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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

retchdog Re:Suspension of Disbelief (193 comments)

and to think that once upon a time we had the naive belief that the arts themselves could spark and inspire thought about these noble purposes, so that your dichotomy would not apply.

fortunately we've gotten over that silly notion; now, get back to your drudge work and be happy to enjoy your optimized video experience.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

retchdog Re:Constantly amazed (279 comments)

And if our Slashdot-Asker had actually stated a use, we might be able to advise him better. As it is, we're all just guessing.

Myself, I'd even want Google Fiber just for the latency and reliability; throughput would be a far lesser consideration. I'd also have some idea of what I actually wanted to do with it, and would either know how to achieve that or, at least, have the decency to ask a specific question.

I doubt the Asker is even going to be pirating. I doubt he'll do much of anything really, which is perfectly fine, especially for Google shareholders.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

retchdog who gives a shit? (279 comments)

You are paying for a service which you haven't stated an use for, and yet you are worried that you're being ripped off unless you make up some stupid reason to "fully utilize" it (whatever that means; I guess you can always stream /dev/urandom to make sure you get your money's worth). But you can't even come up with a "utilization", so you're fretting about wiring instead.

Again, who gives a shit? Just pay some monkey to wire up cat5. If you and your house are still around when you actually come up with a reason to do something better, pay another monkey to wire up (whatever the fuck).

about two weeks ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

retchdog Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

Mythology is replete with examples of sex changes. Clearly it's been on people's minds for quite a while. It's not surprising that it's happening now that it's possible; even with our crude technology, there are plenty of early adopters. I doubt it's going to go anywhere

You're kind of right, though. The technology will probably improve drastically. In 50 years, you won't even be able to notice it. To follow your analogy, we stopped doing lobotomies because we invented risperdal.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

retchdog Re:gtfo (724 comments)

this isn't offtopic.

did i offend someone by pointing out that the Quinn-hate started before the accusations of sexual manipulation? lol.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

retchdog Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Depression Quest is definitely a game in the sense that it's a really primitive interactive fiction. Zork is generally considered a game, so I don't see why Quinn's shouldn't be. Admittedly, it might not be a good game, but it is a game.

I played Depression Quest a while ago, long before this drama started. it was unpolished and had a lot of typos, but i thought it was a cute idea. iirc, wasn't the original outcry from "gamers" due to DQ being greenlit on Steam despite their not wanting it there? Honestly, I didn't understand that; if you don't like it, don't play it. I haven't been following this silly episode very well; it seems to have drifted onto various groups trying to "own" the incident. (yawn)

about three weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

retchdog Re:Not only from petroleum / fossil fuel (201 comments)

good to know.

palm oil is quite expensive, however. i'd be very surprised if they weren't using the much more plentiful petroleum byproduct.

about three weeks ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

retchdog Re:It doesn't take a genius (113 comments)

it's not simple, but neither is it extremely difficult. the factors he cites are important, and sang froid is much more important than technical analysis if you're playing with your own money. however, from one example you can conclude basically nothing.

if just 1,000 people all invested their entire savings in a single double-zero roulette roll, you're almost guaranteed to have a few very lucky winners. does this mean it was a good idea? and is it that unreasonable to think there are about 1,000 similar people who tried exactly what this person did, and failed?

about three weeks ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

retchdog Re:See mom? (113 comments)

there really is no baseline here for a meaningful comparison, and some people do just get lucky. there's that old joke about applying to work for N banks and making a different prediction about a fixed set, S, of stocks to each one; if N=2^|S|, you'll sweep one of them, guaranteed.

having a large liquidity pool also simply lets you make high-risk investments that others literally can't. there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this, but neither should you conclude that individual merit is the driving factor.

the article is a puff-piece. the better question to ask about articles like this is "why are they making a big deal out of it right now?". you sometimes get some interesting and disturbing connections, especially when the correlations unfold in the following few months. it rarely has much to do with the putative content.

about three weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

retchdog Re:I enjoy gay sex. (201 comments)

it also doesn't contain any oil, but it does contain propylene glycol which is derived from petroleum (or other fossil fuels).

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

retchdog Re:conveniently leave out Xerox, Apple (96 comments)

oh, don't bother. you can't resolve every stupid nitpick people bring up, and even if you did no one will bother reading past the "+5, Insightful" nitpick anyway.

fuck this place.

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

retchdog Re:Commands lines (250 comments)

admittedly, this usage doesn't really show how impressive spotlight is, so read the last sentence as an auxiliary statement, not a conclusion. :)

but, yes, spotlight is by far the best indexing/search tool i've used on any platform.

about a month ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

retchdog Re:Commands lines (250 comments)

isn't it wonderful to have such freedom of choice?!

about a month ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

retchdog Re:Commands lines (250 comments)

on OS X it's just cmd-space to bring up the spotlight, and then you start typing "terminal" until it auto-completes, which is probably after "ter" (or even "te" unless you use textedit often). spotlight is awesome.

about a month ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

retchdog Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

without US political and military might, Microsoft wouldn't be nearly as safe doing business abroad as they are now.

i don't know exactly how much they should owe for this service, but it's stupid to say it's nothing.

about 2 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

retchdog Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

uh-huh, there are plenty of other folks with engineering degrees and good grades who are doing great at life.

it should be obvious to anyone with intelligence that intelligence is not in itself sufficient for, well, pretty much anything. why don't you tell us what the real problem is?

about 2 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

retchdog Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

well, yeah, children are dumb; even, or especially, the smart ones.

however, Livius said "I've still seen very few environments where [intelligence isn't a liability], and all of those only well after childhood."

for a grown adult, this is just pathetic (without mitigating factors, at least). even Spock could occasionally pretend not to be autistic when it was to the advantage of his commission.

about 2 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

retchdog Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

Then, I'm afraid, you're doing it wrong.

Or maybe you're not actually that smart. Or maybe you never bothered to learn how to change things, perhaps due to some inefficient ethics you were indoctrinated with?

about 2 months ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

retchdog Re:Cant wait to see what lawyers will do with this (190 comments)

these "safety bunkers" are called "lobbies" by normal people. you know, how gas stations have air-conditioned stores inside where you can buy coffee and soda? you can still afford gas, can't you?

about 2 months ago

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success!

retchdog retchdog writes  |  about 2 months ago

after ages of playing it low-key, i've managed to take my first karma hit ever by punching my abrasive style to the maxxxx! awesome. i hate this fucking place. too bad you guys can't kick me out. :) :) :) :)

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good evening sodless godomites!

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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wtf

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 3 years ago

here i am, modding up trolls; aspiring gadflys; inarticulate racists; and even the occasional goatse link... and i'm still getting an average of 15 mod points a week!

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FSF/EFF

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I predict that within four years, the US federal government will make a serious attempt to nationalize and/or directly destroy/reorganize the Free Software Foundation and/or EFF.

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