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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

lisaparratt Re:Anarchy??? (302 comments)

Funny, lots of little dictatorships sounds a lot like the practical implementation of anarchy to me...

about 3 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

lisaparratt Re:Only complaint about decaf (228 comments)

Where do you think the caffeine in energy drinks comes from?

about 3 months ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

lisaparratt Er? (314 comments)

I would have expected that BSD would be deliriously happy that the evil gaze of Poettering hadn't alighted upon their operating system. Why would you voluntarily infest your system with his daemon spawn?

about 3 months ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

lisaparratt Re:Oh good. (99 comments)

Maybe if the GCC team had actually *believed* in their license, and not also used intense obfuscation to stop parts of their toolchain being abstracted out, we wouldn't be in this mess. As it is, though, LLVM+clang scratch many itches that GCC can't even reach.

about 3 months ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

lisaparratt Re:PowerVR graphics (88 comments)

You expected a different graphics solution from Imagination Technologies?

about 4 months ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

lisaparratt Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (74 comments)

So a bit of background first: the PC1512 included a planar extension to CGA, providing 640x200x16 colours. BASIC 2 provided dithered drawing of complex shapes.

LAKESIDE.BAS was a very early procedural graphics generator, using a random seed to draw a, by modern standards, primitive 2D scene. In the distance there was a sky with clouds, snow peaked mountains reflecting in a lake, with little islands and sail boats. In the foreground, there were hills, white buildings with red roofs, white picket fencing separating fields, and all sorts of flowers, bushes and trees. Given how slow the machine was, it'd take a minute or so to draw each picture, leave it up for a little while, and then draw another one.

Whilst this could undoubtedly be rendered in 3D in the blink of an eye, and all sorts of shader magic could make it look like an actual painting, I think it would lose some of the charm.

about 3 months ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

lisaparratt Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (74 comments)

Personally, I'd kill to get a picture frame running LAKESIDE.BAS. Sadly, I've lost my copy of this late 80s "BASIC 2" curio, and since it was pre-Internet, it seems lost in time.

about 4 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

lisaparratt Re:In other statistics (561 comments)

20% worried they'll win the lottery for a free sex change?

about 4 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

lisaparratt Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Or, another way of looking at it: they met their future colleagues, and bailed while the gettin' was good.

about 4 months ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

lisaparratt Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

It's OK, AC will sort the chaos out.

about 4 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

lisaparratt Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

There's a story that the USAF sent a stealth bomber to Farnborough airshow as part of the display. Apparently, the pilots were very surprised when Air Traffic Control got in touch to tell them they were doing the display over Farnham, 6 miles down the road.

about 4 months ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

lisaparratt Re: Men are obsolete (387 comments)

So what you're saying is that the main source of naysaying against feminism is the patriarchy?

WHO KNEW?!

about 4 months ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

lisaparratt Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

It seemed like a step too far, but then they read the slashdot comments, and suddenly spermbanks seemed the more rational option.

about 4 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

lisaparratt Re:How about just a good thermostat instead? (228 comments)

Kenwood Cooking Chef - it's not magnetic, but it is induction. I've been lusting after one for a while, but with a high-end non cooking version already, it's hard to justify.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

lisaparratt Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

Facebook uses psychology to make minor changes in our happiness, at the expense of our friends, destroying relationships

FTFY. I know it's rare amongst /. readers, but I have friends that aren't the 5 fingers on my right hand, and if they're sad or upset, I fucking well want to know so I can be there for them and help them.

about 6 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

lisaparratt Re:Love the gender examples (293 comments)

No, they're targeting potential breeders, implying that a woman's place is at home, pumping out spawn. Hence the focus on part time and home working.

about 6 months ago

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