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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Toad-san There's something wrong with this "hoax" (189 comments)

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!

about a month and a half ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Toad-san Supervise Your Children (165 comments)

""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!

about 1 month ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Toad-san Yes, They Know ... (272 comments)

- 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.

about 2 months ago

Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

Toad-san Re:nothing new (122 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Toad-san Millions for Defense ... (181 comments)

"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.

about 2 months ago

The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Toad-san Re:Idiotic (200 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Toad-san EMACS? Vi? IDE? (359 comments)

What century are we in again?

about 3 months ago

That Toy Is Now a Drone

Toad-san Pandora's Box (or Jar if you will) Is Already Open (268 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Toad-san Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

Yep, for local use the good old accepted value of C will do very nicely. Where light is, well, light.

about 3 months ago

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

Toad-san Yet Another Whiz-Bang Discovery (139 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Toad-san From a BMW Rider (345 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

Toad-san Re:that's odd (182 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

Toad-san Let's Not Oversimplify or Overcomplicate (222 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

Toad-san Back in The Day ... (100 comments)

I'd have KILLED for some of that source! But today? Naaaah ...

about 3 months ago
top Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

Toad-san It's a Shame ... (264 comments)

that stupidity isn't painful. Add to that, greed.

about 3 months ago

Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Toad-san This Has ALWAYS Been True (238 comments)

One of the biggest "Doh!" moments lately. I can't believe some consider this news.

about 4 months ago



SciFi Author Frederick Pohl Dies At 93

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  1 year,8 days

Toad-san (64810) writes "From the New York Times (and my local paper):

"Frederik Pohl, whose passion for science fiction while growing up in Brooklyn led to a distinguished career as one of its most literate and politically sophisticated practitioners, though one who was skeptical about attempts to perfect society through scientific means, died on Monday. He was 93.""

Link to Original Source

Harry Harrison, the Stainless Steel Rat: Sayonara

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  about 2 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes ""R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green
Charlie Jane Anders

If Harry Harrison had only created "Slippery" Jim DiGriz, the roguish hero of the Stainless Steel Rat books, he would deserve a high place in science fiction history. But he also wrote dozens of other novels, including the hilarious Bill the Galactic Hero saga, the proto-Steampunk classic A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and the novel that became the movie Soylent Green, Make Room! Make Room!.

Amazingly, Harrison kept writing great novels, with the last Stainless Steel Rat book coming out just two years ago. He died today, aged 87, according to his official website. No details are yet known.""

Link to Original Source

Google Safety Feature Breaks Google!

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "Happening now: Search Google for anything, anything at all. Like "readyboost". Click on any of the Google selections (something nice and safe, like wikipedia): See that "interstitial" part? That's Google screening the site for dangers. And guess what? Yeah, every single steenking site in the Known Universe is now a threat. And the Google warning page won't let you go on! What you do is edit the first part (through "interstitial?url=" off, leaving just the actual second HTTP: URL, the actual search target. Silly bastiges. I've sent off a rocket to Google, for what that's worth."

Why No Legal Action Against Smitfraud

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "We have to wipe and restore perhaps a dozen PCs a week after they've been infected with Smitfraud (or one of its clones). And dozens more have various infections and malware (mostly "blackmailware" or "extortionware", where the user has been fooled by a popup on the web somewhere (usually warning him that his computer is infected and vulnerable), has clicked on a window to "download the best possible fix to your computer infection", and has now infected his previously clean system.

It's obvious who's doing it; the money trail would be simple to follow. (They all want money, of course.) And indeed EVERY pop-up ad and piece of spam has a sponsor, someone who's paying the gangsters to do it.

So why aren't the authorities doing anything about it? These PC owners are suffering real losses, real costs, I'm sure amounting to millions of dollars annually. Yet the FBI and others aren't interested?

Seems strange to me. I really would rather not make money like this.


NY Times Fooled by Syria Attack Photoshopping?

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "Remember the NY Times photos of the supposed Syrian nuclear plant site the Israelis were supposed to have bombed? Article here: Well, our boys at AGW (a Warbirds forum) discussed, investigated, and wondered. And one of the boys did a great overlay, comparing the two (pre-strike and post-strike) images. And guess what? Yep .. same image, apparently photoshopped. Gotta love it. Discussion thread is here (hope it doesn't get slashdotted): And the animated overlay graphic is here: — /lesson-gif.gif Now to see how humble the NY Times becomes, when some bleedin' amateurs outdo the serious analysts. Toad-san (who's looked at a few aerial and satellite photos in his time)"


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