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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

hessian Skynet target mode (96 comments)

When Google finally reveals its true name, Skynet, this is the technology that will allow its T-1000s to exterminate most of humanity.

But don't worry, they'll be sure to take an instagram of your death and post it to your Google+ livestream so your friends and family can mourn.

(There will also be ads for bereavement-related products. Neither Google nor Skynet are monopolies, honest.)

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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

hessian The problem with Political Correctness (316 comments)

I get the whole general protection of the average citizen from crimes, but we really need to shrink the reach and scope of these bastards.

That's the reason for political correctness: to expand the scope of government past immediate risks to ideological risks. It's a power grab.

The correct way to deal with this is not to be anti-politically correct, but to stop being politically correct. That deprives government of its justification for its new powers.

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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

hessian Disagreed (388 comments)

only a fool thinks that the Chinese and Russians couldn't have had equivalent sources of their own already.

They didn't, apparently, as they were eager to get their hands on him.

Either that, or he was their designated source.

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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

hessian Not relevant (388 comments)

I recall something like that being the case for the Manning data.

You're right -- I've confused the two. Snowden was the one who took it and leaked it all to the Russians, in addition to leaking several hundred times more than was necessary to prove his point.

Thus... my point stands, although a minor technical error did occur.

I note none of these fanboys admitted that he leaked all of it to the Russians.

Wonder why they "forgot"?

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

hessian You're right. (277 comments)

You're right, this guy is a liar.

I notice he tried to dodge the question of the validity of the survey with "Well we repeated it three times!" ...blatant dishonesty, or mental retardation, I can't tell.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

hessian You lie -- the method was wrong (277 comments)

Actually, the survey was repeated, three times over 18 months, with similar results.

Repeated survey isn't the same as a followup.

Are you going to post any more deceptive evasions?

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

hessian You lie (388 comments)

It was released to the press and only to the press, notably The Guardian and the Washington Post.

You're denying he handed it over to the Russians? You lie.

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

hessian Assuming responsibility (388 comments)

And you blame Snowden for this?

You steal the docs, you're responsible for their provenance afterward. Not a hard concept.

Further: we all agree he handed them over to the Russians, right?

Not making shit up

I see I'm arguing with subhumans.

Debate over -- I win.

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

hessian Incorrect (388 comments)

It was released to the press and only to the press

Archives of the document were on Guardian public servers when the password was mysteriously "leaked."

Seems you should educate yourself

When people speak like this, debate is dead and we're into monkeys flinging poo at each other.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

hessian Survey the fanboys (277 comments)

It was a random survey, conducted via Google Consumer Surveys.

You evade, which does you no credit. Offering a survey that you know will be answered by fanboys inevitably produces bad results. The rest of the audience isn't bothering to answer this.

You'd also need to ask them at a longer duration from the download to see if they kept using it. There are many ways to cherry-pick data, and the first is to be careful about who you ask.

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

hessian Kim Philby II (388 comments)

Snowden wasn't a whistleblower, he was a spy for the other side.

If he were a whistleblower, we would have seen revelations in the press, not a document dump to the public.

Not to mention a lack of taking several hard drives full of data to the Russians, who as events in Crimea show, haven't changed since the Soviet Era.

2 days ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

hessian That's not Slashdot. It's democracy. (477 comments)

I never understand why the most insightful comments about the topic at hand, the one that actually sheds some light on the topic by someone who might know a little about it, is always at the bottom of a thread on /.

Democracy is about popular opinions, not correct ones.

Socializing is about popular opinions and flattery, not reality.

Product sales are about trends, not technical best solutions.

Everywhere we humans go, it's quantity over quality. That's because of how we choose. We pick what lots of people want to believe is true, not what is true.

In defense of Slashdot, it's better here than most places, including off the net. About 5% of the posters here are insightful and will actually consider an opinion other than what their TV says, or friends in the local watering hole think is important.

If anything, it's the fanboys that make it difficult here. Apple, Ron Paul, Google, Obama, gays, Open Office, AR-15s, etc. They form little organized voting blocs who try to destroy any opinion that isn't fawning like their own on their topic of choice.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

hessian Cue the fanboys with dubious survey data (277 comments)

According to our survey data

According to real life experience, you've cherry-picked your audience as usual.

2 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

hessian Calling people paranoid to silence them (103 comments)

Overly paranoid original poste

NSA isn't spying on Americans. You disagree? You're overly paranoid.

That's a common tactic used by Communists and other totalitarians to silence dissent.

Oh wait, I see:

It's not about what you think, it's about how you treat other people and how you deal with being, quite legitimately, associated with a set of actions (whatever the motive) that many find offensive.

That's from your journal where you as an apologist for censorship endorse the idea of firing people for having "offensive" opinions.

I think you have mental health problems in addition to a serious lack of moral fortitude.

2 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

hessian Fox has a better headline (103 comments)

Police say Canadian man used Heartbleed virus to steal personal info

Other than the fact that they misidentify an exploit as a virus, you're telling me that Fox News has a better headline?

Fox News, that I'm told like the Daily Mail in UK is nothing but a tabloid that no one serious reads? And that's supposed to be completely unrelated to it being one of only a few media sources that are right-wing?

Do tell.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

hessian downloads != usage (277 comments)

100 million downloads on a good day would mean 30 million people installing it.

Of those, how many kept using it?

My experience with OpenOffice, in all of its forms, has always been and continues to be negative.

In terms of hours lost, Microsoft Office is a bargain compared to this buggy code-what-pleases-you piece of shit.

2 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

hessian Story important for pacifying headlines (103 comments)

Here in USA it's being reported this way:

"Heartbleed hacker caught in Canada"

Translation:

Media sheep, go back to sleep. We caught THE hacker responsible for Heartbleed, thus it can fall into the memory hole. Any concerns you may have about your fellow citizens, their business interests or governments monitoring you, or perhaps about the general competence of software development (!!!) can also go back to sleep.

Sleep, sleep my lovelies. Tomorrow there is obedience at school/job, and then shopping and sexy videos on the internet. Sleep, sleep.

2 days ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

hessian Quality of people process (132 comments)

If you have good quality people, especially a good leader, your code will be good.

Even if the people are relatively inexperienced.

At this point, just about everything in IT/CS is a research project, not innovation.

So it's a matter of diligently doing the work based on past archetypes.

3 days ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

hessian Another internet trope -- but one that always lose (564 comments)

Slavery was a traditional value for thousands of years, too - so you must be a slaver, or a hypocrite. Pick one. We can wait.

Let me guess: you think you're the first person to come up with this, and that it's clever. Let me disabuse you of both those notions. This is a common internet trope, the "inverse Godwin."

Slavery has taken many forms. In the Western tradition, it was reserved for prisoners of war who served a kind of indentured servitude. It was part of the feudal system and was thus managed by social, not governmental forces. Chattel slavery -- which is what you're speaking of -- came about when this system was overthrown.

In other words, not only did your argument fail, but you made my point for me.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

hessian Running XP on several machines now (245 comments)

What will I do? Probably keep working from a known image and patch it up as best I can.

In other words, the same thing I've done with legacy DOS, 95, Novell, 98 and 2k systems.

My hope is that at some point I can find a low-overhead Linux or BSD system to use as a VM host, and then have access to every operating system since the dawn of the 4004.

about two weeks ago

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How heavy metal influenced hackers

hessian hessian writes  |  about three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 7 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 8 months 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 9 months 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  |  about 9 months ago

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  |  about 10 months ago

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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The STEM Myth

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "As the EPI report lays bare, the common wisdom about our STEM problem is mistaken: we are not facing a shortage of STEM-qualified workers. In fact, we appear to have a considerable STEM surplus. Only 63 percent students graduating with a STEM degree are able to find STEM jobs. Beyond that, if there was an actual shortage of STEM workers, basic supply and demand would predict that the wages of STEM workers would be on the rise. Instead, wages in S sTEM fields have not budged in over a decade. Stagnant wages and low rates of STEM job placement strongly suggest we actually have an abundance of STEM-qualified workers.

The EPI report tends to focus on the relevance of these findings to guest worker programs and other immigration issues. The tech industry has long suggested that it cannot find STEM workers in America and therefore needs immigration changes that will enable it to bring in more workers from abroad. Skeptics have rebuffed that the tech industry really is just interested in cheaper STEM labor and that its proclamations about a dearth of STEM-qualified domestic workers is just a convenient cover story. This report provides ammunition to the latter camp to say the least."

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Bioengineers Build Open Source Language for Programming Cells

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian (467078) writes "The BIOFAB project is still in the early stages. Endy and the team are creating the most basic of building blocks — the “grammar” for the language. Their latest achievement, recently reported in the journal Science, has been to create a way of controlling and amplifying the signals sent from the genome to the cell. Endy compares this process to an old fashioned telegraph.

“If you want to send a telegraph from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the signals would get degraded along the wire,” he says. “At some point, you have to have a relay system that would detect the signals before they completely went to noise and then amplify them back up to keep sending them along their way.”"

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China hacker's angst opens a window onto cyber-espionage

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year ago

hessian writes ""The blog provides a rare peek into the secretive hacking establishment of the Chinese military, which employs thousands of people in what is believed to be by far the world's largest institutionalized hacking operation.""
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AdSense for shilling

hessian hessian writes  |  about a year 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  |  more than 4 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  |  more than 4 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  |  more than 4 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

Full track MP3: Blaspherian "Enthroned in Blasphemous Triumph"

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Net's oldest metal site opens classical forum

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 4 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  |  more than 4 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 4 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 4 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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King Crimson

hessian hessian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

King Crimson moved retrograde to the tendency to dumb down the medium into image and trivial yet novel variations on accepted form, and with Red the band reached a climax, fusing simplicity with a need for subliminal elegance and a finding a transcendental recognition of the relative balance between structure and content, fulfilling the prophetic words of Ornette Coleman: "The pattern for a tune, for instance, will be forgotten and the tune itself will be the pattern."

King Crimson Red Review and MP3 samples

A personal favorite, and a grandfather of all heavy metal.

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