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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

IgnitusBoyone Re:Thank God (70 comments)

This is really a mater of modern convention. Webster's has a good ask the editor video entry on the history of the two forms and how often they changed. Your likely right that most people are ignorantly using the wrong form, but like many things in our language its silly to get upset about it with out some sense of etymology.

about two weeks ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

IgnitusBoyone Re:Like we need to discourage the fairer sex any m (221 comments)

It took along time for females to compete in ski jumping at the Olympics. The international community in general needs to desegregate a lot of sports. Unless you can really show a sharp division between female and male participants over the history of the sport I feel they should have the opportunities to compete together. In addition if you can meet the qualifications and show no equivalent tournament exist you should be able to enlist.

about a month ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

IgnitusBoyone Re:simple fix (221 comments)

This is completely arbitrary. Your basically saying practicing in the sport makes you better at it, but only if I find that practice to be a physical activity.

You do become better at star craft from typing keys. You do this by running small practice runs and skirmishes.
You do become better at chess by moving pieces around the board, but you do it in practice runs or skirmishes. Hell some people play themselves. Which is no different then running a track and trying to beat your best times.

Additionally in all of these activities playing other similar activities helps you improve your performance such as similar games in the genre and non genre games with similar concepts and mechanics.

Sports has nothing to do with physical activity. It has to do with regulated competition with a general oversight and a community of people who wish to push the limits of previous performance. Oh, and in my opinion you have to be able to drink to it and bet on it.

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

IgnitusBoyone Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

You post this bias argument in the week of two unanimous decisions?

Its a group of 9 highly educated thinkers who decide the fate of law interpretation for us all with no recourse aside from writing new laws. I doubt anyone wants them to be yes men who always agree.

about a month ago

Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

IgnitusBoyone And the issue is? (143 comments)

I fail to see the issue.
People have a very strange def of freedom of speech, which was originally intended to allow printed press to be delivered with out consequence or government oversight. The inability to legally fly drones does not prevent you from capturing footage by the commonly use news helicopters or placing your camera on a boom and pushing it over a fence.

This is like saying trespassing laws violate freedom of speech or maybe locks. I mean those pesky locks. What about all those barricades on military bases. Lets faces it nothing in our government provides you unlimited access to any place just because your curious. On the other hand its almost impossible to punish you for reporting on your random thoughts on what is behind those closed doors.

about 2 months ago

Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

IgnitusBoyone Who Wants To Live Forever (333 comments)

Who dares to love forever,
When love must die.


about 3 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

IgnitusBoyone Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

We are talking about little kids. You tend to get them the Big Blocks instead. They come in a bucket and you use them to build random square objects. Sets for older kids tend to be more detailed and well beyond the scope.

about 3 months ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

IgnitusBoyone Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

That might not be stated as clearly as I wanted to present the argument. The point is the constitution is a set of enumerated powers. It clearly outlines what applies to which level of government and when there is a problem because of the 10th amendment it gets handed down not up. Several of the first 10 ammendments were protection given to the states from the power of the federal government. These protections were a kind of buy off agreement to get people to join in to a union which wasn't always popular among the state populace.

In the case of the first amendment it didn't always directly tie to the states. We latter changed that.

about 4 months ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

IgnitusBoyone Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

I don't want to cause a stir, but its very important to site two amendments when applying the Federal Governments constitution to the State and lower governments. Most states have a section of their own constitution which repeats the bill or rights and there is a resin for this prior to the 14th amendment the Federal government did not have the right to apply the first amendment to the states since it clearly originally only applied to congress. Remember the bill of rights was designed to ensure the states that the new federal government would not override there current authority.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

IgnitusBoyone Half/Screen View? (2219 comments)

I would expect the beta to last a little longer then a few days before giving up on it. However, they should stop the forced redirects. Those who want to shape it for a few more months can help mold it before another test.

My issue with the beta is that when I re-size my window 860x1080 1/2 Screen Width the entire UI goes away. While this is great for browsing comments its horrible for browsing the main page as it takes away all of the configuration options. I'm assuming that this alternate view is some sort of mobile solution, but that is a fairly big solution.

Personally, I never browse the web at full screen almost all web pages look better at around 1000px wide and I can generally side scroll to ignore address if I run at half of 1920. I think any modern UI design should consider what windows thinks of as dual page mode. Why waste all that real estate. I'm likely doing something besides browsing the web.

about 6 months ago

Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

IgnitusBoyone Re:Bragging about torture (390 comments)

I suggest reading on George C Parker, who actually managed to sale people stock for the broklen bridge when it was first built. He scammed people in to believing he would turn it in to toll bridge and they would get a piece of the take.

about 9 months ago

Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

IgnitusBoyone Re:Fanboy attack (387 comments)

Actually, I find the GP's post very insightful

about a year ago

Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

IgnitusBoyone Re:Fixed it (758 comments)

It is foolish to assume that he left because family wasn't important. It is equally likely in this Senior that he left home to make better opportunities for the family that was so important. Proximity != importance.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

IgnitusBoyone Re:Imagine this... (577 comments)

Same could be said about the PS3, but once they took away the Other Os Option. It became a black box utility no different then a stereo. Computing power does not make it a "PC" It does make it a computer. I'm sure vogue is changing faster then I want to admit, but if you can't run a native compiler on it and write your own programs on the device it is more of a console (video game) then a PC ( IBM )

That being said, I realize how stupidly power my Ipad is, HTC evo are, but until I can write and compile my apps directly on them I can't consider them PCs. No reason these devices couldn't do this and maybe Android does, but at least by design they limit your ability to do so which makes them more equivilant to my dvd player or tv then my laptop (which I use to program for all four)

about a year and a half ago

NASA Releases Orbital Photos of Beijing's Air Pollution

IgnitusBoyone Re:The US is no better (143 comments)

China would care if we could get a backbone and actually stop buying all the cheap products which help produce this level of pollution. Plenty of other countries want to have strong industrial economies and we could work with the more reasonable governments to install EPA like restrictions from the get go. It wouldn't happen over night, but eventually China would be forced to clean up its act as they saw the numbers drop.

about a year and a half ago

NASA Releases Orbital Photos of Beijing's Air Pollution

IgnitusBoyone Re:that's what the job killing lines get you stuff (143 comments)

That is exceedingly sloppy thinking. Pollution is a problem of combined effects from multiple sources. Your claim that the USA, or Europe, or Japan reducing their respective pollution outputs "won't make a difference" isn't just an overstatement, it is false. EVERY bit makes a difference. The same logic you just used justifies every kind of petty offense in the world.

Collective problems require incremental solutions. Just because you cannot personally observe the effects of every increment doesn't mean it's irrelevant.

No, he is saying that you should spend your money where you get the greatest affect. Asking for a 5% increase in US output for 5 trillion dollars is a waste if we can get a 80% increase in china for 50 billion. And with developing nations that do not even use basic scrubbers that 80% will account several times the clean up that we can eak out of our own country. So, create the equipment here export and maybe even help fund the process, but if we really care about pollution the US has to stop thinking its the center of the Universe and realize we are a world of Nations and we all need to help out.

Start with cleaning up the developing nations and as they catch up continue to improve our own efficiency or else the US will hit an asymptotic behavior nearing zero pollution and China, India, and Africa will have us all still choking to our deaths.

about a year and a half ago

Warner Bros Secures Commercial Control of Superman

IgnitusBoyone Re:Public domain (196 comments)

Nope, I'm apparently wrong. Dark Horse makes a line of comics that has been under publication. Its possible though that they never licensed it, but if they did from wiki comes this information

"The name Conan and the names of Robert E. Howard's other principal characters are claimed as trademarked by Paradox Entertainment of Stockholm, Sweden, through its US subsidiary Paradox Entertainment Inc.[citation needed] Paradox copyrights stories written by other authors under license from Conan Properties Inc.[citation needed]"

Given the lack of citation I do not know if its correct or not.

about a year and a half ago

Warner Bros Secures Commercial Control of Superman

IgnitusBoyone Re:Public domain (196 comments)

Even if superman was public domain that would only allow you to reprint the various stories already published. Writing new superman stories as long as DC is still publishing and actively protecting its trade marks is not possible with out licensing. This is different then Connan becoming public domain, because as far as I know no new cannon works had come out since the films and the trademarks were long left unprotected. (I'll go make sure of that now..)

about a year and a half ago

Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production

IgnitusBoyone Re:surprising really (184 comments)

Did not the UK miners union/guild choose to go back to work with out a new contract effectively loosing the strike and costing its members an entire years salary?

about 2 years ago

BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

IgnitusBoyone Paid to obtain the socks? (467 comments)

I find myself wondering how the producer of the socks makes any financial gain. According to the check out page the socks cost -2.00 USD. I'm heavily thinking of investing in some sock storage because at 2.00 for every sock I adopt I could make a fortune. I'm sure the initial investment will more then pay for the shipping and afterwords I can resale them for additional capitol.

about 2 years ago



Firefox RC1 Released

IgnitusBoyone IgnitusBoyone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IgnitusBoyone (840214) writes "It would appear that Mozilla has released Firefox 4 RC1 today. For most beta participants the update should be automatic, but for those holding out until getting closer to feature freeze now is likely a good time to test the next major release. Aside from a complete redesign of the User Interface. Firefox 4 offers several new features integrated sync manager and improved methods for tab-switching and organization for tab heavy users."
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