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Mythbusters Accidentally Bust Windows In Nearby Town

illuminatedwax Re:The sodium dunk game (500 comments)

Yeah! Serves them right for taking part in extracurricular activities!!

more than 5 years ago
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Software-Generated Paper Accepted At IEEE Conference

illuminatedwax Re:Not a robot conspiracy (235 comments)

Nope, 1 sentence is really all it takes, because the first sentence has this gem:

"based entirely on the assumption that the Internet and active networks are not in conflict with object-oriented languages"

This is like saying, "The American highway system is based entirely on the assumption that roads are not in conflict with CD players."

more than 5 years ago
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MUDs Turn 30 Years Old

illuminatedwax Re:ahhh (238 comments)

I came here to post the exact same thing.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

illuminatedwax writes "When online watchdog group Warriors For Innocence began reporting journals and communities whose content involved pedophilia or incest to LiveJournal, they responded that the communities were not breaking any actual Terms of Service and therefore couldn't be deleted. The watchdog group then sent LiveJournal an open letter. LiveJournal then deleted over 500 communities whose listed interests could be related to pedophilia (such as "incest"). Some of the deleted groups include accounts for role-playing characters that were entirely fictional, fandom communities for fictional pedophilia (e.g. Harry Potter slash), support groups for survivors of incest or child abuse, and even a Spanish journal devoted to the discussion of the Russian novel Lolita by Nabokov. There were also a handful of what legitimately appeared to be predatory journals shut down as well. LiveJournal users have responded by warning fellow users, writing the Warriors of Innocence (reply), and moving to other journal hosting sites such as GreatestJournal. The Warriors of Innocence are maintaining that they did not intend for most of these journals to be deleted, and LiveJournal is already replying to some users. What should LiveJournal's responsibility be in keeping their site free from predators?"
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illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

illuminatedwax writes "The University of Chicago Japanese Animation Society is having its third annual Uchicon, a mini-anime convention, this Saturday. But what makes this convention different from the countless others is that it looks at anime from an academic perspective rather than as a consumer. Graduate and post-grad students as well as artists are invited to speak about sociological and artistic issues regarding anime, making it a blend between a conference and a convention. This year the main speakers are Deborah Shamoon, who will discuss how The Rose of Versailles has been altered over the years, and how that relates to issues such as homosexuality and cross-dressing; and Christopher Bolton, who will talk about vampirism as a metaphor for postwar politics in Blood: The Last Vampire. And like any convention, there will be a panel of local artists, video game tournaments, screenings, and other events."
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illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

illuminatedwax writes "The Wall Street Journal's Walter S. Mossberg's latest column is a writeup on a new software system called Enso. Enso is from a small software startup called Humanized, led by Aza Raskin. The software allows Windows users to do common tasks, like launching programs, spellchecking, or Googling for search terms, but what's interesting is that it allows you to do these tasks from within any program in Windows by use of the keyboard. From the article:
There are two initial Enso products, which can be downloaded at humanized.com. One, called Enso Launcher, allows you to launch programs and switch among windows via typed commands. The other, called Enso Words, allows you to do spell-checking, even when the program you're using doesn't include that capability, and to look up the meaning of words. Both products also include a simple calculator and the ability to launch Google searches.
Humanized says that users will be able to program their own commands for Enso in future versions."
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illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

illuminatedwax writes "A friend and I are reviewing the top 50 albums from 2004 and 2005 as chosen by Pitchfork Media in an attempt to not only expand our music consciousness, but figure out if Pitchfork is the indie music messenger of the gods or a overrated poorly written music review site. We call ourselves "Useful Noise." We do 4 albums at a time, and you can check it out on Live Journal, Myspace, or a static version on my home page."

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Revisiting Pitchfork

illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A friend and I are reviewing the top 50 albums from 2004 and 2005 as chosen by Pitchfork Media in an attempt to not only expand our music consciousness, but figure out if Pitchfork is the indie music messenger of the gods or a overrated poorly written music review site. We call ourselves "Useful Noise." We do 4 albums at a time, and you can check it out on Live Journal, Myspace, or a static version on my home page.

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illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Finally Slashdot changes the font to plain sans-serif. Now it looks much better. Thanks!
This invalidates my previous entry.

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This looks terrible

illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Thanks Slashdot, for getting rid of my beautiful anti-aliased fonts. Now I am truly reading Slashdot from 1994 on my Cello web browser. You'll be getting my eye doctor bill, Taco.
Gorgeous!!

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Slashdot reports fake news story, doesn't^H^H^H correct it

illuminatedwax illuminatedwax writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Edit: Slashdot issued a slashback. I was too late in submitting mine, but I still like mine better.

Regarding this article: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/17/0020225

This news story is pretty clearly either a hoax or a result of massive stupidity. Sony was showing off Blu-ray and had two laptops A-Bing the new technology. But an intrepid BLOGGER went up to the Blu-ray laptop and hit "Eject" - and out came a plain old DVD+R!!! Holy shenanigans, Batman! How incriminating!

Except he was looking at the WRONG LAPTOP. Not only does an outside source identify the laptop Gearbox pointed out as the "plain DVD" (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=2939) but THEY THEMSELVES HAVE A PICTURE OF THE DVD+R - and don't say a word about "faking" a demo.

So it's pretty clearly a wrong story. But SM posts:
"Independent confirmation or negation has yet to surface, so take with the requisite grain of salt required when reading any news."

People make fun, but the editorial staff is pretty good; they just make mistakes that end up on the front page. CmdrTaco is actually a pretty bright guy. I've met him (briefly) and he says smart things on Slashdot a lot. But repeating misinformation like this is actually damaging, and really really dumb.

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