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Journal: Swan Song 2

Journal by masq
Don't get up gentlemen, I'm only passing through

Hello everybody - as of today, I'm quitting Slashdot.

I have too many reasons to even begin to explain it to you, but I'll touch on a few salient points anyway. If you need more, read intermodal's journal. Me and him are on the same wavelength. Also, try this for more reasons. There are millions of pages that have reasons to leave Slashdot, this one is mine.

Despite having recently hit my karma cap, having good people call themselves my friends (thanks guys), and myself actually making an effort not to add any noise to the signal:noise ratio here, I still can't justify the incredible waste of time, effort, and brainpower Slashdot has become. Slashdot is draining beyond belief. It's quite painful emotionally to actually care about what happens to America and the world, and, as a result, to be constantly arguing that the DMCA, PATRIOT Act, or pre-emptive genocide is bad - when the people I'm arguing with think that fascism is ethical and that customers shouldn't have any rights but the right to spend more money and receive less value for it, while being spied on by the NSA without regard for privacy laws or the fundamental principles "innocent until proven guilty" and "probable cause". These people are running full blast into the abyss, which is fine with me, but they demand that we all join them, and they're doing everything possible to drag us down with them. And that's *not* okay with me. I'm not talking trolls here. The trolls are usually easy to point out, and are often funny in their own sick and demented way. It's the uncaring, unthinking, insensitive fools who comprise the screaming Moron Majority here on Slashdot, the ignorant self-centered redneck bastards spouting their own backwards All-American Gospel who are the REAL trolls. Any rational, balanced human being would go insane from being drowned out by the "I'm not logical, I'm not informed, I have no respect whatsoever for others, but I'll scream louder and swear harder than you until I win" crowd. And I admit, I've flamed quite a few losers in my time, but at least I'm trying to espouse a balanced diplomatic solution to our problems, which will maximize peoples' freedom, as opposed to something unthinking and idiotic like "Democrats are UnAmerican", "We're only attacking Saddam because he hates freedom, and anyone who digs deeper into our past relationship or examines the economic and political factors involved with this invasion is a terrorist", or "The GPL is communist, not really free, and should be made *illegal*" (that one's a ~BrettGlass special - what a self-serving, self-righteous, uber-biased f*ckhead extremist). It's cool to hold strong political views, but if you can't back them up with facts, or haven't researched *both* sides of the issue, you're just trolling. And unless your troll is funny, witty, insightful, or has some other redeeming quality, it's a waste of my time. And life is too short to waste it on my computer trying to teach a smirking ignorant troll why freedom is better than slavery.

I've wasted literally entire years of my life reading about every little microscopic crime against decency that Microsoft, Apple, RedHat, the RIAA, or the US Gub'mint has done behind the backs of America, and nothing has improved despite my intense petitioning, call-ins, write-ins, and Slashdot posts defending my position intelligently and honestly ("fighting the good fight"). Actually, I will admit that certain feature requests I have made of Apple have come to pass. But overall, the "Powers That Be" do not care what the peasants think. The sooner we realize that America is no longer a free country and get the hell out or revolt against the evil system running it into the ground, the better. America is the New Rome, and will fall from grace and primacy just the same - but *this* Rome has nukes, and won't go quietly into that good night - she's taking the rest of the world with her.

I've been Slashdotting for years, usually for hours each day - surfing, posting, learning, and lurking. My first Nym was in the low teens, but I forgot my password and switched email addresses years ago, so I can't get back in. Should have written it down, security be damned. I'm often stuck on Windows anyway, so why worry about securing my nym when I'm using the computer security equivalent of a fuzzy purple security rope and a "Do Not Enter" sign? I've had at least five or six different nyms since then (never hit my karma cap though, until I re-started using this fairly old nym when my most recent one got boring). A word to the wise: nearly all my karma is from being funny. If you are funny, you'll get modded up faster than being insightful. Mods here can't tell insightful from troll, but they can identify funny like it was a blue-eyed celebrity pornstar with a neon nametag on her gigantic bosoms. And I think people would rather be entertained than educated - education is like getting a lecture, and is no fun. Hearing a funny joke *that makes light of a serious situation* makes everyone feel happy and carefree, and that's what people want. They want to choose the blue pill. That right there is why the world is doomed. Ignorance is bliss, and every damn tv commercial promotes both ignorance and bliss by any means. Every product is something to make your life easier and allows you to think less. Comfort for freedom. Ease of use for security. There are always tradeoffs, no matter what the salesdrone tells you. Which brings me back to...

Slashdot. The great geek time-sink. In the amount of time I've been here, I could've learned how to speak fluent German, Japanese, or Spanish; learned a second, third and fourth trade; learned how to program in C, C++, Python, Perl, AND Assembly; spent quality time with friends, or started a band that would have made me a billionaire by now. Looking at this trend, Slashdot will eventually kill open source. I'm not kidding. It steals the best minds of open-source and renders them useless, arguing with morons about things they have no control over. What the hell is John Carmack doing wasting his time here figuring out how fast the Hulk would have to jump to fly 50 feet? Wil Wheaton complains about not having a steady job, but CleverNickName has posted hundreds of times. And that's despite his Bio, which simply recites the Fight Club warning, "This is your life, and it's ending, one minute at a time". He hasn't taken that to heart the way I have, apparently. Instead of being productive, I "cast my pearls upon swine", spending all those thousands of man-hours of time trying to convince people (who don't want to be convinced) that having a closed mind is bad and that they should judge things based on the evidence instead of their emotions (which are so easily manipulated). What I've found is that most people don't want to do what is right or what is just, they want to do what's best for them personally. That's it. Nothing more. They are completely selfish and self-contained. I believe in rational self-interest, but the stupid people in this world leave off the "rational" part. They say "It's ethical because it helps *me* right now - no matter how many other people I destroy with this whim, and no matter how it hurts me in the long run" (Think George Bush and BigOil here, or the RIAA and BigBrother). This is Slashdot; stupid, ignorant, proud, stubborn. I'm tired, and Slashdot has ceased to be fun. The most important things I could say get no responses and no mods. Nobody hears and nobody cares. And it's like that with a lot of great posts by a lot of great authors here. When the very cool intermodal tried to tell the people here about the problems with Slashdot's truly CRAPPY April Fools Day tradition of wasting our time and being completely unprofessional, he got modded into oblivion. But the guys who said "All your April Fools are belong to a Beowulf cluster of Natalie Portman's hot grits" got modded up as Insightful. Insightful means that THIS is the crap the mods think we should spend our time reading. Not constructive criticism, not information, just boring unfunny crap. Too often, they mod up crap. But I guess that's human nature. We suck as a species. We're still cavemen. I'd like to believe in Creationism, except that the facts clearly show that we're not only descended from neanderthal man, we ARE neanderthal man.

Basically, what I'm saying is that I, too, am taking the Blue Pill. At least I can get some rest without having to watch the world CHOOSE to commit suicide. I'm not turning off my brain, I'm just pulling my sheets up over my head and making my world a little smaller until it's safe to come out again. It's about time I do something with my life.

Well, that's it for me. I'm going out for a beer. Maybe I'll see you down at the pub. There are quite a few of you I'd love to have a brew with. Watch for me - I'll be the guy smilin' because he just got his life back and is finally free from his sick Slashdot addiction. And it really is an addiction. Try to kick it for a week and see what I mean.

While I'm gone, I'm sure they'll mod me -1, Troll. It's okay, I will never know and I will never care. I had great fun and met great people, but it's gotta end sometime, and that sometime is now.

Goodbye.

Science

Journal: Gravity is a downer. 4

Journal by masq

Heh heh. I like the line Slashcode gives me when I'm about to babble in my journal:

Entry (This will go down on your permanent record)

My permanent record? I'd better think twice about an entry THIS lame...

Ummm. Nope. Here goes anyway.

I was watching tv today, and I saw a commercial where some family was trying to dig through the earth to visit China. I know, I know, that's not special, we've ALL tried it when we were seven, but it got me to thinking:

Notwithstanding the molten core of Planet Earth, if I was able to dig a perfectly straight tunnel through the planet which came out the other side (which wouldn't be China, I don't think), what would happen if I jumped in? I think that gravity would pull me down at an increasing speed until I hit the actual centre, and then gravity would start slowing me down, because I'd be heading *away* from the centre of the planet. I might shoot out the other side a bit, but by how much? And if so, would I just reverse and keep falling one direction, then the other, until I started throwing up? And then my vomit would start flying back and forth at superspeed like deadly... well, vomit. Or would I keep on zooming into outer space like a Space Shuttle with the good quality O-Rings? Is this a revolution in Space Travel? "The Gravity Engine?" Can you patent digging? Or should I GPL it? Maybe that Warren Ellis guy can put me in a comic book. I'm HoleMan.

Anyway, that's a bit of what I think. The missus, however, thinks I'm an idiot. I don't even want to ask who you guys think is right. Hey, what else was I supposed to think about? American Idol didn't exactly tax my brainpower.

Any theories? Somebody help me, I can't sleep at night thinking about this. It's tearing me apart.

Debian

Journal: Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory... 6

Journal by masq

I installed Debian on my dual P400 the other day. It's SWEET. Debian rules. I had no problems with the install, and even if I did, there are idiot-proof general settings that take maybe 10 minutes to burn through without even thinking.

I've been running RedHat since version 3 or something thereabouts. My friend Keni-san and me went together on a copy. It was completely unusable, but we foolishly smoked our Windows' partitions anyway and gave it a shot. RedHat5.2 was much better, and that's the one where I struggled through the install and setting up hardware, but when I finally saw Enlightenment, my brain cooked, and since then, I've always had a version of Gnu.Linux onhand. At first I partitioned my HD, and ran a dual boot setup, then I bought a second hard drive and a HD Tray for swapping them out, so I didn't pollute my Linux with Windows.

Masq's Rule #753: It's always good to have an entirely legitimate Win98 Hard Drive for when the Feds bust down your door and start shooting up the place.

Debian's so good, and apt-get is sooo bloody sweet, (once I figured out how to get stuff from the unstable branch), I don't wanna switch back. I'm not gonna. You can't make me. Debian is like Brain Candy. I'm already turning into a moron, trying to apt-get anything and everything, just because I can. Do I really NEED the German Language Pack? Hell yeah, it's just an apt-get away. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I feel like Dubya with all them shiney buttons, hyuk hyuk.

I guess you know by now, I really like my Woody. Heh heh.

I highly recommend Debian. No bloat besides what you put on there yourself. The stable branch is a little bit ancient (which bugged me with Mozilla, but besides that is okay). Some of it's so old, there's code written in Hebrew by a hacker named Moses (He parsed the red C). Ha ha. That was so bad, I should kill myself. Duhh... But he does look a lot like RMS, I should respect him or I could get Gnu-slapped by the bearded wonder.

I like the auto apting security updates. Cron them, so you're always up2date.

Next week, I'll be installing Deb at work as an LDAP server. The guys want to share their Mozilla addressbooks with each other. Yay. Debian is perfect for PHB requests like this one. AFAIK, Debian saves me time, energy, and money. More time, energy and money means Lil' Seniore Masquito has more freedom to sleep, drink coffee, and gamble on Survivor. That's why Debian rules. It lets me gamble more. Thank you free software! And they called it "UnAmerican". Bah. What's more American than gambling on Survivor?

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Well... maybe gambling on the WWF.

User Journal

Journal: Wow, I'm a Blogger. 2

Journal by masq

Looking at my user page, it seems the guys at Slashdot were foolish enough to give me blog space just for signing up. Why would anybody read this? Nobody reads my posts, nobody reads my emails, nobody's gonna read my journal. I'm the Invisible Frickin' Man, which is not as cool of a superpower as I imagined it to be when I was in highschool. But then again, the girls don't look as cool as they did in highschool either, which may have something to do with it.

Thankfully, the "security by obscurity" of my Slashdot blog will enable me to use this space to write super-secret messages to my SuperEvilFriends Saddam and Osama without fear of them ever being read by anybody on planet earth.

SuperSecretEvilMessage #1:
Saddam: Got those WMDs you fedexed me. I put them in the shed out back. I can't leave them there forever, since the missus is on a spring cleaning kick and is throwing all my crap out. When you dig yourself out from under that building, you better come get them, or we're BOTH dead meat. I mean it this time. Thanks. See you on wing night.

btw, thanks to this post, I have now hit my Karma cap of Negative five million. Goatse's pretty pissed that I bumped him to #2 troll. Get used to it loser, there's a new king in town.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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