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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

N!k0N Re:iPad, mPad, gPad, aPad (405 comments)

no no, they're talking about the PADD.

about two weeks ago

DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

N!k0N Re:How is that possible? (127 comments)

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).

about a month ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

N!k0N Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

...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.

about 5 months ago

Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations

N!k0N Date() (49 comments)

Sounds a lot like Google TiSP (albeit, a few days early).

about 6 months ago

Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

N!k0N Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

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...

about 6 months ago

Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

N!k0N Re:Good luck (284 comments)

Unless they're horribly slow to adopt new technologies/strategies/etc, and assume that we've had no meaningful advances since the Crusades.

about 8 months ago

Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014

N!k0N Re:Maybe people don't care (276 comments)

what, not 1970-01-01?

about 8 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

N!k0N Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

N!k0N Re:But seriously speaking ... (465 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago

Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

N!k0N Re:Mind Readers? Thought Crime? (670 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago

FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

N!k0N Re:Well... (356 comments)

Oh, for the want of mod points.

1 year,4 days

He Fixed 300,000+ Machines - America's Oldest Typewriter Repairman Dies At 96

N!k0N Re:Technophobia (201 comments)

I don't count the average American person today being able to use a manual transmission for much the same reason.

Meh, I learned it a few years ago (note - am a "damn kid" still). Bit disappointed that "sunroof" on a new car generally means "automatic transmission". I really wish $MFG would listen when I say I want standard transmission AND the sunroof...

1 year,9 days

Engineers Build "Self-Healing" Chips Capable of Repairing Themselves

N!k0N Re:More accurate to say "More resilient chips"? (68 comments)

Yeah, that's what it sounds like, the chips "heal" in the same way that networks "heal" -- route around the slow/bad/dead parts -- rather than biological healing of replacing the dead/missing cells. I'm taking this to be the first steps towards artificial healing -- the chips (or networks for that matter) can close off the parts that are "bleeding" due to damage.

So, for now the chips are able to put up a rudimentary scab. Eventually, they may be able to take "local" resources (silicon, carbon, whatever) and start rebuilding the patterns that were on them. I just hope the re-structuring there ends up with a "#5 is alive!" machine, rather than a T-1000.

about a year and a half ago

Engineers Build "Self-Healing" Chips Capable of Repairing Themselves

N!k0N Re:More accurate to say "More resilient chips"? (68 comments)

Evolution's had a damn long time to get the "rebuilding cells" part down -- we're just at the "stop the bleeding" phase with the chips. Once they can rebuild their structure, we're in for trouble...

about a year and a half ago

Moon Mining Race Under Way

N!k0N Re:Doesn't seem realistic (150 comments)

R64 (moons*) are from Eve Online (Rarity [4*], 8, 16, 32, 64) -- each rarity level being progressively more difficult to find as the number increases... I don't know the progression, as I don't think it's been published (or at least, I couldn't find it with a few quick google searches), though estimates hold Tech moons around 400.

Assuming linear progression of each step halving the number of moons, and Tech being a representative example of R32 Moon density, that gives a count of about 200 of each type of R64 moon, spread across ~3500 systems, with varying numbers of moons (from 0 to ~100 ... I think 102 or 104 is the highest). So, at an average of 50 moons/system, you have a 0.1% chance any one moon in a system would be R64.

*well, actually, it's the material's rarity, but you can R4 and R64 materials on the same moon ... and it'd still be considered a R64 moon.

**R4 moons are everywhere, and generally not counted when talking about moon materials.

about a year and a half ago

Did Google Tip Off EU About Microsoft Browser Ballot?

N!k0N Re:Who cares? (187 comments)

Remember the love, people. When new items of hardware are released, make sure the question is asked here on /., "Sure, but can it run Windows??"

No, and nothing of value was (will be?) lost.

about a year and a half ago

Moon Mining Race Under Way

N!k0N Re:Doesn't seem realistic (150 comments)

yeah, but then again, we'd have to be _incredibly_ lucky to find an unclaimed r64 in our home system ... and then we'd immediately find out how incredibly _unlucky_ we are to find we're living in null.

On the other hand, there are at least a few thousand of us who know how to handle the politics (provided that they're not all too busy shooting each other, that is).

about a year and a half ago

Cablevision Suing Viacom Over Cable Bundling

N!k0N Re:A la carte wouldn't save you anything (138 comments)

but that's more because History doesn't have enough programming slots for cramming shitty reruns of room-temperature IQ programming on one channel

For example, Monday (04 March) ... 00:00 to 11:59 EDT, per tv guide website. Times are the start time of the show. All are repeats unless otherwise noted.

The Bible (2h - 00)
Vikings(1h - 2,3,)
Infomercials (0.5h -4-5.30 inclusive)
Classroom (1h - 6)
The Real West (1h - 7)
American Pickers (0.5 & 1h - 08-19.30 inclusive)
Pawn Stars (0.5h - 20,20.30)
American Pickers (1h - 21, new episode)
Pawn Stars (0.5h - 22,22.30, new episodes)
Vikings(1h - 2,3,)

Miracle Rising: South Africa (2h - 00)
Stories From the Road to Freedom (2h - 02)
Declassified (1h - 03)
Infomercials (0.5h - 04-06.30)
Secret Passages (1h - 07)
Modern Marvels (1h - 08, 09)
Alaska: Dangerous Territory (2h, 10)
Modern Marvels (1h, 12-15)
Alaska: Dangerous Territory (2h, 16)
Modern Marvels (1h, 17-23)

Granted, Monday night is the "Modern Marvels Marathon" night on H2, so it might not be a fair comparison -- sure, it glosses over _a lot_ of things (unfortunate), but it's not just the drivel of "[item] could be worth a lot of money." or "Why the hell is this guy showing us all the stuff HE WON'T SELL!?". Tuesday is devoted to UFO Hunters/Ancient Aliens/etc.

Same goes for "Science" and "Discovery" and "The Learning Channel" ... It's unfortunate how so few of their shows now care about "Science", "Discovery", or "Learning" (ignoring the fact that TLC stopped being "The Learning Channel" ~15 years ago) -- hell, with the exception of "Blue Planet" (et. al.), and the Neil Armstrong specials I'm hard pressed to say _any_ of their programming follows in the title of the channel. Only one that still seems to follow their station name in programming choices is "Animal Planet" (and even there, it's probably just as much "reality" crap as the other stations).

about a year and a half ago

Texas Declares War On Robots

N!k0N Re:Okay then... (387 comments)

Except that, with the accuracy of Apple Maps, you ask them to black out Texas, and it'll be New Jersey that disappears off the maps!

I fail to see this as a bad thing.

about a year and a half ago


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