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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

LanMan04 Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (191 comments)

Agree, I worship Picard. The warrior-poet, the tactician, the scholar.

But you want to talk shitty, grim future? I see your Battlestar Galactica and raise you Warhammer 40k!



"It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor of Mankind has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the vast Imperium of Man for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day so that he may never truly die.Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat to humanity from aliens, heretics, mutants -- and far, far worse. To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods."

about 4 months ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

LanMan04 Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

Sure there is a legal basis for criminal charges.

You charge the guy with "reckless driving resulting in death", instead of what might be a more serious charge, lke "reckless driving resulting in death while texting"

The guy still killed someone with his car while driving. He should still be charged.

about 5 months ago

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

LanMan04 Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

You used to be able to order the spores legally because there were no psychoactive chemicals however they are now also on the DEA schedule.



"In the United States, possession of psilocybin-containing mushrooms is illegal because they contain the Schedule I drugs psilocin and psilocybin. Spores, however, which do not contain psychoactive chemicals, are only explicitly illegal in Georgia, Idaho, and California.[17] In the rest of the country, it is not illegal to just sell the spores, but selling them with the purpose of producing hallucinogenic mushrooms is illegal.[18][19]"

about 7 months ago

NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

LanMan04 Bottom of page 29 (220 comments)

It's at the bottom of page 29 of the report (page 30 of the PDF).

Just FYI

about 8 months ago

Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

LanMan04 Re:Sleep -1? (240 comments)

My cat is not an artificial, human, made clock, you insensitive clod.

Cat? Try 6- and 3-year-old children!

about 10 months ago

Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

LanMan04 Re:Actually (72 comments)

Cool, then you can pay extra for the privilege! :)

about 10 months ago

Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

LanMan04 Re:Newsgroups anyone? (323 comments)

Shhhhhhh! You fool!

about 10 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

LanMan04 Re:God (794 comments)

Agreed! My wife bought some and I thought the label was hilarious.

That stuff will *destroy* your skin, though. Soooooo dry. After years of using Dove on my face, I looked like I had a sunburn after 2 days of using Dr. Bronners.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

LanMan04 Re:Xonotic (669 comments)

Wow, I used to play Nexiuz. Glad to see it has a successor!

about a year ago

Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

LanMan04 Re:Now thats a performance... (271 comments)

Panama - Van Halen

Relevant Drew Carey episode:

"Celia returns from an out-of-town trip and learns about Drew's fight with Winfred-Louder. She offers her support. The store recruits Mimi to try to drive Drew out of the house. She points blinding lights at the house and constantly blasts "Panama" by Van Halen."



about a year ago

Through a Face Scanner Darkly

LanMan04 Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (336 comments)

E.D. Hirsch coined the term "cultural literacy" to describe aspects of culture which have meaning that goes beyond the basic words.

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

Temba, his arms wide!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

LanMan04 WDTV Live is the best! (420 comments)

Another happy WDTV Live user here. I have this exact model, purchased in November 2011:


Just set up a SMB or NFS share on any computer you want, and this device will play ANYTHING you can throw at it (including flv, at least in my experience). Has 100Mb ethernet, N wifi, HDMI out, optical out, USB port, and a remote.

It will talk to a "media server" if you really want it to (DLNA, etc), but I've found a simple file share is the way to go.

1 year,16 days

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

LanMan04 Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

Just like all gun owners think they are responsible. :)

1 year,21 days

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

LanMan04 Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

Well, considering my Mac *is* supported and was built approx 6 years ago, your computer *is* getting a bit long in the tooth by conventional standards.

1 year,21 days

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

LanMan04 Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

How about death rate instead of murder rate?

Accidents, "justifiable" shootings, etc are what I'm interested in.

1 year,23 days

Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

LanMan04 Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (325 comments)

Go take a drill to a cannister of liquid CO2 and let me know how that works for you.

I imagine it would go better than sitting the canister of liquid CO2 on a stove burner and then just sitting back and waiting...

1 year,24 days

US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

LanMan04 Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

Do have gas heat? If so, it *is* a waste.

about a year ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

LanMan04 Re:what? (513 comments)

Rammed through?

Only due to 60 votes being the "new normal" to get any legislation to a vote.

So it was only ramming through if we agree the GOP was *again* making egregious misuse of the filibuster. Otherwise, it's just business as usual for both sides.

about a year ago

Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

LanMan04 Re:Coincidence (207 comments)

In other words, the system gives gives enough advance warning so you know what you're about to gently bump into after screaming to a stop in a cloud of smoke. Or crash into, if the pavement happens to be wet.

Can a human do better? That's the real question...

about a year ago



Official Google Voice Blocked From iPhone Store

LanMan04 LanMan04 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LanMan04 (790429) writes "Apple has rejected the Google's Voice application for the iPhone saying that it duplicated features in the popular smart phone. In other words, Google Voice — one of the best things to happen to telephony services in a very long time — will have no presence at all on the App Store. The move has called into question the control that Apple exerts over approving applications and whether the rejection and others constitute anti-competitive behavior."

Tax Assessor's Attempt to Stifle Free Speech

LanMan04 LanMan04 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LanMan04 (790429) writes "When Seneca Technologies President Will White won his public records lawsuit against the state of West Virginia, he did what any Web entrepreneur would do with his newly-acquired bevy of local tax maps — he posted the information on his website. That didn't sit well with Kanawha County Tax Assessor Phyllis Gatson, who is asking a court to force Seneca to take the maps off the Web.

Gatson's biggest beef with Seneca seems to be that it is providing free access to maps (which are public documents) that West Virginia's tax assessors charge people $8 apiece for in a paper version."

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'Burning' Saltwater a New Energy Source?

LanMan04 LanMan04 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LanMan04 (790429) writes "From the Post-Gazette: For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned. So when John Kanzius announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax. "It's true, it works," Dr. Rustum Roy (Penn State University chemist) said. "Everyone told me, 'Rustum, don't be fooled. He put electrodes in there.'" But there are no electrodes and no gimmicks, he said.

The salt water isn't burning per se, despite appearances. The radio frequency actually weakens bonds holding together the constituents of salt water — sodium chloride, hydrogen and oxygen — and releases the hydrogen, which, once ignited, burns continuously when exposed to the RF energy field. An independent source measured the flame's temperature, which exceeds 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. (Video of demonstration, more information)"

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Baby Hacking

LanMan04 LanMan04 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LanMan04 (790429) writes "My wife and I are expecting our first child to be born in about 3 months, and I wanted to ask the /. crowd for any "Baby Hacking" projects/recommendations. I'd define baby hacking as any early childhood education project that can give the baby a head start (i.e. early language acquisition, accelerated learning, etc), with an emphasis unconventional ideas. This is especially important, with recent research showing that those Baby Einstein videos are actually detrimental. Also, any really "cool" projects you wish your parents could have done from day 1 (e.g. take a picture of the baby's face every day, starting at birth, to see how it changes over the years, etc) would be appreciated as well. Thanks Slashdotters!"

LanMan04 LanMan04 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LanMan04 (790429) writes "For the first time, researchers have read the biological signature of a tyrannosaur — a signature that confirms the increasingly accepted view that modern birds are the descendants of dinosaurs. Analyzing the organic material (collagen protein) found inside the unique fossil linked the collagen to several extant species. The bottom line is that the T. rex's biological signature was most like a bird's, at least based on the first fragmentary data. "It looks like chicken may be the closest among all species that are present in today's databases for proteins and genomes," one of the scientists interviewed said."


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