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Droughts Linked To Global Warming

SilasMortimer Re:Bogus (535 comments)

In other words, don't think about the mounds of scientific evidence, rather think what you tell us to think in spite of it?

I'll get back to you on that. Hold your breath until then. Don't worry about the "need for air", that's just a liberal conspiracy. If you start feeling lightheaded, take a toke from a CO machine. Michelle Bachmann said it's perfectly harmless to breathe and she's not a liberal.

more than 2 years ago
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Droughts Linked To Global Warming

SilasMortimer Re:We're not there yet... (535 comments)

When that does happen, i wonder if any of the deniers will actually step forward and admit they were wrong? Every time i see a denier post on Slashdot that seems to come from someone who sincerely believes what they're saying i'm tempted to write their name down and ask them about it when that time comes, but i'm far too lazy to actually follow through on that.

I like to be helpful, so I'll sum up the answer you'll receive when that happens:

"Well, excuse me. How could I possibly have heard all of the evidence when I just happened to be sticking my fingers in my ears and going, 'LA LA LA LA,' the whole time, Mr. Know-it-all?"

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

SilasMortimer Re:Who Cares (246 comments)

Yes, I realize this. However, their work depended heavily on open source software, including Linux and Apache. Their continued success has, in part, been driven not only by their commercial work, but the continued advancement of open source software and their own contributions to such. As Google was formed the same year as the Mozilla Foundation, the boost that Mozilla gave to the open source community could be said to be a contributor to Google's meteoric rise. Without the aforementioned boost, open source would have advanced at a slower pace. Even if Google continued to be rise, it would have been slower and, instead of becoming the next giant, it would likely have gotten to a point where it was worth a LOT to bigger companies to buy out and even more worth it to Google to sell.

I didn't want to write all that when I made my initial post.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

SilasMortimer Re:Who Cares (246 comments)

Sorry, but I don't deal in "what ifs" or "could haves" or "should haves". That is NOT the past. While you're wasting time dwelling on what might have been, with absolutely no power to change anything, I'm focusing on how to make the the future better.

You are forgiven. And what if you had not made this pointless post? Well, I would not have told you that you can't make the future better without learning from the past and using your imagination. You would have gone forward bereft of the wisdom I had to impart to you. Then you might have made a fool of yourself by repeating it in the future. At the very least, you would have wondered why your efforts to make the future better were failing.

What can we learn from this?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

SilasMortimer Re:Who Cares (246 comments)

Our browsers are Mosaic-based.

For one, Mosaic was the first to show images inline. For this reason alone, not only did its popularity explode, but it made the web more interesting to the average user. For another, Netscape was made by many of the original developers of Mosaic and they built on the concept. And finally, the first Internet Explorer... was a re-branded Mosaic. Every major browser since then has been built on the concept that people became familiar with because of these.

So, basically, what you suggest might have happened... happened. Well done?

Anyway, my thought is more that if Microsoft had bought Netscape in 1994, they would likely have Frankenstein-ed the two browsers together, leaving people with no choice but a single super-bloated monster rather than a choice between two regularly bloated monsters. An alternate browser would have waited for faster Internet speeds so the open source movement could take off and gain enough contributors (and bandwidth) to do something of interest to the mainstream. I say this because with no major competition and the tactics they used to come out on top in the first place, Microsoft would have no serious challengers. Maybe a few commercial browsers for niche markets (Opera is a dubious example, since nothing really makes it "niche" except that it is). Since Mozilla itself was a huge boost to the open source movement, it would likely have taken longer for an open source browser to attract enough developers to keep up with Interscape Exigator, particularly with Microsoft having all of the clout to change technologies faster (sorry... new Windows out... gotta rewrite your entire site...). Google would likely not exist (I was going to say something much less drastic, but when you really think about it, it's probably true).

Ultimately, I'm thinking the whole scenario might have been good for Apple in a way, if they'd played it right. I imagine they could have wound up with a larger share of the home computer market. Don't know if that'd be good or bad.

But we all know that changing the timeline brings unexpected results. There's a chance it'd have gone all "A new challenger appears!"

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

SilasMortimer Re:TrueCrypt (482 comments)

Because it's suggestive in what seems to be an unintentionally hilarious way. "Keeppass" would make more sense for what it does, but personally I like the current, suggestive spelling.

It's like those Payless shoe stores. When I'm forced (usually by a girlfriend) to go into one of those miserable places, I like to spread the misery by being mercilessly annoying and complaining that the shoes are not free and that if that's not what they meant, they should have used two words.

Being a Grammar Nazi doesn't mean you can't have fun.

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

SilasMortimer Re:It's pretty simple (516 comments)

As for her looks, I neither have an opinion nor interest. Your claim that she is intelligent is, I suppose, technically true by simple dint of her species (i.e., I'm certain she can press the button to get the cheese at least as well as a rat). For "demonstrated abilities to run a [government]", that is SO cute!

Regarding the Constitution, I've heard her mention it, therefore I suppose she believes that one exists. However, her continuous and hilarious displays of ignorance of its contents implies she either still hasn't read it or she tried to read it and didn't understand it.

The best part of all, though, is how she unites the stupid in one proud bunch standing behind her and shaking their fists at all the intelligent thoughts flying over their heads. There are conservatives with working brains and I'm certain they have to facepalm when someone like you jumps up and spouts off like a character in bad sitcom, but I get SUCH a kick out of it.

Keep up the good work!

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

SilasMortimer Re:It's pretty simple (516 comments)

Dude, I think a good portion of people who would never vote for Palin without threat of getting "The Moose Treatment" are one of the big reasons she stays in the news.

Honestly, what's so important about getting her emails? To prove some sort of misconduct no one really doubts? To redundantly make her a joke? Hell no. It's the comedy factor. This will be gold for thousands of established comedians and millions of would-be comedians.

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

SilasMortimer Re:It's pretty simple (516 comments)

Be fair. It only amuses them when it's done by the Right.

And if your head exploded on a regular basis, imagining it happening to other people even once, however stupid the reason, is perfectly understandable.

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

SilasMortimer Re:It's pretty simple (516 comments)

Money, sure. But it could also be that they're lonely and desperate for a little company. For just a little while. Edna's making coffee right now!

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

SilasMortimer Re:He's innocent? (243 comments)

OJ had to go through a second, civil trial, which he lost and had to pay damages. So the point is that if the government were feeling nasty they could presumably try something similar.

So what are you saying? The government is going to sue this guy for damages? Seriously? Have you thought this through?

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

SilasMortimer Re:FALSE !! NOT GUILTY IS NOT INNOCENT !! (243 comments)

Due process doesn't presume innocence, but the police don't decide the law, they only enforce it. As the court makes the final decision when it renders the verdict, the presumption of innocence by that court until such time as guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt means that according to the law of the land the accused is presumed innocent until such time as guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Theoretically.

This also means that if the prosecution fails to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, then according to the law of the land, the presumption of innocence continues. Anyone and everyone can at that point start believing the accused was actually guilty, but according to the law of the land, that doesn't matter one whit.

While there is valid philosophical argument separating the terms "innocent" and "not guilty", the point is moot in the context of criminal law. Your point about law enforcement and prosecution not requiring presumption of innocence is a non-point.

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

SilasMortimer Re:Hooray for Mr. Drake (243 comments)

You sound like a mutant commie. You're Trouble with a capital T and I hope the Troubleshooters fully enjoy their bouncy bubble beverage when they're done with you.

Mine eyes have seen the coming of another commie horde...

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

SilasMortimer Re:OP is a Mormon with some wacky ideas ... (243 comments)

You can and should draw your own conclusions, but IMO this "Hylandr" is a seriously weird individual.

That may be the case, but what does it say about you that you went through all the trouble to build such a complex ad hom about someone who said something so ridiculous in the first place? As an AC, too. Emphasis on the C.

He's nutty, but you're the pot. Um. As in calling the kettle. You get my point. I hope.

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

SilasMortimer Re:He's innocent? (243 comments)

How did it not help him? Has he been acquitted in a criminal trial only to be brought to trial again in a criminal court for the same charges?

If so, how did it pass under the radar?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

SilasMortimer Re:Way too much coincidence (549 comments)

The logo can be explained: combine the usual logo for wireless lan with the usual logo for synchronize.(since hotsync/palm times).

Like the fish-bulb!

more than 3 years ago
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FDA Sued To Stop Antibiotic Abuse On Factory Farms

SilasMortimer Re:Finding of fact? (298 comments)

That, or the courts aren't gullible enough to believe that the people suing didn't know the risks when they chose to smoke.

more than 3 years ago
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FDA Sued To Stop Antibiotic Abuse On Factory Farms

SilasMortimer Re:Finding of fact? (298 comments)

People can be amazingly adept at "contesting" science they don't like. See: creationism, vaccines causing autism, climate change denial, or (a few decades ago) cigarettes being harmless.

(Emphasis mine.)

I can never understand when people say that. Sure, when people were looking to sue the tobacco companies, it made sensible strategy to claim that they never knew smoking was bad for them, but it's hard to understand why people believed that outside of the case. I mean, my mother was born in the 1930s and was told they were bad for her.

more than 3 years ago
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"Space Archeology" Uncovers Lost Pyramids

SilasMortimer Re:No imagination... (156 comments)

You're right. I'm being unfair to the much less numerous and vastly superior easily-amused.

As far as something having a plot simply by dint of being on film, here's a thorough rebuttal that I have taken the time to... oo! Look behind you! Something shiny!

more than 3 years ago

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Does Reputation Matter?

SilasMortimer SilasMortimer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SilasMortimer writes "In a recent article at "The Nation", a member of a group protesting the Win America Campaign is quoted in response to why they focus their protests on Apple, one of many companies supporting the campaign:

“Most of the other companies aren’t really gonna give a damn if we go after them. They’re not concerned for their reputation. [With Apple] there’s a little more leverage,” [says] US Uncut spokesperson Joanne Gifford.

Putting aside the politics of the contents, is there any worth in this kind of tactic or is it simple naivete?"
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Vincentennial: The Celebration of a Horror Icon

SilasMortimer SilasMortimer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SilasMortimer writes "May 27th will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vincent Price. There is an ongoing celebration in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, appropriately called the Vincentennial, held by Cinema St. Louis. Whether you're a horror nerd or a general movie nerd, this is a good time to pull out a copy of "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" or some other favorite and enjoy a night of Mr. Price's delightful, over-the-top villainy. What is your particular favorite?"
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Muscle Mice

SilasMortimer SilasMortimer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SilasMortimer writes "Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have accomplished that for which humankind has been desperate for untold millenia: turning sad, injured regular mice into angry, beefed-up super-mice. Well, okay, there's no official word in TFA on the rodents' emotional states, but certainly when stem cells were injected into mice with leg injuries, the muscle grew back... almost twice as big as it was before the injury. This has many exciting implications, from better healing for injuries, to slowing down the aging process, to a spike in the number of cases of Generalized Anxiety Disorder among cats. I, for one, refuse to perpetuate lame, outdated memes. (But feel free to make up for the lack.)"

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More fun with translations

SilasMortimer SilasMortimer writes  |  more than 4 years ago My first entry with this user. I don't even remember my old user name, but I never posted much, so no one else would remember, anyway.

Been a while since I've kept up with this hell hole and I missed it.

So I was checking out some new stuff (at least new since the last time I actively read /.) and found the link to slashdot.jp. Automatic translations of (especially) Japanese sites are always humorous, so I took it to Google. This may not be news to most people who might read this, but it cracked me up, so I decided to natter on about it a bit.

The usual translational silliness abounded, of course. I checked out the following:

Anonymous Coward says that,

Internet companies in the U.S., IE6 No More started the project. This is, IE6 to IE8 and Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, Google Chrome's campaign to promote the transfer of the latest browser (Publickey from). In this project, IE6 when accessing a Web site, "You are using a browser older" and have provided sample code for displaying banners. Try to introduce your site?

The mod tags in the comments included the usual "Interesting", but the rest were a bit different: "as a reference", "great insights" and "ha-ha funny". The "ha-ha funny" (my favorite, of course), was:

I'll tell you what to increase the real effects of ERAI.

"You are obsolete. In your browser."

Obsolete in your browser? That's harsh, man. They must have similar fun with English to Japanese translations, especially if it doesn't use katakana. If I remember that right.

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