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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Princeofcups Arneson (179 comments)

Ubiquitous, how did Gygax steal D&D from Dave Arneson by putting an A in the name? Calling Gygax the creator of D&D is like calling Stalin the creator of communism.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Princeofcups Clip Ons (535 comments)

"But I Want the Market to Accommodate My Exact Preference!" Otherwise you'd be happy with any of a dozen clip on keyboards for iPhone or Android. A little bulkier, sure. But there are solutions, so quit bitching.

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Princeofcups Re:The only good thing (505 comments)

is that now that rich white people have drug problems (ie, "real" people), maybe we can muster up some sympathy for other addicted people now?

Nah, I'm dreaming.

You obviously didn't live through the late seventies, early eighties. Cocaine was everywhere in the affluent white community, and quite out in the open. Then we had a decade of drug abuse clinic stories for the rich and famous. No sympathy for non-rich non-white people was had.

2 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Princeofcups Promises Meant to Be Broken (125 comments)

"Oh that promise to not sell the information? Well, we screwed up and sold it all for $10 Billion. Pay a fine of $10 Million? Sure, that's fair."

5 days ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Princeofcups Re:New Microsoft CEO (137 comments)

Microsoft switch IE to use components written by someone else?

I place the likelihood of that as pretty small.

Microsoft have always had a huge case of "Not Invented Here", and I don't see that changing.

Considering that IE is based on Mosaic, SQLServer is based on Sybase, etc. etc., I don't think Microsoft has ever really "invented anything here."

about a week ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Princeofcups Re:Packet radio (60 comments)

And how, way I ask, does packet radio not accomplish the same thing, across considerably larger distances than a peer-to-peer mesh network? The mesh isn't useless, but at some point it still needs to connect to some place with proper connectivity. This may not be within the range of the Internet of Things.

Because it only works if every device has a pingable IP. Or some such nonsense.

about a week ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Princeofcups Re:n/t (278 comments)

Newton is a good example. We know for a fact that his 'laws' (or more accurately, models) of motion are wrong. We've known that for a very long time (that is why relativity was needed, Newton's model, for example, failed to predict the orbits of the planets accurately).

That statement is one of the problems. Scientific laws are never right or wrong. That implies an absolute truth. Physics is just looking for math to accurately describe repeatable physical phenomena. Measurement is never absolute, so there is always an implied N decimal points of accuracy. And Newtons laws work 100% in the realm in which the experiments are performed. That's why we call them laws. If you want to set up experiments in other realms, e.g. high speed atomic particles, of course you might need different math to describe it.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Princeofcups Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

It wasn't on the Shuttle's, either. But killing the crew less than one time in sixty can't really be that hard, can it?

Actually it's quite hard. That's why only 3 countries have managed to do it.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Princeofcups Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

"Man-rated" is not on SpaceX's advertising brochure. Yet.

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Princeofcups IOT (353 comments)

Is it monitoring? Yes. Are the devices "on the internet," that is, IP routable? No.

Enough with this IOT bullshit.

I guess it's not sexy enough to be "in the cloud" anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Princeofcups Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

Apple doesn't need the money at all, while the poor starve to death. That makes Apple and other companies like Apple the most despicable group of people on Earth. It isn't just Tim Cook or Jeff Bezos or Larry Page. Companies are made by people and every single person working at Apple is contributing to the problem.

Google is bigger than Apple now, so you can throw your hate that way. Or are you just another irrational Apple hater? Rhetorical.

about three weeks ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Princeofcups Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (276 comments)

The U.S. Constitution, as designed, granted powers from the people to the government. The compromise found within the Bill of Rights essentially listed a number of prohibitions so the new government absolutely knew that they could in no way interfere with this core set of rights.

Unfortunately, we've reached a point where many people believe that the U.S. Constitution confers rights from the government to the citizens rather than it's original purpose of conferring powers to the government from the people.

And this gets modded up I guess because that's what we'd like it to be. No the Bill or Rights are just that, rights that people have in the US. Nothing, be it person, corporation, government, or church can take these rights away from you. It has NOTHING to do with limiting the powers of the Federal government. This is just a cleverly disguised states rights post, or something. I knew there was something underhanded going on when you snuck that "right to bear arms" in there and forgetting about the militia bit.

about a month ago
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UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

Princeofcups Recycling (212 comments)

The last thing that the manufacturers want are people to reuse old equipment. Each is a loss of a potential sale of a new unit. In the perverse eyes of capitalism.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Princeofcups Sports (538 comments)

Sports. That is all there really is to it. The idiocracy of America values sports infinitely higher than academics. University of Chicago, one of the schools with the least emphasis on sports, has 81% full time instructors, the majority tenure or on the tenure track, and a student to teacher ratio of 6:1. Yes it's expensive to go there, but at least you know where the money is going. It's not paying $5 million a year for a name football coach.

about a month ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

Princeofcups Re:This is what happens (101 comments)

This is what happens when you have a single point of failure like a stupid, technically illiterate secretary added to the mix.

Misogyny much? Secretaries are usually well versed in things like email, since it's a major part of their job. Managers are the ones who think they know everything, and make these kinds of mistakes.

about a month ago
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Endorphins Make Tanning Addictive

Princeofcups Obvious (51 comments)

Another thing that's obvious made to sound groundbreaking.

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Princeofcups Most Important (281 comments)

What did he say about yakisoba? Does he like? Hate it? Get some on his shirt?

about a month and a half ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Princeofcups Re:Sexism (435 comments)

Men, particularly blue collar men, have been disproportionately impacted by the bad economy. Where is the same level of enthusiasm about training blue collar men for an "exciting career as a nurse, nurse practitioner, etc.?" Those are high paying, skilled, wildly disproportionately female-dominated positions. They could easily accommodate an influx of men. There is also a true shortage of qualified people, unlike in computer-related fields. Why no interest? Because if we suddenly gave men the opportunity and incentive (ex aggressive recruiting, preferential college admission, etc. ) to pursue those fields, a lot of women might be pushed out and that'd be "sexist."

No, because men in general do not want to be caretakers. Do you want to spend the rest of your life changing bed pans? I thought not. Women take these positions because they were taught to do so, instead of pursuing more lucrative medical technician or heaven forbid MD positions. I have several female friends and relatives who are MDs, and they will tell you about the obstacles put in their way since they weren't white males.

about a month and a half ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Princeofcups Re:Just Maybe... (435 comments)

Just maybe this has nothing to do with race or sexism and they just hired the best people they could find.

Like a lot of people at Slashdot, I work in the IT industry too. Most of our people are male, and either Caucasian or Indian. Does that mean that the company I work for is part of some evil conspiracy to keep aphroditic purple martians out of the IT work force? Nope.

And back to the geek perspective. You don't think that your IT society is doing anything wrong, but looked at from the OUTSIDE, it is very skewed against non-white males, especially if they are not young. When the geeks can accurately look in the mirror and say, "yes, I AM one of the problems," things might start changing.

about a month and a half ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Princeofcups Re:Sensationalist summary (435 comments)

According to this page: http://www.economicmodeling.co...
At the very best, females make up 30.4% of IT graduates.
The workforce is 35% female, so on average females are more likely to be hired for IT positions than men.

At lower paying positions with less potential growth. That kind of skewed those figures.

about a month and a half ago

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