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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight

Fibe-Piper Still "the Future" for me. (275 comments)

Its hard to believe that they have mothballed such a big part of my childhood's imagination.

Growing up with James Bond movies like Moon Raker and X-Men comics using the iconic imagery of the Space Shuttles means they will forever be my idea of futuristic space travel.

It makes it harder to let go without a new, better, faster, inspiring vehicle to latch on to. I mean the Soyuz is rock solid, but it doesn't scream "next gen space travel...

about 3 years ago
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Groupon Deal of the Day: 300,000 Customer Accounts

Fibe-Piper Best Unsubscribe Experience Ever! (90 comments)

Not kidding here. If any of you slashdotters are subscribed to groupon ; you have to do this - even if you sign up again later. It's worth it. Unsubscribe completely.

What you will see is a VERY clever "We're sorry to see you go..." screen with an awesome Easter egg embedded in there. They may have shot themselves in the foot with this. I want to unsubscribe again and again.

more than 3 years ago
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If You're Working For Stock, Read the Fine Print

Fibe-Piper Re:...opaque language is the norm. (374 comments)

Except that in this case it was anything but. That's the trouble - stock options that give the company the right to revoke them (which is what buying them back at the issuing price means) are 100%, absolutely, completely worthless. This is akin to "selling oceanfront real estate in Arizona" - its a deceptive trade practice at best, and quite possibly illegal (we'll have to see after the lawyers finish fighting over it). The company got a lot of value in the form of retaining key employees because of this - there are often protections against such a one-sided contract, but IANAL.

FTA - apparently the stocks granted to Mr. Lee, formerly of Skype, the stocks may also be taxable! Meaning he will actually be financially liable for the buyback price Skype is covering. I understand that YANAL but if someone on here is, please explain to me how a scam like this is even remotely legal?

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Execs Purged On Eve of MS Takeover

Fibe-Piper Re:Don't feel bad, dear managers (300 comments)

You know, every time a takeover happens some people get fired.

I am delighted to see that for a change it happens to you.

Mangers aren't the same as executives who orchestrate giant sales. Though all executives are supposed to "Manage" their company's welfare, they rarely "manage" employees that make up the disgruntled or gruntled masses; i.e. you.

Managers are not all highly paid and soulless. They have families. You on the other hand seem embittered beyond the point of reason. I pity you more than the Skype people about to start looking for work.

more than 3 years ago
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Building a Gary Gygax Memorial

Fibe-Piper Re:It damn well better...Zork does not = D&D (136 comments)

Well, at least I'm not designing it. There'd be at least one grue involved.

Though it definitely paved the way for PC role playing games, Zork has F-All to do with Dungeons & Dragons.

There are probably Priests and a myriad other religious leaders around at the time that would lump any RPG in as tools of the devil, but they were wrong about it all. I'm surprised they are rallying against this proposed monument to Gygax.

more than 3 years ago
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Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

Fibe-Piper No one's gettin' my kidney (334 comments)

I don't care how much shinier or slimmer or hippsterific this is, I'd rather use a payphone than dish out $700 bones for this + $70 a month in service fees.

more than 3 years ago
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Gran Turismo Gamer Takes Second In Class In World-Renowned Race

Fibe-Piper Re:Er... (105 comments)

Second in class can mean sod all.

After all the Top Gear team came 3rd in class....out of 5 total if I remember correctly.

Spoken like any true fan of top gear. That show is filled with self satisfied pompous a-holes. How exactly would this person's achievement be overshadowed by the likes of a-holes who are paid to review and drive actual cars?

If anything his placement shows that these entitled pricks can't hold a candle to people with true determination and "drive". Sod all. Indeed.

more than 3 years ago
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What Can't You Say On China's Social Networks?

Fibe-Piper Re:My experience with a Chinese social network (130 comments)

Actually, your point completely collapses since it was based on the false premise that I don't understand the issue because I'm "inside" living under the oppression. Have you ever even visited China?

Yes I have been around the world for work and personal reasons. I have co-workers and employees in China. I know oppression when I see it. I can also spot a sympathizer a mile away. My point is valid. Your points have become illuminated and I imagine you feel anger toward me for foiling your little plot to assuage any negativity toward your beloved Party Leaders.

more than 3 years ago
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What Can't You Say On China's Social Networks?

Fibe-Piper Re:My experience with a Chinese social network (130 comments)

Interesting points. Just to clarify, I am not Chinese and I do not live in China. I joined a Chinese social network because most of my classmates are Chinese and I am learning Mandarin.

Thanks for the clarification - my points stand regardless of whether or not you are Chinese, you seem to have a booster mentality toward the government and the censorship culture that is allowed to continue because of people like you downplaying it.

more than 3 years ago
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What Can't You Say On China's Social Networks?

Fibe-Piper Re:My experience with a Chinese social network (130 comments)

As a member of the largest Chinese social networking site, I'd like to share a couple of observations. The first is that I regularly see comments that are critical of the Chinese government and those comments do not mysteriously disappear after being posted. During the recent anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre, many photos of the "tank man" and other protesters were posted and not removed. Secondly, my "friends" in the network have never expressed any fear regarding what they can or can't post. It really seems to be a non-issue to them, which was surprising to me when I initially joined. I know that censorship and oppression are very real issues in China and I'm not trying to downplay them but my personal experiences indicate that the problem may be slightly blown out of proportion by certain...interests. Just sayin'.

SnowHog, you write from a truly open minded POV and it is great to see that you are able to identify what is wrong with the oppression and censorship you are living under, but I have to say it is probably harder for you to know what it is you are discussing while you are inside.

You seem to point to the fact that your personal experience in seeing some images and posts that are NOT taken down reflect that there is a perception problem with the people outside the sphere of influence of your governments restrictions.

You must see how you are being overly kind to your government despite their position. Don't you? I mean look at what happens when Noble Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and Internationally Celebrated artists like Ai Weiwei make disparaging remarks about these exact activities!

If you want further proof try to search information about their plight on the same "open" social networking site you are defending as untainted.

Better still post something about the above two issues from the largest Chinese social networking site to this thread.

more than 3 years ago
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Foxconn International Removed From Hang Seng Index

Fibe-Piper Re:Nappy? (91 comments)

Mashiki, LOL @ Canada and the Queen suspending parliament in your country or whatever providence she has power over. Should we just rename Canada to "Western United Kingdom"?

It wasn't the Queen that prorogued (aka suspended) our Parliment. In Canada it is the Governor General that has the authority to do this and she did. Canada barely requires the Queen's assent for anything any more.

The irony is that one of the only things the Queen has the absolute right to decide is the appointment of the Governor General. But I don't think she has ever gone against the wishes of the Prime Minister's chosen candidate anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Patented Gestures Detailed

Fibe-Piper Re:The summary says Nintendo... (87 comments)

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*rolls eyes*

Now if only someone would have patented the disgustingly self satisfied gesture of "eye rolling".

more than 3 years ago
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The Next Phase of Intelligent TVs Will Observe You

Fibe-Piper Re:Hey everybody, (294 comments)

... if people could press a "like button" to indicate whether it satisfactorily stimulated there pleasure center.

er... that ought to have read "if people could not press a..."

more than 2 years ago
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The Next Phase of Intelligent TVs Will Observe You

Fibe-Piper Re:Hey everybody, (294 comments)

it's a cautionary tale, not a manual.

Yes it is. It seems like we shouldn't stop the semantics there though, I mean this is a novel that was written about and well before a time when there was even a Facebook.

How important can the lessons in there be to the current and future generations if people could press a "like button" to indicate whether it satisfactorily stimulated there pleasure center.

more than 2 years ago
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US Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act

Fibe-Piper Re:Instead of complaints, we need answers (338 comments)

2) How do we protect our natural rights from a majority that votes them away?

That's the multimillion dollar question. Quite literally, since you need a huge amount of money to either lobby your representatives, or run against them. Otherwise, they just send you a nice boilerplate response letter to any of your inquiries, concerns, and so on.

So why didn't Google "make it rain"? It's not like they don't have resources to start a massive lobbying campaign of their own?

Maybe they were just too late to the ball?

more than 3 years ago
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Newly-Discovered Arm of Milky Way Gives Warped Structure

Fibe-Piper Re:Thanks for the Beer analogy. (81 comments)

That analogy, and the explanation, were free (as in beer).

I disagree - CmdrTaco modded me down a point for snarking his analogy!

more than 3 years ago
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Newly-Discovered Arm of Milky Way Gives Warped Structure

Fibe-Piper Thanks for the Beer analogy. (81 comments)

I wasn't sure if you meant warped as in sense of humor, or the verb. Now that I know it refers more to the effect of bottle openers on beer caps, I totally get it!

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

Fibe-Piper Re:Bad. (932 comments)

--Barack Obama Sept. 12, 2008

Oh, and your "0% taxes for mega corporations" you mean like GE? If an oil company owned FoxNews and didn't pay taxes under Bush, your head would have exploded. But since it's GE that owned MSNBC and Obama, you don't care. Instead, you actually accuse Bush for "0% taxes for mega corporations".

No the giant corporations seemingly endless access to public officials are an evil we both seem to agree need to be kept in check. So where did you get that I approve of GE getting tax breaks in my message?

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

Fibe-Piper Re:Bad. (932 comments)

I think you were hoping for no change. Status quo would be what you were looking for. I'm guessing you voted with your wallet anyway and ticked off Palin/McCain which was going to be 100% status quo; more tax cuts for the rich and continuation of 0% taxes for mega corporations

The thing I don't understand is why people assume that those Bush era policies help them in any way. Do you personally know anyone that benefited from a Multinational buying up foreign companies, sending more jobs overseas and passing out multi-million dollar bonuses to billionaire CEOs? I don't, but then I'm not Joe the Plumber. I bet he hangs out with tons of CEOs.

more than 3 years ago

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2 Cents re: Slashdot Re-Design

Fibe-Piper Fibe-Piper writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I have read through the supposed 250 (or 2070 depending how you look at it) some odd posts that are visible on the "Slashdot Launches Re-Design" thread. and can tell that that the posters are not happy.

My initial experience with the re-design was similar. Though I just though it was broken, or that it was messed up because I was using Chrome. So I tried it with Firefox. That's when I noticed the Re-Launch message.

There is much to be said about a clean interface. Everything these days has to be "Apple Like". But what about the usability? It seems to me that the re-design was all about aesthetics and had nothing to do with actual improvement for the users of Slashdot.

The comments are way more difficult to follow - especially if you have posted one yourself. Good luck finding it unless you are immediately mod'd to a 2 or higher.

Yes I can lower the thresholds for comment scores, and do that anyway when I have mod points, but the typical/casual viewer or even a rookie moderator would probably not bother.

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