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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

preflex Re:Plot synopsis (138 comments)

Suddenly an alien probe starts microwaving Earth's oceans. To save Earth, Starfleet instantly promotes Kirk to double-plus-admiral and gives him an experimental portable time travel module, which he uses to take the enterprise back to 1980s Earth.

No, it won't be 1980's Earth. It will be 2010's Earth. Doing the 1980's would cost more, and have fewer opportunities for product placement. Do you remember the blatant Nokia marketing in Star Trek XI? Kirk, as a child, driving a 'vette, blasting the Beastie Boys, and taking calls on his clearly-branded Nokia cell phone (ringtone and all). They could make a whole fucking movie out of that shit.

Star Trek used to give me hope for the future of humanity. It was a vision of the future where mankind had outgrown capitalism, racism, and petty politics, and were free to explore the universe simply because it was there. Each new planet was an opportunity to learn about ourselves, and grow even more civilized as we learned to interact with alien cultures peacefully. Spock acted as a foil to Kirk, demonstrating that if we can reconcile our desire to do good with cold, unflinching logic, we can bring truth, justice, and liberty to the whole of the galaxy.

Now it seems the message is "We will gladly shit upon all your values to make a quick buck. Spock is having a temper tantrum. Fuck you. Buy more shit."

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

preflex Re:When they log into Facebook's server (322 comments)

Furthermore, when the adminstrator logs in to the student's account, FB's advertisers are actually harmed. They paid good money to show ads directed toward the school-age bully who lives in Illinois demographic. When someone other than the registered user logs in, that money is fraudulently wasted.

It's actually in FB's interest to sue and push for criminal charges. They've got an advertising business to run, and if people other than the registered user are logging into accounts, that lowers the value of their ads.

about a week ago
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Silverlight Exploits Up, Java Exploits Down, Says Cisco

preflex Re:Who the hell still uses Silverlight (55 comments)

It boosts development time significantly for building apps of the same functionality

Wow! Silverlight sounds great! I'm always looking for ways to boost my development time. I charge by the hour.

about a week ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

preflex It's actually a nice feature. (93 comments)

I've found Steam's broadcasting feature to be quite handy for getting a handle on the basic mechanics of games with a steep learning curve, such as Crusader Kings II. If you tell a player you're watching him for the purposes of learning the game, he will often slow down and explain his actions.

I also like to watch FTL. It's fun to be a back-seat starship captain, and many of the players like it too, as having an extra set of eyes and ears can be helpful for catching things you might overlook: "Uhh, dude ... Your ship is on fire ... ".

about a week ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

... as I said, you won't find this in related IE languages.

Bullshit.

Here is someone explaining exactly the same thing in German.
Here is the same idea in Russian.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

Nope. You're also wrong about the development of the language. Care to cite something?

"He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and ten times more."
John Bunyan (1626-1688).

Goods + 10 x Goods = 11 x Goods

This has not changed in the last 350 years.

This document, titled "Common Errors in Forming Arithmetic Comparisons" might help. See "Seven Common Errors" number 6.

Confusing ‘times as much’ with ‘times more than’: If B is three times as much as A, then B is two times more than A – not three times more than A. The essential feature is the difference is between ‘as much as’ and ‘more than.’ ‘As much as’ indicates a ratio; ‘more than’ indicates a difference. ‘More than’ means ‘added onto the base’. This essential difference is ignored by those who say that ‘times’ is dominant so that ‘three times as much’ is really the same as ‘three times more than.’

Or how about this one, from The Economist magazine's style guide:

Take care. Three times more than x means four times as much as x."

Perhaps you might be interested in the style gude from the Institute of Physics.

"Five times as much" does not mean the same as "five times more than" (i.e. six times as much) –the first is multiplicative, the second additive.

English speakers really only started getting sloppy with this in the last 100 years or so.

If you're wrong once, and then you're wrong two more times, how many total times are you wrong?

At this point, it's pretty obvious that you are the troll.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

My dog is 150 cm long. Your dog is 50 cm long.
The length of my dog is three times the length of your dog.
My dog is 100 cm longer than your dog.
My dog is (2 x 50) cm longer than your dog.
My dog is two times [your dog's length] longer than your dog [is long].

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

"If I type this sentence two more times, how many times will I have typed it when I am finished?"
Well, so far, I've typed it once.

"If I type this sentence two more times, how many times will I have typed it when I am finished?"
Well I typed it one more time! I have typed it twice!

"If I type this sentence two more times, how many times will I have typed it when I am finished?"
Now i have typed it two more times! I have typed it three times!

Get it?

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

"Times" does only indicate simple multiplication. It's the comparative element: "bigger than" that is the source of the confusion. "Times bigger than" does not represent the proportion of the size of object A to object B, it represents the proportion of object A to the difference between object A and object B.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

Nope. I'm not trolling. Like many people you're taking a wrong turn at the intersection of English Language and Arithmetic.

That's why it's such an awful way of representing the idea. It's confusing. You seem like a reasonably smart person, and it even confused you.

"a volume N times larger" and "N times the volume" are not the same thing.
It's easy to understand when you consider the domain 0 = N =1

For "N times the volume" use N x V = VN
This is simple and straightforward. "This object is twice as big as that object"
My dog (Da) is twice the size of your dog (Db): Da x 2 = 2Da = Db
My dog is 50% (0.5x) the size of your dog: Db x 0.5 = 0.5Db = Da

For "a volume N times larger" use N + (N x V) = (N+1) x V
My dog is two times bigger than your dog: Da + Da x 2 = 3Da = Db
My dog is 50% larger than your dog: Da + Da x 0.5 = 1.5Da = Db

Notice the HUGE difference in meaning between "50% the size of" and "50% larger"
In this context, the difference is a whole dog.

What happens when N = 0? When N = 1
(At this point, it should be obvious how wrong you are)

Thus, for "a volume N times smaller" use V / (N + 1)
Your dog is 3 times smaller than my dog: Da / ( 3 + 1) = Da/4 = Db

Downmodded as a troll for being right. *sigh*

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

preflex Re:Three times smaller!!! (180 comments)

No, it's a crap way of saying a quarter of the volume. It's an incorrect way of saying a third of the volume.

If something is three times larger, it's 4x the original size.
V + V x 0 = V (0x larger)
V + V x 1 = 2V (1x larger)
V + V x 2 = 3V (2x larger)
V + V x 3 = 4V (3x larger)

So, to find the volume of something 3x smaller, we divide by 4.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

preflex Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

As my employer, you should get sued for invasion of privacy, and I should be compensated for the time it may take to find a new job in a non-corrupt company.

One problem: they just rigged the election. They own the judge. Your suit will not go well.

about two weeks ago
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17x17x17 Rubik Cube Solved In 7.5 Hours

preflex Dimensions of cubes. (1 comments)

3x3x3
4x4
5x5
17x17x17
17x17x17
17x17x17
17x17x17

Rubik's plane (4x4, and 5x5) seems really easy to solve. It's already done!

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

preflex Darmok (578 comments)

Soulskill, when the walls fell. Bennett, his arms wide. Bennett and APK at Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

preflex Is this some kind of a test? (928 comments)

Holden: You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down...

Leon: What one?

Holden: What?

Leon: What desert?

Holden: It doesn't make any difference what desert, it's completely hypothetical.

Leon: But, how come I'd be there?

Holden: Maybe you're fed up. Maybe you want to be by yourself. Who knows? You look down and see a server, Leon. It's serving web pages ...

Leon: Server? What's that?

Holden: You know what a computer is?

Leon: Of course!

Holden: Same thing.

Leon: I've never seen a computer... But I understand what you mean.

Holden: You reach down and install Microsoft Windows on it, Leon.

Leon: Do you make up these questions, Mr. Holden? Or do they write 'em down for you?

Holden: The server lays on its back, its case baking in the hot sun, thrashing its hard drive trying to boot up, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.

Leon: What do you mean, I'm not helping?

Holden: I mean: you're not helping! Why is that, Leon?

[Leon has become visibly shaken]

Holden: They're just questions, Leon. In answer to your query, they're written down for me. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response... Shall we continue?

[Leon nods]

Holden: Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about... Systemd.

Leon: Systemd?

Holden: Yeah.

Leon: Let me tell you about Systemd.

[Leon shoots Holden with a gun he had pulled out under the table]

about 3 months ago
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Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus

preflex Re:Please (47 comments)

Who the heck modded up this FUD?

Discovery.com tries to load lots of external resources.
However, the text on the page is displayed without loading any of them (unlike some other sites, such as gawker).

The images and the stylesheet are at ddmcdn.com, if you're using RequestPolicy. This is the only domain that needs to be allowed in RequestPolicy if you want it to "display correctly", but if you're only using NoScript, the page loads fine without allowing anything. The text is reasonably well-formatted and you can view the pictures on the page.

about 3 months ago
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China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

preflex Re:Apologies not accepted (64 comments)

If you want to use Privacy Ops, thats great; I just havent found an app where I would need it yet.

How about the built-in web browser?
According to PDroid Monitor (using CyanogenMod with P-droid patches), it can access:
    Network Location
    GPS Location
    Account Credentials
    Accounts (Listing of accounts registered with other apps on device: Dropbox, Twitter, etc. Includes name of the service, and the user ID)
    Contacts (For what?)
    Call Log (Why the hell would it ever need this?)
    Bookmarks and History (Duh)
    Wifi Info
    Network Info (
    Force Online State

Well, of course the built-in browser is gross. What about Firefox? That should be less invasive, right?
    Network Location
    GPS Location
    Account Credentials
    Accounts
    Record Audio
    Camera
    Start at Boot (That goes really well with the previous two)
    Network Info
    Force Online State

What could possibly go wrong?

about 6 months ago
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Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

preflex Re:It was not already? (99 comments)

This is obviously wrong as there are over 800 titles available for linux, but Valve hasn't published 800 source-engine games. Even limiting the scope to big-publisher FPS stuff you're still wrong on two fronts. CS:GO is still missing. Metro: Last Light (using the 4A engine) has been available since November.

about a year ago
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Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

preflex Re:Steam Linux (99 comments)

There's a few Windows + Linux only titles, but they typically don't stay that way for long. It usually just means the Mac port is still in development. For example Cannons Lasers Rockets is Win+Linux only right now, but it's an "early access" game.

about a year ago

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Advertising industry lashes out at Mozilla over 3rd-party cookie blocking.

preflex preflex writes  |  about 2 years ago

preflex (1840068) writes "Unsurprisingly, Interactive Advertising Bureau president Randall Rothenburg is up in arms over Mozilla's decision to block third-party cookies in upcoming versions of Firefox and has issued the following statement:

"The Interactive Advertising Bureau strongly opposes the scheme by Mozilla to block third-party cookies by default in upcoming releases of its Firefox browser, and we vigorously encourage both the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and its for-profit subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation, which is reconfiguring the Firefox browser, to abandon this proposed change. This move will not put the interest of users first. Nor does it promote transparency or “move the web forward,” as Mozilla claims in its announcement. It will not advance Mozilla’s objective, as stated in its bylaws, of “promoting choice and innovation on the Internet,” but will, instead, impede both. If Mozilla follows through on its plan to block all third-party cookies, the disruption will disenfranchise every single internet user. All of us will lose the freedom to choose our own online experiences; we will lose the opportunity to monitor and protect our privacy; and we will lose the chance to benefit from independent sites like RightWingNews.com LiberalOasis.com, MotherhoodWTF.com, and SuburbanDaddy.com because thousands of small businesses that make up the diversity of content and services online will be forced to close their doors. ..."

He even manges to sneak in a Think-of-the-children argument:

"It is also the third-party cookie that enables urgent messages like AMBER Alerts and weather emergencies to be delivered to relevant, localized audiences.""

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