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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Zephyn Re:Who? (540 comments)

Being a victim requires actual harm. What actual harm does a threat from some chickenshit web troll really do you?

In all fairness, they have been known to cancel the occasional movie.

2 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

Zephyn Re:Great... (136 comments)

So once we start using this on everything, 1 out of every 5 times, it will lead us to bogus conclusions with false statistical confidence....

Apparently the Trident Gum people have been using this for decades.

2 days ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Zephyn Yes, I am having fun yet. (172 comments)

It's been said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass.

It's also been said that time flies while you're having fun.

Therefore, the older I get, the more fun I must be having.

2 days ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Zephyn Re:Great (602 comments)

And what happens when the fire department finds out you can't afford to pay them for putting out your house fire? Do they just let your house burn and put out the fire when it spreads to the houses of people that can pay?

Exactamundo

about two weeks ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Zephyn Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

Early on in the life-cycle of a company, getting a reputation as being too immoral can hinder your ability to attract employees, customers, and investors. You need to make the most of your benefit of the doubt when you're small and no one knows about the people running the place. Once you've become a significant or dominant part of the market you're competing in, the public's perception of your morality doesn't matter as much.

In other words, your true nature as a heartless bastard shouldn't go public before your company does.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Zephyn Re:To be expected (473 comments)

OMG...is slashdot going to turn into another forum for spoiled MMORPG players to whine about not getting exactly what they want?

It's more like they're not getting the product that they donated money for.

The larger problem is this: If a Kickstarter developer can renege on the promises they made to get people to donate to their project, and not suffer any negative repercussions from it, it's going to make it a lot harder for other developers to get people to donate - once somebody gets away with a bait & switch, everybody else comes under suspicion.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Zephyn Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Well, I didn't interpret the article the same way you did. I thought the article was saying that you can be logical and still feel wonder.

Case in point: What's the one-word quote Spock is most known for?

"Fascinating."

about 3 months ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Zephyn Re:The theorized nemesis star? (85 comments)

There's a mass and temperature difference between gas giants and brown dwarf stars. The cutoff is whether the object in question has any fusion going on at all. At about 13x Jupiter mass it's big enough to fuse deuterium, and at 65x it can fuse lithium. If it's massive enough to fuse hydrogen, you've crossed into Red Dwarf territory (oh smeg!).

No form of sustained fusion has ever been detected within Jupiter, so it's not a brown dwarf, just a gas giant planet.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

Zephyn Re:Energy-matter synthesis (223 comments)

Ah, but it can it also create the necessary flavoring to create something which tastes almost, but not entirely, unlike tea?

Yes, but they're trying to refine the process such that it doesn't also create a sperm whale and pot of petunias as a byproduct.

about 7 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Zephyn Re:Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

At least they're no longer printing it all out and sending it through the USPS. Progress is being made.

about 7 months ago
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Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

Zephyn Re:Make deals with the devil (148 comments)

It's not just about people, it's also about the before buyout/after buyout difference in the quality of the products produced by the 'wholly owned subsidiary'.

People who enjoyed games by Westwood, Bioware, or Maxis before they were bought out by EA understand this.

about 8 months ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Zephyn Re:Arcade games are still skill based (181 comments)

Actually, there were a few arcade titles following the 80's crash offered advantages if you chipped in more coinage. Cyberball 2072 would sometimes give you the option to buy improved team performance or enhanced players between quarters. And I seem to recall Xybots offering extra in-game currency for tokens. Thankfully the trend never caught on back then.

about 8 months ago
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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Zephyn Re:Who you gonna call ? (136 comments)

HE-MAN!!!!

Sincerely,

The Ungrateful Yuppie Larva of the world.

about 10 months ago
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

Zephyn I thought there were two... (247 comments)

Are we not counting Tex, or Griff's sister?

about a year ago
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Zephyn Re:Two Flavors (249 comments)

Correction: it's two.
But his middle line is still
One syllable short

about a year ago
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DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security

Zephyn So let me get this straight... (174 comments)

You want to offer a bunch of impressionable young people, most of whom are accumulating large amounts of debt, the opportunity to learn as much as they can about the computer security infrastructure of the country. While they do this, we're not paying them a cent or giving them any guarantees regarding future employment, further increasing their financial insecurity in the present and the future, as well as exploiting whatever sense of loyalty they might feel for their country for the purpose of reducing government labor costs.

What could possibly go wrong?

1 year,17 hours
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Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

Zephyn Re:Anthropic Principle (312 comments)

I doubt a 15 million year old universe would have been little more than atomic soup. Water may have existed, but not as we know it. It takes more than 15 million years for a star to form and blow up, where would you have gotten enough heavy elements for a planet to arise? :)

That's not quite accurate. Heavier radioactive elements would have come from supernovas, which only occur in stars much more massive than our own. The more massive the star, the higher its luminosity and the shorter its lifespan. Some of the most massive stars we've found will spend (or have spent) less than 100,000 years on the main sequence before expanding into supergiants and exploding as supernovae. So there's plenty of time for nucelosynthesis over that 15 million year span.

1 year,10 days
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Massive Exoplanet Discovered, Challenges Established Planet Formation Theories

Zephyn Re:Upper limit on planets? Lower limit on stars (129 comments)

That's the mass threshold for deuterium fusion. No fusion = planet, deuterium fusion = brown dwarf, hydrogen fusion = main sequence star.

So at 11 Jovian masses, the planet is close, but not quite big enough to reach brown dwarf status.

1 year,11 days

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