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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

RevWaldo Brand that shit! (405 comments)

You see in the pics in the article how the headphones say BOSE in letters you could read literally from across a football field? Where does it say "Surface" on the tablet? That little foam handle? Slap "Surface" on every side of those protective frames. This is the NFL! They don't do subtle.

Even better, go algorithmic. Whenever a Surface tablet appears on the screen, slap a "Surface, The Official Tablet of the NFL" graphic in the corner.

And what, no one thinks to stick an "It's not an iPad, it's a Surface" Post-It somewhere in the damn booths?

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about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

RevWaldo Start an evangelical church (348 comments)

Talking the faith healing, Armageddon is coming, the only way to be right with the lawd is to put yer moneh in da box-ah variety. Then use all the money raised for scientific research.

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about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

RevWaldo Re:used calculators (359 comments)

Could work if the supply of used TIs keeps pace with demand, which often doesn't happen with textbooks.

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about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

RevWaldo Rent-a-calculator? (359 comments)

Couldn't schools keep a supply of TIs on-hand and rent/lend them to students for the school year? I'd be surprised if this wasn't already being done somewhere.

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about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

RevWaldo Do Everything Wrong Day (441 comments)

There should be a Do Everything Wrong Day where students and teachers alike do things like play dodgeball, cops and robbers, offer pats on the back and hugs, bring copies of Mad Magazine and Guns and Ammo to school, call each other names, walk to school, say they look nice today, and so on and so on. Then everyone lodges official complaints against everyone else, so administrators now will either have to either suspend everyone and then crawl through hundreds if not thousands of hearings, or agree that a lot of the rules against these things are ludicrous if not completely anti-American.

The slogan for the day? "If everyone is in trouble, nobody is."

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about three weeks ago
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

RevWaldo Which "other banks"? (98 comments)

No mention of them in the articles linked.

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about three weeks ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

RevWaldo This is what happens (247 comments)

This is what happens when physicists come up with ideas when they're high, and remember to write them down before coming down.

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about three weeks ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

RevWaldo Re:Doesn't work (158 comments)

It's not called getting "slashdotted" for nothin', ya know.

You want to contact the site and offer to mirror it on your own servers, be our guest.

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about a month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

RevWaldo Re:The oblig. quote from Snow Crash (233 comments)

Got it covered:

This is America. People do whatever the fuck they feel like doing, you got a problem with that? Because they have a right to. And because they have guns and no one can fucking stop them.

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about 1 month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

RevWaldo The oblig. quote from Snow Crash (233 comments)

When it gets down to it — talking trade balances here — once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here — once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel — once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity — y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:

music
movies
microcode (software)
high-speed pizza delivery

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about 1 month ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

RevWaldo I'd love to see a customer lawyer up (251 comments)

Someone moves to an area where Comcast is basically the only game in town for broadband, and at every step of their signing up for residential service, they have their lawyer in tow, reading and challenging everything. "Equipment rental, no, early termination fee, that's not going to work for us..."

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about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

RevWaldo This form is too hard! (278 comments)

~ Here's what I think of your form, Ms. HR Rep! (attach screenshot with dickbutt drawn on form with MS Paint) (send)

~ (bing) You stood up to us. That was the test. Congratulations, your hired.

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about a month ago
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Rosetta Achieves Orbit Around Comet

RevWaldo Ain't she a beautiful sight? (54 comments)

It was black as pitch on August the sixth
Half a billion kliks from the sun
I'd left Earth 'bout ten years ago
And was ready to have some fun
I'd buzzed past Mars and a coupla asteroids
And saw this comet goin' roun' and roun'
He says "Tin Can, this here's Rubber Duck
And I'm about to put the hammer down"

'Cause we got a little ol' convoy rockin' thru the night
Yeah, we got a little ol' convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy, ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy 'cross the invariable plane
Convoyyyyy....


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about a month and a half ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

RevWaldo Re:Terrible idea (149 comments)

And don't forget that maybe some Chinese dude has problem with typing English (although I think most keyboards all around the world do keep ASCII letters and base ASCII punctuation at least, so there's that at least today...)

Phonetic entry using pinyin is still the most common method, which has been greatly sped up with predictive text like on cell phones, so the most common characters can be entered with a few keystrokes. Google Pinyn in this regard is, as the kid's say, the shiznit.

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about a month and a half ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

RevWaldo Re:Good luck (149 comments)

I was once given a corporate e-mail address with an apostrophe for my last name. Perfectly legal, but many web sites choked on it. And they left the apostrophe off my first batch of business cards.

(Fortunately I also had an alias address which didn't have the apostrophe and was about two dozen characters shorter.)

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about a month and a half ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

RevWaldo Re:Idiots (205 comments)

Exactly. College shouldn't just teach you what you know you don't know. It's also supposed to teach you what you don't know you don't know.

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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 2 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 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 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 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 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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