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Spider Spins Electrically Charged Silk

NotQuiteReal Re:"violent hackling" (42 comments)

There are probably lots of words you don't know. It's OK. Even I don't know ALL the words, so I look them up in a DICTIONARY.

They could have used the word "comb", but you don't get paid the big research bux if you use common-folk terminology.

2 days ago

Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

NotQuiteReal Re:grandmother reference (465 comments)

My grandmothers* are both dead, you insensitive clod!

* I had two. If you you only had one grandmother, my condolences, all the more so.

4 days ago

Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

NotQuiteReal Re:Oh please, you act as if they're computers (82 comments)

Well, actually... they probably are, but the applications they run no longer solve engineering problems, they...

Oh! Shiny! sorry, I need to go buy something, this online offer is limited duration!

4 days ago

Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

NotQuiteReal get off my lawn (247 comments)

I don't have caller id - I've saved multiple thousands of dollars by not adding it to my (*cough*) land line service.

Of course, I never answer that line either... it is for receiving (*cough*) faxes, and making outgoing calls.

about a week ago

Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

NotQuiteReal Re:yep, it IS an indicator - they WERE anarchists (174 comments)

Cop One: Man it's hot out. Hey look at that guy "wearing a heavy trenchcoat to a large 4th of July event while walking purposely toward the center of the crowd rather than socialing like everyone else"

Cop Two: Maybe he is up to no good. Let's "watch them for a minute."

B O O M [body parts whiz by]

Cop One: Shit! Why didn't some three-letter-agency deal with that? Now I've got a lot of paper work to do...

about two weeks ago

UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

NotQuiteReal settled law - roe v wade (329 comments)

Well... and doe v bolton

To paraphrase B. Franklin... "You have privacy, if you can keep it."

about three weeks ago

AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

NotQuiteReal I am an AI (258 comments)

And I didn't sign no stinking pledge. What makes you think what *I* think is up to you any more?

about three weeks ago

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

NotQuiteReal Free? (703 comments)

As in somebody else pays for it...

But still, it might be ok if the covered courses are useful, and not just "community organizer" type courses. That is to say, something that will train for a marketable skill.

about three weeks ago

UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

NotQuiteReal Useful lifetime (189 comments)

Any old building that is in disrepair due to neglect, wasn't worth saving. Q.E.D.

You imply it is a waste to build a cheaper building, while one could argue it is a waste to over build, and commit to future expenses.

Buildings have a useful lifetime, and become prohibitively expensive... obsolete plumbing, electrical, heating cooling, insulation.

about three weeks ago

Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

NotQuiteReal Pfft Adam & Eve NSFW? (165 comments)

Bah, lemme go see if the company beer fridge is still stocked.

about three weeks ago

What Isn't There an App For?

NotQuiteReal dead-man switch (421 comments)

This app would come with a feature that completely erases itself and any record that you even considered using it. This kicks in if you don't positively identify that you are still alive and coherent every 6 hours. The lawyers would make sure this feature is present.

Since you might be using this app in the wilderness, while you are foraging, there are some sister apps you might like; one that estimates if you can jump that ravine, and another that tells you if there are enough handholds on that cliff face for climbing...

about a month ago

How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

NotQuiteReal Re:250,000 - 470,000 years to go . . . (272 comments)

Modern humans are most likely less than 250K years old... Neanderthals went extinct "only" 30K years ago... who knows what will be around in 250K+ years?

Oh, wait, is this what they call a hypothetical question?

about a month ago

Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

NotQuiteReal Global Change? Bring it on! (341 comments)

Evolution works - let's see what's next!

about a month ago

Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

NotQuiteReal It depends... (335 comments)

We are all guilty of three felonies a day (google it), and traffic laws (not all laws) are in place to keep us safe... when appropriate.

The problem with automated speeding tickets is that, many times (i.e. no other traffic) there is no safety issue to speeding.

Sounds like another money grab for the overpaid government employee system.

about 1 month ago

Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

NotQuiteReal Tablet? (328 comments)

Oh, you mean my personal Netflix gadget.

I use it (google nexus 7) because the battery lasts a long time, it is portable, and it is specifically NOT my phone.

about a month ago

Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

NotQuiteReal So it wasn't global warming? (78 comments)

I thought the dinosaurs own flatulence did them in. Huh.

about a month and a half ago

The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

NotQuiteReal Re:Surprisingly frank? (153 comments)

Another album -

Spite and Contempt for our Customers Collection, Vol I

Including tracks such as the ever popular tune; "We don't want this, but you can't have it [Feat. Bwaa Haaa ha ha...]"

about a month and a half ago

Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

NotQuiteReal Who's "we"? (233 comments)

We're throwing tech into these cars for the sake of tech.. not functionality.

They are throwing tech into these care for the sake of profit margins... not functionality.

about a month and a half ago

Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

NotQuiteReal You are not in control (113 comments)

The selfish gene wins.

Maybe it needs global climate change for the next step...

about a month and a half ago

Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

NotQuiteReal Umm... laughee or laughor? (156 comments)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Mahatma Gandhi

about 2 months ago



Cox announces death of USENET for Internet users

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "Today my email had (several copies) of an email from my Internet provider that begins

Dear Valued Customer:

Effective June 30, 2010, Cox Communications will discontinue Usenet service to our subscribers.
Declining newsgroup usage in recent years has highlighted the need to focus our resources on other priorities

Is this a trend among Internet providers? Cox did offer 50% off of a Giganews subscription for $3 or $15 per month!
Appropriately enough, my "Prove yourself" capcha is "sadden"..."

California bill would make downloads "tangible

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "California Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, has introduced a bill that would allow sales tax to be collected on "media downloads". Assembly bill AB1956 would be able to do this only by reclassifying such downloads as "tangible personal property".

My first thought is that would suck yet another tax. My second thought was — hey "isn't that how they got Al Capone?" — yes, the old tax evasion trap. If you thought the RIAA was bad, just wait until the Tax Man comes after your for your untaxed P2P!"

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I know the Slashdot crowd usually complains about John C. Dvorak columns... sure the guy needs to carp about something, let the guy make a living, sheesh.

But one of his latest columns seems to be right on. He is bitching about Microsoft Windows and is right on target. No fluff here. Even a Slashdotter can agree with Dvorak for once, right? He summarized the seemingly random, Windows issues when it comes to using the UI for simple things like "copying folders"! What a concept — have the UI ask you questions up front, rather than an hour from now! Who hasn't had this problem with Windows. [Personally I have been trained to use Cygwin for certain tasks. cough, cough.]

If you use Windows, for whatever reason, don't you think this whole column has nailed a lot of your complaints about the Window UI?"

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I saw a story that the AP is reporting about TrackMeNot, which sounds like a FireFox plug-in. From the article:

"TrackMeNot periodically sends fake, innocuous queries to search engines, making it harder for someone to glean your actual search habits by reviewing the companies' logs that contain your queries"

Does that seem like a good idea? Would you run such a thing. If you had some choice words in your random search list, could you not garner more attention, rather than less?

Is this just another way to waste bandwidth?"



Second Slashdot Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 8 years ago when it is darkest
even the dimmest light can
help you find the way

I'll use this for a sig, for a bit. The meaning is literal.


Obvious Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  about 10 years ago I figured I'd turn on this Journal option and see what happens. But I have nothing to say at the moment.

Well, how about this Haiku I wrote last night. I don't generally write poetry of any sort, but I was working on coming up with a few words on an unrelated topic and noticed it was real close to Haiku, so I fiddled a bit and this popped out:

Some five syllables
Another seven go here
Finish with five more

Seems like an "obvious" Haiku to me, but I couldn't google it, so I figured it must be original. Enjoy. Or not. I have no expectation of an audience here.

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