Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank
Of course it's not a first-party PS1 controller. You wouldn't want to show off your real weaponry to the public. In the future we'll hear about the mythical SHAM-alamadingdong Tank that was used to Dual-Shock and Awe the Syrian government and totally pwn those n00bs. It's all about the plans within plans, man.
Students Win NASA Moon Robot Competition
Clearly this is a cover for Aperture Science's moondust-gathering missions. Please get a word out to Mr. Johnson to take precautionary measures against inhaling such dust. These robots are designed to inadvertently deliver the lemons that life wants to give him.
Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library
Thank you. Working at the local history room of a library, I tend to cringe when people blindly ask "who needs a library these days?" We're working on digitizing a lot of things and putting them up online. I've been at it for a few years and with all the stuff we have, it almost seems like we've barely started. Among other things, we're currently trying to digitize a subject index of the local newspaper(s) spanning from the 1890s to the early 1990s. The index was originally done with index cards and is housed in an old card catalog. Nowhere near done, we're already reaping benefits from being able to do keyword searches for names not listed as the subject.
Then there are the local yearbooks and city directories, old maps, a school-published book on a town that doesn't exist anymore, history on local banks (now gone), and some information on the people behind the local street names. But yeah, there's still a lot of people out there who believe we don't need libraries anymore.
SCO Assets Going To October Auction
and if everyone else just chipped in and bought those $699 Loonix licenses they were selling, SCO wouldn't be in this mess to begin with.
Actually, I'll buy the rights to "/*" and "*/" and proceed to sue anyone that uses those symbols for IP violations. Maybe Microsoft will buy a license from me for a few mil so I can go after those freeloading Free Software programmers. Or maybe they can convince a canadian bank to invest in me so it doesn't look like they're the ones funding my litigation.
Then I can get the folks from Yank & Grope to echo my FUD so I can ride the credibility of MMORPGara and Diiddo. Nah, I wouldn't want Pb&J after me.
Deported Russian (Spy?) Worked At Microsoft
I guess it's official -- Microsoft IS spyware!
YouTube Explains Where HTML5 Video Fails
That must've been a 486DX 'cause my ol SX couldn't do mp3s. Damn math co-processors! I had to settle for midis, .ra, and .au files. But not too much since Win 3.1 and all the other crap took up a lot of space on my 210MB hard drive.
Won't even discuss the old XT with dual 5 1/4 drives...which did wonders with some sheet music and GWBASIC's "play" command. Meh, the machine played arkanoid well enugh.
Yeah, now they've got mp3 players smaller than a pink pearl eraser. Damn these kids and their newfangled technology! I guess this is where I yell something about demanding that the juvenile miscreants evacuate my cultivated patch of grass.
FEMA and DHS Fund Disaster Hero Game
Simple, you just hit the button(s) that correspond to the terror alert level they announce on the ensuing telethon. If Kanye shows up, you can use star power.
Microsoft Dynamics GP "Encrypted" Using Caesar Cipher
I figure that the variation of Caesar Cipher, ROT13, was easy to decipher so for maximum security, I always run it through the ROT13 encoder twice before I send it. Hell, I'm encoding this message in that method now so it will have to take a bit of cunning for you to read this comment. So if you've managed to read this, congratulations, you are qualified to work in Microsoft's security department.
Facebook's Plan To Automatically Share Your Data
I see you have Farmville Masteries in Onions, Peppers, and Corn as well as a stable full of horses. Here are free coupons for $.99 off your next Taco Bell purchase!
Correlation Found Between Brain Structure and Video Game Success
And here I thought my fast reflexes and hand-eye coordination were due to my abnormally large midi-chlorian count. With this article, I'll never convince my brother that I'm a jedi knight! Buzzkilled by science once again. "This is not the article you're looking for."
Using a Toy Train To Calibrate a Reactor
More One liners...
* They need to make sure that the project is on track
* Wait, this isn't the land of make believe!
* And there they are, just chugging along...
* Is this a hold up? No, it's a science experiment!
* On that note, shouldn't it be pushing a DeLorean around?
* I'm surprised I hadn't heard anyone rail against this.
* all their findings have to start with "If the californium-252 train leaves the station at 5 o'clock..."
5th Underhanded C Contest Now Open
What's Coming In KDE 4.4
Arrr! May you come to see the light and be touched by his GNUdley appendage.
ASCAP Says Apple Should Pay For 30-sec. Song Samples
I quite like referring to it as arranging a meeting with "the board of education"
My flash memory is mostly in the form of ...
You kids are lucky with your newfangled HighHo MegaZip drives. I lost all my data when my wax tablet accidentally got flashed next to the fireplace where I was cooking dinner. I lost a fortnight's worth of work and literally had to start from scratch.
Blah blah kids [mumble] lawn!!!
And yes, I just realized you had a lower slashdot ID than I. Sorry, grandpa, I was just having some fun on these things you like to call a series of tubes. :)
Ten Ways To Destroy a Hard Disk
Hey, I think I saw this guy at a healthcare townhall meeting!
Dell Says High Linux Netbook Returns a "Non-Issue"
>> she has to call me to ask what program she needs to do X
just to incite a flamewar, what do you recommend to do X -- kde, gnome, or xfce? :)
In other news, I've scrounged up some old hardware and can't seem to get it running properly with the latest kubuntu. It's one of those Hauppauge PCI PVR things that is said to be supported. I was eventually able to get audio but no video yet. Even then, I had to do some CLI-thing to make component the default input. KDE goes unusable when I turn on desktop effects (flashes off and on, slows down the machine) with an HIS Radeon HD4850 and the proprietary drivers from the ubuntu repos. I've had to do the Alt-Shift-F12 thing to have a shot at disabling it. I also have an old Canon scanner E3000 or something like that which SANE lists as unsupported.
I've been running Linux now in one form or another for quite a bit. Went from Red Hat to Mandrake to Ubuntu/Kubuntu spanning 3 different machines. I've put up with having to fsck with wireless drivers and finding out certain products (same name, different chipset...bad Linksys!) just weren't supported. I still like it better than the alternatives, for the most part. Right now, though, if I have to scan pictures or record/transfer VHS video to my HDD, I have to boot to XP.
It's not exactly the "your grandma" experience and I guess I take some of the blame by not doing as much research and just hoping that parts I had laying around would work effortlessly. I still likes teh Linux...now if I can get those things to work, that'd be great.
Is IE Usage Share Collapsing?
CowboyNeal Reads Slashdot Stories To Me (and also does my math): 40.33%
When Politicians Tax Violent Video Games
From a bit of goog:
in the Roman calendar: the 15th of March or May or July or October or the 13th of any other month
So aside from March, all the other months will be equally screwed...and that brings its own debate -- should February be taxed the same as December?
Hmmm, the way things are going, it may be time to get used to the Chinese calendar anyway.
Blizzard Shows Off Diablo III Archivist Class, WoW Dance-Off
Working at a library's local history room, I always fancied myself a necromancer because we symbolically re-animate the dead. I think, though, that this archivist class would be so much more awesome! Yes, no blood golem, bone spear, iron maiden, decrepify, bone spirit, and a cool shrunken head, but c'mon, you get Lore-nado and Shush!!! I can't wait to ask each monster their birthdate, line them up in descending order by age, then proceed to systematically lore-nado each one, writing down the exact time and location of each kill to be filed later in the Zakarum archives. Mmmmm, paperwork!
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