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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Some_Llama Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

If you want to defend the status quo, that's fine, but when you try to condense this argument into a pithy one-liner, all you do is muddy the waters, and ensure no discussion can be had.

I'm not defending the status quo. I'm insulting people who think it's they're right to consume, and they shouldn't have to pay.

it is they are right to consume?

nice grammar idiot.

I'm not defending grammar, just insulting people who don't know how to properly use grammar.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Some_Llama Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

No one says you have to watch anything. Your attitude is more like, "I'll watch it and I don't care if I pay or not."

Since you are losing nothing, why do you care?

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Some_Llama Re: The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

I thought urban farms came because people like farming.

nobody likes farming, everyone likes to eat.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Some_Llama Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

You have no right to the content in my daily journal, or the diary of someone else. That's my content and theirs. Claiming that a movie or song is "culture" is laughable. I've not stated that content is "property" - they're your words. But if I produce content of some kind that does not give to a right to view/hear/read it.

nice strawman, let's explore both statements

1. "You have no right to the content in my daily journal, or the diary of someone else. That's my content and theirs."
as long as they are unpublished you are absolutely correct.

2. Claiming that a movie or song is "culture" is laughable.
absolutely wrong. just because you say something does not make it so, like in this case, where movies and songs are published works and once consumed by a culture, becomes part of that culture.

3. But if I produce content of some kind that does not give to a right to view/hear/read it.
only if you keep it private.

you are confusing the issue by imposing an apple in between two oranges and then describing values and issues that only effect oranges.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Some_Llama Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

As for the rest of the artists and their producers and their distributors: if you don't like paying what they ask, then don't consume their product. It's really very simple.

how's this for simple?

1. i don't like paying what they ask so i don't consume their product.
2. i don't like paying what they ask but i do consume their product.

in both cases the "producers" get nothing and (more importantly) they LOSE NOTHING (because this is a digital media).

So i guess i have to ask...

why do you care?

2 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Some_Llama Re:Ecology vs archeology (464 comments)

You know in a few seconds you could have found several sources -- some decades old, so untainted by this issue or modern "right-wing exaggeration" -- that would have told you that the area is a near-lifeless desert with effectively no precipitation and practically no wind erosion.

even thinking about it for a second before posting would have made the poster realize that this sentence is just absurd:

"somehow I think it highly unlikely that people and animals avoided walking at that location for thousands of years as well as off course full exposure to weathering, wind and rain, which will obviously return the surface to uniform finish in short order."

but yet the images at the site nonetheless has existed for thousands of years.

3 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Some_Llama Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (464 comments)

In other words, "Get off my lawn!"

HAHAHAHAHA CUZ THEY'RE OLD... GET IT?

HAHAHAAHHAHA man that shiz never gets old or overused!!!

3 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Some_Llama Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (464 comments)

By the way, channeling ancient Greek complaints about the youth isn't exactly original.

neither is making the same statement 4 times, in slightly different ways. (was probably more than 4 but i lost interest/count)

maybe make the false reference again as to how crime, pregnancy, and drug use is lower now than ever as well, because i'm still not tired of hearing it.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Some_Llama Re:Muslims? (871 comments)

so jesus was imaginary and invisible?

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Some_Llama Re:Muslims? (871 comments)

Really the crusades were just mass rape, pillage and murder with no regard or care for who they were killing. It is amusing when some try to justify it, people have always done shitty things in the names of the various religions and as long as religions continue to dominate a large proportion of the planet I am sure it will continue indefinitely.

wish i could mod you up but i got swept up in the commenting :)

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Some_Llama Re:What's recent? (871 comments)

"If you don't understand why Muslims are angry about drawings of Mohammed, then you are a big part of the problem."

I disagree, it is the observer of a belief that is charged with upholding that belief, people who are not muslim have NO OBLIGATION to uphold the teachings of islam.

If they are angry that is fine but misguided, if the think violence is a just response to that anger then they are wrong.

If you can't see where the road obviously leads when you expect other people who don't hold your beliefs to live a life that obeys your beliefs, then you are the problem.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Some_Llama Re:Muslims? (871 comments)

" Christianity ran up a pretty impressive body count during the middle ages. "

I think you meant to say Catholicism.

I am a christian but not a catholic.

in a related note, I also never killed anyone in the middle ages, maybe we should just consider the acts of violence rather than the justifications of those who commit the acts, as the justifications are rather moot.

I would care less about why someone is killed my family than the actual act, and if i took revenge on that act it would have less to do with my hatred of their reasoning and more about the act they committed against me.

3 days ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

Some_Llama Re:It won't be long (325 comments)

"Apart from the fact that WTC1 and 2 were both designed to withstand the impact of an aircraft (albeit one not laden with fuel)? "

How would you fly a plane into a building unladen with fuel?

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

Some_Llama Re:Not Likely (325 comments)

"An airliner in the pattern is doing well over 100 MPH just to stay in the air. They are way too busy checking lists, communicating with ATC and flying the plane to spot some 48" Quadcopter off their wingtip"

I'm pretty sure not only do they have multiple pilots in the cockpit (isn't minimum two for commercial flight?) but i'm very sure they aren't "checking lists" when they are 700 ft off the ground on approach.

When all you have in front of you is less and less sky and more and more earth coming towards you fast, you tend to notice small things in the path of your plane (be it wires, blinking lights, or birds of the same size), especially since birds cause crashes all the time.

take off the hat "once" in a while. (although that's how they "get ya")

about two weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Some_Llama Re:Shocking (224 comments)

haha funny. i wonder how many people understand your joke.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Some_Llama Re:Aerial or underground ? (516 comments)

"By pushing against them. Pushing against a wire usually won't break it. The wire will move a half an inch one way or the other, and then the root goes right past it."

"So it's because wires are tougher, and nothing to do with nutrients at all?"

No by the opposite, because cables resist less and are able to be moved easily, they are better than walls that don't tend to move one inch one way or another very well.

about two weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Some_Llama Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

"Every accident which has been my fault has happened while I was stone sober"

"Every? Implying a lot? I think you need to recuse yourself as an expert on driving in this thread."

they're called accidents not mentadoos.

I'd rather be in a car with someone who has been in multiple accidents than someone who has been in none, there is a level of expertise there in one and not the other in dealing with situations where accidents arise and how to deal with them when they do...

about two weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Some_Llama Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

FTFA

Abbott told police he was changing lanes in his 1967 Mustang about 10:10 p.m., when he lost control of the car and it went onto the sidewalk"

OMG POT CAUSED IT WTF

about two weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Some_Llama Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

he's talking about the r and d that goes into proving people are intoxicated with cannibas.. if you can't keep up with the conversation best not to try to contribute.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Some_Llama Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

""Give up all your hobbies" "

means i want to spend more time with you because i miss the courting we used to do and all the attention you gave me.

""get some new hobbies, you need to get out of the house more""

means she has accepted that the courting is over, she has accepted her new life and now needs "me time".

although one could ponder what that me time could entail.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Some_Llama Some_Llama writes  |  more than 8 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?"

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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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