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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

tverbeek Re:Nope (233 comments)

Blu-ray is already a physical-media format that we don't need. The CD isn't obsolete simply because a higher-capacity disc came along to replace it; it's obsolete because there's a better way to music files: the internet. The DVD is on the way out for the same reason. In fact, if not for the streaming rights being a licensing clusterfuck, Netflix would have completely shut down its DVD-mailing business by now. We don't need another higher-resolution media format. We just need a convenient way to watch movies at whatever resolution our display devices can manage, and that's the internet + a licensing clearinghouse.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

tverbeek Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

Health care still uses faxes. Lots of semi-confidential information + routine signature requirements + an industry staffed largely by computer-illiterates = an amazing quantity of images of sheets of paper transmitted via the switched telephony network.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

tverbeek Re:Uninterested people aren't worth it (480 comments)

While it's true that low-interest voters tend to be low-information voters, there is also the problem that highly-interested voters are often highly misinformed voters. You have fundamentalist preachers frightening their congregations to vote in favor of bans on same-sex marriage by telling them horror stories about gay couples adopting babies to molest; or dogmatic political organizations telling their members to vote against a candidate because she's going to take their handguns and hunting rifles away, when all she said was that she'd look into restricting sales of assault weapons. Voters who haven't been mainlining bullshit propaganda crafted to "mobilize the base" can actually have a better grasp of the truth.

about two weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

tverbeek Re:Yes, but for specific reasons (182 comments)

Another human that you create is not a "semi-autonomous bot". It is a self-aware person, and is held responsible for its own actions. Maybe if you can demonstrate that your bot is sentient and fully autonomous, that'll get you off the hook.

about three weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

tverbeek f@ke (182 comments)

I assure you that the Louis Vuitton handbag was a knock-off.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

tverbeek You just have to run faster than the other fellow (598 comments)

One thing in Apple's favor is that their primary competitor (still Microsoft) keeps doing so many things wrong with their software. I recently bought a Surface Pro (for the hardware, which is on par with Apple's in terms of quality design and manufature) and Windows 8.1 has managed to break so many of the things they'd finally gotten right in Vista 2.0 (Win7).

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

tverbeek Well That About Wraps It Up For God (755 comments)

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says man, "[that article in the Wall Street Urinal says that science] proves that you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. Q.E.D."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

– excerpted from Douglas Adams (for the cretins in the audience)

about three weeks ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

tverbeek CCC (363 comments)

Is it time to revive the Civilian Conservation Corps, which put jobless youth to work planting trees (among other things) during the Great Depression? It famously "brought together two wasted resources, the young men and the land, in an attempt to save both."

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

tverbeek Terciles (286 comments)

It's a simple matter of terciles and life expectancies. Average life expectancy in the post-industrial world is about 80 years. Dividing that into three equal categories, you get (roughly) 0-26 = young age, 27-53 = middle age, 54-80 = old age. Of course with increases in life expectancy (and to make the math easier), you could use 30-59 as the middle group, and save a bunch of late-20s people the anxiety of already being "middle-aged", but it's still a bit silly how that term has become (in some people's minds) a euphemism for "old".

(And for the record, I'm 49: very accustomed to being "middle-aged".)

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

tverbeek Re:Terrorists Win (589 comments)

"A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once." – W. Shakespeare

about a month ago
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3D Printer?

tverbeek any of them (175 comments)

I'm pretty sure that every printer I've ever owned was three-dimensional.

about a month ago
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3D Printer?

tverbeek LaserJet 3D (175 comments)

I used to have an HP LaserJet IIID; that thing was built like a tank!

about a month ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

tverbeek 7680 <> 8K (179 comments)

The problem isn't that people don't understand the difference between linear and area measurement scales (so 8K is four times the number of pixels as 4K), but the fact that anyone lets these marketing drones get away with calling 7680 pixels "8K". 8K is either 8192 in binary terms, or 8000 in decimal terms.

about a month and a half ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

tverbeek GNU Congressman? (163 comments)

One of the new legislators-who've-written-code is Will HURD.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

tverbeek Re:XP as well? (178 comments)

No, it just means that MS isn't issuing a patch for XP. At least not exactly. They have released a patch today "for WEPOS and POSReady 2009", which is the branding given to the point-of-sale variant of Windows XP, which Microsoft still offers support for. There's a registry hack that makes Windows XP identifiy itself as Windows POS [insert joke here] when contacting the MS Update servers, and machines running that variant will get the patch.

Or so I'm told. ;)

about 2 months ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

tverbeek not going to change (204 comments)

"it does make you wonder how long organizations can afford to continue promoting incompetent bosses in today's very dynamic and competitive business world."

Indefinitely? As long as all organizations are doing it, there's no competitive disadvantage to it. And as long as the job market remains one in which the overall supply of workers exceeds the demand (no change of that in sight), employees will continue to put up with unhappiness, incompetent bosses, etc (at least up to the point where the incompetent boss fires them for threatening their own employment ... no, I'm not bitter, why do you ask?)

about 2 months ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

tverbeek pointless (164 comments)

And some people wonder why I don't have cable-TV service.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

tverbeek Re:ah, I understand (430 comments)

By their logic, Boris Yeltsin (Putin's predecessor as President), as well as Viktor Zubkov and Sergei Stepashin (his immediate predecessors as Prime Minister) are now tainted as self-loathing closeted homo/bisexuals ... because Putin obviously is.

about 3 months ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

tverbeek Re:Local Backups (150 comments)

Having all of your data off-site in the cloud without local back-ups is as foolish as having all of your data local with no off-site back-ups.

about 3 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

tverbeek Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

"Most of the other rebuttals being offered, are logically incoherent, and, as such, are not likely to change the minds of the victim-blamers," is perhaps the funniest bit of empathy-challenged nonsense I've read in a while. Because the people who are irrationally blaming the victims are clearly going to be persuaded only by the most mathematically sound argument?

about 3 months ago

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Natalie Portman turns down Steve Jobs ... movie

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  about a month and a half ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Michael Fassbender (best known among nerds for playing young Magneto) is still inked to play Jobs, and Seth Rogen (best known for playing assorted lovable tubby dudes) will be playing Woz, but Natalie Portman (best known for playing Padmé Amidala and her association with hot breakfast food) will not be playing the female lead in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's biopic "Jobs", based on the authorized bio by Walter Isaacson. No reason was given... nor has anyone confirmed for sure who she isn't playing."
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Russians find "new bacteria" in Lake Vostok

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  about 2 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," he said. "We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified.""
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Canadian charges against US manga reader dropped

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "The US-based Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Canada-based Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund have announced that the Canadian government has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v. Matheson, a case which involved a US citizen who was arrested and faced criminal charges in Canada relating to manga found on his computer when he entered the country. Customs agents declared the illustrations of fictional characters to be "child pornography". The defendant, a 27-year-old comic book reader, amateur artist, and computer programmer, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Despite financial assistance from the CBLDF and CLLDF, he has an outstanding debt of $45K for his defense."
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HP reverses course on PCs

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Not to be outdone by Netflix's bumpercar strategic planning, HP's current CEO has announced that they will not be divesting themselves of their Personal System Group, which makes some of the world's bestselling laptops and desktops. No word on what this means (if anything) for the fate of WebOS and its mobile devices."
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Spock gives up the con

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Leonard Nimoy announced at the Creation Con in Chicago, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, that this would be his last appearance at a Trek convention. He spoke for an hour, which at least suggests that he's making this move by choice and not out of necessity. He's 80 years old. "Live long and prosper," he told the crowd."
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Comics Code dead

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  about 4 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "After more than half a century of stifling the comic book industry, the Comics Code Authority is effectively dead. Created in response to Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, one of the early think-of-the-children censorship campaigns, and Congressional hearings, the Code laid out a checklist of requirements and restrictions for comics to be distributed to newsstand vendors, effectively ensuring that in North America, only simplistic stories for children would be told using the medium of sequential art. It gradually lost many of its teeth, and an increasing number of publishers gave up on newsstand distribution and ignored the Code, but at the turn of the century the US's largest comics publishers still participated. Marvel quit it in 2001, in favor of self-applied ratings styled after the MPAA's and ESRB's. Last year Bongo (publishers of the Simpsons comics) quietly dropped out. Now DC and Archie, the last publishers willingly subjecting their books to approval, have announced that they're discontinuing their use of the CCA, with DC following Marvel's example, and Archie (which recently introduced an openly gay supporting character, something flatly forbidden by the original Code) carrying on under their own standards. The Code's cousins: the MPAA and ESRB ratings, the RIAA parental advisory, and the mishmash of warnings on TV shows still live on, but at least North American comics publishers are no longer subject to external censorship."
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Bill O'Reilly: science cannot explain the tides

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  about 4 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "David Silverman of the American Atheists was a guest on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about the billboards the AAG has put up recently, including one declaring the Christian Nativity story a myth. O'Reilly, playing to his home-field advantage, figured he could show up his guest by citing a daily miracle that proved the legitimacy of religion, a mystery beyond the ability of science to grasp: "The tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman," he lectured. "It always comes in, and always goes out. You can't explain that.""
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Big Blue Sun?

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tverbeek writes "IBM is in talks with Sun Microsystems for a buyout. IBM would get Sun's hardware business and some substantial software (especially web and virtualization) expertise. Sun would get the financial support and the stability of being part of Big Blue. The merger would create a company with an increasingly attractive alternative to Wintel systems, with strong support for open-source technology."
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Majel Barrett Roddenberry Has Died

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tverbeek writes "Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the only person to appear — in one form or another — in every Trek TV series plus the movies, has died of complications from leukemia. She was 76. In addition to her ongoing involvement in Trek and its fandom, she produced her late husband's series Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda, and made an appearance as a key character in an episode of "rival" series Babylon 5."
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Anti-Science political campaign launched

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "MiCAUSE (Michigan Citizens Against Unrestricted Science & Experimention) — a political organization opposed to embryonic stem cell research on "moral" grounds — has launched a sneaky media campaign that pretends that the issue is the state's economy and taxes. Referring (without detail) to measures in states where stem cell research has not only been legalized, but also received investment funds, the TV ads claim that approval of Proposal 2 on the Michigan ballot this November wouuld not help the state's recessionary economy by stimulating the creation of jobs (on one of the few industries with growth potential in the Midwest), but would instead hurt the taxpaper by (somehow) forcing them to subsidize it."
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tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Good news and bad news on the RFID privacy front. The good news is that U.S. citizens may not need to carry an RFID-embedded passport just to cross the border with Canada. The bad news is that the driver's license you carry with you nearly everywhere would be embedded with an RFID chip instead. That's the scenario that's going to be tested in the state of Washington as a pilot program starting in January 2008, according to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer . Washington is anticipating loads of border-crossing traffic for the 2010 Olympics in adjacent Vancouver BC, shortly after the federal passport requirement goes into effect in June 2009. The "enhanced" licenses would require applicants to submit to an in-person interview and show proof of citizenship to get one."

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