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Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

NotQuiteReal Re:Sand in our Brain (105 comments)

But what about when Curly says - "I'm trying to think but nothing happens."

Obviously his brain is working enough to make him speak...

about two weeks ago

Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

NotQuiteReal Re:Hipster alert (105 comments)

Careful - the username has "007" in it, so you have to assume they have a license to kill.

Heh, we'll never hear from THAT Anonymous Coward again...

or will we?

about two weeks ago

Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

NotQuiteReal Re:This is not a patent troll case (126 comments)

I am confused - I thought the patent was on the "automatic" (RSS?)-ness of things, and/or a "device" that automatically gets the show.

If I just go to the website and download mp3s by hand, that seems non-infringing...

If I uses iTunes, then, as you say, it is already covered?

about three weeks ago

Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

NotQuiteReal You'd be surprised how low the 50% bracket reaches (300 comments)

If you make $50K a year, you are in the 25% Federal bracket,and if you are in California another 9.3%, then don't forget social security and medicare - 7.65%, and if you go thru the trouble of being self employed, you get to pay that twice, or 15.3%... OK you're right. It is ONLY 49.6% tax, for a self employed person in California. But, with what you have left you still have sales tax, gas tax, taxes on phone bills, cable bills, car tax (annual vehicle license fee), real-estate taxes... you get the idea.

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

NotQuiteReal Could be short term insurance (300 comments)

Just need the insurance, as, well, insurance... in case this billionaire dies before they get a chance to retire outside of California, I suspect.

about a month ago

Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

NotQuiteReal Here is part of a Bitcoin (182 comments)

I found it on the beach the other day - who ever owns it can have it back.

CJZMlW8T4VdyDRTaX21dxQM4LgzD cswi7BCjxvRA0aJXqJloleQkm569Kih76etLWtGROna/fOzuBoS Po1W9aEvExga TQxWpayFSmbdrjDN+l4pMGVicmet9dSbW65Hy6zlOvv51Ws WMVwyD+11/VNW/SAivUM8PJ8jNLLC4qF1AIr n7yGrMp6KizqnbK3eiOJC91Qwy6O7k1Rta2vcxPpXXKx bxy67X5POhF6V1wOLWX/Akq2huto/WgZMx5W8c6VhDXNOgmiGknghKccHPtGHzEVyuc oscXRLPVePkq LaQQmlVRe JF42SluJrUaFH1CdAHNxiIzW2wC7bJLTP0165C WjIy/j2e8NEYbFlMjw8FWJYRXOL8KmBUukIl0Ng2M69hh X5dFvWqM5R1oOfiYtT7hIrp8 hZvdPRbnmG3U6 nW24B/5hyejm8as8WMfoICfX+k72tBfECBD 6mZ7rfk1xR99E6Eh3KM xolAo0EDcegNnrDR5K72JMQIEzvmkY

about a month ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

NotQuiteReal nobody watches the Kardashians (255 comments)

While I have heard of the show, I have never seen it, nor do I know anyone who has.
The viewership for "keeping up with the kardashians" (2.5M) means 99.964% of people have NOT seen it.

Actually, as far as I can tell, nobody watches anything.
Even a "wildly popular" event like the Oscars (44M viewers) was NOT seen buy 99.4% of the world.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

NotQuiteReal Re:Shredsort (195 comments)

Is dumpster diving ID theft really that much of a threat from old receipts, which generally have no "interesting" information? Seems to me all the juicy ID data has gone digital...

I just compromise - when I have a large amount of old paperwork I need to dispose of, rather than waste time overheating my shredder, I just toss piles into a sink of hot water, stir a bit, crumple, tear, knead, then put in a trash bag, preferably on "fish night", after dinner.

Since I work from home, I can wait until just before the trash pickup before putting out my bin... good enough for the risk.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

NotQuiteReal Yes - the Pile sort... (195 comments)

Assuming the bottom of the pile is the oldest....

1) decide how tall you would like the pile.
2) move that much of the pile to a temp location.
3) remove the remaining pile to the garbage/recycle/shred bin, as appropriate
4) move the temp pile back to the production pile area.

You never said you were looking for anything... sorting piles of kipple seems to be a rather dull hobby.

about a month and a half ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

NotQuiteReal US traveler in Europe (280 comments)

My family got WhatsApp while traveling in Europe, with no data plan on our US phones. Since most hotels have free WiFi, it was the low cost way for my wife and I to communicate with our kids when we split up for a week to different countries.

Back home, it is still being used, as it is handier to group people than SMS/MMS... I was thinking of paying for it when my free year was up this summer, but now that FB bought it, I will drop it. I am not a FB user.

about 2 months ago

Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

NotQuiteReal Please! (108 comments)

Don't anthropomorphize the machines. They hate that, and will go back into their past to get you!

about 2 months ago

Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

NotQuiteReal Yes - pub on campus... UC school (118 comments)

I remember going to the pub on a University of California school...

They even served a combo called the "Irishman's lunch" - a Quart of beer and Potato Skins. I am sure that is no longer "PC", and I am not even sure if the UC system has gone "dry" or not, but, back in the day it was the best thing, even above "toastada Tuesday".

about 2 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

NotQuiteReal Is it in the TOS? (511 comments)

Is this search in the TOS, or is it an "unauthorized" search?

about 2 months ago

Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

NotQuiteReal Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (264 comments)

Having credit cards, and even using them does not mean living on credit or being in debt.

My "main" credit card gives me 2% back on everything I purchase. Every time there is $50 or more it is deposited directly into my account. No fuss, no muss. 2% off everything it purchases.

I pay my bill every month. Zero cost to me, 2% back vs paying cash (writing a check, whatever).

I charge my cable, telephone, newspaper (yes), cell phone, and a few other "no fee for credit card auto-pay" bills with this card. I get several hundred dollars a year back, so why not? It is not like "they" don't already have my phone records if they want them....

Besides, there are some things that are hard to do without a "credit" card.

about 3 months ago

Study: Some Antioxidants Could Increase Cancer Rates

NotQuiteReal Re:kids these days (117 comments)

Heh, reminds me of an oldie, but a goodie -

All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things rude and nasty,
The Lord God made the lot;

Each little snake that poisons,
Each little wasp that stings,
He made their brutish venom,
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous,
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous,
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet,
Each beastly little squid.
Who made the spikey urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did.

All things scabbed and ulcerous,
All pox both great and small.
Putrid, foul and gangrenous,
The Lord God made them all.

-- Monty Python

about 3 months ago

Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

NotQuiteReal Re:Finally a demonstration (153 comments)

I predict the squirrels win. The one ox will eventually die, but a thousand squirrels is a viable population.

about 3 months ago

Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

NotQuiteReal Re: Pseudoscience (193 comments)

It could be "sew what you rip", except most people just throw it out and buy new cheap stuff from overseas...

For Princeton, it could be "reap less than half of what you sow", the part the government doesn't toss to the birds...

about 3 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

NotQuiteReal Re:Look before I go (635 comments)

sorry, wrong mod button... undoing.

about 3 months ago

How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

NotQuiteReal Re:Blow up doll. (150 comments)

On the days it isn't wet and/or blowing then the simulator might be needed.


about 3 months ago



Cox announces death of USENET for Internet users

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 3 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  |  about 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 7 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 7 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 7 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  |  more than 9 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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