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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Dobsonian (185 comments)

In terms of bang for the buck Dobs can't be beat. You'll get more aperture per amount spent. Add a Telrad and you're good to go. Do not start out with an electronic mount; use real charts. Ads for cheap scopes will tout magnification; that's not as important as aperture and light-gathering power. You'll want at least 4", preferably 6". All that said, expect to pay good money for good quality. If it sounds too cheap then it probably is.

2 days ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Informative winners list (178 comments)

Authors who write to get awards are writing the social justice NOW bullshit. Authors who write for readers are having their lunches.

4 days ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pfft (402 comments)

Nano has gotten me out of a jam more times than I can count when I couldn't get X working. It's simple, easy to use, and works great.

about three weeks ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:KDE? (132 comments)

I did a fresh install of M17 the day before yesterday. I had a couple of hard lockups running Cinnamon. LXDE was fine, and installing KDE is as simple as firing up synaptic and grabbing 'kde-standard'. I'm typing this from KDE right now. It's not as polished as SuSE's but it's stable (so far)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Anything built before 2001 (702 comments)

I'd argue that it *was* true in some cases. There are still a lot of air-cooled VW Beetles being used as daily drivers and I had one too until recently. I currently drive a 1989 Volvo 240, every day. Tough as a block of iron and reliable.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

TheGoodNamesWereGone IBM Model M Keyboard (702 comments)

Built in 1993. Still works perfectly

about 4 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

TheGoodNamesWereGone My little rant about PC gaming (245 comments)

I'd love to know what percentage of games are FPSs... They're cranked out like sausages not because they're the best that the companies can do, but because they can be played using a console controller. Meanwhile a reasonably well-equpped PC has far more power than any console, and features a real (gasp!) keyboard with more than 10 buttons! Game makers do shitty ports of titles to the PC; for example, I still have not played Skyrim because of the PC-unfriendly interface. And they wonder why sales are down.

about 4 months ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

TheGoodNamesWereGone Who's Your Dealer? (172 comments)

Does he have good prices?

about 4 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Wish I could mod this to 6 (704 comments)

You want a certain type of game to be made? Write one. Then sell it. If it's good then people will buy it. Until then stop complaining how the world needs to change to suit you.

about 5 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

Wish I could mod this to 6

about 5 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Shill (545 comments)

but if the numbers are true

3.3 gallons per tomato? That's a suspicious figure. No, I didn't RTFA, but let's run the numbers... How many tomato plants in an acre? How many fruits per plant? Multiply that by 3.3, and it seems very high.

about 6 months ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Ambitious (64 comments)

You beat to it, posting that. I miss my old CoCo

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

Folks, I don't have much more to say on the subject, except look around you. People gravitate towards hedonism. Hedonsim is the natural eventual outcome of all human governmental and/or economic systems-- It's the goal: A system where everyone is free to be what they want to be, unfettered by such trivial things as lack of resources... Ask yourselves, seriously, in the real world. If a child was presented with all he wanted, what would he do? He'd want to kill his parents, of course, those mean old people who wish to place restrictions on his behavior... But it doesn't matter. Resources and energy are in infinite supply. The kid can ignore all restrictions placed on his behavior. If he wants to disappear into the holosim, who are YOU to question his decision? So in a world where pure unfettered hedonism is possible, what would happen? I rest my case.

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

What is wrong with a world where people don't work? Since when is slaving all day for someone else's benefit a good thing?

Indeed.

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

They worked because they had incentives to, whether personal or practical. Free everything would disincentivize work. I understand what you're saying about creativity, and agree there will always be a core group of exceptional people, but then that flies in the face of the socialist goal of equal outcomes, and those exceptional folks will be hated by everyone else, just like today. No matter how you slice it, 50% of the population will always be below average. The writers of Trek created a happy future where everyone has all they need and want and everyone loves each other, but they didn't really think things through. Read Dayworld. Or Harrison Bergeron.

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

ST's vision of the future economy (at least from TNG on; TOS wisely avoided touching on it but implied it was a form of Capitalism) is a pipe-dream Utopia. If food, shelter, and energy were in virtually unlimited supply no one would need to work, yes, but more importantly, no one would *want* to. Where would the goodies come from then? Automation? Okay then, the Machines rule the Federation. And no one would ever emerge out of their self-created kingdoms inside holodecks. The future would be more like Wall-E. There'd be no more invention, no more innovation, no more anything..... Just everyone plugged into their fantasies in their holo-simulators, a civilization of lotus-eaters. This is the sort of shit that would cause Captain Kirk to charge phasers. Rewatch "The Apple".

about 6 months ago
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Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?

TheGoodNamesWereGone It worked for (112 comments)

It worked for teaching chimps to fly

about 6 months ago

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Microsoft releases beta of Offline Windows Defende

TheGoodNamesWereGone TheGoodNamesWereGone writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) writes "Microsoft has released a beta of an offline version of its Windows Defender product, for those instances where the computer is just so unbelievably infected that it can't go online or access security website. Prior to this, techies cleaning up infected PCs would have to use Ultimate Boot CD or something similar, but creating those disks and keeping them updated could be something of a chore. Offline Windows Defender comes in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Will this be a help to people like me who are always cleaning diseased PCs?"
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