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Researchers Create Living Human Gut-On-a-Chip

Sparrow1492 Welcome (22 comments)

I for one would like to welcome our new cyborg intestine ovelords.

more than 2 years ago

With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

Sparrow1492 Re:No justification for the current media pricing? (429 comments)

Too funny. No, I was lazy and stopped at the first link. There were a ton of players though at less than $50. The point is that the hardware is not the barrier to entry for blue ray it once was.

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing

Sparrow1492 Re:Not vapourware! (374 comments)

. . .without having to restart the thing twice per day???

While I generally agree with you here, can we please finally stop perpertuating this problem from 10 years ago? My windows box runs just fine for weeks on end with no problems.

more than 2 years ago

First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel

Sparrow1492 Re:Wait what (79 comments)

A 5 year cycle for safety of flight issues and major weapons system is not uncommon. Handheld stuff like this is off the shelf tech (albeit old for this example). You'll find DoD folks using brand new Blackberries today as an example fo the other way.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Launching eBook Lending Program, Publishers Unenthusiastic

Sparrow1492 Re:Can books be all borrowed out? (150 comments)

That's how it works for library e-book lending today. If the one 'copy" is checked out, you can get on a hold list just like a paper copy.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Launching eBook Lending Program, Publishers Unenthusiastic

Sparrow1492 Re:Someone should explain to them... (150 comments)

It's coming to a lot of libraries, and in fact many have this service. The problem is that they must buy another copy of the book to make it available electronically. In a time of tight budgets, this means that it can come down to either having 2 copies of the same book or 2 different ones on the shelf. I've found in trying to get books for my 8-year old to read on her Nook, the children’s selection electronically is pretty much nil.

more than 2 years ago

EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

Sparrow1492 Re:Opposite Effect (459 comments)

That's OK. Since the real intent of this is to track everything you do and not "protect the children", they'' just go ahead and log everything you do for potential "bad stuff".

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Bypassing Publishers By Signing Authors Directly

Sparrow1492 Re:One company (461 comments)

Time to pull out Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks for the next movie . . .

As what, the romantic couple's grandparents? These two ain't getting any younger.

more than 2 years ago

Air Force Network Admins Found Out About Drone Virus Through News Story

Sparrow1492 Re:Consolidation is Needed (161 comments)

DISA is supposed to be a support organization while USCYBER is the Joint command and control organization. DISA was actaully supposed to go away and have the good parts sucked into USCYBER. That got canned however.

more than 2 years ago

European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests

Sparrow1492 Re:50+ Pages? Really? (214 comments)


I'm not sure if this was a request to mod up or rate's it's own +1, funny for the Google Circles reference on a Facebook article.

more than 2 years ago

Cold-War Missile Launches Military Satellite

Sparrow1492 Re:Is is so new? (91 comments)

Well, the shuttle SRBs use the same solid fuel concept developed for ICBM use, so there is an indirect lineage there as well.

more than 2 years ago
top Doesn't Hide Logs From the FBI

Sparrow1492 Re:And? This shouldn't be a surprise (233 comments)

I'll second that. I stream Netflix to Germany for $50 a year and a cheap router to do the PPTP.

more than 2 years ago

Atlas Takes Heat For Melting Glacier Claim

Sparrow1492 Re:Global warming has become hopelessly politicize (429 comments)

Informative? Are we giving mod points to second graders?

This is the new Slashdot. the categories have no meaning. The new categories might as well be +1 "I agree" or -1 "I hate you".

more than 2 years ago

GameStop's Upcoming Android Tablet

Sparrow1492 Re:$660 per person per year voice and data plan (74 comments)

Yes, it's my $260 10" Viewsonic G-Tablet. Sure it's wifi only, but I have instant portable entertainment for 3 children with only the sunk cost. Even my 3 year old has figured out how to bounce back and forhte between the Angry Birds versions to get the one she wants. And I'm not shelling out $40 bucks a game either for a DS cartridge.

more than 2 years ago

What If Aliens Came To Save the Galaxy From Mankind?

Sparrow1492 Re:Priorities. (534 comments)

You must be new here . . .

about 3 years ago

Facebook Bans Google+ Ads

Sparrow1492 Re:seriously? (548 comments)

That's becasue their feedback and support seem to be a redirector straight to null. Just on the page because they are expected to have them.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Bans Google+ Ads

Sparrow1492 Re:Well, that's one way to advertise.... (548 comments)

Umm, did not Microsoft have to do the exact same thing back in the IE days? They were required to add other browsers (the competition) so that they were not anti-competitive. Whey I showed up in Germany last year I got a nice new MS patch offered to force browser choice.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

Sparrow1492 Re:Tax Distraction (623 comments)

Do you even read what you're typing? At least try and get the facts correct. Free medical has not been that for a long time, with the exception of the unmarried troop on active duty using a military treatment facility. Troops have to pay for family dental for example and once you leave active duty you have to pay for your medical care too. Prescriptions outside the basics genrally have to be ordered by mail for a copay. Free food and housing are not that. There are allowances for these things, but they are based on a standard of living from 40 years ago as to what size place yu might need and never covers all the bills. Child care has never been free.

more than 3 years ago

Among the Costs of War: $20B In Air Conditioning

Sparrow1492 Re:Necessary (409 comments)

Wait a minute. You can't have it both ways. All through the comments people gripe about the $20K hammer and how bad that is. If you want to buy a router that is MILSPEC to some ridiculous temperature extreme standard then you are going to pay a ridiculous price for it. Today's military deploys with commercial off the shelf equipment, and it is not made to stand up to the extremes of heat and dust in the desert. It's a heck of a lot cheaper to climate control that tent than fill it with custom made equipment.

more than 3 years ago


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