top How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?
10 years ago my son was two. All diapers and chasing kids around... no time for anything. When he was about six I showed up with a PS2 and a copy of lego star wars 'for the family'. Not to mention an undisclosed Star Wars Battlefront game for me (though he and I were playing two player on it before long. I told my wife 'they guys in the white are robots, so it's OK. He's not shooting people' ).
Now he's got an xbox and I play it when he's gone or in bed. I grab a used game for $10 every now and then and get obsessed with it for awhile. I find it's a good way to unwind without killing brain/liver cells.
top Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
My daughter was asking about the signature machines years ago. As an example I drew a whale for my signature. She was amazed and asked me do signature-draw stuff on other occasions. Years later, it has evolved into me asking "Whale or ice cream cone?" anytime I buy something with her.
top I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...
Amen, and I'll do you one better
... former Playmates who now hock e-cigarettes. Seems like she must have my best interests at heart!
top Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps
You beat me to it. That's 'forced' just poked me in the eye when I read the summary.
about a year and a half ago
top DNC Salute to Vets Featured Backdrop Of Russian Warships
Yep -- had a 'born again' high-school classmate who posted that on facebook, saying something to the effect of "If this isn't proof, I don't know what is."
I try to stay out of religious conversations on FB, but I did feel the need to post "1. That's Photoshopped. 2. It's not showing what you think it is showing. 3. you may want to research the inspiration for that photo, though I take no responsibility for what you find."
about a year and a half ago
top Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio
"What is 'The wrong gameshow host'".
-- correct --
"Thanks Pat. I'll take Minor mistakes that get trolled on slashdot for $300."
The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record
I'm usually an Ed Norton fan, but nothing was lost IMHO.
top Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital
No, you're one of the lucky ones. Vaccination actually CAUSES bear maulings. I have a list of everyone who has been mauled by a bear in the last 20 years. ALL OF THEM HAD BEEN VACCINATED. What more do you need, people?
*Of course I jest. But would love to actually have this list and the corresponding vaccination data.
top Television Next In Line For Industry-Wide Shakeup?
I've had to reboot the f*cking thing because it occasionally locks up. No thank you, smart t.v. Please remain a dumb box in which I plug in other poorly designed crap.
top When it comes to 3D TV:
Exactly. Worst case scenario -- it's still effed up after you tried to fix it. Nothing is lost, and you more than likely learned something.
top US Watchdog Bans Photoshop Use In Cosmetics Ads
Only problem is the filter eventually wears off.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?
My mom wanted to get into their Morningstar account and didn't have the password. I called and explained the situation -- basically that her husband was deceased and she needed the password, and I said I'd call on her behalf. What steps do I need to take to get it? The rest of the conversation:
Operator: "What's the username he has the account under?"
Me: "Uh, billsmith2222 is the username." Operator: "OK, let's see... looks like the password is Sarajane. The 'S' is uppercase." Me: -- Stunned silence --- "Thanks?"
I was glad it went so quick, as I had expected to have to send a death cert and jump through god knows what other hoops, but it freaked me out how casually they gave it to me. I mean, I didn't do anything to verify that I was even any relation to the account. All I had was the username. Obviously someone was new, disgruntled, or just plain stupid, but it worked in my favor for once.
top HIV Vaccine Trial Shows 90% Immune Response
Reminded me of : "There are no more elephants. There is also no more unethical treatment of elephants." Flight of the Conchords
top Vision Problems For Some Returning Astronauts
Well played, sir.
top Amazon App Store 'Rotten To the Core,' Says Dev
highly profitable placement
What part of $0 do you not understand?
The same part of 'for the next 14 days' that you do not understand. The app is free for one day. For the next 14, it is pay only and enjoys said 'highly profitable placement'.
Will send in a minute.
top With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:
Are you drinking more when consuming draft? I had friends in college who would comment on how keg beer made them more drunk than can/bottles. But it didn't take much observation to figure out that 1. you drink faster out of a glass than you do out of a can/bottle. 2. with a keg, you're less likely to pay attention to the amount you consume, and thus wind up drinking a good deal more than normal. Those two points = more drinking = more drunkenness = more hangover
YMMV. The points above are probably already obvious to you. And you're likely a good deal more responsible than we were back then...
top A Bittersweet Finale For Discovery Space Shuttle
I just thought I should point that out. The picture of me aboard the shuttle totally added to the epicness of it all.
(And yes, I printed out my flight certificate already, though no one in my office was nearly as impressed with it as I.)
top North Korea Says War With South Would Go Nuclear
I watched that VBS piece a few months ago. It was amazing. I highly recommend it.
top How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?
Yep. I watch seasons of stuff on DVD, but pretty much only when I'm on the treadmill (again-- having to do something else). Love it or hate it, Battlestar Galactica on DVD from Netflix made me one hell of a dedicated exerciser.
Just getting into Big Bang Theory now. Loving it.
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