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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

catmistake Re:WebM uses MKV (258 comments)

I'd like to know what the point of DivX is... in 2014. There was a war between the patent encumbered DivX and its OSS rival, XviD... XviD won, but manufacturers didn't notice. Now we have the mp4v and h.264 (x264) codecies... DivX/XviD is inferior, as is its 20 year old favorite wrapper, avi. I have been noticing, finally, that XviD is ever so slowly being replaced with mp4/mp4 and mp4/mkv. There is some rivalry now between mp4/mkv/mp4 and wmv9/wmv... but 264/mp4 has been adopted by the Internet, so I can only assume the momentum in wmv9 is purely a Microsoft fiction, that no one really uses it by choice. Anyway, my crappy point is no one cares about a DivX logo on anything anymore... SRLY.

10 hours ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

catmistake Re:Duh... (114 comments)

What next?!! Water is wet?

That depends how much scotch its in.

yesterday
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

catmistake Re:Aw man (114 comments)

You're fooling yourself. No one is safe from researchers.

yesterday
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

catmistake Re:100 Year old (81 comments)

1914 is not the 19th century....

If I drive an entirely rebuilt-from-new-materials last month classic 1967-9 muscle car, I suppose you'll say I'm driving a 21st century automobile. I could be wrong, but I think all the computers sold commercially today and for the forseeable future are in fact 20th century computers, regardless of the date of manufacture. A computer built in 1914 is not necessarily a 20th century computer, and your point is, in fact, irrelevant. But the links are cool, thx.

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

catmistake Re:It CAN'T land on a comet - see thunderbolts pro (188 comments)

Holy crap. The EU fruitcakes here.... wow. Normally, I never react upon ACs, but your stupidity, Sir, blows my mind more than a 1 TeraVolt/meter electric field could ever do.

I know, right? Its incidental that comet action is electrical... its just an effect. Comets are nucular... they're really just flying nucular ractors.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

catmistake Re:Flaws in Liquid Solid Engine (112 comments)

The test included filling the oxidizer tank with 4,500 kg (10,000 pounds) of nitrous oxide, .... Although the tests did not ignite the gas

N2O has some interesting properties, one of which is that it is an amazing oxidizer, and another is that it is the only known gas soluble in creme. Oxidizers, btw (directed at wiki author/editor) are not fuel, they are oxidizers, so unless the tests also involved something that could ignite, the gas would not be expected to ignite under any circumstances (but flower and corn explode, which is weird but understood... they're fuel). Not knowing anything more about the incident, I'd guess it was a pressure explosion, and with that much N2O, if the flying stuff and the sudden temperature drop didn't get you the asphyxiation probably would.

about a month ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

catmistake Re:But where are the potentional profits? (116 comments)

"There IS profit to be made on mining asteroids."

That's absolutely ludicrous. Go find out the spot price for mineral ore that's available by the tons right here on Earth.

Tell me how you intend to make a *profit* by going into space with massive amounts of technology and resources???

To get the same things we already have here?

Space is not a cash machine. The discovery made getting there, being there, and even failing to get there are not something you can readily take to the pawn shop or stock exchanges. There is not a quite simple enough answer for you that would withstand the scrutiny of slashdot. But your question is answered easily if it is even remotely physically and economically possible to nudge a small asteroid, change its path slightly, and have it eventually collide with the Earth, or get into an accessable Earth orbit, during the lifetime of a company that would lay claim to it before it arrives. Find the right little asteroid, and not necessarily one in the asteroid belt but perhaps other types of objects, and its a flying proverbial goldmine... even if its a mountain-sized chunk of silver or uranium. In a debt based economy, it sounds plausable enough to me, even if it takes 400 years to deliver the thing.

about a month ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

catmistake Re: How about we hackers? (863 comments)

FYI the Linux kernel does not follow the unix philosophy either, the GNU Hurd does!

speaking of corrections:

to a significant number of admins whose mantra is stability over all else

should read:

whose mantra is stability second only to "linux 4evrything4evR!!! death to BSD!!!"

about 1 month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

catmistake Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (272 comments)

That makes zero sense.

Publish the books hard-bound on acid-free paper and then you've got something useful!!

Printer here: Let's not muck around. To be of more use than a club, it needs to be oral tradition.

about 1 month ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

catmistake Re:Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

Drugs gives people who need a purpose in their life one. Some people find one without drugs, others are happy without one. But then there's those that need one, can't find one themselves and for them, drugs may well fill that void. That's fine and ok, as long as they leave me out of it, and that includes leaving the tenets of their imaginary friend out of anything that may affect me, be it education, legislation or noise in the form of people screaming I should go to prayer or bells ringing in my ears.

In other words, drugs is something lovely, just don't make a drug out of it.

Sex gives people who need a purpose in their life one. Some people find one without sex, others are happy without one. But then there's those that need one, can't find one themselves and for them, sex may well fill that void. That's fine and ok, as long as they leave me out of it, and that includes leaving the tenets of their imaginary friend out of anything that may affect me, be it education, legislation or noise in the form of people screaming I should go to prayer or bells ringing in my ears.

In other words, sex is something lovely, just don't make sex out of it.

A good job gives people who need a purpose in their life one. Some people find one without a good job, others are happy without one. But then there's those that need one, can't find one themselves and for them, a good job may well fill that void. That's fine and ok, as long as they leave me out of it, and that includes leaving the tenets of their imaginary friend out of anything that may affect me, be it education, legislation or noise in the form of people screaming I should go to prayer or bells ringing in my ears.

In other words, a good job is something lovely, just don't make a good job out of it.

Marriage gives people who need a purpose in their life one. Some people find one without marriage, others are happy without one. But then there's those that need one, can't find one themselves and for them, marriage may well fill that void. That's fine and ok, as long as they leave me out of it, and that includes leaving the tenets of their imaginary friend out of anything that may affect me, be it education, legislation or noise in the form of people screaming I should go to prayer or bells ringing in my ears.

In other words, a spouse is something lovely, just don't make a marriage out of it.

A cat gives people who need a purpose in their life one. Some people find one without a cat, others are happy without one. But then there's those that need one, can't find one themselves and for them, a cat may well fill that void. That's fine and ok, as long as they leave me out of it, and that includes leaving the tenets of their imaginary friend out of anything that may affect me, be it education, legislation or noise in the form of people screaming I should go to prayer or bells ringing in my ears.

In other words, a cat is something lovely, just don't make a pet out of it.

Posting vacuous comments on Slashdot gives people who need a purpose in their life one. Some people find one without posting vacuous comments on Slashdot , others are happy without one. But then there's those that need one, can't find one themselves and for them, posting vacuous comments on Slashdot may well fill that void. That's fine and ok, as long as they leave me out of it, and that includes leaving the tenets of their imaginary friend out of anything that may affect me, be it education, legislation or noise in the form of people screaming I should go to prayer or bells ringing in my ears.

In other words, stupidity is something lovely, just don't make vacuous comments on out of it.

FTFY

about a month ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

catmistake Re:First? (128 comments)

There's no such thing as beastiality.

Indeed.

about a month ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

catmistake Re:First? (128 comments)

It turns out that pretty much all biological processes are disgusting. Some people can't cope with this and become reclusive germophobic stuck-ups. Other people accept reality and find ways to be happy about it.

Incidentally, yours was not the first post, and the fact that you gave your post a title suggesting that you cared about getting first post tells a great deal about your maturity level. Not that it matters, you will get modded troll and your post will be read by hardly anybody.

Hi. Not sure wtf you're talking about, but I, for one, find beastiality repugnant. Apparently, you don't.

The post title was referring to the first cross-species orgy. But if your display of your ability to comprehend is any indication, you never had a chance of seeing that.

I thank the mods for correctly determining that I was trolling neanderthals and those that practice beastiality... and I'd do it again, proudly. Mod on, bitches.

about a month ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

catmistake First? (128 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.

about a month ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

catmistake Re:Good D&D setting (109 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.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

catmistake Re:New Object (70 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.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Maybe it's time... (331 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.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Easily done: (331 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.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Easily done: (331 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.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

catmistake Re:Yeahhhhh (331 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.

about a month 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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