens its Dashboards to Outside Developers

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "LAS VEGAS — Automakers, hoping to get ahead of the technology curve for once, are opening their dashboards and APIs to outside developers in a bid to ramp up the number of apps you can use behind the wheel.

Each automaker is providing developers with an SDK through an online portal. As part of the Ford Developer Program, the Dearborn-based automaker is offering support from its own mobile app development house as well as other app testing vendors.

The API guidelines are an interesting read, in that GM will “instantly deny” apps that incorporate video, excessive text and gaming in a bid to reduce the risk of distracted driving."

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Why do you want to kill my pet? Zynga to shut down PetVille and 10 Others

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Executing the cost-reduction plan CEO Mark Pincus announced in November, Zynga has shut down, pulled from the app stores, or stopped accepting new players to more than 10 games such as PetVille, Mafia Wars 2, FishVille, Vampire Wars, Treasure Isle, Indiana Jones Adventure World, Mafia Wars Shakedown, Forestville, Montopia, Mojitomo, and Word Scramble Challenge.

Comments from gamers on the shutdown notices included things like “my daughter is heartbroken” and “Please don’t remove petville. I been playing for 4 yrs. and I’M going to miss my pet Jaime.why do you want cause depression for me and others. Why do you want to kill my pet?”

For players that have invested a lot of microtransactions and/or time, this comes as a heavy blow. Most readers on /. have become used to game publishers disabling content or shutting servers down with little or no notice-- is this a further sign of things to come, or will this cause enough outrage to reverse the trend?"

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The history of "Correlation does not equal Causation"

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "The phrase "correlation != causation" goes back to 1880 (according to Google Books). However, the use of the phrase has increased exponentially starting 1990's-200's, and is becoming a quick way to short-circuit certain kinds of arguments.

In the late 19th century the British statistician Karl Pearson introduced a powerful idea in math: that a relationship between two variables could be characterized according to its strength and expressed in numbers. An exciting concept, but it raised a new set of issues-- how to interpret the data in a way that is helpful, rather than misleading.

When we mistake correlation for causation, we find a cause that isn't there, which is a problem...however, as science grows more powerful and government more technocratic, the stakes of correlation—of counterfeit relationships and bogus findings—grow larger."

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Art School's Expensive Art History Textbook Contains No Actual Art

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "An art history book minus the art! Students at Ontario College of Art and Design were forced to buy a $180 textbook filled with blank squares. Instead of images of paintings and sculpture throughout history (that presumably would fall under fair-use) the textbook for ”Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800“ features placeholders with a link to an online image.

A letter from the school’s dean stated that had they decided to clear all the images for copyright to print, the book would have cost a whopping $800.

The screengrabs are pretty hilarious, or depressing, depending on your point of view."

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For-Profit Colleges Only a Con Man Could Love

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "From the Village Voice "You might not know it, but you're sitting on $117,000. That's basically how much every American is potentially worth in government student aid. Want to attend grad school? Throw in another $114,000."

Between student-aid and GI Bill programs, most for-profit schools receive 90 percent of their revenue from the American taxpayer, which means that even a school with no accreditation has little or no stake in seeing students graduate-- they get paid regardless. Nearly 80 percent of students won't complete their program within six years—almost double the failure rate at traditional schools. You'd think that might be due to the fact that kids today are lazy good-for-nothings-- however, Bridgepoint Education/University of the Rockies (owned by Warburg Pincus, a New York private-equity firm) just 50 full-time faculty members are available to teach 90,000 online students. This is at a school that received its accreditation simply by buying up a Franciscan college in Clinton, Iowa.

Unsurprisingly, three-quarters of all for-profit students are enrolled at schools owned by Wall Street banks and private-equity firms such as Goldman Sachs.

I know I was raised to believe that a college education was key to some measure of financial independence and success-- increasingly it's looking like a predatory scam designed to keep the most vulnerable members of society in a debt spiral without even a degree to show for it."

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Wolfenstein 3-D turns 20!

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "20 years ago today, ID software released "Wolfenstein 3D", a remake of a classic Apple II game, "Return to Castle Wolfenstein". To celebrate, Bethesda Softworks on Wednesday released a free, browser-based version of the iconic first-person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D.
Users can pick which level they wish to play in the browser version, even the secret levels."

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RIP Jean "Moebius" Giraud, 73

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73. It's pretty hard to overstate the impact he had on film, comic books, and illustration in general. You can name most any fantasy or science fiction related piece of culture from the last 30 or 40 years, and chances are he provided concept art for it or was involved in some way. Alien, Dune, Heavy Metal, Tron (original AND the new one), The Abyss, Masters of the Universe, The Fifth Element, Willow... the list goes on.

With the recent passing of Ralph McQuarrie, it's been a tough week for scifi and fantasy artists..."

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Author of SOPA is a copyright violator

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "US Congressman and poor-toupee-color-chooser Lamar Smith is the guy who authored the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, as I'm sure you know, is the shady bill that will introduce harsh penalties for companies and individuals caught violating copyright laws online (including making the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony). His site uses unattributed images that are restricted under a Creative Commons license.
There's also a website devoted to finding other copyright infringement by the authors of SOPA-- to join in the fun, go here: http://www.vice.com/read/find-sopa-cosigners-copyright-violation"

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R.I.P Jerry Robinson, creator of the Joker

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Bob Kane created Batman, and Bill Finger came up with a lot of the character's look. But without Jerry Robinson, who died today at age 89, the Batman universe would be way less exciting. From the article: "The first thought that I had was to create a villain that was – we didn't use the word supervillain at that time – a larger-than-life villain, one that would be worthy of Batman....I always felt that heroes were essentially dull. Villains were more exotic and could do more interesting things."
His contributions to the world of comic book villainy cannot be overstated, and he will be sorely missed."

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LulzSec Rampage: the Movie!

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Pass the popcorn! From NMA.tv by way of Kotaku comes the animated version of the nailbiter aptly titled "LulzSec goes on hacking rampage for Lolz."

Next Media Animation's army of computer graphic animators churned out a hilarious video neatly encapsulating the week's escalating hacker wars. My favorite? The angry troll-faced 4chan-sters vs. the empty-suited Anonamen."

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Hackers Attack Nintendo

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "From WSJ:
Nintendo said today said Sunday that a server for its U.S. unit's website had been hacked into but that no company or customer information was compromised.

The hacker group Lulzsec, which allegedly was behind other breaches of Sony websites earlier this week, claimed responsibility.

Lulzsec posted a server configuration file as proof of its involvement yet said it wasn't targeting Nintendo. "We just got a config file and made it clear that we didn't mean any harm," the group said this morning via its Twitter. "Nintendo had already fixed it anyway.
The attack comes as Nintendo this week launches its new online service for its 3DS hand-held game machine."

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China to road test an eco-friendly "Straddle Bus"

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "China is gearing up to road test an eco-friendly 'straddle' super bus, which is high enough to allow a two-lane tunnel beneath it for cars to pass through. Hopefully it will help with some of their most recent gridlock problems. The picture looks like something from some 70's "cars of the future" Omni article."
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Robot Arm Powered by Live Monkey Brains

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have demonstrated a monkey controlling an advanced robotic arm by using its thoughts. In the experiments conducted this year two sensors were implanted into the monkey’s brain. One was implanted in the hand area and the second in the arm area of its motor cortex. The sensors monitor the firing of motor neurons and send data to the computer that translates the patterns into commands that control the robotic arm.
The monkey does this in order to obtain a "tasty beverage".

"What are you going to do tonight, Chim-Chim?"
"Same thing I do every night-- try to take over the world!""

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Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Dies At 82

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Painter Frank Frazetta, best known for his striking fantasy work with characters like Death Dealer, Conan the Barbarian, and Vampirella, died today at the age of 82.

Frazetta's lush and moody paintings graced album covers, movie posters and dozens of fantasy publications, including numerous Conan book covers, Eerie, Creepy, Vampirella and Heavy Metal magazine. In his later years, he largely avoided the public eye but his influence is undeniable.

I grew up reading Robert E. Howard's "Conan" series-- Frazetta's iconic covers inspired and impressed me as much as the books themselves.

So long, Frank-- you will be missed."

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Google Gets Quake II Running In HTML5

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "A trio of Google engineers have ported id Software's gib-filled first-person shooter Quake II to browsers— you know, for kicks—as a way to show just what HTML5 compatible web browsers are capable of.
According to the developers, "We started with the existing Jake2 Java port of the Quake II engine, then used the Google Web Toolkit (along with WebGL, WebSockets, and a lot of refactoring) to cross-compile it into Javascript. "
Here's a link to the developer blog if you don't feel like heading over to Kotaku."

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INTERVIEW WITH "UBERMORGEN"-- NET ART ACTIVISTS

Dr Herbert West Dr Herbert West writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "I've heard of some of these projects but have not been able to put a name with a face until now. I don't really think that what they do falls under "hacking", but they're certainly up to some specifically tech-y brand of hi-jinks.
From the article:
"... Ubermorgen have done some of the coolest and most subversive things with computers I’ve seen since Captain Crunch or whoever hacked the Jolly Roger back in the usenet days or whatever. They’ve turned Google’s automated advertising system against itself, transformed Amazon’s entire stock into a digital lending library, and freaked a bunch of squares in the mainstream media by setting up a commodities market for votes. We chatted to them while they were in Israel on some digital actionist business about some of the pieces that went into they’re recently released monograph. In efforts to be completely thorough, there are two books–one titled UM.BOOK: MEDIA HACKING VS. CONCEPTUAL ART and the second simply UBERMORGEN.COM. "
The source, vice.com (http://www.viceland.com/blogs/en/2010/03/23/ubermorgen-are-our-favorite-hackers/), is more news for hipsters than news for nerds, hence light-on-details and heavy on "ooh-- lulz". But whatevs."

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