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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

RevWaldo Re:I thought it was money (211 comments)

Works for Batman.

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yesterday
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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

RevWaldo Re:Good (54 comments)

The latest build will not be available this evening but surely tomorrow.

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4 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

RevWaldo Ascension? (197 comments)

So that's where they put it!

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4 days ago
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Deflating Claims That ESA Craft Has Spotted Dark Matter

RevWaldo Check out this unusual pattern of gamma rays! (85 comments)

~ What do you think professor? Does it prove the existence of dark matter?

~ This? Oh, bless your heart, no, my young assistant. This is just chatter from some ancient interstellar civilization. Trade negotiations if I'm not mistaken.

~ Gosh, you're right, professor, I should have realized that myself.

~ Yes, completely useless I'm afraid. Fear not, we'll find the evidence someday.

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about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

RevWaldo Where's Detective Munch when you need him? (515 comments)

You know he'd know that it's not illegal. Not that he's that keen on surveillance in the first place, but....

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about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

RevWaldo Should have been from Prof. Farnsworth (100 comments)

Of course, the guys from Futurama would have written an actual paper.

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about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RevWaldo Re:programming (417 comments)

Which could be a problem as they are given greater and greater direct responsibilities. Know how in a bureaucracy they can't fire you for exactingly following the rules and doing your job too well? Then this results in something stupid and/or tragic occurring, and that's when people scream "What were they thinking? What happened to simple common sense?" Well, AIs won't have that.

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about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

RevWaldo So who "did it right"? (368 comments)

I'm hearing lots of carping, but not a lot of citerefs of SF stories set in the far future that do honestly depict the impact advanced technology would have on society, culture, etc. at least in a way Mr. Stross would expect it to. Any /.ers have any in mind?

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about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

RevWaldo U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford (388 comments)

| 0 | days without an accident.

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about two weeks ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

RevWaldo Graphene's a thing that everyone needs! (129 comments)

Graphene's a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!
It's a shirt, it's a sock, it's a glove, it's a hat!
But it has other uses. Yes, far beyond that!
You can use it for carpets. For pillows! For sheets!
Or curtains! Or covers for bicycle seats!

Out of the old physics lab
Comes some more graphene
Answering humanity's
Each and every need

Everybody do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do
Needs graphene!

It isn't just a tanning vest
Use it for a hammock
When you need rest
It's a toothbrush holder
For your weekend guest
Your canary will love it,
It's a lovely nest
Try it in soup-
It adds great zest
It'll cure those
Backache pains in your chest

Everybody do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do
Needs graphene!

You'll be amazed
you'll be nonplussed
It tastes like bread
without the crust
Grooms your hair
when it gets mussed
Rids your home of dismal dust
It's a natural, it's a must
Eliminates carburetor rust

Everybody do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do
Needs graphene!

It's super duper hooper hyper
Makes a perfect windshield wiper
Foolproof trap to catch a viper
we've no complaints from any griper
Papa smokes 'em in his piper
Baby says "boy, what a diaper!"

Everybody do-do-do-do-do-do
Everybody do-do-do-do-do-do
Everybody do-do-do-do needs graphene!!


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about three weeks ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

RevWaldo What counts as online? (45 comments)

Mobile phones are booming in the developing world, and most are capable of SMS, e-mail, mobile cash, and downloading electronic books, if not also web browsing. More people now have access to cell phones than toilets.

http://time.com/74584/unesco-s...

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about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

RevWaldo That's Life... (307 comments)

...as we know it, screams every sci-fi fan.

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about three weeks ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

RevWaldo Why not polycarbonate? (203 comments)

It works for my glasses well enough.

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about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

RevWaldo Re:Who? (137 comments)

Ask your doctor about one-a-day Aereo!

(See our ad in Atlanta Knitting magazine for full details.)

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

RevWaldo One man's moat.... (213 comments)

...is a fearless tourist's lazy river ride.

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about 1 month ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

RevWaldo Re:And I would have gotten away with it, too... (140 comments)

~ ZOINKS! Robot ghosts!

~ Ruh-uh! Rhoast rhobots!

~ It's robot ghosts, Scoob.

~ Ruh-uh. Ruh-uh. Rhoast rhobots.

~ Robot ghosts!

~ Rhoast rhobots!

~ Shh! Shut up you potheads, he'll see us!

~ Ruh roh. Rhouns rike Rhemla ron rha rhag rhoday.

~ And you would know, wouldn't ya, Scoob?

~ RHEH HEH HEH HEH HEH!

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about a month and a half ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

RevWaldo Easy fix (357 comments)

Scan for copyrighted material while in record. Emit continuous high pitched screech through bone conductor speaker if in violation.

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about 1 month ago

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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For An Answer

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  about 5 months ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "The Verge and other sources post how AOL's Ryan Block ultimately succeeded in cancelling his Comcast account over the phone, but not before the customer service representative pressed him for eight solid minutes (audio) to explain his reasoning for leaving "the number one provider of TV and internet service in the country" in a manner that would cause a character in Glengarry Glen Ross to blanch. Comcast has as of now issued an apology."
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Maker takes over Time Square Jumbotrons?

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "A YouTube video purports to demonstrate a video transmitter/repeater combo (connected to an iPhone) that allows the creator to override the video signal to external displays around New York's Times Square, first on displays built into magazine stands, then on one of the billboard-sized displays by tethering the repeater to a balloon. Real or fake — you decide."
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Something going down between Facebook and MySpace

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Mashable notes that they received an invite to a joint Facebook / MySpace press conference set for 12 Noon US Pacific time today. "Our best clue as to what the two companies will announce is that MySpace will be using the Facebook Platform or Facebook Connect, something that has been rumored for nearly a year." Gothamist predicts that "MySpace will also read a prepared statement apologizing to the world for being a worthless turd of a website that isn't fit to lick the bottom of Mark Zuckerberg's flip-flops. Facebook executives are expected to silently sit there looking smug.""
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WSJ: iPhone for Verizon by year end

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that "Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple." (Not in time for the holidays? Bummer!) All companies involved have declined to comment."
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Restaurant uses social media to exclude patrons

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "From Gothamist: Five former employees of Bowlmor Lanes in New York have filed a lawsuit against Strike Holdings CEO Tom Shannon, claiming he used social media outlets to keep minorities from making reservations at "one of the city’s hottest and most compelling nightlife venues." The suit claims Shannon met with top executives after "incidents" at Bowlmor's restaurant, Carnival, "to discuss possible ways to exclude certain people...such as African-Americans, Asians and Latinos."...The suit claims the workers were asked to look up prospective patrons on Facebook and MySpace to see how they looked and dressed and where they lived. If they didn't fit the Bowlmor customer ideal, they didn't get a reservation."
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Restaurant uses social media to exclude patrons

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "From Gothamist: Five former employees of Bowlmor Lanes in New York have filed a lawsuit against Strike Holdings CEO Tom Shannon, claiming he used social media outlets to keep minorities from making reservations at "one of the city’s hottest and most compelling nightlife venues." The suit claims Shannon met with top executives after "incidents" at Bowlmor's restaurant, Carnival, "to discuss possible ways to exclude certain people...such as African-Americans, Asians and Latinos."...The suit claims the workers were asked to look up prospective patrons on Facebook and MySpace to see how they looked and dressed and where they lived. If they didn't fit the Bowlmor customer ideal, they didn't get a reservation." but it don't stay put as long as truth.""
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Slashdot is, er, slashdotted

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Slashdot been acting squirrely the past few hours. It just returned a 503 Service Unavailable error a few minutes ago."
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Tax Law Cited in Software Engineer's Suicide Note

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "The suicide note left by software engineer Joseph Stack before flying a small plane into a building with IRS offices in Texas on Thursday cited a 1986 tax law as a major motivation for his action. An article in the New York Times states the law, known as Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, "made it extremely difficult for information technology professionals to work as self-employed individuals, forcing most to become company employees." Harvey J. Shulman, a tax lawyer, states "This law has ruined many people's lives, hurt the technology industry, and discouraged the creation of small, independent businesses critical to a thriving domestic economy. That the law still exists — even after its original sponsors called for its repeal and unbiased studies proved it unfairly targeted a tax-compliant industry — shows just how dysfunctional and unresponsive Democratic and Republican Congresses and our political system have been, even on relatively simple issues.""
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AT&T Admits New York City iPhone Service Sucks

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "From Gothamist: AT&T has realized that the first step towards recovery is admitting it has a problem. The phone giant has confessed that its New York City iPhone service is not up to par, according to a presentation slide published on Tom's Guide noting that the company's 3G Voice Composite Quality in the New York metro area—particularly in Manhattan—is below its performance objective.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Last month, the phone giant explained that 3G service has suffered in New York due to "better than average iPhone penetration," meaning "AT&T has been too successful in selling the iPhone, to the point where the network has been severely strained." The company even briefly stopped selling iPhones online in New York City because the area didn't "have enough towers to handle the phone."

The slide does contain some good news for AT&T subscribers. Apparently, AT&T has had "[t]hree consecutive months of improvement" and it is doing "change-outs" of Radio Network Controllers among other upgrades, according to Mobile Crunch. Anyone notice service improving over the past few months? If we don't hear back we'll assume you're still waiting for this page to load."

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Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal , the estate of Philip K. Dick says the name of Google's new smartphone infringes on the famous character name from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" aka "Blade Runner". Isa Dick Hackett, a daughter of Mr. Dick, states Google has its "Android system, and now they are naming a phone 'Nexus One'. It's not lost on the people who are somewhat familiar with this novel... Our legal team is dealing head-on with this." No word on any similar actions being taken on Rob Zombie."
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Lou Reed collaborates on iPhone app

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  about 5 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Coming full circle, former Velvet Underground lead singer/guitarist, Warhol Factory denizen, and rock-n-roll elder statesman Lou Reed has collaborated with developer Ben Syverson to create LouZoom, a new iPhone app for his fellow baby boomers who have trouble reading the small type in iPhone's address book. And everyone thought Ms. Reed (NASA artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson) was the one with all the mad technical skills."
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Cell Phone (Accidentally) Turns On Stove

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RevWaldo writes "From Gothamist: A Brooklyn man can't sleep at night knowing that the bizarre inter-gadget relationship between his Sony Erickson PDA and his Maytag Magic Chef stove might leave him burned. Last Monday Andrei Melnikov discovered that his cellphone was turning on his stove when he got a call in the kitchen. The phone had been on the kitchen counter when it rang, and as he answered it and walked away, he recalls hearing a faint beep. Minutes later, he smelled smoke, and discovered that some plastic cookware left in the oven was on fire. The incoming call had somehow turned the broiler on high, a phenomenon which Melnikov demonstrated for his landlord and 1010WINS. They believe this is the first time this has happened in the three years since Melnikov has owned the stove and the phone, but since neither device is talking, nobody really knows how long this hot affair's been going on. Melnikov and his girlfriend have put a stop to it by unplugging the oven, and they're afraid to plug it back in because of their pet chinchillas. Maytag is sending someone to "fix" the problem, but will the lonely old Maytag man really have the heart to stand in the way of such fiery passion?"
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'Virtual Bike Lane' proposed by designers

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Installing bike lanes in urban areas is both expensive and often contentious. The proposed system, dubbed LightLane, would use lasers to project a virtual bike lane onto the ground from the bicycle itself. 'Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes', the designers state, 'the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists...Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative.' (via Gothamist via BoingBoing via GOOD )"
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YouTube yanks Free Tibet video after IOC pressure

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RevWaldo writes "Via Gothamist — The International Olympic Committee filed a copyright infringement claim yesterday against YouTube for hosting video of a Free Tibet protest at the Chinese Consulate in Manhattan Thursday night. The video depicts demonstrators conducting a candlelight vigil and projecting a protest video onto the consulate building; the projection features recent footage of Tibetan monks being arrested and riffs on the Olympic logo of the five interlocking rings, turning them into handcuffs. YouTube dutifully yanked the video, but it can still be seen on Vimeo. (Be advised; there is some brief footage of bloody, injured monks.)"
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Pittsburgh cancer center warns of cell phone risks

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RevWaldo writes "The AP reports: 'The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer. The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don't find a link between cancer and cell phone use, and a public lack of worry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.'

One possible solution offered? 'Use a wireless headset.' No risk of EM exposure from one of them, no sirree!"

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Patton Oswalt on YouTube and "UNIX slaves"

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RevWaldo (1186281) writes "Patton Oswalt's take on YouTube is mildly amusing (part of Comedy Central's Root of All Evil.) But spot the closed-captioning error..or is it?
'But finally and most insidiously, YouTube has destroyed our ability to know when we're entertained. It has turned us into a nation of deranged Roman emperors. We're a continent of Caligulas sitting around in our bathrobes saying, hm, I'm bored. I'd like to see something poop or sneeze. Hm, yes, what would I like to see poop or sneeze? Perhaps a reptile or a gay homeless person or perhaps Della Resse. And isn't it odd how YouTube actually sounds like the name of the UNIX slave that will be working for that deranged emperor? YouTube! Bring me a farting panda! Ah, good job, YouTube. Avert your gaze!'"

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