top Doomsday Clock Could Move
What the hell does that even mean? Does it mean we only have 5 minutes left to live? or fifty years? or an additional five thousand years? The claim isn't even falsifiable, since it's not anchored to any specific meaning whatsoever.
"Midnight" = Imminent global thermonuclear war (or, these days "catastrophic climate change")
"x Minutes to Midnight" = Indicator of how close international tensions are to breaking (or, "catastrophic climate change" -- however they define that).
Thing is, I will agree that the clock's usage is pretty awful -- it's updated infrequently enough that it can only be considered as an indicator of the tensions for the few days before and after the actual update. For example, the Cuban Missile Crisis - arguably the closest humanity has come to total annihilation - was resolved in between updates to the clock, and as such did not effect a change to the clock in 1962.
top Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
<quote><p>To be fair, they wouldn't have to attack 18,000 theaters to achieve the desired effect. One or two would be quite sufficient. I still don't think the release of the movie should be stopped, of course. At the very least, have it up on Netflix and Amazon Prime asap. Or even better, put it up as a DRM-free download straight from Sony. That may be the best PR move Sony could make at this point.</p></quote>
Migt be DRM Free ... but it'll still be riddled with all the best rootkits in their arsenal.
about a month and a half ago
top Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts
<quote>So, a bot will be giving advice to drunk college freshmen to act reasonably...
Sure, we all know how well it works when you (as a real human who cares) say to someone: "Dude,don't do that please, it's stupid, you're drunk and you're gonna regret it"...</quote> "Shutup and hold my beer. This is gonna be awesome!"<br/> (2 hours later, in the ER) "So ... 'awesome', huh?"
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
Or, you can just use "Horse Battery-Staple Correct!"
top I prefer my turkey ...
Weber grill with a "smokenator". Will set you back about $200 (less if you pick up the grill around a holiday weekend - labor day weekend is usually the best here, since Sept is pretty much the end of grilling season)
top Aereo Files For Bankruptcy
So, if I call TWC (evil cable co in my area), and tell the L1 moron "Shibboleet", I get transferred to you, right? =]
top Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?
<quote>I prefer DFENESTRATE, or in extreme cases, DCAPITATE.</quote>
Too bad DFENESTRATE is a windows-only application.
top Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code
Pretty sure you're thinking of the Cybermen there. Daleks don't upgrade anyone
... they just exterminate.
top When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
...I could easily swap batteries if needed, and this were in the days when one charge actually would last for days in difference from today where users look for apps and tweaks to conserve battery power just to make it last from morning 'till evening. One would expect that with smartphones and their relatively poor ability to hold a charge this would be even more important today....
Or perhaps back then, when the only thing you did with your phone was call someone, and the most battey-taxing displays were 2" square, had 256 colors, and were on for a grand total of 30 seconds before you made a call has something to do with the fact that the batteries "lasted longer". Has nothing to do with having "relatively poor ability to hold a charge" but everything to do with "hey, I'm just gonna play a few rounds of Angry Birds while I'm waiting for them..."
I mean, seriously, my standard battery in the GS4 is 2200 mAh -- nearly double the one in my old flip-phone (IIRC, ~1200 mAh) ... just because I only "get" 2 hours of having the phone run flat out doesn't mean the battery is at fault ... It just means that, running flat out, the phone requires about 3.6v @ 1 amp to run, and the battery can supply that for just about 2 hours before running dry.
top Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads
no no, they're talking about the PADD.
top DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists
I'm surprised their are passenger trains at all in other parts of the country... Here in PA, Philly I think is the only city with passenger train service through Amtrak. Oh sure, we have lots of rail lines (I drive over 6 sets of tracks every day), but those are exclusively industrial transportation and not passenger lines...
Amtrak runs over CSX/NS/UP/etc.-owned trackage with infinite-length trackage rights (i.e. ability to travel over "foreign" rail) due to the US government taking over the (failing) passenger rail service from the former large railroads (NKP, PRR, NYC, etc.) in 1971.
Amtrak says they have service to Altoona, Ardmore, Coatesville, Connellsville, Cornwells Heights, Downington, Elizabethtown, Erie, Exton Greensburg, Harrisburg, Huntingdon, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lantrobe, Lewistown, Middletown, Mount Joy, North Philadelphia, Paoli, Parkersburg, Philadelphia (30th Street), Pittsburgh, and Tyrone. Granted that most (if not all) of these stations probably have service at some godawful time, like 0300, due to proximity to NYC, and the schedule between NYC and Chicago (1 train daily, leaving at approx 1800, and arriving at the other end at approx 0600 the following morning).
top Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design
that would be SILICONE
top Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
...almost a billion on girl scout cookies alone...
Tell people that the interstellar Girl Scouts (will) have a stand on Mars, and we need to plan the mission now so we don't miss them next year.
top Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations
Sounds a lot like
Google TiSP (albeit, a few days early).
top Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams
I think you just sold your soul for approx $1.99, which is pretty useless, because the gorram bag of Cheetos might have some kind of sales tax involved when you try cashing out.
Better to trade one soul for a bag of Cheetos directly...
top Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight
Unless they're horribly slow to adopt new technologies/strategies/etc, and assume that we've had no meaningful advances since the Crusades.
top Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014
what, not 1970-01-01?
top Creationism In Texas Public Schools
I think you actually meant "Christians" rather than "Catholic", as "Catholic" happens to be one sub-set (generally one of the not as bad ones
... although the whole priest thing doesn't really help their image...). If you're referring to the bible itself, yeah it "says" that the Earth is ~6000 years old, but it's just a story where "so, a thousand years ago, this happened". It could just as easily start off "A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." and cover the same general message.
Really though, the important teachings in the O.T. are meant to keep your dumb ass alive from food-borne illnesses (don't eat pork, don't eat shellfish ... some are a bit more out there -- e.g. eating meat & dairy is "bad") ... or other diseases (don't sleep around, don't bugger your neighbours ... etc) under the guise of "God said so". When your most advanced medicine boils down to "hope for the best", this is probably a good idea. N.T. is more focused on "don't be an asshole" than anything.
top Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers
Once. Just once, I'd love to see a real ghost, or a UFO that didn't turn out to be an aircraft, weather balloon, or swamp gas.
Just look at me over here. *flash*
Okay, you know how you're on a airplane and the flight attendant asks you to turn your cell phone off? And you're like, "I ain't turning my cell phone off. That ain't have nothing to do with no damn airplane." Well, this is what we get. That's what happens. It gets up there, bounces around on the satellite, then blam! Just turn your damn cell phone off. Now you're gonna drive off a cliff tonight 'cause your GPS don't work.
top Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
Provided that Oceania stays at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia, everything in your proposed future will be double-plus good...
... or something like that, anyway.
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