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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

RussR42 Re:What advice can I offer? (87 comments)

claim they lack the time to explore on their own, and lack the training to do much, or even feel confident doing anything for fear of "breaking" something

Those who can do. Those who can't teach.


Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

RussR42 Re:Grim (221 comments)

Really? That's good to know.

4 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RussR42 Re:illogical captain (912 comments)

The damage is ongoing. Using public funds and lands to support the church sends a message to all non-Christians that they are not represented by the government. I imagine your position would suddenly reverse if government assets were used to promote a hate group that targeted you.

about a week ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RussR42 Re: illogical captain (912 comments)

Wow. Can I buy some LSD from you? You think that behaving as if god is real and having faith will cause it to be so? Things that are real don't require your belief or faith to exist. I don't have time to address your scatter shot analogies that seem designed to muddy the waters rather than make a valid point. Proof, then belief, then action. No need for faith.

about a week ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RussR42 Re:illogical captain (912 comments)

Yeah. You got it. Atheists get a bit touchy when others try to force religion on them. Then they get all uppity and start telling people what to do, as in: "Stop using government assets to push your religious beliefs on us". How dare they!

about a week ago

New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

RussR42 One possible benefit (62 comments)

I've worked in a couple of African countries near Nigeria and saw many very shoddy ID cards. They were so bad that people would share them for a variety of unsavory reasons. If they have some money tied to it, perhaps they will look good enough to actually identify people and those people will have a strong incentive to actually hold on to their own IDs. That said, after dealing with various government officials, I imagine the system will be used for evil due to rampant corruption.

about three weeks ago

China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

RussR42 Re:Off topic (152 comments)

Sometimes I forget that some people see ads on the internet. It's disappointing to hear that /. is engaged in full page nastiness.

about a month ago

Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

RussR42 Beta? (135 comments)

The cable will never leave beta and then be discontinued in a year.

about a month ago

How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

RussR42 Re:Please explain (202 comments)

goddamnit, *its. It's my first day with these new fingers.

about 2 months ago

How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

RussR42 Re:Please explain (202 comments)

Time is a measure of change. Until something changy exists, even if there was some kind of "meta-time", it would be meaningless. So meaningless that positing it's existence is pointless...

about 2 months ago

Russia Plans To Extend Edward Snowden's Asylum

RussR42 Re:Are you guys trying to threaten Snowden ? (315 comments)

KNOWING that we will never have a majority on a 3rd party, your whole rant is moot.

Of course we won't as long as people keep saying things like:

voting 3rd party is a non-starter. don't even go there.

Maybe if enough people start voting 3rd party, it will be taken seriously and gain a majority.

about 8 months ago

More Details About Mars Mystery Rock

RussR42 Re:Fuel for the improbability drive (180 comments)

Then good news! After the Star trek reboot, warp drive will no longer be necessary! In the first movie, we saw a successful transport to a ship in warp. Warp drive moves a ship nice and fast when it's working, so that's a huge range increase. In the second film we saw a transport from Earth to Kronos. Warp is out, transporters are in. The only ships that will be required in the future will be the ones that construct new (small) starbases to receive and re-transport people to any destination that is out of range. These stepping stone stations might fit in something less than the size of a small shuttle if they can simply retransmit the pattern from the transport buffer without rematerializing it.

about 8 months ago

Regex Golf, xkcd, and Peter Norvig

RussR42 Re:Obligatory XKCD (172 comments)

I believe this is what you were looking for.

about 8 months ago

Japanese SCHAFT Takes the Gold at DARPA Robot Challenge

RussR42 Shut your mouth! (51 comments)

I'm talkin' 'bout SCHAFT!

about 8 months ago

US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

RussR42 Re:CFLs still suck (1146 comments)

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

Terry Pratchet

about 9 months ago

Cow Burps Tapped For Fuel

RussR42 The Simpsons did it! (85 comments)

Each head of cattle emits between 250 and 300 liters of pure methane a day, enough energy to keep a refrigerator running for 24 hours

Now Frink can make his intra-bovine ice cream maker run directly from cow burps!

about 10 months ago

Company To Balloon Tourists To the Edge of Space For $75,000

RussR42 Re:Verbification (104 comments)

You're a little late to start complaining now. It was already verbed by 1792.

about 10 months ago

I wish my car could...

RussR42 Re:Missing Option (443 comments)

Considering this poll is a wishlist of things that simply won't happen anyway

and I voted for "not make that annoying noise" :(

about a year ago


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