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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

lysdexia Re:My favorite example. (726 comments)

Mod up. For the love of god MOD UP.

about 9 months ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

lysdexia Re:It followed a few of the plot lines, but ... (726 comments)

There you have it. He tried to follow many lines of thinking to their logical conclusions while still telling a ripping yarn. Hard to do.

about 9 months ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

lysdexia Re:The Only Good Bug is a Dead Bug. (726 comments)

I had the exact epiphany, myself.

Heinlein had lots of ideas, many were great. Some were silly. Having consumed most of his books as a kid, I must say, they did me no harm.

about 9 months ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

lysdexia Re:Python is readable (187 comments)

Yeah, the search and replace got munged. Pretend there is a tab in the replace portion.

about a year ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

lysdexia Re:Python is readable (187 comments)

I do all my coding in vi. Generally "g/ /s///g" takes care of any white space problems, when importing folk code. I hated using curlies when I had to start using Perl/javascript/PHP, but I got used to them. It's just a mental flexibility thing. It sucks at first, but after a couple of days I have no trouble. One thing python has done for me vis. other languages is I don't nest. Generally, I have found if I have a big old stalactite of conditionals, that they can be replaced with a function call that simplifies the flow for other humans and my future self.

about a year ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

lysdexia Re:Python is readable (187 comments)

"talented cowboy" which quickly becomes "miserable sonovabitch" when you have to clean up after his horse.

about a year ago
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O'Reilly Giving Away Open Government As Aaron Swartz Tribute

lysdexia Re:A "Foo"? (87 comments)

Sorry, first sentence should have been quoted.

about a year and a half ago
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O'Reilly Giving Away Open Government As Aaron Swartz Tribute

lysdexia A "Foo"? (87 comments)

I’ve read many eloquent eulogies from people who knew Aaron Swartz better than I did, but he was also a Foo and contributor to Open Government.
Have a missed something, here?

about a year and a half ago
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Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

lysdexia Shouldn't be too hard ... (697 comments)

I found one to have my potentially ugly baby.

about a year and a half ago
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IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

lysdexia Re:lemme guess (530 comments)

I prefer user number.

about a year and a half ago
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Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

lysdexia Re:Bad at Everything (1163 comments)

Mongo like succession.

about a year and a half ago
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Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

lysdexia Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

Hell yes. I grew up with older relatives who equated Richard Nixon with Atilla the Hun. The stuff that got him impeached would barely be reported on mainstream news these days. And we almost had Romney/Obama care back in the 70's. Do a google search for Nixon Permenente and lose your mind.

about a year and a half ago

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Robot Jet Fighter Takes First Flight

lysdexia lysdexia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lysdexia (897) writes "The X-47B is a Tailless Flying Robotic Overlord, which requires neither puny human pilot, nor extraneous remote control. First flight was 29 minutes, climbing to a height of 5000 ft. Next step: landing on aircraft carrier."
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"Green" SkyCar Flight from London to Tombo

lysdexia lysdexia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lysdexia writes "This particular take on the elusive workable flying car looks pretty interesting. It resembles a really swoopy dune buggy powered by a Yamaha R1 engine running on ethanol and uses a parasail and fan rather than attempting to kludge wings onto a car. It looks pretty interesting. Don't know about using it for a commute, but one could certainly use it to Frighten the Horses.

Note that I couldn't find anything on the site showing the actual car flying. The sail shown in the vapor photos looks entirely too small to create enough lift for the vehicle. Alas.

We are currently building the world's first flying Parajet Skycar and after rigorous testing will travel from London across the Sahara to Tombouctou for the maiden voyage in January 2009. It will be the first high performance, road legal, bio-fuelled flying car capable of providing sports and rally car performance on or off the road and light aircraft performance after just a few minutes of wing preparation.

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Linux boxes make ideal botnet controllers

lysdexia lysdexia writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lysdexia writes "Yet another warning about RstB, this time from over at daniweb, so it's somewhat less silly than the usual anti-virus company [Moose Diarrhea|Soda]. I have been running linux since I was given a copy SLS (19-odd floppies) back in the dream time and have never had a virus or trojan crop up on any of my systems. How are these spread? Doofusism?

From the article: Security researchers at Sophos Labs have revealed that nearly 70 percent of all Linux honeypot infections are caused by a single virus. Perhaps even more shocking, all things considered, is the fact that the virus in question, Linux/Rst-B, is actually six years old now. So concerned is Sophos at this identified trend that is has now made a specific tool available just to detect whether this one virus is present on your Linux based computer or server."

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