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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Dabido Steal underpants ... (674 comments)

I have no further comment.

yesterday
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Dabido What a waste! (392 comments)

Waste of time calculating that. Every computer gamer knows you only need one person to colonise space. Sid Meyers! :-)

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Dabido Vague recollection of another study like this ... (240 comments)

I have a vague recollection of Australia doing a similar study that showed a 10% increase in heart attacks when that hour sleep was lost. Seems that this is confirming that study which is one of the things science tries to do, replicate results.

about two weeks ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

Dabido Re:So this ... (107 comments)

Can bring my dead friends back to the living dead with Bud Riser.

about two weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

Dabido Re:Muh freedoms! (230 comments)

Nope! I certainly ain't!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Dabido Become German (370 comments)

Become German, get a degree for free (except in Saxony).

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

Dabido Growly Notes (208 comments)

I think it's only for Mac, but Growly Notes is a free and good alternative.

about a month ago
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Happy Pi Day

Dabido Pi month? (218 comments)

March, 3rd month 2014 ... 3/14 . Every day is something divided by Pi, example 17/3/14 ... (except in USA).

about 1 month ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

Dabido Re:Really? (153 comments)

Have to agree. Not all students are bright enough to be in labs. When I was at Uni, we had one guy who, after everyone got told NOT to sniff the chloroform, said, 'Why not?' and sniffed it. He was in a coma for a few weeks, and then when he came out of it tried to sue the University for not giving him sufficient warning. The lawsuit failed. A lot of us had always wondered how he got into Uni in the first place, as he was thick as two bricks and very weird. (Weird, as in, turned up to our geology field trip in mid-winter in shorts, flip flops and a T-shirt, then saw an ice cream van and went and got ice cream ... whilst the rest of us were rugged up to the eye balls complaining of the cold).

about a month ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Dabido Nein! Nein! (216 comments)

Nein! You cannot come to Europa! We have turn it into a fortress!!! Now, to prepare for Operation Sealion!!!!

about a month ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

Dabido In the right Universe (353 comments)

Yes, in the right Universe this plane would have turned the Battle of Britain in favour of the French. Napoleon, Vercingetorix and Joan of Arc would have been standing in Blenheim Palace on top of Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Disraeli's dismembered body parts, as they lay strewn amongst the wreckage of their Hurricane, Spitfire and Vauxhall Chevette ornithopter. The giant spice mammoths of the Russian tundra would have been no more after Trotsky's successful assassination of Joseph Stalin left Russia rich and defenceless, and the Japanese giant Iguana monster would be running rampant across Northern America smashing San Francisco to fine dust and weeing on the Washington monument turning the Potomac a bright radiated yellow colour. Cats sleeping with dogs, children refusing to obey their parents and every man wanting to write a book about it.

about a month and a half ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Dabido Re:Robots are incapable of evil (176 comments)

... all mimes will burn in hell.

Gives me a warm loving feeling all over. :-)

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Dabido Hollerith cards make lazy programmers (627 comments)

All those young whipper snappers running around with shoe boxes full of punched cards! Lazy bastards! Just toggle it in like a real programmer!!!!

about 2 months ago
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Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

Dabido So ... both organisms ... (97 comments)

At the rate we're killing organisms off, we'll only need two of these soon ... one for humans, and one for soylent green ... whatever that stuff is made from!!!!

about 2 months ago
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Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

Dabido Yes, but what if I impersonate a 100 y/o woman? (137 comments)

Togged to the bricks, and all they offer me is a trip for biscuits. Just wanted a ring-a-ding ding and some Bruno slips me a Micky Finn in a clip joint. Next thing I know, I'm waking up in a flop with some Lunger wearing iron who suddenly runs to the window and starts drilling beans at a tin can full of Joes. So I make tracks before the coppers turn up with a meat wagon and someone ends leaving in a Chicago overcoat.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

Dabido Sexist much? (389 comments)

'... your computer illiterate little sister, ...'

My little sister is very computer literate, and so are her kids. My computer illiterate parents however might have been a better group to design the interface for, because I'm sure most of our younger siblings, regardless of sex, are very adept at picking up technology.

about 2 months ago
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Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

Dabido Every Company I've Worked For ... (236 comments)

I can related many specific examples of companies I've worked for that have done exactly this. From:

  • Managers who wanted to get rid of 'passwords' so that people only needed to come in and type their username into the machine.
  • Infrastructure team leaders who wanted to make 'password' a legitimate password that users would have as he claimed users were too stupid to remember passwords with numbers or other characters in them.
  • Managers who wanted to get rid of the firewalls, as they did nothing and were an unwarranted expense (even AFTER someone from South Korea tried to hack into our network and was stopped by the firewall).
  • Managers who wanted to send financial information across the internet unencrypted, claiming only hackers would be able to see it.
  • Managers who claimed that IT security just causes problems for the users and that the IT security team invents these 'security issues' to deliberately justify their positions and make it difficult for normal workers to do their jobs.
  • Managers who asked for the firewalls to be turned off as they couldn't get to certain blocked sites. (pr0n)
  • Managers who told us off for finding security holes in our system, (which we brought to their attention as we wanted the resources to patch them), and they made the claim we were 'making' those holes.

The list goes on. IMHO, IT security would be a lot easier and more secure if they got rid of an awful lot of managers.

about 2 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

Dabido When I was a kid ... (390 comments)

We used to have those. We called them bumper cars.

about 2 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Dabido Re:I'm male but... (545 comments)

I was going to suggest cloning Grace.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Is a Biographical movie for Grace Hopper overdue?

Dabido Dabido writes  |  about 9 months ago

Dabido (802599) writes "Rear Admiral Grace Hopper http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper is probably last centuries most important female figure in computer science, yet no one has ever made a biographical movie based on her life. There is certainly enough material to make a movie (maybe even a mini-series). She certainly has wit, charm and personality, as demonstrated by her appearance on the David Letterman show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-vcErOPofQ. With many media stories complaining that females are under represented in the sciences, is it not time that Hollywood finally made a biographical movie of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper?"

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