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I believe humanity will first achieve ...

Mr.Bananas World Peace (637 comments)

... inspired by Metta World Peace. Elbowing our way to peace one head at a time...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is a Home Drone Feasible?

Mr.Bananas Re:diydrones (274 comments)

Mod parent up. Those websites have a trove of resources and links to stores where you can buy parts you can assemble yourself, or drones you can buy preassembled.

As others have said, OP hasn't really given all the fine details, but this is the best starting place for him/her to learn more.

more than 2 years ago

Virginia Rometty Selected As Next CEO of IBM

Mr.Bananas IBM Services Company (131 comments)

The new CEO is the old head of their services division and oversaw the PriceWaterhouseCoopers takeover in 2002. I think this means that in the coming years, IBM will make a lot more money with a lot less engineers, thanks to their lucrative services business.

If you ask me, it's just a matter of time before the slow death of the server group accelerates into high-speed PC/consumer business style death.

Hold that stock.

more than 3 years ago

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia

Mr.Bananas Re:Where's Jesus? (585 comments)

The reason for this is quite simple... Jesus was just another of the many prophets who existed in this era of Israel, an era of great political uncertainty in which the Judean countryside with filled with all sorts of roving bandits and revolutionaries (read Josephus for all the background). People who fit the general profile of Jesus were literally dime-a-dozen at that time, and public executions of these sorts of people was a pretty regular occurrence. The historians from that period and region were focused on the greater discourse of the time, namely the tenuous nature of the Roman vichy government that existed at the time, and the growing discontent and militancy of the Jews against oppressive Roman rule.

That being said, the Dead Sea Scrolls consist of material that is either older (the Torah) or more obscure than the mainstream events of the time, such as the documents related to the hermetical Essene sect of Jews (or some group similar to the Essenes).

In short, you're looking for historical evidence of Jesus' existence in a totally unrelated place. There isn't much direct evidence, really, except for his most immediate followers and the tradition that followed them. However, given what we do know about Jesus, one wouldn't expect historians from his time to mention him. Christianity, his teachings, and his death only became historically important much later on.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

Mr.Bananas Good Idea, More Ammo for the Republicans (481 comments)

Now they can threaten to crash asteroids into the earth if we don't agree to cutting treasonous federal spending!

more than 3 years ago

Penn. AG Corbett Subpoenas Twitter For Bloggers' Names

Mr.Bananas Re:FP (205 comments)

This submission appears to be quite partisan and one-sided, as well as sparse on the facts and context.

You must be new here...

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

Mr.Bananas Re:no upgrades?? (636 comments)

Um... I think by "easily upgrade" you mean "easily upgrade to any level sanctioned by your mobile carrier." For example, the Samsung Moment is stuck at version 1.5 right now until Sprint feels like letting its users upgrade to 1.6. The G1 I think is at 1.6 by now, but only after T-Mobile felt like issuing updates. Meanwhile the Droid is at 2.0 until Verizon feels like rolling 2.1, and the Nexus One is at 2.1, which is currently the latest version.

So... yeah, the article raises a good point. It also highlights one of the benefits of rooting your phone- the *real* open source community behind Android is the modders, which try their best to keep your phone at the highest level of Android the hardware can take. I think the Android OS has incredible potential at the end of the day to really be something special, but standardization may be one of its biggest roadblocks. The steadily loosening death-grip of the carriers needs to completely go away, though.

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine

Mr.Bananas Re:Article is already updated (145 comments)

At around 10am, a comment on the same page linked by OP revealed what the parent has pointed out, and even linked to a GV forum post explaining as much.

And yet, at 5pm, Slashdot posts this as news...

more than 5 years ago

Birdsong Studies Lead To a Revolution In Biology

Mr.Bananas Weed (117 comments)

Light up a spliff if you got 'em, those brain cells will grow back, dude

more than 5 years ago

Bacterial Computer Solves Hamiltonian Path Problem

Mr.Bananas Re:Summary is overrated (135 comments)

Yeah, in theory they could scale this to more cities with more bacteria, but they'd probably have to build something like Mother Brain to scale to thousands... and "silicon" of course can currently handle that just fine.

Fine achievement though, despite the summary's smug sensationalism.

more than 5 years ago

Wind Could Provide 100% of World Energy Needs

Mr.Bananas Think of the birds! (867 comments)

Won't someone PLEASE think of the birds!!

more than 5 years ago

DTV Transition Mostly Smooth, Windows Media Center Problems

Mr.Bananas MOD PARENT UP (223 comments)

In my opinion, the fools are the ones who shell out $50+ per month for mostly crap TV, not to mention the additional premium you have to pay to get those channels in "HD"...

OTA HD + Boxee is your friend...

more than 5 years ago

Looking Back At the Other Kind of Virus

Mr.Bananas Re:Nimda deserved its place (147 comments)

I second that. Nimda was the worst virus I've ever personally dealt with. At the time, I was a network admin in my university, and by the time I showed up to work that morning, our primary domain controller was full of millions of readme.txt.js files, half of the grad students workstations were infected, and a mob of angry students and professors were pounding at our door wondering where's the network.

Turns out, Nimda found its way into our network through a grad student's rogue unpatched IIS server. Once inside the network, it found every SMB share on the network and exploited a Windows flaw to get into each of those systems. It was impressive and scary to see quickly it wreaked its havoc, and how many different weaknesses it exploited to spread itself. It took us a couple of days to get everything back to normal, after being saved by tape backups.

more than 5 years ago

Don't Count Cobol Out

Mr.Bananas A Key Element? (274 comments)

While there may possibly exist some implementation of the summary's mentioned "XML/metadata, Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture" in COBOL, I wouldn't consider it a key element to these technologies. It may be that perhaps many new technologies are required to work with existing mainframes running a whole mess of COBOL code, but COBOL itself is not a key contributing factor to the success of these technologies. If anything, a good implementation should use abstraction to make legacy technologies irrelevant and compatible with newer technologies.

more than 6 years ago



Apple Bans the Word "Android" from the App Store

Mr.Bananas Mr.Bananas writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Mr.Bananas (851193) writes "In the latest of Apple's draconian measures to police the iPhone app store, any mention of Google's competing Android operating system is apparently grounds for rejection of an application. Such was the case for the "Flash of Genius" app, which advertised in its description that it was a finalist in the Android Developer Challenge. Apple advised the developer that "it would be appropriate to remove 'Finalist in Google's Android Developer's Challenge!' from the Application Description... to avoid an interruption in the availability of Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2 on the iPhone App Store.""
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Skype Threatens Russian National Security

Mr.Bananas Mr.Bananas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mr.Bananas (851193) writes "Reuters reports that "Russia's most powerful business lobby moved to clamp down on Skype and its peers this week, telling lawmakers that the Internet phone services are a threat to Russian businesses and to national security." The lobby, closely associated with Putin's political party, cites concerns of "a likely and uncontrolled fall in profits for the core telecom operators," as well as a fear that law enforcement agencies have thus far been unable to listen in on Skype conversations due to its 256-bit encryption, as reported by the Russian language Vedomosti Business Daily."


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