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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Skynyrd Re:where is the controversy? (641 comments)

My bible history is sketchy at best; I'm not surprised I got some "facts" wrong.

So, Adam was the first human.
Eve was made from Adam's rib?
There are now two humans on the planet.
They had sons, who went out and got married.

Where did those women come from? How could the women be anything other than their own sisters - or at best, the daughter of their own brother and sister. Fucking creepy.

about two weeks ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Skynyrd Re:where is the controversy? (641 comments)

The bible does not disagree with reality.

Let's start with talking snakes.
An apple filled with knowledge.
Everybody is related to Adam and Eve, and completely inbred.
Two of every animal fit into a single boat, and none of them ate each other.
All the animals are inbred, back to the ark.

The bible does not disagree with reality.


about two weeks ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Skynyrd Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

I wish I could mod you up.
As a landlord, I dislike rent control enough that I won't be a landlord in a rent controlled area.

The city enforces how much the rent can go up, but can't enforce how much property taxes go up. The city won't cover my losses when rent goes down of course. It's a one way street. I keep my places clean, and things in good order. I make repairs, with a licensed contractor, quickly. I have given people a break on many occasions (late rent, giving young renters without a credit history a chance to *start* a rent & credit history, etc).

My wife was a HUGE supporter of rent control, until we bought a house and she began to understand how much money it costs to keep a house in good condition, and how often the city or state raises some random tax on home owners.

about two weeks ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Skynyrd Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

I'm thinking of a cloud backup for my music. Cheap, and I don't really care if they know I like The Clash.

Not so sure I'd want to store everything else there.

about a month ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Skynyrd Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

I think that's the whole point; he doesn't have the original media.

Do you think it was "lost in a fire" or "washed away in a flood"?

about a month and a half ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Skynyrd So simple (794 comments)

The Whole Foods fanatics don't come to my door and tell me I'm going to hell.
The Whole Foods fanatics don't vote to discriminate against people different from them.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't trying to change how text books are written.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't trying to own the government.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't claiming a "war on organic food".
The Whole Foods folks may be full of shit and misguided, but for the most part, they keep it to themselves. Just like a good Christian should.

about 1 month ago

Old cellphones, in my household ...

Skynyrd Apple vs Android (171 comments)

A 2 year old iPhone can usually be sold for $200, which is the same price as a new, on contract, iPhone. I just sell the old one every two years on eBay and get a new "free" one. I'm on a plan at work, so my contract price for unlimited data and talk is $50/month, and I don't pay it anyway.

I think the high resale value is one of the two advantages of an iPhone over an Android phone.
The other advantage is being able to deal with Apple, rather than a carrier, when there's a hardware problem.

about 2 months ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Skynyrd Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (367 comments)

If the comment system is broken, there's no reason to be here. If there's no reason to be here, there's no reason to care about mod points.

What separates slashdot from engadget and gizmodo is the readers and commenters.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Skynyrd Re:It tolls for thee, Timothy. (168 comments)

I used 15 moderator points just the other day to mod up nothing but "beta sucks" posts. Your sig looks familiar, so I assume some of them were yours.
I figure I'll eat shit during meta-moderation, but if the comments are broken, there's no real need to read slashdot anyway.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Skynyrd Long time subscriber, with an opinion (2219 comments)

I've been a reader, moderator and meta-moderator since 1998 or 1997. Last fucking century.

I've read and participated in many of the flare-up (remember John Katz?) and redesigns. All of them have been an issue, but nothing like this one. This one really is different; it's not just old people bitching about "the new thing".

To be brief, the redesign sucks. It took a layout that is simple, clean, easy to read (and more importantly, easy to skim) and turned it into a "modern" mess. UI is hard. Really hard. This time, the UI team just missed the boat. The new design makes it harder to read the site. It looks prettier to some people, but it's harder to read.

Secondly, you shouldn't even consider changing over until the comments works. The comments should be the first thing you get right. When /. was born, there wasn't much else like it, but now there's a million tech blogs. What makes slashdot different is the comments. When the comments are broken, there's not much difference between you and Engadget.

Most of us only have so much time in the day to gather "news". I can scan Google news, Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo and all the rest, but when I want to read good commentary from smart people who have an interest, I come here. Kill that, and you're no longer the innovator you started out as; you're just another copycat.

Bite the bullet, admit defeat, and try again. This time, figure out why people like me have been coming to the same website for 15 years. Slashdot and Ars have been part of my daily reading, since I got on the internet. Two sites. Please don't make it one.

about 3 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

Skynyrd Re:"Looks like we got ourselves a thinker!" (412 comments)

I guess a lot of Americans hate smart people, don't they? I'd have thought it would have been far more entertaining to watch someone do something different, interesting and successful, but what do I know. I'm sure the Idiocracy version will be along any time now.

I guess a lot of TV game show fans hate smart people, don't they? I'd have thought it would have been far more entertaining to watch someone do something different, interesting and successful, but what do I know. I'm sure the Idiocracy version will be along any time now.

Fixed that for ya.

about 3 months ago

Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

Skynyrd Depends on what "fake" is (140 comments)

Most of the people I know have FB accounts, and probably 50% of them are "fake" by FB's policies. Most of us won't use our real names. In my case, it's because there is exactly 1 person on this planet with my name (yes I've tried to find more; there aren't any). Since I don't trust FB to not do stupid things with my data, I lie about my name. The rest of the data is real.

My friends are in the same boat - they lie about their names, but the rest is real. Does it really matter to FB if John Smith goers by Jimmy Applebottom?

about 3 months ago

Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

Skynyrd Where's the "like" button? (338 comments)

I'd like to "like" this story.

about 3 months ago

Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

Skynyrd Re:FCC Shouldn't Ban It, But Airlines Should (340 comments)

As long as the airline rules can be enforced by the feds. I want to see an arrest, by federal agents after the plane lands, of the first caller who won't hang up.

If we don't give the airlines the teeth enforce their rules, they are pointless.

about 3 months ago

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

Skynyrd I used it all the time (255 comments)

Damn. I'll miss it.
I do a fair amount of travel for work, and would scope out neighborhoods before choosing a hotel.

about 3 months ago

Telescope Designer and Astronomer John Dobson, 1915-2014

Skynyrd Nice guy (57 comments)

My parents live in a small town, and the community college ran a seminar he taught. He and his young son ended up back at my parents house for dinner a few times while he was in town. His son was very happy to eat there, as apparently Mr. Dobson prepared many of his meals in a blender. They called it goop (or something like that).

His kid played with the Legos still in the house from when I was a kid, and there's still a small Lego shrine in my parents' display case that says "John Lowry Dobson".

The speak fondly of the time they spent with him, even though it was 15 to 20 (?) years ago.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

Skynyrd Older parents (381 comments)

I am dealing with a passwrod issue right now. My parents are healthy, in great shape and mentally fit. They are also getting old; my dad is 75 and my mom is almost 70.
They have investment accounts, email accounts and all that; pretty much all their data is online.
For us, the solution is 1Password and Dropbox.
They will run 1Password on their computers, tablets and phones, and use Dropbox to sync the password file. They are going to share the Dropbox folder with me, and give me the master password (or put it in their safe at home). I'm going to do the same thing.

I'm sure this won't work for everybody, but we have a huge amount of trust with each other.

We've been dealing with a death in the family, and we are shoveling cash at a house that was owned by the deceased, just so we don't lose it. It will take 18 months of probate before we own it. It's been a huge wakeup call to make sure that everything is in a trust, and passwords are accessible.

about 3 months ago

Interview: Alan Adler Answers Your Questions About Coffee and Throwing Objects

Skynyrd 175 isn't quite hot enough (49 comments)

I use an AeroPress twice every day, and it's perfect for my use. However...
I know that I don't want to put 175 degree water in my mouth. Yet, when I brewed at 175, and put the coffee into a pre-heated cup, it wasn't hot enough.

This may be one of those things that on paper, in theory, method A is superior, but actually has flaws.

about 4 months ago

Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

Skynyrd Re:Land of the Free! (370 comments)

I am a little skeptical of the stated concern. There are plenty of other things that will scare off game that have not had laws passed against them such at driving ATVs round..... no.. I suspect this has more to do with the various cases of eco monitoring groups that have caught businesses and clubs violating the law and the 'wink and nod' part of the community does not want their violations spotted.

I know a lot of hunters, and I grew up in a very rural area. In general, the penalties for doing something illegal (like poaching) while hunting are severe, and frequently involve the loss of guns and hunting rights as well as jail. The guys I know hunt in order to feed their families (and because they enjoy it), and are not willing to risk their loss of freedom for something stupid.

I don't think Peta would find much illegal activity going on. On the other hand, if they are probably afraid of getting their asses beaten if they showed up in person. An RC plane/copter would be much safer and easier.

about 4 months ago

Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

Skynyrd Re:Make it nearly 70 (521 comments)

The current F150 weighs in the neighborhood of 5,000 pounds, yet has a towing capacity of 13,000. Dropping the '14 model to 4,500 won't make much difference when your trailer is incorrectly loaded.

about 4 months ago


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