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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

DQKennard Re:worst headline clickbait ever (136 comments)

Five weird tricks in Turing tests that you just won't believe could be real.

about 5 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

DQKennard Re: Burn the Climate Deniers (298 comments)

A wonderfully articulate AC froths:

Bullshit, there is MORE FUCKING ICE NOW, IT IS NOT GETTING WARMER.

Oh, and I remember HOW FUCKING COLD IT WAS LAST WINTER.

Go fuck yourself sideways with a barbed wire wrapped pineapple and keep your fucking hands off of my money you fraud big government nanny state lemming.

An easy (simplistic, and not entirely satisfactory) explanation of increased sea ice in the Antarctic: Increased collapse of land-based ice into the sea contributes both to increased area of sea ice and rising sea level. There are other factors; scientists are indeed working on that.

Weather extremes and unusual seasons are precisely what can be expected in the coming years. Even small regional changes in temperature can lead to considerably increased instability in weather patterns. That can include increased sea ice in Antarctica, as well as a "fucking cold" winter in the US (or at least parts of it).

Regarding your tone, and the rest: it's not even worth going into; you're doing just fine expressing your level of thoughtfulness and social responsibility, and representing the contrarian climatology "science".

about 6 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

DQKennard Re:Lamepocalypse (293 comments)

There's sometimes highlighting, though on investigation it usually appears to be entirely random.

about 7 months ago
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Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

DQKennard Good news, bad news (178 comments)

The good news is that you've been offered an intern position at a major healthcare provider, providing critical support for elderly patients...

about 7 months ago
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Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

DQKennard Re:Blood (178 comments)

Ah, so now consuming the blood of virgins won't count as a purely recreational activity...

Which means you may be able to deduct the cost as a medical expense.

about 7 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

DQKennard Re:Stupid gimmick, and I even don't care about gun (1374 comments)

> He got two, the third strangled him. So three people dead, one in jail for life (I hope) ... which probably would not have happened if he had not had a gun.

It still would have happened, but the only death would have been his.

Possibly, but probably more likely is the burglars tell him not to move, and he sits quietly while they take his stuff, then they leave and he calls the police and his insurance company.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

DQKennard Re:another useless patent. (140 comments)

The vague "respond to detection" in the patent application is intended to cover all possible responses, including a remote kick to the dick. So, you'd have to license Mr. Bill's patent.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

DQKennard Re:Not far enough. (140 comments)

Assaulting someone with a video recording device pointed at you might increase the chance of conviction.

about 7 months ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

DQKennard Re:Might be? (343 comments)

That's right. "Chemtrails" are for climate engineering, apparently. And mind control. Don't forget the mind control. Oh, and poisoning the populace, though maybe that's just accidental side effects from the climate engineering. And the mind control.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

DQKennard Re:easier way (311 comments)

In fact, if you meet someone in Silicon Valley who doesn't know pi, and you're in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, you may have sufficient evidence that it's a zombie ...and there you are with a shotgun!

about 7 months ago
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Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

DQKennard Re:Pro tip (134 comments)

Yeah, that's a big ol' red flag. Don't work there. Don't put your money/bitcoins there. Don't do business with them. Make sure they never owe you money for any reason.

about 8 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

DQKennard Re: Why worry - its natural selection in action (747 comments)

Antivaxers? Clinging to their PDP-11s, are they?

If there were ever a controversial vaccine called VMS, there be a bunch of old guys chuckling to themselves whenever the anti-vaxers were discussed.

about 8 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

DQKennard Re:Why worry - its natural selection in action (747 comments)

One of the big problems with the pro-vaccine argument is that 99% of the time all vaccines get lumped into a single entity when all vaccines are most certainly not created equal.

That's one of the big problems with the anti-vaxers, too: the false belief that one vaccine causes autism gets extended to a false belief that all vaccines cause autism, or other bad things.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

DQKennard Re:Change Tech Careers At 30 (451 comments)

It's really easy to change careers at 55. Get laid off. Look for work for a year. Take whatever the Hell you can find. Bingo! You're in a new career!

about 9 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

DQKennard Argh! Glass!! punchypunchy (192 comments)

Other articles on /. have brought out commenters claiming if they ever even see someone wearing Google Glass, they'd punch the person in the face. The simple act of wearing the device is apparently sufficient justification for otherwise unprovoked assault.

Cops wearing Google Glass could be your opportunity!

Let us know how it goes.

about 10 months ago
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Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

DQKennard Bender (199 comments)

Eventually, of course, this leads to robots powered by beer.

about 10 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

DQKennard Re:Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

Geeze, one typo and nobody will ever let you forget it.

Yes, that's correct. Maybe Slashdot could build that into the filter: don't show any Anonymous Cowards, and don't show anyone who has ever made a typo in a comment. Ever.

about 10 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

DQKennard Re:No opt-out (469 comments)

I suspect there's an increased chance of jail when the person punched says to the cop "I have video."

about a year ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

DQKennard Re:Opt out? (469 comments)

And the person punching a person with a recording device buys an assault charge. That is just the price to be paid. Don't play the game if you can't take the blame.

about a year ago
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UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

DQKennard contract (617 comments)

In US terms, the contract in this case would be to deliver Tearaway. The "improper" fulfilment of that contract was that the delivery was a bundle of Tearaway+Vita. The buyer could then accept that as an adequate substitution, and consider the contract complete, or reject it. In this case, the reason for rejection presumably would be that they didn't feel morally justified in taking advantage of the company's mistake, since it is clearly a more than adequate "substitution" in objective terms.

Elsewhere in the thread, the example was used of a delivery of a medium shirt instead of a large, to show the absurdity of the idea of keeping the medium *and* demanding the originally ordered large, or keeping the medium *and* disputing the credit card charge. Yes, that would be absurd, but it would also be absurd for the shirt company to contact the buyer afterward and *insist* that the medium be returned for exchange for a large, even if it turned out the medium was acceptable.

about a year ago

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