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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

stonecypher Re:Very original (182 comments)

Oh stop being a paranoid dipshit. HEPA filters are well understood, aren't made by this guy, and have been being tested by hospitals for fourty years.

"OMFG he claims a hepa filter does what hepa filters do??!!?!? WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE IT"

Because it's pretty obviously a sensible claim. Duh. Go to Target, spend the $20 it would take to try it yourself, and please grow up a little bit.

I mean seriously, what kind of person thinks putting an air filter in front of a fan doesn't actually filter air? Seriously.

about 1 month ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

stonecypher yes let's all have opinions on AI (285 comments)

This is nonsense. Computers generate programs they weren't designed to produce all the time.

There's a very beginner-approachable book on the topic called "Blondie24: Playing at the Edge of AI."

This "challenge" was passed by Claude Shannon in the 60s.

about 2 months ago
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Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered

stonecypher Re:Yo Dawg (89 comments)

what you're looking for is called "reddit"

about 3 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

stonecypher If Amazon would just finish the job already (321 comments)

So many of my books only work on certain platforms :|

I can't read a bunch of my books on my glorious 4k screen because Amazon's treating Windows 8 like a second class citizen. Peter Thiel's new book? Nope. Half my machine learning books (eg Blondie24?) Nope. Most of my typesetting books? Nope.

Even stuff that works on Windows 7, or on Windows 8 Phone, ffs.

about 4 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

stonecypher Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

Toshiba is not legally required to honour OCZ's warranties

Who cares? If you buy a company that performs fraud, admit that the fraud happened, and refuse to make right, it is legitimate for the victim to warn other people away.

about 4 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

stonecypher Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

you can file a complaint with the state attorneys generals office allege fraud

Not worth my time. It's far more cathartic, besides, to steer tens of thousands of potential customers away with public recitation.

about 4 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

stonecypher Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

There was none. They simply refused.

about 4 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

stonecypher No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

My RevoDrive failed in three weeks of light use, and they refused to honor the warranty.

Toshiba also refuses to honor the warranty, despite that they admit that the purchase was real and that the existing warranty was not honored, and despite that I am a standing Toshiba customer.

Therefore nothing has changed, and you do not want a RevoDrive.

about 4 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

stonecypher Re:Sorry, this is Fox (667 comments)

As a matter of viewpoint, I see this quite differently.

I think science didn't actually reject the various religious ideas. They all get tolerated. They've all been tested. There's contrarian data.

I don't find it discriminatory to give something a chance, then learn from detail that it isn't correct.

I think science is actually wildly tolerant of bizarre ideas.

about 6 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

stonecypher This is more than a little bit naive. (712 comments)

For one, more plants would just spring up. Even if part of the buyout was "you may never go into coal again," someone else may. The economic structure of energy is why coal is still king, and buying out the current players won't change that.

For two, the cost of shutting that industry down does not cover the cost of starting new energy industries to replace it. Or were we just going to go without 37% of our electricity?

For three, coal works efficiently and predictably at far smaller scale than most energy technologies. Many of the locations coal services today cannot be practically services by other generation methods.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

stonecypher Re:Wow, what a LOAD of bullshit (917 comments)

You do know that in Modern times the first decriminilazation of homosexual activity was en-acted under Napolean, in 1811?

Why, yes. I even said that, in my comment, though I named the country instead of the leader. Search my comment for France.

You spelled his name wrong, you got the wrong leader, and you got the year wrong. It was during the French Revolution, not under Napoleon; it was in 1791, not 1811; it was the Constituent Assembly, in replacing the penal code, not by a single leader. .

NOTHING with regards to human rights started in the US.

Lol okay :) .

You are so fucking ignorant you make Fox News seem informed.

Says the guy who tried to make a correction to a comment that already contained what he wanted to say, and in a single factual claim made three fundamental errors.

I mean you at least got which country it was right, at least.

This isn't Reddit. Generally slashdotters are expected to hold better behavior than this.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

stonecypher Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Did it ever occur to you that this might be more complicated than it seems from the outside, and that the politics going on here might not actually reflect the bulk of the population?

Would you like to tell us what country you're in, so that we can share with you how we feel about your country's choices?

The modern homosexual rights movement started in the United States, and has derived the vast bulk of its force from the United States. The United States has the first gay rights group, the first gay bookstore, the first gay bar, the first gay political group, the first gay autobiography in modern times, the first magazine openly for gays and about gay culture; we invented and performed the first sex reassignment (Sweden was the first to make that legal, but that's because it was never illegal here; we performed the first one seven years before anyone else made it legal;) we were the first to successfully fight discharge over orientation, though far from the first to allow gays in the military directly; we were the first modern Western country to have a gay leader at the senator level, though we have not yet hit the presidential level and Iceland has; if you remove France, who got it in the late 1700s, we were the first Western country to eliminate sodomy laws; we had the first gay kiss on a major magazine cover (probably first at all, but who can exhaustively search minor magazines?,) we started the transsexual rights movement, the first officially sanctioned university group for gay advocacy, we invented pride parades and hold them everywhere; we created gay as a protected class for discrimination, also trans, and we'll probably be the first to poly; we had the first gay ordained minister; we invented the rainbow flag (sorry, I wish it was less ugly) and thereby probably the first major pride symbol (but I can't exclude so maybe there's something earlier?,) we started the Gay Games, we missed the first statuory discrimination ban by months, we had the first city and first territory (state, thank you) to extend marriage benefits to gay partners, we came to terms with AIDS way ahead of the pack, we did gay adoption first, etc.

Are you sure Americans are anti-gay, and not just a country of a third of a billion people who have a handful of bad apples, a media system faking controversy to generate viewership, a slashdot reader who's forgotten what percentage of the internet is trolling, and a parochial political system pandering to margins to get voted in?

The phrase "utter fucking cunts" suggests the UK, and to look at Wikipedia's gay rights map, it looks like the US and the UK are world leaders, and that the US is ahead of the UK.

Looks like England is ahead of the US, but hey, California's ahead of England, and California is both larger than and nearly as populous as Britain, so I think that's the actual natural comparison. You guys don't have national gay marriage observation yet. We *do*. (We don't have national performance yet, but that's no big deal; just take a $200 trip to California. It's still binding in every hateful corner of the South. The UK has no such privilege.) North America is the only continent where this is wall to wall legally supported; Eastern Europe misses it by four countries (no illegal but four no recognition,) and South America by six (five no recognition, one illegal.)

Africa has only one country where gay marriage is legal, and Asia has only one (and shockingly it's not Japan) plus six more where it's not recognized.

Uganda just recently worsened their practice to making homosexuality a capital offense. Cameroon, Iran, Nigeria, and Ethiopia all carry the death penalty (these are all nations in the Britain population range.)

The United States is vascillating over whether it's legal for a private business to choose to ask someone to leave over their preference. And we're so shocked by this that there's a national uproar.

We've had several states where this has been legal for decades, and our states are often the size of what you think of as small countries.

So slice it and dice it however you want, but I think the US is actually doing quite well with regards to homosexuality law, thanks.

Please don't blame me and my countryfolk for the things that happen on TV.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

stonecypher Re:Hear hear (917 comments)

No.

Kicking puppies is awesome.

about 7 months ago
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Paraguayan ccTLD Hacked, Google.com.py Redirected, Internal Database Leaked

stonecypher A note (44 comments)

Nothing needs to be hacked to get that same estimate of revenue.

Just download their zone file and multiply by their annual. The zone file even tells you when they were registered and when they're registered until, allowing you to take account of public discounts for registration length.

It's still an upper bound; you don't know what other offers or freebies are in there. But still. It's a better upper bound than the hack ostensibly provides.

about 7 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

stonecypher Re:the funny bit (390 comments)

It's actually the heaviest use browser today, by a fair margin.

Please be more careful about your sources. Of *course* an extremely SEOed, low quality web tutorial source has an abnormal demographic. (And of *course* slashdot fell for this.)

Best estimate from Alexa numbers (500 top sites on the web = ~93% of traffic) is that IE is currently 39% of browsers, and that IE8 alone outweighs every other browser across all versions.

about 8 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

stonecypher Re:This should be good! (611 comments)

It's a trap. Creationists are experts at this kind of non-debate.

Nye is as well. Trap vs trap. If you watch the two men, I think you'll notice a pretty significant skill disparity. .

Basically they rely on presenting a positive image of themselves and FUD. Debating with them just gives them a legitimate platform to work from.

Or the opportunity to take away their positive image.

This isn't Nye's first time taking one of these people apart. He'll be fine.

about 8 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

stonecypher Tiniest violin (292 comments)

They burned too many customers with "enterprise" devices that'd fail almost immediately, then treating the customers like shit when they did.

They bet too heavily on high performance, while not maintaining the kind of behavior that would bring back the customers who want devices like that.

The reason Dell and HP can get away with burning customers is simple: there's always another person who needs a cheap laptop.

Not many people need a new PCIe SSD.

Good riddance.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

stonecypher Generally speaking (353 comments)

Generally speaking, if you call the host and say "I need a line without caps, can you quote me a price," they will.

Oftentimes you'll have to call it a business line though.

1 year,13 days

Submissions

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Help the Internet Archive After a Fire

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  about 10 months ago

stonecypher (118140) writes "The offices of The Internet Archive, aka archive.org, aka The Wayback Machine, had a serious fire in the middle of the night Wednesday morning. More than $600,000 of damage to equipment has been discovered, and there are open questions about whether the building may need to be rebuilt. Archive.org has often been an important way to roll back the clock to retain otherwise lost materials, and does a large amount of media distribution for groups which cannot afford it themselves.

The organization is emphasizing the importance of donations to help rebound from the damages. You can act directly at their web page, or through the crowdfunding site CrowdTilt to encourage viral distribution.

https://archive.org/donate/index.php

https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/please-help-the-internet-archive-after-their-offices-were-destroyed-in-a-fire"

Link to Original Source

Journals

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stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I wrote something in my journal the other day about the new NSP, and it seems to be gone. Wonder if I just forgot to hit post? Anyway, will replace soon.

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stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I just got more down mods in three hours than I've gotten in the rest of my eight years on slashdot put together. Most of them don't even make sense; I'm getting flamebait on two-page long posts where the person I'm actually responding to said "I enjoyed this conversation."

It's fairly clear that I'm being stalked by an out of control abuser. Pity of the problem is that Slashdot doesn't allow me to say "ah, it's this person who set *all* of my down mods."

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Bloggy. Bah.

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yeah, so I bit the bullet and made a blog. Granted it's not like this journal was ever particularly active anyway; still it's a more natural format, so off it goes.

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Wifi Bounty!

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Huhu. I can't believe the DS WiFi Bounty that I set up hit slashdot, g4 tech tv, arstechnica, hackaday, gamedev.net, and so on.

I also can't believe it's up to eighteen hundred dollars. Huhu indeed, I say; huhu.

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Brain ... are ... teh ... nhhurtttgnnngh

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Guh. My rat bastard NN/GA/MTD(f) templated breeding arena monstrosity is almost done, but it's late at night and I can't focus. I just spent an hour and a half explaining simple C++ concepts to what will almost certainly be an unreceptive crowd (due no doubt in no small part to my obvious hatred of bad advice and novices which don't know that they are novices.)

Stupid fucking C can't return arrays. God damnit. So stupid. What a useless limitation. Yay for writing entire templates just to get around simple crap like that.

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First Post

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 11 years ago

'cause I mean really, when the hell else am I ever gonna write that? :D

So, I looked into friends and foes and whatnot today, for the first time. Much to my surprise, I have fans, and even a foe. I have no idea who he is, though the name rings a bell; kinda wish I knew why he hated me. Heh.

So I'm bored, right? That's why I'm writing in my SlashDot journal? I got completely the wrong idea of a project as my first project at this new job that I've got. So today it has to be done, and earlier they told me that DataTac, which we don't have seriously any documentation for whatsoever, apparently has this disgusting paucity of upstream. And I'm feeling stupid because I read the motorola docs about the thing, and it said best of class data transfer, and somehow it never occurred to me to look at the dates in the publication.

I'm having to start over. :D It's 6:43 and I need to replicate a low-bandwidth IRCish chat system and client before I go home.

Time to read Slashdot. (sigh)

Really, I need to let my mind congeal a bit. But this'll be cool. I can do this. I'm invincible. Read some slashdot, let the back of my head work on the problem for a second. Start wondering about my fans, too. What the hell came flooding turdlike out of my mouth that they apparently liked? I do two things here: I rant on a few topics that I know better than the average bear (emphasis on the word few,) and I make fun of people because of bad argument and bad grammar, which usually elicits more of both.

(Actually, I think I had someone stalking me for a little bit. Tres paranoid, I know, but still, I had the same kind of bizarre halfspeak, very heavy on sexual preference jokes and high-and-mighty-ism, following me around as an anonymous coward on anything I said for a few days. Seems to be gone. Maybe it's the citronella.)

But, I donno. It's cool. I like working here. The people are laid back and can laugh, everyone's making enough money so there's no getting-by stress, and they're okay with me screwing around for ten minutes every so often while I work on a problem.

They understand nerds.

So, this week I've been called an arrogent fucktard, a condesending bastard, and a jackass. I'm not a fucktard. The rest... well, great work, sherlock. Do I look insulted?

Enough ranting. I'm still not funny. I'm starting to think that KFC gets me high; I have a buzz and all I've really done today were some crispy strips. (In a needle.)

Have fun, kids, and maybe I'll write something else in a year or two.

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