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Comment Re:Worse than nuclear fallout? (Score 1) 913

I'm still a supporter of offshore drilling. Ask me again in a year, when this whole episode has concluded (or not), and I may change my mind.

No you won't. No, seriously - catastrophic leaks from rigs and super-tankers happen all the time, at least every couple of years. From the fact you're posting on slashdot, it's a fair bet that you at least know about the Exxon Valdez. If you didn't change your mind from that (or more recent examples), why would you change your mind about this spill, other than it's closer to home and therefore closer to the public conciousness?

And yes, IAAGeologist, though not an oil geo.


Comment Re:Who's egotistical? (Score 1) 537

Guess you haven't met many CCIEs...

Point is, the guy's some variant of network engineer, as opposed to an artist specialising in impersonating 20th-century cubist works while standing on his head. The same would apply for any MS qualification - some would say they're not the most comprehensive or useful qualification, but the possession of a networking cert implies a basic level of knowledge allowing an understanding of the technical issues as presented to the court.


Comment Re:Great tool for identifying legit applications (Score 1) 255

Just download http:///!!!!.exe [] and it will scan the app and tell you if it is legitimate.
I downloaded the program and tried running it, but Debian GNU/Linux said it couldn't execute the file.

Bah. If it can't run an awesome executable like that, it's not worth running as your main OS. Look, they also host a really awesome (guaranteed virus-free!!1!) version of Windows - that'll run it, better than that busted Linux stuff that doesn't have a start menu. Link: http:///

Comment Re:Internet search has come a long way. (Score 1) 259

Sometimes I miss the old days of internet search. Sure, you had to hunt through half a dozen pages of results to find the information you were looking for. But half the fun is in the search. The other half is ending up in places you never would have thought to go on your own. These days you can find what you're looking for in a few clicks. Somehow that makes the internet feel smaller.

Sometimes I miss the old days of horse and carriage. Sure, you had to travel for half a dozen days to get to your family for christmas. But half the fun is in the travelling. The other half is ending up in places you never would have thought to go on your own. These days you can travel the planet in half a day. Somehow that makes the world feel smaller.

Contrary to the way that might look, this isn't a FTFY post. It's more a commentary on how the old ways of doing things seem to be romanticised - I remember diskless 16 colour terminals and a RISC server backing them up in primary school, I remember dogpile and altavista over dial-up a few years later (back when they were comparitively useful) - and that's the way it was, and better than what came before. What we have now is impressive, but in 10-15 years it will be outdated, cute, people will comment "How did we ever get by without $foo back then?" and kids will be saying "how did you ever find things without video search and live mm-resolution sat feeds for navigation?". I agree with your point - the internet seems smaller, even though there's exponentially more information on it than before (admittedly, most of it is garbage). As you seem to be implying, we're used to finding the information we need, everyone on /. is a jaded netizen where nothing is surprising, and the magic of finding somewhere new seems to have disappeared due to the google revolution. As a signature around here somewhere says, "The revolution will not be televised".

The frightening part is that I'm only 25. My lawn - it'll be growing here soon, 7-digit UID's might want to think about getting off it.


Comment Re:Luddites (Score 1) 171

but that does not mean that the condition is unimportant, or not to be taken seriously.

I think in this case that's exactly what it means.

I doubt you'd feel the same way if you were afflicted by it. Maybe it's a mental condition, it certainly seems (on the face of it) to be somewhat similar to hypochondria, in that symptoms may manifest without any physical reason for them - sort of a reverse-placebo, if you will. And no, IANAD.


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