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Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

lumpenprole Do I need free soda? (524 comments)

Not as long as I can go home at 5, no.

about a year ago
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Spiderman's Politically Correct Replacement

lumpenprole See, what you did there, that was racist. (608 comments)

The framing of this article seriously makes me want to take Slashdot off the list of sites I look at. Politically correct? Because he's not white? Cowardly, pissant, fragile ego white kids need to get over themselves. And now.

about 3 years ago
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Mysterious Object Found In Seabed

lumpenprole Call Bob Howard. (336 comments)

We better not be violating the second Benthic treaty, that's all I have to say...

about 3 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

lumpenprole Yes. (1002 comments)

..anything else?

more than 3 years ago
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NYPD Anti-Terrorism Cameras Used For Much More

lumpenprole Re:really?! (400 comments)

If you don't like it, stop developing the tech. Because if it exists, it will be used against you.

That will never happen. If a tech can be developed, someone will develop it. What we need is a real civil government. Mind you, I have no idea how to implement that these days.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider is a Time Machine?

lumpenprole Oh fabulous.... (332 comments)

The Future: A first post, stamping on an article, forever.

more than 3 years ago
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TI Plans Minority Report UI Using ARM SoC + Projector

lumpenprole Dammit! Other films did this too (72 comments)

I need to compile a list, but off the top of my head Earth: The Final Conflict did this years before Minority Report. That is all.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hidden Reality Draws Ire From Physicists

lumpenprole Re:not science (387 comments)

I would argue that the effects are observable, and they're against it. If every choice is available somewhere, why does probability work so well? Why can we somehow navigate this infinite sea of all possibilities with confidence?

more than 3 years ago
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South Korea Deploys Killer Robot In DMZ

lumpenprole Different? (243 comments)

Is this vastly different than the Predator drones we use in AfPak? Or are we just freaked out because someone else is doing it?

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Land a Nuke-Powered Mini-Cooper On Mars?

lumpenprole Well... (218 comments)

Very carefully?

more than 4 years ago
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Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

lumpenprole Re:Build-in function library (831 comments)

The only problem with this is that a huge amount of time web devs are working on servers they don't own and don't have install privileges to. That's why PHP wins.

Sad but true.

more than 4 years ago
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Free-To-Play Switch Going Well For D&D Online

lumpenprole Re:The game (201 comments)

Actually, right now, you can buy all the ddo content and come out ahead of six months of a paid account. That'll probably change, but at the moment you get a monetary advantage being a free player.

more than 4 years ago
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Gold Spam Becoming a Sore Topic For Aion Players

lumpenprole Prediction tool (11 comments)

Weird, DDO doesn't have this problem. Does this mean it's doomed? Can you now predict success of an MMO on spam levels?

more than 4 years ago
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Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

lumpenprole Re:At the Risk of Sounding Like an Apologist (832 comments)

Right, and how do they grow it?

Unless it's an unusually uh, moist, area, you'd get the same thing with water collectors anywhere there's a settlement and no need to pay a farmer plus transport it. It didn't look real wet around that farm.

about 5 years ago
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Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

lumpenprole Re:At the Risk of Sounding Like an Apologist (832 comments)

R2-D2 Sure, he's cute, but the flaws in his design are obvious the first time he approaches anything but the shallowest of stairs. Also: He has jets, a periscope, a taser and oil canisters to make enforcer droids fall about in slapsticky fashion -- and no voice synthesizer. Imagine that design conversation: "Yes, we can afford slapstick oil and tasers, but we'll never get a 30-cent voice chip past accounting. That's just madness."

I believe his primary function is a flight droid so they were built to interface with ships. Not a lot else. John Scalzi seems to suffer from the "must have everything" school of thought and doesn't think the future will focus on minimalism and getting one thing right. Thank god he's not writing software and just another hot air blogger. I reject Episodes I, II & III so I don't know what he's talking about with the oil slick and jets.

Yeah, well my toasters primary function is to make toast. However, they decided to put a lever that allows me to communicate with it so that I'm not in the dark as to what's going on. Here's the design meeting:

"Hey we've got this kickass flight droid that will sit right behind you and help you out while you fly"

"Sweet, so it'll like, tell me if there's problems"

"Oh sure. As long as you speak boopie-beepie"

"...."

C-3PO Can't fully extend his arms; has a bunch of exposed wiring in his abs; walks and runs as if he has the droid equivalent of arthritis. And you say, well, he was put together by an eight-year-old. Yes, but a trip to the nearest Radio Shack would fix that. Also, I'm still waiting to hear the rationale for making a protocol droid a shrieking coward, aside from George Lucas rummaging through a box of offensive stereotypes (which he'd later return to while building Jar-Jar Binks) and picking out the "mincing gay man" module.

Again, you're overlooking his primary function. C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to serve humans, and boasts that he is fluent "in over six million forms of communication." So he's got arthritis, well, you didn't build him to be flexible or fight. You built him to look pretty and translate. Everything else is bells and whistles. I think he was meant to stand in a corner for some rich merchant or politician and translate any language imaginable. Are you going to tell me that my car is flawed because I couldn't afford a $20 toaster to put in the dash?

Nah, I'll tell you your car is flawed if they put an air conditioner in it that only blows hot sand. So what he's a protocol droid? They gave him ARMS AND LEGS. And then made sure that they barely work? What the hell.

Death Star An unshielded exhaust port leading directly to the central reactor? Really? And when you rebuild it, your solution to this problem is four paths into the central core so large that you can literally fly a spaceship through them? Brilliant. Note to the Emperor: Someone on your Death Star design staff is in the pay of Rebel forces. Oh, right, you can't get the memo because someone threw you down a huge exposed shaft in your Death Star throne room.

Uh, the second Death Star was never completed, you idiot. The rebels learned about it and attacked it before it had everything completed so anything like "four paths to the central core" or "exposed shafts" could well have been necessary during its construction. Haven't you seen Clerks or watched Robot Chicken's parody of Palpatine trying to talk to the foreman?

Yeah, so here's a guy who already lost one giant pile of money (plus like a million people which makes Skywalker one of the great genociders of the SW universe, but I digress) by having a kid blow the first one up with a single shot. You're going to build another one, you know he and his pain in the ass rebellion is still around, and is watching you. So what you do see, is oh, DON'T PUT THE EXPLOSIVE REACTOR IN UNTIL LAST. Just a thought.

But Luke's X-34 speeder on Tatooine? The Yugo of speeders, man. One hard stop, and out you go.

He's a farmer. You should have seen the "vehicles" and ATVs I drove while working on farms. One was a modified bus with huge water tanks on the back and an upside down bucket for a seat. They make a Yugo look like a dream car. Are you going to complain about the blast marks and carbon scoring adorning the rag tag rebel ships next?

Yeah, but this thing floats. If you can master floating technology, how hard is seatbelt technology? Of course, I guess he needs to be free to jump in and out and adjust that load of ... moisture that he's ... taking to the.... moisture market? Just what the hell does a moisture farm make anyway?

So easy to rip apart. And you know, he doesn't offer anything constructive. Like the asteroid worm. He would have enjoyed it more if space in the Star Wars galaxy was like our space? Dead, uninhabited and void? George Lucas isn't a god but he sure thought up some neat ideas for a universe that John Scalzi will never come close to.

Oooh ouch. Zing! I guess Scalzi will have to slink back to his cave, now. Or not, whatever.

about 5 years ago
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Is the Federal Government the Most Interesting Tech Startup For 2009?

lumpenprole Re:No, it's the stupidest tech startup (148 comments)

Right. Besides the aqueducts, medicine, roads, and irrigation, the bully has given us nothing!

about 5 years ago
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Guitar, Studio Wizard Les Paul Dies At 94

lumpenprole Re:Played by? (227 comments)

Actually, he used to put his good les pauls on a stand behind the amp, pull out a cheap copy and smash the crap out of it. He wasn't totally stupid.

about 5 years ago
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Gold Sold From Vending Machines In Germany

lumpenprole Great! (472 comments)

Now if I could just find an XP vending machine, I 'd be all set.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Debuts Full-Body Controller-less Gaming At E3

lumpenprole Re:!demo (242 comments)

Nah. I've played this game. I'm working on this project (thank god I can talk about it) and that's fairly accurate. They're improving the tracking on this thing on a weekly basis and it's pretty playable now. I'm not sure whether this is going to set the world on fire or not, but what you saw being played on stage is the real deal.

more than 5 years ago
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Cape Wind Ready To Bring First Offshore Wind Farm

lumpenprole Re:Economics in one Lesson (147 comments)

Fundamental to my argument is that people have a right to that which they produce.

Well, you may want to check with whoever you work for. Most people don't.

Secondary to that is that people know how best to spend the money that they earn

Yeah, especially the people who run fortune 500 companies. They do great.

more than 5 years ago

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MetaPal

lumpenprole lumpenprole writes  |  more than 11 years ago
There's a great link at Metafilter about computer screens in movies. That's the kind of thing that manages to combine two of my geek areas in one.

On that note, does it bug anyone else that metafilter only does paid subscriptions through paypal? I don't trust paypal due not only to the numerous horror stories you can hear(here and here, for example), but because my stepdad is a federal public defender and tells me a really large percentage of his wire fraud cases involve paypal in one way or another.

That's bad juju, man

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