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Vegetarian Spider Described

some guy I know Re: Hitler, Religion, Vegetarians (162 comments)

Why do Christians balk when someone points out that Hitler was a Christian?

Hitler was not a Christian, although he may have let his subjects believe he was in order to gain/maintain power.
He was, however, a vegetarian (to get back on-topic (sort of)).

(Disclaimer: I am not a Christian, but I am a vegetarian (vegan, in fact), just like Hitler.
However, I have no interest in genocide or invading Poland.)

more than 5 years ago

The LHC, the Higgs Boson, and Fate

some guy I know Re: Black Hole Information Sink (691 comments)

Another way of looking at it is as an analogy to potential and kinetic energy.
A black hole contains "potential" information that changes to "kinetic", or normal, information (in the form of Hawking radiation) as the black hole dissolves.

more than 5 years ago

Risk Aversion At Odds With Manned Space Exploration

some guy I know Re:Misses the point (371 comments)

like counting how many angels dance on the head of a pin

The answer to that is easy: "One, for any sufficiently large angel (and sufficiently small pinhead)".
For smaller angels (or larger pinheads), the answer may depend on other factors (type of dance, whether the angels are wearing deodorant, etc.).

more than 5 years ago

New Firefox Vulnerability Revealed

some guy I know Turn off scripting (250 comments)

Just turn off all scripting.
Problem solved.

It appears that over 90% of browser attacks are caused by exploiting vulnerabilities (bugs) in scripting code.
Turn off scripting, and you're not vulnerable to those attacks.
Of course, with scripting turned off, there are some things you can't do (like meta-moderate slashdot, thank you very much), but, for the most part, you don't need scripting at all.

more than 5 years ago

Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

some guy I know Re:Um.... (948 comments)

What if you used Linux with a BSD kernel? Is it still Linux?

No, it's BSD.
You can't "use Linux with a BSD kernel", because it's not Linux if it's not Linux.
Now, if you ask "If I replace Debian's Linux kernel with with s BSD kernel, is it still Debian?", the answer is, "Yes.".

more than 5 years ago

Comparing the Size, Speed, and Dependability of Programming Languages

some guy I know Re:Why is Verbosity Bad? (491 comments)

itemCounts[ProductIdFromName(name)] := itemCounts[ProductIdFromName(name)] + 1;



(possibly followed by ";", depending on context).

more than 5 years ago

Comparing the Size, Speed, and Dependability of Programming Languages

some guy I know Re:Why is Verbosity Bad? (491 comments)

*a++ += *b++;

Not when a and b are arrays.
Also, the lack of semicolons in his/her example indicate that his/her example language might not be C/C++/D/Objective C, etc., but some other language (I know not which).

more than 5 years ago

Software Enables Re-Creation of 'Lost' Instrument

some guy I know Re:Let sleeping dogs lie (136 comments)

To hear the sounds generated by this re-created instrument, reinforced me in my belief that extinct instruments are extinct with very good reasons.

Then explain why bagpipes are still around.

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Discover Exoplanet Less Than Twice the Mass of Earth

some guy I know Re:Astronomy (201 comments)

Except it wouldn't be a direct path, rather a curve, and we would have to aim for where it really is, instead of where it was 20 years ago.

Actually, you have to aim to where it will be when it gets there, not where it is now.

Actually actually, you have to take gravity, stellar wind, etc., into account, so you have to aim in some direction so that it will be where it will be when it gets there.

And then you have to make course corrections to avoid comets, asteroids, V'ger, Klingon battle cruisers, and so forth.
Rocket science is hard.

more than 5 years ago

DTV Converters In Short Supply

some guy I know Re: TVs and Puppies (192 comments)

It's not like TVs kill puppies

You've obviously never dropped a TV on a puppy.
Not a big one, anyway.

more than 5 years ago

MIT Researchers Create a Cheap "6th Sense" Device

some guy I know Re:umm... (125 comments)

sight, hearing, touch, feel, taste, comparison shop? This isn't a sixth sense, no matter how you spin it.

Actually, humans have quite a few senses other than the five commonly described; it's just that most of them are internal (sense of hunger, etc.).
One that is external, and sometimes called the "sixth sense", is the sense of balance.

more than 5 years ago

Massive EVE Online Alliance Disbanded

some guy I know Re: Wondering People (352 comments)

I play games for fun, not to be screwed over by other players, and people wonder why EVE doesn't interest me enough

Wow, people wonder that?
That's amazing.
I can just picture them gathered around the water cooler, chatting.
One of them says, "You know, I wonder why EVE doesn't interest Larry enough.".
Another one replies, "Yes, I was discussing this with my inflatable girlfriend last night, and both of us were wondering why EVE doesn't interest Larry enough.".
And then a third person says, "Maybe it's because he plays games for fun, not to be screwed over by other players."

Yes, I can imagine people wondering why EVE doesn't interest you enough.
People who have even less of a life than people who take EVE seriously enough to submit lame articles about it to Slashdot.
Or Slashdot editors who post them.
Or people who anonymously comment about them.
Or respond to anonymous comments about them.

more than 5 years ago

A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

some guy I know Re:File the Report (931 comments)

First they came for the murderers
and I did not speak out - because I was not a murderer.

Then they came for the child molesters
and I did not speak out - because I was not a child molester.

Then they came for those damn kids who won't stay the hell off my lawn
and I did not speak out - because I was not a damn kid who won't stay the hell off my lawn.

Then they came for me -
and by then has anybody seen my medication?

about 6 years ago

Google To Host 10M Images From Life Magazine's Archive

some guy I know What are you talking about? (79 comments)

I know google is amazing, but how are they going to host photos dating from the 1750s from a magazine started in 1936 that showcased images created using a technology invented in 1826. This makes no sense at all.

LIFE magazine has been around for hundreds of billions of years.
I still remember fondly poring over pictures the Big Bang in my youth.

No, not that Big Bang, the other one.

And publishing was much more difficult back then, because at that time there was no printing press, no camera, and, for that matter, no matter of any kind.
(Ah, the pre-baryonic universe. Those were the days. (Well, not "days", really, because planets and stars didn't exist yet, either, and time was still sorting itself out, but you get the idea.))

more than 6 years ago

NASA Tests Deep-Space Network Modeled On the Internet

some guy I know On the use of Excrement Packet Protocol ... (109 comments)

Any way we could change this to the "interstellar monkey excrement" protocol? [...] monkeys flinging interstellar poo-communiques throughout the universe.

One word: Fecenet. (Excrenet? Internet Number 2(.0)?)

more than 6 years ago

Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?

some guy I know Re: Marketing and posting positions (564 comments)

Your post is Offtopic[sic] and un-Insightful[sic] and relates in no way to the Parent post. You merely posted here because you knew you were more likely to get Mod points.

The GP, whose post was discussing marketing, was marketing his/her post by posting it near the top.
So his/her post was positionally on-topic, in a self-referential kind of way.

more than 6 years ago


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