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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

guises Re:My wife will miss Grant. (280 comments)

Haven't watched the show for a while now. It became too much blow shit up and other dumbed down shit.

That's true, but it was always the build team (Kari, Grant, and Tory) doing that. Standard episode breakdown:

1) Teaser talking about something interesting, we'll call this "project one".
2) First steps towards building project one.
3) Go to something completely different with the build team, which possibly has some tangential thematic ties to project one.
4) First steps towards this second project, we'll call this "project blow-up-something-and-laugh-about-it".
5) Show some small scale models of project one, but don't go any further, just to hold the audience's interest.
6) Flip back and forth between the two groups, making sure to hint each time that the audience might actually learn something next time.
7) Finish project blow-up-something-and-laugh-about-it. Watch Kari, Grant, and Tori force out laughter and exclaim about how awesome that thing was when it exploded.
8) Finally get around to finishing the interesting project. Hope that the audience says, "Better late than never..." and comes back for another episode.

Really, I don't have any issues with Kari, Grant, and Tory. They seem like decent people and it was pretty clear that their excitement over the stupid shit was forced. The producers are to blame for the state of the show... In fact, I recall something where Adam was up on stage talking about Mythbusters production and pretty well said as much about one particular producer. None the less, if they drop the build team and don't replace them with something equally heinous the show will be better off for it.

Incidentally, there are fan edits of Mythbuster projects where they cut out the cruft. Search for "Smyths."

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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

guises Re:What kind of fish? (180 comments)

Bizarrely, I am encouraged that so many posts are pointing out the missing name. "Wow," I'm saying to myself, "The first three posts are all by people who have read the summary and not just the title." A tiny victory for intelligent discourse.

Maybe I'm setting the bar too low.

5 days ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

guises Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

Proves that? One anonymous poster's declaration that the researchers are hiding something *proves* your racist nonsense? The researchers did a pretty standard comparison of data on twins to data on the general population, there's a good chance they didn't even have racial information.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

guises Re:No summer vacation = No time for major maintena (421 comments)

And, of course, you're illustrating the real problem with this idea: it would cost money. Money for buildings and money for teachers, and if there's one thing that Americans won't abide by (there are actually many things) it's spending money on stuff that doesn't blow other stuff up. Or medicare. (but not socialized health care! we aren't communists!)

about two weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

guises Re: Seriously? (109 comments)

This isn't true. Contacts have come a long way, you can even get soft contacts now which will work with an astigmatism. Talk to your optometrist - I used to think that I wouldn't be able to wear contacts without pain, but for me at least that also has changed.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

guises Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

And it seems as well Snowden is prefering safety over freedom.

Alright, what freedoms is Snowden saying that we should sacrifice to the government in exchange for safety? You're a moron.

He is trying to make the claim that Snowden is hiding out in Russia, sacrificing his freedom for the sake of security from American persecution. Ignoring, of course, that Snowden is much more free in Russia than he would be in the United States.

about two weeks ago
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Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

guises Oracle trying to protect trade secrets (134 comments)

Apparently Oracle has sunk $1.36 mil into lobbying against this because they are using the CFAA to "protect trade secrets." Presumably they're holding the threat of ridiculous prison sentences over their employees' heads to keep them from leaking any of Oracle's precious bodily fluids, but someone must have some idea of what it is that Oracle is trying to hide, even if you all don't know the particulars. Spill.

Is it some special sauce for tricking state governments into contracting with Oracle when they could be working with a different, competent company? Or into buying ten times as many licenses as they actually need? Doubtless there's some reason why Oracle is as rich as it is...

about two weeks ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

guises Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

Prior to Citizen's United, trade unions were also prohibited from making political donations.

about three weeks ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

guises Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

I suspect that whats going on is that Netflix put the majority of their traffic on Level3 and Level3 is trying to charge Verizon an exorbitant rate for enough bandwidth to handle that peer.

It's Verizon who is trying to charge for access to their customers (who have already payed for the service that they're not getting), not the other way around.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

guises Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

I... offer to rent you a car with a premium agreement for unlimited mileage and free gas at participating gas stations*.

* Gas allotment limited to one gallon per week.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

guises Re:What? (200 comments)

It's not impossible. I don't expect it from Netflix, but ESPN has already done this. Of course, it shouldn't be taken as an argument against network neutrality, this is an argument for it, but the ISPs try to twist it around...

about a month ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

guises Re:That... looks... horrible. (82 comments)

pioneered by Apple (AFAIK)

I says to myself, "That doesn't sound right, Apple doesn't really pioneer anything..." After a little searching: looks like Maltron made the first one in 1978. However, apparently a guy named K.H. Eberhard Kroemer published a paper describing a split keyboard in the journal Human Factors in 1972.

So there you are. History!

about a month ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

guises Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

The point that I was trying to make is that comparing smallpox to a gun, or even a nuclear weapon, isn't accurate. Using smallpox as a weapon is MAD even if you're the only one using it. The purpose of pointing a gun at another armed person is the idea that if you shoot him first, and do it thoroughly enough, he then won't be able to shoot you. That is not the case with smallpox.

Having live samples available is also not needed or useful for producing the vaccine. The only argument that I've heard in favor of keeping some samples around which isn't totally loony, and this is a recent development, is that genetics manipulation has reached the point where artificially creating something comparable isn't insurmountably difficult anymore. So smallpox is less of a threat, basically by obsolescence. As this is a recent state of affairs however, this does not justify holding onto it as they have for the last few decades.

about 1 month ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

guises Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

That is not the argument. I don't know what the argument is, but it can't be that - it doesn't make any sense. If we voluntarily destroy all our samples, and some other nation doesn't, then there will be that much less smallpox. This is a valuable goal in itself, even if it doesn't mean that the virus has been completely eradicated.

No one who wasn't literally insane would try to use smallpox as a weapon, the infection would inevitably spread back to the country which initiated it, and the idea that we would need samples of our own to retaliate is preposterous. For one thing, the entire premise of this scenario is that this other country has just given us all the samples that we could possibly want. For another, we still have tons and tons of missiles and bombs just sitting there, looking for a way to justify all of the money that we paid for them.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

guises Re:First world problems.... (354 comments)

Could you elaborate on the substantial reduction in titles? I've recently moved to a rural area without the broadband that I'd need for streaming and have been thinking about Netflix's disc service. The other things I've heard of, but why would they reduce the number of titles that they offer?

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

guises I don't buy this "solution" of his (291 comments)

So my solution is still essentially the same as what I proposed after trashing the Stratosphere: Some Consumer-Reports-type outlet should rate phones on a Stupid S*#t Index (along with speed, reception, etc.), based on how much stupid s*#t they run into in a week of typical usage.

It sure sounds like he's talking about Consumer Reports here. But the solution already exists, and he got burned anyway, so maybe the real solution is complaining about it on Slashdot. That gets things done.

about a month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

guises Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Namely, our native poor aren't as desperate as they used to be.

about a month ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

guises Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

I'm confused by your question. What exactly do they do with the taxes? They pay down the debt, they fund infrastructure, they fund education, they fund the military, they fund the arts, they fund research, etc, etc... Most of all, for this case, they fund the environmental clean up and disaster relief resulting from the pollution. What is the confusion here?

about a month ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

guises What is the basis for the infinite universe? (202 comments)

Sure, there's probably more Universe just like ours that's unobservable,

This has come up before, and I ended up in an extended conversation with someone who was absolutely insistent that the universe was infinite. But he wasn't able to actually explain this. I don't see the basis for this assumption and I can't understand why it seems to be so widespread, is this some new(ish) theory that I haven't heard of? It's my understanding that the universe, as we currently know it (in other words the area effected by the big bang), extends only a few hundred thousand light years beyond the point of last scattering. Further, since the observable universe is slightly larger than last scattering, whatever may be beyond what we can see is unlikely to be familiar.

about a month ago

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Orca recently identified as 103 years old

guises guises writes  |  about 3 months ago

guises (2423402) writes "The oldest known orca has recently been spotted off western Canada at an age of 103. A female nicknamed "granny," photos exist of her from the 1930s, where she can be identified by her distinctive saddle patch. The news has prompted calls for another evaluation of marine mammals in captivity — orcas in captivity usually don’t live beyond their 20s."
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What good print media is out there that hasn't already died?

guises guises writes  |  about 4 months ago

guises (2423402) writes "A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet though, there seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or your newsletter) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing too while I still have the chance?"
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Lavabit shuts down citing legal interference

guises guises writes  |  1 year,15 days

guises (2423402) writes "Lavabit, originally envisioned as a privacy-conscious alternative to Gmail, has shuttered. Ladar Levison, the company owner, offers this explanation:

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise.

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Canonical launches highly ambitious smartphone crowdfunding campaign

guises guises writes  |  about a year ago

guises (2423402) writes "Canonical has launched an indiegogo campaign for the Ubuntu Edge — a proposed high-end smartphone that would dual-boot Ubuntu and Android by default. The campaign has a lofty goal of $32 million, which they hope to raise in only thirty days. An ambitious goal, given that the highest-funded campaign ever on Kickstarter, the Pebble watch, raised only $10.2 million in thirty eight days. Never the less, the project certainly has it's appeal and those who get in early (today only) can get the phone for as little as $600."
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Al Franken proposes an amendment to overturn Citizens United

guises guises writes  |  about 2 years ago

guises (2423402) writes "Al Franken has started a petition for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Online petitions are perhaps of dubious efficacy, but hopefully one started by a sitting senator will have a little more impact."
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Ebay updates their user agreement, requires arbitration

guises guises writes  |  about 2 years ago

guises (2423402) writes "Ebay has updated their privacy policy, effective October tenth. Joining many other prominent companies following the AT&T v. CONCEPCION decision last year, Ebay is requiring users to agree to arbitration and give up their ability to file for class action status. Ebay has humorously included an option to opt out of this provision, but only by submitting an opt-out notice in writing no later than November 9th, 2012. (eBay Inc., c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 2778 W. Shady Bend Lane, Lehi, UT 84043) At the bottom of the email announcing this, they include the line, "If you choose not to accept the new terms, visit this help page for further direction.""
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Wasteland 2 adds Linux support

guises guises writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guises (2423402) writes "Wasteland 2, a Kickstarter project which has already met it's primary funding goal, has added Linux to the list of platforms which will be supported if funding reaches the $1.5 million mark. Currently, they're less than $50,000 from that secondary goal. For those unfamiliar, Wasteland was an acclaimed post-apocalyptic CRPG released in 1988. Fallout was the spiritual successor to Wasteland, being made by the same people who did not have the rights to the Wasteland name."

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