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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

cupantae Re:It's called "theory" for a reason (53 comments)

It's called "theory" for a reason

Because that's the word that has come to represent the meaning of the word "theory"?
I'm sorry, I can't work out what point you're trying to make.


Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

cupantae Re:Your personality and the movie. (122 comments)

I really think this should be modded to 5 but I have no points.

about 2 months ago

Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

cupantae Possible developments of early trends (122 comments)

Do you ever look back on those bonkers games from the 70s and 80s and wonder how gaming could otherwise have developed over the years?

Nowadays, even the hardware is geared towards 3D, and most games are generally some sort of photorealistic adventure involving humanoids. In the early days of gaming, people didn't know what the trends were gonna be. Was it inevitable that it turn out that way? There are games for the early Atari or Commodore etc. consoles where it's difficult to even figure out what the buttons do. Some games just had a completely different take on what a computer game could be. Many really good ones remain as the classics that defined the genres, but so many ingenious takes on gaming are left only as single examples of a great idea.

about 2 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

cupantae Like repenting on your deathbed (284 comments)

It's very easy to tell people not to focus on profit when you've already made yours. I'm also adding my voice to the "Fuck Gates" camp. What he gives away is a small price to pay to when you consider what he's got left over. He manages to lose the reputation he should have for poisoning the technology industry in every way he could get away with for his own benefit, and still keep the vast majority of the profits. What a villain.

about 2 months ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

cupantae Re:"Ancient." "Cruft." (304 comments)

Take the functionality, ditch the compatibility. Sounds right.

about 4 months ago

Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

cupantae Re:A vision of the future (56 comments)

I think you're wrong. I think it's an oversimplification and over-rationalization to say that there is one combination of ingredients which is optimal, and to be aimed for every time. I never want my food to be uniform; I want it to be varied and imperfect, as that adds to the excitement and interest of eating.

And I know I would much prefer the variation to be down to a cook's whims rather than a process which intentionally introduces a quality-controlled level of randomization.

about 6 months ago

Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

cupantae Re:A vision of the future (56 comments)

so can cooking jobs

Only if the cooking is formulaic enough, I'd say. For someone who "can" cook, there's a feedback process of tasting and altering. But maybe you're saying that taste sensors will do this with algorithms good enough to rival any human cook. Maybe. Who knows?

Otherwise, I totally agree. And I do not fear a world with less work in it. Life can be so much better. We will still always need academics, entertainers, experts, customer service people and carers, I believe. Imagine a world where everyone can do what they're interested in. Scarcity and competition will always exist, but I think things are getting better and more interesting.

about 6 months ago

Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

cupantae A vision of the future (56 comments)

Whatever the fate of this particular company, it's pretty clear to me that most (or all?) farming jobs can be automated with a combination of current machinery, sensors and some reliable software. I predict a world where several hectares of farmland will be simply monitored by each "farmer". Automatic combine harvesters are already a reality. Drone surveillance is near. Pest control? Can't see why not. A complete automatic milking system which lovingly cares for each cow? Maybe 30 years.

A system where animals to be slaughtered never see a human face? Don't be shocked, it's coming.

about 6 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

cupantae Re:What 100% free distribution do you recommend? (480 comments)

My only question about gNewSense is why did they choose a name which reads "gee, nuisance"?

Even if that's not the intended pronunciation, it's a remarkable oversight that a lot of people will read it as such.

about 6 months ago

Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

cupantae Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (317 comments)

You're an idiot. That's not what dishevel is saying at all. It's a good point. I have no doubt in my mind that this guy Tillerson is an absolute cunt, and that he doesn't want fracking near his home, but what he actually sued against was the water tower and potential noise from that. To put it another way, I think he would have sued against the water tower no matter what it was for.

Not to say that that alone isn't a dick move in itself, either. I hope he wastes a lot of time and money on it, loses the case, and then a bird shits on his head on the way out.
Then when he looks up, another shits in his mouth.

about 6 months ago

Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

cupantae Re:The cypher (89 comments)

Not sure it would be one-to-one in runes.

I was wondering this too. From the article linked above by tindur (norwegian), it's not, but it's not too bad:
6 letters map to R
3 to S
2 to
2 to L
2 to N
1 to E

By my counting, english has 10-13 letters mapped to E. Depends on your spelling of letters.
Eeeenes hn ihur seellene hf leeeers.

about 6 months ago

UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

cupantae Re:Misleading headline again. (225 comments)

Hmm. The day after I wrote this comment, it was only voted "Funny", and reached +5 pretty quickly. Now a week later, suddenly it's voted down to -1 and marked "Flamebait" each time. I'm calling shenanigans. This was clearly the act of one person or one colluding group.

Sorry if I offended you, tubby.

about 6 months ago

UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

cupantae Re:Misleading headline again. (225 comments)

I was going to comment and say that those fatties asked for it
...but now I realise that they literally did.

about 7 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

cupantae Re:"Looks like we got ourselves a thinker!" (412 comments)

Yeah, I mean, who wants some egghead know-it-all spoiling their quiz shows?
Also, might I be so bold as to suggest that a Chinese name and appearance puts Americans off? Sure, he's American, but couldn't he have an honest name, like Brad Schmidt?

about 7 months ago

Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

cupantae Re:Ads are toxic. (347 comments)

No, the problem with the superbowl is that you have as much advertisement as you have sport. In any self-respecting sport, you should have at least half an hour of sport to every five minutes of ads.

45 min half, 3min ad break, 10min analysis, 3min ad break, 45min half
That's how a game of footie breaks down. It is perfectly acceptable. Most other sports are much the same. American football is different, and Americans have no one to blame but themselves.

Also, [rant] and all that, but the ads were shit .

about 7 months ago

Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

cupantae Re:Opera is dead. (181 comments)

Their only hope is to open the codebase of desktop Opera. As it stands, mainstreamers see no reason to use it over Chrome or Firefox, and FOSS geeks are turned off by its closed source, cathedral nature. They really don't offer good reasons why they aren't doing this, other than the paranoid notion that the bigger boys will steal their precious code. Sad, really. With the amount of bitching about Firefox losing its way ("muh firebird/phoenix"), Opera could be really quite popular among geeks. I think they're underestimating the ripple effect of this, both from contributions and evangelism.

about 7 months ago

Linux 3.13 Released

cupantae Re:configuration languages (141 comments)

I think the real question (and possibly what StripedCow was asking) is why not use the syntax of existing languages, to make it easier to learn and read?

about 7 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

cupantae Re:Why, oh why? (341 comments)

The explanation linked by the ArchWiki article on systemd is very good:
Read this forum post.

As an Arch user, I hated systemd at first, for much the same reasons as already stated: the confusing and opaque nature of debugging. I'm now a convert, and I have been ever since I worked out how to do everything I used to be able to do. I now believe people's resistance is just growing pains. Give it a shot; it's easy and good.

about 8 months ago



'Irish SOPA' signed into law, despite resistance

cupantae cupantae writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cupantae writes "Despite the protests of over 80,000 Irish people, Junior Minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed that the controversial statutory instrument that reinforces online copyright laws in Ireland has been signed into law. The statutory instrument will make it possible for copyright holders to seek court injunctions against companies such as internet service providers or social networks whose systems are hosting copyright-infringing material. This comes in the wake of the music industry bullying the Irish government."

Megaupload has been shut down.

cupantae cupantae writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cupantae writes "Megaupload, the popular file hosting website, has been shut down. This comes after claims by copyright holders, such as the MPAA, of $500m in lost revenue. Before the site was taken down, it posted a statement saying allegations that it facilitated massive breaches of copyright laws were "grotesquely overblown.""
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