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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Ralph Spoilsport Who cares about TV? (117 comments)

That's like so 20th century.

about two weeks ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Ralph Spoilsport Re:Simple.... Odds are even - RTF rescue? (167 comments)

Thanks for that. If Slashdot used an RTF SYSTEM LIKE THE REST OF THE CIVILISED WORLD, your angle brackets would have been no problem....

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Ralph Spoilsport Dear Facebook (218 comments)


about two weeks ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

Ralph Spoilsport Dear Sony (306 comments)


about two weeks ago

Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ralph Spoilsport pointless (184 comments)

Free, unless you want to edit something, and then it's a subscription? Fuck that. I'd rather pay $15 for the whole mess and be able to edit right away. Microsoft: always finding ways to fuck up a good idea.

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Ralph Spoilsport Re:Prototype? (262 comments)

Your prius has a flywheel? Since when? I have a 2007 prius and it has no flywheel.

about three weeks ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

Ralph Spoilsport It's snakeoil, and this is why: (413 comments)

1. It's FLAC. nothing special.
2. If you're listening to it on $100 computer speakers, you might as well listen to 320kbps MP3s because you're not going to hear the difference on those crap speakers
. 3. Where do you listen to music? At your computer? Are you using the above mentioned speakers? Fail. If its charging via USB how is Pono going to isolate the noise in the USB Bus? If you are listening in your car - fuck off. You are NOT going to hear the difference over he road noise and attention distractions breaking your focus. AND I doubt the speakers or the amps in you car are much better than the junk attached to your computer.
4. Even if you have good speakers - what amp are you using? Your Preamp? Or is it going through some silver faced 1970s Pioneer reciever you got at Hipster Haven for $50?
What this is is very simple: It's a cranky old man who misses the old days of Rock and Roll business model, where music was impressed in spiraled disks - first vinyl, then polycarbonate. Those days are gone, so he's trying to open up some scarcity to create profit. He will fail.

about a month ago

Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

Ralph Spoilsport I'd charge even more. (306 comments)

If you can't install FREE SOFTWARE that's dead easy to install, fuck - I'd charge you $100 just because you're fucking useless.

about a month ago

Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence

Ralph Spoilsport Re:Colossus the Forbin Project! (254 comments)

The simplest thing to do is simply unplug the damn thing. IT's not that hard.

about 2 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Ralph Spoilsport The reason why this theory is horseshit (745 comments)

is it is subject to infinite regress. Let's pretend we are in a computer simulation cooked up by some advanced race of aliens. Who's to say that the advanced race of aliens isn't also locked up in a computer simulation by an even more advanced race of aliens, etc. ad infinitum. Since there is no stopping there is no point in entering. The best response to these idiots is to simply not play the game. Walk away and ignore them.

about 2 months ago

National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

Ralph Spoilsport Cool. (127 comments)

I bet we're only 50 years from a real fusion reactor.

-Fusion reactor spokesman, 1960

about 2 months ago

Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

Ralph Spoilsport Even a buffoon (380 comments)

like Rand Paul can do the right thing once in a while. However, if a Republican was in office, I doubt he would do this, because, basically, this is just political theatre. Political theatre is the offspring of when tragedy fucked kabuki bareback.

about 2 months ago

Why the Internet of Things Is More 1876 Than 1995

Ralph Spoilsport missing tag: (142 comments)


about 2 months ago

Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation

Ralph Spoilsport Because: (264 comments)

Grades are BULLSHIT. Grading should be as follows:
Extra Credit
Extra credit can only be granted with a second prof reviewing the work. Since profs don't like doing that, it would be rare and would really require extra-ordinary effort.

IMHO, that would solve a lot of problems. Grades are this weird Prussian overhang. They need to go away.

about 2 months ago

A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

Ralph Spoilsport How far should they go? (253 comments)

As far as it takes to smash capitalism and see the parasites hang.

about 2 months ago

Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Ralph Spoilsport Re:When you are a criminal (227 comments)

In order to bring to public light a horrible truth. Therefore: he is a hero, not a criminal.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Ralph Spoilsport As a long time member (2219 comments)

I would ask that Timothy et al please heed my note here.

First I would dispute this as being Beta software. I've been doing beta testing and QA for many years - now I teach audio and media theory, but I am still actively involved with software development. Slashdot Beta is actually Slashdot Alpha. Beta is feature complete. Whatever Slashdot is, is not. I go to Beta. I post a response. I get a notice that says:

You had mail. Paul read it, so ask him what it said.

Trademarks property of their respective owners. Comments owned by the poster. Copyright © 2014 Dice. All Rights Reserved. Slashdot is a Dice Holdings, Inc. service

Well, (1.) I can't "had mail", and (2.) who the fuck is Paul?

And why do I still have to type fucking HTML code to format a comment? That's been a royal pain in the balls since like *forever*, and one of the least attractive aspects of this website, and yet THAT is still required to use in comments - there's no Rich Text editor, something even the dorkiest of third rate commenting systems has. So, you've "improved" the site, but not made it more usable.

So, I figure, well, maybe I should go look at the "mail I had", and lo and behold, I can't find the link to my account. I scroll up - not there. Then I realise I had CTRL-plus a few times to make things bigger (I'm in the process of getting new glasses, so I need to blow things up a lot so I can see them until my new lenses arrive). So: I go back to the old slashdot, and I see the horizontal scroll bar. I go to the new site, and the scroll bar is missing. Which is stupid and wrong. So, I figure "they can't have deleted access to my account" so I go CTRL-minus a few times and bingo - the link to my account appears. So I click it and I cannot find any link to a messaging or email feature.

So, at that point, I'm getting kind of pissed off.

So, I post some stuff in a comment, you know - contributing like the good scout I usually am. I type a line, put in a paragraph command, and what happens? IT CHANGES FONT! WTF?!?!?!

No - Beta is not a beta - It's mid alpha, at best. I appreciate slashdot wanting to be more friendly to mobile platforms - that is understandable. What you fail to realise is you CAN do both - just sniff out the reciever and feed it the version of code it needs. If you can do it for fucking IE6, you can do the same for iOS or Android. Lots of other sites do that, why can't you?

I have FREQUENTLY reposted slashdot articles on FB and other social media. I post fairly often - usually 2 - 3 per week. I have excellent karma. I am (way) old enough to know better - old enough to know good from bad and quality from dross. I regularly mod comments. This slashdot "beta" is bullshit. Laughably inferior software.

If this "beta" goes through with its present (dys)functionality, I will likely reduce my presence and activity here.

I'm sort of known for having posts that say "Dear (so and so) FUCK YOU!" Sometimes, I get moderated as flamebait or troll when I do that, but sometimes I get modded as +5 Insightful when I do that. I don't think it is terrifically insightful to say this, but it is honest and I do believe I speak for many others when I say:

Dear Slashdot / Dice / developers and designers

You want to improve things here? DO THIS:
1. Fork it so there is an iOS version, an Android version ,and a desktop version, just like you would modify your CSS etc by sniffing out the browser.
2. Don't change fonts when a paragraph command is entered.
3. I shouldn't have to enter HTML in the first place. RTF editors have been around for ages. Give us a nice simple one that recognises return character as a paragraph break, allows bolding and italicisation or BOTH AT ONCE by selecting text and clicking a button or two, and finally the use of text as a link by simply selecting the text, clicking a link button which brings up a text field for the URL with a "done" button. That would bring slashdot up to 1998. 4. The white space looks all designery-ish, but it doesn't help me read it any faster.

That is all.

about 2 months ago

How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap

Ralph Spoilsport Oh FFS. That's terrible. (109 comments)

Not only did it not recognise my return char, it fucking CHANGED FONT after using a paragraph command. WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT? This isn't beta software. This is mid Alpha, at best.

about 2 months ago

How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap

Ralph Spoilsport So, this is a test (109 comments)

I will type a line and hit return here: And then type another line. I will now type a paragraph HTML command here:

And then type another line, followed by another paragraph code here:

This will prove to myself whether or not Beta, in all of it's innovative wonder, will finally allow Slashdot to recognise a return command.

That is all.

about 2 months ago



Aaron Swartz, suicide.

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  about a year ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "Aaron Swartz committed suicide. As a teenager, he helped create an early version of RSS and later played a key role in stopping a controversial online piracy bill in Congress. He also downloaded zillions of articles from JSTOR. JSTOR declined to press charges. MIT, where it happened, gave less of a clear signal, so the Feds went after him. They wanted him bad for his efforts re: RECAP, a system that gave Americans access to their own (public domain) case-law. He was arrested and charged with felonies. He committed suicide two years to the day of his arrest. Lessig gives his testimonial here and Cory Doctorow gives tribute to this young tragic genius here. This is an enormous tragedy and blow to Access To Knowledge activists the world over."
Link to Original Source

library.nu and ifile.it shut down

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "A coalition of 17 publishing companies has shut down library.nu and ifile.it, charging them with pirating ebooks. This comes less than a month after megaupload was shut down, and SOPA was stopped. If the busting of cyberlockers continues at this pace and online library sharing dismantled, this under-reported story may well be the tip of a very big iceberg — one quite beyond the P&L sheets of publishers and striking at basic human rights as outlined in the contradictions of the UN Charter. Is this a big deal — a grim coalition of corporate power? Or just mopping up some scurvy old pirates? Or somewhere in between? Those concerned with the future of file sharing should watch these events closely."
Link to Original Source

Facebook blocks addverts for Pot Legalisation

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "Proponents of marijuana legalization, which is on the California ballot in 2010, have hit a Facebook wall in their effort to grow an online campaign to rethink the nation's pot laws. Facebook initially accepted ads from the group Just Say Now, running them from August 7 to August 16, generating 38 million impressions and helping the group's fan page grow to over 6,000 members. But then they were abruptly removed. Should the phone company prevent phone calls on pot legalisation? If not, then what makes Facebook so special?"
Link to Original Source

less than $1 per watt Solar Cells

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "Major annoucement from First Solar: $1 per watt solar modules. The entire announcement is HERE. This is an extremely important price barrier breakthrough. Inexpensive PV solar is critical to maintaining an industrial society in a postCarbon context, and is a great example of how green tech can and will be central to business plans over the next few decades as we transition out of the age of fossil fuels. Solar has its obvious problems (doesn't work in the dark, etc.) but finally cost is becoming not one of them."

Electronic Bank Run Helped Spark Downturn

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "One of the recurring fears in a digitally linked global economy is the scenario where there is an electronic "run on the bank", a scenario that would make the run on banks of the early 1930s look like a pocketful of change. Even Bill Maher in his broadcast of 20.FEB.09 mused to the effect of "What would happen if the Chinese took all their money out?" Well it seems that Doomsday Scenario passed already, on 15.SEP.09. It seems that in a period of minutes, $550 billion dollars disappeared electronically from the Federal Reserve System in the form of liquidated money market funds. This story was told by Rep. Kanjorski (D-PA). Now, whether this was the Chinese doing a panic withdrawal or the major banks pulling out all stops to cover their bad debts is unknown at this time, but it does show one important thing: technology permitted a panic sell-off of unprecedented proportions that could have been completely catastrophic. What is also distressing is that there has been ZERO media coverage on this."

11,000 year old temple found in SE Turkey

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport writes "In Southeast Turkey, the archeologistKlaus Schmidt has discovered an 11,000 year old temple. Normal civilisation theory suggests that agriculture created cities, and cities created monuments. This discovery suggests just the opposite — people got together to build a huge monument to their religion, and in order to sustain it, communities were formed and agriculture (already in development) quickly followed on to sustain the population. Truly a startling find with significant implications."
Link to Original Source

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport writes "AP reports: NASA may be going to the same old moon with a ship that looks a lot like a 1960s Apollo capsule, but the space agency said Monday that it's going to do something dramatically different this time: Stay there.

The goal is to have a base at the South Pole permanently staffed by 2024. Why the South Pole? It get more Sun, making solar power more doable. The cost? Expensive. From TFA: "The tooth fairy is not going to drop $500 to $800 billion on NASA," McCurdy said. "Being creative on the moon can sometimes get you confined to the moon."

Can we/should we do it? 800 billion bucks buys a boatload of pretty little probes — how much science can we get out of an $800 billion moon base compared to hundreds of probes of ever increasing sophistication? Is putting a half dozen hairless apes on the moon a good idea? Come on slashdotters! Where are we with this issue?"



This is a test. It is only a test.

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is a test as to how this works. I normally don't keep a journal exceppt on my own horribly neglected blog.

I have found that I have Friends and Fans. I don't know hw that works or why these people are my friends and fans, but I feel flattered nonetheless.

For those who wonder, Ralph Spoilsport is a car salesman / drug dealer character from the record How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All? by the Firesign Theatre.

best to all.


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