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NASA Restarts Plutonium Production

CDS Libyans (139 comments)

At least we won't have to buy it from the Libyans any more. It's tough to get enough plutonium to reach 1.21 Jiggawatts at 88mph!

about 2 years ago

Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

CDS Re:As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still m (298 comments)

Mine survived an entire glass of ice tea. I took it into the shower & washed it. That was 5 or 6 years ago - still good as new today. Mine was manufactured in January 1989. It's old enough to legally drink!!

I've got 2 more in the closet, just in case something DOES happen. I doubt I'll ever need them though!

about 2 years ago

Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

CDS Re:Who knows, I'm not a lawyer... (305 comments)

My model M is old enough to legally drink :) (mfg 01/89)

I have a couple spares too (just in case... No doubt I'll be buried with them!)

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

CDS Re:Murder (338 comments)



about 2 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy S III Steals Smartphone Crown From iPhone

CDS Re:Why is the comparision made against the iPhone (348 comments)

Which also explains why the numbers are lower for apple. The Galaxy S3 was released in June, if I remember correctly. They had the entire quarter for sales of their new crown jewel. With the iPhone 5 rumored to be coming, everybody was waiting for October and NOBODY was buying a 4S in Q3!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Allow Test Takers Internet Access, But Minimize Cheating?

CDS Collaboration (330 comments)

Make the test truly collaborative. Indicate that anyone can ask for help, anyone can offer help (more like a normal work environment). But indicate that credit for help is required. Put a spot by each question for "person asked" and "help given" -- that way person A has to mark "B helped me" on his test, and person B marks "I helped A." on her test. It'd be best if you can also make the questions unique. You want the help to be more than "pssst! what's the answer to number 2?"

Of course, helping someone else will also reduce the amount of time you have to complete your OWN test, so there's a certain amount of selfish time-management that has to occur as well.

You could then give a certain number of collaboration points for the test: "Person B assisted in 6 questions, and asked for assistance on 4 questions. She gets an additional 6 points, and loses 4 points - for a net gain of 2 points."

This encourages helping others, and discourages asking for help. If the names don't match up, then someone may be cheating....

more than 2 years ago

Polymer Gel Shows Promise For Smaller, Cheaper Batteries

CDS Advice from the lab (108 comments)

here's some advice the lab boys gave me: "Do not get covered in the Polymer Gel." We haven't entirely nailed down what element it is yet, but I'll tell you this: It's a lively one, and it does not like the human skeleton.

more than 3 years ago

Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

CDS Re:Worthless summary (631 comments)

300 years ago, England sent all their convicts to Australia. America got all their religious nuts.

Australia got a better deal.

more than 4 years ago

Gaming Without a Safety Blanket

CDS MOD WARS!!!! (79 comments)

Seriously, why is this pure expression of stupidity modded "insightful"? It doesn't have anything to say, apart from "I don't have any thoughts of my own, and I don't want any, and I don't want to listen to someone who has".

Right now, at least, his post is modded "3: Insightful" and yours is modded "4: Insightful" -- you're winning!!

more than 4 years ago

Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

CDS Re:Public Perception is off? (185 comments)

I totally agree. I used to be a more-hardcore gamer but as I've gotten older & started a family (I have a 7 year old daughter and 6 month old twins), I am starting to graduate to the casual games. I have an xbox360 which I bought primarily to play the rockband games. I also have games such as Call of Duty, The Force Unleashed, Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock, etc.

None of those games are appropriate for for my 7-year old. I'm looking for some games we can play together and it's been difficult. I've found a few casual games (Worms Armageddon, for example) but for the most part, it's still pretty much hardcore games.

I don't want to have to invest in another console just for casual games, but it's starting to look like I don't have a lot of choice...

more than 4 years ago

BSA Says Software Theft Exceeded $51B In 2009

CDS Re:News flash! (350 comments)

An Insightful goatse link??? that's... umm... wow.

more than 4 years ago

Voyager 2 Speaking In Tongues

CDS Re:v'ger (260 comments)

Just scrape off some dirt & carbon over the label - it's still there, it's just smudged a bit.

more than 4 years ago

Voyager 2 Speaking In Tongues

CDS v'ger (260 comments)

I thought it was Voyager VI that was supposed to come back and we couldn't understand what it was saying...

more than 4 years ago

Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones

CDS Phone? No. Laptop? ABSOLUTELY. (146 comments)

No, I wouldn't use one in my phone - but I would ABSOLUTELY use one in my laptop.

It'd be great to be able to project onto a wall for a spur-of-the-moment code discussion, etc. It seems like every time I'm in a meeting & want to share an idea or code snippet, etc. with the group, it happens to be in an area without a projector. If we could have a picoprojector on the backside of my laptop's LCD, you could project from there whenever you need...

more than 4 years ago

Sound Generator Lethal From 10 Meters

CDS Weirding module (314 comments)

It's a Weirding Module!! So do you have to chant "muuuuad-DIB!" to make it fire??

more than 4 years ago

Fixing Security Issue Isn't Always the Right Answer

CDS Re:Perfectly secure airport (361 comments)

That's all well and good, until they run out of lemon-scented napkins.

more than 4 years ago

When Developers Work Late, Should the Manager Stay?

CDS Re:depends (426 comments)

Not to defend inept management... but there ARE scenarios that necessitate late nights (or early mornings -- I've gotten several 3AM wakeup calls!) without having a schedule slide or a developer not pulling his weight.

The most common example at my work is a sudden critical-situation customer issue. Hardware fails or your product crashes (or is misconfigured, or a user error causes something vital to get deleted, or... there are a million ways things can go bad quickly). The customer is losing money every minute the system is down. In critsit cases like this, we stay until they're fixed - whether that takes 20 minutes or 20 hours. In cases like that, there's NOTHING the manager did wrong. There may be nothing ANY of us (including the customer) did wrong - but that doesn't matter to the customer. He's losing money & desperate to get it fixed. Therefore, it doesn't matter to us either. We're desperate to get it fixed to and do everything possible to make that happen.

It still may make sense for a manager to stay, especially in cases like this where it's vital that we get the proper expertise on the job in the quickest time possible. Sometimes the proper person is in a totally different department - we as developers may not even know who the right person is! In those cases, the manager can very quickly contact that department's manager and determine who the expert is.

about 5 years ago

Corporations Now Have a Right To "Personal Privacy"

CDS Re:Hooray for lawyers and lobbiests! (371 comments)

I would go further than that. It's not a case of "smart people avoid it" so much as "the people who run for office (especially at the national level) are running due to a desire for power -- and most likely will do anything to get it." Running for national-level office is HARD and PAINFUL. Skeletons are exposed, people lie about each other in order to win, any slight misstep or poorly-pronounced word will be magnified and repeated over and over. NOBODY goes through that without some underlying motivating factor: the power you get if you win the position. Power corrupts (and absolute power corrupts absolutely).

Anybody who wants to go through that kind pain is so power-hungry that they should be the LAST person to actually hold that office.

more than 5 years ago


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