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My degree of colorblindness:

caffiend666 Re: Different colors (267 comments)

Mine do this at times. If I have been laying on one side, each side develops a noticeable red shift (more or less red), assuming because blood pressure is higher on one side than the other.... Takes a little while to go away.

about a month ago
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2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

caffiend666 So.... (59 comments)

A publishing company decided to piss off and steal from a bunch of really organized hackers? This should be fun to watch....

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

caffiend666 Definitely (208 comments)

People need both common ground and unique perspective. Some things everyone should know (what does that square icon for save really mean). Other things, we need each person to come at things uniquely (a system where all of the components react the same is a broken system, eg computer viruses on shared standard systems). It's easy to find inspiration in old technology which applies to technology today. EG, Tesla motors took an old forgotten engine design by Nick Tesla and implemented it in the modern age.

I will expose the kid to as much as they have the attention span for. Probably teach each kid different things. EG, one kid will learn basic even though it is outdated. Another will learn one will learn logo even though it is outdated. Both will learn HTML.

about 7 months ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

caffiend666 He's right, but wrongly. (537 comments)

He's right, but in the wrong way. All currencies are doomed to fail. As long as people are willing to exchange something for something else, both have value. Most FIAT money has value because governments are willing to exchange it for taxes, so then it has value to almost everyone. When a government collapses, or people lose faith in it, it's currency becomes worthless. Seashells are no longer values as currency, but they once were. Gold/Silver have boom/bust cycles. BitCoin had value because of SilkRoad, and the silk-roaders were willing to accept it for... something. Frankly I'm surprised BitCoin still has value after SilkRoad's demise. If something significant replaces SilkRoad, BitCoin will remain valuable. Until then bitcoin's going on momentum. May crash soon, may not. Will crash eventually.

about 9 months ago
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Can There Be Open Source Music?

caffiend666 Re: Lilypond (183 comments)

Lilypond is next to useless for techno, and drum machines, but for traditional performance music, composition, and experimentation iilypond is great. The program is backwards for art, in that music is dedcribed mathematically first then performed, rather than performed then described. But, lilypond can drive real performances, both as midi output and real sheet music, from child to orchestra level.

1 year,12 days
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Can There Be Open Source Music?

caffiend666 Lilypond (183 comments)

The Lilypond application has easy notation (at basic level), a good open source community, and can output both to nice printed sheetsheet music/pdfs and playable midi files. Lilypond is a great start in composing for people at least vaguely familiar with music notation and open source software.Â

1 year,12 days
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

caffiend666 Messages of Enders game (1448 comments)

One of the messages of Ender's game series is about tolerance, another is about bullying. Even someone who is intolerant can have beautiful things to say about tolerance. Just as a peacenic can talk about war, or someone who is themselves racist can have very profound things to say about race. Responding to someone with controvertial beliefs by harrasing, insulting, and boycotting them is not only itself intollerant, but is also bullying. Ender's Game is a case where an authors words are important, rather than their beliefs. Jefferson, Franklin, MLKing were all filandering hypocrites, it is their words which are important rather than their beliefs and actions.

about a year ago
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DOJ, MIT, JSTOR Seek Anonymity In Swartz Case

caffiend666 Very volatile atmosphere? (236 comments)

It was a "very volatile atmosphere" before Shwartz killed himself. These people were destroying a life in order to justify their egos, further their careers, avoid suffering through cognitive dissonance, and avoid treating a person as anything other than a thing. Everyone here should come forward and face the music, not to mention lose their jobs. False secrecy like this will only bait the hacktivists.

about a year and a half ago
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Bezos Expeditions Recovers Pieces of Apollo 11 Rockets

caffiend666 Re:Ownership of recovered artifacts (119 comments)

Regardless of ownership of underseas artifacts, the finder only get's 10% . If they're taking from a civilian ship lost centuries ago, the finder only get's 10%. If the ship is a 'military' ship, salvaging a hold still only grosses the salvager 10%. But, the government doesn't necessarily own the military ships. Modern ships lost are often insured, in which case the insurance company owns the ship and it's contents, and the salvager still only get's 10%, the S.S. Port Nicholson is a good example where this is possible. I'm sure percentage is complicated if the 'owners' of a ship are unknown, EG ancient Roman ships; typically though the government which owns the territory 'owns' the territory the artifact is on and get's to keep 90%.

Now, I would enjoy hearing how it works out for Bezos claiming a 10% salvage lien on two priceless artifacts which cost many millions in the first place...

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about a year and a half ago
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New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

caffiend666 Re:Err ... (230 comments)

Not all awards are for risking ones life. Some, like the Army service ribbon are given simply for completing training. Some medals are given for achievements not necessarily related to heroism, like the Army Commendation Medal. Technically speaking, people are risking their lives to complete basic training, though.

Although there are no significant physical risks in fighting remotely, these service members are still going through significant stress and risking PTSD in their jobs. Yes, 'it's like playing a video game'. But there are real lives on the line, there is no pause button, and possibly endless days doing a single task. Doesn't matter if it's just pushing buttons in an airconditioned room, they lose sleep and their sanity just the same. Not to mention watching films of people dying, the ones they just killed.

I've read of facebook image filterers suffering from PTSD and depression. Now, imagine if those image filterers had to decide not just whether to block the image, but also whether to kill the people in the pictures.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Getting Tech Career Back On Track

caffiend666 Re:You need to work on communications skills (232 comments)

Would mod this up if it wasn't already a 5. PhD's have a deserved reputation for being slow producing, narcissists, with little grasp of reality; and everything that goes with the narcissism: magical thinking, bad boundaries, arrogance, entitlement....

Please remember, most hiring managers don't choose the people that can do a job; they chose the people they aren't threatened by and that managers believe can be influenced regardless of fitness for a position. If people in interviews make the hirers feel insecure or believe that the hirees would behave like lose cannons, the hirees will not get the job.

Now, none of this will matter to a great manager. But, we can not assume we are dealing with world class people. If you're applying to work directly with the executes at Google, include the PhD. If you're applying for a job swapping cards in server containers at Google, DO NOT include the PhD. If you don't know, assume they are insecure egoists and make the call yourself.

about a year and a half ago
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Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

caffiend666 Re:WTF!?!?!? (674 comments)

Unfortunately, the response to Hostesses brown cream filled 'blunties' was ~slow~. They were next going to consider a delivery service.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

caffiend666 Re:eBay... (291 comments)

Just because something is worth a certain amount, does not mean it can be sold for that amount or that it is worth the time to sell something or warehouse it for years. Grandpa still has his tubes from his tv repair days. They are doubtlessly worth thousands. But, no one will pay fair value for them in bulk and it would take hundreds if not thousands of hours to sell them individually on ebay. It would have been better for him to sell them when he retired, even at a loss, and invest the money.

about 2 years ago
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Cutting the Power Cable: How Advantageous Is Wireless Charging?

caffiend666 Nightstands (284 comments)

My alarm clock is a touchpad with wireless charging. Who wants to fumble with fragile cables/docks in the dark? I'm looking forward to having a wireless charging phone again for the same reason, Docks and ports break easily and I do not want to deal with them when half awake. In my bedroom, I want easy access to devices in the dark. The rest of the time, I use wires. Kind of like asking why people want wireless internet or audio, there are places where wireless is worth the hastle.

about 2 years ago
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Fathers Pass Along More Mutations As They Age

caffiend666 Correlation is not causation (131 comments)

The article is rather neutral, but the premise is being misinterpreted. This is comparing the genetic mutations of older fathers, not the genetic mutations of older men relative to their younger days. A man more susceptible to mild genetic abnormalities may be a late bloomer who takes years longer to be comfortable in social and family settings, resulting in him becoming a father later. If a slightly odd duck doesn't manage social situations well until they are later in life, doesn't this mean older fathers would be more likely to pass on genetic mutations? Also, women are typically accepted more in social situations they younger they are, regardless of whether they are slightly different or not. It is much harder for young men then young women, but then the roles reverse. Young women's main problem is keeping people away from them. A clean, polite, well-established older man has a much easier time socially than a similarly positioned and aged woman. I for one am looking forward to being an older man of leisure.

Then again, they seem to have compared against mutations in the children which don't exist in the parents. But did they take multiple genetic readings of the parents, or simply compared the child's readings against the different readings from when the older parent was a child?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

caffiend666 Re:300-400 dollars buys a lot of paper books (415 comments)

My Kobo came with 100 (free) books pre-installed and I have read through about 20 of them so far. Having a good e-Reader makes Project Gutenberg books (free) easy to read, and there are about 40,000 books available, I have read about 10 so far. There are many great $1 dollar books available online. Given my Kobo cost me $80, I have broken even and saved money already, not to mention the tremendous convenience. I am also reading things I wouldn't have read otherwise, that I wanted to read. It wasn't worth spending $7 to buy a copy of Anna Karenina, but it was a worthwhile read at no-cost except for the reader which was already paid for.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

caffiend666 Get both (415 comments)

Get both. A $70-$120 dollar e-reader and a $330 to $280 tablet. e-Readers are bad for surfing the web or any interactive work, they are also bad for any graphical reading. Tablets are bad for long-term reading, both in strain on the eyes and they tend to go to sleep before wordy pages can be read, not to mention who wants to recharge multiple times to finish a book, and are worthless in sunlight, and Tablets are heavy.

I have a Second-gen Kobo I got on sale as Borders was going out of business. And, I have a HP Touchpad I bought as HP discontinued the product line. Together they cost less than $350. Watch for a sale, the previous generation devices can always be found cheap.

Both the tablet and e-Reader grew on me and I reach for each at different times. I keep both with me almost all of the time. My certification/professional work all ends up on the Tablet for the graphics. O'Reilly publishes their e-books without DRM, so I can put books on both and use whichever works best in a given situation. I wasn't too sure about the e-Reader until I went on a trip without it, I was miserable in an 8-hour layover without it. The Tablet I liked immediately, and have it dual booting between WebOS and Android. The E-Reader ends up with most fiction and non-technical non-fiction, I have downloaded about as many Gutenberg Press books as for pay books off of O'reilly, Google, and Kobobooks. I spend about an hour with each device EACH day. I also have learned to build my own Android APPs and ePub books, not that difficult.

about 2 years ago

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Google Released Google Maps for NES

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

caffiend666 (598633) writes ""In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide."

"Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. With the power of Google’s immense data centers, and support from Nintendo and Square Enix, we were able to overcome the technical and design hurdles of developing 8-bit maps. Today, we’re excited to announce the result: a version of Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack.""

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Man claims caffeine insanity

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

caffiend666 (598633) writes ""A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is poised to claim excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed his wife, his lawyer has notified a court."..."Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University has noted in an unrelated study that there is a diagnosis for "caffeine intoxication," which includes nervousness, excitement, insomnia and possibly rambling speech." Personally, I just blame 'dark roasts'."
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Amount of porn I posess poll

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

caffiend666 (598633) writes "1) You can prove nothing
2) Only on work computer
3) Less than a meg
4) About 10 meg
5) About a gig
6) Less than 100 gig
7) Less than 1 terabyte
8) Greater than 1 terabyte
9) Googled Porn takes up no space"
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Marge Simpson poses for Playboy

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

caffiend666 (598633) writes "'Marge Simpson poses for Playboy....the magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold.' ... '"We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.' ... Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years."
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New species of worms release 'bombs'

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  about 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "A newly found deep ocean worm 'can cast off green glowing body parts, a move scientists think may be a defensive effort to confuse attackers. Researchers have dubbed the newly discovered critters "green bombers."' ... 'The first of the new species has been given the scientific name Swima bombiviridis.' So, it's a naturally occuring animal that rips off it's arms and throws them and we're not talking about a game from ID Sofware?"
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NASA has the lost tapes

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "A Speculated a few weeks ago, NASA has found and is starting to restore the lost Apollo 11 tapes. A Briefing will be held July 16th "at the Newseum in Washington to release greatly improved video imagery from the July 1969 live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. " "The original signals were recorded on high quality slow-scan TV (SSTV) tapes. What was released to the TV networks was reduced to lower quality commercial TV standards.""
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Kodak stops making Kodachrome film

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "According to USA Today (and LA Times, and WSJ) "Eastman Kodak said Monday it's retiring its most senior film because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age." "Photojournalist Steve McCurry's widely recognized portrait of an Afghan refugee girl, shot on Kodachrome, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. At Kodak's request, McCurry will shoot one of the last rolls of Kodachrome film and donate the images to the George Eastman House museum, which honors the company's founder, in Rochester." Mama dont take my kodachrome away..."
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Palm Pre is out, time for discussion

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "Palm Pre is out, let's discuss the status and compare stories. First days seems to of gone as well as expected with many selling out before noon. I bought the second at the local sprint store and so far I like it. Much more one-hand friendly than the iPhone. Haven't gotten the main aps to sync with Linux, but the media portion functions much like a thumb-drive with my Fedora-8 Linux system. For the Pre-verts out there, here's some Palm Pre dismantling pictures."
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USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg to be sunk on Wednesday

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "The USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg is to be sunk on Wednesday becoming the worlds second largest artificial reef. The USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg, named after the Air Force's General Vandenberg, served as a missle tracking and space relay ship for decades. Ship was used as a part of project Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the Shuttle Program. Was used as a set for some of the scenes the 90's movie Virus as the Russian MIR relay station. Should be one of the more awesome diving spots soon..."
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Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons dies at 61

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said. "The biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life," Weinhagen said. "I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun.""
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Asperger Syndrome Tied to Low Cortisol Levels

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

caffiend666 writes "According to a Health Day article, Low levels of a stress hormone may be responsible for the obsession with routine and dislike for new experiences common in children with a certain type of autism. "This study suggests that children with AS may not adjust normally to the challenge of a new environment on waking," study researcher David Jessop, from the University of Bristol, said in the news release. "This may affect the way they subsequently engage with the world around them.""
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Bettie Page dies in LA at 85

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caffiend666 writes "After having a heart attack and slipping in to a coma, 50's pinup model Bettie Page died today, at age 85. 'Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page's family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.' She will be sorely missed."
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NASA Installing shocks on Orion

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  about 6 years ago

caffiend666 writes "In order to abate the massive vibration issues of their new Ares I spacecraft, NASA is installing shock absorbers. "The plan is to install 16 canisters in the bottom of the rocket with 100-pound weights attached to springs. Battery-powered motors will move the weights up and down to stop vibrations. Those are essentially remote-controlled shock absorbers, said Garry Lyles, who headed the team of NASA engineers tackling the shaking problem." So, when the spaceship is a rocking, don't come a knocking?"
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Cooked food important in cognitive development

caffiend666 caffiend666 writes  |  about 6 years ago

caffiend666 writes "On Monday, Live Science reported that the "brain's roaring metabolism, possibly stimulated by early man's invention of cooking, may be the main factor behind our most critical cognitive leap" ... "Eating (mostly) cooked meals would have lessened the energy needs of our digestion systems, Khaitovich explained, thereby freeing up calories for our brains. " ... "Instead of growing even larger (which would have made birth even more problematic), the human brain most likely used the additional calories to grease the wheels of its internal functioning." I used to think it was the other way around: I think big therefore I am. I guess now it's: I am big therefore I think. So, Cheesy Poofs are OK?"
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