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Comment: Re:Try again... 4? (Score 2) 222

by Nyder (#49593293) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

Why do people think all this music is Free?

Sure, musicians are being screwed over by the labels and publishers, but that's not a reason to outright steal it and deny the musicians the meager cash they are getting paid.

Yes, but I refuse to support these some companies who keep lobbying to extend the copyright law, and do over devious actions in the name of profit for themselves, not for the artists.

Comment: Re:Freeciv? (Score 5, Interesting) 38

by Nyder (#49574513) Attached to: The Battle of 100 Freeciv AIs

I guess that's a free video game like "Civilisation"...?

yes, FreeCiv was an open source project to make a Civilization II type game.

I haven't played nor checked it out in a long time, so I don't know what improvements have been made on it in the last 10 years, but much like nethack, it was a must install. And much like nethack I haven't played it 10 years...

Comment: Re:image lightning? you mean seed lightning (Score 4, Funny) 49

by Nyder (#49544321) Attached to: Cosmic Rays Could Reveal Secrets of Lightning On Earth

I thought cosmic rays trigger lightning.

Nope, cosmic rays created The Fantastic Four and many more: http://marvel.wikia.com/Catego...

Also a toon named Cosmic Ray: http://www.comicvine.com/cosmi...

Didn't seem to find any DC toons who's superpowers came from cosmic rays. I didn't look very hard though.

Comment: Re:Dubious (Score 1) 685

by Nyder (#49536913) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I've only just turned 35 so am on the border of being a "millennial", but I thought that phrase referred to people around the 15-25 range who were teenagers around the 2000-2009 time frame. 34 seems a bit old... More like gen X or gen Y.

Generation X. The generation born by babyboomers, usually from 1970 to early 1980s. Teenagers in the late 80s and early 90s.

I think that what was shortly referred to as Gen Y are now millenials (Gen Y were those born too late to be Gen X).

True story, my babyboomer parents had me in the late 60's. So you can call me Generation X, but I'm more Billy Idol...

Comment: Got me an Obama phone (Score 0) 112

by Nyder (#49533321) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service

I have one of those free Obama phones. It's a dumb phone, yes, and I get free minutes every month. Currently because of the plan I choose, I have over 5000 mins stacked up.

I'm guessing the google plan isn't for me, since I need a Nexus 6 and I have a crappy dumb fucking phone that sounds like shit.

I need a better phone.

Anyways, I like what google is doing here. If I didn't have a free phone and had a Nexus 6, I'd love to get on it. But alas, I don't.

Comment: Re:What difference (Score -1, Troll) 198

by Nyder (#49533265) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

At this point, what difference does it make? If the Secretary of State can run her own email server at home, what does it matter how much money is spent on "cybersecurity"?

Wow, is this going to be what everyone brings up with Hillary? Sort of like everyone brings up Bill Clintons sex shit. You have nothing else, so you beat this horse to death?

If Hilliary is so bad, you do have other things to bring up other then someone running there own email server when the NSA is all up in everyones shit? Seems to me Hilliary was smart there, not dumb, not criminal.

Comment: Re:Olde-timey carbon fuel (Score 1) 365

by Nyder (#49474653) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

The classic multipurpose "biodeiesel" of old was charcoal, a renewable source of fuel for high-temperature furnaces suitable for making iron and high-quality steel. Its use today is pretty much limited to barbeques and re-enactment smithing but a post-apocalyptic world could easily return to it for such purposes.

Trees don't grow quickly and the production of charcoal was never enough to sustain the demands for process heat for a society even a tenth as large as it is today but assuming a massive post-apocalyptic die-back and natural reforestation it would probably work. It doesn't require any process plant or chemicals to produce after all.

Lower-temperature needs such as locomotive and boiler steam could be met with simple logging of reforested areas without the extra step of turning wood into charcoal.

hemp grows quickly

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 161

He's been asked by the Bolivian ambassador to call their president to apologize. This is certainly not a bad thing, and certainly not uncalled for.

It could be a good opportunity to repair relations with an ally.

So once again, based on false evidence, the United States decided to risk war by forcing down another countries Presidents airplane, just so the USA could check to see if a fugitive was on it.

While it's possible Snowden paid a part in this, it was the USA choice to risk war by forcing the Bolivian plane. Snowden isn't the bad guy here, the USA still is.

Comment: Re:Mass Murder (Score 1) 249

by Nyder (#49474575) Attached to: Turkish Hackers Target Vatican Website After Pope's Genocide Comment

People who don't actually look at facts, but at feelings they have do to patriotism, ethnocentrism, or other sorts of values don't really care about accuracy in labeling. They also don't like unacknowledged but horrible national acts brought up because it stains their sense of nationalism and machismo.

It was a genocide. There may have been awful things happened to precipitate it, but it was a genocide and the record is fairly clear on this.

It would take courage for Turkey to accept this part of their past, apologize for it, and show that they are big enough to accept the bad and the good in their past. But they aren't, nationally, and these hackers are an example of that.

Until you can be brutally honest with yourself about the warts on your nation's past, you can't ever really be a great nation. You have to be able to look your mistakes and misdeeds in the eye and say 'yeah, I own that... not proud of it.... and there were reasons.... but I own that'.

When and if Turkey can ever do that, they'll show they (as a country and Turks as a national population) have grown and are not so fragile as to need to hide, deny, and otherwise act like an ostrich in the face of their darker moments in the past.

Most nations have them. The number that have the guts to face up to them and try to accept the dark parts and maybe even do something to commemorate or make restitution are not that large. Turkey is hardly alone in living in denial.

Aren't we talking about something that happened 100 years ago? Something that happen so long ago that most if not all the people involved in it are dead? Not exactly sure what the pope had in mind saying it, but sometime the past is bet left in the past.

Comment: Re:Yeay! (Score 1) 39

by Nyder (#49465753) Attached to: Briny Water May Pool In Mars' Equatorial Soil

Mars takes ~260 days to reach, with a payload that could theoretically bring humans...maybe 130 if we do some pretty crazy stuff. Europa takes three years minimum for a much smaller payload. Actually getting humans to Mars is already a big technical challenge, let alone living once we get there...it's going to take a heck of a lot more practical experience before we can get them to Europa.

Say what you want about the pointlessness of living off-world, but Mars is great practice. It's closer, it has more solar power available, and we can send bigger things with our current technology. Same with the Moon...great practice, but even less practical reasons to be there than Mars.

The moon is even closer and a better launch point for exploring anything in our solar system.

Comment: Re:News for nerds how? (Score 4, Informative) 676

by Nyder (#49459033) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Much though I enjoy the multi-hundred-comment threads where we all scream at each other about politics, why is this here?

How is this 'news for nerds'? I mean, even the summary has given up on trying to even mention technology/nerdy stuff.

Just realized I have some good tech new for ya instead.

First 4 episodes of Game of Thrones current season (5) have been leaked. You can find them at your favorite torrent sites, or on usenet.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.