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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Lotana Re:Glitterboyz on the way (630 comments)

Amazing how long WWII is being milked to keep patriotism and massive military complex alive. Hell, it was before I was born! I wonder how may decades 9/11 will be used as a propaganda cry.

<Sarcasm>
Why are you all friendly towards Canada? They burnt down the White House!!!

Where is your hatred for Mexico? Don't you remember Alamo?!

Traitor!
</Sarcasm>

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Lotana Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Um.. that never worked out.

One side will eventually win out, massacre the able men, fuck the opposed side's women and the women back home when they get back. After a few years of the coming-home-boom the population is much larger than before the war.

Sure the violence is dramatic, but much more effective solution to population control is education. If a couple has only two children, the population is stable. So if the child is able to take care of the parents in their old age, it becomes counter-productive to keep breeding (It is expensive to raise a child after all). Europe and Japan are now seeing decreasing population without massive scale plagues or slaughter.

Alas is it impossible to have all places on Earth to have a civilization level of that quality :-(

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

Lotana Re:Um.... (257 comments)

I am willing to bet that it has much better success rate than asking questions on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Lotana Re:Better Idea (94 comments)

Madagascar is quite impossible to spread the virus due to only having a port, but its also useless for vaccine research. Have you noticed that it got no hospitals?

about three weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Lotana Re:Better Idea (94 comments)

Yeah! Nuclear and Chemical weapons get all the rage these days. It is time that the "B" in the NBC gets some love!

about three weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Lotana Re:Whatever happenedâ¦. (94 comments)

RIP April Fools on Slashdot.

Good riddance. Internet turns useless on that particular day.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

Lotana Re:Duff's Device (373 comments)

In my experience elegant source code (1) uses descriptive yet concise names for variables and functions/methods/procedures, (2) each function/method/procedure is documented with a header block immediately preceding it, (3) a competent computer programmer / software developer / software engineer can read through the source code and understand it; this person need not be an expert in the particular language, and (4) the source code is maintainable and extensible. In fact using language specific idioms often detracts from producing easily maintainable source code.

Agreed. Have you ever encountered/worked with such code? Any available for viewing somewhere?

In my entire career I have never seen any examples. Could really use some for morale boosting.

about three weeks ago
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GOG.com To Add Linux Support

Lotana Big Thank You!!! (55 comments)

Thank you so much GoG!!!

No DRM, clean installers, good responsive forums, reasonably priced. And now Linux support incoming. Virtually unheard of in today's game publishing/distributing business.

about a month ago
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GOG.com To Add Linux Support

Lotana Re:It's A Shame (55 comments)

It would seem IBM has no problem with their DB/2 UDB releases, which run on every version of Linux I've thrown them at over the past 5-6 years.

True, but that is IBM you are talking about.

It is a MASSIVE corporation that charges arms-legs-and-all-other-body-parts for their services. They got the resources to spare in order to test and support their products on all the hundreds of Linux distributions.

Contrast it to GoG.com that is a speck in comparison.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lotana Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

You are right about Crimea. Crimea was part of Russia until relatively recently (1954). Their leaving of Ukraine was inevitable.

I am more curious about your opinion on Eastern Ukraine. That part too has quite a bit of Russian population, but was never historically part of Russia. Do you think Russia would be welcomed if they invade?

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lotana Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

For as long as Putin and his cronies are in power, the U.S. and the rest of the western world should offer any law-abiding Russian citizen who wants to leave an automatic green card, work permit, etc.

You don't know what you are asking for! All the really smart Russians have been emigrating away in thousands since the fall of the iron curtain. If you open your doors your country will get swamped and you will be complaining about all those damn immigrants taking your jobs for cheap.

Have a look at refugee crisis in Australia.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lotana Re:Interfering West Again (878 comments)

I will hazard a guess that your grandmother was not Jewish or Roma.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lotana Re: And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

Besides, the Russian oligarchs hold all their funds in US dollars. They won't tolerate a drop in their net worth over something like this.

You hit the nail squarely on the head. This is precisely the reason why I don't think Russia will ever do any kind of economic threats nor will enter any direct conflict with the United States.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lotana Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

Inflation may cost our wealthy creditors, but it will help the much, much larger part of us who have mortgages, student loans, car loans, credit card debt, business loans, etc.

How so? Correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that all loans closely follow inflation rates.

For example if the inflation goes to 600%, wouldn't your loan immediately become 600% of the total amount you borrowed in the past?

about a month ago
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Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused

Lotana Re:Nonlinear differential equations (114 comments)

Therefore, you have to be a nutcase to get an A in nonlinear differential equations.

about a month and a half ago
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In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up

Lotana Re:A little background (256 comments)

Vietnam is a nightmare of jungle.

Afghanistan is a nightmare of mountains and caves.

Ukraine is smooth open fields with some woodland. What is resistance going to use as cover or hiding places?

about a month and a half ago
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In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up

Lotana Re:extremist comparisons (256 comments)

If enough pressure it put, the question will be put to vote, and with only a small majoriy of Russian speakers in Crimea, it is stastically implausible they would ever have a full majority to join the Russian federation.

I disagree with your assertion that Russians make up a small majority of population of Crimea. In the Wikipedia article on Crimea it states that 58% of the population is ethnic Russians and 24% are Ukrainian. Crimea was traditionally Russian territory. It was only given to Ukraine quite recently: 1954.

I believe that Russia will have control of Crimea no matter what. The navy bases in the city of Sevastopol are far too strategical to lose.

And who is going to oppose them when majority of population are ethnic Russians? Ukraine simply can not win this battle militarily: They need international pressure.

EU get 30% of their natural gas from Russia. They don't want to piss them off. I don't think they care that much about Crimea to have a major confrontation with the great, eastern bear. Have a look at how little was done during Russo-Georgian war.

US doesn't have any interest in the region. Bombing some backwater economies like Iraq and Afghanistan is one thing, but killing Russian soldiers is a whole another ballpark. It will never happen. Again, look at Russo-Georgian war just 6 years ago.

However, everything changes if Russia moves on Kiev. I will be a surprised if that happens, because that will open MAJOR can of worms. I believe NATO will intervene militarily if that happens.

about a month and a half ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Lotana Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

Thank you for your recommendations. I will check them out.

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Lotana Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

I think that you're looking at WD through different levels of engagement (which is a legitimate failure on WD's part).

It is not a failure of WD. The two games are just different with different focus. PT is about philosophy and meaning of existence. WD is about interpersonal relationships under stressful situations (With some philosophical questions also included as you rightly point out). Both games lead to quite insightful realizations and introspection. Both games focus on writing and quite good in their niche.

... Examples of Walking Dead beauty ...

I agree completely. Walking Dead is quite a gem of immersiveness and introspection in its own right. It really does strike a lot of emotional cords and is very well written. Dividing the food is one of the best examples of how well crafted it was.

If good writing is something a player is looking for in modern games. WD is where I'm going to point them.

And I also completely agree that at the moment when you look at game industry's obsession with graphics, online content and focus on e-sports, the Walking Dead series is a pleasant outlier. I would also point a player that is looking for a good writing to the WD series. It was not my intention to put down Walking Dead.

Sadly, I can't recommend Planescape Torment anymore. It is just too old. All the times I tried, players just can't get past the dated graphics, the amount of reading required and most of all slow start. Very few players I convinced to give that game a go made it out of the Mortuary. It is hard to get it to work on modern systems as well.

What other games would you recommend to players that are interested in writing over graphics and gameplay?

about 2 months ago

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The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies

Lotana Lotana writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Lotana (842533) writes "This recently leaked document describes modern COINTELPRO techniques for manipulating Internet forums. Observant readers may have noticed these techniques being used in familiar online forums. Part of modern media literacy includes understanding these techniques. This document contains information about:
1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression"

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