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Comment: Re:Fantastic news for other forms of censorship. (Score 1) 301

by Chente (#39632639) Attached to: Iran Plans To Unplug the Internet, Launch Its Own 'Clean' Alternative

Nice line of reasoning. Before I read your comment, I was pondering how long it would take for a fundamentalist Christian version of the internet to be born in the U.S. I have some modest proposals for what such a net(s) could be called:


Other suggestions?

Comment: Neighborhood IT Support (Score 5, Funny) 256

by Chente (#39620659) Attached to: IT Calls of Shame

I once worked on my next-door-neighbor's computer to solve a printer problem. The printer was not connected, and he didn't know what kind of cable he needed. I found a spare USB cable that would fit. I felt it was odd that his USB connections were so far down at the bottom of the back of his case, but I've seen a lot of odd cases. I downloaded the drivers and installed them, nothing unusual; the printer was soon working normally. My delighted neighbor and asked me if I could check the computer's CD drive. He told me that the last time he had tried to use it, the CDs just kept sliding right off the drawer each time he tried to load it. I was surprised to find that the CD drive was at the very bottom of the front of the case. Curious, I tried to find the maker's name. It was LLED, except the letters were written backwards.

It was a very easy fix, I can tell you. I managed to get everything set, and get out of his apartment and back into mine before I burst out laughing. I told my girlfriend about the mysterious DELL computer case I had just seen and how I had fixed my neighbor's computer simply by flipping it right side up.

She refused to believe that anyone could be that stupid, but there you have it.

Comment: I'm My Own Worst Enemy Sometimes (Score 1) 342

by Chente (#30005262) Attached to: Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

I wouldn't do well with this at all. If I knew that a fear detector was being used, I would start to be afraid that I might be afraid of it and that fear would grow into a panic that I might be sufficiently afraid to set the thing off, which would be scary because then I'd start imagining my interrogation at the hands of jackbooted DHS thugs with their enormous attack rottweilers and their hideous cattle prods. The image of rottweilers using cattle prods on me would be too much for me to bear and I'd just set off the fear detector, which would be a relief because then the suspense would finally be over and then the interrogation could begin in earnest.

Very truely yours,

Franz Kafka

Comment: The Amazing Shrinking Man (Score 1) 197

by Chente (#28540817) Attached to: Carnivorous Clock Eats Bugs

Oh my god, I passed through a cloud of radioactive particles and I've been shrunken down to the size of a field mouse! Now my clock is systematically hunting me down using its video camera, and giant, piercing claws!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! ...snort...hummm? Oh sorry hon, I guess I was having a nightmare, it was terrible...there was this clock and...

Comment: Torches and Pitchforks (Score 2, Interesting) 424

by Chente (#27557369) Attached to: Game Developers On Gold Selling

I keep thinking it would be fun within the game to have the developers target known and confirmed gold spammers (this has to be done completely reliably) and mark them with a unique and characteristic stigma visible to all. The gold spammer would then be subject to attack by any and all players in game, and when killed, would drop a great item (or gold) that could only be obtained through killing a gold spammer. It's just a thought, there are many problems with this idea (what if a player were wrongly identified as a gold spammer? It will happen) but gold spammer hunts could be a fun and widely played aspect of an MMORPG that exercised such a policy. People would be arranging to buy gold to identify spammers just to kill them (in some games). Their business could shrivel on the vine depending on how actively other players hunt them. I see something like the mob scenes in old Frankenstein movies carrying torches and pitchforks.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928