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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Krakadoom Huh? (96 comments)

That show hasn't been about science since around season 3, what has he been doing other than eating donuts in the catering truck? :)


Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Krakadoom Re:Lucky Them (127 comments)

What does that have to do with MSN, which has been free to use?

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Krakadoom Re:merger with Skype (127 comments)

"Isn't MSN and Skype supposed to be merged??" Indeed, however, it was possible to keep using the MSN client, if you - like myself - loathed the Skype client for the buggy, cumbersome, un-intuitive piece of poo that it is. I'm not sure if the Skype and MSN infrastructure was merged, though, but since they're now announcing a shutdown I suppose it wasn't.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Krakadoom Short list (635 comments)

Mostly I just can't throw tech that works perfectly well away. So I end up with X graphics cards, processors, etc in closets everywhere and a ton of old IDE drives with "backups" on them.

Plus I actually own a stereo that doesn't stream from the network, isn't surround, doesn't have have any USB ports or anything else digital, simply because the amplifier is the first major purchase I ever made in my life and it (still after 20+ years) has completely unrivaled sound.

I guess printers should be on that list, too, since they see use like twice a year maybe and I could just print at work.

about three weeks ago

EU Warns Nokia Not To Become a Patent Troll

Krakadoom What he actually said (78 comments)

Nowhere does it say that Nokia cannot leverage it's patent portfolio and make a business out of that. The operative word in the Commission statement is "illegal". Being a patent-owning business (and nothing else) is not illegal, nor is licensing the property for considerable fees. Heck, suing for profit isn't either. So the actual value of this statement is minor.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

Krakadoom Old habits and all that (383 comments)

I wish they wouldn't shut down iGoogle. I have been using this as my default browser page ever since it was introduced (I think), and I'm really happy with it. It lets me put everything I use most often and some handy newsfeeds that keep me informed during the work day all in one place. I really dont understand why they'd nix it, especially since it doesn't seem like it's a big ressource draw.

about a year and a half ago

ArenaNet Suspends Digital Sales of Guild Wars 2

Krakadoom Exploits are exploits (233 comments)

"The so called exploit was in fact an error on ArenaNet's side, leaving weapons at a low price from some vendors. Players saw this and started making profits buying and selling the items. Should players be penalized for errors committed by the game developers?"

That's the very definition of an exploit - you notice something odd that is probably not supposed to be this way, you realize you can get some sort of advantage out of it, and then you repeatedly go back for more. All exploits (almost anyway) are based on some error a developer made, so the seeming outrage of the submitter is in a word idiotic. The fact that this was an obvious error makes it even worse.

about 2 years ago

With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:

Krakadoom Uh hello? (350 comments)

Heidi Klum. There can be no other answer!

more than 2 years ago

I most recently switched ISPs ...

Krakadoom Re:Comcast tried to steal my money (250 comments)

"..called and by 1am, they had someone on the pole near my house working on it."

That really is quality service. Usually you have to put up a lot of singles for someone to work on the pole around 1 am.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

Krakadoom Lawsuit or bust (176 comments)

Truth is it's probably not worth it to file a suit, but if you can afford the fees and such and dont much care about the financial side of it, it's a good way to get peace of mind. If you dont want to be out of pocked, all you can do is take it as a life lesson and next time you get password reset emails, act on them. Personally I would take the "Half a month of hosting as a good faith gesture" as a slap in the face and give em hell for it.

more than 2 years ago

What is Your position on Climate Change?

Krakadoom Re:Bah! (695 comments)

"We know it is humans because the observed warming fits with the warming expected from the extra CO2 emission we humans have generated lately. "

So what you're saying is we know it, because it fits with the assumption we're making?

Rather it seems the current assumptions about the effects of CO2 emissions are largely based on changes in climate that may or may not have any (significant) relation to said CO2 emissions.

The causation is in no way clear, but of course the models will show whatever you want them to based on whatever assumptions you want to make.

more than 2 years ago

Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

Krakadoom How stable is that 2600 foot tower? (407 comments)

My initial question would be what happens when a hurricane lands near a 2600 foot tower perched on a giant greenhouse? Somehow the mirrors (concentrators) and water/oil tank configuration of solar power seems like a more resilient structure, if only for the fact that the mirrors are smaller and closer to the ground and you dont need a massively tall tower.

more than 3 years ago

Osage Oppose Wind Power At Tallgrass Prairie

Krakadoom Hypocrisy (147 comments)

Everyone loves wind power, as long as the mills aren't located anywhere near themselves. This is the story every time a project is planned. Besides it's not like you can't just dismantle a windmill, it's not like strip mining that leaves permanent scars. If the world is ever to get serious about leaving oil dependencies behind people are going to have to take the good with the bad.

Personally I love seeing windmills on our coastline and I feel good every time I look at them. They are a MUCH nicer view than the smokestack from a coal plant...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

Krakadoom Easy (619 comments)

Send a reply to Most domains still have some sort of mailbox for this.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU

Krakadoom Re:OH NOES! (350 comments)

Easy, this is just the distributor being unreasonably worried - not the authorities actually requesting the game be pulled. Anyway hentai isn't even illegal in Denmark, so why should an upskirt shot of some animated broad be a problem?

more than 3 years ago

Magicka Sequel Planned, Console Version a Possibility

Krakadoom Unqualified success? (62 comments)

By what criteria was Magicka an unqualified success? The game was so buggy at release it was basically unplayable for any length of time - for some it's still entirely unplayable. I think you'd have to set the bar too low to call that a success at all.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012

Krakadoom Re:Upgrade (287 comments)

Outputting crappy graphics in higher res will make no difference whatsoever - it can't very well output what the game wasn't designed to do. Unless we're talking some nifty post processing stuff (high AA at least), but that seems doubtful.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

Krakadoom Re:Hackers... (1200 comments)

Wouldn't that imply that the movie was supposed to be funny? Or have some other redeeming features that make up for the pile of fail that it is?

You can't just say you're not supposed to take it seriously when there is no other way to take it.

more than 3 years ago

The Decline and Fall of System Administration

Krakadoom The decline of language skills? (500 comments)

I just thought it was amusing to post a headline with decline and fall both in the same sentence, when they are clearly the same thing in this instance. Should it actually have been "the rise and fall of ..." or "the decline of ..."?

more than 3 years ago

Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...

Krakadoom Most by what metric? (364 comments)

By volume most of my storage is paper
By importance most of my storage is DNA and cellular
By data amount most of my storage is (sadly) dangerously failure prone magnetic disks.

more than 3 years ago


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