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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Mad-Bassist Re:Glen was great (186 comments)

It's a sad occasion, he brought many shows to light that shaped my childhood.

about a month ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Mad-Bassist Re:As an electronics major I have to point out ... (186 comments)

I have something like that on my classic NZXT Guardian computer case. It looks a bit like Optimus Prime and has a blue led "scanner" that cycles through a few lighting patterns, one of which is heavily Larson-influenced.

about a month ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Mad-Bassist Re:2 seasons 1978 and 1980 (186 comments)

I thought Katie was great. Sure, it seemed wrong at first to have such a change, but it left me with this joke:

"Baltar and Starbuck going at it? That wouldn't have flown in the original show!"

about a month ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Mad-Bassist Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

I thought it was the greatest thing—saw it at a friend's house who had rigged his stereo to his TV (long before that became a feature,) so I got to watch it in high-quality mono. It looks really cheesy to me now, but I was ten years old at the time.

about a month ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

Mad-Bassist They're not hired for their writing ability! (204 comments)

I've frequently had bosses that wrote cringeworthy notes, the latest being a reminder to turn the clocks back for...

"Daylight Saving's Time."

Ugh. No "saving" some people.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Mad-Bassist Re:Atari 800 (702 comments)

The 800XL and other post-Tramiel models were very different from the classic 800. It was a tank, but the keyboard eventually died on mine. Unfortunately, those were hard to replace then and probably near-impossible to find now. At least with all the mods I did on mine (GTIA graphics chip, Omnimon, a keyboard speaker-silencing switch, and green power LEDs) I was very good at disassembly/reassembly. The shielding in there is pretty extensive, and the plastic was pretty thick too.

about 7 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

Mad-Bassist Proctologists may disagree! (180 comments)

While the higher frequency transmissions of cellphones appear to carry no serious health risks, the number of emergency room visits from movie theater texters will surely continue to rise!

about 10 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

Mad-Bassist Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

I get more of a laugh by telling my coworkers to quit messing with the browser history at work (and making it obvious to the bosses by leaving IE's star menu on the history tab) by hitting, "Control-Shift-P for Privacy!"

about a year ago
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Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon Using DNA Extracted From Lennon's Tooth

Mad-Bassist Re:Fantasists (224 comments)

Or he'll encounter my crowd and decide to become a death metal musician, heh heh.

about a year ago
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Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

Mad-Bassist Re:Old news? (133 comments)

Heh heh, yeah, I remember those shows. I called on one of the Mel's Hole shows when the subject of an official Mel's Hole drink came up. I suggested it should be served with chili because "dead cows must be involved."

I miss the old show with Art too. These days, I just check it out from time to time and usually switch back to my mp3 player at work. My original comment was about the fact that many of the news stories at the beginning of the show seem to come from here.

The shows where Art interviewed George Carlin and Willie Nelson are classics too.

about a year and a half ago
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Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

Mad-Bassist Re:Old news? (133 comments)

Nah, it's old news when it's read on Coast to Coast AM. :-D

about a year and a half ago
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Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

Mad-Bassist Not first-generation supernovae? (133 comments)

I thought our heavy elements came mostly from the short-lived first generation of hypergiant hydrogen stars going supernova. If this theory is true, then are we lucky to have so much on this planet? I think about all the lead here, much of which is the end product of nuclear decay over billions of years from radioactive elements that must have been more abundant at some point.

I also wonder if our protoplanetary disc acted like a gold pan during the formation of the solar system, so Mercury might have lots of heavy elements as well as Venus (talk about hard to mine!)

Maybe our solar system would be attractive to extraterrestrial miners after all.

about a year and a half ago
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Smell Camera Snapshots Scents For the Future

Mad-Bassist Primary scents and tastes? (117 comments)

Interesting article—makes me think of four things:

1) The Harold and Maude movie: she invented a method of smell playback.
2) Scratch and Sniff technology (microencapsulation) may reach a whole new level.
3) Are there "primary smells" like primary colors? If so, imagine people creating new smells and posting the formulas online. I imagine engineered tastes would be possible too, as it's a closely related sense.
4) Imagine if High Times starts using that technology...

about a year and a half ago
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Robotic Kiosk Stores Digital Copies of Physical Keys

Mad-Bassist Burglary Convenience? (192 comments)

Now we can't even trust the babysitter to grab a Slurpee down the street...

I can only see this inspiring people with shifty morals to try something new because it's now more convenient. Good thing car keys are more complex these days.

about a year and a half ago
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German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

Mad-Bassist The cheap solution? (347 comments)

Why not use this as a way to teach the kids how to install the OS from scratch?

about a year and a half ago
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Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

Mad-Bassist Re:I think (292 comments)

Why not the RMS Olympic? It was the lead ship of it's class, survived several collisions, served in WWI, and completed 257 round trips across the Atlantic, transporting 430,000 passengers on her commercial voyages, travelling 1.8 million miles (according to Wikipedia.)

Of course, the sister ship with the most casualties was the one most remembered. The third and largest one (Britannic) got one movie, but only thirty died when she hit a mine.

It makes me wonder how many people would feel safe going out on this replica...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

Mad-Bassist Interview on Coast to Coast AM? (573 comments)

Greetings!

I have always wanted to see (or rather "hear") you appear with George Noory or Ian Punnett on C2C. Have you considered it? I think it would be fascinating, and would probably steer millions of people towards free software, even if it was just to try Open/Libre Office to save a few (hundred) bucks. Hell, it may just inspire some to start programming.

Thanks for your time, and all that you've accomplished.

about 2 years ago
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Favorite U.S. Political Party

Mad-Bassist Re:Useful poll (503 comments)

www.tshirthell.com/funny-shirts/green-party

more than 2 years ago

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