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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

Hatta Re:The GPL is like the Slashdot Beta: Unwanted! (279 comments)

Compare it to any violation of rights you wish. The GP's assertion that corporate profits trump rights is pants on head crazy.

about 7 months ago

LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

Hatta Re:The GPL is like the Slashdot Beta: Unwanted! (279 comments)

Well, the money is flowing along that highway. Hope you are willing to financially wither for your unrealistic and unsustainable ideals.

You could have said the same thing about slavery, child labor, anything OSHA regulates, etc. What's good for corporations is not the same as what's good for people.

about 7 months ago

LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

Hatta Re:The GPL is like the Slashdot Beta: Unwanted! (279 comments)

We would have LOVED to support the standard and commit code back, but the restrictions on our own code were unsustainable

In other words, your project could not be viable without oppressing your users. Sounds like good riddance.

about 7 months ago

Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Hatta Re:Not Obsolete At All (365 comments)

Today's anti-missile systems will be useful for many years to come.

Are today's anti-missile systems useful? Or are they just meant for posturing? I remember during the first Gulf War that not a single PATRIOT missile shot down a SCUD. Is there anything better today?

about 7 months ago

Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

Hatta Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (87 comments)

Slashdot has long been in decline anyway. They are taking the risk of driving everyone away, in the hopes of attracting a new audience. It won't work, but I can see how it is at least a rational attempt to recover some of their sunk costs.

about 7 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Hatta Re:Extrajudicial punishment. (457 comments)

if you think they're ticketing for something they *know* isn't a crime

Whether they know it or not is irrelevant. Every person falsely accused deserves compensation. If charges are dropped, dismissed, or you are acquitted, you deserve 100% of any costs you incurred because of the accusation.

about 7 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Hatta Extrajudicial punishment. (457 comments)

This ruling won't stop cops from ticketing you, forcing you to leave work to appear in court, and paying the court costs after the ticket is dismissed. Cops can and do write invalid tickets simply to be dicks, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Our justice system needs to ensure that the victim of a false accusation of a crime is made whole again.

about 7 months ago

Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

Hatta Re:No, because they are not compatible (551 comments)

So, hook the nuclear power plant up to batteries, a flywheel, or pump some water uphill for hydroelectric when needed. Or shit, just provision for maximum capacity and release waste heat when it's not all needed. This is not a serious practical objection to nuclear power.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (593 comments)

Creationists, in my experience, would be happy to be corrected on actual, observable, testable science

In my experience, creationists believe that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. Try correcting them about what the fossil record actually shows, you won't get anywhere.

an atheist believes there is no God, so any option that leads to a God conclusion must be false

Not true at all. I've never met an atheist with an active belief in the absence of gods. Not even Richard Dawkins goes so far. What atheists do is withhold belief until there is evidence, and no evidence exists for the existence of any god or gods.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:Debate? (593 comments)

Speciation. Where is the speciation?

It's in the fossil record.

We lose dozens of species every year, and we have yet to see a new one arise.

Which is exactly what you'd predict from the theory of evolution. Natural selection is an iterative process that takes many generations to dramatically shift allele frequency. There's no reason to believe that we could observe it on human time scales.

How do you like that for contradictory evidence?

It's entirely consistent with evolution by natural selection. Not only consistent, but supportive. If speciation occured in just a few generations, which would be observable by human scientists, natural selection could not be the cause.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:Can a creationist explain me? (593 comments)

First off, there is a lot of confusion about what "creationists" actually believe.

If you tried believing only in what there is evidence to support there would be a lot less confusion.

From a Christian standpoint, we've got two parts - primary doctrine, and secondary doctrine.

See, you've got this entirely backwards here. If creation is fact, you should be able to infer the Christian doctrine from observations made in the real world. Forget about what's in the book, and just look at the world. Do your observations lead you to the same conclusion the book does?

Everything else, regarding God's implementation, and the methods He used to actually perform the act of creation...that's secondary doctrine, and in any room of ten creationists, you'll have a dozen answers.

That's because they're all making it up. If you ask a room of biologists about the actual method by which speciation occured, you'll get one answer. Evolution by natural selection. That's because that's where the evidence actually leads.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:Debate? (593 comments)

Any good critical thinker will change his mind when presented with contradictory evidence. But no such evidence exists. It's been 155 years since the Origin of Species was published, and not one observation has been made that contradicts evolution by means of natural selection. Every single observation made, including the discovery of DNA, has reinforced this basic idea.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:Debate? (593 comments)

And how is that worse than never exposing these people to any contradictory information at all?

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:Debate? (593 comments)

Anyone with a web browser can see the falsity (indeed the sheer inanity) of Ham's claims

They can, but probably won't. How many of Ham's congregation do you think have read talk origins? Why would they, when Ham has all the answers?

So how do you get them to even listen to opposing arguments? This debate is a good way. Even if these people are coming just to see Ham speak, they have to listen to Nye in order to evaluate Ham's performance. In the process, some of them might realize that evolution isn't as crazy as they've been told.

Yes, it gives Ham a platform. You know what, he already had a platform. There is no downside to this debate. Nobody who isn't already a true believer is going to be swayed by Ham.

about 7 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Hatta Re:Debate? (593 comments)

It will be a complete waste of time. Mr. Ham isn't there to change his opinion of anything.

It's not about convincing Ham. It's about exposing Ham's congregation to actual arguments. If fundie parents sit down and watch this with their kids, the kids might come away with a few new ideas. That's a good thing.

about 7 months ago

Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Hatta Re:Longer and Longer Shelf-Lives (360 comments)

Hardware performance has never been an issue in relation to quality gameplay. No, you couldn't do GTAV on an Apple II. But you could do Roadwar 2000, and that's actually a better game.

about 7 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

Hatta Re:Worse is better (505 comments)

Funny, "worse is better" describes the phenomenon in your signature as well.

about 7 months ago

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

Hatta Awkward and Creepy? (241 comments)

Well, at least they can recreate the readership of /.

about 8 months ago



Belief in God Can Improve Mental Health Outcomes

Hatta Hatta writes  |  about a year ago

Hatta (162192) writes "According to researchers from Harvard Medical School, belief in god is correlated with improved outcomes of treatment for depression:

In the study, published in the current issue of Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers comment that people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher power do significantly better in short-term psychiatric treatment than those without.

"Belief was associated with not only improved psychological well-being, but decreases in depression and intention to self-harm," says David H. Rosmarin, Ph.D., an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

This raises interesting questions. Does this support the concept of depressive realism? If the association is found to be causal, would it be ethical for a psychiatrist to prescribe religion?"
Link to Original Source


A plea for XBMC on Allwinner A10

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hatta (162192) writes "OpenElec contributor j1nx has made a public plea to Allwinner to release the source code to the CedarX video libraries for their A10 board behind devices like the mele a1000. Opening this software would make a fully free sub-$100 set top box a reality. Says j1nx: We want to have a better linux CedarX library and we might want have hardware decoding support within the brand new XBMC Android version. They don’t have to do it them self, they only have to provide the proper people (they know who) the proper tools (they know which tools)."
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Chriss Dodd attempts to bribe Barack Obama

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hatta (162192) writes "Hollywood's top lobbyist and former Sen. Chris Dodd is threatening to cut off campaign funds to President Obama's re-election effort because of anger over the White House appearing to side with tech companies in a bitter fight over anti-piracy legislation.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Dodd fired off a warning to Obama — his former Senate Democratic colleague in this election year — "don't take us for granted."

"Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake," Dodd told Fox News. "Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.""

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Capcom announces unreplayable game

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hatta (162192) writes "Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be an experience that can be completed once per customer. Using a single, unwipable save slot Capcom ensures that a second hand customer gets a second rate experience. If you buy this game used, you will be stuck with the previous owner's progress, unable to start the game fresh."
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Flash carts deemed legal by French court

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hatta (162192) writes "From MaxConsole: Nintendo has today lost a major court case against the Divineo group in the main court of Paris. Nintendo originally took the group to court over DS flash carts, however the judge today has ruled against Nintendo and suggested that they are purposely locking out developers from their consoles and things should be more like Windows where ANYONE can develop any application if they wish to."
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top shut down by IFPI

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hatta (162192) writes "A special message greeted some of the estimated 180,000 paid members of music file-sharing Web site when they tried to access it on Tuesday: "This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry], BPI [British Phonographic Industry], Cleveland [U.K.] police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch police, into suspected illegal music distribution. A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users.""

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hatta (162192) writes "I'm an avid gamer, but the hot new games never appealed to me. In fact, I'm perpetually a generation behind. I figure that games don't get any less fun because they're old. So with the recent release of the xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, it's about time for me to pick up a PS2 or XBOX. What games stand out as classics on each system? I'm particularly interested in RPGs, adventure games, platformers, and anything that's just too unique to miss."



Hatta Hatta writes  |  about 2 years ago

Censorship is obscene.
Patriotism is bigotry.
Slashdot is unusable without noscript.



Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rioters in England cause millions of dollars worth of damage in 2011. 3000 arrested.

Bankers in England cause billions of dollars worth of damage in 2008. Zero arrested.

This is what passes for justice these days.


The Supreme Court is broken.

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 3 years ago

"God Hates Fags" -- Protected Speech
"Bong Hits for Jesus" -- Not Protected Speech

What the fuck is wrong with this country?


Metamoderation, wtf?

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 4 years ago

It used to be that metamoderation was just that, moderation of moderation. I haven't metamoderated in a while, but something has gone horribly wrong. When I go to metamod today, none of the comments are moderated. All I see is "Score: 1". What use is it for me to judge whether a comment has been moderated appropriately , when there's no moderation applied?

Just another reason Slashdot 2.0 sucks.



Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 5 years ago

A government exists to protect it's citizens. Any government that doesn't, doesn't deserve to exist. Let's look at the US government.

In 2004 crime in the US cost its victims almost 16 billion dollars. [cite(pdf, table 82)]

The criminals behind the current financial crisis have cost the US *trillions* of dollars. Clearly, theft, fraud, and all other property crimes are insignificant in the face of this disaster, and our government did nothing to stop it, and is holding no one accountable. They have utterly failed in their responsibility to protect us.

The WTC attacks on 9/11/01 killed nearly 3000 Americans and caused losses reaching 1.7 trillion dollars in the stock market. [cite]
In response, Bush went to war with Iraq. This war has killed over 4500 Americans and will cost over 3.5 trillion dollars. [cite(pdf, p.1)] Not only did the US government fail to protect us, they harmed us worse than Bin Laden did.

Let's keep going. In 2007, 775,138 people were arrested for marijuana possession. In contrast, 597,447 were arrested for *all violent crimes combined. [cite]. As you can see, the US government victimizes more of its citizens than it protects.

So what's left to justify the existence of this government? Majority rule perhaps? Well, Barack Obama got 62.98 million votes in 2008. The voting age population in 2008 was 230,117,876.[cite] That's 27% of our population that voted for this president. That can in no way be interpreted as a mandate to rule.

From all these facts and figures, one conclusion is clear. The US government has no claim to legitimacy whatsoever.


My platform

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'll add to this as ideas come to me.

There shall be a right to trial by jury in all cases.

Abolish sovereign immunity.

Restitution must be made to innocent people falsely accused, if no charges are filed, or if a person is found innocent the state must bear their legal fees, lost wages, etc. Similarly, those who sue and lose should bear the costs to the defendent.

The punishment for legal negligence should be equivalent to the potential damage caused by the negligence. If a prosecutor neglects to produce exculpatory evidence during discovery, then he should get the same penalty that the defendant would have gotten.

There should be something akin to habeas corpus for evidence.

The president gets 2 weeks vacation per year, as do congressmen.

Congressmen must show up for work, i.e. they must be present to vote unless they're on vacation.

Congressmen must read and understand every bill they vote for. Perhaps bills should be read aloud before a vote, or maybe there should be a quiz.

Probable cause should be just that, probable. If any judge issues warrants, or officer makes arrests, and these warrants or arrests lead to convictions in less than 50% of cases they must lose their authority to issue warrants or make arrests.

Given the widespread practice of 'testilying', it shall be presumed reasonable to doubt any testimony given by a police officer. Everything an officer does while on duty must be recorded.

All jurors should be informed of their responsibility to nullify unjust laws.

Passing a law that is found unconstitutional will result in impeachment.

No corporate personhood.

No victim, no crime. If there is no actual, specific, individual victim, no crime has occurred.



Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I had a little thread going about NLP. Last entry is here. Any additional comments anyone has are welcomed.


Sony Rootkit Allegedly Contains LGPL Software

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 8 years ago

This is a letter I'm sending to the authors of the
relevant software:

Dear Devs,

No doubt you've heard of the controversial "rootkit" bundled with
many of Sony's CDs to prevent unauthorized copying. By now I hope
you've been informed that this rootkit contains and uses code from
your Free Software projects. (LAME, id3lib, mpglib, bladenc: see I write as a concerned member of
the digital community in hopes that you will seek punative damages
against Sony, to ensure that this never happens again.

Statutory damages for copyright infringements go as high as
$150,000 per copy. Given that there are at least 20 cds, selling
hundreds of thousands if not millions of units even a modest
settlement quickly adds up to the largest copyright infringement
lawsuit ever. You all stand to earn tremendous judgements; think
of all the Free Software you could write when independantly
wealthy. But more importantly, this is a chance for the common
person to fight back.

I would urge you not to settle however. For far too long,
mega-corporations have been allowed to buy and sell the law, run
amok, and generally ruin the lives of common people. Until now,
even the largest class action lawsuit could be written off as a
cost of doing business. If we are ever to correct bad behavior
we MUST apply real punishment. A judgement that bankrupted Sony
would be a wakeup call to every corporation in the world, and
I urge you to persue this for the sake of social justice

It's pretty ironic that Sony violated copyright in software
designed to prevent copyright infringement. I like irony, and I'd
also like to see the irony of the media industry being bit by the
very teeth they lobbied into the law in the first place. Thanks
for reading this, and good luck.


Intelligent Design

Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Whew, long topic on ID. While reading through it, I was reminded of a passage from an ecology book I once read. I paraphrased it from memory, I hope its relevance to ID is obvious:

Let me tell you a little story about long shots and averages and how not understanding the two lead to an incorrect hypothesis. Some time ago ecologists were interested with the rate that trees would repopulate a volcano after an eruption. They observed the trees, and figured out the average distance that a seed would fall from the tree, and from that they calculated an expected movement of the treeline.

However this was wrong, the trees repopulated much more quickly than expected. While the ecologists had figured out the averages correctly, they failed to realize that a small proportion of seeds would be carried much further than the average. The seeds that came from these trees would have a head start and some small portion of the next generation would be carried even further.

Do you see what I'm getting at here? Are you sure that in your calculations of expected rate of evolutionary change you're not making the same mistake these ecologists did?


Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 10 years ago

At work I've been playing with a knoppix system(on CD) and some old imacs. The processors are comparable 500 vs 400 MHZ (and supposedly a PPC MHZ does more than an x86 MHZ) They have the same amount of ram, 500MB. Side by side KDE blows the shit out of OS X, for one simple reason. Finder in Jaguar can't even scroll large directories smoothly. Konqueror has no problem. OS X is god awful slow. I can't think of any reason firefox should take longer to open from a hard drive instead of a compressed cdrom file system, but it does.


Hatta Hatta writes  |  more than 10 years ago

iTunes is one of OS X's "killer apps" And one would think it would "just work." Not so. One of the most trivial things to expect from an audio player is that when you load a playlist it will play those files, and only those files, in order. However when I download an m3u, itunes opens up and it puts the contents into the "Library" with every other music file I've ever played. What's more, is that it intercalates the songs in the playlist amongst the other files with no regard for the order in the .m3u. In order to play a .m3u playlist in order I must download the m3u, create a new playlist, then drag the m3u onto itunes. And then I STILL have to click the bar on top to get them to sort properly. Does this "just work"? I think not.


Hatta Hatta writes  |  about 11 years ago

As a followup to my own post, here is the correct Silicon full recipe

Preparing "Silly Putty", a silicone polymer (a methyl silicone, polydimethylsiloxane), via the hydrolysis of dichlorodimethylsilane with simple lab tools.

This silicone, which contains residual hydroxyl groups, will be cross-linked using boric acid (B(OH)3). This trifunctional acid forms -Si-O-Blinkages resulting in a peculiar type of gum. The commercial "bouncing putty" found in novelty stores is a silicon polymer with softening agents, fillers and coloring agents added. The actual full list of Silly Putty ingredients with colorants and softening agents is :

-- 65% dimethyl siloxane, hydroxy-terminated polymers with boric acid
-- 17% silica, quartz crystalline
-- 9% thixotrol ST
-- 4% polydimethylsiloxane
-- 1% decamethyl cyclopentasiloxane
-- ~1% glycerine
-- ~1% titanium dioxide

                This putty recipe is similar and equally pleasing:

Day 1: This reaction must be carried out in a fume hood.

Wear gloves to measure 20 mL of Si(CH3)2Cl (MW = 129.06, density = 1.064 g/mL) in a dry graduated cylinder. Rapidly transfer to a dry 250 mL Erlenmeyer flask equipped with a rubber stopper. Si(CH3)2Cl2 reacts rapidly with moisture to produce HCl gas so make the transfer swiftly. To this add 40 mL of diethylether and hydrolyze by adding 40 mL of H2O dropwise. HCl gas is evolved in this hydrolysis step.

The addition must be made slowly at the beginning of the reaction or too vigorous an evolution of the HCl will occur. The ether component will be warmed up to its boiling temperature if H2O is added too quickly. It is a good idea to have an ice-bath ready to cool down the reaction flask if the hydrolysis becomes too exothermic. The first 10 mL addition of water is very vigorous but less so afterwards. After this initial quantity, you may increase the rate of addition. The product has a very strong odor; be sure to do this in a fumehood!

Separate the ether layer at the completion of the hydrolysis step by pouring the mixture into your 250 mL separatory funnel. Wash the ether layer 3 times with 100 mL (for each wash) of 1 M Na2CO3.

This step is done to neutralize any residual acid remaining in the wet ether solution. Vigorous evolution of CO2 gas is observed at this stage as the neutralization proceeds. Add 10 mL more of diethylether to the flask after the first wash. Finally, perform on additional wash with 100 mL of water. Dry the ether solution over anhydrous magnesium sulfate in a stoppered Erlenmeyer flask, which you let rest for step two.

Day 2:

Decant the ether solution, filtering off any magnesium sulfate, into a pre-weighed 50 mL Erlenmeyer flask and evaporate off the ether using a water bath - not a hot plate. Note the yield of the dimethylsilicone oil (you should have approximately 9.5 g of material).

Add about 5% (by weight) boric acid (about 0.48 g for a yield of 9.5 g of oil), stirring continuously during the addition and for a few minutes after. This will cause the oil to become very viscous.

Heat the mixture to about 170-180 C in an oil bath and leave at this temperature for 2-3 hours. Allow to cool and remove the product from the flask by scraping it out with a spatula. If the gum is somewhat brittle, continued kneading will produce the desired gum-like characteristic. Once the gum has been removed, clean your Erlenmeyer flask with methanol.

Perform and report on the following tests:

(1) When rolled into a ball, does your product give a lively bounce on a hard surface?

(2) Does pulling sharply cause the gum to cleave?

(3) Does pulling slowly result in a stretching reminiscent of chewing gum?

(4) Does your product flow into a flat plate when placed on a flat surface?

(5) Is print transferred to the gum when test (4) is conducted on a flat newspaper?

General References

1. J. E. Mark, H. R. Allcock, R. West, Inorganic Polymers, Prentice Hall, Chapter 3, 1992.

2. D. F. Shriver, P. W. Atkins, C. H. Langford, Inorganic Chemistry, pp. 438-446, 2nd Edn, 1994.

3. F. O. Stark, J. R. Falender, A. P. Wright, "Silicones" in Comprehensive Organometallic

Chemistry, G. Wilkinson, F. G. A. Sone, E. W. Ebel Eds., Pergamon Press, Vol 2, Chapter 9.3, p.305, 1982.

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