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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

MrHanky Re:people still watch that crap? (69 comments)

Yes. All those faults, and still the best science fiction serials ever. Doesn't that say a lot for the potential of the genre?

9 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

MrHanky Re:Who? (539 comments)

Out of interest: how old are you?

2 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

MrHanky Re:Head (130 comments)

The CO2 from kegged beer will have less C14 as the carbon will be from fossil sources. This makes all the difference in the world.

(Maybe not.)

about a week ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

MrHanky Re:So much for his career (161 comments)

Funny how whenever Apple is into shady anti-competitive practices, it's always someone else's fault.

about a week ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

MrHanky Re:Great (602 comments)

Mmm, wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

MrHanky Re:Why? (38 comments)

Most slashbots are absolute morons when it comes to art, social sciences and humanities. It's as if they've had a collective lobotomy.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

MrHanky Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

The things I've seen about 'design flaws' have usually been about it being counter to the unix tradition of small programs doing one thing and one thing well, which only ever was true for small cli programs used to manipulate strings of text. It's not so much a proper neckbeard criticism, just some regurgitated nonsense that people will repeat because they've seen it modded to +5, insightful, and repetition is after all the surest way to seem insightful.

Broken shit is to be expected from software. Hopefully most of it gets fixed sooner now that so many have to use it.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

MrHanky Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

And that's why no criticism of systemd is to be taken seriously: it's always about how terrible it will become in the future, never about actual problems it might have today.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

MrHanky Re:Why? (327 comments)

Bullshit. Any pre-64 bit Intel laptop from Apple had a lifespan of 5 years before it was forced into obsolescence by an arbitrary OS X cut-off. These days, support go all the way back to the first 64 bit laptops (2008), but it's still far too early to tell whether they last twice as long as alternatives.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

MrHanky Re: here we go (834 comments)

His reason for lying is because he's one of them. Besides, if someone involved with 4chan is doxxed, then the first suspect would be someone else from there. #gamergate is 4chan.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

MrHanky Re: here we go (834 comments)

Right. As if someone who even bothers following more than 30 people involved in #gamergate isn't involved himself. I.e. not exactly a trustworthy source. I'm not questioning you, btw, I'm saying you're making shit up.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

MrHanky Re: here we go (834 comments)

The funny thing is that the #gamergate proponents feel that being rightly labeled as misogynists is harassment that justify death threats. They're a bunch of dilusional morons, the lot of them.

about a month ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

MrHanky Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (81 comments)

Hm, maybe I live is a web search world, but I never found myself wishing for that kind of thing. It tended to be I'd read a paper finding it through web searches, on the website of a researcher I knew to be be important in the field, or cited elsewhere.

But that's just not practical when you want a current overview of a huge field. With EndNote, you typically dump the entire list of search results from the database, and then start reading abstracts (included in the reference file), sorting relevant from irrelevant, and then download PDFs to read (which are then stored along with the references). It's a research tool and a retrieval tool. BibTeX isn't.

about 1 month ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

MrHanky Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (81 comments)

How do you mean? Is this for some sort of display purpose other than in the bibliography of the paper? BibTeX is mostly just the database and tools for turning that plus a document into a bibliography. Beyond that it doesn't do any "management".

Exactly. The ability to view the database, sorted in any order imaginable, or ordered into groups, either manually or through live searches. It's a very useful tool when writing a review with hundreds or references, and is nice to have even if you've got just a few dozens.

about 2 months ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

MrHanky Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (81 comments)

Yeah, BibTeX is more reliable than EndNote, but it's cumbersome to use and extremely poor at, well, managing references. Perhaps there are frontends with dupe control, sorting by arbitrary fields, grouping, etc., but then you're into the old Unix problem of having the choice of a gazillion applications that do one thing each, usually poorly, and with different combinations everywhere. A monstrosity like EndNote does pretty much everything you can want from a reference manager (much of it in a confusing manner, granted), which means you can get help: it's the same everywhere.

BibTeX might have most styles you can think of -- in English. When I last used it, I had to hack my own, not something I would recommend to your average researcher. Keep in mind that most of them are quite poor with computers. Asking them to use LaTeX is like asking Unix programmers to think of the end user: it's neither relevant to them, nor helpful.

about 1 month ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

MrHanky Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (81 comments)

Typesetting isn't a process computers excel at. LaTeX is good, but not nearly as good as a good designer equipped with InDesign and loads and loads of time. It's faster and cheaper, yes, and certainly good enough for most academic journals (probably not Nature). Unfortunately, it also offers nothing (except decent typesetting) for fields that don't deal much with maths, whereas Microsoft Word offers a few nice tools, is somewhat easy to use, and has rubbish typesetting.

about 1 month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MrHanky Re:Ho-lee-crap (275 comments)

> it is indeed the case that nonlocal businesses are more likely to use Maersk for shipping, since there are so many more of them.

Thanks for the confirmation. You really are an idiot.

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MrHanky Re:Ho-lee-crap (275 comments)

I'm sorry, I didn't realise I was talking to an idiot. If local businesses are more likely to use Maersk for shipping, then it would be better for Maersk to use local businesses, for its own sake. Clearer now?

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

MrHanky Re:Ho-lee-crap (275 comments)

Supporting local business tends to increase local business, increasing local business. This is good for business. Do Korean shipyards get their ship parts shipped by Maersk?

about 2 months ago

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ATI's Linux driver finally achieves works for me status

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Their proprietary driver, that is. With 10.5, I can actually play games like GTA: Vice City and San Andreas under Linux with Wine (the former has a fun bug that makes it go at more than 2x normal speed -- probably due to CPU frequency scaling). Oh, and their Direct2D acceleration seems to work as well, so the desktop is just about as fast as I could wish for. Video still has some tearing issues, but it's ATI, after all.

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This site is filled to the brim with utter morons

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 5 years ago

There used to be a time when Slashdot was for geeks with more than a passing interest in computers. People who wanted to understand their computers, not just have it Just Work (tm) so they wouldn't need to. Not your regular gadget addicts, consumers and fashion victims. That's something like ten years ago. These days, you have a bunch of pretensious morons who believe running 'apt-get update' on a Debian system might break something. And they post it early, to get modded up. And they are, since most of the moderators have no fucking clue.

I spent all my five points modding these idiots down. What a waste.

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Google sucks

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 4 years ago

It's almost impossible to find information on hardware you consider buying, due to the volume of sellers that Google consider more important. Of course, all these sellers provide 'reviews' of all their products, to fuck up the keywords. Hey, Google, I do not need any help to find people willing to sell me stuff on teh intarwebs. What I want is information.

Sadly, Bing seems even worse. Or is that actually sad?

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"Correlation is not causation" considered harmful

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 6 years ago

As most rational /. readers must have noticed, the expression "correlation is not causation" is mostly used by ignorant apes looking for a quick +1. Science stories get tagged with it even when the story itself is only about the effect, and points out multiple causes, or in a story about the discovery of an indicator, as if it had implied bromophenol blue causes acidity. The expression seems to have been entirely taken over by people with no knowledge of science or logic, and it's usually used as a strawman argument against the science (and through that proxy against more evil things, often environmentalism or socialism (as biology, medicine and social sciences, etc., are considered socialist, as opposed to the libertarian idiocy so many Slashdotters believe in)).

The harmfulness of "correlation is not causation" is thus two-level: on the one hand, it drowns /. in illogical and retarded drivel that too easily gets modded "+5, insightful", on the other hand, it's usually put forth in defence of potential harmful practices in real life. Remember, there's only a correlation between smoking and an untimely death.

Oh, and what can we do about it? Personally, I pledge to use my modpoints by modding down whichever comment that first makes use of the meme in every science story, whenever I have modpoints. And you will know me by "-1, redundant" or "-1, off topic", whichever seems most applicable.

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Now this is funny

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 6 years ago

This: http://slashdot.org/~twitter/journal/204737

Twitter is one amusing oddball. One comment (a flame) against him, and now he "outs" me as a destructive troll.

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Re-reading The Lord of the Rings

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'm re-reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time in 16 years or so. I should perhaps make a joke about how many times it's mentioned that certain hobbits are queer and gay, but I won't. It's a good book, despite how overrated it is by its most fanatical followers. That's what sets it apart from some other major pop culture cult phenomena, like Star Wars, or worse: Serenity, which frankly are garbage if you try to take them seriously (OK, here I'm being far too kind to Serenity, since it's garbage also if you take it as pure entertainment).

No, what I wanted to say is just what a masterstroke it was to write Tom Bombadil out of the movie. That's one redundant character if I ever saw one. Hell, it's Tolkien's very own Jar-Jar Binks. It really was worth destroying the ambivalent tone and the entire hobbit character development in the beginning of the book just to get rid of him as well. The movie started out extremely rushed, though. Perhaps it would be better to follow the book until Bombadil showed up, and then do some Braindead style lawnmower action on him, just to make sure he never turns up again.

Also, Tolkien should have recognised the fact that he was no poet.

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Story rejected

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  about 8 years ago

I just had my first attempt at a Slashdot story submission rejected. It was about OpenOffice.org 2.1 being released. No, it's not a big deal for me; I even included a flamebaitish remark about OOo's speed. Still, interesting to see how godawfully slow this site is to get the so-called "news" to the front page. Now I know they knew the news some time ago. Perhaps they publish with OpenOffice.

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Oh man, this site is crap

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just look at the discussion in the OS X for cheap wind-up powered third world 128 MB laptop declined article. Slashdot has finally become even worse than OSNews! Even worse than the BBS discussions between Amiga fanbois and PC apologists!

Half of the commenters are rabid fanboys of one OS or the other, and so are most of the moderators. Where's the technical discussion? How the fuck can someone seriously think that OS X would be easy to use and come with the iApps suite at 1 GB of storage, when OS X demands 3 GB just for the default install? And how the fuck can someone think KDE would be much easier on the RAM requirements?

I refuse to contribute to such a discussion. Fuck them. This site used to be technical. These days, it's just moronic.

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Gnome 2.12 is out

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

And I knew it before it hit the /. frontpage. At the moment I'm writing this, it's still not there. But of course, when Apple has a widely-published PR campaign, it's up there soon enough. Is this irrefutable proof that /. is fucking shit these days?

News that's old, trolls that hardly matter.

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Ah, it's in threads like this

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

And I mean this, you notice the advantage of reading Slashdot with a +6 troll and flamebait modifier.

Oh, and my opinion: IQ testing is an interesting subject. The method of developing a test actually depends on the predictability of its result, in a way: You have a bunch of people with "known" and different levels of "intelligence", and develop the tests from how well they are able to sort the participants out. Do a search for Alfred Binet if you want to know more.

There may be many reasons for why women are found to be less intelligent than men. One thing is that the tests necessarily are skewed, since they are supposed to measure something we don't know what is, can't define, but still somehow believe we can recognize. If IQ tests show that men are more intelligent than women, then it's also caused by men being perceived as more intelligent than women, and the tests being created with a bias to show this. The science behind IQ tests is rather good, but never objective, since there's no object to measure.

Anyway. If some dork thinks he can be proud of himself, as a man, because the tests show men to be more intelligent than women, or whites more than black, or whatever, he should remind himself that there's probably some black women out there who are more intelligent, and bigger and stronger, than him.

And that's really all there is to say about this.

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Slashdot is a mess

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Oh no. I actually put a bit of work into a comment today. There was more than one sentence, and it wasn't just some wisecrack or joke. It was really serious (but quite banal).

And: I thought I had a slim chance of FP. But it was obviously just something wrong with /. and my comment didn't show up at all. And neither did the 200+ comments that had been submitted or not in the meantime.

Heh, 200+ comments, and no one to read them? Sounds like an improvement.

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Another comment worthy of celebration

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This time, it's my comment #512. Of course, the comment itself is of no particular interest (as usual), but it's a round number. I remember the days when 512 KB RAM was enough to play games on the PC. They were crap games, though.

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Woohoo!

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

My last comment was my comment 486! The fact that it's modded flamebait (being suitingly anti-Apple) is reason enough to celebrate.

I wonder if my next comment will be a Pentium? Well, I guess that depends on whether my comment was an SX or a DX. If the former, I'll need a comment 487 to evolve.

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Heh

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Sometimes, during metamod, I find little gems like this. And I have to decide whether 'interesting' is fair. Well, is it? It's definately not correct, but when some dickless pagan with no sense of humour moderates it 'flamebait', it's probably fair to give it an 'interesting' mod. Oh, and the moderation made me laugh a bit as well.

So, brave moderator: Fear not.

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Getting fed up with the OS X karma whores

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm now modding off topic OS X karma whores off topic. It should take a bit more than writing OMG Apple r0xx0rz s0 l33t w4nk w4nk to get a +5 in a discussion about Sun's Opteron HW.

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Global warming and mod points. An apology for overrated

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  about 10 years ago

So I finally have mod points again, and there's a new discussion about global warming. It's another occasion when slashdotters can show their scientific insight to be on par with the rest of the people out there -- the janitors, the waitresses, the scientists, the clowns and the teachers, and everyone else not reading Slashdot. Most people have little understanding of science, and that goes for slashdotters as well.

I'm not a scientist myself (although I do have six years of university education), but I'm a bit fed up with the apologists writing things like ' I'll believe in global warming the minute "scientists" find something to agree on'. As if it's not proper science if there's little consensus, and if there's no One True Way. If there is just one un-scientific lesson science can teach us, it must be that consensus can be wrong. Science is work, and work in progress, not a collection of undeniable truth. I'm not going to be more specific than that, since different sciences have to have different methods, and I'm not going to exclude even for example history or sociology just because they don't fit in with the methodological demands of physics, which also completely fails to explain historical or social phenomena. So let's just be vague about it, and say science is about trying to explain stuff. Falsifiability gives a way to test whether a theory or hypothesis can explain what it claims to explain, and is therefore usually demanded in the more serious hard sciences.

The fact that claims like 'There is not going to be a climate change, so we should do nothing to prevent one' is more easily falsifiable than 'There is going to be one, if we don't prevent it by not burning so much fossil fuel' does not make it any more scientific, though. Both are (most of the time) uninformed opinion. So is mine. I fear climate change, and I base my fear on the fact that CO2 levels have been rising steadily since measurements were started (pdf with graph linked here), and that the weather is changing (just ask the insurance companies). Therefore, I find the first kind of uninformed opinion most irritating, and I'll mod accordingly. I'm not abusive, though.

I've written earlier that I dislike the rampant abuse of 'overrated' in discussions like this one, so I feel I have to apologize for giving one to this. But what else could I do? It was modded up twice as 'insightful', but it doesn't have any insight. Neither is it a troll, maybe not even completely wrong. Perhaps we can't really affect the climate. Perhaps we can. Anyway, what made me mod it down was the following:

I think its rather presumptuous to assume man can have any impact on the weather. But maybe some of you fear that we could lower the global temp if we all opened our refregerator doors in unision. A volcano can dump more greenhouse gasses in an hour than man can produce in a year. We can little affect the global climate fir good or bad. We can only go with the flow.

The second sentence is disgustingly condescending, but the rest of the reasoning is purely mythical (oh, and I see from the replies that his comment has got that the volcano thingie was just plain wrong). What's the insight in this? There's none. This is just a belief.

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Oh, and I also apologize for not writing better (intellectually) about science. English isn't my first language, so it's often hard enough for me complete sentences. I think I was just trying to say that some people should have a bit more respect for people trying to understand things they don't understand themselves.

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And we thought Firefox was taking over for MSIE

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Dagbladet.no, Norway's second largest website, with 187 million pageviews last month, released some interesting statistics for browser use. This is an ordinary tabloid newspaper, so users should be pretty ordinary too. It seems like Mozilla/Firefox are less popular than most of us thought -- at least in Norway:

1. MSIE 6.0, 85.37 %
2. MSIE 5.5, 3.31 %
3. MSIE 5.01, 2.09 %
4. Opera 7.54, 1.54 %
5. MSIE 5.0, 1.40 %
6. Mozilla Firefox 0.10, 0.89 %
7. Opera 7.23, 0.66 %
8. Mozilla Firefox 0.9, 0.65 %
9. Opera 7.50, 0.46 %
10. Netscape 5.0, 0.40 %

I find it more interesting that OS X still hasn't taken over older Mac OSes, and is less popular than Linux. But even put together, the "alternative" OSes are almost statistically insignificant:

1. Windows XP, 62.14 %
2. Windows 2000, 22.42 %
3. Windows 98, 7.42 %
4. Windows NT, 4.0 3.82 %
5. Windows ME, 1.96 %
6. MacOS, 0.78 %
7. Linux, 0.60 %
8. MacOS X, 0.40 %
9. Windows 95, 0.35 %
10. Macintosh PPC, 0.04 %

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Why Slashdot sucks

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Real discussion is impossible on Slashdot. For anything remotely controversial, like global warming, moderators with nothing to say go amok with -1 overrated and flamebait mods. It's especially the first one that annoys me, since the moderators can't be smacked down for abuse in metamod, and overrated is too often abused. It reminds me a bit of Ned Flanders in the episode where Homer stops being stupid after having a crayon removed from his brain:

Homer: Better. I was working on a flat tax proposal and I accidentally proved there's no God. [shows Flanders a sheet of paper with complex figuring on it]
Ned: [flustered] We'll just see about that. [reads the paper] Uh-oh. Well, maybe he made a mistake. [checks it again] Nope, it's airtight. Can't let this little doozy get out. [uses a lighter to burn the "proof"]

OK, maybe that's over-valuing my comment here. To me, it seemed like stating the obvious -- not particularly insightful, but true nonetheless. Never has one of my comments been modded quicker. Flamebait. How the hell was I baiting for flames? It's hard to tell, because noone will read the comment so they can flame me.

And no, the problem isn't particular for my comment. Several others, from what I could see all on the side that value free science above the science of corporate funded "independent" research, and not bothering to "balance" their view, were smacked down.

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