Re: The Purpose of Science Fiction

2011-01-31 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Ronn! Blankenship wrote:

 Science fiction teaches governments—and 
 citizens—how to understand the future of technology.
 By Robert J. Sawyer
 Slate Magazine - http://www.slate.com/id/2282651?nav=wp
 
I prefer what He said. Science fiction paints horrible futures,
and make people fight for them not to happen.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Lula de Silva and WikiLeaks

2010-12-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:

 Leaked U.S. cables, following Lula de Silva's eight years as 
 president of Brazil, show him  cooperating with Washington and 
 double-crossing fellow leftists.
 
Double-crossing is an exageration...

 
 Brazilian president-elect Dilma Rousseff is an economist, former 
 chief of staff and chosen successor to president Lula.  She is the 
 the first female elected president of Brazil.
 
Yep. And the bulgarians are very proud of her, because her father
was bulgarian.

 After the 1964 coup d'état she joined Marxist urban guerrilla groups 
 that fought against the military dictatorship, was captured and 
 reportedly tortured in jail.

They forgot to mention that she may have taken part in bank robbery
and murder during those times.

 After her release, she helped found the Democratic Labour Party.
 
That was PDT, which was _not_ Lula's party (PT aka Arbeiterpartei).
She switched from PDT to PT quite recently.

Alberto Monteiro



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Facebook breastfeeding ban

2010-12-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Jon Louis Mann wrote:
 
 I didn't say that. What I said is that only 
 sociopaths, perverts and babykillers can think 
 that breastfeeding is obscene.
 
 Would you agree that it is in bad taste
 to use foul language, even though it is an expression 
 of free speech that some feel is disrespectful and 
 offensive, or are they just prudes who don't deserve 
 to have an opinion?
 
Non sequitur. How does the use of foul language
correlate to breastfeeding? Do you think breastfeeding
is some way disgusting or offensive?

 and another picture of the Google model:
 http://www.iamboredr.com/media/1645/Boobs/
 
 The girl is fully clothed, what's the point?
 
 NO way was she fully dressed! (although her nipples 
 were covered)

QED. And I still can't see why you posted that
image. Is it to protest against the induction of
breast cancer caused by the use of tight bras?

 I have never heard of a Facebook rule 
 outlawing pictures of women breast feeding in public.  
 Are you certain this, Alberto?

They removed _all_ breastfeeding images.
 
Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: For Alberto and others

2010-12-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Ronn! Blankenship wrote:

 The middle segment on tonight's 60 Minutes was on Brazil and its 
 economy.  I don't know if when the show becomes available on cbs.com
 
 (tomorrow morning?) it will be accessible from outside the U.S. or not.

I hope they didn't base their research on the Uncyclopedia article...

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Titties on Facebook

2010-12-10 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:
 
 Because breastfeeding is not obscene - as those sociopaths
 and perverts that own Facebook think, and try hard to push
 this evil and babykilling meme into children and their
 mothers.
 
 Alberto, are you saying it's okay to use obscenities on 
 this list, rather than censor speech, no matter who may
 be offended by it? 

I didn't say that.

What I said is that only sociopaths, perverts and
babykillers can think that breastfeeding is obscene.

 I disagree with you that the owners 
 of FB are evil perverts and baby killers because they 
 choose to respect the morals of some of their users 
 who are offended by breast feeding pictures.  I'm sure 
 they personally don't have a moral position on breast 
 feeding, but are going along with it for business reasons.  
 I just don't understand why it is such an issue.  What is 
 going on with Wikileaks is a far more important issue of 
 government censorship.  The people who own FB can do whatever 
 they want.  They probably figure they will gain more users 
 than if they allowed rampant porn on FB. 
 
Except that breastfeeding is not porn.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Titties on Facebook

2010-12-10 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Jon Louis Mann wrote:
 
 HOWEVER, just for you, Alberto, I did find this picture 
 on FB, of a hottie suckling a piglet at her breast:

http://www.shoutmouth.com/index.php/news/Greatest_Cleavage_in_Music_History?page=7
 
A very beautiful image, full of meanings. She's
an animal rights activist, isn't she? I can't think
of a better way to express the idea of the imorality
of killing pigs than showing that they are like us.

 and another picture of the Google model:
 http://www.iamboredr.com/media/1645/Boobs/
 
The girl is fully clothed, what's the point?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Facebook is evil

2010-12-09 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Doug Pensinger wrote:
 
 Try replacing breastfeeding with something else, like
 Hammer and Sickle or cleft lip. They shouldn't be
 allowed to censor and criminalize something that is
 not criminal. If they want to censor images of people
 smoking marijuana, or images of children with guns
 (and I bet they don't attack those images with the
 fury they attack breastfeeding, but I may be wrong),
 then it's ok, but there's no ethical reason to criminalize
 breatfeeding.
 
 How is different than, say, guidelines that discourage obscenities on
 a mailing list?
 
Because breastfeeding is not obscene - as those sociopaths
and perverts that own Facebook think, and try hard to push
this evil and babykilling meme into children and their mothers.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Facebook is evil, why it must be eradicated [was: Wikileaks?]

2010-12-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan Minette wrote:
 
 All the billions that g*vernments invest all the
 time to make mothers breastfeed, and those sociopaths
 and perverts create a Social Network that criminalizes
 it. They should be exiled to Antarctica.
 
 Actually, it doesn't, Alberto.  Facebook is free, last time I 
 looked.  I can choose to use it or not use it.  If a network won't 
 let me refer to physics, and takes all examples of QM off it, it's 
 not criminalizing QM.
 
 Perhaps Facebook is making a business decision.  Will disallowing pictures
 of breastfeeding on Facebook gain it more prudish members than 
 allowing it would gain members interested in details of 
 breastfeeding that can best be shown by pictures?

Ok, replace breastfeeding with black men dating white girls.

If a Social Network disallowed pictures of black men
dating white girls it would gain more racist members than
allowing it would gain members interested in details of
interracial relationships that can best be shown by pictures.

 Not allowing women to breastfeed in, say, Mall of the Americas is 
 one thing. That severely curtails breastfeeding mom's ability to go 
 there.  But, there are other ways to communicate such info on the 
 web, so not allowing someone to post it on one's Facebook account 
 can be seen as a purely business decision.

Not allowing black men to date white girls in, say, Mall of the
Americas is one thing. That severely curtails black-white couples
ability to go there. But, there are other ways to communicate such
info on the web, so not allowing someone to post it on one's
Whitepowerbook account can be seen as a purely business decision.

Alberto Monteiro (and I didn't even use the H-word or the I-word!)



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: (Ignoring Murphy's Law) kills

2010-12-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jo Anne wrote:
 
 What the heck *is* Vaseline in Brazil?

Vasilina. That was not the problem.

 Here it is a thick ointment also
 known as petroleum jelly.  And what is it used for there?

It's placed on the skin to prevent skin dehidratation.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Facebook is evil

2010-12-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:

 Only a sociopath and pervert can think that 
 breastfeeding is pornography. It's disrespectful to
 breastfeeding (and to pornography too, but wfc?)
 those sociopaths and perverts create a Social Network
 that criminalizes it.
 
 Alberto, please explain how Facebook is criminalizing 
 breastfeeding and how you know this to be a fact? Did 
 the owners of FB come out and specifically say that?  
 Also, why can only sociopaths and perverts think that? 

Try replacing breastfeeding with something else, like
Hammer and Sickle or cleft lip. They shouldn't be
allowed to censor and criminalize something that is
not criminal. If they want to censor images of people
smoking marijuana, or images of children with guns
(and I bet they don't attack those images with the
fury they attack breastfeeding, but I may be wrong),
then it's ok, but there's no ethical reason to criminalize
breatfeeding.

Alberto Monteiro




___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Facebook

2010-12-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Jon Louis Mann wrote:
 
  Try replacing breastfeeding with something else, like
  Hammer and Sickle or cleft lip. They shouldn't be
  allowed to censor and criminalize something that is
  not criminal. If they want to censor images of people
  smoking marijuana, or images of children with guns
  (and I bet they don't attack those images with the
  fury they attack breastfeeding, but I may be wrong),
  then it's ok, but there's no ethical reason to 
  criminalize breastfeeding. 
 
 Alberto, I'm curious why you feel so strongly about
 breastfeeding pictures being forbidden on Facebook.  
 Until now I was not even aware nor cared.  To ban 
 breastfeeding in public places is more controversial. 
 Were you a bottle baby and that explains your obsession, 
 or are you just objecting to censorship?~)

Yes, I am a hater of censorship. But it's not fun
to get _here_ and distill hate against Iran's or China's
censorship.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Brin: (Ignoring Murphy's Law) kills

2010-12-07 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Three days ago, a brazilian teenager was killed in hospital, because
instead of saline solution, the nurse gave her vaseline.

The reason was that the idiots that produced those products made
_identical_ vessels for them, with the difference being a minuscule
identification label.

Murphy's Law is exactly the way to prevent those stupid errors.

Text (in Portuguese):
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caso_Stephane

Here an image of the two vessels:
http://g1.globo.com/jornal-nacional/noticia/2010/12/mae-diz-que-auxiliar-de-
enfermagem-colocou-frasco-de-vaselina-em-sp.html

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Wikileaks?

2010-12-07 Thread Alberto Monteiro

 Or maybe it's everyone and their dog trying to 
 access their new Facebook profile page:  (...)

Why do people join Facebook, when it's owned
by sociopaths and perverts?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Facebook is evil, why it must be eradicated [was: Wikileaks?]

2010-12-07 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dave Land wrote:

 Why do people join Facebook, when it's owned
 by sociopaths and perverts?
 
 Well, of course the sociopaths and perverts to which
 you refer are not on my friends list, so they don't
 have any meaningful impact on my Facebook experience.
 
I mean own in the sense of ownership, not the game-world
newspeak own.

 And as to others who may actually enjoy the company
 of sociopaths and perverts: who are you to judge? :-)
 
It's not the people that join that are sociopaths
and perverts, it's the people that control the site
that are sociopaths and perverts.

Only a sociopath and pervert can think that 
breastfeeding is pornography. It's disrespectful
to breastfeeding (and to pornography too, but wfc?)

All the billions that g*vernments invest all the
time to make mothers breastfeed, and those sociopaths
and perverts create a Social Network that criminalizes
it. They should be exiled to Antarctica.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Facebook is evil, why it must be eradicated [was: Wikileaks?]

2010-12-07 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Bruce Bostwick wrote:
 
 It's not the people that join that are sociopaths
 and perverts, it's the people that control the site
 that are sociopaths and perverts.

 Only a sociopath and pervert can think that
 breastfeeding is pornography. It's disrespectful
 to breastfeeding (and to pornography too, but wfc?)

 All the billions that g*vernments invest all the
 time to make mothers breastfeed, and those sociopaths
 and perverts create a Social Network that criminalizes
 it. They should be exiled to Antarctica.
 
 It seemed to me that the initial post could have been an excellent  
 illustration of a trap question in the mold of Have you stopped  
 beating your wife?, and left it alone, admiring the complex twists 
 of  it semantic seductiveness.
 
 But this seems to be a much better question to answer in the real world.
 
 The answer is that the culture at large has some very unhealthy and  
 dysfunctional ideas about nudity and sex, and tends to perceive  
 women's exposed breasts (regardless of the reasons why they're  
 exposed) as a sexualized image.  

This is sociopathological, pervert and infanticidal.

  I don't know if this is more so, or 
  less so, in Brazil than it is in the USA (I've heard widely 
  conflicting reports), 

The conflicting reports are accurate: Brazil _was_ more liberal,
but we are slowly becoming more fanatical and mysogynist than
Iran and Afghanistan.

  but with only limited exceptions in some more 
  open-minded areas of the country, people are taught to consider 
  exposed female breasts a moral threat of sorts (under the guise of  
 protecting children) and some websites run by people who adhere to 
  that belief system tend to discriminate in that way rather,
  er,  indiscriminately.
 
This is sick. It's ok for children to watch ultraviolence,
hear rap songs that glorify prostitution, but not to watch
breasts?

 I don't like the paradigm, I strongly feel that the value system 
 that  underlies it is ultimately more destructive and unhealthy than 
  anything else, but it's a very deep-rooted paradigm that would 
 require  far more than my own meager efforts to shift.  And whether 
 I happen to  like it or not, Facebook is likely to continue this 
 behavior for the  foreseeable future.  I wouldn't necessarily call 
 the attitudes driving  it sociopathic, but I suppose I could call 
 some of them perverted, for  a fairly loose definition of perversion.
 
I guess there are other Social Networks with less perverted owners.
Here in Brazil, the Social Network of Choice is Orkut (Orkut seems
like a Brazil - India Social Network :-) ).

 (A similar definition exists in a more extreme form in parts of the  
 Arab world where women are forced to wrap themselves in clothing to  
 the extent that they can barely even see, supposedly to avoid 
 tempting  nearby men into acts of lust.  Both are a form of blaming 
 the victim,  and I think men who believe this about women need to 
 work on impulse  control more than they need to harass the womenfolk 
 into covering  themselves up, but that may just be me.)
 
Men that think so should do the way Oedipus did _after_ he found out 
he was a parricide and mfer.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Australia [was: Wikileaks]

2010-12-06 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:

 How many secrets does Australia have that are worth leaking.
 Does a significant fraction of the World's population believe
 it is The Great Satan? 
 
 Reminds me of the story of the lady who was applying for a visa
 to enter Australia.  When the clerk asked her if she had a
 criminal record, she replied, I had no idea one was still required. 
 
 Have I used that joke here before?  Well, if so, enjoy it again. 
 
They don't require a criminal record, but they also ban anyone
whose family includes people with Down Syndrome:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/26/world/asia/27australia.html

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Wikileaks

2010-12-01 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Doug Pensinger wrote:
 
 I'm generally for transparency and haven't heard of anything yet that
 is beyond mildly embarrassing to the U. S. government.  I do think
 where the safety of our troops is concerned confidentially is
 important, but that government secrets should have a relatively short
 shelf life in all cases.
 
I think the worst source of embarassment is the use by .govs
of security-weak softwares and OSes. What if this happened
70 years ago and Manhattan Project was leaked to the nazis
(or even the soviets)?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The powers of cats

2010-11-11 Thread Alberto Monteiro
David Hobby wrote:

 On a completely different note, but I felt like
 sharing it:
 
 One of my cats performed a successful internet
 search.  I'd left the browser open, with iGoogle
 up.  The cat's contribution was apparently typing
 0222, a bit of mouse movement, and a click or an
 enter.
 
 What I woke up to was GoogleMaps, showing a local
 hair salon with a phone number ending in 0222.
 It could be that cats are not getting smarter, but
 Google is.
 
Is is beyond the intelligence level of cats to
understand that it's possible to use the mouse and
see interesting things in the screen?

On a different note, do cats see computer screens the
same way we do?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: the Cold War

2010-11-11 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Pat Mathews wrote:
 
 Of course, Russia and China didn't like each other any better
 than we liked either one of them, or they, us. Still,
 Kipling's Great Game went on along all three borders for
 quite some time. 

Are you sure about that everybody-hated-America meme?

I don't think there was too many anti-USA feeling in Russia and
China during the 1950s and 1960s.

The USA might be seen as a good ally in the Soviet Union, for
its participation and support during WW2, and China certainly
saw the USA as a liberator from the japanese atrocities - even
if the USA supported the corrupt dictator after the War.

Here in Latin America, anti-USA feelings only became proeminent
when the USA sided with murderous dictatorships during the
1960s and 1970s, in such a way that we all thought that
Communism was nice and pretty.

We've had 21 years of full democracy in Brazil, and even then
presidential candidates still want to identify themselves
with the left: in the last election (2010), the top-three 
were former Commies (Dilma was arrested and tortured in the
1970s for affiliation with communist guerilla, Serra was exiled,
and Marina Silva claimed to be the extreme left).

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: the Cold War

2010-11-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:

...and judging by GDP figures, the USA is still fighting the Cold War.
 
 There never was a Cold War beginning with the Korean War WW III 
 was a global conflict against Communism in Latin America, The 
 Carribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, etc.  In fact 
 the US has been in a state of war under other names for most of our 
 history.  WW IV is called the war on terror, and is also global in scope.
 Jon Mann
 
No, the conflicts above mentioned justify the War term,
the Cold is necessary because there was no actual USA x CCCP
direct conflict, with americans and soviets killing each other
in great numbers.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: SETI@home (history)

2010-10-22 Thread Alberto Monteiro

I wrote:

 IIRC, there was a story somewhere that the s...@home software 
 included a bug (like a crippleware) that would make it run
 _much slower_ than it could run, because there was not enough
 data for the millions of computers that would process this
 data.
 
 I am confusing things? I couldn't find any reference for this.

David Hobby wrote: 
 
 Got me, but there was a problem at the start.  The
 server kept send out the same data set over and over
 by mistake for a while.  So a few day's worth of
 computing was wasted, until that was fixed.
 
Ok, but I was not thinking/misremembering a bug.
I was thinking about a malicious code.

 It's hard to see why they would cripple the program,
 though.  It's not like there aren't enough other
 distributed computing projects around.  (My office
 computer analyzes data looking for gravity waves,
 when I'm not using it.)
 
IIRC, the reason for cripple the program was
that the s...@home program was a huge success, they
got _much more_ volunteers than they planned, and
they didn't have enough data to feed all the volunteers
unless they crippled the program. So they did it.

John Williams wrote:
 
 I do not know if that is true, but if it is true, I would call it a
 feature, not a bug. If there is no useful SETI data for my computer 
 to crunch, I'd rather have the CPU cycles available for something else.
 
 Or did you mean that it consumed CPU cycles doing something useless,
 like calculating digits of PI repeatedly?
 
Yes, something like that. The original program was so fast -
IIRC - that them(tm) projected that the s...@home program
would soon finish. They didn't want that, they wanted major
press coverage, a program that would last years (and not days),
so they crippled the program.

This is the scenario I remember. I think I read it right here,
in this list. Or maybe I am confusing some X-Files episode with
truth.

  Mendacem memorem esse oportet

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan Minette wrote:
 
 In hindsight, the housing bubble is obvious.

It was obvious to _me_, back in the 1990s, when I read
that the average american had debts that were of the
magnitude of 3x their actual possessions. I think I
saw that in this list (I certainly said that in
the brazilian lists).

Here in Brazil, where interest rates used to be 15%
_a month_ + inflation correction (the banks now are not
so much greedy; they offer money at 5% a month, and
don't even bother to correct inflation), nobody believed
in my doomsdays scenarios.

 Heck, at the time, I knew
 there was a housing bubble, and if you look at Brin-l archives, you 
 will see that I wrote it.

Ah, the files. How hard to find anything there :-(
 
Alberto Monteiro

PS: and I am glad that my _other_ prophetic doomsday
scenario is still in the Future.

PPS: OTOH, my local doomsday scenario was an epic fail


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro

John Williams wrote:
 
 Only if you consider honesty and keeping your word to be ridiculous. 
 An honorable person would not agree to borrow money from anyone, 
 even a loan shark, if they thought that there was any possibility 
 that they would not be able to honor their agreement and pay back 
 the money that they borrowed.
 
I think here you crossed the line between being argumentative
and being a troll. There's no way anyone can predict
all futures. _Every_ borrowing implies a risk of not being
able to honor it - even if I tell my workmate to lend
me R$ 1.50 because I don't have exchange and I want to
buy a candy, there's a risk that I will die in the next
10 minutes and not honor it.

Alberto Monteiro




___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Mailing lists are evil, why they must be eradicated [was: Starting Engineer's Salaries]

2010-10-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro
John Williams wrote:
 
 Hard to know if the quiet was due to trolling or some externality.
 
 It looks to me like this email list is usually quiet because the vast
 majority of the members have self-selected so that they have many of
 the same opinions. You do not get many interesting discussions that 
 go X is good. I agree. Me too. Count me in. +1.

I agree.

But, seriously, mailing lists are dying. It seems that
as time goes by, _less_ people knows how to reply
in an adequate format, quoting relevant parts and trimming
the message to the necessary minimum. Top-posting is a plague
much worse than trolling; if I were sworld dictator/s
list administrator I would not ban anyone for an occasional
trolling, but I would ban for top-posting.

Also, it seems that everybody loves blogs, even He seldom
comes here but is active in His blog - what's the point
of a Brin-l list that does not discuss anything Brin-related?

And young people don't use e-mail; they prefer those awful MSNs,
Orkuts, Facebooks, etc.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan Minette wrote:

 But having said that, it is true that the occasional flair up of 
 posts here and on Culture have usually coincided with someone 
 bringing in a non-norm opinion, and numerous people on the list 
 arguing with that one personor that argument spurring side 
 discussions.  I also know that this list has made its more 
 conservative, vocal members feel less than welcome after years of 
 feeling welcome.
 
It also trimmed the other extreme, the anti-american, 
anti-capitalist and green members also were banned.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



SETI@home (history)

2010-10-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro
IIRC, there was a story somewhere that the s...@home software 
included a bug (like a crippleware) that would make it run
_much slower_ than it could run, because there was not enough
data for the millions of computers that would process this
data.

I am confusing things? I couldn't find any reference for this.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Bruce Bostwick wrote:
 
 In other words, we have a continuing culture ware against a backdrop  
 of change that is rapidly making the old culture obsolete.
 
 Well put.  I might add that the old culture is becoming at least  
 vaguely aware of their increasing marginality, irrelevance, and  
 obsolescence, and doesn't like it at all ..
 
I think this has been said before. Was it Cicero? No, probably
some ancient summerian said it earlier.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Back to the Plantation!~(was Down with the Government)

2010-10-18 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:
 
 They way things are going those connoisseurs of Earl Grey may yet 
 get their way and start massacring strikers again.  Maybe even bring 
 back child labor. What an even better world that would be for the elite!~{
 
Talking about child labor... What about France? It seems that _they_
will have to bring back child labor, because the mature people
don't want to work.

Alberto Monteiro

PS: for those who are interested, Brazil came up with a nice
solution to the retirement problem, and it's _not_ killing
old people.


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: StratoSolar

2010-10-11 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Keith Henson wrote:
 
 Since the 1970s, US politicians have given lip service to National
 Energy Self-sufficiency.  The US has failed to achieve anything,
 largely because nobody had a good idea of how to make it work at the
 same or lower cost than importing oil.  This method might not work
 either.  However, it passes first-order physics and economics 
 analysis and seems to deserve serious further study.
 
You (USA) might be closer to self-sufficienty than you (Keith) think.
Deepen the crisis (and reduce energy expendidure) and get a little
more of shale gas, and you get there.

Alberto Monteiro, minion of evil oil companies


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Who dat?

2010-10-07 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Jon Louis Mann wrote:
 
 Here (Brazil) too. As usual, the weirdest candidate
 was the biggest winner - Tiririca, an illeterate TV clown
 that nobody remebered for the past 15 years. Now he must
 prove that he can read and write, or his votes will be
 nullified. 
 Are you getting too much political spam?
 
 That is fascinating; who is this Tiririca, what office and how did 
 he win if no one remembered who he was?
 
Tiririca was a TV clown, he ran for Congress. He won because
he said things like Do you know what a Congressman does?
I don't know either. Put me there and I will tell you.

 I am also running for political office, for the tenth time...~{

Good luck :-)

Alberto Monteiro



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: First Pluto is not a planet, and now . . . .

2010-09-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Euan Ritchie trolled:
 
 ...that some cosmic jewish zombie, who is his own father, can make 
 you live forever if you symbolicawy eat his flesh and telepathically 
 tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an 
 evil force from your soul, that is present in humanity because a rib-
 woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
 
:-)))

I guess you are reading too much Uncyclopedia...

Alberto Monteiro



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: First Pluto is not a planet, and now . . . .

2010-08-03 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Charlie Bell wrote:
 
 But thanks, it's a great example of science at work. It's also 
 becoming common - lots of what were thought to be different species 
 are becoming merged as the numbers of specimens increases. What 
 we're learning is that some dinosaurs had some pretty impressive 
 phenotypic plasticity through their lifetimes.
 
There can't be too many different species, Noah's Ark wasn't
big enough to carry them all!

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Creationism [was: First Pluto is not a planet, and now . . . .]

2010-08-03 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:
 
 There can't be too many different species, Noah's Ark wasn't 
 big enough to carry them all! 
 
 What, evolution stopped with the Ark? 
 
 As long as we're on that subject, it dawned on me a while ago
 that the trouble I have with creationists is that they believe
 in a God who is too stupid to have created evolution. 

I think the problem with creationists is that it's a good
excuse for satanism. If God is such a motherfscker to create
the world in six days and place everywhere signs that the
Earth is 5 billion years old and the Universe is 15 billion
years old, just to deceive His creation, then Satan can't be
that bad in rebelling.

Alberto Monteiro
 

___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Tea Party Racism

2010-07-27 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Bruce Bostwick wrote:
 
 So this is a complex question, because while the Tea Party does  
 technically have a leadership of sorts, it's a weak one, and there's 
 a  lot of leaderless-cell activity underneath the surface that's not 
 at  all like the public face of the party.  And I'm not sure whether 
  that's a feature of the design, or an emergent property of its  
 population and the methods they use to communicate.  I'm leaning 
  toward the latter, although the leadership certainly doesn't seem 
 to  be too serious about doing anything other than enabling it and 
  diverting outside attention away from what's going on.
 
Bottom line: you don't think it's Intelligent Design, you think
it's Natural Selection.

Alberto Monteiro




___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Having Dads makes you Happy

2010-07-20 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Deborah Harrell wrote:
 
 Only if you're Lutheran.  Or Jewish.  On the other paw, does anyone 
 else recall wincing in remembrance when Mufasa said Simba, I'm 
 *very* disappointed in you...?
 
At that time, I was more Mufasa than Simba.

Pre-historic Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Having Dads makes you Happy

2010-07-09 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan Minette wrote:
 
 And if the parents are Adam and Steve instead of Adam and Eve?
 
 I'd guess that it's probably going to be a greater challenge for 
 Adam and Steve than Adam and Eve, on average.  My closest friend 
 from when I was growing up is gay and adopted, and there's been 
 challenges that she's faced as a parent that I haven't.
 
It's probably easier for a lesbian couple than for a male-gay
couple to raise kids - most socio-cultural events require the
presence of the mother, not the father.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: USA, love it or leave it!~)

2010-06-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:

 i think in brazil, you can beat your wife.

No, you can't. Maybe you could, back in 1825.

Alberto Monteiro



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: USA, love it or leave it

2010-06-21 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jon Louis Mann wrote:

 i think in brazil, you can beat your wife.
 
 No, you can't. Maybe you could, back in 1825.
 Alberto Monteiro
 
 http://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/205-june-2009/10195-
 in-brazil-a-culture-of-violence-sees-wife-beating-as-no-big-
 deal.html 

At least there's an epsilon of truth in that site: This woman is 
what Brazilian's call mulher de malandro. A mulher de malandro is
a woman who teases mens, nags them no end and pratically begs
to be hit -- and calling someone a mulher de malandro is 
_very_ offensive.

 I meant no offense,Alberto.  I have only heard wife 
 beating is tolerated in Brazil, as it is in many countries.

Well, that's the kind of information you get when you read porn-sites.
BTW, the author's name José da Silva is brazilian's John Smith.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Any comments on this piece?

2010-06-18 Thread Alberto Monteiro
David Hobby wrote:
  
 Trying to think of a movie that portrays the USA as
 a good place to visit...

 American Pie, Basic Instinct, Hair, Deep Throat,
 The Girl Next Door, Porky's, Flashdance, 9 1/2 weeks,
 Showgirls, Back to the Future, American Beauty ...
 just to mention a few of them.
 
 I don't know if you're kidding or not.

This is e-mail. I'm always kidding. And I'm always
deadly serious about the importance of jokes! :-P

 I see
 that as a pretty random list of movies, all of
 which are set in the USA.

And all of them portray the USA in a very positive way!
 
 Showgirls was definitely a bad movie.  I didn't
 really need to be reminded of it.  : )
 
I think Showgirls is a great movie, and the selling of DVDs
just proves that.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Any comments on this piece?

2010-06-18 Thread Alberto Monteiro

David Hobby wrote:
  
 Trying to think of a movie that portrays the USA as
 a good place to visit...
 American Pie, Basic Instinct,...

 And all of them portray the USA in a very positive way!
 
 Help me, I'm working on this.  The message of Basic Instinct
 is Sure, the USA is full of crazy women who will kill you
 with an ice pick.  But at least they're hot and rich.  Or?
 
No, the message is The USA is such a free place that a
murder suspect can be brought to a police station without
panties, cross her legs, and get away with that.

(does that look too much Yakov Smirnoff to you?)

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Any comments on this piece?

2010-06-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Dan Minette wrote:
 Last bust was 98-99, when oil prices averaged about 
 $15/barrel. No-one would be drilling deep water at those prices.
 
Petrobras was :-)

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Any comments on this piece?

2010-06-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Ronn! Blankenship wrote:
 
 Petrobras was :-)
 
 Did they make women's undergarments out of petroleum?
 
You have a wrong idea about Brazil. Unfortunately,
the paradise that movies like Blame it on Rio or Tourists
depict is as far away from actual Brazil as Escape from NY
or The Postman [*] is from the actual USA.

Alberto Monteiro

[*] at least something is on-topic...



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Any comments on this piece?

2010-06-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

David Hobby wrote:

 You have a wrong idea about Brazil. Unfortunately,
 the paradise that movies like Blame it on Rio or Tourists
 depict is as far away from actual Brazil as Escape from NY
 or The Postman [*] is from the actual USA.
 
 Is the difference between depiction and reality
 in the same direction?

No, as far away is absolute value
 
 
 Trying to think of a movie that portrays the USA as
 a good place to visit...
 
American Pie, Basic Instinct, Hair, Deep Throat,
The Girl Next Door, Porky's, Flashdance, 9 1/2 weeks,
Showgirls, Back to the Future, American Beauty ...
just to mention a few of them.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: Any comments on this piece?

2010-06-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Dan Minette wrote:
 
 You have a wrong idea about Brazil.
 
 Is the Copacabana still as bad as when I was down there, about a 
 dozen years ago?

I don't think it changed too much.

 I presume the sewer line was fixed by now, 

No, it wasn't - and the problem was not the sewer line.

 but are there still ugly sex workers every 100 yards

Maybe not, but there's a long time since I went throught
Avenida Atlantica at night. BTW, prostitution is _legal_
in Brazil, what's illegal is the exploitation of prostitution
(which does not make any sense, like 90% of law.br).

 and hotels that were five star in 1950, and not updated since?
 
Yes, they are called Patrimônio cultural tombado, which means
that you can't touch them. But there are new hotels.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: One Fish, Two Fish, Oil Fish, Goo Fish

2010-06-15 Thread Alberto Monteiro
 
 On a personal level (and not nearly on the same scale as the
 folks in the Gulf area), my extended family is scheduled to
 hold a reunion on the beach at Destin, Florida. We are anxiously
 watching to see if we are going to be oiled out. It's a pain,
 especially as I've been looking forward to this vacation for
 *months*. But again, not nearly as bad as the people (and animals)
 who's lives have been ruined by the oil spill. 

The good side of the oil spill is that you don't have to
bring fuel if you want to have a beach barbecue; just get
some seawater and set fire on it.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Clash of Titans

2010-06-04 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:
 
 Our grandson wanted to see it for his birthday, so we went to
 the drive-in and saw Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans.
 I slept through much of them.

At least Prince of Persia doesn't claim to be based in History,
but on a kill-em-all videogame.

 I don't know why they even used the names of various gods in
 the latter movie - the characters had hardly anything to do
 with the actual myths.  Well, perhaps I do know why - it
 makes it seem as though there might be some educational
 value in seeing it.  But that would be mistaken.  It is
 undoubtedly counter-productive for the most part. 

It's Evil, pure and simple Evil. Why they can't stick to History
or Mythology, or even stay close to the books the movie is
supposed to be based on, and just play with the visual? Those that
did that became classicals: Ben Hur, Caligula and 300 will be 
forever remembered, while this Clash of Titans (like the previous)
will be thrown in the trash.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Snakes on a Plane

2010-05-31 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Eu nunca vi este filme, mas me deu vontade de ver pela crítica
feito a ele pelo Jake Harper.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Snakes on a Plane

2010-05-31 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Oops, sorry, I thought - because the original message had no text - that it 
came from any of the pt-speakings lists I read.

I never saw this movie, but I wanted to watch it since I heard
Jake Harper's critics

[something is lost in the translation :-( ]

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Off to Haiti

2010-05-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote: 
 
 L'espwa fe viv! 
 
Be careful. Bel dan pa di zanmi

Alberto Monteiro (and that's all I know about Creole, thanks to
the Portuguese Uncyclopedia)


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: On Listmail

2010-05-03 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Bruce Bostwick wrote:

 Wind/solar energy resources are still seen as hippie 
 fringe science in the parts of the world where oil is still king, 

Not everywhere.

P = k v^3 Maru

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Rio de Janeiro rains in April/2010 [was: On Listmail]

2010-04-30 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Doug Pensinger asked:
 
   Oops, sorry.  Over 50 cm then?
 
28.8 cm, the volume of April in 24 hours.

There were two big problems: the rains happened during a time of high
tide _and_ winds coming from the Sea; with abnormally high sea levels,
the water couldn't flow to the Ocean. A huge part of Rio is at 
sea-level, and in 99% of cases when it rains, water flows naturally
to the Ocean.

But look at a few images in:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:2010_Rio_de_Janeiro_floods

Another problem was sort-of expected: there are millions of people
living in the hills in Rio (and Niteroi - another city, look
at the map ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niter%C3%B3i
... Niteroi is at the other side of Guanabara Bay). These people
illegally occupy preservation zones, and it's extremely hard to
remove them, because any attempt to remove them is faced with
human rights defenders that say they have the right to live
where they live (those human right defenders vanish whenever
a disaster happens and kills those people they protect).

The worst single-point disaster was an illegal occupation in
a landfill zone - some of the occupants didn't even know that
they were living over a garbage dump.

The disaster in Rio wasn't worse because Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes
used the TV networks and asked people to stay at home on Tuesday
(rains started on Monday). So very few people got strangled in
traffic and were carried by the floods on Tuesday - most of us
watched the rivers flowing through the city from the safety of
home.

More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_2010_Rio_de_Janeiro_floods_and_mudslides

Alberto Monteiro





___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: On Listmail

2010-04-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Doug Pensinger wrote:
 
 In any case, poor old Brin-l seems to be as dead as a door nail, and 
 I think that that's a shame.
 
 Is anyone out there?
 
Yes and no. I seldom check my e-mails these days, and I spend most
of my free internet time in wikis.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: On Listmail

2010-04-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Doug Pensinger wrote:
 
 Yes and no. I seldom check my e-mails these days, and I spend most
 of my free internet time in wikis.
 
 Hey Alberto, how are you?

In deep agony and despair, willing to spread mortal viruses and
obliterate mankind - as usual when April ends (it's the deadline for
the Great Satan aka IRS.br).

 I heard you had a little rainstorm down
 there a few weeks ago; what was it 21 inches?
 
I hate inches :-(

 What wikis?
 
Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Conservapedia (some normal edits, some vandalisms -
vandalizing Conservapedia is a fine art), Uncyclopedia (pt version),
even SimsWiki.

Alberto Monteiro



___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Not ready

2010-02-22 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Michael Harney wrote:

 I thought I was ready to come back here.  I was wrong.  I was too 
 damaged by the last few years of my life working in a job that I was 
 ill suited for but had to do to make ends meet.  I'll come back when 
 I relearn patience.

Why do you think learning patience is _easier_ off-line than 
on-line? At least here your occasional bursts of impatience 
will not be met by a punch in the nose :-)

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: national security and climate change

2010-02-22 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Charlie Bell wrote:
 
 The US Army's Strategic Studies Institute has a number of
 papers addressing national security issues related to
 climate change. AFAIK, they are available for free as
 PDF downloads. Go here,
 http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?PubID=862
 to see one published in August 2008. Food for thought, eh?
 
 Yes. I've read most of that lot in the past.
 
 But it's still a hoax, apparently. *sigh*

What is a hoax? Anthropogenic Global Warming?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Platform for gathering memories?

2010-01-08 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:

 Julia's question reminded me that you folks are a bit of a
 brain trust... I need to figure out what would be the best
 platform for gathering pictures, stories, videos and such
 about my sister, particular for her daughter to know her
 as she grows up. 

Wikipedia once began a project dedicated to the memories of the
victims of 9/11, but latter the scope was changed to include
the memories of everyone. I guess the project is still not active,
after 6 years of useless discussions:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipeople

But I think you should start by keeping it simple: just dedicate
one directory to her memories, and backup it to your niece's
computer as frequently as she changes computers or you digitalize
more stuff. That's how I keep my electronic memories.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: The worst

2010-01-05 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Jo Anne wrote:
 
 I will never understand these twistings of our lives, especially 
 when such terrible separations happen in one lifetime.  I'm so sorry 
 for your loss.  I hope you can find comfort wherever it is available 
 to you, including here. Blessings to you and your family.
 
Today, in brazilian TV, there was an analysis of the tragedies
that happened in Angra dos Reis, where families were cut in half
by an earthslide. The analysts said that people never recover from
the loss, and it takes about one year for life to return to normal.

I hope the best for Nick and his family - needless to say,
let's keep Nick's sister memory alive.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Brin: Re: is Brin-l active?

2010-01-04 Thread Alberto Monteiro
David Brin asked:

 Let me know how I can help! 

You must tell us how far can we go - and how far we can't go :-)

Obviously, copy-and-pasting huge pieces of the books is totally
out of line. Obviously, giving a small resume of the books is
totally in line.

Hell lies in the details: could we place resumes of the 
character's lifes? Could we place description of the places,
ships, races, concepts, etc?

See, for example, what motivated this thread: the pages in wikipedia
that were marked for deletion by a wikipedia troll (or should I say
a wikipedia Tandu?):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Hph-wayuo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uplift_Universe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gubru
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaver
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthclan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tymbrimi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jophur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G'Kek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaker_(David_Brin)

(possibly other pages)

Are these pages too much or too little?

Alberto Monteiro









___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Another Conserpadia accidental joke: Fidel Castro is dead

2009-12-30 Thread Alberto Monteiro
http://www.conservapedia.com/Fidel_Castro

  Fidel Castro (born August 13, 1926, presumably died by 2009) was
  the brutal communist dictator of Cuba from 1959 to 2008, (...)

I don't think the list admins realize that Conservapedia editors
are adding up minor vandalisms to make it a parody of Uncyclopedia.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Another Conserpadia accidental joke: Fidel Castro is dead

2009-12-30 Thread Alberto Monteiro


Trent Shipley wrote:

 No, this one may be right. Fidel got too sick to rule and was 
 followed by his brother Raul(?).
 
What is the _reliable_ source that Fidel is undead?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The wikipedia trolls may win again :-/

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Trent Shipley wrote:

 David Brin is an important science fiction author so he merits 
 mention in Wikipedia. The Jijo trilogy merits mention. Each book in 
 the trilogy merits an article. However, each book is based on an 
 ensemble cast. Alvin is an ensemble character in trilogy by an 
 author of moderate importance in a work of moderate importance. Thus,
  Alvin is too trivial to be in Wikipedia.
 
 If he were a Shakespeare character, no matter how minor, he would be 
 in Wikipedia, because Shakespeare is a very important author. If he 
 were a minor Naruto character he might rate an article because 
 Naruto is very popular. But as it is, Alvin doesn't meet the 
 criteria for important enough.

This is not what the owner of that thing said.

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_is_not_paper

  There is no reason why there shouldn't be a page for every
   Simpsons character, and even a table listing every episode,
   all neatly cross-linked and introduced by a shorter central
   page. Every episode name in the list could link to a separate
   page for each of those episodes, with links to reviews and
   trivia. Each of the 100+ poker games can have its own page
   with rules, history, and strategy. Jimbo Wales has agreed:
   Hard disks are cheap.

So, it's just trolls that want to remove fictional character pages;
after all, Dei Lucrii, Time Regained (film), Jia Xiaozhong,
Montesquieu-Guittaut, Märkische Schweiz (Amt), Homage for Satan,
and Pudian Road (Shanghai Metro) could be more important than Alvin?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: SciFi and Fantasy(?) Wiki

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:
 
 Seriously, though, the wiki gives everybody lotsa power...
 I'm not familiar enough with Media Wiki to see (a) what
 administrators might do via the web interface and
 (b) exactly how to create 'em.  It's a php associative
 array, the docs tell me. 
 
 I'm happy to keep the discussion here for now, to get it going. 
 
 Any other experience wiki-ers here? 

The whole point of evil wiki admins is to punish and coerce.
Unfortunately, it's a necessary job.

But I suggest to keep it simple.

There are _many_ wikis in the Web, another SF (Fantasy too?)
wiki would die of starvation.

I think a Brin wiki would be the best - but probably you should
ask Him about what stuff could go there. And the evil wiki admins
would have to keep a keen eye on copyright violations - wiki users
have a nasty tendency to copy-and-paste without regard for the
legitimacy of the material.

Also, it should be acurately determined how deep we could go.

For example, should we have a detailed description of every event
and character? It could spur interest in buying books, but it could
also feed unscrupulous Hollywood scriptwriters to steal and distort
Brin's ideas into new awful movies.

How much fanfic should be admitted? Logical inferences based
on the books are ok? Natural extrapolations are ok? Or should we
stick to canonical (and deutero-canonical, like Kevin Costner's
movie) material?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: SciFi and Fantasy(?) Wiki

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:
 
 For now, it's just going to be my problem to deal with the
 finances.  I say problem because I'm sure cash flow will be
 negative for a while, of course.  But it is appropriate to
 resolve those things early on if there's chance it will actually
 throw off cash.  If not, shouting and tears inevitably follow. 

One thing that amazes me is how stupid internet advertising is.

For example, why on Hell should a site or list dedicated to,
say, Linux, include advertisings about Viagra?

A Brin wiki could easily include non-invasive ads that would
be totally apropos. The Alvin page would exhibit a random ad
that would eventually offer Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore
or Heaven's Reach.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



The wikipedia trolls may win again (II) :-/

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro
It seems like they are running a seek-and-destroy against every Brin
stuff in wikipedia. After Alvin, the trolls will delete Streaker.

I will save the articles in txt files; when the Brin wiki is set up 
I will recreate them. It's a pity that the history will be
lost - I created those two articles, but they have expanded beyond
what I wrote.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



The wikipedia trolls may win again (III) :-/

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro

 It seems like they are running a seek-and-destroy against every Brin
 stuff in wikipedia. After Alvin, the trolls will delete Streaker.
 
The Troll is targeting for deletion: Gubru, G'Kek, EarthClan, Tymbrimi,
Streaker (David Brin), Jophur, and Alvin Hph-wayuo.

It must be a Brin-hater.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?
title=Special:Contributionslimit=50target=Abductive

Alberto Monteiro




___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: The wikipedia trolls may win again (III) :-/

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Julia wrote:

 The Troll is targeting for deletion: Gubru, G'Kek, EarthClan,
  Tymbrimi, Streaker (David Brin), Jophur, and Alvin Hph-wayuo.
 
 It must be a Brin-hater.
 
 Any clue to the identity of the troll?
 
Who cares? Unless you are the owner of a Death Note, there's nothing
we could do.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The wikipedia trolls may win again (III) :-/

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro

David Hobby wrote:
 
 So the user is Abductive, and he seems to spend a lot
 of time proposing articles for deletion.  

It's probably an attack account: a sock puppet of a known
user, created to give anonimity to a coward behavior (if it
used the _real_ account, we might retaliate by proposing for
deletion _its_ articles!).

In the Portuguese wikipedia those trolls are severely
repressed; one editor who abused sock-puppeteering was
banned until after 2012-12-21.

 If we want the articles to stay up on Wikipedia, the
 best defense is references to them in books not written
 by David Brin.  Does anybody know any?
 
Probably some science fiction magazines have material about
Brin's characters, races, etc. Also, there's GURPS Uplift,
who is _not_ by Him.

(and I still think Category should not be in the magma table!!!)

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The wikipedia trolls may win again (III) :-/

2009-12-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Matt Grimaldi wrote:

 It must be a Brin-hater.
 
 Any clue to the identity of the troll?
 
 Who cares? Unless you are the owner of a Death Note, there's nothing
 we could do.
 
 Don't you also need a picture of his face for that?
 
Yes - but it's easier to get the picture from the name than the
name from the picture, unless you have Shinigami eyes.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The wikipedia trolls may win again :-/

2009-12-28 Thread Alberto Monteiro

David Hobby wrote:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Hph-wayuo
 
 Alberto--
 
 Hi.  I think you can make a good case to keep it,
 since it involves a major character in a series
 of popular science fiction novels.

No, not my language, not my place to battle. I've tried
to keep the Portuguese language trolls away from deleting
relevant material - I can say I have been half-successful.
 
 The pages for the books should also link to Alvin's
 page.  But wait, the entry at
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity%27s_Shore
 is just a stub...
 
Yes, it's a stub, and fortunately so. Another stupid decision
made in the English wikipedia was that spoilers are _not_
marked as such. Just take a look a the article about
The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre movie...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_the_Christ
... or about the Titanic (the nazi rip-off by Cameron)...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_(1997_film)
... and see how carelessly it gives the end of both movies without
respect for those who don't know the stories!

 O.K., so maybe the problem is that a case can eventually
 be made for Wikipedia to keep the page, but that
 the related pages aren't detailed enough yet.  I
 can see developing a Wiki devoted to the Uplift
 Universe in the meantime, and copying its content
 onto Wikipedia as time passes.
 
I think the best would be to do the opposite: create an Uplift wiki,
copy _from_ Wikipedia, and remove from Wikipedia.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Weekly Chat Reminder

2009-12-23 Thread Alberto Monteiro
 
 The Weekly Brin-L chat is scheduled for Wednesday 3 PM
 Eastern/2 PM Central time in the US, or 7 PM Greenwich time.
 There's usually somebody there to talk to for at least eight
 hours after the start time. If no-one is there when you arrive
 just wait around a while for the next person to show up!
 
Maybe I will get there tonight to remember you that Christmas
is the celebration of the birth of Christ :-P

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Recursion in C, as told by Kernigan, Ritchie, and Lovecraft

2009-12-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Warren Ockrassa wrote:

 I really enjoyed this, but can't share it with my colleagues, since 
 they wouldn't get either reference.
 
 Sometimes it's really a pain in the ass to be a programmer and 
 English major working in a PR department as the graphics guy.
 
 http://www.bobhobbs.com/files/kr_lovecraft.html

joke critic
The code is wrong:

  void Cthulhu
  (int Ia) {
  if (Ia/10)
  Cthulhu (IA/10);
  putchar // ftagn!
(Ia % 10 + '0');
  } // neblod zin!

// is a comment in C++ and, by the arcane magic known as backwards 
compatibility, crept into C compilers
/joke critic

Alberto Monteiro, Cthulhu worshipper, C programmer and utterly insane, 
having failing the sanity check many times



___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Recursion in C, as told by Kernigan, Ritchie, and Lovecraft

2009-12-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro

David Hobby wrote:
 
 That is nice.  I'm sure I can find some people
 who'll appreciate both references, and not just
 say that the followers of Cthuhlu should use
 different variable names for clarity.
 
Maybe we should parody the wikibook on C programming
  http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/C_programming
into the Uncyclopaedia mirror:
  http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/C_programming_language

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Nomenclature (was) Chemicals R Us

2009-11-19 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Ronn! Blankenship wrote:
 
 I agree with you.  Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon 
 compounds.  Though usually with the omission of most metal 
 carbonates, the chemistry of which is usually covered in the section 
 on inorganic chemistry.  That's how *I* teach it in colleges,
  anyway.  ;)
 
I think that a more accurate definition is that Organic chemistry
is the chemistry of carbon compounds where carbon has a covalent
bond with hydrogen, or to a replacement of hydrogen.

This would include, frex, tetrachloromethane, but not carbon disulfide.

Alberto 'definitions are evil, why they must be eradicated' Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: List of The 50 Best Inventions of 2009

2009-11-19 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Bruce Bostwick wrote:
 
 That being said, what I really wish someone would propose is sending 
 a  robot propulsion/navigation system out to a conveniently sized 
 nickel/ iron asteroid, bring it home, and park it in an orbit high 
 enough to  keep it from decaying for the foreseeable future 

Great idea! All it would require was a propulsion system
that does not waste fuel to change the asteroid's speed from
about 50 km/s to 30 km/s in the perihelium of the transfer orbit,
and it would be cheaper than launching stuff from Earth at
the enormous 10 km/s speed (give or take a few km/s).

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Chemicals R Us

2009-11-18 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Deborah Harrell wrote:
 
 A new report from the Danish Department of Environment, Food and 
 Rural Affairs (DEFRA), highlights the critical risks facing toddlers 
 from gender bending chemicals in everyday products. Chemicals like 
 phthalates (found in PVC and fragrances),
 
 In fact, phthalates are found in PET, not PVC. PVC is 
 polyvinylchlorine, the polymer of CH2=CHCl, PET is 
 polyethyleneterephthalate, the copolymer of terephthalic
 acid and ethyleneglycol (with maybe some i/y changed - in
 Portuguese, there's no such distinction).
 
 Yes, the correct chemical is listed in the other article.  Although 
 IIRC, PVC production is linked to cancer of some sort, and that was 
 suspected in the 50s by industry doctors (Dow? Monsanto?  I can't 
 remember what I posted exactly on that several years ago); it was 
 not made public for a number of years.

I hate those AFTs. Phthalates are not Terephthalates; and phthalates
are used in addition to PVC (that's what found in means). So, the
original text was correct, and my English skills deficient :-(

But if PVC is carcinogen than we could suffer the same doom
the lead-piped romans suffered...
 
 ...Fewer boys are being born.
 
 That's great news! The world needs less boys and more girls.
 Excess boys cause wars.
 
 wry Nevertheless, it might be a problem if we wind up with a 
 passle of hermaprodites (who are usually sterile)...Could make an 
 interesting SF story, however.
 
Probably society would adapt to make female-female reproduction
possible. We would end up in a Lesbian World, not much unlike
Brin's Stratos.

 I think it was established that benzene is carninogen. But I am
 not aware that phthalates, just because they are aromatic,
 are harmful. In fact, a few aminoacids are aromatic.
 
 ? So you don't find research regarding various petroleum compounds 
 legitimate?  We are well aware in the medical field of multiple 
 adverse effects of various organic - in the sense of 
 petroleum/industry-related - chemicals on healthe.  

What? Nothing that the oil industry produces is harmful! :-P

 And no, I who at 
 one point could fill an entire blackboard with the Krebs cycle and 
 multiple connecting metabolic pathways including peptide synthesis, 
 had _no idea_ that some amino acids (not to mention hormones etc.) 
 were aromatic...  hey, really!!!
 
Sometimes we can learn just by having fun editing Chemboxes
in Wikipedia :-)

Alberto Monteiro aka albmont


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Microsith's evil ways [was: For those still following the 'balloon boy' fracas]

2009-11-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Bruce Bostwick quoted:
 
 'How do I print, Mr. Kahn?’ ‘How do I save?’ It’s Control-S! 
 It’s ALWAYS Control-S!!” — Kahn Souphanousinphone
 
Not if you are doomed with M$'s products in other languages. The
idiots that ported Word, Excel, etc to Portuguese _translated_
the Control-things, so that I have no idea how to cut, copy, paste,
save, etc. BTW, each M$ product uses a _different_ set of Control's.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: How to tell if a star has planets?

2009-11-12 Thread Alberto Monteiro

David Hobby asked:
 
 Whatever happened to good old snake oil?
 
Became biodiesel.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Windows question . . .

2009-10-15 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Ronn! Blankenship asked:

 I have some older programs that I have to use (no more recent 
 versions are available) which on occasion when I try to run them 
 generate the message The Win 16 Subsystem has insufficient 
 resources to continue running.  Click on OK, close your applications,
  and restart your machine.  How can I once and for all grant more 
 resources to that subsystem so I never get that message again and 
 the programs in question will run without any delays or problems or 
 generating that message or any other nastygrams?  I am running XP 
 with SP3 (also not likely to be updated in the foreseeable future) 
 though it has occurred with earlier versions, too.
 
Format  Reinstall

Alberto Monteiro
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
sorry, couldn't resist.


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Knowledge of Complex Systems and Ecch-onomics

2009-09-14 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan M. wrote:

   Subject: Welcome to Hyperinflation!
   Date: 2008-08-29 12:30

 I was just checking the evolution of PPI (PPI and CPI measure
 inflation in the USA), and noticed that _this year_ the
 accumulated inflation is about 10% (!!!)

 Yes, but I was talking about the period from 2008-01 to 2008-06.
 
 Why that period? (the PPI increased 6.5% during that period).

Because I was repeating my message of 2008-08-29. Notice the date.
It was quite obvious that something would happen soon. But the
idiots (me including) couldn't see what was coming.

Also, IIRC, the PPI is revised after a few months. The preliminary
data indicated a 10% inflation - a sure sign that Evil Days Were
Coming.
 
  I guess its a YMMV item.   I can usually find what I want in a 
 couple of minutes.  As an aside, the US is unique among countries in 
 the amount of available data.  It's much harder to get data from 
 other countries.
 
Maybe because the data is in English. I once tried to get some
data from Japan, and everything was in japanese characters - that
crazy mix of Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana, Arabic numbers and a few
Roman words.

Brazilian data are available at
http://www.ibge.gov.br

It's in Portuguese, Spanish and English (unfortunately, not in Latin,
the official language of Latin America).

Alberto Monteiro



___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Knowledge of Complex Systems and Ecconomics

2009-09-11 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Dan M. wrote:

   Subject: Welcome to Hyperinflation!
   Date: 2008-08-29 12:30
 
 I was just checking the evolution of PPI (PPI and CPI measure
 inflation in the USA), and noticed that _this year_ the 
 accumulated inflation is about 10% (!!!)
 
 Where did you get that? 

2008 data. And notice that I said PPI, not CPI.

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
 we've had deflation of about 1% over the past 12 months and 
 inflation of 1.7% over the past 7 months.
 
Yes, but I was talking about the period from 2008-01 to 2008-06.

 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/home.htm
 
This site is awful. There's so much information that I have no idea
where the data came from. But it probably came from that site.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: The thread about the thread

2009-09-10 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan M. wrote:

 So, the signal is clearly down from what it was before the break-up. 
  I'll agree the signal/noise ratio is down, but IMHO, the lack of 
 signal is the biggest contributing cause.  If you notice how many 
 different folks posted in the last 6 weeks compared to the number of 
 posters in April-May, you will see that a lot more people feel they 
 have something to say now.  Even you. :-)
 
You suppose that the cause is the break-up, but I don't think so.

In _all_ mailing lists that I take part, the signal/noise ration
has shifted towards noise in an alarming rate. Even I don't bother
to read e-mails during the weekends - I seldom miss something
really worth discussing.

I think e-mail is dying. Most people prefer posting in blogs or
similar media. I, for example, prefer trolling in the Wikipedia
and other sites like that.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: On 'Incomprehesibility'

2009-09-01 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dave Land wrote:

 So what's wrong with a little ritualized cannibalism among consenting
 adults?  ;-)

 See how amusing you think it is when they come to eat YOUR brain :-)
 
 Then isn't it completely grand that it is always and ever has been / 
 symbolic/.
 
What about this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cysteine#Industrial_sources

Soylent green is not alternate future.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Posted in a workcube

2009-08-31 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Doug Pensinger wrote:
 
 wtf are you doing in a workcube on a Sunday evening???  Where are 
 your priorities, man?
 
Trying to make the evil boss happy and keep the underpaid slavelike job?

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: More Pluto Goofyness . . .

2009-08-26 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Charlie Bell write:
 
 Either planets sweep their orbits of debris in which case we have 
 14+  or they don't and we have 8.
 
Uh? Isn't it the other way around?

 But it's not a debate about Pluto. It's a debate about whether we 
 have  lots of planets or we have some planets and some planetoids.
 
I think a much more interesting debate would be to try to explain
why Mars has two tiny moonlets and Venus and Mercury have none.

Probably (my guess) Mars's moons are recent acquisitions, and won't
last forever. Venus and Mercury may have had moonlets in the past
too, that lasted a few million years and then either crashed or
flew away.

IIRC, Phobos is falling and Deimos is leaving Mars.

And why with 100+ moons, none of them has a sub-moon?

Alberto Monteiro the nostalgic


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: More Pluto Goofyness . . .

2009-08-26 Thread Alberto Monteiro

Charlie Bell wrote:

 IIRC, Phobos is falling and Deimos is leaving Mars.
 
 ...and our moon is leaving too.
 
No, it's not. If the Sun didn't explode [*], the Earth-Moon
system would stabilize in two tidal-locked bodies.

 It's all a matter of time.

Yes, but we are talking about a difference in many orders.

The Moon has orbited Earth for thousands of millions of years,
and it will orbit for ten times that number before stabilizing.

Deimos may leave Mars even before Pangea Nova forms on Earth.

Alberto Monteiro

[*] is this the correct verbal tense? I want to express an
alternate hypothetical future to a deterministic and almost sure
future.


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The Role of Government in a Libertarian Free Market

2009-08-17 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Doug Pensinger wrote (in html, and it's a hell to reformat):

 I do occasionally blow up. Once when I was accused of racism,
 once when a private discussion I'd had with someone was forwarded
 to the list, and ISTR Nick and I talking completely at
 cross-purposes. I was really annoyed on Friday night,
 partly 'cause I'd got home after drinking with a couple
 of friends in the pub, and an acquaintance of one of them
 was spouting anti-vaccination lunacy. And when I asked a
 couple of simple questions, I received the reply Oh, so
 you're science. That figures. 
 
 There's no arguing with simpletons like that.  And we seem to
 have more nut cases than ever before.  Birthers???  Ay Yi Yi. 

If you think things can't get worse...

On another list, when those Muhammad cartoons appeared, all the
list was mocking Islam and preaching freedom of speech, and
that was the opportunity for one listmember to get out of the
closet and confess being a Holocaust denier.

I still don't know if he was sincere, or if we was just testing
how free speech rulez we were.

Alberto Monteiro

PS: just because we believe in free speech doesn't mean we have to
feed the trolls...


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: The Role of Government in a Libertarian Free Market

2009-08-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Bruce Bostwick quoted:
 
 Heard from a flight instructor:
 The only dumb question is the one you DID NOT ask, resulting in my  
 going out and having to identify your bits and pieces in the midst 
 of  torn and twisted metal.
 
This seems like a Heinlein quote to me.

Alberto Monteiro the lurker


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Brin: On 'Incomprehesibility'

2009-08-03 Thread Alberto Monteiro
David Hobby wrote:
 
 That non-bypassable FBI and/or Interpol warning:  This is actually
 a loss for DVDs.  With VHS, you could ALWAYS fast-forward.  Why
 aren't there hacks to skip the start-up warnings on DVDs?
 
Brazilian DVDs don't include this. They replace it with an educative
movie. One version compares the buyer of pirate DVDs to drug dealers
and kidnappers. Another version has a daddy proudly exhibiting a
pirate DVD to his son, who in turn proudly says he got grade 10
(grade A+ in USA) as he cheated in the test and copied the test
of a colleague.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Torchwood: Children of Earth

2009-07-28 Thread Alberto Monteiro
William T Goodall wrote:
 
 It reminds me of the (cancelled) _The Middleman_ series.
 
Seems like the fate of every good series that does not become
sentimental :-(

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Torchwood: Children of Earth

2009-07-27 Thread Alberto Monteiro
John Williams wrote:

 I'm trying to think of any good sci-fi on television recently, or
 coming soon, but the only thing I can think of is Dollhouse. Umm, and
 possibly A Game of Thrones, if it ever makes it to HBO, but that is
 fantasy, not science fiction.
 
It's not sci-fi, but currently the best show I'm watching is
an Anime: Death Note. It's a supernatural horror turned into
a detective story.

But there are a few other decent shows that take sf elements. 
Life on Mars, which tackles time-travel, is a decent police story.
Even House's final episodes of Season 5 were quite sf-ish.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Torchwood: Children of Earth

2009-07-27 Thread Alberto Monteiro
William T Goodall wrote:
 
 _Lost_ and _Fringe_ both return. _Lost_ was excellent last season 
 and  I expect great things from the final season. _Fringe_ kicked up 
 a gear  with the twists and revelations at the end of the first 
 season so it  will be interesting where that goes.
 
I never watched _Fringe_. It replaced _Terminator_ in the Warner
Channel (which I find quite annoying: they keep chaning the times
and days, even placing good shows on Sundays (!)), and then I 
switched to The Hentai Channel aka Animax, and now I am totally 
captivated by _Death Note_.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Death Note and japanese music [was: Torchwood: Children of Earth]

2009-07-27 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Rob wrote:
  
 DeathNote just ended on The Cartoon Network here. Hopefully they 
 will run the entire series again.
 From my house it appears to be the best anime series ever.
 
Two weeks ago, I kind-of made all my family watch one episode
together. What was my surprise when, instead of emocore's song
by Nightmare, the show began with the death-metal by Maximum the
Hormone.

Animax shows japanese videoclips every half hour. It's very
interesting. Some bands are quite good - and they don't show
in the mainstream videoclip channels.

Alberto Monteiro

PS: I will refrain from commenting too much on Death Note. The
show is too good to be spoiled.


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Why not discuss the topic?

2009-07-20 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Nick Arnett wrote:

 It seems odd to conclude that the way to get other people to
 behave as one thinks they should behave is to coerce them
 at gunpoint  
 
 There are people with guns showing up to demand that you pay
 your taxes?  That suggests to me that you've been a bad, bad boy. 

I have to agree with John here. The only reason people pay
taxes is because the g*vernment threat us with guns.

If I don't pay the car tax, people with guns may stop me and
take away my car.

If I don't pay the property tax, people with guns will come
to my house and move me out of it.

If I don't pay import taxes when I come from a travel, people
with guns will steal the things I bought.

G*vernment is consent robbery.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Mention of David Brin

2009-07-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dave Land wrote:

 Perfect -- and really more the point of my comment: why merely  
 irritate them when your goal is to engage them in considering the  
 ramifications of their idiotic statement? But yes: education does  
 wonders to slow population growth.

It's not education, it's the _cost_ of education that slows population
growth.

Alberto Monteiro, 3 kids, and paying 50% of the salary in education


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



RE: In despair for the state of SF

2009-07-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Dan M wrote:
 
 Film, definitely.  But, I'd argue that graphic novels combine 
 literature and art. Good art can be part of storytelling. For 
 example, Guernica by Picasso certainly tells a story.  (...)
 
Nazi thug to Picasso: You did this?

Picasso to nazi thug: No, you did this

Alberto Monteiro

PS: probably a myth, but the story is good


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Drinking Water From Air Humidity

2009-07-13 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Charlie Bell wrote:
 
 Maybe I forgot to take into account the brainwashing that happened  
 when he entered the oil industry, and he can't see the words 'wind  
 and turbine if they're adjacent to each other. Dan, is this words, 
  or a blank space: WIND TURBINE ? How about this? RENEWABLE ENERGY?
 
What is a wind turbine? What is renewable energy? Those words
make no sense to me either, since energy = oil.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Google Operating System

2009-07-09 Thread Alberto Monteiro

John Williams wrote:
 
 My impression is that the Chrome OS will allow you to avoid just
 what you say above. It is an actual OS, although probably OS lite
 would be a better term. It will be able to run programs on your own
 CPU, provided they conform to whatever API google is coding, and it
 will be able to store files locally on your computer.
 
Persian: This is Madness!

Leonidas: No, THIS IS LINUX!!!

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Google Operating System

2009-07-09 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Bruce Bostwick wrote:
 
 (As far as why .. well, it's possible that Google has taken notice  
 that Microsoft has been promoting Bing pretty heavily, and this is a 
  shot across their bow.  If Chrome OS succeeds, and evolves into 
  something that can displace Windows as a full-functioning OS, 
 there's  a possibility that Microsoft has bitten off more than it 
 can chew in  picking this particular fight.  If Google is successful 
 enough with  this, it may finally push MS into a position where it 
 has little  choice but to migrate to a Unix-based core and GUI model 
 like  *everyone* else in the market.  At a time not of their 
 choosing,  unlike Apple's beautifully timed migration from OS 9 to 
 OS X.)
 
That would be chaos!!! Linux and Linux-likes are safe now because
since 90% of desktops runs Windows, 99.9% of the virus-spam mafia 
targets Windows.

If M$ moves to Linux, then Linux will never be safe again :-(

Not to mention that changing Windows virtual monopoly to *Nix
monopoly is _very bad_ for the development of new techs.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Google Operating System

2009-07-09 Thread Alberto Monteiro
Bruce Bostwick wrote:

 Not to mention that changing Windows virtual monopoly to *Nix
 monopoly is _very bad_ for the development of new techs.
 
 How would migrating to a larger user base for *nix be bad for the  
 development of new techs?
 
Because Monopoly is Evil.

 Other than by breaking the M$ pay to play licensing paradigm and  
 leveling the playing field for open source developers?
 
Who says M$ won't have users pay to play M$-Linux? It's possible
that the worse nightmare of the free-software sjihad/s community
happens: M$ may embrace, extend and then extinguish Linux.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



Re: Iran

2009-06-29 Thread Alberto Monteiro
xponentrob wrote:
 
 Agreed. Iranians seem to have had no stomach for a general strike.
 I think they would like to, but the reality on the ground is not 
 conducive to an action that would entail incredible sacrifice and
 an obvious hardship on all.
 (I'm guessing it generally works this way in fascist countries?)
 
Yes. Been there. Our fascist dictatorship fell (probably) because
the fascists were tired of being ridiculed by the population. The
subtle and persistent strategy of Humour is far more powerful
than guns or strikes.

Alberto Monteiro


___
http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com



  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   >