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Journal Journal: I'd forgot they made those things. 1

I dreamed I bought a REALLY big computer monitor, but I didn't notice the brand until I opened the box and saw "Arrivals" printed on the bezel.

Journal Journal: Linus and RMS pregnant with Elvis' babies! Pictures at 11!

"Slashdot published a story about GCC 4.2.1 today. Although this minor update would otherwise be insignificant, it demonstrated the continuing decline of Slashdot. At least one trivial contributor is grumbling over this change and is publicly discussing telling Slashdot editors to take a flying fork at a rolling moebius strip and abandoning Slashdot forever. How will the cynical manipulative Slashdot sellout editors handle the tabloid revolt?"

Journal Journal: On the under-utilization of the off-topic mod, with examples

YO! MODS! The 'offtopic' mod exists for a reason. PLEASE use it.

I read at +3 with no other adjustments and, as an example, I was reading 24-hour Test Drive of PC-BSD and, as always, it's all about Macs and Windows and Linux and what makes up an 'operating system' and about other BSD derivatives and essentially anything but 'Why yes, I tried PC-BSD and here are my experiences' or 'Here is what I think PC-BSD means for computer technology as a whole' or 'The article was very (well|poorly) written and here is why'.

Macs rool! Linux isn't an 'operating system'. Free desktops have failed - netcraft confirms it!


Cookie cutter posts - I read one line and I know where the next two-three large paragraphs are going because they are always the same. (Maybe this should also call for more use of the 'redundant' mod which should have a global context, and not just a thread context.) These would suck if they were on-topic, but it's unbearable when they don't even relate and just follow the usual skew introduced whenever someone mentions Apple/Mac/OSX/Jobs - even, as is often the case, as a cheap joke.

And awaaay we go!

I'm sick of it.

Incidentally, I have tried PC-BSD. It installed easily, performed well on my hardware, though this is only anecdotal, and was fairly slickly done. It went out of its way to make Windows users comfortable, however, with reboots, install wizards, and whatnot and, since I'm not a Windows user, it made me uncomfortable. I'd recommend it to anyone who was a Windows user looking for an alternative but would figure most any other non-Windows user (BSD, Linux, or other) should probably stick with what they've got or try something else.

TFA was gratuitously split into two pages to pump up the advertising revenue and didn't go into a whole lot of details, but was concise and informative enough and fairly written. The one criticism that occurs is that it credits a supposed PC-BSD concern with stability for the fact that PC-BSD's software is not cutting edge. It actually was pretty close to current when 1.3 was released and I don't think PC-BSD is primarily concerned with stability - it is aimed at end-user desktops, after all - but is simply an indication that the 1.3.x series is kinda old, indicating that there may be manpower or release engineering problems. Just a guess, but seems more plausible than the article's explanation.

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Journal Journal: Technical Notes on Fusion Generator:

The target substrate consists of coherently aligned (vertically) carbon nanotubes saturated with a one to one mix of deuterium-tritium fuel, and sealed with a single-molecule layer of lithium deuteride. A fuel wafer so formed is approximately 100 mm in diameter and .01mm thick - it is backed with a GaS-doped silicon substrate which is wired into a central power bus. A megawatt Nd:glass laser is optically split into 256 equal beams and focussed on the fuel wafer at minimal power. When fired, the laser beam will strike the target, and the lithium deuteride seal will be driven into the fuel mixture at relativistic speeds, and sufficient temperature/pressure levels will be produced inside the confined space of the carbon nanotube to achieve fusion of the fuel mixture. The energy of fusion will produce helium nuclei, each having almost three million electron volts of energy, which when they strike the silicon backing, will deliver an enormous burst of electrical energy to the power bus which can be smoothed and rectified to usable power as subsequent cells are fired. Power levels are sufficient to not only drive the laser and fuel replacement mechanism, but provide 1900% net power gain.

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Journal Journal: Promising Fusion Reactor Research Snuffed Out

For 11 years physicist Robert Bussard quietly worked on Boron Fusion research for the U.S. Navy.
Just as his experiments promised to bear fruit, the funding ran out, and an explosion in his laboratory put an emphatic end to his efforts.

Now, in a Defense News article, the details of this fusion technology emerge, along with Bussard's claims that a remarkably small amount of funding could finish the job and deliver a working fusion reactor decades ahead of competing efforts - a reactor that runs on Boron and produces electricity directly - without radiation.

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Journal Journal: Twilight Zone

Has anyone else noticed that with replies not enabled, the amount of trolling and flaming has dropped to historically low levels?

It's so peaceful...

Journal Journal: Coincidental Slashdot Suckage? 1

I've been reading Slashdot for quite awhile now. It has its ups and downs in terms of story quality. And, naturally, the weekends can be lame. But I don't think I've *ever* read as few stories and been as bored by the summaries I do read, as I have since they rolled out the new CSS'ed Slashdot. And this has been over more than the weekend, so that's not it.

Never posted a journal entry like this before, either, but it'd be off-topic on most any story and I finally just *had* to say something. I want my pre-CSS Slashdot back. The old look had a vibe of inspired crazed amateurism. This looks nice enough, but is uninspired dull 'professionalism'. And it *must* be coincidence... unless the push to CSS and the story suckage both indicate OSTG is leaning hard and gunking up the works now... but the stories are dull - or worse - as well.

Still, fingers crossed: this is probably just another temporary spell and Slashdot will climb back up to its *normal* level of suckage soon. ;)

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Journal Journal: tweezers

You have 5 Moderator Points! Use 'em or lose 'em!


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Journal Journal: wow, first post/fan 1

Wow, I just got my first fan today. Don't know how that happened, or why, but there it is. I suppose it related to my remarkably witty posting.

So hat's off to you CFD3239. I know you not but I acknowledge your state of fan-ness. I will be available for autograph signing later.

Incidentally, we share a first name... maybe that's why?


Journal Journal: The military dictatorship everyone loves

Somebody made a snarky comment along the lines of how eevil bushitler would ban Star Trek transporters because they are too dangerous. I posted the following response:

This is why the Federation, by the time of Picard, has devolved into a totalitarian military dictatorship. The only apparent choices, when confronted with the discovery of technology as dangerous as matter transportation and mass-energy conversion, it seemed the only logical choice. Replicators, warp drives, and transporters could easily give every single person a comfortable lifestyle, but were so incredibly dangerous that they could never be allowed to fall into untrusted hands. So, Starfleet (and later, the Federation) established itself as the only entity allowed to possess such dangerous technology, strictly and ruthlessly enforced, but in return, provided every person on the planet with all their material needs.

This, of course, resulted in the elimination of free markets, because the only thing that could not be easily replicated was land. For a brief time, it was worried that, having nothing of value with which to negotiate the buying and selling of land, violence would break out between those that owned land and those which did not, and now could not because even human labor was now of minimal value. As a solution, Starfleet confiscated all privately owned land. Thereafter, land was apportioned to individuals on the basis of their contributions to Starfleet. This is one reason why, despite being a very hazardous occupation, it was so hard to get into the academy - becoming a member of starfleet was one of the only ways to gain significant amounts of landed property, though of course scientists and other professionals who rendered their services to Starfleet as civilians, while they could not be paid with any material goods (material goods having lost all value), were paid with land as well.

The major exception was for human colonists. In order to promote human expansion, increase the amount of available Earth land available for Starfleet apportionment, and to encourage the dislocation of dissidents, colonists were granted the right to appropriate land on other planets according to whatever method of apportionment the colonists wished to choose - subject, of course, to the needs of the Federation.

The net result of this policy was that most people remaining on earth were Starfleet supporters, and dissidents were strongly encouraged to leave Earth and colonize other parts of the quadrant. While a few colonists, desperate to escape the clutches of Starfleet, left federation space altogether, most could not afford to do so, having been stripped of the right to own weapons by the Federation and thus being almost totally defenseless and needing the protection of Starfleet. But Starfleet protection was not by any means inexpensive. In return for protection, Starfleet demanded complete obedience. Colonists were forbidden from owning energy weapons, warp vessels, or unauthorized replicators. Starfleet was even skeptical about allowing fusion reactors, but ultimately realized the necessity of it. As a result, however, Federation observation posts and starbases were never far away.

Eventually, some few came to understand all that had been lost in the great and glorious transition to an interstellar race, but they did not openly discuss it.

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Journal Journal: Mo' NDA - Y?

You have 5 Moderator Points! Use 'em or lose 'em!

Time to throw down.

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