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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Megane Re:I find it a bit disturbing (134 comments)

I find it more disturbing that these so-called "Australians" achieved a profanity density as low as 0.14!

3 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Megane Galactica '80 (186 comments)

Battlestar Galactica lasted just one season on ABC from 1978-79

We all want to forget Galactica '80, but it did happen. I don't remember much about it, because I was a kid then, other than Starbuck walking around in a white uniform. But I also remember that Cracked magazine had done a Galactica spoof a few months before, where at the end they find Earth and it's the 20th century. I was both shocked and amused that the TV people actually went and did that for real.

about two weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Megane Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

FWIW, even the original DVD of the first episode / movie version was in glorious 1.1 mono with SENSURROUND. Dude rigged up the wrong home theater equipment, he needed sub-woofers! Stereo (like color and wide screen) is just one of those things that you miss the most from stuff that came out just before it went mainstream.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Megane Re:VoIP is the whole problem (159 comments)

You can hang a caller ID box on your line and watch the kind of crap that comes in. Usually they try to make a "real" phone number, only it's in an area code you've never heard of. But some of them give shit like "123-4567" or just "1" or "---------------" for the phone number. Also fun are the ones that set the name to "NEW YORK" or "FLORDIA". I can just imagine Cletus from the Simpsons saying "Well gawwwawleee we've got us a call from NOO YARK!"

The insidious ones are like mentioned in TFS, where they use an actual number that's not theirs, often picked at random. I heard of one case where they used the phone number of some little old lady in Boston, who of course got all the backscatter from the phone spammers.

And of course most people on the receiving end of the junk calls have no clue that the CNID could ever possibly lie to them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Megane Re:Probably fake cards, actually (178 comments)

I think it's funny that he's worried about being pwned by the flash card firmware (answer: you can't, it's not a generic interface like USB that can be keyboards, mice, network cards, etc. on a whim), and not about being cheated by the old "1GB card that claims to be 4GB" scam.

Anyhow, here are some relevant links:
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about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Megane Re:Get a relay (405 comments)

Or you can usually use your ISP's outbound mail server as your relay, without having to set up a bunch of crap that costs money.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Megane Re:SmartHost Setting (405 comments)

This. I've done this with AT&T for years, even before they blocked outbound port 25. If an ISP takes outbound e-mail for a regular e-mail client, they should be able to relay outbound mail for your domain in general.

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Megane Re:News coverage (188 comments)

XKCD1446.org

Someone in another thread was complaining that there were four twitter accounts being used by ESA. But now someone has created an entire domain for a single XKCD comic? I mean, explainxkcd could have a better presentation for #1446 but there's no reason to create a whole new freaking domain for this.

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Megane Re:Congratulations! (188 comments)

But how many stone does the probe weigh? (inb4 weight vs mass)

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Megane Re:So don't destroy evidence (251 comments)

What, you mean the fish didn't just grow bigger in the time it took to get back?

about three weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Megane Re:SHOCKING FOOTAGE (164 comments)

HOLY CRAP why didn't you warn me that the link contained vertical video?!?!?!?!!!! Have some consideration for other people, bub!

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Megane Re:"The Surface Pro is a stable platform" (236 comments)

There is a story in one of those little "zen computer parables" books, which goes something like this...

A manager pushed a little box on wheels into the computer room. He said "I would like you to use our new computer as a platform for future development." A month later the manager came back and was unhappy to see the computer in the corner of the room, covered with random printouts. The developer said "the printouts are future development, and the new computer makes a fine platform for them."

about three weeks ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

Megane Re:That raises the question: (208 comments)

I think it depends on how much cold cash they were able to pipe away.

about three weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

Megane Re:Taking for granite? (264 comments)

Except that sand is basically ground up quartz, while granite is an igneous rock consisting of multiple minerals. While granite does contain quartz, it also contains feldspar, mica, muscovite, biotite, and hornblende-type amphiboles. Perhaps if you instead tried "taking sand from granite", you might have something.

about three weeks ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

Megane Re:Slam dunk bet! (107 comments)

The reverse is more often true: a game concept originated by a game designers is more likely to produce a truly fun game

I'm going to guess that "The Empire Strikes Back" by Parker Brothers fell into the latter category. In that game you do nothing but zip around and shoot imperial walkers on Hoth. There's not much depth to that game (hey, it's only 4K), but at least it's fun.

about three weeks ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

Megane Re:Slam dunk bet! (107 comments)

He was given all of five weeks by Atari to design and program the game, from concept to final product.

In comparison, the typical 2600 game took six months for all that. Also note that like most 2600 games, he did it completely solo. There was no art department, no sound department, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Shutting Down Boston Office

Megane Re:TV on the pocket screen.... (40 comments)

Also, a few stations are on VHF, which really wants a big antenna. The worst are the few on low VHF (2-6). Another problem is that you have to receive the full (up to 19Mbit) data stream, from which you have to extract the full resolution sub-channel. If it is an HD sub-channel, there is no lower-resolution stream, so you have to down-sample it for a smaller screen. This probably isn't great for battery life. Japan has something called "1seg", which is a lower resolution stream specifically for mobile, but its very nature depends on the ISDB-T modulation they use.

about three weeks ago

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