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China's Alibaba To Outsell Amazon, eBay Combined

Spazntwich Re:What's the big deal (177 comments)

You forgot per capita incarceration rate.

about 2 years ago
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Chrome Beats Internet Explorer On Any Given Sunday

Spazntwich Re:Chrome vs IE (212 comments)

Interesting point. I don't even notice this for the most part, using noscript.

I've found the vast majority of javascript on any page is superfluous at best and useless/damaging at worst. Most pages work fine without it, and if not, I can usually get away with only allowing the TLD and maybe their CDN domain. This has helped keep my 2ghz dual-core pentium computer feeling plenty fast on the internet. Without adblock and noscript, the poor thing feels downright sluggish.

more than 2 years ago
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Topher Grace Screens Star Wars Prequel Re-edit

Spazntwich Re:Should do that with Matrix 2 and 3 (192 comments)

Apparently there's a rule on slashdot where I only run across underrated insightful comments on days I don't have mod points.

more than 2 years ago
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Does 'Supersizing' Supershrink Your Brain?

Spazntwich Remember kids: (283 comments)

Hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, so always eat your marijuana.

more than 2 years ago
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Ocean Energy Tech To Be Tested Off Australian Coast

Spazntwich Re:How will they deal with the temporal effects? (103 comments)

I try to stay positive and look at it this way: Maybe the slashdot audience has gained a bit of perspective as it has aged.

What once mattered has been recognized as trivial.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

Spazntwich Re:Just a matter of time... (348 comments)

Posts like yours are why I still come to Slashdot. HAH.

Of course, coming from Tennessee, I see a potential issue with rednecks intentionally hitting these at high speed while a buddy gets video.

more than 2 years ago
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MS Traces Duqu Zero-Day To Font Parsing In Win32k

Spazntwich Re:brb banging head against wall (221 comments)

I'm a college dropout and have no idea what any of this means... so... uh... kudos to you; you have my envy, younger yet superior nerd.

Seriously. I feel like this post comes across as sarcastic but I mean it.

more than 2 years ago
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Neal Stephenson Says Video Games Are the Metaverse

Spazntwich Re:When on your deathbed... (176 comments)

While he's very much correct, I try to think of the quality of life improvements I'll get in my 40s through 60s from regular exercise now.

That and looking better never hurts things with the ladies.

more than 2 years ago
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Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

Spazntwich Rational Economic Behavior (298 comments)

WWU isn't in business to educate kids; they're in it to stay in business, and liberal arts majors vastly outnumber technical majors. In trying economic times, the money sinks are going to be the first to go.

As for the utterly irrational economic policies that have resulted in scores of directionless kids heading to college and picking the easier majors, distorting the market for technical degrees and leaving us with bottomless piles of college-educated baristas, well... I don't know where I'm going with any of this.

America: We're getting what we deserve.

more than 3 years ago
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Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

Spazntwich Re:Why the password? (434 comments)

I'll drink to that.

I rarely if ever have something to contribute to the discussion here, but I keep coming back because I am almost guaranteed to find at least one good debate among the comments in any given story that allows me to study both sides of an argument and come to a much better opinion than I might on my own.

Slashdot is one of the internet's last strongholds of popular and accessible but deep technical discussions... that I know of.

more than 3 years ago
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Nvidia Unveils New Mid-Range GeForce Graphics Card

Spazntwich Re:Mid-range? (158 comments)

Yeah WTF. An M5 isn't midrange just because you can buy 83% lean for way less than a dry-aged filet.

more than 3 years ago
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Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

Spazntwich Re:Too fucking bad.. (502 comments)

Well I suppose you're right. Any prison system that can successfully hold a full tenth of a population without raising eyebrows is pretty disturbingly successful.

more than 3 years ago
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Pickens Wind-Power Plan Comes To a Whimpering End

Spazntwich Re:And so (346 comments)

First off, you meant hypothesis, considering your "theory" lacks any supporting experimental data.

Second, it's been demonstrated that HFCS is processed through different metabolic pathways in the liver than sucrose and that our large acute doses of HFCS specifically overload these pathways and get preferentially converted to fat.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/issa14.htm

There's many more reasons why HFCS metabolism differs from that of sucrose in damaging ways, but it's Christmas and I've got things to do. Stop spreading your contrarian bullshit and educate yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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Tobacco Virus Could Boost Li Batteries

Spazntwich Re:The scourge of mankind (161 comments)

Considering the frequency of dopamine-related mutations in humans that seem to require dopaminergic drugs for treatment (And our culture's current paralyzing fear of dopaminergics), it seems far too early to label tobacco a universal scourge.

How many murders or confrontations in general have been prevented by a dose of nicotine? How many suicides prevented due to its acute antidepressant effects? It's very difficult to quantify nicotine's benefits, and its negative effects are much more visible.

Not that I imagine you're anything more than a garden variety insecure ego looking for his crutch to feel better than others. Smokers are an easy group to target.

more than 3 years ago
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Search Engine Optimization Poisoning Way Up In '10

Spazntwich Re:Search engine rankings for legitimate sites (175 comments)

I think you just clarified a lot of similar but muddy thoughts for me.

I was thinking I just romanticized the past of the internet where I was hitting new and unheard of domain names every day to find awesome in-depth websites on whatever subject I was searching for, but I don't think I'm doing so to excess.

Much of the internet's information has been centralized on these monolithic info clearinghouses, but it's just so... sterile, and Google is obviously to blame by putting far more emphasis on the generic popular website than the specialized and relatively unknown one.

The question is how does anyone, even Google, fix this? I have no clue myself.

Perhaps we need a... oh God I hate myself for using this word... a crowdsourced sort of Google. Make every indexed page taggable and votable. Except that just skyrocketed the value of botnets. Yeah I got nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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Korea Kicking People Offline With One Strike

Spazntwich Transparent Agenda (176 comments)

Disclaimer: I'm just a paranoid stoner.

As someone involved with that habit and lifestyle, it's easy to notice the government's quite profitable agenda of socially marginalizing and exploiting parts of the population. Incentivize "proper" social conduct with the various perks of society with tools like credit scores and background checks, using jail as the stick when carrots fail to sufficiently motivate.

The x-strike laws strike me as a particularly transparent attempt to maintain this status quo. The internet has lead to the creation of online communities for just about every "unsavory" hobby, habit, or problem you could think of. The "wrong" people are no longer socially isolated; Legalization movements are making record progress; Government is losing control.

Somewhere at the top, someone finally realized the decentralized nature of the internet means standard models of exercising authority fall short. How to reassert control? Convince society of the necessity of elevating the internet to the level of the "gated community home, SUV, and health insurance," you know, out of the hands of those filthy subhumans who live outside the walls.

Copyright makes sense as the first step. Everyone already agrees on the vital role companies like the RIAA play in our economy, so we must take the privilege of internet from those who dare jeopardize its profits. Then, once it's socially acceptable to deny someone "the internet" for copyright violations, the floodgates are opened to deny it to anyone who displeases the powers that be. Internet privilege denial will become as standard a punishment as revoking a teen's driver's license is for almost any infraction these days.

"But Spazntwich," you say,"The internet is ubiquitous! You can't possibly prevent someone from getting on the internet!"
Of course you can't. Just like the government can't even keep drugs out of its own prisons. Ineffectiveness of a law has never been a reason to overturn one.

The internet's universal nature plays right into their hands. Any infraction, intentional or otherwise (remember citizen, ignorance is never an excuse!), will be a violation of probation/parole and place one back at the mercy of the authorities. Right where they want you.

more than 3 years ago
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The Android Invasion Cometh; Is Resistance Futile?

Spazntwich Re:There is still long way to go (410 comments)

Unreliable technology = easy excuses.

"Sorry mom, facebook chat must have messed up AGAIN!"

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates

Spazntwich Re:I abstain (794 comments)

That's a great technical argument, and I won't disagree that the dominant language is subject to change, but it does seem silly or unnecessarily contrarian to be motivated enough to demand participation in a country's political process without making even a cursory effort to learn the language in which all of its politics are conducted.

more than 3 years ago

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