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Lasers To Replace Sparkplugs In Engines?

armyofone Re:But how... (351 comments)

Sharks won't fit. Mutated sea-bass OTOH...

more than 3 years ago
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I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

armyofone Re:Ads? (315 comments)

"That non movie cable was NEVER OFFERED to be 'free of commercials?"

This is exactly wrong. I clearly recall when cable was first rolled out here in the NW and that was PRECISELY, (see whipper-snapper? I can yell too!), the advertised selling point; that, for a subscription fee, you could watch TV w/o commercials. And not just on the premium movie channels either. Sadly, it only took a few short years for that to change.

*Sigh*, now get off my Gee-Dee lawn, punks!

more than 3 years ago
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I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

armyofone Re:Ads? (315 comments)

"(Yes, I know Hulu plus can get you other benefits, like seasons 3-5 of Quantum Leap)"

That's a benefit? [shudders] ;-]

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

armyofone Well, Duh... (633 comments)

'Transporter' is the obvious choice. With those things available we can trade sitting in traffic for standing in line at the corner transporter booth. Plus, they will once again give Superman a handy place to change out of his Clark Kent identity.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a 'Mini-Big Bang'

armyofone Re:Science Journalism (570 comments)

"One man's terrorist is another man's war hero."

Exactly. From the viewpoint of The Empire, Luke Skywalker was a terrorist.

more than 3 years ago
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Sit Longer, Die Sooner

armyofone Re:Hmm.. stats don't lie (341 comments)

Holy Crap! Who comes up with these estimates anyway? I mean, that's a swing of 114,999,999,900!!

Wonder what the odds are that the true number lies somewhere outside that range? ;-p

more than 4 years ago
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First Review of Avatar Special Edition

armyofone Re:Special Edition? (387 comments)

Everyone concerned may be better off if he were to work on Piranha R2D2!

more than 4 years ago
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My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...

armyofone Re:7 hours easy, 8 should even be possible (454 comments)

I'm thinking about installing Ubuntu PPC on it.

However, I do like to be able to use the lite version of Logic and Sibelius, which still run on a PPC. If I go to Linux, there's very little I can do with it musically.

Maybe this might be helpful?

more than 4 years ago
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Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen

armyofone Low Hopes. (142 comments)

Hollywood rarely gets it right. It's not impossible that they'll do a good job but, based on their track record, the odds aren't great.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates's The Road Ahead, 15 Years Later

armyofone Re:To Acknowledge One's Mistake Is One Thing (280 comments)

"However, I dread the day when someone says "Hey! Bill Gates cured Cancer!"

No one person will ever be responsible for curing cancer. There are millions of people around the world working on that particular problem. However, if my mom's cancer could have been cured before she died, I'd really give a rats ass if Bill Gates received the credit or not. If kids can grow up with a (benign) parent instead of without one, that would be an extremely small price to pay IMO.

more than 4 years ago
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Japan To Launch Solar Sail Spacecraft "Ikaros"

armyofone What could possibly go wrong? (138 comments)

"The craft's 46-foot sails come equipped with solar cells thinner than a human hair. When solar particles hit the cells, they generate power for Ikaros. Mission controllers on the ground will steer the craft by adjusting the sails' angles, ensuring optimal amounts of radiation are reaching the solar cells."

What could possibly go wrong?

more than 4 years ago
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How To Grow a Head

armyofone Re:Hello??? This is Slashdot (355 comments)

"Most Slashdotters have already figured out how to grow moobies."

There, FTFY.

more than 4 years ago
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The Death of the US-Mexico Virtual Fence

armyofone Re:What is a virtual fence? (467 comments)

"I went to the wikipedia page on sbinet and got wiped out by a wall of text. What exactly is a virtual fence and what is it supposed to do?"

Well, I think the plan was to bury a wire all along the border. Then, you'd just need all the illegal immigrants to wear this collar, see. And then, when they try to cross where the wire is buried, they'd get a shock that would send them scurrying back to the south...

Or, maybe not.

more than 4 years ago
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The Death of the US-Mexico Virtual Fence

armyofone Re:$1.4 Billion (467 comments)

"Couldn't that $1.4 billion have been better spent buying Valium for the rampant xenophobes in Congress?"

Yes, I couldn't agree more. The only thing coming out of Washington that is good for 'We The People', is gridlock. When they actually do stuff, it always seems to cost us more.

more than 4 years ago
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Freescale's Cheap Chip Could Mean Sub-$99 E-Readers

armyofone Re:Absolutely (158 comments)

Bookshelves full of books look nicer than YAGLAOTKC, (yet another gizmo laying around on the kitchen counter)... :-p

more than 4 years ago
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Freescale's Cheap Chip Could Mean Sub-$99 E-Readers

armyofone Re:Absolutely (158 comments)

Again, I have the opposite viewpoint; if the price of the books were more reasonable, then wouldn't that offset the higher initial price of the e-reader? That seems the more consumer-friendly approach.

Disclaimer: Other than reading the occasional Gutenberg text on an old Palm TX, I don't own an e-reader. With the recent shenanigans by content publishers forcing Amazon to raise their e-book prices, I'm really not interested in even entering the market - no matter what the price of the e-reader. If they gave it away free, (a la mobile phones), I still wouldn't bite the lure. $15.00 for an electronic book is just too much, IMO. Especially when I can get all kinds of dead-tree reading material at the local used bookstore and library. They have plenty available there to keep me occupied for the rest of my life.

more than 4 years ago
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Freescale's Cheap Chip Could Mean Sub-$99 E-Readers

armyofone Re:Absolutely (158 comments)

"... would be willing to pay the same if not slightly higher for ebooks as I would for dead tree books..."

Why? Not trying to troll. Just curious about this statement. Knowing that the cost to produce is significantly lower, (yeah, yeah, I get the 'supply/demand economics' argument), why are you willing to contribute so much more to the supplier's bottom line? Is it all in the convenience factor or is there something else I'm missing?

Help me understand as I have the opposite mind-set; if a thing costs less to produce, it should cost me less to buy it. Otherwise, there is non-free market profiteering going on somewheres, isn't there?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

armyofone Re:Free anti-virus with Internet service purchase! (577 comments)

No, 2009 is still correct, if that's when he copyrighted his sig, (hah!). It will still be the correct copyright date in 2011 and 2012 and 2013... no scratch that last one. The world will (apparently) not likely make it past 2012.

more than 4 years ago
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Did We Lose the Privacy War?

armyofone Re:Privacy (521 comments)

"...don't think that was a problem which the people originally started worrying about what people knew about them were concerned with."

Still trying to parse this. Will get back to you when parsing is completed... ;]

more than 4 years ago

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