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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Izabael_DaJinn Re:Stanislaw Lem (1130 comments)

I think Zelazny *is* underrated because though while he is widely available, he never seems to be mentioned with other Sci-Fi "greats" like Heinlein (whoop-dee-doo). At any rate, I've read the entire Amber series at least ten times. I love the sarcastic, first person style and Machiavellian politics.

more than 2 years ago

Pakistani Lawyer Wants Mark Zuckerberg Executed

Izabael_DaJinn Personally (1318 comments)

I love all these "suddenoutbreakofcommonsense" stories.

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Question-Answering System "Watson" Revisited

Izabael_DaJinn ELIZA (170 comments)

I wonder if a website where people subscribed to artificial friends, shrinks, lovers would be a viable business model if it was as good at mimicking these things in conversations. An Eliza frontend on this Jeopardy beast might work. Plus Eliza was always giving questions as answers too!! I'd rather talk to a computer program about certain things anyway......and this one *would* be connected to the internet and would hone into your tastes quickly.

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Sells "Trending Topics" To Advertisers

Izabael_DaJinn Well duh...sooner or later (67 comments)

They have to turn a profit. Look at how over-run youtube has become. It's pretty annoying, but they did it gradually which helped silent the complaints.

Twitter will do the same. Slowly but surely making it lamer than it already is. Look at its profit forecasts (from wikipedia):

"Some of Twitter's documents covering revenue and user growth were published on TechCrunch after they were retrieved by the hacker, Croll Hacker. These contained internal projections that in 2009 they would have revenues of $400,000 in the third quarter (Q3) and $4 million in the fourth quarter (Q4) along with 25 million users at the end of the year. The projections for the end of 2013 were $1.54 billion in revenue, $111 million in net earnings, and 1 billion users.[1] No information about how Twitter plans to achieve those numbers has been published. Biz Stone published a blog post suggesting legal action for revealing the details was a possibility.[28]"\

I don't see how they can ever reach such high estimates no matter what they do. But they will certainly try.

more than 4 years ago

FBI Investigating iPad E-Mail Leaks

Izabael_DaJinn sheesh (209 comments)

I've always had problems with my ipads leaking

more than 4 years ago

New Declassification Process To Open 400 Million Pages of Records

Izabael_DaJinn ya right (135 comments)

Does anyone on /. honest believe anything seriously juicy or even particularly interesting would *ever* be released to the public. "Likelihood of Declassification – Factors include complexity of information, volume of tabs (exemptions, exclusions, referrals) and age of material. There are a number of lower level classified records which may lend themselves to quick turnaround, while other records contain classified information that must be protected under E.O. 13526 and will not result in significant public release."

This is from: "THE NATIONAL DECLASSIFICATION CENTER Releasing All We Can, Protecting What We Must National Declassification Center Prioritization Plan" mmmk

more than 4 years ago

Federal Judge Limits DHS Laptop Border Searches

Izabael_DaJinn Re:Rights?! (359 comments)

But for many people the problem is NOT that they have something incriminating on their laptops, but the fact they are taken for soooooooooooo long and not returned. TrueCrypt folders or whatever would most likely cause the powers-that-be to keep the laptop even longer.

more than 4 years ago

AI Astronomer Aids Effort To Analyze Galaxies

Izabael_DaJinn Ohh! A Galaxy Zoo! (40 comments)

I wonder if it has any Tauntauns!

more than 4 years ago

Steak-Scented Billboard Entices Drivers

Izabael_DaJinn A Scentsor? (282 comments)

I always wondered why there can't be an electronic way to generate smells, such as how a speaker produces sounds. Is it theoretically possible to ever create a machine or device that can create a variety of scents based on some sort of scent-spectrum? Or are "cartridges loaded with BBQ fragrance oil" the best we'll ever do? (This is one of those questions I have always wondered but been afraid to ask!)


more than 4 years ago

Spanish Judges Liken File Sharing To Lending Books

Izabael_DaJinn Re:The Pirate Bay trial (352 comments)

Maybe they wouldn't attract so much international heat if they changed their name to something innocuous like "Library Bay," but they like their bad boy image which only just fuels debate (and lawsuits) on both sides. If they described themselves as a library instead of as notorious sea-thieves, that might just take the edge off many arguments against them. (Wouldn't sell many t-shirts that said "Library Bay" tho...)


more than 4 years ago

Tool To Allow ISPs To Scan Every File You Transmit

Izabael_DaJinn Starts with porn... (370 comments)

ends with the MPAA and RIAA suing you for your mp3s and .mpgs.

more than 4 years ago

Seagate Announces First 1.5TB Desktop Hard Drive

Izabael_DaJinn Re:that's a lot (383 comments)

You guys mod this funny, but it's a little known fact that the terabyte was actually named after Tera Patrick in deference to her online body of work.

more than 6 years ago



Gibson sues Guitar Hero over patent

Izabael_DaJinn Izabael_DaJinn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Izabael_DaJinn writes ""Gibson Guitar sues MTV Networks and Harmonix, units of Viacom Inc., as well as Electronic Arts, relating to the wildly popular Guitar Hero video games." from The NY Times.

So Gibson Guitar wants a bigger piece of the $1 billion dollar Guitar Hero pie, so it has come up with what looks like the typical sort of patent nonsense you usually see here on /. But I'll let you guys tell me."

Link to Original Source




Izabael_DaJinn Izabael_DaJinn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i have not been here in a long time, and rarely skim the headlines that come in my email box...and yet...whatever headline it was that drew me here I have forgotten to the forest of slashdotness I once recalled. I like hanging with the nerds here though most of them think they are cool for being agnostic, as if that was a cool intellectual rebellious thing to do. As if magick isn't merely the spaces that science can't yet define....such as the power of a rose upon the psyche...we can describe the process scientifically, but we cannot describe with science the feelings, and emotions, and desires that the sight, scent, and smell of the flower evokes. That is the realm of the poets and songwriters, and that is the realm magick attempts to bridge to science. We must use metaphor to effect change in humans, and that is what magick excels at. I have long found magick to be more successful in getting me what I want than expensive months at shrinks or seminars. Science is amazing. It makes the most amazing gadgets. However, psychology and psychiatry, the so-called sciences of the brain, leave much to be desired. Frankly, they seem centuries behind even the Ancient Greeks in understanding how to make men and women happy.

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