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I Wish My Car Had A...

aqk I just wish MY car had.... (789 comments)

... a real live babe in the passenger seat, and not that damn blow-up doll "Myrtle".

Well, at least Myrtle allows me to go in the car-pool lane.
But- she talks too much.

more than 4 years ago

I Wish My Car Had A...

aqk I Wish My Car Had A... (789 comments)

... a real live babe in the passenger seat, and not that damn blow-up doll "Myrtle".

Well, at least Myrtle allows me to go in the car-pool lane.
For the time being.

more than 4 years ago

Polar Flares To Be Visible Tonight

aqk Re:Um... Cagey warning (88 comments)

Nicolas Cage just drove by my house really fast shouting into a cell phone. Should I be concerned?

Well, don't let him in, unless he's brought his brother Faraday along.

more than 4 years ago

Polar Flares To Be Visible Tonight

aqk Re:Earth has two poles (88 comments)

Good point! (I'm in Canada)
But every time I see one of these idiot TV thingees about masses of electrons flying out from the Sun, they always seem to show them being attracted to the Northern Hemisphere. Why is this?
Do you really get to see the Southern Lights like we do?

Does maybe the South Pole just get a shitload of positrons instead? (that might make it even more dramatic!)
All kidding aside, just why is this?

more than 4 years ago

Polar Flares To Be Visible Tonight

aqk Re:From all residents outside the [ant]arctic circ (88 comments)

Incredible as it may seem to people of the US, North America also includes Mexico.
(Welcome to Geography 101, American know-nothing)
I'm sure millions of Mexicans will certainly be up late tonight to see this magnificent polar event

- Speaking as a Canadian, and no, I do not live in an igloo.

more than 4 years ago

Polar Flares To Be Visible Tonight

aqk Re:From all residents outside the [ant]arctic circ (88 comments)

Incredible as it may seem to people of the US, North America also includes Mexico.
(Welcome to Geography, American know-nothing)
I'm sure millions of Mexicans will certainly be up late tonight to see this magnificent polar event!

- Speaking as a Canadian, and no, I do not live in an igloo.

more than 4 years ago

Spinal-Fluid Test Confirmed To Predict Alzheimer's

aqk Re:Thank goodness: (138 comments)

I hope that an easy text will be developed from this in the next few years. I couldn't imagine walking into a haze of Alzheimer's without knowing about it. This is one of those tests that I will ABSOLUTELY not be missing once I book it in.

Ummm.. don't you remember?
You had one of those tests last week. You told me so.

more than 4 years ago

Gene Mutation Caused 2009 H1N1 Virus Spread

aqk Pandemic? What pandemic? (158 comments)

Did I miss something?
Did I sleep through 2009?

more than 4 years ago

Claimed Proof That P != NP

aqk Re:Let me be the first to refute (457 comments)

OH YEAH!!!!! ....

GCS/GMU/GP/GO d- s: a-- C++++$ U++ P+ L+++ E+ N w--- O+ M+ PS+++ PE-- Y+ PGP t x- R++ tv b+++ DI++ D+++ G+ e++/* h r y++


We do not accept polish notation or Hungarian math on /. !!

more than 4 years ago

The Second Age of Airships

aqk Re:Use hydrogen? OMG- with Ponies also? (363 comments)

Gasoline burns hotter than hydrogen, but thanks to the Hindenburg crash video, we don't have hydrogen cars either.

Gasoline burns, hydrogen explodes. There's a difference. And the issues with hydrogen cars are a multi-paragraph post that I don't feel like writing right now, but (lousy energy density, present impossibility of storage, no infrastructure) are the main reasons, not lingering Hindenburg memories. Who on earth modded GP Insightful?

Wrong and Wrong.
Gasoline explodes AND Hydrogen explodes.
Gasoline burns AND Hydrogen burns.
E.G.- Gasoline EXPLODES inside your Car's IC engine. Surprise! That is how a gasoline engine works.
But you can burn it on a wick- but you had better be careful when the flame creeps down to the container of gasoline and air. That's why we don't use gasoline in coal-oil lanterns.
As well, Hydrogen will burn, if it is controlled by a small nozzle such as a welder's torch.

And- Why we do not use Hydrogen in cars? IT's TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE! And hard to make and control!
Gasoline is quite easy to make from Catalytic crackers. You can do this to make Hydrogen also, but whats the point?
You are still stuch refining fossil fuels. AND AND- Hydrogen is a shitload harder to store and control than Gasoline!
And guess what? At STP, there is much more hydrogen in a gallon of gasoline, than in a gallon of hydrogen.
Figure THIS one out!

I haven't read Scientific American lately.. Are BMW and Shell still inserting those ridiculous "Hydrogen Cars - The FUTURE!" advertisements? The SciAm ad agency must be giggling all the way to the bank...

more than 4 years ago

Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life

aqk A TOE! Ugh! I blew CHUNKS! (207 comments)

Once, a long time ago, in my foolish youth, when extremely inebriated one night, I had just such an embarrassing occurrence.
Staggering into work the next morning, I managed to tell my boss what had happened:

Me: I got so pissed last night that I blew Chunks

Boss: That's OK! We all get pissed that bad some days.

Me: You don't understand! "Chunks" is my dog!

more than 4 years ago

Hands On With the BlackBerry Torch 9800

aqk What OS has it? (126 comments)

More specifically, does it have anything to do with RIM's purchase of QNX last year?

more than 4 years ago

The Canadian Who Holds the Key To the Internet

aqk Re:Really FOURTEEN different halves = 7 ? (199 comments)

The article does state that you need 5 of 7 to restore.

So if three of them should happen to suffer an unfortunate "accident", everything is totally screwed?

YES! But I say we get all seven, just to be sure!
And, perhaps Al Gore also, for starting this jimcrackery in the first place.

Frankly, I'm tired of this interweb nonsense with all its tubes.
I would like to get back to my productive REAL-WORLD job. (Fashioning grapplegrommets out of laminated chickenfat)
Hey- the interweb was fun, but it (and this slashdot jibber-jabber) has gone on long enough, don't you think?

Time to get back to work, ladies!
I'm buying a plane ticket to Ottawa shortly. I suggest that any of you /.ers that know something about those other six loose-loafer poseurs, track 'em down respectively. And let's do the job RIGHT this time.

more than 4 years ago

Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth

aqk Re:So drop out, old bags (655 comments)

My ex-girlfriend is an oldbagger.
Does that make me sexist?

more than 4 years ago

What's Wrong With the American University System

aqk Re:In defense of football (828 comments)

....yes I'm aware that you're "football" is different from ours. But we *are* talking about American universities here.

Just what makes you think I am "football"? You're aware of your difference?
Oh. Sorry - we *are* talking about American universities here!

more than 4 years ago

Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

aqk Re:Balogna Cubes (264 comments)

> The surface resistance of the silver-coated samples also shows a sharp change near 313 K.

Pure copper does the exact same thing.

I call bogus.


Cheap shi.. uhh, shot.
Time to grow up, sonny boy!
This phenomenon has already been explained quite explicitly
Well known here amongst us slashdot cognoscenti. Where ya been?

more than 4 years ago

Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

aqk Re:Wait ? It WILL be repeated! (264 comments)

until the experiment has been repeated by someone else, I'm not holding any hope.

Wait... WAIT!
I have a friend- Stanley Pons!
With a bit of Fleishman margarine, I think this can be arranged!

more than 4 years ago

LHC To Idle All Accelerators In 2012

aqk Apparently, they have laid off- (117 comments)

They have laid off (actually given a 1 year sabbatical) to a couple of Ecuadorean, or Peruvian physicists for 2012.

" OK you Mayans- go have fun - report back here in 2013.""

more than 4 years ago

Dell Drops Ubuntu PCs From Its Website

aqk Re:it doesn't make any sense because (473 comments)

Ubuntu. is really so much harder to use than Microsoft Windows. Everything on Microsoft Windows just works, and you have to fuss with Ubuntu to get it to do what you want, keep it from getting a virus, hunt all over the web to get software updates..... I think the only reason Dell does this is because Ubuntu is setup to do anything useful or keep it running. With the Microsoft Windows they don't sell any add-on software because Microsoft Windows already has everything it needs to work.

more than 4 years ago



One Hundred Fears of Solitude - Granta Magazine

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aqk (844307) writes "This is not an actual submission, but it might be /.worthy if it can ever be put online.
The Summer, 2010 issue #111 of Granta Magazine has an article by Hal Crowther: "One Hundred fears of Solitude" which is a damning denunciation (is there any other kind?) of modern communications and other technology- Facebook, Twitter,Cellphones, laptops, googling et al. It appears, according to him, that today's technology is driving us all to some sort of technologically-driven Hell. Well, perhaps solitude. "The Human Race is DOOMED!" etc. Whilst he gives us copious references to Scott and Helen Nearing. Well, you get the idea.
He implies, nay, BOASTS that he is a proud luddite. And he has seemingly much ammunition to back up his contention that technology (or perhaps the modern human) is finished..

Harummph! This is fuel certainly for any /.er worth his metal... umm mettle.
As a subscriber to Granta, I'll see if I can somehow hack in to the mag's website and perhaps cut'n'paste a copy of the Granta diatribe onto one of my websites.
And then, lets see if Crowther and Granta still believe in copyright laws at least..."

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FBI gets tough with Video Sat-signal hackers

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aqk writes "Not sure about slashdotters' honesty, but many people in the North American general public have increasingly been using FTA (Free-To-Air) digital receivers to get, well... free satellite TV.
"Free" as in illegal.
The most popular of these FTA receivers is, or perhaps was?, the Viewsat.
Now it looks like the FBI may have put them out of business
These FTA receivers were popular in Canada until last year, when Bell ExpressVu rolled out the new Nagra-3 encryption to its subscribers.
Most FTA receivers in Canada are now presumably serving as boat anchors.
The American ones may now follow suit."

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Kidney donation. The "EASY" way!

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aqk writes "Slate magazine reports a new easier way of donating a kidney to make some extra cash for many of you now unemployed slashdot readers: transvaginal nephrectomy . Yeah, big words, but probably self-explanatory.
We're guessing that perhaps most /.ers do not possess the necessary orifice, but the procedure can also be done anally.
This may explain the Goatse condition (thankfully, no url provided here)."

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Rumpole's John Mortimer dies

aqk aqk writes  |  about 6 years ago

aqk writes "Younger /.ers will no doubt associate the phrase "She who must be obeyed" with their mom upstairs in the kitchen, but older ones will recognize it as one of the enduring lines penned by John Mortimer and mourn his death today at age 91
Mortimer had a distinguished career in the law, authored many books, and was best known as the creater of the immortal Rumpole of the Bailey, and Rumpole's wife, the original "she who must be obeyed".
Let's hope that Sir John, like his creation Rumpole, will find happiness in a celestial Pomeroys, and have access there to a limitless supply of Rumpole's legendary Plonk (and perhaps now, the better stuff)."

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FTC opens up those white spaces

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aqk writes "The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to open up unused, unlicensed portions of the television airwaves known as "white spaces" to deliver wireless broadband service.
The vote is a big victory for public interest groups and technology companies such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. that say white spaces could be used to bring broadband to rural and other underserved parts of the country."

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Has anyone here used LOLCODE?

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aqk writes "HAI. I am interested in converting some of my programs and webpages (perhaps even XHTML... LOL!) to LOLCODE
Does anyone on /. have any experience with it?
There appears to be rudimentary documentation in Wikipedia, but I'd like to see some more subjective remarks on it."

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aqk aqk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aqk (NOT the Pakistani physicist) writes "Young American slashdotter! Are you possibly one of Spengler's Slackers? This modern-day journalist descendant of Oswald Spengler has almost as much a dark vision of Western Society (i.e. the USA) as the philosopher.
To wit: "America might be the first country in recorded history whose culture celebrates not only indolence but also the sheer absence of ability. Byronic loafing is the birthright of genius, but slacking has become the entitlement of every young American."

Huh. You're comfortably ensconced in your parents' basement, penning arguments on your Ubuntu system to slashdot, on why"XP is sooo much better than Vista".Maybe you're the beer-swilling undergrad in his fully-paid-for dorm using your Macintosh to rant about how you'll replace all those Windows systems, when (and if) you join the business world?

Nevertheless, Spengler ( a scribe for The Asia Times — yes, another offshore corporation) may have given you some kind of wake-up call. Perhaps you should take note. Do you agree with the above SLACKER article? Indeed: where is the USA going?"

Paul MacCready died last week.

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aqk writes "Did any /.ers notice this ?
I admit I do not often read obits, but one thinks this guy might have gotten a slightly larger eulogy from the masses.
If I hadn't been a member of the Skeptics Society , I might not have found out at all!
More about MacCready at Wikipedia

Now: go fly a kite in his honour!"

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Spam article in New Yorker Aug 6th

aqk aqk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aqk writes "Spam? You want spam? You can't HANDLE THE DAMN SPAM!

From my New Yorker issue of Aug 6th: Damn Spam! The losing war on junk e-mail.

After reading this article, I went looking for it online, and oddly enough, it was listed on the first page of www.newyorker.com

Hmmnn.. must be popular!

I, for one, am willing to bow to my New Yorker overlords, if only they can somehow help more of the general populace understand the growing Spam problem.
Perhaps however, readers of the "New Yorker" are not part of the general populace.
Of course, neither are /.ers eating cold Pizza and breathing the Radon in their parents' basement apartment..."

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aqk aqk writes  |  about 10 years ago

Email received regarding a supposed Russian-Cuban 'Child Genius'.
Or 'child prodigy'.
    In any event, you can already buy a refrigerator that does not need electricity. Probably at Canadian Tire too.
    It runs on gas. Natural gas or propane. No electricity whatsoever. And it's been around for 75 years or more.
    Handy for people out in the hinterlands who do not have electricity, but lots of natural gas, like they do in Siberia.
    It's just a bit more expensive and inefficient than electric refrigerators, as fossil fuels are becoming much more expensive than hydroelectric power.
        And 3D TVs are common amongst people who drop a lot of LSD.

----ARTICLE: ------------------
A Russian-Cuban child aged 11 has astounded Russias scientific community
with various revolutionary inventions like a 3-D image television and a
refrigerator that doesnt need electricity.

Ernesto Yevgueni Sánchez Shaida, the son of a Russian mother and Cuban
father and resident in the Siberian region of Altai, was announced in his
region as the great revelation of a scientific conference and the outright
winner of a competition among talented youth.

The scientists at the conference in the Technical University of Barnaul, the
regional capital, were amazed when the child presented around a dozen
industrial inventions, some of them unprecedented.

The central pieces for the experts, including Russian academics of
international renown and foreign scientists from France to Finland, was the
television with the three-dimensional images and a refrigeration system that
works without electricity.

The main Russian television networks screened footage of the university
experts council session in which the child demonstrated the key aspects of
his inventions to the specialists.


The child has designed a refrigeration installation that operates without a
compressor and does not require electricity, an invention that is more than
useful in a region where the energy restrictions affecting many areas of
Russia, or even in his fathers homeland, have been felt.

I devoted myself to this because our fridge at home broke down and I asked
my dad to explain how the systems works, and then found other materials in
the library until I found a way of solving the problem, he explained to the
NTV network. 'I find great help, and many ideas in meditation.'

In reference to his TV he said that his set is distinguished from existing
ones in terms of the stereoscopic effect in which the 3-D images are found
with liquid crystal indicators and thus, exist in reality, giving the
effect of volume.

    etc etc blah blah ...
      see http://tinyurl.com/3zyob for details.

Hes a genius, he has a talent for everything, as hes not only an inventor
but also paints, composes music and writes poetry and prose, a fascinated
Nina Ilichova, dean of the State University of Altai, told a television

------ End of Forwarded Message

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