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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Has Taken Its Battery Certification Flight

starling Re:No way! (123 comments)

I have good news for you - the 787 is a plastic tube, not metal.

about a year ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

starling Successor (1521 comments)

I nominate Jon Katz.

more than 2 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fark.com (507 comments)

Nevermind. I misread and thought your post was directed at me.

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fark.com (507 comments)

The first fake database error gave it away after about 30 minutes. They aren't as clever as they think they are.

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fark.com (507 comments)

You're operating under a false assumption. Sorry to disappoint ;)

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fark.com (507 comments)

It's a good place for all us waifs and strays, true.

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fark.com (507 comments)

A shadowban is where you can see your posts, but nobody else can. When it's done, the only way you can find out is by disabling cookies and searching for your comments - which will have vanished. Not fun, especially if you're a paying subscriber to the site.

On Fark, they also play "fun" tricks like faking database errors or randomly hiding half the comments on a story for users the moderators don't like for whatever reason.

Me, I was permanently shadowbanned for replying to a comment which mentioned a site that the Fark mods disapprove of, so you can see why I'm not well disposed to the place or their policies.

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:There are always standouts in crowds (507 comments)

Bannination will welcome you in the beginning, then mock and taunt you until only the strong remain and survive.

And then those Persians had better watch out!

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fark.com (507 comments)

The links can be interesting, but the moderators are pillow-biting nancies who will shadowban you at the drop of a hat.

about 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

starling Re:Fuck it (507 comments)

At least you aren't shadowbanned.

about 4 years ago
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Prices Slashed For Nook, Kindle E-Readers

starling Re:The lock in is more important (255 comments)

There's something to that, but I'd say that the majority of books are read once or twice at most so in that sense they're disposable. Of course there are reference books too, but how much of a market will they be? When Amazon tried introducing the Kindle 2 to college students they found it unsatisfactory as a way to read and refer to text books so that's probably not going to be a huge market.

On the truly disposable side, newspapers and magazines are frothing at the bit to get digital subscriptions on the iPad, but e-ink needs colour to make it a compelling choice. My bet is that these readers will find their niche in recreational novels, where the content is effectively disposable leading to a revenue stream based on sales of content, not hardware.

more than 4 years ago
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Prices Slashed For Nook, Kindle E-Readers

starling Re:The lock in is more important (255 comments)

What Apple did was invert the normal rules by being first to market with a credible MP3 player and leveraging their extremely loyal base. It was a beautifully executed coup, but not one that Amazon or B&N are in a position to duplicate. They gave it a go, but now they're having to fall back on the tried and true Gillette model.

more than 4 years ago
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Prices Slashed For Nook, Kindle E-Readers

starling Razors vs. razorblades (255 comments)

It doesn't matter to them if the profit on the reader is razor-thin (heh) or even negative, so long as people are buying overpriced e-books.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word

starling Wikipedramatics (553 comments)

That talk page is full of them.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down

starling Re:Down or DDoS? (634 comments)

Either way, they'll probably blame it on the evil hackers.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Ignores USB-IF Warning, Restores iTunes Sync

starling Re:Apple's activity is criminal here, Palm's is le (656 comments)

If it isn't legal, it should be. A possible precedent would be terminals - either hardware or emulators - pretending to be VT100s.

more than 4 years ago
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New Unmanned Japanese Re-supply Vessel For the ISS

starling Passing the torch (93 comments)

Now that the US appears to be giving up on manned space exploration it's good to see other nations step up to the plate.

more than 4 years ago
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Bruce Perens On Combining GPL and Proprietary Software

starling Re:Two processors (218 comments)

Two processors are used regardless of the licence. It just makes things easier from a hardware perspective to have one processor dedicated to the phone network functions and another to the UI and assorted programs.

more than 5 years ago
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Bruce Perens On Combining GPL and Proprietary Software

starling Re:Hi (218 comments)

I remember the Qt fun and games, yes. The LGPL will always be the *Library* GPL to me.

more than 5 years ago

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