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Flying Bicycle Is Real, Takes First Flight

Sussurros I want a flying Segway (123 comments)

I want a flying segway for my sister-in-law.

about a year and a half ago
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To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

Sussurros Russian humour (166 comments)

Russian humour, which overlaps a lot with Brazilian humour, was a glory to me when I learned Russian. This joke is my favourite, I've updated it a little but not too much.

Hey Sergei! Long time no see! Is that a wedding ring?
Yes my old friend, it is a wedding ring.
I never thought that you of all people get married.
Well, I got tired of eating at McDonalds.
And now..?
And now I like eating at McDonalds.


By the bye, I learned Russian to read Tolstoi in the original and I discovered that the transalation is better.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Teardown

Sussurros Cyanogen (97 comments)

Just imagine one of these beauties with Cyanogen! I want one of those for sure!

about a year and a half ago
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Btcd - a Bitcoind Alternative Written In Go!

Sussurros Re:Why so serious ! (150 comments)

It was a glottal stop and not an exclamation mark. He had the hiccups when he wrote the summary.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Company's Antique Computers Are For Production, Not Display

Sussurros Re:If it ain't broke... (289 comments)

Just imagine writing a job listing for someone to replace a retiring remployee!

Clearly they'd have to train someone suitable on the job, and for the right person it wouldn't be too hard, but when that person moves on it would look very strange on their resume.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Sussurros Re:And a turbo button! (1010 comments)

Ah yes. Once computers used to run at 12MHz but had a Turbo button that let them run at 16MHz when you needed extra speed.

about a year and a half ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

Sussurros Re:Gravitational time dilation (412 comments)

The story is called "The Planck Drive" and the author is Greg Egan (the man without a photo ). The story can be found in the book "Luminous" among other places and I highly recommend it.

about a year and a half ago
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How That 'Extra .9%' Could Ward Off a Zombie Apocalypse

Sussurros Re:That's not the question (204 comments)

Yeah. Derren pulled out all the stops and actually got one man to believe that he was in the middle of a zombie apocalypse for days on end. It was a masterpiece, Derren's best work in my opinion.

about a year and a half ago
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How That 'Extra .9%' Could Ward Off a Zombie Apocalypse

Sussurros Re:That's not the question (204 comments)

A zombie apocalypse happened in Britain and was shown in a BBC documentary by Derren Brown.

about a year and a half ago
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A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

Sussurros Re:Wow (261 comments)

You do know that hawkinspeter was the one who mentioned April Fool, right?

about a year and a half ago
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A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

Sussurros Re:Wow (261 comments)

LOL! I actually felll for this until you mentioned April Fool. I guess I'm low hanging fruit.

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

Sussurros Re:When? (267 comments)

Who cares anymore? Gnome 3 could have special in a good way but instead it was special in an OMG way. They had a chance and blew it. If they had eaten their crow warm the situation could have been salvaged but now half their user base has abandoned them and the other half has become divided. It's going to be hard for them to maintain a critical mass in the long term.

Ubuntu has a similar problem but not so pronounced. I'm typing this on a Kubuntu computer and I have no complaints with it. I've tried Unity twice and rejected it both times, once because it was ugly and once because it was unusable. Ubuntu is bigger than Unity though while Gnome can't be bigger than Gnome.

about a year and a half ago
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9th Circuit Affirms IsoHunt Decision; No DMCA Safe Harbor

Sussurros Re:Huh? (211 comments)

Thank you. Everything is clear now and I've also learned why Youtube hasn't been closed down which is something I've often wondered about.

about 2 years ago
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9th Circuit Affirms IsoHunt Decision; No DMCA Safe Harbor

Sussurros Huh? (211 comments)

What does that even mean?

I am so glad I never became a lawyer like my mother wanted me to.

about 2 years ago
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A Quarter of Sun-Like Stars Host Earth-Size Worlds

Sussurros Re:Great! (105 comments)

So any planets outside the goldilocks zone are unbearable?

There's no way to know for sure but I've often wondered if Earth being a binary plant and the warmer Earth core from the tidal force of the Moon affects where the goldilocks zone is. It'll certainly have made a difference on the volcanoes that broke snowball earth and the resultant explosion of complex life, and also on the intertidal zone that must have been so important when life later moved from water to land.

There are two binary planets in our solar system out of perhaps twenty in total so very roughly that hopefully indicates that 10% of these exoplanets might have suitable moons. That's a very promising percentage when looking for complex life in other systems.

about 2 years ago
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Modeling Color Spaces With Blender

Sussurros Re:Pretty but why? (35 comments)

I didn't know POV-Ray was still around. It caused me untold grief in the 90s and it's the main reason why I ended up buying Shade and Poser which were much easier to use. I've also used Photoshop and now use Blender. The very thought of using POV-Ray again gives a cold shiver, it would need to be a whole new beast to be a viable alternative.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

Sussurros Re:Eh, that's it? (619 comments)

Well there is a certain subtlety to it beyond the obvious. Take the women from any dynasty, The House of Windsor for example, from Queen Victoria to Princess Alexandra to Princess Elizabeth to her daughter Queen Elizabeth to Princess Diana to Duchess Camilla to Princess Catherine. Or perhaps Senior White House women. Any group of women who are newsworthy for other reasons create interesting patterns as the kaleidoscope changes with each change of generation.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

Sussurros Re:Eh, that's it? (619 comments)

Curiously in the 80s and 90s the type of girls known as Jersey Girls in the US were called Effies in Australia after a TV character called Efimea but known to all and sundry as Effie.

The different meanings of the words F-able and effable and their antonyms unF-able and ineffable often form an unholy symmetry when applied to particular women.

about 2 years ago
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Not Quite a T-1000, But On the Right Track

Sussurros Re:Robot wars (159 comments)

The prize is top spot in the foodchain of the future. I'm betting on mice to take it. They eat anything, they're small and clever, they won't be outside when the bombs start blowing and their favourite food is cockroaches so they'll always have something to eat. Perhaps we'll eventually have one tonne mouse predators hunting ten tonne mouse herbivores and even Rodent Sapiens making mouse warrior robots to fight their mouse wars for them against the Rodent Erectus scum.

about 2 years ago
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Not Quite a T-1000, But On the Right Track

Sussurros Re:Not sure if a Robot Army is a good idea. (159 comments)

That's why the Russians still make vacuum tubes and possibly still use them in military equipment. Vacuum tube circuits are much more resistant to EMP attacks and as I recall the Soviets designed a few EMP weapons, although of course a nulcear bomb does a fine job as it comes.

Small EMP devices are very easy to make and the designs for basic circuits were easily available in any large book store last time I looked for other books about electronics, maybe eight years ago. They always gave me a cold shiver when I came across them imagining one of the neighbouring kids making one and wiping out my computer.

about 2 years ago

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Memjet Technology To Change Printing

Sussurros Sussurros writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sussurros (2457406) writes "Kia Silverbrook, the world's most prolific inventor with over 4000 US utility patents, is in the middle of a bunfight with some of America's richest men to bring his implausibly advanced Memjet printing technlogy to a printer near you. First anounced in 2007, Memjet technology was long thought to be a hoax until it was demonstrated last year. But now some of the original investors want their money back."
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