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Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

heptapod Not surprised (308 comments)

XBox live is complete shit. Games aren't promoted, but the latest NFL or some other mainstream media event is all over the main screen. Plus one needs a 'gold' account to watch Netflix. Microsoft is floundering something big.

about a year and a half ago
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RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

heptapod Why not endorse something? (597 comments)

I don't see the value of saying "don't do this".

He'd make a better point saying "This (or these) distro best represents the ideals of GNU and I recommend using it over the leading distro"

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Axes Head of Mapping Team

heptapod Fired? (372 comments)

If Jobs was alive, the guy would've been shot at dawn and his family billed for the bullet.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

heptapod fucking cranky (447 comments)

Slashdot keeps getting worse. I've seen better shitposting on 4chan and reddit.

In the past, under Taco, someone would've posted something really awesome about preparing a turkey with detailed instructions. Nowadays Slashdot is so fucking desperate for content to remain relevant the site's trying to get other people to write shit.

Just stop. Return to the current state of being a week behind the rest of the internet regarding news and tech.

about a year and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Are You Preparing For Hurricane Sandy?

heptapod News For Nerds? (232 comments)

Man, this place has gone impossibly downhill further since Taco left. Makes me yearn for Roland Piquepaille's slashverts and Michael's political polemics.

about 2 years ago
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Mathematicians Extend Einstein's Special Relativity Beyond Speed of Light

heptapod Dear Hugh Pickens, (381 comments)

One link is necessary for Slashdot. Slashdot isn't Wikipedia.

After reading the first sentences of your submissions and seeing five different links, I give up and go to reddit for the actual story. You're doing Slashdot a disservice.

Go create your own blog with a feed.

Thank you.

about 2 years ago
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The Sci-fi Films To Look Forward To In 2013

heptapod Cloud Atlas comes out this month, not 2013 (277 comments)

Also two films with Tom Cruise and Will Smith? Nope.

Worse, the Will Smith film is filmed by M. Night Shamalamadingdong.

about 2 years ago
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

heptapod Bye Apple (451 comments)

Steve Jobs would have never apologized. He woudl've given it just the right spin that everyone would feel contrite over making jokes at Apple's expense. The next release would be perfect, as Steve would have demanded, and the kerfuffle would be consigned to largely forgotten history.

Tim Cook goofed.

about 2 years ago
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No Smiles At NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

heptapod Joisey (265 comments)

Why would they smile? They live in Jersey.

I speak from experience having moved from Colorado to NJ.

about 2 years ago
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Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

heptapod First World Problem Here (267 comments)

It's okay, left handed people don't have souls. Just like gingers.

Also you're complaining about chirality in technology? Really? How is this news for nerds? This place has become an even bigger gay gang bang since Taco picked up his toys and went home. OMG Ponies had more gravitas than the shit posted on Slashdot of late.

about 2 years ago
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Exposure to Backlit Displays Reduces Melatonin Production

heptapod f.lux or redshift (192 comments)

I use f.lux and it's pretty nice. Dims the screen and gives it a red cast around sunset, brightens to the normal, harsh blue glare around sunrise.

I didn't RTFA (like everyone on Slashdot) but did the researchers check with test subjects if these programs had any effect on their melatonin or sleep habits?

about 2 years ago
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A Conversation with Rob Malda - Part Two of Three (Video)

heptapod Irrelevant. (28 comments)

Post a transcript if you're going to post a video. This isn't reddit (yet). Much faster to read than it is to sit and watch something.

about 2 years ago
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How To Watch Internet TV Across International Borders

heptapod Re:Next week.... (206 comments)

i always type "any" and that works. sometimes before i'm done typing! computers can be so magical.

about 2 years ago
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How To Watch Internet TV Across International Borders

heptapod Re:Next week.... (206 comments)

omg, my mouse has two buttons and a wheel between them! i hope this is a continuing series!

about 2 years ago
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A Conversation with Rob Malda - Part One of Three (Video)

heptapod Transcript, please. (72 comments)

Enough with the video.

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls - Part 2 (video)

heptapod This is Slashdot (43 comments)

People like to read articles on Slashdot, not watch non-pornographic videos.

At least post a fucking transcript.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

heptapod Nitrogen (434 comments)

Get a container which is airtight and watertight. Pump it full of nitrogen.

I disagree with CDs and DVDs not being readable. Compact discs are a mature technology. As long as they're kept someplace cool, dark and dry they should be fine and readable when the container is opened in twenty five years. No idea if memory sticks or hard drives would survive.

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Soft-Shell Robot Comes Complete With Cloaking Abilities

heptapod heptapod writes  |  about 2 years ago

heptapod (243146) writes "Harvard roboticists are close to mimicking cephalopod camouflage in a lab. This latest bit of bio-mimicry involves soft, silicone-based robots with a web of tiny channels flowing through their silicone skin. Going further, incorporating the muscle structure of cephalopods opens up an entirely new world of flexible, self-camouflaging robotics. More can be found at Harvard's website."
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Steam Officially Coming To Linux This Year!

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 2 years ago

heptapod (243146) writes "The long anticipated port of the popular video game distribution service Steam is finally coming to Linux. Michael Larabel shares an email sent in of a reader's exchange with Gabe Newell, and Mike confirms he already knew but was asked not to announce it. Since Valve won't be announcing Half Life 3, it's a strong possibility this will be their presentation at E3."
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Scientists Report Second Sighting of Faster-Than-L

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 2 years ago

heptapod (243146) writes "Two months ago scientists at CERN announced the possible detection of faster-than-light neutrinos. The internet was abuzz with explanations for this phenomenon ranging from jumping to higher dimensions and relativistic effects on GPS satellite clocks. The New York Times, among other sources, reports the effect has been duplicated. No word if Randall Munroe has collected his $200 yet."
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Carmack takes aim at "snooty indies"

heptapod heptapod writes  |  about 3 years ago

heptapod (243146) writes "Eurogamer reports that id Software co-founder John Carmack argues that a developer's job is to make games that people love and are willing to open their wallets for, not push boundaries. "I do get pretty down on people that — you see some of the indie developers that really take a snooty attitude about this. It's almost as if it's popular, it's not good. And that's just not true.""
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Google: Go Public or else.

heptapod heptapod writes  |  about 3 years ago

heptapod writes "The Register reports that starting July 31st people who have private profiles with Google will have their profiles deleted unless they go public. Google rationalizes "The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don't allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public," said the company." Google has not heard of argumentum ad populum."
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Opera for iPhone available if you're older than 17

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 3 years ago

heptapod (243146) writes "This week Opera became the first non-native browser available through the Mac app store. Apple has gone ahead and given it a 17+ rating for "Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes". Jan Standal at Opera was ">quoted "I'm very concerned. Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18.""
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Steve Jobs taking medical leave

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 3 years ago

heptapod writes "CNN and the New York Times are reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking leave of absence from the company because of a medical condition a year and a half after his liver transplant. "At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company," Jobs says in the letter to Apple employees. Tim Cook will take control of the company in Jobs' absence."
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Google wants to take away your capslock key

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 3 years ago

heptapod writes "Slashdot reported earlier about Google's Chrome notebook and keen-eyed readers would have noticed the lack of a caps lock key. "According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments.""
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Stolen Kindle? Amazon won't help you find the thie

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 4 years ago

heptapod writes "According to the New York Times, a Kindle customer has discovered the hard truth of capitalism, "Amazon knew the device was being used and preferred to sell content to anyone who possessed the device, rather than assist in returning it to its rightful owner." It seems that crime does indeed pay. Quite funny in light of the fact that Amazon finds protecting copyright more important than helping their customers."
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The Peter Principle: Revisited

heptapod heptapod writes  |  about 5 years ago

heptapod (243146) writes "Laurence Peter once stated "All new members in a hierarchical organization climb the hierarchy until they reach their level of maximum incompetence." Now it's been proven to be unavoidable and has a negative impact on the world economy by adversely affecting efficiency. Fortunately Alessandro Pluchino, the author of the abstract, has suggested possible approaches as solutions to avoid decreased productivity."
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Journals

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 6 years ago The Washington Post is reporting that Wikipedia's former Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Bothwell Doran has an extensive criminal record which was elaborated upon by The Register that states her record includes convictions for passing bad checks, theft, petty larceny, additional DUIs, and unlawfully wounding her boyfriend with a gun shot to the chest. Wikimedia said it had no indication that Doran did anything improper with its money. However, the foundation's most recent audit is incomplete, though it had hoped to complete it months ago.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 7 years ago

If one treats someone as a troll then a troll they will forever be.

It's a vicious cycle where the situation is exasperated tenfold when someone attempts to contribute to a system in a productive fashion rather than tear it down and show that the emperor has no clothes.

Let me moderate and let me do your new faggoty tags.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 7 years ago

2006-09-14 03:00:13 samzenpus is a fucking tool (Hardware,Republicans) (pending)

samzenpus gagged on Zonk's flabby cock, "You taste nothing like CowboyNeal!!! Welp let's post Roland Piquepaille and BeatlesBeatles!!! ROFLMAO!!!!"

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  about 8 years ago

Hi, fags.

Firefox 1.5.0.4 and MS's Service Pack 4 do not play nice. Since I work for a living, getting everything fixed took forever but I didn't have to ask questions of anyone like a dumb girl. Only needed to borrow someone's broadband access.

Also posting with karma bonus is fucking pathetic. The only real use for posting with a karma bonus is to troll Slashdot.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  about 8 years ago Maybe this will get posted, maybe it won't but it was worth a shot. I thought it was an amusing site.

With the rise of everyone's OSS browser Firefox there's a rising backlash. Promoting the browser that everyone loves to hate is the website Spreading Internet Explorer promoting all the unintentional features which make for a richer web browsing experience. You'll be surprised to learn that Firefox kills seals.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Apparently my ban from posting anonymously and posting as heptapod was for a month since I was able to post this evening.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have excellent karma and Slashdot has accepted four stories from me but I'm unable to post.

So what is it? Posting that Digg is going to undermine Slashdot's ad revenue or the post about problem posters like Piquepaille and Beatles^2? Judgement of an old moderation on the The first Slashdot troll post investigation which deprived me of moderation privileges?

Not even sure if I'll be able to update my journal.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Google is in negotiations with WalMart to produce a Google-branded computer! According to the article "The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows". Interesting but there are several other operating systems which could be modified rather than building one from scratch.

PERHAPS IF I PAYPAL ZONK AND GIVE HIM A SCORCHING CAMSHOW THEY'LL ACCEPT MY SUBMISSION

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Long ago and far away, I lived in a region in the United States of America known as New Jersey. When I came online I realized that TV news was usually a week behind online news. Now I notice that with my morning teeth grind while listening to NPR.
The same thing is happening to Slashdot. Digg is blowing Slashdot out of the water. Kuro5hin is not even a contender being an effete LiveJournal with pretensions of being a tech oriented website.
Today, December 12th 2005, I opened up Slashdot and saw half of the stories on the front page were the same things found on Digg a few days ago. If you read at -1 this would be old news. I'm a bit disappointed but Slashdot, regardless of its Open Source philosophy and liberal bent, has become the establishment and rests upon its obese laurels.
Hell, Slashdot isn't even 'News for Nerds' or 'Stuff that Matters'. It's full of Roland Piquepaille and **Beatles Beatles submitting stuff that they posted at their respective 'blogs' and submitting it to Slashdot in order to get a windfall from Google Adsense.

Fact: Slashdot is dying.

Slashdot: Come for the dupes, stay for the trolls.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 8 years ago

FROM THE I-MUST-BE-NEW-HERE DEPARTMENT

For a site that touts itself as "news for nerds", one would presume Slashdot knows its audience may have a tendency to be smarter than the average bear. My words are chosen guardedly. From reporting on spurious pandemics and egregious misunderstandings regarding the Torino scale and apocryphal global warming, Slashdot joins traditional media with scare tactics programming.

I suggest a new subject, chicken little. Don't reference the horrible Disney movie. Whenever these pop culture disasters rear their ugly heads during slow news seasons then they should be noted as Slashdot crying "The Sky is Falling!"

I return to my usual shutting the fuck up.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 8 years ago

After five years of playing NetHack, two of those spent playing it religiously, I have ascended a character. Kuresu the Samurai achieved demigodhood on 10/13/05 around 5:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Reckon the game took at least sixteen to twenty hours. Here's a grain of salt, most likely it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the early wand of wishing.

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heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Recently there was some diary entry at K5 about roommates which made it to the front page.
K5 is LiveJournal. Supposedly K5 is supposed to be the alternative to everyone's News for Trolls site. Even worse, they delete comments outright much like the vaunted Rustina pic.
I posted a rude comment about K5 being LiveJournal, Slashdot is quaking in its boots and is now posting sixteen year old girl shit instead of astroturfing teh open sores. It was punctuated by a comment directed at LocalRoger for his spurious apocrypha about being cold cocked by Robert Adams (of Horseclans fame) because Robert Adams is Orson Scott Card's GAY BOYFRIEND. Good god, at pretend you were roughed up by Heinlein or Ellison thought you were worthy to spit on or Cory Doctorow made a pass at you in the men's room at WorldCon.
Anyway, at best on Slashdot I'd be down four points of karma but the comment would be visible for those who browse at -1.
Right now I feel like Michael Sims. I left America because it was allegedly curtailing my freedoms and now I realize in Canada things are a whole lot worse under their frozen, socialist regime.
Here's hoping Elinor chokes on your micropenis while you play ohbutyouwillpet, Rusty.

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CAMBODIA NEEDS TEH COMPUTORZ

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 9 years ago

MIT is currently developing $100 computers for children growing up in third world countries. Nicholas Negroponte, of the MIT Media Lab, enthused, "When the kids bring them home and open them up, it's the brightest light source in the home". Mr. Negroponte was uneasily silent when questioned about things which are more essential to living like food, clean water, freely available and affordable medicine he could only weakly respond "It comes with linux pre-installed!"

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Blogging Can Get You Fired (common sense)

heptapod heptapod writes  |  more than 9 years ago

CNN/Money has a piece on web logs paving the way towards getting fired. This isn't just a trend in the IT industry but other fields. Common sense in a world with sensitive corporate secrets. But where is the line drawn between telling stories out of school after work at the local bar and publishing your employer's dirty laundry on the net on a site most people wouldn't know about in the first place?

It appears Mark Jen was hired back but not before heavily editing his web log.

I'm sure most Slashbots and trolls want to see the shrill, anti-American blog of the recently-fired Michael Sims.

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