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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

obscuro Re:The flip side: (127 comments)

Dungeons and Dragons is a game of probability events and profiles that offset those probabilities. It's great training for decision-making under constraints. In the real world one seldom knows everything necessary to make the best decision. We're stuck using what information we can gather (and a model for best understanding) to take our best shot.

On the DM side, a good campaign is about balancing the probability of kicking your players asses too hard and giving them enough challenge to build skills and hit points. For instance, a campaign that is well matched to the players should kill them really fast if they were to (to be allowed to) try to play it backwards. The campaign should present opportunities to build the characters to face the later challenges the DM knows are coming. That's a hell of a lot like the long term management of a team.

4 days ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

obscuro I saw a demo in 2002 (278 comments)

Of a set of apps, that included Carnivor, that could listen to audio, transcribe it perfectly, uniquely identify the various speakers on the call, identify different discussions weaving through the conversation and summarize them.

about two weeks ago
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Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

obscuro Traffic Comes from EMPLOYMENT (187 comments)

Traffic comes from EMPLOYMENT. Economic growth used to be a good gauge of employment. That's not a reliable correlation anymore.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

obscuro Netflix, GE, Mediocre Company X... (397 comments)

This explains a LOT about why Netflix is such a pathetic, stagnant piece of shit. "A players..." - who hires someone who even talks like that?

about 7 months ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

obscuro Given who we think are terrorists... (509 comments)

... the NSA director is right about what he needs to do his job.

Wired has an article about the threats the NSA has to worry about:(sarcasm) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/10/insider-threat/

Here's an article about our potential terrorist veterans: (sarcasm) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/?page=all

Here's a list by paranoids: (sarcasm) http://thetruthwins.com/archives/patriots-and-christians-have-been-repeatedly-labeled-as-potential-terrorists-since-obama-became-president

about 7 months ago
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The US Now Faces the Same Dilemma Over Drones As It Did Over Nuclear Weapons

obscuro Article Misses Point of Nukes (211 comments)

The problem with nukes is the scale of their destruction and the potential to poisons regions or the world. Drones are just another new weapons system. They don't relate at all to nukes. They still could use some international controls and other attention from potential combatants but that could be said of all kinds of weapons.

about 8 months ago
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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

obscuro It's Not the Change It's The PACE of Change (674 comments)

The premise of TFA is that tech displaces jobs from the focus of new efficiencies to other jobs not eliminated by or created by the new technology. History has proved this out so far. But history has also shown that technology's advances are coming at a faster and faster pace. It take TIME to transition from one job to another. The types of advances we're now seeing in technology aren't industry specific they are generalized advances in computer intelligence, cost efficiency and universality. The advance in vision and motion that displaces the worker from factory X can displace them tomorrow from factory Y and from orchard Z. The white collar world has seen the disappearance of middle management but will see decisioning frameworks outperforming boardrooms full of meat shells sooner than anyone cares to believe.

Workers at all levels will find themselves running away from a wave that is moving faster than their capacity to adapt. IF the advance of technology slows as a consequence of less people capable of buying new tech that could reach some kind of equilibrium but I wouldn't count on that, would you?

about 10 months ago
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Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

obscuro A Trillion Bucks for THAT?! (366 comments)

That's a steal!! We should build that thing tomorrow and send the damn super rich there BEFORE they turn this place into anymore of a s**thole. They can move the stock exchanges up there too. Just think, they could wave down at main street while we go about some honest business for a change.

about a year ago
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Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard

obscuro Re:like anything else.. (580 comments)

Math can be very hard. What is often lost is that math MAKES THINGS EASY.

1 year,11 days
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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

obscuro Re:The system worked (470 comments)

Really glad to hear that it was Jewish Americans who turned the crazies in.

Sorry Black Parrot, it was the KKK that turned them in.

about a year ago
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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

obscuro Is This Really Terrorism? (470 comments)

I find the KKK extremely distasteful. I find race and religious hatred distasteful. I see no problem saying mean things about the President of the US as long as they aren't death threats. These were clearly scary, rude assholes building a terrifying weapon which merits extremely close ongoing scrutiny.

As far as I can tell, however, that's all these guy were. They were haters seeking funding for a prototype of a weapon that they said they wanted to sell to Israel. Being a hater is shitty but legal. Developing weapons is basically legal although there are legal restrictions that I doubt these guys obeyed. Selling weapons to a US ally is legal. Their stated intent was to build a weapon that would be useful against the enemies of Israel. Was there another stated intent that nobody has reported on yet?

If they didn't state an intent to illegally harm people with this weapon, then how are these guys guilty of terrorism. It seems to me that they are guilty of being dickheads and possibly guilty of some forms of endangerment or trafficking in weapons.

about a year ago
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Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?

obscuro Make a Robot Friendly Chassis (141 comments)

Make a robot friendly chassis and things get interesting fast. The whole data center could be one giant self-healing stack. You put fresh parts in one end and take dead parts out the other.

about a year ago
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Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

obscuro Candy Shop (417 comments)

I think the TFA and all involved have gotten so used to a daily candy shop of FRICKIN' MIRACLES. That they're inured to the taste of sugar.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?

obscuro Public Code Reviews and Named Bug List (366 comments)

Your team members are clearly not feeling the cost of their failure or the benefit of better practices. Schedule a 1.5 hour meeting where you go over the worst code that week and the best code that week. When bugs show up in a release track them back to the developer(s) involved and rename the bug to include their names.

Identify WHAT DEVELOPERS NEED TO LEARN OR CHANGE during each code review and provide the resources for them to learn the better practice.

Pay bonuses for good code and good practices. If you're afraid that some people will quit... don't be.

about a year and a half ago
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The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

obscuro Re:As an art student... (194 comments)

VW was founded by Ferdinand Porsche. The Porsche family has been involved in the development of nearly every VW in history. Ferdinand Piëch, his grandson, ran Audi and VW.... It's turtles all the way down for the connection between Porsche, VW and Audi.

about a year and a half ago

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What is the best API experience you've had in the last few years?

obscuro obscuro writes  |  about 2 years ago

obscuro writes "Our team is planning on rolling out an API for all aspects of our product. We want to give developers the best experience and value possible. What are the best experiences and pricing models you've seen?"
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Android the Most Heavily Attacked OS

obscuro obscuro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

obscuro writes "It looks like Android is getting hit pretty hard. My question is, what steps can I take to secure my HTC Inspire? What steps can Android users in general take to secure their systems?"
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Pretty Strong Evidence of Multiverse!

obscuro obscuro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

obscuro (1448733) writes "SciFi fans, rejoice! Something outside our known universe is tugging at stars 2.5 billion light years from earth. This motion was first identified in 2008 among several hundred galaxies (which were all traveling in the same direction at 2.2 million miles per hour. Of course someone had to dub the phenomenon"Dark flow" since everything in space these days has to be called "dark BLANK." Further research has confirmed that something really bizarre is happening. Could it be the alternate universe where I'm cool enough to write a decent post about this article?"
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