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Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

retchdog Re:How is this a crime (55 comments)

And a chop shop is just buying huge amounts of car parts for cash. What's wrong with that? Car parts are legal! Cash is legal! Come on, cut my cousin Vinnie a break, he's just a poor kid who grew up in the South Bronx, your honor!

3 hours ago
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Viacom's Messy Relationship With YouTube and The Rise of Stephen Colbert

retchdog Re:Lost His Balls (32 comments)

yeah, Viacom probably didn't want to deal with subpoenas and a federal investigation from the comments of people like you.

pretty wise of them, really.

4 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

retchdog Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

yeah, it's exactly as valid as saying that, as an American, i have a 14.1% chance of being black. that statistic is "simply based" on demographic numbers, and just as good as the overall average of murder numbers.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

retchdog Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

you never know if that person could one day suffer from a mental problem

sure but these probabilities are not uniform across all subpopulations.

i wish you the best in recovering from whatever you've experienced that caused you to go on this weird, marginally relevant rant.

2 days ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

retchdog Re:$32 million of greed. (166 comments)

you're so sure that people here are merely jealous rather than spiteful at someone profiting off a system they correctly see as bullshit.

there is, actually, a difference between "hey, i want that!" and "hey, i could have had that if i were an amoral asshole. fuck this world."

of course they can both be stupid and counterproductive (particularly, the latter is just wrong), but it's a bit silly to use the same label for both.

2 days ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

retchdog Re: Math author dies rich... (166 comments)

it's garbage, trying to fill too many roles and full of bloat, though some of this is the publisher's fault.

either dumb it down some more, or use a better book like Apostol. either way, that goddam tome is an anachronistic brick. i fucking hated calculus in high school, yet wound up with a Ph.D. in applied math once i got real teachers and real books.

fuck hell, when did Apostol go up to $220? i thought it was ridiculously expensive when i bought it years ago...

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

retchdog Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

not that i disagree with your point, but note that by claiming that statistic, you are implicitly assuming that i chose (or would choose) my spouse/partner at random from the sampled population and, even further, that i myself was chosen at random from that population. neither of those are even close to true.

4 days ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

retchdog Bennett Haselton's Revised Gift Guide (113 comments)

* A phone with a slideout keyboard, no matter how shitty the phone is otherwise, because the primary use of a phone is typing huge amounts of text into it and it's impossible to find external keyboards for touchscreen phones.
* Donation in recipient's name to the "Association of Tyrants, Prosecutors, and Torturers for Liberty", a non-profit organization dedicated to repealing the Fifth Amendment.
* A cooler full of ice for next year's BURNING MAN ! ZOMG so excited!

about a week ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

retchdog Re:The real geek gift guide (113 comments)

most restaurants are shit; i can cook much better. there are usually good restaurants, but geeks are notoriously awful (and diverse!) in taste. app downloads? eh, maybe, but you know what's even better? CASH. just get some crisp fresh bills from the bank, maybe a stack of $2s, if you don't give a shit anyway. most people have been conditioned implicitly to get a dopamine rush from counting/sorting money, so that actually makes a better gift than a piece of plastic linked to a rapidly depreciating account. [insert joke about engineered inflation here.]

i'd rather get a silly little puzzle or oddity than a fucking gift card. actually, i'd probably rather just get good wishes or something cute and handmade, like you suggested at the end.

i think we are agreed that bennett should choke on a bag of cocks, though.

about a week ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

retchdog i for one say HARRO! to our PRC overlords (156 comments)

ah, the inevitable poorly-worded statement of false equivalence.

are definite articles really so fucking difficult to learn?

about two weeks ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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success!

retchdog retchdog writes  |  about 4 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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retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 3 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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