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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

uepuejq stranger in a strange land (239 comments)

is john mcafee a living jubal harshaw? this was fun to read.

about a year ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

uepuejq how can this be used for training? (187 comments)

is it possible to devise tasks that prisoners can perform in prison which will strengthen this part of the brain?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

uepuejq go looking for trouble (573 comments)

that's the spirit. the people who tell you not to go looking for trouble are the people who forget how much trouble they got themselves into.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

uepuejq Don't be a dick (507 comments)

Ask him how he would do it, and be genuinely interested in his response. Maybe he just wants to beat his chest a little, and maybe he'll even say something useful.

about a year and a half ago
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Sci-Fi Publisher Tor Ditches DRM For E-Books

uepuejq DRM is a negative feedback loop (280 comments)

DRM licensing and implementation increase production cost. The increase is compensated by taxing customers with higher prices. As prices rise, the incentive to purchase is lessened and the reality of copying and free distribution becomes more pronounced. A practically infinite supply of ebooks can only be adequately priced by experimenting within markets. The tangible goods approach to electronic markets is flawed at inception, as it ignores reality and attempts to contain a force much greater than itself. Imagine flying water into the sun to inhibit global warming.

more than 2 years ago
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New Study Links Video Games and Mental Problems

uepuejq i'm slightly skeptical (306 comments)

have there been any studies done between people who shoot lots of people in public and mental illnesses?

more than 3 years ago
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Computer-Aided ESP Transmits Binary Numbers, Slowly

uepuejq it's always nice (148 comments)

to see slashdot trolling its users. on an unrelated note, please fix the tab order for the posting form, thanks!

more than 4 years ago
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Sloppy Linux Admins Enable Slow Brute-Force Attacks

uepuejq uhhh no? (391 comments)

you don't urgently need to get anything together, right any time. this is a condescending load of bullshit.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

uepuejq irony? (582 comments)

when google does this it's considered cute.

more than 5 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

uepuejq Re:perhaps a bit off topic (1120 comments)

talent that could be harnessed for developing games i like is being harnessed to develop games i don't like.

more than 5 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

uepuejq perhaps a bit off topic (1120 comments)

but i would rather just shut down final fantasy, dragon quest, sonic, and mega man.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

uepuejq contrariwise (377 comments)

perhaps the 'surge' in piracy is related to general economic woes? blaming piracy for lost money is baseless speculation. there is no basis for determining what a person would or would not buy simply because they pirate it, and playing a game in itself does not mean that a person would have purchased it. imagine if in the nes days when you bought a cartridge it would only be playable on the nes with a serial number programmed into the cartridge! then suddenly it costs money to buy the game AND to pay for the technology and labor behind ensuring that game only works on that cartridge. games are becoming more expensive not because of piracy, but because of speculative fiction being held as truth. that's not good business management. that's like investing in books because you think authors create reality after reading 'the number of the beast' by robert heinlein.

more than 5 years ago
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New Zealand Tree Stuck In Evolutionary Time Warp

uepuejq these articles and responses make me cringe (337 comments)

a lot of people unintentionally apply intentionality to evolution. also, just because we are capable of recognizing a more efficient development cycle or design of any given 'naturally' occurring life form does not mean that the efficient conception should have occurred. that's like saying that because we can watch mike tyson lose his edge we can say that it makes no sense that he still boxes. can he still stand? can he still swing his arms? when he swings his arms do people still get knocked out? if so, he has some survivability as a boxer. if not, he does not, and will fail as a boxer. things don't simply instantly disappear when it has been revealed that their methods aren't totally efficient.

more than 5 years ago
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A GNU/Linux Distro Needing Windows To Install?

uepuejq Re:Jesus Christ (174 comments)

liGNUx (tm)

more than 5 years ago
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Integrating Wikipedia With a Local Intranet Wiki

uepuejq Re:bad idea (121 comments)

jesus i hate when i start sentences, find something else to think about, then never oh look a flashing light

more than 5 years ago
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Integrating Wikipedia With a Local Intranet Wiki

uepuejq Re:bad idea (121 comments)

i think you really get into too much development and design effort when such a simple task can be accomplished by using resources that are already available. wikipedia already exists, and they already have servers to handle the search requests. i still say developing a small application (whether it's some javascript, a new add-on, or something that already exists) to add links to wikipedia entries that have alternate internal wiki entries, since according to the parent question the employees are going to be using wikipedia a lot, anyway. you can make the link apparent so that employees can simply take a quick glance to see whether they need to do any more internal research. you don't have to waste time downloading, restoring, and implementing the wikipedia database internally, and you don't have to waste time updating it, writing scripts to do so automatically, or finding scripts that will.

as to the api approach, i think that would be fun, but it seems like a waste of server power to have a machine dedicated to doing something that could be done on client computers dynamically with a relatively minute bit of javascript, and would be just as functional and ultimately less effort to upkeep. for future changes to the api you may have to alter your entire application, but if wikipedia just changes the html layout all you have to do is modify a regular expression and the rest of the code is still usable.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Clean Install Only In Europe

uepuejq i represent burger king and wendy's (803 comments)

we've found that mcdonald's consistently sells their 'big mac' cheeseburgers in their branded restaurants. this prevents potential customers of burger and wendy's from purchasing alternative burgers, such as the whopper with cheese and the whatever wendy's sells. the united states government has determined that if mcdonald's begins to sell wendy's and burger king cheeseburgers alongside the big mac, a pending antitrust suit against mcdonald's will be dropped. mcdonald's has decided to stop selling the big mac completely, which is totally unfair, because our entire business plan was based on forcing our competitor to carry our products!

more than 5 years ago
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Integrating Wikipedia With a Local Intranet Wiki

uepuejq Re:Hook-nosed kikes run Wikipedia (121 comments)

if with jews you lose, and you need to lose the jews to win, do you need to use the jews to lose the jews? if so, how do you lose the final jew?

more than 5 years ago

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