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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Kevin Fishburne Amazing that this has been done (132 comments)

The present is looking more and more like Ghost in the Shell. I love it.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Kevin Fishburne Re:Surely you jest ... (870 comments)

>hopefully by instilling logical and altruistic values in our children.

I actually laughed aloud at this. Do you even have children?

I have a 19 month old. People (including children) can be unimaginably bad, but it's not hopeless. So far mine's been a blast. Good kid. Is this better advice for children than logic and altruism?

Tame your inner beast by using its power to drive your ambition to create in and improve upon the state of the world and the people around you.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Kevin Fishburne Re:Surely you jest ... (870 comments)

All of that depends on what kind of society we create to live in such a world, hopefully by instilling logical and altruistic values in our children. Obviously I'm being optimistic, probably unrealistically so, but think of what people just 100 years ago would have thought about modern society today. 100 years is nothing in terms of our species' history; we've crossed a threshold in our evolution due to technology, quickly leaving behind what we used to be for better or worse. The only things holding us back now are our primal instincts and education.

With respect to your comments about people having too much free time, there are two kinds of people. There's the guy who after retirement finds himself starting a small farm, working at the local grocery store or writing novels because he just needs something to do. Then there's the guy whose ideal use of time involves smoking crack, beating his wife over some inane argument, and ending up on COPS for us all to shake our heads at.

It's not something that would happen overnight, but all growth is painful and everything good we now have was born of suffering somewhere.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Kevin Fishburne growing pains toward a better future, maybe? (870 comments)

While the inevitable loss of more "menial" jobs (take no offense; I've had many myself) will suck for those affected, at some point we're going to end up with a civilization like in Star Trek TNG where people choose to work, as the provision of the basic necessities of life will have become largely automated. Of course, something "really bad" could happen before then (nuclear holocaust, plague, asteroid strike, supervolcano, gamma ray burst, etc.), but I hope someday we reach the point where robots handle the ugly bits and we all get to do whatever the hell we please without fear.

about three weeks ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Kevin Fishburne not afraid (878 comments)

Go ahead guys, launch every nuke you've got. Or look up "balance of power" or "stalemate" or "mutually assured destruction" and shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down.

about a month ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

Kevin Fishburne in a good mood (147 comments)

Mark must have gotten laid recently. Or had lunch with Richard Stallman. Or...

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

Kevin Fishburne Re:The Ultimate Electric Car (330 comments)

Along that line of thought, they actually have all the time in the world. Unless they accidentally bang their mother, of course, which changes everything.

about a month ago
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

Kevin Fishburne Bury all power lines? (183 comments)

Probably prohibitively expensive, but it would be nice if, someday, all that shit was underground. It looks horrible and is susceptible to lightning strikes, airplanes, helicopters (and now drones), falling trees, hurricanes, tornadoes and terrorist sabotage. And again, it just looks horrible. We bury fiber, copper, natural gas and water lines, so why is all our electrical strung up like the crack baby of a Christmas tree and a giant spider?

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

Kevin Fishburne The Ultimate Electric Car (330 comments)

How small can they make nuclear reactors these days? Tesla could make the President's new "Beast" something like the Tumbler from the new Batman movies, with an extra 1000 HP thrown in for good measure.

about a month ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

Kevin Fishburne My ingenious solution is to... (333 comments)

Install nothing on my phone except what I can 100% (well, close enough) verify as being from a legitimate company (Google Maps, Twitter, etc.). No random but interesting-sounding programs, no games, none of that shit. My device is a phone/GPS/camera/browser/calculator. That it's nothing else not only doesn't bother me, I think it's great. My neck is in good order as well, as it doesn't gravitate toward a near-permanent state of 67.5 degrees. Many others seem to suffer from this, leading me to believe they have too much crap installed on their phone. Get help now, people; it's not as hard as it seems.

about 2 months ago
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Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter

Kevin Fishburne Re:En Venezuela hay mucho PETROLEO... (152 comments)

Last time I was there (a couple of years ago) you could fill your gas tank for about a dollar. There's also a guy standing there to fill your tank for you, who you generally give a tip larger than what it costs to fill it. Before going on a trip or vacation the common joke is who's going to pay for food and who's going to pay for gas.

Everything else however is damn hard to get and expensive. I wanted to get some blank DVDs to burn some movies and that was when I started to realize something really bad was going on there (other than the crazy pro/anti-government graffiti everywhere and steel bars over every window and door).

about 2 months ago
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Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells

Kevin Fishburne Re:without reading the TFA, as usual (46 comments)

You'll still have to walk through it and spit out chunks of it? You suggest a dystopian quagmire. The "calming down" part I mentioned would be necessary to avoid that sort of pollution. We'd heal the place, then coexist with and balance it.

about 2 months ago
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Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells

Kevin Fishburne Re:without reading the TFA, as usual (46 comments)

Awesome. Thought you were trolling for a second (that's how over-my-head your response was), but Wikipedia backs up the quantum dots reference. If civilization remains relatively cohesive for the next century the future will be pure ownage from our perspective. Someday we'll be at the cusp of extending life to near immortality. I think people will, in general, be calmer knowing they're not going to die of old age. A new renaissance for humans, and Earth.

about 2 months ago
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

Kevin Fishburne So delicious! (274 comments)

"They smell very good and when they're cooked, many patients have described them as the most delicious mushrooms they've ever eaten."

Clearly this is proof of Intelligent Design. If I were God I'd definitely place these things everywhere they'd fit just to keep my people on their toes. Nature's land mines.

about 2 months ago
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Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells

Kevin Fishburne Re:without reading the TFA, as usual (46 comments)

Ask anyone whose life has been saved by chemotherapy, like my mom, and she can give you her doctor's name. It's a blunt instrument, but it has its uses. Seriously though, I did couch my conjecture with terms like "could", "eventual", "perhaps" and "eventually". My thinking was that nanotech and related fields could someday find a way to identify and modify or destroy cells we don't want floating around in us (cancer, viruses, etc.).

Your suggestion about basically creating a DNA checksum of the original then comparing that to newly created cells, I imagine, would be the ultimate solution. Might even help out with long term space travel and such.

about 2 months ago
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Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells

Kevin Fishburne without reading the TFA, as usual (46 comments)

It sounds like this sort of research could be the eventual answer to "curing" cancer. As has been discussed extensively here on /., it's looking like there's really no cure but that it can perhaps eventually be treated so effectively that we'll think of it more as the common cold than the ultimate horror it is today.

about 2 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Kevin Fishburne Re:Straight-line acceleration (238 comments)

It wouldn't be straight, but it would be straighter. I was thinking of automobile racing as an analogy. The straighter your racing line the faster you accelerate and the greater your top speed because less energy is wasted on lateral correction. Similar rules should apply to moving particles through a vacuum by electromagnets (or however they move them). I wonder if that would be a compromise between the advantages and disadvantages of linear and ring accelerators. It'd be insanely expensive, though, so I don't think it'll happen soon.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Kevin Fishburne Some day, but not soon (876 comments)

This will happen eventually, but there will be a lot of dirty genetic algorithms under the surface to make it efficient and it will still require seemingly endless tweaking with unexpected results. People will even call the software "stupid" and "unintuitive" as it crunches out insane iterations of what it thinks might meet your requests (based on non-scratched previous requests). Give computer science and AI another 100 years (shit; we'll all be dead), and you'll probably see some laymen programming away by giving directives to "Computer" like TNG.

about 2 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Kevin Fishburne Straight-line acceleration (238 comments)

Wouldn't the optimal path to increase the speed of matter as rapidly as possible be a straight line? Perhaps it's impractical, but they could conceivably build an accelerator that wrapped the surface of Earth. Go for the gold or go home. :)

about 2 months ago

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rakuten.com Possible Security Breach

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kevin Fishburne (1296859) writes "At 1:15 am EST I received an order confirmation from rakuten.com, formerly buy.com, for a $64 computer case and a $300 gift certificate, the former being shipped to my address and the latter being sent to the email address minhhieun090@19store.us. As my password for the site would be difficult to crack by brute force or dictionary attacks I believe their site may have been compromised to reveal only usernames and passwords. I don't believe users' payment information has been compromised or they would have used them directly or sold them instead of using the site to place gift card orders. I have since removed my payment methods, changed my password and notified their support staff of the potential breach. If you have an account with Rakuten/Buy, I strongly suggest removing your payment methods and hardening your password."
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Open Source IDE GAMBAS Reaches 3.0

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "After years of work, creator Benoît Minisini and friends are just in time for New Year's celebrations with the first stable release of GAMBAS 3.

Per their web site, "Gambas is a free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions, a bit like Visual Basic (but it is NOT a clone !)."

GAMBAS is component-based, so check out the list for an idea of what you can do with it."

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Fund to Contest Software Patents on Prior Art

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

" rel="nofollow">Kevin Fishburne writes "Watching the ensuing software patent wars, is there no way to combat them at their own level? Could a fund be started to systematically challenge individual software patents using the best cost/benefit ratio at the current budget level? Widely available, time-stamped GPL code could be used as evidence of prior art in each case. Does something like this already exist? Surely this is something (if it does its job) we could all get behind."
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Original Apple II Ultima source code published

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "Odkin dropped a bombshell in a post on Ultima Aiera when he mentioned that copies of the original California Pacific Ultima were "out there" (meaning he has the floppies), then proceeded to post some code snippets obtained from Ctrl-C, CATALOG and LIST.

He emailed a copy of the disk images to me, which I immediately extracted to verify their authenticity. While the source code to all other Ultima games has been lost, it seems the code to the original has been found.

See for yourself, as I have archived it here:

http://www.eightvirtues.com/misc/ULTIMA%20(1981)%20California%20Pacific%20Computer%20By%20Lord%20British.tar.gz"

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Hybrid human-animal DNA experiments raise concerns

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "British scientists are calling for a new agency to oversee the mixing of human and animal DNA, which is progressing at a rate most may not be aware of:

'Among experimentation that might spark concern are those where human brain cells might change animal brains, those that could lead to the fertilization of human eggs in animals and any modifications of animals that might create attributes considered uniquely human, like facial features, skin or speech.'

'Some disagree. "We think some of these should be done, but they should be done in an open way to maintain public confidence," said Robin Lovell-Badge, head of stem cell biology and developmental genetics at Britain’s Medical Research Council, one of the expert group members. He said experiments injecting human brain cells into the brains of rats might help develop new stroke treatments or that growing human skin on mice could further understanding of skin cancer.'

Worth a read, if only to scare the crap out of yourself."

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Why my app will never be on iOS

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "I've been working on a Linux game for a year or so and have flirted with the idea of porting a watered-down version to Android. The idea of making it available on Apple devices, while financially attractive, I'd always put in the "when hell freezes over" bin. And then I find this article."
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Ultima IV - EA takedowns precede official reboot

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  about 3 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "According to posts at the Ultima fan site Ultima Aiera both browser-based Ultima IV Sega Master System emulation at Master System 8 and IBM-PC port at Phi Psi Software have received cease and desist letters from Electronic Arts, the current IP holder of the Ultima franchise.

The post states that despite the widely held belief that Origin had allowed the Ultima Dragons to distribute Ultima IV freely in 1997, in fact that is no longer the case. It further suggests that the EA takedowns are preceding an upcoming browser-based Ultima IV reboot by Bioware Mythic.

Has EA lost an eighth, or are they well within their rights by going DMCA on a 26 year-old game they had no hand in developing?"

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Graf_Chokolo defiant as Sony ups the stakes

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "Sony PS3 cracker Graf_Chokolo, whose home was recently raided and computer equipment confiscated by German police, is now facing a 750,000 Euro fine and jail time. In spite of this he remains defiant, claiming "If you want me to stop then you should just kill me because i cannot live without programming, HV and Linux kernel hacking."

Is there a precedent for this kind of corporate terrorism?"

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Apple profits from rampant piracy in the App Store

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "According to an article at Ars:

'Imagine this: you and a partner develop a popular Flash game, one that's good enough that you decide to get to work on an iPhone port. Then, one day, while browsing the App Store, you see your game. Problem is, the port isn't done yet.'

Apparently this is happening all the time, with many of the illegal cloned games reaching the top 100 list. The article points out that Apple has been slow to respond and makes no mention of restitution for the victimized developers. In other words, the App Store floodgates are open wide and Apple is profiting from the resulting IP infringement."

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Army wants 36 more 'Punisher' weapons in 2012

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kevin Fishburne (1296859) writes ""The kids are calling it 'the Punisher,'" said Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, who heads up the Program Executive Office Soldier. "I don't know what we're going to title this product, but it seems to be game-changing. You no longer can shoot at American forces and then hide behind something. We're going to reach out and touch you."

While this technology has been around for a while, this is the first time I've heard of it being used in theater. Looking like something from Unreal Tournament, the XM25 weapon system is essentially a horizontal, scaled-down bunker buster which can be programmed to detonate its rounds at arbitrary distances behind hardened positions. Put me down for two, thank you."

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Arx Fatalis updated; source code released under GP

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "According to WtF Dragon at Ultima Aiera, "The long and short: Arkane Studios have released what is probably going to be the final patch for their Ultima Underworld-inspired game (which, indeed, they tried to license as the third entry in that series), Arx Fatalis.

They have also released the source code for the game. That’s right, the complete source of Arx Fatalis is available for download."

The readme notes that the original game installation is required in order to play the compiled game, as the data files are certainly still copyrighted. Linux is in need of a good FPS dungeon crawler, though the code will need a hell of a lot of cleanup as it's a VC8/9 project and uses DirectX (ugh...)."

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Sanctimonia to Reduce Online Games to Fundamentals

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kevin Fishburne writes "Forgive me for posting about my own project, but I could think of no better crowd than /. to seeks words of wisdom from. I'm developing an open source online multiplayer game in GAMBAS that will simulate the basic aspects of life in such a way that more advanced behavior and gameplay could emerge from using them logically. It's of course graphical and optimized for a PS2-style game pad. To keep things simple the available technology is constrained (for now) to the pre-industrialized age.

The current MMO climate has settled around a few titles that remain commercially viable, though they are tightly geared toward producing profit. My game certainly takes monetization into account, but isn't sacrificing its principles to that end. Is there any advice that can be given for a "sandbox" or "emergent" style MMO that could strengthen its entertainment value as well as gameplay that is at least as balanced as that of real life?

I recognize and have researched the successes and failures of games like Ultima Online, Tabula Rasa, World of Warcraft, FarmVille, etc., but haven't drawn any real conclusions other than poor management and misdirected ideals. Any observances of the market response to such titles would be appreciated."

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