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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

honestmonkey Yes and no, maybe (189 comments)

I can see how this would be considered frustrating. However, it seems to me that the Wikipedia idea is still a valid one. This article can now be changed, corrected, as it were. And overall, most people that come along and care about the information are going to try to correct it. If this were in a physical book, and wrong, it's wrong basically forever.

Encyclopedias are (were?) expensive, and for instance, my folks bought me a set when I was young and didn't get a new set for probably a decade or more. But I always "knew" that they were correct. However, teachers always made you have several sources, not just an encyclopedia. That cross-checking should be in place even today with Wikipedia. In fact, this could help fix a broken entry.

Of course, they need a process to stop "back-and-forth" changes of things. I think they need to have some indication that over all, an article is getting more and more correct, and thus should be harder and harder to change. I don't know, maybe they have something like this in place.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

honestmonkey Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (354 comments)

Unless the movie you wanted wasn't available on the streaming service, ONLY on a physical disc. Yes, there are movies out there like that ("Tim's Vermeer" being one that I know of). Besides, if I'm not in a huge hurry to watch something, with a disk I can get extras easily, and not worry about


about 2 months ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

honestmonkey Re:Why is this so important? (249 comments)

But they DID rubber stamp it. Only instead of "YES", they chose the answer they always give, which was "NO". Not clueless, just, sorry, no, we don't do that. "But, but, kittens, and puppies and dead kids." Sorry, no.

They probably get requests like this a lot. Sometimes it's a tragic circumstance like this. Sometimes it's "Oh, hey, my uncle was a jerk and killed dolphins for a living, but he really liked Superman" or "We just thought it'd be a neat idea, coz his name is Stan and all".

This, to me, doesn't look like a heartless corporation. It looks like "Can we use the Superman symbol?" "No."

And, really, it was a dumb idea in the first place. He could have liked just about anything. "But he really liked nuclear launch codes, why is the government being such a dick about this?" I can see how it's sad, but they should have come up with another idea for a memorial. Maybe donate the money that would have been wasted on a stupid statue to helping other, living children.

about 2 months ago

Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

honestmonkey And it exists too! (103 comments)

Not! This is a figment in AVX's collective mind. The real helicopter doesn't move at all except for CGI on a computer monitor. Not to say they couldn't build it but a bit premature to say much about it. "It could reach speeds of a billion light-years per fortnight." Hey, maybe it'll do the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.

about 2 months ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

honestmonkey This is a non-issue. (249 comments)

Yeah, this too. I didn't get the whole "Gotta be a Superman outfit or nothing" deal. Seemed like a stupid idea in the first place.

about 2 months ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

honestmonkey Why is this so important? (249 comments)

I was thinking, what if the kid liked to dress up as Hello Kitty, or Worf from Star Trek, or Darth Vader? Would they be so gung-ho? Or how about if he like to dress as a girl? I'm unclear why his choice of outlet, apparently to get away from abusive parents and grand-parents matters. DC is not the bad-guy here (well, not for this).

And to the person below, I don't think anyone is suggesting we forget all about this. It's just that the kid being in a Superman costume has little to do with his memorial.

about 2 months ago

$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

honestmonkey Re:An interesting caveat (216 comments)

Well, you know what they say, anarchy is better than no government at all.

about 3 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

honestmonkey Re:Simple answer (800 comments)

This was what I immediately thought of. Swerving makes no sense, and I wouldn't think a programmer would even consider it. The best course of action is always to hit the brakes as hard as you can. What is going to suddenly pop up (or fall down) right in front of you that the car wouldn't have already seen coming? What weird course are you on? The car has a radar or something to detect traffic from all sides. "Things constantly fall from the skies here, so you have to swerve on a moments notice." And is the detection system going to be good enough to tell the difference between all the options available? Is that a 2003 or a 2005 Volvo, the difference is 3.9 points of survivability. The question and premise is flawed.

about 4 months ago

How To Find Nearby Dark Skies, No Matter Where You Are

honestmonkey What is the halfway divide? (55 comments)

If you look at the light map, there seems to be a fairly clear line almost halfway in the middle of the US. I couldn't find a natural barrier. The Mississippi is to the east, and the Rockies to the west. But it looks to me that it's pretty much the exact eastern half of the the US is bright almost everywhere, and the western half, except for the cities, is pretty dark. It's curious to me that the line is pretty straight, north to south. Is there a reason for this other than an accident of history?

about 5 months ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

honestmonkey Re:I've heard this one before ... (292 comments)

Yeah, I'll second you. This is bullshit and has always been bullshit and will probably always be bullshit. You'd think the guy might have read some of this before. Is he an idiot or just a fool?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

honestmonkey Labview, and ExtendSim, and ... (876 comments)

I used to program for a number of years in Extend/ExtendSim. It's mostly for simulations (thus the name-change to ExtendSim I guess). I always called it "Lego-block programming" to explain it to anyone. It was pretty powerful, did most everything we wanted it to. I wrote some blocks as well, and the internal language was more or less C. There were other languages that were similar, some more suited to supply-chain programs, for instance. In general you could do almost everything you needed to by drag-n-drop placement of blocks and connecting them together via their inputs and outputs. It was even fun most of the time, and you could "debug" it graphically by watching the data flow around.

about 7 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

honestmonkey Re:Windows keys? (459 comments)

Does anyone actually use the damn Windows Key? I have a Microsoft keyboard (the "split-in-half" one, tilted and all). It has a "Windows" key and another one on the right the is for - menus or something? I never touch either one. Hell, I rarely even hit any of the function keys. The only non-standard key I use is the one that brings up a calculator because at least that's useful.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

honestmonkey Re: iTunes-exclusive recording artists (317 comments)

Not always. There is an artist that is the only reason I've ever gone on iTunes (Patrick O'Hearn), and to be a complete-ist, I signed up to get a couple of his albums that are not on CD or available anywhere else. Downloaded them, burned them and have not gone back since.

about 9 months ago

Facebook Faces PRISM Data Investigation In Ireland

honestmonkey NSA into music now? (86 comments)

Why is the NSA putting out Katy Perry's new album?

about a year ago

Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

honestmonkey Great! (548 comments)

Ban them all! I don't want to read this kind of xxxx anyway, because it differs from my xxxxx view. Censor everyxxxxx, it's all xxxx xxxxxxx. And furthermore, xxxx xx xxxxx xxxxxxxxxx. Censorship is xxxx!

about a year ago

Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

honestmonkey Re:From a comment on the story - so this is bogus (237 comments)

He probably does not feel better. Being able to light your water on fire might make anyone a little queasy. Also, he probably doesn't live near the site they did the study on, so who knows what else is in the water.

about a year ago

Internet Payment Processor Liberty Reserve Accused of Laundering $6 Billion

honestmonkey Six dollars billion dollars (205 comments)

I like that they laundered "$6 billion dollars". So one guy, Mr. Six Dollars had his billion dollars laundered? Or was it a billion and six dollars? A billion dollars worth of six dollar bills? Or is it that the dollar sign or the word 'dollars' was redundant? Hmmmmm.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive SOHO Crime Deterrence and Monitoring?

honestmonkey Re:How was it broken into again? (272 comments)

Not sure about burglars, but it does work on chicken hearts.

about a year and a half ago

Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?

honestmonkey Re:I remember (295 comments)

I honestly have no idea what you just said. It doesn't seem to make much sense. The laws I was talking about are sort of the opposite of free speech. They limit people's ability to get jobs or live where they want, on the basis of appearance. How does limiting free speech reduce discrimination? The answer to speech you don't like is speech you do like, not limits on speech. And which are these "sane" countries?

about a year and a half ago

Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?

honestmonkey Re:This problem is easily solved (295 comments)

There are 29 (I think that's the number) states were this is the law. So now, I have 21 to choose from (assuming they don't have some other fuck-ass laws). Or I can leave US and move to Canada, where there is no censorship, but at least great health care.

So you are saying, don't ever do ANYTHING that ever again there after might be misconstrued and used against you, because you always know that the future holds, eh? Good fucking luck with that.

about a year and a half ago


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