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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

Kittenman I tested this with the Italian translator (70 comments)

I noticed that once I cut off the video stream, the meaning of what I was saying changed completely.

(Con apologie per nostri amici Italiani)

3 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Kittenman Re:Are You Joking? (182 comments)

They were actually mobile kitchens, and, given the rather poor nutritional status of the Iraqi military, it is not unreasonable to assume they represented WMDs.

Somebody has to say it .. depends on what they were cooking. A badly-made pilaf with some off-colour meat, and that's a division out of circulation while they run to the latrines.

3 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Kittenman Interesting, but ... (150 comments)

It's good that it's mapping translations rather than language speakers - but it's not mapping content. Say 50% of the tweets in English are concerning Kim Kardashian's latest outfit, or Lady Gaga's pop video. An article in Finnish (why not?) is telling everyone how to talk to dogs. Which is more important to humankind?

Of course, how you automatically judge merit is another matter....

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Kittenman 'Vinyl going up in value' - yeah, right (433 comments)

I've got two records of Elgar himself conducting Elgar's two symphonies. Elgar, for heaven's sake. I was offered 10 cents each for them. I still have them.

You find me someone who will actually pay the $$$ that the journalists say vinyl is worth, and I'll flick on my 100 or so records. In the meantime, they're in boxes waiting for my daughter to sort out when I end up six foot under.

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Kittenman I smell something ... (153 comments)

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn't. I'll put some cash on this being in the Ig-Nobles in a year or two.

Back to 'Eat less and exercise', everyone. That's probably safer, anyhow.

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Kittenman Anyone remember 'Strategy and Tactics' magazine? (171 comments)

Subscribed to that with friends in the '70s and kept buying from them 'til they went bust. As a consequence, I've over a 100 'board' games and a good knowledge of military history (some problems with geography ... I used to think Vienna was in Austria-Hungary, etc ....).

Since then, picked up some goodies - "Republic of Rome', 'Pax Brittanica'.... hard to find face-to-face opponents these days so PBEM or video games.

But then there's the solitaires.. 'RAF', 'Carrier'...

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Kittenman Re:So What (574 comments)

What a shame that your glorious robots would never get to taste, touch, see, hear, or actually experience anything. Qualia. ...coming to the rescue yet again.

Good one - I'm here for you. Susan Blackmore's book on consciousness quotes the appreciation of qualia as a mark of consciousness. I can't see any machine ever enjoying a ham sandwich, or a beer. They can be programmed to respond as if they did, though.

about three weeks ago
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Test Flight For NASA's Orion Capsule Slated for December 4

Kittenman Re:Finally! (59 comments)

We are completely and totally fucked as a species if we do not figure out how to live independently of Earth. That means manned spaceflights. That means colonization of the Moon, Mars, and possibly elsewhere. The sooner we begin this work the better chance our species has for survival. The trouble is getting our current anti-science government to believe it.

Totally agree. I can't comment on whether the government is anti-science - it's not my government - but I would also like to subscribe to your newsletter.

And, of course, good luck to the ground crew with Orion. May you be rewarded with success!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Kittenman Re:Yes (376 comments)

A catastrophic health problem can change your plans overnight, at any age. Throw in that the older you get, the more likely it is to happen ... and employers can do the math too.

Faulty logic there. You might as well say "Youngsters are well known to do high-risk sports and hobbies, such as base-jumping, or swimming with sharks: employers can do the maths and will hire older staff that have survived these self-destructive years".

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

Kittenman Re:Conventional roasted but want to do a smoked on (189 comments)

I've smoked one on a Weber charcoal grill. I used a smokenator, a piece of steel that acts as a shield between the meat and the hot coals used for indirect cooking. Turkey was very flavorful and moist. Between the weber grill and the smokenator, it's a minimum investment to try it out. Nowadays I just dry brine and spatchcock the bird. Good flavor, moist bird, minimum fuss.

I did one on my Weber once - a monster, wrapped in bacon, stuffed, etc...No smokenator (how can anyone do that to the English language...) but indirect cooking. End result was a good bird, but it cooked a helluva lot faster than the veggies we had to go alongside. Damn bbq...everything is either over or under.

about three weeks ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

Kittenman Re:Is it still October 9? (244 comments)

you're right, that is a crazy dream because the ebola outbreak tracker shows that the number of new cases has been relatively stable (albeit noisy) for the last couple weeks. contrary to the summary, however, the tracker shows that ebola cases are doubling every 46 days, not 2-3 weeks.

Source is 'Wikipedia'. Hmmm. Be more inclined to take it seriously if it was sourced from WHO, or MSF, etc...

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Kittenman UPS - mostly for brown-outs (236 comments)

Might be just NZ, but we get voltage drops every now and then - sometimes severe enough to cause problems (pal of mine asked me to recover his RAID array after one fell off after a brown-out).

Side-effect of a UPS is that it smooths all these things out... oh, and surge protection too.

about a month ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Kittenman Re:It only matters if the speed is actually needed (247 comments)

Too often these things just look like dick measuring contests. A childish waste of time. I don't really care if the chinese have the fastest machine so long as our systems are able to keep up with our needs.

Damn right, Who cares? You USans are good at some things, top in some, bad in others, crap at a few. Much like the rest of the world.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - the world owes you a debt for getting humans on the moon.

(On the other side of the coin... never understood why you folks have so many guns...)

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Kittenman Re:Go XP! (178 comments)

This is 2014. The majority of nerds have more than one computer.

Heck, that's a prerequisite of membership.

But look on the bright side - nerddom also requires more than one operating system ...

about a month ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

Kittenman Suggested new internet 'law' (66 comments)

Anything that has a number in title will be garbage (or otherwise redundant). LinkedIn is full of "The six ways that you can succeed at your next interview", "The Top Ten techs of the 2010s". "The Seven Programming Techniques you must know"


Kittenman's law is fine. Pat pending.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Kittenman Update your website and move on (159 comments)

Put a comment on your website mentioning that someone out there is using your company's name and number for callbacks, and tell your customers to be aware of this issue.
You can't be liable for their gullibility, any more than you can for the actual actions of the Nigerian scammers (or whoever they are).

An Ancient Greek said "If people speak ill of thee, act so that no-one will believe them". I'd say that's still valid.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Kittenman Re:Radio Drama anyone? (242 comments)

For those who care: https://archive.org/details/Is...

Will be interesting to see if HBO does better than the BBC ;>

Yes! You beat me to it. I taped these off my old valve radio when they were broadcast, back when I was 14. I lovingly cared for the cassette tapes over the decades since, hearing them once every blue moon... and then found out I could get flawless copies off this website.

I remember hanging the mike next to the speaker... portable cassette player. Back in those days, the big thing was recording birdsong.

about a month ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Kittenman To quote Salvor Hardin ... (187 comments)

in about 25 years, I expect to be 'comfortably and cosily dead'.

about a month and a half ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Kittenman Been there, done that... (131 comments)

Spent 3 years or so working as an operator. Fine, good grounding for the support work I'm doing now some thirty years later. And I got 20% shift bonus for doing it.

One thing that lasts - I now have no time for people who say that certain things should be open at certain times of day. Example; don't serve beer/wine until noon. Back when I worked shift, most people's morning was my evening. If I fancy a beer with my dinner at 8 am, so what? I remember hanging around with fellow shift workers 'til 11am, waiting for the pubs to open on the last night...

about a month and a half ago
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Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

Kittenman Re:6 years of hacking with the same malware? (63 comments)

Maybe this is just the malware they expected people to find. Think of how many people now have a greater false sense of security because this group was "taken down".

You're right... the real problem malware is of course the stuff that I can't detect on my pc! Quick, pass my tinfoil hat and gloves.

about 2 months ago

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NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

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Northwest Passage Exploration ship found

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 3 months ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC (and several other sources) are carrying the news that the Canadian government has found the sunken remains of one of Sir John Franklin's ships (either the Erebus, or the Terror), that went missing in the 1840s, causing sensation in Victorian London. Sir John and his entire crew were never seen alive again, The search for traces of the expedition went for over ten years in the 19th century, partly led by Sir John's widow. The discovery has been called the biggest archaeological event since the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb."
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Archie Andrews to die

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "With the net already awash with comments about Thor's sex-change, another revelation: Archie Andrews is scheduled to die in the very near future. Rolling Stone (and other sources) cover the comic characters upcoming demise. What will Veronica and Betty do? Will this cause a resurgence in Archie (and Jughead's) single, "Sugar Sugar"? Stay tuned."
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Wireless Contraception

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC is carrying information on a type of contraception (funded in part by Bill Gates) that takes the form of a microchip, inserted under the skin. The chip releases contraceptive hormones to the body until wirelessly advised not to do so, This 'Brave New World' has several interesting applications and issues associated with it. What about hackers? Could 'they' implant a chip into a child at birth and then suppress children being born, until the employment opportunities improve — or a war needs more troops? The chip will be available from 2018. This correspondent will watch the issues with interest."
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A new 'dirty snowball' found: VP113

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Phil Plaitt in Slate is covering discovery of a new solar system object, known as VP113 (for now). The object is in a highly-elliptical orbit, currently at about 80 AU ... and that's its nearest point to the sun (perihelion). The furthest point is some 6 times that — putting it well into the Oort cloud."
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NSA Spies in World of Warcraft

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  1 year,12 days

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC is reporting that the US and UK spy agencies 'patrol' online games (such as 'World of Warcraft' and 'Second Life') to keep an eye on terrorist communications. The NSA "allegedly warned that such online games could allow intelligence targets to hide in plain sight". The same group have extracted WoW account data, attempting to link it to Islamic extremism.

Certainly a potential for data mining here — but keep an eye on that next elf you meet... it could really be a spook."

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Man stays legally dead, despite pulse

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about a year ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Donald Miller Jr of Ohio was declared legally dead in 1994, eight years after disappearing. He resurfaced in 2005, needing to regain his Social security number. His wife battled the case to declare him alive, as she was unable to repay the social security benefits she had received. The judge declared the man still dead, as there is only a three-year period to reverse the original ruling.

“I don’t know where that leaves you, but you’re still deceased as far as the law is concerned,” the judge said."

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Fox sued by Suicide's widow

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Fox news covered a police chase on JoDon Romero, live from a chopper, following his (alleged) theft of a car at gunpoint. Unwittingly (we hope) they also covered his suicide — broadcast live to his wife and three children, along with all other viewers.

The widow is suing fox for unspecified damages, claiming 'emotional distress'. Pity that off switch was too far away."

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Apple under scrutiny for massive tax avoidance

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Tweaktown are carrying news reported elsewhere; that Apple are under scrutiny for escaping some US$44billion (that's a billion, as per Carl Sagan) of taxes, between 2009 and 2012. CEO Tim Cook appeared/will appear before a Senate investigation on Tuesday.

Apple's testimony states that Apple 'pays all it's required taxes, both in this country and abroad' and that they do no use 'tax gimmicks'.

The case continues..."

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Alexander Graham Bell speaks!

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "A Smithsonian recording of the voice of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone had been deemed too fragile to play or try to listen to, for 138 years. Modern technology has caught up, however, and scientists made ultra-high definition images of the disks, allowing the depth and contours of the wiggles and grooves to be accurately measured — and bring the voice back to life, without ever touching the recording physically."
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Your plastic pal who's fun to be with - or not

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC magazine pages have an article on human trust of robots. The article cites a poll (done on facebook so certainly well-sourced) over the 'best face' design for a robot that would be trusted. But we still distrust them — because (tfa states) they look unwell (or like corpses) and do not behave as expected.

So would you trust a robot? How about one with the "trusting face"?"

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Osama Bin Laden: the Funpark

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC is reporting that Abbottabad — the place where OBL was found and killed by US Special forces — is to build an amusement park. The new park will not be near the site (now demolished) but will feature mini-golf, water sports and rock cllimbing. Possibly to help time pass for future terrorists otherwise at a loss of how to fill their days?"
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Original Batmobile sells for US$4.2m

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Rick Champagne, a 56 year old company owner from Arizona has bought the original "Batmobile" (dating back to Burt Ward and the '60s) for US$4.2 million. He's quoted as saying it "was a dream come true".

Holy Investment, Batman!"

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Texas state RFID story: student loses appeal

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Andrea Hernandez has lost her appeal to avoid wearing the RFID tag, covered elsewhere on Slashdot. Interestingly, Hernandez cited religious reasons for refusing to wear the device, referring to the item as 'the mark of the beast'. A clever appeal to religious freedom rather than civil liberties, perhaps?"
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Do flu vaccines give you flu?

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC is covering the ins and outs of Flu vaccines. According to the article, the vaccine is approximately 60% effectice, and it is the World Health Organization (WHO) that decide what strains (to a maximum of 3) are prevalent each year, and recommend that to go into the vaccine. And surprisingly, (or not), the recommendations for each hemisphere of the globe can be different. So are you more likely to get the flu if you fly from London to Sydney after a jab?"
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BBC turn off CEEFAX service

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "After 38 years (1974-> 2012) the BBC's CEEFAX service has ceased transmission. The service gave on-line up-to-date textual information (albeit in condensed form) to TV viewers in the pre-Internet era and afterwards. An British ex-PM (John Major) states ..
"From breaking global news to domestic sports news, Ceefax was speedy, accurate and indispensable. It can be proud of its record.""

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Democrat candidate is an Orc

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "Maine Republicans have discovered that the Democrat candidate, Colleen Lachowicz, plays an Orc rogue in World of Warcraft. They point out to readers of their website that her liking for back-stabbing and poison may make her 'unfit for office'."
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IRIDOLOGIST A MAJOR FACTOR IN DEATH

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "NZ's Auckland daily is covering (partly as a TV promotion) the story of a Naturopath (in this case, an iridologist) who was consulted by a woman with a 'cyst' on her skull. After 18 months of 'treatments', the woman died of the 'cyst', which was actually a cancer. The woman left behind a letter stating that the naturopath advised against consulting a doctor — and the naturopath in turn states that she did request the woman to see a doctor.

What's amazing is that the naturopath cannot be 'struck off', as she is exempt from such treatment by being in the 'alternative medicine' field."

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Apollo mission flags still upright

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC reports that the Apollo mission flags are still standing — with one exception. At Apollo 11 blast-off from the luna surface, the flag was knocked over (Buzz Aldrin reported this at the time). It's not known what sort of colours are visible in the flags owing to UV light exposure.

All in all, hopefully a blow to Moon Mission deniers?"

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