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India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

Tablizer Poor Mr. Rocket (39 comments)

Isn't it discriminatory to give an employee a pink-slip for being obese?

4 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Tablizer Please explain (456 comments)

"the ability to steal gossipy emails from a not-so-great protected computer network [at Sony] is not the same thing as being able to carry out physical, 9/11-style attacks in 18,000 locations simultaneously.

So compromising a not-so-great protected computer network is not the same as compromising a not-so-great protected computer network?

5 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Tablizer Re:The issue was raised before. (626 comments)

information revolution is a disappointment. Jobs get slashed, but there is no increase in the creation of actual wealth or value.

There has been an increase in wealth, but most of it has gone to the top 1%. Trickle-down is not simply not working anymore. Sorry, Republicans, but you have it all wrong. You are applying 1960 economics to the wrong era. Tax the wealthy to fix our rotting infrastructure; then we'll have jobs, consumers, and working roads and pipes.

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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Tablizer Re:Don't worry guys... (871 comments)

I was thinking Spanish Inquisition, Crusades, vicious fights between Catholics and Protestants, Galileo, etc. True, that's more of a mid-point than a "start".

Christianity "matured". Islam seems to still be in the middle stage.

2 days ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

Tablizer Re:Sorry... (66 comments)

That explains the No Smoking sign the probe found.

2 days ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

Tablizer Thanksgiving? Too much of a coincidence (66 comments)

Then, on the day after Thanksgiving in 2013, methane readings shot up in Gale Crater and stayed high while Curiosity made three more measurements over the next 60 days.

Right after Thanksgiving? I suspect they did it Gilligan's Island-style and the probe really landed on Earth, in middle America.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Tablizer Re:Don't worry guys... (871 comments)

Christianity started out violent but eventually mellowed out for the most part. Islam is just several ticks behind the times.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Tablizer Re:Automatic rating (258 comments)

Just post them all on "Hot or not"

I don't think a parent wants The Internet rating their 11-year-old daughter's anterior end (especially if the score is extremely high or low.)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Tablizer Re:I use folders. (258 comments)

Scotty: "Files? How quaint".

3 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Tablizer Re:Best Script Ever? (294 comments)

"It's the best script ever because I get to shoot first this time!" -HF

4 days ago
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Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

Tablizer Asstronomy (65 comments)

Astronomer A: "Do you see anything in the telescope eyepiece?"

Astronomer B: "Nope. Nothing."

Astronomer A: "Yaaay! That means WE discovered Dark Matter!"

Astronomer B: "So, do we get a Nobel?"

Astronomer A: "It already came. Didn't you see it?"

Astronomer B: "Nope."

Astronomer A: "That's because it arrived in a Dark Box."

5 days ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Tablizer Emulating Dults (190 comments)

"What no one was anticipating is that the bots are extremely effective [at] looking like a high value consumer."

Maybe because "high value consumers" are usually bot-like drooling idiots.

about a week ago
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Robots Modeled On Ancient Fish Help Researchers Study Origins of Extinct Species

Tablizer Acne (Re:Evolution random elements.) (29 comments)

If you work outdoors, like most of our ancestor did, you generally don't get acne. (One theory is that the sun's radiation kills the related bacteria, or at least co-produces chemicals that do.) Thus, acne is not a good example because it's mostly caused by modern living.

Generally those who are more attractive, especially females, get more resources than the ugly, so acne genes probably would have been filtered away under normal circumstances.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Tablizer E.G.D. [Re:Expert?] (414 comments)

We have zero experience with what might happen

We do have experience for what the creators of malware do, and "expand, gather info, and destroy" is often the mission they build into their creations. Thus, it's reasonable to speculate that the first and early dangerous AI will want to "expand, gather info, and destroy".

about a week ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Tablizer Re:Wha?!?!!! (170 comments)

I guess you believe in santa claus and the fairy tooth too.

No I don't, she's all gums.

about a week ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Tablizer Re:Article Venue (107 comments)

I'm curious, would a wall of equations make you happier?

about two weeks ago
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Curiosity's Mars Crater Was Once a Vast Lake

Tablizer Partly solves a mystery (42 comments)

The fact that basic life on Earth formed "surprisingly early" in Earth's history suggests it came from Mars. Earth was a mess early on at a time when Mars was an almost Earth-like place (by today's standards).

Mars would probably have been much more suitable for life formation in the first billion or so years after the solar system formed. The volume of land suitable to life formation on Mars was probably much greater on Mars than Earth then. And meteor strikes were common such that life had a ready interplanetary tram.

about two weeks ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

Tablizer Cause: Computers are Stupid (205 comments)

The real problem is that software is bunches of little idiot savants glued together. They do their known role well but ONLY their known role. They are not flexible and have no common sense to adapt to new situations. They have to have an exacting or pre-known environment.

When we try to make software more flexible, it becomes unpredictable, often backfiring. Often it's better to keep it narrow and crash rather than have it "guess" and do something wrong because you may end up with a million wrong results before you catch it.

I remember a story about military battle simulation software being built in the early days of OOP. An Australian company wanted a customized version for Australia, so they asked the vendor to add Kangaroos to the simulation.

Rather than code up a Kangaroo from scratch, which would take a while, the developers made the Kangaroo class inherit from the already built "Human" class. It all worked fine until a group of simulated Kangaroo's were spooked by explosions and whipped out weapons and started fighting back. The "Human" class was tuned for military simulations, not general animals because that wasn't the vendor's original goal.

The story may be an urban myth, but it illustrates some of the pitfalls of "reuse". Unless you have full knowledge of what you are reusing, you may end up reusing unexpected and inappropriate sub-features.

It's probably an undeniable rule of the universe that you have to balance predictability against flexibility. No free lunch, at least not until "true" AI comes along such that software won't make stupid guesses anymore; but then we'd all be obsolete.

about two weeks ago

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How the Historical Apollo 8 Earthrise Pic Was Captured by Luck

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about a year ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "On Dec. 24, 1968--45 years ago this week--by what is essentially coincidence and fast thinking, one of the most iconic photographs in human history was taken: Earthrise over the Moon. It occurred during Apollo 8 as astronauts Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman were orbiting the Moon--the first humans in history to do so. Their orbital motion brought the Earth into view over the Moon’s horizon, moving slowly upward into the black sky...The good folks at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Scientific Visualization Studio...recreate the events that led to the history-changing moment."
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FireFox 23 Forcing Tabs To Protect You From WTF

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about a year ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "[RESUBMITTED due to bad headline] "In replies to frustrated users (including me), FireFox states: "Hello, In Firefox 23, as part of an effort to simplify the Firefox options set and protect users from unintentionally damaging their Firefox, the option to hide the tab bar was removed..." There's an extension to remove tabs, but as the replies show, no-tab fans feel slighted and baffled over the "damaging" claim."
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De-Tabbed Firefox 23: Tabs Will Put Your Eye Out

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about a year ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "In replies to frustrated users (including me), FireFox states: "Hello, In Firefox 23, as part of an effort to simplify the Firefox options set and protect users from unintentionally damaging their Firefox, the option to hide the tab bar was removed..." There's an extension to remove tabs, but as the replies show, no-tab fans feel slighted and baffled over the "damaging" claim."
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NASA Planned to Nuke the Moon in '58

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about 2 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "'The military considerations were frightening. The report said a nuclear detonation on the moon could yield information "...concerning the capability of nuclear weapons for space warfare." Reiffel said that in military circles at the time, there was "discussion of the moon as military high ground."

That included talk of having nuclear launch sites on the moon, he said. The thinking, according to Reiffel, was that if the Soviets hit the United States with nuclear weapons first and wiped out the U.S. ability to strike back, the U.S. could launch warheads from the moon."

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Death Star is not economical: too much metal

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Washington Post: "Should we build a Death Star? This debate picked up this year after some Lehigh University students estimated that just the steel for a Death Star would cost $852 quadrillion, or 13,000 times the current GDP of the Earth...Death Star is a bit misunderstood. It is primarily a tool of domestic politics rather than warfare, and should be compared to alternative means of suppressing the population of a galaxy. Second, as a weapon of war, it should be compared to alternative uses of scarce defense resources. Understood properly, the Death Star is not worth it."
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Vintage Life-sized Sci-Fi Rocket Art Project

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "According to Makezine, "The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is built upon a future-rustic vision of yesterday's tomorrow. Aesthetically based on 1930s to early 1950s science fiction, the rocketship is a 41-foot-tall immersive environment, designed to carry explorers into the realm of rayguns, strange planets, and aliens, friendly or otherwise. With 3 habitable decks, visitors can view and interact with a variety of ships systems and alien specimens. Visitors can enter the ship via the Engine Room & Life-Sciences Bio Lab. Once inside the engine room, look down into the engine compartment to see The Uira Plasma-drive engine. Cases and cages on the walls contain various creatures we've collected in our travels." The project looks cool, but doesn't yet appear to have a permanent home."
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Michael Jackson's Leaning Dance-Shoe Patent

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Singer, dancer, and inventor; Michael Jackson co-filed a patent for "a system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface. The shoes have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply sliding the shoe wearer's foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.""
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Is CSS Over-Compensation?

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "I've been annoyed by CSS-heavy sites for some time, including ol' slashie. Digging around the web for various opinions on this, I've noticed that CSS are indeed controversial, creating a lively practical-versus-idealism debate. But one blogger went beyond mere ranting and did some research:

I used the Firefox developer toolbar to take a look at the frontpages of the top 20 Alexa sites...So, the five companies that use CSS are the web powerhouses--MSN, MySpace, Blogger, AOL and Imageshack. MSN, MySpace and AOL have been maligned for years throughout the web savvy community. My hypothesis is that these companies are overcompensating for the crap that they've taken thoughtout the years by designing their site in pure CSS. Other companies that have more web street-cred like Google and Facebook don't really have to worry about how the web design community sees them.

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Rethinking "Deep" Menu Trees

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "'Deep tree' GUI menus are getting annoying as vendors rack up the feature quantities to compete with each other. Searching in menus for some long-lost feature is becoming ever more time-consuming as the trees grow. Perhaps it's time to rethink hierarchical menus and borrow some ideas from search engines, such as Google. Consider listing (and perhaps linking) all the options or features in a database-like contraption, and key-word searching on these behind the scenes to produce a Google-like list of feature/option matches. A simple SQL "LIKE" statement(s) can be used for a simple implementation, with dedicated text indexers for fancier ones. The database could also contain synonyms to assist finds. Some options will have prerequisites, which need to be dealt with. These can be tracked via a dependency tree or graph. Has anybody tried something similar to this in a desktop app with success? If so, what technologies and techniques did you use, and what lessons did you learn?"
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Mars Soil Frustrates Phoenix Again

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "The Phoenix Mars lander has been frustrated yet again by Mars' odd soil. The wet nature of the soil they are targeting appears to have made it get stuck in the scoop rather than drop into the oven. Past problems with similarly clumpy soil may have damaged the lander because the vibrator had to be used longer than designed, resulting in a short circuit."
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Pioneer anomaly seems 70% real

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "The so called "Pioneer Anomaly" is a slight acceleration of the now-defunct Pioneer probes that doesn't match gravity models, suggesting a mysterious force. Researchers have been subtracting out known forces, such as power-cell heat, to isolate the mysterious portion.

Pioneer Anomaly Project Director Slava Turyshev presented preliminary results of the thermal modeling efforts at a meeting of the American Physical Society. ...The magnitude of the Pioneer Anomaly is so very tiny that it could conceivably result from the uneven radiation of heat from the spacecraft...Turyshev reported that the [heat] model can generate an acceleration that amounts to about 30% of the Anomaly for that distance [25AU] from the Sun.
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Paul Graham's new Lisp dialect now available

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Paul Graham, the dot-com zillionare who created what is now Yahoo Stores, along with Robert Morris has finally released their revamped dialect of Lisp, called Arc. "Arc is designed above all for exploratory programming: the kind where you decide what to write by writing it. A good medium for exploratory programming is one that makes programs brief and malleable, so that's what we've aimed for. This is a medium for sketching software. It's not for everyone. In fact, Arc embodies just about every form of political incorrectness possible in a programming language."
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Animation illustrates Mobius Transformations

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  about 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Science News describes a youtube sensation whereby Mobius transformations can be described simply as a linear projection through a sphere to a plane. The coolest transformation is the inversion, in which a rectangular image can be turned inside out. I'd like to see this transformation on actual images (but not goatse, please)."
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Elaine Chao: US workers are smelly complainers

Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "According to Parade Magazine, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says American employees are rude and have B.O., and this is allegedly why foreign workers are preferred. "U.S. employers say that many workers abroad simply have a better attitude toward work. 'American employees must be punctual, dress appropriately and have good personal hygiene,' says Chao. 'They need anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when a supervisor asks them to do something.'" Do we need to reshape ourselves into compliant borg?"
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Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "The New Horizons probe caught the moon Io in the act of barfing into space. "This five-frame sequence of New Horizons images captures the giant plume from Io's Tvashtar volcano. Snapped by the probe's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter earlier this year, this first-ever "movie" of an Io plume clearly shows motion in the cloud of volcanic debris, which extends 330 kilometers (200 miles) above the moon's surface...The appearance and motion of the plume is remarkably similar to an ornamental fountain on Earth, replicated on a gigantic scale.""
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Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Did the laws of physics think themselves into being? Observing may not only force quantum resolving of atomic particle features, but perhaps the universe's very laws themselves. Paul Davies states: "In that manner, what we must imagine is that the origin of the universe is an amalgam of realities, and only those realities that lead to observers who can resolve those ambiguities are going to be selected for. So the universe can engineer its own bio-friendliness, because the very observers who arise at a later stage are those who project out from the bio-friendly histories". (Sorry, no mention of cats)"
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Tablizer Tablizer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Tablizer (95088) writes "Sounds like a bad IT shop-talk joke, but tutoring has finally been outsourced to India. Now you can get that high-end education you always wanted so that you can compete successfully with 3rd-world labor to build perpetual outsourcing....I mean motions machines."

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