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Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Is that a school gym? (612 comments)

It looks like they're setting up a science fair project. I predict second prize (anything with trained mice always gets first prize).

A baking soda volcano trumps mice. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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Bluetooth Keyboards With a 10-Year Charge Promised

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Ha! (270 comments)

I don't think current battery technology lasts that long, especially store bought AA's.

It's a good thing Amazon sells batteries with future technology then. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

The Grim Reefer2 Re:convenience over quality (360 comments)

streaming is the future BECAUSE it involves higher DRM than dvd's have.

its just that simple and no need to look any further.

the industry loves BD since its harder to break. they love streaming since it costs almost nothing and has tougher drm than dvd.

streaming is good FOR THEM. physical media is better FOR ME.

please avoid their streaming models: make it fail, people. the sooner we sink their sales on streaming the sooner they'll return to physical media. physical media is much more freedom-oriented (and the quality is higher, too).

and as isp's put more and more caps on your bandwidth, I don't see being MORE dependant on the internet as being a good thing. not at all. its a drug dealer situation: they want you addicted to streaming so that they can control all the cards.

don't fall for it. don't give them what they dream about. it will never be good for you and me.

You bring up some interesting points. Here's a few more to consider. Physical delivery of DVD's from Netflix or any other company rely on the USPS. They are having some serious budgetary issues, and congress seems unwilling to agree on anything let alone helping them. It appears that mail delivery may be cut back to 4 or 5 day per week sometime next year. To compound this, they are also likely to close half of their sorting centers. This will mean that most mail will take at minimum 2 days rather than the typical one day to be delivered. I'm currently able to get up to 3 deliveries per week from Netflix. If the USPS makes the changes they have proposed, I'll be lucky to get one delivery per week. I don't like it, but It's probably smart of Netflix to prepare to get out of the physical DVD rental business.

  The streaming model also has it's own issues. My ISP is Comcast and they obviously do not like the competition using their own network. With all of the bandwidth caps and other issues they have, it's pretty obvious that streaming, at least when it's not from them, is evil in their opinion. This is only going to become more problematic. Additionally, streaming quality sucks. It's not hard to record it, but it's so bad I don't see the value in doing so. I can see why the MPAA is so rabid over torrents. They use less bandwidth and you can get a better viewing experience than may be possible in the near future from the rental options.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

The Grim Reefer2 Re:convenience over quality (360 comments)

Of course, I have to wonder, if they've got all these other vectors covered, they clearly have a development process that supports multiple platforms. Would it be that hard to also have a linux client?

I can't imagine so. Doesn't anyone know why else they would be forgoing a linux client?

I would assume that it has something to do with satisfying the MPAA requirements for DRM. But that's just a guess.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

The Grim Reefer2 Re:TV ain't broken? (839 comments)

Pft, you kids and your instant-on solid state TVs. Real men don't mind waiting for the tubes to warm up.

Had those too. Still, it took time for those early solid state TVs to charge the capacitors too.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

The Grim Reefer2 Re:TV ain't broken? (839 comments)

Every time I get depressed about it, some great new show comes along to renew my faith.

Except in my case they generally get cancelled after less than a season or change direction to appeal to a larger (dumber) audience. That's why I wait until a show has been on a few seasons before watching it on DVD. No commercials, writer strikes or season breaks.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

The Grim Reefer2 Re:TV ain't broken? (839 comments)

Grandpa, whats this thing you call a TV knob?

If you television doesn't proudly display in shiny embossed letters, "Solid State" you probably don't know. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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In-Vitro Muscle Cells, It's What's For Dinner

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Ethics? (619 comments)

NO. Cultured meat is the product of a factory. Cow meat is the product of an inhumane series of tortures inflicted on a helpless animal.

Cows have been domesticated to the point that I seriously doubt the species could survive on it's own. If it ever comes to pass that synthetic meat supplants them then I'd guess that they'd quickly become an endangered/extinct species. At that point no one will be intentionally setting aside huge pastures for them to graze in . They would become a large destructive animal that has little to no natural habitat left.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 8.0 Released

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Don't bother (383 comments)

I expect Firefox 9 to come out when clicking the submit button for this comment.../quote

Actually I thought Slashdot was a little slow with this story. I was prompted about the update earlier today and installed it w/o restarting Firefox. After installing a program that needed the computer to be restarted, I finally shutdown Firefox. Then some time later This story came up on Slashdot. Perhaps they should change the tag line from "News for nerds..." to "History for nerds..."

more than 2 years ago
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White House Responds to ET/UFO Petitions

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Dear Citizens! (232 comments)

In fact, just in the spirit of openness, we voluntarily announce that neither we, nor the British royal family, are Pod People, or Reptoids from Delta Reticulon Minus.

Of course the British royal family are none of those. They're werewolves.

more than 2 years ago
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Simulated Mars Mission 'Returns' After 520 Days

The Grim Reefer2 Pretty cool, but... (201 comments)

How realistic is this except for the psychological aspect? How easy will it be to stay healthy in 0g?

more than 2 years ago
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AMD To Lay Off 10% of Global Workforce

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Bonus time. (224 comments)

I think this is the first time that I've found myself wishing I had mod points.

more than 2 years ago
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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Midwest Born and Raised (292 comments)

To us Midwesterners, the "snowstorm" looks more like a light dusting.

Call me when you have trees collapsing under the weight of ice.

OK, what number should I call you at? Virtually all of the tree in this area still had their leaves on them. This gave the wet heavy snow an awful lot of surface area to stick to. Almost every street has huge branches broken off or trees that collapsed. Personally, all of my trees held up, so I was unaffected. My neighbor has three very large branches down in his yard and another neighbor across the street has a tree that split in half. We only had 5 inches of snow here, I don't think the amount of snowfall is the relevant factor. So can I call that number collect? ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

The Grim Reefer2 No affect (292 comments)

We got 5 inches of snow here in Virginia, but I wasn't affected in any way. I guess I don't get to vote in this poll.

more than 2 years ago
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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

The Grim Reefer2 Re:World News brought to you by a /. poll (292 comments)

whats the world series?

Some kind of sporting event where only a single country enters.

When did Canada and the US become one country?
 

'World series' is a silly name.

Agreed.

more than 2 years ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

The Grim Reefer2 Re:I wonder (776 comments)

How many more lines are left on the list?
We've got past the "it's not warming at all" stage.
So next up is "it may be warming, but it's not us" then "ok, it's us, but we can't/shouldn't do anything about it" and eventually "it was us but it's too late." What comes after that?

How do we make money off of it? That's what most conservatives have been thinking for quite a while now. Consider the prices of agricultural land as an indicator.

And what many liberals have already been making money off of for some time now. Consider carbon credits. Scumbags will always find a way to cash in on a crisis no matter which side of the aisle they are on, or between.

more than 2 years ago
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The 147 Corporations Controlling Most of the Global Economy

The Grim Reefer2 23!?! (572 comments)

This can't be a coincidence. If you convert 147 to hex you get 93. You can then subtract the 50 (the number of strips on the American flag) from 93 (decimal) and you have 43. Then subtract 20 (This number is represented in Hebrew by the letter caph, in form of opened hand, to seize and hold.) and you get 23! See, the Illuminati are real! ;-)

about 3 years ago
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Real 3D Display; 3 Years Out?

The Grim Reefer2 Re:Hogel? (191 comments)

My understanding is that Hogel is just a Voxel with additional information - specifically, information about how it should appear from different viewing angles. For example, making a building "hide" behind another building, rather than being fully translucent, would require Hogels, not just Voxels.

Voxels are also used in 3D medical imaging such as CT and MRI. There's more than spacial location attached to those. Information is encoded to allow for programs to know what type of material was imaged. This allows the user to remove skeletal structures from the image. By doing this you can change (on the fly) if a structure is transparent, translucent, or opaque. I'm not sure I see how this is different.

about 3 years ago
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Real 3D Display; 3 Years Out?

The Grim Reefer2 Re:4D already exists... (191 comments)

"4D" is 3D with certain immersive effects, such as moving seats, a spray of water to simulate being splashed, something in the chair that simulates something touching you from behind, etc. One that I've seen has a rubber hose that they shoot out between your feet to simulate a snake crawling under you.

Length, Width, Depth, Time... Moving seats/water spray/"a rubber hose that they shoot out between your feet to simulate a snake crawling under you."

I guess I am getting old when, "a rubber hose that they shoot out between your feet to simulate a snake crawling under you" counts as a dimension on a "nerd" website.

Now get your motherfucking rubber-hose-snakes-dimension off my motherfucking lawn! ;-)

about 3 years ago

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Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) writes "Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.

It isn't the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service have come knocking at the storied maker of such iconic instruments as the Les Paul electric guitar, the J-160E acoustic-electric John Lennon played, and essential jazz-boxes such as Charlie Christian's ES-150. In 2009 the Feds seized several guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the delightful name "United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms.""

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Artist Creates 'Bulletproof' Skin from Spider Silk

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) writes "According to a report from Discovery News , Dutch artist Jalila Essadi and the Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands have created a bulletproof skin using human skin cells and spider silk.

Essadi's creation hinges on the fact that spider silk thread is "relatively much stronger than steel," according to a news release posted on the artist's blog. Apparently, the bullet-proof skin is the end result of a process involving implanting woven spider silk between the layers of the dermis and epidermis, then letting "a bullet do its work" to test the theory."

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Disney trademarks "Seal Team 6"

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) writes "MediaBistro has learned that the Walt Disney Company has taken out a trademark on the phrase "Seal Team 6," the name of the special forces unit that killed the world's most wanted man. Disney now owns the exclusive rights to put Seal Team 6 on "clothing, footwear, headwear, toys, games and entertainment and education services." Disney made the move only two days after bin Laden's death was announced."
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AT&T + T-Mobile USA ramifications

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 writes "Woe to the rivals of AT&T (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA this morning: Executives from all of the nation's major wireless carriers likely are holed up in their respective war rooms, debating strategy and discussing their next moves.

And it's a good bet the C-level meeting rooms at Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) are overflowing, as CEO Dan Hesse and his team struggle to squeak out a win from what many are calling a disaster. (Sprint's stock was down more than 12 percent in early trading.) Sprint had been rumored just days ago to be in discussions for a merger with T-Mobile, but it seems the deal didn't sit well with Sprint executives--or AT&T pulled the rug out."
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LightSquared broadband: a threat to GPS?

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) writes "The Pentagon and Department of Transportation have a written the Federal Communications Commission a letter insisting that they're more than a bit worried about a new satellite-based wholesale broadband service: LightSquared wireless.

"The new LightSquared business plan and the new FCC rules significantly expand the terrestrial transmission," the letter warns, "increasing the potential for interference to GPS receivers." Furthermore, the Department of Defense and DOT "were not sufficiently included in the development of the LightSquared input from federal stakeholders," the agencies claim."

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Doctor Who Fan Dies, Has Themed Funeral

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) writes "Sebastian Neale, a 26 year old from South Wales and mega-fan of the Doctor Who series, passed away recently due to head injuries and was given a proper Dr. Who themed send off. The funeral music was swapped out in favor of the Dr. Who's theme song and mourners were greeted with the Doctor's words, "I'm a time lord ... I'm not a human being. I walk in eternity." Instead of Bible verses, the funeral consisted of quotes from classic Who scripts, including William Hartnell's famous speech from "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth": "One day, I will come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.""
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Canada wants to sell AECL reactor

The Grim Reefer2 The Grim Reefer2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) writes "The federal government announced Thursday a major shakeup of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Ottawa plans to sell AECL's nuclear reactor business to the private sector, in a bid to boost worldwide sales of its CANDU reactors. The government wants to have the Crown corporation's nuclear reactor operations run by people in the business community, instead of bureaucrats. Under the restructuring, the agency will be split into two companies: separating the CANDU operations and the troubled National Research Universal reactor at Chalk River, Ont."
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