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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

RussR42 Re: That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

Silly ideas like "the cushions are flotation devices" are the reason people need to listen to safety announcements rather than assuming that they know everything.

Oh, the irony. They do tell you about the floating, removable cushions in the safety announcements.

yesterday
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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

RussR42 Re:I have it on good authority (81 comments)

I happen to have it on good authority that it has (or had) an over-heating problem. Search this page for "space plane" or have a look at item number 5 on this page.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

RussR42 Re:Sagan at Cornell (263 comments)

Sagan lived to be 62. For what it's worth he died from pneumonia, although I'm sure some one will try to blame the drugs for that. Grinspoon is 86 and still alive as far as my 30 seconds of googleing can tell (He was defiantly still alive in 2011) which is higher than average in the US.

about two weeks ago
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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

RussR42 Re:The film sucked; the miniseries before it was g (39 comments)

Each medium was made with the author

Except for the movie. They had to wait for Adams to die so he would no longer be able to stop them from mutilating it.
Some fun quotes from various points it the movie's development:

Reitman thinking that forty two is NOT a good answer, and that instead the movie needs a big finish, Douglas understands that he is trapped.

"It's the worst script I've ever read. Unfortunately, it has my name on it... whereas I did not contribute a single comma to it.... I'm appalled to think how much harm that script have done my reputation over the years."

And after Adams died:

Jay Roach has hired Karey Kirkpatrick, the guy who wrote or re-wrote the screenplays of "Chicken Run", "James and the Giant Peach" and "The Little Vampire" to rewrite douglas adams draft.

about three weeks ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

RussR42 Re:Score one for the other team (173 comments)

I was trying to explain why you see the moderation and lack of counterarguments you complained about. This is slashdot, not i-luv-the-bible.com. This whole thread is wildly off topic. If you want counterarguments then google is your friend. Perhaps you should try to find a web site dedicated to religious discussion.

about a month ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

RussR42 Re:Score one for the other team (173 comments)

What would be the point of bringing out the counterarguments again? The religious use "faith" to construct their views. It leads them to the conclusion that if reality seems to conflict with what they believe, then reality is wrong. If using logic, reason and observation were effective ways to argue against religious views, there wouldn't be any theists left. All the mods can do is try to knock the nonsense down to -1 so we don't have to hear the nutters blather on about their invisible sky daddies.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

RussR42 Re:What advice can I offer? (96 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.

about a month ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

RussR42 Re:Grim (221 comments)

Really? That's good to know.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RussR42 Re:illogical captain (937 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 month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RussR42 Re: illogical captain (937 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 month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RussR42 Re:illogical captain (937 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 month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

RussR42 Re:Please explain (202 comments)

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

about 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 9 months ago

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