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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Smallpond Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

From TFA

Rehm runs and jumps with a specially designed blade that is 15 inches longer than his other leg

I can't imagine why anyone would accuses him of 'cheating' ...

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy as well as having extra length and mechanical advantage, and better still its far stronger and requires much more force to break.

I'm sorry he lost his leg, but there is no why this is 'fair' by any sense of the word.

It would be like wearing $500 shoes in a marathon when other runners are barefoot. Or like using a wind tunnel to train your bobsled team!

3 days ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Smallpond Re:ads (175 comments)

Because Google should not be in business to make money. They should just give you free stuff.

about a week ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

Smallpond Re: (132 comments)

Fortran is very good about backwards compatibility...can still compile and run Fortran-77 programs in the newest incarnations...

Finding a working card punch is the problem.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

Smallpond Re: i dont see a problem here (146 comments)

NASA is doing what it should do, spend research dollars on stuff companies won't do. Space-X and other commercial ventures will be able to do day-to-day launches.

about three weeks ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

Smallpond Re:consent (130 comments)

There are laws governing obtaining informed consent from humans before performing psychological experiments on them. I doubt that a EULA can override them. This should be interesting...

There is no such law. In any case, this is the the basis for the entire news business. Why do they report murders but not acts of charity (unless a celebrity is involved)? It is all about getting you to watch and see ads. Facebook is doing nothing that TV news hasn't been doing for years.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Smallpond Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

I gues you missed the fact that I was replying to a post that Wikipedia claims to be accurate, when in fact they claim the opposite.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Smallpond Re:RTFA (268 comments)

Good find. It's hard to call that an objective article. Both IP addresses in the edits belong to Bell Canada. Sounds like he may have a case.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Smallpond Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

I won't believe it unless you link to the Wikipedia article.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Smallpond Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

There were no US scientists who believed in the Medeival Warm Period at the time (800 - 1300).

about a month ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

Smallpond Re:On belay (64 comments)

Weight goes up as the cube of size while area goes up as the square, which is one reason there are no 2 meter geckos.

about a month and a half ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Smallpond Re:Dear Slashdot (269 comments)

Wait, OPEC employees post on slashdot? That explains a lot...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

Smallpond Re:... FROM? (310 comments)

There is no reason to put from at the end. Is stupid just something caught the internet from?

Prepositions on the end of sentences is something up with which I will not put.

about 2 months ago
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Optical Levitation, Space Travel, Quantum Mechanics and Gravity

Smallpond Re:An Old Idea Resurrected - Again (82 comments)

Sending adult humans on a 70,000 year trip is pointless. If you want a human visit to the stars start thawing the fertilized eggs 20 years before arrival.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Smallpond Re:Didn't deserve to die... (450 comments)

There are no withdrawal symptoms from GPS devices.

about 2 months ago
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Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi

Smallpond Re:So, really... (83 comments)

He didn't really discuss the software in the demo, but it looked fairly polished (not surprising from a professional software engineer) and if you noticed even had a PiPhone logo boot screen. It was certainly a lot more work to do this than the people who claim to have "built their own computer".

about 3 months ago

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Smallpond Smallpond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Which is your favorite Pittsburgh movie?

  • Dawn of the dead - Your blood pressure: 0.0
  • Innocent Blood - "Where ze hell is Shadyside?"
  • The Deer Hunter - Does anyone else find Christopher Walken kind of
          creepy?
  • Dogma - I bet they got them "Buddy Christs" at the Giant Eagle.
  • Robocop - Because filming in Detroit was a little TOO scary.
  • Flashdance - I worked in a mill and never saw a welder that looked
          like Jennifer Beals.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - Forget Chianti, I'll have an Iron City
          with that.
  • Groundhog Day - Most days feel the same as yesterday.

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