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Comment: Re:And money changes hands... (Score 4, Insightful) 373 373

People download this add-on specifically to remove ads, the presumption should be that all ads should be removed.

I disagree. Although I've known about AdBlock for years, I only recently installed it (a couple months ago). I did not want to block all ads - only the annoying ones. I believe it was an ad that started playing a loud video when I accidentally hovered the mouse over it for a second at 5am that finally got me to install ABP.

As a small business owner who has to run at least some ads to get new customers, it was a bit disheartening to see that by default, every ad on every site is blocked with ABP. I still can't find an option to only block certain types of ads - only the option to block ads from certain hosts. Since most of my customers and potential customers are computer savvy 18-30 year olds, a large percentage of them use AdBlock. I don't want to annoy anyone with ads, but if all ads are blocked by default, 95% of people would never change that setting, even if they aren't bothered by static ads.

Comment: Re:Duke TIP (Score 1) 116 116

I did three years of TIP as well, and loved each year. I got to do computer modeling, take psychology, learn several programming languages and more, years before I was to go to college. The best part though was the people. I have never been so comfortable around people I just met. It was like everyone was cool (I'm sure "lame" by someone else's definition though).

Comment: Re:Being a spectator is less stressful (Score 1) 122 122

I only skimmed the article, but I didn't see any mention of watching "instead of playing" as the Slashdot article is titled. They listed 9 types of spectators, but none of them were people who liked the game for a while, but find it more enjoyable to watch than to play, due to the stress. I think part of the reason I stopped playing is because a single mistake can (and often will) cost you the game. Not many games are that unforgiving.

Comment: Re:There's a big difference, though (Score 1) 333 333

Eh not really. Netflix content of TV shows is at least 1 season behind what you get from cable/satellite/antenna/Hulu.

Not always. I don't keep on top of current TV shows, but I know at least some shows are released shortly after they air. Heroes episodes were on Netflix like 3 days after they were on TV (though the last time I brought this up, someone said Heroes was the only show like that...maybe Netflix has started doing more since then?)

I've been without Cable TV for 3 years, and I'm not going back until they let me get channels à la carte (and at a reasonable price). I'm not paying $100 a month for top tier digital cable just so I can get Discovery, History, National Geographic and the Science Channel. Screw the other 245 channels. I don't watch them. I don't want to pay for them.

Comment: Re:Adaption... (Score 1) 328 328

Hell, my father does not even use bookmarks, he just goes and gets everything out of history. It freaks the shit out of me every time I see him do it.

I don't use bookmarks either, and I'm a computer engineer who's been using the web for 17 years. I guess it's that using a bookmark means I have to use the mouse. I'm more comfortable with control-L, then typing the URL than I am with going to a list of bookmarks.

Comment: Re:Them swedes. (Score 4, Insightful) 420 420

There really is no scenario in which piracy does not deprive somebody of something.

Oh please, not this one again.

If you want n dollars for a movie, I have n * 0.1 dollars and I instead copy the movie, have I deprived you of n dollars? Had I offered you 0.1 * n dollars you would've spit in my face...

What if I copy your movie as an alternative to not watching it at all?

These are both perfectly reasonable and likely situations.

Not THIS argument again. People downloading movies aren't too poor to pay to watch them. They're just too cheap to pay to watch them. If something costs n dollars, and you have n*0.1 dollars, either wait until it costs less or you've saved more. It's easy to say "I wouldn't have bought it anyway," when you plan from the start to download it rather than buying it.

Comment: Re:Double engine? (Score 1) 187 187

Since you mentioned PBS, I'm assuming it was the NOVA special. I watched that a few weeks ago, and while they did say the pilots might have had "information overload," they showed that in a flight simulator, trained pilots correctly followed procedure to avoid stalling in that situation.

Lord of the Rings

+ - LOTR Rewritten from Perspective of Mordor

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "It's been said that history is written by the winners but Laura Miller writes in Salon about a counterexample as she reviews a new version of "Lord of the Rings" published to acclaim in Russia by Kirill Yeskov, a professional paleontologist whose job is reconstructing long-extinct organisms and their way of life from fossil remnants. Yeskov performs essentially the same feat in "The Last Ring-bearer," reconstructing the real world of Tolkien's Arda from "The Lord of the Rings" set during and after the end of the War of the Ring and told from the perspective of the losers. In Yeskov's retelling, available in translation as a free download, the wizard Gandalf is a war-monger intent on crushing the scientific and technological initiative of Mordor and its southern allies because science "destroys the harmony of the world and dries up the souls of men" and Aragorn is depicted by Yeskov as a ruthless Machiavellian schemer who is ultimately the puppet of his wife, the elf Arwen. Sauron's citadel Barad-dur is, by contrast, described as "that amazing city of alchemists and poets, mechanics and astronomers, philosophers and physicians, the heart of the only civilization in Middle-earth to bet on rational knowledge and bravely pitch its barely adolescent technology against ancient magic." According to Miller "in Yeskov's scenario, "The Lord of the Rings" is a highly romanticized and mythologized version of the fall of Mordor, perhaps even outright propaganda; "The Last Ringbearer" is supposed to be the more complicated and less sentimental true story.""

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351

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