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This time it’s the old-spice guy in a form unlike that which I could have ever imagined possible:

Re:cool (Score:5, Funny)

by nacturation (646836) * writes: <nacturation@gmai … m minus language> on Friday August 27, @01:09PM (#33394538) Journal

It’d need some way to determine how your eyes are focused though – whether you are intending to look at your hud or something distant. Hold up an object up to your eye about where your glasses would rest. Close the other eye that won’t see the object. Look at the object, then look at the wall behind it.

Now look back at the object. Sadly, it isn’t your eye. But if it had a fine enough resolution it could be compatible with your eye. Look down, back up. Where are you? You’re on Slashdot looking for the display your display could look like. What’s in your hand? Back at me. I have it, it’s the iPhone 5 with a display so fine you can’t tell the difference. Look again. The iPhone display is now a projector. Anything is possible when your device is made from nanoresonators and not a retina display. I’m modded up.

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Comments found in article “Statistical Analysis of U of Chicago Graffiti“:

Re:License? (Score:3, Interesting)

by Hurricane78 (562437) writes: on Monday February 08, @12:11AM (#31058658)

Well, what did you expect, from a mindset is not attached to physical reality?
That it would make any sense at all?

The wall with the graffiti is a physical object.
A paper photo in your hand would be a physical object.

But neither the graffiti itself, nor a photo of it, are physical works.
They are ideas/information. Other rules apply.

“Licensing”/“copyright“ is a concept, based on the misconception that ideas/information would be physical objects, and the false need of some people, to control that information.
Trying to argue with it, using logic, is (because of that false base assumption) by definition impossible.

The real physical rules for information are: If it’s out there, it’s out. Period.
So you either never give it out, and won’t be able to prove that it exists at all. Or you give it out to your chosen group.
Which can for example be people that you trust. Or, as in this case, everybody.
In case you gave it to everybody who wants it… well, you should have thought earlier about that everybody could store and copy it at will. (Just like looking at the physical wall and then telling someone, or drawing it from memory, is storing and copying.)

It does not matter if people want to accept that. Just as it does not matter if people want to accept gravity.
You can try to enforce weird rules of behavior onto people, trough mental tricks of psychology. And it may be easier to do in this case, than it is for gravity. But in the end it’s futile. Because you can’t control the whole world. Even with ACTA.
If nothing else, you will end up banning the ability to look at it, because some people became really good at memorizing and reproducing it later. And everybody who can’t remember it, will by definition not remember that it existed.

Whenever anyone mentions “facts”, you know he tries to shove his dogmas down your throat.

by ericvids (227598) writes: on Monday February 08, @03:46AM (#31059328)

This may be the BEST counterargument ever to “all information should be free”. Bravo!

However, while I genuinely want to mod you up, I do believe that CURRENT laws to control information are stupid. Similar to how laws can sometimes be unfairly and maliciously used to allow known murderers to remain innocent and walk freely, many patents and copyrights are unfairly and maliciously used to prevent people from contributing to the greater good of humanity. Patents in particular are a minefield — something’s clearly wrong with a system that encourages trolls to cripple the true innovators.

Back to the topic, I believe what the researcher did, copyrighting her photographs, is all right, regardless of whether she released it under Creative Commons. I don’t believe she was copyrighting the actual message on the graffiti anyway, just the expression of it on photograph. (Of course properly the copyright should be attributed to both HER and whoever made the graffiti, but then I would suppose THAT’s public domain since the original author didn’t stake a claim to it…)

Pet peeve: Profane people propagating perfunctory pedantry.

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This time the insight lies in the part where he says “.. and wished that I could just use my hands instead of me feet ..”.  Cheers.

Re:Great (Score:5, Funny)

by dnahelicase (1594971) on Wednesday October 21, @09:16AM (#29824553)
This is exactly what I need. You don’t know how many times I’ve been driving and wished that I could use just my hands instead of me feet. This would free up my feet so I could use them to dial my cell phone, mess with the radio, flip people the middle toe…

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Not quite sure what to make of this one, other than that it is obviously hilarious.  This is presented as a valuable find in the quest to making sense from nonsense, “The Theory of Quantum Interpretation of Uncertain Passages of Law”:

by GrandTeddyBearOfDoom (1483117) on Saturday October 31, @10:17PM (#29939605) Homepage
Here's the code in case you're wondering -- gtbod.

<!-- and NO this WASN't WRITTEN in DREAMWEAVER -->

<div>

<h1>The Theory of Quantum Interpretation of Uncertain Passages of Law</h1>

<p>by John</p>

<p>...</p>

<h3>31.4.15.9. If it isn't obvious at first glance, ignore it!</h3>

<p>Rationale: it could have been made obvious if it was necessary (the logic approach proves this) and thus it is simply not intended as a message for you and so you may logically just ignore it.</p>

<p>...</p>

<p>...56</p>

</div>


– The Grand Teddy Bear has Spoken http://chalisque.com/GrandTeddyBear.says%20Hello.Mum.from.John.png

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In a way it seems almost paradoxically recursive.. in fact.. let’s not even go that direction with this exercise.  Instead, I present this as the first installment in my experiment of attempting to glean insight about the culture of Slashdot from Slashdot.  Hey, it’s all about the lulz.

This is likely the most amusing explanations of Slashdot culture that I have ever encountered:

Re:Whatever (Score:-1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 03 2002, @10:49PM (#4592270)
Doug,

If you weren’t aware of it before, you probably know it by now. Anything interesting or useful that rears its head on Slashdot will likely be ripped to shreds by what has quickly become the nets most vicious and petty peanut gallery.

Slashdottians know nothing, they accomplish nothing, and their opinions are worth nothing. They are uniformly bitter, small-minded geeks who overestimate their own importance and their own skillz. They are, for the most part, losers. Their biggest accomplishment is in insulting others’ spelling and grammar, attacking the GPL license despite their grade level understanding of it, and tricking people into clicking on goatse.cx links. They are know-it-all blowhards who use their computers primarily for Pornography and online gaming, at which they cheat regularly to offset their complete lack of motor skills.

Despite touting the wonderous greatness of linux and open source, they all use Windows and Internet Explorer. They like Macs because of OSX, but want it to run on X86 so they can steal a copy and give nothing back. They will eventually buy a Mac due to their inability to run Windows without crashing it constantly by their own stupidity, and become raving unbalanced lunatics who do more harm than good for the Mac community by claiming that the G4 is quadruple the speed of a dual 3Ghz Xeon box.

They lie about their own experience to make their case, and when you win an argument with them, they post anonymously in order to tell you they’ve had sex with your mother.

Don’t become a regular here, you will become retarded.

Signed,
Yoda the Retard

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