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China Successfully Launches Second Moon Probe

peripatetic_bum A Kick in the Pants? (86 comments)

I hope this is the kick in the pants the US needs to restart out space program. I was saddened when NASA got 'demoted.' It felt like we lost something. I dont know.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway?

peripatetic_bum This could turn out worse then the imagine (297 comments)

My first thought when I read that a publishing group was being delisted was how am I going to know what was delisted?

I use amazon because I feel (dont really know) that it gives me access to pretty much every book that I can buy and so if Im researching a topic or want to read about something now IM not so sure that I'll use amazon.

Yeah, I know I could use a library but I live somewhere where its not that great and I dont know how to seach for books in other way, but now that I think of it, I'll do some googling.

more than 4 years ago

John Carmack Says No Dedicated Servers For Rage

peripatetic_bum Re:New trends, new counter-trends (162 comments)

I've been thinking about this since the MW2 server decision and it does seem to be a slight change in attitude recently.

Games like http://www.torchlightgame.com/, http://www.captainforever.com/ seem to be actively engaging its players in making the game but also expecting us to pay them.

We can't make good open-source games because someone has to stop playing them and DESIGN/CODE them! :)

So I think we are seeing something different and not so different,ie We should expect to pay for the games we play but we should expect much more input than the big game makers have been giving us lately. I think torchlight points the way: using opensource tools as much as possible but this leaves the ability to modify the game as much as we want but we should expect to pay for it. I think lately we have been expecting everything for free and as programs require more and more effort we should expect to pay for them. ie, the days of paying once and getting mods and upgrades and new content for free Are Over but I know that if I really enjoy playing a game, I think I would continue to support it. again Im not sure this if very much different then the DLC over 360/PS3 but the the difference would be that we wouldn't be limited to just the gamemaker, ie anyone could make mods with these quasi-open-source games and charge for them if they wanted.

anyway I hope Im making sense, the kids are up too early today

more than 5 years ago

Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

peripatetic_bum Uhmmm. Is his research even legal? (895 comments)

As far as I understand it, he involved unwilling participants into his research and never informed them of what he was doing so I suspect they never gave him consent.
If people really wanted to punish this guy for being an ass, it's as easy as reporting him to his chair and asking him why he felt he inflict such grief on unwilling participants. I know most research requires that you consent and that's what bothers me most about his ass-hole antics

more than 5 years ago

44 Conjectures of Stephen Wolfram Disproved

peripatetic_bum !Clearly the lack of posts (158 comments)

is directly proportional to the knowledge required to post

more than 7 years ago



Ebays buys "Buy it Now" patent from Patent

peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peripatetic_bum writes "For some EBAY has settled with a patent troll over a ridiculous patent related to the "Buy it Now". The New York times has the article which essentials says that the trolls won by simply exhuasting EBAY via the legal system."

peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peripatetic_bum writes "Just in, Microsoft has lost a ruling in which it could face up to 1.52 billion dollar charge (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/23/technology/23pa tent.html?ref=technology) for its use of the MP3 format.
What I find really interesting is that this ruling could be applied to APPLE. What I find even more interesting is that this might finally push OGG vorbis format (http://www.vorbis.com/) into the mainstream, especially if Microsoft and Apple don't have to pay for it?
Is this another way for Open Source to make sense to Business?



Admin Question

peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Recently I posted a questin about the new release of the kernel and asked whether I should upgrade, I even asked if I should be using 2.2 instead of 2.4 for a production server.

I tell, ya I was impressed. At first I was flamed out of existence: mostly people wanting my server admin job and so wanting me fired so they could take over. (this was funny as I am helping admin a non-profit webhosting company, which had no money)

Then slowly the more reasoned replies started showing up and essentially told me the error of my ways in a helpful way. Then *They* got flamed out of existence.

Anyway, the responses were quite funny, and we (ie the other server admin) all had a good laugh about it. At least we werent running bk kernels.




peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  more than 12 years ago

(i have not started my job yet, so I have time to putz (in about one month, start making 100k!)

Anyway, I understand the original intent of AC. If someone had some very important information, they could post it without fear of reprecussions. In thoses cases, I think this is a noble idea, but I have yet to see it in practice. I am not saying it doesnt happen, just that I havent see it.

What I do see happening with AC is more Coward than Anonymous. I have usually gotten many, many replies to some of my good posts, and almost to a fault, the only worthy ones have been made by logged in users. usually if I see an AC post a reply to me, I can count on it trying to be insulting, but usually failing because the AC poster usually has a fallacy of logic that tends to amuse me. BUT the point is, that on the whole, AC just tend to be like asshole guys who yell at people as they ride by fast in a truck:. Redneck, Racist, Ignorant, and defintely not Elite.

Anyway thanks!



peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Ok, here's another rant :)

I have noticed that several times, I have been modded as Over-rated.

Im trying to think of what this could mean and for now I can only come up with the thought of someone who mods Over-rated:

"That's their thought! Hell, I could have come up with that!. You don't deserve credit for that thought"

Of course, my reply is:

  "But you didnt, did you?"


Views Points of Slashdot.org

peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  about 13 years ago

Another thing I've been thinking about is the slashdot user themselves. While its true that a large number of them are thoughtful people, I have to say an even greater number of them really don't have a clue. This is mostly the fault of the narrow education system that is now encourage. When you teach someone only science (technical matters) than all they know and believe is that science is the only valid method to anything.

It is very clear from reading a lot of post that while most are technically proficient they really dont have any idea of the environment in which they grew up.

Recently there was post about how buying computers for poor people would be a waste of time. The main thread through out all this was that good equipment was being wasted on the poor because they wouldnt know what to do with it.

The degree of racism and just plain ignorance was astounding. When I pointed this out, I was modded out of existance. But the key is, and here is what is surprising is, that they never once considered how they came in contact with their own first computer.

Someone gave them their first contact with a computer, someone else gave them an environemt in which computers were something they could have access to. I was astounded when one of the posters said that they worked all summer to buy their first computer. This person was obviously oblivous to the fact that this was not his first exposure to his computer, but a result of a previous exposure to computer. (mind you I am not discounting his hard work, this is a product of culture and his own initiative) Anyway it was clear that the mind set was: The poor and rich get what they deserve, that the "Free Market" works fairly IS a Mantra with no clear idea of what free markets really are and how they really are controlled.

I was called a commie! (ohhh the horror)
I was called a socialist (ohhh)

But I'd like to point out that if it werent for the government sponsered funding of the ARPANET (http://www.dei.isep.ipp.pt/docs/arpa--1.html) we would not have this. I dont think the FreeMarket brought the internet around. In the end, the FreeMarket may end up destroying the internet as we know. I think SCO's free market tactics are capitalism at it's freest form, and we all should take heed



peripatetic_bum peripatetic_bum writes  |  about 13 years ago I cant rememer where i read it but someone had written that mods points should only be positive and not negative. As I understand the whole point of mods points to be is to highlight comments. Unfortunately what I am seeing are people who mod things down because they disagree with them. Instead of writing a reply, they mod down the opinion they dont like. Instead if we only could mod things up then the trolls would even get the meagar attention of being modded down and also and more importantly, different view points (esp minority view points) would be modded up. ANd esp unpopular opinions wouldnt suffer the dummies who cant understand that just because you dont agree with someone doesnt mean that they are idiots as i suspect some slashdot readers think

Update: I've thought about it again, and I'll just add to the above. It really doesn occur to me that part of the problem with moderation is that when you are a moderator and you find a really intersting argument that makes you seethe, you only recourse is lose your modding priveliges if you really want to reply and no one wants to do that, so what happnes is that someone mods you down. Even posts that are offtopic arent offtopic if someone else thinks they are interesting.

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