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Comment: Re:nuke it in orbit... (Score 4, Insightful) 85

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47707783) Attached to: Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

what makes you so sure it is of terrestrial origins?

Unless this is Star Trek, where the entire biodiversity of the galaxy can be accounted for by face paint and is sexually interoperable with starfleet captains, we can make an overwhelmingly likely inference based on the chemistry. If its DNA and assorted important chemistry closely matches a terrestrial species it is very likely to be from around here.

Comment: Re:I hope it's just me (Score 1) 627

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47702463) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban
Is it really a 'hostile takeover' if the management voluntarily decide to do it for their own interests(whether perceived quality, ad revenue, subscriber base, or some combination of the above)?

Between the first amendment and the explicit immunities specified by section 230 of the Communications Decency act, a site operator is pretty damn ironclad even in the case of absurdly nasty forums (so long as the copyright infringement is kept to a dull roar and the service isn't linked to too many gruesome murders). If they wanted to take a stand on the matter they would have little difficulty doing so. Apparently they don't see that as worth the trouble.

Comment: Re:100 percent bullshit (Score 2) 196

On the plus side, even if we accept the assertion that the disorder is nonsense (which is questionable; but for the sake of argument); the usual treatment has the virtue of being sufficiently useful, safe, and even pleasant that plenty of people who don't even suspect ADHD will try to score some through alternate channels or complain until they get a prescription.

The risks aren't zero, and there are certain people who should stay away; but psychostimulants are some very nice drugs.

Comment: Re:Not sure I believe him... (Score 2) 130

As soon as the tools were added for a web page to open a new web-page, I'm sure pop-ups were "invented" simultaneously across numerous ad agencies.

On the other hand, if somebody confesses to such a heinous crime it's probably worth at least giving their sincerity the benefit of the doubt...

This isn't like people fighting over a patent or the glory associated with some scientific discovery. This is a guy voluntarily admitting that he's guilty of a sin for which there will not, must not, and can not, be any forgiveness.

Comment: Re:Really there's no excuse (Score 1) 98

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47676287) Attached to: Correcting Killer Architecture
What surprises me is that the insurance people involved in these projects don't play hardass more effectively. The structure is going to have some trouble being built and leased/rented/sold if nobody is willing to cover it; and no insurance outfit would want some zesty wrongful death claims showing up because somebody is too cool for fluid mechanics.

Comment: Bad News, kids! (Score 2) 66

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47673125) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)
We have flying cars. They care called 'helicopters'. Widely used, widely available, you probably don't own and/or can't afford one.

As with so much of a certain genre of science fiction, the 'flying car' is more a fiction about how 'the future' would exist as though post WWII advances in the American middle class were going to continue following their upward trajectory all the way to personal flying cars 4 hour workdays.

Instead, availability of things (like basically anything based on transistors) that have become radically cheaper is broader than most would have imagined (Dear ENIAC design team, how probable do you think it is that people who lack clean water or adequate food will be using vastly more powerful computers to send text messages to one another in less than a century?); but 'science fiction' that requires simply owning a big enough slice of the pie to implement with today's, or yesterday's, technology? Probably more distant now than it was then.

Comment: Depends on the target: (Score 3, Interesting) 198

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47672039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?
If something is an end user product, it appears to be sad but inevitable that nobody RTFM anyway, so you are probably better off doing everything you can to make it actually work when prodded by the clueless. Try to make sure that it's all point-and-drool simple(if it is possible to back yourself into a 'mysteriously doesn't work, provides meaningless or nonexistent clues as to why' corner; an elegant way to roll back is nice).

If the idea is that the product will be set up and administered by the customer's IT minions(internal, contract, or purchased 'as a service'), then Please, Please, Please document. IT minions are largely innured to the suffering of merely bad, hostile, and unintuitive software; but they are the most likely to need to know how things fit together, where they may need to bodge some shim together and keep an extra close eye on things, and so on. They won't like it; but they'll like it a whole lot more than an equivalent product where they need to deploy a mixture of reverse-engineering and pure mysticism because the system is a total black box.

Comment: Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 147

So if you were running an ISP, what would you do to bandwidth hogs? QOS, Throttle, or just drop them as a customer? Perhaps a courteous letter or warning?

If it became necessary, throttle them; but without regard for what sort of traffic makes them bandwidth hogs. My problem is not that networks don't have infinite capacity to deal with high demand situations; but that the various throttling measures put into effect seem to be focused against certain types of traffic and/or subscriber types that the operator dislikes, rather than being based on volume.alone. You can't avoid volume based throttling unless you pay enough for a guaranteed non-oversubscribed line; but if there is a crunch doing your throttling based on what sorts of traffic you like least, or what customers you like least, seems like a bad road to go down.

Comment: Ummm... (Score 0) 147

I realize that bittorrent is presumptively the protocol used entirely by piratopedophile terrorists and all; but what kind of bullshit excuse do they offer for treating one data-heavy use differently from another? Is this purely about making those pesky unlimited customers use less data by crippling their service in various ways, or is their network riddled with devices that can't handle the volume of connections a decently active bittorrent transfer tends to create, like some mid-90s router?

Comment: Re:Cheaper drives (Score 1) 183

I'm definitely in favor of more solidly adequate drives at attractive prices; but a quick look through newegg (without any effort at comparison shopping or grubbing for special offers) shows a fair selection at and under the $0.5/GB mark. The MX100 has a particularly good reputation for that price; but prices in that range haven't been a 'barrier' for some time.

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