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Comment: Re:Benefits ? What benefits (Score 1) 204

by evilviper (#47585935) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

it isn't a cite at all, and you're defending that it is a cite

It isn't properly cited/tagged, but otherwise it is cited.

The list of wikipedia pages that supposedly cite ACM articles is a clear lie

The page makes no such claims, and *I* certainly never referred to it as conclusive document listing cites of ACM publications. You're arguing against something you imagined, and furthermore, something that is completely and totally besides the point of this discussion.

you accuse "bias and/or unwillingness to read TFA," you mean the paywalled article, right?

No, just the WP article. You clearly just found the first external link, and failed to see the part where it is cited.

I checked ONE and it was a lie.

No, it wasn't. It might not have been what you wanted/expected to find, but you're still completely wrong in your claim.

Check first and make sure I accidentally clicked the only lie, before you defend the list on that basis

Completely straw man. Changing the discussion to some perceived flaw in one source of info to distract from the topic. I have not, and never will "defend the list". It is insignificant. You're the one spouting a lot of nonsense.

I suspect, based on other comments here, that this is a typical sort of exchange a person should be prepared to be subjected to whenever discussing the ACM with its few fans.

I have never had any connection to the ACM. I just figured I could very quickly find a bit of objective info to give the discussion some context. You've generously turned it into a lot of pointless distraction and insane rants.

Comment: Re:Total Propaganda (Score 1) 119

by drinkypoo (#47581757) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

I am beginning to think that we are being subjected to total propaganda.

You're a bit late on that one. Pretty much everything is propaganda, and what's more, virtually all of it is fear-based; the remainder focuses on allaying fears, often reasonable ones. My favorite example is automotive advertising. As much as half of it is designed not directly to sell cars, but to make customers feel better about their purchases to try to induce repeat business "down the road", pun intended.

At a more drastic scale we see California in urgent emergency over lack of water and forest fires. Yet you will not see news reports on what can actually be done to stop the growing emergency.

If it bleeds, it leads. Hope is not interesting to people who have more than they need.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 119

by drinkypoo (#47581217) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

But when they're owned by 5 media companies, all of which are in turn owned by rich media barons, they tend to walk the party line.

We got there because of decades of people systematically giving their money to the most sensational press, which enabled them to become more powerful. It's not something that just happened.

I think that there probably oughta be a law that you can't knowingly tell an outright lie and call it news, but even that seems to be a minority view, which is just another symptom of the same damned need for entertainment.

Comment: Ridiculous (Score 4, Insightful) 119

by drinkypoo (#47580601) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

Journalists like Conor Friedersdorf have suggested that one explanation for this is that the public is "informed by a press

Balderdash. There is not a press. What is this, communism, comrade? We have many presses. The problem is that the public follows the sensational ones instead of the informative. We The People have the government, and thus the press, which we deserve.

Comment: Re:Have you actually been to China? (Score 1) 107

by drinkypoo (#47580587) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

You didnt just say China had these elements you, very stupidly, supported the claim that China's economy is based on slave labour.

But it in fact is; it's not all obvious. Being forced to work is slavery even if you get paid, because you're not choosing the terms of your employment. It's like being raped and then having your rapist throw you a few currency units.

Comment: Re:The market is getting tighter and tighter (Score 2) 185

by evilviper (#47580279) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

As a researcher in brain computer interfaces (BCI), I have to disagree with the more literal interpretation of your statement that the best games link your brain with pure cerebral responses to gameplay.

Slashdot... it's a lot like Central Park... except PhDs may stop by at any time to painstakingly pick-apart the logical and factual errors in the rant of the crazy homeless guy that's yelling at the pigeons.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea! (Score 2, Interesting) 185

by evilviper (#47580249) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

Games are not selling because they were overall fucking terrible. Stores lose a ton of money on having merchandise they couldn't sell.

No, stores bought a bunch of fucking terrible games that wouldn't sell, because it was common practice that unsold units could be returned to the manufacturer for refund, so they didn't expect any downside. A ton of sham game companies sprung up over-night, unloaded a ton of merchandise on toy stores, cashed the check, and then closed-up shop before anybody asked about returns.

The stores set themselves up for a failure, and the video game industry was only involved because it was the hot market at the time... kinda like smartphones today.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea! (Score 1) 185

by evilviper (#47580239) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

The last time sharing was the norm, it caused the entire industry to collapse.

It was retailers falling for the stupid scams, that caused the collapse.

Nintendo, as it turns out, were the ones who led the industry's recovery, largely by instituting strict third party licensing. Sid Meier considers the Nintendo "Seal of Quality" one of the three most important innovations in gaming history because of the impact that it had.

Yes, and it was important at the time, when people had very little confidence in the quality of games, games were expensive, and there were no magazines doing reviews, services that allowed gamer rentals, etc., etc.

IMHO, whatever high standards Nintendo may have set in the 80s, were gone in one fell swoop, with the flood of crap games on the PSX.

And PC games never had a central authority, yet they did just fine.

Comment: Re:They should stop making consoles (Score 4, Interesting) 185

by evilviper (#47580225) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

With the Wii they realized they couldn't keep up with the PS and Xbox.

They don't try (at all) to keep up on raw benchmark-type specs. That helps them sell their consoles at a profit instead of a loss. And yet the Wii really caught on, and looked like it was going to take over the world. The pundits were talking non-stop about how genius Nintendo was... until the Kinect and Move were rushed to market in response, and took the wind out of Nintendo's sales.

Instead of trying to get people to buy their consoles for their games they should switch to just making games.

Because that has worked out so incredibly well for Sega over the past decade???

You might as well say that all 3 should pack it in, and just make games for PCs and smartphones/tablets.

Comment: Re:If there have been signs..... (Score 5, Interesting) 135

by evilviper (#47579787) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

I am surprised that people still want to use OpenVMS.

OpenVMS is the most mature microkernel OS out there. You can have flaky hardware, flaky drivers, flaky software, and it'll just keep running perfectly, restarting whatever services as need, as often as needed. You can't make it panic.

It also has more advanced clustering than most people believe exists... A server's full state is replicated in real-time, so a hardware failure doesn't even need to be handled by applications, they just think everything has been running for the past decade...

OpenVMS has ridiculous uptimes, over a decade, even on heavily utilized systems. Far longer than anything else out there.

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