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Comment Not in Canada... (Score 5, Informative) 508

They already did a basic income experiment back when Prime Minister Trudeau was called Pierre.

In short... Most everyone kept working or didn't start working as early but stayed in school longer.
Also, hospitalizations went down, particularly for mental health problems.

But if you want a real Twilight Zone mindfuck - look up Nixon's basic income experiment.
Run by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.
Granted... they saw it as a way to eliminate social programs instead of to expand them. But even they found that there was no change to "work ethic" - everyone still kept working.
Apparently, being "at or just above the poverty line" is simply not enough for most people.

Comment Re:Something doesn't sound right... (Score 2) 223

If they are drinking caffeinated sodas (can't be bothered to look up the study, which is probably worthless weakly correlated crap anyway and as for the click-bait link - fuck it up its stupid ass) - 24/7 caffeine intake might be causing them continuous inadequate rest and sleeping disorders, causing increased mental and physical stress.
Not to mention that the cause of so much caffeine might be workplace stress, compounding the effects.

Working oneself into an early grave IS after all tied to stroke, dementia, cancer, cardiac arrest, divorce, alcoholism, drug use, office shootings and looting the company accounts before flying away to Paraguay with Candy.

Comment You're giving him too much credit... (Score 2, Insightful) 619

Given the "swamp draining" skills Trump's shown so far, I'm expecting that he's going to outsource the implementation and enforcement of the H1B program to an Indian corporation...

Instead, just start the countdown clock until he reports that "No one realized that visas would be so hard." or until he has a 10 minute conversation with a foreign leader who explains to him why he's wrong.
Or until they find him in the corner of the rose garden smearing himself in his own shit as the dementia kicks into top gear.

Comment Re: Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 1) 1222

Alien is a horror movie in outer space. Same formula. All the characters have some flaw, movie takes place in a closed environment and they are killed except for the flawless hero. In the case of Alien the flaw was usually greed and love of money

Alien is a SLASHER movie in outer space. And Ripley is just another final girl there. She doesn't become Rambolina until Aliens.
Alien was running on the same zeitgeist fear that made Halloween a hit - Bundys and Zodiacs and Tool Box Killers and Atlanta murderers and killer clowns...
Not to mention that the media was always eager to help spread the panic and disinformation. Causing bullshit psychological studies and whatnot...

As for Star Wars... Lucas read Campbell's book. Which is about myths in general, and about his thesis of a single "monomyth" spanning across the entire human culture. A LOT of it being about Buddhism.
Lucas watched Kurosawa. Watched Riefenstahl. Watched Flash Gordon serials as a kid.
Watched Howard Hughes with John Milius standing up after "Hell's Angels" to hold a speech about how "This is the kind of movies that should be made! Movies that matter!"
And you better listen to what Milius is saying cause he's built like a bear and he's packing shotguns in the trunk of his car. In case the handgun he has on him isn't enough. And he is also a brilliant script writer.
Hell... it even has connections to that other famous desert planet where they harvest spice which some intrepid and enterprising space pirate might try to smuggle.

Lucas pooled ideas from many sources and worked the thing over and over and over again trying to push out that idea he constructed in his head from all those sources - while others helped shape it.
And he had a helluva team to help him. And a few palls who knew a thing or two about movies.
Plus a budget fit for a James Bond movie.

Comment Shells? Where we're going we don't need shells... (Score 1) 1222

There's an app for that.
To be fair, it's not that there are no shells in the future.
It's closer to three shells being not nearly enough for an ass of the future. Poopstagram is the next big thing... you'll see.

As for the movie... depends who you ask.
I have no idea why would anyone ask Stallone, being that his character explicitly doesn't know how to use them, but people did ask. The answer was... what could have been expected.

Bullock showed a bit more of intuitive understanding and imagination.

But if you ask the guy who wrote it... it's all just bullshit.

Comment Re:Videodrome (Score 1) 1222

Carpenter's and Piper's DVD commentary is worth going through as well.

If for nothing else, then to get the feel of both of them.
Carpenter being this laid back, down to earth kinda guy, Piper being a really nice guy who had to go through some rough shit in life... but a bit... flaky.
I mean... there you are, listening to two guys talking about the movie they made all those years ago, while watching the said movie... and then out of nowhere Piper hits you up with a conspiracy theory.
And while Carpenter is all "Well I be damned." you google a bit and... oh... OH!

Sadly, though they mention Hulk Hogan and his movies, they never address the PKE-meter situation.

Comment Umm... no. (Score 1) 1222

Neo doesn't do anything supernatural in the real world.

He's an evolutionary mutation which adapted to using its implants without direct, wired, connection.
Him interacting with machines plugged into the Matrix is no more supernatural than a laptop, which previously had to be connected to the internet through its RJ45, "supernaturally" connecting through its Wi-Fi connection after an update and a reboot.

He doesn't do anything Matrixy in the real world.
He just discovers that he can "wiggle the ears" of all that hardware he was grown with.
He grows into a fully fledged man-machine hybrid.

That's why he can't magically fix the ship or save Trinity like he could in the simulation.
He doesn't have a control over reality. Just a connection to the Matrix without being plugged in or boosted with a radio transmitter from a ship.

As for control... meh... Wachowskis were piling it up so high and wide they lost track by the second half of the first movie.
By the end of it it's about freedom. Then it's about choice. Then it's about peace and ending the war.
But it's also about destiny and believing and pseudo-philosophical bullshit like arguing about semantics of the word "love"...
And about that magical pussy-chain Link has. You know when he kisses it he's thinking "I can't die. I haven't had me enough of pussy yet."

Comment Naah... That's not what Star Wars is. (Score 1) 1222

Star Wars is of course Cowboys and Indians in space for twelve year olds.

It's "Applied Buddhism for Beginners" played out over a backdrop of a WW2 in space.

That's why prequels and the modern spin-offs suck.
They forgot the whole "'60s just ended, '70s are ending, millennium is just around a corner, there's nothing left to believe in - we need a space-age religion before the world ends" zeitgeist bit.
Wachowskis tapped into some of that with Matrix.
Thus Jediism and Matrixism but no Star Trek religion.

In both cases authors moved away from that feeling of "getting the world" and instead started regurgitating the tail of their "samsara" after they've already came out with their "nirvana for the masses" solution.
I.e. They went about the wrong things in the wrong way.

Comment You missed the point of the movie. (Score 5, Funny) 1222

It's an "in-universe" propaganda movie to get people jacked up for war and boost recruitment numbers.
Think "Triumph of the Will" meeting "Top Gun".

Except it's Verhoeven behind the camera. And when he satirizes something he dials it up to 11.
And then he breaks off the dial and replaces it with a "MORE!!!" button, which he then beats with a hammer until there's nothing left to indicate that it's a satire.

Comment Usually... It's just how the world is. (Score 1) 112

Stick to same old ideas (i.e. stay conservative) and with every second you are more and more wrong until you're standing in the middle of the street shouting anti-gay slogans wearing nothing but a Reagan-Thatcher "love" shirt.

But it's actually Right wing == fake news and disinformation.

Our own study of over 1.25 million stories published online between April 1, 2015 and Election Day shows that a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyper-partisan perspective to the world.
This pro-Trump media sphere appears to have not only successfully set the agenda for the conservative media sphere, but also strongly influenced the broader media agenda, in particular coverage of Hillary Clinton.
While concerns about political and media polarization online are longstanding, our study suggests that polarization was asymmetric.
Pro-Clinton audiences were highly attentive to traditional media outlets, which continued to be the most prominent outlets across the public sphere, alongside more left-oriented online sites.
But pro-Trump audiences paid the majority of their attention to polarized outlets that have developed recently, many of them only since the 2008 election season.

Attacks on the integrity and professionalism of opposing media were also a central theme of right-wing media.
Rather than "fake news" in the sense of wholly fabricated falsities, many of the most-shared stories can more accurately be understood as disinformation: the purposeful construction of true or partly true bits of information into a message that is, at its core, misleading.
Over the course of the election, this turned the right-wing media system into an internally coherent, relatively insulated knowledge community, reinforcing the shared worldview of readers and shielding them from journalism that challenged it.
The prevalence of such material has created an environment in which the President can tell supporters about events in Sweden that never happened, or a presidential advisor can reference a non-existent "Bowling Green massacre."

Comment Re:Fact checking? (Score 1) 112

Keep telling yourself that while you stare at the mirror telling yourself that you've got the biggest dick and a body of an athlete.

It's all about repeating it until you yourself fall for it. After that evidence to the contrary won't matter.
You'll be able to "Hail Trump!" all the way to the land of delusion. Or dementia. Which ever kicks in first.

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