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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Those guys want pork funds too? (142 comments)

Yeah I can confirm they're for real, although they've been on a hiatus for a while by the looks of things. I can't imagine funding for such a project would be easy to come by nor scale models! Do drop them a line though, by what they're saying that really looks like the key to space.


Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Why you should not get a job at Google (351 comments)

Meh I don't think there is an IT bubble. A bubble usually implies rapid inflation of prices without any reason behind them, like the dot bomb was based on companies with no income and not really great ideas. Google has plenty of income.


Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Welders make 150k??? (338 comments)

Uncomplicated maybe but I don't know if I'd call fishing around in other peoples toilets and hauling heavy boilers easy...


Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Intrepid imaginaut Re:hmmm really.... (142 comments)

Solar microwave power satellites would provide all the clean energy you could wish for, but need a lot more orbital infrastructure before they can be deployed.

As for "destroying the land, rivers, climates and even the oceans", all of these remain merrily undestroyed. If you mean reducing the biodiversity around us you may have a point, but efforts are being made to preserve and protect as much as possible. Also, before we descend into a spiral of remorse a couple of points - protection of the biosphere and spacefaring are not mutually exclusive goals, in fact they are more complementary than anything else, and good old mother nature has been handing out mass extinctions like candy throughout the history of the planet without any help from people at all, so there's that.


The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Wake up! (172 comments)

It is pretty neat though, kinda reminds me of that scene in Aliens 4 where the general zaps a gelatin cube with a laser to turn it into a shot of what looked like whiskey.

2 days ago

GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Maybe this will wake some people up (172 comments)

Tech workers don't have a bad rep, outside of the minds of looney ideologues like Adria Richards. Construction workers have a bad rep. Tech workers have a reputation for being shy retiring introverts.

2 days ago

Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Intrepid imaginaut Re:One word: FUD (270 comments)

I ran a post apocalyptic RPG (CP2020 system) once where civilisation was destroyed by a network of satellites called "dark stars", these were basically stocked up with several score dedicated EMP devices which would be released at intervals determined by a complicated biblical code. The group had to find a way to take down the satellites, or at lest some of them, before the next pulse reset civilisation to near zero, which involved cracking the code (ie beating up a bunch of zealots plus sleuthery and research). Awesome game.

2 days ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Who watches the watchers (241 comments)

Just to mention two of your three objections to my comment are in fact objections to ideologies (and are hence the same objection), so we're in agreement there, and third I never said greed was the best of all possible motivations. However, if I may quote the great jester of our time, Terry Pratchett:

"A thumb pressed against two fingers, and the lean figure of Dr Cruces, head tutor, looming over the startled boys.

"We do not murder," he said. It was a soft voice; the doctor never raised his voice, but he had a way of giving it the pitch and spin that could make it be heard through a hurricane.

"We do not execute. We do not massacre. We never, you may be very certain, we never torture. We have no truck with crimes of passion or hatred or pointless gain. We do not do it for a delight in inhumation, or to feed some secret inner need, or for petty advantage, or for some cause or belief; I tell you, gentlemen, that all these reasons are in the highest degree suspect. Look into the face of a man who will kill you for a belief and your nostrils will snuff up the scent of abomination. Hear a speech declaring a holy war and, I assure you, your ears should catch the clink of evil's scales and the dragging of its monstrous tail over the purity of the language.

"No, we do it for the money.

And, because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money.

There can be few cleaner motives, so shorn of all pretense.

Nil mortifi, sine lucre. Remember. No killing without payment."

He paused for a moment.

"And always give a receipt," he added. "

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:paper...pencil (167 comments)

Hmm, the problem I find is that when notes start getting too copious it can be difficult or almost impossible to find a particular bit that you were looking for, especially stretching over years. If pen and paper notebooks came with an automated search function I'd be happy!

3 days ago

Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Don't be ridiculous (207 comments)

I'm surprised we haven't already started to see reasonably large scale sten gun manufacture by criminal groups - easy to make and powerful. Especially in places like the UK where it's much more difficult to get firearms.

3 days ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Who watches the watchers (241 comments)

I'm not sure why there's all this hand wringing over corporate influence on the political process, I'd much prefer corporations having a say than some of the more powerful ideological interests that influence politicians.

I say this because corporations are basically greedy.

Greed doesn't care about your skin colour, your gender, your nationality, greed isn't interested in reframing the social dialogue in order to deconstruct gender roles that are constantly evolving anyway, greed won't murder you or drive you out of a job because you think the wrong way or hold the wrong opinion. All greed cares about is its own self interests. I trust greed, I know what it is and what it wants, and I can reasonably reliably predict what it's going to do next. Greed is in fact the great equaliser that is the holy grail of most progressive politics.

I mean putative corporate dystopias can hardly hold a candle to some of the actual real life ideological dystopias which have existed.

And so I don't get worried about corporations influencing governments. As long as they're kept at one anothers' throats (capitalism) things are working more or less the way they should.

3 days ago

New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

Intrepid imaginaut Re:"Llets you find?" (155 comments)

I'm starting to think the increasingly shitty summaries are some form of cry for help.

Of course I haven't actually read the summary so I wouldn't know.

4 days ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Don't worry Americans... (397 comments)

Thick and rich as soup in a pub on the shores of Galway bay my friend, the only way Guinness was ever meant to be served. I wouldn't touch the tinned stuff with someone else's.

4 days ago

Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Intrepid imaginaut Re:do they have a progressive view? (336 comments)

Ah, you appear to be confusing "people interested in high tech" with "fanatical zealots of a dualistic ideology". One of these is actually progressive, the other is not.

5 days ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:What now? 1 billion! (285 comments)

I'd be very happy with an open source equivalent to Publisher 98 to be honest. I know there are alternatives but they don't have the useability and functionality of good old Publisher.

about a week ago

Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Lets organize a boycott .. (204 comments)

I haven't weighed in on the Eich thing yet because I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly was giving me an uncomfortableness about it. I support gay marriage, I'd question why anyone would be insane enough to actually want to get married, but if they want it why not.

What burns about the whole affair is that the relevant parties had their say, the people voted, and that should be that. Instead we've got vengeance seeking from those in favour of gay marriage, making lists, hunting people down and persecuting them by whatever means are available. In other words, McCarthyism.

Fuck that.

about two weeks ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Funny (693 comments)

I didn't say it was.

about two weeks ago



Female gamers who have had enough of politics

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about a year ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "An online RPG convention called ConTessa for female gamers who just want to game is being set up by Stacy Dellorfano, who writes: "The idea for ConTessa came about in late 2012 when I started craving for a space for myself where I could just be a gamer without having to constantly talk about being a woman who games, or constantly being expected to comment on every piece of artwork or game or political gender discussion that came up. It became so bad that I rarely got asked to actually talk about the actual games and gaming and frequently got asked to talk about anything involving gender politics.

I thought it would be nice to build a convention where women could set aside the gender politics for a few days and just enjoy being gamers.""

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Annonymous targets Irish websites over SOPA

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Intrepid imaginaut writes "It appears that anonymous has launched a widespread DDOS attack on numerous Irish government websites in the past few hours, taking down justice.ie and finance.gov.ie in an effort to attract attention to a piece of SOPA-like legislation that is being rushed through by Sean Sherlock. A Twitter account affiliated to the Swedish arm of Anonymous said the timing of the attack, when the websites would not be in heavy demand, was a “wake up – warning shot”."
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