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HP Spent Over $80M To Get Rid of Its CEOs

SatanicPuppy Re:Interesting... (261 comments)

Anyone ever deal with SAP? That anyone would hire their former CEO to do anything but wash windows is astonishing to me. Apotheker performed exactly as I would have expected him to.

more than 2 years ago

GPGPU Bitcoin Mining Trojan

SatanicPuppy Re:Heh. (258 comments)

Because they're increasing the money supply, and that is a primary driver of inflation?

more than 3 years ago

GPGPU Bitcoin Mining Trojan

SatanicPuppy Heh. (258 comments)

Wasn't one of the big "selling points" of bitcoins that they weren't inflationary?


more than 3 years ago

Why Some People Don't Have Fingerprints

SatanicPuppy Re:What countries? (159 comments)

Undoing mod down. =P

more than 3 years ago

How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port

SatanicPuppy Re:All too many times... (244 comments)


Worst. Controls. Ever.

That is all. Blah, blah, blah filter error. Looks like yelling? Well, duh, that was the fucking point.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

SatanicPuppy Re:The new truism (384 comments)

Actually, the drug argument is the first thing that popped into my head. Can't beat supply and demand, so legalize and tax.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

SatanicPuppy Re:The new truism (384 comments)

I'm not sure what you're talking about. If I wanted to buy a +40 jillion sword of epic wanking for WoW, I could go to any number of sites, and pay cash for that. I could do it *right now*. I could buy Diablo 2 items *right now*.

It is true Blizzard sells pets and crap like that for cash, but it is not true that they are selling anything different now. They're providing a cash auction house where PLAYERS can sell stuff to OTHER PLAYERS for money. In short, they're targeting the third party sites that sell items. That's it.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

SatanicPuppy Re:The new truism (384 comments)

If Blizzard *themselves* were selling weapons or armor or something that they created, then yes, I would agree. This is just bringing the player-to-player exchanges that have been around since forever in-house.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

SatanicPuppy Re:The new truism (384 comments)

Eh. If I was going to have to deal with a bunch of cash, I'd charge a fee too. It's a huge pain in the ass. They'll need new staff, and they'll have to pay fees, etc, etc.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

SatanicPuppy Re:The new truism (384 comments)

All they're doing is hosting a player auction house, where items can be bought from players by players for cash. They're not selling items themselves.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

SatanicPuppy Re:Pay To Work!! (384 comments)

Your point would be more valid if there weren't dozens of services that do the exact same thing already. I see this as Blizzard making a virtue of necessity: if people are going to sell their rare items, then why not facilitate that?

Nobody is making you play.

more than 3 years ago

NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

SatanicPuppy Re:Question: (208 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

SatanicPuppy Invite? (1223 comments)

Emails in the comment header.

more than 3 years ago

US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment

SatanicPuppy Re:How... Ironic. (458 comments)

People still buy porn?


more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Adds "WikiLove" For Newbie Editors

SatanicPuppy Re:I tell you what (225 comments)

My kingdom for mod points.

more than 3 years ago

Federally-Mandated Medical Coding Gums Up IT Ops

SatanicPuppy Re:Structured data makes this easier (254 comments)

My thoughts exactly. It would only be a burden if you had to update the old records.

That being said, however, I'm sure that shit is hardcoded all over the damn place.

more than 3 years ago

State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

SatanicPuppy Re:WTF? (516 comments)

This is a common tactic to use against news organizations. Chances are, they're going to have to pay copy costs for each page as well...I think federal law caps the cost at $.25 per page. Joy.

more than 3 years ago

Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page

SatanicPuppy Re:how they know (767 comments)

I'm guessing you're a fan...In fact, you may actually be her, judging by your meticulous grammar and extraordinary vocabulary.

more than 3 years ago

Tech Experts Look To Help Save the Postal Service

SatanicPuppy Re:The problem with USPS is ... (398 comments)

No. Look, there are a lot of annoying things about the USPS, but it has only one real problem: it has to deliver to EVERY PLACE IN THE US. When you compare to FedEx or UPS, you miss the point. They go hub to hub, and they don't deliver to low population areas, more less support offices there.

If they cut back to more profitable services, they'd be well in the black, but their "mission" (which is dictated by the govt) precludes this, so there are problems.

more than 3 years ago



Newspapers make bid for online Advertising

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SatanicPuppy writes "The online newspaper advertising group QuadrantOne just scored a significant coup, bringing in enough media organizations to effectively double its size. The AP reports that 26 new newspaper companies, including McClatchy, Belo, and Media General, have joined in with QuadrantOne. Given print media's still-unchallenged dominance of local markets, this could have far reaching impact for national online advertising; despite the current state of the industry, a united industry would be a fierce market competitor.

Has print media finally gotten its act together, or is this just the last gasp of a dying industry?"

The last of Uwe Boll?

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SatanicPuppy writes "According to Reuters, Uwe Boll, the German director the critics love to hate, will return to low-budget filmmaking now that his latest and biggest production, the $70 million fantasy epic "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," bombed at the North American box office. The tax shelter loopholes that funded the previous films have been banned in Germany, making further large budget films unlikely."



Religion vs Religion

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So I'm sick, and instead of sleeping like a normal person I'm roaming the web because apparently that's in some way intelligent or something.

And I run across this poll by the economist, and I'd never seen this exact poll before, but I've seen about a thousand like it...It's basically a contrast of the American groupthink vs the European groupthink. In this case, it's the Brits.

First section is "Religion" and the third question is:

"Which explains the origin of the Earth?"
~30% of Americans and ~65% of the Brits said "Evolution"
~40% of Americans and ~10% of the Brits said "The Bible"
~20% of Americans and ~18% of the Brits said "Intelligent Design"

Now, to me there is only one right answer to that question: The fucking Bible.

Evolution is ..."the changes seen in the inherited traits of a population from one generation to the next. These changes are relatively minor from one generation to the next, but accumulate with each subsequent generation and can eventually cause substantial changes in the organisms." It's go no fucking thing what-so-ever to do with the origin of Earth or life on Earth.

Intelligent Design is too stupid and intellectually bankrupt to even rate a place on the list, so that leaves only the Bible, which, imho, is wrong, but the question doesn't say anything about accuracy so it remains the only thing on the list that correctly answers the question.

So, on the one hand, we have a bunch of people who think the sky fairy made everything. On the other hand, we have a bunch of people who think Evolution has something to do with the origin of fucking life!

Part of me hopes that the 10% or so who actually knew that the poll was horseshit hung up, or answered "Evolution" as a short-hand way of saying "Whatever scientific theory of abiogenesis has the most evidence behind it today." But in the end, the only thing the poll really says is that the cult of the jewish sheepfarmers is less popular in Britain than the cult of the toaster oven...And that 20% of both population groups believe whatever you tell 'em.

I guess I should take comfort in the fact that at least they're more secular over there, but all it really does is drive home the fact that, of any group of humans, the vast majority are completely ignorant at any given time, and that science can be just as irrationally religious as any religion.



SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So yesterday this article pops up, a piece of article trolling not-so-subtly designed to appeal to people like yours truly (wordy ego-driven serial karma-whores). So I bang out a reasonably obvious reply. Fine, mission accomplished.

Then along comes some AC who decides that I need some kind of affirmational literary blowjob which basically throws my trite and whorish soul into sharp relief, provoking a fit of cleansing-through-self-loathing which is immediately moderated to +5 insightful, and adorned with yet still more affirmation.

Truly, I am the king of whores. I don't do it on purpose, I just can't seem to stfu. I used to write a column in my college newspaper; at least those led to free beer and sex.


Argumentum ad Ignorantiam, we barely knew thee...

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Finally tossing the old sig, as have had no ID whackjobs to torment with it for a while.

Argumentum ad Ignorantiam:
Fallacy of taking a statement not provably false and implying that it is therefore true


Theists Argument for the Existence of God
There is no evidence against p.
Therefore, p.

Atheists Argument for the Non-Existence of God
There is no evidence for p.
Therefore, not-p.

The whole goal of the culture of science is to use evidence and induction to find the right answer, not to use scientifically useless deductive logic to get into "Nuh-uh!" style pissing contests with people who already "know" the answer.

ad Ignorantiam is one of the more appalling fallacies you see thrown around in the world, because it is assertion based on zero evidence. It's almost always an emotional appeal made to play to the prejudices of the listeners.

So don't fall into the trap; conclusions made with no evidence are worthless.


Purpose of the Foe list

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I use it as a heads up.

You're readin along, and the guy starts spouting stupid junk, and you look up and see he's on yer foe list, and think to yourself, "Oh yea, he's a jackass" and move on.

Otherwise you're left wondering if this jackass seems familiar or not...Precious time could be lost while you try and figure out which of you is crazy. If you've FOE'd him, then you're reminding yourself you've already been through this process, and the conclusion was: It's him.

Kinda like the opposite of the Friends list, which is used to mark people who are less crazy than you, or at least crazy in a more constructive way.

Then there is the fan list, which is scary because these are people who don't think YOU'RE crazy, which could be bad if THEY'RE crazy, because then you have to wonder if you ARE crazy.

Then there is the Freak list...if the people on your freak list aren't jackasses and trolls, then the bad news is: It's you.


I hate extremists.

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  about 10 years ago

Myself I describe an extremist as someone who holds both a radical agenda and a complete unwillingness to compromise. This includes both the left wingers and the right wingers, as well as anyone who is overzealous about any particular cause or ideology. I'm including hippies, jesus freaks, radical feminists, and die hard racists in this. If you belong to one of these groups, you're a fuckup.

Nothing personal, of course, its just the way it is. You're a fuckup. An irrational obstructionist whose mind is so narrow that they cannot stand the slightest disagreement or the tinyest compromise.

I can handle the fact that you fuckers exist. What really gets me is that you're so goddamn certain you're right. You've got to be pretty damn arrogant to take a position shared by a tiny minority and declaim that as an absolute truth.

Take the hippies, for example. These people are living in a seriously disconnected world; we're not talking drugs here, we're talking about social priorities so out of whack with the world the rest of us live in, that they tend to congregate in scary little enclaves where they agree with each other all the time, and throw these wild ass protests any time anything remotely corporate moves in. They're against all industry, and all corporations, and they love assigning stereotypes to people who think differently to them, while decrying stereotypes in general.

Radical feminists, specifically Dworkin and her crowd, push their anti-male agenda with the same fervor and some of the same solutions that the racists use to push their anti-race agendas. Equally stupid and shallow. Equally "We're superior and you're fucking us over". Both groups make me ill.

And then there are the religious whackos. I think they're my all time least favorite. I'd say the hippies, but the hippies have at least SOME compassion for their fellow men. I am incapable of understanding how groups that supposedly follow a compassionate and forgiving god are capable of neither forgiveness nor empathy.

I say we get them all together and ask them really nicely to allow that there might be other view points. And when they spit on our shoes, I say we lock them all in a room together, and let them fight it out.

Theoretically, we could let the winners OUT of that room, but really, I think thats a bad idea.


What's up with the goddamn Conservatives?

SatanicPuppy SatanicPuppy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Yo, what the hell is up with the anti-environment conservatives? Fiscal conservative, fine I get that. Moral conservative? I think they're morons, but I get it.

But how the hell can you be anti-environment? Even the goddamn NRA isn't anti-environment---without the environment there aren't any fuzzy things for them to shoot. I mean, we all live here. Do you LIKE cyanide in your water? Do you like acid rain ruining your paint job? Do you want asthma? Or cancer? Yea, sure, I know, anything can give you cancer and if you live long enough, you're going to get it, but there is a hell of a difference between getting it at 90 and getting it at 30.

So take the goddamn SUV you bought so you could pretend you're not driving around in a glorified mini-van or station wagon, park it in your garage if it will fucking fit, close the door and start her up, because the least you can do for the rest of us is fucking die already.

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