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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

painandgreed Re:emulator? (121 comments)

You would have to emulate the custom bitslice processor. I think that all of the schematics exist and it would be possible but it would take a lot of work.

Great! Somebody should build it in Minecraft.

2 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

painandgreed Re:Moral Imperialism (470 comments)

"to arouse lust towards children" One could equally say that this satisfies said lust without, you know, involving any real children...

Hush. Remember your Puritan training. There can be no satisfying of lusts, only repression of them.

3 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

painandgreed Re:Really? (339 comments)

This is the one thing you cannot do yourself. Only the ice vendor is allowed to sell ice. You are not allowed to, so you can't just take over the ice concession.

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You can always give it away. That's what all the coffee camps, bars, and food places at Burning Man do.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

painandgreed Re:Eh (200 comments)

tea party WERE libertarians

No, the tea party WERE dixiecrats. Since when have "traditional republicans" been pro-state's rights Southerners?

4 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

painandgreed Re:2,266,800 (407 comments)

What is the difference between being in prison and jail? Just curious...

Jails are usually local and run by the city or county. If you get arrested, you go to jail. If you have to stay in because you are awaiting trial and can't afford bail, you stay in the jail. If you are convicted and receive a short sentence (usually for anything less than a year) or waiting to go to the prison, you are in jail. Prisons are run by the states or the federal government and hold people convicted of either state or federal laws respectively for sentences generally longer than a year.

about a week ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

painandgreed Re:You want an idea? How about we fund NASA? (351 comments)

Fully fund a manned mission to Mars and set a 10 year goal.

Don't think it's possible actually. There's simply too much stuff that still needs to be worked out. Heavy launchers haven't even shown up yet. After that we still had to work out long term deep space habitats that despite the knowledge to even try and build them will take a while to work out the engineering bugs and get them good enough that they'll work for a two and half year trip away from help. Once we actually get to Mars, there is a whole series of problems with getting something capable of carrying a man down to the surface and back due to an atmosphere that isn't quite thick enough to help us and too thick to ignore. Apollo 1 didn't take men to the moon and the first in the Mars mission series won't take people to Mars.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

I had no idea the Six Million Dollar Man was based on a book.

You can read about it here. Being a nerd in high school that di things like read novelizations of TV shows (the Srt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Band one actually made sense out of the movie), I got it and tried to read it. I seem to remember giving up halfway through as he was still recovering from the crash and in the middle of a very dry discussion on how well he can use his remaining body parts as he crawled around in his hospital room.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

I reread the books and honestly, it was better than Tolkien. Tolkien's stories show their age with their writing and lack of modern attitudes, no women, classist social structures sometimes bordering on racism.

While you may feel the movies were more reflective of a contemporary spirit than Tolkien, it's curious that you feel that this automatically makes them better. After all, Tolkien spent his entire career teaching young people that there was much to enjoy in ancient Anglo-Saxon literature, which also had few women and were rooted in classist social structures. Considering that Beowulf isn't only read as a boring school assignment, it sells decently to a readership that actually wants to read it, then why not consider Tolkien in the same way?

Better is a subjective value based upon whatever situational criteria is decided upon by the speaker. As entertainment, yes, I'd say that the story of the movies are better than Tolkein. As an example of English creation of pseudo-folklore based on Scandanavian heritage and language, then yes, Tolkien is probably better. There is a gap between writing for academics and writing for the public. Each one is going to consider their own favorites as better. Take Tom Bombadil for example. Doesn't move the story forward. Essentially has nothing to do with the story even as a false lead or false Chekov's Gun. However, take it in with all his other writings and how he fits into the world as created rather than just the singular story, and becomes something more and probably considered better by people who want different things. take Lovecraft's works. I like them but wouldn't consider them great writing. However, take it as a shared mythology and themes that was compeling enough to be adopted by other writers even at the time, and you have a sum that is better than the parts.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

When I say The Wizard of Oz, the movie you are thinking of was the fifth one made, making it just a reboot.

And it was crap. MGM took a magnificent kids' adventure story and turned it into a frothy, brainless musical...then they crowned their travesty by tacking on an "It was all a dream" ending.

46 years later, Disney of all people made a real Oz story, Return to Oz, from two of the later books...and the critics savaged it because it was dark and scary and didn't have any singing and dancing.

Thank you for supporting my point. Hollywood has always been like they are now. The current era is not anything special.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

Jackie Chan is the actor, not the character. Most of his films were one-offs with original stories, although there were some series. The Police Story trilogy is excellent, by the way.

Sorry, I meant to say Chralie Chan.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:Wizard of Oz reboot? (187 comments)

"The gun is good. The penis is bad."

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:Miracleman! (187 comments)

Perhaps. I'd like to see it, but I think Alan Moore has long since sworn off of movies and Hollywood when he has anything to say about it.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

Tolkien wasn't brought to the screen. Something was, and it was ok, but it wasn't Tolkien.

I reread the books and honestly, it was better than Tolkien. Tolkien's stories show their age with their writing and lack of modern attitudes, no women, classist social structures sometimes bordering on racism. He was writing for his own personal experiment with the biases of his time and it shows.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

I am no expert, but I believe it's because they are easy.

I would add that they are also able to mine decades of stories for the ones that have proven themselves over time and have a following. Comics as a business compared to the film industry is almost not worth mentioning, but for what it is worth, they can essentially run scripts (complete with storyboards) past the public monthly to see what resonates with them and which ones turn out to be good, and even have them pay for themselves. Most of the movies that have been made have been the classic story lines that were getting printed into graphic novels and have highly sought after issues by collectors for years. Marvel even has a large collection of test marketing with updating such stories to a modern setting and sensibilities with the Ultimate series. It's no surprise that the movies are a combination of the regular Marvel stories and the Ultimate stories as they've already seen what people like and don't like with updating such. Comics seem to be an excellent marketing test field for movies and I'm actually sort of surprised they didn't end up experimenting with it way before now (probably because comic code kept them from really being useful to the movie industry).

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

painandgreed Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

Everything these days is reboots, reboots of reboots, sequels, prequels, sequels to prequels, prequels to sequels, comic book adaptations, games adaptations, movies made from tv series, remakes, remakes of remakes, japanese remakes.

Seems like they're not even trying anymore.

That has always been the case. When I say The Wizard of Oz, the movie you are thinking of was the fifth one made, making it just a reboot. Do you know how many Tarzan, Jackie Chan, and other characters that had endless series of reboots, sequels, and prequels there were in the history of film? They're always trying and this is what you get. If you think you can do better, start writing screen plays or form a production company and make your millions.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

painandgreed Re:It's a Republican Thing (294 comments)

And for the irony, aren't the Republicans usually all for the free market and against restrictions?

No. In general they don't like big government, ...

Ya, right. The last Republican president created and entire new branch of government and got all sorts of new powers granted to the government. There's no small government political party and there hasn't been a fiscally conservative President since Eisenhower. Everybody only hates pork spending when it doesn't go to their state or support their causes.

about a week ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

painandgreed Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

That is if the nurse(s) knew anything about Liberia. My experience is that people of the United States do not know the difference between Liberia and Belgium.

The nurse knew, it was one of the questions she asked the patient so they were checking, but the information that the patient had been to Liberia did not make it to the doctor. Why that is, either that info didn't make it to the record, or if the doctor didn't read the record, I have not seen. However, they probably certainly know about such issues as the ER of a major city hospital probably has a lot of cases of foreign nationals and immigrants coming in. We are still dealing with stuff like TB and other non-standard medical issues on a daily basis in the one I work for.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

painandgreed Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (366 comments)

Is 15 IQ points really a meaningful difference "in the real world'?

Probably, but I suspect that nobody can predict exactly what the real world differences will mean. I learned in college pretty quickly that being bright and smart will only carry you so far and that having good study habits and the discipline to sit down and do as much work as you can mean much more. the true genius don't have just a high IQ, but have both. So, an increase in IQ might mean more geniuses but also asbergers, serial killers, sociopaths, and other deviants also tend to have high IQs. The human brain probably isn't just like some computer where you can install more RAM or upgrade the chip speed, but a balanced machine where things need to work well with each other in a balance or things go wacky.

I always liked the Bruce Sterling sci-fi stories where part of the world involved a history of creating "super brights". They mucked about with genetics and created the Khan style super intelligent children. They all were geniuses, but they also were all twisted insane deviants.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

painandgreed Re:Scarier still.... (366 comments)

They say that if you are young and vote Republican you are heartless but if you are older and vote Democrat you are stupid. Not sure which gene controls that...

Only old Republicans like my father say that. Usually, while they are saying that, we're patting them on the back, agreeing with them, and blessing their sweet little heart because they've already lost the ability for critical discussions.

Really, it is only in recent years that the parties have stood for liberal or conservative as in the past both have been progressive but in different ways and had their own liberal and conservative branches mostly governed by local politics and issues.

about a week ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

painandgreed Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

In the late 70's and early 80's in the US, you could go into a big box store and buy a computer with BASIC for under $200. Heck, the Sinclair boxes were under a $100. Which computer fits that description today?

Just about any of them. For 200 1980 dollars in equivalent money, you could get a Mac mini and start programming whatever flavor of C they're working on or HTML or Javascript. There are free BASIC emulators that can be had as well as probably a dozen more. Pick up an even cheaper Dell and probably do the same thing. Those computers will be lightyears ahead of the crap that was back then as the users will at least be able to save their work without doubling the cost of their set up. If you wanted to go cheaper, I'm sure somebody could make some developer station out of some cheap android tablet that would be light years ahead of those machines (if only because they'd come with a screen).

about two weeks ago

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