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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

hessian Diversity doesn't work (223 comments)

It spreads distrust and destroys social standards in common.

Thus, paranoia is an inevitable reaction.

about two weeks ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

hessian Needs an IQ test to enter (162 comments)

The problem with the internet is that if you add commerce and a clueless general population, you get behavior that is only appropriate in dive bars.

Make the same internet, put an IQ test on the door, and let in 120s and up and you'll have someplace worth attending.

about 2 months ago
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How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

hessian Re:MOD PARENT UP! (123 comments)

Don't expect support-contract-like behaviour from a list - remember they're volunteers, there's no "SLA" and they don't work for you.

Ah, the old "bad behavior exists, therefore your example must be of the bad behavior"!

No.

I've (repeatedly) seen people go on to these lists, ask a polite question, and receive STFU NEWB or analogue response very quickly.

Generally, the more difficult the question the more likely it is to receive this response.

Ever wonder why Stack Overflow is so popular? Volunteers there get imaginary internet karma points and so have incentive to answer questions.

You usually get a better answer at Stack Overflow than from the official lists.

But few businesses want to rely on a software plan that begins "And if there's a problem, we know this INTERNET FORUM..."

Investors will panic and flee the room, with good reason.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

hessian Probably hire a range of people (466 comments)

You only need one 9/10 to organize the project and avoid pitfalls.

Everyone else can write the bog-standard code that doesn't improve between someone with a 5/10 and a 10/10, or at least not by any metric measurable for business logic.

So they offer the 7/10s half what the 9/10 makes, and hire on a 5:1 ratio.

about 2 months ago
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How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

hessian Managers read that as... (123 comments)

"No support contract."

Thus what they see is the possibility of problems that take days or weeks to resolve, while getting told STFU NEWB on some mailing list.

That's the experience many clients have had with FreeBSD, for example.

about 2 months ago
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How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

hessian Also true (143 comments)

These tendencies are general bureaucratic tendencies and can also be observed in private industry, but generally only when the inbound money is so huge that bloat is an affordable luxury.

Some government offices work better than others.

Others... yeah.

about 2 months ago
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How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

hessian Government attracts parasites (143 comments)

First, there's all the rules that make sure rules first go to minority- or female-owned companies, or to companies in at risk zones.

Next there's all the regulation.

Next there's government slowness. It's not market responsive.

The result is that people who are interested in running a business go away, UNLESS their business model is making money off government by charging it extra for all of its special demands.

It's no wonder the DC area is growing faster than anywhere else and salaries are higher there.

about 2 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

hessian Re: The historical cycle (255 comments)

Like many political ideas - most noteworthy being communism - they sound good when you think about them on a local scale, where everyone knows everyone else personally, but once you start adding in layers of detachment the rules break down very quickly; the "best and the brightest" aren't likely to win very often when fighting sociopaths.

Maybe we need to localize then. Divide up into units of 150 people and make those part of a pyramid all the way up to someone at top.

If only there was some system of government in history that had done this...

about 2 months ago
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Electromagnetic Noise Found To Affect Bird Navigation

hessian Design standards (71 comments)

There's a difference between "good enough" and "elegant" when it comes to design.

Our society is a chaotic blast of all sorts of noise, from physical sound waves, to electromagnetics, to sheer ugliness.

It doesn't reflect a consistent design philosophy.

The high number of electromagnetic wave emitters inevitably creates other problems as well. But we're so focused on "good enough" that we ignore this.

about 2 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

hessian The historical cycle (255 comments)

Step 1:

Get rid of all regulation.

Free market, yo.

Step 2:

A young girl is murdered and rape in a cab in a horrific fashion.

The democracy demands solutions!

Step 3:

Regulate. When that doesn't work, regulate some more.

Step 4:

Prices are high and a de facto exclusive license exists. People notice this is bad and want deregulation.

about 2 months ago
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Distant Stellar Explosion Helps Map Universe's Dark Ages

hessian Dark Ages are always the best (61 comments)

Before people get in and start "social engineering" and applying "universal morality" in order to make a perfect world to fit their neurotic needs.

If we're lucky, these cosmic Dark Ages will rub off on earth.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

hessian That racist group (274 comments)

that racist group

Democrats?

about 3 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

hessian Funded with traffic tickets (664 comments)

US police are woefully underfunded. They might get a bunch of SWAT stuff from the government, but actual basic policing, substations, and other items needed to process all but murders and attempted murders are not funded. Most cities are far more interested in making sure the professional sport league has the latest and greatest stadium so they won't move to a city that would. So, blame the city councils that deny adequate funding to city services, not the people who have to decide between catching the perps from a drive-by shooting versus some guy who lost his cellphone.

The unpopular truth is that "We The People" don't want to vote for the actual funding required for police departments, because that would require us to admit how much crime runs among us and take a more seriously look at certain egalitarian illusions.

Instead, we've made police dependent on and drunken with money from traffic tickets and drug forfeitures, which is a dishonest way of doing things.

Given the choice between a complex truth and an easy lie, voters (as a group) always pick the lie.

Don't blame cops for what the voters did.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

hessian People aren't using Androids (179 comments)

If Android tablet sales are so far ahead, why are Android tablet use figures so far behind?

They were all bought as gifts for baby boomers.

My guess is that many people who bought those are Android phone owners, and ended up using those instead.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

hessian Typical MSFT mistake (179 comments)

Introduce a product near the top of what people pay for tablets, have some imperfections, incompatible with other market leaders, and plan to improve it over time.

You've got nowhere to go but up.

Then again, 6% market share is pretty good considering the above. MSFT's policy is to get an entry in the market and slowly improve it until it has everything the competitors do and innovations of their own. v1.0 is always bad, v2.0 chaotic, and v3.0 starts the war machine on its path to dominance.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

hessian Facebook (121 comments)

IRC for people who like GUIs?

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

hessian The internet age: searching for a cause (121 comments)

The internet age: giant companies with huge pots of money, searching for a direction.

Google wants to fix the world. So does Bill Gates. Yahoo wants to be Netflix. Netflix wants to be Amazon, and Amazon wants to be Google.

It seems the money came too easily and too abundantly, and there was never any plan past the basics: Microsoft, unify the desktop computer; Google, search engine; Netflix, streaming video; Amazon, tax-free products online.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

hessian Deflections (466 comments)

westerner pretending the problem is poor people having babies

Our population is stable and has been for some time. Further, those statistics (and the source, the tape-doctoring NYT) are suspect.

Social Darwinism isn't going to make conservatives appear less sociopathic

It's not social Darwinism, it's just Darwinism.

Why do you deny science?

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

hessian Support conservatives who protect environment (769 comments)

http://conservamerica.org/

If the voting base does not rise up and make its wishes known, billionaires take over political parties.

However, I don't know if I'd trust the NYT on anything. They lied about Cliven Bundy and whathisname Sterling by selecting editing the quotations. They're not a trustworthy news source any longer.

about 3 months ago

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How 1980s hackers used bulletin boards to learn about heavy metal

hessian hessian writes  |  about 2 months ago

hessian (467078) writes ""In the 80s, BBSes were the most important thing to the hacker world. They were where people met, talked, exchanged information," said legendary hacker Erik Bloodaxe, whose exploits with the hacker group Legion of Doom stirred many imaginations back in the day. "They were the central meeting places where you could find those people who actually cared about the same things you cared about."

"Most of the people in my peer group would be calling bulletin boards daily and were phone phreaks, so their long-distance calls were free. It was basically like being a regular on 4chan or Reddit, but thirty years ago. So we would talk about niche topics like metal that were very hard to find out about unless you, say, lived in a big city or college town and knew the right people/right places to go," said Grandmaster Ratte, a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow well-regarded in hacker circles. "Instead, you had access to people from all over the world, many of whom were very knowledgeable. I learned about tons of interesting subcultures via BBSs that I never would have known about until the Internet came along," he added."

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Election candidate arrested over Churchill speech

hessian hessian writes  |  about 3 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "A candidate in the European elections has been arrested after making a speech quoting from a book by Winston Churchill about Islam.

Paul Weston, chairman of the far right Liberty GB party, was making the speech on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, Hampshire, on Saturday, when a member of the public complained to police and he was arrested.

He had been reading from Churchill's book The River War, written in 1899 while he was a British army officer in Sudan."

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An Interview With the Founder of the Oldest & Longest-Running Metal Website

hessian hessian writes  |  about 3 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "One of – or the originator of metal on the Internet is Death Metal Underground which was started back in the 1980s on a bulletin board system. I had the opportunity of asking the founder, Brett Stevens, a few questions regarding the website’s history and the current state of heavy metal. We had a lot to talk about, about loads of interesting and controversial topics like elitism, sexism, the underground and why metal is not a form of “entertainment”."
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How heavy metal influenced hackers

hessian hessian writes  |  about 4 months ago

hessian (467078) writes ""[Y]oung hackers tend to imagine themselves as renegades living outside the law, so the music associated with that at the time was certainly heavy metal," Bloodaxe added when queried about the heavy metal connection. While he personally lived on a steady diet of Queensryche, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, he knew others had different tastes. And yet, there were still heavy metal connections.

"Most of the people in my peer group would be calling bulletin boards daily and were phone phreaks, so their long-distance calls were free. It was basically like being a regular on 4chan or Reddit, but thirty years ago. So we would talk about niche topics like metal that were very hard to find out about unless you, say, lived in a big city or college town and knew the right people/right places to go," said Grandmaster Ratte, a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow well-regarded in hacker circles. "Instead, you had access to people from all over the world, many of whom were very knowledgeable. I learned about tons of interesting subcultures via BBSs that I never would have known about until the Internet came along," he added."

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The death of "hacking"

hessian hessian writes  |  about 4 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "Hacking is the Wild West. When the rules are stagnant, hackers appear and they do things in a way that is both (a) unorthodox according to method but (b) more realistic in terms of how technology is applied."
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"Piracy is stealing! Piracy is killing the ___ industry!"

hessian hessian writes  |  about 4 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "I asked him how one went about trading software. He looked at me like total noob but he smiled anyway. “See those lists.” he said pointing to 8 foot tall listings of fan-folded paper hanging ceiling to floor behind most of the computers. “Just look down the list, find the disk number, go to the box and take the disk. Then copy it and put it back.”"
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Tropical forests mitigate extreme weather events

hessian hessian writes  |  about 7 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "Tropical forests reduce peak runoff during storms and release stored water during droughts, according to researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Their results lend credence to a controversial phenomenon known as the sponge effect, which is at the center of a debate about how to minimize flood damage and maximize water availability in the tropics.

During nearly 450 tropical storms, a team of visiting scientists from the University of Wyoming measured the amount of runoff from pastureland, abandoned pastureland and forested land as part of a large-scale land-use experiment in the Panama Canal watershed initiated by STRI."

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"Approximate computing" improves energy efficiency

hessian hessian writes  |  about 7 months ago

hessian (467078) writes ""Computers were first designed to be precise calculators that solved problems where they were expected to produce an exact numerical value. However, the demand for computing today is driven by very different applications. Mobile and embedded devices need to process richer media, and are getting smarter – understanding us, being more context-aware and having more natural user interfaces. On the other hand, there is an explosion in digital data searched, interpreted, and mined by data centers."

(Hessian's note: what is interesting here is that this is how our brains work. There's an intelligent design and/or radical Darwinism argument in there somewhere.)"

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Heavy metal shows piracy is not killing music, offers new business model

hessian hessian writes  |  about 8 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "Despite being extensively pirated worldwide, Iron Maiden have managed to put themselves in the £10-20m for 2012. This means that despite the growing popularity of the band on social media, and the extensive and pervasive torrent downloading of the band’s music, books and movies, the band is turning a profit. This is in defiance of the past business model, and the idea that piracy is killing music. In fact, piracy seems to be saving music in Iron Maiden’s case.

One reason for this may be metal itself. It has a fiercely loyal fanbase and a clear brand and identity, even down to the uniform-style black tshirts that fans wear that differ only in band logo and art. The audience identifies with the genre, which stands in contrast to genericized genres like pop, rock and rap. It doggedly maintains its own identity and shuns outsiders. As a result, fans tend to identify more with their music, and place a higher value on purchasing it."

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Open plan offices attract highest levels of worker dissatisfaction

hessian hessian writes  |  about 10 months ago

hessian (467078) writes "An open plan workplace, in which enclosed rooms are eschewed in favour of partitioned or non-partitioned desks arranged around a large room, are supposed to promote interaction between workers and boost teamwork.

However, a study of over 40,000 survey responses collected over a decade has found that the benefits for workers are quickly outweighed by the disadvantages."

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I'm Thinking. Please. Be Quiet.

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "Then, around 1850, Schopenhauer pronounced noise to be the supreme archenemy of any serious thinker.

  His argument against noise was simple: A great mind can have great thoughts only if all its powers of concentration are brought to bear on one subject, in the same way that a concave mirror focuses light on one point. Just as a mighty army becomes useless if its soldiers are scattered helter-skelter, a great mind becomes ordinary the moment its energies are dispersed.

And nothing disrupts thought the way noise does, Schopenhauer declared, adding that even people who are not philosophers lose whatever ideas their brains can carry in consequence of brutish jolts of sound."

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National Geographic says Redheads set for extinction

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "Because of the smaller percentage of redheads present in the population, it has reduced the chances considerably for the redheads to get redhead partners, so their offspring may or may not be a redhead. The redhead can produce a baby from a single redhead parent; the chances rise when both the parents are redheaded, however.
Some experts warn those with red hair could be gone as early 2060, but others say the gene can be dormant in the reproductive system for generations before returning.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/220229#ixzz2af4jDqnT"

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The hacker approach to education

hessian hessian writes  |  1 year,6 days

hessian (467078) writes "Even more than boring, education was about the wrong approach entirely. It set up cute little thought-experiments, taught you some simple versions, and then hit you with more challenging ones on the final. Since this is easy to defeat, teachers relied heavily on trickery and detail-based grading, which rewards those who essentially bury themselves in the classwork and memorize.

Zero relation to (a) actual problem solving and (b) having the skill of thinking itself. In fact, worse than zero relation; negative relation. Thinkers find this kind of environmental stultifying and try to escape it."

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For China, hacking may be all about Sun Tzu and World War III

hessian hessian writes  |  1 year,21 days

hessian (467078) writes "As I've had more time to study the behavior of the PRC, I've come to believe that China isn't necessarily gearing up to start World War III, but they are planning for how they might win it, should our two nations find ourselves in a shooting war.

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist thought to have lived around 500 years before the modern era, and widely credited with authoring one of the foundational texts on warfare, The Art of War."

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Why so many people–including scientists–suddenly believe in an after

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "Recent polls across the developed world are starting to tell an intriguing tale. In the U.S., religion central for the West, belief in heaven has held steady, even ticking upwards on occasion, over the past two decades. Belief in hell is also high, but even Americans show a gap between the two articles of faith—81 per cent believed in the former in 2011, as opposed to 71 per cent accepting the latter. Elsewhere in the Western world the gap between heaven and hell believers is more of a gulf—a 2010 Canadian poll found more than half of us think there is a heaven, while fewer than a third acknowledge hell. What’s more, monotheism’s two destinations are no longer all that are on offer. In December a survey of the 1970 British Cohort group—9,000 people, currently 42 years old—found half believed in an afterlife, while only 31 per cent believed in God. No one has yet delved deeply into beliefs about the new afterlife—the cohort surveyors didn’t ask for details—but reincarnation, in an newly multicultural West, is one suggested factor. So too is belief in what one academic called “an unreligious afterlife,” the natural continuation of human consciousness after physical death.

While most of the current bestselling accounts of afterlife experiences are recognizably Christian—at least in outline—signs of changing beliefs can be found in them too. Nor are the new travellers—who include a four-year-old boy and a middle-aged neurosurgeon—what religious skeptics would think of as the usual suspects. Colton Burpo, now 13, “died” 10 years ago from a ruptured appendix, and spent three minutes of earthly time in heaven—some of it in Jesus’s lap, some of it speaking with a miscarried sister whose existence he had never been told about—before being pulled back to Earth by his surgical team. Since 2010, when his father, Todd, a Nebraska minister, published his account of what Colton told him, Heaven is for Real has sold more than 7.5 million copies. If Colton’s story sounds like a contemporary take on an ancient Christian motif—“unless you become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3)—the same can’t be said about Eben Alexander’s post-religious cosmic experience."

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Jeff Hanneman, Guitarist, Dies at 49

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "Jeff Hanneman, a guitarist for the influential metal band Slayer, who helped shape the group’s sonic assault and wrote some of its most popular — and controversial — songs, died on Thursday at a hospital near his home east of Los Angeles. He was 49.

(I know a lot of people in tech listen to a lot of Slayer. Please consider this article as on-topic in that light.)"

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Game Preferences Among Atheistic and Religious Individuals

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "Burris and Petrican (2011) recently showed that atheists are less capable of internally simulating vivid, emotionally evocative experiences relative to those who identify with religion. Consequently, relative to religious individuals, atheists were expected to find the engaging, multisensory experience offered by virtual gaming environments to be an especially appealing form of play. This hypothesis was supported. Indeed, atheists did not rate narrative-oriented tabletop games more appealing than did religious individuals, and rated them as less appealing compared to agnostic/no religion individuals. The disparity in atheists' game preferences was further polarized by individual differences in psychological absorption. Atheists' preference for “what you see is what you get” video game environments over tabletop games that require greater imaginative effort for less immersive benefits may reflect a broad orientation that provides an experiential basis for disbelief in the unseen."
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Can you break this code from Boards of Canada?

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "This is probably another dumb marketing scheme, but it looks like viral inseminators have been sneaking around this URL for a Boards of Canada promotion. Unlike most of these, however, it involves some actual hackery content

Any ideas? I know nothing about this ‘Boards of Canada’ band (except the soundtracks from Until the Light Takes Us) but I have to admit a quickening of the pulse at an OpenVMS prompt."

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Conservative Opposition to Internet Sales Tax Getting Louder

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "The Senate moved closer to passing the Internet sales tax on Thursday. The chamber had already started debate on the measure, dubbed the “Marketplace Fairness Act,” but the vote last week bypassed any hope of a filibuster. Some conservative groups are increasing their efforts in opposition to the tax.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), headed by Grover Norquist, presented the constitutional case against the Internet sales tax. The case is in response to recent comments by David French, a lobbyist for the National Retail Federation, who said, “The industry is evolving very rapidly, and the law today is a 20th-century interpretation of an 18th-century document that is holding back the entire retail industry as it adapts to 21st-century consumer preferences and demand.”"

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Earth's core far hotter than thought

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "New measurements suggest the Earth's inner core is far hotter than prior experiments suggested, putting it at 6,000C — as hot as the Sun's surface.

The solid iron core is actually crystalline, surrounded by liquid.

But the temperature at which that crystal can form had been a subject of long-running debate.

Experiments outlined in Science used X-rays to probe tiny samples of iron at extraordinary pressures to examine how the iron crystals form and melt."

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Typical internet drama comes to Slashdot

hessian hessian writes  |  about 3 months ago

Any pro-conservative comment:

-1, Offtopic

Shows who the people hanging around, dependent on some identity to make their empty lives feel fulfilling, are.

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AdSense for shilling

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I hear a lot on /. about how many users are Apple Zealots or Microsoft Shills.

My question is simple: how do I monetize this?

That is, if I decide to be a shill, how do I get paid? Can I get an AdSense tag for my .sig file?

Or is there another way to sell this labor?

I'll gladly shill for products, or even countries, for money. Everyone else seems to be doing this, directly (get paid) or indirectly (loyalty, a buddy, employment, etc).

I guess I'd like it to not conflict with my loyalties. For example, if I'm an Apple shill and the latest Macintosh ends up being a silver-plated 0.5" turd, then I've got to find some euphemism to use. "The new Macbook XXXXL is... uh... a different kind of computing experience."

But it seems to me this is the future of our society. Advertising on everything; everyone a shill for something. I just want to be able to sock that shill money in my kids' college account.

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Happy Halloween

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Formulae ueteres exorsismorum et excommunicationum
Strigas et fictos lupos credere

Daemon pellem lupinam
In trunco quodam cauae
Arboris occultandum

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

Metamorphoses lycanthropie
Possunt inquam
Metamorphoses lycanthropie
Possunt inquam

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

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Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Catastrophic Age, by Guillaume Faye

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sometime 400 years ago, as our civilization prospered, the decision was made to modernize. This came about through a belief in the equality of all human beings and a drive toward external mechanisms, namely technology and political control systems. Guillaume Faye, the seasoned rising star of the New Right movement in Europe, explores our correction of this mistake in his landmark book Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Catastrophic Age.

Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Catastrophic Age, by Guillaume Faye (review and purchase link)

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WARBEAST interview

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Formed by members of Rigor Mortis, Gammacide and Demonseed, the band formerly known as the Texas Metal Alliance is now WARBEAST and they're making waves with their old-school thrash metal attack. Signed to Housecore Records, WARBEAST is now touring the independent nation of Texas in preparation for world domination!

WARBEAST interview

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Interview with esoteric philosopher Vijay Prozak

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 4 years ago

For many people, metal serves as a starting point into something deeper: that is a starting point for exploring philosophy as well as hidden meanings and patterns within society and the universe. Not everyone pursues this line of thought whenever they become interested in metal music; unfortunately, those that don't are happy to drink beer, smoke pot and party --- they never aspire to great things in life. Those that do look for deeper meaning will find Prozak's website thought provoking and (most likely) controversial.

Interview with esoteric philosopher Vijay Prozak

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The old underground returns

hessian hessian writes  |  about 5 years ago

To all weekenders, hipsters, novelty seekers, scenesters, and assorted parasites of the underground - we, the purveyors and fans of metal pre-1990 are taking back our music from you scum. It was never yours, you don't understand it, and we don't need your permission, approval, or support to continue. You idiots have done nothing but bastardize and trivialize it for almost a decade and we are sick of it.

http://aversesefira.blogspot.com/2009/07/attention-to-all-weekenders-hipsters.html

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Battle of the Black Metal movies

hessian hessian writes  |  about 5 years ago

"Until the Light Takes Us is a documentary of the early 1990s black metal scene in Norway. Featuring interviews with Varg Vikernes, Fenriz of Darkthrone and other foundational members of the early black metal community, it is a documentary meant to appreciate black metal the way it should always have been: as an artistic movement against the modern world, gravitating toward mythic imagination through intense music, murder and fire."

Until the Light Takes Us homepage

This is coming out right before the mainstream media unleashes their latest assault on the genre:

"Jackson Rathbone, the teen heartthrob from 'Twilight,' has reportedly agreed to play Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) -- the former BURZUM mastermind who is currently serving a Norwegian prison term for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) and setting fire to three churches -- in the upcoming movie 'Lords Of Chaos.'

Based on Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind's book of the same name, the film depicts true events and revolves around the black metal sub-culture that spawned a wave of murders and church arsons across Norway in the early 1990s."

Lords of Chaos movie

Somehow, a fictionalized, dramatized, Hollywood-ized version of the Lords of Chaos book is about the last thing I'd want to ever see.

It would be great if someone treated black metal as a form of art, because those early bands are so transcendently beautiful and violent that they're like stepping outside of modern society into a reality from ancient times -- or the future.

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Blaspherian interview

hessian hessian writes  |  about 5 years ago

Blaspherian comes from Houston, Texas, and makes old school death metal with its own voice. Their music does not sound like any known band but is clearly influenced by the old school of booming, primitive, dark, introspective and alienated metal. Formed in 2004, Blaspherian arose from the collaboration of Wes Infernal -- formerly of Infernal Dominion and Imprecation -- and Desekrator, but rapidly branched out to include Matt Mayhem on drums and Apollyon on vocals and bass.

Interview: Blaspherian

Review: Blaspherian - Allegiance to the Will of Damnation

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Net's oldest metal site opens classical forum

hessian hessian writes  |  about 5 years ago

Metal Hall: Classical Forum

The net's oldest metal site has created a forum for classical music only.

As many of you know, classical and metal are similar through their use of narrative composition, where riffs fit together to form motifs and communicate change in experience.

This is why there is significant overlap between metal and classical fans, and why both musics have a stormy, powerful yet sensitive approach.

We are looking forward to connecting more of these fans with each other and more music they'll like, even if to outsiders it appears radically different.

For more information:

* Classical Music for Metal Fans
* What makes heavy metal heavy?

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Classical music for metal fans

hessian hessian writes  |  about 5 years ago

I went from being a metalhead who had a couple classical albums to a classical and metal listener. The two musics are really similar: like metal, classical strings together a series of riffs to tell a story.

My favorite composers are:

  • Franz Schubert
  • Ottorino Respighi
  • Gustav Faure
  • Anton Bruckner
  • Camille Saint-Saens
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Robert Schumann

All of these dudes are extremely "metal": stormy, powerful, dark and lawless music.

Some of my transition was inspired by the Talk Classical metal forum and "Classical Music for Metal Fans".

Anyone else listen to classical?

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AVERSE SEFIRA tour Central America

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

This August, Averse Sefira will make their first ever appearances in Central America:

Friday, August 14 - La Bode - Ruta 2 3-47 4 Grados Norte Zona 4, Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala

Saturday, August 15 - Museo de Antropologia e Historia - 3 Av. y 4 calle San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Sunday, August 16 - Bar Buhoos - San Salvador, El Salvador

http://www.aversesefira.com/

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The new metal classics

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Hessian.org guys have put together a list of the most influential current bands and albums, with mp3s. The idea is not to list bands of the week, but the "new classics" that are defining the genre right now. You can listen to the MP3s from your browser.

http://www.hessian.org/music/

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We want the traditional order

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I may have unleashed a massive storm of bloviation with my post, We Want the Traditional Order .

Yet it's true -- the appeal of both Tolkien and science is that they verify what we know to be true, a meta-form of common sense. Read your Herodotus. Read Plato. Think critically. Suddenly, you see we're asking all the wrong questions.

Society is not about the individual. It's about social order. It's not about judging others, or by sleight of hand, not-juding them. It's about social order. It's about putting people in the right place so they can function well and feel a sense of reward in belonging to the collective, because guess what, civilizations are by definition collectives.

People are afraid of their own obscurity so they make up lies to hide the plain old truth that very few of us are important, and those that are important -- a handful -- only are if our species survives.

I find it amazing that some people think this society is on its way to anything but ruin. Yes, we've got all this technology, but we're falling apart within and people are encouraged to be neurotic -- by each other.

While all the idiots out there are busy blaming government, religion, etc. for human problems, the simplest and most scientific answer is that we need to look into mass psychology -- it's probably where the error lies.

I have, and read a fair amount of history, enough to see that the situation in reality is never discussed in our society. That enough is proof of its delusional nature.

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Slashdot gets scammed by slander spammer

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anti-Fascism has three posts, all on the same topic.

They are all intended to defame a site for being on a free speech internet host, which in his view, makes that site fascist.

And he gets modded up +5.

Well, I can see why it's easy to control people. Tell them the enemy is fascism, and you can easily lead them into fascism.

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Why Texas Should Secede

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nations exist for the good of their people. This gets complicated because they have to choose between what is good for their people as a group, and what pleases most people as individuals. Nations that serve the group stay together, and those that treat individuals as customers fall apart because they are pulled in too many directions.

The United States was once a good thing for Texas, but now it is falling apart because it is trying to please every single person instead of doing what is right and letting those who don't like it leave. It is being pulled in too many directions. Washington, D.C. is not just many miles from Texas, but it is far from the heart and soul that has made Texas great.
SUPPORT THE NATIONAL FREEDOM OF TEXAS

What happens when a nation is divided? First you hear a lot about how free you are, and how much freedom you have. That's their excuse for having a disorganized nation that's falling apart. Next, because everyone is going in different directions, it becomes impossible to have one rule of law for everyone, and so there is constant law enforcement chaos. You're halfway to a police state already.

Most people confuse having freedom with not being in a police state, but freedom is the dogma the politicians use to force you to obey. They think any state without this freedom is a police state, but any state that defines what is accepted and what is not is better off than a state which says "do whatever, and we'll hope it all works out."

We are open-minded here in Texas, but we know history. Some things just don't work. Letting everyone do whatever they think is OK is a path to anarchy and chaos. Multiculturalism is a path to strife and racial grievances being taken out on whoever's seen as being on top. Here in Texas, we do the right thing. That won't make everyone happy, but it will keep us out of both chaos and police states.

Being in the United States has been good for Texas, and we are not ungrateful. We are thankful for our time with America. But we also have to do what is right for us. We believe in doing the right thing, not doing what is convenient and relying on the police to enforce it.

Independent Nation of Texas

Yee Haw!

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Before Eternal September

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I'll take the cynical stance and say that this is a good thing. We need fewer people on the Internet. We need to return the 'net to the state it was in circa '92.

Cynicism alert

I have to agree. The internet is too complex for the average person, not just as technology but as a culture.

I'll take it further: I don't want these average morons voting. The people who should be voting are educated, homeowning family people who have proven competence in any discipline.

We don't need more wage slave entertainment drones screwing up the electorate.

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I Vomit On God's Child

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Best of heavy metal lyrics:

Rip the sacred flesh
Sodomize the holy asshole
Drink the red blood of the mother of earth
Masturbation on the dead body of christ
The king of Jews is dead
and so are the lies
Vomit on the host of Heaven
Masturbate on the throne of God
Break the seals of angels
Drink the sweet blood of Christ
Taste the flesh of the priest
Sodomize holy nuns
The king of Jews is a liar
The Heavens will burn
Dethrone the son of God
God is dead
Holyness is gone
Purity is gone
Prayers are burned
Covered in black shit
Rape the holy ghost
Unclean birth of Jesus Christ
Heaven will fall
Fuck the church
Fuck Christ
Fuck the Virgin
Fuck the gods of Heaven
Fuck the name of Jesus

I Vomit on God's Child

This one still cheers me up.

It's indescribable. Without restorting to judgmental categories (blasphemy, genius, etc) you go ahead and describe it.

Good luck.

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The Unpopular Truth

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

You want to be popular? You know the truth is never popular.

You should probably not read this blog then, which is about the scientific, cultural and philosophical implications of a society which markets pleasant illusions to itself and ignores difficult realities.

Penetrate the illusion: look at the truth we suppress and the underworld it reveals.

http://penetrate.blogspot.com

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