An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax
Correction: I misunderstood: the bogus "factoid" was an invented paragraph that is no longer on the Wiki page. Explained here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/...
An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax
The picture of the character at the Wikipedia site appears to be real, and was uploaded by someone else entirely.
The reference to the author, Peggy Parrish, appears to be real, a real person, a real author.
Numerous other links to Amelia Bedelia books, stage plays, movies, etc. appear to be valid and real, and date FAR earlier than this purported hoax.
I submit that EJ Dickson, the self-proclaimed hoaxer, is hoaxing us all with a hoax about a non-existing hoax!
Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress
""Out of over 9,000 staffers in the House, should we really be banning this whole IP range based on the actions of two or three? "
Yes. It may get the attention of the guilty parties. I, for one, want to see the exact identification of that House representative, the office guilty of this ongoing abuse. Name names, cowards!
White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
- that it'll affect the noise-sensitive mammals (and maybe fish).
- that these endangered and most interesting creatures are important.
- that they don't care .. because Big Oil wants to find more!
America! F*ck yeah! I guess this is my chance to go down to the Carolina coast and find me a nice Orca skeleton. There should be lots lying around pretty soon. All encased in tons of rotting flesh and blubber, of course, but no worries: I'll just leave that mess for the edification and amusement of the tourists.
Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia
All permafrost pretty much looks like that. Tons of images online from Alaska and Canada, none of which have anything to do with natural gas or gas eruptions. The other holes up there don't have huge caverns beneath them (well, so far as we can tell). And the water is relatively shallow.
Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights
"There is no enforcement mechanism in the event of a dispute with another country, however.""
A strong navy? Hey, it worked fine for the XYZ Affair .. and the Barbary Pirates too.
The View From Inside A Fireworks Show
I can see the drone somehow being hit by a fireworks missile, deflecting that missile, and the missile going who knows where? Back down into the crowd (or worse, the launch site)? If it stayed above the explosions, fine; within them, maybe. But fireworks on that scale are risky at best. Throwing a solid object like some of the larger drones into the middle of them just adds to the danger.
But I must say, even if never done again, that's a wonderful video, perhaps the first ever?
Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?
What century are we in again?
That Toy Is Now a Drone
And there's no putting it back. I'm waiting for the first homemade (well, hobbyist or toy) drone attack. Won't be long. And I'm betting it'll be homegrown, no foreign terrorists required. FAA can regulate all it wants, but those drones are not going away.
Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light
Yep, for local use the good old accepted value of C will do very nicely. Where light is, well, light.
Perl Is Undead
Your point being ... ???
Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil
that never seems to quite come into production or actually get anywhere. I keep hoping, but .. sigh ...
I'll still keep recycling my plastic (and hope they aren't kidding me and just dumping it into the landfill anyway). Even if it ends up being "recycled" into park benches or whatever, it's better than nothing.
Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle
The "won't be paying enough attention to them" is true enough. But the Dead on arrival comment is perhaps not accurate. Well, accurate enough for a Harley rider. But I rode a BMW R75-5 airhead for a decade or so. Quiet, vibration free. But hardly dull.
Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands
Wait! What world is that? I live in Nawth Ca'lina, where Duke Power is king. And coal ash is good for the roses. Where, now that almost all the shallow water wells are contaminated with fuel, chemicals and fertilizers, they're now targeting the deep aquifers with fracking. Yeah, THAT Nawth Ca'lina. And obviously not part of your world at all, alas.
The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines
I'll admit Hollywood and artists have given us some wonderfully scary imagery of the killer robots of the future:
But I suspect the real future will be more like:
Or the much less vulnerable and maintainable:
Coupled with thermal imagery, a simple AI to identify sneaking human patrols, and (at least at first) a go/no go command from some Private Tentpeg hunkered down in a bunker or OP somewhere. Trust me on this: I've BEEN that Private Tentpeg .. and later, his supervisor. It isn't far, in the front lines, from a tripwire connected to a hand grenade" to a much more complicated (and even more lethal) machine. How much "intelligence" will be vested in that machine is just a quibble. Trip wires aren't smart at all, yet we've never hesitated to use them.
id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced
I'd have KILLED for some of that source! But today? Naaaah ...
Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property
that stupidity isn't painful. Add to that, greed.
Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine
One of the biggest "Doh!" moments lately. I can't believe some consider this news.
Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths
"The screen flickered back on. I was reborn, standing naked in an empty field, holding only a rock. Not far away I saw a man gathering wood, his back to me. I crept toward him through the grass. He didn’t hear me slinking closer.
I thought of the words of John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, who once said that the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.
I raised my rock above my head."
Spanish Conquest May Have Altered Peru's Shoreline
Since the slowing or cessation of dune / ridge formation started about 2800 years ago (according to one paper), one might want a little more evidence before blaming it all on the Conquistadors or the following Spanish occupiers.
Toad-san has no journal entries.