Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 467

again, you have no argument, just an empty personal attack. you haven't touched anything i said not even once, so my argument still stands

don't you want to say something in life? you think petty pointless personal attacks will get you anywhere on subject matter like this?

Comment: Re:Good question (Score 1) 183

because wires don't follow political boundaries

your fiber is our fiber and visa versa. it's all bound up. a message you send from Vancouver to Halifax may/ probably crosses the border into the USA

and If i am in Chicago and i send a message to Anchorage, that goes through Canada

Canadian and American data is intertwined

and our authorities coordinate and cooperate in managing that in ways that would make both Americans and Canadians uncomfortable if you don't want eyes from another jurisdiction seeing our data

Comment: Re:Oh just stop already (Score 1) 192

by cayenne8 (#49165509) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Since I'm here I might as well give you a heads up on some of the things that will change. On the sex front, expect your standards for what is "hot enough to do" to fall straight through the floor. I know this sounds awful to you now, but trust me on this, you've got hold of the wrong end of that stick.

Not sure why you're saying this.

I've gotten quite a bit older and my standards for what I will fuck certainly haven't dropped?!?!

Sure, the women are a bit older than before, but they still have to be good looking enough for me....well kept, not fat, and not old looking or acting. The one nice thing about older ladies, is that you don't have to generally worry about them having young kids to get in the way. If they do have kids, they are usually of the age of just about to leave the house, so you don't have to put up with them, or the father of them really.

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 2) 251

by hairyfeet (#49165085) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Uhhh...unless I'm mistaken the USA hasn't used RTGs as power sources except in deep space for precisely this very reason, too risky if something goes BOOM!

OTOH the Soviets had a serious love affair with RTGs, they used 'em on LEO sats, used 'em in their arctic bases, even ran lighthouses with RTGs. They cranked out so many RTGs they honestly no longer know where they are all located, so many were used in the former USSR that there is no telling how many abandoned stations in Bumfuckistan have RTGs lying around waiting for some fool to kill himself trying to steal the metals in the casing.

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 1) 251

by hairyfeet (#49164927) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Interesting? Really mods? Everybody forget Occam's razor? This thing was the OLDEST one the military had that was still "functioning" and by functioning they meant it was parked as a back up for the last NINE YEARS.

So you have a device in one of the most inhospitable places we know of, WELL past its prime, sitting in a holding pattern with minimal power strictly as a backup. So what would one say most likely using Occam's razor? That the thing has been deteriorating for over a decade and that when somebody fired up the engines they went BOOM! and took the bird with it. Considering how old it was? Not only is this most likely it really isn't even surprising, after all you ARE talking about trying to perform a controlled release of highly pressurized gas from a sat that has been beaten by micro meteors and exposed to insane temp variations since Clinton was POTUS.

Now which is more likely, the US military risked setting off a chain reaction and fucking up their satnav network just to test a laser, or they tried to move the thing and it ripped itself apart?

Comment: Re:Photos being separated (Score 4, Insightful) 137

by cayenne8 (#49164795) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss
It would be nice to be able to comment on YouTube videos (even reply/respond to comments on my OWN videos), but I refuse to switch to G+ and give them that info.

My YT account is so old that I guess it was grandfathered in and I never would associate it with G+ or create a G+ account for it (it isn't registered under a gmail email). They have finally quit bugging me to do this.

But it would be nice if I could comment on my own videos or respond.

I really HATE the forced association google tries to make with this. I don't NEED a unified account across all Google.

Comment: Re:Optimists is for fools (Score 1) 220

by circletimessquare (#49164597) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

warring european states leapfrogged india, middle east, china technologically and started the colonial era instead of india, middle east, and china, exactly because they were warring states

if india or china or the middle east's internal make up was fierce rivalries lasting many centuries between small proud states, then india, china, or the middle east would have been colonizing europe with more advanced technology

now, europe is united under one political umbrella

and before the warring states period, it was tiny tribes increasingly united due to external warlike forces (rome, huns, mongols, etc)

meaning the trajectory of history of clear: always conflict, but conflict between increasingly larger groups

now it is united europe versus india, china (middle east is still fragmented)

that's progress, and that's real

and in the future, after we contact someone out there or they contact us, humanity will quickly unite behind a single banner, and war and rivalry will continue, but earth versus someone else. the trajectory of history preserved

btw, star trek was never peaceful

in star trek we have peaceful allies (vulcans, etc), but we also have warring neighbors who would gladly destroy us: romulans and klingons (whom always seemed to me to be symbolizing china, and ussr, respectively)

and the episodes were also always full of totally new unforeseen horrible dangers. no episode was "hi strangers, we come in peace, and everything is wonderful, the end"

so star trek is nothing but the stories from the age of exploration, the colonial era, and the cold war era, repackaged

my thought on the future and optimism is this:

when we meet someone out there, we will unite as one planet, and war with them

because: peace is stagnation, like india and china before being visited by europeans from the high seas. therefore if we become a peaceful united planet BEFORE meeting someone else, we will be stagnant technologically, and we will be devoured. like india or china in the colonial era

and if another planet was entirely peaceful, they would never have gone into space to meet us, they would have stagnated. and so we will meet them first, and colonize them like india or china or the aztecs or incans

in this way, i'm glad russia is pissing us off. we need to destroy and colonize russia, as china will most certainly do with siberia. split russia between europe and china. and advance technologically to preserve our fighting spirit in this way. and we will do this most certainly because russia is a belligerent, and weak, asshole

if there is no scramble, there is no reason to advance

but scramble we will

Comment: Re:Optimists is for fools (Score 1) 220

by circletimessquare (#49163977) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

So... how many people do believe in "1984" or "Brave New World"? Or "Neuromancer"?

all those who complain about that and do nothing. they believe in slavery. then they act like a slave

all of the cynics who call reality today just like 1984, they believe in it. and make it true, by defining an oppressive reality, then doing nothing about it and agreeing to be oppressed. "today is just like 1984!" (goes back to playing video games)

there's always vile people at work in the world. you can almost excuse them, for being honest about who they are and what they intend

it's the cowardly cynical lazy motherfuckers, who whine and moan about a problem, then don't do a fucking thing about it, that you really can't excuse. the person who sees someone intend malice to them, and then accepts it and takes it and helps in their own enslavement?

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

- Albert Einstein

merely complaining about a problem is not enough. if you do nothing about it, you ACCEPT it, and you HELP those you hate. you believe in your own subjugation when you identify it, then do nothing about it

you become a slave, not because there are slavemongers, but because you act like one: whine and moan and think you can't change anything

well indeed: a coward can't change anything. because their cowardly beliefs define their reality. only those with heart and who believe in something positive change this world (and then get ridiculed by the cynical slaves, who don't deserve the person with heart at all, because they work against the person of heart, by siding with the malicious in their cynical beliefs)

this is the psychological basis of whining cowards, complicit in their own enslavement:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Learned helplessness is a behaviour in which an organism forced to endure aversive, painful or otherwise unpleasant stimuli, becomes unable or unwilling to avoid subsequent encounters with those stimuli, even if they are escapable. Presumably, the organism has learned that it cannot control the situation and therefore does not take action to avoid the negative stimulus.[1] Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from a perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation.[2] Organisms that have been ineffective and less sensitive in determining the consequences of their behaviour are defined as having acquired learned helplessness.[3]

teach yourself a new trick, slave

the dogs in the learned helplessness experiment were shocked, and could not escape. then they opened the door, and shocked the dogs again. some escaped, but others just lay down and accepted the shocks rather than escape. made slaves. their belief became their reality. no oppression needed, the oppression is all in their head without the slightest finger needing to be lifted by the slavemonger

Comment: Re:Optimists is for fools (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by circletimessquare (#49162741) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

humanity doesn't adapt to the world, we adapt the world to us. we don't grow fur in cold weather, we kill animals and drape their skins on us. we don't forage for berries, we plant berry seeds and grow them when and where we want them. we don't lie outside in the rain and sun, we build our own caves out of peat, mud, thatch

point is: we are emergent phenomenon, not static reflectors. we believe something, then we make it happen for real. and if we believe in unreal things, don't laugh, because maybe someday we really will fly like birds and walk on the moon

that also means fatalism and pessimism is what is really for losers. a child's crazy dream today is our reality in a few years

lust like our group beliefs and efforts become our reality, individual lives are reflections of individual attitudes. so if you believe things will never get better, you're right, they won't... but only in your life

don't mistake your stunted imagination and your ignorant empty cynicism for our reality. your defeatist attitude is a self fulfilling prophecy only for you, not all of us

Usage: fortune -P [] -a [xsz] [Q: [file]] [rKe9] -v6[+] dataspec ... inputdir

Working...