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Comment: Re:Nothing new here ... (Score 1) 292

by hexadecimate (#48047955) Attached to: 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska
Visit the woman's site. Check her publication history. She's a shill. Hint: "polarbearscience" isn't hard to type into a Wordpress template.

That site is one of the most depressing and dishonest things I've seen in a while. She should be ashamed of herself.

Her opinion on walrus ecology is as valid as yours and mine. Except hers is paid for by a "think tank" that does everything it can to undermine science if it gets in the way of corporate profits.

We are so fucked.

Comment: Re:Absolutely disgusting (Score 1) 875

by hexadecimate (#47200601) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

So, yeah. In 2012 the entire country of Canada recorded 543 homicides. There were 414 in New York City alone. Almost 15,000 in the US as a whole. Ten times the population, but almost 30 times the number of murders.

Violent crime rates have been trending down everywhere in the industrialized world for the last couple of decades, but relative to the other countries in the G8 the good ol' U.S. of A. remains a pretty violent place. As someone pointed out upthread, it's a big, messy cultural problem with no easy answers or solutions.

Comment: Re:Male companion (Score 1) 255

by hexadecimate (#39446785) Attached to: New <em>Doctor Who</em> Companion Announced
As a friend of mine once pointed out, if Canada ever joined the US, the Presidency and the HofR would be dominated by the Democratic party for at least the next two decades. Canada would have more electoral votes than any state but California, and enough left-leaning congressional districts to tip the balance. In Canada Obama would be considered a moderate conservative, and Rick Santorum would be institutionalized and kept under heavy government-subsidized sedation.

Comment: Please let me be the first to say (Score 1) 761

by hexadecimate (#38814119) Attached to: Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History
Apple is doomed, I tell you. DOOOOOOOMED.

Sooner or later. Unless a big-ass meteor crushes the Earth, in which case we're all doomed and I'm right on a technicality.

>When all is said and done, right now Apple is rather aggressively destroying value as it tilts at windmills.
>Sure, they might get away with it in the short term or figure out a way of avoiding it in the long,
>but eventually this sort of behavior catches up with a company.

Comment: Re:Spread the word (Score 5, Informative) 1002

by hexadecimate (#38738860) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?
A useful link [techdirt] to send to anyone defending or even ambivalent about SOPA. It's legislation designed by a lobby group to service their agenda, and damn any unforeseen consequences. If you think the RIAA and MPAA give a shit about the free speech and due process of *others* balanced against their desire to maximize profits, you've been asleep for the last twenty years.

Comment: Re:What horrible graphics (Score 1) 270

by hexadecimate (#34558228) Attached to: Watch 200 Years of Global Growth In 4 Minutes

Jesus H. Christ.

He created a short, informative video that synthesizes complex statistics into a compelling visual display and over a million people have watched it on Youtube in the last MONTH but no, you don't think he knows much about presentation. Maybe you can give him lessons and make him better at what he does? If we could just harness your ego to power electricity we could power the continental United States.

He's had a real impact on health in the developing world. He's made a huge difference in the lives of real people using -- yes! -- science and statistics, and now he's reaching a huge audience with clever and insightful presentations that attract audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

Oh, but he wasn't able to impress you. And you've accomplished...what, exactly?


+ - Authors: I'm making you a writing program. 5

Submitted by Azuaron
Azuaron (1480137) writes "I'm making a web-based word processor program for authors (primarily fiction, both short story and novel length). I'm going to make chapter planning, story boarding, and character tracking easy, in addition to the standard word processing functions necessary for story writing. Slashdot authors: what would make your life easier while writing stories?"

Comment: Re:appletv = fail (Score 1) 579

by hexadecimate (#33441708) Attached to: Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

Oh, MrHanky. So indignant and so totally clueless. It's almost like you are sounding off about something you know nothing about. If only there were some web site or something where you could learn about the device before making stupid comments.

It will stream mpeg-4 and h.264 files from my computer to my TV. I don't actually know if I need a gizmo to do this, as it's not too hard for me to plunk my laptop beside the TV and attach a simple cable, but for some people it might seem like a worthwhile device.

If you could stop foaming for a second and educate yourself before you spout off, maybe you won't come across as such an idiot.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.