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Is There Still a Ray of Hope On Climate Change?

festers Re:Wait wait wait.... (462 comments)

How about actually siting/quoting one of these stories?

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

festers Re:Marie Antoinette (722 comments)

How is this insightful? Mr AC hasn't provided any evidence to demonstrate who this quote should be attributed to and under what context it was originally said. My understanding was that there is a lot of debate surrounding these issues, but that's not mentioned, either.

I guess if you want to appear intellectual and "better than everyone else" here on /., you've done a great job.

more than 3 years ago

Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010

festers Secret of Mana remake (210 comments)

Everyone talks about a FFVII remake (and with good reason, that's a huge cash cow waiting to be milked), but personally I would pay top dollar for a SoM remake that allowed me to play the co-op multiplayer feature over PSN.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

festers Yeah right (575 comments)

"carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated"

These are not words I think of when discussing Anonymous. Give me a break.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To 3.56 To Stop Jailbreaking

festers Re:computerandvideogames.com comments (218 comments)

Pretty much all video game websites are filled with these kind of kids/idiots. I was reading the Joystiq response to it yesterday and it was equally depressing. They've been brainwashed into believing that they no longer own the things they buy. The "Intellectual Property" and DRM propaganda has apparently worked on an entire generation, so much so that they are willing to run to the defense of a giant corporation in order to ensure their precious online Trophy awards don't get screwed up. Fucking pathetic.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

festers The number of comments a story has....missing (2254 comments)

I really liked seeing how many comments a story had while skimming the front page, can that option be put back?

Also, the Older Stories slashbox is not working anymore.

more than 3 years ago

Drupal's Dries Buytaert On Drupal 7

festers Re:Auto-update feature in Drupal 7 (55 comments)

This is why I dumped Drupal and moved everything to WordPress; upgrading Drupal is a major pain in the ass.

more than 4 years ago

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza

festers Re:Square pieces are the best way to share! (282 comments)

And it's one of the contributing factors that makes Chicago thin crust pizza so horrible. I've been stuck here for over 15 years and I'd kill for one decent, east-coast style pizza place. Chicago deep-dish is good, but only in small quantities. Their thin crust, however, it an abomination. I want even sized pizza slices, each with their own piece of crust NOT square "party-cut" sweet sauce-on-cardboard shit.

about 5 years ago

Scientists Step Down After CRU Hack Fallout

festers Re:Politics (874 comments)

This comment reveals a very popular ignorance. You can't publish "raw data" that you don't own. Many times the climate data comes from National Meteorological Services that require an NDA to be signed. Organizations like CRU cannot give away that data, but of course, you're if you want to pay/sign an NDA you're welcome to do that.

But there is data that is freely available, like here:


So really, your comment, and the 1000s of others like it all over the web, are without merit.


about 5 years ago

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry

festers Re:Don't like it? Don't pay them. (221 comments)

Are you aware that you can buy other characters using ingame money? So you buy a bunch of PLEXs with real money, sell them for ingame money, then use that to buy yourself a 60mil skillpoint character. Yeah, sounds really fair. /eyeroll.

about 5 years ago

Nationwide Shortage In Supply of Swine Flu Vaccine

festers Re:You can have mine (579 comments)

"What measures are you taking to prevent auto-erotic asphyxiation and other ways you're fairly unlikely to die?"

Wait, auto-erotic asphyxiation has gone airborne now? Sweet.

(Hint: your analogy is horrible. Additionally, your death is not the only issue when it comes to the flu.)

more than 5 years ago

What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

festers Re:Details on benefits (569 comments)

Yes, by all means ask the questions to get those details...AFTER you get an offer from the company. The principle is simple: until you've got something (an offer), you've got nothing. Asking about salary, benefits, hours, etc. before you have an offer only hurts your chances of getting a job. Why should you care about those things when you have no reason to believe you will work for that company? Those details are meaningless until you are hired. Once the offer is on the table, however, the balance of power shifts and you can ask those types of questions without hesitation.

more than 5 years ago

China Bans Games That "Glorify Gangsters' Lives"

festers Cultural differences (172 comments)

I love seeing people getting worked up over stuff like this. Comments about totalitarian governments and censorship get tossed around and righteous anger runs hot. Well, someone please explain to me how this is any different from the shitstorm in the US over Janet Jackson's tit being shown at the Superbowl. In both cases we the government stepping in and doing something to "protect the children." The FCC came down hard and renewed their fight against "indecency." So while the banning of ganster games seems crazy to people outside of China, there are many people in other countries who think that banning female breasts is just as absurd.

Please note, I'm not saying I agree with the actions of these governments, I'm just pointing out that every group of people seems to have their cultural taboos.

more than 5 years ago

Throwing Out the Rulebook For MMOs

festers Re:No Love (245 comments)

It's not that these people haven't tried other games *after* WoW, it's the fact that they never played any MMOs *before* WoW. There's a complete lack of historical perspective on the genre and an ignorance (through no fault of their own necessarily) about what's possible in an MMO. Features that have been in other games for years are somehow revolutionary when Blizzard does it, and glaring omissions are glossed over as no big deal.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search System

festers Re:Shades of Abunga? (470 comments)

"Abunga.com will only succeed with the support of the Lord as its business model makes no earthly sense - reduce inventory to protect families (basically turning away certain customers) and giving 5% of revenue to charities that support good works in communities across the nation," Martin wrote. "These are not the business practices taught at Harvard."

Lee Martin, Chairman Abunga.com


more than 5 years ago

Strip-Search Case Tests Limits of 4th Amendment

festers Re:Tip of the ice berg. (1240 comments)

Home schooling fucks up your social skills

Are you a product of the public school system? If so, the irony of your statement is very amusing.

Looking back at my high school years, between the bullying, peer pressure, and artificial environment, I'd say the system contributed to a distinct LACK of social skills.

more than 5 years ago

"Live Expansion" Announced for Warhammer Online

festers Re:"and it will be rolled out free of charge. " (170 comments)

Too bad you have to pay for a 2nd account if you want two different characters to be able to train skills at the same time. CCP is in it to make money just like everyone else.

more than 5 years ago

Royal Society "Creationist" Resigns

festers Re:The good doctor was a vicar instead (658 comments)

Oh, no? Please inform me as to what aspect of the Immaculate Conception I've misunderstood. I guess 10 years in private Christian schools wasn't enough to get the "correct" version of the dogma through my thick skull.

The "Immaculate Conception" is a Catholic concept which claims that Mary was born without sin. It is not a universally accepted Christian teaching by any stretch of the imagination.

You may want to tone down the arrogance in the future, you aren't helping your case.

more than 6 years ago



Planet Hunting Through Crowdsourcing

festers festers writes  |  more than 3 years ago

festers (106163) writes "While the "wisdom of the crowd" can sometimes be a dubious claim, it seems that scientists are putting it to good use when it comes to finding new planets. This article explains the effort that astronomers are taking to sort through the massive amount of data that the Kepler satellite is producing. While the scientific software is very good at finding possible planets, it turns out that a more old-fashioned approach can be even more helpful. Thousands of volunteers look for tell-tale patterns and have helped discover 50 potential planets through the planethunters.org website. The amount of required training is minimal and the payoff is potentially huge.

Perhaps there are other "needle in a haystack" type problems that could be solved in a similar way?"

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New start

festers festers writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Bleh, lost my previous journals...oh well. Upgrade to latest LM went really smoothly this weekend. Now if only I could get the headphone jack working on my Livedrive.

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