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Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From Developer To Executive?

grikdog Take credit (229 comments)

Read your Machiavelli. Read Sun Tsu. Whatever works. Clown suits work (see Miyazaki).

more than 2 years ago

Robot Walks Like a Human, Requires No Power

grikdog Day O' The Dead (195 comments)

Explains soulless zombie walking.

more than 2 years ago

Flowchart Guides Readers Through the 100 Best SF Books

grikdog Must it all end at Amazon? (222 comments)

Severe cognitive dissonance.

more than 2 years ago

Neal Stephenson Says Video Games Are the Metaverse

grikdog Sapir Whorf Hypothesis predated Snow Crash (176 comments)

And Jack Vance (languages of pao), for that matter. The theory is bunk, however popular, and however overwrought the leading contender might be, namely, Noam Chomsky's Universal Base Hypothese. SW is to UBH as alchemy is to the periodic table, so the cheerful sight of Stephenson refusing to take his own pompous bunk seriously is kind of fun.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Issues Do-Not-Track Guide For Advertisers

grikdog Huh? (74 comments)

What's wrong with issuing a browser that doesn't track in the first place? Then users could "Opt In" by downloading the pink version instead of the friendly orange version?

"Guidelines" are CYA, not serious concern about user privacy.

more than 2 years ago

First Von Neumann Architecture Quantum Computer

grikdog One billion quantum computers (90 comments)

It's not the one billion entangled bits so much. Its the terabyte of entangled kittens...

more than 2 years ago

The Copyright Nightmare of 'I Have a Dream'

grikdog Time to sandblast the Lincoln Memorial (366 comments)

All that inconvenient history could put to far better use broken down and sold as aquarium ballast.

more than 2 years ago

Ridley Scott To Direct New Blade Runner Movie

grikdog How about releasing Directors Cut first this time? (288 comments)

Film noire, please. No "international" version, just start with enough boobs and blood in the first place. No Harrison Ford, though? Really? Let's hope the story (if any) follows the idiotic Deckard-is-a-Skinjob like Rachel and Roy-Priss's boy comes down from Tannhauser Gate to discuss eugenics with Deckard-Rachel's twin girls. Rise of the planet of the grapes of wrath.

about 3 years ago

Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot

grikdog Counting disk check? (221 comments)

Not impressed here. Not even convinced.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

grikdog Entropy always wins (397 comments)

Hardware gets cheaper and better by the minute. That means your choices are degrading your chances to recover archived information as soon as it enters storage. It's a paradox. I have no answer to that; I've been bitten by storage on Apple ][+ floppies which can't been read on any current hardware I've got. Hopefully, there's an aftermarket for people who can afford to read the obsolete hardware of the past and transfer it to the nonexistent hardware of the future. Maybe there's a standard that won't be intentionally subverted by market forces (emphasis on force), but I dunno what it is. Pray that all that expensive data remains decryptable, if its encrypted. Your best bet may be to pay for redundancy at every weak point in your system.

more than 3 years ago

Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth

grikdog Evolve? (289 comments)

I'm blowing 5 moderater points to contribute to this diatribe, but... Evolve? Really?

When I think evolution, I consider the slowly emerging symbiosis between wasps and dicotyledons during the Cretaceous, something that took about 80 million years to get right (and less than 200 to shove to the brink of extinction by apes).

When I think evolution, as well, I consider that "reason" is unreasonable about the forces that push plastic DNA into every available free space in a four dimensional ecosystem that owes far more to Yin than Yang. Malthusian drama? Puh-leez.

When I think of reason, I am most often reminded that most often it is not cogent appreciation, but barratry, that passes for intellect in the brains of apes. When reason finally annihilates the human race, I will suffer, but when I get to address Gaea about her mistakes this time around, I will suggest that next time, no brains for apes might be a good idea.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs: the Comic Book

grikdog Bio, schmio (119 comments)

"Jobs notoriously hates biographies..."

Depends, does it not, on Lisa 1 or Lisa 2. The machine version was notorious.

more than 3 years ago

Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops

grikdog Re:Ahhh crime. (983 comments)

You're probably too young to remember when cops were pigs? Still are. They never got reeducated because the communes were owned by hippies instead of Commies. Good old Charlie Manson gave cops such a good name by comparison.

more than 3 years ago

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

grikdog Penrose or not Penrose (729 comments)

If it weren't Penrose, who'd care? Einstein already had a dice and universe dichotomy, and the rest of us approach these subjects in order to shelve them under My Opinion Exactly. Much gas, not so much Hindenberg either way.

more than 3 years ago

Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010

grikdog Re:Tomb Raider (210 comments)

Croft inherited her billions, rewrote her family pedigree, trashed the manse and has been in a smouldering petulant rage ever since. I think she's miffed because Amanda is straight, so we'll never see the old Tomb Raider again.

more than 3 years ago

Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010

grikdog Re:Flame went higher. (210 comments)

I would agree about FF 12. I've been waiting for Fran and Balthier to make a comeback in their own skins ("The gods are toying with us") for a couple of years, preferably on PS3, and preferably with fewer schizophrenic cliches about "crystals."

FF 13 had some gorgeous girl warriors, but I've seen enough smouldering lesbian rage in 67 years to last a lifetime. Give me a scathingly funny neurotic like Lady Ga Ga any day.

more than 3 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

grikdog Maybe its groupthink? (948 comments)

We hired a couple of IBM guys who had trouble understanding how to hand assemble a relational inventory control system using Clipper's dBase II syntax. Maybe the problem was groupthink. It was certainly lack of imagination, and unwillingness to study the code. This latter fault was also why recent grads failed in our shop. Well, that and bad attitudes. Nothing is so conducive to good atmosphere as two libertarians battling by turning up the volume on their respective radios.

I tanked in my last cubicle, myself. Management had weird notions of shipping schedules. They expected their shrink wrap to leave the building around a box. They had no idea that their deadlines truncated elegance three weeks before the code was ready. Ironically, that shop bought their best products off the street, and didn't need programmers at all. A fact made abundantly clear when we ALL lost our jobs when we got sold out to Broderbund.

more than 3 years ago

Smithsonian Unveils 'Art of Games' Voting Results

grikdog What does "art" mean? (183 comments)

These choices seem understandable, but for the most part awfully old hat, so I'm not really sure what "art" means in this context. Art, as in "nice to look at"? Or art, as in "story-telling in amazing, tiny, full-immersion worlds"? Or art, as in "state of the..."?

Portal (2007) seems to hit all the marks. Ocarina of Time (especially the music, especially "Gerudo's Theme") and Windwaker are still great, but they have faded technically. But Final Fantasy X? Really, Ten??? And FF XIII can be marked down sharply for failure to provide a non-linear game experience (and for disappointing monster concepts). I would have nominated FF XII except for the decompression levels after beating the game -- some of those ideas are painfully second string vignettes by Square Enix benchwarmers.

Should have included Star Ocean (N64, PS1 and PS2, but not PS3), plus Umezawa Yukari's Yasashii Igo, i.e., "Easy Go" (PSP or NDS) for pleasant visuals, nicely competent tutoring and a cool Go engine sanctioned by Nihon Kiin. Can't expect everything, I guess.

more than 3 years ago



MogoTitan beats Korean Pro (8p) at US Go Congress

grikdog grikdog writes  |  about 6 years ago

grikdog writes "According to this evening's AGA E-Journal (Volume 9, #40), MogoTitan has beaten Myungwan Kim (8P) at the U. S. Go Congress. Because Go is so extremely complex, this incredible result comes about a decade too early, and is roughly comparable to Deep Blue defeating Gary Kasparov at the much simpler game of Chess. MogoTitan took a 9-stone handicap, but defeating a Korean professional ranked 8P should have been impossible at any odds. True to form, MoGo played its usual style and went for the conservative result, the exact minimum points required to win the game — which meant that not only did the computer win, it gave the clear impression that the human lost to a computer."
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Ordering order is SOV!

grikdog grikdog writes  |  more than 6 years ago

grikdog writes "According to Science News, "We all order in the same way, no matter what language we speak. That neat trick occurs in the course of daily affairs, not in an Esperanto-only restaurant. People nonverbally represent all kinds of events in a consistent order that corresponds to subject-object-verb, even if they speak a language such as English that uses a different ordering scheme...." This drives the last nail in the Sapir-Whorf coffin, because it proves that linguistic details such as SOV sentence order in Japanese (it's SVO in English) are pre-linguistic."
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