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Librarians: The Google Before Google

O('_')O_Bush Re: Stamps? (91 comments)

Problems with method: 1. Stacks of soft things like paper are usually compressible. And in the case of stamp sheets, by a lot. It would be much easier to measure a single stamp with an accurate tool like a set of calipers or a micrometer. 2. Stamp sheets have wax paper backings. The question was only about stamps/glue, not including the backing.

11 hours ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

O('_')O_Bush Re: Whether it was NK or not doesn't matter (236 comments)

If they (U.S. and Allies) wanted to do that, they would just have to stop feeding NK and let the brilliance of freedom take roots on its own. Or let NK starve to death. As far as kookie conspiracy theories about the U.S. trying to make NK look bad... given their history of bizarre claims, nearly self destructing to become a nuclear power, and the mentality of their citizenry around the personality cult, I think it is laughable to the absurd to think that the U.S. even has to *try* to make NK look bad.

2 days ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

O('_')O_Bush Re: of course it wasn't NK (236 comments)

Except if your view was thought through to its conclusion, the NK would have claimed to have hacked Sony whether they did or did not actually do so. The fact that they regularly lie about what they have and haven't done makes any face-saving claim dubious.

2 days ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

O('_')O_Bush Re: 65536 (239 comments)

Your analogy misses the critical difference... A bum selling Rolexes on the street isn't a threat to the name or reputation of Rolex. If a jeweller claiming to be a Rolex authorised dealer was selling fake Rolexes as real, you'd better believe Rolex would be pressing charges, suing the living piss out of the shop, and working their PR department to save face. The issue isn't scammers, the issue is scammers claiming to represent MS, thereby harming MS.

2 days ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

O('_')O_Bush Re: America! (230 comments)

It is probably just a viral marketing campaign by Sony. They will release it in a month and 10x more people will go see it out of misguided patriotism and anti North Korean sentiment than would have otherwise

3 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

O('_')O_Bush Re: Luddites (665 comments)

Arrogant and wrong. That makes you a real gem. We can't increase the size of our brains... we can increase transistor count indefinitely (not density, but if you know shit about computers, you know that supercomputers aren't a single ultra dense chip). As for your anecdote about the computer's abilities, we have designed computers to augment ourselves. That is why they are so specialized and can't do general tasks like a 5 year old can. Neural network type architectures diverge from this paradigm to become much more like how our brains work. Given a large enough and well designed enough neural network, we can certainly model the whole brain, and given that we expect to emulate human thought... The advantage being that unlike taking decades to duplicate a skill set from birth, a computer+its knowledge can be replicated quickly. Imagine the ability to mass manufacture a network equivalent to a smart person and then instruct lots of them to solve a problem.

5 days ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

O('_')O_Bush Re: Bennett confuses me (190 comments)

I'm not convinced "he" isn't one of those article writing software algorithms being used by Slashdot for Google click baiting.

about a week ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

O('_')O_Bush who cares? (168 comments)

We already know that whenever there is a headline that contains "French Lawmaker" it is going to be an idiotic remark that is inconsequential to anything. We might as well just ignore whatever French Lawmakers say.

about two weeks ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

O('_')O_Bush Re: What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

Greenpeace was founded by Boomers and is ran by Gen X'ers, which includes those who set the stunt up. The only Millenials I saw were the ones posing for photos.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

O('_')O_Bush Wrong conclusion (269 comments)

What will end up happening is that those $500 iPod Classics will stay in their boxes and be sold for $3k a few years down the road. Same kind of thing happened with old NES/Gameboy Games, etc. If they wanted a music player without a touch-screen, well, there are hundreds of those not made by Apple. The people that want these are hoarders and price manipulators.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

O('_')O_Bush Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

It's disappointing there's not a single suggestion for a Lego set. Mostly, it seems like a list of chic-gimmick-junk. Not the kinds of things I would want for a gift.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

O('_')O_Bush Re:Sadly,... (180 comments)

just sitting there and being a victim

That was the part where you are just victim-blaming. You have no idea what happened. For all you know, she was an expert in Krav Maga, which frankly, wouldn't be worth shit if she was a 110 lbs and trapped in a taxi. In any case, it seems they were looking for any excuse at all to ban Uber... considering this *MIGHT* have happened *ONCE* (hasn't even been a trial or arrest), but is still used as justification for an outright ban.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

O('_')O_Bush Re: Innaccurate (310 comments)

JFYI, much of the world uses '.' As the thousands separator.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

O('_')O_Bush Re:we ARE different (355 comments)

It's ironic you posted those links, since Heritability of IQ points to Environment and Intelligence, which makes a lot of pretty strong arguments that show exactly why:

That Africans have, on average, lower IQs, is a scientific fact, and the ostracization of Watson is just political correctness

is complete bullshit and why Watson was rightfully ostracized for making the claims that lower IQs were inherent to the race without conclusive data.

about three weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

O('_')O_Bush Re:Of Course It Was (355 comments)

I think it is perfectly okay to ask those questions and investigate. But that isn't what Watson did. He went into the public eye and made some very racist and inflammatory statements from his 'scientific' opinion without ANY science or conclusive data to back it up.

Pulling 'I'm a Nobel prize winner and I think Africans are genetically and mentally inferior to everyone else' out of your ass will certainly not win you any friends. To follow that up with 'oh, and women are inferior too' can certainly make you an enemy.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

O('_')O_Bush Re: Yes (376 comments)

I write software as a career. I don't do marathon coding sessions or any of the ridiculous self sacrificing stuff that some seem to think is the norm (and seems to be the cause of people burning out within a few years and switching career paths).

Maybe I have been fortunate finding a work that values optimal performance for the time worked over just tons of time, but I certainly feel you can have it both ways (software and work-life balance).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

O('_')O_Bush Re: Don't fight it (720 comments)

Absolutely agree... sacrificing part of who you are is not a recipe for enduring success. Idiotic and naive platitudes like "Happy wife, happy life" is why the divorce rate is north of 50%.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

O('_')O_Bush Re: But guys... (257 comments)

It is... that is what they are doing right now. In comparison, Windows has had hard lockup bugs in every major version of the OS that I have used from Windows 95 to 7, and those have never been and will never be fixed.

The fact that this is even brought to the spotlight shows the miracle of open source.

about three weeks ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

O('_')O_Bush Re: It never was (115 comments)

Given how many of the transactions were on Silk Road (kiddie porn and drugs)...

But I guess maybe that is just consistent with the idiot speculators and the value bubble.

about a month ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

O('_')O_Bush maybe not... (284 comments)

Tape sales have dropped in half, but tape capacity has increased 3-fold in the same time.

I would imagine that those who were using more than 1 tape 6 years ago to do their backups would require fewer tapes now to do the same job.

Maybe their niche is still rock solid (albeit stagnant), but technological development of the product has reduced demand.

about a month ago

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