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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Al Al Cool J Oceans Eleven (298 comments)

Their plan is to come in at night and steal the real Nimitz, leaving the duplicate in its place

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

Al Al Cool J Surely the US knows where the plane is (227 comments)

The NSA and other US intelligence agencies have gone to insanely extreme lengths to avoid another 9/11 - like monitoring the majority of the world's electronic communications. 9/11 was done using commercial jets as weapons, so surely one of the highest priorities would be tracking every commercial jet that could be used to attack the US or its various military installations, embassies, factories, etc around the globe. Just imagine the shit storm there would be in the halls of power if terrorists pulled off the same trick AGAIN. Nobody in intel would risk that.

So if they are going to all the trouble of monitoring everybody's texts and gmail, surely they know what happened to MH370. It would be utter incompetence for them not to.

So why aren't they saying?

about a month ago
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NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut

Al Al Cool J So in other words... (61 comments)

NASA are saying it is not a man-made object or the result of natural phenomena, but rather that it was put there by a probe from another planet!

dun dun dun

about 2 months ago
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MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles

Al Al Cool J Re:A little misleading (87 comments)

Yes and no. By tuning the particles to very specific frequencies they can make the material more transparent than something that scatters light in general.

Screens that scatter general light already exist - a fairly well-known example is a DILAD screen, which uses microscopic bubbles. MIT's screen looks to be significantly more transparent than a DILAD screen. DILADs work best with rear-projection, while MIT's seems geared for front-projection. DILADs are used for advertising displays, trade shows, and - most famously - Hatsune Miku concerts.

about 3 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Al Al Cool J Re:Please REPEAT (628 comments)

This is a nerd site, not a tech site. Non-human intelligence, sentience, and the rights of those possessing it seems like a reasonably nerdy subject to me. Plenty of sci-fi books and shows have examined those themes.

about 3 months ago
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Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

Al Al Cool J Edge Case (306 comments)

The really funny thing is that 00000000 is a potential edge case. There could have been a bug in the system where 00000000 is rejected because it's misinterpreted as a null value. Out of a billion possibilities, they chose the one that might not actually have worked.

about 5 months ago
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

Al Al Cool J Easy (640 comments)

Technological civilisation rises,
which eventually causes climate change,
which eventually causes technological civilisation to crumble,
which eventually allows the climate to recover,
which eventually allows technological civilisation to rise again,
etc.

There's your cycle. Study that.

about 6 months ago
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Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

Al Al Cool J Not convinced (247 comments)

How do we know Snowden wasn't a CIA plant? that the leak wasn't a CIA effort to try and rein in NSA operations, freeing up budgetary funds to go to CIA operations instead. And that this is the CIA working to disavow their man?

Clearly the CIA and NSA need to spend more time spying on each other and their own employees, and leave the rest of us alone.

about 6 months ago
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Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

Al Al Cool J Re:NBD, it seems (159 comments)

The CME was the Sun's defense mechanism when it saw the comet coming right at it. It ejected in self-defense.

about 8 months ago
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Can There Be Open Source Music?

Al Al Cool J Re:Wrong question... (183 comments)

I think you are conflating different ideas. Here is how I break it down:

well known - play the music for many people; how many have heard it before determines how well know it is
likable - play the music for many people; how many like it determines how likable it is
popular - both well known and well liked
good - find a bunch of outspoken pretentious assholes who care far more about being recognised as music authorities than would any normal person; what they say they like is considered "good"

about 8 months ago
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

Al Al Cool J Re:really? (267 comments)

"got 2 grams for $40" - the story is really about the US adopting the metric system

about a year ago
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Kepler-62 Has 2 Good Candidate Planets In the Search for Life

Al Al Cool J Re:power level of a detectable signal at 1200 ly ? (79 comments)

Or, they could use a star itself and modulate the light coming from it, like stellar semaphore.

One method that has been proposed http://www.iterate.com.au/SETI/SETI.htm uses a swarm of self-replicating robots. Given raw materials to work with it could in time create a large enough structure or cloud in front of the star so as to be able to send a signal to a large percentage of the heavens. This would be detectable over much greater distances than 1200 ly.

1 year,5 days
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How to Get Conjurer James Randi to Give You $1 Million (Video)

Al Al Cool J Re:Pro tip (219 comments)

Let's say I have the genuine ability to tell if the number of grains in an unoponed sugar packet is even or odd, 60% of the time. How is it trivial for me to demonstrate this ability? I wager that wouldn't even get past Randi's application process as it would be deemed unfeasable to test. I've read their case files, that is how the process works - if they don't think their amateur investigators with limited resources and budget can test your ability, then you get rejected right off the bat.

Discovering new science is hard. Most of the stuff that is trivial to demonstrate was discovered long ago. That's why we build thing like multi-billion dollar supercolliders, because Higgs Bosons just don't fall into our laps. It takes effort to detect them. It's why we have scientists.

If 99.99% of people with claims of the paranormal are frauds or deluded, then you need very careful and propper procedure to identify the 0.01%. Any moron can claim to debunk psychics, and they'd be right almost all the time, even if their methods are hopelessly flawed. A brick with the words "debunked" painted on it could do the job and be right 99.99% of the time. But it would never find the 0.01%.

Kudos to Randi. He's parlayed his little dog and pony show into a nice little livelihood, making money off the arrogance of skeptics through appearance fees and books. You'd think skeptics might be more skeptical of a man who spent decades perfecting the art of deception and manipulation, but apparently not.

1 year,20 days
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How to Get Conjurer James Randi to Give You $1 Million (Video)

Al Al Cool J Re:Pro tip (219 comments)

I don't. The point is that a professional magician is specifically trained in deception and trickery. When a magician offers you a chance to win some of their money, it is safe to assume that the game is hopelessly rigged in their favour. That is what magicians do.

1 year,20 days
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How to Get Conjurer James Randi to Give You $1 Million (Video)

Al Al Cool J Pro tip (219 comments)

When a professional magician offers you a chance to win $1 million, you have absolutely no chance to win $1 million.

1 year,20 days
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Take Hands-Free 360 Degree Panoramic Photos With an iPhone (Video)

Al Al Cool J Re:Here's the video you actually wanted (109 comments)

Thanks!

Of course that video is an actual advertisement for the app. So possibly they didn't post it in the story because Slashdot isn't being paid to run commercials for this app. So instead they post an interview to avoid being criticised for running an ad, and they get criticised for not showing the demo. And then they still get criticised for running an ad. lol.

The Slashdot editors make their share of mistakes, but sometimes I don't think they can win no matter what.

about a year ago
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WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

Al Al Cool J "broken" isn't always bad (213 comments)

Probably unrelated to TFA, but I made an amazing discovery about the webkit-based browser Rekonq 0.8 in Kubuntu 11.10 - it doesn't show commercials in streaming video. Whatever mechanism is commonly used to insert commercials into a flash video stream - it doesn't work in this version of Rekonq. I'm talking youtube, ustream, livestream, social cam sites, porn sites, and television networks that stream their own shows - no commercials ever. It's glorious =)

I'm actually reluctant to upgrade in case this "bug" has been fixed.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

Al Al Cool J Re:The math doesn't work (590 comments)

I wonder if solar-assisted trains would make any sense. Lot of nice flat surface area on all those freight cars roofs.

about a year and a half ago

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