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

stonecypher Re:Edited for Slashdot (586 comments)

The terrorists will take it that way, yes.

Sony should release, even in a limited way. Online would be great.

about a week ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

stonecypher Well, expect more of these, then (586 comments)

All they've done is taught attackers that they can force our media around.

Really disappointed in everyone involved here. Especially the cinemas. At least Sony *was* going to follow through.

about a week ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

stonecypher Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Oh nonsense.

to reject a pull request that eliminates a gendered pronoun on the principle that pronouns should in fact be gendered would constitute a fireable offense for me and for Joyent.

Back here in the real world, this is how this sounds:

"Ben decided that someone was making changes to the codebase that had no technical purpose, which served solely to push someone's weird social agenda and desperation to modify the language to suit them, as well as to refer to anything which went otherwise as sexist. Since this is pointless, and since Ben has been in communities where this created unnecessary shitstorms, Ben rejected the PR in the hope of preventing a bunch of drama-driven developers from wasting a year complaining about unimportant things. When Isaac decided to merge the PR, Ben felt slighted: he had been given the authority to make these decisions, and Isaac decided to make a social point that Ben would get trampled no matter what."

That's all fine and good. One developer is being a neckbeard about not wanting to hear a cry of oppression in something that has nothing to do with social justice. The other developer is being a neckbeard about being all inclusive no matter the tone.

Then you get to the point that adults are angry about.

and if he had been, he wouldn't be as of this morning: to reject a pull request that eliminates a gendered pronoun on the principle that pronouns should in fact be gendered would constitute a fireable offense for me and for Joyent.

That says "we value Ben so little that our disagreement over the nature of an unimportant, purely social justice related, non-technical PR would have caused us to fire him on the spot, instead of to have a discussion."

That's *ridiculous*. Employers have an obligation to their employees to create safety and stability. There is no legitimate cause on God's green earth for that to be a fireable offense. Joyent's management are PR-oriented children, and that you're standing up for them is an embarrassment to the 'movement' you're trying to rationalize.

I am a gay and trans ally.

But nobody should get anything sterner over something like that than a stern talking to. That's *obscene*.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

stonecypher Re:Removed after Initial sales spike (310 comments)

Target and K-Mart understand consumers far better than you ever will. Target's the company that knows people are pregnant before they do themselves.

Despite that you disagree with this, your extremely superficial read is probably self serving.

It is very likely that protestor revenue loss simply outweighs game loss after the high sales launch. I expect that they know exactly what they're doing.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

stonecypher Re:Meanwhile (310 comments)

The worst thing I can think of in The Bible is the Great Flood.

If you think that's ten times worse than anything that happens in video games, I think you might need to play some more video games. That doesn't even cover Final Fantasy materia.

Sephiroth will straight up destroy Saturn like five separate times per fight while trying to kill you.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

stonecypher Selective media censoring (310 comments)

I agree, pretending that a company choosing to not sell an item in its stores is a form of censorship is likely to get you karma on Slashdot, despite being critically incorrect.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

stonecypher Odd. (310 comments)

Hopefully nobody notices that they still sell Lifetime specials and so forth in their TV section.

Maybe Romper Stomper and Mad Max got through on local cultural relevance.

about three weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

stonecypher Re: please no (423 comments)

Generally, actually, yes, the model predicting outcomes does mean that the model is accurate. That is the purpose and evaluation of models.

If you disagree, please inform us what does mean that the model is accurate, or possibly assert that models are not judged as accurate.

about 3 months ago
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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 5 months 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 9 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 10 months ago

Submissions

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Help the Internet Archive After a Fire

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  about a year 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"

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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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