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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

CHK6 Pandering to cosplay (590 comments)

I applaud Marvel for giving women caricatures strong roles and story lines. (And sometimes taking on social topics and bringing them into the comics.)

I'm not sure if this change is how Marvel sees empowering women as strong(er) enough to take on a traditionally masculine roles. Or is this just a petty handout in the lack of Marvel's ability to create a "just-as-strong" role? This move has the air of cosplay pandering and in-the-box thinking. Having to steal a well established role to reboot a gender swap is lame.

I would have far more preferred if Thor had a twin sister, wife, or daughter that grew stronger than Thor and overtook the mantle of power from him. But a character do-over is such a cop-out.

about a month and a half ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

CHK6 Space Travel Studies (914 comments)

This drug would be better used in the study of mental behavior for long space flights.

Or the opposite, create a drug where individuals still recall past events, and feel as if for example they just launched into space yesterday when in fact it was 6 months prior.

Lets use science for good. Not what this scholar is envisioning it for.

about 5 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

CHK6 SMS: Yes Talking: No (340 comments)

I would be fine with SMS texting only. But allowing people to talk on their phone, would be a huge discomfort to passengers. The problem is most people (including me) talk louder when on the phone. A little of this falls on the lack of good technology to allow quiet conversations to take place on phone calls.

In the end I hope FCC continues the ban of talking on the phone while in flight, but allowing texting.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

CHK6 Re:April Fools Day? (299 comments)

I have to agree. I would prefer that Microsoft stay away from my wife's breasts. I know, a Slashdot reader with a wife, that too sounds like an April Fools prank. But fear not, we can reproduce.

about 9 months ago
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

CHK6 How hard is it? (408 comments)

My minor annoyances with plugs are with all plugs that require a single form of orientation to work. I seem to find myself frequently having to twist wires to match up with the devices.

My biggest gripe are the small AC to DC wall warts. Try as they might with different orientations of their bulbus shapes, they always take up to much room on my power strips.

I do love the headphone jack. Simple, easy, and universal.

about 9 months ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

CHK6 Re:The Reasons (419 comments)

If this is true, why then is Outerwall Inc. (owners of RedBox) doing well with just $1 day rentals? The "content cartels" aren't complaining.

about 10 months ago
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BlackBerry Abandons Sale Plans, Will Replace CEO

CHK6 I love a come back story (83 comments)

Personally I want Black Berry to rise up as a Phoenix and fully recover. Yes the executives were very narrow sighted and poor executors, the proof is where the company is now. Many times this is the death spiral of a great many technology companies. Instead of hiring an ivy league executive as the CEO, find a passionate visionary that is hell bent on lifting Black Berry back into position. To many tech companies have died off due to the shear stupidity of the executives. So going back to the same executive well, will mostly result in the company to limp along a sad path of defeat.

So Canada, grow a new pair of hockey pucks, open up a Labatt Blue, and get the frak back to work.

about 10 months ago
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HP Seeks Buyer For WebOS Patents

CHK6 Garage sale (37 comments)

This reminds me of garage sales, where what is put out on the drive way are brand new never used items at discount. HP Garage sale....

about 10 months ago
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No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

CHK6 So what your saying is... (142 comments)

There is still a chance that a viral zombie outbreak will happen before we are hit by an asteroid? Because a population ending asteroid would ruin the fun of it. Now if a population ending asteroid wanted to hit say after humanity overcame the zombie apocalypse, then I'm okay with that. Unless there is a space alien invasion. Then we need a zombie outbreak to be in full swing just as the space aliens invade. Then an asteroid can hit killing everything. However, if there is a chance for machines to become self-aware and bent on killing all organic life, then we need to hold off on the asteroid. So first we have the zombie outbreak, then the space aliens invade, and finally the rise of the Terminators comes about. Then after the dust settles, an asteroid can hit.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

CHK6 Mine is technical debt (473 comments)

I really haven't had the issues the writer mentioned, maybe here and there early on in my career. Overtime I have come to a comfortable ease controlling those points.

The problem I have is technical debt that grows under mounting pressure from those that see programming more as an assembly line than an art. This is where, largely due to budget or time constraints, design corners are cut. Over a period of time, all of these short-cuts led to a huge debt that forces a new re-design. At first I could not articulate this concept to managers and customers. However I can now and I have the stakeholders sign-off on the technical debt to meet deadlines or budget requirements. That way when the debt gets to a level that is no more sustaining, I can go back and show what was sacrificed and who signed off on it.

about 10 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

CHK6 How many distros say yes? (576 comments)

I'm more interested in the major distributors like Red Hat, Ubuntu, Suse, and the like. Linus might say no, but there are many within the supply chain that are willing to say yes.

Then add the idea if the major distributors say no, then what of those closed source drivers many of the distros use?

about a year ago
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IBM Promises $1B Investment In Linux Development

CHK6 Expensive migration (109 comments)

Where will the $1 billion go? To a large extent, on facilities and personnel to help Power users move to Linux. One new center in Montpellier, France, will be set up for that purpose, McCredie says.

When they say large extent, what exactly does that mean? Like $800 million for the land and development of a shiny new building, $100 million for Power servers, and $900K for salaried personnel? Leaving $100K to hire 10 India engineers to work feverishly on the Linux code?

about a year ago
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To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

CHK6 +1 for Pulse (166 comments)

I use it on the desktop web and mobile versions. For me nothing comes close.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Yahoo Actually Stage a Comeback?

CHK6 You cannot buy yourself (260 comments)

You cannot buy yourself a comeback, unless you own a sports team. Just ask the board of HP. They have been trying to bail out the water of the SS HP for a long time for a comeback. How has the Compaq purchase made HP stronger? Or the EDS? Or Autonomy? The list is long in the tear along the bow of ship.

But back to Yahoo. Your ship is still listing.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Pinkie-Swears It Won't Ruin Tumblr

CHK6 Was the purchase made in fear? (162 comments)

If Yahoo wanted to more tightly integrate with Tumblr, then why a complete buyout? It makes far more sense to partner with Tumblr at a lower cost. If Yahoo plans to bet the farm on Tumblr add to the legal agreement that in the event Tumblr goes under, that Yahoo retains the rights to the technology. Unless Tumblr already has that in place with another entity, which means an out and out buyout is required. They could have had a partnership where by if Tumblr falls below a market value, then Yahoo has first buy out option. Which circles back that Yahoo doesn't feel that it can partner with Tumblr in fear of lost assets and sunk costs, because there is a real potential of the Tumblr not succeeding in the future. This is not a case to flop one billion dollars on the table.

I understand the model Yahoo is fielding with Tumblr, many companies do this. But they mostly do this in areas where the "mother ship" has no direct experience in that market. It's best to keep the business models separate. But for Yahoo who is in the same market space as Tumblr to have a hands off approach is a testament that Yahoo's executives have no idea how to incorporate technology. Which gets back to this is an overpaid partnership.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr

CHK6 I cannot wrap my head around it (142 comments)

Financially it's a high risk low return purchase. The technology behind Tumblr is just surface college undergrad level stuff. Micro-blog + Media is all they get. Might as well just revamp Flickr services for a 25% of the cost. So I'm left with thinking that the billion dollars cash on the barrel is to maybe purchase Tumblr's community of users. This is a huge blind gamble, that isn't close enough to pay off in a really really long time. If Yahoo thinks that the age of Tumblr's user base will continue to grow up using Tumblr is a sick business mentality. And the hope of Tumblr users will become Yahoo users is even more convoluted grasps at dreams in vapor.

The problem is, and with many companies, is the CEO is not a leader, has no real vision, and defiantly not an innovator. They are like captains of oil tankers set adrift on the ocean. Nothing all that exciting and number one goal is to stay afloat.

about a year ago
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Why We Should Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain

CHK6 And who's brain will it model? (393 comments)

I think the stake holders need to think about that simple question. The last thing we need is some sentient silicon running around like a pestilent child lobbing nukes between hemispheres for fun.

about a year ago
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Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew

CHK6 Was there a sign posted? (276 comments)

A bit of common sense would ask "was there a sign posted next to Mayan pyramid?" I'm not sure about most of the world, but where I live there are historical markers all over the place. Even if it's to inform you where an old church use to stand or where someone was born in the wilderness.

Archaeologists can cry fowl all they want and file civil or criminal charges all they want. But did any of them even think to put a marker next to the mound of gravel and limestone saying this was a historical landmark?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

CHK6 Back to the horse and mule (663 comments)

It would be an interesting sight to see morning traffic on the interstates and highways, if we all went back to the horse and mule.

about a year ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

CHK6 Re:As much as it pains me to say this... (262 comments)

Please append "Bad" to the start of your sentence and sprinkle in "backed by poor executive directives." There are some really great UX/UI engineers out there. Problem is there are equally as many bad UX/UI engineers as it's a soft IT position. Similar to that of graphic designers.

about a year ago

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