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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

aardvarkjoe Re:Cost of a tank of gas (56 comments)

at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan.

Roughly, not exactly. Pegging the price of a battery switch to the price of gas really wouldn't make any sense, although it might make sense to make it based on the cost of electricity in the area, assuming that that varies.

1 hour ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

aardvarkjoe Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (532 comments)

In other words, one group of "skeptics" has appointed themselves to be the gatekeepers of the definition of skepticism, and is now throwing a tantrum because there are other people using term that don't match the definition that this group came up with.

If this "Committee for Skeptical Inquiry" is worried that they'll be confused with the climate-change skeptics, then they need to come up with another term for themselves. Demanding that the English language change to suit their own preferences is stupid, and the only reason why it's getting any support here on Slashdot is because of the personal animosity that most of us have towards the climate-change skeptics.

And yes, I'm going to purposefully use the term "climate-change skeptics" from now on.

8 hours ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

aardvarkjoe Re:Case insensitive file systems were a bug (140 comments)

A quick glance at that article seems more like a compelling case for teaching people how to write shell scripts properly.

If you read the article, you'll find that writing shell scripts to handle filenames containing every possible character "properly" is so difficult that virtually everyone gets it wrong. When something's been around for close to 40 years and still nobody can get it right, maybe it's time to admit that it's the tool that's broken.

9 hours ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

aardvarkjoe Re:Case insensitive file systems were a bug (140 comments)

Obviously every character except for the path separator and the string terminator should be valid. Why should the file system restrict what character encoding I want to use for my names other than restrictions that simply make implementation easier.

This article makes a pretty convincing case that we'd be better off with some restrictions on filenames. It's hard to argue the point that allowing certain characters in filenames causes more problems than it solves.

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

aardvarkjoe Re:What? (437 comments)

The context of this discussion is that TechyImmigrant claimed that someone who would support deporting an illegal immigrant "has something against immigrants." So TechyImmigrant was equating the two. I simply pointed out that doing that is dishonest.

I have several reasons for being against illegal immigration while not being against legal immigration. I did not expound on them in my post, as they were not relevant to the point I was making, but I still see no reason why you should immediately jump to the conclusion that those reasons do not exist.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

aardvarkjoe Re:What? (437 comments)

From your reply, it appears that purpose number 3 is your answer.

I don't see how you could possibly make that assessment based on my statement, which was simply that you can be against illegal immigration without being against legal immigration.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

aardvarkjoe Re:I bet... (443 comments)

And do you make the same bet that women commit the same crimes as men, or youth as elderly?

Men and women from the same culture and class demonstrate very different behavior, as do young and old people. I have never seen any evidence to support the notion that there are significant behavioral differences associated with skin color. If you've got some evidence that shows that black people are more likely to commit crimes than white people that were raised the same way, I'd love to see it.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

aardvarkjoe Re:What? (437 comments)

Support of the term "illegal Immigrant" is just another form of slavery. Different input, same results.

Right. The good old "the illegals just can't stop themselves from jumping the border!" argument.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

aardvarkjoe Re:I bet... (443 comments)

white people in black bodies don't commit as much crime...

I'd bet that they commit just as much crime as black people of similar social culture and class.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

aardvarkjoe Re:What? (437 comments)

What do you have against immigrants?

There's a difference between having something against immigrants, and having something against illegals. Pretending that the two are equivalent is a typical dishonest tactic of the supporters of illegal immigration.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

aardvarkjoe Re: Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

What degree of risk would you associate with the KKK, a predominately Christian organisation, may start targetting muslins? I would say it is non-zero.

Well, maybe, but as long as they stick to targeting muslin and don't attack wool or polyester, I think we'll be OK.

4 days ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

aardvarkjoe Re:Trying to what? (113 comments)

Hey, Bennett. Have you asked the /. editors if you can be made an editor so those of us who want to block your stories can? It would improve the S/N ratio on the comments for your stories.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

aardvarkjoe Re:oh delicious irony (465 comments)

good point about the Inca's not being around anymore...of course I meant their ancestors.

Presumably if the Incas aren't around anymore, their ancestors aren't either...

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

aardvarkjoe Re:oh delicious irony (465 comments)

not to be over simplistic or even the least bit forgiving against GP and this ridiculously stupid stunt, but perhaps they should look into a device called a "rake".'

it does wonders in sand traps for removing footprints...a different beast to be sure but come on..."no known technique"? :)

While you probably can't just fix it with a rake, I find it hard to believe that it's impossible to restore it at all. Get some engineers out there -- at Greenpeace's expense -- and have them figure out a way to put dark rocks on top of light sand.

It's kind of like those boy scout leaders that knocked over the rock formation at Goblin Valley. People were calling for them to spend the rest of their lives in jail over it. We've been putting rocks on top of other rocks for thousands of years -- the better solution would have been to have them pay to get a construction crew out there to fix it.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

aardvarkjoe Re:Everyone who blamed Bush for everything... (379 comments)

It doesn't matter, he can't veto it. 325-100 is a veto-proof passage.

My understanding is that he can. Congress could then override the veto with a 2/3 majority of both the House and the Senate, but at least the President would be on record that he refused to approve the bill.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

aardvarkjoe Re:Google needs to share (183 comments)

Is Slashdot paying Reuters and the BBC for the stories summarized and linked to here? Do you think they should be?

There's a potential difference. The problem is that Google News has become a one-stop-shop for many people (myself included). This means that we don't stay on the newspaper site, going back to Google News to look for the next interesting story.

Isn't Slashdot exactly the same?

about a week ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

aardvarkjoe Making him? (222 comments)

Andy taught him about gaming by making him play and master all of the old video games and gaming systems in the exact order they were actually released.

So he's forcing his kid to play these games? I wonder if he ever has to tell his son that he has to beat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before he's allowed to do his homework...

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

aardvarkjoe Re:gotta be Bennett (162 comments)

They've already got the "block by posting editor" feature. All they have to do is make Bennett an editor.

Of course, I'm sure they realize that everyone will block Bennett, and pageviews are king at Dice.

It took a full-on revolt to get the slashdot staff to condescend to comment about the slashdot Beta. It would presumably take something similar to get them to change how they handle the Bennett stories.

about two weeks ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

aardvarkjoe Re:will be seen as a dig against science (air quot (100 comments)

This should be done all the time, like whitehats and pentesters, culling the ranks of bullshit journals.

It is. At this point, I don't even know why "journal publishes nonsense paper" is even a news story any more. It's been happening for close to 20 years now.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

aardvarkjoe Re:Terrible idea ... (285 comments)

It's been a decade since I had any noticeable lag on a website.

Have you really not used the web in the last 10 years, or are you just exaggerating?

Web page sizes and complexity have, if anything, grown faster than available bandwidth. Websites with many embedded flash widgets will bog down even a new-ish system, much less a less-powerful laptop.

about two weeks ago

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aardvarkjoe aardvarkjoe writes  |  about 8 years ago

aardvarkjoe (156801) writes "I'm doing a short project on the RIAA and its impact on society. A considerable part of this project has been looking into people's perceptions of the music industry and the heavily negative bias of that perception. Since Slashdot is one of the world's forefront leaders on RIAA hatred, I wanted to know: just why do you hate the RIAA? Please be as descriptive and as thorough as you like. Counter arguments and positive comments are also appreciated.

I've got a hundred of these questions, keep posting them!"

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