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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

mlookaba Re:Best Script Ever? (298 comments)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a great movie. Just sayin.

about a week ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

mlookaba Re:WELL DUH! (282 comments)

I am so glad to be an engineer, where the answers can be discussed in absolute terms.

If I had to work in an environment like "Next Top Designer" or whatever, where your job depends on mostly opinion, I would leap out a window in no time.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

mlookaba Re:Dear Slashdot, (147 comments)

Are you one of those people that think developers should do everything themselves without asking for assistance? That shit leads to really, really bad code.

It may not be fashionable in your circles, but human communication is, and will always be, a basic element of engineering.

about a month and a half ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mlookaba Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

"Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead."

The fundamental flaw with that logic is the assumption that the offender is remorseful, and wants to be put to good use. While it is certainly true in some cases, it's almost certainly NOT true in others. Figuring out which is really difficult, because it turns out that people tend to lie when they get caught.

about 4 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mlookaba Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

You're arguing about something unrelated to my comment. My point is that sometimes the physical "violence" of being incarcerated is justified for non-physical crimes. That's all.

about 4 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mlookaba Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

the real crime is punishing a non-violent civil offender with violence (i.e. forced into a cage)

Would you feel the same way if a financial advisor intentionally stole all the money your parents had for retirement? That wouldn't be a physically violent act, but would seem to have consequences that merit punishment other than a fine.

about 4 months ago
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Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

mlookaba Sure, give that a try (196 comments)

Wearing a mask in public is already considered "probable cause" for detain and search. While I agree with the reasons, this product will go nowhere except Halloween parties.

about 7 months ago
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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

mlookaba Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (211 comments)

As long as we are willing to include nuclear in that equation, than I agree.

Without a cheap storage mechanism, solar/wind/etc. cannot satisfy the baseline demand of the power grid. Yes, there are ways to do that. They also impact the environment and come with a steep cost.

about 7 months ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

mlookaba Security Through Obscurity (126 comments)

That memo is a wonderful example of why exposing poor practices is difficult. The terminology is so dense that only those on the inside can truly understand it without a good deal of research. Most times people probably give up because they fear looking stupid for not knowing the lingo.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

mlookaba Re:the games haven't changed much (285 comments)

Nobody cares about your tales of the old days, grandpa.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

mlookaba Re:Wasting Your Time (285 comments)

Let's try an experiment. We'll put 100 adolescent males in a room, and give them a choice of two gaming systems: One older "classic" system, and the latest high-tech thing available. We'll tell them "If you pick the older system, you'll be a better person someday", and "if you pick the newer system, you will regret it later". Would you care to guess what might happen? I don't know. I've not ever performed that experiment. But purely based on intuition, I suspect I know how it might go.

Go back to bed, grandpa, with your stupid "in my day" bullshit

Rather than debate something you disagree with, you turn to insults. You're a dick.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

mlookaba Wasting Your Time (285 comments)

I agree with your goals, but here are some of facts as I see them:

(1) Kids of this age do not have the higher thinking skills to appreciate sacrificing something for longer term gain.
(2) If you force them use an outdated or substandard system, they will resent you, be humiliated with their friends (or more likely, lie about it to prevent that).
(3) You're not really teaching them anything useful in a practical sense. Yes, I love the Atari 2600 too. It is completely irrelevant to anyone born after 1990 except in a historical sense.
(4) Desire to learn history has to come from the seeker, not the purveyor of that knowlege. It can be encouraged, but not forced.

about a year ago
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Neural Net Learns Breakout By Watching It On Screen, Then Beats Humans

mlookaba More AI Hyperbole (138 comments)

Very regularly, someone writes a clever new algorithm to crunch a specific limited set of data more efficiently.

Repeat it with me: "This is not an AI breakthrough".

about a year ago
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Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

mlookaba Not Really (204 comments)

"While anyone can file a lawsuit, being sued by an institutional investor is a little different than being sued by John Q. Disgruntled. "

Not in this case. Men in black will make the case disappear or be dismissed for trumped up reasons.

Good luck with that.

1 year,6 days
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8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

mlookaba There is no Magic Energy Fairy (327 comments)

Where do they think the power comes from? Those magic wall sockets most likely are connected to coal burning plants. There aren't enough sites for hydroelectric power to increase by a substantial amount, and solar and wind power aren't capable of supplying the "base curve" of the grid demand because of their unreliable nature. Either allow nuclear energy and/or fracking to supplement them, or STFU about renewable sources please.

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

mlookaba Re:Oh, really? (1255 comments)

As always, the problem is that people don't agree on what "success" means. I think that impersonal testing with static measures of success is best. Other people think that you need to factor in how this particular child got to this point.

about a year ago
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Online Law Banning Discussion of Current Affairs Comes Into Force In Vietnam

mlookaba Re:We should invade (140 comments)

Wow. I guess everything I read over the last 40 years is wrong then. Oh, BTW, care to back that up with any facts?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

mlookaba Huge Obelisks (277 comments)

Build huge obelisks that are inscribed with instructions for technology. At the very bottom, instructions about how to read that script using pictures. Further up, details on how to farm and build basic shelters. Higher still (and out of sight from the ground), things like electronics, power generation, etc. Even higher (not reachable by primitive ground structures) things like nuclear power and advanced topics. Thus the populace would have all the info handy to get restarted, but wouldn't be able to use the advanced stuff until they had gotten the basics right.

Disclaimer: Not my idea. Read it in a science fiction book years ago, but cannot locate the title at the moment.

about a year and a half ago
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

mlookaba Re:Realistic? (237 comments)

oops... $129.47 billion in 2012.

My ancestors apologize to you for birthing a pathetic moron who can't properly proofread.

about a year and a half ago
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

mlookaba Realistic? (237 comments)

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_program#Program_cost:

"The final cost of project Apollo was reported to Congress as $25.4 billion in 1973"

According to http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ that would be $129.47 in 2012. Now obviously we have the benefit of relatively inexpensive technology to help offset that. However we also have the burden of stricter safety standards and more expensive "available" technology as opposed to "required" technology. Hopefully the government would be pragmatic enough to select the "appropriate" level of safety. That means quantifying the numeric value of a life (factoring in all the publicity involved, future projects, etc) which is something people don't seem willing to do. I suspect that NASA is very gunshy about repeating a shuttle type disaster, and would not be able to give an upper bound to that number.

All it all, it seems pretty farfetched that this will happen to me.

about a year and a half ago

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