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Researcher Builds Life-Like Cells Made of Metal

PachmanP Re:I for one (259 comments)

welcome our new polyoxometalate overlords.

Thank you. This is all I came for.

more than 3 years ago

Crashed Helicopter Sparks Concern Over Stealth Secrets

PachmanP Re:Hardly secret or surprising (484 comments)

The only stealth fighters that crashed were...

S/N 79-0785 was lost on 20 April 1982 during takeoff on its maiden flight in California, recovered.
S/N 80-0792 was lost on 11 July 1986 in California, recovered
S/N 85-0815 was lost on 14 October 1987 in Nevada, recovered
S/N 82-0801 was lost on 4 August 1992 in New Mexico, recovered
S/N 86-0822 was lost on 10 May 1995 in New Mexico, recovered
S/N 81-0793 was lost on 14 September 1997 in Maryland during air show, recovered
S/N 82-0806 was lost on 27 March 1999 in Serbia, not recovered

No stealth fighters crashed or were lost in Iraq or Kuwait


more than 3 years ago

Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones

PachmanP Re:Addicted much? (208 comments)

I know I really do not understand the need to be using your smart phone that much. I see people sitting in hot tubes at my gym using them, and it's like do you really need to be connected so much you can't be away from your phone for 30 min?

How did these people function pre-smartphone?!

more than 3 years ago

The Facebook Obsession

PachmanP Re:Useful tool for some (265 comments)

I had the same disdain for social networking as most of the /. crowd until a very close friend who had moved far away lost her husband and requested that her friends join Facebook so she could correspond with us.

Why is she on facebook and not out looking for him!?!?!?!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?

PachmanP Re:Download Your Profile (368 comments)

I'm not sure. What's irony?

It's like rain on your wedding day.

more than 3 years ago

Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

PachmanP Re:Actually, the New Yorker article was quite tame (426 comments)

...ALL superstitions are evil because they are untrue, and propagation of lies is evil. Scientology is merely a newer lie more easily exposed.
Faith is shit, prove thy superstition or expect no respect, for superstition deserves none nor do believers therein.

In the absence of "superstitions" and/or faith or whatever you're ranting about, *there is no evil*. The whole concept of good and evil is based on the belief in something. Please at least try to be internally consistent when spouting about who does and does not deserve your respect. *rolls eyes*

more than 3 years ago

Woman Gets Revenge Courtesy of Google Images

PachmanP Re:Let that be a lesson to you! (487 comments)

Since you haven't even attempted to perform the Turing test on me, I fail to see how you can assert that I don't pass the test. Hand in your geek card for lack of knowledge about your own trendy references.

Ok I accept your challege! Turing test at a time of your choosing.

...over a nice bottle of wine?

more than 3 years ago

Pub Patrons Down Under Subject To Biometric Datamining

PachmanP Re:If it can help reduce random violence (138 comments)

At the very least I'm thinking...how are you gonna get laid going to such bars? I mean, unless you're married (and sometimes even if you are) isn't one of the main reasons for going to a bar is to find a good looking chick to hook up with?

That ain't gonna happen in a place where people are randomly throwing punches (or worse).

Poor english to english translation. They're confusing getting laid out with getting laid.

more than 3 years ago

Blogger Sued By Restaurant For Bad Review

PachmanP Re:Eh, it was probably right (166 comments)

hey are on the low side here. We have several great teppanyaki places here. The only thing keeping benihaha from obscurity is their past reputation, their name, that they had deep pockets when they picked their location and yuppies who have no taste. There two locally owned teppanyaki places local to me and one fantastic sushi place. I love locally owned businesses as they pay taxes to local government and are a part of the community. In all three of those restaurants I am greeted by name if the server knows me and I've never gotten a bad meal.

You have to go look for them rather than stop in the mall's choke and puke outlot area or the faux trendy areas with 'upscale' chains that slop mystery sauce and near dehydrated veggies in a wok and serve it too you without having too much of the cooks sweat as an added awesome sauch.

Gah! Pretentious much?

more than 3 years ago

Are Gamers Safer Drivers?

PachmanP Re:type of game matters! (220 comments)

I think it is more to do with the competitive nature of games. In real life the best way to drive is considerately and somewhat cautiously, but in a game the only thing that really matters is beating everyone else to the finish line.

It sounds like somebody doesn't drive in a location with a lot of bad traffic.

more than 3 years ago

Geek Culture Will Never Die...or Be Popular

PachmanP Re:Remarkable stability! (320 comments)

I would model it more accurately on a harmonic oscillator, with no anharmonic correction.

I would add in some sinusoidal forcing on it. That would give it a noisy oscillation most of the time with occasional very high peaks and very low valleys when everything is in phase.

more than 3 years ago

'Reading Level' Filter Added To Google Search

PachmanP Re:99% advanced (266 comments)

Two guys to implement the "reading level" feature. Twenty to troll users by rewriting every static page on google.com to achieve 30-30-30.

Step 37 in evil plan to rule the world: priceless

more than 4 years ago

iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

PachmanP Re:GTA (168 comments)

You don't have to tell me! Because of GTA I can kill hookers almost like a professional!

But where's the money? I've tried it a few times, but there's never any money on the ground afterwards. I mean what's the point.

more than 4 years ago

Uncertainty Sets Limits On Quantum Nonlocality

PachmanP Re:The butterfly, lord and master of free will (223 comments)

Go grok the Butterfly Effect and you'll see how a probabilistic microscopic universe means that the macroscopic universe is also probabilistic.

Actually, I would argue the example of Ashton Kutcher making a bad movie as an example of the determinism of the universe.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Reveals Hundred Year Starship Program

PachmanP Re:You're going to find that rather difficult. (351 comments)

re: comment: if manned orbital launch capacity were as easy as buying a car, then I wouldn't have made the comment in the first place.

Buying manned orbital launch is as easy as buying a car...in 1907.

more than 4 years ago

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

PachmanP Re:Nope, not kidding. (2058 comments)

The reality is that spreading the costs over the population makes sense, and this Libertarian nonsense is worthless garabage.[sic]

No the reality is that "this Libertarian nonsense" just punishes morons pretty harshly. The system as it is spread the costs over the population of people who had foresight enough to pay the fee. It's all about being responsible for your actions and inactions.

more than 4 years ago

Texting On the Rise In the US

PachmanP Re:Poor teenagers (468 comments)

Cochlear implants and sub-lingual vocalizing. Spectacle HUDs.(or implanted).

I don't want to listen to a voice mail much less some conversation in my head. It's much faster for me to just read a text. Auditory comm. has a symetric encoding/decoding time burden. Whereas text shifts the time burden to the encode side. Listening to what someone says has a much higher mental bandwidth requirement (at least for me) than reading as well.

If the world economy doesn't collapse completely, something will replace texting as we know it. In ten years, the little universal gesture for texting (holding an imaginary smartphone and twiddling the thumbs) will not be recognizable by the average teenager.

I'd disagree almost completely. Texting will remain common until there's some sort of brain-machine interface, and there will still be folks like myself who don't want their stream of consciousness going out to all the world. I'd probably go so far as to say in 10 years it'll be more common with the increase of hearing loss due to the mp3 players in the ears 24/7.

more than 4 years ago



Human Gene Patent Challenge Allowed to Proceed

PachmanP PachmanP writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PachmanP (881352) writes "It what my be a win for prior art, a federal judge has allowed a challenge to a patent on genes related to the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The judge noted that the plaintiffs contended that patents grant Myriad ownership rights over products of nature, laws of nature, natural phenomena, abstract ideas and basic human knowledge and thought in violation of the First Amendment’s protections over freedom of thought."
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Dr. Who fan in legal trouble for pattern copyright

PachmanP PachmanP writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PachmanP (881352) writes "While not typical /. fare, there is a copyright tossup going on over Dr. Who knitting patters. A woman shared patterns for characters online. From the article, the problem seems to stem not from the lady but because "there were some unscrupulous people taking these patterns and using them on eBay to make profit for themselves. Unfortunately, we had to get to the source of the patterns — and that was her website.""
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School cop busted over myspace friends pr0n link

PachmanP PachmanP writes  |  about 7 years ago

PachmanP (881352) writes "In yet another tale of the dangers of Myspace a middle school police officer is coming under fire because of a friend's link to a pr0n site. As reported here "The offensive links were discovered after an anonymous caller phoned the Times to complain, saying her son and his friends accessed the "Amateur Match Free Sex" site via the officer's page"
The problems appears to stem from the ability to navigate to the pr0n "in just three clicks" from the officer's Myspace page which was created with "enthusiastic" support from school and police leadership.
I would like to note that Google is at max 2 clicks from the nasty."

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