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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

hovelander Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Wow, first time I log into /. for a few months and all holy hell is breaking loose. Sad to see the other Dice falling after seeing the horrible mobile site design ethic get rolled into the redesign idea.

Add me to the chorus and mob that leaves the day that classic gets shut off. Classic is and has been broken for a long time now and may be crap, but the beta is just crap with the oxidation layer spray painted with generic febreeze. Why in the hell would Dice want to make it look like a WordPress malware landing page?

See you all in a week to see the flaming Ukrainian square here when the tire fires have been extinguished...

about 10 months ago
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How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!

hovelander Re: Rearrange the deck chairs. (307 comments)

Is it true that the whims and changes to the specifications up until late September have been a major impediment?

Seems like it was a nightmare from the start. That you guys even got anything live and semi functioning is amazing and commendable. People will complain, bitch and whine while adding heaps of political tribalism, but know that some of us understand the constraints and thank you for the hard work dealing with the beasts of burden.

Congratulations on it not being completely unusable and able to start the real hard work of a large and organic site.

Good luck to you guys. All my empathy and none of my envy to ya.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Natural selection (618 comments)

The ultimate, most painful, kind of meaninglessness comes from not those who are weary of pain but those that are weary of pleasure. The deeper meaning of human connection transcends desperately trying to evoke another secretion in the brain. If you can't love someone for their own sake...

Wow. People will never see this because of the 0 AC, or laugh because it is pretty deep and they don't get your point, but I personally thank you for this. I know people suffering from exactly what you point out and worry about them all the time. Well done.

about a year ago
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hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Exactly! It isn't like all the crack users died out and no more were made in nature. Hell, Nicole Kidman even married a former crack addict. The current Krokodil users won't just die in 3 years and the problem goes away. If it is cheaper and more addictive than heroin its use will become more widespread and destructive. Everyone has the "it won't happen to me" syndrome when they will first try it when they can't get their normal fix, then hop on the krokodil hamster wheel to rotten bits.

To think it's a phase or scourge that will take care of that segment of drug addiction? Might as well pray to Jesus to give you a pretty pony in 3 years, cuz you aren't going to get either outcome you are seeking.

This is the best drug deterrent and way to get rid of some losers? Bullshit. I can see a virulent and nasty antibiotic resistant TB coming out of this situation soon.

about a year ago
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hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Having worked in a detox center, I can assure you that death from heroin overdose (too much heroin) is rare.
This explains it better than I could:

http://lifeprocessprogram.com/lp-blog/library/the-persistent-dangerous-myth-of-heroin-overdose/

Lot of great AC posts sitting at 0 in this thread, mods.

This whole conversation has been one of the better ones on Slashdot recently, in my own biased memory. My faith in Slashdot has been restored to go along with the aggravation everyone always has with /. Learned and realized quite a few new things just by paying attention to this thread. So I agree with the notion "Slashdot is in no way pretty, but just take a look at the other guys."

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re: Gross, but... (618 comments)

This comment deserves much more than the 0 AC score it has now. Thanks for commenting and glad to hear you made it out.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

America has quickly become like Germany in regards to small brewers with incredible brews only available at a local scale. I agree that the joke will apply for a long time and will always be funny, but it is completely untrue now.

And the company that bought all of our prohibition era mistake breweries resides on your own border. You can blame the Netherlands now, like I do.

Now the parts of our culture that still buys the InBev crap because that is all they know about slightly beer flavored water, you are still correct. I still feel that shame for them too.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Thanks for that info! I was wondering what a potato could add other than yeast food and flavorlessness, but I also thought that about the sugar beet wine that ended up tasting like a good vermouth. My thoughts were going to the colored potatoes and such, so you are right about the desire to experiment.

Banana wines are one of my absolute favorites and is quickly becoming a standard in my pipeline. Tokay yeast is perfect for it. If you've been out of the scene for awhile you may be interested that people are getting away from using golden raisins for body and using welch's white grape juice concentrate instead. Even Jack Keller has largely moved away from golden rasins in the last few years to concentrate to take the obvious raisin character they add along with the body they impart.

Good luck with the banana, you won't be disappointed!

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Home-brew hard cider is good. (618 comments)

I've consistently forgotton to make nettle wine every year and kick myself for it. Thanks for the reminder!

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

You are spot on and I came to that conclusion above and below. The Krokodil problem is one of information and tools being restricted while the precursors are not. Absolutely agree.

Prohibition and lack of realistic rehabilitation/interventions is the clear problem in this worst case scenario. One of the rare cases where it appears to be a better solution to have their low levels of heroin abuse from before than a walking dead problem.

What kinds of opportunistic disease rise up out a segment of the population that is literally rotting to death? What happens when these shitty methods/recipes that are cheap hit the drug users of China and India? Nightmare scenarios.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Home-brew hard cider is good. (618 comments)

+10

Isn't it grand, that a figure from history went around finding plots of land that were going to be future settlements to plant apple trees for hard cider production, is one of the US' children's most known citizens?

John Chapman didn't even care what the apple varieties were. Just apple trees from seed which mostly produced wildly variable size and quality. All for cider. Chapman was a shrewd business wanderer who became immortal in story. Fascinating.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Education won't work (618 comments)

Because there isn't a finite number of users who will just die out and then the problem goes away.

Not to mention that at a current estimated user base of 1,000,000 million users will impact whatever healthcare system they have in Russia negatively. What about all the opportunistic diseases that happens when you have a large base of severely compromised immune systems?

Not a simple case of let the druggies kill themselves and leave the gene pool. Not even close.

about a year ago
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hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Apologies for the out of nowhere Cruz joke. Tuesday's possible train wreck has my inner political sportscaster drunk and mouthing off to random people in the bleachers on the way to his seat. Please disregard.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

+1 thanks.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

I don't even want to know what kind of swill people drank during the prohibition.

Being a fervent Homebrewer, I did: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2010/02/the_chemists_war.html

"Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people."

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=2&psid=3383

"Prohibition did briefly pay some public health dividends. The death rate from alcoholism was cut by 80 percent by 1921 from pre-war levels, while alcohol-related crime dropped markedly. Nevertheless, seven years after Prohibition went into effect, the total deaths from adulterated liquor reached approximately 50,000, and there were many more cases of blindness and paralysis. According to one story, a potential buyer who sent a liquor sample to a laboratory for analysis was shocked when a chemist replied: "Your horse has diabetes." "

"Even today, debate about the impact of Prohibition rages. Critics argue that the amendment failed to eliminate drinking, made drinking more popular among the young, spawned organized crime and disrespect for the law, encouraged solitary drinking, and led beer drinkers to hard liquor and cocktails. One wit joked that "Prohibition succeeded in replacing good beer with bad gin." The lesson these critics derive: it is counterproductive to try to legislate morality. "

So in regards to Krokodil:
      freely available precursors that have legitimate uses
+ clampdown on information to iterate the impurities/efficiencies out of methods and tools
+ belief that addiction is lack of morality and willpower
= actual, not a joke, they were fiction and now they are here "ZOMBIES" (minus the "crossed over the actual deadline" of the fictional version.)

Morality or Zombies, Morality or Zombies..... Hmmmmm. What's that Senator Cruz? You said you enjoyed that show on AMC? Well shut things down and get up there and talk it out, son!!!

about a year ago
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hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Yeah. So I see this is still an information and tools problem. Your method for an all grain brew is off by quite a few hours and most likely you just made bottle bombs. That 2 week wait might save you from the bottle bombs, but I still ain't going near those damn things until I chuck a few quarters at them from across the room with safety glasses on. I'll gladly watch you open one up though to see it self empty!

Now I understand how Krokodil is made and why. Not enough people who are passionate/artistic about their desomorphine and its quality like homebrewers are with their brews.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

And those effects don't even last as long as those from Krokodil!

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Possibly, sympathizing with bad behavior just reinforces it.

Legislating ideals of morality against real life humans doesn't seem to be working either.

Evidence = real life walking dead (while their moving bits still move that is)

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

hovelander Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Sugar beet wine tastes like vermouth, if anyone is wondering. Haven't made a potato wine yet.

Curious now, thanks!

about a year ago

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The upcoming "Debt Limit Ceiling" vote is now a bug, not a feature

hovelander hovelander writes  |  about a year ago

hovelander (250785) writes "Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union address of 1860:
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events. This, plainly stated, is your language
In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, "Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!"
To be sure, what the robber demanded of me — my money — was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle." A soft coup d,etat is still a coup d'état."
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How can I succeed as a small developer in the patent war era?

hovelander hovelander writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hovelander (250785) writes ""For three decades, Mr. Phillips had focused on writing software to allow computers to understand human speech. In 2006, he had co-founded a voice recognition company, and eventually executives at Apple, Google and elsewhere proposed partnerships. Mr. Phillips’s technology was even integrated into Siri itself before the digital assistant was absorbed into the iPhone. But in 2008, Mr. Phillips’s company, Vlingo, had been contacted by a much larger voice recognition firm called Nuance. “I have patents that can prevent you from practicing in this market,” Nuance’s chief executive, Paul Ricci"

I don't have the money yet to retain a patent monkey, sorry lawyer, and don't wish to live in the movie "Brazil"! What are some pragmatic options?"

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Google Search losing th "+" Operator

hovelander hovelander writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hovelander (250785) writes "Looks like Google has changed the behavior of the Boolean plus(+) operator and now wants searchers to use double quotes("") instead. Personally I used the (+) often to make sure a certain word was included and do not find that quoting around a word easier. Minus(-) still works to specifically exclude a word, so why drop the (+)? Google+ is the most obvious culprit, but an explanation of the change has not been given as of yet. This change affects a lot of usage scenarios without actually improving basic search. Is Google entering the phase where large Corp's believe marketing changes actually help their customers? (My captcha for this submission, entertainingly enough, is "downfall")."
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"That One" brings down Cafepress.com

hovelander hovelander writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hovelander writes "The second Presidential Debate was mostly boring, stump speech, talking points again except for the point where McCain used an odd turn of phrase to refer to his opponent. "Who voted for it? Might never know. That one." McCain stated while pointing towards Obama. Within an hour after the debate's end there were T-shirts for sale at CafePress with the slogan "I am THAT ONE too". Within 3 hours the site was unreachable and only came back up a few hours later with what is now an avalanche of "That One" spin and variations on theme. Does the /. community think that future History can be forecast by the likes of custom T-shirt and tchotchki merchandisers?"
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R. "Doc" Baily's Rendering Engine "SPO

hovelander hovelander writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hovelander writes "Over a year has passed since the death of visionary CGI artist Richard "Doc" Baily, the man behind the visuals in movies such as "Solaris", "Tron", and "Fight Club". His custom particle rendering "SPORE" software that helped create some of those visions resides in the hands of a few, if any, and is most definitely in danger of being lost to time or powers that will exploit the software for their own limited gain. How is it this groundbreaking code has not been allowed out now that its genius creator has passed? Baily states: "...the workings of my system are so different from polygonal, nurby, volume or scanline renderings that i literally had to unlearn a lot of concepts that are inherent in "traditional" CG systems which I've been using for close to 30 years." The man seemed to have been a rebel that Hollywood tolerated on his terms and his work may well be lost to the rich and connected. By all appearances he would have wanted his baby to keep evolving and actively creating. Who is holding this code up and out of our hands?"

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