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Doomsday Clock Could Move

N!k0N Re:Might as well have the doomsday popomatic (145 comments)

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.

about a week ago

Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

N!k0N Re:Only one theater (580 comments)

<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

Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

N!k0N Re:really? (134 comments)

<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

Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

N!k0N Re:Every 30 days. (247 comments)

Or, you can just use "Horse Battery-Staple Correct!"

about 2 months ago

I prefer my turkey ...

N!k0N Re: Those one-time memories (189 comments)

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)

about 2 months ago

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

N!k0N Re: innovation thwarted (137 comments)

So, if I call TWC (evil cable co in my area), and tell the L1 moron "Shibboleet", I get transferred to you, right? =]

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

N!k0N Re:DKILL, DMANGLE, DCASTRATE (139 comments)

<quote>I prefer DFENESTRATE, or in extreme cases, DCAPITATE.</quote>

Too bad DFENESTRATE is a windows-only application.

about 3 months ago

Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

N!k0N Re:It's not every day you get to... (164 comments)

Pretty sure you're thinking of the Cybermen there. Daleks don't upgrade anyone ... they just exterminate.

about 3 months ago

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

N!k0N Re:May not take apart? What? (175 comments)

...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.

about 4 months ago

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 5 months 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 6 months 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 10 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 10 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 a year 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.

1 year,3 days

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?

1 year,6 days

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.

1 year,12 days

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.

1 year,27 days

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 a year ago


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