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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 571

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).

Comment: Re:What an asshole (Score 1) 305

by retchdog (#48067689) Attached to: The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

Mythology is replete with examples of sex changes. Clearly it's been on people's minds for quite a while. It's not surprising that it's happening now that it's possible; even with our crude technology, there are plenty of early adopters. I doubt it's going to go anywhere

You're kind of right, though. The technology will probably improve drastically. In 50 years, you won't even be able to notice it. To follow your analogy, we stopped doing lobotomies because we invented risperdal.

Comment: Re:gtfo (Score 1, Insightful) 724

by retchdog (#48048773) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Depression Quest is definitely a game in the sense that it's a really primitive interactive fiction. Zork is generally considered a game, so I don't see why Quinn's shouldn't be. Admittedly, it might not be a good game, but it is a game.

I played Depression Quest a while ago, long before this drama started. it was unpolished and had a lot of typos, but i thought it was a cute idea. iirc, wasn't the original outcry from "gamers" due to DQ being greenlit on Steam despite their not wanting it there? Honestly, I didn't understand that; if you don't like it, don't play it. I haven't been following this silly episode very well; it seems to have drifted onto various groups trying to "own" the incident. (yawn)

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius (Score 2) 113

by retchdog (#48015999) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

it's not simple, but neither is it extremely difficult. the factors he cites are important, and sang froid is much more important than technical analysis if you're playing with your own money. however, from one example you can conclude basically nothing.

if just 1,000 people all invested their entire savings in a single double-zero roulette roll, you're almost guaranteed to have a few very lucky winners. does this mean it was a good idea? and is it that unreasonable to think there are about 1,000 similar people who tried exactly what this person did, and failed?

Comment: Re:See mom? (Score 2) 113

by retchdog (#48015975) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

there really is no baseline here for a meaningful comparison, and some people do just get lucky. there's that old joke about applying to work for N banks and making a different prediction about a fixed set, S, of stocks to each one; if N=2^|S|, you'll sweep one of them, guaranteed.

having a large liquidity pool also simply lets you make high-risk investments that others literally can't. there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this, but neither should you conclude that individual merit is the driving factor.

the article is a puff-piece. the better question to ask about articles like this is "why are they making a big deal out of it right now?". you sometimes get some interesting and disturbing connections, especially when the correlations unfold in the following few months. it rarely has much to do with the putative content.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra