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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

OrangeTide Re:Aliens vs. Religion (228 comments)

a few fundamentalist might give up, and more weird space cults will pop up to fill the space. Crazy is a gas that expands to fill the volume of human civilization.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

OrangeTide Re: Simple solution (428 comments)

Depends on your definition of "need"

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

OrangeTide X configuration or a little rewiring (428 comments)

You can enable chord-middle (I don't like it) or setup your .Xdefaults to use a different mouse button or key stroke for past. those xrdb files are ugly, but quite powerful.

I drilled a hole in my trackball and mounted momentary switch for middle click, makes for a cool retro looking button. Since most mouse buttons are a basic switch, it's very easy to keep the original circuit in parallel without any fancy electrical knowledge.

yesterday
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

OrangeTide Re:Lexx (476 comments)

Would be know who thought of it first. I do know that neither Farscape or Lexx were first with that little gem. I'm going to guess it came out of the Sci-Fi novels from the 1960s. Since most of the intelligent ships in the really old stuff had "electronic brains" and that sort of thing. But it's hard to make sweeping generalizations on many thousands of novels I have not ready.

off-topic: I wish there were TV series of stuff by E.E. "Doc" Smith (Lensman, Skylark) or Murray Leinster (First Contact, Exploration Team, Med Ship).

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

OrangeTide ding ding ding (577 comments)

there's no *point* in Google writing a patch, none of the hardware companies involved would ever bother to deploy it.

This has been my experience in the industry as well. I don't see OEMs scrambling to get the latest updates from the chip vendor or from Google. And I see chip vendors who basically abandon support for older chips on newer releases.

I blame Google, OEMs and Vendors for the problem and not really the carriers. While carriers usually want software to be qualified before an update is allowed, there are many carriers with different rules and many phones that are not under contract.

Carriers are less particular about OS updates(patches) than they were a few years ago, and have switched mainly to being worried about OS upgrades. Either because it might cause lots of customer support calls with broken phones or it will cut into their phone sales (they sell phones through 2 years service contracts, you thought they were free?).

3 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

OrangeTide Re:COBOL (383 comments)

JavaScript is sometimes partly compiled to native instructions, but part of it is bytecode-interpreted.

I don't have to use bytecode for JavaScript, there are some implementations that to not use bytecode, but use a tree to represent the processed source.

JavaScript is a double whammy because not only is it dynamically typed but weakly typed as well.

Objective-C is dynamically typed, but compiled to machine code.

I think you are chasing a definition for scripting language that depends highly on implementations you are familiar with rather than properties of the language itself.

4 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

OrangeTide Re:That's not Teleportation! (162 comments)

There are a lot of problems with star trek like teleportation. You can't measure both energy and time of a particle accurately either. Which is a pity because I would want my brain's state to be transmitted perfectly and not a jumbled mess. Even if my brain was only a single particle (an accusation I have received), it would be altered in more than position through any teleportation process.

4 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

OrangeTide Re:Telegram (192 comments)

That's why we have things like OTR. OTR is especially handy because it works with any old IM protocol (I use it with AIM just fine).

I kind of wonder why we need things like Telegram and WhatsApp, when they could be services that live on top of several IM protocols. I just need to find you by phone number, I don't really care if my client then has to use ICQ, Zephyr or some other nonsense to contact you.

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

OrangeTide Re:FARSCAPE` (476 comments)

Does Farscape count? It was late in 1999 and most of the seasons were in the 2000's. Did it even really take off in the first season? My group wasn't really familiar with it until the second seasons. If it's the year that a series starts, then Futurama belongs on the list as well.

I do agree that it was a great show. But there was so much great stuff in the 2000's. Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, and I'm not good at lists.

90's show that didn't make the polls that were better than seaQuest DSV: Stargate SG-1, Millennium, Lexx, Space: Above & Beyond, MST3K, Aeon Flux, Earth: Final Conflict (that one is a stretch that it's better than seaQuest DSV)

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

OrangeTide Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (476 comments)

Seems like she was useful in several first contact situations. I think having a diplomatic adviser that could send emotions and interpret behavior would be useful to a starship captain.

4 days ago
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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

OrangeTide Re:the problem with Twitter (114 comments)

I don't know, 140 seems like a lot to me when you consider hobbies like six word stories. (not trying to plug the site, it was just the first one that came up in a search, there are a few others that do various numbers of word "stories").

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

OrangeTide I love VLC (332 comments)

VLC is especially nice because I can play DVDs that I have placed on my harddrive for personal use. a 3TB harddrive holds quite a few DVDs. Then I can keep my massive collection in storage instead of having my living room cluttered with DVD racks. (Blu-ray too)

5 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

OrangeTide Re:Telegram (192 comments)

...and their privacy could be comprised using the unofficial WhatsApp Plus.

Same could be said about the closed source WhatsApp as well. We are expected to trust them? No thanks.

At least with an open API and open source clients the community can continuously audit privacy and security.

5 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

OrangeTide Re:No (192 comments)

No, it's saying that the other app maybe be stealing your credentials, logging your convos, etc. It's not remotely the same thing.

It's FUD, where is the proof of such things? They have access to the binaries of these apps, they can certainly hire a consultant to reverse engineer it. Why bother doing that when libel is generally not actionable in the US.

5 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

OrangeTide Re:That's not Teleportation! (162 comments)

So if I converted your body to energy, and beamed it to the moon, then converted it back to matter, you would not consider that to be teleportation?
If I had to transmit your particles that would be very limiting, as particles with significant mass won't accelerated to the speed of light. Might be faster to put you in a rocket and transport you the old fashion way.

I think the flaw here has more to do with the process not producing an object in the same state except position. Than with your arguments from your narrow definition of teleporting.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

OrangeTide Re:Can't suspend my disbelief. (512 comments)

It's a tough problem to fix. If we come down too hard on companies for hiring guest workers, they'll often open off shore offices. If I had a choice between competing with a guest worker and competing with someone working in a country that has a cost of living that is a fraction of mine, I guess I'd rather have the guest worker. At least he's paid marginally more an will pay US taxes. Either way I'm out of a job though.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

OrangeTide Reasons we hire works with H1B visa (512 comments)

1. need some rare expertise that our competitors have vacuumed up. (although working campus to hire grad students tends to work well)
2. want some work done, but don't want to pay full price.
3. want the person we hired for reason #2 to not quit and go to our competitor for more money.
4. want someone who isn't going to leave in the evening to pick up their kids from soccer practice or whatever nonsense people with families get involved in.
5. need people aren't likely to raise sexual harassment complaints against the manager in charge of the project.

It's not so much of a hoax, as there aren't enough American citizens willing to put up with bullshit tech companies.

about a week ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

OrangeTide Re:Blackberry can switch (307 comments)

Before iPad, we called them PDAs and Pen Computers. It hasn't been so much a revolution in design as an evolution.

about a week ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

OrangeTide Blackberry can switch (307 comments)

Android is free, Blackberry is free to switch over to it. But they chose not to do so.

about a week ago

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