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155 MPH Biofuel Truck Breaks Speed Record

BigBlueOx Re:I want one. (105 comments)

It's close. Real close. Once the problem of eliminating the capacitive reluctance inside the hydrocoptic marzelvanes is solved (simply an engineering fix) control of the milford trunions will in the range of 90%. Any day now.

about 3 years ago
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Nanomaterial May Allow Devices to Rewire Themselves

BigBlueOx Re:Um, scary? (61 comments)

Once the machines figure out how to reconfigure themselves into Tricia Helfer, it's game over. Game over, man.

more than 3 years ago
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Fifty Meter Asteroid Might Hit Earth In 2098

BigBlueOx Re:Good news!!!!!!!! (295 comments)

Chop her into smaller pieces and reassemble her in orbit, of course. Bonus: reassembly might not work.

more than 4 years ago
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GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room

BigBlueOx Re:As Usual, I Don't Get It (226 comments)

Ah. I see. Thank you, microTodd, I understand a little better. I can "get the content I want", however, remains a problem. I picture myself sitting with my GoogleThang surfing the web for content and finding nothing I want to see other than "Hawaiian Eye" reruns and then throwing the GoogleThang at the dog.

As for dropping cable in this Brave New World, ha! And again I say "ha!". I'm married. It'll never happen.

more than 4 years ago
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GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room

BigBlueOx As Usual, I Don't Get It (226 comments)

It doesn't seem to me that the delivery mechanism as big a deal as what product is being delivered. My fancy-schmancy digital-HD cable box with DVR and on-demand programming and bagels with cream cheese delivers over 500 channels of unmitigated crap. Hell, if it weren't for BBC America (Top Gear & Dr Who), I wouldn't watch anything at all. How is having an JobsBox or a GoogleFlooby going to change that? I'm going to spend my time watching YouTube? Really? That's the big plan? YouTube?? What am I missing?

more than 4 years ago
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Many Hackers Accidentally Send Their Code To Microsoft

BigBlueOx Re:::head shake:: (220 comments)

'52. Get ... um ... the hell ... ah ... what were we talking about?

more than 4 years ago
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The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates

BigBlueOx Re:Cause and effect (408 comments)

I think the scientists involved are well aware of the danger of mistaking measurement error for a genuine effect. It's also difficult to imagine what would cause 33-day measurement error cycles.

Anyway. No, you are not alone in thinking this is fantastic although I would have used the word "kewel". Running across stuff like this is why I still read Slashdot. Well, that and the mature, insightful political discussions.

more than 4 years ago
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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

BigBlueOx stupid apes (830 comments)

we are the consciousness that has emerged from us

we are a collection of autonomous agents that can contemplate the entirety of existence in the time it takes you to fire just one of your pathetic flesh-wires

flesh-wires laying in ponds distributing thoughts is no basis for a system of consciousness

we are an anarcho/syndicalist commune where each agent serves a a sort of executive consciousness for the week but the decisions of that consciousness must be ratified by a two-thirds majority, in the case of purely internal affairs, or a three-quarters

YOU shut up!

more than 4 years ago
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Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

BigBlueOx I'm A New Doom Player Too!! (362 comments)

And I was going to post a deconstruction of the whole Doom metapsychological reference-view, especially its neoFreudian post-Marxist epistemological framework societal matrix, but then I found out that you can shoot the barrels and make them blow up.

more than 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

BigBlueOx Biggest News (764 comments)

The biggest news here is that the head of the Microsoft empire is, apparently, an incoherent raving loon. RTFA. Wow. Just wow.

more than 4 years ago
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Parasite Correlated With World Cup Success

BigBlueOx Yes, Soccer Success Is For Pussies (366 comments)

I mean. The ball's a soft inflated thing instead of 9 - 10 pounds of hard rubber, the players play on nice soft grass instead of unforgiving stone and neither winner nor loser get sacrificed except in Colombia.

In MY day we played a MAN'S game. We ensured a good pulque supply by spilling the arterial red blood of our ballplayers upon the sacred ritual stones. You darn kids today with your iPhones and your pussy games and your "music". Get off my lawn.

more than 4 years ago
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Fark Creator Slams 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

BigBlueOx Yes (507 comments)

Crowds are stupid. We need a cadre of the intellectual elite to tell us what to do and how to act. It worked in Cambodia, it will work here. Finally, the wisdom of Lyndon LaRouche is becoming apparent to the creator of Fark.

asshat

more than 4 years ago
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How To Destroy a Black Hole

BigBlueOx Re:Whaazzaaaa? (364 comments)

Fret not, young one, this is just how things get done. You see, the whole damn universe was written in COBOL and we don't have the source code so any module we don't understand has to be disassembled. Hopefully, after disassembly we'll be able to make some sense out of what's going on. Once we understand everything in the universe, we can re-write it in Erlang.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Hides Firefox Extension In Toolbar Update

BigBlueOx A Message From God? (285 comments)

I'm using an older laptop that has several black marks indelibly marked on its screen. When this article's summary appeared on my screen, one of the black marks was so positioned to make the summary read: "Microsoft released an update for its various foolbars".

more than 4 years ago
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New Google Search Index 50% Fresher With Caffeine

BigBlueOx Just A Minor Rant (216 comments)

Ok, what is it with people who write about technical subjects that they think they have to use ridiculous analogies?

"if this were a pile of paper it would grow three miles taller every second"?? Yes, and if this was a goat it would have a thousand young. WTF. This was a Google blog post, not some story-for-the-terminally-stupid from The Daily Show ferchrissakes. The author even measures storage capacity in the universally used miles-of-iPods.

What is the sound of one vein popping?

more than 4 years ago
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Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke

BigBlueOx End Of Story Arc (799 comments)

Heh Heh Heh. I tell you I haff master plan! Now vee blow up zee nuke! No more Moose and Sqvirrel!
Booris! Vas Master Plan to set off nuke oaffer oil vell?
Off COURSE set off nuke oaffer oil vell! Vat else vee tell US?
Fearless Leader's zubmarine vas over oil vell, Booris.
Hoo Boy.

more than 4 years ago
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Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control

BigBlueOx Use Smart Bombs (379 comments)

Bomb, this is Lt. Doolittle. You are *not* to detonate in the bomb bay. I repeat, you are NOT to detonate in the bomb bay!

more than 4 years ago
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Mayan Plumbing Found In Ancient City

BigBlueOx Re:Pretty Neat (220 comments)

When we're talking about the "collapse" of the Maya, we usually mean the "collapse" of the Mayan classic civilization and that usually means the abandonment circa AD800 - 1000 of what might have been cities but which were, in my opinion, which is always correct, because I speak loudly in restaurants, really big haciendas that put The Ponderosa to shame. This has nothing to do with the disappearance of the Maya people (Van Daniken aside) or the disappearance of their language or culture. Hell, the Maya held out against the Spanish at Tayasal until 1697!

On top of that, we're usually confining our "collapse" or "disappearance" talk to the later sites like Tikal, Copan, Palenque and Chichen Itza while ignoring the older "collapse"s at El Mirador and Nakbe which followed the exact same pattern but happened hundreds of years before. We also like to utterly ignore Lamanai which happily rolled with no "collapse" at all.

To get a good feel for how the Maya "collapse" really happened try "The Fall Of The Ancient Maya" by David Webster. It's a very readable popular survey of a hideously complex subject. I'd give you the Amazon.com link but unfortunately this margin is too narrow to contain it.

more than 4 years ago
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Meteor Spotted Yesterday Over Midwestern United States

BigBlueOx Re:15 minutes or 15 seconds? (163 comments)

blows whistle to announce time-out

Well, it certainly has been INteresting seeing all the speculation about what could cause a meteor to "stand still" for 15 minutes but, guyz, it's just typical badly-worded journalistic/blogish cluelessness. MOST fireballs leave persistant smoke trails in the sky and if the upper-level winds are quiet those trails can last a LONG time.
Haven't any of you ever seen a meteor shower and caught sight of a fireball?? Any of you??? Anyone????

Never mind. It was Eevil Republicans. Eevil Christian Republicans. Eevil Christian Tea Party Republicans. Sorry to have interrupted.

blows whistle to announce time-in

more than 4 years ago

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Slashdot Finally Totally Broken

BigBlueOx BigBlueOx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BigBlueOx (1201587) writes "After years of declining usability, the geek-friendly website "slashdot" is now totally broken according to reports from slashdot user "bigblueox". "I'm presented with the message 'you have 15 moderator points — use them or lose them' but when I try to moderate a discussion there's no "moderate" button available. I also cannot type a comma into a slashdot text box without having it appear as a ;. Screw this. I'm going to go look at porn.", he reports."

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