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"BlueTrack" Mouse More Advanced Than Laser, Optical

Illbay What WAS I Thinking About? (191 comments)

Just when you thought laser and optical mice were enjoying their reign on mousepads worldwide...

Whatever I might have been thinking about, I assure you it wasn't that.

more than 6 years ago

MS Reportedly Adds 6 Months of Vista Downgrade

Illbay Re:Is that you, Mr. Ballmer? (244 comments)

...yet it weighs less than one kilogram.

You mean it MASSES less than one kilogram. (Hey, if you people are going to defy the British Empire, at least get the terminology right!)

more than 6 years ago

Achewood Creator on NPR

Illbay Should have just called it "wood" (104 comments)

Oh, how unique! A comic strip that features jocularity with a sexual perversion theme!

"Much hilarity ensues!"

I'll bet this'll sell a MILLION, just on novelty alone!

more than 6 years ago

Obama's Evolving Stance On NASA

Illbay Evolving... (941 comments)

...is Obama-speak for "the focus group results just came in the mail, honey."

more than 6 years ago

Firefox 3 Already Rules the Roost

Illbay IE - It's not for savvy users anymore (591 comments)

"Microsoft still has three out of ten people running an old version of its browser more than 18 months after Internet Explorer 7 launched..."

Look, my father-in-law knows NOTHING about computing, but a LOT about using the Internet. We bought him a computer several years ago. His browser?

IE5, of course. Why? Because that's what was installed on the machine when we bought it.

The majority of people who THINK about what browser they use, use something other than IE. Firefox 3 is obviously a great leap forward for the Mozilla brand, and...well, there you go.

more than 6 years ago

Entertainment Weekly Bemoans Lack of Great Science Books

Illbay THE CULPRIT: Science as Entertainment (257 comments)

When I was a kid, and education seemed to be focused more on what was important rather than being "thick with thin things," science was considered "cool," to put it simply.

Everyone was interested in it. The Space Race was still ongoing, magazines like Popular Science proliferated, and we Cub Scout and Boy Scout kids worked hard on our radio and electricity or bridge-building experiments. We all wanted to be scientists when we grew up.

Now, everyone wants to be "in entertainment." Even the most well-known "scientists" are really CELEBRITIES more than anything else; they're famous for being famous. Instead of the staid, sober "Mr. Wizard," you have "Bill Nye the Science Guy" from about a decade ago, or the new Sid The Science Kid. It's all about fun and flash and, well, "celebrity," entertainment.

We used to be "entertained" by the IDEAS behind what we were learning. We had imagination enough to extrapolate ideas like "hey, if I can make this model rocket fly up to 500 feet, maybe one day I can make one that goes the the Moon or Mars!"

Now, it's all about what someone else is doing, for our entertainment, on TV. Don't need "hands-on," we can just watch someone else do "Science" that really just looks like an entertaining video game.

Perhaps if we could get the kids back to doing REAL science - after all, when you're eight years old the same experiments that the scientists of three hundred years ago were performing for the first time are certainly NEWS to you! - instead of just seeking to entertain them, they might start to take it seriously.

And that would be reflected in what we are reading and talking about as well.

more than 6 years ago

George Carlin Dead of Heart Failure

Illbay Re:Stern (583 comments)

Agreed. The constant litany of lies about America and the war on terror from the Left has certainly made ME and my friends as angry as we've ever been.

more than 6 years ago



Mormons Solicit Open Source Software Projects

Illbay Illbay writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Illbay (700081) writes "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ("The Mormons"), headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, has relied on in-house software and web applications development ongoing for some time. Now, however, they have opened up the development to the general membership, asking for volunteers with "time and talents" to contribute to open software project development.

The Church has a tradition of lay leadership, and nearly all the offices and assignments within the Church from local to the worldwide administration are filled by volunteers who are "called" to their work. So it isn't surprising that development of software to streamline the Church's operations would also be done on a volunteer basis.

The LDSTechWiki currently has projects listed to assist in Home Teaching, where assigned congregation members are responsible to act as liaison between members and the congregational leadership, and applications for multimedia distance learning. The portal also solicits ideas for development projects."

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Spain to Extend Full Human Rights to Apes

Illbay Illbay writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Illbay writes "Following the decision by the Pope to recognize the possibility that evolution may have led to establishment of humankind, the Spanish parliament is set to recognize the rights of "freedom and liberty" to all great apes:

Spain's parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans.

Parliament's environmental committee approved resolutions urging Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project, devised by scientists and philosophers who say our closest genetic relatives deserve rights hitherto limited to humans.

"This is a historic day in the struggle for animal rights and in defense of our evolutionary comrades, which will doubtless go down in the history of humanity," said Pedro Pozas, Spanish director of the Great Apes Project.
One must conclude that, given the very strong hate speech laws in place in Europe, it will no longer be allowed to say "!Consigue tus manos frente a mí, maldito mono sucio!" ("Get your hands off me, you damn dirty ape!")"



Illbay Illbay writes  |  more than 8 years ago Not sure what happened. They say "it's just a number in a database." I kept hearing that Slashdot was the epitome of "group-think." I'd have thought techies would tend to be more "conservative" in their thinking--but I have to remember that many of them are young and on the left coast.



Illbay Illbay writes  |  more than 8 years ago I actually made "Excellent" Karma today. Despite what the Gods of this site say about it, I couldn't help but deliberately try to accomplish this--mostly be behaving myself and not making "snide" remarks, as is my wont.

We'll see how long it lasts.

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