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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Kevin Fishburne Re:What?/ Just 2 Km? That's it?! (247 comments)

Good point, although it would be useful for launching probes and such.

3 days ago
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Kevin Fishburne Re:What?/ Just 2 Km? That's it?! (247 comments)

Eh, they could just have a red light that turns on when it's about to fire and some crap to sign when they hire you. And paperweights, of course.

4 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Kevin Fishburne Re:Not really. (236 comments)

Honestly Humanity is a joke, almost a cancer. And if an advanced civilization stumbled across us, they would probably wipe us out to make the rest of the universe safer. We as a species love to hate others, we love murder, war, and control. WE thrive on hating those that are different or think or worship different.

You're right. We should find all those ignorant, warlike motherfuckers and kill them.

4 days ago
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Kevin Fishburne Re:What?/ Just 2 Km? That's it?! (247 comments)

Instead of a two kilometer tall office building they should build a two kilometer tall railgun. Then design a super aerodynamic, heat-shielded carrier with a late-firing chemical rocket for satellites and spacecraft payloads that can be launched from the rail gun. If there were stability issues (could be tied down with cables, I suppose, like a radio tower) they could build half of it underground, though I don't know how much momentum they'd lose from having to travel the extra distance.

4 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Kevin Fishburne Overreach vs. Explosive Reaction (282 comments)

The problem is that while trying to survive and maintain some kind of social normalcy most people don't take an active role in shaping their local/regional/national/world topology until men in black are infiltrating their home at night and killing/disappearing them and/or raping their wife while their children watch. Complacency lies in the middle, and we're ("civilized" countries) still in the middle. The middle's that slippery slope between the crest and trough of utopia and North Korea. Hopefully the EFF will have some success before momentum takes us to that dark point where we have no choice but to answer with drastic measures. Ironically, the goal of both sides is peace and order. I suppose the difference in opinion about the road to said peace and order is what puts us at such unenviable odds.

4 days ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

Kevin Fishburne Re:So how are they (109 comments)

Cool, I didn't know that. Seems like the U.S. is behind the times when it comes to that sort of thing (giving women the right to vote for example). At least we have the middle east to make us feel better. Those guys seriously need to get their shit together.

about two weeks ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

Kevin Fishburne Re:The End (109 comments)

I've seen every Star Trek episode and film in order with the exception of TOS which I watched last in an epic and sadly final marathon. Sci-fi has moved on, but Star Trek deserves a place in our hearts that will be difficult to fill again. It was the first serious sci-fi drama on television and has more episodes and films than any normal human being would dare to watch. Star Trek began dying, or should I say everyone began moving on, right around the time TNG was ending and DS9 was beginning. Voyager was its gasps for air and Enterprise its final throes. Battlestar Galactica put the last nail in the coffin, making people realize just how different (and equally if not more excellent) a sci-fi television show could be. The two JJ films succeeded because they had a recognizable name and were simple action flicks.

So Star Trek is dead. Everyone has moved on. That being said, let those who deeply love Star Trek for everything it has given us have a little fun with Star Trek Continues. They're not hurting anyone. Unless they violate the Prime Directive. Is it getting hot in here? Report! Compensate. Check the relays and coils and all that shit. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

about two weeks ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

Kevin Fishburne Re:So how are they (109 comments)

I watched until 5:50. 2 Most important things:

1) Chris Doohan is spooky (son of James Doohan, reprising his father as "Scotty")

2) Has a holodeck like ST Next Generation, but says "Where no MAN has gone before" in opening credits

Aside from that, it wasn't horrible, in fact they capture the 60's style so well that it's like a really good Vegas tribute act, an Elvis-Karaoke worth paying a compliment to.

That some people today are insistent about the use of gender-agnostic nouns doesn't mean that those using lesser-so nouns in the past were bigots. I highly doubt TOS's use of the word "man" was meant as a slight toward women considering Roddenberry's vision and the fact that it was the first television program showing a white and black person kissing. The entire premise of Star Trek Continues is that it's a continuation of the original series, which used the word "man", so I doubt they intended it to be a slight or exclusionary either. I despise bigotry, but people gotta loosen up a bit. If I say to my kid, "Hey, it's the mailman!" and then realize it's a woman driving I'm not going to start calling them the "mail person" and flog myself for being a misogynist. Language is fluid and its primary purpose is to get the point across. I wonder how many people when they heard the "where no man has gone before" bit thought, "Those sexist bastards! They specifically chose to use the word 'man' instead of 'one' because they're sexist pigs!" I mean, really? I hope someday people will realize that bigotry and choice of words are two very different things and that it's the intent and meaning of language that should cause offense, not an individual word in a sentence.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Kevin Fishburne Old hard drives (790 comments)

I think my first hard drive stored something ridiculous like 10 MB. The old ones don't sound like the new ones. Much louder, beefier and slower; they really gave the computer life. I miss the sound of my old Amstrad.

about three weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

Kevin Fishburne Re:Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into mo (254 comments)

Stranger in a Strange Land is the only book by Heinlein I've read; it was awesome. I'm thinking Jim Carrey would do well as Valentine. He's great at pulling off "strange" roles (whoops) and is a damn good actor. It's a fish-out-of-water story that serves as a mirror to human nature with an inevitably dark ending. I can already see Jim at the bottom of a swimming pool. Can someone please make that?

about three weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Kevin Fishburne It needs F1-F10 keys (138 comments)

So you can play Duke Nuk'em quotes on cue.

about three weeks ago
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What's Wrong With the Manhattan Project National Park

Kevin Fishburne One way to fix it (160 comments)

Have a "The Future" exhibit, a three-room 1:1000-scale model of cities, parks and suburbs showing what a full-scale nuclear war by major powers would look like. The first room would be pre-war, the second as it was happening, and the third what it would look like 100 years later. It that doesn't sober people up then only the real thing will.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

Kevin Fishburne When deailing with the Devil (220 comments)

It sometimes helps to play by the Devil's rules. You can't fight without getting dirty or win wars with smiles and flowers.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Kevin Fishburne Re:Is SONY breaking the law with this "defense"? (190 comments)

Then they are no better than those that hacked into their systems, and should be prosecuted like any criminal hacker Those that have helped them in this, should be prosecuted as accessories. Or, if what SONY is doing is acceptable, Than it was okay for those that hacked SONY to do what they did.

The law applies to all, big and small.

Keep telling yourself that as you scratch off the days, months and years on the walls of your prison cell while imagining the guffawing of Sony suits snorting cocaine off prostitutes' asses like Doogie Howser and rolling around in piles of money like Scrooge McDuck. Sony does what it likes, and if anyone disagrees they get beaten with socks filled with 100 dollar bill stacks until they shut up. Don't believe the fairy tale of equal justice under law.

about a month and a half ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Kevin Fishburne Re:Can Abrams correct slashdot grammar too? (390 comments)

will be able to breath new life

If /. ever gets unicode support it may be possible to obscure bad grammar with lens flare glyphs. I wouldn't hold my breathe.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Kevin Fishburne Re:In other news (313 comments)

God, I forgot about that one. It asks you if you'd like to format it. Pretty nightmarish. If you use Ext2 IFS to automatically mount an ext2/3/4 partition under Windows, it occasionally fails. If you try to access the partition in the file manager at that point it also asks if you'd like to format it. You can nuke an entire partition with a single click and no password entry.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Kevin Fishburne Awesome (83 comments)

Still awesome.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Kevin Fishburne In other news (313 comments)

Microsoft has decided to start using the wheel. I remember sometime before switching permanently to Linux when I noticed IE couldn't display PNG transparency. It was probably the last Windows-related facepalm I ever made as a Windows user.

about 2 months ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Kevin Fishburne Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

I looked through all his comments and there was only one modded greater than zero.

http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

If you think spam is crazy sounding, read some of his comments. It's a real experience.

about 2 months ago

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rakuten.com Possible Security Breach

Kevin Fishburne Kevin Fishburne writes  |  1 year,15 days

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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  |  more than 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  |  about 4 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 4 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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