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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Bayoudegradeable Re:That's that then (330 comments)

In your nerd rage you seem to have decided to say "see ya" to a lowercase e and spelling. Mind your passions, mate. or.... down with MINCRAFT!

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Bayoudegradeable 6 year old testimonial (187 comments)

my daughter (now seven) began using a 4.5" dob last winter. A member of the astronomy group that I belong to was pretty blown away that she could easily find the Orion Nebula on her own. She loves scanning the sky on her own and has stumbled across a few Messier objects this way. It's on the ground so it's almost immune to being knocked over. It's a fairly solid tube, so if it's knocked over it likely won't be a big deal. It has no moving parts, it's the perfect height for her, it's easy to move and the general 'point and shoot' nature makes it very easy to use. No batteries, no electronics, no alignment needed. (I collimate it once in a while and that takes all of 5 minutes) Also, the set up is ridiculously easy. I see her outgrowing this one day. There's a 12" truss dob waiting for her when she does.

about 4 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Bayoudegradeable Best move ever (375 comments)

Riding the UK of Arsenal would be the best thing to happen! Think of all the Gooners they could clear out.

about 4 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Bayoudegradeable Re:Is it is? (153 comments)

"making it is way" would sound better, agreed.

about 6 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Bayoudegradeable Soon be eradicated? (600 comments)

Sadly, this affliction is rampant in the USA. Happily, it is a dwindling number, and perhaps will soon be eradicated.

I wish you were right. I wish it was a dwindling problem, soon to be eradicated. I want to believe that. However, conservative Christians (which should make heads explode with paradox) aren't going away anytime soon. I think you are right that most Boomers that hold these beliefs will be departing in the next decade or so. But they have grandchildren, many of whom listen. I have been teaching middle school geography for ten years. This year was the very first time I had 2 sets of parents question my teaching of the Big Bang as they didn't believe it. I teach at a private school with intensely involved parents so this was not an issue of some parents just happen to start paying attention. While not a strong example, it does lead me to believe that the idea that Young Earth/ID types are fading away is simply not true.

about 8 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Bayoudegradeable The Law (322 comments)

Ha. Please find me someone with more contempt and disdain for the law than.... law enforcement! Shocked they would be breaking rules. What's next?

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Bayoudegradeable Cockulus (535 comments)

From Oculus to Cockulus courtesy of Suckerburg...

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Bayoudegradeable Re: Grab the popcorn! (535 comments)

+10 funny needed. This so exceeds +5 funny... and sad at the same because it is true. All dreams of VR are gone. Let's now call it the Cockulus head set....

about 9 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

Bayoudegradeable I got ya Turkey right here! (104 comments)

I think they meant to brand Slashdot Beta a 'menace'...

about 10 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

Bayoudegradeable Fond memories (178 comments)

Dot matrix printer, Wizardry, Ultima IV (I think?), MicroLeague Baseball, Flight Simulator. A 12 year old that didn't know better sure enjoyed his PCJr

about a year ago
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Comet-Chasing Probe Wakes Up On Monday

Bayoudegradeable Chickens before they hatch? (67 comments)

Saying a probe wakes up on Monday assumes no glitches. Wouldn't it be best to say "should/expected to/might" wake up Monday?

about a year ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

Bayoudegradeable Re:TLDR, Boston, nano-condoms (253 comments)

Hence I rarely use them?? Ahem, this is slashdot... THAT is why you rarely use them....

about a year ago
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Mathematical Model of Zombie Epidemics Reveals Two Types of Living-Dead Strains

Bayoudegradeable Re:hehe (163 comments)

good god where are mod points when needed. "Real zombie movies" is among the better laughs I have had lately!

1 year,18 days
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One In Five Sun-Like Stars May Have an Earth-Like Planet

Bayoudegradeable Speed of dark energy (142 comments)

What is the speed of dark energy? To go on and on about the speed of light, because we can see it seems to assume that we know something about the speed of dark energy. Assuming we know even one thing about dark energy seems a bit bold. I can only imagine our current fixation on c will sound like the ether to future physicists. Give us a few centuries and perhaps we'll be zipping around nicely (assuming we don't nucularize ourselves first)

about a year ago
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Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet

Bayoudegradeable FREEDOM FISH! (375 comments)

Fine, you won't help us. Well screw you! We'll just call sushi Freedom Fish and to hell with you.

about a year ago
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Bayoudegradeable Re:20 year lifespan (372 comments)

be nice : )

about a year ago
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Bayoudegradeable Re:20 year lifespan (372 comments)

Ahhh. thanks for the info. Never thought about the on off thing. Ballasts, huh.

about a year ago
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Bayoudegradeable 20 year lifespan (372 comments)

Let me first say that I live in New Orleans, so go ahead make all your inept government remarks now. That said, we did begin making changes in our traffic signals to LED lights and the big claim of "20 year lifespan" was made. Less than 5 years later I see many of the LED bulbs (really, clusters of bulbs, like a Lite Brite set) are now replaced with the traditional traffic signal bulbs. Not only did the LEDs not last very long, they aren't being replaced with LEDs but with the old style bulbs. Hope NYC gets LEDs from a better vendor than we did.

about a year ago
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Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

Bayoudegradeable Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (242 comments)

The problem with Middle East is that Arabs have never been able to accept that because they don't like Jews.

So utterly wrong. It's all about LAND and it being taken from the Palestinians. Taking land from one group and giving it to another tends to make the locals mad.

about a year ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

Bayoudegradeable Re:Too Bright (924 comments)

But you are welcomed to attend my grammar class; it might be good for improving your lackluster skills.

about a year and a half ago

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Vegan Promoter Uses Photos of Meat and Dairy Items

Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bayoudegradeable (1003768) writes "It seems that Photoshop skills that not-so-cleverly hide the bones of a rack of ribs are not enough to change meat into acceptable vegan dishes. The NYTimes reports that readers of VegNews are horrified to learn that images used to portray vegetarian images are none other than meat and dairy images manipulated to hide their animal origins. One commenter noted, 'vegan food must turn out so unappetizing that even the leading vegan magazine will not show legitimate photos of it.'"
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The Tolkien Trust sues New Line Cinema

Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bayoudegradeable (1003768) writes "The NY Times is running a story about the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien getting the very short end of the stick, courtesy of New Line Cinema. From the article, "The estate of ''Lord of the Rings'' creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing the film studio that released the trilogy based on his books, claiming the company hasn't paid it a penny from the estimated $6 billion the films have grossed worldwide." Maybe they've already squandered the $6 billion on trying to erase the public mind of Snakes on a Plane."
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Seaweed line of clothing lacks seaweed!

Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bayoudegradeable (1003768) writes "Do you find that the high end clothing you buy isn't cutting it anymore? Don't we all need clothing that, "releases marine amino acids, minerals and vitamins into the skin upon contact with moisture"? Turns out that Lululemon Athletica, with its "stress reducing" line of clothing, is missing the very seaweed it is purported to include. After the New York Times ordered up some lab tests, the fancy yoga clothes seem to look a lot like cotton only clothing. I for one need seaweed in my clothing in order to have balance in my life and I can't believe I am missing out on all the benefits of seaweed/skin contact now!"
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Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bayoudegradeable (1003768) writes "What are some of the costs of increased ethanol production? The Times Picayune in New Orleans is reporting on the massive, and growing Dead Zone that forms each summer in the Gulf of Mexico. Farm runoff, fertilizers and the such are the direct cause and the increased corn production to fuel the ethanol craze is making things worse. Sounds like more bad news for an area still struggling to rebound from Katrina."
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Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bayoudegradeable writes "Recently my father and one of my best friends expressed serious doubts on global warming. I was even sent this "quiz" that claims hard science against the global warming argument. How could I best counter this so-called science? I figured Slashdot would be the perfect place to have some very informed people present their cases either for or against global warming. What say you?"
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Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Bayoudegradeable writes "The New York Times (registration required...heavens!) is running an article about the unencrytped information some new types of RFID credit cards carry. From the article, 'But in tests on 20 cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, the researchers here found that the cardholder's name and other data was being transmitted without encryption and in plain text. They could skim and store the information from a card with a device the size of a couple of paperback books.'

Will this spawn a whole new branch of wardriving?"
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Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Bayoudegradeable writes "The Washington Post is running a story about U.S. space policy with regards to national security. FTA, "President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone 'hostile to U.S. interests.'"

So how does the U.S. protect national security in space without... weapons? Is this the new arms race?"
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Bayoudegradeable Bayoudegradeable writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Bayoudegradeable writes "The Toronto Star is running an interesting piece that looks back to the good old days when near monocolor GameBoys beat the pants off of fancy color Sega GameGear. Will Sony become the new Sega? That is, will the PS3 lose out to a far less advanced system? Will the WiiMote crush prettier versions of Liberty City? 'While it's still too soon to tell which console will win the Wii vs. PS3 smack down, it wouldn't hurt Sony to take a lesson from Sega's rulebook: Start listening to your fans, stop dictating to them.'"

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