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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

catmistake First? (52 comments)

indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neanderthals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude

Sounds as though it was the first cross-species orgy, which no doubt started that disgusting trend which lives on even today.

3 hours ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

catmistake Re:Good D&D setting (85 comments)

Based soley on the description, this would make for a great setting in D&D.

Maybe if they keep digging, they'll find... idk... cameras... and then we won't have to base anything on descriptions.

Also, dude... FYI, D&D is for children. Real men AD&D.

6 hours ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

catmistake Re:New Object (62 comments)

Maybe they have stumbled upon some new type of star or object. There are probably all kinds of large things that we have never run across before.

I think that's unlikely. We've seen all there is to see, we know all there is to know.

...about 100 times brighter than the calculated limits of its luminosity..."

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.

- Arthur Conan Doyle

Thus, quote obviously, the object is actually 100 pulsars in close proximity and with their pulses synced, appearing as one bright pulsar. No need to thank me, astronmers.

6 hours ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Maybe it's time... (318 comments)

Banning firearms will not finish the problem, but will very likely decrease it.

It's a start, but I think an unncessary over-reaction... the US simply needs better gun-control laws, like other 1st world nations with better gun-control laws. Also, the NRA needs to be held accoutable for the unfortunate things their members sometimes do... that will shut them up with a quickness.

yesterday
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Easily done: (318 comments)

Who commits 90% of the gun crime in the U.S.? Certainly not law abiding citizens.

Actually, gun owners commit 100% of the gun crime everywhere.

MILLIONS of crimes are prevented every year by law abiding citizens either brandishing (99% of the time) or using (1% of the time) their legally held guns.

Millions? Ok, cite 50 from 2014. You can't? Stop making shit up. That is total bullshit. Regular gun owners almost NEVER stop crime. They are mostly afraid to, which is why they feel more secure with a gun. They do often make boo boos with their weapons. And you know what? Unarmed people stop crime all the time, far far more often than gun owners. Crime fighting gun owners, take a break! We (the unarmed) got this.

yesterday
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Easily done: (318 comments)

Japan never had a gun problem in the first place.

That's a great point. Here's another one: list all the countries, besides the US, with a gun problem.

yesterday
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Yeahhhhh (318 comments)

The reason Japan has low to no gun crime isn't the law, it's the values instilled in all there. ...

I would not disagree that Japanese values are admirable. Bbbut.... so its their values??!!!... and not the fact that there's hardly any guns there? Oh, so that explains that there's hardly any gun crime there? Ok. Well, what about Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia? Is their low-gun crime, to make an understatement, due to their values? Are Americans just gun-homicidal assholes?

I think you're probably someone like likes guns so much (and it is your right, and guns are neato!!) that you are pretty much willing to believe and preach anything as long as no one says "guns are bad."

Guns are bad. They're not necessary. (Hunting is unncessary, too! But it is fun to kill things.) If you own a gun for protection, the fact IS that it is far more likely that you will injure, maim or kill yourself or someone you love than you will ever get a chance to defend yourself from crime... let alone successfully. Even Secret Service agents, who know their weapon far better than any "Regular," or 2nd Amendment citizen, accidentally shoot each other.

But they're so neat... guns... that rational men are willing to believe anything in order to justify having one. Well... please be careful. I know they're neat as Hell, but they are not toys.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

catmistake Re:Oh yeah. :) (368 comments)

Ives is probably the worlds foremost product designer

Ah. Ah ha. Ha. Ha Ha Ha. Oh, that is priceless. Just priceless. Ive's work is at best, a mixed bag, and he surely isn't the world's foremost designer. I can think of any number of designers that make him look like the pretentious hack he is. Starting with any number of supercar designers, wandering off into audio equipment and musical instrument design, heck, there are even refrigerators that are designed better than Ive's work product. Also, Scott Forstall's ideas were far better in terms of design than Ives. He just wasn't minimalist -- but minimalist is not a synonym for "good", and in fact, very seldom is that the case.

Applelapse Now!

Well, Ive was one of the most outstanding executive officers this company's ever produced. He was brave, outstanding in every way. And he was a good man, too, humanitarian man, a man of wit and humor. He joined the Software Engineering Group. After that, his... uh... ideas... methods... became... unsound... unsound.

Now he's crossed into California with this mountaineered army of his that... worship... the man... like a god, and follow every order, however ridiculous...

...very obviously, he has gone insane.

interactive multimedia

Your mission is to proceed down the San Francisco Bay in a Blue Navy petrol boat, pick up Sir Ive's path at Cupertino, follow it, learn what you can along the way. When you find the officer, infiltrate his team by (ahem-hem) whatever means available, and terminate the executive's position.

...

...terminate... with extreme prejudice.

yesterday
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

catmistake Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

Sigh.

If nothing else, at least it's out in the open where they have to defend it.

Right. And I am certain at every court challenge to this notion, that "the Bill of Rights is only for US citizens on US soil," their idiotic interpretation will fail miserably and immediately. No where in the Constitution does it limit its powers and the extension of the enumerated rights to only US citizens only on US soil. This limitation was never intended by the Founders, thus it is not there, but a thin pathetic fantasy of whomever thought up this canine feces of a legal strategy. The Bill of Rights extends to protect every person, US citizen or not, anywhere and everywhere in the Universe from tyrannical government, according to the letter of the text. It is simply not possible to reasonably and legitimately prove otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

catmistake Re:It's been done before... sort of (88 comments)

You have a hint of the truth there. Once again, as I have said in previous comments on earlier stories about HMD and virtual reality, this body illusion has absolutely nothing to do with the "power" of virtual reality, and still, so far, no tech company has any idea what they have (and I still hope to scoop them all with my subsequent patents, invalidating theirs, and make a fortune suing them... because their patents incorrectly describe the invention, or how it works). Don't bother replying, I'm not going to give it away.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

catmistake Re:Crypto! (208 comments)

I'm pretty sure swapping the space as a time-share with a new and adventurous Japanese family of 3 from Tokyo would be more financially secure and lucrative.

about 3 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

catmistake Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

Drug abuse in the tech industry is growing

No. It isn't. Its always been there, always been there in every workplace and every industry, and always will be... it may fluxuate in popularity within certain parameters, but it is nothing new and it is not "growing." Never heard of it? Clue: illicit and illegal drugs are hush hush; loose lips sink ships. "Do not share with Brad... that guy will not shut up. Who is that guy he's talking to... is that a damn reporter?!"

about 3 months ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

catmistake Re:Really bad explanation of the evolution. (133 comments)

I find the idea that Sherpas have a gene that helps them breathe at high altitude a little hard to accept. How long have the sherpas been up there carrying shit for rich European thrill seekers? Sure, they adapted to their environment... but couldn't this be a non-genetic adaptation? Have you seen how fast high-school and college swimmers can swim? Where does their fast swimming gene come from? Fish? Did high school and college students interbreed with fish a whole bunch of semesters ago?

about 4 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

catmistake Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

Why do we still have these antiquated data caps?

You think bandwidth just grows on trees? Quite obviously, there is a bandwidth crisis. Bandwidth manufacturers are desperately trying to meet the demand with current processses, but they're falling short, which is why we so often have bandwidth outages. This high-profile push button topic inversely correlates to another well known problem no one can figure out how to even begin to solve, the data glut we've been in since our sensory organs evolved.

about 4 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

catmistake Re:Thanks (133 comments)

Now i feel old. I was there in the beginning.

Some how I doubt that.

about 4 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

catmistake Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

RHEL too, but that will cost you

I have downloaded before a full version, non-evaluation, fully working copy of RHEL before.... I believe this option still exists for those seeking it, but it is one of those well kept secrets and the link is burried deep somewhere at Red Hat's site. i.e. RHEL can be used for free, without support. It is possible Red Hat may have discontinued this for the "30 day evaluation" variety of free download, and that download link is gone forever, but regardless, Red Hat does not sell operating systems, they sell support, and that is what you pay for that costs. However, CentOS is identical to RHEL and is free to download and use, i.e. costs nothing. Oracle Linux is also RHEL, and also free to download and use, I believe. So no, if you don't pay for the support, using RHEL will cost you nothing.

about 4 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

catmistake Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

so they could use FreeDOS to play old DOS games

That's not dumb or anything, but superfluous, considering this exists.

about 4 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

catmistake Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

But if you ask the typical user of OS X that never questions anything and always insists on new shiney, any OS older than 2 years old is "obsolete." So this OS is obsolete 10x over!!

disclaimer: I am a UNIX/Linux Windows & OS X systems admin, and prefer OS X for desktop, and even I can't stand the moronic whiney bullshit that the self-proclaimed "expert" mac users puke out... please see comments here to see what I mean, as if you didn't know already.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

catmistake Re:My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

I see. So if I sell you my Mac and all the software therein, that contains an Aperture install, you could never use it. And being as you post on Slashdot, you are very respectful of software licensing, and you've never heard of The Pirate Bay.

You see you cant buy a disc with aperture on it,

Oh? then wtf is this?

about 4 months ago

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catmistake catmistake writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The Sun compiling gcc,
Compiling terabyte:
He did his very best to make.
The errors few; It's right!
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The monitor flashed sulkily,
Because she thought the Sun
Had got no buses to be there
After the user done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To bug and spool perlfunc!"

Shell C was net as net could be,
Silicon tty.
You could not trace a route, because
No route was in vi:
No cron was running overhead--
No daily cron to try.

The Admin and the Engineer
Were coding fast a hack;
They script like anything in C
With quotaoff the stack:
"This is a mirrored RAID array,
Bring on the DoS attack!"

"If seven aids with seven flops
greped it a MIPSyear for,
Do you suppose," the Admin said,
"That they could grep it, sure?"
"I doubt it," said the Engineer,
And ssh-ed as toor.

"O Users, come and twalk with us!"
The Admin sent in batch.
"A pleasant twalk, an appletalk,
perhaps in tiny ash:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give OS a patch."

The eldest user fingered him,
Not a keystroke he'd waste:
The eldest user's cursor blinked,
left not a single trace--
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the user space.

But four new users hurried up,
All eager, flagged edges:
Their notes were rushed, logins secure,
Their codes clean, just pledges --
And this was odd, because, you know,
They had no privileges.

Four other users followed them,
And yet another, well;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, to tell--
All pinging through the matrixes,
And scrambling in the shell.

The Admin and the Engineer
twalked on a while, its true,
And then they halted on a fsck
Convenient du:
And all the online users stopped
And waited in the queue.

'The time has come,' the Admin said,
'To talk of many things:
Of su's - and chips - and classic Macs -
Of NuBus cards - and strings -
And why the source, compiling not -
And whether sigs have meanings.'

"But sticky bit," the users cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some are out of memory,
And all binaries fat!"
"No proxies!" said the Engineer.
symlinked his files for that.

"upload the thread," the Admin said,
"Its what we chiefly need:
sushi and RAIDed disk besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, users peer,
We can begin the feed."

"But not to us!" the users cried,
"the screen of death is blue!
Desktop support! That would be
A trolling thing to do!"
"The site is fine," the Admin said.
"Do you admin here too?"

"It was so kind of you to code
drivers for the device!"
The Engineer said nothing but
"RAID us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so df--
I had port-scanned you twice!"

"It seems a shame," the Admin said,
"To launch them a postkick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them groff so quick!"
The Engineer said nothing but
"The sputter's thread hdik!"

"Threads sleep for you," the Admin said:
"thoroughly optimized."
With jobs su-ed he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket admin guide
Before streaming UIs.

"O users," said the Engineer,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we now cd home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd deleted every one.

--
adapted from Lewis Carroll

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