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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

addie Re:Get your hot fresh Cultural Commidification (253 comments)

This is the kind of response that makes me wish it was possible to mod higher than 5. Written with passion and insight. Loved it.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

addie Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

Proportional means that someone who steals a car should get a proportionally more lenient sentence than someone who commits murder, but there must be a limit. Depending on jurisdiction, that limit is death or life in prison.

If you start taking proportional punishment too literally then we'll be setting up torture chambers instead of execution chambers, and intentionally keeping felons alive as they writhe in pain for days on end. If that's what you want, then that's your right. I'm personally glad society is moving away from that, not toward it.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

addie Re:news for nerds? (1198 comments)

The news has a whole lot to do with the method of execution and the combination of drugs they gave him. There's a lot of science there.

Whether or not we decide to discuss that is up to us.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

addie Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

The punishment should be proportional to the crime, but does not need to mirror it. An eye for an eye is a bit outdated, no? If capital punishment is to be used, it should be done in a way that is neither cruel nor unusual - that's the law, until a jurisdiction collectively decides otherwise.

Breaking our laws to punish those who broke our laws: this may be widespread and socially acceptable to some people, but that doesn't make it right. If you want someone to be tortured to death, then seek a change in the law.

about 5 months ago
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PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

addie Re:Pay what you want & ethical microtransactio (212 comments)

I agree with the spirit of your comment. I've bought plenty of Humble Bundle games, and have no issue with making in-game purchases available if it has no effect on gameplay.

However I take issue with labeling a subsection of microtransactions unethical. It may be annoying, and insulting, and even borderline illegal as regards false advertising, but there's nothing inherently or fundamentally wrong from a philosophical standpoint about charging extra for gameplay elements.

Now that doesn't mean that such publishers shouldn't go fuck themselves seven ways from Sunday, but that's another issue altogether.

about 6 months ago
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Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

addie Not really new... (108 comments)

The use of helicams is not really new for television. I know that Survivor (a guilty pleasure, flame on) has been using them for years to get sweeping overhead shots that you may believe are from a helicopter. Also, most of the Korean shows that I watch that have outdoor scenes make extensive - perhaps to the point of overdoing it - use of these things.

I agree they're a great way to get impressive footage for relatively low cost, and it makes sense to use them for sport. Just thought I'd point out this is nowhere near revolutionary - just an opportunity to use "drone" and "Sochi" in the same story.

about 7 months ago
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Candy Crush Maker King.com Has Trademarked 'Candy' For Games

addie Re:This stuff is so stupid (and so is Forbes) (169 comments)

Never mind that Candy Crush is itself a rip-off of Bejeweled and countless other identical games that came before it. The whole thing just reeks.

about 8 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

addie Re:Dolphins vs Syrians? (628 comments)

Objectively, you're right. Of course you're right. But honestly, so what?

I'm getting really tired of this line of argument. It was all over social media last year, people accusing each other of caring more about Miley Cyrus than the war in Syria. But why can't we "care" about both? I mean, not Miley Cyrus perhaps... But my morning commute, for example. I care far more about how much awful traffic I had to endure this morning than I do about the war in Syria. It's just that much more relevant to my daily life. But I can still read about the war in Syria while I'm the bus, because I'm interested. I can actually care about both.

Syria is important. Dolphins are important. The price of cherry tomatoes is important - my wife eats too many of them. It's all important, but it's also undeniably relative.

about 8 months ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

addie Re:Dumb bitch. (464 comments)

Clearly dumb, entitled, arrogant, whatever. But why do you have to use the word bitch or twat? Using an insult that is specific to her gender suggests that part of her behaviour is defined by that gender.

So many of us claim that we're not sexist, and feminism has done its work, but we still don't realize that the way we use language degrades women in ways that it simply doesn't if we were talking about a man. And no, "asshole" is not a gendered insult. We've all got one.

about 8 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

addie Re:What about all the new jobs in the "digital" ag (674 comments)

Tracking numbers are provided with every single purchase these days, and I can say with great confidence that every Apple product I've ever bought online (One iPod, two iPhones, a Macbook, and a monitor) originated in China before being shipped by air.

Maybe I'm the exception, but my experience is more closely aligned with the example of the parent poster.

about 8 months ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

addie Re:starshit troopers is still starshit troopers (726 comments)

"robocop - brilliant
total recall - awesome

but starship troopers is fucking garbage."

Robocop - 1987
Total Recall - 1990
Starship Troopers - 1997

I'm not necessarily going to disagree with you, but do you think perhaps that the age you were when those movies came out coloured your opinion? I went back and watched Robocop recently, and sure it's great fun, and relatively clever satire, but I don't see how it's heads about Starship Troopers. All of these movies are fun (and gory) action movies, not particularly well acted, and feature some kind of pretty blatant social commentary.

Maybe the social commentary is just too damn obvious the older we get?

about 10 months ago
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Google Testing Banner Ads On Select Search Results

addie Re:youtube ads (185 comments)

The reason is that a number of YouTubers are starting to actually make a career out of making videos. I consume the majority of my shows on YouTube now, rather than TV or traditional media. Many channels have multiple updates per week.

Am I willing to sit through 30 seconds of advertising (or more likely 5 seconds before being allowed to skip) in order to get such content, and promote independent videographers? Yes. I am.

Shows worth watching:
- Veritasium, 2
- SciShow
- VSauce, 2, 3
- Nerd3
- MinutePhysics
- Numberphile, Computerphile, Sixty Symbols, etc

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

addie Re:the meaning of the word bully (734 comments)

I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're a man, because physical violence is generally the way that boys "tease" each other. Girls are entirely different, and your suggestion that word calling is harmless discounts the real pain that so many of them go through.

That distinction aside, I just can't agree that a punch in the face hurts more than being completely socially ostracized. Being unable to participate at all in any of the fun things that go on in your social circles, because you're seen as strange and different? There's teasing, and then there's having your social world dismantled. Also, let's not forget that this online world didn't exist when many of us were kids, and it's far, far less forgiving than the playground.

The feeling of having no friends at 12 years old feels like the end of the world. I also got punched and shoved around a bunch of times. I also got called gay, and nerd, and all the things that a lot of slashdotters will understand. I quickly got over the physical blows, but the feeling of being an outsider persisted for a very, very long time.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Determine If a Video Has Been Faked?

addie Still frame not from video (237 comments)

The summary is wrong in suggesting that the "still frame" showing Rob Ford hanging out with (alleged) drug dealers is from the video. It is in fact a photo given to Gawker to lend credence to their claim that the video is real, but from all accounts it was taken at a different time.

More generally: many people think this is a hilarious story, but as a Canadian I'm sick of it. This isn't the first time Rob Ford has done something to insult the people of Toronto and bring shame to the municipal government, it's just the most heinous thing he's done. It's been a week since we learned about the video, a week! A week and he still hasn't confirmed or denied it. That's pathetic. It's bringing attention to Toronto that the city doesn't need or want. Hockey riots in Vancouver, organized crime and corruption rampant in Montreal, and a crackhead mayor in Toronto? So much for Canada's reputation. The whole situation makes me angry.

about a year ago
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Possible Graphene Alternative Made From Hemp Waste

addie Re:Ugh, potheads (212 comments)

A lot of what you say is completely valid. However this: "Medicine is sold at drug stores" is a huge assumption. If you define medicine as something that's accepted by government authorities as a substance with medicinal value, then fine. But if you define medicine as a substance that objectively helps to cure or treat the symptoms of a medical condition, then I don't agree. In that case, medicine also grows in the forest, and is defined differently depending on jurisdiction, culture, and a host of other factors.

I say this not as a burnout hippie, but rather as someone who was raised by a physician and has faith in western medicine (and a fair amount of scorn for homeopathy and the like). However one other thing my father taught me was to have an open mind, and not to speak in absolutes.

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

addie Climax (470 comments)

Just in case anyone didn't know how it all ends, they were kind enough to put the climax directly in the trailer. I'll withhold judgement on the film itself, but that trailer didn't do it for me.

about a year ago
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Weirdest DLC Sponsorship Ever: SimCity, Brought To You By Crest

addie I paid $80 for this game (128 comments)

And it just keeps getting stranger by the day. I have nobody to blame but myself.

about a year and a half ago
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Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Reviewed

addie Cooler than I expected (48 comments)

Reading the summary made me roll my eyes, but after checking out the review I admit I'm intrigued. The docking port with controller handles could turn this into a very fun and powerful, large-screen version of a GBA/PSP/etc. I can imagine dozens of indie Steam titles that would play really well on this kind of machine - Super Meat Boy for example.

Now I'm not going to buy one, considering the price tag, but I'm surprising myself by not wanting to mock the concept.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: James Randi Answers Your Questions

addie Is it unfair to be disappointed? (217 comments)

I respect Randi and the work that he does, but I'm sadly disappointed with this interview. I was really hoping for more involved answers here; there's barely anything resembling a thought-provoking response among the bunch. Perhaps I was spoiled by the recent Dr. Bakkar Q&A.

about a year and a half ago
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Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:

addie Re:The End-Game (398 comments)

But my understanding (as someone who has learned everything he knows about Bitcoin from Slashdot) Bitcoins are infinitely divisible. This is unlike gold, which can't practically be divided down into smaller and smaller grains.

I suppose this changes their relative value over time, but it doesn't mean that it's doomed to failure. I welcome someone smarter than me to explain it better!

about a year and a half ago

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Lytro camera lets you shoot now, focus later

addie addie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

addie (470476) writes "A Silicon Valley start-up is set to change the way we take photos. Later this year, Lytro will release a camera that lets you shoot now and focus later. ... The company does this with an innovative sensor called a light field sensor. The light field sensor takes in three pieces of data about each ray of light: its color, intensity and direction. Conventional camera sensors just add up all the light rays and record them as one amount of light instead of recording information about each ray."
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Poll: In a fist fight...

addie addie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

addie (470476) writes "Who do want at your back?

1) Anung un Rama
2) James T. Kirk
3) Rocky Balboa
4) Muhammed Ali
5) Little Mac
6) Heracles
7) Tyler Durden
8) Guile"
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Children's Books for a Slashdot Audience

addie addie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

addie (470476) writes "Long time Slashdot member and blogger MCM has just released his third children's book under a Creative Commons license, once again dealing with issues that are dear to Slashdotters' hearts. From the author "Panda Apples may or may not be an allegory to the tendency of certain members of society to blame violence and/or anarchy on certain activities (say, visual entertainment of an interactive nature). It is, at its core, an endearing and sweet kid's story with a decent load of potty humour." This follows "The Pig and the Box" touching on copyright issues, and "The Crow who Could Fly" that teaches us about the possible evils of patents and IP."
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Failure of VoIP 911 Service

addie addie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

addie (470476) writes "A Calgary toddler is dead after a failure to fully understand the drawbacks of 911 over VoIP caused the ambulance to be routed far, far away from the actual emergency. From the article "An ambulance was dispatched in response to a 911 call about a toddler in distress, but the Internet phone service said paramedics went to the address it had on file — a home in Mississauga — not the new home in Calgary where the distraught family waited in vain for help." It seems the FCC in the States and the CRTC in Canada have years ago addressed the problem in theory, but how aware is the common customer of the subtle differences to regular 911?"

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