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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Webs 101 What the police have (664 comments)

"We have backup, guns, radio, jackets — all that stuff civilians don't have."

They forgot to list apathy.

about 3 months ago

The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See

Webs 101 Worst thing since... (111 comments)

This is the worst thing since newspaper classified ads recruited women for phone sex.

Remember newspaper classified ads? They were like Craigslist, except you had to buy the newspaper to see them.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Webs 101 Wargames (669 comments)

I've been stuck in a WWII rut for 20 years.

I love the Combat Mission games for classical wargaming.

The only FPS game I play is WWII Online/Blitzkrieg

And I still fire up WarBirds from time to time for my fighter-combat fix.

about 5 months ago

Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

Webs 101 What was missing (233 comments)

A movie can only be as great as its source material. It can almost never be greater than the sum of its parts.

Here, the one lacking element was the screenplay, and it's a shame. The acting was superb and the direction took the script as far as it could go.

There were too many Asgardian minor characters. Sif, Hogun, Fandral, Volstagg, Tyr, etc. None has enough to do. It feels like there was more to the Sif-Jane-Thor triangle that was left on the cutting-room floor, which is a shame. It would have been better to drop any nods to the Warriors Three.

Another problem was the ridiculous hand-waving that got the Aether into Jane. The Portal-like... - well, portals were cool but there had to be a better way to release the Aether. Maybe there was a better way to drive the plot and forget the Aether completely.

Speaking of handwaving, isn't it a bit ridiculous that Heimdall didn't see the dark-elf attack coming? Isn't that his job?

It's a shame, because the small touches were all there. It was funny, adventurous, and unpredictable.

about 9 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Webs 101 Re:Cut the images (1191 comments)

And put the whole front-page abstract in each story box. Why make readers click to see an entire abstract?

about 10 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Webs 101 Cut the images (1191 comments)

Pointless stock photography detracts from the information. It's wasted space and outshines the story-genre icons that are a tad useful.

about 10 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

Webs 101 The new phone modem (410 comments)

Strictly speaking, there's no dialing involved, but the first thought I had upon viewing this poll was on whether or not using my cell phone as a W-Fi hotspot counts.

about 10 months ago

Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

Webs 101 Re:OT: Dehydration Question (413 comments)

OK, I know this is kind of OT for this thread and has little to do with Snowden, but I was flipping through channels last night and ran across this movie where everyone was in a life raft. I don't know what movie it was, but it went on for a while with people in a life raft, and they were fighting off sun poisoning, sharks, and dehydration. They tried to create an evaporation still with some saran wrap and a cup and lick the condensed drops off, the bottom of the plastic, but it didn't work. Here's the thing- so they were completely dehydrated, but the two women with larger boobs seemed OK. Why do they never talk about drinking boob milk when they're out there on a life raft or in the desert with no water or whatever? Big boobs have to carry at least a few quarts of liquid.

I think we just found someone who hasn't talked to the opposite sex in five or six years.

about a year ago

House Democrats Propose National Park On the Moon

Webs 101 Again, life imitates Futurama (255 comments)

1 year,18 days

Experiment Will Determine Dinosaur's Skin Color

Webs 101 Re:Quite interresting (98 comments)

It's unlikely that this creature had feathers. Feathers are only known in Coelurosauria, which is a subset of theropods that, for example, includes Tyrannosaurus but not Allosaurus.

The hadrosaur under study is an ornithischian - a very, very distant relative that's more closely related to Stegosaurus and Triceratops. Psittacosaurus, a primitive horned dinosaur, did have tail bristles, but they appear to have been decorative for display and not feather-like at all.

about a year ago

This Is What Happens When You Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey

Webs 101 You're doing it wrong (164 comments)

We deep-fry turkeys all the time.

You do it with a thawed or fresh turkey and you don't use a pot that's too small for the amount of oil it must hold.

about a year and a half ago

Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

Webs 101 Re:In Canada... (1160 comments)

Bill C-304 removed hate speech from within the purview of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. It's still in the criminal code.

about 2 years ago

Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

Webs 101 In Canada... (1160 comments)

Hate speech is not protected in Canada.

It's not clear to me if "Innocence of Muslims" would qualify or not since I haven't seen it.

about 2 years ago

Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes

Webs 101 Re:I've done this (500 comments)

Sorry. I wasn't a scrutineer, of course. I ran the polling station. I may be going a tad senile.

about 2 years ago

Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes

Webs 101 I've done this (500 comments)

I'm in Montreal and I've served as a scrutineer. The system works pretty much as described in the article, but I can add a few details.

The voting section of the ballot is done with blank/white circles on a black background. This way, there is no confusion about making marks outside the lines. One circle and one circle only must have a mark for it to be a valid vote. The ballot is fairly large, maybe four by five inches or so, and that allows plenty of space between circles.

The counterfoils are strips that are torn off the ballot with the help of perforations in the paper. The counterfoils are saved in a plastic bag and the number of counterfoils is compared to the number of cast ballots as part of the process of counting votes. It's a simple process, but there is some human error. When I did it, the two numbers didn't match up. We were off by one or two, as I recall.

The biggest problem we had, and a potential source of fraud the scrutineers can do nothing about, is the list of registered voters. We get a stack of papers stapled together that contain the names and addresses of all voters eligible to vote at our poll (there are several polls at each voting location). This list tells us who has already voted in advance polls. Either some of these are in error or some voters don't remember going to the advance polls, but we had a few cases in which we had to refuse voters because they were marked as having already voted. Some of them got really angry, but there is nothing we at the polls can do about that.

The voting and counting are open to the public and to party witnesses. Anybody can watch the process take place, but it is absolutely hands off for them.

The hand-counting doesn't take very long. Each polling station (ballot box) only has to count a few hundred votes, which is then reported to the officer in charge of the voting location, and so on up the chain. The entire station - ballots, papers, counterfoils, etc. - are sealed in the box with special tape and returned, so that any recounts would be easy to accomplish.

about 2 years ago

HP Launches Beta of Open webOS

Webs 101 So, HP is... (56 comments)

...opening a can of webOS?

about 2 years ago

How Many Online Aliases Do You Use?

Webs 101 Tim! (315 comments)

Long time, buddy.... How've you been?

more than 2 years ago



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