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Comment A ton of Rails 3 Beta links (Score 4, Informative) 197

Over at Ruby Inside we did (and are maintaining) a roundup of ~36 Rails 3.0 beta links/articles (it's up to about 40 now, I think). If you've got Rails 3.0 installed and want to know how to use X or Y or want to learn some of the back story/motivation, the links should come in useful. They're only things that are actually worth reading. Well, mostly.. :-)

Comment Re:Bullshit level: High - Storm likely. (Score 1) 322

If Twitter's a fad, then I guess Slashdot's a fad too? Except more people use and get value out of Twitter than Slashdot :-) Or is it just new stuff that you don't use that's a "fad"?

Twitter is way beyond "fad" stage. If you want fads, try Google Wave or Clojure. Doesn't mean they won't become significant as time goes by though.

Comment A bad summary makes bad responses (Score 4, Informative) 237

I wrote the piece linked here and the summary on Slashdot is laughably wrong. All the cool Hacker News and Reddit people who read the story.. you're awesome and you really added to the discussion and didn't come out with nonsense saying I'm actively encouraging people to break the law (which, if whoever wrote the summary could comprehend English, is not what I said - I raised a potential method of circumvention as a thought experiment.. "I suspect" does not mean "I think you must").

So if Slashdotters want to be the first to spout nonsense and misquotes on the same day my first kid was born (I'm just getting a few hours sleep after being up a gazillion hours ;-)) then congratulations - some of you succeeded admirably. All the traffic to the site is going to somewhere you can donate to a good cause and earn some actual karma.

Comment Same shit, different decade (Score 4, Insightful) 720

We get the same story every time. People don't want to upgrade from [2 versions ago] to [next version] and [last version] sucked.. but it always happens.

A lot of people wanted to stick with 98, thought Me sucked, and didn't want to upgrade to XP until they absolutely needed to. Same shit, different decade.

Comment Putting words in our mouths (Score 1) 424

but could prove controversial with the public concerned about launching a nuclear power source and placing it on the moon or another planet.

Why does the media see fit to keep putting words into the mouths of the "public" lately? Ask the average man on the street and I bet he doesn't give a shit about space travel, let alone putting a nuclear reactor on the moon.

Comment Re:O'Reilly & Associates (Score 1) 271

It depends how they did it, of course. If you got a personal mail from someone at O'Reilly floating the idea, that's not spam. That's personal contact and good marketing - much like getting in touch with people you'd like to write a paper with or for any of 1001 other collaborative conquests.

Of course, if it was a mass mail "Join the Professors Who Use O'Reilly Books Program" type thing, then yeah, you're totally justified in your ire.

Comment It's done for "perfection." (Score 1) 397

I'm convinced nose picking is done as a sort of anal obsession with "perfection." It's in the same bracket as when people fill up with gas and try to exactly hit exactly to the nearest full currency unit (not such a big thing in the US due to prepay, but elsewhere it's common).

There are a lot of weird behaviors people do as a way to ensure regularity and "correctness" even when such correctness isn't required and even if it takes more time. Picking scabs, picking your nose, etc, seem like attempts to "perfect" the body to me.

Comment 300x smaller than the wavelength? (Score 1) 92

I'm probably being dense here, but I'd really appreciate anyone who can explain how this can possibly work given that the wavelength of light is many hundreds of times longer than 2nm? I read the article and was none the wiser. Given the mention of quantum mechanics, is this related to wave/particle duality? That is, this detects the light particle irrelevant of the wavelength?

Comment Because of overcrowding (Score 5, Insightful) 337

If you could teleport anywhere within a game at any time instantly, the best places, best quests, and so forth would all be overcrowded. It's like if you could teleport anywhere instantly in real life. The California coast would be heaving every weekend and evening and numerous "hotspots" would be crowded with tens of thousands of people 24/7. Popular areas in existing games have demonstrated this, since they're usually the easiest places to get to. A key example is outside the bank in Ultima Online's Britain.

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