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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

Trails Re:No, no problem. (257 comments)

You're trying to say that this press release from HP is full of shit? That's shocking! SHOCKING!

well, not that shocking.

about 3 months ago

Ask Nathan Myhrvold What You Will, Live Q&A April 3

Trails Perfect Question (124 comments)

Why are you such an asshole?

How do you justify the burden you've placed on North American innovation, and the harm that's caused? Can we move past your typical defense of IV based on the ridiculous and yet-to-be-realized anti-mosquito laser system, and discuss the actual harm and actual benefits (if any) provided by IV?

How does it feel to be a pariah?

about a year and a half ago

A Truckload of OAuth Issues That Would Make Any Author Quit

Trails Re:WTF was that? (86 comments)

Actually two-legged OAuth is pretty straightforward and works just fine for me

about a year and a half ago

Manga Girls Beware: Extra Large Eyes Caused Neanderthal's Demise

Trails Re:Idle speculation (290 comments)

Eye size here refers to eyeball size, not size of the opening around the eye. A white adult and an east-asian adult have the same (or nearly) eye size, even if the size of the eye opening is different.

about a year and a half ago

Security Firm Mandiant Says China's Army Runs Hacking Group APT1

Trails Re:Internet Control (137 comments)

I agree. It's such a refreshing change from bad domestic policy being enacted without cause!

about a year and a half ago

Earth May Have Been Hit By a Gamma-Ray Burst In 775 AD

Trails Re:Doubtful (157 comments)

That's a bit of a backward way to approach it.

Normally, when we make observations that don't line up with our current understanding (e.g. "Where did all this carbon-14 come from?") we look for explanations. The most likely known sources of carbon-14 spike are GRB's and solar flares. Discounting those because the overall event is unlikely, in spite of the evidence, is what scientist dub "stupid".

about a year and a half ago

Climate Contrarians Seek Leadership of House Science Committee

Trails Re:Profits will suffer (518 comments)

And we were all thinking it was the oil companies funding the astro-turf, but I think you're onto something. Those sneaky fucking canucks...

about 2 years ago

Climate Contrarians Seek Leadership of House Science Committee

Trails Re:Profits will suffer (518 comments)

Or like the time the gov't stopped me from using Agent Orange in my backyard. I had to go buy roundup instead and that shit is expensive. So what if some little shitheaded brats get cancer in twenty years, not my fucking problem!!!! My quality of life took a serious dip there.

about 2 years ago

GM Brings IT Dev Back In House; Self-Driving Caddy In the Works

Trails Great sports??? (171 comments)

The tigers got swept

about 2 years ago

Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?

Trails Re:great! (358 comments)

It's the same way God planted Dinosaur bones to test our faith...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Trails Jack Vance (1130 comments)

Ok, so I know he's fairly well known, but good god y'all Jack Vance is awesome and is underappreciated imo.

I also have to agree with those above who say Cordwainer Smith.

more than 2 years ago

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

Trails Re:Yar (663 comments)

Aye, the buttery topin' in Tortuga be runnin' low, argh. Soon I'll only have me grog to put on me popcorn while watching a cam of the back'o some landlubber's seat! A pirate's life for me!

more than 2 years ago

Nearby Star May Have More Planets Than Our Solar System

Trails Nibiru to the rescue! (102 comments)

Yeah but when nibiru comes back around, we'll be up a planet and then who'll be laughing?

more than 2 years ago

Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor Creates Clean Hydrogen

Trails Re:Darn that dirty hydrogen (406 comments)

The thing about producing H2 from water is there's nothing to ship. A power facility only needs a source of clean water, and some reclamation of that might be possible. Certainly running H2 around in pipes under pressure when there's water EVERYWHERE is unnecessary, or at least less efficient than deploying sufficient amounts of these reactors, or just transmitting power.

more than 2 years ago



Trails Trails writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trails (629752) writes "Predictably, Jack Thompson is already blaming the VT massacre on video games []. In the video, Foxnews described JT as a "school shooting expert", before allowing him to rhyme off a littany of false or misleading claims about previous school shootings and how video games were the underlying factor of each. has posted an article dissecting JT's claims here.

Elsewhere, has posted a story about Dr. Phil blaming the massacre on video games while appearing on Larry King's show. His claim amounts to "video games can set off psychopaths", essentially taking as given the pre-condition that someone is a psychopath."

Trails Trails writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trails (629752) writes "Ars Technica has an article up about how CEA Head Gary Shapiro is arguing for a change in the approach to anti-piracy, claiming that the current legal climate aronud IP and technology is stifling innovation.
From the article: 'Shapiro argued that it is not piracy that is the problem, but reactions to piracy... "Small and large companies now face debilitating lawsuits. Consumers are frustrated. Venture capitalists say it is too risky to fund companies that shift content in time, place or location." '
Nice points, but do the people responsible for the current climate care enough to try to change it?"


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