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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

Psion Re:First Post (328 comments)

I'm astonished at the number of people who don't get this. It isn't the first thing he asks casually, it's the first thing he asks once they're hooked to the polygraph. Not exactly brilliant humor, but it was worth a chuckle and certainly beats "First Post!"

about a week ago
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Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

Psion Re:Importance (562 comments)

Yes, but what if one of the snipers breaks a law? Hmmm? Who snipes the snipers?

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Psion Re: NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

And by the time you live in a tyranny or police state, something bad has happened.

1 year,18 days
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Scientific American In Blog Removal Controversy

Psion Re:New Season of Big Bang Theory (254 comments)

Another former subscriber here, and I just can't tolerate the obvious bias that has crept into the once-great publication. I subscribed for years, then let it lapse, picked it up again out of nostalgia, let it lapse, and now completely ignore it.

about a year ago
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NASA's LADEE Rocket Mission To Launch September 6

Psion Re:Anyone know a good viewing area? (33 comments)

The visitor's center view of the launch facility is now blocked by a stand of trees that has grown considerably over the years. One recommended viewing area is on the causeway between Chincoteague and Assoteague Islands.

http://www.chincoteague-va.gov/pdf/LADEE%20Rocket%20Launch-Viewing%20Areas.pdf

Another possible site was a location I scouted out last weekend where Arbuckle Neck road dead-ends into Oyster Bay. That gave me this view of the launchpad area. The rocket pad itself is the last tall building to the right of the water tower.

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

Psion Let's Not Forget ... (216 comments)

Al Gore also claimed the temperature of the core of the Earth is "millions of degrees" on Conan O'Brien. Unfortunately, that one went out on national television, so no one on his staff can make the claim that he'd been misquoted.

about a year ago
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Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get

Psion Twinkies vs. Dreamies (223 comments)

I noticed Twinkies back on the shelf a couple weeks ago. I ran up to the stack, hefted a box lovingly and said, "I knew you couldn't resist me for long!" A stockboy standing nearby laughed, but what does a mere lad know of true love?

Now I know, however, a shadow has fallen upon this romance. In Twinkies' absence, I tried Tastykake's Dreamies. Her smooth, flavorful cream enrobed in fresh, rich-tasting sponge cake was more than simple comfort when Twinkies left. Dreamies shared sensations with me that were unfulfilled fantasies when Twinkies were my sole companion. Every night after dinner with Dreamies was an exquisite exploration of forbidden flavor. Sometimes, I even had two!

When Twinkies came back, my heart and stomach pounded; lovers reunited! We left the grocery store and I buckled my box safely into the passenger seat and started the engine. At the first traffic light, I reached over and deftly parted her cardboard folds and reached for the treasures within. Cellophane yielded willingly at the next red light and soon familiar flavors and textures burst in my mouth!

Something was wrong.

My tastebuds now expected the fresher, richer flavors of Dreamies. Twinkies had a familiar, hydrogenized aftertaste, but Dreamies didn't. I don't think my companion noticed at the time, but when we got home, I put her on the shelf and have only reached for her twice since then. I've even ... shared her with my wife and little boy. "Yes, please! Help yourselves!"

There's no way Twinkies doesn't know now. Something has changed between us. I think I hear sobbing in the kitchen when she doesn't know I'm near. I feel bad, but I know she feels worse because she was the one who left. I want to make it work, but Twinkies just can't bring me the sensations for which I yearn. I've ... moved on.

about a year ago
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Omni Magazine To Reboot

Psion Re:And a healthy does of skepticism... (95 comments)

You know, I think it was mine as well. I liked that combination of bat-shit crazy on one page and healthy skepticism on another, with some artwork by Giger or Syd Meade tucked away somewhere in between.

about a year ago
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Omni Magazine To Reboot

Psion Re:Don't Leave Optimism Out (95 comments)

I think we're looking at this from a similar perspective. Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic as viewed from a primitive perspective, but a sufficiently advanced technology can tell the difference. Consider Mr. Spock. Being half Vulcan in a universe that allows psychic phenomena, it is possible for him to touch any intelligent being and "mind meld" with them. But if he had technological telepathy, for example, in a universe that otherwise does not have real psychic phenomena, would he have been able to interface so easily with Old Mother Horta? Or would he first have to outfit her with tech that allows for such an interface -- with all the complexities introduced by fundamentally different evolutionary paths to intelligence?

about a year ago
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Omni Magazine To Reboot

Psion Re:Don't Leave Optimism Out (95 comments)

You're thinking of a kind of technological telepathy, and believe me, I've given lots of thought to that. But I specifically mentioned ESP, which is kind of a catch-all that also includes clairvoyance and precognition, and bundles all this stuff up under a paranormal, psychic forces banner. And that's the key here. Even if I'd said "telepathy", it's fair to argue that you're not talking about the same thing since most supporters of the paranormal aren't talking about technological enhancements, but gifted individuals who somehow already possess these talents without any need for technological support.

about a year ago
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Omni Magazine To Reboot

Psion Don't Leave Optimism Out (95 comments)

This sounds exciting. I was a huge fan of the magazine and still have many copies gathering dust in various places. Omni introduced me to new artists and writers I'd never heard of before, posted light articles about various scientific matters, and from "Continuum" to "Anti-Matter" gave readers a chaotic, but often optimistic glimpse at possible futures.

Please don't leave the optimism out. There's been a resurgence of neo-Malthusian gloom in the last decade or so. If the new Omni becomes a mouthpiece for doom-mongers, I'll gladly walk the other way. Oh, and a little fringe science is kind of fun, too. Maybe ESP and flying saucers have become passé, but I'd like a serving of zero-point energy and parallel universes, please.

about a year ago
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Version 2.0 of 3D-Printed Rifle Successfully Fires 14 Rounds

Psion Re: I hope it explodes and kills him (336 comments)

It's odd that I'm saying this again, but have you ever heard of the Battle of Athens?

about a year ago
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Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

Psion Re:America. (398 comments)

You should look up the "Battle of Athens."

about a year ago
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Oracle To Stop Developing Sun Virtualization Technologies

Psion Re:Fuck you Oracle (145 comments)

Six digits, you say? Wow.

about a year ago
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NYC Police Comm'r: Privacy Is 'Off the Table' After Boston Bombs

Psion Re:PRIVACY? OFF THE TABLE! (508 comments)

And they say Latin is a "dead" language! HAH!

about a year and a half ago
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Manga Girls Beware: Extra Large Eyes Caused Neanderthal's Demise

Psion The Neanderthal Parallax (290 comments)

"When the last Ice Age set on 28,000 years ago, Neanderthals had no sewn clothes and no large organized groups to rely on each other, hastening their fall. "

Ha! Take that, Robert J. Sawyer!

about a year and a half ago
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Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic

Psion Re:Epidemic? (687 comments)

When it doesn't even burn at arm's length? You're an idiot.

more than 2 years ago
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Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic

Psion Re:Epidemic? (687 comments)

No, it would take evidence that these are actually a problem beyond a few alarmists over-reacting when they see a green light. The optics in a hand-held laser are cheap and even with good optics, no laser beam lacks divergence. The laser I use for pointing out stars to my son spreads about ten centimeters for every 100 meters. By the time such a beam would hit a cockpit, it could easily spread to over a meter across and anyone seeing it would be exposed to 1/1000th the brightness of looking directly into the beam at arm's length.

This is just the latest technophobe scare story. No different than worries about x-rays from color televisions, behavior effects of video games, gangs hanging out at arcades, etc.

more than 2 years ago

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