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Lego Bible Too Racy For Sam's Club

OctaviusIII Re:I can breathe easier now... (484 comments)

Hell, read the whole of Ezekiel 23 sometime.

Seriously: the prodigal son? Spent his money on booze and whores. Jesus' death on a cross? About the most brutal, sanctioned way to die in that time period. Noah's daughters got him drunk so they could get themselves pregnant by him; Jacob lied and backstabbed his way through life and stole his brother's inheritance; and Abraham whored out Sarah so he wouldn't have trouble in Egypt. Not for kids. Lego Bible? Definitely not for kids.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?

OctaviusIII Re:Kindle DX (254 comments)

I've got a question, but you're an AC! Still, I'll try:

How does the DX handle links embedded in the PDF? I read a lot of planning documents (housing development, etc) and those can have embedded links that I'd like to have access to.

more than 3 years ago
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L.A. Artist Contemplates Future Traffic Flow, With Hot Wheels

OctaviusIII Re:Blame the greenies (118 comments)

Actually, the concerns you raise are serious for not just urban planners but urban politicians. The twenty-somethings of this generation are moving to the cities and want to stay there in a way their parents didn't, and city leaders are desperate to have them stay. The District of Columbia, for example, is doing its damndest to improve its schools, as it's already done a lot to improve the crime situation. One of the political barriers is the memory that people who came of age in the 70s and 80s have of cities: rotten, crime-ridden slums aching under decay. Those people generally left the city for precisely the reasons you give and would rather not see tax money go to what they remember as a black hole of waste, corruption, blight and crime.

American cities have come a long way in the last decade and will keep moving back towards the good this coming decade. Many are growing again, and almost all are growing in their downtown cores. Even downtown Detroit has a housing shortage. Anyway, I think you'd be surprised how fantastic some cities are and just how far they've come. They're not as bad as you think.

more than 3 years ago
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A Tale of Two Countries

OctaviusIII Re:Welcome to the Obama economy (518 comments)

Bungling a recovery means that the various attempts to rescucitate the economy have gone poorly, as many predicted they would: Keynesians said the stimulus wasn't big enough, while Randians said any stimulus just hurt things, for example. But mishandling an economy in good times with favorable political winds? That's what created the problem in the first place. So the current situation is Obama trying to fix the Bush economy and not doing a very good job at it. Who do you blame for a car which has been running on old oil - the previous owner or the mechanic that's trying to fix it?

more than 3 years ago
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Man Mines Midtown New York Sidewalks

OctaviusIII Re:And now that it's all over the internet (183 comments)

Oh please - $50k/year in New York is extremely doable. The recommended amount spent on housing monthly on $50k is $1,388. That's enough for a one bedroom (okay location) or studio (nice location), or half of a two bedroom (really nice location) with 2/3 left over. Given that the individual wouldn't need a car, that means that 2/3 of the income goes to just what you were describing: vacation, groceries, gadgets, and the like.

more than 3 years ago
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The End of Cheap Labor In China

OctaviusIII Re:Central planning doesn't work. (422 comments)

The US is at 10% unemployment with more families living with fewer funds, resulting with many people who do not have minimum food or shelter. It is unclear if China has such a problem.

Well, let's look at the economic stats, according to the CIA World Factbook:

- Unemployment is at 4.3%. Not bad, and certainly less than what we have.
- GDP per capita (PPP) is $7,600. That is hardly the rich power we think of when we think "China". It's middle-income, with vast disparities in their society. While some live in fabulous apartments in Shanghai or Beijing, others live in third-world poverty in Urumqi or Lanzhou.

I think it's clear that China has a problem with poverty generally. The US has a temporary unemployment problem; China has a structural wealth problem.

more than 3 years ago
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The End of Cheap Labor In China

OctaviusIII Re:About. Fucking. Time. (422 comments)

Yes, they are. The difference is they can do long-range planning with a simplicity we lack. They can form a plan internally, whip the Party to agree, then implement that plan. Whether it's a good one or not, that's another story. We have to consult outside a single party, need to balance the input of countless interest groups and hundreds of policymakers, and make a plan that meets the various checklists and regulations we have in place. Not exactly designed for engineers, but at least the citizens get a say in what happens and can vote against those they feel are incompetent.

more than 3 years ago
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Software Patent Reform Happening Now

OctaviusIII Re:Invest some time and money in fixing this. (130 comments)

7. Find out what members or staffers deal with this issue.
8. Send them letters, too.

Trust me on these last two. If a member doesn't have much authority over a relatively obscure issue, their office probably won't have any knowledge on the issue and won't be swayed as much by constituent mail, as there's no intellectual context into which they could slot it. Lobbyists will meet with staffers first, members much later. If you educate or intrigue the staffer, it'll get processed properly by them and percolate upwards. And that follow-up is essential. Good luck, junior lobbyists!

more than 3 years ago
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Software Patent Reform Happening Now

OctaviusIII Re:reform (130 comments)

A corporation has the millions, yes, but members of Congress really do listen to constituents. Here's the thing, though, about letter-writing: depend on the member, they may not realize what's being sent to them if it's a one-off. When I worked on the Hill, I answered an email to my Senator that was about DIRECT. I thought it was a fantastic idea, but I also knew that NASA had examined the issue, that my boss didn't deal with space issues, and, after some research, hadn't said anything on the subject. Therefore, I sent an email thanking the constituent for his input, reiterated that "I" trusted NASA to make the right decisions on this matter, and encouraging him to write again.

This is in contrast to an email-writing campaign on some changes being made to the financial taxation system (this was when I worked for a Member of Parliament there). I got about 100 emails and it was coupled with some personal interactions. At that point, it caught the ear of my boss and he started paying attention. In summary, you don't need millions; you just need cohorts and a good sales strategy.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

OctaviusIII Re:Of course (538 comments)

If a company wants to false-advertise, its need is to advertise well. Legal should say no but should give back, as part of the review, what should change. If management understands the risks, and there's a paper trail with Legal for CYA purposes that management is overriding the opinion of its legal department, then we have a problem. Given the more technical nature of translating a request to a technology solution, IT should always present alternatives. Your job is, first, to inform management of the costs of translating the request to reality, and, second, to provide the desired outcome. How is often not important as long as the widget works with the other widget as requested. Legal's job is to provide advice and to manage the legal side of the organization. IT's job is to manage the IT side of the organization and provide advice.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

OctaviusIII Re:Duh (538 comments)

I think you could substitute the IT/manager divide for any other technical/nontechnical interaction and you'd still be right. I'm thinking that maybe lawyers who spend years on legal training but get criticised for being shady, bureaucrats who work 12+ hour days on hardtak and a medical plan but get criticised for being lazy, and politicians who have teams of underpaid overworked staff studying specific issues but get criticised for avoiding the 'obvious solution' would qualify.

more than 3 years ago
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China Begins To Extend High Speed Rail Across Asia

OctaviusIII Re:too bad this country can't do the same (387 comments)

Portland-SF wouldn't get much action, unfortunately, as it's just a bit outside the optimal range and there isn't a good in-between city to make it worthwhile. But, if you're building HSR along that stretch, it should extend from Vancouver to Tijuana, as those border cities are highly integrated with the American cities on the other side.

more than 3 years ago
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China Begins To Extend High Speed Rail Across Asia

OctaviusIII Re:why it'll never happen in the USA... (387 comments)

Cars are not as efficient as short-haul aircraft, which in turn are not as efficient as short-haul HSR. We're huge, yes, but it's a relatively short drive from one city to the next throughout most of the country. 6 hours SF-LA; 4 hours St. Louis-Chicago; 6 hours Raleigh-Washington; 3 hours Seattle-Vancouver. If we want to maximize efficiency in our economy, maximizing it in transportation seems like a winning place to look.

Actually, the I-5 corridor from San Diego to Vancouver is a good example of why density along the whole line isn't as important as the integration of the local economies. Along that line are a number of population centers with a lot of space in between. Overall, the density is not terribly high, but there is a lot of traffic. Unlike some places in the West, I never once have been the only car on the road. Far from it, a drive from San Francisco to LA on I-5 is dense with cars and trucks despite the fact that it's mostly farms and low-density "cities". Points north have less traffic, but it's still substantial. If the roads are packed in the middle of nowhere, there is demand for transportation between where they're coming from and where they're going. Route density doesn't matter; it's the endpoints that do.

more than 3 years ago
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China Begins To Extend High Speed Rail Across Asia

OctaviusIII Re:China to lose even more money on high-speed rai (387 comments)

Some people choose cars because of a cost/benefit analysis, but that assumes there is a viable choice. Living in an East Coast city means I have the choice to own a car and I choose not to. If I lived in Dallas, I wouldn't have a real choice, and would need a car to survive. A better comparison is railways and the Highway Trust Fund, as both are responsible for maintenance of their respective transportation networks and both lose money: the Trust Fund doesn't earn enough in gas taxes (indirect user fees) to break even and the railways don't earn enough in ticket sales (direct user fees) to turn a profit. Car manufacturers make money because most customers live in places like Dallas, those customers don't grasp the full cost of ownership to their pocketbook, and because they're buying the product of a car rather than the service of transporation.

Anyway, high-speed rail in China is a glamor project, but it's not going to last terribly well: it's built somewhat poorly and somewhat hastily, which will mean an expensive maintenance budget. As long as their economy is roaring they'll be fine, but once it levels off they're going to feel the crunch.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Phone-Bombs FBI and Blizzard

OctaviusIII Re:False flag (404 comments)

You definitely do. Tangentially linking the two things because they're related is the nature of tinfoil-hat thinking.

A good way to examine whether a theory is nutty or serious is to think about the end you're purporting the government is trying to achieve, and think of the best and simplest way they could achieve that. In this instance, a far better thing to do would be to tout a how authorities narrowly thwarted a major attack on a well-known, beloved landmark, and toss in a detail or two about wiretaps. Ensure security hawks know the details, that security doves sound silly, and let the campaign shake out as it always does. Hiring hackers is too risky, and too fringe, to shift public opinion, not to mention far removed from the center of opinion. Something tells me your hunch is wearing a particularly shiny hat.

more than 3 years ago
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DOJ Could Ban Texas Flights Over Anti-Patdown Law

OctaviusIII Re:Update on this story (377 comments)

FIX FIX:

Congress has been granted zero authority to forbid [intra-state] travel. Interstate, on the other hand, is most assuredly commercial and, therefore, under their jurisdiction. However, the health, wellbeing, and security of the people is the authority of the Feds and, whether or not patdowns work, this is an attempt to fulfill those mandates.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft

OctaviusIII Re:Dissapointing (179 comments)

"Often" was definitely a poor choice of words. The question, then, is what's the delta-v required to move a craft from LEO to an interplanetary trajectory, and is it cheaper to ship the requisite fuel to space than to do everything in a single go, ground to interplanetary.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft

OctaviusIII Re:Dissapointing (179 comments)

Well I like the concepts in this thread: build a ship that stays in-orbit. Ship up fuel but not the beast itself. I can see problems, though: 1) Huge rockets yield huge thrust that grants the craft escape velocity; any spacecraft that remains on-orbit would need to perform sufficient thrust to push it out of our gravity well. 2) It would need to be cheaper to launch the fuel for the aforementioned thrust than just doing it all in one go with a capsule. Often, it's the fuel and not the spacecraft that makes up the bulk of the launch mass. Solar sailing or ion thrust, although obviating the need for much of the fuel shipments, adds significant cost in terms of time spent en route to a given destination. Gotta circle the globe for a month or so before you can go anywhere. 3) Maintenance would be a pain in the ass. The ISS functions reasonably well, but it isn't shuddering to life and blasting off to deep space every few months. Making a ship that's servicable on-orbit by a nonspecialized crew of 6 instead of thousands of techs could be exceedingly difficult.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

OctaviusIII Re:no substitute for the real thing (585 comments)

I'll definitely need this at some point - my XP box is sitting in my closet, waiting for its day, but eventually it'll die along with a whole lot else. Mind passing along the secrets here, too?

more than 3 years ago
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Cracks Showing in the Libyan Firewall?

OctaviusIII Re:Displacement Activity (126 comments)

Our job is to get the word out about corruption here at home while supporting those that are taking on the blatant corruption elsewhere. Our corporate greed feeds their dictatorship, and their dictatorship gives good cover for our corporate greed. We're all in this fight together.

more than 3 years ago

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China Hacks Congressional Computers

OctaviusIII OctaviusIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OctaviusIII (969957) writes "Anyone that has visted Capitol Hill knows that its being kept more and more like a fortress, what with the cameras, constant checkpoints, and closed streets. Apparently this does not apply to Congress's computers, which have reportedly been hacked multiple times from points within China. The targets were the computers of three prominent critics of China's human rights record, Reps. Frank Wolf, Chris Smith and Mark Kirk, all Republicans. The stolen information was reportedly related to human rights activists in the United States and China.

The story is also running in AP."

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