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+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"

+ - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience"."

Comment: simple maths example (Score 4, Informative) 342

Quadrupling is a 400% increase that would take 40 years at 10% via simple math, and even then it would be right.

No. Much shorter.

Simple math says:
(1+10/100)^y = 4 =>
log (1.10^y) = log(4) =>
y * log(1.10) = log(4) =>
y = log(4) / log(1.10) = 14.54 .
After 14.54 years you quadruple; after 15 years you would have a 418% increase.
Didn't they teach you exponentials and logarithmics in high school?

Comment: Leprechauns (Score 1) 179

by fritsd (#46130265) Attached to: David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary
In other news, the UK PM Sir Mortimer Chris (played by David Cameron) said:
"It's all because of the invisible leprechauns. It's true, because I saw it in a film. We have to be much tougher on everything and everybody in order to eradicate this terrible pest. The Snooper's Charter is just the beginning; I'm now working on the draft Wear Your Underpants On The Outside For Hygiene Law (WYUOTOFH law).

Most of my cabinet ministers have agreed with me, and those who haven't (because the leprechauns subverted them) have agreed to be publicly crucified in Wembley stadium to atone for their weirdness and sins.

I have instructed our nuclear submarines to go to code Red. Death to leprechauns. God will save us!"

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 364

by fritsd (#46118981) Attached to: EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020
You're doing it wrong.. Of course the car will only be able to drive *as long as it keeps receiving the official "you're allowed" signal*.

Reminds me of FlexLM license manager program in the '90s. Look at it wrong, and it decides you're trying to tamper with its functions, and kills all legitimate paid for use of the licensed program.

Comment: Re:Hacker Extortion Target (Score 2) 364

by fritsd (#46118771) Attached to: EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020
newspaper article:

"In other news, this morning during rush hour there was a random glitch in the Car Safety System, not caused by anything like blackmail at all (how dare you suggest such a thing!) which stopped every other car on the autobahn until .. the situation was resolved. Spokespeople said the CSS is very safe, and such glitches will not happen very often again. Possibly."

Comment: Re: Get Ready (Score 1) 383

by fritsd (#46101003) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him
There was IIRC one senator or somebody who called for W. Bush to be impeached; I think his name was Kuchinich(sp?). It was on the news (in Europe).
I was a bit surprised that there didn't seem to be any actual impeachment process, almost like
"yeah, but Congress is not *really* going to impeach the president for starting a war--that was just for laughs! silly rabbit! Impeachment is only for shoving your <[censored]> in immoral places"

Comment: Bucky to the rescue! O.M.f.S.E. (Score 1) 267

by fritsd (#46099897) Attached to: The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

Earth is already a spaceship. The problem is, we have no control over where it's going.

The famous inventor and architect R. Buckminster Fuller has already written a (sufficiently loony) essay/book about this in 1968:
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.

It has pirates in it, too. And the original coining of the word "synergy". But it is much weirder than you may think (IMHO).

I put up my thumb... and it blotted out the planet Earth. -- Neil Armstrong

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