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I think wearable computing will take off...

Rary 1980s (254 comments)

I had a calculator watch back in 1983. Doesn't that count?

Here's my bold prediction: Nobody other than hardcore nerds will ever really want to wear any device other than a watch (if anyone will still wear those) or a bluetooth headset. As the years go by we will carry even more powerful and versatile devices in our pockets than we do today. Google Glass and its ilk will never be more than a novelty item.

about 3 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

Rary Worst Poll Options in a Loooong Time (312 comments)

I know we're not supposed to complain about poll options, but when they're this bad, I think it's mandatory. As hard as I try, I can't find a single option that even comes close to fitting. There isn't a "none of the above" or even a joke option that I could default to. There are two options that probably apply to about 80% of the population, with the remaining options applying to maybe 1% of the population combined, leaving the other 19% without anything to choose from.

At a minimum, the following options are necessary to make this poll even remotely usable:

  • None - I rely solely on walking/biking/public transit/other.
  • 2 or 3 - mixture of ground and air/water related

about 4 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Rary Re:food (641 comments)

Lots of people claim that there are studies showing that plants "cry out in pain", though not surprisingly no one ever seems to have a link to a reputable study to go with that claim.

Here's a more thorough response than I'm willing to take the time to type.

about 5 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Rary Re:food (641 comments)

so does that mean that when a mountain lion kills a deer then it should be tried for murder?

I don't recall any mountain lions claiming to be a civilized society. I also don't recall any mountain lions having the knowledge and ability to survive any other way, especially being that they're obligate carnivores.

about 5 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Rary Re:food (641 comments)

Because it's unnecessary.

If survival's at stake, I'll do what I gotta do. But if the sole reason for killing another living creature is "mmm, tasty", then something's wrong. My definition of "civilized" would include "not killing for pleasure".

about 5 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Rary Re:Only temporary (641 comments)

Is that a bad thing? Shouldn't an intelligent society always be questioning its beliefs, traditions, and prevailing wisdom?

about 5 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Rary Re:food (641 comments)

I'm sorry but there's no difference between livestock (chicken, cows, horses, etc...) and experiment sujects (mice, chimps, dogs, etc...)

I agree. Free them all. There's no reason for an advanced, "civilized" human society to treat living, sentient* creatures as products to consume.

*For bob's sake, please look up the word before replying with the standard Slashdot anti-animal-sentience nerd rage.

about 5 months ago
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The Case of the Orca That Killed Its Trainer

Rary Re:Capturer, not trainer (395 comments)

Why one or the other? Most captors bring food to their captives.

about 9 months ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

Rary Re:You forgot to mention... (232 comments)

Exactly. It's not the tools, it's the tools who use them. The Exchange client on my smartphone allows me to specify my work hours, and I have it set up to NOT deliver any new emails outside of those hours. Lots of phones do this, but it's up to the user to use it.

about a year ago
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Lucas Says Ford, Fisher and Hamill May Return For Next Star Wars

Rary Re:Make Good Use of Them (253 comments)

Rumour has it that Ford's deal is a fairly significant part. I'm not sure that he'd be interested in just a cameo, to be honest. He doesn't owe Lucas squat, and has done so much since then that he barely remembers those movies, so if he's on board, it's because it's worth it for him to be on board. Sure, his role won't be as significant as in Crystal Skull, obviously, but he'll get a few action scenes and lots of dialogue, I'm sure.

I just hope he's still flying the Falcon. It's not a Star Wars movie without the Falcon breaking down (again).

about a year ago
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Cellphone Privacy In Canada: Encryption Triggers Need For Warrant

Rary Re:Spread em' (111 comments)

Except that they're talking about arrests. When you're being arrested, you can expect to be searched. However, there are limits on the search that can be done. This is merely a logical interpretation of the existing laws as applicable to phones.

about a year ago
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Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

Rary Re:The result of funding cuts for observatories (409 comments)

No. They predicted a >0% chance of an earthquake but told people it was a 0% chance, resulting in people who were already preparing for an earthquake to stop their preparations.

about a year ago
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Twitter, American Express Letting People Purchase Goods Via Hashtag

Rary Re:Didn't work. (106 comments)

I tried #blowjobs and nothing happened.

Could be worse. You could've received one of these.

about a year ago
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Twitter, American Express Letting People Purchase Goods Via Hashtag

Rary Re:will be abused in 3...2...1... (106 comments)

Additionally, the person will have had to intentionally sync their card with their Twitter account to enable this in the first place. It's a stupid idea from a consumer perspective, although kind of brilliant from a marketing perspective, as now not only do we make purchases but we announce them to the world, but it's not nearly as prone to abuse as folks here are making it seem.

about a year ago
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Elite Looks Set To Make a Comeback

Rary Re:Procedural Magick (113 comments)

As I understand it, the way he got the huge universe into such a small space was by not actually storing it at all. The universe was randomly generated, but it used a hardcoded seed value so that it always generated the same universe. Pretty cool if you ask me.

about a year ago
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2012 Set Record For Most Expensive Gas In US

Rary Re:America Redefines "expensive" (430 comments)

And it's nothing compared to the $10/gal that Americans routinely pay for bottled water without a single complaint.

about a year ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Rary Re:When this happens... (497 comments)

This is how the conversation should've ended.

Him: "You need to specify a list of every character that is allowed in the text field, otherwise I cannot program it."
You: "Unicode".

about a year and a half ago
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Author Threatens To Sue Book Reviewers Over Trademark Infringement

Rary Re:Well... (218 comments)

Actually, unregistered trademarks exist, too, and are in effect simply by using a particular mark of trade. The "R" symbol is used to denote a registered trademark, while the "TM" symbol denotes an unregistered trademark. However, in the U.S., unregistered trademarks have limited protection.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Opens New Apple Store In Australia

Rary Re:Please stop it NOW! (154 comments)

- they have to have a rectangular shape (triangular? Pentagonal? Irregular?);

Pfft. There are other designs.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Opens New Apple Store In Australia

Rary Re:Apple store? Really? (154 comments)

Didn't you know? If Apple did it, then they invented it, even if they invented it decades after others did it. That's just how it works.

about a year and a half ago

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