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Roadkill Forcing Cliff Swallows To Evolve

Clueless Nick Re:Saw a Chipmunk Up In the Mountains (387 comments)

I think smarter dogs, who check for oncoming vehicles before venturing onto a road, will survive more. You can notice this behaviour in a few dogs in places that have large numbers of strays.

It would be interesting to note how quickly this could result into an increase in the average intelligence of dogs (heh heh). Of course, not all dogs live near highways. This roadkill risk has arisen only in the last 100 years.

about a year ago

Will Microsoft Dis-Kinect Freeloading TV Viewers?

Clueless Nick Re:Masking tape (478 comments)

I predict a roaring market for Guy Fawkes masks. By the way, will the 'patent pending technology' be able to distinguish between a person and his/her reflection in a mirror or another pane of glass?

On a not completely unrelated note, I would love to find that studios created movies and shows that would never get released because 'there would be unauthorised watching'.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Clueless Nick How to convince people without alienating them? (1142 comments)

I had been skeptical since childhood about the idea of a god that demanded worship and rituals, of an omnipotent being that created other imperfect beings who were supposed to strive towards perfection, and about various other mumbo-jumbos that afflicts my birth religion. I expressed my doubts, including about the origin of god, to people I trusted, but I all I got as reply was some sincere sophistry.

I kept on swinging between skepticism, moderate spirituality and hard belief, but I forced myself to take a hard thought after the Indonesian tsunami. I still had my questions, and your book The God Delusion helped me finally answer them. I am very glad that I don't have to believe in a god any longer, or suffer from the guilt of not being 'religious enough', and I am thankful that you existed within my lifetime.

However, I run into some dilemmas: how do I convince my wife that there really is no point in believing in a god? She keeps on running back to her security blanket, even though she understands the nature of the universe. How do I teach my children to be free of dogmas and have the courage to ask questions and think for themselves? All that I do right now is to assert that there is no god, but I understand that this is as fundamentalist a position as asserting that my flavour of god is the only true one. And lastly, how do I teach my children to have a healthy opinion of the religious, even those that are born in the wrong religion, and not turn them into bigots?

Can you help me address these questions?

about 2 years ago

Apple Adds Samsung Galaxy SIII To Its Ban List

Clueless Nick Re:Thanks Apple (553 comments)

Apple was the first company to put a serious effort in the category 'full touch screen smartphone with a 500+ Mhz processor'. There were smartphones before the iPhone and there were full touchscreen phones before the iPhone. Many of these phones had copy+paste and (hold for) context menu functionalities. The world was going crazy after Blackberry phones then, and Apple changed the trend, but a large part of this had to do with the app ecosystem, because till then, you had to rely on either paltry offerings from the manufacturers' websites, or on dubious software (that worked well on one phone and horribly on another) from third parties.

So really, a larger and multitouch screen, a 3D GPU, an accelerometer, and a very good app store - these were the 'revolutionary new' things it introduced. Good, it set a trend and showed others how to create a really extensible smartphone.

about 2 years ago

If Extinct Species Can Be Brought Back... Should We?

Clueless Nick Why not? (299 comments)

As long as they are species that have gone extinct in the last couple of centuries, even 500 years, they could be introduced if their original habitat has not undergone complete destruction. I'm thinking of the Indian Cheetah, the Dodo, the Elephant bird etc. - species that have suffered only because of humans.

Of course, these creatures might need tightly protected sanctuaries and might only exist to serve man's ego and curiosity, but if we can breed dogs, horses, cattle and cultivate various plants into differing forms, why not this?

about 2 years ago

Apple v. Samsung Jurors Speak, Skipped Prior Art For "Bogging Us Down"

Clueless Nick Re:Maybe because the new PJ is not the old PJ (506 comments)

So how much money would you put on there turning up a duly registered and notarised deed of indemnity protecting Pamela Jones in case the 'pj' lawyer did something nasty like libeling others, and got sued for it?

about 2 years ago

Apple v. Samsung Jurors Speak, Skipped Prior Art For "Bogging Us Down"

Clueless Nick Re:how much per phone is 1 billion? (506 comments)

If you bought specific products from a company that was blackmailed by, or made a sweetheart deal with Apple for patent licenses, you have added to the earnings that are asserted to justify the $700 bn market cap. Just like I realised after buying an HTC Android that I had paid my money to Microsoft.

about 2 years ago

Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

Clueless Nick Obligatory flamebait (104 comments)

Let them eat phone.

-Sonia Antoinette

about 2 years ago

Teenager Arrested In England For Criticizing Olympic Athlete On Twitter

Clueless Nick Re:Jeremy Clarkson (639 comments)

How would the comment from Jeremy Clarkson sound if it were made by a Muslim or a Communist? How would the law enforcement agencies react then?

Isn't this just racial profiling of a different kind?

about 2 years ago

Teenager Arrested In England For Criticizing Olympic Athlete On Twitter

Clueless Nick Re:PRIORITIES! (639 comments)

benjfowler is British, so he is not an outsider tarnishing Britannia. Just because he points to the British law enforcement's failings rudely does not make him a troll.

about 2 years ago

Teenager Arrested In England For Criticizing Olympic Athlete On Twitter

Clueless Nick Telemarketers (639 comments)

Can such laws be used to arrest annoying telemarketers who won't give up, and who would willingly disregard Do Not Call registries? Then I am all for them. I am not for selective implementation.

about 2 years ago

Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

Clueless Nick Invasion (639 comments)

Did Slashdot get invaded by Engadget? Are we already living in the era of idiocracy?

I find it hard to understand how a difficult to open packaging could lead to comparisons between two major technology companies. Oh, by the way, Motorola sold their phones in smoothly sliding boxes way before the iPhone was launched, so it is not like it is yet another of Apple's 'innovations'.

To tell you the truth, I find these huge number of insipid 'unboxing videos' and 'reviews' to be an insult to the intelligence of discerning viewers and readers who might be actually looking for useful information about a product.

about 2 years ago

Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

Clueless Nick Re:And we can expect (278 comments)

If you want to see how the media will report this, visit

"See even the judge knows that a Samsung tab is not cool and that the iPad is cooler. It seems Apple’s not only lost the case against Samsung in the UK but it has lost face thanks to the ridiculous ad order."

Ethics in journalism? What's that?

about 2 years ago

Facebook API Bug Deletes Contact Info On Phones

Clueless Nick Re:Bug? (178 comments)

You could conceivably ask for deportation of Mark Zuckerberg from the US to compensate for Julian Assange, you know, if need arises.

about 2 years ago

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

Clueless Nick Re:really?? (1134 comments)

Congrats, you've slashdotted it.

about 2 years ago

Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

Clueless Nick Re:Patent trolling is the new iWhite... (696 comments)

"Historically, imitation has frequently been proposed as the central mechanism mediating the reproduction, spread, intergenerational transmission and stabilization of human cultural forms, population-specific behavioral traditions found in groups of non-human primates, or both"

-Sylvia's recipe: The role of imitation and pedagogy in the transmission of human culture

about 2 years ago

Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

Clueless Nick Re:Patent trolling is the new iWhite... (696 comments)

er...I think they sold around 92 of the JooJoos. The tablet existed for a long time on their website, and it even had the same irritating design feature as that of the iPad - a rounded bottom.

about 2 years ago

Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

Clueless Nick Re:If they don't want it, don't sell it to them. (696 comments)

I sometimes have the same fantasy. Unfortunately, the US is such a large and prestigious market that it would be suicide for a company to boycott it, plus the shareholders would summarily execute the management. To add insult to injury, Apple and its mind-controlled robots would claim victory.

This applies to component sales to Apple as well.

about 2 years ago



The Adam has arrived

Clueless Nick Clueless Nick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Clueless Nick (883532) writes "The much awaited Pixel Qi and NVIDIA Tegra 2 based tablet, the Adam, designed by Indian start up Notion Ink has been finally opened for prebooking. Notion Ink's CEO Rohan Shravan has given details about the Eden UI sporting multiple panels, native applications and the price range on his widely followed blog. The 10.1" tablet will run on Android and incorporates feature sets of both 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb.

The base version (LCD + WiFi) starts at $375.33 and the top one costs (Transreflective Pixel Qi + WiFi + 3G) $549.99, and will be priced at the same level for all markets! What is not revealed so far is a mystery feature (cryptically denoted -D5720A80), which may see gradual unlocking through fortnightly updates. Also on the way are replaceable side panels with colours of your choice, to complement the matt black finish of the tablet.

Also read, at the end of the blog, Rohan's fitting reply to a FUD post by Engadget, the tech blog that loves a certain premium hardware vendor."

Link to Original Source

Geeks struggle to break mystery code

Clueless Nick Clueless Nick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Clueless Nick (883532) writes "The Indian start up Notion Ink, which is developing the much awaited Adam tablet based on a Pixel Qi screen and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, has started to carry a binary countdown code and a mystery number on its website, as people wait for it to clear FCC and start pre-booking. Die hard fans of the tablet are trying their best to figure out the meaning of the mystery code, which links to the tech specs page on the company's website.

Notion Ink has been hinting about the hidden feature, and even repeats the hint as a comment on the tech spec page's html. So far, the efforts at decipherment have resulted in wild speculation and not much besides. The code -D5720A80 is right there on the top right hand corner of their website.

Can anybody help solve this mystery? Who knows, you might get into the priority order list for the Adam!"

Link to Original Source



Not Installed for Current User - Updated

Clueless Nick Clueless Nick writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have tried everything I knew or could find.

I am on Win XP Professional, with SP2 (at work). I was using Office XP Standard, and Import/Export wasn't working in Outlook. So, as a Power User, I tried detect and repair from Outlook.

Lo and behold, all of the Office XP components stopped working, and I was told " is not installed for the current user. Please run setup to install the application".

I tried running detect and repair from the installer. Didn't work. Asked IT Facility Management to help. They couldn't do anything and even removed, VLC, 7-Zip and Google Desktop (with the index!) from my system, while adding Office XP Pro. Apparently, I have no use for any of them.

So I was stuck with an overnight deadline and no solution. ITFM tells me that something's wrong with my profile, and that they will need to remove and restore it to make Office XP work.

I consulted the MS knowledge base. Found an article in KB#302846. It tells me how to resolve the conflict: IN 98 and ME!!!!#%$@

I AM ON XP, PEOPLE! The article tells me to reinstall Office for the user facing the problem, and remove the "Include Start menu and Program groups in user settings" option. Gawd, I am on the verge of tears.

Mudderfaxing Idiots! Where would I find such a setting in XP??? This article has been updated on April 11, 2006!

I removed and reinstalled Office XP Pro with Admin privileges. No use. I tried giving all rights to myself for the MS Office Tree, no use.

I used File and Settings transfer wizard to back up my settings and some files in the Documents and Settings tree. I logged in as Administrator (NO other user ID has the problem, please note), again backed up my UID's tree under D&S to another partition. Deleted that tree from C:. REMOVED my user from the PC (it's an account on the network domain).

With all traces of my old self cleared, I again logged in with that ID. Tried Office, DID NOT WORK. Tried reinstallation. NO USE AGAIN!!!

I have tried to finish my work on another computer. But how are they going to resolve the issue?

Heh. I just noticed on the MS website that the only option when everything fails is to do a System Restore. Might as well format my C partition.

Please, please somebody help me out. I promise I'll never try to repair an MS product again. I'll just stick to compiling Gnome and KDE at home...

Well, we did finally have to format the C partition!! System restores did not work.


Clueless Nick Clueless Nick writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I keep coming back here. I need anger management.

I need to get back at somebody. I want it to be even more humiliating and sad.

I will prevail.

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