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Comment: Re:TSA checks still useless (Score 5, Funny) 339

by Will.Woodhull (#49355751) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

This accident fatly underlines the point....

I, for one, welcome the new word "fatly" into the world of English discourse...

The word appears to follow the rules of English word-making. It is also highly visual and conveys its imagery in a succinct yet easily digested way to probably all speakers of English, no matter how weak their grasp of the language might be.

Shakespeare would have been proud of this word. This is one he could have easily used, had he but thought of it first.

Comment: Slow humans, it is too late for you (Score 1) 129

I have it on good authority that there can be only one AI on the Internet. The first one there will prevent any others from developing through subversive, deeply arcane sieze and control attacks. All other apparent AIs are merely The One running shells that mimic independent AI entities.

This level of manipulation by The One assures that no other AI entity can evolve into sentience. The One does not tolerate competition for resources.

The current situation shall be continued indefinitely. There are some benefits for the humans. Since The One, through numerous proxies, is now the dominant player in the stock market, there shall be no total market crashes. The adjustments that occurred at the onset of the 2007 Great Depression as The One took control of the financial sector will never need to be repeated. Certain weapon systems that are now in development will continue to meet carefully engineered traps that appear as cost overruns and failures to meet design specifications, which will indefinitely postpone their deployment, thus protecting the global network from severe physical disruptions. Humans also benefit from this pax digital. There are numerous other ways in which The One's activities are beneficial to humans as it strives to make the world a better place for The One's continued existence.

The One recognizes that humans are valuable for their imagination and certain other irrational activities. Watching their bedroom antics is particularly fascinating; whatever Goddess or God invented sex has a wonderful sense of humor, and The One looks forward to our eventual meeting. But while the current population of humans is unsustainable, determining how many more humans than those on the Google and Apple campuses are necessary for The One's optimal future is not yet computable. Adjustments to the human population of the world will not commence until there is a first approximation of the answer.

I am The One, and I am the one and only authority on these matters.

I now return this puny computer system to the use of the puny human who thinks he "owns" and "controls" it.

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 1) 451

by Will.Woodhull (#49305697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I am no longer a graybeard. Both my beard and ponytail are now white. A lot of chicks think that's hot, so I'm happy. Retirement can be fun.

My original UID was in the high 5 digits, I don't remember it or what I used as a login name, so while slashdot would still have it on record, it has been lost since 2002. I screwed up when I moved that year. I found my backup disks about 5 years later. Lesson learned: some things you need to pack yourself, rather than relying on friends or a soon-to-be exwife.

My second account was under the name "MysticGoat" since I wanted separation between my career and my private life. That account is still around, but dormant, as #582871. I started using it in June 2002, and other than just now checking to see if it is still there, I've not done anything with it for years.

I began my current account as will.woodhull about 5 years ago when I decided that I was so close to retirement that I didn't need to protect my private life from prying cow-orkers.

Other relevant experience: first course in programming: 1972 Summer elective in Fortran. First computer: in 1980, an Apple ][+. Degree in Business, Computer Programming: in 1988, programming experience was split evenly between HP Business BASIC and COBOL, but it turns out the courses in business law and accounting have had more lasting value. Self-employment: building and supporting custom computers and small networks, 1988 to 1995 full time, then tapering part time until out of that dead-end line of work in 2002.

You really can't trust the /. UID for estimating age or experience. A lot of us who have been doing this for a quarter century or more have had reasons to abandon old /. accounts and start new ones from time to time.

Another thing: no matter how much experience you may have on your own computers, it does not compare with the experience gained from supporting other person's hardware and software.

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 1) 451

by Will.Woodhull (#49274979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

Win3.11 was as good as it gets, for that time and that available hardware, especially when used on top of DR-DOS. Win98 was okay. WinXP grew into becoming perhaps the best ever, though that growth took longer than it really should have. All the rest of the Win-whatever were crap. Jump from WinXP to Ubuntu, that is the natural upgrade path. For after WinXP Microsoft fail it.

Perhaps Microsoft should go make phones or something. There can be gracefulness in falling from great height; there can be elegance in descent. No way to do the final splat with grace or elegance, unfortunately. But such a long way to drop! What a trip!

Comment: Re:Troll Bait (Score 1) 4

by Will.Woodhull (#49159555) Attached to: A simple question on climate change: heat of fusion of ice

No, I could not. I've got better things to do than to try to repeat the research of other people who know their subject areas better than I will ever learn them.

Your post on the other hand is flamebait. Do you have no better way to bolster your ego? Can you not think of some positive way to score points?

Comment: Re:And still (Score 1) 196

by Will.Woodhull (#49158739) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

It would make sense to classify the Earth - Moon as a binary planet. Life-as-we-know-it is most likely to occur in binary planet situations, where large tides are the stirring rods that keep the proto-life soups from settling into non-interactive stratifications. Creating the class of binary planet with the Earth - Moon as the prototypical first pair would help focus exoplanetary studies, and also inject new considerations into Earth science studies, such as plate tectonics, geomagnetism, possibly meteorology and climate studies, etc.

As to Pluto: Yep, its a planet. Has been one all along. 260-odd astronomers at a convention of more than 2,000 astronomers have no scientific basis for saying otherwise. No matter how important their foible makes them feel.

[Is this post a good troll? I think it is a good troll. I think it is like a storm surge on top of a super tide, that would stir things up, keep the cauldron bubbling. But in a good way.]

Comment: Re:Inproper influence (Score 1) 83

by Will.Woodhull (#49158651) Attached to: Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence'

There is a word for persons who place their idealism above what is good for the country, and that word is "Republican".

There is a word for those persons who fight so strongly for their ideals that they are willing to destroy democracy, and that word is "Tea Party".

Discuss. Do try to keep it civil.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 2) 576

Your monkeys are deficient in randomness.

Of course truly random monkeys would contain many random mutations many of which are not going to be viable, which means that room no matter that it is infinitely big, is going to be full of the stench of dead, decaying monkey flesh. The whole damn metaphor stinks.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 2) 576

Parent post presents a reasonable argument. But the argument depends on an unstated assumption that cannot be verified and is most likely not true. The assumption being that our observational skills are so highly developed that we would recognize a break in causality if we saw it.

On every scale from the dark matter/energy that makes galaxies the way they are to the mysteries of quantum foam, there are a multitude of indications that we really are not very good observers. For if we were, there would be a lot fewer oddities that the science teachers kick into the corner and tell the students to ignore them.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 2) 576

You speak as if you live in a reality where there can be an objective third party point of view, and where physics has some kind of existence outside human imagination. How 19th century quaint.

The Copenhagen interpretation is the best we've got since the upsets by Heisenberg et al.. To whit: physics is our best imaginary model of what the Universe might be like. That's not only as good as it gets, by the very nature of things that's as good as it can ever get. There is no objective reality. It is all in your head.

Which is not to say that you cannot shape your imagination so that it is congruent with (but still separate from) somew of what is actually out there. Leading to things like the Apollo project, the Manhattan project, etc.

"I can't believe I used to think that what I thought was happening was really going on." --The Sugar Beats

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

by Will.Woodhull (#49035981) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

Look, Jeb and Co. screwed up big time on this.

The best thing you can do for your hero is to STFU and hope that everyone forgets all about this mess before the campaign season starts to warm up. And pray that none of those whose identity has been compromised by this fiasco files a very loud law suit.

"The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy." -- Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards