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Comment: Re:How is this a crime (Score 1) 69

by retchdog (#48652153) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

okay, this seems like it is going to degenerate into a pointless quibble over what an "accomplice" is, since the shit article has no discussion of the evidence or lack thereof. not interested.

at least you seem to have some idea of a general duty of responsibility. for example, it would be disingenuous for a chop shop to continue to accept, daily, a number of cars exceeding the legitimate resale market and of which a large number are later reported stolen. you probably understand that, so i don't really care about the rest.

Comment: Re:$32 million of greed. (Score 1) 170

by retchdog (#48639817) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

you're so sure that people here are merely jealous rather than spiteful at someone profiting off a system they correctly see as bullshit.

there is, actually, a difference between "hey, i want that!" and "hey, i could have had that if i were an amoral asshole. fuck this world."

of course they can both be stupid and counterproductive (particularly, the latter is just wrong), but it's a bit silly to use the same label for both.

Comment: Re: Math author dies rich... (Score 1) 170

by retchdog (#48639743) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

it's garbage, trying to fill too many roles and full of bloat, though some of this is the publisher's fault.

either dumb it down some more, or use a better book like Apostol. either way, that goddam tome is an anachronistic brick. i fucking hated calculus in high school, yet wound up with a Ph.D. in applied math once i got real teachers and real books.

fuck hell, when did Apostol go up to $220? i thought it was ridiculously expensive when i bought it years ago...

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 586

by retchdog (#48622513) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

not that i disagree with your point, but note that by claiming that statistic, you are implicitly assuming that i chose (or would choose) my spouse/partner at random from the sampled population and, even further, that i myself was chosen at random from that population. neither of those are even close to true.

Comment: Bennett Haselton's Revised Gift Guide (Score 1) 113

by retchdog (#48600219) Attached to: 2014 Geek Gift Guide

* A phone with a slideout keyboard, no matter how shitty the phone is otherwise, because the primary use of a phone is typing huge amounts of text into it and it's impossible to find external keyboards for touchscreen phones.
* Donation in recipient's name to the "Association of Tyrants, Prosecutors, and Torturers for Liberty", a non-profit organization dedicated to repealing the Fifth Amendment.
* A cooler full of ice for next year's BURNING MAN ! ZOMG so excited!

Comment: Re:The real geek gift guide (Score 1) 113

by retchdog (#48589701) Attached to: 2014 Geek Gift Guide

most restaurants are shit; i can cook much better. there are usually good restaurants, but geeks are notoriously awful (and diverse!) in taste. app downloads? eh, maybe, but you know what's even better? CASH. just get some crisp fresh bills from the bank, maybe a stack of $2s, if you don't give a shit anyway. most people have been conditioned implicitly to get a dopamine rush from counting/sorting money, so that actually makes a better gift than a piece of plastic linked to a rapidly depreciating account. [insert joke about engineered inflation here.]

i'd rather get a silly little puzzle or oddity than a fucking gift card. actually, i'd probably rather just get good wishes or something cute and handmade, like you suggested at the end.

i think we are agreed that bennett should choke on a bag of cocks, though.

Comment: Re:Suspension of Disbelief (Score 1) 193

by retchdog (#48108549) Attached to: A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

and to think that once upon a time we had the naive belief that the arts themselves could spark and inspire thought about these noble purposes, so that your dichotomy would not apply.

fortunately we've gotten over that silly notion; now, get back to your drudge work and be happy to enjoy your optimized video experience.

Comment: Re:Constantly amazed (Score 1) 279

And if our Slashdot-Asker had actually stated a use, we might be able to advise him better. As it is, we're all just guessing.

Myself, I'd even want Google Fiber just for the latency and reliability; throughput would be a far lesser consideration. I'd also have some idea of what I actually wanted to do with it, and would either know how to achieve that or, at least, have the decency to ask a specific question.

I doubt the Asker is even going to be pirating. I doubt he'll do much of anything really, which is perfectly fine, especially for Google shareholders.

Comment: who gives a shit? (Score 1) 279

You are paying for a service which you haven't stated an use for, and yet you are worried that you're being ripped off unless you make up some stupid reason to "fully utilize" it (whatever that means; I guess you can always stream /dev/urandom to make sure you get your money's worth). But you can't even come up with a "utilization", so you're fretting about wiring instead.

Again, who gives a shit? Just pay some monkey to wire up cat5. If you and your house are still around when you actually come up with a reason to do something better, pay another monkey to wire up (whatever the fuck).

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759