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Comment Re:Weird definition (Score 1) 190

Well, if you've ever been an expert at something, you no doubt use certain words in ways that confuse non-experts, because you have need of more precision than they do.

I have no idea what the technical epidemiological standard is for being something- "free", but it can't be the utter absence of that something (which is the non-specialist's definition) because you can't prove a negative. So there must be some criteria short of absence.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 240

It's been tried before, on an impressive scale. Humans haven't figured out absolutely how to keep rats, cockroaches and bedbugs out of their domiciles, much less most persistent and clever pest of all: other humans.

It'd probably be worthwhile for the rich to consider what being rich actually means. It's not having a lot of gold. Gold through the ages has only been useful as specie because (a) it's pretty and (b) it didn't have much practical use other than being pretty.

What being rich means is having the ability to command the cooperation and compliance of other human beings.

So a bunker is only good for a couple of weeks or at most months of disorder. It's a place to go while someone on the outside is struggling to re-establish the status quo ante. So it makes no sense to build one unless you also invest in the stability of the status quo, because if those people trying to preserve society fail you're actually in a worse situation than other survivors when you come out of your bunker. The vast majority of your money will become only scare-quotes "money" if the legal framework in which debts and ownership exist ceases to function.

Comment It's the marginal hedonic value of money, folks. (Score 3, Informative) 240

Scenario: You discover to your surprise that you can have your fill of every pleasure money can buy, and then you notice you've still got a mountain of that stuff lying around.

What to do?

(1) Pursue power. This never gets old, because there's other guys with mountains of money doing the same thing. No amount of power.is ever enough, because it's relative power that brings satisfaction.

(2) Serve humanity. The ability to amass money on this scale is a function of the scale of society, and that means that society's problems scale proportionately. The material resources you command could have solved all humanity's problems -- five thousand years ago. Today they're just a drop in a bucket, and that's a challenge.

(3) Build yourself a lavish Armageddon bunker.

(4) Any combination of the above.

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Journal Journal: Best simple SID to USB connection? 2

That may not be a good way to describe it but... I have a C64 I never use and I think I shall desolder its SID before consigning it to recycling since they are now officially hard to come by. What can I put it on that will let me use it efficiently?

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 114

Among the worst are Japan and Spain, but most industrialized nations have birth rates below 2.1.

Japan needs a low birth rate right now. They have massive suicide and make-work employment. I've never understood why a crowded country like that would want to keep their birth rate up. Let it slack for a while and take some of the pressure off.

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 1) 114

The US is a huge country with lots of empty areas that has great air quality.

[citation needed]

I live in the county in the USA which allegedly has the best air quality in the country. The area is volcanic which means more soil radioactives and it contains a shitload of dirt roads which means more soil in your lungs. And the fires, oh my lord the fires.

So, where are these empty areas with great air quality? And why do you think they're relevant given that they're empty?

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 240

I would think a superior solution to a fixed bunker would be some kind of specialized boat designed for long endurance.

Obviously what you want is a nuclear submarine. But what would probably be adequate is just any small submarine to use as a taxi, and a sub-aquatic "bunker". Nobody will be able to get to you there.

Comment Re:Just give us a damned SATA port! (Score 2) 43

USB boot is possible on RPi, but it's kind of a pain to get working as it is not compatible with every USB storage device.

Is this the case on the new Pis, or just on old ones? Every time I ask if the Pi foundation has got USB right on the newest Pi I get downmodded, even though they have fucked up USB again and again. The original Pi's USB craters under load and yes, compatibility is piss poor.

Do the new Raspberry Pis have working USB? Or is it unreliable shit just like the first Pis? Let's see how quick this comment gets downmodded by the Pi Police for asking really a quite important question.

Comment Re:Goodbye, internet! (Score 1) 254

If you are ranking countries by freedom of speech, then the US is only ranked 41st in the world as ranked by the 2016 World Press Freedom Index.

Bullshit.

And this, friends, is why America is going down the toilet: American Exceptionalism. "My country, right or wrong!" the idiots cry aloud, as the country goes more wrong by the day.

Comment Re:Here in KC (Score 1) 91

One of these was not a relative but an outright pedophile.

Most kiddie touchers are relatives. Having a kiddie toucher not be a relative doesn't make them more of a pedophile. It actually makes them unusual.

To the detractors who say, "But it cannot be disabled!"... I cite my second experience over the first of my own life and say so fucking what? Are you going to complain about the TV you no longer watch and the radio you no longer listen to?

What the fuck are you on about? I don't complain about the TV and the radio because they don't turn themselves on to tell me about something I don't need to know about. If it's 10 PM and I've been at home all day, an AMBER alert will do precisely no good. The phone has enough sensors to decide whether I need this alert without phoning home.

Fuck off and I hope you never have kids in a situation that makes you oh so personally give a shit.

I won't, because I didn't make any. We have too many people on this mudball already. So not only have I already avoided saddling the earth with another human who will drive the planet farther into toxic debt, but I don't need to kill people through distraction and sleep loss in order to preserve their safety.

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