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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

kentrel Re:Red Bull (352 comments)

But then you could also buy your coffee at costco, and a nice flask, and you get your cheapest caffeine every day and less disposable cups going to landfills. Though, another point worth mentioning is that coffee's stimulant effect on the body wears off after a while as the body learns to adapt. Some athletes will give up coffee so that their caffeine gels are a bit more effective on race day.

6 hours ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

kentrel Re:Red Bull (352 comments)

It's kind of a gateway drug, in that once you open the Red Bull gate you are entering a world where you pay triple for the equivalent energy of a banana, and the equivalent caffeine of a cup of coffee. It's kind of like a gateway to a world of dummies.

6 hours ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

kentrel Re:How do you (956 comments)

Well, it's a logical fallacy, called Poisoning the Well. You discredit what a person might say later by misrepresenting them now. You calmly and rationally tell them that it's a logical fallacy, and that's how you defend it.

I remember in the old days of debating on the internet logical fallacies were referenced a lot. I remember Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit getting a lot of hits when arguments got emotional. It doesn't happen so much anymore, because there's a large influx of people making highly emotive arguments but without much discipline in reasoned arguments. They may make valid points, but when they don't you should point out the logical fallacies in their reasoning. We're all prone to logical fallacies, so it's healthy for debate overall.

5 days ago

Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

kentrel Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

Under a 2002 law it was made illegal to change the IMEI unless you're the manufacturer. However, under a 2006 amendment to the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 it was made illegal to even OFFER to do this. You don't have to actually change the IMEI to commit the offense, you just have to offer or say you will. Punishment is up to 5 years in prison. The smartphone blackmarket could be wiped out just by enforcing this law.

about 3 months ago

Sexism Still a Problem At E3

kentrel Re:can someone explain? (737 comments)

Were you aware of how much that whole scenario is like a Seinfeld episode?

about a year ago

Sexism Still a Problem At E3

kentrel Has anyone read the ESA's report? (737 comments)

Surely, I can't be the only one that';s rolling my eyes at this 45%\46% statistic that's being thrown about lately. It seems like this statistic is either misunderstood or abused. Puzzle, board and card games made up the majority of online games at 34%. Action, sports, RPG games were all categorized together bizarrely and represented 26%. There's no breakdown of gender per genre, something that's pretty important in a discussion about gender in games. Most gamers would not consider someone who plays poker or scrabble online as a gamer, though, yes, I suppose technically they are. You're a gamer if you play snake on your phone while waiting for the train, but then, if you're a woman, is it fair to criticize the games industry for not catering to you, because in a trade show on the other side of the country a scantily clad model is dressed up as a video game character? Even if you do factor in board and phone games, E3 is not catering to these kinds of players. Is that sexist? I don't know, but I know the ESA's report isn't accurate enough to make that call. Most people have a gaming device called a phone, and have probably played a few games on it, and purchased Angry Birds or some such tat. Does that make them a gamer? I would welcome a more detailed study, particularly one that goes into a lot more detail. game streaming), online multiplayer, trade shows seem to be dominated by men. If women are making up nearly half of gamers where are they? I'm not saying the study is lying. I'm just saying it's too broad. There are genres and gaming platforms favoured by men and women in different proportions, and evidence of sexism starts with gathering

about a year ago

Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment

kentrel Lucky (429 comments)

It's nice that they're alive to tell us about how they feel. Aaron is not. I can't imagine the amount of pain he went through that drove him to kill himself, but I imagine he felt something close to what someone in a burning skyscraper might feel, and did what they might do. Take the least painful route. These guys face a different situation, and have a different choice. When your worst problem is getting hate mail, you have options.

about a year ago

Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

kentrel Babylon 5 (341 comments)

Notice his bizarre reference to Babylon 5 that seems to be without irony. He's obviously a fan, but did he miss the message the show had about how a group of soldiers had to follow their conscience and expose war crimes and corruption from their government at home. These characters had to deal with propaganda from the government, professional snitches (Nightwatch) and threats of treason and imprisonment from their corrupt government. I guess Adrian Lamo was rooting for President Clarke all along.

about a year and a half ago

Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

kentrel Aussie fighting (452 comments)

I love how this thread brought out all the Aussie expressions and in-fighting. Finally Aussie nerds get an excuse to be aussies on slashdot!

about a year and a half ago

Parrot Drives Robotic Buggy

kentrel Animal Cruelty (182 comments)

Nice toy, but fuck anyone who clips a wild bird's wings just to make it a more convenient pet. For thousands of years mankind has looked at birds and wished he could fly like a bird. Now that we've mastered flight some fuckers want to take that away from the birds.

about a year and a half ago

Trolling Al Qaeda... For Peace?

kentrel Re:Right (207 comments)

You know that trolling doesn't mean ridiculing someone?

Trolling is a fine art, and often it means gaining someone's trust, and provoking an emotional reaction you want, but not necessarily drawing attention to yourself as the troll.

about 2 years ago

Wikileaks Suspends Publishing Of Cables Due To "Financial Blockade"

kentrel The bullies win (316 comments)

For now. Speech is only free as in beer, where the beer is made from hops grown on Pandora.

more than 2 years ago

Cancer Cluster Possibly Found Among TSA Workers

kentrel Statistical pro (487 comments)

While I have no doubt these machines are the bane of our personal freedom, and may even be dangerous its also possible that cancer clusters show up randomly. They do in areas near cellphone towers, unrelated to radiation, simply because clusters happen randomly too.

more than 3 years ago

BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?

kentrel Tabloid trash (858 comments)

What a badly written sensationalist story. It's like something from the Daily Mail

more than 3 years ago

Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations

kentrel I'm fine with this (548 comments)

Ubuntu is a brilliant system, and I paid nothing for it, and it works beautifully on my system, updating automatically and smoothly and compatible with all of my hardware. It even recognised both of my Midi controllers by name without any drivers.

I can imagine some people making a fuss over this tracking system, but I'm totally happy with it and if I wasn't it wouldn't be difficult to stop.

more than 3 years ago

Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy

kentrel Is it wrong... (94 comments)

... to hope the kid hurries up and dies so we can bid for it on ebay? Am I right!?

more than 4 years ago

New York Times Bans Use of Word "Tweet"

kentrel Re:Who is this guy kidding? (426 comments)

Twitter is an excellent form of communication. Concise and only heard by people interested in the person communicating.

Unless you happen to be watching CNN or any other news organisation that seems to think we care what people on twitter think!

Seriously though, you're right in that it does everything its supposed to do, but what people expect from technology changes all the time, and twitter will probably get caught up in the corporate need to oversaturate it with ads or media, or the public's need for something, not necessarily better, but different. That's something all social networks fear the most - not necessarily being bad at what they do, but simply being out of fashion.

People left myspace in droves because it abused its popularit, profile flexibility and became saturated with horrible profiles and mass promotional material and dubious privacy policies. They went to facebook, which is just repeating some of myspace's mistakes and adding a few of their own. Now that I think of it, a lot of people hated facebook as soon as it stopped requiring you to have attended a college and opened up to anyone. It can never be that again, and for that reason, anything else that offers that right balance of exclusivity and popularity will take its place.

It seems that twitter's thing is simplicity, combined with the ability to stay up to date. I can think of a dozen apps that have offered that for years. It only takes twitter making one mistake too many for one of those existing ones or a new one to suddenly become popular, and so on.

more than 4 years ago

New York Times Bans Use of Word "Tweet"

kentrel Who is this guy kidding? (426 comments)

The NYT isn't going anywhere. It may have to evolve to stay afloat, but it'll outlast Twitter for sure. Even if it didn't, it will be better archived for future generations than Twitter will ever be. Digital social media platforms barely last 5 years before their popularity starts to wane. They also have that signal to noise ratio that's a nightmare for any archive or researcher. They also certainly don't have any obligation for fact checking. Fake NYT news stories aside, at least you know a quote is probably a real quote, whether its taken out of context or not is another argument.

Anyone of note still swapping news stories on Friendster? ICQ? Even myspace? Hey remember keyboard cat? Chat roulette?

Twitter has some longevity and will be around for 10 years at least, but I'll give it 3 more until its replaced by a new, better, fad. Actually scratch better. Twitter is inferior to almost every communication medium out there. Lets say, simpler, and by luck, more popular.

I was walking by some laptop users the other day and heard an ICQ "Incoming message" alarm. Lik

more than 4 years ago



Creationist movie expels wrong biologist

kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kentrel (526003) writes "Here's an amusing story from biologist, and outspoken atheist PZ Myers' blog. Myer's who frequently debates "prominent" Creationists, was turned away from a screening of a creationist propaganda movie.

"I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried ... but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn't even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn't going to cause any trouble.

They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn't notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn't recognize him. My guest was ... Richard Dawkins."

CRIA take down

kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kentrel (526003) writes "The popular bittorrent tracker is now offline thanks to pressure from the CRIA. It looks like it's a permanent takedown. The site now only displays the following message:

The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."

kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kentrel writes "Yesterday I found this slashdot comment which links to a google map photograph of a Chinese airbase deep in the middle of the Gobi Desert with a mock airbase built nearby, obviously used for practise bombing missions. I thought it was impressive so I posted the link to a flight sim forum and a poster noticed that the mock airbase was an exact replica of a Taiwanese airbase."



kentrel kentrel writes  |  more than 9 years ago Let me tell you another story. This one time, I was at a coffee shop, and the girl making the coffee was hot, and she said something to me, and my response was witty and cute, and she laughed and it was funny and it made me feel cool. Then I drank my coffee, went home, and masturbated.

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