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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

Kittenman Saturn Weekender (151 comments)

Can't remember the book, but maybe Larry Niven?

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

Kittenman Re:How much of a vested interest do they have? (405 comments)

How much of a vested interest does Gartner have in this technology?

Your conspiracy theory is backwards. If they had a vested interest in more automation, they would want to keep it low profile.

Unless Gartner themselves are robots! Quick, spread the word before it's too late!

about two weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Kittenman Re:America = snowball (126 comments)

So obesity in America is a snowball effect and cannot be stopped.

Look at photographs from the sixties and seventies of Americans or even earlier. Normal people. From the eighties onward they've become walking Bibendums. It's tragic if you think about it. An entire people incapable of eating healthy food. Children are obese, parents are obese. It's clear something went wrong between the seventies and the eighties. What ?

Marketing. I watched a show "The man who made us fat". Someone in a fast food chain (ok, I didn't pay a lot of attention...) worked out that if you gave out bigger portions and charged more, people still ate it all rather than leave it half-finished and 'waste it'.

Makes sense, if you think of it. When's the last time you just said "that's it, I've had enough" and didn't finish a meal that you'd paid for? (Especially a dessert...)

about two weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Kittenman Come again? (534 comments)

" He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs," Really?

The religious will do this because they can't distinguish between their god and an alien?

Even as an atheist, I'm insulted for the believers among us....

And yes, is this a slow news day, I guess.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Kittenman The American Dream? (192 comments)

Not snarky - but I've noticed that some Hollywood movies explicitly (or implicitly) state that if you want to do anything really, really well, you just have to practice, practice, practive. This sounds like a restatement of the 10,000 hour rule. Oh, and you have to really want it.

I suspect everyone always knew this was nonsense. But is this (Gladwell) where it came from?

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

Kittenman Facebook... privacy...concerns,,, (92 comments)

privacy... concerns... facebook...

Swap these words around for a well-worn Slashdot article (bonus if you score two hits in a day)

about three weeks ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

Kittenman Re:It doesn't take a genius (113 comments)

You guys make it sound like making millions in the stock market is dead simple. All your posts are missing is a link to an ebook that tell you all the secrets.

Maybe downplaying his gains makes you feel better about yourselves? But making that kind of scratch doesn't happen by change. Even best advisors from open hedge and mutual funds average around 25%.

Count the hits, ignore the misses. Maybe he was just lucky. And yes, someone can be that lucky. People win lotteries (not me!). And slashdot wouldn't have an article along the lines of "Several normal people played the stockmarket and on average did so-so".

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

Kittenman Re:Wow (96 comments)

Totally agree. But it's akin to a pub/saloon/nightclub having a 'beer pong' game or some other drinking game set up. You 'have fun' and they sell booze.

Nothing wrong with that if you want to drink like a fish. Likewise, if the Central Americans want to learn to program, sign up ...

about three weeks ago
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My toy collection is ...

Kittenman Re:Computers computers computers... (209 comments)

I'm sitting right now in a room with about a dozen 'obvious' computers. Let's see: 3 PCs, one laptop, one Mac Mini, 2 Raspberry Pis, 3 Android tablets, one iPhone, one iPad. Yep that's 12. And of course there's also the wireless router and cable modem. And I'll go ahead and count my LCD TV since it's clearly a computer as well (especially when it locks up). Oh, and I shouldn't forget the Wii and PS2 even though I don't use those very often. Clearly computers -are- my toys.

I take it you're single? No slight intended. Whenever my PC count got above , where was the number I could keep off the floor, my wife would suggest that I 'pass on' a few to deserving homes.

about three weeks ago
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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

Kittenman Nothing from K'breel? (113 comments)

And my respects to the team in India. Nice work!

about three weeks ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Kittenman Huckleberry Finn (410 comments)

Banned in the southern states, I believe. Haven't read it yet myself, but I believe that it involves a character disobeying the almighty to treat a slave as a real person.

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

Kittenman Re:A bell curve! (169 comments)

Hey, look: a bell curve!

Well, except for the bump at "100 bpm or greater". I didn't realize so many squirrels read slashdot.

Squirrel!

(Ok, it's an old meme...)

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Kittenman I know one... (275 comments)

My brother-in-law is a Apollo hoax believer. He challenged me once to debate the arguments for and against. I replied (quoted someone) 'You can't have a rational argument with an irrational person".

By the way, he's also into water divining... but that doesn't always work, for some reason. Now, there's a thing...


(Americans - the moon landings were among your finest achievements. In my opinion, history and the human race in general owes you a debt).

about a month ago
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Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

Kittenman Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (89 comments)

whats a good way to try to make an intellectual snub at someone without adding to the conversation? I know, check spelling and grammar.

Missing apostrophe in "whats" - should be "what's".

Just getting into the swing of it.

about a month ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Kittenman Re:Buridan's Principle (165 comments)

Interesting: I knew this story as "Bollum's Ass". I did a quick google on that, and you'd be amazed at what I got back.

Well, maybe not.

about a month ago
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I think next winter will be:

Kittenman nine months away... (148 comments)

or so. I'm in the southern hemisphere, you inconsiderate clod!

about a month ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Kittenman Re:Heard on NPR (121 comments)

When Fitzgerald died in 1940 in Hollywood, his last royalty check was for $13.13. Remaindered copies of the second printing of The Great Gatsby were moldering away in [publisher] Scribner's warehouse.

World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read. ... They printed over 1,000 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.

The greatest distribution of the Armed Services Editions was on the eve of D-Day. Eisenhower's staff made sure that every guy stepping onto a landing craft in the south of England right on the eve of D-Day would have an Armed Services Edition in his pocket. They were sized as long rectangles meant to fit in the servicemen's pockets. (Her assertion was it was this service which reintroduced American's to Gatsby)

--Maureen Corrigan talking about her book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

I remember once that someone carried a bullet from d-day around with him, and kept it in his pocket for luck. Once he tripped, landed on his back in the street. At the same time, someone in the building dropped a book from a window accidentally. The book was a hardback, fell - but bounced harmlessly off the bullet in the guy's pocket.

The guy always said that if it hadn't been for that bullet, the book would have killed him.

about a month ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Kittenman Re:Winterhilfswerk (121 comments)

The Germans also had the Winter Charity (Winterhilfswerk), which printed millions of books for German soldiers, both propaganda and stories, humor, songbooks, etc.

I wouldn't be too surprised if the Brits and the Russians did something similar.

Brits did. My dad was in WW2, I remember seeing some Army issue paperbacks in the family bookshelves back in Surrey.

Brits also did free concerts (anyone else read 'The Cruel Sea'?) and suchlike. ENSA was the organization (can't remember what the acronym was for). I guess the UK equivalent of whatever organization sent Bob Hope around the world, entertaining the troops for the US.

about a month ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Kittenman Impressive (198 comments)

..., they actually rolled out something., Didn't a huge replacement project runs for years and years, soak up bazillions and then get cancelled? But maybe that's the 'clinical' side of things. Yes, here it us .. http://www.theguardian.com/soc...

about a month and a half ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Kittenman ALGOL (387 comments)

Paid my rent for many a year. I dabble in it less now (some work in Powershell to do) but still my first love.

about a month and a half ago

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NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about a month 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 a month and a half 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 3 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 3 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 7 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  |  about 10 months ago

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  |  1 year,10 days

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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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