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Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics

Essellion Re:I do believe in souls (600 comments)

Alas! Those who have met Nyarlathotep no longer have souls.

Therefore, they became bankers.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

Essellion Don't run, Go Public (789 comments)

In this case, stay put, go public. Shadow organizations don't like the light.

If you run, you are separated from people who can support you. You lose access to your resources. If you run, you can be disappeared and no one will know, because you're on the run, right?

Since you're a witness - Let people know, tweet, do a blog about it. "Hey Joe, I saw the damnedest thing..." By doing this you have already accomplished the thing they wanted to prevent - your talking about it. Taking you out then is counterproductive. Taking you out would increase scrutiny of whatever you saw.

At this point you can sit back and wonder if they were really out to get you, or were you just paranoid. Hopefully you'll never know.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Essellion Re:Kevin O'Donnell (1130 comments)

Mayflies was really good, about a generation colony ship run by a brain-computer.

I think his most chilling was War of Omission which was based on a device that could remove things from space-time entirely, so that they never existed. Not even a memory is left behind. Brrr.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Essellion Re:Keep it that way (1130 comments)

I'm going to add C.L.Moore as under appreciated, then saw that Lewis Padgett was a pseudonym for her collaborative works with her first husband.

Her "Vintage Season" has stuck with me to this day.

more than 2 years ago

Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

Essellion Re:Faster (478 comments)

I actually think it would take longer to copy it than to make your own.

And its so minimal that given the same variable names I can see multiple students in the same class coming up with the exact same function, except for spacing.

more than 2 years ago

The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

Essellion Re:Partially Blocked View (378 comments)

By his graph, it looks like he's saying that he waited until almost at the stop sign, sneezed and slammed on the brakes, came to a stop of zero duration while obscured behind another car stopped at the stop sign, then gunned it to cross the intersection.

And that the officer totally missed the difference in position between a car that sails through an intersection as opposed to one that both decelerates to a full stop and accelerates fully up to speed over a period of about 3 seconds,

Hmmm. Maybe...

But I'd really like to see this demonstrated. It would make an interesting project. Mythbusters?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Essellion Re:sci fi masterworks (1244 comments)

"Lord of Light" is fantastic. I'd also add "Dilvish the Damned" to the list.

more than 2 years ago

LightSquared Hires Lawyers To Prep For GPS Battle

Essellion Re:Waste of time (195 comments)

CUR ALLOC 20195.....5804M

Nice tagline... now I'll have to re-read that book.

more than 2 years ago

New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time

Essellion Re:Not again (575 comments)

...There's the golden rule, for starters. He didn't invent it, but he was instrumental in the widespread use of its positive statement ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" as opposed to "Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him")...

Not to disagree with the general intent on your post, but the golden rule isn't well worded. I'd hate to be in a room with a masochist who followed it.

more than 5 years ago

Student Satirist Gets 3 Months; the Judge, Likely More

Essellion Re:Poetic justice? (689 comments)

Hmmm. I can't help thinking of a quote:
"Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time."

As for what would be just in this case, I don't know. I've seen the justice system do some amazingly right things, and heard of others that were terrible and a betrayal of public trust.

Sadly, it depends on the quality of the judge involved. And a criminal judge can do horrendous damage, both to the people involved, and the justice system itself.

more than 5 years ago

Maryland Police Put Activists' Names On Terror List

Essellion A slippery slope... (426 comments)

Hutchins said: "I don't believe the First Amendment is any guarantee to those who wish to disrupt the government,"

So, if I decide to vote against the incumbents in political office I forfeit my first amendment rights? Or is it only if I discuss doing so? Maybe I have to put a sign in my yard first? Or is participation in or organization of a rally against those rascally incumbents a necessary precondition? How about a sit-in? Civil disobedience?

This sounds like the kind of thing where the bar will become lower and lower over time.

Best not to begin...

more than 6 years ago



Excavating for E.T.

Essellion Essellion writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Essellion (669297) writes "In the early 1980's Atari was rumored to have discarded an oversupply of games and possibly prototype hardware in a landfill and cemented it over. Now a company has the go ahead to excavate in that landfill and recover those items. Among the games that legend has it are there is the Atari 2600 E.T. game, infamous for how bad it was.

However, an excavator of another kind has cast doubts on how bad it was by exploring in depth the E.T. ROM, how it played and why, and designing some bug fixes for it."


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