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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

RogueWarrior65 Paging Arthur C. Clarke... (298 comments)

Didn't Clarke write in Fountains of Paradise that the sudden appearance of an alien probe ship would basically invalidate most religions on the grounds that they're all Earth-centric?

8 hours ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

RogueWarrior65 Sunlight visible? (181 comments)

So when will I get my sunlight-visible iPad and Macbook Pro (17-inch, please)?

4 days ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

RogueWarrior65 Re:You know what this means (181 comments)

Simple fix: add a pot to the dropping resistor part of the circuit.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

RogueWarrior65 Re:Yet another out-of-control govt agency (299 comments)

Hee hee. That reminds me of the urban legend from way back in MIT's history. The city of Cambridge decided to install parking meters. Some students didn't like that so they went out an bought a parking meter at a junkyard and made sure that they got a detailed receipt for it. Then they stated going around campus hacksawing off parking meters. Whenever a cop saw them walking around with a meter and stopped them, they'd just show the receipt for the junkyard one. Pretty soon, there were no more meters around campus.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

RogueWarrior65 Re:Yet another out-of-control govt agency (299 comments)

Yep. Our Sheriff's Office Forest Patrol (who legally outranks the Forest Service BTW) refers to the Forest Service as the boulder fairies because they boulders appear during the night. Oh, and there are gates that are supposed to be 50-inches wide to restrict jeeps and large side-by-side ATVs from going through. That would be fine if they didn't mount the hinges on the inside of that 50 inches so you can't get a full 50 when you open the gate.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

RogueWarrior65 Re:Yet another out-of-control govt agency (299 comments)

But then the Forest Service morons are also phony...I mean artificial...and hence their opinions are suspect.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

RogueWarrior65 Yet another out-of-control govt agency (299 comments)

For those of you who don't live in Arizona, the Forest Service mandated a certain percentage of permanent road closures in the state. Coconino (basically between I-40 and the Grand Canyon) decided to close down 80% of the roads. Yes, eight zero percent. But here's the catch: They don't physically block off the roads. You're supposed to know which roads are open and which aren't and if they find you on a closed road they can fine you. State Game & Fish and the Sheriff's Offices have already said that they aren't going to enforce this crap. Oh, and search & rescue operations aren't exempt from these rules. Hell, a local search dog unit wanted to hold a national conference and do some training in the forest. The Forest Service demanded an environmental impact study be done. What the hell are they worried about? Dog poop? How is that any different from coyote poop?

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

RogueWarrior65 Obviously (595 comments)

It's part of current business models. Notice how many "products" you use that you don't just buy once but rather require you to pay a monthly fee and one that appears to be inexpensive but turns out to cost a crapload of money over the long term. And how many "products" do you pay for every month whether you use them or not. (I smell a Slashdot poll) We're rapidly falling into the gravity well of not actually owning anything. Now take a look at the TV ads for the Capital One Venture card that claims to have no blackout dates or limited seating and woohoo! double miles. What they don't tell you is that they give you a very low credit limit so that it takes two to four times as long to get one of these free flights. There is ALWAYS a catch somewhere. The consumer rarely, if ever, gets everything they were promised.
I, myself, have started writing the install date with a Sharpie on every bulb I put in so I have some real-world idea of lifespan. "Oh, it'll last 5000 hours...under normal use." What the hell is normal use? "Normal" is not a standardized unit of measure despite the implied definition. Light bulb manufacturing is ultimately a business not a love affair. If they made a bulb that lasted for 10 years "under normal use" and charged the same as an older technology that only lasted a year, that company would find itself out of business. This is also why Wonka's everlasting gob stopper will lose money, too. All joking aside, this is also why home solar panels are more of a scam than anything at this point. Lots of people don't know that they have a limited lifespan and gradually lose their efficiency yet the companies snow people into thinking that they're going to make money by selling energy back to the power company. Maybe. After losing money for 3/4 of the panels' lifespan.
It's mostly smoke and mirrors. Oh, and you need to pay an environmental impact fee for the smoke and are required by law to recycle the mirrors at your expense.

4 days ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

RogueWarrior65 Why not 65? (478 comments)

If this guy is so smart on the subject of aging, why not set the limit at 65? On the plus side, Social Security and Medicare would go away. And if this guy is so eager to drop dead at 75, why not right now? Go ahead, buddy. I have the same feeling towards the wackos who think humans are destroying the planet. Okay, then, go ahead and off yourself. Show us how great the planet will be after you're gone and we'll be right behind you. Go on. Lead from the front.

about a week ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

RogueWarrior65 Witness the problem with social media (249 comments)

This is pretty damn funny but it illustrates the problem of mixing business with social media. Unless you are big enough to afford to hire someone whose only job is to monitor social media and fight the trolls, you have no chance of controlling your business message. Now trolling is sanctioned by the gumint, that task is even harder.

about a week ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

RogueWarrior65 Re:How do you cast a flattering light on this? (392 comments)

Oh, I highly doubt that. I know a LOT of people who voted for Obama for no other reason than to be part of history in voting for the first African-American president.
But that wasn't my point at all. The Obama team supposedly made extensive use of technology to focus their efforts and spread their message via what might be called an electron-roots effort. You would think that a team that's savvy about that would have known enough to hire the best people to build the ACA infrastructure. Unfortunately, it now appears that political favoritism ruled the day. That suggests that they were less interested in building the best product than they were in being the administration that built any product.

about a week ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

RogueWarrior65 How do you cast a flattering light on this? (392 comments)

What I find ironic is that supposedly one big reason for Obama's electoral success was due to his team's deep understanding of technology, the internet, and social media compared to Republicans and yet they couldn't get a website running properly nor did they have the smarts to hire an industry leader to develop it.

about two weeks ago
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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Will Be Awarded Tonight

RogueWarrior65 This needs to be a BBT plot line (30 comments)

Sheldon Cooper needs to do some research that gets him an Ig Nobel now that he's no longer doing string theory.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

RogueWarrior65 Cue the Frozen music (270 comments)

Just let it go, people.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

RogueWarrior65 Yet another regulatory fee (70 comments)

The only thing this will accomplish is require every company to pay a ton of money for the privilege of asking for permission to sell something. Screw that. Screw that HARD.

about two weeks ago
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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

RogueWarrior65 Re:Not ARM? (75 comments)

Well, having used a few different Technologic products, they can boot in around 2 seconds. In practice though, once you incorporate services such as USB, boot time increases quite a bit. Their 7350 board will boot to a shell with USB in around 6 seconds. If you want full Debian, that takes well over 30 seconds. The 4900 board which uses Yocto will come up with USB and Wifi connected to a network in about 10 seconds. They're using a Freescale processor on that one. Pretty nice product.

Of course, another factor is what file system you're using. If you're using something like Ext2 and you don't gracefully shut down, you might be forced into an fsck on the next reboot which can take who knows how long. If you don't have any sort of status display for the boot sequence, that's a problem.

about two weeks ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

RogueWarrior65 Will it pop popcorn? (180 comments)

Obligatory "Real Genius" reference. "Your mother puts license plates on your underwear? How do you sit?"

about two weeks ago

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Poll: How many monthly fees do you pay?

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  about 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "How about a poll on how many monthly fees you pay for every month e.g. cellphone, broadband, Netflix, Lifelock, etc, etc. etc, etc. etc.
1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, more than 20"
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Retro-electronics: The Philips Coffee Machine

RogueWarrior65 RogueWarrior65 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RogueWarrior65 (678876) writes "In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to discover the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. For the Gen Y'ers out there who never knew a world without computers, to Gen X'ers, this place was the future. Computer technology was just beginning to be exposed to the world and this museum had the coolest exhibits around most of which were interactive. One of the exhibits was a machine reminiscent of an old vending machine. On its face was a large circuit board with lights that spelled out the word "coffee". There were several dials and a button which when pressed, would cause the machine to speak the word. The knobs adjusted various inflections and tonal qualities of the speech. Feeling nostalgic, I inquired of the museum about this exhibit. Was it still there? If not, was it in storage somewhere and could I purchase it. I was told that the machine was developed by Philips Electronics but the exhibit was no longer in their collection. Then I asked Philips about it and was told that no, they have nothing in the archives, no schematics or parts list. A Google search is came up empty as well. So, for mature slashdotters out there, does anyone have any more information on this gadget?"

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