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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

JoshJ Re:Slashdot achievements (1582 comments)

I'm only posting for the AF achievement.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Discusses Team Fortress 2's Future

JoshJ Re:Flagrun! (135 comments)

There's a version of Avanti which has the offense start with the flag, and have to move it to the point, and which point it is changes over time. There's also a one-way CTF map called stb_cowtown which has only one team trying to get the flag, and the other team defending, and a total of 4 flags on the map.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Discusses Team Fortress 2's Future

JoshJ Re:Valve Time (135 comments)

Left 4 Dead was pretty clearly rushed out, and the 360 version still suffers from all the bugs- though that is going to be dealt with in a few weeks, it seems.

more than 5 years ago
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Penny Arcade On NPR

JoshJ Re:Someone actually listens to NPR? (128 comments)

Without knowing specifically what the questions are that they were asked, it's impossible to tell whether this is relevant or the result of your usual right-wing persecution complex being fueled with a hackjob poll and repeated ad nauseam without any of the details (I've seen this sort of figure cited multiple times but never seen the original poll it supposedly came from) until everyone else believes it because it's been repeated so often.

Let's take the first one you listed- gays- and run with it.

Do you believe that homosexuality is an abomination?
Yes (Conservative)
No (Liberal)

Oh look, the media has a liberal bias! (We're not going to mention the fact that if you phrase the question like this the entire population would have a liberal bias.)

When it comes to something like this, always, always look at the original from the pollster; or else ignore it because there's no way anyone else can tell whether it's credible or not.

more than 5 years ago
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New Font Uses Holes To Cut Ink Use

JoshJ Re:This is pointless (540 comments)

The Coca-Cola Co. formulated "New Coke" based on the Diet Coke recipe. Coke Zero is literally the standard Coca-Cola with a different sweetener.

more than 5 years ago
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If Programming Languages Were Religions

JoshJ Re:wow (844 comments)

Except, of course, that Jesus also says plenty of things that are hardly peaceful- "Sell your robes and buy a sword", that he "brings not peace but a sword"; and of course, that nasty little bit about how he plans to separate families...

more than 5 years ago
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If Programming Languages Were Religions

JoshJ Re:wow (844 comments)

There are at least a half-dozen quotes in the bible saying that unbelievers should be killed, and a bunch more saying that people who perform certain actions (which aren't unethical from a secular perspective) should be killed. And of course, there's "be not yoked with unbelievers".

It's not a Quran-specific thing. All the Abrahamic religions have no respect whatsoever for those outside of the religion. The mentality boils down to nothing more than "hate everyone who's not one of us".

more than 5 years ago
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A Look At Modern Game AI

JoshJ Re:AI? In video games? (87 comments)

The problem is that internally the game "knows" where you are- after all, it has to track your location.

Every play against someone in counterstrike who was hacking? Wallhacks, aimbots, the whole nine yards? There's really nothing at all stopping the developers from doing that; and in fact some older games basically did do that, just with arbitrary delays before the AI snapped on you, deliberate fudge factors on accuracy, whatever it took to make the difficulty level sane for a human player.

It's possible to compartmentalize it, of course, so it doesn't know that; but you as a player have no idea which approach they took. If the AI is incredibly good in a game, it's possible it's "cheating" and doesn't really have to deal with hidden information.

more than 5 years ago
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Race and Racism In Video Games

JoshJ Re:Remember kids (371 comments)

Well, in Tolkien's mythos the Orcs were Moriquendi (Dark Elves) that Morgoth captured and twisted to create a new race; because he could not create anything of his own but could only pervert the creations of Iluvatar.

more than 5 years ago
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Censorship By Glut

JoshJ Re:Lower-wattage bulbs (391 comments)

It's really quite amazing how much of a persecution complex conservatives have. They've been a huge part of political discourse for most of the past 40 years (and dominated since the early '80s) yet constantly scream that everything is biased against them.

If your worldview contradicts scientific evidence, it's not "bias" to point out that your worldview is wrong. There's no "anti-conservative bias" in pointing out the massive debt incurred by the Reagan and Bush administrations and the negative impact those have on the economy. There's no "anti-conservative bias" in pointing out that creationism is utter bullshit and evolution is the reality.

If reality has a "liberal bias" then the conservatives should stop being so fucking deranged, not complain that the media is reporting the truth.

more than 5 years ago
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Thanksgiving means mostly ...

JoshJ Re:Personally... (586 comments)

I prefer the Colbert Nation, myself.

more than 5 years ago
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Physically-Challenged Gamer Hacks Together Custom PS3 Controller

JoshJ Re:"GimpGear" FTW (50 comments)

I've got a friend who follows the disabled-awareness movement (for lack of a better term) and there's a surprising amount of them who use the term gimp.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Turn Tequila Into Diamonds

JoshJ Re:god and diamonds (249 comments)

Then you're not doing it right.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

JoshJ Re:Two words (3709 comments)

I didn't say McCain, I said GOP. There was a ton of race-baiting coming from lower-down party members, and party hacks that call themselves "journalists".

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

JoshJ Re:Two words (3709 comments)

I'd blame the GOP's race-baiting tactics for that, not "minority racism".

more than 5 years ago
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Schneier, Journalist Poke Holes In TSA Policies

JoshJ Re:Schneier bothers me (296 comments)

Clearly, I cannot drink the wine in front of you!

more than 5 years ago
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New Contestants On the Turing Test

JoshJ Re:Reach for the switch... (630 comments)

Religion has zero scientific credibility; as such, it is pointless to discuss religious "reasons" for anything.

If someone manages somehow to prove that a specific religion is correct, then we'll obviously have to rethink things. Until then, the default working assumption is that the religions are nothing more than mythology. (See: Null hypothesis.)

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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JoshJ JoshJ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoshJ writes "The Georgia Institute of Technology's contract with WebCT expires in December 2007. Tech's Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning decided to move to Sakai, an opensource alternative. ""We had a committee that evaluated over the summer whether or not to go with Vista, and since we're already paying for WebCT we didn't want to go with another licensed, proprietary solution because they're all pretty much the same," Donna Llewyn (director of CETL) said. She continued, ""We no longer have to go to a vendor and be held over a barrel. We can hire programmers and make it work for us. It's definitely an advantage that we can make it fit what we need." The full story can be found here."

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Username in sig

JoshJ JoshJ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Metamoderation deliberately strips out the username so that people can't be deliberately targeted in metamod. I just came across a post in metamod where the person posted his own username/initials (just above his sig).

I don't think this is really a "big deal" because metamod is random and you can't get karmascrewed by someone smacking you with 5 downmods, but it's worth thinking about.

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Privacy

JoshJ JoshJ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

It's nice to see the usual morons on /. shilling the "if you have nothing to hide you don't need privacy" line. Why don't we see how much they really believe that? If they're posting it as AC, deride them for their hypocrisy. Otherwise, if you've got time on your hands and see someone spewing that BS, try to find as much personal information on them as you can, using google or whatever other tools you can find. Post it as a reply to their post, email their boss/wife/whatever, do as much as you feel appropriate.

If people actually believe that privacy shouldn't exist, let's start with them.

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