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The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

R3d M3rcury Can't Resist (44 comments)

This is a "wet" submarine. It doesn't try to keep water out.

Yeah, that's as funny as a screen door on a submarine.

3 days ago

Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

R3d M3rcury Re:LOS (52 comments)

any foilage[sic] will be a problem.

That's okay. We'll just cut down the trees. They cause pollution, anyway.

5 days ago

Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

R3d M3rcury Re:My woman (304 comments)

I think the reason "My Woman" has an effect is the generality and the idea of ownership.

My Car. My House. My Dog.

These are things that I own. There are millions of houses, cars, and dogs out there but this one is mine. I own it. My car goes where I tell it to go. For the most part, my house is set up the way I want it to be. My dog does what I want him to do. I am in control. So adding "Woman"--another human being with the same intelligence, wants, needs, and desires--just doesn't sound right in my ear.

Don't get me wrong--if it works for you and the woman in question, more power to you. This is something that has been debated since it became acceptable for men and women to live together without being married. My personal favorite terms was "Posselque" (POSSLQ -- Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters) from the 1970s census.

Years ago, I had this discussion with someone I cared about: "How do we introduce each other to the other people in our lives?"

  • "Girlfriend"/"Boyfriend" -- It has kind of a high school feel to it. Fine when you're 16. Feels a little off when you're in your late 20s.
  • "Esso" or "Posselque" -- As you say, a little too clinical.
  • "Lover" -- implies cheating. A lover is something you have "on the side" from your regular relationship.
  • "Honey"/"Sweetie" -- Too cute.

We actually settled on "sweetheart" (e.g., "This is Maria, my sweetheart.") It denotes a romantic relationship and isn't too syrupy.

about a week ago

Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

R3d M3rcury Buried under rubble (130 comments)

if you're in the affected area, you'll receive a Facebook notification asking if you're safe.

"No. I'm not."

about a week ago

Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

R3d M3rcury Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

Agreed. There's still plenty of interesting movies out of there.

Some of it is that they aren't necessarily hitting the theaters--or staying very long. Speaking for myself, If I'm going to pay $12 for a movie, it better be a blockbuster. It better be huge, explosive, with lots of action and adventure. Otherwise, I'll wait for it to come out on Redbox, Pay-per-View, or HBO/Showtime/Epix and watch it on my TV.

about a week ago

HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

R3d M3rcury Re:Total Isolation? (139 comments)

I think they have it, but you have to be outside the US to take advantage of it.

about two weeks ago

Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

R3d M3rcury Re:My woman (304 comments)

She is my woman

Bess, you is my woman now?

"My wife", "My sweetheart", "My girlfriend", "My Significant Other" are okay. But "My woman" has a certain neanderthal sound to it.

about two weeks ago

Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

R3d M3rcury Re:Already gone (304 comments)

How, therefore, can it count as "stalking" to install a GPS tracker - Which have a plethora of entirely legitimate uses - in my own cars?

It doesn't--assuming you can show that you installed the GPS tracker primarily for one of those legitimate uses and not to find out where your spouse is.

If you installed it on the car that is primarily used by your spouse and not the car primarily used by you, if you installed it around the time you began to suspect them of infidelity, etc., a judge may end up deciding if you were using it to track your spouse or using it for other reasons and just coincidentally ended up tracking your spouse.

about two weeks ago

The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

R3d M3rcury Re:Victim blaming? (622 comments)

I gotta admit, that's one of those things I don't get among all of this.

"It's Jennifer's fault for putting valuable stuff on the Internet."
"It's the evil hacker's fault for breaking in."

How about we blame the large corporation that claimed that these things were secure when, in fact, they weren't secure and they had known about the issue for 6 months?

about two weeks ago

Proposed Hab Module For Asteroid Redirect Mission Could Support a Lunar Return

R3d M3rcury Re:simply need a habitat module for habitation (55 comments)

as Orion has no toilet compartment [...]

Neither did the USS Enterprise and that was a five year mission!

about two weeks ago

Proposed Hab Module For Asteroid Redirect Mission Could Support a Lunar Return

R3d M3rcury Re:Horse and Cart (55 comments)

The properly analyzed samples come from only a small number of sites, and all from the surface - there's almost nothing known about what lies beneath.

Uh...there were core samples taken to about 3 meters (a little less than 10 feet) below the surface on Apollos 15, 16, and 17 using a drill, and all of the Apollo missions took samples down to about 70 centimeters (27 inches).

about two weeks ago

Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

R3d M3rcury Re:That's a lot of who knowses (48 comments)

joining Elon in outer space is kind of farfetched.

But suppose you launch an Estes Rocket from your balloon?

about two weeks ago

Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

R3d M3rcury Re:Well .. most asian food in the US is crap (103 comments)

My roomate is Vietnamese. Her friend's husband once remarked about having an "American Breakfast"--bread and cheese. That's what he understood we eat for breakfast here in the states. We were chuckling because, of course, an "American Breakfast" is bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast or biscuits, ham, pancakes, sausage, steak, etc. There's lots of options and some are regional, but bread and cheese, for the most part, aren't on that list.

For lunch, I'd maintain that the "submarine sandwich" is probably sufficiently American. Dinner, I'd probably go with simply prepared meat. I can't think of much for sauces for meat in "traditional" American cuisine except for barbecue.

about three weeks ago

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

R3d M3rcury Re:Considering Republicans... (336 comments)

Considering Republicans are so against NFC and haven't allowed any bank to invest in this technology


about a month ago



Don't Try To Sell a "Smart" Gun in the U.S.

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  about 6 months ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "How's this for a good idea? A gun that won't fire unless it's within 10 inches of a watch? That's the iP1 from Armatrix. Of course, don't try to sell it here in the United States:

Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. “Belinda?” the person wrote. “Is that you?”

Her offense? Trying to market and sell a new .22-caliber handgun that uses a radio frequency-enabled stopwatch to identify the authorized user so no one else can fire it. Ms. Padilla and the manufacturer she works for, Armatix, intended to make the weapon the first “smart gun” for sale in the United States.

“I have no qualms with the idea of personally and professionally leveling the life of someone who has attempted to profit from disarming me and my fellow Americans,” one commenter wrote.

Their complaint? The gubmint..."


Text Someone Who's Driving and You Could Get Sued

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  about a year ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "A recent decision from the New Jersey Appelate Court [PDF] states that you can be sued if you send a text message to someone who, in the course of reading or responding to the message, is involved in an accident. In this particular case, the judges decided that the person who was texting, Shannon Colonna, was not liable because she didn't know that the defendant was driving. So the litmus test appears to be that if the sender knows the recipient is driving and knows the recipient will likely read the text immediately, they could be in trouble. (page 25) Not sure how you'd go about proving this..."

Late Night Gaming Banned in Vietnam

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 3 years ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication has asked ISPs to block access to on-line games between 10:00PM and 8:00AM. 'The request, made on Wednesday, is another move from the authority to mitigate the side effects of online games. The request follows numerous stiff measures by the ministry to tackle the issue, including cutting internet access to agents at night beginning last September.'"
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What Clown on a Unicycle?

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 4 years ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "The New York Times has an article about walking and using a cellphone. But the interesting part was an experiment run by the University of Western Washington this past fall.

There was a student who knew how to ride a unicycle and a professor who had a clown suit. They dressed a student up as a clown and had him ride his unicycle around a popular campus square. Then they asked people, "Did you see the Unicycling Clown?" 71% of the people walking in pairs said that they had. 51% of the people walking alone said that they had. But only 25% of the people talking on a cellphone said that they saw the unicycling clown.

On the other hand, when asked "Did you see anything unusual?" only about one person in three mentioned a unicycling clown. So maybe unicycling clowns aren't enough of a distraction at the University of Western Washington..."

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Save The Planet: Eat Your Dog

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 4 years ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "New Zealand's Dominion Post reports on a new book just released, Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living. In this book, they compare the environmental footprint of our housepets to other things that we own. Like that German Shepherd? It consumes more resources than two Toyota SUVs. Cats are a little less than a Volkswagen Golf. 2 Hamsters are about the same as a plasma TV.

Their suggestions? Chickens, Rabbits, and Pigs. But only if you eat them."

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Save the Apollo Landing Sites!

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 5 years ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "The Lunar X-Prize is a contest offering $20 million to the first private organization to land and maneuver a robotic rover on the moon. There is also a $1 million bonus to anyone who can get a picture of a man-made object on the moon. But one archeologist believes that "The sites of early lunar landings are of unparalleled significance in the history of humanity, and extraordinary caution should be taken to protect them." He's concerned that we may end up with rover tracks destroying historic artifacts, such as Neil Armstrong's first bootprint, or that a mistake could send a rocket slamming into a landing site. He calls on the organizers to ban any contestant from landing within 100KM of a prior moon landing site. Now he seems to think this just means Apollo. What about the Luna and Surveyor landers? What about the Lunokhod rovers? Are they fair game?"
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R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 7 years ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "I was going through the links in the 'Funnies' section and I found that a bunch seem to have been discontinued.

Mikey — Appears to have been taken over by a squatter.
Dr. Fun — Has been discontinued.
After Y2K — Updating sporadically at best. Looks like the last one was in 2004.
Helen — Ended at the end of last year.

Also, the Fifth Wave has moved to

Anyway, it might be time to clear out those five. Perhaps replace them with AppleGeeks, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Joy of Tech, Sheldon, and Evil, Inc.. Of course, that's just my list. What other comics do people think would be entertaining for Slashdot readers?"

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 7 years ago

R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "The Wii's controller is an innovative device. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the strap that you're supposed to attach to your wrist to keep the controller from accidentally flying across the room. Televisions, walls, and windows are in danger from the flying Wii controller. The website "" has the stories."



An Open Letter to Mike Frager

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So I saw Mike's Open Letter to Steve Jobs and I kind of wanted to comment. Since he doesn't have a comment section...

First, from his letter, this one jumped out at me:

I rely on dual monitors and a Mac Pro is not within my company's or personal budget.

So here's a crazy idea, Mike: Buy an iMac.

From Apple's iMac page on graphics:

[...] all three iMac models let you use a second display in extended desktop mode -- in addition to simply mirroring the first.

So you can buy a $999 iMac and still use your second display with it. Or, if you prefer the beefier graphics cards of the higher end models, go with them. You can still use your second display with it.

On a more general note, though, supporting PCI cards actually requires some things such as a minimum size and all to keep things cool. Some of us old timers remember, for example, when IBM came out with the PS/2 Model 30 which would accept IBM AT cards--except that the enclosure was too small for them to fit. Apple's PowerMac Cube was another example--you could use whatever PCI cards you wanted, except that they had to be specially designed to deal with the Cube's size. Needless to say, I think only nVidia did one.

So, in other words, you want a Mac in PC clothing.

This isn't a bad thing to want. Personally, I sort of agree with you--I'd like to see Apple do an inexpensive Core 2 Duo tower. But I recognize that my aims and Apple's don't mix.

First, I think you overestimate the market for this. The "Tech Savvy" market is nowhere near as big as we geeks tend to assume. There are far more people who will be wowed by Mac mini's small size or the iMac's stunning looks than would be interested in a "Me too" looking tower. For business who want dual-monitor support as inexpensively as possible, again, the $999 iMac rears it's head. For home users wanting to replace that virus-ridden desktop, the Mac mini and the iMac will fill their needs quite nicely. The lack of expandability isn't really hurting Apple. Macs are expandable "where it counts"--memory and hard disk space.

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