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Journal: Transporting A-Bombs 3

Journal by hcg50a

I have a question about Star Trek.

In both the tee vee shows and the movies, they often transport people and objects to and from spacecraft with transporters.

When they are fighting Klingons, how come they never transport an a-bomb into the bridge (or some other vulnerable point) of the opponent?

Math

Journal: Hard-wired for geometry

Journal by hcg50a
Hard-wired for geometry 12:44 Friday 20 January 2006 Pending

I submitted this article. Let's see how long it takes for someone to deal with it, and reject or accept it.

Update: It was published at 8:28am PST on 21 January, 2006.

I still have an outstanding article (a poll) pending:

Best funeral for a head of state 11:18 Monday 04 April 2005 Pending

This was relevant only for around a week after Pope John Paul II died, and is utterly irrelevant now!

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Journal: 10 evolutionary commandments 19

Journal by penguinoid

So, what are the 10 commandments as evolution would have them?
1) I am the gene your God, who brought you out of the land of non-existance
2) Thou shalt have no other gods besides me.
3) Thou shalt not swear falsely in my name. (root word for testify is testicle)
4) Remember that your genes run in many things, to keep them alive.
5) Honour thy father and thy mother (for they share half your genes) that thy days may be long upon the land which the gene thy God giveth thee.
6) Thou shalt not use birth control
7) Thou shalt not commit adultery, unless you can get away with it.
8) Thou shalt not steal, unless you can get away with it.
9) Thou shalt not not bear false witness, unless you are bribed or it is advantageous to do so
10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours stuff. See rules 7 and 8.

Anyone care to improve on this?

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Journal: Signatures 4

Journal by hcg50a
Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatuluk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

HCG 50a = 2MASX J11170638+5455016
11h17m06.4s +54d55m02s

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: *BSD is dying

Journal by hcg50a

It is now official. Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: NetBSD is dying

Music

Journal: Jazz giant Artie Shaw dead at 94

Journal by hcg50a

I'm not a big fan of big band swing (although I like that music), and I'm not a big fan of the clarinet.

The only reason I even know about Artie Shaw is that, as a child in the late 50s, I had a set of 78rpm records (as distinguished from "LP 33s") which was a musical adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I used to play it quite a bit on a record player.

The story was kind of interesting, but I really liked the music. It was Artie Shaw playing clarinet.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: Being silly

Journal by hcg50a
Check this out.

It's a mildly amusing thread I participated in last Monday. I did it anonymously. Mine is the second comment. I actually got modded up.

I generally think that people who write "Mod parent up" or "mod parent down" are boofheads, although sometimes those comments have been right on.

User Journal

Journal: Finding a relative

Journal by hcg50a
I just found my nephew here. He has a prestigious low Slashdot userid, from which I gather that he registered about 4 years ago. I wonder how many other acquaintances of mine are here?
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Journal: Funny/Overrated murders karma 6

Journal by penguinoid

So I posted a joke to a story about estimating. Now it wasn't a particularly good joke, but evidentially quite a few people thought it was very funny, others didn't. Results:

* +11, Funny
* + 1, Insightful
* - 9, Overrated

* Karma:Exellent --> Karma:Good
* "Your IP has been temporarily blacklisted due to bad posting"

Now I have heard that +1, Funny and -1, Overrated will change karma by different amounts (specifically, funny will only add a little while overrated will take off a lot). If that is so, I really think that it should be changed in the following manner: Overrated should take off just as many points as the current positive attribute the post has. If the post is at or below the karma level it was posted at, remove a different amount of karma

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Journal: The scientific view of religion

Journal by penguinoid

It seems my sig,
The scientific view of religion is not atheism. The scientific view is agnosticism and simplicity.
seems to have generated quite a bit of commentary. So I will explain, and feel free to post your views.

I regard atheism as the religious, totally unfounded belief that the set of all gods is { } (the empty set). This is not to be confused with agnosticism with leanings toward atheism, which starts with no preconceptions but tends to believe in atheism because of some rational reason. This might be based on science (especially Occam's Razor), or on the belief that several million scientists are probably right (which is not such a bad argument).

Likewise, I regard the term agnosticism to mean simply "no preconceptions as to the set of gods" and thus not a religion. I wouldn't require an agnostic to justify his views, because there aren't any to justify. (As opposed to the stronger version of agnosticism, who believe that the question of whether there is a god or not can never be answered, who could be asked to justify that belief.)

And yes, I pulled these definitions out of my ass.
And yes, I would have written my sig clearer if it did not have a 120 char limit.

And finally, I will mention that I am annoyed by people who think atheism does not count as religion and is therefore an acceptable point of view for schools/government without any further justification. Don't say atheism is not a religion. Call it a religion, or if you prefer, anti-religion. It is not neutral. It has its set of gods.

As for my own views, I am a confused person who grew up with a Bible in one hand, and an encyclopedia in the other. I see the Bible as a valuable guide on how to be a good person and as a history book (not necessarily completely accurate, but you can verify lots of the important events). Likewise, I try to figure out how the world works through the scientific method. However, I find the moral advice given by the theory of evolution to be disturbing.

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Journal: Broken surge protector

Journal by penguinoid

I left my computer rurring during a thunderstorm recently, and I think that my surge protector got blasted. Now, the surge protector shuts off randomly (about once a day). Is it normal for broken surge protectors to do that? Is it bad for the computer/OS to be shut off like that frequently (I have EXT3 and Debian 2.4.18)? Or should I just get off my arse and buy myself a new surge protector? Thanks!

News

Journal: Captain Kangaroo dead at 76

Journal by hcg50a

I grew up with him. I've always wondered why I never see re-runs of his show -- I'm sure that I remember it being much, much better than it actually was.

User Journal

Journal: Karma == Excellent

Journal by penguinoid

I have achieved Excellent karma, on my 139th post. One of my posts was modded up +5, down to +3, now up to +4, changing my karma down to good and back to excellent.

PS: It's my first time using Slashdot. Also, I have not posted AC since I signed up.

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