Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Lego Secret Vault Contains All Sets In History

OMNIpotusCOM My God... (266 comments)

...it's full of stars!

more than 6 years ago
top

Would You Rent a Song For a Dime?

OMNIpotusCOM *laughs* (580 comments)

I wish I had mod points for you two. For $0.10 apiece you can pretend I modded you up.

more than 6 years ago

Submissions

top

Olympic Tickets Contain Microchip

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "For the first time in history your ticket to the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies will contain a microchip with information about you, including photograph, passport details, addresses, e-mail and telephone numbers. The stated intent is to keep trouble makers out of the 91,000-seat National Statdium so that they cannot cause disruptions while China is on world-wide television, but it brings up serious concerns for privacy and identity theft."
Link to Original Source
top

Last Known Surviving US WW1 Vet Honored

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "I don't know exactly what this has to do with nerds, but the times that Frank Buckles lived in affected the world, and is definitely stuff that matters. Frank is the last known surviving World War I veteran — the last doughboy — and has had quite a life. He enlisted by lying about his age, spent time in German and France during the war, worked to return prisoners of war back to Germany after Armistice Day, and now spends a lot of his time at 107 giving interviews and lectures. He's surprised by the interest in World War I, he says, "but the timing in history has been such and it's been unreal." It is an interesting read for anyone, regardless of where they live and their thoughts on war."
Link to Original Source
top

Free Steam Games For Nvidia Owners

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "Those of you who have a valid Steam account and us an Nvidia card can download free games from Steam by visiting this site. The games are Portal (demo), Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, HL2: Lost Coast, and Peggle Extreme. It says it's a limited time offer by has no expiration date, so I'm sure as soon as it's Slashdotted they'll take it off."
Link to Original Source
top

Microsoft Still Wants Yahoo!

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "CNN is reporting Microsoft still wants Yahoo! and is willing to talk about deals that don't involve acquisition!

"Microsoft is considering and has raised with Yahoo! an alternative that would involve a transaction with Yahoo! but not an acquisition of all of Yahoo!," according to a statement released by Microsoft on Sunday.
"

Link to Original Source
top

Marble Caesar Found In Underwater Treasure Trove

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "CNN, among others, are reporting the discovery of the oldest known representation of one of the world's most famous rulers found in the Rhone River. The marble bust shows a wrinkled and weathered Caesar and is believed to have been carned around 46 B.C. A statue of Nepture and a satyr are also being reported."
Link to Original Source
top

EV-71 8x Worse Than Two Weeks Ago

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "The EV-71 virus that was previously reported on Slashdot has spread rapidly throughout China, with its capital reporting its first case on Wednesday. Nearly 25,000 children are now affected, a number eight times what it was on May 3, with a death toll rising to over 70. The first child to become affected in Beijing also became Beijing's first death from this virus. This increase in infections was announced a few days after the 7.9 earthquake which killed or left missing thousands. How long will it be before this is taken seriously?"
Link to Original Source
top

Outbreak in China sparks fears for Olympics

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "CNN is reporting an outbreak of Enterovirus 71 (or EV71), that has affected more than 3700 children and killed over 20, is creating concern for the visitors and athletes expected for the Beijing Olympics in August. The virus can cause "poliolike paralysis" according to the article."
Link to Original Source
top

Interview with the man who shut up Monster

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "As a follow-up to his wonderful letter, there is an interview with Kurt Denke, former lawyer, owner of Blue Jeans Cable, and the man who fought back against Monster Cables. When was the last time you heard the owner of a company say something like, "I view Monster in this situation the way most people view aggressive panhandlers. Why would you give anything to someone who will only be back for more over and over again?" We wait for Monster's response with baited breath."
Link to Original Source
top

Swimsuit divides world on Olympic ideal

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "CNN is reporting Mark Schubert, US swimming head coach, thinks the new Speedo LZR Racer may cause every record in the sport could fall at the Beijing Olympics. If that is the case, and it's only the suit that is making the difference, then why can't a runner with a prosthetic leg compete? The lines between human accomplishment and science are being blurred."
Link to Original Source
top

POD Braces Itself Against Amazon

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMNIpotusCOM (1230884) writes "As you have previously read on Slashdot, Amazon is in the process of taking the "Buy" buttons off of published on demand (POD) books that were not created by Amazon's in-house publisher, BookSurge. PODdy Mouth has been repoting reactions throughout the week (including an open letter from Amazon), culminating today in letters to Amazon and their board by the Author's Guild, Small Publishers Association of North America, and the Publishers Marketing Association. Possible lawsuits are looming... is it enough to change Amazon's mind?"
Link to Original Source

Journals

top

I give up on Slashdot

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago There have always been pompous dicks on Slashdot. I could deal with that, but when it comes to having to deal with the pompous dickholes AND being advertised to through "news" stories (Watchmen, Iron Man, etc...)... I just can't deal with that.

Goodbye Slashdot.

top

In a couple of days

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago In a couple of days I will click a button on my publisher's website and my book will be officially for sale.

In a couple of days I can say that I am a published author.

In a couple of weeks you can find my book on Amazon.com.

In a couple of days I have fulfilled a dream.

top

Mods

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago I've decided that instead of trying to fight the good fight and speak out about horrible mods, I'm going to actually become a target for them, thereby showing what horrible mods really are. The idea is that if I post enough really bad, obviously trolling posts, and continue to maintain my excellent karma and +2 on every post rating, then you will be able to see my posts and how they all get varying ratings. See, if it's obviously trolling, it should get 100% troll and be banished to the bottom of the page, but since that never happens, maybe someone will look at the posts and say, "Hey, wait a minute... this guy here has 1 troll mod, 1 off-topic mod, 1 overrated mod, and 3 funny mods. Maybe the system is imbalanced."

Either way I'm just entertaining myself, which is all most people are doing when they comment on Slashdot stories =). Not only that but I've also submitted enough stories that have been accepted to the front page that I don't think I'll EVER lose my excellent karma, regardless of how many troll/off-topic/redundant/flamebait/overrated mods I get. That's kinda sad really... I'm breaking the mod system in two ways =)

top

Slashdot is really losing its luster

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago My UIN is in the millions, but I've lurked for quite a while before signing up. The current way of doing things is really getting fucked up, and these are just a few examples.

Slashvertisements are getting more and more common. It's quite ridiculous to have 3 stories based on the Iron Man movie that are really stretching to place themselves into the geek-world. The tech of Iron Man's suit, Iron Man-like visors, and my favorite, Iron Man released today. Wow... just wow. I wonder how much money that brought in for Slashdot.

I was told that if I didn't like it I should collapse the category so it doesn't show on my front page. I'm still new to the UI and all that, so if anyone could tell me how to turn off the spam category in Slashdot, I'm all ears. My theory is that the viral video trend has lapsed over into Slashdot articles and comments the say way that shills get into Amazon, Ebay, and other CNet resources to tout the product that pays them the most as the best, newest, and hippest thing on the market. Fuck off with all that.

Then there's the moderating. I'm a subscriber, frequent contributor to comments, have 3 articles that have been accepted to the main page, and I have excellent karma. I have yet to see a single mod point dropped me way so that I can dish it out. And yet there's obviously a ton of fuckers out there who have never been metamoderated out of existence. I get troll, flamebait, off-topic and overrated on the wrong posts. Figure it out fuckholes, if you're going to mod me down, at least use the right fucking category to do it. I'm not going to get anywhere complaining about the moderation, so I'll end that one there... just had to get it off my chest.

And, last but not least, my biggest gripe. Opinion-laiden commentary in news postings. Get over yourself and stop telling us what to think in your fucking news blurb. Nobody gives a shit if you think Ron Paul is excellent, Microsoft sucks, or that Apple is the hippest trend since hackey sack. Fuckin report the news and get off your soapbox. If you're brave enough, get back on that soapbox in YOUR OWN FUCKING ARTICLE as a comment. And don't you dare just AC yourself.

Speaking of, AC is the most retarded thing left over from way back in the day. They should not allow AC for comments, or if they do it should be with email verification so you can flame the person who gets on there to say something stupid.

top

Jimmy Fallon set to replace Conan, until...

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago ...people remembered that Jimmy Fallon is not, will not be, and has never been funny. CNN.

top

.su Domains

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago I'm bored, so I am going to post some funny .su (Soviet Union) domains.

omni-hate.su
pant.su
chucknorris-kill.su
insovietrussia-domainregister.su
microsoft-will.su
riaa-will.su

Feel free to add to it.

top

America is broken, this is how to fix it pt.3

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Personal responsibility. This is the hardest one to fix. People do not take responsibility for their actions anymore, because it's obvious that it's always someone else's fault, and it's entirely likely they need to pay for it... whatever the fault is.

There was a recent story that kind of got me going again on this aspect of what's wrong with America, but it's not the way that you'd probably think. Do you remember when we used to have authority figures? Police, principals, parents, etc...? Those used to be the people you would never question because you'd either get beat or worse, and if it was dealing with the police or school and you got in trouble, then you definately got beat. I'm not talking abuse, but getting hit on the butt a few times was usually enough to make you not want to do whatever you did again.

Those days are long gone. Remember the cops used to say, "Stop or I'll shoot," or if you drove away in your car they'd shoot out your tires or run you off the road? You can't do any of that anymore. And it's getting to the point where you can't even taze someone without worrying about violating someone's rights or getting a race card dropped on your back. I realize there were and are bad cops, and I do realize that there was racism in dealing with certain people, but aren't we past that?

Anymore when someone says, "This cop pulled me over and did this and this wrong," I always have to ask myself, "Why'd you get pulled over," and "if you weren't doing something wrong then why do you care?" You can tell me that's wrong, but I know when I get pulled over, even if I hadn't done anything wrong that time, I know that I've sped before and ran lights before and didn't get caught then, so maybe this one is payback. It's honestly not that big of a deal.

There's a story of some kids who made a MySpace page for their principal that accused him of being a child mollestor and various other things. The students got kicked out of school and then suspended, and now the parents are suing the school for stifling their kids' freedom of speech. This is the society we live in. Instead of people like this going off to die somewhere, they are literally kept alive by the government and society to the cost of us all. My parents would have rightly beaten me and taken my computer, explaining the seriousness of what I had accused the man of. Not these parents... not these times.

Yes, personal responsibility is probably the biggest thing missing from America right now. Everyone's first answer is to sue, even if it means that they are going to prove to a lot more people exactly how stupid they are. Kind of like this story about lawyers attempting to get money by just threatening to sue, until they did that to the wrong person.

top

Make Linux work for me!

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago I'm a semi-intelligent, computer-literate, able to learn, non-dependant human being, but I can't get Linux to work. I have never had an issue with popping the Windows CD in the drive and getting something to work. Sure, sometimes the drivers are great and you have to download something, and sometimes you have to wait hours upon hours to install it (especially back in the day), and of course it's what I'm used to, but it works damnit. The moment that Linux will do the same I will switch over.

But wait, there's more. I don't just want it to work. I want it to work without looking up some bass ackwards command line bullshit. I want it to work with the shit that I've already purchased (mostly just the games, don't take away my games!). I don't want to have to learn sudo, pstree, cp, mv, rm, or any of that bullshit. Call me lazy, but I'm above average here people, and if I'm not sold I can't imagine that there are a lot of people who are.

Ubuntu worked, eventually. I had some weird BIOS problem dealing with the boot order on my ISA hard drive... some shit. Took me about 3 months to find out that I press F6 on the boot screen for Ubuntu and type "force irqcheck" or some such thing before Ubuntu would actually see my drive. And I'm not just talking about it took me that long to find the command. That command was found, like all the others, after trying so many different websites that I lost count. It's not a problem of the information not being there, it's a problem that I don't know how to fucking describe it. "I want to install this" doesn't always cut it, and "it won't find my hard drive" is apparently more common than it should be.

So it installs, things work, there's updates immediately, yay. Things are great. Now, I realize it's going to be more work than it's worth to use MS Office and I may have to convert my WMAs to play them properly. I know this going in, so when things like that pop up I'm prepared. I also realize that I'm going to have to read up on configuration files for firewalls, Apache, Samba, etc... I'm fine with that too. All I want to do that I was pretty sure I'd have problems was play my games, and the only game I really want to play is Team Fortress 2.

Before even getting the Ubuntu distro I checked to see if people were running Steam and TF2. A pleasant surprise was that Wine was having good luck with Steam and TF, so there was a good chance it would work for me and my little GeForce 6600. That was not the case.

Wine didn't run most of what I wanted to run. The Steam installer ran fine, but I couldn't read anything on the screen. Like the buttons and everything was there, but there was no text what-so-ever. I normally would have just trudged my way through and guessed what they wanted (username, password, etc... but there were options I didn't remember from the Windows side, so back to the net I went. Turns out that Steam uses the Tahoma font, which is licensed by Microsoft (or some such thing), and there were a couple fixes.

Anyway, long story short I got it running but it was slow as hell. Looked on the Wine support site and there was some uber complex way to fix it. Someone posted under it something to the effect of "Ok, but what does that all mean?" and the fucker running the site replied (paraphrased) "We offer the support, we don't hold your hand." Congratulations, fucktards, you support the geek elite and cut off the people who will actually donate to you or spread word of your project.

Someone said that using NoScript was like slogging through the mud, and I found that to be majoritively true. It was more work to explain to my wife how to use it instead of just disabling it and dealing with this popup or whatever else it would protect me from. That's the way Linux is; it's just more trouble than it's worth for 90% of the population. If that means I need to turn in my nerd card, then so be it. I can play TF without it.

top

America is broken, this is how to fix it pt.2

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Use the fucking constitution! I'm not saying that we need to go all Ron Paul on it, but the fact remains that the basic idea and principle of the United States Constitution was near perfect. Whereas The Bible said that it was perfect, cannot be flawed, and anyone can twist its words so that it may seem evil, our constitution pretty much realized that it would become outdated, that it would need changed as time went on, and set down processes to do so.

You can't use the constitution to make it so that people can't get married, you can't use the constitution to say that people can kill their babies (I'm pro-choice, it's just a fact though), this whole "going to war" deal is bullshit and it was bullshit ever since 'Nam, our tax system is a sham, and our lack of checks and balances right now is a literal disgrace. If we cannot vote for, hope for, or buy a government that will work then it is time to force it to.

It's humorous to me that our politicians talk about how poorly Iraq is doing with their political progress when our system is so fucked.

top

America is broken, this is how to fix it pt.1

OMNIpotusCOM OMNIpotusCOM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lawsuits. Frivolous lawsuits are the bane of the intelligent. Getting rid of the "bad" lawsuits would solve more problems than changing the president, senate, house, and every other level of government. Certain lawyers would get less money, some would be completely out of a job, we wouldn't have to have "Caution: Coffee served very hot" labels on everything, and it would save states, companies and the government untold millions.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you get a finger in your Burger King meal, you deserve some money because it's pretty obvious someone was negligent (it's SOMEONE'S finger... right?); if you poke your eye out by drinking your Starbuck's coffee that you left the coffee stirrer in, you're just retarded and should probably die quietly. If you wreck your car while you are fleeing the cops, you shouldn't be able to sue (the cops should be able to end the chase before it gets to that point anyway, but that's another topic); if you crash into a soccer mom in her minivan while avoiding the cops, you shouldn't be allowed to live.

The problem is who is to decide what a bad lawsuit is? That's the part I haven't figured out yet, and I'm not sure there is a good answer. At this point though, I'd rather abolish all lawsuits and hurt a few people rather than let the innumerable stupid ones through.

...more to come...

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>