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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

Mashhaster Old Tech Never Dies... (388 comments)

It just fades away into obscure applications that most people never know anything about. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say tape is dead, or the desktop is dead, and yet people still use NDMP to back up data from company desktops over fibre channel to LTO tape drives as recently as right now, and still will tomorrow and the day after that.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

Mashhaster Time for some civil disobedience, neh? (306 comments)

I think it's high time for some civil disobedience.

I propose we post the links to the contraband youtube videos, the blog this guy maintains, and his website, and slashdot them. Post them to 4chan, explain the situation, link back to this story, get Anonymous to hit them as well.

Sony wants to subpoena "logs of all viewers and commenters to his YouTube video, visitors to his blog and website"?

Well, good fucking luck with that, because there will be millions of 'em within a week, and the information will be endlessly redistributed and remirrored across the Internet, because information wants to be free, and the tech-savvy community (unlike the general public) still values our civil liberties enough to click on a few fucking links.

The stupid thing is, by going after this guy they're just providing free publicity, as we've seen happen so many times before in such instances.

more than 3 years ago

Emulation Arrives On the PS3

Mashhaster Sweet. Maybe we can get PS2 emulation next... (169 comments)

Sony, in their infinite wisdom, didn't create PS3's that can read PS2 game discs.

Wouldn't it be funny if, in order to play your favorite PS2 games on your PS3, you have to first rip your PS2 disks?

more than 3 years ago

Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

Mashhaster Re:I submit this possibility (973 comments)

Yes, I remember seeing that on Battlestar Galactica just recently. Though the whole ending with Katie Sackhoff being an angel (falling into a sinkhole on an alien world?) and God using MAGIC to create a Viper spacefighter did suck.

more than 4 years ago

Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

Mashhaster Re:Irony (377 comments)

The first amendment to the constitution doesn't obligate a newspaper to print any anonymous inane bullshit one may send in. I don't see how this is much different, paywall aside.

more than 4 years ago

Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

Mashhaster Politicians are not rocket scientists (342 comments)

They should therefore not be attempting to dictate the future of rocket science R/D in the appropriations bills. It's all fine and good to set lofty goals, but leave the nuts and bolts to the nuts and bolts people.

What saddens me is that they're talking about spending ridiculous amounts on human spaceflight, and a comparative pittance on sending up more 'bots. You don't need to look much further than Hayabusa or Spirit and Opportunity to see the potential for real Science to get done is staggering when you don't have to worry about sustaining all those pesky biological systems. IMHO, we should be devoting at least a fifth of the budget to non-human spaceflight and exploration.

Once we know what's up there, we can send the fleshbags.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

Mashhaster Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

Slashdot is not exclusively for tech nerds, politics nerds can hang out too.

more than 4 years ago

Ask the UK Pirate Party's Andrew Robinson About the Issues

Mashhaster Prohibition 2.0/The War on Drugs (391 comments)

What are your feelings on the current UK drug policy? Do you feel addiction should be treated as a disease or a criminal matter? Do you feel it is time to legalize personal substance use, to stop fighting market forces with paramilitary forces, and to stop giving the Taliban access to a cash crop (poppy)?

more than 4 years ago

Making It Hard For Extraterrestrials To Hear Us

Mashhaster Re:Not news (374 comments)

This is why the Drake equation never did seem to make much sense to me.

Given the rapid advancement of telecommunications technology we've observed, to me it seems entirely possible that a civilization a few hundred or thousand years beyond ours might not even be using a technology analogous to RF transmission. Entanglement, gravitation manipulation, something entirely different?

We can only imagine, because who can say what discoveries the future will hold, but you can be damn sure that a thousand years from now we'll be using something different than we are now. The Drake equation always seem to me to require the presupposition that a far advanced extraterrestrial civilization would be using the equivalent of.. cosmic flag semaphore, or smoke signals.

more than 4 years ago

Nielsen Ratings To Count Online TV Viewing

Mashhaster Re:Evil overlords (178 comments)

I did the same thing. Four years and counting. Screw big media, let the dinosaurs evolve or die.

You can get 99% of what you want online anyway.

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

Mashhaster Re:Why did she even bother? (515 comments)

I would argue that reality is different from the perception thereof. I am colorblind, that doesn't mean that the wavelengths of visible light that constitute red and green are one and the same, but I'll never see the difference. There are more examples, but that's a very handy one.

I understand the idea of what you perceive is your reality, but that doesn't change objective reality, what actually exists in the universe. Just because I don't perceive something, doesn't mean it's nonexistent. Just because a million people all share the same hallucination, doesn't mean it ever existed.

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

Mashhaster Re:Why did she even bother? (515 comments)

The same reason I heard from my manager at one of the investment banks that went tits up. The same reason we spend billions on security theater.

"Perception is reality."

While on the face of it this is a crass and ridiculous statement, the fact remains that it makes some kind of warped, diabolical sense once you are under a certain level of scrutiny. It becomes more important to look like you're making a difference, than to actually make one. If you are perceived to be adding value and working hard, you can be slacking off all day and still get promoted at the end of the day.

Honestly, it seems to me more like a publicity stunt than anything. Keep the other party from getting more ammo, while making the uninformed feel good and warm and fuzzy inside.

more than 4 years ago

What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Mashhaster Max Headroom (922 comments)

The original was prophetic in more ways than I can count, and groundbreaking in many ways while being entertaining. I would love to see what they'd come up with this time.

more than 4 years ago

The Definitive Evisceration of The Phantom Menace *NSFW*

Mashhaster It sucked (629 comments)

How many words, how much time do you need to waste saying something anyone who saw it already knew? It's like being trolled, in allowing yourself to be you have validated the troll. Seeing the movie was time that I'll never get back. Now they've made a pointless documentary about how bad it was, throwing good time after bad.

more than 4 years ago

EPA To Reuse Toxic Sites For Renewable Energy

Mashhaster Re:Superfund (183 comments)

We're talking billions of tons of contaminated soil, water, radioactive waste, old landfills. What do you propose is done with it? Where is it going to go when they "clean it up"? Personally, I love this idea. Renewable energy, and using otherwise unusable resources? I don't see what's not to like.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

Mashhaster You break it, you buy it. (438 comments)

Or, more accurately in this case, you buy it, we break it.

more than 4 years ago

How To Make Science Popular Again?

Mashhaster I think Kurt Vonnegut said it best (899 comments)

In Cat's Crade, in the guise of Dr. Hoenikker "Any scientist who cannot explain his work to an eight year old is a charlatan." If you can't separate scientific process from opaque jargon, you'll never be able to engage the layman. As such, IMO, the burden falls on every one of us to try and make scientific knowledge as accessible as possible to anyone who cares to listen. Also, spending some cash on science education (maybe as much as we spend on athletics...) to get good teachers, and engaging materials and activities might help. Or maybe another Star Trek TV series. It worked for me when I was growin' up.

about 5 years ago

Is Jupiter Earth's Cosmic Protector?

Mashhaster That's a lot of added mass... (222 comments)

It makes me wonder if, over time, all that added gravitation might not start to degrade the orbit somewhat, to say nothing of a possible single large impact.

more than 5 years ago


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