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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Lord Apathy Re:Troi (512 comments)

I found Claudia Christian's character in B5 far more attractive than I ever found any of the Star Trek chicks. I like strong female characters that know how to handle themselves. I've never seen why people are attracted to Troi and Crusher characters at all.

But I will admit that I did start paying better attention to Voyager after they added that borg set of tits and ass to the show.

about two weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Lord Apathy Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

You know one time I did have a good argument against taxing churches. Now for the life of me I can't remember it.

Tax the bastards!

about three weeks ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Lord Apathy Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (91 comments)

The ZFS filesystem from Solaris Unix has some features that ext4 does not, especially filesystem snapshots.

I don't really conceder ZFS to be an experimental fliesystem. I would regard it as a mature and tested file system and I would not have the same issues with someone using it as a specialized file system like I mentioned. But at the same time I wouldn't regard it as a standard file system the same way ext3/ext4 is.

The snapshot feature you mentioned, I admit, would be very handy, but you can achieve the same thing using logical volumes and ext4. Unlike ZFS logical volume management is a standard part of all linux distos. I've not used ZFS so I don't know how complex its snapshot feature is and how it would compare to LVM snapshot feature. Using LVM does add an extra layer of complexities in file system management but if you are using a 3rd party file system then the complexities that lvm adds shouldn't be a problem for someone capable of using ZFS.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Lord Apathy Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Not to get all House Stark or whatever, but execution is a messy business and it does noone any favors to try to minimize that. Anyone crying "its too barbaric" should try to remember that we're ending someone's life here, and that doesnt really change just because you do it in a sterile antiseptic clinical setting.

Speaking of House Stark I was just thinking of that line used in the book.

"If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die."

I personally think this would be a good thing. If your going to be the one to sentience someone to death, you should be the one pulling the trigger.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Lord Apathy Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Of course, you need a drug with low failure rate, but there are different ways.

I really don't understand why we go through all the trouble come up with some drug or drug cocktail myself. Just hang the bastards and be done with it. We have been doing that way since the dawn of civilization so why change now. Dead is dead.

Of course if we are still having a need for a death penalty I would question how civilized we actually are.

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Lord Apathy Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (91 comments)

There is a reason to sick to the ext3/4 filesystem as the standard filesystem. Because it is the standard. Almost every filesystem tool in the linux world expects to be working with ext3/ext4. Sure you have special versions for vanity filesystems such as reiser and this one, but most tools expect ext3/ext4. There is nothing wrong with running a specialized filesystem specialized applications such as databases but not as your main default system. And certainly not a damn beta filesystem.

Not off topic but completely on topic. People are doing stupid things with a experimental filesystem and I'm call it what it is. Stupid.

about a month ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Lord Apathy Standards? Standards anyone? (91 comments)

This is a example of some of the mind bogglingly stupid things that linux people do.

What I find funny now is years ago people on this board, myself included, where bashing microsoft for taking known standards and extending them. It was called embrace and extend. Linux at the time was the banner for standards and doing things right.

Now we have a major distro changing from the standard filesystem, ext3/ext4, to what is technically a experimental file system and using as the default install. This is crap that give linux a bad name. Linux will never take the desktop with bone headed decisions such as this.

There is a reason to sick to the ext3/4 filesystem as the standard filesystem. Because it is the standard. Almost every filesystem tool in the linux world expects to be working with ext3/ext4. Sure you have special versions for vanity filesystems such as reiser and this one, but most tools expect ext3/ext4. There is nothing wrong with running a specialized filesystem specialized applications such as databases but not as your main default system. And certainly not a damn beta filesystem.

Of course we are not new to bone head decisions are we when it comes to standards. Like the gnome people deciding that the middle mouse button is no longer important. Something that has been standard in xwindows and unix since it crawled out of the data ooze that spawned it.

about a month ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

Lord Apathy Re:Oh noes! (51 comments)

Yes he did. I really should have taken that remedial reading class in kindergartner.

about a month ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

Lord Apathy Re:Oh noes! (51 comments)

I think the BitCoin community is doing a pretty good job of ruining the currency on their own without government help

Of course it is. You just keep right on thinking that. It's doing such a good job that you don't have scams like Mt Gox or other exchanges just vanishing in the night. Naw, nobody is out almost a half a billion dollars because of a poorly run exchange or just outright theft. Damn, skippy its doing a fine job.

Hey, how would you like to buy a bridge? It's in New York state right outside of Brooklyn. Only 400,000 bitcoins.

about a month ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

Lord Apathy Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

Not really. Most of us knew it was going to be a failure from the start. Now we can finally put this boondoggle behind us.

about a month ago
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WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

Lord Apathy Re:American Money (240 comments)

Screw that. Lets get some real cryptids on there. Lets replace George Washington with a picture of bigfoot. Lincoln place can be taken with a picture of the loch ness monster.

about 1 month ago
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Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

Lord Apathy Re:Did everybody take their stupid pills this morn (77 comments)

I suppose the Drake Equation isn't complete crap. I still believe as a scientific formula it's pretty useless. But if you poke in numbers to what we know, it can give us some ideal what we can expect. An as someone pointed out as the years go by we might be able to fill in the more answers. But one thing is certain no matter what number we can find the answer to the Drake Equation might always be 1.

about 1 month ago
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Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

Lord Apathy Re:Did everybody take their stupid pills this morn (77 comments)

As for Drake - even he knew he was whistling in the dark

The Drake equation is crap. There are any number of variables in that can never be known.

L the length of time civilizations release detectable radio signals. Well that can be anything, we will never know the exact answer to that one. For us it could be 100 years. For some other civilization it could be a 1,000. We will never know that.

fi is the fraction of planets that go on to develop life. That will also be another for ever unknown. We only guess at how many plants that will develop intelligent life.

I could go on and on but basically the Drake equation depends completely on numbers that anyone could pull out of their ass. So as a scientific formula its useless.

about 1 month ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Lord Apathy Re:Sad (695 comments)

Can you explain why government oversight didn't stop Lehman brothers? or Bernard Madoff?

Government oversight doesn't always stop things from happening and people find ways around the system. What government oversight and regulations do is put boundaries on things and provide fall back and safety nets. And yes it does make people feel better and restore confidence in the system. Which is what modern economies are based on, faith. People don't have faith in the system and it falls apart.

Yes, government over sight did top the Lehman Brothers and Bernard Madoff. Where is Bernard Madoff now? He is currently incarcerated in a federal prison. What about the Lehman Brothers? The are involved in ongoing litigation involving their affairs. So yes, government oversight did stop them. With the regulations the people involved in these affairs have legal means to attempt to recoup their investments.

With out such regulations the people that lost money in Mt. Gox are screwed. They have no legal recourse to get any of their money back. It is gone. An the people that did it will probably get away with it.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Lord Apathy Re:Sad (695 comments)

That's an idiotic statement. What if the cost (in terms of money or moral hazzard) of dealing with abusers is less than trying to prevent abuse?

First, please learn how to properly format post if you intent to quote people on /. It uses standard html which any idiot can pick up. Use of the quote tags would be very helpful.

I thought by now it would be obvious to even idiots why a currency, even bitcoins, must have some form of regulation in place. Obviously I was wrong. Here I will explain it to you in a simple concept, I will try not to use big words, but if one confuses you I'm sure someone can explain it to you in small terms.

Regulation will help prevent abuse and will provide some form of protection from the events that happened at Mt Gox. You see, if Mt. Gox had been regulated like a bank when this thief happened then the users could have had some kind of insurance in place.

In other words while the theft still could have occurred, the users wouldn't be out all of their money. As it stands all the users of Mt. Gox are pretty much screwed. With out regulation they have no legal recourse.

Regulation would also help prevent the current freefall that bitcoin values are taking now. With proper regulation and insurance the closing of the Mt. Gox would have had barely, if any, real impact on the value.

So here is the deal. For any currency system to be successful in the long run it has to have something backing it. That can be a physical object such as gold or a the rule of law.

So again, regulation is a must and not an option.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Lord Apathy Re:Sad (695 comments)

I agree. I still like the idea of bitcoins. I still think there might be a future in it once all the bugs have been gotten out of the system. The reason that we still need the exchange-places is because, like it or not, bitcoin are not a legitimate currency. As long as they are not recognized as one you will all ways need someone willing to take the risk of converting bitcoins in to cash.

People wanted bitcoins to be free from any kind of government oversight or interference. Well that is never going to happen. As long as there is anything acting like money you are going to need some kind of oversight to keep things like this from happening. Bitcoins are a great idea if everyone is on the same level and is honest about it. But not all people are honest.

As we have seen the need for exchanges have turned out to be the weak point in the bitcoin system. Until that need is eliminated or is under some kind of regulation, you will always having someone gaming the system and stealing from other people.

Regulation is a must, not an option.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Lord Apathy Long Term Con? (695 comments)

Sounds to me like someone was running a long term con here. Act like a legitimate business for a few years, get people to trust them. Maybe think of them as a bank and a safe place to actually cash, not bitcoins. Then once that trust is built up and you have a nice supply of money sitting in some off shore bank. Vanish like a thief in the night.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

Lord Apathy Re:Its Easy (384 comments)

he only bridges worth burning are the ones you wouldn't cross anyhow. Never burn a bridge you have crossed, even if it was a mistake. You have time invested.

Excellent advice HornyWumpus. Some times all you have invested in it is time and time can be more valuable than any kind of monetary game you get out of it. Even if the person that is taking your place is a moron it its probably best just to keep your mouth shut and exit.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

Lord Apathy Its Easy (384 comments)

If its your last day on the job. Just say, "You're an idiot and so is that moron you hired."

Just remember though, burning bridges isn't always a good thing.

about 2 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

Lord Apathy Re:Saw an interesting windows install once (322 comments)

I believe the strangest place I have seen a BSOD was when a gas pump tossed up one on me a few years back. I was so stunned that my brain just shifted into autopilot and started debugging the gas pump error messages before I recovered enough.

about 2 months ago

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