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Comment: Re:Star Control 2 (Score 1) 366


The Burvixese race evolved on the planet Arcturus 1, progressing from turtle-like swamp dwellers to a benevolent, highly technological society in just over fifteen million Earth years. Although the Burvixese had the wherewithal to build crude interplanetary vessels, they preferred to remain on the comfortable damp surface of their world and explore the galaxy through HyperWave communication. Using this method, the Burvixese made contact with several neighboring alien cultures, including the Utwig, the Gg, and unfortunately, the Druuge, whom the Burvixese would have been much better off never finding. For many decades, the Burvixese exchanged information with these races, trading technological, historical and philosophical facts and theories, until the fateful year 2142. It was then that the Gg announced that they had come under attack by a unknown alien race, who appeared to want nothing less than their complete annihilation. The Gg surmised that the hostile race, the Kohr-Ah, had located them using the Gg's HyperWave transmissions. Knowing that they had little chance of survival, the Gg warned the Burvixese that, unless they restricted their own transmissions, they too might face a gruesome fate.

Being a charitable race, before the Burvixese turned off their HyperWave transmitters, they shared the Gg's warning with the Druuge. But it was too late. The Druuge's powerful advertising beacons had already attracted the attention of the murderous Kohr-Ah, who, having finished with the Gg, began moving in the general direction of the Persei constellation, home of the Druuge. Realizing their peril, the Druuge took immediate action. They ceased all transmissions and sent a task force of their fastest ships to the moon of the Burvixese world. Once there, the task force assembled a huge HyperWave broadcaster on the moon's surface. When it was complete, the Druuge activated the unit which began emitting powerful HyperWave signals, focused directly toward the oncoming Kohr-Ah fleet. The Druuge hoped that the hostile aliens would change course toward the Burvixese planet and fail to find their own worlds. Unfortunately, this ruse was all too effective: the Kohr-Ah changed course, attacked the poor Burvixese and, sadly, destroyed them all in three days of orbital bombardment.

-- Star Control 2 Resource Guide

Comment: Re:Seems good to me. (Score 1) 143

by DNS-and-BIND (#47781835) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession
Unions are corrupt, here is a link in case you've forgotten what they're all about. Note that's a news link, and it stays fresh day after day after year after year. There will always be stories there. Unions are the wrong solution to the problem. Concentrated power attracts corrupt assholes and just makes things worse.

+ - Some raindrops exceed their terminal velocity->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "New research reveals that some raindrops are “super-terminal” (they travel more than 30% faster than their terminal velocity, at which air resistance prevents further acceleration due to gravity). The drops are the result of natural processes—and they make up a substantial fraction of rainfall. Whereas all drops the team studied that were 0.8 millimeters and larger fell at expected speeds, between 30% and 60% of those measuring 0.3 mm dropped at super-terminal speeds. It’s not yet clear why these drops are falling faster than expected, the researchers say. But according to one notion, the speedy drops are fragments of larger drops that have broken apart in midair but have yet to slow down. If that is indeed the case, the researchers note, then raindrop disintegration happens normally in the atmosphere and more often than previously presumed—possibly when drops collide midair or become unstable as they fall through the atmosphere. Further study could improve estimates of the total amount of rainfall a storm will produce or the amount of erosion that it can generate."
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Comment: Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (Score 1) 179

by Dr. Evil (#47727987) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

I'm okay with Ballmer being friends with Gates and getting a company.

I'm kinda okay with Ballmer being inept and driving it in circles for a decade. He's practically a founder and he was personally chosen by the founder. He should feel guilty that a lot of people's careers were screwed up by his poor leadership, but without Gates in Microsoft, Apple and Google flourished.

Sometimes the personal relationships and unfairness at the top is the stuff which leads to a company's wild success. Apple and Facebook are good examples.

But to teach two courses?

It's a discredit to the schools.

He should be pulled out in a cage as a specimin of "real business leaders" and studied from a distance.

Microsoft's janitor's certainly have more qualifications. They've had to at least interview and apply for a job in their life.

Comment: How times change (Score 1) 391

by DNS-and-BIND (#47726839) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

"While Dan Rather attempts to rationalize the network's heartless decision to air this despicable 'terrorist propaganda video,' it is beyond our comprehension that any mother, wife, father or sister should have to relive this horrific tragedy and watch their loved one being repeatedly terrorized," the family said.

"Terrorists have made this video confident that the American media would broadcast it and thereby serve their exact purpose. By showing this video, CBS or any other broadcaster willing to show it proves that they fall without shame into the terrorists' plan."
-- Mariane Pearl, May 15, 2002

Comment: Re:Puritanism (Score 1) 233

Yeah, because those countries that idolize sloth and indolence do SO WELL in the world.

Average Americans are wedded to a culture of indolence (rest in preference to work), not leisure, which values rest after work. This is why they live in such squalid conditions. To do otherwise would be to privilege work, which would be contrary to their ideological predilections. It is also why they have such an irresponsibly large number of children, whom they mercilessly exploit by requiring them to care for them as they age. Then, when the children mature and have children of their own, they themselves obtain the opportunity to exploit their own offspring and achieve indolence. Average Americans also have no incentive to save or improve because they know the government will step in to stop it.

Comment: Re:Not flat. (Score -1, Troll) 233

Yes, let's totally ignore the corrupt nature of labor unions and the culture that leads them, even today, to destroy the very industries that spawned them. Not a word about it...well done! A++ would pay for this comment again. Because paid commenters really do inhabit sites like Slashdot.

Comment: Re:These are not the droids you're looking for (Score 1) 180

by Dr. Evil (#47700287) Attached to: Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

I know the phone well.

Battery life, camera, sound quality, gps resolution aren't as good. You have to root the phone to be able to control your privacy, and if you're talking about privacy, forget Google apps. Best go go Cyanogenmod.

Wasn't your last update was 10 months ago?,

Leaving three unpatched vulerabilities?

Comment: Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (Score 1) 74

So a bit of background first: the PC1512 included a planar extension to CGA, providing 640x200x16 colours. BASIC 2 provided dithered drawing of complex shapes.

LAKESIDE.BAS was a very early procedural graphics generator, using a random seed to draw a, by modern standards, primitive 2D scene. In the distance there was a sky with clouds, snow peaked mountains reflecting in a lake, with little islands and sail boats. In the foreground, there were hills, white buildings with red roofs, white picket fencing separating fields, and all sorts of flowers, bushes and trees. Given how slow the machine was, it'd take a minute or so to draw each picture, leave it up for a little while, and then draw another one.

Whilst this could undoubtedly be rendered in 3D in the blink of an eye, and all sorts of shader magic could make it look like an actual painting, I think it would lose some of the charm.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."