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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Mateorabi Re: Good news (420 comments)

We call that a fivehead.

about a week ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Mateorabi Re:Easier to collect the fine (217 comments)

So what you are saying is that any law infraction justifies any punishment of any magnitude? Heads; pikes; walls? Don't go playing catch near flowerbeds on alien planets.

about two weeks ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

Mateorabi Re:Well duh (420 comments)

And the guy who sits next to those other people you are constantly coordinating and discussing issues with? The guy who needs to concentrate hard on a one-man project? He is freaking hating it, and by extension, you. Headphones don't eliminate all distraction cues. And you know what? You'd still be able to do your collaboration shtick in cubicles or offices by walking up to folks when you need to.

Open plan might work for some places, but its a fad being adopted by managers following trends without evaluating if they truly make sense for their shop.

about 1 month ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

Mateorabi Re:Heat gun (304 comments)

That depends on the board design. If the MoBo designer didn't balance the copper density well top-to-bottom it will warp the whole damn thing as if it were a thermostat. Technical term is "potato chip-ing" the board. Seeing as how the initial problem occurred under temperature loads bad design isn't outside the realm of the possible. Or they cheapped out and used thinner copper layers that didn't spread the heat evenly enough laterally. (Though as others have pointed out it may be something INSIDE the chip packages not the MoBo. Also 340F isn't enough to melt solder, particularly lead-free.)

about 1 month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Mateorabi Sears & Roebuck? (94 comments)

Of course nowadays the question one-level-up from that might be "Where can I get a Sears & Roebuck catalog?" to which the answer is amazon.com, funny enough.

about a month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Mateorabi Re:Stamps? (94 comments)

But then the question just becomes "where can I buy a vernier caliper?". It's not like they had amazon.com either, and I doubt it was in the Sears & Roebuck catalog.

about a month ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Mateorabi Re:So... (282 comments)

No, we should make our acceptance of [the existence of] the problem not be conditioned on (proposed) solutions. You are free to propose other solutions, and the choice of _which_ solution often politics and opinion. It's a variation of "everyone is entitled to their own opinion, not their own facts."

about 3 months ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Mateorabi Confusion (282 comments)

Sounds like they have their priors confused with their posteriors.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

Mateorabi Re:Insightful jokes (174 comments)

I'd tell you a joke about TCP but I'd have to keep repeating it until you got it.

I'd tell you a joke about UDP but you might not get it.

about 4 months ago
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Rosetta Hunts For Comet Touch Down Site For Philae Lander

Mateorabi Effing JS (17 comments)

Of the thirty some domains trying to execute javascript from that page, anyone have the secret combination to temporarily let through noscript so the right-arrow "next image" button works? Just discovery.com and their cdn is not sufficient.

about 5 months ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Mateorabi "Waste" (71 comments)

While I find the 3d printing damn cool, the editorializing about the waste struck me as an odd comment for subby to make. I'm guessing that a lot of powder gets left over by this new process just as milling from a solid block leaves shavings. But those should be just as easily melted down and recycled in the next job, so not really wasted. (And if they are thrown away, it means that reusing them just isn't economical, so the 'waste' isn't that valuable anyway.)

I think the better argument where 3D wins is the ability to get arbitrary shapes that could be impossible to make with traditional machining or casting.

about 6 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Mateorabi Re:Blaming Google (239 comments)

There's another one with just one L, and he has NO sense of humor.

about 7 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Mateorabi Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

There's a great short story about an AT-AT test pilot doing war-games for the brass and the weapon's designers. In one test engagement against A-wings he has the new AT-AT kneel down before shooting back. When they ask him why afterwards, he explains that he thought the A-wings might try to trip him up. After horrid stares amongst the designers and their bosses, they decide the best "fix" is to ship his smart ass to Tatooine so they can sweep it under the rug and stay on schedule.

about 9 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Mateorabi Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

On it's problematic use as rocket fuel oxidizer: "...the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes." -John Drury Clark

about 10 months ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Mateorabi Meh (224 comments)

tl;dr

about 10 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Mateorabi Re:Can I vote for.. (512 comments)

"Inner Light", a favorite. It still gets a little dusty in the room when it's on. The flute went for mondo-bucks at auction, and is one of the rare examples of actual continuity in the show. (Beverly remembering they had a freaking Sun Shield a few episodes later. And using it once! Being another rare example) I will say that the Wesley episode with Ashley Judd had....redeeming qualities. And disqualifies Wil Wheaton from complaining, ever, about being Wesley.

about 10 months ago
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Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

Mateorabi Re:Let me help (34 comments)

I saw a man with a telescope.

about 10 months ago
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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

Mateorabi Re:Lucky (137 comments)

...and here is your receipt for my receipt.

about a year ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

Mateorabi Re:Space Seems Surprisingly Safe (144 comments)

I prefer the "horseshoes, hand grenades, and tactical nuclear weapons" variant.

about a year ago

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