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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 As a python and WP programmer... (137 comments)

I'm pretty darn sure it proves the existence of Unobtainium.

about 3 months ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 I'm betting on Python Eyes (70 comments)

I'm betting on Python Eyes, O-O=====, object-oriented mayhem.

about 10 months ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 On a floppy disk (322 comments)

A very early linux...on a floppy disk

about a year ago

The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:Be Thankful--Good news (209 comments)

Excellent! More jobs for tech weenies...at the cost of turbulence.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:NoScript...take no prisoners (731 comments)

I'm imagining a TakeNoPrisonersScript that pounds each ad with clicks, say, a dozen times. Eventually, clicks will no longer mean anything to the advertisers.

1 year,8 days

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re: click-throughs (255 comments)

Google has better control of ads if they decide what you want to find.

1 year,9 days

Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:The hell is 7x a 64gb drive? (201 comments)

So it's smaller than one square Rhode Island, but holds more data the the R.I. State Library?

about a year ago

Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:Florida resident here: (re: veterans) (53 comments)

Yes. And one of the largest targeted group of cafes purported to raise funds in the cafes for veterans, but allegedly, little of it made it to vererans' organizations.

about 2 years ago

Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Why not? (415 comments)

Original posted solution sounded like a fun--if not optimal--solution. I remember an ancient Word Perfect on Windoze 3.1 being more productive than later word processors over more modern computers. Why? Software developers (I'm guilty of being one) have accelerated their gobbling of memory and processor cycles over the years so much that the poor HW folks can't keep up...despite the later's impressive results. The result: page downs are still painfully slow. But hey, I can format the document in Vulcan XML. Thanks.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Real name issue (325 comments)

It's hard to pay $1 if your FB account is under a fake name. One more way to pressure FBers to use a real name.

more than 2 years ago

Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Eek! the Rocknest Monster (137 comments)

There they will find the Rocknest Monster and the end of the rover. (Warning: not funny unless you actually read TFA.)

more than 2 years ago

Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Fewer embarrassing/career-fatal events (248 comments)

At least three times I've seen an off-color joke sent in a reply-all, that included a company-wide address in the list that the sender didn't notice. Once, I similarly received an excel file with all salaries (very small company).

Except for the caberet, I say 'good riddance' to reply-all.

more than 2 years ago

Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re: Drops support quickly (228 comments)

I swore off Lexmark permanently for their habit of dropping support for printers so quickly. In my case, I couldn't get a driver for the next version of Windoze after the printer model was dropped. Clearly it was a way to force people to buy a new model. I did...an Epson.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Using a Sandbox To Deal With Spambots?

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:No. (167 comments)

Agree about the mindless bots. Humans don't check the postings often, if ever. I blocked a class C IP block once. The event log showed attempted hourly postings 6 months later.

Some things that help:
--Moderate the forum: heavy human labor, but works. The nonsense of most spam is immediately obvious
--banned words: tricky to avoid banning legit postings. Best used in combination with moderation. But its pretty safe to ban the names of the commonly spammed drugs, expensive sports shoes and ladies' accessories, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Existing Solar Tech Could Power Entire US, Says NREL

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 gigawatt...ho hum (589 comments)

1 gigawatt is what a single nuclear power plant might generate, and it's more than most coal plants

On the other hand, that's barely enough for one jump back to the future.

more than 2 years ago

Father of SSH Says Security Is 'Getting Worse'

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:ssh--What does Tatu YlÃnen know about this (132 comments)

What does Tatu YlÃnen know about this? It only took 20 years for his security tool to be softened by hackers. It takes almost, um, minutes for a new Apple ios to be jail-broken. Never mind.

more than 2 years ago

The Real-Life Doogie Howser

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 Re:Stuoid people (303 comments)

Obviously the young fellow won't be a /. reader. For example, I can never remember if my PW is abc123 or 123abc.

more than 2 years ago



Can We Domesticate Video Game Players?

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 writes "Can we breed a kit of floppy-eared, piebald, Manhunt, Resident Evil and GTA video game players?...Who will jump into your arms and lick your face? According to National Geographic, researchers have, in ten generations (of foxes, not researchers), bred foxes that behave like pet dogs. Meanwhile researchers in Leipzig are independently and similarly trying to understand the domestication of rats. Maybe someone can do a game wherein domesticated foxes and rats must fight for the last scrap of food, if there's not already an app for that."
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