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My toy collection is ...

Misagon Lightsabers ... (177 comments)

I have a collection of replica Star Wars lightsaber hilts and a couple of blasters, on which I have spent many hundreds of dollars.
Sure, some people may call them "toys" but for me and for (most) other collectors in the community they were never made to be played with. I don't play with them and I don't let anyone play with them. I call them "collectibles". Anyone who calls them "toys" after I have explained it to them is no friend of mine.


From the Maker of Arduboy: Tetris On a Bracelet

Misagon Not quite credit card sizes... (15 comments)

TechKeys has a programmable business card with a built-in Tetris clone in firmware.

It is programmable over USB if you want to use it for something else.
Because TechKeys makes keyboard accessories, its intended use is as a keyboard. Therefore, it is made to fit four Cherry MX mechanical key switches.

2 days ago

Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Misagon But will the Google Account bullshit remain? (137 comments)

When Google forced the Google+/Google account integration on the users, it wasn't just Google's "Social Network" that was forced upon us. The first hazzle I noticed was that I could not be logged in into Youtube and Gmail at the same time using the two different accounts that I had.
When I was logged into Youtube and wanted to check my mail, instead of a login prompt, I was prompted with a page offering me to "upgrade" the account, and vice versa.
I don't want the confidential correspondence I have with my doctor to be at the same security box as my list of favourite cat videos on Youtube. Youtube is used casually, while GMail is used seriously.

I still use Youtube and GMail a lot, but for a while now I use GMail exclusively in Private Browsing windows in Chromium, so that my credentials are kept separate. But I think that shouldn't be necessary.

about a week ago

Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Misagon Not just the NYC (200 comments)

The same day, people were also marching at 2808 other official events in 166 countries. (
So there is quite a lot more than ~400'000 people.

In our march in Stockholm, Sweden we endured pouring rain, hail and thunder ...

about a week ago

My resting heart rate:

Misagon Fitness (168 comments)

I heard from a cardiologist that they set 60 BPM as the norm. If your resting heart rate is 60 or lower, then you are considered fit enough. If your resting heart rate is higher then you would need to shape up.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Misagon Re:Tell time (471 comments)

When Apple thinks that it has, it will simply stop working properly.

about three weeks ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Misagon Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (215 comments)

I doubt that the US gov would have supported IS directly, but I think that it is very likely that they would have supported other groups fighting the Assad regime - and that those groups' resources have been
conquered by the IS.

It is known that many fighters in Syria who belonged to other groups have been forced into squads belonging to the IS, and that many of these would deflect from IS if they had the chance.

about three weeks ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Misagon Re:Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

No, he wouldn't. Saddam was funding and assisting terrorist, not fighting them.

So has the US government, when it has served its interests ...

Saddam Hussein and his regime was actually quite proficient and ruthless in clashing down on terrorists activities within the borders of Iraq.
The notion that his regime would have supported the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda is well known to be a lie by the GWB administration to gain support for their invasion of Iraq for its oil reserves, as part of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) group's agenda.
The PNAC did first lobby for an invasion during the Clinton administration, but their top men became the government when the non-member they had chosen as front-man/scapegoat "won" the election as US president in 2000.
The PNAC's agenda, list of leaders and lobbying have always been public, even on their web site when they had it, so this is hardly any conspiracy theory that people have made up, yet many Americans are so misdirected by the fnords.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Misagon Re:APL: A Programming Language (729 comments)

I find it kind of weird that while APL requires you to use proper symbols from mathematics and various branches of logic (binary, predicate, etc..), it doesn't have operator precedence that we are used to from mathematics and logic.

Most languages have some cases where the precedence between operators is equal, but in those cases the evaluation order is almost always left to right. In APL, it is backwards: always from right to left.

about three weeks ago

Dell Demos 5K Display

Misagon At last ... (204 comments)

... a display that actually has the number of kilopixels in width that is advertised.

about three weeks ago

Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Misagon Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (231 comments)

The only thing that was remotely like the real world in the movie Hackers was the music they listened to ...

And I still can't respect Angelina Jolie for being in it.

about three weeks ago

Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Misagon Re:Hexidecimal (169 comments)

He was probably in envy of the Amiga's Guru Meditation.

about three weeks ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Misagon Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

Soldiers don't ban weapons. Civilian politicians of civilized countries do. There are international treaties banning the war-time use of cluster bombs, hollow-point bullets and flame throwers.
All of them are quite effective, and horrible.

about a month ago

MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Misagon Re:competitive features? generally available? not (88 comments)

1GHz doesn't compare well-enough with >3GHz dual-core Intel product in terms of GUI responsiveness.

GUI responsiveness is more a matter of software bloat than about hardware.

A Commodore 64 at 1 MHz running GEOS can sometimes be more responsive than a PC with dual eight-core Haswell Xeons.

about a month ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Misagon Re:Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Funny how everyone called it a "trash can" ... until they saw how small it was. Then they started calling it an "ash tray".

I thought the unified thermal core was genius... until I heard that it actually runs pretty hot.
The graphics card have to be custom-made for the Mac Pro, and you can't put a mechanical drive inside, which limits performance for video editing. Yet again Apple's own overpriced accessories are the only ones that fit.
I'm not saying that the Alienware trapezoid/pentagon isn't more ridiculous. I think the older Mac Pro was a better design than both of them.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Misagon Re:next time (635 comments)

USB floppy on internal USB header ... USB isn't going away soon.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Misagon Re:A basic land line (635 comments)

Here here!

My landline phone:
* Has a more ergonomic handset than a cell phone,
* Can be used with phone menu systems without having to move the handset from/to the ear - I don't miss the response of my key press because it was not at my ear at the time
* Has better sound than many cell phones
* I don't have to be worried about microwave radiation (that may or may not be harmful).
* Will work if the power is out
* Does not suffer from a degraded or lost signal because there is a hill or too many walls in-between me and the base station.
* Can be exchanged for a xDSL modem that would provides Internet connection to any device I may have (through a router), where as tethering may not always be supported by the cell phone or allowed by the carrier and the tethered device has to be connected through USB or Wifi, not cable, etc. etc.

about a month ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Misagon Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (273 comments)

No, it is considered to be 25 times as effective than CO2 over a 100-year period.
The CO2e rating is 30. When it "dies" it turns into other hydrocarbons, such as CO2 or formaldehyde.

about a month ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Misagon Re:Poland *probably* wouldn't, & why (303 comments)

The Polish soil is fertile because Poland has used a lot of fertilizer .. an excess of fertilizer .. which is flushed into the rivers that lead into the Baltic Sea.
Large parts of the Baltic Sea is dead, the cause leading back to this overuse of fertilizer.

Not that the other countries around the Baltic Sea are that much better in controlling their agriculture.

about a month ago

Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Misagon Re:performance never measured in MHz (151 comments)

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not...

What you say is true only if you bought all your processors from Intel.

Once AMD came along, it was not entirely true if you compared to them. It was not true if you compared to Mac that used 680x0 and later PowerPC.

about a month and a half ago



Fans of original RoboCop movie recreate movie scene by scene

Misagon Misagon writes  |  about 8 months ago

Misagon (1135) writes "Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made scene-by-scene comedy re-creation of the original RoboCop from 1987.

"As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way."

The fan-film is available for free online viewing at It contains (fake) nudity, blood and gore making it definitely NSFW"


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