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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Kittenman Re:Cost (450 comments)

1) Something might go wrong

That's a pretty weak excuse. Something might go wrong while wearing glasses to. Maybe you'll get hit by a buss on the way to get new glasses. Oh MY!

FYI: there has never been a case of blindness from LASIK.

I had a my eyes done by a new process, and it all goes fine but sometimes hegfedufghfkki jjfhfjruubn nhiifiueeutr877u and then it comes back again, mostly. The important thing is ,mdskkpvppop jfvjvj kfjjr8868i ,ll. If that happen's then you're REALLY in trouble. Just remember that, if nothing else.

8 hours ago
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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Kittenman Re:As someone that works at KSC (52 comments)

The real name of the building is M7-0355. This is most likely just going to involve a little sign in the lobby.

We've a 'Jean Batten Airport' down here in NZ. People still call it Auckland Airport.

(Who was Jean Batten? She invented the leather strap used on ships to secure loads: hence "batten down the hatches". Not sure why they named an airrport after her)

3 days ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Kittenman "Moondust" (204 comments)

Finished this book recently: writer catches up with the living 'moonwalkers'. At that time, there were nine. We've lost Neil Armstrong since then (anyone have a website that gives current state of the NASA astronauts? Or the Soviet Cosmonauts?)

Anyhow - author (Andrew Smith) states that it's as if a decade of the 21st century had been dropped in to the 20th century. Good comment, I thought.

4 days ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Kittenman Re:So... about this memo (161 comments)

Are we violating any of Intellectual Ventures' patents by reading it?

Reading the attached article? Now c'mon, this is slashdot. We'll just make random, unsubstantiated statements.

about a week ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Kittenman Re:thank goodness because (291 comments)

1) No tax on breathing
2) One less revenue stream for government
3) More freedom for emitters of CO2
4) Happier plants since they need CO2

But plants don't vote. Correct me if wrong (just waiting for the first "I, for one, welcome our new vegetable overlords")...

about a week ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Kittenman Re:I am a pilot and (468 comments)

This is the first step in phasing out pilots altogether and replacing us with computer programs.

Interesting thought, and I'm sure you're right. We're getting driverless cars, I guess pilotless planes are coming. We already have drones (pilotless attack aircraft), unmanned rockets, unmanned planetary rovers... I'm pretty sure there's unmanned sea vessels (anyone?) out there somewhere.

But a serious question. Is a plane safer or less safe with pilots? (Yes, I know that pilots can save the day sometimes. Other times they cause the crash. MH370 may yet be shown to be pilot suicide).

Once we know the answer to that question, we can follow the odds. Have a remote pilot able to 'log in' when something nasty happens, maybe.

about two weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

Kittenman I ducked... (340 comments)

I was watching a firework display with wife and two-year-old daughter (I held latter in my arms for view) at a fireworks party run by a friend, some years ago. The rockets were carefully placed, ready to go up, lit - then fell over and came straight for us. We ducked, dived, covered the youngster - I got some bruises, wife got a burnt pair of pants and daughter (and us) all got a helluva scare.

I've seen professional show since, no more amateur ones. Booze and fireworks, and the casual attitude don't mix.

As for July 4 - hope it all went well for the USAns amongst us. Go 'Murica! Hope y'all had a great night, illuminating, watching or just chilling.

about two weeks ago
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Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near

Kittenman Dropping Coconuts shark bites (55 comments)

I heard that more people get killed by having a coconut fall on their head, than from shark attack. Anything we can do to alleviate that menace? It's obviously more of a danger than shark attack.

Source (dubious, but so is the shark number... http://paradise.docastaway.com... )

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Kittenman Back when I wor lad... (710 comments)

I worked in the UK in the late 90s for a multinational. The company sent me to Philadelphia for an interview. Offer included two weeks holiday a year. I asked the recruiter why this was so low (in the UK it was four) - she replied that the folks there really loved to work.

Uh-huh....

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

Kittenman Re:sure you want to go with 'undead' ? (283 comments)

That's a good point. I think everyone being sold on Perl 6 fixing Perl 5's issues and then ... not ... left us all with the impression that Perl 5 has issues that would never be fixed, to which we all reacted as one would expect and abandoned it for something else nice and shiny. With their own problems that will never be fixed.

I'm waiting for the Perl 7 release. Then I can really talk about the string of Perls.

(Honestly, it just popped into my head)

about a month ago
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I typically start my workday ...

Kittenman 8 'til 4 ... (141 comments)

I've done my time ... used to work 7 to 5 or so, on call in the evenings and at weekends. That's fine (sort of) when you get paid for it, but I found (and still find) that management come to expect it. And resent it when you don't work the 60-hour week that they want you to, without pay.

So ... I now work a standard day, take some calls and have the occasional late night. Still new at this job, so we'll see how it goes. Trick is not to get manager's expectations too high :)

about a month ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

Kittenman Re:We already built a new Internet (305 comments)

See, this is the thing. We let you on the last Internet we built, the one we started with 110 baud modems, and you messed it up.

So we already built a new Internet 2. It's here, it runs on 100 GB/s ports with 40 GB/s campuswide at all the top research universities.

And we're not letting you on it.

Now you can keep your spam and we'll go solve the mysteries of the universe while you post hate speech at each other over meaningless twaddle.

Pshaw. Call that an internet? Here on Internet 3 we have 10 Tb/s ports and 600 Gb/s installation-wide. And we get a headache when we have to think down to your level.

about a month and a half ago
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Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

Kittenman Re:Wear a balaclava (143 comments)

Heck, next thing you know people will be wearing masks or some such when doing crimes, so that the cops won't know who did what, even if they have photographs of the entire world population.

Criminals doing crimes in masks... work with me, people....

about a month and a half ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

Kittenman Co-incidental (248 comments)

I bumped up my anti-malware software in the last month, but I don 't suspect that Snowden's revelations are anything to do with the increased amount of malware out there (or my increasing stupidity in letting some of that crap through).

Mark you, wouldn't it be great if some malware did come from the NSA? If it's good software (according to the NSA), is it called 'palware'?

about a month and a half ago
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$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide

Kittenman Re:Profit! (264 comments)

What is the suspect has multiple personalities?

I'm in two minds about that.

about 1 month ago
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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

Kittenman Re:Security (240 comments)

So I will know if someone steals my toast? there is ZERO advantage to an internet enabled toaster. Z E R O.

How about upgrades to your 'Talkie Toaster"? http://reddwarf.wikia.com/wiki...

"Given that God is infinite, and that the universe is also infinite... would you like a toasted teacake?"

about 2 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Kittenman Re:Misspellings and Grammar Mistakes (199 comments)

Very good. I hate ads with double-negatives to hide their intent. Such as...

"Click here to not include deimplementation of the Special toolbar"
"Select the Antivirus not to be uninstalled with this download"

and so on... it hurts me just to write it. I mean, it doesn't not make me unhappy. Or is that what I mean...

about 2 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Kittenman Re:Overthinking it. (199 comments)

Hmm...Every so often a check box shows up to disable ads on Slashdot. I've never seen an ad on Slashdot so, of course, I didn't bother to check it. Seriously, there are ads on Slashdot?

I don't see any ads on Slashdot myself - thanks to this wonder product, Acme Ad-Blocker. Amaze your family and astound your friends. But wait, there's more...

about 2 months ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Kittenman Re:Yea, I'm sure he gives a rat's ass. (304 comments)

America is vastly more democratic than Iran.

Tut now. Unless I miss my bet (and I'm not in the states, so I may will miss) you folks aren't a democracy, any more than any other country in the world. You are an elected oligarchy, in that you vote from a presented group of other citizens to have them represent your wishes, etc, within the governmental system of your country.

Of course, once elected, they're not obliged to behave according to the wishes of the people that elected them.

I suspect Iranian government is much the same - but maybe the choices of oligarchs are more ... severe.

about 2 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

Kittenman Re:On that note (290 comments)

Have you ever eaten squirrel? Stringy, gamy as hell and hardly any real meat to speak of.

... and the portions are so small.

caution: may contain nuts

about 2 months ago

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Archie Andrews to die

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 4 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 7 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  |  about 9 months 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 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 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 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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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'Star Wars' and Wales - the truth at last

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC has an article covering the so-far untold story between the 'Star Wars' canon and Wales. Did Chewbacca work in the mines? Was Han Solo in a choir in the Eisteddfod? In this case, the truth is not as strange."
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INDIA NOW TOP SPAMMING NATION

Kittenman Kittenman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kittenman (971447) writes "India now tops the world in terms of spamming. Sophos advise that about 10% of all SPAM in the world originates from India. The US is in second place, with 8.3% and then South Korea, at 5.7%.

Is this change still more evidence for the US losing the position as a worldwide technology leader?"

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