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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Zeek40 Re:People (481 comments)

When I served in the King's African Rifles, the local Zambezi tribesman called it "long pig." Never much cared for it myself.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Zeek40 There's a simple test for this question: (481 comments)

Can we still catch them?
Some individuals may be too smart for us to eat, but the ones that end up in the fisherman's nets are obviously not too smart to be eaten.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Zeek40 Re:People (481 comments)

You're dead wrong about "animal" instincts in humans being "a load of crap". Whenever you're scared into a "fight or flight" response, the adrenaline released decreases the blood flow to your frontal cortex re-directs it to your motor cortex. Your brain shuts down it's long-term planning center because it knows that if you don't survive the next few minutes, long term planning is pointless.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Zeek40 Re:Most animals? (481 comments)

Yeah, most of the species that have never been observed participating in cannibalism are what we call "herbivores". There is no such "evolutionary institutional element" not to eat your own kind. When leadership changes in most carnivorous pack animals, the previous alpha's offspring are usually killed and eaten. That's an evolutionary instinct to eat your own kind that actually passes itself on by reducing genomic competition.

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Zeek40 Re:Not comparable (600 comments)

There are an average of ~4,400 construction workers were killed per year on the job in the US and there are about 3 million construction workers in the US. There are an average of 500-600 accidental deaths per year caused by firearms, and about 100 million gun owners in the US. It seems like guns are actually safer than most other tools ;)

about a month ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Zeek40 Re:College and school police involved (264 comments)

Because college and university police departments are full of petulant man-children who were rejected by city and county police departments and who whine like 8 year olds: But mom! All the cool kids are getting issued M-16's and tear gas launchers!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Zeek40 Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

Yes, Really. I wish Oracle documentation was complicated, but it's not. It's entirely insufficient to actually use their products for anything but the most simplistic use cases, and frequently completely incorrect. Of the ~30 SR's I've opened since this January, 4 of them turned out to be the result of the documentation being wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Zeek40 Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

Proprietary documentation is often just as bad or worse than FOSS software. Oracle software is particularly bad about this, as well as being broken in ways that make it almost nonfunctional for many of it's advertised purposes.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Zeek40 Re:I'm sure you can get useless people, but... (209 comments)

I don't underestimate it, I use Google to find solutions to problems all the time. Google has more answers to problems with Oracle software than Oracle's official documents do. The point I was trying to make is that we wouldn't be spending money to hire consultants if Google had the answers to our questions. We never brought consultants in for any problem that we hadn't been trying to solve via an SR through our official support contract for at least two or three weeks and we were always well past the "have you checked Google" stage of problem solving, yet the consultants provided by Oracle (for outrageous fees) never had any useful contributions or problem solving approaches beyond "Google it". We were trying to hire knowledgeable professionals with experience troubleshooting problems with very specific pieces of a proprietary software component. What we got were living versions of lmgtfy.gom

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Zeek40 Re:Major application vendor headaches... (209 comments)

I couldn't agree more. I've been working on an Oracle based JMS-SOA system for the past year. I've opened over 30 SR's in that time that have lead to over 20 bugs being filed. The development team has told us that they won't be able to fix some of the show-stopper bugs we've discovered until next December (as a year and a half from now). I have weekly meetings with Oracle product managers where they give me the same song and dance about how hard they are working to fix our issues despite never getting any closer to providing us with a functional product. We've spent millions of dollars on licensing fees and hundreds of thousands on consultants. Four out of five of the Oracle consultants we've hired have been completely useless. I'm talking useless to the point where they were just sitting next to me and searching Google for answers to the problem we brought them in to solve. Never hire Oracle consultants for anything more complicated than installing a database. We have ~15 very competent engineers on this team and we've finally gotten upper management's approval to begin a working on a proposal to move away from oracle products to open source or in-house solutions after six months of completely useless support and schedule slips caused by Oracle software not working as advertised.

about 3 months ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Zeek40 Say goodbye to your 5th amendment rights. (87 comments)

If you think DARPA is funding "development of multi-scale computational models with high spatial and temporal resolution that describe how neurons code declarative memories " because they care about veterans and not because they're looking for a more effective way to pull memories from people's minds than water-boarding, you haven't been paying attention to how America treats their military veterans.

about 3 months ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

Zeek40 Re:Yaaaay! (128 comments)

The debtor's prisons that we've started running. Because we've reverted a medieval mentality.

about 4 months ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

Zeek40 Re:Yaaaay! (128 comments)

You expect to be billed for it. With interest.

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zeek40 Re:The Audio Scoop (240 comments)

Even driving a 5W tube amp to distortion is ear shattering loud. I don't even know how people can do that to 50W tube amps.

They stand farther away from the speakers than you do :)

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zeek40 Re: The actual appeal (240 comments)

I said "speaker wire" not "speaker". :) i agree $1k isnt THAT outrageous for a really nice set of speakers, but youre an idiot if youre spending that on speaker wire unless youre buying it by the mile.

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zeek40 Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

People who describe themselves as audiophiles tend to be the kind of people who think that spending > $1000 for a speaker wire will improve the quality of their sound. They're really not worth paying attention to.

about 4 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Zeek40 Re:Wow (136 comments)

It's because a vaginae provide pretty reliable timers that let one predict when the crazy is going to arrive well in advance. Predictable crazy is usually more more annoying and tedious than it is exciting or interesting.

about 4 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

Zeek40 Re:Arbitrage (382 comments)

edit: I meant to type "from a steadily growing powerhouse into the shitty cycle of booms and busts"

about 5 months ago

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