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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:fundementally impossible (85 comments)

Have you seen all of nature to affirm without any doubt that something doesn't exist?

Besides, just because the overwhelming majority of something is a certain way doesn't mean it can't exist in another way. For instance, while all known beaches organize themselves as flat expanses of sand, there is still a probability that a wave comes along and spontaneously forms a sandcastle, albeit a vanishingly small one. Nobody's ever seen it, and probably nobody ever will, but it's possible. That's just math.

2 days ago

Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Slashnerds know the price. I wonder about avera (175 comments)

Personally, I choose to make that trade only with Google. One company has my profile, and in exchange I get many services.

You can't really be that naive are you? When Google has your data, Google's business partners have it too (part or parcel), the law can have it through subpoenas, the NSA... just about everybody.

Besides, I suspect Google uses the data in ways I don't want it to be used. So even if it was the sole guardian of it, I don't want to give it to them. Not willingly anyway, and as little as possible when I don't have the choice - and people have less and less choice as days go by in the matter.

about a week ago

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Rosco P. Coltrane And today (211 comments)

The United States has abandoned its manned space exploration capabilities, relying on another semi-derelict cold-war era launch setup, provided by a country it's on the brink of war with (Russia), preferring to funnel almost unlimited funds to anti-terrorism and Orwellian surveillance programs instead...

I'm was born during the cold war. Tensions between the US and the USSR weren't ideal by any means, but at least when I was a kid, we looked forward to a bright future of scientific achievements and space exploration. Now all I look forward to is reaching retirement age with some money on the side that's still worth something despite the inflation, hoping that WW3 and the religious crazies don't overwhelm the world before I kick the bucket.

Sad, sad world...

about two weeks ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

What I meant was, you can train yourself to like healthy foods, to the point of craving them. Me, just eating one small burger from McDonald's makes me sick now.

As for exercising, it make you feel good. It really does. It's a real buzz after an mere half hour of cycling or swimming.

And then, in the grand scheme of things, when your health is good, you generally feel good too.

Staying healthy makes you feel good, but it does so in the medium to long run, and it takes a bit of effort to get going. Chocolate provides immediate, short-term and effortless pleasure. But it's not good for you. Don't you think it's worth investing a little effort for a few months to train yourself to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, so that you can feel good all the time afterward?

about two weeks ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Too bad healthy food tastes and/or feels like shit and excercise is frustrating, wholly unpleasant and time-consuming :/

Yet those of use who exercise and eat healthy seem to lead a happier life. With so much frustration and time wasting, it's a strange thing isn't it?

Maybe you should give it a go some day. You might end up liking your veggies and feeling good exercising...

about two weeks ago

The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Rosco P. Coltrane 184 mph is the fastest train in America? (195 comments)

That says something about the state of train travel in the US. That ain't nothing to be proud of: there are trains in Europe and Japan that have been running regular services at higher speeds for a long time.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Plumber (509 comments)

You Sir owe me a shirt, as I was sipping my coffee when I read that :)

about two weeks ago

Your Personal Data Is On Your Phone -- In the Form of Bacteria

Rosco P. Coltrane Just leave my microbiome alone (21 comments)

I don't want to be tracked: I don't want my personal data stored and dissected in Google's servers, I don't want my fingerprints filed in some government agency's database, I don't want my DNA sequenced and recorded anywhere, and I don't want my microbiome analyzed.

I don't want to, but I have no choice apparently. Anonymity is going the way of the dodos. Fuck I hate this world...

about two weeks ago

What Came First, Black Holes Or Galaxies?

Rosco P. Coltrane Uuh, wrong question (76 comments)

I read somewhere that the heavens and the Earth came first.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:WTF (495 comments)

Does not seem legal.

It's legal if the law says it is. And when the lawmakers are in bed with Big Business, like they are in the US, anything goes.

about a month ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Rosco P. Coltrane Good judge (495 comments)

The best money could buy.

about a month ago

Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Rosco P. Coltrane Try him and not Snowden then (138 comments)

Snowden didn't reveal NSA secrets for his personal profit.

about a month ago

Sigsense is Making Interchangeable, Modular Sensors (Video)

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Humidity measurement tool? (21 comments)

Man this is a fluffy post

Surely you mean "this is a tactily underloaded post".

about a month ago

Sigsense is Making Interchangeable, Modular Sensors (Video)

Rosco P. Coltrane Newsflash: Slashdot and PR Newswire have merged (21 comments)

The two company will strive to deliver PR rah-rah in a geeky way - or geeky news laced with PR, whichever way you look at it - for the enjoyment of discerning geeky PR rah-rah lovers the world over.

about a month ago

Malware Posing As Official Google Play Store Evades Most Security Checks

Rosco P. Coltrane You mean the malware isn't Google Play itself (100 comments)

I mean, with the recent dumbing down of fine-grained authorizations when installing apps, it's Google Play itself that feels like a security liability.

about a month ago

3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift

Rosco P. Coltrane What I predict is (72 comments)

Less productiviy.

Visually appealing stuff is nice, but the best way to use a word processor or a spreadsheet is still the good old flat desktop with no bells and whistles.

about a month ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Do you interview this guy every month? (224 comments)

Any article/interview from Bruce Perens can be summed up thusly:

"Bruce Perens, who loves Bruce Perens, thinks that Bruce Perens Bruce Perens Bruce Perens Bruce Perens, and also Bruce Perens. Of course, Bruce Perens also thinks Bruce Perens is so Bruce Perens that Bruce Perens Bruce Perens.

Signed: Bruce Perens"

To be fair, the guy is often interesting if you ignore his personality. But he's SO conceited and full of himself, I have a hard time divorcing the message and the messenger.

about a month and a half ago

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Hardware sampling rates (121 comments)

The easiest way to eliminate this threat is to lock down hardware sampling rates such that ultrasonic frequencies cannot be reliably reproduced

Nope. The easiest way to eliminate this threat is to keep a pet bat next to your computer to scramble any ultrasonic transmission.

about a month and a half ago



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