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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Palm Zire, iPod Photo, Stereo Stuff (674 comments)

I've been using the same 16GB iPod Nano for 4 years now. There are aspects of the UI I'd change perhaps but it just refuses to quit.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Amana Radar Range (674 comments)

I prefer the original Radar Ranges. Why, you could cook a whole turkey with those buggers! Sometimes inadvertently, too.

2 days ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:The good ol' days (163 comments)

Actually it's a warts-and-all trip down memory lane: Early California Oil: A Photographic History, 1865-1940. Lots of warts to put it mildly, dumping the tanker is just one that sticks out in my mind. Oil companies used to overdrill fields as a matter of course, another memorable photo is of a couple of cottages separated by only 20 feet or so, with a derrick in between them.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Ol Biscuitbarrel The good ol' days (163 comments)

An incident in the book Early California Oil comes to mind here: after a sale of an oil tanker truck the two parties realized they weren't sure what to do with the contents of the truck - the buyer had no use for the oil. The seller thus simply emptied all the oil onto the street! The Wilmington oil field is also the poster child for oil extraction causing massive ground subsidence. Regulations were more than a bit lax back when. Occasionally people in SOCAL have to deal with this legacy - there was an explosion in a store in the 80s caused by a gas leak from a shoddy drilling operation, for instance. But generally things run relatively smoothly.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Preaching to the choir? (353 comments)

You have uncastrated male sheep in your computer? That must have taken some doing. Or is it a big ass computer with lots of room inside like those old Crays?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Bayonet Lug (160 comments)

Bring on the grenades with rounded corners.

"Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Holy Jesus! What is that? What the fuck is that? WHAT IS THAT, PRIVATE PYLE?
Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, an Android smartphone, sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: An Android smartphone?
Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, yes, sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: How did it get here?
Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, I took it from the mess hall, sir!"

about three weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

Ol Biscuitbarrel AVOID THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AT ALL COSTS! (230 comments)

It's hell on Earth here! Raining at the moment! When it stops it'll go back to our 9 straight months of greyness! No jobs! Unless hack sacking weed smoking hippies who make careers out of pan handling count! Furious volcanoes! Floods! People being chased by landslides! Don't move here! It sucks! Stay where you are! It's mostly just more pavement! Plus you can't pump your own gas! And you get a holy reaming on your property taxes! Here be dragons! And rabid beavers!

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Composes Music By Text Analyzing the World's Best Novels

Ol Biscuitbarrel How about some mashups? (31 comments)

"Tinkerbell! Do you carry the fire?"

about a month ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Hah (60 comments)

"Different places"? For example, in another part of the room?

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

Obama doesn't have to retaliate, there are plenty of Western allies that would do it. not to mention Sub Commanders that would probably go Rouge.

In Soviet USSA defective officers wear makeup.

about a month ago
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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Fuck beta (87 comments)

It's funny, I don't read this site on a regular basis exactly but opened this one random article which might be of interest to me given the subject, and I'm half way through the comments and not one is about anything except Dice's horrible Extreme Makeover.

I imagine plenty of you guys are attempting to submit articles on their travesty, good luck with the good cause. Keep up the royal crapflood in the comments if that doesn't happen. That new design is barf exemplified, agreed.

about 2 months ago
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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Man, they know better than you... (87 comments)

Scarperiod. Breaking information for geeks. Things which are of major concern.

about 2 months ago
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DNA Detectives Count Thousands of Fish Using a Glass of Water

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:The next logical step ? (61 comments)

“I don't drink water. Fish fuck in it.”

  W.C. Fields

Also:

"I certainly do not drink all the time. I have to sleep you know."

"Don't worry about your heart, it will last you as long as you live."

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Under 40 (684 comments)

It gets below absolute zero on Star Trek TNG on occasion. Lots of vortexes too. Vortexi?

about 3 months ago
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First Survey of Commercially Viable Asteroids Estimates Only 10 Are Worth Mining

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Uncertainty (265 comments)

First you need to split up larger asteroids. The most effective strategy is to position your ship in a corner.

about 3 months ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:And your predictions? (385 comments)

The sexbot's name? Mr. Prostitute.

Movie ref by any chance? Haven't seen that one in a while. "Us Yellowbeards are never more dangerous than when we're dead!"

about 4 months ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Link to Asimov's actual article (385 comments)

"Dupes" kinda sounds like a temporal law enforcement department in an old Lester Del Ray short story.

about 4 months ago

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