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Comment: Re:Wrong. (Score 2) 251

by Guido von Guido (#38647052) Attached to: Video Games As Propaganda

Bullcrap.

Torture can net you verifiable truths. Period. There is a degree of torture where freedom for information is a good bargain, and a degree of torture where death for information is a good bargain.

That should frame the philosophical debate on torture, but you have to be man enough to admit it does work first.

You do realize that's how Stalin got people to confess for the show trials of the thirties, right?

Comment: Re:Stupid. (Score 1) 514

by Guido von Guido (#38391280) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

Doubtful. Thieves are interested in obtaining things, not hanging around to damage your car. They would likely be more interested in looking for a different laptop to steal.

An angry thief will damage your car. It doesn't take very long to break another window, slash a tire or put a long scratch down the side.

Comment: Re:same as with everything else (Score 1) 401

by Guido von Guido (#37731142) Attached to: Who Killed Videogames?
Ignoring the issue of whether or not piracy had anything to do with this or whether this is just a consequence of the rise of social media, what gives you the idea that this is "negative" adaptation? From the perspective of the gaming companies themselves, any innovation that makes money for them is positive and any innovation that doesn't make money for them is negative. If they're getting enough casual gamers to play their games, that can more than offset the loss of the traditional gaming crowd.

Comment: Re:Launchy did it for me (Score 1) 862

by Guido von Guido (#37607274) Attached to: Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It
I tried organizing the start menu for a while. In addition to having to add new programs fairly frequently (weird little admin GUIs and various vendor software packages), I discovered that some of the programs that I updated would add their crap to the start menu every time I updated them. So I'd end up with two of everything. Finally, Symantec freaked out when I tried to move its folder. It just wasn't worth the trouble.

Comment: Re:They can keep it! (Score 2) 77

by Guido von Guido (#37185164) Attached to: Origins of Lager Found In Argentina

A beer with more than an ounce or two of black patent per gallon is going to taste astringent and burnt, somewhat like sucking on a bag of tea leaves. It certainly will not be flavorless. Also, there's no such thing as "light on malt." Beer can't be made without it, it's chemically impossible.

Of course you can make a beer that's "light on malt." A pound of malt has enough enzymes for at least an equal weight of non-malted grains. For that matter, you could convert non-malted grains with a source of enzymes. For instance, chicha is traditionally made with non-malted corn, with the starch converted to sugar by the enzymes in saliva. No reason you couldn't do that with unmalted barley or wheat.

Getting back to the original poster, though, there are definitely dark lagers available (e.g., dunkels, schwarzbiers and Baltic porters).

Comment: Re:Way younger... (Score 1) 212

by Guido von Guido (#37125012) Attached to: Moon Younger Than Previously Thought

I was raised in a Protestant household. I now lead a Protestant household (Baptist). I've been to several churches, camps, meetings, and various gatherings. I have never, ever met a preacher or other leader that believed the EarthSunMoonStars were 6000 years old. Now, I'm sure that these people exist and use religion as their reasoning, but there are nutjobs in every group. Saying that because of the occasional nutjob believes it, all or most must believe the same thing is no different that saying because the occasional Muslim wants to kill all humans then all Muslims want to kill all humans.

HERE. Would it be fair for me to say that many NASA scientists are spies? Of course not. Then why is it fair for you to stereotype any other group based on a few nutjobs who mental illness is in no way related to whatever group you are using them to belittle?

Unfortunately it looks like you need to have a talk with some of your co-religionists.

Comment: Re:Pedestrians are green and can bleed red, too. (Score 1) 542

by Guido von Guido (#37086634) Attached to: What's the Carbon Footprint of Bicycling?

I don't think he's overgeneralizing. I moved to Toronto from Madison a few years ago, and I think the cyclists are a little better behaved in Madison. Most cyclists have lights in Madison, too. As a pedestrian and a driver, I see cyclists misbehave all the time. They go the wrong way down one way streets, they drive without lights or even reflectors at night, they blow through stop lights and stop signs, they pass cars making right turns on the right, they change willy-nilly from the road to the sidewalk or from the road into a crosswalk, and so on. A biker going the wrong way down a one way street had a serious collision with a pedestrian a couple of weeks ago not too far from where I live.

Drivers are worse than they were in Madison, though. Drivers here are very bad about rolling through stop signs or through stop lights to make a right turn on red, or just plain running them. When the light turns green and they're making a right turn, they'll gun it through the inersection even when people are starting to cross. I've nearly been hit twice by idiots making a u-turn while I was on the sidewalk. I live by the police station and I see people texting all the time within sight of it (which is illegal here, I should add). This year has been better, but last year we had a large number of pedestrian fatalities. The police have been talking about cracking down on cyclists, but they need to crack down on drivers as well.

Comment: Re:garbage (Score 1) 127

by Guido von Guido (#36953544) Attached to: Google Running 900,000 Servers

I am quite sure that not all of it is what we call "physical" servers.

Google has a different model. Quila mentioned what their hardware is like; here is a slightly outdated Wikipedia article describing it. Google would prefer to avoid the overhead associated with running virtual machines. 10-20% overhead may not be a lot for an organization with smaller computing needs, but with Google that would mean adding another 90,000-180,000 servers. Their computing needs are way beyond what any individual server can do anyway.

What they've been doing instead is writing their apps for clusters. When they need more performance, they just add nodes. When a node fails, it's only a minor nuisance as the load is carried by thousands of other nodes.

Comment: Re:Project management (Score 1) 202

by Guido von Guido (#36878188) Attached to: Former Google CIO Suggests 'Do Dumb Things'

BAD project management gets in the way... a project manager is suppose to get obstacles out of the way of the talent and provide resources where needed... not crack the whip because they are idiots.

Another thing that kills project is bad management. A good project manager can't be effective if bad management gets in the way.

Comment: Re:He will shortly find himself in court... (Score 2) 236

Pharmaceutical companies don't make a lot of money.

I'm not sure why people think that. I suspect they confuse revenues with profit.

That's actually not true. The pharmaceutical industry makes a lot of profit. For instance, a little googling shows that according to Fortune they were the third most profitable industry in both 2008

and 2009. If you keep going back you'll find that they've been quite profitable for a long time.

Comment: Re:Who gives a damn. (Score 1) 161

by Guido von Guido (#35584724) Attached to: Rock, Paper, Shotgun Call For Worldwide Game Release Dates

Indeed. There are people dying from malnutrition, war and persecution by their own government. And these selfish little shits are complaining about having to wait a day or three to play a computer game. FFS!

By that logic, what the hell are you doing posting anything on Slashdot? FFS!

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