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Interesting Uses For a USB LED Screen?

SleptThroughClass Re:Notification for everything (403 comments)

What does the second "T" stand for?

Truth, justice, and the American way of using USB gadgets!

more than 5 years ago
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Interesting Uses For a USB LED Screen?

SleptThroughClass Re:Matrix (403 comments)

Fill it with internet memes.

In Soviet Russia, all your base haz Mac dancing, RLY.

more than 5 years ago
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Ultracapacitor LED Flashlight Charges In 90 Seconds

SleptThroughClass Re:May I be the first to say... (131 comments)

Brilliant! -- GENERATION 667: The first time you see this, copy it into your sig on any forum and add 1 to the generation.

more than 5 years ago
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Ultracapacitor LED Flashlight Charges In 90 Seconds

SleptThroughClass Re:90 seconds! (131 comments)

That's actually a myth, the flashlight in Doom 3 is actually grue powered.

Do they have a small grue on a treadmill, forever running away from the light which it generates?

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Mona Lisa Via Genetic Programming

SleptThroughClass It's alive! Aliveeee!! (326 comments)

So now rocks and paintings are alive? Where's my wing-flapping flying car?

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Mona Lisa Via Genetic Programming

SleptThroughClass Re:A million generations.. (326 comments)

So you think someone had to evolve to create a rocket? Did someone have to evolve to create your toaster, while someone else evolved differently to create my different toaster? Learning is not evolution. CowboyNeal didn't have to evolve in order to /.

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Evolving Rocks

SleptThroughClass Re:So we're not 2nd generation? (172 comments)

Well, minerals which are lighter than others are more likely to become part of continents and thus survive longer away from the mantle. Basalt on the ocean floor tends to only survive a couple of hundred million years.

Or is it that heavier minerals are more likely to soon rejoin the refreshing mantle? Is it good to be in the mantle or away from it?

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Evolving Rocks

SleptThroughClass "I think... (172 comments)

... therefore I am erodin"
ROCK LOST

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Evolving Rocks

SleptThroughClass Re:But where did it go? (172 comments)

Actually, a lot of the Earth's surface ended up as the Moon. But TFA is about what happened later.

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New Nanotech Fabric Never Gets Wet

SleptThroughClass It's a drag, man (231 comments)

One potential use is for low-drag swim wear.

Yeah, it's a real drag having to get wet when going for a swim.

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Resurrecting the Mighty Mammoth, Cheaply

SleptThroughClass Re:$10,000,000, eh? (322 comments)

Is a woolly mammoth classified as a farm animal??

I don't know. Is it tasty?
If it tastes good, its survival is assured.

more than 5 years ago
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Spider Missing After Trip To Space Station

SleptThroughClass Re:Let me be the first to say (507 comments)

What? We're supposed to read the summary now? How are we supposed to comment properly if we might pick up even hints of facts?

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Astronaut Loses Tools While Performing an EVA

SleptThroughClass Re:I was just wondering (445 comments)

"Hello, I'm Clippy.
Are you trying to hit the Earth?
Try firing your rifle directly opposite the direction of your ship's orbit.
You would get faster results if you upgrade your rifle to one which can fire at the same speed as your ship's speed."

more than 5 years ago
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Astronaut Loses Tools While Performing an EVA

SleptThroughClass Re:D'oh! (445 comments)

In space no one can hear you swear.

If you're trained to turn off your microphone first.

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Astronaut Loses Tools While Performing an EVA

SleptThroughClass Re:n/t (445 comments)

If the bag was pushed exactly toward or away from Earth, it would be back in one orbit. But it was pushed in a random direction. A sideways push makes it keep going away from the station; the orbits might later intersect after the bag's sideways travel takes it around the world. It would have to get a very strong horizontal push to go around the world in a short enough period for the astronauts to be willing to wait for it. And if the sideways push wasn't exactly horizontal, when the bag came back from the other side it might be too high or too low.

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Astronaut Loses Tools While Performing an EVA

SleptThroughClass Re:And THIS is why (445 comments)

You do know that the Enterprise was never actually built, don't you? All of that footage was either a 6 inch model or some cheesy computer graphics?

Actually, it was built 11 feet long and the special effects did not involve computers.

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Distributed Compilation, a Programmer's Delight

SleptThroughClass Re:Minor error (60 comments)

There's a minor error in the article, which claims that your servers need access to the source. distcc was designed to not need this.

That implies you read the article, but that can't be the case.

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Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction

SleptThroughClass Re:missed geeks favorite disasters (399 comments)

Personally, my plan is to supply the zombies/raptors with weapons and tactical advice.

Great idea. It sounds as if you have BRAAAAAAINS.

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Online Carpooling Service Fined In Canada

SleptThroughClass Ontario is breaking its own regulations (541 comments)

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation, on its HOV lane page, promotes carpooling and links to SmartCommute.ca. This is an initiative of Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Metrolinx offers services to the "greater Toronto area". So the Ontario government is arranging carpooling across city limits, but forbidding another group from doing so.

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Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

SleptThroughClass I thought YOU changed the uranium bucket (618 comments)

This process will NOT "create" energy.

Yeah, this looks like it's a cogeneration incinerator. But if they'd push the temperature up enough to separate the stuff into molecules and atoms, they could make an industrial mass chromatograph. Separate the trash into its constituent atoms. A tube for the hydrogen, buckets for iron and lead... and a frequently-changed bucket for uranium. If it collects enough uranium for a nuclear power plant, the process might create more energy than it consumes.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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TerraServer rebuilt on Open Source

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SleptThroughClass (1127287) writes "TerraServer.com has rebuilt their site with Open Source software. On HP ProLiant servers they're running customized MapServer software using data in PostgreSQL/PostGIS. This is the Aerial Images service which used to be part of a Windows NT/SQL Server project. The global-scale Aerial Images TerraServer.com is not to be confused with the several USA-focused Microsoft TerraServer-USA (et al) service names after their mutual project ended in 2000."
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U.S. Census Bureau not Vista compatible

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SleptThroughClass (1127287) writes "I noticed in the Census catalog that a Census 2000 disc was labeled "Proprietary With Software, Windows 95". Such a data format seemed to be edging toward becoming inaccessible (it's already not accessible on my Linux machines), so I asked about Vista. The answer from Census: "We are currently not running Vista on any Census facilities, and will not do so for some time. So my inclination is that none of our current disc products will be Vista compatible.""
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NASA GISS finds new record warmest year

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SleptThroughClass (1127287) writes "NASA's GISS climate researchers have reexamined their temperature records and determined that the warmest recorded year in the USA was: 1938. The change was noticed by ClimateAudit and Pielke's blog. The change seems to not have been noticed by GISS, as there is no news release on their web site, so you have to look for the "U.S. Temperature" graph on this page or directly view the graph."

Journals

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Electronic voting machines replaced by paper in 2 states

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 5 years ago The Washington Post reports that Maryland and Virginia will replace their electronic voting machines with paper ballots after this election. These are machines which don't print a paper copy. Maryland will continue paying for its $65 million system through 2014. Several kinds of systems are used in Virginia, while Maryland uses Premier Election Solutions machines.

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Deposit a check from home

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 6 years ago The CheckFree service is trying to move their paperless check services from businesses to the home. If banks use the service, customers will be able to deposit checks from home. Apparently the service involves more than scanning and bookkeeping, as antifraud tools include electronically reading what is written on the check.

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New Open Source Project Management

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 6 years ago A recently released open source project management program, OpenProj seems to be doing nicely. It uses Java and is rather active on SourceForge. It won't do everything but has many features and should fit most smaller businesses well.

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Apple's latest software update shuts down some hacked iPhone

SleptThroughClass SleptThroughClass writes  |  more than 6 years ago An AP story in the L.A. Times says that some modified iPhones no longer work after installing the latest Apple update.

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