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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Marrow Setup a machine for instant re-installation (334 comments)

Setup a hard drive or usb key with a re-installation image so that if they do experience trouble, they can just re-image their machine. All updates and software they need already installed.

Or you could have the system dual boot. Normal windows boot, but you can have them grub boot into linux and that will give you a pristine platform to log-in and save files/re-image their machine remotely via partition image. You have them boot into linux, and then you can operate on a comatose window partition without interference via ssh.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Marrow Interesting, Maybe they should embrace that (292 comments)

Instead of them writing AI engines to drive NPC battles, have the NPCs be human. You cannot talk or interact with the "protagonist", but you can shoot at him. Maybe by playing NPC long enough, you unlock the game and then You can play the protagonist.

about a month ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Marrow I was simply disagreeing with the term "tool" (600 comments)

I was not disagreeing with gun ownership. I just think a gun is a weapon, not a tool. If you call a gun a tool, then what is a sword? An ad-hoc non-elective surgical instrument? Overgrown Cutlery? Guns are not tools. They are weapons. I have no objection to the ownership of weapons...within reason. I just think calling them a tool seems like an attempt to shroud their importance by mingling them with other more benign implements like screwdrivers.

about a month and a half ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Marrow to answer your last comment first (600 comments)

I am not nor will I ever advocate smart guns.
In answer to your skunk anecdote, how many rounds was your weapon capable of raining down on said skunk. If you had a gun with 12+ rounds ready fly in less than 5 seconds, then I would say you had a weapon of war.

about a month and a half ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Marrow Not comparable (600 comments)

A gun is a radically different animal. Very few tools are designed to kill people and strike at a distance. A gun is not a tool. A gun is a weapon of war that has been (barely) domesticated.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Marrow Please be specific (937 comments)

To which premise do you refer? I did not make the comment with the expectation of making friends, but rather to incite debate. Anyone who talks about religion and Atheism should expect debate.
That said. Religion is a fundamental construct of western civilization. To claim disagreement with what so many people have born, lived, killed, and died to believe is a very serious thing.
Premise: Atheism is a refutation or dismissal of ALL stories, anecdotes, eyewitness accounts, and historical records that claim the "for real" corporeal or non-corporeal existence of divine beings .
Premise: The refutation or dismissal of the existence of divine beings is incompatible with the belief, first-hand accounts, and historical record of said divine beings.
Premise: A Atheist, by virtue of the first premise, holds that the stories, anecdotes, and first-hand accounts of divine beings are wrong due to error or deception.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Marrow I think you may have made a bad assumption (937 comments)

Its pretty funny actually. Ya might want to backtrack and re-read the conversation. Pay special attention to the capitalization if that helps.

Silly rabbit.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Marrow Who told you about the god or gods? (937 comments)

Is this an idea you came up with all on your own? Or did a bunch of people get together to try to convince you of these beings? Did they write books, build temples,and hold ceremonies to convince you of the existence and benevolence of these creatures?
Are you disbelieving the idea, or the people who told you the idea? The problem is, the people who told you didn't claim credit for the idea. They told you it was the TRUTH.

 

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Marrow That is very correct (937 comments)

Its not much different at all. A "Hard Atheist" may be just as religious and biggoted as any other kind of person devout to their beliefs.

The real question is: Is there a word for people who "Could care less if there is a god",

I think the pasta people might be closest to that ideal, but I could never embrace it.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Marrow How did I come to this idea? (937 comments)

By thinking it through. There is a lot of time to do that when you are an Atheist.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Marrow Perhaps Atheism is misunderstood. (937 comments)

People say that Atheism is the disbelief of god, but that is not correct. Atheism is the disbelief of people. By being an Atheist, you are in fact saying; "I dont believe anything that anyone has -ever- said in support of the existence of god'. You are saying: "Those people have been misled or deceived in some way and I dont believe them no matter their opinion, credibility, or station in life."

Atheism will never be popular or accepted. Because that acceptance would not be reciprocated. Atheists don't believe in people.

about a month and a half ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Marrow So, figure a way to hang on the undercarriage (491 comments)

The batteries could even have small motorized wheels of their own that allow them to automatically detach from the bus and self-navigate to a charging station. Then a new battery could crawl up under the bus and hoist itself into position and lock-in.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Marrow Maybe it is trying to preserve sig figs? (729 comments)

Maybe it does not want to promote the number of significant figures that integer represents?

about a month and a half ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Marrow Zombie Processes (613 comments)

Do current distros (systemd or not) still allow for zombie process to remain in the process table? Does systemD fix that problem now?

about 2 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Marrow Why use drones at all? (215 comments)

Drones seem un-necessary. Why the return trip? Why not make the delivery vehicle....a "smart-bomb". A delivery vehicle that could be dropped from a [very] large plane and that descends in a very controlled fall to its destination. Maybe homing in on GPS, or using a small camera.. It would have just enough smarts to control its descent and make adjustments, but be disposable otherwise. Or tough enough to ship back to Amazon by "ground" shipping.

about 2 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Marrow Thanks for the effort you put into your response. (149 comments)

It looks like a really nice case, but too far outside my "minimalist" envelope. I do need to shake things up though; I haven't built a machine in too long. I need to bring a new one to life.

about 2 months ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Marrow So why dont cases breathe out the top? (149 comments)

There were reasons which I cannot seem to remember right now. Fan noise maybe? But why dont cases blow air up?

about 2 months ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Marrow beta.slashdot.org STOP (144 comments)

beta.slashdot.org STOP
beta.slashdot.org STOP

Message repeats at 10 second intervals.

about 2 months ago

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