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Hairspray Could Help Us Find Advanced Alien Civilizations

Veggiesama Re:Much more than that (211 comments)

Haha! You're right, all women who use hairspray are stupid!

about a year and a half ago

Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012

Veggiesama Re:A Wasted Vote... (409 comments)

I like Obama for ending the war in Iraq, I like Romney for requiring OpenDocument format (ODF) when he was governor of Mass...

Only on Slashdot are these comparable accomplishments...

about 2 years ago

Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

Veggiesama Censorship? (805 comments)

Folks, this is Slashdot, so I expect some more consistency in in your positions. Here we are supposed to be proponents of network neutrality, ardent supporters of anti-censorship methods, and unrepetent voices in support of freedom of information all over the world. We don't like governments mucking with DNS servers, and we hate the publishing companies trying to tell us how we should and shouldn't use our media.

Yet, here is a guy who passes swift judgment on others and renders their expensive cell phones inoperable for the sole reason that a single individual personally annoys him. He does this anonymously in public spaces, and the victims of his jammer have no recourse to repair their device. The loud, obnoxious caller suffers the same fate that the quiet girl chatting to her mother from three seats back does: everyone is silenced indiscriminately.

For some bizarre reason, the hivemind of Slashdot holds this one-man censorship czar in high esteem, but they would probably object to a public school, library, or hospital prohibiting cell phone use via means of a jammer for the same reasons he uses.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

Veggiesama Nope (851 comments)

Lying in bed and reading web pages without a bulky laptop (or pants, for that matter) is too good to give up.

more than 2 years ago

How Tiny Worms Could Help Humans Colonize Mars

Veggiesama Should we establish this precedent? (101 comments)

"The miserable human has about 23,000 protein-coding genes — nearly as many as imperialist cyborg space monkeys, who have about 26,000. Furthermore, there is a lot of overlap between our genome and theirs, with many genes performing roughly the same functions in both species, despite the clear inferiority of human garbage. Launching imprisoned humans to Alpha Centauri would allow cyborg monkey scientists to see just how dangerous the high radiation levels found in deep space are to animal life. 'Incarcerated humans allow us to detect changes in growth, development, reproduction and behavior in response to environmental conditions such as toxins or in response to deep space missions,' said Oohoohahah Pooflinger of the University of Bananaland in Cyborgia. 'Given the high failure rate of Alpha Centauri missions, use of sniveling, pathetic humans allows us to safely and relatively cheaply test spacecraft systems prior to monkeyed missions,' he adds."

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Government Officially Trusts OpenVPN-NL

Veggiesama OpenVPN help! (53 comments)

I have been trying to use SSH and OpenVPN to help a friend play games through a university network, but my experience with VPNs is limited to Hamachi. It seems extremely easy to setup a client, but setting up a server over Windows 7 seems slightly trickier. Anyone know a good up-to-date guide for a complete noob like myself?

more than 2 years ago

Lying Is More Common When We Email

Veggiesama Re:Lies aren't always bad (123 comments)

Don't get used to it. The hard part isn't crafting the lie--it's getting all your lies mixed up with one another.

more than 2 years ago

Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape

Veggiesama Re:We do both (420 comments)

I found myself doing the same thing, so whenever I come across a strange-sounding place or name, I take a few moments to read over it and say the word out loud until I decide on a pronunciation. Then when I encounter the word again, I use the opportunity to practice my mental pronunciation.

It helps if you ever have to talk to people about what you read, whether it's Harry Potter or an op-ed by Fareed Zakaria.

more than 2 years ago

Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

Veggiesama Re:A simple question to those who object... (885 comments)

You're right; it's not binary. But I think that when someone just had their house bulldozed, it doesn't make any sense for that person to complain about how the demolition men also forgot to wash their hands when they left.

It's about the scale, and bigger issues should take precedence over the smaller ones, especially when the wrongful death ratio may approach something like 100,000:1.

more than 2 years ago

Mass Piracy Lawsuits Come To Australia

Veggiesama Re:As an Australian and an Author... (183 comments)

Perhaps so, but if you are sitting at home and not being paid (assuming you just worked a full day and are tired), how much is extra hours in the day worth to you? Would you pay a couple of bucks to get an extra 15 minutes in a day of relaxation time?

If you're pirating a brand-new game, then those 15 minutes are probably going to be wasted anyway dealing with draconian DRM, show-stopping bugs, and progress-hindering crashes. If it's movie or music, then 15 minutes is a gross over-estimate, because it's probably a whole lot quicker and easier than that.

more than 2 years ago

Mass Piracy Lawsuits Come To Australia

Veggiesama Re:As an Australian and an Author... (183 comments)

If you make $15 Aussie dollars an hour, minimum wage, then $2 represents about eight minutes of your time. If you spent more than eight minutes bringing up the highly overloaded Pirate Bay page, finding a correct torrent, loading the torrent into uTorrent, downloading the file, moving it around on your NAS, putting it into iTunes, getting the book's coverart then syncing it to your iPhone, then yeah you pretty much just robbed yourself.

Just saying. You're probably saving money by buying it vs pirating it, since time=money. LOL.

Time = money is only true when you paying someone. If you are paying someone $15 per hour, then yes, 8 minutes is worth $2. However, when you are sitting at home and not getting paid then 8 minutes of your time, or 8 hours, or 8 days, is worth exactly zero.

Hate to burst your bubbles, dudes, but my guess is that the majority of people who pirate are either unemployed, going to school, or too young for a job, so any analysis of their cost:benefit ratios is liable to waste your time. Sure, they (and coupon clippers, and soda-can collectors) might be making below minimum wage, but these activities are not terribly stressful and don't require a lot of thought.

Not to mention, some people find pirating "fun," and when I was younger I would have agreed. Nowadays it's almost too easy, but some people still derive pleasure from acquiring games, movies, and music for free.

more than 2 years ago

Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

Veggiesama A simple question to those who object... (885 comments)

Where the fuck were you during the last president?

Let's put this shit in perspective:
1 dead American-born cleric
100,000+ dead Iraqi civilians

I think we have had bigger issues than one asshat's due process rights.

more than 2 years ago

Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

Veggiesama Re:5th Amendment (885 comments)

What if he had been a confederate general in 1864?

Then he would be white.

more than 2 years ago

No Higgs Just Yet

Veggiesama Re:God Particle (190 comments)

The difference between the presentation of the Higgs Boson and God is slight, but important.

Whenever I read about the Higgs, the reader is reminded that it has not yet been located, it is being rigorously searched for, and/or it is a best-guess theory that fits nicely into the Standard Model. It is assumed to exist, though I have a feeling nobody would be terribly upset if a better theory came around to account for its lack of existence.

Whenever I read about God, it's implicitly assumed that he exists, he's good, and he can read your mind.

There's an order of magnitude of difference between these two "faiths" and assuming they are, in any way, guilty of the same logical fallacies is preposterous.

about 3 years ago

Teachers, Students Fight To Be Facebook Friends

Veggiesama Alternatives (286 comments)

See, now teachers have a good reason to sign up for Google+

They won't go to jail.

about 3 years ago

Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F

Veggiesama Re:Learn your AVC's (567 comments)

Dunno how MS Office is, but I've always used Ctrl+Shift+V in OpenOffice, then you can paste the text without formatting.

about 3 years ago

Paypal Founder Helping Build Artificial Island Nations

Veggiesama Bioshock (692 comments)

Didn't Andrew Ryan try this?

Something about a wealthy entrepreneur constructing a libertarian paradise unhampered by the laws of government or moral responsibilities...

But then again, Rapture was UNDER the water, while this city is ABOVE the water.

Totally different circumstances then.

about 3 years ago

PlayStation 3 Controller On Android Devices

Veggiesama Re:I've never understood... (133 comments)

I've been outgeeked by microwave popcorn enthusiasts. I am deeply humbled.

about 3 years ago

PlayStation 3 Controller On Android Devices

Veggiesama Re:I've never understood... (133 comments)

I can accept that Android has a great deal many superior features to the iPhone, but I eventually went with iPhone because it had the best user interface, painless upgrade process, everything about it 'just works' (unless it doesn't, such as 3GS wifi-access-point-mode), and the app-store is by far the best. Some people say, "If you're not willing to tinker with your devices you're not a real geek", at which point I tell them that it's just a telephone and I expect it, and its apps, to just work, all the time. It should not need to be tinkered with.

No offense, but I can't stand the "it just works" cop-out. I have heard it so many times, it sounds like it was ripped straight from an Apple commercial. Of course "it just works"-- even Androids "just work," if you mean they can do all the basic functions, like making calls, storing contacts, showing the time, accessing webpages, etc., in some fashion or another without a ton of modification.

However, when given the ability to customize and personalize, some of us enjoy going the extra mile to upgrade a sufficient "just works" interface to an optimal "OMG check out what my smartphone can do" interface. Sure, the default Android browser works fine, but I want tabbed browsing, so I upgrade to Dolphin HD. The default gTalk app does what it's designed to do, but I'm a power chatter with five or six different IM accounts (which could require many different apps!), so to standardize the interface and save on the RAM, I grab eBuddy for an all-in-one solution. And that's not even getting into all of the cool stuff (and money-saving stuff) you can do if you root your phone.

I think that when a geek gains that ability to tinker, "just works" becomes "hmm... maybe I can do better." If you don't have any other options, you don't bitch about a lousy interface--you learn to adapt. For instance, every microwave oven I've ever owned has had a POPCORN button on it that always seems to burn any popcorn I give it. Naturally, I just ignore it like many others do. However, if I could take that button off and replace it with a +30 SECONDS button (in addition to the regular +1 QUICK MINUTE button) or a QUICK RECALL button or something other that would be more useful, I would do it in a heartbeat. But I can't, because the microwave's interface is locked and can't be modified. So you learn to adapt to the quirks and ignore the deficiencies.

However, as soon as you learn you have other options, the minor problems become glaring obstacles that can be overcome with a little bit of research and tinkering. Maybe that's not a big deal to some people, but I like it.

about 3 years ago


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