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+ - Long weekend silliness: which was the worst Sci-Fi sequel?->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "The long weekend is coming and many of us will be relaxing with a good film. Or a bad one. Many geeks have strong and passionate opinions about what is the best Sci Fi but what was the worst? Specifically, what was the worst sequel? The Phantom Menace? Star Trek V? Vote and let the world know what you think?"
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Comment: We certainly can't thank Stephen Harper (Score 4, Informative) 213

by sandbagger (#47780597) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

That man ordered irreplaceable scientific records be taken to the dump, destroying generations of scientific data. He's closed musea in order to build up fake War of 1812 war memorials. He's closed the scientific lakes project that was the programme responsible for identifying acid rain thanks to decades of data.

This man has been utterly destructive to Canada's intellectual property, its scientific pedigree and ability to generate new knowledge. Moreover, he's gagged scientists from discussing their own peer-revirewed data. Instead, political interns get to act as mouthpieces.

Anyone in the scientific or technical community can't help but see how destructive Harper-ism is to Canada's ability to create the next generation of knowledge.

Comment: Fark's slow motion shark jump (Score 1) 742

by sandbagger (#47702973) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Naturally over the years as Fark's membership has declined from the roaring highs, the owner has needed to look at ways of maximizing revenues. So, the boobies links got removed and put into a separate site etc. The core ethos of the site remained: be funny no matter how offensive you are.

This has been chipped away. Thus the core offering of Fark has been reduced.

It hasn't helped that the moderation has been inconstant, secret and users get banned or worse, shadow banned. This is the expensive way of moderating a web site because ideally you want to nudge the users so that they police themselves. One of the rules of Fark is that discussing moderation is cause for being banned. It hasn't helped that there's been no investment in the backend serving up Fark. No new features have been added, um, ever. I'd not be surprised to learn that they were using their original launch DB.

There has clearly been more of an effort to shape the conversation in Fark in recent years. The result is that the place is less interesting AND there are fewer page views. Discussions used to rocket to infinity twice a week. Discussions nearly never reach four digits these days. I understand why this was done. Many of the women posters on Fark appear to appreciate the intent. I understand. However, as a business offering, the result is that there's a smaller population mix in Fark these days making for a more uniform set of opinions. Thus, shorter discussion threads that are less likely to go to infinity and beyond.

The recent glut of MRAs blighting Fark has also been on Slashdot. I think this is a wave that will burn itself out in a year or so and turn into something else.

Comment: Bad documentation is very, very expensive (Score 1) 199

by sandbagger (#47672267) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Being able to articulate your decisions, why and how things are built is a core competence. You will "pay" for poor documentation. It may never show up as a line item, but it can be costly.

It also needs to be someone's job. Depending upon engineers or the sales guys to generate documentation, courseware and manuals is a fast way to jack up your tech support costs.

Comment: High IQ means you scored well on a test type (Score 1) 391

by sandbagger (#47654123) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Nothing else.

First off, there are two Mensa-grade IQs on every bus at rush hour, statistically. Secondly, High IQ and no ability in music will not make you a 'genius' in music. High IQ and no work ethic will mean you'll end up in your underpants, yelling at the TV about the government.

At best, high IQ is useful for certain types pf intellectual problem solving. That's it.

Comment: A great, great company once (Score 2) 59

by sandbagger (#47609163) Attached to: Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

When I was a kid, HP meant rock solid. They made bench test gear you could drive a car over. Then something happened. They turned into a company that would install a root kit on a reporter's computer because of an exposé -- rather than fix the problem revealed.

I remember the very last time I bought something from HP. It was a CD burner that came out of the box broken.

There was a book called How HP Lost Its Way that came out a few years ago. I never read it but I'd say that these recent events are current data points on a long term trend, not anything new.

+ - Motley Crüe's interesting take on photography copyright-> 1

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "Concert photography sounds like a great job but like anything else, it's tough to make a dollar. The heavy metal band Motley Crüe's most recent photography licence appears to be making that harder. A leaked copy claims that "Licensor agrees that it shall not license any of the Materials (or shall not exploit any of the Materials) without the written consent of the Licensee which shall be withheld in Licensee’s sole discretion." Effectively, that professional photographers relinquish their copyright. This is followed by a secrecy clause that you can read more about on PetaPixel."
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Comment: Required quote from Casablanca (Score 5, Interesting) 217

Major Strasser: We have a complete dossier on you: Richard Blaine, American, age 37. Cannot return to his country. The reason is a little vague. We also know what you did in Paris, Mr. Blaine, and also we know why you left Paris.
[hands the dossier to Rick]
Major Strasser: Don't worry, we are not going to broadcast it.
Rick: [reading] Are my eyes really brown?

"Well hello there Charlie Brown, you blockhead." -- Lucy Van Pelt