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Snowden Offered Asylum By Venezuelan President

deadhammer Re:The real question is... (380 comments)

Because abusive monopolies or oligopolies have *never*, ever happened.

about a year ago

Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

deadhammer Re:The important word is "should" (237 comments)

Asteroid capture and mining is potentially lucrative but completely unknown in terms of economy, safety, proper technique, etc. Generally what governments excel at is exploration of unknowns. You think there would BE private space flights and planned space stations if NASA and the USSR hadn't gone up first to see if, oh, people could even survive in zero-G, let alone get up there and back? Is it inefficient? Sure. But governments can take risks that private agencies, with shareholders that demand risk prevention, can't. Once the maps have been made, so to speak, then you can get the massive influx of private sector enterprise.

In other words, it's an investment.

about a year and a half ago

Chemists Build App That Could Identify Cheap Replacements For Luxury Wines

deadhammer Bum Wine (206 comments) lists the only wines you'll ever need.

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask James Randi About Investigating the Truth

deadhammer Re:Money is nothing (386 comments)

So take the challenge, easily beat it, and donate the money to the charity of your choice. A million dollars can feed a lot of starving orphans.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft's Future of the Living Room Starring SuperTuxKart

deadhammer Re:I think I saw Halo? (82 comments)

Yes they are. And that's a huge problem if you want to look at their source code, as in Microsoft departments tend to be incredibly clannish and intra-competitive. So Microsoft Research has the following choices:

A) Spend weeks or months bickering back and forth with the gaming division for access to the Halo source code, or
B) Just grab some open source code and get on with it.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Digital Pens On Linux?

deadhammer What you need, sir, is Pen15. (74 comments)

Pen15 fits easy in the hand, interfaces well with both sides, and works well digitally.

You might not want to whip it out at the local coffee shop though.

(time to burn through all that excess karma I guess...)

about 2 years ago

Craig Venter Wants To Rebuild Martian Life In Earth Lab

deadhammer Re:On Earth? (142 comments)

I agree. A xenogenetics lab on Earth is not a good idea, especially if they decide to work with 'hot' DNA. Better to put it on the Moon, or even better, in a free orbit between Earth and Mars so that if something does go wrong, the solar wind will blow the bugs out of the solar system.


Xenogenetics labs working on tiny fragments of alien DNA (or equivalent) would be of no danger whatsoever. How do I know? Bacteria. Millions of species of hardy, survivalist badasses that have survived through more globe-spanning apocalypses than you've had hot dinners. So let's say there's an accident and some tiny sequenced fragments of alien genetics fall into a pond somewhere. Assuming A) the environment doesn't immediately kill them and B) they're complete enough to form autonomous life, they'll have to contend with the fact that they're competing for survival against creatures that are built to survive the shit that Earth throws at them. Not a chance in hell.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?

deadhammer Honesty is your best policy (547 comments)

Barring some situation where you've got incriminating stuff on the drive, your best approach to this problem is just to be honest. Approach the IT department and state the following case:

-I've been here for ten years. While I didn't squander my time on personal crap, there's bound to be a personal email or credit card number somewhere in a browser cache or temp file.
-I've got (X instant message/skype/whatever) account running on login, and I don't want to leave that hanging around.
-What can we do to protect both myself and the company?

Suggest a drive wipe and reimage. It's a bit overkill, so if that's an issue suggest you be given supervised admin privileges to wipe temp folders, uninstall software, wipe leftover program and document folders, delete your old user account, etc. Ask about a place to back up all your work files in case anyone needs them.

Of course, your IT might not be retarded, but it doesn't hurt to ask. And if you've got admin privileges, do all that stuff yourself.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls (video)

deadhammer Re:Dear D&D Designers (139 comments)

You just have to be more creative. For instance:

Not as much as the Rolemaster elementalist with first level spell "boil water",

If that was me?
Boil your waterskin, throw it in your opponent's face.
Boil your opponent's saliva.
Boil your opponent's urine.
Boil the sweat inside your opponent's armor.
Boil the aqueous jelly in your opponent's eyes.

Shitty starting spells and low hitpoints only sucks if you don't consider it a challenge.

more than 2 years ago

LinkedIn Profiles Contain Fewer Lies Than Resumes

deadhammer Re:It's easy to lie on linkedin (88 comments)

I wouldn't have made it to the end of that meeting. I'd have left and been out the door the very second this douchenozzle opened his mouth. Well, at least the very second he mentioned the whole thing about the bad references.

Of course, I do recognize that there are good economic reasons for not being able to do so. But hell, telemarketers are always hiring and will give you a million times more job satisfaction than working under someone like that.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved

deadhammer Re:Firefox - Too little, too late (330 comments)

Sadly you're probably not going to get a response from the advertroll. He's quick-posted his ad in response to a keyword in the article ("Firefox" probably) and will disappear afterwards. Honestly, I've learned just to ignore the first post/thread in the comments of Slashdot articles now.

more than 2 years ago

No SOPA Vote Until 2012

deadhammer Delay tactic (181 comments)

A delay! Just what all those whiners... err citizens wanted, right? Well, this will serve one purpose at least - to wait until the opposition's momentum has died down before going to a vote. They learned their lesson from the Occupy movement well: wait until people are sick of hearing about the issue, then move to squash it.

more than 2 years ago

The Myth of Renewable Energy

deadhammer Re:Real Question (835 comments)

"Windmills do not work that way!"


more than 2 years ago

Shady Reshipping Centers Exposed

deadhammer Re:Hmm... (143 comments)

Still somebody's property you're profiting off of. And will do you little good when Ivan The Problem Solver tracks you down and introduces your testicles to high voltage.

more than 3 years ago

Shady Reshipping Centers Exposed

deadhammer Re:Will somebody PLEASE think of the... (143 comments)

You're obviously intentionally misunderstanding his point. Easier to make fun of the "bleeding heart librul" than to confront the issue head on, I suppose. OP isn't excusing crime or criminals. What he's saying is that the low-level low-lifes are the symptom, not the cause. Don't go after the hooker or the drug delivery kid, go after the ruthless pimp and the drug cartel. Sure, it involves actual work, but as anyone who's ever seen a huge drop in spam after a botnet takedown will tell you, doing the work and going after the source will get you FAR better results than trying to shut down a million easy to hit endpoints.

more than 3 years ago

Does Italian Demo Show Cold Fusion, or Snake Oil?

deadhammer Re:Catalyst or not? (479 comments)

Sagan's retort: [T]he fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

more than 3 years ago

Alloy Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel Using Sunlight

deadhammer Re:Containment (360 comments)

So electricity AND a waterslide on the other end!

more than 3 years ago

The End of the Gas Guzzler

deadhammer Re:And while they're at it - they should... (897 comments)

Clearly you must think that the continent of Europe is a mystical fantasy land that doesn't actually exist. The Europeans manage to regularly sell vehicles with fuel economies in the high 40s/low 50s of MPG. No flying cars or mandatory ponies. Oh wait, Europe is a commie pinko dystopia, so the laws of physics must work differently over there.

Also notice how GM, Ford and Chrystler are the ones who recommended 54.5 mpg as opposed to the 56.2 that the administration wanted and the 60 that environmentalists wanted. Oh wait, that must mean that GM, Ford and Chrystler are part of the hated Obama administration! Source of all evil! The truth is out there, man!

more than 3 years ago

Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China

deadhammer The best part - they can't do shit about this. (241 comments)

I mean, what's Steve Jobs going to do about this? Cancel his contracts with Foxconn? Bwahahaha!

When you move all of your manufacturing to China to save a buck, eventually they'll take what they learned building your shit and build their own. If that means stealing your name, logos, store designs etc., so be it. That design stuff seems to be working for Apple, after all. And Apple can't do anything about it since their business is entirely dependent on China's electronics manufacturing base. What, you mean build factories in America? With all those expensive labor laws and safety standards and environmental regulations and such?

more than 3 years ago


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