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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

ThatsNotPudding The most uttered English phrases (277 comments)

1. The check is in the mail.
2. I promise I won't come inside you.
3. I hate Word.

2 days ago

Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

ThatsNotPudding Wrists (310 comments)

I sorta switched to a standing desk by elevating the old drafting desk I use to it's highest level of ~38" from the floor. I have a crappy drafter's chair when my feets get tired (linoleum floor) so I alternate about half the time between seated and standing.

But more than my feet forcing me to sit are my wrists. I can't do to much keyboarding or intensive mousing without my wrists starting to ache. The desk surface is about at my belt level, so my wrist / arm included angle is about 150 or so. Not sure what to do about this problem.

2 days ago

FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

ThatsNotPudding Re:Why Transparency is Important (33 comments)

We need transparency via reporting requirements and guidelines that give full information to the public.

At the end of the day, you're still relying on foxes properly filling out their TPS henhouse reports.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

ThatsNotPudding Scientific American (283 comments)

Dense enough (for me anyways) to take my mind off my hind brain hate/fear of flying.

2 days ago

Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

ThatsNotPudding Religion of the Month Club (156 comments)

Anyone else recall a sci-fi short story (I think by Frank Herbert, but maybe not) about a woman who worked at a weather office. Her boss finally died after his practice of deeply inhaling the local polluted air, waiting for clear air from China (one day, it stopped and so did he).

One of the side stories was a character who was a member of the Religion of the Month Club. The tagline was: "How can you be sure African Bantu isn't the True Way!!?"

3 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

ThatsNotPudding Re:Charge the officer (790 comments)

The fly in your ointment is that most small town cops are former bullies and still fully-formed sociopaths (as evidenced by his actions against the victim).

3 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ThatsNotPudding Homogeneity (803 comments)

Try the Scandinavian countries instead.

The one reason progressive socialism seems to work in the Scandinavian countries is this: homogeneity. When your neighbor has fallen on hard times, the benefits they're receiving doesn't matter to you because you're both genetically the same tribe. When there are different 'tribes' involved, it all falls apart very quickly (and exploited by cynical politicians currying the racism buried deep in every human hind brain).

3 days ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

ThatsNotPudding Harry Tuttle (170 comments)

Well, personally my first thought after reading the summary was "but how do you trust the BIOS?" A few years ago I'd have immediately said that's conspiracy theory and dismissed it (along with the other items you listed). But after a year of exposure to the Snowden and RSA revelations and everything else, it pains me to say these NSA questions aren't so far fetched any more.

We need a Harry Tuttle to show up at night in our apts to offer us an alternative BIOS chip.

3 days ago

Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

ThatsNotPudding Lead Supervisor (80 comments)

Dennis DeYoung.

Domo Arigato.

4 days ago

$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

ThatsNotPudding FIND THEM (111 comments)

Then give them a medal for exposing, yet again, the criminally shoddy work of a corporation that managed to explode an entire neighborhood.

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

ThatsNotPudding The future will be Hell (578 comments)

The problem is that we have many millions of people with NO useful skills. They are also mostly untrainable, or they wouldn't have ended up skillless in the first place. In the past, our economy had a place for these people. The future is likely to be different.

But instead of an enlightened, Roddenberry-esque future with time freed up by automation to pursue creativity, the politics of the evergreen American Puritans will ensure those without a job will still be perceived and treated like sub-human trash, harassed and killed by corporate Pinkertons called 'the cops'..

about a week ago

UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

ThatsNotPudding Also (386 comments)

Try very hard not to be a minority in the United States. And stay away from Skittles.

about a week ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

ThatsNotPudding Dennis Miller (193 comments)

Nah, Dennis miller is a conservative former comedian. Back when he was still doing comedy, it was pretty centrist, with the social aspect leaning a bit to the left.

After 9/11 made him shit his pants, he started being conservative, and stopped being a comedian, opting to move his "big words and obscure references" style into punditry, where it works about as well as you might expect.

I suspect his reaction to 9/11 was just like Karl Rove's: he danced a jig when he realized it could make him rich.

about a week ago

Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

ThatsNotPudding Long-lasting sparks (152 comments)

Right before this announcement, there were stories of California fire officials asking golfers to be careful when using the now rather common titanium clubs in the rough, as the sparks generated when duffers hit rocks with them can last long enough to start a dry brush fire.

So again; what happens when such sparks encounter spilled fuel from a conventional car involved in an accident with a Tesla? (Here come the downvotes).

about two weeks ago

Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

ThatsNotPudding Ammo in a different form (630 comments)

Not much room needed for the projectiles, less danger of a powder room exploding, fine. But none of this seems to even mention: what is generating the massive amount of electrical energy required per shot? Not to mention rate of fire - how much time is needed to generate that power for each shot? That this is a very quiet elephant in the room implies it's pretty bad on both counts.

about two weeks ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

ThatsNotPudding Golden Menus (322 comments)

As long as they can still hit the drive-thrus / fly-thrus, they'll be fine.

about two weeks ago

Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

ThatsNotPudding Video Game (172 comments)

This will take the senior citizen's favorite game "Farmer's Market" to a whole new level of interaction!

about two weeks ago

Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong

ThatsNotPudding Re:If they *do* find it... (44 comments)

Hopefully they will name it something beginning with "P" so mnemonics like "My Very Easy Method, Just Set Up Nine Planets" and so on all work again, or has anyone come up with a good one for the current 8 planet setup?


about two weeks ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

ThatsNotPudding Next up (408 comments)

Next dismiss the imaginary, un-provable, invisible man in the sky and we can really start to make progress as a species.

about two weeks ago



Wireless Meters Telex All Clear to Crims

ThatsNotPudding ThatsNotPudding writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ThatsNotPudding writes "Wireless utility meters are rapidly being rolled out to make reading them easier / faster for the utility employees. Naturally, there is no encryption and the clear signals can be picked up at almost 500 meters away every 30 seconds, clearly showing ~=zero energy consumption = nobody home. Brilliant."

Off-shoring getting much, much closer

ThatsNotPudding ThatsNotPudding writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ThatsNotPudding writes "Business Plans Underway for a Visa-Free Floating Community off Half Moon Bay Coastline
The vessel will most likely be a used cruise ship for foreign entrepreneurs, converted into a co-working and co-living space where no visa would be required, just a passport.

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