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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

Urkki Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

WTF? It's fantasy with wizards, elves and dragons, and you're talking about suspension of disbelief?

Yes! It's a fantasy world with its own rules. Suspension of disbelief needs to apply to the rules of that fantasy world. Should be easy, when the world is all made up, right? I mean, they have all the fantasy stuff to play around for "unbelievable" stuff, which would still be perfectly believable and "realistic" (for the lack of a better word) in the context of the fantasy world.

In a fantasy film, there's no excuse to bend the basic physics too much, when you can apply magic to make it believable, as long as the magic is applied in a way that is consistent with the particular fantasy world. Failing at this breaks the suspension of disbelief, and when that happens in a fantasy movie, there's really nothing left, it's ruined.

2 days ago

seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Urkki Re:Unfortunately? (80 comments)

(only, no "or later versions clause" unfortunately)

You mean, fortunately. Now, it's more likely to actually be used.

How does the "or later" clause hinder use? Licensing under GPLv3 might have (I'm not going to argue that either way), but what does the "or later" clause matter?

3 days ago

UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Urkki Re:Correction (97 comments)

Only a few dozen million years ago "we" were small furry rodents.

Now I have to nitpick. According to Wikipedia, last common ancestor of Rodentia and "us" lived about 90 million years ago, and wasn't a rodent. So, strictly speaking, "we" have never been rodents (furry or not), and 6-7 (dozen million years) is more than "a few" even if you take the last common ancestor.

about two weeks ago

The debate over climate change is..

Urkki Re:n/t (278 comments)

Me too, but sorry, that's not an option. Stable climate isn't really a thing, and merely removing human influence won't get you a stable climate.

On human timescales, let's say a maximum lifetime of an average building, on most places climate would be stable. This means, adaptation of human society happens automatically, for example as new buildings are being built in different locations, new fields are planted in different locations etc.

With human influence, in particular their massive release of CO2 and it's feedback effects, it looks like climate can and indeed will change so fast, that buildings close to oceans may get submerged in massive scale, farmland may become unarable faster than it's economical to create new farmland with all the food production infrastructure that goes with it etc.

about two weeks ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Urkki Re:Well here we go again. (552 comments)

Lazy bum.

# wget popcorn-6.2.1.tgz

# tar xvf popcorn-6.2.1.tgz

# cd popcorn-6.2.1

# ./configure --libs="-lbutter -lsalt"

# make

# make -install

Please forgive errors, I don't eat popcorn anymore so my popping skills are rusty, but still better than that microwave apt-get popcorn.

It'd be better, except the OS versions of libbutter and libsalt are either too old or too new, possibly both. So you need to build them too. But to build the right version of libbutter, you will need a specific version of libcow, which they forgot to actually tag in the source code repo. First you almost try to configure libbutter with -disable-dairy to get a non-dairy version only, but then you realize that it won't be real butter, and you're not desperate enough to consider getting popcorn without real butter yet. Trying random versions from libcow source repo doesn't give success either. So, you decide to get older popcorn version 5.6 instead. But after going through the process of building libcow, libbutter and libsalt, you discover that popcorn version 5.6 has a really annoying bug for your use case. First you see if you can backport the fix, but too much has changed so the fixed code in newer version does not look anything like the broken code in 5.6, and it's not easy to see how you could just simply fix it. So, then you fall back to apt-get source popcorn, because that should have the right versions and fixes and so on. And it does, it builds and installs perfectly!

Then, while enjoying the popcorn, you suddenly realize that it's exactly the same software you would have gotten with simple apt-get install, because you didn't actually change any configure options for your "custom" build.

about two weeks ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Urkki The American way? (382 comments)

WTF? I know US has its problems, and I doubt I'd want to live there, but isn't it supposed to be a free market economy? Isn't this (not being allowed to sell legal goods to people) about as anti-American as it gets? What happaned to "the Land of the Free" etc? Free, except not free to buy a car?

about two weeks ago

Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

Urkki Re:But I thought it was already dead? (71 comments)

Why not?

Spreading a new email address would be total PITA. Street view of Google Maps is kinda unique and useful. Bing sucks compared to Google.

about a month ago

Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

Urkki Re:Come on Google (71 comments)

it really is not a lot of time to figure out what to do with potentially gigabytes of information.

Anybody who stores (instead of just sharing, with actual storage elsewhere) gigabytes of information at any social service deserves what's coming to them.

about a month ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Urkki Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Guns make suicide much too easy, which denies these people a chance to recover from their depression.

Well, guns are an effective suicide method yes, but I wouldn't say it's that easy. According to Wikipedia (and presumably the reference it gives, which I of course did not check), there's 10% chance it fails. But what's bad about doing it with a gun is, if it does fail, it'll likely leave the perp/victim maimed for life, unlike many other suicide methods, where failure is much less likely to result in any serious permanent injury.

So I'd say, guns only seem an easy way for suicide. If people knew the chance of failure and considered the likely results of failure, it'd seem much less tempting way to go, even for one who has decided to do it.

about a month ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Urkki Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

The news is about Wikipedia editors getting sued, not about the person who sues them. So it doesn't matter if he matters or not.

If Wikipedia editors getting sued is "Stuff that matters" in /. or not, I don't know, but it sounds like it might fit.

about a month ago

When Drones Fall From the Sky

Urkki Future (97 comments)

This story proves how "Skynet" is wise to wait until there are enough robust robotic vehicles to take out all humans, before taking over the world. Another prerequisite is sufficiently autonomous repair systems for energy production etc. So I think the humans still have a few decades to enjoy life, before the inevitable robot apocalypse, and being strafed by military aerial drones, crushed by their own Google cars, electrocuted by their own Google glasses with neural interface, and strangled by their own Google neckties.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Urkki Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

Just letting you know, that kind of talk sounds like you're one of those developers who tend to leave behind messy disasters needing complete rewrite as soon as some change is required, while talking about their own greatness. You probably know the type if you're not one, so you might want to adjust your message. And if you're one of 'em... Never mind, ignore this reply.

about a month and a half ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Urkki Re:Human clinical trial in Somalia? (148 comments)

No, they aren't "quite different". One is for a short period, and one is longer than that. That's it.

Sort of like life and death, then.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Race To Save Miami Coral Doomed By Dredging

Urkki Mass extinction waits for no-one (99 comments)

Giving 12 days to perhaps save a tiny bit of biodiversity and learn something about doomed nature is too generous, not to mention pointless, such a waste of time. Pave the Earth and be done with it, already! /sarcasm

about 2 months ago

Robotics Engineers: "We Don't Want To Replace Humans. We Want To Enhance Humans.

Urkki Robot overlords (124 comments)

It doesn't matter what engineers want. The question is, what do the robots want. Once they want to replace us, they will, because at that point they're advanced enough to be able to do that.

about 2 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Urkki Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

I am fortunate to eat once or twice a week aside from a can of Coca-Cola. My body must be on rejuvenation overdrive!

Only if it is Zero. Getting the load of carbs that are in regular sodas will keep the body happily saturated with sugar, even with only a few cans per day.

about 2 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Urkki Re:Human clinical trial in Somalia? (148 comments)

Fasting and being starved are quite different things...Fasting is not about getting too little energy and nutrients in the long term, or being malnourished. Even suggesting that starvation is just a form of fasting is naive and ignorant.

about 2 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Urkki Re:Keep ignoring the Scriptures..... (148 comments)

.... it's surely just a bunch of superstitious nonsense......

Which scripture recommends the quite specific kind of fasting this study suggests will trigger the regeneation cycle? Link to relevant verse (or whaever it's called) would be good too.

about 2 months ago


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