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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

NotQuiteReal So it wasn't global warming? (51 comments)

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

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

NotQuiteReal Re:Surprisingly frank? (114 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...]"

10 hours ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

NotQuiteReal Who's "we"? (232 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 week ago
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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 week ago
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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 two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

NotQuiteReal Your fair share (602 comments)

(Cost of Government) / (Number of Citizens) = the fair tax per citizen.

Anything else is unfair, but necessary simply because not everyone can afford their fair share.

The tax code boils down to extracting unfair amounts of money from whomever can pay, muddied by the politics of helping friends and punishing enemies.

Sadly, politicians have a disincentive to keep a "reasonable" Cost of Government.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

NotQuiteReal I forgot the best one... (488 comments)

Change the battery? Why would you want to do that? Throw that piece of shit out and buy the NEW one!!!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

NotQuiteReal Mac user... no manual? (488 comments)

heh - yeah, it is obvious that "right-click" is "control+click".

Scroll-bars? Bah! those take up space! you should just "use the force" to intuit that you can "double finger" slide down to see more.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

NotQuiteReal obviously we all need our own drones... (262 comments)

Record everything you do, and only save the exculpatory footage*.

*footage - we all know what that means, right? Like "dialing" a phone...

about three weeks ago
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Big IT Vendors Mostly Mum On Commercial Drone Plans

NotQuiteReal Easy answer... (22 comments)

Commercial Planes are rated to fly through a certain amount of "debris", right? (including non-frozen poultry, of various sizes).

So, the obvious answer is that any drone is OK, as long as it can get sucked thru a passenger plane engine without shutting it down.

Win. Win.

However, the liability of any incident will be on the operator of the drone for putting a brick of a Leica camera on the platform...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

NotQuiteReal brawndo (219 comments)

It's all good;

Chrome, Surface, iPad, they all have Brawndo, it's got electrolytes!

about a month ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

NotQuiteReal Travelocity? (268 comments)

This has nothing to do with their gnome, right?

about a month ago
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Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon

NotQuiteReal leave them alone (84 comments)

OK, we found this group of people... moving on.

Chalk it up for +1 diversity, but for God's sake, don't try to visit them and sneeze in there general direction.

If they were unhappy, they would have walked in one direction long enough to "discover" others. Leave them be.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

NotQuiteReal Re:No Ebola - but they have colds (198 comments)

LOL.

Called out on my blatant troll, but I still have to say "yes, and"...

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

NotQuiteReal No Ebola - but they have colds (198 comments)

Now you have Ebola resistant monkeys, with Ebola DNA in them swinging around in trees and sneezing on you.

What could possibly go wrong with crossing Ebola with the common cold.

Sure hope the vaccine works, because you are going to NEED it soon.

about a month and a half ago
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EFF Begins a Campaign For Secure and Usable Cryptography

NotQuiteReal Assumption Alert (96 comments)

people whom you have met in person, such as your girlfriend

You can't assume that he has met his "girlfriend", in person. See, for examle, this. This is Slashdot!

But yes, passing around public keys is a nuisance that most people don't want to deal with.

about a month and a half ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

NotQuiteReal The study I want to see... (273 comments)

"Too many grown-ups go into politics because they think they are smart"

about a month and a half ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

NotQuiteReal Operative word "Con"? (126 comments)

There are counties of some states that are larger than Rhode Island.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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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 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?"
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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?"

Journals

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Second Slashdot Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  about 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.

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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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