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Comment: Switched BACK to Firefox Today (Score 1) 646

by Ignatius D'Lusional (#32261392) Attached to: Firefox Is Lagging Behind, Its Co-Founder Says
I'd been using Chrome for a few months, and while I enjoyed it at first I soon realized that it was a memory hog when using dozens of multiple tabs and *consistently* choked to death on Flash content. I've been very happy I switched back, just from using it again today. As long as Chrome suffers these critical flaws and Firefox outperforms it, I will be sticking with Team Mozilla.

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 584

by Ignatius D'Lusional (#31698114) Attached to: How Smart Are You?
An excerpt from the Good Book:

Most people totally misunderstand the term "SubGenius." Look at the word. What does it mean?

It means NOTHING! It's utterly ambiguous. All-purpose. It sure as hell doesn't mean "just below genius level." To "Bob" and his mighty friends in The Council of None, one happy idiot is worth far more than ten A-Bomb inventing geniuses. We throw most so-called "geniuses" OUT. They're too nervous, they take themselves too seriously, they're Snide. They do not truly 'know' Slack.

Praise "Bob," there are as many idiot SubGenii as "smart" ones. Most prevalent, however, are smart-asses. It isn't brains, but an intuitive, anti-Pink, anti-cute Attitude Mutation. The Conspiracy has proved that you can have "high intelligence" but still not be able to Think.

Comment: Re:Signal to noise (Score 1) 153

by Ignatius D'Lusional (#31019462) Attached to: The Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results
Sometimes the noise is the result of too many signals at once; if you can't decipher the meaningful data from the meaningless, the transmission will often be ignored completely. Seeing that other people have already done what you have done helps you to determine the overall accuracy of your experiment in terms of relative experiences, and may even spark people to do *only* things that have not yet been tried yet. It's just a matter of collecting and sharing all of the "negative" data that has and will be published.

Comment: Re:Do I count purpose-built Live CDs? (Score 1) 483

by Ignatius D'Lusional (#30549546) Attached to: In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...
I agree! My favorite LiveCD is *also* "Damn Small Linux Trinity Rescue Disk Change NT Password (CHNTPW) ClamAV LiveCD SysRescue CD (or something close to that) GPartED". Seems to me like they should shorten the name, though. Or perhaps divide it into separate distros using commas.
The Internet

Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet 600

Posted by kdawson
from the in-the-air-in-the-tubes-whatever dept.
Hugh Pickens was one of several readers to let us know that, according to a NY Times story, the 89-year-old Ray Bradbury hates the Internet. But he loves libraries, and is helping raise $280,000 to keep libraries in Ventura County open. "Among Mr. Bradbury's passions, none burn quite as hot as his lifelong enthusiasm for halls of books. ... 'Libraries raised me,' Mr. Bradbury said. 'I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.' ... The Internet? Don't get him started. 'The Internet is a big distraction,' Mr. Bradbury barked... 'Yahoo called me eight weeks ago,' he said, voice rising. 'They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what I told them? "To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet." It's distracting. It's meaningless; it's not real. It's in the air somewhere.'"

Comment: Re:Doesn't die.... (Score 1) 403

by Ignatius D'Lusional (#28392223) Attached to: Why a Hard Disk Is a Better Bargain Than an SSD
That is absolutely true. I'm thinking of switching to SSDs in the future (once they come down in price a bit) mainly because over the years I have lost at LEAST 1TB of data due to hard drives failing. Most of the time, I have no idea why they don't work anymore... did a head hit a platter? Is an arm broken? Are the discs not spinning? Most of us are not technically adept enough to repair a broken hard drive, and data recovery services are damn expensive, so if we're just talking about personal files and downloaded media, it's likely lost FOREVER. Just a couple weeks ago I had a 500GB external drive fail, and it was nearly full to capacity and was working as a backup for another computer that now has a fried mobo. So... all of the pictures I spent time scanning, all of the CDs I burned, everything I meticulously cataloged... gone forever.

THIS is why SSDs will become the preference of the future.

Comment: Re:No touchy! (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by Ignatius D'Lusional (#28231583) Attached to: Human Laughter Up To 16 Million Years Old
That's a really good point... if tickling is a reflex that makes us "laugh" although it's clearly unpleasant (does anybody *actually* like to be tickled, other than masochists???), maybe tickling orangutans isn't the best way to research laughter. What we need to do is research their reaction to HUMOR.

Obviously there aren't any orangutan joke writers (other than Jeff Foxworthy, I suppose), but if comedy stems from the tragedy of others, maybe we should find out if orangutans still "laugh" when they see another orangutan fall from a branch or something similar that humans universally find humorous.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.