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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

R3d M3rcury Re:Just skin? (175 comments)

Hey at the least you could end up being a completely crippled , but awfully handsome [...]

Live fast, die old, leave a good-lookin' corpse.

5 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

R3d M3rcury Re:wimpy talk (187 comments)

it's just an engineering challenge. in the late 19th century [...]

So what you're saying is that in a couple hundred years, we'll have cracked it.

about a week ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

R3d M3rcury Re:Fiat Multipla (191 comments)

Yeah! I don't have any A-pillars in my convertible.

about a week ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

R3d M3rcury Re:Will never work in LA (191 comments)

As drivers in LA never use their turn signals [...]>

Hey! They don't need to know my business!

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

R3d M3rcury Re:Have Both (567 comments)

I use my monitor rotated in portrait mode and rotated 270 degrees.

I've rotated my screen 360 degrees :-)

Both of these are good ideas, so I rotated mine 630 degrees!

about two weeks ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

R3d M3rcury Re:Awesome news (121 comments)

I'm sure the Congressmen from Boeing had something to do with this. After all, if they're sending a rocket to Europa, how's it going to get to get there without the Senate Launch System? "See? We have to spend that money now! We've got a bunch of science missions that we've already spent money on waiting for it!"

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

R3d M3rcury Re:Video games of physical games. (171 comments)

I was thinking of this, myself. I have two games on my phone to pass the time away: Risk & Backgammon. So I chose board games. But, really, why play on a board when you can play on a tablet or phone?

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

R3d M3rcury Re:It won't be long (325 comments)

[...] geese and other dumb animals cannot understand us when we tell them this [...]

But has anybody really tried?

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

R3d M3rcury Re:Adminstration (193 comments)

While I agree about the Xserve, you don't really need all that for Profile Manager.

about two weeks ago
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

R3d M3rcury Re:Chronology from TFA (77 comments)

I gotta admit, that struck me. On the other hand, it's possible that the controllers received confirmation at 9:30pm CST.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

R3d M3rcury Re:Adminstration (193 comments)

So "selling your soul" is preferred to buying a $499 Mac mini and a $30 OS X Server app on the App Store [...]

FTFY.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

R3d M3rcury Re:The FAA isn't doing jack (115 comments)

In fact, the modern air traffic control system exists precisely because people DID die.

Yes, I agree with what you're saying. But, for a laugh, you should listen to an old comedy bit by a guy named David Gunson. I remember laughing at this when I was kid.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

R3d M3rcury Re:This Product Makes Sense (78 comments)

Samsung makes the Galaxy line, not Apple.

I think it was joke vis-a-vis Apple making "phablet" phones after spending years insisting that people wouldn't like them because they can't use them with only one hand. Add to the fact that the iPhone 6 Plus looks kind of like a Galaxy S5 with less-rounded corners and there you go.

Or, to put it another way, "woosh."

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

R3d M3rcury Re:The Star Wars universe has always been impracti (390 comments)

There's no doubt there will be plenty of catwalks with no guard rails [...]

The imperial senate decided that there was no need for OSHA.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

R3d M3rcury Re: haven't been following... (189 comments)

I'm sure if you put a diamond to it you'd scratch it, but short of that, I can't see why more scratch resistance is needed.

Well, if you can afford an iPhone, you may have diamonds in your pocket at times...

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

R3d M3rcury Boring (189 comments)

Conventionally roasted. That said, I'd love to try deep-fried.

I go out for Thanksgiving dinner--the relatives are too far away to visit for an extra long weekend and I'm seeing them at Christmas anyway. This year, though, I ran across a place that was doing smoked turkey. We'll see how I like it...

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

R3d M3rcury Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (454 comments)

I would say the number for whom driving is a passion is a significantly smaller number than those who drive because they have to.

That said, the quote I thought was interesting, from the summary:

Buying sexy, fast cars for garages could evolve into buying seat-miles in appliance-like pods, piloted by robots, parked in public stalls.

This is an intriguing point. What you might end up seeing is the death of economy car.

I have a fast and sexy car in my garage (okay, it's not THAT fast but it is kind of sexy, or so I've been told). One reason I bought it is that I liked how it looked, it had decent performance, was comfortable, and still got good gas mileage. But I'll be the first to agree that, at least out here in Southern California, what kind of car you drive generates a certain image about you. And I'm not sure that renting a self-driving "pod" for a date would give the same message as showing in a gorgeous Mercedes, Bentley, or Maserati.

Those who buy a Toyota or Honda because they're solid, dependable, economical cars would be the first people to trade in their cars for a rental pods. But the people who buy "aspirational" brands--Lexus, Cadillac, Mercedes, etc.--wouldn't be so quick to trade these in because they'd be giving themselves a poorer image. Arguably, if I pull up in front of a club in a self-driving rental "pod" versus pulling up in front of a club in self-driving Mercedes or a non-self-driving Lamborghini, I'm getting a heck of a lot less attention from potential sexual partners.

The mistake, of course, is to think that it must be one or the other. The reality is that, here in America, there is room for all of them. Like I said, I could see people who live in dense urban areas renting a nondescript pod for a trip to the grocery store where it would be inconvenient to carry all the groceries home in your arms. I could also see people owning their own slightly nicer pods because it's more convenient to go out to the garage and hop in every morning and be able to leave stuff in your pod. Heck, you might even defer some of the cost by renting out your slightly nicer pod when you're not using it. You might see luxury pods with bars and hot tubs.

You might even see non-self-driving cars! Like you said, I think there will continue to be demand from those who like to drive and those who don't feel comfortable entrusting someone/something else to transport them. What I think will be interesting is what form those cars will take? I mean, a self-driving sports car would be like a Harley with training-wheels. But sports cars can be expensive. Would it be worth it to produce inexpensive sports cars--like Kias? Are there enough people who would buy these to drive? Or will it become only the province of the wealthy to be able to drive themselves?

about a month ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

R3d M3rcury Re:Moat? Electric fence? (213 comments)

Or, conversely, the politicians that ban guns in all federal buildings yet believe wholeheartedly that anyone should be able to carry semi-automatic assault rifles into their local Walmart.

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

R3d M3rcury Re:Unintended consequences (167 comments)

Good point. And if you have all those cyclists breathing hard, they'll produce more CO2 which is a greenhouse gas.

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

R3d M3rcury Re:How much does the device weigh? (167 comments)

Just in case you're not up on this, I believe he's talking about a Camelbak. It's basically a backpack with a bladder for holding water and a hose that you can drink from. They're handy for bicyclists and runners who want to keep moving and not fiddle with bottles.

about a month ago

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

R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  about 8 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..."

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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..."
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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 5 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 http://www.gocomics.com/thefifthwave/

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?"
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R3d M3rcury R3d M3rcury writes  |  about 8 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 "www.wiihaveaproblem.com" has the stories."

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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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