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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

Some_Llama Re:what a showboat (150 comments)

so you're an over-reactionary dick with issues of self entitlement. got it.

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Some_Llama Re:Time for Solidarity? (279 comments)

"This leaves me the reality of No coverage in about a year, or quitting work and selling the house to get on Obama Care."

if you got downsized you can reapply for obamacare, my household making under 70k/yr got us 100% covered (read: no copays) in california.

so i'm not sure what you're talking about... i have a coworker who was also wrong about obamacare, he didnt even apply because he listened to all of this right wing talk show crap, turns out he could have had full coverage too but now has to wait because he told them he didnt want it. Poor guy has an austistic kid too and could really use some financial help. oh well. fuck obamacare amirite?

2 days ago
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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Some_Llama Re:umm.. what? (149 comments)

"Using that experiment purely as an analogy, these researchers have found a way to observe the particles that form the interference patterns so that each can be studied individually."

what happens after being studied individually..can they still be collapsed into each of the various states?

2 days ago
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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Some_Llama Re:umm.. what? (149 comments)

Well, I'm hardly a physicist, but it reads like they cut Schrodinger's box in half, pulled a dead kitty out of one and a live kitty out of the other. Is this incorrect?

almost...

"Ever seen the movie Cube? Like that."

But less than Cube 2: Hypercube

2 days ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Some_Llama Re:Nonsense. Again. (418 comments)

"The same company that made thalidomide also made penicillin. "

You mean produced, sold and profited from penicillin?

they didn't discover or figure out how to mass produce penicillin mind you, just knew it would be profitable to do so and thus did so to turn a profit.

what's your point exactly?

on to
"Also, I had wrongly thought your "killed more people" actually related to *food related* products. It doesn't, so it's even more tangential to the discussion of GMOs."

if a company produces a product that knowingly kills people because it is profitable, then maybe they shouldn't be allowed to develop food products or run healthcare. so no not very tangential and more the fucking point.

2 days ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Some_Llama Re:Monsanto is evil, but your anti-GMO screed is F (418 comments)

"Labeling is not an issue I take a position on, actually, except to say that the subject is not itself scientific. "

so you do take a position, which is clear since every statement in this post exerts a position against labeling. (if not outright against it, then maligning it in someway).

2 days ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Some_Llama Re:Nonsense. Again. (418 comments)

let's just agree to ignore both of you and find the facts out for ourselves... the only real way to ever deal with this type of discussion that brings out the shills on both sides.

2 days ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Some_Llama Re:Nonsense. Again. (418 comments)

Modern wheat has much lower protein content than it would be possible with a healthy genome. Also, modern wheat plants are little Frankenstein monsters with highly polyploid genomes riddled with mobile elements. Turns out that higher protein content can be achieved by fixing some of the problems caused by inbreeding during selection: http://www.researchgate.net/pu... [researchgate.net] "

i'm not sure what your point is, but from a cooking standpoint there are reasons for using flour with lower protein amounts, e.g. cakes and sweat breads, a higher protein level makes for a denser more elastic bread/dough... it sounds like you think when it comes to flour the higher the protein the better...?

2 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Some_Llama Re: This is silly (714 comments)

adjusted for inflation 2009? or the same salary as back then?

I'm making about the same as 2007 but it buys a whole lost less.

4 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Some_Llama Re:This is silly (714 comments)

"Thousands of dollars of productivity every day now go up in smoke to support people that provide nothing more into the system than they did the day before the minimum wage went up."

I think you meant:

"Thousands of dollars being paid to minimum wage earners will now be spent in the same system where nothing was able to be spent before the minimum wage was increased"

4 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Some_Llama Re:This is silly (714 comments)

"According to this cite: http://www.epi.org/publication... [epi.org] The average minimum wage earner *is* the primary wage earner.

No where in your citation does it say that."

yes it does. maybe you don't comprehend English well? If you mean word for word then you would be technically accurate, meaning you are also technically splitting hairs to be correct, which usually means you position is very weak.. oh look it is weak.. well that explains it...

about a week ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Some_Llama Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

"So you're right... it isn't a complete fucking disaster yet that has claimed 100 million lives.

So automatically we should just french kiss people with the disease and then cough in the face of every new person we meet. Because this isn't something that should be taken seriously."

Over reacting and being a dick is definitely the way to get your point across and people to listen to you.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Some_Llama Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

" people are taught to over simplify things especially when political talking points echo chamber their minions into all towing a very simple line."

Like characterizing a discussion as "talking points" and using terms like "echo chamber", "minions" "towing the line".

gotcha.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Some_Llama Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

" This keep calm and carry on nonsense"

Exactly!!! the one thing i have learned in all of my travels is that you always want to remember:

PANIC!!!!!!! OMFG PANIC SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT!!!!!!!!

about three weeks ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

Some_Llama Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

"Do you think he prefers his son's murder to go unsolved?"

unsolved? probably. Unrequited? no.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Some_Llama Re:gtfo (724 comments)

"The problem is that, being online, there are no longer limits. If you're a woman gamer, and you don't respond to certain male gamers they way they want you to, you will get death threats, rape threats and doxxing. And it goes from 0-60 in nothing flat. Playing online games all day has left many of these young men completely without any sort of self-governance of their id. And people end up getting hurt. Sometimes in very real-world ways."

maybe the problem is that girl gamers should take this as the way people are period..it's not about misogyny, it's the detachment a game world gives to those who would otherwise control their emotions, no (perceived) repercussions and anonymously engaging others seems to breed this behavior.

It happens all the time to me and the friends i play with as well as girls i play with (my daughter is 19 and plays l4d2 with me so i see it firsthand) maybe it's just easier to trigger people who have a chip on their shoulder to begin with...?

about a month ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Some_Llama Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

"This makes me think you havent read the book. I cannot off the top of my head think of a single thing that would make aliens problematic, whether taken literally, metaphorically, or otherwise. It simply doesnt speak on the topic."

as one who has read the book thoroughly let me explain why this would be problematic, since jesus was born on this earth through the lineage of adam, as the sacrifical lamb slain for our sins, caused by the first of humans, how could he possibly be the sacrifice for a life form on a different planet?

are those beings bound by sin because of something done by someone not of their lineage?

best case scenario is that this has played out multiple times on the differing planets (each planet's race having their own jesus), otherwise the whole religion is a lie.

if the best case scenario is true then christianity is STILL a lie since Jesus supposedly was the creator of everything (thru him god did creation) and is the sole savior... which doesn't work with the best case scenario.

aka, if there is life on other planets (humanoid life, intelligent, sentient, knowing guilt from "sin" aka right and wrong) then the bible is a lie.

so.. that's the issue.

about a month ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Some_Llama Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

um yes you can?

"Christianity and it's doctrines are not all from the Bible. Catholicism says this out right."

maybe you shouldn't combine catholicism and christianity? they are two different things.

about a month ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Some_Llama Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

"There's a joke among my sect. We are called Latter Day Saints (LDS)"

so you are a mormon?

about a month ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Some_Llama Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

I see your luke and raise you a

1Corinthians 6:2

"Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! "

Most people don't understand the passages in the bible and since understanding is given by god, it's hard to know what you know... that's why it's better to worry about your own plank than try to solve the specks of others...

  the judging not passage has more to do with mercy than telling people not to judge, as mercy triumphs over judgement, so you can judge (how would you live life without making judgements?!?) but be warned, if you are going to judge others by a strict interpretation of biblical theology, you are held to the same standard.. and you will fail just as those you judge fail

if you need to figure out who is "christianly" because you want to avoid "false christians" jesus goes on (from that luke excerpt) to talk about the things people do, not what they say:

Luke 6:43
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44for each tree is known by its own fruit."

about a month ago

Submissions

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Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Some_Llama (763766) writes "An Ohio legislative panel yesterday rubber-stamped an unprecedented process that would allow sex offenders to be publicly identified and tracked even if they've never been charged with a crime.

From the article:
"A civilly declared offender, however, could petition the court to have the person's name removed from the new list after six years if there have been no new problems and the judge believes the person is unlikely to abuse again."

So on the bad side now "anyone" can be a sex offender, but on the good side you only have to wait 6 years and you can petition to clear your name, I guess this shows they at least considered there might be one false positive?"

Journals

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Human conditioning

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'm sure many people have heard of Pavlov's experiment, and last year i remember reading (on /.) about how they were able to reproduce the "feeling of some presence" often attributed to supernatural feelings by directly stimulating the brain...

I have thought about this a lot.. what if you were able to find and stimulate the pleasure or more important the desire sections of the brain, let's say for practical stakes you had implanted wireless receivers for input in a baby's brain.

What could you accomplish if you were able to follow this person from birth and activate those centers whenever you pleased?

If you made the person feel desire whenever an image of the opposite sex was apparent could you condition them to be heterosexual?

What if every time (for example) the person stole something you gave them pleasure? Would you raise a career thief?

What, if in conjuction with this control, you also had the ability to determine what the person was thinking, say for practical purposes, they had a helmet that could decode neural pathways or chemical signature changes.. this would allow even finer grained control over the person because now would you not just be able to influence the brain's response to actions but thoughts as well....

If the person was debating whether or not to steal something you would have a direct influence, via positive feedback, on that person's final decision regarding the act.

If something was influencing you, giving you pleasure for specific thoughts or acts.. would it be easy to withstand that kind of influence?

What if this had been going on since you were born.. would you even "know" there was any influencing going on, as this is how it had always been?

Maybe this seems scary to you, i don't know.. but i do know the concept is pretty much proven already, take addiction.

We know that a reward of feeling good is enough to produce a psychological addiction to certain drugs, even though there is no actual physiological addiction.

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On the topic of God

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Every so often there is a story that causes people to debate God on slashdot.. a common meme or point i see made is if God exists then why doesn't he prove himself to us and instead make us use Faith.

After pondering this question (which seems quite fair) I realized he HAS done this.. many times.. people even tell stories about it and have documented these events.. in the Bible.

So when you see this question, think about this..

If God today came to earth and did some miracle for all to see as "proof" of his existence.. whatever he might do.. say make the earth stop revolving for 12-24 hours, make all the water in the great lakes turn to blood for a day then back to water, kill all of the first born sons of man.. whatever.. people would definitely believe. we would make documentaries, pass these down to our great great great grandkids, make monuments to his greatness (which he wouldn't approve of), but 2000 years from now we would be in the same exact place.

People would call us stupid and naive for believing obviously normal things that could attributed to nature in some way, they would still demand for "proof" in their time. they would call the documentation faulty because it had to be translated how many numerous times to be decipherable in their time period's language.

The only way to continually prove his existence is for him to always be here in the flesh providing miracles every day.. but if this was to happen who wouldn't follow him?

I think the reason he requires faith is so that we "choose" to follow him and not just pay lip service because he is standing right here in front of us.. he allows us to do evil and let's us act like he doesn't exist because if we were immediately punished for every sin, who would sin and how could he separate those who would truly follow out of love for him and those who didn't want to be punished?

Asking for God to prove himself to you is logically silly, and quite arrogant. Even when he lead people out of egypt by parting the red sea and providing mana from heaven, when he took moses away for a few days they people turned (ran) to idolatry, who can fault him for wanting us to prove ourselves to him rather than the other way around?

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JPEG compression, is this any better?

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SO I was thinking (off hand for a few minutes) about how images are compressed using the format JPEG.

Could it be done better? I think maybe yes...

With current processors (64 bit) and storage space I was thinking of an algorithm that would go like this (I might repeat myself but this is for clarity):

Hard code all pixel color values for 32 bit color, this would mean 16 million colors (each exact shade) indexed with a particular Byte value.. say 00000001 for absolute black (255,255,255?).

So this would create a lookup table within the algorithm (that could be optimized i'm sure) for each of the 16 million colors for 32bit pics.

You would also need about 200 other Bytes defined as instructions (go to, increment, decrement, number of pixels,etc)

So, a 1600x1200 32 bit picture would give you 1,920,000 "Bytes" of color information, with each pixel being represented by one distinct Byte per color for that specific pixel.

1.9 MB is pretty standard for raw pic info, but the way it could be optimized (compressed) and would result in no loss of clarity would be to have the program that interprets the dat do so thusly:

For all values of adjacent pixels that have the same "Byte" value you place a Go To Byte value... so say you have 15 pixels across a picture (from left to right) that have a Byte value of 00000001, the Go To value is 10111110, and number of pixel value of 1111110 (equaling 14), with 3 bytes you could store 15 bytes worth of pixel info with no loss.
The program would read the string of bytes 00000001:10111110:11111110 as:
  this first pixel is black:go to:pixel 15

And just write the same pixel value for all pixels in the "go to" range.

So for pictures where adjacent colors are the same value you would save a lot of space with no loss, of course IRL colors are not so accommodating, BUT colors do tend to gradually increment shades and such, to a different way to express this would be:
byte value:increment value by 1:go to:5

So say you have a gradual increment in shades for even 5 pixels you could shave this down to 4.

You could do the same thing for alternating pixels that go up then down a shade of color, like for borders.

This has probably already been done, and in a more efficient way, but it has interested me before so I wanted to write down my thoughts while they were fresh... if you have any insight please post.

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Fog or snow? problem solved

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I have seen a lot of stories about heavy snow or fog causing accidents because of visibility problems.

I thought of a solution, what you could do is develop a type of windshield with build in LED or other illuminating dots, or some sort of one way reflective material that is otherwise clear, and a radar detection system in the front of the car.

When turned on it could scan ahead of the car for objects at a given distance (say 300 ft or 100 m) then once it detects something it could print out an outline of the object on the windshield, and then adjust the image as you get closer (make it grow or shrink accordingly).

Viola, problem solved.

I believe we already have the technology available to do this, just the logistics of implementation would need to be worked out...

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Solving problems

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I have been thinking offhand the last few weeks and have come up with 2 solutions to problems facing america.

First the energy crisis. We could subsidize solar panels for all americans. Wait wait, hear me out :)

I saw a documentary the other day about ultra hippies who lived off the grid raising their own crops, dairy, use biofuel for their cards and got all of their electricity from Solar panels and battery arrays, the solar setup cost about $20,000 per household. I worked out the math and in ten years time we could subsidize this setup for pretty much all americans.

Where to get the money you say? Well all we would do is divert the current Oil company subsidies we currently provide to this project instead. No tax increases and a huge reduction in foreign Oil dependence.

I also thought of a water powered generator hooked up to the main water line of each house, since water pressure is constant, and water can't be compressed, this would generate a small amount of electricty whenever using water, good for night hours of use (dishwashing, baths, flushing toilets) and esp good for big buildings where water use is pretty much constant.

The other solution I just thought of today, Universal health care.

How to get the money, well this is the controversial part, end the war on drugs and divert that money to health care.

Anyone familiar with the WOD knows it is a losing battle, and anytime a person is involved in the criminal system, that person HAS to be punished, which is shown to have a negligable effect on curbing drug use.

What we could do instead is use the money we currently use on enforcing drug laws and use it for rehab facilities instead of prisions.

I am talking about decriminalizing drugs, not making them legal persay.. much in the way other countries do (germany, canada, etc).

Of course any laws violated in relation to drug use (theft, assault, murder, etc) would be prosecuted but also mandated rehab which would already be paid for...

It's not that there are no answers to these problems, just that i doubt we could ever stop the powers that be from continuing the status Quo which keep some people VERY rich, and others poor or VERY poor or incarcerated.

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yay! im getting mod points again

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 8 years ago

At about the same rate I used to , see below posts for more info..

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mod points

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So now it's been close to 9 months with not a mod point in sight, my karma is excellent, I meta mod 1-2 times a day but yet no mod points...

Something else I think I have discovered... when you create a new account, you will be higher on the mod point ladder than others who have been in the system and have had mod points or karma associated (especially in regards to medamoderation which I think dings you big time if you get metamodded down), basically to get the new account a chance to join in on moderation.. so asshats can use these to wrongly mod topics, and metamod daily, which moves "good" people down so they don't have a chance to moderate...

I think there should be a mandatory 6 months no mod points on new accounts... this is just silly.

SO to re-cap, when i first joined slashdot (made an account) I had the basic karma level and was getting mod points about once a week... soon after they started the meta mod program I dropped off the face of moderation and haven't had a mod point since....

*UPDATE* As of 1-25-06 I have started to get mod points again, so it makes me wonder if the meta-modding effect has subsided, or (more disconcerting) was I exempted from modding posts for some reason?!?

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The masses

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 9 years ago

You know how you always here the saying "(this or that) is the Opium of the masses"?

Well this saying is usually to explain why something exists, like religon in marxism, or TV in American culture...

My question is why not just use Opium? Why waste all that time using something else to keep the people down when Opium is so easy to cultivate and distribute?

It's like the whole "Try this food, it tastes just like chicken!!"

If I wanted to eat something that tasted like chicken, I WOULD EAT CHICKEN!!!

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Metamod (again)

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So I think I have figured out something about metamoderation...

If you moderate a topic and then it is metamoderated as bad (you know, bad neutral or good) then your chances of being a moderator in the future gets dinged...

This has to be why I haven't had a single mod point in about 6 months now... I moderate every day, if not 2x a day, but nothing, nada, zip.

I think some asstards have been metamoderating bad for all metamods, just to be jerks (and we know they are out there, intent on ruining the /. experience for anyone else)... I think the metamoderation idea is good, I just think it is way to easily abused...

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I think they like me

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have now meta moderated about 20-25 times without a single mod point, sometimes i get to metamoderate like 2 times a day.

I'm convinced that someone likes my method of actually checking context and making informed decisions in my metamods, either that or they are trying to get in my pants... i dunno...

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Would this work for RIAA lawsuits?

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 9 years ago

If you get subpoenaed just submit to the judge that yes you did download but you own a license for every song you downloaded so you didn't break the law.

Then find out what songs they list in their brief against you and go buy it in legit form, like singles, cd, etc...

That way when you have to prove that you have the license for the copyright you will have it and save yourself about $735 per song (since the minimum is a $750 fine per song copyright violation).

Seems a lot beter than giving the bloodsucking RIAA lawyers your money plus tying up their time in court making it futile to continue on suing people en-mass because of the cost of litigation (if everyone who was subpoenaed did this).

Let me know what you think...

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so yah new but

Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 10 years ago

this is getting old and i'm ready to start shooting people.

"... oh yah, this is Slashdot."

The ... is anything said before this saying that sets up the joke.

This saying isn't funny anymore, it might have been for like 3 days total like 4 years ago.. now it isn't.

Please stop saying it.

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