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More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

VorpalRodent Re:Homeland Security (55 comments)

I'm just going to take my foot out of my mouth before someone else beats me to it. Clearly the wrong agency. I'll go back to lurking in the corner.

about two weeks ago

More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

VorpalRodent Homeland Security (55 comments)

So, the department that pretends to keep me safe on airplanes is now also the one that pretends to keep me safe from deadly airborne pathogens?

Why is the CDC not holding on to these for safekeeping? Their obvious failure here notwithstanding, I'd think that this is more their bailiwick than DHS's.

about two weeks ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

VorpalRodent Re:the executive can't just wave state law aside?? (382 comments)

It took me a minute to parse this for context. I was grasping at straws for when Michael Jackson and/or the Jackson Five was giving orders to Diana Ross.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

VorpalRodent Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

I'm having a little trouble parsing the slavery comment.

"In order to ensure you will not use the valuable cotton picking skills you've acquired here at another employer, we've purchased these shackles so that you cannot help another plantation compete with us."

about a month ago

Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

VorpalRodent Re:No airgap? (86 comments)

I am an engineer, but I agree with your assessment - I feel fully qualified to act as a doctor. None of my patients have complained, but if by chance one were to survive and make a fuss, I feel sufficiently competent as a lawyer that I'm sure I'd be okay.

about a month ago

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

VorpalRodent Re:to state a few obvious facts not in TFA (139 comments)

It's interesting that you mention this. I actually have a relatively green process that I'm working on for extracting energy from waste, and it's primary source of input energy is "Hip to be Square". We do note high turnover in our lab assistants, however.

about a month ago

Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064?

VorpalRodent Re:Intellectual / Emotional? (121 comments)

But, since I can't even be bothered to read the _entire_ summary, I'm going to retract some of my article-bashing, since they clearly indicate some examples of what they're describing, and all of that seems perfectly reasonable.

about 2 months ago

Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064?

VorpalRodent Intellectual / Emotional? (121 comments)

The summary specifically calls out physical, intellectual, and emotional. Are they suggesting that in 50 years you'll be able to get a chip implanted because you're depressed? Or stupid? Physical issues are being improved upon markedly. But seriously - fixing perceived issues in how people think seems just wrong. Fixing perceived issues with how people feel doubly so. If this were possible, we'd be squarely in sci-fi AI-controlled-human territory.

about 2 months ago

To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

VorpalRodent Ehh, No (338 comments)

While I agree that there would be considerable benefit from this, I think that there's a whole mess of tinfoil hat issues here. Don't get me wrong, I fully believe that my government is spying on me (not specifically me, but in general). Giving them all the hardware means no more negotiating with service providers (at any level).

No more sneaking around what is or isn't okay. "This is my hardware, and to protect my hardware, I have to install this additional monitoring." There's the whole "If you aren't doing anything wrong..." argument, but let's not assume that giving the government the "means of distribution" is going to be all sunshine and puppy dogs.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not happy that service providers can do whatever they want, but at least then the competition drives them to all be the best (well, we're assuming that "best" and "most profitable" are related). The government has no such goal. It's possible this would even backfire completely and the government would let it languish - they've got dial-up, so our job is done, etc.

about 3 months ago

How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations

VorpalRodent SimCity 2000? (230 comments)

If there's anything I've learned from video games, it's that this is a bad idea.

about 3 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

VorpalRodent Ooh! Pick Me! (196 comments)

The answer is two.

about 3 months ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

VorpalRodent "Normal" People (641 comments)

The person quoted in the summary appears to have a relatively solid grasp on how to go about being safe on the internet. By that same metric, a large percentage of Slashdot could also be just fine using XP. The problem is that everyone _else_ keeps using XP, and they _don't_ have that same skillset.

I'm happy that Microsoft finally pulled the plug. My goal is that things get bad enough for the small office that I provide support to on a volunteer basis requires them to upgrade. I've had to re-image a bunch of computers already this year because people click things, and companies are taking XP drivers away. Soon enough, I'll be able to say "Too bad, you have to upgrade this time".

about 4 months ago

Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

VorpalRodent Re:We Can Rebuild It (107 comments)

If this is a serious commercial adjustment to the organism then I would be working on increasing alcohol tolerance.

If that is a thing you can adjust, I think there are organisms other than the yeast that would be better served by that improvement.

about 4 months ago

Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

VorpalRodent We Can Rebuild It (107 comments)

So, no super speed, or strength, or other abilities, no synthesizer music.

For our $6,000,000, all we get is a "yeast endowed with special properties other yeasts don't have"? This will not make a compelling television drama. Perhaps a bland sitcom, but not much more.

about 4 months ago

Hacking Charisma

VorpalRodent Re:"hacking charisma" (242 comments)

You joke, but that was my first thought when I read this gem about 2/3's of the way down:

Her executives are tutored in techniques like “responsibility transfer” [...] and “rewriting reality,” which involves undoing the anguish of a painful experience by coming up with alternative scenarios that transform the event from distressing to excusable.

about 4 months ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

VorpalRodent Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)

When this happens, think of the convenience! All you'll need to do is look at the nearest camera and give a thumbs up, and Facebook will automatically mark that you Liked [whatever you're standing near].

Two people could become friends by finding the nearest Big Brother station and doing a thumbs up together.

One of (many) problems will be how they contextualize all that data. You know, this started as a joke, but seriously, if Facebook had a feed of this kind of data, it would be interesting to see the hypothetical profile they build based on what they would see an individual near vs. what they claim to like on their public page.

about 4 months ago

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

VorpalRodent Re:Not caring != not knowing (621 comments)

If your children hasn't seen enough porn already, I pity both you and your offspring

I've considered all kinds of snarky ways to respond to this, but I have this sinking feeling that the context would be lost, and all people would remember is my comment about how much pornography I force my kids to watch while educating them about quality and relevance.

Oh, crap.

about 10 months ago

Ballmer To Retire

VorpalRodent Re:Good news for stockholders (633 comments)

I will be interested to see if the next CEO is so arrogantly out of touch with what people want, or will continue with the standard party line of "we can do no wrong and people really want these things" even when nobody is buying them.

Just so we're clear - the only choices for a successor are those who are either misguided or ignorant?

What about other wholly valid choices, like malicious, insane, or sadistic? I mean, I understand that "brilliant grasp of what consumers desire and need" is probably right out, but we shouldn't limit the field where unsuitable choices are concerned.

about a year ago



VorpalRodent VorpalRodent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

VorpalRodent (964940) writes "Some of you may remember when ionic air filtration systems were modified to be used as system cooling. Well, InventGeek has done it again. The plans for the Ion Cooler 2.0 have been released.

As an added bonus, the system is significantly cheaper and easier to set up."


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