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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

poena.dare Other Systems (127 comments)

Tunnels and Trolls and Traveller had more of an influence on me than D&D.

D&D did teach me to take the parts I liked and screw the rest.


about 3 months ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

poena.dare Re:Neil DeGrasse Tyson may be right - now, but... (580 comments)

"So was crossing the atlantic in a boat."

'Tis true, Until we find natives on another planet foolishly hoarding natural resources, that are ripe for exploitation and conquest, then commercial space programs are doomed.

Until then our only hope (stop, please stop, thinking about making a joke there) is some crazy idiot backed by a second-rate global player who thinks he can find a quicker route from San Jose to San Francisco via Mars.

about a year ago

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

poena.dare Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

The summary should read "Several browsers let your significant other press Ctrl-Shift-T to reopen a closed tab chock full of furry pr0n. That is all."

about a year ago

Google Patents Image-Capturing Walking Sticks

poena.dare Re:Great (117 comments)

Thank god Corpsicles never took off!

about a year ago

PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years

poena.dare Re:I cut my teeth on that CPU (336 comments)

16 bit... tchka!... you had it easy.

The PDP 8/e was da bomb for:

printing "Hello World"
playing Tic-Tac-Toe
paper tape races

about a year ago

Schneier: The Internet Is a Surveillance State

poena.dare Good Story (333 comments)

I liked it so much I liked it. ...ooops...

about a year and a half ago

What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

poena.dare Re:If you want groundbreaking early Mac software (704 comments)

I was deep into Pascal and assembly but it wasn't until HC that I learned the UI was where the battle was won or lost.

Also, Talking Moose!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

poena.dare Re:John Brunner (1365 comments)

ditto ditto ditto

muckers... Corp liability settlements as a profit center ... World wide webs... Aggressive advertising

thank God none of his predictions came true

more than 2 years ago

Why Distributing Music As 24-bit/192kHz Downloads Is Pointless

poena.dare Re:Pfft. (841 comments)

Thomas Alva Edison & I hear you loud and clear.

more than 2 years ago

Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

poena.dare Re:He's going to be chief youth jargonist (232 comments)

I predict his first WaPo post will be a dupe!

j/k good luck, and don't fuck with Pogue if you know what's good for you!

more than 2 years ago

Why Didn't the Internet Take Off In 1983?

poena.dare No Access for Amateur Coders (469 comments)

Amateur programmers couldn't run and test their own code on it.

If nascent code monkeys weren't interested, then you lose the wow factor pretty quickly.

GEnie, Compuserve, Applelink, and AOL had some success because they were 1/2 BBS-like and 1/2 virtual desktop publishing.

One look at Mosaic + HTML, though, and it was painfully obvious that not only could you publish your random crap without AOL, but you could spend an eternity tinkering and extending it.

more than 2 years ago

YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

poena.dare hey eeplox (730 comments)

submit this to boing boing and the agitator. They'd probably love this.

more than 2 years ago

The Dark Side of Digital Distribution

poena.dare Re:sony all over again.. (270 comments)

On December 8, 2011, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed the last remaining count of the class action lawsuit, stating: "As a legal matter, [..] plaintiffs have failed to allege facts or articulate a theory on which Sony may be held liable." He then removed massive amounts of wax from his ears after the trial.

Once again, I am in the wrong damn business.

more than 2 years ago

Developer's View: Real Life Inspirations Or Abstract Ideas?

poena.dare 1976 (144 comments)

"Dammit, all these charts a tables need to be on a computer!" -- me in 1976 playing D&D.

I would argue that the "immigrants" have a more pressing desire to innovate because they felt the crushing limitations of the non-virtual world first hand.

more than 2 years ago

Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed

poena.dare Re:Let it happen (105 comments)

Please, yes. These infected moroons are tomorrow's clients and damn I need the cash!

more than 2 years ago

The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal

poena.dare Re:I'd comment but... (142 comments)

from toilet seats of course!

more than 2 years ago

The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal

poena.dare I'd comment but... (142 comments)

...this webOS browser is like slow burning syphilis. The only, and I mean only, thing that's right here is the $99 price tag.

YMMV for phones, sure. But for a tablet webOS is like a delicious cake made without leavening.

more than 2 years ago



In the Future, All Your Comments can be Downloaded

poena.dare poena.dare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

poena.dare (306891) writes "Dear Slashdot:

I will give you a dollar if you can give me a text file of all my comments, journals, and submissions.

How many more people would have to give you a dollar for the exact same thing before you would make it a feature of the site?

Please post the total $ needed and a donate button on the front page and I will give you my dollar.

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Judge Nixes Warrantless Cell Phone Loc Data

poena.dare poena.dare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

poena.dare (306891) writes "The government sought warrantless access to 113 days of location data for a Verizon Wireless customer. On Monday, a judge refused the request, ruling that cell phone users have an expectation of privacy in location information. "There is no meaningful Fourth Amendment distinction between content and other forms of information, the disclosure of which to the Government would be equally intrusive and reveal information society values as private," said Judge Nicholas Garaufis. Privacy advocates in DC will be cheering as soon as they climb out from under their desks!"
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