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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

NotQuiteReal Re:25 characters is too much for Haikus! (144 comments)

this is a haiku
each line is a tiny one
twenty three at most


Well, ok it sucks, (23 is the longest line, counting spaces) but it is 5-7-5...

about a week ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

NotQuiteReal To be fair... (158 comments)

It could have been Germany...

about a week ago
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

NotQuiteReal $4-15K/year (95 comments)

Holy Cow! What is your course of study where the books are that much?

I don't know what the books cost - my kid handles it himself, but I haven't heard the outcry I would expect for a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering major to be screaming if it were anywhere near that.

At any rate, I do know that he buys his books "online" (Amazon and others) and may or may not sell them at the end of the term, since the online purchases were so much cheaper to start with vs list price at the campus book store.

(Not to mention the nasty habit of "revisions" happening all the time. I do remember one $200-ish AP Chem book for HS we got online for quite a bit less... had the same material, but the pg numbers were off and the exercises were a bit different... obvious changes to make the book "obsolete". I wonder how much is the Author and how much is the Publisher making these minor tweaks to create artificial obsolescence?)

about a week ago
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China Cracks Down On Mobile Messaging

NotQuiteReal Re:I wonder... (58 comments)

The more you tighten your grip, China, the more citizens will slip through your fingers... or something like that.

The fact that this is even news, and getting out, is a sign that the times, they are a changin... at least in China. Russia, seems to be going backward however. And the mid-east? Pffft. that never changes one way or the other.

about two weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

NotQuiteReal Minimal Alert (205 comments)

Yet another annoyance, necessary in this "modern" world...

While not a real solution at all, it should be easy for any OS to at least offer pop-up an approval when you plug in a USB device. E.g. "Do you want to connect this keyboard"? That would be a red flag if you didn't think it was a keyboard and give you a chance to deny it.

Maybe skip the warning for pure storage devices - but warn for anything else. It might be disconcerting to have a warning for "Connect this video camera" when you were plugging in a keyboard.

about three weeks ago
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Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

NotQuiteReal OSO (64 comments)

It's a bear. What comes around, goes around.

about a month ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

NotQuiteReal Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

Heh, once, in a pinch, I have made due with a "special" extension cord - with two 3 prong 110 heads spliced onto a 220 socket... All I had to do was find two outlets on different phases and I was in business ;-)

Don't worry, I cut it up when I was done.

about a month ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

NotQuiteReal Austrailia doesn't exist (291 comments)

In terms of the "global warming problem", at least. The population of Australia is a rounding error. (7,050M global population - 23M Australians = still over 7B people; Australia is about 3/10th of 1%). The entire population is less than the city of Shanghai, or Karachi, or Beijing... The top 20 cities in the world have 10 X as many people of the Australian continent.

Good on them that they are voting not to piss in the wind. Specifically, this wind.

Even if humans can significantly affect the rate of change of global warming, taxing the most advanced economies is not going to help as much as doing [insert magic policy here] to change the course of the emerging economies which are going down the path that the 1st world traveled half a century ago.

about a month ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

NotQuiteReal Re:What does it matter? (305 comments)

Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace, and Economic Science are all listed on the official site...

about a month and a half ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

NotQuiteReal begging the question... (304 comments)

Millions of tons. That's how much plastic should be floating in the world's oceans...

Um, no, it shouldn't be in the ocean at all... maybe there have been vast over estimates of how much was there to begin with. After all, nobody should be putting it there on purpose.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

NotQuiteReal Re:Transparent Loot (135 comments)

This is a "news" forum, not open mic night... maybe.

about 2 months ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

NotQuiteReal Re:Urban Dictionary (124 comments)

They are not allowed to use the Internet. It is not secure.

about 2 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

NotQuiteReal Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

It's coming... Starting in Oct 2015 there will be "incentives" for vendors to have the means to accept them. It will still take a few more years, but it is coming.

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

NotQuiteReal Re:Russia (417 comments)

What!!! After "wait 10-15 years" everything isn't going to be all peace love and understanding? We have to plan for the next war after the next war we deter?

Next you'll be telling me I am not going to get a flying car before I die.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

NotQuiteReal Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Well then, you Democrats and liberal types should welcome this move. Seattle will be the perfect test bed to prove your argument that raising the minimum wage will do no harm to the economy and eliminate poverty. All we have to do it watch Seattle for the next few years and see what happens. If you're right, we'll see no ill effects, continued growth, unemployment decrease and everyone will be able to afford shopping at Mom & Pop stores instead of the evil big-boxes.

Hell, Seattle is *ideal* for your cause! They not only raised it to the $10.10 that you have predicted will solve the suffering of the poor, but they've went even *further* and raised it to $15!!!! If you're even remotely right, Seattle should become a Detroit style paradise soon.

about 3 months ago

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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"..."
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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!"
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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?"
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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?"

Journals

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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.

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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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