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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

GrumpySteen Re:Reliability is key. (583 comments)

Guns must not be simply reliable. They must be infallible. They must work instantly, every time. Otherwise, any gun is useless.

See how fucking idiotic that sounds?

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

GrumpySteen Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

Just what we need. One more argument against even trying to come up with something better. Clearly we're the pinnacle of civilization and technology, so the status quo is always the best we can do.

3 days ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

GrumpySteen Re:Structural Fatigue (34 comments)

Oh look, a 370 year old house made of wood.

Building a house out of wood doesn't automatically mean that it'll fall down in 10 years. If a wood framed structure fails that early, the fault lies either with the architectural planning or the use of low quality wood that isn't suitable for construction.

about a week ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

GrumpySteen Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (160 comments)

It doesn't mean they can bottle piss and sell it as Sprite.

Well duh. The color is all wrong. You have to sell it as lemonade, Mello Yellow, Mountain Dew or something else with at least a vaguely similar coloration.

about two weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

Back at you. I don't see any reason I need to answer that any more than you do. One could also read my post.

I'm happy to go on record as saying that earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons (and they damage they cause) are natural disasters. I'll even go so far as to say that only an idiot would argue otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

Were you trying to reply to some other comment? I said nothing about dismantling dams or nuclear reactors.

about two weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

Are you suggesting that the earthquake and ensuing tsunami were somehow not natural disasters?

Or are you suggesting that this was a disaster that couldn't have been prepared for, despite the fact that TEPCO had been warned of the possibility years before? They dismissed the prediction as an unrealistic scenario and literally didn't bother preparing for it, so yeah... they were unprepared.

about two weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

The dam failures that you linked to were primarily caused by a typhoon that dumped over a meter of water in the area in less than 24 hours. It was pretty clearly a natural disaster that they weren't prepared for.

about two weeks ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

GrumpySteen Re:It is much smaller than the iPads screens (116 comments)

It is less than 1/9 the size of the 10" of an iPad.

You either entirely missed the point of the submission or you are actually trolling despite implying that you aren't.

The $20 cell phone is less than 1/15th the cost of the cheapest iPad. There are a lot of people who don't have an extra $300 for an ebook reader and live in areas without easy access to books.

A $20 device may not be the best reader available, but it's affordable and provides access to books that might not be available any other way.

Why cares?

This may be hard for you to believe, but some of us aren't entirely self-centered and we actually give a shit about poor people who can't afford the same access to information that others have.

Why is this slashvertisment posted on /.?

A slashvertisement would be an article about a specific product, not a general discussion of $20 cell phones and their capability as ebook readers. If you're going to throw insults around, at least try to make them relevant to the thing you're insulting.

about two weeks ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

GrumpySteen Re:Slightly pro-Intel reviews (152 comments)

AMD processors are just simply slower and their fastest can *barely* keep up with an i5

While that might be the case today, the person you're responding to is talking about the past 17.5 years. Intel hasn't always had the fastest processors during that time.

about two weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

GrumpySteen Re:Is it going anywhere? (528 comments)

The only surprise here is that they didn't find a way to work bitcoins into the summary.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

GrumpySteen Re:Illegal (182 comments)

It's really no different than getting cut off while driving, tracking the plate number through the DMV for a physical address, and then setting up your stripper friend to show up while during their family dinner.

If I'd known it would cause strippers to show up for free at my house for dinner, I'd have started cutting people off the moment I got my driver's license.

about three weeks ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

GrumpySteen Re:The Tools of Science (134 comments)

The student sampled 109 swabs of more than 30 tree species and 58 soil samples, grew and isolated the Cryptococcus fungus and then sent those specimens to Springer at Duke. Springer DNA-sequenced the samples from California and compared the sequences to those obtained from HIV/AIDS patients with C. gattii infections.

Oh look, the "hard scientists" actually did the science.

Dukeâ(TM)s chairman of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Joseph Heitman M.D., was contacted by longtime collaborator and UCLA infectious disease specialist Scott Filler, M.D., whose daughter Elan was looking for a project to work on during her summer break. They decided it would be fun to send her out in search of fungi living in the greater Los Angeles area.

The girl didn't figure out where the fungus was coming from, nor did she even come up with the idea to sample fungus herself. The scientists knew it was coming from somewhere in the environment and, since they had an offer of help collecting samples, allowed the student to assist them.

The girl did not do the science. She just assisted the scientists with the manual labor.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

GrumpySteen Easy (548 comments)

When I started programming, I wish I'd known that I would hate doing it as anything other than a hobby. I wasted a lot of my college years studying something I'll never used in a job.

about a month ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

GrumpySteen Re:What about maintenance settings? (239 comments)

We can't can't jet jacks low cost auto cars push the limits of maintenance to being unsafe.

That made lots of sense.

about a month ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

GrumpySteen Re:Similar (98 comments)

Not similar. The SAME.

It reminds you of that building because that's the building the summary is referring to.

about a month ago

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