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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Sardaukar86 Remarkable (104 comments)

I'm not really interested in fan-made anything, for the usual reasons. This team's version of Pilgrim of Eternity is however nothing less than remarkable and deserving of much credit.

yesterday
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Sardaukar86 Re:12 hour factory shifts? (193 comments)

Off-topic? For a joke?

I think someone needs to lighten up some.

2 days ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Sardaukar86 Re:What are they going to do? (229 comments)

Looks like spottswoode is some faggy yourowpeeing.

Clearly. Especially so when compared to the average North American who is of course manly, buff and (like, totally) heroic.

3 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Sardaukar86 Re:The "worker standards" farce is obvious (193 comments)

Let's just stop pretending the resulting product is glamorous.

Exactly. Both Android and Apple phone and tablet products are produced in sweatshops no Slashdotter would like to work in themselves, myself included.

Apple and Android manufacturers can pay as much lip-service to worker rights as they want. Until they actually employ staff in Western countries they're just talking spin. They know damn well nobody could afford a current smartphone or tablet if Human labour exploitation in 3rd-world conditions wasn't a reality.

3 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Sardaukar86 Re:12 hour factory shifts? (193 comments)

if my GF was still alive, he'd be furious for the things he and his peers fought for

Uh.. umm.. Oh. *head-desk*

Note to self: GF can also stand in for grandfather.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sardaukar86 Re:Tits (447 comments)

Thanks Talderas, your post inspired me to re-visit the series and I managed to dig out the DVDs last night. Good times! :)

4 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sardaukar86 Re:Easier method (447 comments)

Ad hominen FTW, right?

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sardaukar86 Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

Does that make you an "equal opportunity discriminator"? I like it!

I do find Xenophobia to be its own reward. ;-)

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sardaukar86 Re:Tits (447 comments)

Don't tell me that was Scorpie he was talking to!

Hmm, perhaps Aeryn ended up in Crichton's head too at one time or another. It has been too long!

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Sardaukar86 Re:Check your math. (876 comments)

That's certainly true, however at first blush that post does seem to proffer a little more than 'three words for you'.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Sardaukar86 Re:Check your math. (876 comments)

Three words for you: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis or Problem, Reaction, Solution.

Hmm. I was pretty sure my maths was sketchy - but now I have actual proof!

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Sardaukar86 Re:See even russian's (235 comments)

even russian's - subhuman as they are - know that nigger's are shit and are willing to stand up for some body that calls it as it is.

Well, 'shit' or not, I'm sure most "russian's" and "nigger's" have a considerably better handle on apostrophe use than yourself, you son of a greengrocer you.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Sardaukar86 Re:Define living being (341 comments)

Are prions alive? For the purposes of this discussion, why do you think they are they more or less alive than viruses, or why do you think they are the same as viruses with respect to being alive?

That's an excellent question and I can tell you right now I don't have the knowledge or understanding to provide a good answer. I totally accept that life is one of the most difficult of things to classify (beyond my high school understanding of MRSGREF) and as such I've perhaps misspoken in my earlier post.

Many people would substitute the phrase "beings of a type (i.e. species) which at their peak intellect are typically sufficiently intelligent" or "... sufficiently self-aware" for "living", using their own definition of "sufficiently."

If I may be contrary for a moment, does intelligence necessarily need to come into the discussion? Actually I'm a little confused by your last statement sorry.

Are we talking about a delimiter, or a cut-off, between beings having souls or not? Or is this about what constitutes a 'being' regardless of the potential of having a soul?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

Sardaukar86 Re:They used the wrong windows (268 comments)

Because you cant afford the retail version and think you have some right to get it at the OEM price this makes them greedy?

That's not what I said at all and you know it. You are purposefully mis-characterising the intent of my post so you can get yourself all pissed off and behave like a Microsoft apologist for great social justice. My issue is with Microsoft's price-gouging, I even offered a suggestion as to how much I feel the 'right to virtualise' is worth to me. Not $500, right? But feel free to ignore that if it gets in the way of your screeching.

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Fuck you and your entitlist mentality! They give you a discount for its use in a particular scenario and then you just expect to be able to get that discount in all situations, so it is *you* who is the greedy fuck in this case!

Yeah, you can call me names if you like. Your unnecessary ad-hominen rubbish aside, I'll point out that Microsoft offer a discount because - and only because - it suits Microsoft to do so. They are not depriving themselves of revenue out of the goodness of their hearts.

As for my 'entitlist(sic) mentality', I'll also point out that I have already paid for the operating system, so what matter is it whether it runs on a piece of metal and silicon or on a virtual piece of metal and silicon itself on a piece of metal and silicon? As long as I'm not still running the original machine, why should I be in violation of the licensing agreement? What business is it of Microsoft what I do with my computers?

Besides, what heinous crime is this that it demands such an outraged response in Microsoft's defence? Should we simply accept the will of our corporate masters and their convoluted demands without fuss like good little drones?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

Sardaukar86 Re:They used the wrong windows (268 comments)

fsck it, fsck it, fsck it, I promised myself I wouldn't forget the asterisk explanation:

* in NZ dollars and relating to retail Win 7 Pro or Ultimate; Windows 8 Pro is less than half this price.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

Sardaukar86 Re:They used the wrong windows (268 comments)

Realistically, I am just not at risk due to this behavior.

Well, don't give them money.

Sure, I agree. MS do indeed have a product that people want, however this doesn't invalidate the argument that MS are greedy. This is the original point I was trying to make, not that there weren't alternatives.

Like yourself, I *will* buy Windows OEM with a machine (ex-lease works for me) and again, like yourself, I'd violate the OEM licencing terms by running the copy as a VM if it suited me to do so.

My point is that whilst I'd happily pay another $50 for the right to do so legally, I'm damned if I'm going to shell out over $500* for an OS I've already paid for. Ergo, Microsoft are a bunch of greedy fucks.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

Sardaukar86 Re:They used the wrong windows (268 comments)

I've even got an OEM XP sticker on my PC case, just barely legible, so I don't have to use it without paying.

If I'm not mistaken, one cannot legally virtualise an OEM edition of Windows. That's just not cricket. One is instead required to purchase a full retail version of the software to gain this right.

Assuming my facts are still accurate, that makes Microsoft exactly the sort of greedy fucks Dunbal calls them out to be.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Sardaukar86 Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Anything that makes inmates feel like they have a positive connection to greater society is a good thing.

Exactly. Unless we intend to lock up all prisoners for ever, the vast majority will be released back into society eventually.

Do we want released inmates re-integrated with society as smoothly as possible, or do we want them back amongst us harbouring a deep resentment due to the way they were treated in prison? It's our choice.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Sardaukar86 Re:How smart does a chimp have to be? (341 comments)

Exactly. Either there are no souls, or every living being has a soul, right down to viruses and bacteria.

If a soul is more or less how we collectively imagine it to be, what possible value is having a soul if some classes of living beings can exist without it?

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Sardaukar86 Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

The speed limit is c. It's the law.

Absolutely. I too feel this is a pretty well-established fixed upper limit on a body's physical speed through spacetime.

Of course, I live in hope that Humanity will eventually develop methods to 'skip around' the pesky limitations of physics in the universe as we currently know it. That said, no evidence is available to assist me. Even if such a thing is possible we might be talking about a technology tens of thousands of years ahead of our current tech level.

Perhaps in time we'll learn to employ gravity with similar ease to our methods for utilising the electromagnetic force. Likely, this will be only one of many, many prerequisite technologies needed to achieve interstellar travel.

Without the tech itself we can only speculate. However limited we are, the beautifully elegant Alcubierre drive concept (which we're all no doubt familiar with) was still the product of an imagination of our time, even as desperately limited as it is. Some Humans are really very clever. We may well yet crack this nut, only time will tell.

about two weeks ago

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Christchurch shakes, rattles and rolls

Sardaukar86 Sardaukar86 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sardaukar86 writes ""Darkness, rain and temperatures are falling on Christchurch with people still trapped in buildings crumpled by a massive earthquake, waiting on search and rescue teams to get them out alive."
So begins the New Zealand Herald running story of the day. Christchurch, a city already weakened by a strong 7.1 magnitude quake just four months prior now faces its greatest challenge yet as a magnitude 6.3 event scores a direct hit on the city's CBD. Sixty-five are confirmed dead with the death toll expected to rise."

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