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Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 5, Insightful) 569

Before breaking down the door, they should at least have a seasoned, senior officer knock to see if anything seems odd first.

They probably could respond more reasonably, but walking up to the door and knocking might be a bit reckless. What if it's not a false alarm and there's am unstable, armed murderer on the other side?

Comment: Re: Morale of the Story (Score 1) 217

The people who fund in kickstarter take all the risk, while having no possible upside beyond the products that they buy.

There are a few other things:

  • The satisfaction of creating jobs for people doing something you particularly approve of.
  • The impact a successful campaign has on the perceived feasability of similar future efforts (crowd funded or otherwise).

Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 1) 332

they managed to combine both action, a compelling story, and respect for the Star Trek mythos into commercially successful films....

Wait! ... amongst the things they managed to combine were such elements as action, a compelling story and ... i'll come in again.

Comment: Re:Logic! (Score 1) 776

Neither article (OP or this response) seem to support the assertions made in the posts.

Also, is "amount of radiation" a good metric for harm done? Seems like that leaves out a lot of factors that would affect the real world impact.

One thing that seems clear is that (even ignoring climate change) fossil fuels cause a lot more deaths than nuclear.

Comment: Re:You can't afford it, by your own admission. (Score 2) 120

If you can't afford the expert then you can't afford to collect such data. Move away from this project to something you have the ability to do.

I'm surprised it took this long for someone to say that. The people who will exploit your system and extract something valuable from it can afford those experts.

Comment: Re:Computer Teacher? (Score 1) 317

by Mike610544 (#41050397) Attached to: Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

They're talking about the sci-fi version, which is basically a specialized AI that has access to all that information. If you've read The Diamond Age, the Primer is a good example

Even in that vision of the distant future, human intervention was required to make it work completely.

The type of real GOFAI implied by "Computer Teacher" is probably the most valuable tech on the list, but it seems like it's a lot harder to do than the rest. The fact that our best "human simulations" are basically Eliza with a few hard-coded gags is kind of depressing.

Comment: Re:I know the answer! (Score 1) 448

by Mike610544 (#40305863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
It's hard to accept, but digital now means "on a hard drive" or something. CDs and DVDs aren't considered digital. I bought a blu-ray a while ago and it actually said on the box "Includes bonus digital copy!"

It's maddening, but sometimes I find it best to just accept these things. It's not as bad as the whole hacker == criminal thing.

Comment: AKG K271 (Score 1) 448

by Mike610544 (#40305709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
AKG K271s are quite good. More expensive than $50, but OP did ask for opinions on other price points.

noise isolation (not cancellation)

Excellent. Wear them for an extended period and when you take them off it's shocking how noisy the world is.

flat/near flat response (I need to be able to hear bass, but I don't need my eardrums blown out)

Not flat, but very pleasant sounding. Bass isn't hyped, and highs get a subtle emphasis.

long-term comfort (earbuds usually hurt for me) and durability.

They're comfortable to wear for hours, and the cable's detachable/replaceable, so the vast majority of failures can be remedied.

Comment: Good Idea (Score 2) 127

by Mike610544 (#40072405) Attached to: Emacsy: An Embeddable Toolkit of Emacs-like Functionality
Emacs is awesome, but there are some things that more modern IDEs do that are nice. In Eclipse you can get a list of all calls to a function from the spot where it's defined. I haven't been able to find a way to do that with Emacs. etags works great for jumping to the function definition, but not the other way around.

That's not enough to convert me to a pointy/clicky bloated thing for coding just yet, but at some point, it seems like there will be enough features like that that Emacs - even with a lot of customization - just won't be viable.

If I did move to another editor, at least it would be nice to bring the good parts of Emacs along.

Comment: Re:No bubble. (Score 1) 192

by Mike610544 (#39923731) Attached to: How Long Before the Kickstarter Bubble Bursts?
Agreed. Mass media is optimized for getting you to watch/buy the thing, not to like it. They get the same payoff regardless of whether you passively tolerate their production or really love it. Firefly's a good example. It didn't take off, but the people that liked it really got into it. I imagine they would have funded season 2 easily if it was on Kickstarter. Maybe the fact that they're not directly responsible to anyone will lead to trouble, but I'm hoping my donation to the Wasteland project will result in a true Fallout 3.

Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.