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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

WoodenTable PROGRESS! (261 comments)

From convex, to flat, to concave TVs, all in the last 50 years! Progress is a sweet thing, my friends.

You know what? I predict that, by 2050, we will all be using donut-shaped screens, to better utilize our ear-vision for maximum possible immersion.

about 5 months ago

The Strange Story Of the Sculpture On the Moon

WoodenTable Re:It's a memorial, not an art exhibition. (132 comments)


It seems almost poetic, in a way. He was shuffled into obscurity for trying to become famous. I can't help but feel that, had he remained utterly silent about creating the sculpture, he would be even more famous now. People love discovering unsung heroes, especially on the internet.

about 10 months ago

Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

WoodenTable Re:I'm all for it (187 comments)

I hope they do decide against the F-35 contract. It's ridiculously overpriced for our military, especially given that the F-35s aren't even all that well designed for frozen-weather operations.

Personally, I think Boeing's Super Hornets are a much better offer. Half the projected price, bigger control surfaces for easier landings on ice and better agility in the air, and two engines so that if one stalls in the cold the other can keep the plane going.

about a year ago

Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

WoodenTable Greetings from the Frozen North. (187 comments)

I have mod points, but dangit, I just have to say this:

I live in Canada, and I LOVE our government's goofy dedication to making sure we retain military capabilities in the frozen north. (bit less happy with everything else the gov does, but ehhhh, politics)

Stealth snowmobile? FUND IT! More Icebreakers? FUND IT! New ice-base in the Arctic Circle? DO YOU EVEN NEED TO ASK?!

Honestly, it beats the heck out of invading Iraq.

The story is a bit misleading, by the way. $640,000 is the cost of the development contract, not the price per machine (which will be significantly lower, obviously).

about a year ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

WoodenTable Re:Not Just Hateb by the Left (1425 comments)

And while we're on that topic, why is always considered a bad thing when wealth redistribution benefits the lower-middle income, but it's a good thing when it benefits the upper 2% (e.g. tax breaks for the wealthy)?

Because some wealthy people own the TV channels that tell us whether or not the tax breaks for wealthy people are awesome?

more than 3 years ago

Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon

WoodenTable Re:Standards have surely fallen (415 comments)

Jeez, lighten up folks. It's obviously just a misfile due to a lack of punctuation in the slashdot categories.

I mean, we all know Climate-Altering Laser Doomsday Device stories are supposed to be filed under SCIENCE!!!

more than 4 years ago

Pacific Trash Vortex To Become Habitable Island?

WoodenTable Fleet of tiny warships (323 comments)

I know they say they'll be making an island, but that could just be the cover story. If they turn it all into fibreglass/plastic boats, pretty soon they'll have a fleet of little yachts large enough to conquer the seven seas. It's quite insidious, if you stop to think about it.

Really though, I'm sure a bunch of Dutch Architects would never do such a thing. Or would they?! Dun dun dunnnnn...

more than 4 years ago

Might Shatner Boldly Lead Canada As Governor?

WoodenTable Re:Not a serious contender (318 comments)

Wait, what? William Shatner is fluently bilingual in both French and English. He's even better than our current PM, Stephen Harper, was when he became prime minister. (To Harper's credit, he improved massively in a short time afterward)

more than 4 years ago

The Muppets' 1967 IBM Sales Films

WoodenTable Svedeesh Cheff (63 comments)

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Furty-three-a yeers egu, beffure-a must peuple-a hed ifer heerd ooff zee Mooppets, IBM cuntrected veet Jeem Hensun fur a sereees ooff shurt feelms thet it used tu idoocete-a und interteeen its seles steffff. Zeese-a leettle-a-knoon mufeees — sume-a ooff vheech feetoore-a cootteeng-idge-a ooffffeece-a ootumeshun iqooeepment sooch es fery ierly vurd-prucesseeng systems — remeeen fresh, foonny, und soorpreesingly irreferent. Und oone-a ooff zeem feetoores zee furst eppeerunce-a ooff zee Cuukeee-a Munster, vhu gut hees beeg breek oon Seseme-a Street a cuoople-a ooff yeers leter.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word

WoodenTable Re:LOL (553 comments)

These guys take themselves waaay too seriously.


The XKCD fans who create a wikipedia page about a word that didn't exist until yesterday?

Or the Wikipedia admins who delete a page about a word that didn't exist until yesterday?

To be honest, I think both groups take themselves a bit too seriously. See that talk page in the summary? Yikes.

more than 4 years ago

France Bans Use of 2.0

WoodenTable No end in sight? (114 comments)


Since today is April 1st, doesn't this mean France has just banned tomorrow?! It's the second and way more stable version of today!

Now how will the madness end!? April 3rd? THERE IS NO APRIL THIRD!

more than 4 years ago

EU Demands Canada Gut Its Copyright and Patent Laws

WoodenTable Re:I can't remember... (324 comments)

I believe the correct translation for that here in Canada is "Sorry, eh?"

We get a lot of use out of the phrase, I'm sure you can imagine.

more than 4 years ago

Battlefield Earth Screenwriter Accepts Razzie

WoodenTable Re:Why? (295 comments)

That someone else would be very poor, though.

(Moreso than a writer is by default, I mean.)

Also, that someone else wouldn't have a Razzie. Awards are awards! They're like videogame achievements. Gotta collect em all! Even the crazy ones!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft RickRolls Wi-Fi Network Leechers

WoodenTable Re:ObRoll (165 comments)

I'm always surprised how many people have managed to sub in different music behind Rick Astley singing that. I've seen a few videos like that over the years... some worked, and some definitely didn't.

The most creative rickroll I've ever seen is the PaintRoll, which is a rickroll done in, yes, freakin' Mario Paint.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft RickRolls Wi-Fi Network Leechers

WoodenTable Re:Evil (165 comments)

Why yes, I DO go to for all my firefox plugins! I imagine it will be extremely satisfying to finally have something that will protect me from rickrolls, once I get around to clicking on that link.

more than 4 years ago

IE Flaw Gives Hackers Access To User Files

WoodenTable Known file names? (259 comments)

Hmmm. Does that mean I should rename the passwords.txt file I have on my desktop? Maybe something like kittens.txt? That sounds more secure to me. What do you think?

more than 4 years ago

Stargate Props Going Up For Auction

WoodenTable Only one problem: the Ori props. (131 comments)

Neat. There is one problem, though: How are the Ori props going to sell, when so many Stargate fans don't believe that they exist? :p

Actually, perhaps that could be a selling point. I can see more than one use for being invisible to the hardcore fans. For example, Amanda Tapping could certainly use a Prior's Staff, judging by some of the comments here. ;)

more than 4 years ago

Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives

WoodenTable Re:Correlation != Causation (292 comments)

The world is also full of ineffective doctors, the kind who send off a blood test and pronounce you healthy six weeks later despite experiencing constant pain, or who blame swelling on water retention or menopause or a fatty diet, or who think migraine headaches are "stress related", or who cut a mole out and tell you it looks pretty harmless, then call back later to tell you they need to cut some more out because it was malignant, or who don't know the symptoms to a thyroid condition, or who... yeah, I think that's enough examples for now.

They have much better PR than the hypochondriacs, though. I seem to meet quite a few "hypochondriacs" these days.

more than 4 years ago

Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone

WoodenTable Re:Baby Free Zone? (643 comments)

I've got good news for you from Air Canada, then! Some time in the next year, they'll be adding a "Sealed in Carbonite" option for riding their planes. I imagine they'll start phasing out the old plane travel models soon as well, as this is apparently very space efficient and nearly 100% terrorist-proof!

more than 4 years ago



Canadian Copyright Groups Writeup

WoodenTable WoodenTable writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WoodenTable (1434059) writes "On July 20th the Canadian government started holding public consultations with major interest groups on what our copyright laws should include. I imagine that's not hugely interesting to non-Canadians, or most Canadians for that matter, but the CBC website has a roundup of the major groups involved and the changes they'd like made which is surprisingly helpful. It certainly clears up who believes in what, since the names and agendas of all the groups tend to blur together in my head after a while — especially when I start hearing about various copyright groups in other countries. Dang foreigners!"


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