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Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

sudog Re:Guys, be careful. (201 comments)

If you grind immediately after roasting, you don't get to experience peak.

about a year and a half ago
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Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million

sudog Sigh. Great reporting Slashdot! Woo! (327 comments)

At the time I write this, pirateat40 hasn't even lost the best with Vandroiy. The final date for losing the bet is tomorrow at 5:00 pacific time.

And then after that, the next deadline is the day after.

And then after that, the next deadline is Sep 9.

It's *possible* (but admittedly a stretch) that he stated BTCST defaulted so interest would no longer accrue. But since the feds won't touch it until the money's been gone for like 30 days, and he just announced his "default" today, all you're doing is feeding into the panic and driving peoples' accounts straight into the hands of the risk-friendly debt buyers.

So, it's just a tad premature to say it's "collapsed" with a "loss" with a dollar figure attached. Just a little.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Mint To Create Digital Currency

sudog Re:A better name (298 comments)

It's called a diphthong and yes, the Canadian ear can hear it. We can tell it's a different phoneme from both the phonemes in around, and the ones in the actual "boot". It's the American ear that can't hear the difference, which is why when Canadians say it, the American ear translates it to the nearest sound they grok, which is the "oot" in boot, and why we sit there puzzled when Americans think we're saying "a boot".

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

sudog Re:If they don't trust vaccines... (1271 comments)

Actually, it's not. Much of the medicine practised by doctors isn't actually well-studied, scientific medicine, because many of the studies that would falsify hypotheses aren't ethical to run.

more than 2 years ago
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The Future of In-Car Computing

sudog Would love.. (112 comments)

.. to share my car's data with everyone. Radar detector, geiger counters, WiFi scanners, everything. Everyone else can have direct access to this information, streaming, live, while they mesh with me on the road. I would love to be able to do that. Send them slip statistics pulled from ABS or traction-control triggering, how fast my windshield wipers are going, or just plain water collector sensors, airspeed (for crosswind detection in winter,) the whole kit.

I would love to be able to build a reputation system too: when I cut someone off, they can stamp me as a dangerous driver. When I let someone in, they can stamp me as a courteous driver. "Courteous driver ahead." "Jerk behind me." I can feel comfortable driving in the middle of a pack of "thumbs-up" drivers, or I can be more cautious when I'm stuck in the middle of a pack of ragers (or people who just refuse to participate, period.)

more than 3 years ago
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Paid Developers Power the Linux Kernel

sudog Old News (191 comments)

We've known this for years now. Duh!

more than 3 years ago
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The Many Iterations of William Shatner

sudog That writer is a jerk. (152 comments)

That writer is a jerk.. Verbal sparring is not a pleasant way to spend a day, and it's not the best way to get someone to be honest with you. His interviewing skills even as he presents them need work, his writing is short, clipped, and irritating, and lacks rhythm and even a trace of poetry. He is also mildly cruel and says very inappropriate things at inappropriate times. I would never spend a day with someone like that.

Brutal interview. Bravo to William Shatner for dealing with him as he did. It's the only way to do it. He must have spotted him coming a mile away.

about 4 years ago
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Cutting Umbilical Cord Early Eliminates Stem Cells

sudog Re:Also: Jaundice! (139 comments)

Neonatal jaundice is not a lack of Vit D. And all you need to do is put them in a little blue incubator in the more severe cases, or just feed them more.

more than 4 years ago
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Cutting Umbilical Cord Early Eliminates Stem Cells

sudog Old news. (139 comments)

Move along. Doctors have known about this for a long time. Real doctors, even.

more than 4 years ago
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The Data-Driven Life

sudog How retarded. (96 comments)

"Superintelligence" known as the cloud?

There's not even any need to read such tripe. In fact, I hate everyone who read that story after seeing the word "superintelligence" linked with "cloud."

There is no bound to the contempt writers of pieces like this should be shown, nor to all of the idiots who were involved in reposting it here.

more than 4 years ago
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Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C

sudog OLD OLD OLD (582 comments)

Could you post an older webpage to the front page of Slashdot?!

Geez, this thing has been around for frickin ages..

more than 4 years ago
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When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

sudog Re:Never. (979 comments)

Yes! Exactly!

more than 4 years ago
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When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

sudog Such balogna. (979 comments)

Ask those guys what consciousness is, and what it means to be conscious. And ask them what our brains' quantum-scale structures' purposes are.

Not a single one of these guys will give you an answer, because humans don't have the answers yet. Once we can actually define these things, then we can start making these sorts of predictions. "Superhuman" intelligence indeed.. we don't even really know what human intelligence is!

Robots running around doing human tasks, flying cars, donut-shaped energy sources that power cities, and intra-solar space travel were all things people in the 1950s predicted, too, and how close to those are we now, now that we have better-defined the problems involved?

more than 4 years ago
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DNS Problem Linked To DDoS Attacks Gets Worse

sudog Re:Dagon (69 comments)

No, it's not just you. I see Dagon and I think Shadow Over Innsmouth, or Dagon (2001) every time. It would be cool to have a name like that.. sort of like being Fred Cthulhu, or Samson Yog-sothoth.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

sudog Re:Old.. Boring.. News. (809 comments)

Thank you for the pointer. I will indeed check it out: But those two novels I mentioned. Sheesh. Brutal.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

sudog Re:Millions of fans disagree (809 comments)

And Charles Stross' little diatribe isn't narcissistic projection?

The whole thing is all about his his own writing process is superior!

more than 4 years ago
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Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

sudog Old.. Boring.. News. (809 comments)

Charles Stross just figured out what every Trekker has known for a decade or more. The writers depend on someone else to fill in the science-y sounding gaps. ... and then goes on to write a huge diatribe about how much better his writing is.

I've read his writing. For all the nerd-dropping[1] I couldn't get through more than 3/4 of it before I had to put it down in disgust.

His rip-off novel Saturn's Children (he should've just called it Friday 2) was readable only because it was borderline erotica.

You don't tear down an infinitely more successful (and therefore relevant) .. Universe.. of scifi.. by comparing it to your own works without inviting a legion of people to mock you endlessly for all the stupid little mistakes and problems in your own writing.

And Star Trek isn't *SCIENCE FICTION* you turd. It's scifi. The entire genre is borderline space opera--and this is what you're claiming you dislike! So what?

Space Opera
SciFi ] CS stuff is
Science Fiction ] right in between here.
Hard Science Fiction

His "science" isn't science either. There's just as much hand-wavy fucking CRAP in the Atrocity Archives as any ST:TNG episode with Q plagued with techno-babble in the whole friggin' series.

If you're going to so completely rip someone else off (*cough* Lovecraft) that your work is no longer a work of original fiction, but a derivative--and a poor one at that--don't sit back and congratulate yourself on how smart and clever you are.

You want a bad-ass Lovecraftian book with an interesting spin on it? Resume with Monsters. There's a mostly-original piece that doesn't constantly congratulate itself on how COOL it is, on how much the author GETS IT, on how well the author is HIP AND TRENDY. There's an amusing story with an interesting core of an idea!

Nothing HAPPENS in CS's Atrocity Archives. The only reason to read it, by the halfway point, is to find out how the author ENDS it.

[1] Nerd-dropping is the constant dropping of nerdy concepts and marketing-friendly terms that will rapidly make your work irrelevant once people get over the idea that you've managed to--poorly--fuse geekery and Lovecraft into a single work.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM and Dual-Atom Processors in New Portables

sudog Re:The question was raised, not begged (147 comments)

You are constructing a meaning for the term which has an etymology of only incorrect uses of the prescriptive meaning.

Would you like to ax me a question? Irregardless of correct grammar and my continuous misuse of said, this "pedantry" of which you speak? Is what keeps meaning meaningful between two isolated geographies that would unerringly, impendingly, inexorably otherwise devolve into inomprehensible, abhorrent dialect, and be nearly completely unable to communicate, upon happening a lone speaker of one on another.

Be thankful that literacy rates (as abysmal as they are) are as fixative for spoken grammar almost as much as they are for literative, or we'd all be speaking and writing in long, irritating puns.

You, sir, are an agent of chaos, with poor excuses for bad, indeliberate behaviour on the grammar offenders. And so it is, that it is safe to ignore your bleatings.

Run along now, Agent Chaos.

more than 4 years ago
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Ford's New Radar Technology Based On Open Source

sudog Re:Tailgate alarm (259 comments)

Do they? Not where I live..

I wish they did. But.. oh well.

more than 4 years ago

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