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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Picass0 Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

Your reasonable point makes it impossible for for the OP to be on his self-righteous high horse so let us not speak of it again.

about 5 months ago
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Space Junk or a Meteor? Fireball Lit Up Midwestern Skies

Picass0 I saw it. (87 comments)

I was driving east on I-80 in Council Bluffs, IA. At the time I wondered if it was a meteor or something man made. It was bright white but had a green hue as it broke up.

I was also a bit grateful there was no earth shattering kaboom.

about a year ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

Picass0 Re:They will, without a doubt, die... (923 comments)

>> "You are going to need to combine that with spiders, toxic chemicals, a DNA X-factor"

Not necessarily. They may gain the powers of Dr. Manhattan. He was exposed to radiation in an 'intrinsic fields' experiment, which could really mean almost anything.

Option #2 - perhaps the thieves will be fused into one character like "Firestorm". One person's body will remain and gain superpowers, the other becomes the voice of reason in his head.

1 year,13 days
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Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

Picass0 Dear Adobe (230 comments)

Online security (or lack thereof) is one of the reasons it's a bad move to turn your Adobe Creative Suite into a cloud based subscription service.

about a year ago
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Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

Picass0 Because it's a terrible hardship... (365 comments)

...reaching in your pocket to get your phone.

It's sad in that same way as the family member who's sitting by the TV but searching desperately for the remote.

about a year ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

Picass0 Re:Not similar at all. (786 comments)

>> "Have you ever done IT? Some of the biggest problems are political there as well."

Yes. I've even dealt with outside vendors. I've seen those situations work out and occasionally not work out. Almost every time a company outsources development and that 3rd party hands back code that doesn't work, Company A doesn't pay until it works. Company A holds 3rd party developer to it's original bid that a website was supposed to cost $90m not $630m or more. In this case Company A is the US Taxpayer.

>> "If it was entirely in-house like NASA was..." "...less money and would be cheaper to maintain."

I'm not going to disagree so much as I'm going to give you the benefit of doubt that you wrote this without really thinking it through. NASA buys products from thousands of private companies, nothing was built in house by Uncle Sam. Some of those companies have gone out of business because NASA was their only customer. One of the reasons the Space Shuttles became unsustainable was NASA would swap components between shuttles rather than buy replacements, so companies withered and died off. In many situations there was only one working part for the whole fleet because there was no way to buy a replacement.

The Space Shuttle program was also, for all of it's triumphs, a cash hog.

about a year ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

Picass0 Similar services (786 comments)

The frustrating thing - and this is specific to the website - is there are already other websites doing functionally similar tasks.

Every evening you will see Flo and Prudential Auto Insurance commercials. Or the green muppet telling you how you can shop for mortgages while wearing your underwear. There are many websites that act as one stop shops for other services, shopping for health insurance. They collect a few basic facts and then provide you with a handful of companies to suit your needs. A gov't insurance website should not be re-inventing the wheel.

I'm quite certain the commercial services helping you shop for loans, mortgages, insurance and other services didn't have $600m startup costs either.

about a year ago
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Diamond Rain In Saturn

Picass0 Re:DeBeers! (177 comments)

Greed and ambition have always been engines for progress.

about a year ago
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Diamond Rain In Saturn

Picass0 Obligatory Bond quote. (177 comments)

James, how the hell do we get those diamonds down again?

about a year ago
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Japan Promises an Ultra-High-Tech 2020 Olympics

Picass0 Role of the modern Olympics (106 comments)

The Olympics have overshadowed the World's Fair as a forum and showcase for technology, art, social events, and efforts by each host country to create a "model society" if but for a brief period. Most host countries pour far more money in than they will recover because of the prestige and the opportunity to push their political ideology on the world's televisions.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

Picass0 In Soviet Russia... (618 comments)

...drug consumes addict.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

Picass0 What moron is cutting 6K video w/ 64gb storage? (381 comments)

Are they really suggesting these systems for editing super HD? 64gb is a ridiculously small filesystem for cutting next gen video. Even 4K video is going to eat up all of that drive space faster than I can type this.

about a year ago
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How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work

Picass0 Dress appropriately. (459 comments)

Just just communication skills - far too many younger people have never been told how to dress for work or for a job interview. Everyone working in an office should own at least one decent suit. Learn when to wear a tie. Cover your tats is you have them. These things are noticed by people who are in charge.

about a year ago
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Unlocked Firefox OS ZTE Open Is Now Available On eBay For For $80

Picass0 Horrible specs (122 comments)

2009 called and wants their first gen android phone back.

        3G connectivity
        480 by 320 3.5-inch display
        expandable memory via a microSD up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
        256 MB RAM
        3.15-megapixel rear camera
        1.0 GHz Cortex-A5 processor

about a year ago
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Alan Turing Likely To Be Given Posthumous Pardon

Picass0 So he gets to return to life I guess? (210 comments)

... because his suicide was a direct result of his prosecution and punishment. So unless they can return Alan Turing to life this pardon doesn't mean shit.

about a year ago
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Google Is Bringing Chrome Remote Desktop App To Android

Picass0 There are already VNC clients for Android (104 comments)

I run x11vnc on my Linux desktop and connect remote using androidVNC. Neither are likely to phone home to Google.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

Picass0 Marketing fail. (442 comments)

I've said before the Surface marketing was one of the nails in the coffin. The TV ads mostly featured hipster dambasses dancing and hiphoping while spinning the Surface tablet. Very little if any product knowledge is communicated.

MS has to tell people WHY they should choose their option over iPad and dozens of Androids, Kindles, and Nooks. There are tablet for all price points. Some offer decent performance and graphics. Others are affordable. Surface is.... from Microsoft. I guess that's all you need to know.

Then there's the Metro GUI fiasco. MS basically appologizes for Metro on Windows 8 and offers a Metro-less option on the new betas. What does that tell a potential tablet buyer?

I think this thing will be discontinued within a year. If I were a Surface owner I'd be hoping for an Android or Linux port right about now. Can you root a Surface??? I guess I'm lucky I don't need to worry about that one.

about a year and a half ago

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SUPREME COURT: Big Biotech Can't Patent Your DNA

Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Picass0 (147474) writes "The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that our natural DNA can't be patented, in what the influential SCOTUSblog called "a significant patent ruling for the biotechnology industry.""
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US Government monitoring Associated Press phone records

Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Picass0 (147474) writes ""The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a 'massive and unprecedented intrusion' into how news organizations gather the news.""
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Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Picass0 writes "According to Yahoo News the French Constitutional Council has approved a law that would criminalize filming or broadcasting acts of violence by anyone other than a journalist. "The council chose an unfortunate anniversary to publish its decision approving the law... ...exactly 16 years after Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King were filmed by amateur videographer George Holliday on the night of March 3, 1991." The French government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, etc..."
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Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Picass0 writes ""Now will saying 'yes' get you in trouble at times? Will saying 'yes' lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying 'yes' begins things. Saying 'yes' is how things grow. Saying 'yes' leads to knowledge. 'Yes' is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say 'yes'." - Stephen Colbert"

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Ayn Rand

Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." -- Ayn Rand

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Stephen Colbert

Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  more than 8 years ago "Now will saying 'yes' get you in trouble at times? Will saying 'yes' lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying 'yes' begins things. Saying 'yes' is how things grow. Saying 'yes' leads to knowledge. 'Yes' is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say 'yes'." - Stephen Colbert

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About God

Picass0 Picass0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Dewey - Like Pastor Roy said, how God is so much bigger and wiser than us, and trying to see what He's thinking would be like an ant trying to see what I'm thinking.

Teacher - Yes, exactly. But we can trust in His wisdom, and have faith that He is watching over us.

Dewey - Like me with the anthill in my backyard. I spent days watching the ants, trying to figure out which ones were good, and which ones were bad, but they all just looked like ants, so I started smiting all of them.

Teacher - Well that's not --

Dewey - I was smiting them with the garden hose, and with lighter fluid, and with the lawnmower, and to be perfectly honest, I think I went a little crazy with the shovel. Those ants could have been praying to me all day, I wouldn't have heard them. *ponders* There was nothing they could do about it

Teacher - But, I don't think --

Dewey - Really, it's the same with us. There's nothing we can do about anything either, so why worry about it? Hey, this is making me feel better.

Teacher - Well, that's good, but --

Dewey - I guess all we can do is live our lives with as much kindness and decency as possible, and try not to dwell on God standing over us with a giant shovel. Bye!

  - Malcolm in the Middle

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