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Comment Re:An Odd Bird (Score 1) 110

I think Stephenson does a great job creating interesting characters and worlds, and also does a good a job with setting up stories. What he struggles with is ending them - apart from the time he spent explaining the nuts and bolts of elementary crypto-theory what really jarred me was the way Cryptonomicon ended. Which was "abruptly" and "poorly".

I really enjoyed Snow Crash - which is something of guilty-pleasure pulp cyber-punk. I really really liked The Diamond Age - I think it his best book in some ways.

After Cryptonomicon I haven't been able to bring myself to start the Baroque Cycle even though they've been on my bookshelves for nearly a decade now. :(

Comment A growing preponderance of evidence (Score 1) 94

There are a lot of people who want to believe or not believe in certain outcomes, but this location in the Pacific has more verifiable nuggets of info that point more strongly in this direction than anywhere else.

I hope further experimentation (expeditions) yield a result that either confirms or invalidates the theory convincingly - just like in science! ;-)

I couldn't find the article in my search just now, but did recently read an account of a girl who claims to have listened to Earhart calling for help on her father's radio - and that she thought she heard Earhart say "New York City" repeatedly - which doesn't make sense. But apparently there was a wreck of a merchant ship named Norwhich City on that atol?

I hope they get the money for their next expedition.

Comment Anonymous doesn't do product development (Score 1) 120

Sorry, but numerous, disjointed visions of what passes for good user-interface design, along with different standards for reliability doesn't sound like something I'm interested in at all. Especially if every user-interface panel requires me to push the "I'M A CHARGIN' MA LAZER" button before pressing "OK".

I'm getting sick of people generating web-hits by relating anything and everything to Anonymous.

Comment Colony Ship For Sale (Score 1) 105

I need to pick this game up again. I was stuck on the Colony Ship For Sale level...

As fun and immersive as the Marathon games are, the multi-player play was even better. "King of the Hill" lead to sooooo much carnage.

Comment Tragic (Score 0) 195

I hope they find two pristine horns faster than I did.

That might be one of the best editorial asides I've ever seen on slashdot. I was going to say it is tragic so few will understand why that aside was so great. But perhaps it's more tragic yet that so many will. ;-)

Comment Re:this story has another side (Score 1) 469

That's not another side of a coin. That's a justification-dance for unilateral actions that likely will shield a lot of criminal and unethical behavior from the public eye. I also the reject the "possession = ownership" argument - the data was on his hardware by virtue of his trust/status within wikileaks.

If he shredded the BoA docs, he can rot in hell.

"The Mets were great in 'sixty eight, The Cards were fine in 'sixty nine, But the Cubs will be heavenly in nineteen and seventy." -- Ernie Banks