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Robot Produces Paintings With That 'Imperfect' Human Look

El Torico Re:Mimicing does not make art (74 comments)

Most of what is referred to as "art" is merely the random scribblings of pretentious, cultist douche-bags. I'll accept the lack of creativity if e-David continues to lack those traits.

1 year,2 days
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US Spies Have "Security Agreements" With Foreign Telecoms

El Torico Re:Yep (181 comments)

If you throw them really, really hard.

1 year,23 days
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New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

El Torico Re:Employability (344 comments)

You nailed it. It's like the old joke, "A statistician can have his head in an oven and his feet in ice, and he will say that on average, he feels fine."

about a year ago
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Iranian Space Official: Photo Shows Wrong Monkey

El Torico Re:Fuck you (89 comments)

OK asswipe, I couldn't just ignore your bullshit. First of all, you don't know me, so your claim of me being a racist is a wildly inaccurate guess. Second, I was called "spic" and other anti-hispanic epithets way before a lot of other Hispanics came to the US and my wife, who was born in India, had to put up with racist crap too. Third, Ahmadinejad is the racist asshole who wants to obliterate an entire ethic group, not me.
I pointed out that Ahmadinejad looks like he hasn't gotten a decent shave or haircut in months and you call me a racist. I've know Iranians who are decent, intelligent, and respectable people - he isn't one of them.
If you dare to respond, it should be an apology.

about a year and a half ago
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Iranian Space Official: Photo Shows Wrong Monkey

El Torico At first glance (89 comments)

I thought it was Ahmadinejad. Wait, the monkey's better groomed, my mistake.

about a year and a half ago
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Cisco Exits the Consumer Market, Sells Linksys To Belkin

El Torico Re:In general it doesnt matter (284 comments)

Netgear is what I'd consider the exception to that. Everything I have from Netgear has been reliable.

about a year and a half ago
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Cisco Exits the Consumer Market, Sells Linksys To Belkin

El Torico Re:What does CISCO stand for? (284 comments)

Have you tried to fit modules into a chassis after they changed suppliers to Chinese ones? Damn, I need a two pound sledgehammer to seat them now

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your New Years Eve Tradition?

El Torico Re:12 grapes (256 comments)

Sounds like you were having a pretty fun life before you grew up. The Puerta del Sol is great fun too.

about a year and a half ago
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World's Longest High-Speed Rail Line Opens In China

El Torico Re:Therewhile ... (322 comments)

Your definition of "own" can be expanded to cover a good part of the United States. The original land grants from various English Kings in the 17th and 18th centuries covers most of the US from the Atlantic Coast to the Mississippi. The land grants from various Spanish Kings covers Florida and most of the southwestern US and, of course, Central and South America. And yes, the French Crown granted land in Louisiana (named after Louis XIV). So, if you're going to cast doubt on the legitimacy of anyone's claim to property in the New World, you're going to have to cast doubt on the legitimacy of everyone's claims.

I like your idea about the Interstate Highway rights-of-way. In northern Virginia, the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Greenway (the privately built and operated extension) includes land for rapid transit, which is currently under construction (Washington Metro Silver Line)

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs' Yacht Impounded In Amsterdam

El Torico Re:"Valued"? (221 comments)

So, the cult of Steve Jobs and Apple is just like modern art? I thought so.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

El Torico Re: solve your problem small (276 comments)

The captain sails his ship as he damn pleases, and if that means running it aground or sinking it, so be it.

Hold on there a minute. The Captain of the Costa Concordia found out the hard way that it wasn't his ship. If the calamity is bad enough, there will be an investigation and repercussions. Of course, it makes sense to be near the lifeboats anytime you doubt the Captain.

about a year and a half ago
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Cat Parasite May Increase Risk of Suicide In Humans

El Torico Re:Correlation != causation (252 comments)

Is that why my wife wants to go on safari? Time to get some medicine for T gondii.

about 2 years ago
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Chinese Company Sues Apple Over Siri

El Torico Re:Right... Some more to come? (174 comments)

That first one would make a great name for a feminine hygiene product.

about 2 years ago
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Arsenic-Friendly Microbe Now Seems Unlikely

El Torico Re:first post troll (122 comments)

Confusion is one of the effects of arsenic poisoning; I suggest the AC go to the doctor immediately.

about 2 years ago
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Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

El Torico Re:No surprise there (652 comments)

That's the problem, it wasn't presented to the American people right. It should have been packaged as "We're going to SMASH them there atoms SO HARD that we'll tear reality itself a new asshole!" Once in a while, they could let the MythBusters use it.

about 2 years ago
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Immigrants Crucial To Innovation

El Torico Re:Show ID, get a medical screening, ... (463 comments)

Wow.. its clear to me that you've never actually gone through the legal immigration process. It is much worse than you paint it out to be. At best, you'll get treating with disrespect, dismisive attitude, rudeness, made to wait entire days in line, etc.. I speak from experience as a US citizen who had to get a visa for his wife.

My wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law went through the legal immigration process and none of them felt that they were ill-treated. Yes, the wait is long, but every bureaucracy involves waiting. You got a bad draw I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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On Orbitz, Mac Users Offered Pricier Hotels First

El Torico Re:Buy a Mac, be labeled as a Yuppie! (305 comments)

Everyone is still judging you even if you don't have a nice car and nice clothes. They'll try to stiff you too, but for different reasons.

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

El Torico Re:Yup... (754 comments)

Oops - I meant "portable", not "portal".

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

El Torico Re:Yup... (754 comments)

Back in my day, we bootlegged our music on a 56k modem, and we were damn happy to have it!

Luxury. We used to tape record songs from the radio using hand me down portal tape recorders. If the DJ spoke to early or someone made a noise, the song was ruined!

more than 2 years ago

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Network Engineer's All Purpose Kit

El Torico El Torico writes  |  more than 7 years ago

El Torico (732160) writes "I've accepted a Network Field Engineer job that will take me to a few unusual and unpleasant places where it may be difficult to purchase tools and equipment. Unfortunately, there are a lot of vague answers on the part of my new employer to my questions, and I don't have any contacts who are on-site. What tools, equipment, supplies, and software should I take? Is there anything else that may be useful to take?"
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El Torico El Torico writes  |  more than 7 years ago

El Torico writes "Al Jazeera, the controversial Arabic news channel, now has a channel in English.

Although it is not being carried by major cable or satellite system in the United States, in the Americas, it is broadcast from Intelsat Americas 5 at 97.0W as part of the Globecast World Television Service On the Internet, it is available on VDC and JumpTV.

Will it catch on? It is a profoundly different view than what Western viewers are accustomed to."
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El Torico El Torico writes  |  more than 7 years ago

El Torico writes "The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently opened the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. The facility opened last month and is now hosting meetings of international scientists . Gerald M. Rubin, Ph.D., the highly esteemed Genetic Scientist, is the first Director of this facility.

From the second article —
"The campus and the culture of Janelia Farm were designed to support and encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research," said Thomas R. Cech, HHMI president. "Those attributes make Janelia Farm a perfect location to host a meeting where researchers can share ideas about developing new scientific strategies for combating the challenging global problems that HHMI's international scientists have chosen to tackle."

Their Open House was a rare opportunity for the general public to see a state of the art research facility. I was one of many who toured the facility during the open house. It is very impressive, but during the tour, I had the eerie feeling that we were in a "made for the Sci-Fi channel" movie."

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