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Comment: Jar-Jar - Well written, a nuanced and gripping! (Score 1) 410

by TiggertheMad (#48888295) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
Arguably, he did too good of a job: the players are all too human, and Jar-Jar is too fluid and well-executed for the movie.

Wait....are we talking about the same movie...? Are there some other SW prequels that I haven't seen? I have honestly, in the last decade of listening to SW critique, never heard anyone say, 'the players are all to human'. I saw a bunch of bland, stiff characters shoveling awkward lines at each other in front of a green screen. I am genuinely intrigued why you think this, because I have honeslty never heard this before. If you are trolling, masterfully done sir.

If there is another set of 'secret' prequels that are only for SW fans, please tell me. I know the secret SW nerd handshake....

Comment: They cured my acme, the cancer patient said..... (Score 4, Insightful) 410

by TiggertheMad (#48887037) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
But then you have to just remember how awful JJ's Star Trek movies were.

Some people have this opinion, but I think if you took a survey, most would agree with the statement that Episode 1-3 was much worse than The ST reboot. I'll take whatever JJ has in store after more of Lucas's awful writing.

Comment: I lost productivity arguing this silly point (Score 1) 126

by TiggertheMad (#48873265) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested
Currently the US estimates that it spends $5 Billion on health care costs associated with heroin use. In addition it is estimated that heroin costs about $11 billion in lost productivity.

If all those drug users were not doing drugs, it doesn't mean that they would automatically be leading healthy, happy lives. However, I'll take that number at face value for the sake of argument.

So we have a number that represents the cost to society. Now prove to me that it would cost society that same amount or more if it was completely legal and unregulated. I am willing to give you odds that the cost of enforcement, legal expenses, incarceration, and health care cost for will always exceed the legal costs. The lost productivity will probably be equal either way, health care costs will be slightly less, since it will be easier to get pure, consistent quantities, and then there is all the other costs that make it way more expensive to regulate.

Then there are the moral costs of propping up narco governments and essentially providing price supports for organized crime. Cheaper, Ha! Lost productivity my ass....

Comment: Well if John McAfee said it, it must be true! (Score 2) 181

by TiggertheMad (#48850787) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

According to John McAfee, N. Korea had nothing to do with the Sony hack.

John McAfee says a lot of things and does a lot of things that seem pretty 'remarkable'. Either he is having one hell of a interesting life, or he is a pathological liar. It seems pretty convenient that he cannot even give this mystery group a name.

North Korea has a well established history of aggressive, belligerent behavior, and this sort of thing sounds right up their alley. John is going have to cough up a lot more evidence than his good word that an agency with thousands of people and billions of dollars in hardware devoted keeping an eye on a rouge nation is wrong.

Comment: Other problems to solve. (Score 1) 357

by TiggertheMad (#48834231) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
One thing that is going to likely cause some real problems: I think that many large cities rely on water supplies that are refilled via melting snow packs, providing a steady and predictable clean water supply. If snow packs and glaciers are radically reduced or eliminated, the water supply becomes much more seasonal, and supplying potable water for large numbers of people becomes...problematic.

Comment: Do you really buy your own BS? (Score 3, Interesting) 357

by TiggertheMad (#48834069) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
Just one question for the deniers....When the mean temperature is up ten degrees globally and humanity is tanking it because of massive environmental change and crop failure, you won't be upset when we lynch you for being the liars and shills who prevented proactive fixes from being implemented, will you?

Comment: Killer AI will kill journalists for slandering it (Score 4, Insightful) 227

by TiggertheMad (#48825415) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI
Ten years out? As a veteran programmer and AI enthusiast, I'd say it was more like a century. We cannot build a computer that can model a bug's brain activity, let alone something a million times more complicated like a human brain. And that doesn't even get us to the 'superhuman intelligence' category that people are afraid of.

Worrying about Killer AI is like worrying about the Sun burning out. Yeah, it might happen eventually, but it isn't even worth considering right now...

Comment: Electricity, you will get a charge out of it. (Score 1) 154

by TiggertheMad (#48760695) Attached to: Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up
The device is claiming it can alter your mood by attaching to your head.

I'm pretty sure you'll find that meets the definition of 'medical device'.

I think that the thread is getting lost because nerds are arguing over what is or isn't a medical device, which seems sort of tangential to the real question: Is the mood altering effect anything more than the placebo effect? I am a little dubious about the benefits of running a low voltage current into the side of your skull. Wait, lets go back one step further, is there even any medical theory that would suggest that adding additional current to a person's brain would do something positive?

This whole thing sounds like some decided to lick a 9 volt battery and stick it to the side of your head for a healthy mark up charge....

Comment: Mo Code, Mo Problems (Score 4, Insightful) 255

I agree that more diversity in the software ecosystem will cause critical bugs to have less impact to the world overall, and will hopefully drive competition to make the offerings more efficient and stable. However I think that this is a straw-man and the real conclusion we should draw is this:

When you write code, you are going to screw up. If you aren't writing bugs that people notice, you aren't working on anything worthwhile. While the bugs that were found were costly and dangerous, the question is were these found quicker than a closed source solution? Were they fixed faster than a closed source solution? Is there anything that can be done to allow quicker roll back or disabling of vulnerable features? When you write code, you need to design for failure, because it will happen and plan so that the recovery will be as quick as possible.

Adding additional software library offerings will only add stability in the sense that one particular vector wont affect as much of the Internet, but you introduce more surface area for attackers to poke at, and more vulnerabilities overall. Given the challenges to write really solid code, I think I'd like to have fewer, but really well vetted open source software solutions. Of course, I am not correct in this opinion, as there are no 'right' decisions here.

Comment: This guy is a (sic)moreon..... (Score 1) 250

by TiggertheMad (#48694025) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry
Scalzi sounds like a moron who should stay away from game theory - selling books has always been a zero sum game. He just doesn't understand that for the old method the sum was the sum of all money that all readers spent on all books. It was a unknowable total to be sure, but it was still a finite sum.

Comment: SONY breaking the law (yet again) (Score 4, Interesting) 190

The interesting thing is that, if they are using outsourced servers strategically located in Asia to avoid the long arm of the law, that people should be able attack those same servers and do pretty much anything they want to them without fear of consequences. Being beyond the law is a double edged sword, and I personally would not bet against all the hackers on the Internet in that fight...

Comment: More trouble than it is worth.... (Score 1) 184

by TiggertheMad (#48562561) Attached to: Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

I get the arguments that they don't host anything and they're just a medium for people to exchange files. But their name is literally The Pirate Bay, their business model is about as close to explicit piracy as you can get.

I'm frankly shocked they've remained open this long.

You yourself agree that they are nothing more than a directory, yet you are suggesting that they are responsible for the content that is posted. If I can use an analogy to demonstrate how crazy that is, You might also suggest that the yellow pages is responsible if any business that advertises using their directory deals in stolen goods.

I don't care if they call themselves, 'The throwing nuns and puppies in wood chippers bay', linking to content is not a crime, and that is all they do. Should Google be responsible for indexing and linking illegal content?

Moreover, this sort of legal action is just stupid, for purely practical reasons. TPB users aren't breaking copyright law for financial reasons, so even if you could completely stomp out this sort of behavior, organized crime would pick up the slack. This is a grey goods market, and good luck trying to shut it down.

If the DoJ was smart, they would just focus anti-piracy operations on organized crime where they can do some real good, and just let sites like TPB slide.

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