Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
User Journal

Journal: Pseudonyms on Google+ 1

Journal by improfane

I would really rather not use my real name on Google+.

I am happy to use a middle name and my surname, do you think Google would consider this a violation?

Is it possible to have more than one account? Perhaps one for inanity and one for being professional?

I still don't want to register (I deleted Facebook) but college life is very different without it.

User Journal

Journal: Children Unsullied by Prejudice

Journal by improfane

I think this picture captures what is truly evil:

http://badpeopleproject.org/index.php?showimage=38

Children are perhaps the most unbiased and neutral force for judgement. They might be naive but they are neutral.

User Journal

Journal: Stop Having Kids 8

Journal by improfane

I started a controversial thread in the article Earth's Population To Hit 7 Billion This Year.

I strongly believe people should be having less children and taking responsibility for their actions.

I honestly do not understand how people can regard me selfish for this opinion.

Population control is not necessarily an extreme measure that others have assumed. In the UK we have tons of teenage prenancies. I mean tons. There's a page on Wikipedia dedicated to it. Some areas in Britain are full of single mothers which live off the state. I find this a disgusting waste of resources.

What if they taxed young children who have children young more? These kids should be in school - not getting pregnant. There is a really good post about sending girls to school, as that really does work.

Some jackass modded me overrated because they disagreed. Humanity has a long way to go!

User Journal

Journal: Why LulzSec, AntiSec are Good For Societ 4

Journal by improfane

Have these vigilantes done any physical damage? No.
Have they killed anybody? No.
Have they seriously hurt people? No.
Are they an organized crime cartel? No.
Are they for profit? No.

Do they have motivations that are good for the rest of the population? Yes.

If you ask me, the authorities should be going after all the malicious software, the scareware and crapware that is written INSIDE the United States. Why go after some kids who are making a point?

Society these days! SNAFU!

User Journal

Journal: 4x Science fiction Mini Review I 1

Journal by improfane

In the last two weeks, I have read the following books:

  - Anthem (Ayn Rand)
  - Old Man's War (Joe Scalzi)
  - The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
  - Gateway (Frederik Pohl)

I enjoyed all four books.
  - Anthem is a very familiar story since it's concept is used in lots of other fiction. It was nice to have book that encapsulates the idea of collectivism in one short story. I can't think of any similar stories right now but I will soon.
  - The Forever War is probably not as funny as Old Man's War but it's got some very cool battle scenes. The portrayal of Earth is believable. I love the time dilation effects. The ending reminds me of Gaia in Foundation. The English is less complex than OMW but some of the ideas are perhaps cooler. (Like the fields, trauma suppression system, Marygay). Very happy ending. Likable main character. The best way for me to summarise this book is essentially 'AVATAR done properly'.
  - Old Man's War reminds me like Avatar but done properly. I like how there is a moral background to the whole thing. The universe is portrayed as a very dangerous place which I like. The part about the humans being surrounded reminds me of the Rendezvous with Rama book in the species simulator room, how many species expand and die out or there is conflict between them. Well written. Likable main character.
  - Gateway is a tough one. I really enjoyed the science and all the concepts. Earth was believable here too. I liked some of the characters but I hated the main character. He was a big asshole. I did like the robot psychologist to a degree but the ending was ambiguous, the first time I read the last paragraph I thought the robot was becoming self-aware. I did not like the whole psychological tirade about his sexuality, his mother and Dane, it kind of came out of nowhere to me.

Four good books that I highly recommend you read. Perhaps in the following order: OMW, TFW, Gateway, Anthem. OMW and TFW are very similar, military science fiction.

User Journal

Journal: Yes Join Google+! It's Awesome 1

Journal by improfane

Yes. Please join Google+! It's very much better than Facebook!

Disclaimer: I don't actually use Google+ or intend to use Google+. I just want to see Facebook die. Come on, you know the geek in you wants it to be true too!

Is it disingenuous to recommend something for spiteful gain? Mark Zuckerberg is an asshole.

User Journal

Journal: PR Firms Own The News 2

Journal by improfane

It's not even funny anymore. PR films own our news. Is anyone else suspicious that there has been an unbelievable amount of articles on the following:

  - Google+
  - BlackBerry's death

Something makes me think that maybe some company is funding these articles. BlackBerry may very well be in decline but these constant articles alluding to it make me think it's an induced Streisland effect. Some PR firms are attacking BlackBerry relentlessly. I wonder if it is Google or Apple?

Conjecture.

User Journal

Journal: First post derail 3

Journal by improfane

I'm noticing a lot of first post trolls recently:
pandrijeczko (588093) has done it a number of times now. He makes his posts look like they could be real.

Another is arth1, I can't tell if it is a sockpuppet.

User Journal

Journal: Backup My Comments? 2

Journal by improfane

I'm wondering if anybody knows of a way to download Slashdot comments (and journals) easily?

I'd like to take my own copy of my slashdot comments. Short of writing a script to do it I can't think of a simple way to do it.

Can I get Slashdot to email me after a comment? Really, I should be sensible and save comments to my computer first and paste them in...

User Journal

Journal: Stop Helping Outsourced People 2

Journal by improfane

Dear Westeners,

I am subscribed to a number of software mailing lists and even contribute sometimes. There's one thing that really makes my blood boil.

If you see a poorly written help request from someone who really doesn't know what they're doing and they beg for help or ask you to email them, please don't.

  • Please fix this (followed by a code dump)
  • It's urgent please help me.
  • my email is rakedayaa@yahoo.co.uk please send me the solution

These people are employed because western corporations have outsourced IT functions to places like India. I have nothing against them personally but they have no respect, manners and sometimes are even rude. When you help them, you are not only doing it for free but you are helping them keep a job they are not fit for. You know, the job that you should probably be doing and getting paid for.

If you see a post that demonstrates lack of understanding (especially from a Indian name) and who looks like they're under pressure, please don't help them. Maybe then they'll get fired.

This drives me up the wall.

Thanks,
One of the few western employees still left

If it smells it's chemistry, if it crawls it's biology, if it doesn't work it's physics.

Working...