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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 108

by castle (#43071697) Attached to: Nearly Every NYC Crime Involves Computers, Says Manhattan DA

Sorry, look up Rent Seeking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent-seeking

Benito Mussolini was a socialist before he was a fascist. Authoritarian cute fuzzy awesome nice left wingers are still Authoritarians. Assertions that Money corrupts Politics are at a similar level of naivete as saying that Oxygen is responsible for the corruption of your favorite forest by enabling Fire.

Not that Money doesn't exist in a finding of corrupt behavior, it's one of many things that fit into that mix. Money itself is an Amoral entity.

Comment: Re:Gamers are not idiots ... (Score 1) 393

by castle (#42946643) Attached to: The End Is Near for GameStop

...countdown.

Been at this a long time. So have gaming companies.

My main console gaming is now done on a PS3, if Sony decides to not allow used games on PS4 I won't buy a PS4. XBox has already become irrelevant to me, mainly due to their online services being so overpriced and underfeatured. And microsofts tendency to tie everything to their other products in terms of their infrastructure.

Plus, my UID is lower than all previous.

Instead of computer gaming so much, make time to learn the fine arts of pen and paper gaming, and throw in archery/shooting/hand-to-hand combat and farming. While the plants are growing, gaming is a great way to pass the time, just don't waste all your time doing it.

(Absolute prohibitions and excessive specialization are for insects.)

Comment: Re:what about slashdot? (Score 1) 595

by castle (#39847101) Attached to: Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

Left wing crazy? I thought that was you!?!

In short, Right Wingers that think government should be an activist one doing a whole bunch of shit on the dime of their taxpayers aren't really Right Wing, those that think they should be in some cases (War and Drugs and War on Drugs is Different, see, honest, but paying for them Educations is a violation of my rights) are actually what most American political types are... Stark Raving Mad Busybody Hypocrites who operate under a delusion of pragmatism in a haze of Prozac tainted water.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 569

by castle (#37846506) Attached to: HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

It's good that you reveal that your vested interest is in saving your place saving the world for your pharmaceutical corporate employer, keep up the rent seeking. It's good that you're honest about it.

You probably are doing some good, but you are a part of a machine that isn't all good. Just look at your lobbyists, and your public relations expenditures.

Transportation

Scottish Scientists Develop Whisky Biofuel 172

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-mad-geniuses dept.
RabbitWho writes "It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'one for the road.' Whisky, the spirit that powers the Scottish economy, is being used to develop a new biofuel which could be available at petrol pumps in a few years. This biofuel can be produced from two main by-products of the whisky distilling process – 'pot ale,' the liquid from the copper stills, and 'draff,' the spent grains. Copious quantities of both waste products are produced by the £4bn whisky industry each year, and the scientists say there is real potential for the biofuel, to be available at local garage forecourts alongside traditional fuels. It can be used in conventional cars without adapting their engines. The team also said it could be used to fuel planes and as the basis for chemicals such as acetone, an important solvent."

Comment: Re:Cutting corners is the name of the game (Score 1) 383

by castle (#33006018) Attached to: BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon

Part of the problem *is* that it's not real money.

Overall it's just chits of debt to the federal reserve, if it were real money, you could run out, thus providing a sustainable feedback mechanism which would probably lessen the bad things that "capitalism" is being blamed for in this case, and others.

Corporations themselves rely on the states that define them. Liability shields and incestuous dealings with regulators (revolving doors and their attendant failures of regulatory oversight) abound in many industries.

In this instance you'd think the ridiculously low quality computers would be detected by the frequent audits of the private backers of the endeavor, if those backers had any sense. BP being a multinational plays by all the rules on paper, shit happens, since they just rent the land from the government, the landlord gets to pay the bills / suffer the consequences with little to no recompense when it all goes to hell.

Programming

Modern Day Equivalent of Byte/Compute! Magazine? 327

Posted by timothy
from the must-have-tape-drive dept.
MochaMan writes "I grew up in the '80s on a steady diet of Byte and Compute! magazines, banging in page after page of code line by line, and figuring out how sound, graphics, and input devices worked along the way. Since then, the personal computer market has obviously moved away from hobbyists intent on coding and understanding their machines down to the hardware, but I imagine there must still be a market for similar do-it-yourself articles. Perhaps the collective minds of Slashdot can divine some online sources of fun and educational mini-projects like 'write your own assembler' or 'roll your own bootloader.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Newsweek Easter Egg Reports Zombie Invasion 93

Posted by kdawson
from the it-takes-braaains dept.
danielkennedy74 writes "Newsweek.com becomes the latest in a long list of sites that will reveal an Easter egg if you enter the Konami code correctly (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter). This is a cheat code that appeared in many of Konami's video games, starting around 1986 — my favorite places to use it were Contra and Life Force, 30 lives FTW. The Easter egg was probably included by a developer unbeknownst to the Newsweek powers that be. It's reminiscent of an incident that happened at ESPN last year, involving unicorns."
Graphics

Intel Abandons Discrete Graphics 165

Posted by timothy
from the out-of-the-lifeboat dept.
Stoobalou writes with this excerpt from Thinq: "Paul Otellini may think there's still life in Intel's Larrabee discrete graphics project, but the other guys at Intel don't appear to share his optimism. Intel's director of product and technology media relations, Bill Kircos, has just written a blog about Intel's graphics strategy, revealing that any plans for a discrete graphics card have been shelved for at least the foreseeable future. 'We will not bring a discrete graphics product to market,' stated Kircos, 'at least in the short-term.' He added that Intel had 'missed some key product milestones' in the development of the discrete Larrabee product, and said that the company's graphics division is now 'focused on processor graphics.'"

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