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Russia Bans Bitcoin

Svartormr Alice doesn't work here anymore (207 comments)

As I believe was pointed out in other comments, I think Alice Hill no longer has any association with Slashdot. In other words, she's an early adopter of "FUCK BETA". >:(

about 7 months ago

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

Svartormr The Fine Print doesn't cover Beta (150 comments)

The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.

But your Beta abomination is the cause of most of the comments now. >:(

about 7 months ago

Slashdot BETA Discussion

Svartormr Slashdot Beta is like NCsoft killing off City of H (60 comments)

I think you want honest feedback as much as NCsoft wanted to hear from the City of Heroes community after they announced in 2012 August that CIty of Heroes was being shut down at the end of 2012 November. As in you aren't paying any attention at all.

Well, NCsoft sowed the wind and now they're reaping the whirlwind. Their sales are in decline. And the City of Heroes community is supporting the coming game City of Titans. Without lies and bullshit corporate politics. The same will happen to Slashdot.

I know by now there's too much face behind this change and Slashdot Beta will roll out irregardless. And what you will get in response.

Be seeing you.

about 7 months ago

World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

Svartormr Re:I don't get it (161 comments)

Build a very big treadmill for Godzilla just outside Tokyo--or maybe Kyoto. >:)

about 8 months ago

World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

Svartormr Re:Is no one else concerned? (161 comments)

And considering Britain today is more a match for the alternate universe fascist Britain in "Inferno"....

about 8 months ago

World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

Svartormr Re:Is no one else concerned? (161 comments)

Don't worry. As long as they haven't found mithril yet we're safe. >:)

about 8 months ago

The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

Svartormr Re:A Simple Solution (209 comments)

I say scrap it and start over from scratch!

I agree. Unfortunately starting over from scratch usually ends up being this.

about 8 months ago

AMD Announces First ARM Processor

Svartormr Re:x86 IS efficient (168 comments)

Damn, moderation mistake.

about 8 months ago

Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

Svartormr Re:Ok (325 comments)

We may have to retreat underground for a few years....

I would think that, possibly, one hundred years. In mineshafts.

But do we have enough underground mines? Or--gasp!--are we facing a mineshaft gap?!? >:)

about 8 months ago

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

Svartormr "Sign in with your television provider" (169 comments)

I'm in Canada. I've not had cable television since 2005, about the time some series I was watching ended. Didn't think the vast wasteland was worth the expense for a tiny number of good shows.

Being in Canada, I've become endured to many Internet videos that are television clips being blocked here on American websites, due to someone else holding the rights to broadcast that content in Canada. For some, I tracked down the Canada rights holder to watch (eg. The Comedy Network for a lot of comedy stuff) but most often I just didn't bother with it.

A few months ago, I started watching television on the Internet, including things like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Crazy Ones". Sure, I had to find out who had the rights in Canada and where on their website, but once I had the link I bookmarked it. I was watching more television than I had in 8 years.

Then from mid-October to mid-December I had a serious health issue occupy my time, but that resolved well. So about December 19, late at night, I decided to get caught up, as best as I could. Found out I'd missed 3 new episodes of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Went to watch that.

"Sign in with your television provider." And everything else, with that and other programs, had some variant of that.

I've not had Netflicks. I've never gotten shows from a torrent site. And I wasn't about to at O-dark-stupid in the morning. But it got me to thinking.

I figured this was the signs of a sea-change in the television/cable business and like many little people I got side-swiped. Sure I was getting it for free. But all those big corporations had set it up to give it to me for free. And now, without any warning, it was gone.

But I'm not getting cable television, 'cause it's still an overpriced wasteland. I'll find another way. They can take their "television provider" and stick it where the Sun don't shine. >:(

about 9 months ago

Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Svartormr Re:So, let's make the circle complete... (457 comments)

How about we skip MySpace and go back to Livejournal. That at least was interesting. >:)

about 9 months ago

The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex

Svartormr Re:Battery (92 comments)

Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. I don't even recall there being a tape or video. It was probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably about a year ago.

Rob Ford, is that you?

about 10 months ago

Bitcoin Protocol Vulnerability Could Lead To a Collapse

Svartormr Re:I prefer currency 1.0 (256 comments)

Sure, Tungsten and Gold have the same density, but that could be expected. Of course, there is this gold hack. >:)

about 10 months ago

UK Telcos Went Above and Beyond To Cooperate With GCHQ

Svartormr Re:Jesus FUCK - Learn to fucking SPELL! (88 comments)

Don't they have a pill for anal retentive people yet?

There's a suppository for that. >:)

about a year ago

Wikipedia's Participation Problem

Svartormr Re:How Does One Become an Editor? (372 comments)

Oh, come on. There's got to be something in Animal House that can provide an adequate analogy.

Urination capacity? >:)

about a year ago

Google Leads Among Consumer Tech Companies Lobbying Congress

Svartormr Re:Don't be Evil? (65 comments)

Remember when that was the Google mantra? Are they still trying or have they been worn down by the system?

No, it's all a state of mind. With that motto, by definition all things Google does aren't evil, of course.

about a year ago

Nuclear Officers Napped With Blast Door Left Open

Svartormr Re:For God's sake, don't read Command and Control (238 comments)

That's not quite true.

I just read Command and Control over the weekend, an amazing and eye-opening read. Turns out those detonation systems were far too fragile and susceptible to unusual environments: ie. crashes and burning. Many could have had one or more lens elements detonated by enough induced current. The worse case--a frag hitting the cusp where 3 lens elements met--wasn't even though of until sometime in the late 1950's as far as I can recall. And those could have led to a partial-yield nuclear explosion.

Truly safe nuclear weapons--with safety equivalent or better than say regular conventional munitions--weren't developed or deployed until the late 1980's to 1990's. And there were a lot of accidents, from "simple" ones like dropping bombs short distances to crashes where the very hazardous plutonium and beryllium metal were exposed and burned. In some ways it's only because of shear luck and what safety and dedication there was in all nuclear forces that there wasn't an accidental detonation.

about a year ago

Reprogrammed Bacterium Speaks New Language of Life

Svartormr Re:this is a big mistake (141 comments)

I get tired of having to repeat this warning every time this idea is rediscovered, but those are NOT wasted codons, and this scheme could hardly fail to cause catastrophic consequences if it gets into the wild. Over the years people have been discovering there is less and less 'junk' DNA, and everything in the code has a meaning. The stop codons are in all probability different. and someone is going to say 'oops' in a few years, when we wipe out all or part of life on earth.

Completely agree, except that the stop codons don't have to be different. They can just be likely to have a mistranscription and having 3 of such similar nature is to guard against this and make sure transcription actually stops.

about a year ago

Reprogrammed Bacterium Speaks New Language of Life

Svartormr Re:this is amazing (141 comments)

They are creating alien life, with the potential for organisms based on alternatives to the standard set of amino acids. I have no idea what all the implications of that will be.

It's life, Mike, but not as we know it. >:)

about a year ago

Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

Svartormr Re:Other red flags (247 comments)

American 3-letter agencies: recreating the short-sightedness of the 1930's British upper class to proper vetting of intelligence analysts.

about a year ago


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