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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

geminidomino Re:Too Bad (102 comments)

Those would fall under "managing basic day-to-day" responsibilities." That seems pretty clear from context...

2 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

geminidomino Re:Too Bad (102 comments)

That was kind of my point: an adult who can't manage her basic day-to-day responsibilities isn't particularly "mentally or emotionally stable."

3 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

geminidomino Re:Too Bad (102 comments)

Bernadette is maybe the most well adjust and "normal" character on that show, with exception of maybe Penny.

A grown woman who can't be bothered to learn how to manage her household budget or maintain her car comes across as the most "well adjusted and normal." That's even sadder than the parade-o-parodies that makes up the rest of the cast...

And don't give me any of that "plight of the economically disadvantaged" stuff as a crap excuse . She can afford the bog-standard closet full of double-hex-digit pairs of shoes and "girls' shopping trips" and MMOGs (because they realized that there was a stereotype they hadn't played for cheap laughs yet).

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

geminidomino Re:The problem... (377 comments)

That may be intentional. In fact they confirm it is. What better way for an attacker to cover his tracks after a successful break-in then being able to credibly corrupt the logs.

Have none of these people spent even a week on the administration side, FFS? Change "an attacker" to "a malfunctioning process" and, all of a sudden, you want it to be recoverable so you can figure out WTF went wrong so you can fix it.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

geminidomino Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (377 comments)

Well, it depends on how pedantic one wants to be (and this is slashdot, after all.:))

BSD is Unix, but not UNIX(TM). That is, it has the provenance, but not the corporate blessing. Feeling that the latter would confer any value is probably a litmus test of some sort...

Your other two examples are duly solemnized carriers of the brand name, however. ;)

3 days ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

geminidomino Re:Uh... decompiled and deobfuscated? (354 comments)

As one who has scratched out a few purpose-built minecraft mods over the past few years, maybe I can clear it up a bit.

It's a multi-step process. The initial de-compilation step is, indeed, just about as useless as you say: lots of net.minecraft.cx.func_11235_a()

But there's a project called MCP Toolkit, which basically goes through every new release and reverse-engineers as much of it as they can (usually a pretty good percentage too), mapping the obfuscated classes, variables and methods to names which, while possibly (probably) not the names used internally, are at least meaningful.

Minecraft Forge, the officially unofficial mod API, used to include MCPing the minecraft source as part of setting up its workspace. It was really handy when I was learning, being able to trace things back through the code to figure out how they worked, but had its downside. I'm not sure whether they got tired of people needlessly making coremods (mods that altered the "vanilla" classes, as opposed to interacting through Forge), or they were afraid of drawing an evil eye from Mojang, or what, but they've altered their whole setup starting late in 1.6.4 so they don't even download the vanilla jar anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

geminidomino Actually... (231 comments)

More often, I used mischief to get myself into technology...

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

geminidomino Re:Put game cops in games (1134 comments)

Monitor all males in real time and if they break the rules, either they get 10 years in prison or they lose an eye. Either one.

The delicious irony of the modern feminism.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

geminidomino Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

Wait, did I just argue one of Anita Sarkeesian's points for her?

No, you argued one of her critics' points against her: a series of poorly-researched and inflammatory rant-videos accomplishes precisely dick other than to serve as a rallying point for similarly-aligned identity politics, who recursively make their own poorly-researched and inflammatory rants, feeding the current paradigm: a loud, incestuous echo-chamber on one side, convinced that their MO of using shame tactics to make other people do things their way, might someday work, if they can just reach that elusive critical mass of obnoxiousness; until then, they'll keep beating on the status quo like wind against a mountain that (rightly) doesn't give a shit.

The whole approach of Anita et al is fundamentally contradictory: you don't demonstrate "equality" or "agency" by demanding that other people do for you, rather than doing yourself.

about two weeks ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

geminidomino Re:Seriously? (116 comments)

Not at all. My first foray into ebooks was way back on an old Sony Clie back in the PalmOS days.

about three weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

geminidomino Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

Tell me, how does boot taste?

Like freedom, of course. What are you, new here?

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

geminidomino Re:Her work (1262 comments)

Please - stand up behind your accusations and show us all which parts of her videos are self-contradictory

One example: Lara Croft. Originally, she was oversexualized, a sign of an inherently female-hostile game industry. Then, later, when later games toned down her sexuality, that was female-hostile because it apparently meant that the game makers felt that, in order to be taken seriously, a female protagonist has to be more "mannish."

And I really don't understand your complaint about how she spent the kickstarter money. She asked for donations to make a series of videos, alot of people donated with the understanding that she would make the video series, she made the video series. Are you suggesting that she should have taken that money and done something else with it?

She set out from the startup to make videos bitching and moaning and trying to shame others into doing things her way, rather than doing anything herself. Her intentions were ignoble from t=0.

Actually, from what I've read on this thread, no-one has 'trivially proven' this.

Check out Thunderf00t's response video, for starters. There are many others.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

geminidomino Re:Her work (1262 comments)

"Emotionally manipulative liars" is one of those old school stereotypes about women, and so AC here takes that typification, and extrapolates it onto Sarkeesian without any sort of evidence to bear out that she's actually like that

Have you actually managed to sit through any of her inane dribblings that pass as videos? Plenty of evidence there.

Hell, just the fact that she took a 150k kickstarter and used it to make a video series full of self-contradictory bitching and bullshit accusations rather than, say, making a game that she claims everyone wants (and 150k is plenty to make a good indie game these days, don't let the blockbuster budgets fool you).

It's safe to assert that "intending to shame others into doing things your way" falls safely inside the boundaries of "emotionally manipulative."

The "liar" part is trivially proven, but plenty of others have already gone after that, so finding them will be left as an exercise for the reader.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

geminidomino Re:Her work (1262 comments)

How can you tell when you receive a lot of death threats whether any of them are credible?

Having done my stint in various online games, I've probably received more death threats than senators have received blowjobs from congressional pages.

I'm pretty confident in my current system, which is something of an inversion of the USPTO policy: When you add "over the internet" to the description of the threat, its credibility drops 99%.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

geminidomino Re:The death of leniency (643 comments)

what I'm saying is that always having the cops on cam will take away their 'human' side and they'll just be encouraged more towards robot enforcers.

I think 40+ years of militarization and the "us vs them", "thin blue line" bullshit attitude have made plenty of headway in that regard already, so it's no great loss considering the trade-off.

about three weeks ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

geminidomino Re:The moment of truth (126 comments)

That's also assuming that they're using one of the Netflix "Blessed" OSes and/or devices.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

geminidomino Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

It amuses me greatly that both replies to this post responded as if Bill was talking about "X" the windowing system rather than a placeholder variable.

Should've used $X. ;)

about a month ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

geminidomino Re:Amazing (276 comments)

If you're going to get pedantic about statistics, you should really get to know your friendly neighborhood Margin of Error. Often ignored in fluff pieces, being aware of his existence is still vital.

about a month ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

geminidomino Re:This copywrite shit is getting pathetic (186 comments)

I wasn't speaking about the copyright issue. The question was "how were they reconstructed without the video?"

about a month ago

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New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 8 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."
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Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at http://scroogle.org/ "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.

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Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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