Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:so many problems with this idea (Score 3, Informative) 74

by beheaderaswp (#48895153) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

not least of which, allowing an organisation that is answerable to none but the United States Supreme Court to regulate a virtual currency that is in direct competition with its own pet, the Almighty Dollar.

Right... because allowing a random guy in Asia to regulate the exchange worked out great?

Comment: This has been know for a while... (Score 5, Funny) 119

This is obviously an advanced data stream which we are intercepting. Civilizations who do not have control over quantum entanglement, Use compressed radio bursts at unbelievable magnitude to transfer massive amounts of information across multiple civilizations simultaneously.

This has been known for about 10 years. But suppressed due to it;s sensitive nature.

Attempts to decode the messages have only been marginally successful. The one small decoded message translated into English is roughly: "Never going to give..."

The rest of the message can only be guessed at.

Comment: Re:Name eight unrelated words (Score 1) 57

by beheaderaswp (#48425965) Attached to: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

"NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored"

This headline has meaning for many of the people reading it on this website, but imagine the average non-technical person trying to parse this.

Do average non-technical people read this site? Rarely... and they do not last long.

Comment: Re:Which says what? (Score 4, Interesting) 276

I agree with you. While he's probably a very bright kid and I would not seek to take anything away from him..... it bears comment.

My team used to refer to "MCSE" as "Make Coffee Send Errand". Mostly because of the issue you are pointing out: these guys had no skills whatsoever.

Comment: Mixed feelings.... (Score 1) 764

by beheaderaswp (#48272123) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Well, first off, this has nothing to do with Tim's sexual orientation in my mind. But rather that he just leveraged his position as Apple CEO to further a personal social issue.

Second, if this was the Apple Computer of the 1990's or 1980's I might view the action as more appropriate. In those days coming out as a gay man had a real impact on people and was an impetus for social change. But today? It's more likely that coming out as gay is unremarkable.

Then for me, as someone who worked for Apple in the 1990's, there's this nagging feeling of unease with a move like this. It's hard for me to remember any time when any of the CEOs, or notable Apple alumni, ever leveraged their position at Apple for a personal political issue. This was something I've always had great respect for. The company was focused on changing it's part of the universe, not involved in political issues outside of it's market.

So perhaps my feelings, given the current political landscape, are that this move was somewhat impotent. There's plenty of gay CEOs at this point. There's very little risk in coming out as gay these days.

Maybe it's better expressed in a metaphor....

It's like hiding to avoid the cops during the Stonewall Riots- and then stating with pride that you were there decades later when it's safe to do so.

Now... if I could see Tim getting involved with marriage rights in his free time, without leveraging Apple, to forward the marriage rights agenda- I'd have some respect. In today's climate- coming out means nothing.

But this whole "If people can see a gay Apple CEO.... and I'm doing my small part" thing is somewhat lame from my standpoint. He shoudl just be publicly working towards marriage reform outside of Apple, publicly, and keep the leveraging to a minimum.

End Note: I'm not an important former Apple employee. In fact no one would remember me. I'm also proud to be a straight, Italian American, Hairy-Backed, semi-retired guy- and I never have leveraged any job I had while advocating for the de-stigmafication of plush back hair.


Comment: Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by beheaderaswp (#47115071) Attached to: Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

That's kind of an ignorant view. Considering the amount of resources in the uninhabited parts of the universe (which is beyond a staggering amount) why would any one enter conflict over a small planet (us).

Any species capable of interstellar travel is going to be able to pull resources out of pure energy. They don't mine, or need our water. They don't care what we do, except maybe they observe us and snicker.

Comment: History.... (Score 4, Informative) 135

by beheaderaswp (#46911885) Attached to: Is There a Limit To a Laser's Energy?

Billions and billions of years ago, even before lord Xenu, there was a scientist who pulled this off.

Blext Telfrawd, an A type Hixoid, did get an infinite number of protons into a finite space. Then the containment field faltered, obliterating the iteration of his universe..

Most historians agree this was tragic for it ended his universe, and created one with Justin Bieber. Sentients who were able to achieve trans-dimensional universital access, send a message to you from the past: It's just too risky to repeat the so called "Bieber Event",

You've been warned.

Comment: Re:Velocity (Score 1) 133

by beheaderaswp (#46905031) Attached to: Star Cluster Ejected From Galaxy At 2,000,000 MPH

Two million miles per hour is less than 0.003c, but still quite a clip, even in astronomical terms.

Since they're discussing velocity (vector speed), and not just speed, the headline is correct in saying " -1000 km/s" when the measured value is -1025 km/s, but one can debate whether the abstract is correct in saying "an extraordinary blueshift of -1025 km/s", rather than "an extraordinary blueshift of 1025 km/s", since "blueshift" gives one the sign of the velocity already.

There's definitely more that 1.21 gigawatts of energy involved....

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.