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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

LihTox Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

Agreed; why would JMS spend his own money to redo something he's already done?

So while everybody here is talking about B5, we really should be talking about those subsequent series/movies and how they measure up.

about two weeks ago

MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

LihTox The arbitrariness of a "semester" (205 comments)

The duration of a semester *does* put some strange, artificial restrictions on classes. In the introductory physics classes I teach, we have two big units during the course of the year—mechanics, and electricity & magnetism—but there are also smaller topics which get shoehorned in wherever there's room in the schedule: waves, optics, thermodynamics. Then there's topics I never have time for, like relativity. If we had more flexibility in course length, we could set up those extra topics as additional month-long classes instead of cramming them in at the end of the semester.

about two weeks ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

LihTox Makes total sense (387 comments)

You can't build a civilization with *alpha* males; they have to *at least* be in beta.

(Preferably release versions, but you take what you can get.)

about three weeks ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

LihTox I don't get it (372 comments)

First of all, let me say up front: I'm not a professional programmer, just a hobbyist. I could understand the need for complicated tools when you're part of a large-scale operation or programming for a corporation. But the author's not talking about that at all.

On private projects, I keep hearing myself spit out between expletives, "I just want to code."

Why don't you? I write little programs all the time, in Tcl/Tk, in Javascript, in C++, in Python. I don't use an IDE. I don't use any version control though I probably should. (I'm starting to learn about Git and Github.) My bug tracker is a bunch of comments at the top of the source file, or if I'm feeling ambitious, a separate text file called "NOTES".

But what I don't do, for the most part, is share my programs with anyone else. If I were planning to release something to the public, I would have to spend a lot more time figuring out all the dependencies of my software, putting in more robust error checking, writing documentation, submitting the program to an App Store or at least putting it up on Github, etc etcyeah, that would be a drag. But I don't know that any of that is necessary; it's just important if I want other people to find my software to be useful. If all you're interested in is the problem-solving puzzle aspect of programming, or in writing something to make *your* life a little easier, then there's no need to follow the herd. Do what the heck you want; all the old tools are still there.

about a month ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

LihTox The danger... (95 comments) from kneejerk partisan/anti-government types who automatically revert every change reported by his bot, because of course politicians are always wrong. For an example, see and the history changes that follow.

about a month ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

LihTox Re:What's a music video? (364 comments)

OK, I think I get it: what Google wants to do is to give viewers the option of paying a flat rate, which will remove ads from all of the music videos on the site as part of their streaming service. And they need the labels to agree to these terms. And if they DON'T agree to the terms, then Google would have one of three options: either maintain the status quo (which they don't want to do), show those videos sans ads (which would be a copyright infringement since the artists wouldn't be paid as per the original license agreement), or remove the videos altogether.

Does that sound right?

If so, that doesn't sound nearly as evil as it first sounded, if Google is only taking down videos that it was basically paying to host.

about 2 months ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

LihTox Re: Overreach as a bug, not a feature (248 comments)

Could they spin off Google Canada as a separate company? Google Canada would have to abide by the court's decision, but Google proper wouldn't be affected.

about 2 months ago

Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

LihTox Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

You're a bit insane, you know that?

Oh certainly, but that's beside the point. :)

about 3 months ago

Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

LihTox Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

If Google is all about doing no evil and playing nice, why wouldn't they delete the information?

Because some of those requests are almost certainly from nasty people wanting Google to cover up their crimes?

about 3 months ago

Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

LihTox The NSA failed (238 comments)

The NSA let this random guy Snowden walk away with all of their secrets. Snowden isn't some genius mastermind; if he could do it, I'll bet there are other people who did it too. Only they didn't go public, they just sold the information to China or Russia or al Qaeda (assuming they weren't spies to begin with).

So it doesn't matter what Snowden announced to the world, because chances are the people we're most worried about already knew about it.

If the bloody National SECURITY Agency can't secure itself, we can't rely on it to secure anything else.

about 3 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

LihTox Re:Excersise for the reader: (409 comments)

Whenever you see "in the CLOUD!", mentally replace it with "using someone else's server" -- all of a sudden it looks a whole lot less appealing.

I'm not an IT professional by any means, but to me that doesn't seem quite fair. Ideally, the server is being run by somebody with the resources and expertise to keep the server running better than you can yourself. It seems reasonable to me that this is the sort of thing that might benefit from outsourcing, if you're an individual or a small company, and so long as you take precautions.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

LihTox That's where we're headed (343 comments)

Asimov and others predicted a future where there wouldn't be enough jobs to go aroundubt they saw that as a GOOD thing. Humanity was clever enough to build machines to do all the work, and now we can kick back and enjoy some leisure time. George Jetson had a three-hour workday. But that vision can only work if we view our increased productivity as a benefit to *everyone*, and compensate everyone accordingly: a dividend for being a member of the clever human race (or if you want, a dividend for being a citizen/resident of a first-world nation).

As more jobs are automated, it seems to me that there are three options: 1) we share the wealth, either with a guaranteed income or by raising wages while simultaneously cutting the number of hours people work; 2) we make a lot of fake jobs so that we can pretend that people are earning the money they need to live, and avoid the horrors of socialism (horror! horror!); or 3) a LOT of people drop into poverty.

about 3 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

LihTox Re:A feature phone doesn't need a data plan (243 comments)

I live in Slashdot's home country, and I've defined a feature phone as a phone that won't cause you to have to buy a data plan. The major U.S. CDMA2000 carriers (Verizon, Sprint, and Sprint-owned Boost and Virgin) refuse to on talk-and-text-only plans, and the U.S. GSM carrier with the best coverage (AT&T) will automatically add a data plan to a talk-and-text-only SIM if you insert it in a smartphone.

Good point. That's the reason I have an iPod Touch and a separate dumbphone (for which I pay ~$50/year).

about 3 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

LihTox Re:did you checked the video? (688 comments)

The fact that you can have an addon like this in Firefox, is what makes me stick with Firefox. You can't move the tabs in Chrome at all.

about 4 months ago

Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

LihTox Re:Not sure how I feel about this one (342 comments)

Don't all of the broadcast companies also own cable channels? I'd think they would tell the cable companies "pull an Aereo and you don't get our cable channels anymore (or we'll just raise the price on our cable package to offset the lost broadcast fees".

about 4 months ago
top Ends Free Dynamic DNS

LihTox Re:Alternatives (242 comments)

I already had an alternative for years: my ISP. It has this free service where you login with your account, and pick [chosenname] - and that's it. Of course, some might consider it as rather limited but I think its more than fitting for a home user.

This really is the sort of service all ISPs should provide.

about 4 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

LihTox Re:OK Cupid founders also gave to anti gay marriag (564 comments)

There's a difference between giving money to a candidate who opposes same-sex marriage, and supporting a ballot initiative to make it unconstitutional (not just illegal mind, but *unconstitutional*). I'm opposed to people getting drunk, but I wouldn't vote for prohibition.

about 5 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

LihTox Re:Abolish marriage solves the problem. (564 comments)

A rose by a different name... is it really so important how you call something? A name should reflect its content, it's not content by itself.

Are you addressing the commenters who want to keep government "marriage", or the commenters who want to change it to "civil union"? Seems like your comment could go either way.

about 5 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

LihTox Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

These are great ideas, and you'd probably get a lot more support for them if you didn't waste time looking for someone to blame, and pointing fingers at the people who may very well support your cause.

about 5 months ago


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