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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

MouseTheLuckyDog DIY (187 comments)

I don't know about the state of technology now, but when I was young and interested in that kind of stuff, you were considered a pretender if you didn't make your own including grinding your own mirror.

about a week ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:$230 (610 comments)

Actually, I have watched TV shows because of ads.

about two weeks ago

Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

MouseTheLuckyDog Ferguson (199 comments)

watching livefeeds of the Ferguson riots, I keep thinking the press could use drones for videoing or at least placing cameras in convenient places l;ike on top of lampposts.

about two weeks ago

C++14 Is Set In Stone

MouseTheLuckyDog What about (193 comments)


about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

MouseTheLuckyDog A rose by any other name... (426 comments)

or dung pile.

A word to Microsoft:
You can run, but you can't hide.

about two weeks ago

Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

MouseTheLuckyDog So which is safer ? (106 comments)

Firefox running NoScript or Chrome not running NoScript ( since last I heard it wasn't available for Chrome )?

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Douche (427 comments)

Much of the theory and practical applications was worked out a long time ago. Mistly by physicists out of jobs when the SSC was canceled. Just another reason to keep funding the sciences.

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:ABI (427 comments)

Let me add to this, do you think an ABI plus a specified subset of C++ to be used in the creation of script interpreters and REPLS which can use binary modules created by C++ is a good idea?

about two weeks ago

Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

MouseTheLuckyDog Siri says: (160 comments)

"I'm sorry Dave I'm afraid I can't do that."

about three weeks ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

On virtually every "customer service" call I have ever made, before I get connected to a person I hear a message This phone may be recorded for quality insurance.. Does that mean that even in a two party state, I can record without telling them? After all it seems like they have given permission.

about three weeks ago

Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Requests Suppression Of Silk Road Evidence

MouseTheLuckyDog How soon will the idiots start posting stupid law? (54 comments)

Theories like "the IRS won't tax it because it's law".
Or it's hearsay and ignoring the 27 some exceptions to the hearsay rules?
Even this story already borders on getting it wrong. "Fruit of the poisonous tree" can be gotten around by if you can demonstrate that the same evidence would inevitably have been obtained by legal means that they were undertaking.

about a month ago

NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

MouseTheLuckyDog Brandon Marshall (107 comments)

Already uses an ipad to keeep videos iof various other wide receivers.
A local news show reported on it.

about a month ago

How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

MouseTheLuckyDog Just one more thing, (180 comments)

the teachers won't teach to the students.

about a month ago

Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

MouseTheLuckyDog Mr Obama; (167 comments)

The 80's called and they want to know if you need a foreign policy.

about a month ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Very original (182 comments)

So duct tape it to the back of the fan instead.

about 1 month ago



Obamacare subsidies struck down.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a month ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A federal appeals court has just struck down, the provision for granting tax subsidies for those who get their insurance through the federal website.

This in particular, shows up all those wnnabe geek idiots, who have been in ./. discussions saying that "The Supreme Court has found Obamacare constitutional.", that it is now "settled law". ( Just like "global warming is settled science". ) Obamacare was found to impose it's mandate constitutionally, and even then all aspects of "the mandate" were not considered, just whether it was constitutional to impose a mandate. Obamacare is complex and large. Very large. We now see two aspects of it, contraception and subsidies struck down. Whether it's some left/right thing, some Apple/Google thing, some tablet/desktop thing, some C/.Jabva/C#/Python thing, it is becoming common for one aspect to of an argument to be used to justify an entirely different argument ( "Double Checking Locking doesn't work therefore C sucks for multithreaded apps." ) let Obamacare stand as an example that, one must understand the context of an argument if one is to understand the argument."

Slashdot screws up story big time.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 3 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Todsay on slashdot it was announced that
Linus would teach a MOOC on linux.
A Stevens level course on linux is something I think a lot of people would be interested in. Such a course taught by Linus himself wow.

Turns out that Linus just did an intro. The actual course teacher is Jerry Cooperstein. I am certain that the course itself will be worthwhile, but I feel a certain amount of people will be dissapointed that the course does not actually involve Linus himself.

OK. Now seriously, do the editors think they should correct the article before some fan chokes on the fluid from an aborted Linus-gasm?"

Community Manager for game company fired for partially supporting Sterling.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 4 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Josh Olin, community manager ( whatever that is ) for Turtle Rock was fired for sending tweets saying that Donald Sterling should not be fired for being a bigot in his own home.

This adds to the bout of recent politically correct actions taken by companies about people like Adria Richards, Brandon Eich."

DoJ closing porn stars bank accounts.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 4 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "In a recent story on it was reported that the DoJ is closing down the bank accounts of porn stars.
Not knowing the site I googled around and found another site, the Guardian.

The story does not end there. It turns out that this is part of a larger scheme ( ironically ) called Operation Choke Point. Also reported in a Washington Post article that downplays the practice.

According to Cryptocoin news. There are thirty industries the DoJ is now targeteting:
        *Ammunition Sales *Cable Box De-scramblers *Coin Dealers *Credit Card Schemes
        *Credit Repair Services *Dating Services *Debt Consolidation Scams *Drug Paraphernalia
        *Escort Services *Firearms Sales *Fireworks Sales *Get Rich Products *Government Grants
        *Home-Based Charities *Life-Time Guarantees *Life-Time Memberships *Lottery Sales
        *Mailing Lists/Personal Info *Money Transfer Networks *On-line Gambling *PayDay Loans
        *Pharmaceutical Sales *Ponzi Schemes *Pornography *Pyramid-Type Sales *Racist Materials
        *Surveillance Equipment *Telemarketing *Tobacco Sales *Travel Clubs

But more can be added. ( I notice alcohol sales is not on the list)."

Maryland Police have their eye on you.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 7 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Forgive the blatent politicalness of the link. [1]

Reading this particular story caused s chill go down my spine,. and I think it will send chills down the spine. of many slashdot readers.

A Florida man was pulled over driving through Delaware last Christmas. He was asked where his gun is. This was outside the presence of his wife.He said he left it at home. His wife was asked and said she did not know. The cop told the man that he was lying and detained the family for a couple of hours.

Now comes the chilling part. How did the police know he owned a gun?

The simple answer is that they probably didn't know, what they knew was that he had a conceal carry weapons (CCW) permit in Florida. Florida does not give other states access to it's CCW database. So apparently Maryland is mining databases for CCW holders.

Of course another thought that will send a chill down spine. What other things are they mining for? What other states are mining databases?

A final aspect of this story. As you drive through Maryland, Maryland has automated license plate scanners. When your plate is scanned, MD's database is scanned for suspicious individuals.

So people watch out Maryland is watching you.

[1] Though that does not stop other slashdot members."

The grinch that stole Halowe'en

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 10 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A crazy woman in North Dakota will be giving obese children notes for their parents instead of candy.

What kind of trick should the obese children play on her? My vote is getting together and burning ... well I may be a bit extreme.

PS: All the pendants out there will notice I used the apostrophe. Just to keep you guys happy."

The new CEO of Microsoft is ... Bill Gates?

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates

Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.

So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?"

WTF Ben Affleck as Batman

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  1 year,8 days

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "What can I say: after creating the Adam West series and dragging the franchise way down. TPTB came back with Michael Keaton and Tim Burton, only to again drag the series down even worst then West. Somehow they made some very intelligent decisions using Christian Bale and Chris Nolan to resurect Batman.

Now they seem determined to drag it down by
casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman, in the Superman sequel. "


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