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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

NoMaster Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

Use of the word "buss" to refer to electrical or mechanical power distribution predates the Bussmann company by a good 30 years or more (it's used in engineering documents and handbooks from the 1880s). It probably derives from the Germanic / northern European / Scots gaelic of the time, since they were big engineering regions.

But don't let that stop your misplaced outrage. Why not turn it to the common mispronunciation of "router" (i.e." rowt-er") instead? "Rout" (pronounced "rowt") means " to turn aside; a disorderly retreat or decisive defeat", while "route" (pronounced "root") means "a way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination". Which does your router do?

Hence, the device used in networking should be pronounced "root-er"...

(Notwithstanding the fact that most of them should be pronounced "gateway", since that's the correct networking term for a device that interfaces between different physical transports or protocols...)

5 days ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

NoMaster An oldie, but a goodie (305 comments)

A Fortune 500 company was interviewing for a CFO, and narrowed the field down to 4 candidates - a mathematician, a market researcher, a statistician, and an economist. Because they were so close in every other respect, they brought all 4 in together for an executive panel interview.

The CEO asked the interviewees "What's 2+2"?

The mathematician replied "Four".

The market researcher said "Ha! I heard you asked the tricky questions! So..." - and here he rustled through the pile of paperwork he'd brought with him - "...yesterday I surveyed 100 second grade teachers, and the most common answers ranged between 3 and 5".

The statistician looked sideways at the columns of figures in front of the market reseacher, spent a few minutes jotting on a napkin, and said "I can state with 95% confidence the answer is four".

The economist glanced at the rest of the candidates with barely-disguised pity, leaned over the desk, and whispered in the CEO's ear...

"What would you like it to be?"

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

NoMaster Re:hmmmmm (681 comments)

Nothing wrong with Windows 2...

Overlapping windows! A control panel! VGA support! The first Windows versions of Excel & Word! The first use of 'minimise' and 'maximise' for windows controls! An Apple lawsuit!

Not to mention 2.10, which brought Windows/386 and a proper protected mode (and Windows/286, which brought ... ummm, something, I'm sure).

As far as Windows goes v2 was actually alright, and at least equalled (if not surpassed) the competition of the time (e.g. GEM, DeskMate).

about 1 month ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

NoMaster Re:Off-topic Maybe (411 comments)

Personally I'm waiting for the news of proprietary extensions certain BSD codebases by Apple...

GPL to BSD: "Dad, you're doing it wrong!"

about 2 months ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

NoMaster Re:Stupid (209 comments)

Go home Xenu, you're drunk...

about 2 months ago
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China Using Troop of Trained Monkeys To Guard Air Base

NoMaster Re:The same troupe laid off from MS Windows 8? (119 comments)

I'm curious if this is the same troupe of monkeys that were recently laid off from Microsoft, after they completed Windows 8.

It doesn't matter how much poo they've flung in the past - please, they still deserve to be called "Developers".

about 3 months ago
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China Using Troop of Trained Monkeys To Guard Air Base

NoMaster Re:Birdpocalypse (119 comments)

I wonder if they have opportunities to teach these behaviors to wild monkeys who will someday destroy all the bird nests in China.

"No soup for you!"

about 3 months ago
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Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi

NoMaster Re:So, really... (83 comments)

Were you expecting him to fab his own chips? Maybe he should grow his own silicon wafers while he's at it. Although, if he really wants to make a DIY phone, he must first invent the universe.

Oooh, sarcasm!

You're being stupid, but yes - I do expect a bit more from a so-called tech site than "Man Builds Cellphone By Plugging Together Bits From Adafruit & Micro4You". Maybe a little bit of soldering, or at least a reasonable bit of commentary on how it all plugs together & works?

In case you didn't realise, the GSM module is pretty much the complete phone by itself; it's got the radio, controller, mic input, & speaker output all on one board. All that's missing is something to send it AT dialling commands.

And it's not like the same thing hasn't been done several times before, using everything from arduinos and MSP430s up to ARM chips...

about 3 months ago
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Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi

NoMaster So, really... (83 comments)

$40 for the rPi, $35 for the 320x240 touchscreen, $15 for the LiPo battery, $48 for the GSM module, and about $20 for miscellaneous other minor parts.

So, really this is "Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using DIY Cellphone Module".

about 3 months ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

NoMaster Re:QWERTY Keyboard (276 comments)

I particularly like the one built around a generic 2x20 text LCD.

This one?

That's the uWatch, an open-source open-hardware DIY scientific calculator watch by Dave Jones of EEVBlog fame. He designed it simply because his old Casio CFX-400 calculator watch finally broke, and the only replacements were all basic 4-function models.

It also plays chess...

about 4 months ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

NoMaster Re:Fair point but. (276 comments)

Ah ... so it's a slashvertisment then?

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

NoMaster Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.

If your 'knowledge' of the Bible only extends as far as an ignorant half-remembered version of Genesis, then yes.

Specifically, it's not "the fruit of Knowledge" - it's "the Knowledge of good and evil".

The Bible is actually quite encouraging of knowledge, even showing something of a kickarse attitude towards deliberate ignorance:

"An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions ... The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating ... Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. To answer before listening - that is folly and shame ... The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out."

-- Proverbs 18:1-2,6,12-13,15

about 4 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

NoMaster Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

This was back in the commie-Reagan era. There were real communist threats back then.

No there wasn't. Any percieved 'communist threat' in the Reagan era was nothing more than ghosts from the USA's previous 30+ years of anti-communist indoctrination.

about 4 months ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

NoMaster Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

6018 come October 23rd, give or take the 3 months or so lost due to the Chesterfield Act of the mid 18th century.

about 4 months ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

NoMaster Re:Alternative to Beta Hell (93 comments)

It will be for the commenters, by the commenters.

So, you're not going have thinly-veiled slashvertisments aimed at taking advantage of the most fearful, paranoid, and mentally ill amonst us - the gadget-nerd preppers?

Good.

about 6 months ago
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In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

NoMaster Re:Education, not laws (324 comments)

"Thou shalt remain ignorant of anything not printed in this book" is a tenet of most religions, and is dogmatically followed by the fervent believers.

Including Atheist fundamentalism, apparently...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

NoMaster Re:Z-Wave (248 comments)

Z-Wave, the wireless mesh protocol behind most of these systems, is an open protocol.

If by "open" you mean "closed & proprietary, but with some reverse-engineered partially-functional open-source API impementations", then you're right.

about 7 months ago
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Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

NoMaster Re:Wow... (75 comments)

You might want to check Google Earth there, mate. WA's coastline is huge, stretching thousands of km.

Exactly. Just as a comparison, Western Australia's coastline is roughly as long as the US Pacific coastline - including Hawaii & Alaska - or only about half as long as the entire US coastline

about 7 months ago
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How To Change U.S. Laws To Promote Robotics

NoMaster Re:In a word, DON'T (118 comments)

Everything people do is something of a Faustian bargain. That's the whole point of the story.

The moral is to be wise and strive to choose incontrovertible good as the target of all your actions...

about 7 months ago
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How To Change U.S. Laws To Promote Robotics

NoMaster Hmmm... (118 comments)

Hmmm... robots ... technological/social crossroads ... buzzwords/phrases ... open vs closed source ...

I see the Dice-a-matic automated headline generator is beginning to learn how to assemble the component parts of a Slashdot-centric clickbait story with minimal intelligent oversight.

On the downside, the human editors will soon be replaced by robots.

On the upside, Timothy & Soulseek will soon be replaced by robots.

about 6 months ago

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Stalin, Lenin - so what!

NoMaster NoMaster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Yeah, so I made a mistake!

I caught it after I posted, and thought of posting a follow-up correction. Then I thought "no, I'll just leave it to see if anyone picks it up..."

This entry exists so I can point at the timestamp and say "yeah, I know" ;-)

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