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Comment: Interesting, but ... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by Kittenman (#48605723) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak
It's good that it's mapping translations rather than language speakers - but it's not mapping content. Say 50% of the tweets in English are concerning Kim Kardashian's latest outfit, or Lady Gaga's pop video. An article in Finnish (why not?) is telling everyone how to talk to dogs. Which is more important to humankind?

Of course, how you automatically judge merit is another matter....

Comment: 'Vinyl going up in value' - yeah, right (Score 1) 431

by Kittenman (#48596595) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
I've got two records of Elgar himself conducting Elgar's two symphonies. Elgar, for heaven's sake. I was offered 10 cents each for them. I still have them.

You find me someone who will actually pay the $$$ that the journalists say vinyl is worth, and I'll flick on my 100 or so records. In the meantime, they're in boxes waiting for my daughter to sort out when I end up six foot under.

Comment: Anyone remember 'Strategy and Tactics' magazine? (Score 1) 171

by Kittenman (#48569159) Attached to: Preferred Type of Game?
Subscribed to that with friends in the '70s and kept buying from them 'til they went bust. As a consequence, I've over a 100 'board' games and a good knowledge of military history (some problems with geography ... I used to think Vienna was in Austria-Hungary, etc ....).

Since then, picked up some goodies - "Republic of Rome', 'Pax Brittanica'.... hard to find face-to-face opponents these days so PBEM or video games.

But then there's the solitaires.. 'RAF', 'Carrier'...

Comment: Re:So What (Score 1) 574

by Kittenman (#48512005) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

What a shame that your glorious robots would never get to taste, touch, see, hear, or actually experience anything. Qualia. ...coming to the rescue yet again.

Good one - I'm here for you. Susan Blackmore's book on consciousness quotes the appreciation of qualia as a mark of consciousness. I can't see any machine ever enjoying a ham sandwich, or a beer. They can be programmed to respond as if they did, though.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 59

by Kittenman (#48494515) Attached to: Test Flight For NASA's Orion Capsule Slated for December 4

We are completely and totally fucked as a species if we do not figure out how to live independently of Earth. That means manned spaceflights. That means colonization of the Moon, Mars, and possibly elsewhere. The sooner we begin this work the better chance our species has for survival. The trouble is getting our current anti-science government to believe it.

Totally agree. I can't comment on whether the government is anti-science - it's not my government - but I would also like to subscribe to your newsletter.

And, of course, good luck to the ground crew with Orion. May you be rewarded with success!

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 376

by Kittenman (#48493861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

A catastrophic health problem can change your plans overnight, at any age. Throw in that the older you get, the more likely it is to happen ... and employers can do the math too.

Faulty logic there. You might as well say "Youngsters are well known to do high-risk sports and hobbies, such as base-jumping, or swimming with sharks: employers can do the maths and will hire older staff that have survived these self-destructive years".

Comment: Re:Conventional roasted but want to do a smoked on (Score 1) 189

by Kittenman (#48476511) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

I've smoked one on a Weber charcoal grill. I used a smokenator, a piece of steel that acts as a shield between the meat and the hot coals used for indirect cooking. Turkey was very flavorful and moist. Between the weber grill and the smokenator, it's a minimum investment to try it out. Nowadays I just dry brine and spatchcock the bird. Good flavor, moist bird, minimum fuss.

I did one on my Weber once - a monster, wrapped in bacon, stuffed, etc...No smokenator (how can anyone do that to the English language...) but indirect cooking. End result was a good bird, but it cooked a helluva lot faster than the veggies we had to go alongside. Damn bbq...everything is either over or under.

Comment: Re:Is it still October 9? (Score 1, Insightful) 244

by Kittenman (#48471449) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

you're right, that is a crazy dream because the ebola outbreak tracker shows that the number of new cases has been relatively stable (albeit noisy) for the last couple weeks. contrary to the summary, however, the tracker shows that ebola cases are doubling every 46 days, not 2-3 weeks.

Source is 'Wikipedia'. Hmmm. Be more inclined to take it seriously if it was sourced from WHO, or MSF, etc...

Comment: Re:It only matters if the speed is actually needed (Score 1) 247

by Kittenman (#48430337) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Too often these things just look like dick measuring contests. A childish waste of time. I don't really care if the chinese have the fastest machine so long as our systems are able to keep up with our needs.

Damn right, Who cares? You USans are good at some things, top in some, bad in others, crap at a few. Much like the rest of the world.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - the world owes you a debt for getting humans on the moon.

(On the other side of the coin... never understood why you folks have so many guns...)

Comment: Update your website and move on (Score 2) 159

by Kittenman (#48399567) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?
Put a comment on your website mentioning that someone out there is using your company's name and number for callbacks, and tell your customers to be aware of this issue.
You can't be liable for their gullibility, any more than you can for the actual actions of the Nigerian scammers (or whoever they are).

An Ancient Greek said "If people speak ill of thee, act so that no-one will believe them". I'd say that's still valid.

Comment: Re:Radio Drama anyone? (Score 2) 242

by Kittenman (#48364831) Attached to: HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

For those who care:

Will be interesting to see if HBO does better than the BBC ;>

Yes! You beat me to it. I taped these off my old valve radio when they were broadcast, back when I was 14. I lovingly cared for the cassette tapes over the decades since, hearing them once every blue moon... and then found out I could get flawless copies off this website.

I remember hanging the mike next to the speaker... portable cassette player. Back in those days, the big thing was recording birdsong.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.