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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

soccerisgod Re:No problem. (136 comments)

You must be new here.

3 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

soccerisgod Oh No! (153 comments)

A blinding flash of the obvious!

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

soccerisgod Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (523 comments)

Perhaps, but, statistically, a failing rocket will not fall on your head, but nearby. Then you care if your land is only burned and poisoned or irradiated, burned and poisoned

FTFY. Rocket fuel (hydazine) is highly toxic. If a rocket goes down near your home, you WILL be in trouble no matter what.

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

soccerisgod Re:Congratulations! (188 comments)

The mission in it's entirety, including the planning stage, took around 25 years. Or so they said during the post-landing press conference.

about a month ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

soccerisgod Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (245 comments)

Heh. It IS a feature in the use case for which it was designed. Making it work the way you'd want it to would break the original use case.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

soccerisgod wtf is up with that summary (282 comments)

I mean yeah this is slashdot but it feels like it's been quiet a while since I read such an opinionated summary here. How can you publish that crap? Oh right. Slashdot.

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

soccerisgod Re:What this isn't about... (385 comments)

Whether legislation is the right way, I don't know; in my experience people often resent rules and laws that are imposed on them, even if they agree on the sentiment behind them. Basically, it is about respect; we should certainly respect other animals on their terms, but having rules imposed on you doesn't feel very respectful.

You mean rules like "Don't murder little Timmy"?

If you accept that some animals are much closer to us than to other kinds of animals, that they have personality, feelings, emotions, intelligence and all, then rules for dealing with them are no longer optional, they're mandatory. Just as some rules are mandatory between humans. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

soccerisgod Re:Slashdot Response (774 comments)

B. Systemd is vulnerable to a problem/attack/etc which was already present in previous init systems, but for no reason this bothers me in sytemd.

Personally while not liking systemd, I wouldn't use that argument myself. That said, there is a difference in complexity between init (which does nearly nothing) and systemd. Higher complexity, I'm sure I don't need to tell you, always brings with it a higher risk of errors.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

soccerisgod Re:Slashdot Response (774 comments)

Wooden house? Maybe read that again?

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

soccerisgod Re:On the ignorance of this debate (774 comments)

I think we can all agree that the old sysv init is obsolete and must be replaces with something more powerful. But as a *nix enthusiast, I'll want to keep what defines *nix: KISS. Things like grep are just right: they do one thing and they do it well, and you can use them for.. whatever, really.

I haven't tried systemd yet. What really scared me off the most is that the authors think they can do everything better than everyone else, and that it all should integrate with their one solution for booting (which basically, was a set of scripts up until now before they showed up).

It's like someone with a Sauron complex, handing out rings to everyone to make them all dependant on systemd and then do something sinister and unspeakable, weilding The One Ring...

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

soccerisgod Re:Reality Check (774 comments)

Now that's a totally practical suggestion! I'll get right on it!

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

soccerisgod Perhaps... (774 comments)

Perhaps they should just drop the 'd' in the name and write their own kernel to go along with their... thing. Voila, no more problems with ill-tempered Linux kernel developers! And they could all integrate it in one huge, funky ball o' bits!

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

soccerisgod Re:Can you marry one? (385 comments)

The same way a child or an mentally ill would.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

soccerisgod Re:Do no EViL(tm) (427 comments)

Apple is like a wife; lets you think you'll get some for all you're paying, but you end up badly screwed.

Pro tip: get out of the basement and discover that women are not the enemy!

about 3 months ago
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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

soccerisgod My first thought: (63 comments)

Bug bomb activated. Bug bomb searching, Thodin!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

soccerisgod Re:Change Jobs (275 comments)

I take the opposite view - when I see version control, bug tracking, and automated testing, it sets off alarm bells that a company is in the compartmentalization downslide.

I'd be interested to hear what kind of company you'd work for that doesn't use any of these tools. I'm sure that would make for an interesting story, especially where not even version control is used.

about 3 months ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

soccerisgod Re:So influence is the most important? (192 comments)

Joining the EU doesn't automatically mean joining the Euro zone. Of course that is another interesting and unsolved problem: currency.

about 3 months ago
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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

soccerisgod Example of how not to do it (54 comments)

Let's hope this doesn't derail itself the same way the Yocto Project did. Yocto is massively company-sponsored and IMHO it's a sad joke. It's a huge, bloated cancer of a build system that is neither usable nor understandable.

about 3 months ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

soccerisgod Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (292 comments)

Maybe I'm dating myself here

Not like anyone else will...

Sorry, couldn't resist ;) Classic line from Dilbert

about 3 months ago

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soccerisgod soccerisgod writes  |  more than 7 years ago

soccerisgod (585710) writes "After previously forcing ReplacementDocs to take down manuals for their games (some of which can be downloaded free of charge from their own website) games maker Bethesda Softworks is now threatening legal action against Glutton Creeper Games who are currently working on a Fallout-based pen & paper RPG. Glutton Creeper Games claims to have a valid contract with Interplay, while Bethesda Softworks claims that "Interplay never had the rights to license a Pen and Paper to GCG under their license of Fallout from 2004 before the purchase of the IP, and makes claims against GCG that it may damage the Fallout brand and forecoming Fallout 3 release by linking the two."

Is our friendly neighbourhood games company turning into the next EA?"

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