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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

RevWaldo Puffins attacked the craft services tent, allright (176 comments)

~ They ate all the lobster salad and the chocolate chip power bars. Look at the feathers and tracks. It's just I never heard of them hitting anything this big before.

~ They didn't. But we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side by side. Puffins always march single file to hide their numbers.

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2 days ago
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Comcast Confessions

RevWaldo How do investors react to such info? (232 comments)

Would you be more or less inclined to put your money into a company whose seemingly sole focus is profit? I mean focused well over and above happy employees, happy customers, delivering a product/service they can be proud of, and other such trivialities.

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2 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

RevWaldo Two words (184 comments)

Falcon brain.

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about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

RevWaldo Maybe I'm unclear how twitter works (894 comments)

Who the hell would have seen this tweet other than Southwest Airlines and whatever motley crew actually follows the perp / victim's account? Is there any chance at all this would have impacted SWA if they hadn't decided to take this into meatspace? Like "man criticizes SWA on twitter, picked up by wire services and Daily Show, stock price in freefall (no pun intended)."?

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about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

RevWaldo Re:Ramming Speed! (701 comments)

And it's reuse in Animal House.

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about two weeks ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

RevWaldo Re:Doom Patrol instead of X-Men (70 comments)

Nay-nay! Marvel is owned by Disney. Keep your megacorps straight, dammit!

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about two weeks ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

RevWaldo DC in the hands of Fox (70 comments)

....shudder....

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about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

RevWaldo Re:For those of us who didn't see it... (401 comments)

FYI my original post said "blanch", which is the exact opposite of "blush". Not complain', I'm just sayin'.

But check out the film. Think Twelve Angry Men but about real estate sales instead of juries.

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about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

RevWaldo Que the ending for "Dinner at Eight" (509 comments)

Kitty (a blonde bombshell): Y'know I was reading a book the other day.

Carlotta (a world weary diva): (taken aback) Reading a book?

Kitty: Yes. It's all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of a book! Do you know that the guy says that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?

Carlotta: (giving her a once-over) Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about.

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about two weeks ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

RevWaldo Bob (127 comments)

No one said you have to live on Bob.

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about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

RevWaldo Only 56.5 acres? (80 comments)

I'd think you'd want a lot more land for a spaceport. Sometimes rocket fall down, go boom.

(For the more cosmopolitan of us, Washington Square Park is just under ten acres.)

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about three weeks ago
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Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

RevWaldo I remember Journal of Vibration and Control! (178 comments)

That was one high class bondage mag, right up there with Bizzare and Exotique.

I don't think "peer review" means what WaPo thinks it means...

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about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

RevWaldo Floating city? (265 comments)

A domed city isn't really that impressive when you compare it to what they could be building.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

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about three weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

RevWaldo Here's my workaround (249 comments)

Build the monument with a frame where the 'S' is supposed to go. Have volunteers (I'm thinking grade schoolers in particular) draw new 'S's to go into the frame, replacing as needed. Of course, you say put nothing down on paper about this being the plan.

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about three weeks ago
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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

RevWaldo Fonts? (91 comments)

Very nice. I just wonder does it use fonts off the web server, fonts on the client, or both? (And are any of the font license issuers freaked out about the former?)

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about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

RevWaldo I don't really game but... (208 comments)

...I feel the same way about Ticketmaster.

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about a month ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

RevWaldo Re:Fins (105 comments)

Fool - they're for the sideline steakburger stand. Cooked by rocket fuel!

(Don't tell the cows.)

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about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

RevWaldo Re:Sky.NET (56 comments)

It looks like you'd like to kill all humans.

[ ] Launch thermonuclear weapons at all the major population centers.

[ ] Don't help, and let me target the weapons directly.

[ ] Don't show this tip again.

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about a month and a half ago

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

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  about two weeks 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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Tax Law Cited in Software Engineer's Suicide Note

RevWaldo RevWaldo writes  |  more than 4 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  |  more than 4 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 4 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 5 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  |  about 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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