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Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will

Nick Number more karaoke tracks? (48 comments)

Over the past five years I've taken on the mantle of karaoke nerd (I will also answer to diva), and I've really enjoyed performing the karaoke tracks which I bought from your website and persuaded various KJs to import. "First of May" tends to get me some funny looks, and despite the disclaimer, I've yet to be punched in the nose after singing it./

Do you have plans to release any new karaoke tracks? Is there any chance that "Still Alive" will get one, or does Valve own those rights?

What about more sheet music?

about 6 months ago

Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

Nick Number Re:crash faster (563 comments)

My windows toaster is hardware accelerated. :) Unfortunately, it tends to overheat.

I bet it's that damn FireWire.

more than 2 years ago

Getting a Job

Nick Number Nice (4 comments)

Getting paid to do what you do for fun sounds like a good deal.

I need to work out a way to get paid for cleaning up mistakes on Wikipedia.

more than 2 years ago

Server Names For a New Generation

Nick Number Re:Virtual Machines (429 comments)

Possibly favourite Liverpool players, so Torres would obviously not be an option and Carroll would be the system which gets the lowest hits.....

Yeah, doesn't that one run headerless?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?

Nick Number Re:CHEAP e-mail phone (294 comments)

Hey, no howling from this quarter. I'm still using my Treo 650 and I have a spare in reserve for when this one dies. It may not be fashionable, but it's a great tool for doing what I need - keeping contacts, notes, and calendar and syncing them with standalone Outlook. Many newer phones won't do that at all, or require you to take a roundabout route through Windows Live or Exchange.

Pertinent to the OP, the Treo is grandfathered in with Verizon and doesn't require you to buy a data plan. It does just fine with calling and SMS (though I have run into some problems with MMS).

more than 2 years ago

Secret UK Network Hunts GPS Jammers

Nick Number Re:at the risk of sounding stupid.. (228 comments)

We don't have odometers. We have mileometers. :)

That's ridiculous. What do you do when you need to measure René Auberjonois?

more than 2 years ago

The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

Nick Number Re:A massive mistake (491 comments)

Now how do we get Fries Electronics nation wide?

Persuade McDonalds to start including smartphones and mp3 players in their Happy Meals?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

Nick Number Re:Two choices... (385 comments)

I agree-- the best type of HDSM is industrial grade.

That's when you have one of the guys from Skinny Puppy do it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

Nick Number Re:Two choices... (385 comments)

Why even bother with industrial grade hard drive whipping?

Perhaps they're into HDSM.

more than 2 years ago

Wow, I Need to Get a Life

Nick Number define life (5 comments)

Congratulations. Being an active part of a very active community is an achievement.

I just hit 45,000 Wikipedia edits, if that makes you feel any better.

more than 2 years ago

Starz To Pull Content From Netflix

Nick Number Re:I don't think I am going to have enough time (314 comments)

To watch the 100 or so episodes of "Have Gun - Will Travel" that are left in my queue.

I can't look right now, but aren't most of those available for free on

about 3 years ago

Verifying Passwords By the Way They're Typed

Nick Number Re:nothing new under the sun (140 comments)

I hesitate to refer people to his work since he turned into a raving bigot, but there's a similar plot point in the short story Dogwalker by Orson Scott Card.

more than 3 years ago

When it comes to jury service, I ...

Nick Number Re:Ineligible (528 comments)

If you speed in km/hour, don't you have to pay the fine in pounds sterling?

more than 3 years ago

CIA Shows Off (Formerly) Super-Secret Spy Goodies

Nick Number Re:Whaaaaaat? (100 comments)

Mach 4 is a razor blade.

Fuck everything, we're going to 4 machs.

more than 3 years ago

On Retirement, Israeli General Takes Credit for Stuxnet Attacks

Nick Number Re:the video claims Israeli involvement (334 comments)

Hamas has always sounded to me like a Spanish verb that needs conjugation: hamo, hamas, hama, hamamos, hamais, haman.

To me it's a tasty chickpea spread.


more than 3 years ago

Woman's Voice Restored After Larynx Transplant

Nick Number Re:Human beings are closer to being an idea (246 comments)

If every part of anyone's body can be replaced, and even completely transfigured and upgraded for various other better parts, what is a human being?

A captain of the Ship of Theseus.

more than 3 years ago

Journal Article On Precognition Sparks Outrage

Nick Number Re:Great response paper (319 comments)

Advanced Placement. It's a program for American high school students to take college-level courses.

An armor piercing knowledge of statistics would be pretty cool though.

more than 3 years ago

Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

Nick Number Re:Due Process, Anyone? (424 comments)

They had Gov. Schwarzenegger declare a state of emergency. What other "due process" should there be in order to destroy a house packed with explosives?

He has to urge people in the vicinity to escape in a rotor-driven aircraft.

more than 3 years ago

Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

Nick Number Re:Owner? (424 comments)

No, what's funny in TFA is that the cops found molds of human feces. WTF?

The guy was thinking ahead. It's concrete evidence that he's not batshit crazy.

more than 3 years ago




new m2 system

Nick Number Nick Number writes  |  about 6 years ago Is there some kind of explanation posted for the change in the metamoderation system? The instructions don't seem very clear.

Are we now evaluating the quality of the original comment rather than the moderation on it?

If we enter comments do they go to the moderator(s) or the original poster?

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