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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

_0x783czar Re:Banning Books Before They're Written (1174 comments)

Sorry, my comment title was an exaggeration. I know that no one is banning the book. I'm not even really criticizing the publisher, but rather the idea that art created by those we disagree with is undesirable. I can see the perspective, but it still rubs me the wrong way.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

_0x783czar Re:Banning Books Before They're Written (1174 comments)

I think a lot of the commenters are taking my exaggerated comment title a little too seriously. Obviously Card is still free to write, and his publisher is well within its rights not to publish Card's work. This is less a criticism of the publisher as it is of a cultural idea that we don't want art from those we disagree with. From a publisher's perspective it might be the smartest thing for them to have done. However, I personally find it laughable that someone might think they couldn't sell a comic book written by Orson Scott Card.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

_0x783czar Banning Books Before They're Written (1174 comments)

Some of my favorite books are written by people who I disagree with. Just because someone hold a different opinion is no reason to prevent them from expressing art. Acceptance goes both ways.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

_0x783czar Re:Cool (783 comments)

Speaking as the poster of the original parent comment, I don't think that's unfair.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

_0x783czar Re:Cool (783 comments)

What I meant was that I have a strong faith in my religion, but I also love science. There is a contradiction between the two in some regards. But I don't lose much sleep over it because I accept two things: the fact that neither Science nor my own understanding of my Religion or God's power are infallible. I don't claim to have an answer for every way they mesh, but I am convinced that Science and Religion are not opposed if we truly understand them completely—which we do not.
But most importantly I believe that in the realm of education we have to teach Science first. That's what I was taught, when as a young man I watched Carl Segan's "The Cosmos" and watched "Bill Nye the Science Guy" devotedly. On a personal level, I'd like there to be some mention of Intelligent Design, but even among Creationists there is no agreement on what "Intelligent Design" really means, so in the end if you go down that road there is now way to satisfy everyone.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

_0x783czar Cool (783 comments)

I'm a creationist, and I have no problem with this. School systems' curriculum has to be governed by science first. I likely don't have a problem with this, because I don't claim to know how God created everything. From a faith-based point of view, I have some problems with Evolution, but I don't see how that should govern the curriculum in schools. I see Science as our way of understanding God's power, we may not understand everything yet, but if we don't endeavor to learn everything we can through Science, we will only block our own growth.

about 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Fail

_0x783czar Not surprised (442 comments)

I'm not exactly shocked by this, with more power comes more power consumption. Although I can see how this can be a downside when one is evaluating the usefulness of the device for their purposes. I'm not a fan of Microsoft Products, but I can see why it would be tough to overcome this (at least in the first iteration).

about 2 years ago
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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

_0x783czar YOU MANIACS (544 comments)

I've got my money on them discovering that curiosity has actually landed on a future earth after getting caught in a temporal anomaly. Turns out SAM found part of the Statue of Liberty.

about 2 years ago
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High Definition video of Curiosity's landing on Mars

_0x783czar my bad (2 comments)

I meant to say "he used motion tracking & added sound effects..."

about 2 years ago
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QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

_0x783czar Rising Tuition Costs must be a real problem... (289 comments)

Now MY question is why are we not arresting these criminal students at the University of Michigan who are forging money! Why is law enforcement not cracking down on this ring of spoiled college brats and their "Free-With-Purchase-Of-Laptop-For-College" ink-jets! Does the treasury think that sitting around and musing over possible longterm solutions is a viable solution to protect the US economy from these Econ Class Flunkies?! We need to send in Treasury agents to bust down the door to their dorms and arrest them! Heck, lets even send in the DEA, I'm sure forgery is only the tip of this tender iceberg! They're probably rollin' doobies with faux Benjamins whilst waiting for their buddies to get more color ink from the bookstore! This is an outrage! (also, I think the poster missed a comma)

about 2 years ago
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SETI Running Out of Money

_0x783czar Not shocked, actually. (312 comments)

I was actually just wondering the other day if this would happen soon. They didn't really seem like a very solvent operation. However I do hope that they can get funds together. Private funds that is, the Government can't even afford to operate right now. I think a Kickstarter would be ideal, I'd like to see them give it a try. However, the rewards might be a bit tough.

"$1000 level - Dibs on a meet and greet with the first Aliens we find."

more than 2 years ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

_0x783czar How does he propose we do this? (1134 comments)

I understand that the CLI is not useful to the average user aside from the fact that it is the best way for IT people to fix their computers. So I don't really see why there is any reason to remove the CLI. Plus, I don't know of any server admins who'd like to waste resources by having a GUI on a headless server or any other kind of server set for that matter. The CLI has not over stayed its welcome because it remains the most efficient and thorough way to interact with a Computer. GUIs are great and all, but they still do not provide all that is necessary for full computer operation. The day that changes, then we might be able to have a conversation about their demise. Up until that point the CLI will remain, because it is needed. Its not like we are on the cusp of a massive change in the fundamentals of OS design. They are all, at their core a CLI running a GUI on top. Bidding farewell to the CLI would require a massive change in how we build our operating systems. A change that, with current technology, would be both inefficient and unnecessary.
So yes, in a nutshell I may see where his sentiment is coming from, but the proposal is currently ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago
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On Orbitz, Mac Users Offered Pricier Hotels First

_0x783czar Re:Well, duh (305 comments)

I don't know what your point is with all this, but all I said was that I like OSX, and Macs, I have found them to be a superior product in my experience and that people would likely listen to your posts and not say you were just making stuff up if you came across less combative.
I know you have very well thought out arguments, I disagree with many of them, but in the end I guess that I just don't care enough to keep going.

more than 2 years ago
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On Orbitz, Mac Users Offered Pricier Hotels First

_0x783czar Re:Well, duh (305 comments)

Well, look, it seems you're just really set against Apple products. That may not be the case, but you come across as having a vendetta. I don't think you're trolling, however. My point isn't that Apple is the best bang for your buck, far from it. But they offer a few things which no other manufacturer does (glass track pad, unibody construction, Cocoa interface, etc) these may seem trivial to you, but in the free market if people are willing to pay for them then Apple is smart to charge for it. Apple computers aren't about individual components, for some like myself it is the combination of all those little things together. When I can get that experience (hassel free) from another vendor, I'll jump over in a heartbeat.
There's also another issue to consider, many people are not as computer savvy as your typical Slashdot visitor. (I mean, we write our comments in HTML for crying out loud). Seeing as you're a fellow Linux user I'm sure you'd agree that there is no contest between OSX and Windows. And for the average user, Linux is not easy to configure in a way to get optimal performance. And even for me, sure, I could compile my own kernel for my own hardware, but I don't want to have to. I want to have fun with those sort of things for side projects, but also have at least one machine that just works and does everything I need out of the Box.

I think you'd have people be a little more open to hearing your data if you came across less like you've got a score to settle with Apple. People tend to be more open to hearing opinions from people that don't sound biased. I think that's why so many people up until now have been dismissive of your own experience.

And no, Automatic reference counting is not Garbage Collection, its much more efficient than that. In fact Objective-C does have garbage collection as well. ARC is not yet part of the Objective-C standard, but soon will be I'm sure. It is available on Linux but only since last year.

more than 2 years ago
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Alan Turing Plays Garry Kasparov At Chess 58 Years After His Death

_0x783czar The first steps (1 comments)

It great to read about these first steps in Computer AI. Lets remember it took until the 90s for a computer to beat the top chess player (in fact Kasparov himself, though he may dispute this). Even if Kasparov was able to beat the engine deftly, it is still an impressive feat and shows the magnitude of Turing's mind.

more than 2 years ago
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On Orbitz, Mac Users Offered Pricier Hotels First

_0x783czar Re:Well, duh (305 comments)

You're missing the "software tailored for the specific Hardware platform", and "ARC" objective-C. Plus, you'll have to pay at least 900 to your average PC manufacturer to get an i7, High Def display, SSD, & High quality graphics card as well as on board. They aren't bad machines, but they they don't have the same quality track pads and a few other things, which some people may not find important but others are willing to pay for. No one is forcing you to buy one.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Linux too, and use it regularly.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Sells Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  about 8 months ago

_0x783czar (2516522) writes "Google today announced that they will be selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for the sum of 2.91 Billion USD. Google says that the move should allow the company to receive the attention and focus it deserves to thrive.

From the article: '...the smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices. It’s why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo—which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.'

Google however was quick to add that this does not signal a move away from their other hardware projects.

Additionally "Google will retain the vast majority of Motorola’s patents" which they hope to continue using to stabilize the android ecosystem.
The deal has yet to be approved by either the U.S. or China."

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South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  about 8 months ago

_0x783czar (2516522) writes "Starting this april, South Korea will require all phone vendors to allow pre-installed bloatware to be uninstalled. That's right, they will be able to get rid of all that pesky software without having to root their phones.

According to press release by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning: "The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players." They hope this will also increase the users' data storage and battery life.

From the article: "Under the new guidelines, telcos are required to make most of their pre-installed apps deletable except for four necessary items related to Wi-Fi connectivity, near-field communication (NFC), the customer service center and the app store."

It'd be nice if similar legislation where passed in the US and elsewhere."

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CloudFlare's Edge Routers go down taking 785,000 sites with them

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  about a year and a half ago

_0x783czar writes "At close to 10:00 UTC today, CloudFlare ("a content delivery network and distributed domain name server service marketed as improving website performance and speed and providing security.") pushed an update which caused the edge routers in their network to crash. This outage in turn brought down all 785,000 websites which use CloudFlare's service, for nearly an hour. Sites including Wikileaks, 4Chan, and Imgur were among those directly affected.
Co-founder and CEO: Matthew Prince, hinted to TechCruch that the issue was caused by a flaw in the routers—which had to be compensated for by manually rebooting each one across the world. None of the servers were directly affected in any way, but each was rendered unreachable by the network outage. “This is a completely unacceptable event to us,” Prince said. “In our four years of life, this is our third significant outage.”
"CloudFlare generates so many pageviews that it would be the tenth website in the world." And as such this outage affected a significant portion of the internet, calling into question what if any significant backlash the company may face from its customers and the internet in general. Do the benefits of using such a service out weigh the risks, or do many sites even have a viable alternative?"

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Sony Announces Playstation 4

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  about a year and a half ago

_0x783czar writes "Sony has today announced their next generation console, the Playstation 4. It is slated to have an x86 based AMD chipset, which is why Sony is describing the new console as a "Super Charged PC". They also hope that the x86 architecture will make it easier for developers to create games, since they will be able to write the code for the same architecture as a PC. No pictures have yet been released to show what this new console will look like, aside from the the controller: which will have a touch-pad and & camera tracked light. This new console will also focus heavily on social interaction and aims to provide an easy way to pause and share video of your last few minutes of gameplay. In addition to this, it is reported to also have the ability to let your friends remotely control your character in game so as to help you get through a difficult spot; or even just to watch as spectators. Sony hopes to have this new console compete with the Wii U and the upcoming XBox 720 (name pending), but many people are still skeptical since no actual pictures of the console have been released. "Pics or it didn't happen.""
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High Definition video of Curiosity's landing on Mars

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  about 2 years ago

_0x783czar writes "NASA has released an Hi-Def video of Curiosity's landing. This video was captured in low res, and then extrapolated and re-rendered by Bard Canning, to produce the most stunning imagery ever captured on an alien world. It took Canning over a month to complete the process. He used motion tracking to add sound effects which in turn give you the sensation of the ride of your life."
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Cern Announces they found the Higgs Boson (Maybe)

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

_0x783czar writes "CERN has just finished their announcement about the Higgs Boson. The Verdict:
Maybe...
They are confirming that they have discovered a new boson which falls very close to the expected range for the Higgs Boson, but they emphasize that they are still needing more data."

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IBM's Sequoia Supercomputer dethrones Fujitsu's "K" as Fastest Computer

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

_0x783czar writes "IBM's newly installed supercomputer "Sequoia" has led the US to regain the top spot in advanced computing. Reportedly clocking in at 273,930 times faster than the first supercomputer to make the list (Thinking Machines' CM-5/1024) back in 1993; the Sequoia can calculate in one hour, what it would take the entire population of the earth (working non-stop with hand calculators) 320 years to compute. Which is what we might expect from a machine with over 1.5 million processors.
The title had been held by the Fujitsu Company's "K" machine until now, as the Sequoia is apparently 55% faster. However, while the US has taken the lead, it also has fewer computers in the top 10 than it did only a few months ago.
Currently the Sequoia will be tasked with maintaining the US nuclear arsenal & extending the life of aging warheads. Which leaves me with the irresistible urge to quote xkcd: "we tell the robot to kill... but secretly we're afraid to tell it to love""

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Forbes Names Microsoft's Steve Ballmer names worst CEO

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

_0x783czar (2516522) writes "Microsoft haters gleefully have latched on to the latest scoop that a Forbes columnist has named Steve Ballmer the worst CEO. It seems that the article has leveled some strong accusations of irresponsible and ineffective business practices; claiming that Microsoft has not progressed over the last 12 years of Ballmer's leadership.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/05/14/microsoft-steve-ballmer-worst-ceo/

(full disclosure: I'm not a Microsoft fan myself and tend to agree with this piece.)"

Journals

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Raspberry PI Gears Up for Major Announcement

_0x783czar _0x783czar writes  |  more than 2 years ago Today I saw Steve Balmer on the cover of a Magazine. The headline hailed the turning over a new leaf for Bad Boy Balmer. It claimed that things have changed and that the once mocked CEO was turning the company around and making it cool again. Doubtless this is meant to coincide with the new Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and is an attempt by Microsoft to improve their image. I'll confess that I am no fan of Microsoft, and am thus a bit biased, but I can't help but roll my eyes at this ad. Microsoft's time has long passed. The company would need a major overhaul, the like of which no CEO would ever risk, to turn the tide. Their company has been playing a pathetic game of catch up and imitation for the last half decade. Other companies may not be perfect as well, but Microsoft will not get better until they are willing to admit a massive failure. I hope they do, it would be great for the computer industry, but I fear that they won't. So all I have to say to that magazine cover is:
Pics or it didn't happen.

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