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The Battle of Hoth: Vader the Invader

ceswiedler The real point (111 comments)

The real point of this is how a good story doesn't need to be consistent or even especially believable, if it's told well. The characters in Empire are vivid, the story is strong, and the direction is fantastic. The goal isn't to write a plot so airtight it can't be nitpicked apart, it's to get the audience so caught up that they don't bother with any nitpicking.

That said, this article picked some very entertaining nits.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Still Aims For Wayland in Quantal Quetzal

ceswiedler Desktop Linux (230 comments)

This is what Desktop Linux is. It's companies trying to make a version of Linux which Just Works for people who don't care that it's Linux. That means sacrificing choice in the name of making the product more tailored for the users they're targeting. That's good design.

Your fundamental complaint is that Ubuntu isn't tailoring its product for you. It's a completely free and open product, planned from the start to make Linux more usable by non-technical people. And you're complaining. Despite the fact that there are literally dozens of other Linux distributions which do exactly what you want. Nice.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF's Secure Boot Solution

ceswiedler Re:Why are we allowing these "people" to do this? (377 comments)

"They who can give up essential safety to obtain a little temporary liberty, deserve neither safety nor liberty."

-- Me

Having dispensed with the pointless question-begging, can we start talking about which is essential and which is temporary in this case?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Groundwater Use May Not Explain Half of Sea-Level Rise

ceswiedler Re:Scientific review (244 comments)

I hate to defend geocentrism, but it certainly was science. Given the evidence of the sun, moon, planets, and starts pretty clearly moving across the sky in a revolving fashion, what scientific explanation would you come up with? Was every astronomer prior to Copernicus not actually a scientist?

When people proposed the heliocentric explanation, the church intervened and said that the Earth is the center of the universe for theological reasons, and that was certainly not scientific.

more than 2 years ago
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Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming

ceswiedler Re:First? If the public airwaves are free already (250 comments)

I actually support a lot of copyright restrictions and enforcement. But I have to laugh whenever a company gets its panties in a wad about what people do with the unencrypted signals that are deliberately broadcast at very high power from extremely large antennas in the middle of large cities.

more than 2 years ago
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A Look At One of Blizzard's Retired World of Warcraft Servers

ceswiedler Re:Hard drives? (116 comments)

Character data would be stored in a database (in Blizzard's case, Oracle). The local drives on the blades would have game data and server executables, which would be even more valuable than character data to the right people (gray-sharders, botters, and other nefarious types).

more than 2 years ago
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Heartland Institute Document Leaker Comes Forward, Maintains Documents Are Real

ceswiedler Re:Let's see.... (442 comments)

One of the interesting things about the Heartland documents is that they make it pretty clear that they're not being funded by oil companies.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

ceswiedler Re: Humans of no? (892 comments)

One fleet moves to threaten civilians (city, planet, moon, asteroid, space station). Another fleet moves in to defend. Neither fleet needs to be manned. The winning fleet has control over the civilian area.

The idea isn't that civilians won't be threatened, it's that military personnel won't be doing the fighting directly.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

ceswiedler Re:I just got back from a job fair today (948 comments)

The idea that the South lost the Civil War "in large part" because slaves were not "enthusiastic workers" is horseshit. From General Lee's horse.

Making health care not be tied to your job is a good idea. But other than that, without the government engaging in "naked and clumsy dictation to employers" (which, in fact, is exactly how I'd describe any efforts to make health care not be tied to your job) how would you propose making businesses compete for workers and treat them fairly? Prior to the modern era of unions and workers'-rights laws, we had much less pleasant working conditions. Child labor, indentured servitude. Certainly no vacations.

more than 2 years ago
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New Remote Flaw In 64-Bit Windows 7

ceswiedler Re:So all 5 of you running Safari on Windows (284 comments)

I'm sure you're right, but that only proves his point... the code was moved from userspace into the kernel, which certainly contributed to its complexity and insecurity.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Sued Over PSN 'No Suing' Provision

ceswiedler Re:Common Nonsense (384 comments)

I support modern interpretation of the Constitution (what the GP hates). But 3/5 of a person was changed in an amendment, which I'm sure he fully supports, not an interpretation.

more than 2 years ago
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Qt 4.8.0 Released

ceswiedler Re:Qt (90 comments)

"T-h-e", like most pronounceable words, has a vowel.

more than 2 years ago
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Filmmakers Reviving Sci-fi By Going Old School

ceswiedler Re:Reminds me of Moon (422 comments)

It's the cinematography in general, not just the lighting. For example, there were no optical effects, which dramatically reduce the visual quality because they effectively are re-filming the original film (with extra stuff). But yeah, in terms of cinematography, nothing in SF has ever beaten 2001.

My favorite trick they used was the floating pen that the stewardess picks up. It was attached to a piece of transparent acrylic, and she just detached it when she took it.

more than 2 years ago
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Fighting Mosquitoes With GM Mosquitoes

ceswiedler Re:Science fiction story (521 comments)

It was in The Deep Range by Arthur Clarke. Not sure if it predated that though.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today

ceswiedler Re:Delays Equal Good Testing (366 comments)

If a new version of Ubuntu could save my datacenter massive amounts of money via reduced power consumption, then I'd be an idiot if I didn't at least weigh the cost/benefit.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows Server 8 Is A Radical Departure From Previous Releases

ceswiedler Re:How is this a radical departure? (347 comments)

Did you read any of the stuff about how it's basically a VMWare competitor now, complete with the ability to migrate logical servers between hardware? I skimmed the article and I at least got that much.

about 3 years ago
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Moxie Marlinspike's Solution To the SSL CA Problem

ceswiedler Re:Certificates included in extension download (189 comments)

You're trusting that the key hasn't changed.

How do you know your mother is really your mother? All you know is that she's (presumably) the same person who you've identified as your mother since you were born.

about 3 years ago
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Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released

ceswiedler Re:Get over the version numbers people.. (209 comments)

Linus made a one-time change because the old Linux version numbering scheme didn't match reality. 2.6.23 to 2.6.24 was a pretty big bump feature-wise but sounds like a trival patch. Under the new system, that would be 3.1 to 3.2. Isn't that what you're asking for--numbers which indicate how much has changed?

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

ceswiedler Re:Rapid Release - a Tradeoff (415 comments)

I'm not sure if it still happens, but I was very put off after upgrading from FF4 to FF5 and then a couple of days later being told that Mozilla "strongly recommends I upgrade to FireFox 6 beta". Strongly recommend I upgrade to a beta?

I don't mind the fast releases. But couldn't you call them version 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, etc? You're going against the grain of nearly every software project out there by bumping major versions so quickly.

more than 3 years ago

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Stuxnet was designed to subtly interfere with uran

ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ceswiedler writes "Wired.com is reporting that the Stuxnet worm was apparently designed to subtly interfere with uranium enrichment by periodically speeding or slowing specific frequency converter drives spinning between 807Hz and 1210Hz. The goal was not to cause a major malfunction (which would be quickly noticed), but rather to degrade the quality of the enriched uranium to the point where much of it wouldn't be useful in atomic weapons. Statistics from 2009 show that the number of enriched centrifuges operational in Iran mysteriously declined from about 4,700 to about 3,900 at around the time the worm was spreading in Iran."
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Why Ad Blocking Hurts The Sites You Love

ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ceswiedler writes "Ars Technica has an interesting piece on why ad blocking is harmful to the sites you love. He doesn't claim it's unethical or immoral, just that it reduces the quality of the site and its content. Tech sites like Ars Techinca (and Slashdot) are particularly affected because such a high percentage of their readers have ad blockers installed. "People talk about how annoying advertisments are," he says, "but I'll tell you what: it's a lot more annoying and frustrating to have to cut staff and cut benefits because a huge portion of readers block ads.""
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Maryland town tests newcryptographic voting system

ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ceswiedler writes "In Tuesday's election voters in Takoma Park, MD used a new cryptographic voting system designed by David Chaum with researchers from several universities including MIT and the University of Maryland. Voters use a special ink to mark their ballots, which reveals three-digit codes which they can later check against a website to verify their vote was tallied. Additionally, anyone can download election data from a Subversion repository and verify the overall accuracy of the results without seeing the actual choices of any individual voter."
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FCC begins crafting net neutrality regulations

ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ceswiedler writes "The FCC has begun crafting rules for network neutrality. The full proposal hasn't been released yet, but according to their press release (warning, Microsoft Word document) carriers would not be allowed to "prevent users from sending or receiving the lawful content", "running lawful applications", or "connecting and using...lawful devices that do not harm the network". There will be a three-month period for comments, beginning January 14, after which the FCC will issue its final guidelines."
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Debian switching from glibc to eglibc

ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ceswiedler writes "Aurelien Jarno has just uploaded a fork of glibc called eglibc, which is targeted at embedded systems and is source- and binary-compatible with glibc. It has a few nice improvements over glibc, but the primary motivation seems to be that it's a "more friendly upstream project" than glibc. Glibc's maintainer, Ulrich Drepper, has had a contentious relationship with Debian's project leadership; in 2007 the Debian Project Leader sent an email criticizing Drepper for refusing to fix a bug on glibc on the ARM architecture because in Drepper's words it was "for the sole benefit of this embedded crap"."
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Disgruntled engineer hijacks city computer system

ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ceswiedler writes "A disgruntled software engineer has hijacked San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar municipal computer system. When the Department of Technology tried to fire him, he disabled all administrative passwords other than his own. He was taken into custody but has so far refused to provide the password, and the department has yet to regain admin access on their own. They're worried that he or an associate might be able to destroy hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents, including emails, payroll information, and law enforcement documents."
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ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ceswiedler writes "James Morris blogs that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has been certified at EAL4 on IBM's System p5 and eServer systems. "A lot of people thought it would be outright impossible to get an open source OS certified at this level," he writes. "Not only were they wrong, but we've done it in a way which makes it part of the mainline kernel, upstream userland, and integrated into standard distributions. It is not some out-dated, incompatible and outrageously expensive fork of the OS, as has historically been the case with trusted OSes.""
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ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ceswiedler (165311) writes ""Truthiness", a word which Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert defined as "truth that comes from the gut, not books," has been named Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster. "Though I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas, I am a fan of anyone who chooses to honor me," said Colbert."
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ceswiedler ceswiedler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ceswiedler (165311) writes "Linux.com has a feature on Ubuntu's replacement for the venerable SysV init which is based on events instead of dependencies, to better support modern hotpluggable hardware: "An event-based init daemon has no need for goals or runlevels, the system will boot as far as it can get with the available hardware; for a distribution, this means that the default installation can be far more flexible." It's scheduled for inclusion in Edgy Eft."

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