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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Zalbik Re:If you make this a proof of God... (594 comments)

And in all of the examples you gave, that would make the Programmer a needlessly cruel and sadistic bastard.

Anyone creating such a simulation would know full well the "simulated" suffering he would inflict upon his "simulated beings" by running the simulation.

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Zalbik Re:Ability to design and write software... (578 comments)

Let them eat code.

I'll take a steaming cup of Java please....ba dum dum...

I'm here all week! Try the fish!

about a week ago

Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Zalbik Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (594 comments)

Hurrah! You've discovered philosophical skepticism!

The ancient Greeks would be proud.

about a week ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Zalbik Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1111 comments)

I'm not certain I understand your point (or perhaps I failed to describe mine sufficiently).

I see very little difference between the following things:
- boycotting a corporation due to disliking the stance of the corporation on certain issues (e.g. oil companies & the environment, tech companies & Chinese factories, etc)
- boycotting a corporation due the the particular stance of their CEO on certain issues.

For me to treat these differently requires me to treat a corporation like a person, which is something I adamantly refuse to do. Corporations are made of and lead by people. If they want to have personal opinions, fine...they should just be aware that publicizing an opinion may have consequences.

Yes, there were a few nutjobs on Twitter who were harassing Eich personally, which I do not agree with, but it appears that the major reason that Eich resigned was due to OKCupid's actions against Mozilla.

This is not a political discussion, it is an ethical one. I have no issue with "calling out" people who support a callous disregard for basic human equality.

about two weeks ago

Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong

Zalbik Re:If they *do* find it... (44 comments)

Seriously? It's 8 names in order....just memorize them.

Look, I'm all for mnemonics (although there are better methods) when needing to memorize multiple-dozens of pieces of information, but for a list of 8, I can't believe people use a mnemonic.

Do you also use a mnemonic to remember the days of the week in order? Months of the year?

about two weeks ago

Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Zalbik Re:Wierd headline (130 comments)

They need to decide if they're going to be ad-supported or subscription, because you can't be both

Isn't standard cable and/or satellite both subscription and ad supported?

I'm fairly certain magazines and newspapers are both subscription and ad supported as well. And movies. And some streaming / satellite radio services.

And there's this whole "world wide web" thing that I've heard of. I hear it is also supported by both a monthly subscription cost, plus advertising.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Zalbik Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1111 comments)

Why is it OK to have a hate campaign against Eich and what he believed in?

For the same reason it is OK for Eich to speak about what he believes in.

As much as the interwebs are desperately trying to make someone the villain here, I don't have a problem with either side.

1) Eich contributed to a political cause he believed in - fine
2) A segment of the public was in opposition to his cause, and spoke out opposing his viewpoint - fine
3) A website stopped allowing Mozilla on their site due to being in opposition of his viewpoint - fine
4) Mozillia & Eich realized that the situation was fubar, and Eich decided to resign - fine

A few commentators have had serious issues with (3), claiming that this could lead to any corporation with enough cash forcing certain opinions out of favor. To this I answer:

a) This already happens
b) This can typically only happen when there is significant public support for a particular position.

Sure, it's not ideal for corporate entities to be the "stick" via which social change can come about, but given that the opponents to certain changes tend to be very wealthy and powerful individuals, some sort of stick is often needed.

about two weeks ago

A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Zalbik Re:My new book (143 comments)

Damnit, now I have to wipe coffee off my screen!

Where are my damn mod points when I want them?

+1 Funny

about two weeks ago

Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

Zalbik Re:This is how they develop CPR training (162 comments)

you could have explained this to a mildly intelligent person in about 1/4 of the words.


I find it ironic that a post describing the benefits of "whole-audience based results" so completely and utterly fails its own success criteria....

about two weeks ago

Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

Zalbik Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (192 comments)

I'm guessing if you lost your job because someone stole your ideas/methods and ran you out of business, you'd look more favorably at patents.

Or maybe you're just stupid.

No, if my source of income was based on an idea that was easily copied and I ran my business so poorly that I couldn't handle the inevitable competition, THEN I'd be stupid.

BTW, you can't "steal" ideas, only copy them.

about three weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Zalbik Re:Autism is too broad and other problems (558 comments)

Please, stop with the hyperbole. It doesn't help the case for autism at all.

If one in 68 children were missing limbs at birth, there would be an international outcry

Autism is a spectrum disorder...ranging from barely noticeable to completely life-dominating.

The equivalent would be 1 in 68 children ranging from missing their left arm to having a slightly shorter fingernail on their pinky.

Why aren't we investigating more? Why?!

12% of people (1 in 8!!!!) DIE from cancer.

Why aren't we investigating more? Why?!

Funding rates for autism are similar to funding rates for epilepsy, which has a similar incidence rate. Lot's of investigation is being done, but unfortunately it is very difficult to research.

It's inaccurate to simply put it all under that one umbrella and treat things under a "common core" and ultimately unhealthy to do so.

Cancer also ranges from a mild irritation (skin cancer) to a life-altering extremely serious issue. Guess what? The cures for each are pretty much the same. Just because the intensity of the effects vary, this does not mean that it is inaccurate to treat them similarly.

but we do have some basic facts we can at least point to:
1. The rate is high and climbing still.
2. The problem isn't being studied properly.

1. High compared to what?
2. You have provided absolutely no evidence that the problem isn't being studied properly.

This problem definitely fits the definition of "epidemic" and yet somehow it doesn't warrant investigation and study? Is it because important business models will be threatened? I believe that will be of high likelihood.

If you are serious about this, you may want to consider seeking professional help. The level of paranoia required to believe it is "highly likely" that big business or the government is inducing autism in the population for their own nefarious reasons is quite disturbing.

about three weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Zalbik Re:really? really. (558 comments)

Insightful! Strange they didn't mention that idea in the article...or even in the summary...

Oh wait, they did...in both:
"whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening,"

about three weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Zalbik Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

This is how all languages work.

Joey and the turkey.

Oh wait, that's not at all how languages work.....

about three weeks ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

Zalbik Re:real answer (108 comments)

Yes, but I think the GP's point was that FB doesn't make enough revenue to be buying multi-billion dollar speculative investments as rapidly as they are.

It certainly appears as though FB is just casting about randomly, hoping to latch on to the "next big thing". Whatsapp was a particularly strange investment as their income entirely depends on the business model of telecom companies. The minute telecoms wise up and just package SMS in with data, Whatsapp's revenue stream dries up.

It's as though Zuckerberg wants to be as cool as Jobs (in the prior to being dead way)....but has no idea how to do it.

about three weeks ago

Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Zalbik Re:PoE $0 D3 $60 + $40 (166 comments)

Yeah...played Exile up to the point where I realized I'd screwed up my talent tree. Then realized it would be prohibitively expensive for me to fix it. Moved on.

Yes, Diablo 3 is more casual. I like that. Strangely, I want games to be fun, not work. The minute I need to spend offline time researching how to best min/max my video game character is the minute I stop playing. Some people enjoy doing that...but I'm just not one of them.

about three weeks ago

Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Zalbik Re:Nope. (166 comments)

Interesting, as almost all of your complaints were actually fixed by Loot 2.0 / RoS.

I originally found D3 to be an above-average, but not amazing game.

After 2.0...items that were fixed:
grind-fest - power-levelling is completely viable now. Grab a couple of level 60 friends and you can level to 60 in a few hours
random maps - added in RoS
Loot / Botched AH - AH gone. Loot 2.0 fixes most loot issues
Different Game - D3 "feels" a lot more like a Diablo game than it did previously. If anything, it is an improvement on D2.

about three weeks ago

Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Zalbik Re:From someone who gave up on the game... (166 comments)

I've played 40+ hours since the launch of the Loot 2.0 system and have yet to see a legendary or epic drop.

That seems very strange. I get at least one legendary almost anytime I play (around 2-3 hour play sessions).

From what I understand, there is actually a legendary "timer" that increases the chance of finding a legendary as you play. Based on this, it should be nearly impossible to play 10+ hours without finding a legendary.

Diablo guarantees you a legendary the first time you kill him (after loot 2.0)....you've gone 40+ hours and haven't reached Diablo yet?

about three weeks ago

MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

Zalbik Re:Smelling more fishy every day. (227 comments)

In that same spirit, here's the g you missed out of 'gnashing' ;)

And the ' the GP missed out of here's

(I totally get it though. It drives me nuts when people don't close their parentheses

about a month ago

Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

Zalbik Re:Next up: a direct detection (269 comments)

metric giga-fuckton of energy as gravity waves

For our metric-impaired American friends, the conversion rate is 4.739 giga-fucktons to a mega-shitload.

about a month ago



Best Buy wants to fire employee over iPhone video

Zalbik Zalbik writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zalbik (308903) writes "In a typical corporate move, Best Buy wants to fire an employee because they won't take down a YouTube video they created which spoofs the iPhone 4. Note that at no point does the video make mention of Best Buy or the employees relationship to them.

I wonder if the Best Buy executive has heard of this little thing called "freedom of speech"?"

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Activision Sued over Guitar Hero....again

Zalbik Zalbik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zalbik (308903) writes "It seems that Activision's legal battles over the latest edition of the Guitar Hero franchise are not over yet. Having been sued previously over the inclusion of a song cover that sounds too much like the original, they are now being subject to a class action suit due to the fact that the Wii edition of the game only outputs mono sound, despite packaging claims to the contrary.

Apparently their offer to replace any defective discs free of charge isn't enough for some people, so Samuel Livingston of San Diego (represented by the law firm KamberEdelson, LLC) has filed a class action suit over this issue. previously covered lawsuits over the latest edition of the Guitar Hero franchise."

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