Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Wonko the Sane Re:Fusion in some forms can be very dangerous. (566 comments)

don't try to ridicule people for simply expressing their opinions

I believe you're being ridiculed for, not for expressing your opinion, but for expressing your mathematical incompetence.

about two weeks ago
top

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Wonko the Sane Re:global warmening worse than we thought... (566 comments)

I remember a few years back there was a page on the Los Alamos lab web site that talked about "POPS fusion" experiments.

Basically like IEC fusion, but instead of trying to maintain constant pressure, allow the pressure to oscillate regularly.

Then that page dissapeared.

I wonder if this announcement is about the same thing.

about two weeks ago
top

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Wonko the Sane Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

However, no-one would question that what actually occurred was, in fact, theft. No-one would ask whether the car owner wanted it to happen.

The owner's insurance company would ask both of those questions as part of their investigation prior to paying out a claim.

No-one would have suggested the victim should have had a less attractive car.

In my life I have observed that people with more expensive (at-risk for theft) cars devote more resources to protecting them than people with less expensive cars. I've also see the same thing with houses and other posessions.

Still not seeing why, if self-protection against crime is considered the responsibility of the potential victim in every other situation, rape should be treated as a special case.

Every individual is responsible for their own self protection. This responsibility in no way reduces the culpability of criminals. This isn't contraversial when you talk about 99.9% of crimes, so why is so much effort being directed into making it a "gender issue"?

about two weeks ago
top

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Wonko the Sane Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

I shouldn't dignify your ad hominem attack with a reply, but for the benefit of other people reading I'll provide a parable:

Manager: Now that we're finished cleaning up our servers, let's talk about how the hacker got in and how we can stop it from happening in the future. It seems that you set up our systems to allow root logins via telnet, and frequently logged in via public unencrypted wifi.
Sysadmin: Yes, that's the most convienient way for me to work.
Manager: Do you think that's prudent, given the circumstances? Maybe you should upgrade to SSH.
Sysadmin: Why should I have to do that? Hackers should be attempting to break into our servers in the first place.
Manager: Yes, that is true and also beside the point. Hackers do exist and so you need to take precautions to keep them out. That's your job.
Sysadmin: It isn't fair! Why should I need to learn how to keep the hackers out of the server? We should teach hackers not to break into other people's systems instead.
Manager: I agree that it's not fair, however even if everybody dropped everything everything else and started working on reeducating malicious hackers tomorrow, it would still take time to accomplish, and in the meantime the servers still need to be hardened against attack.
Sysadmin: I don't want to stop using telnet. It's not my fault malicious hackers exist and I'm not going to change what I'm doing because of them.
Manager: In that case, we have no choice but to find a replacement sysadmin while we also press charges against the hacker. Regardless of whether it's fair or not the job of hardening the servers against attack has to be done and if you're not willing to do it we must find somebody who will.
Sysadmin: OMG why are you attacking me now?! #waronsysadmins

about two weeks ago
top

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Wonko the Sane Re:Don't do that (429 comments)

You can ask this person to stop doing it, because he's not anonymous.

That does not fix the problem that what he's doing is possible in the first place.

about two weeks ago
top

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Wonko the Sane Re:Traffic Shaper? (429 comments)

Regardless of whether or not this is a good idea, if more people start using VPNs in general that would be a good thing.

about two weeks ago
top

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Wonko the Sane Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

There's a double standard here.

In every other context, lack of due diligance is cause for concern, and that's not considered "victim blaming".

For example, if somebody leaves their car parked on the street with the windows rolled down and the keys in the ignition prior to it getting stolen, then anyone hearing the story would not be out of line asking them why they thought that was a good idea.

Their question would never be construed as absolving the car thief of responsibility for their crime, except maybe if the car owner was a woman.

about two weeks ago
top

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Wonko the Sane Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

Believe me, no respectable troll will ever attack you in any manner that you can fairly fight back

Did I say anything about fighting back?

about two weeks ago
top

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Wonko the Sane Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

Trolls of this nature are unusual and they don't just target women. They target everyone.

For some reason, it's culturally acceptable for men to learn how to defend themselves from sociopaths (who, like all predators prefer soft targets to hard targets).

However if anyone ever tries to talk about teaching women any kind of self defense, the accusations of "victim blaming" start up immediately.

Which is exactly what you'd expect sociopaths to instigate. Of course they'd oppose any effort to turn soft targets into hard targets.

about two weeks ago
top

Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Wonko the Sane Re:More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

The problem is not feminists or anti-feminists.

The problem is sociopaths, and sociopaths come in all genders and races.

Sociopaths are very good at mobilizing well-intentioned humans for their own purposes.

Humans tend to conform to the desires of sociopaths instead of confront them, because natural selection did not historically favor humans who opposed sociopaths.

about two weeks ago
top

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Wonko the Sane Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

I lost count of the number of things that are factually and conceptually wrong with that post.

about three weeks ago
top

Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Wonko the Sane Navel gazing (652 comments)

While environmental studies professors continue to pump out ready excuses for imposing increasing economic feudalism in Europe and North America, China and India are going to build out nuclear power and produce energy. I doubt they'll be dissuaded from trying because of anything this professor says.

When people like this say, "the world can't" remember that they actually mean, "we aren't going to let you."

about three weeks ago
top

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Wonko the Sane Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

Who's Us?

"Us" is all the people who have to live in a world where a fraction of the population uses violence and coercive power to get what they want and are looking forward to a post-state society.

about three weeks ago
top

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Wonko the Sane Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (724 comments)

Alimony delinquency is not a trivial problem in this country when men excercise the option to leave their responsibilities at the state line.

On a sidenote, this is yet another problem that Bitcoin will solve for us.

Of course, I mean the problem that bank accounts and income streams can be garnished.

So many men are going benefit from the ability to hold their savings and earn income in a currency which no judge can remotely confiscate.

about three weeks ago
top

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Wonko the Sane Re:Is the immune system working? (724 comments)

Actually 4chan has been executed.

All the old mods were mass-fired and replaced with new ones, one who have absolutely no connection with the community there.

Word on the street is that Moot has a new group of friends now and is trying to get into the SV startup scene.

New friends didn't approve of 4chan, so handng the site over to executioners was part of his initation ritual.

about three weeks ago
top

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Wonko the Sane Re:Is the immune system working? (724 comments)

Everything you're saying is true, and the effect as been that people see what is happening, and they are responding.

The central planners tipped their hand by revealing just how effectively a small group of SV insiders control so much of the web, and now everybody knows about it.

about three weeks ago
top

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Wonko the Sane Re:Inflammatory description of article. (724 comments)

The degree to which the SJW crowd has to resort to increasingly-inflammatory headlines and articles gives me a lot of hope, because it indicates that the collective unconscious of the Internet really does have a funcitoning immune response that can limit the damaged caused by that particularly nasty virus.

I was worried for a while.

about three weeks ago
top

Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Wonko the Sane Re:frosty pilsner (119 comments)

I came here to post that exact response.

about three weeks ago
top

Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Wonko the Sane Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

Both aluminium and plastic have both elastic deformation and plastic deformation modes. Depending on the exact material involved, plastic might have a larger or a smaller elastic deformation range than aluminium.

about 1 month ago
top

Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Wonko the Sane Re:Meh (108 comments)

Who watches TV these days.

Old people.

A cohort of TV viewers die every day and are not replaced by younger ones.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

top

How to use Freenet for social networking

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Wonko the Sane (25252) writes "Freenet has been around for a long time but one of the things that has held it back is a lack of user-friendly documentation. At last, that seems to be changing. This blogger has put together a detailed instruction manual for installing Freenet and setting up secure social networking. Crypto-anarchism is now easy enough for Aunt Tillie."
Link to Original Source
top

Your Worst Radiological Nightmare

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wonko the Sane (25252) writes "A dirty bomb attack might be easier to pull off and harder to prevent than the public has been lead to believe:

Think you know about radiological dirty bombs? You know, the usual: easily-detected, a suicide mission for the operator, etc. All of these are comforting things that we are told to believe (usually by some perky blonde after talking about what star is in jail for what). Think again. I've sat on the idea in this article for over two years now since stumbling across hints of it while researching Starving the Monkeys . Recently I’ve come across confirmations from multiple sources that, yes, the idea is relatively widespread. It is a well-kept secret, but only from you. Rest uneasy, the bad guys already know about this idea.

"

Link to Original Source
top

TEA PARTY February 1st

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wonko the Sane writes "Karl Denninger is calling for a modern day tea party on his blog in protest of the federal bailouts and stimulus plan.

It is time for We The People to send a strong message to Washington DC — no more. No more loading our children and grandchildren with debt. No more bailing out speculators and bankers who made bets they knew were unsafe at the time. No more bailing out people who came to Congress to demand the removal of leverage limits, got what they asked for, then blew themselves up with the very leverage they demanded to be able to use.

No more.

Therefore, on February 1st, which is more than enough time for Barack Obama to be seated in his chair in the West Wing, I am recommending an act of peaceful, lawful and yet unmistakable protest.

That is, to mail President Obama one teabag. Nothing dangerous, nothing illegal — just one teabag.

Send one to your Congressman and one to each Senator.

"

Link to Original Source

Journals

top

Posting limits

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Really Slashdot? You're going to run a story guaranteed to have over a thousand posts but you're going to impose posting limits on subscribers? What am I paying for if I'm suddenly going to be cut out of the conversation and unable to reply?

top

The reality of resources and population

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The reason for this post is to point out that all the doom and gloom about the increasing population is unfounded, meaning that there are real, achievable solutions that don't involve totalitarian government controls or genocidal population reduction measures.

First off, how much will the population grow? If left unchecked will it continue to grow forever?

The answer to the second question is no, not if the developing world continues to industrialize. The answer to the first question is about 9 billion, give or take. As the standard of living increases people voluntarily choose to have less children on average. No coercion is necessary. So to get to a stable (actually slightly declining) population we need to remove barriers that prevent the developing world from reaching western levels.

The primary barrier is energy. All resource shortages can be overcome if sufficient energy is available. We can desalinize seawater and pump it to wherever is needed if the energy is available to do so. We can grow vastly more food than we do now if sufficient water and fertilizer are available. Liquid hydrocarbons (gasoline) can be synthesized from water and carbon dioxide. All these processes are known and understood, they just require energy.

So how much energy do we need? If the US experience is any guide we need about 350 million BTUs per person, per year. So with a worldwide population of 9 billion people that adds up to over 3 quintillion BTUs per year.

Can that much power be generated? Absolutely, but you aren't going to get there with wind turbines and terrestrial solar panels.

There's one element that exists on the planet in sufficient quantities to generate the required power for a long time and that element is thorium. Each ton of thorium generates 1 GW-year (30 trillion BTUs) of energy when used as nuclear fuel, so the world's energy demand could be entirely supplied by 100,000 tons of thorium per year (compare this to the billions of tons of coal we use annually now). With 120 trillion tons estimated to exist in the Earth's crust we've got a long time before we need to start looking somewhere else, like the moon or Mars.

So the solution to the population crisis, energy crisis and pollution crisis is to stop pushing fake solutions that won't do anything except cause misery for billions of people and let us use state-of-the-art (1960s era) nuclear technology to produce abundant clean energy for everyone.

top

Aggregating contacts is hard.

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I'm writing this mainly to get my own thoughts straight before I take a stab at implementing this myself.

Merging and synchronizing contact information between all the various services that a person might use appears to be to be an unsolved problem. I've looked high and low and I can not find a single piece of software that will:

  1. Maintain a definitive list of meta-contacts and mappings (i.e. map a Gmail contact to a Facebook contact)
  2. Import data from every service I use
  3. Automatically export information that missing from one member of a metacontact but present in another member (when the underlying service supports this)
  4. Gives me means to both access and edit this information both on my PC and on my mobile phone
  5. Present an editable, unified view that eliminates redundant and obsolete data.

Accessing the data is the easy part. Most services have API functions that let you access it in either a read-only or read-write format. In some cases though all you have to work with is a CSV file.

So for this to work I need to a way to gather all the required information, put in into relational form and find/create the appropriate mappings

This is where it gets tricky. Very few software projects properly handle contact information. The data model needs to include all the metadata about the contact that you care about and meta-metadata. A person can have an unlimited number of email addresses, for example. Any particular email address might be a home address or work address. It might be an active address that you should send mail to or it might be an old address that is no longer in use (but you want to keep it associated with that person so you know who all those old emails came from)

So creating a robust relational structure in your database is non-trivial, but solvable. The hard part is wrangling the data from the other sources into relational form. Most data services do not have a unique, invariant identifier for each contact. Each and every attribute is subject to change. Usually matching based on name or email address will work but contacts can and do change both of these from time to time.

Once you get all the information pulled into the database now it's time to eliminate duplicate information by merging all those subcontacts into their respective metacontacts. Each subcontact should map to exactly one metacontact. The metacontact itself should NOT have any attribute information (name, email address, phone number, etc) directly associated with it to prevent data duplication.

Once you get the subcontacts merged into metacontacts now you should merge the metadata to eliminate duplication. The easiest way to do this is to aggregate all the information from every subcontact and display anything that not a duplicate. If Facebook and Google both say the John Doe has a email of jdoe@example.com then we only need to display that once. If they have different email addresses then we should display both. Finding duplicates isn't always easy: +1 (800) 555-1212 and 8005551212 are actually the same number (from the point of view of a caller in the US) but a simple text search will not reveal that. The former would be better to display so ideally you'd just update the latter data source, but what if it's read only? In that case you need a way to prevent certain subcontact attributes from being pull into the metacontact. In addition certain attributes shouldn't allow duplicates. If a person only has one canonical name, then should you use their Twitter username, their Facebook user name or the name stored in their associated Gmail contact? The user must decide and the database needs to store this choice.

So after we're all done with this we'll have a nice, unified view of all contact information. This unified view should be editable and any changes made to the underlying data should be pushed out to all services which are not read-only. In the case of the read-only services the stale data should not roll up into the metacontact, unless and until the underlying data changes. Example: someone in their Facebook list their phone number as 800-555-1212 but I edit this number to include the country code because I want to be able to call him from outside the US: +1 (800) 555-1212. This change can be pushed to Gmail but not to Facebook. So from now on the mapping between metacontacts and subcontacts should exclude the mobile number from the Facebook subcontact, unless my friend changes his phone number on Facebook to something else. If that happens the new number should roll up into the metacontact.

Some services do not support attribute metadata. A CSV file might just have a "address" field without specifying if it is a home or work address, physical or mailing, active or deprecated, etc. So this meta-metadata will need to be stored in the database itself. Meta-metadata as possible should be synchronized to the maximum extent supported by the underlying service.

I think I've got enough there to keep me busy for a while. I'm going to try to build a proof of concept of this but I may not get very far before I throw my hands up in disgust or someone else implements it (maybe Akonadi, but I haven't seen anything that indicates that it will have robust metacontact functionality)

top

Giving all users database server access by default.

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Especially with KDE applications there is a need for each user on a system to have access to a relational database to get full functionality. Usually this is provided by MySQL. Every database server for linux that I know of has its own concept of usernames and passwords which must be configured seperately from the users on the system because traditionally a database server served clients over the network, not local users.

Is there any way to set up MySQL or a MySQL-compatable database that gets username and password information from PAM and stores data in each user's home directory? This would make database access work just like mail delivery, as long as a user exists in the system and has a ~/.mysql_data directory he or she has full access to any database stored in that directory with no per-user configuration required.

It seems to work for mail, why not for databases also?

top

CrossFit

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I remember seeing this article when it was first posted but I really didn't pay attention to it. Now I wish I had. I'm on the second week of a month-long introductory CrossFit course and it's the first time in my life that I actually enjoy intense exercise. Based on what I've seen in just one week it really does live up to the hype.

top

Which company to blame?

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

If I'm having a problem getting my phone to work with my car's audio system which company should I contact first?

T-Mobile (mobile provider)?
Ford (car manufacturer)?
Motorola (phone manufacturer)?
Microsoft (Sync)?
Google (Android)?

top

Eerily Quiet

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

After all the political stories that Slashdot posted on the front page last year they don't mention the special election in Massachusetts today at all.

What's up with that?

top

WTF is wrong with our government?

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Why is the State Department working to get the former president of Honduras reinstated when the official report from the Law Library of Congress states:

V. Was the removal of Honduran President Zelaya legal, in accordance with Honduran
constitutional and statutory law?

Available sources indicate that the judicial and legislative branches applied constitutional
and statutory law in the case against President Zelaya in a manner that was judged by the
Honduran authorities from both branches of the government to be in accordance with the
Honduran legal system.

Why are we paying for department of expert lawers to answer these kind of questions when the answers get summarily ignored? Should we be worried that the our president is supporting an executive who attempted to subvert the constitution of his country?

top

Batteries, Gasoline and Math

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I got some flack on the article about the Teals Roadster for the statement that batteries need to improve by about a factor of 20 before electric cars will have the same long distance capabilities as gas powered cars so I've decided to publish a more complete explanation.

For the purposes of this exercise we'll consider a hypothetical 4-door sedan. This particular model seats 5 adults and has a large trunk capable of carrying the luggage that a family of five needs for a road trip. It has a 16 gallon gas tank and can travel 400 (highway) miles on a tank while carrying that family and their luggage. Finally, this car is equipped with a modular engine that can be removed and replaced with an electric propulsion system. Likewise the gas tank can be removed and replaced with a battery (we want to make this comparison apples-to-apples)

The efficiency of this car when powered by gasoline is about 20%. When it is powered by electricity it is about 90%. Efficiency in this context means tank(battery) to wheel. Since we are comparing the ability of these devices to store energy the efficiency of pulling crude oil out of the ground and getting into the tank as gasoline, as well as the efficiency of generating and transmitting electricity and charging the battery are outside the scope.

First let's figure our how much energy is necessary to move this family of five and their luggage 400 miles on the highway. We know that it the engine consumes 16 gallons of gasoline, which contains 1.9 gigajoules of energy. Since we also know that the engine wasted 80% of that energy the actual amount of work necessary to move this vehicle 400 miles at highway speed is 387 megajoules. In order for our car to make the exact same trip at the exact same speed on electric power, we need a battery that can store 426 megajoules (90% efficient).

How big will that battery be? To start with lets convert 426 megajoules to electrical units: 188 kilowatt-hours. Using the most optimistic numbers we have for lithium-ion batteries today gives us an energy density of 160 watt-hours/kg and 360 watt-hours/liter. Our battery will weigh 2,600 pounds (compared to 97 pounds for gasoline) and take up 138 gallons worth of space. Even if we assume that the frame of the vehicle can handle the extra weight of this battery there is no way you are going to fit it, five adults and their suitcases on your trip.

Are electric vehicles great for getting around in town? Yes. Are they ready to replace fossil fuels for long-haul travel? Not yet. When you see that batteries can store 4 kilowatt-hours per kg and 3 kilowatt-hours per liter then you'll know that batteries have caught up with gasoline in terms of vehicle energy storage.

top

Why do they keep breaking Slashdot?

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ever since they added comment moderation to this site I have always browsed at -1 threshold.

Now apparently this is not possible anymore with the new discussion system. I can no longer move the little slider all the way down to show all comments regardless of rating.

Bullshit.

top

Foes?

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've been reading Slashdot for close to a decade now, and in the last week I've got my first ever foes.

Now I'm curious as to why...

top

New Hampshire legislature debates secession

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee of the New Hampshire legislature has introduced a resolution specifying certain actions of the federal government which would nullify the constitution of the United States. They also call upon the other states in the union to adopt similar resolutions.

That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America.

That should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government; and

That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States, each member of the United States Congress, and the presiding officers of each State's legislature.

top

It's 2009... why does Jabber still suck?

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Past:
I played around with Jabber back in 1999/2000 when it was still new. In installed a server, set up some transports and played around with the clients of the time (I can't remember which ones). While things were initially promising I found that the system had no concept of a meta-contact. If I had a friend with Yahoo, ICQ, and MSN accounts then I had three seperate contacts. So I gave up on it and forgot about Jabber for several years.

The Present:
I don't use instant messaging much, but my wife does every day. Her family and friends live in another country where most people do not have computers in their homes. Every day her mother will go to a local internet cafe and log in to MSN (Live messenger) in order to use the webcam. Fortunately there is a MSN-compatiable Linux client (aMSN) that supports webcams (but not sound). My wife doesn't understand why she can't use voice chat to talk with her family, and wants me to install Windows so she can use the "normal messenger".

So by now Jabber/XMPP should be ready, right? The audio/video protocol Jingle was released a few years ago by Google and several IM clients support various forms of audio/video chat so by now surely all the pieces are put together...

No.

I decided this morning to study up on Jabber again. Fully expecting to find enlightenment, I open up a browser and search for "gentoo jabber howto".

...so apparently there's not much activity. I dig a little deeper and find that wikipedia has some information. Now there are seven server programs to choose from. Some projects are dead, some are commercial, a few are written in java and ...erlang?

jabberd-2 seems to be the successor of the server program I used before. It does support transports for the network I am most interested in (pymsn-t). Unfortunately pymsn-t seems to be unmaintained. On the plus side we have a someone wanting to continue development.

Digging deeper into that thread, someone actually suggests that a XMPP user should be able to send files to a MSN client user, but not receive them in order to push adoption of XMPP! Good idea - deliberately make a program feature-incomplete to subtly break backwards compatability with older programs. (where have I heard that before?)

So I'm back to square one. My wife can do video chat, but not voice chat with her family. No solution exists that will let me install one XMPP client and communicate everyone, regardless of the network they use (even if I'm willing to run the server myself). Maybe in a few more years.

top

Quotes to remember

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 5 years ago

There needs to be an equivelant of bash.org for memoriable slashdot quotes.

Possibly, however doctors and scientists tend to have stricter standards of proof than "making shit up" or "google searching".

-st0rmshad0w

Soccer moms will be the downfall of western society. Hordes of unvaccinated kids that live in super sterile conditions so they never develop an actual immune system that then get crammed into overcrowded daycares cause mommy and daddy have to work four jobs to pay for the house, white picket fence and the "think of the children" special edition SUV will be the source of the next great pandemic.

-Duradin

top

Advertising jingles

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  about 6 years ago

the theory of advertising is that even if you don't like the ad, that it makes an association between the brand and the product.

Those jingles are powerful, I still remember old one from years ago.

Like last night when I drove past a gas station and heard this in my mind: "Quick Trip makes today's pancaaaaaakes"

Um...

top

Is this a Turing test?

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dorothy: Hello XXXX.
XXXXXXXXX: Hello
Dorothy: Welcome to HP Total Care for Pavilion Notebooks. My name is Dorothy. How may I assist you today?
XXXXXXXXX: How do I find a compatable docking station for this model of laptop?
Dorothy: I understand that you want the docking station for your notebook model. Am I correct?
XXXXXXXXX: yes
Dorothy: Sure, I will help you with this regard.
Dorothy: To proceed further, could you give me the serial and product number of the notebook?
XXXXXXXXX: **********
XXXXXXXXX: ******
Dorothy: Thank you for the information.
Dorothy: Could I have a few minutes of your time while I look at the computer's configuration in my database?
XXXXXXXXX: OK
Dorothy: Could I have 2-3 minutes of time to check for the exact information?
XXXXXXXXX: ok
Dorothy: Thank you for your time and patience.
Dorothy: I apologize for the delay.
XXXXXXXXX: no problem
Dorothy: Let me explain in this regard.
Dorothy: As you notebook does not have the expansion port to your notebook.
Dorothy: However it is not possible to connect your notebook to expansion base.
XXXXXXXXX: ok
XXXXXXXXX: thank you
Dorothy: as I searched the entired database.
XXXXXXXXX: sorry for the inconvience

top

Slashdot search suckage

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Why is Google better at finding old Slashdot stories than Slashdot is?

I was trying to find some old story I remembered about some TV executive that said that all people who skip commercials are thieves.

I typed my query into Google:

site:slashdot.org PVR commercial theft

Result: The exact story I was looking for was the top result.

Try typing "PVR commercial theft" into the slashdot search bar and see what happens...

top

Poor choice of words

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 7 years ago

My uncle is an assistant for a senator in a state legislature. Recently, they enacted a bill requiring government documents to be stored and transmitted in "electronic format."

Unfortunately the state agencies complied by scanning all the paper forms into PDF format. So now, he and his colleges are drafting a new bill and want to clarify that the electronic documents must be capable of being edited. They don't want to specify a particular document format, to prevent getting locked in to a specific technology.

I can't think of the specific term he's looking for, so I'm asking Slashdot. Here's your change to influence the law of a rather large state. What term would describe electronic documents that can have their data manipulated, instead of storing it as a graphical black box?

top

Freakonomics

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. Economists love incentives. They love to dream them up and enact them, study them and tinker with them. The typical economist believes the world has not yet invented a problem that he can not fix if given a free hand to design the proper incentive scheme. His solution may not always be pretty - it may involve coercion or exorbitant penalties or the violation of civil liberties - but the original problem, rest assured, will be fixed.

top

Web 2.0 here I come

Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane writes  |  more than 7 years ago I'm falling down the slippery slope. I just added another slashdot friend for no particular reason, and now I'm making another journal entry. Soon, I'll be completely overcome by the dark side. Mostly this entry is here so my most-visible journal entry doesn't have "fuck" in it.

...
...shit

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?