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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Draugo Podcasts (216 comments)

I would recommend listening to Astronomy 161 (Solar system), 162 (General astronomy, like life cycles of stars etc.) and 141 (Life in the universe). These are three amazing and engaging Ohio University Astronomy courses uploaded for free by Richard Pogge. His lecture style is really great and I've yet to loose interest despite of listening through all of them multiple times (each one is about 45 lectures of 40 minutes each). I'd recommend these to anyone interested even a bit in astronomy. They're entry level courses so you don't need to know anything at all about astronomy (or geology, biology etc. in the case of 141) before going through them, although in that case I'd definitely listen to 161 first, then 162 or 141.

11 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Draugo Yep (231 comments)

I'm in the midst of one right now. My depression sure doesn't help the matter either.

2 days ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Draugo What... (213 comments)

Is pocket lane some mysterious and unknown thing in US? We have them on most city intersections in Finland and with most I'd estimate somewhere around 90% at least in even small cities. You people really don't think through your designs at all do you?

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Draugo Re:Recent? (1134 comments)

It's funny that you brought up MtG. Did you know that Wizards has a policy that all MtG Angels are female and all MtG Devils are male?

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Draugo Re:promoting violence against women? (1134 comments)

Wait... you think that all of the countless nameless mook males that die in FPS games have more personality than the woman victims that often deserve a cutscene or two before dying... you seem to have a strange definition of character, personality and role in the story.

about two weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Draugo Re:My wife will miss Grant. (364 comments)

Duct tape episodes. No blowing shit up and interesting builds.

about three weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Draugo Re: My wife will miss Grant. (364 comments)

Hilariously I just watched the QI episode where they discussed that and the revelation that "soup is better if latrines are downstream" came at the beginning of UK empire era and allowed them to conquer without constantly suffering from diarrhea :)

about three weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Draugo What they really should do... (364 comments)

is to stop spoiling the myth results during opening scenes. Drop the highly annoying US style editing where watchers apparently have the attention span measured in seconds and you have to repeat half of the program after every commercial break (which there are an astounding number in US apparently) and go through the program one myth at a time instead of bouncing from topic to topic (again I suspect because of the apparent attention span of general US public).

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Draugo Re:Might makes right ? (391 comments)

In adult diapers... you monster

about three weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Draugo Let me guess... (748 comments)

misandry (which I noticed is not in the firefox dictionary) is still allowed and encouraged?

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Draugo Cry me a river (299 comments)

Considering the content Jezebel posts they deserve every internet troll they get.

about a month ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Draugo Grab the popcorn... (317 comments)

and sit back. This is gonna be fun.

about a month and a half ago
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Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

Draugo Re: does it still cause motion sickness? (48 comments)

You're just wrong (and also an asshole). They're trying to attract developers for their API, not the specific unit.

about 2 months ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

Draugo Priorities (219 comments)

The sad thing about this is that US could do the same thing without problem but they choose to prioritize their military R&D instead of science R&D. Their military budged wouldn't even have a dent if they built one of these but no, must have new useless fighter jets instead.

about 2 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Draugo Re:Code the way you want... (372 comments)

So if I'm to take that quote with it's original context then what you're saying is that the time for Clojure has already come and gone so there's no point in learning it...

about 2 months ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Draugo Same problem as with... (95 comments)

scanning for radio communications. It's an activity that we've been doing only for a couple of hundred of years now (pollution that is, radio is even shorter) and we have a around 100 000 years worth of time in our galaxy so we have to be lucky and find a planet where the inhabitants polluted their planet around the time relative to their distance from us. Trying to come up with better and more easily detectable biomarkers that cover a larger portion of the planets lifetime is a much better prospect.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Draugo Plugin free (172 comments)

Or as I like to call it "plugin is the web browser". That's one of the things that really annoys me about hate for flash and love for javascript. People don't seem to understand that what you are actually doing is just changing the language and instead of letting one environment to execute the content you depend on another environment to execute it instead. And that other environment is basically just as random, finicky, and instead of one player implementation you now have multiple implementers who don't seem to be able to agree about anything.

about 2 months ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Draugo Wait... (157 comments)

You can have someone else than the actual copyright owner legally send the DMCA notice? So it is actually legalized one sided trolling. For the DMCA notice to be removed and the content restated you have to sent a counter claim including your personal details to the original claimant... which means that you have to give out your details while the "claimed owner" of the first notice, the one who hired this entity to send out the DMCA notice can stay totally in the dark? This system is even more fucked up than I previously thought.

about 2 months ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

Draugo Re:No (180 comments)

Considering the clusterfuck Ecmascript 4 and 5 were I'm not holding out great hopes for 6. There's a reason language design by committee is a shitty approach (see html and javascript as perfect examples).

about 2 months ago

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