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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

avgjoe62 Re:Hold on (188 comments)

Harpoon did not fire

I understand that a Greenpeace boat got in the way...

about a week ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

avgjoe62 Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

We have too many politicians and not enough leaders

There's an old Bloom County strip that always sticks in my mind when I think about politics:

Milo and Otis are sitting in the meadow and one of them says, "What the world needs now are more statesman."

To which the other replies, "Churchill once said that a statesman is nothing more than a politician that's been dead for twenty years."

And the other responds, "Like I said, what the world needs now are more statesman."

about two weeks ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

avgjoe62 Re:analog computer (91 comments)

The brain is an analog computer. The notion of parallelism is fundamentally different for an analog computer... In a sense, every single neuron is operating independently and in parallel with the rest. Describing it in terms of parallel processing with digital CPUs makes no sense.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these analog computers...

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

avgjoe62 Re:Compensating, again (161 comments)

When I entered the dating pool after my divorce, I went out and bought a sports car and dated a former model to accessorize it. She used to tell me every day that size DOES matter - when you are talking about wallets.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

avgjoe62 Re:Checksums (126 comments)

How can an inability "stagger"? An inability is an innate characteristic of a person or thing. The person or thing possessing that characteristic can stagger, but the abilities (or inabilities) of that person (or thing) cannot stagger since they do not have legs.

about a month ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

avgjoe62 Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

Yes, it is true and verifiable, no matter how much the chimps try and deny they are in any way related to humans.

about a month ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

avgjoe62 Re:We don't know the details (742 comments)

I admit this is speculation, but I have to wonder if the conversation went something like this:

Comcast: We're sorry, we admit those charges you're disputing are our error but there is no way for us to remove those now.

Customer: Don't be ridiculous. I've worked for Big Name Accounting Firm for years. You most certainly can reverse those charges.

Not saying that this happened, but given the customer's profession and the reason he was calling I could see the above scenario.

about a month and a half ago
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Satellites Reveal Hidden Features At the Bottom of Earth's Seas

avgjoe62 Re:So did they find Atlantis? (54 comments)

Someday, SOMEDAY we will discover a race of super human vegan Atlantean descendants ruled by Amelia Earhart, living inside a hollow Earth, flying UFOs powered by perpetual power from magnets, guarded by a race of super intelligent Yetis all of whom are Mensa members. THEN what are you going to do with your skepticism, huh?

Just you wait and see. Edgar Cayce will be proven correct and all you sheeple will realize it too late!!!

/sarcasm

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

avgjoe62 Re:I bet Putin couldn't go to the moon (197 comments)

Putin. And he's on second. And third. And he's playing in left field. And center field. And right field. And he's the catcher. And the pitcher. Medvedev was the shortstop, but when he missed a ground ball he was replaced by Putin.

about 2 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

avgjoe62 Re:The WHO (478 comments)

My Dad suffered from Lewy Body Dementia at the end of his life. Early on with the disease he had days he was OK, other days he would see and talk to people that weren't there.

On one of the days when he was doing OK I told him that he was suffering from dementia and that he was talking to people that weren't really there. He was surprised and asked me to repeat that. When I confirmed that on his bad days he was talking to people that weren't really there his response was, "Well, at least I'll never have no one to talk to."

about 2 months ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

avgjoe62 Re:What? (185 comments)

Just a question out of curiosity - how were they able to prove "...she was actively using her facebook account day-to-day." I agree that yes, the account was active, but how could they prove that the ex-wife was the person using the account?

I'd think that proving the person behind the curtain was the wizard would require rather more proof than just seeing the shoes beneath the curtain move...

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

avgjoe62 Re:Implementation Fail (90 comments)

Believe it or not, people who study animal locomotion do actually do research on animal locomotion.

Wouldn't copying from an actual animal be considered cheetah-ing?

Thank you! I'll be here all week. Try the veal... and don't forget to tip your waitress!

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

avgjoe62 Re:Military turn on (90 comments)

it's funded by DARPA,

Welcome to the internet...

stopped reading when I got to the video.

I certainly hope so...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

avgjoe62 Re:geek or not ~ pfSense (238 comments)

This indeed. I have pfSense running on one of these with a 60 Gig SSD drive. If it wasn't for the cat trying to hide behind it I wouldn't even know it was there and running.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

avgjoe62 Slim Pickens (100 comments)

I now have this image of the scientists hearing "Yeeee-hah" as the atom slams into another atom, splitting it, while waving it's tiny little cowboy hat...

about 2 months ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

avgjoe62 Re:Gotten? (770 comments)

Shouldn't that be "He had been sick, be he has gotten well"? I think with what you wrote it implies he is still sick ("He has been sick") which would disagree with the second part ("he has gotten well"), whereas "He had been sick, but he has gotten well" seems to me to reflect the sequence more directly.

about 2 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

avgjoe62 Re:must me false (230 comments)

And yes, if you don't know what you are doing bad things happen.

Reminds me of my wedding night...

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

avgjoe62 Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

...Linux source is readily available while Windows source is not?

To the general public that is true, but don't forget this leak and more recently this disgruntled employee. And remember - these are only the leaks of source code that we know about. I am sure that a lot more of the source is available to those with fewer scruples than you or I.

about 3 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

avgjoe62 Re:Do not want (215 comments)

I really, really miss our doorman. When the last guy retired, the building did not replace him. Now we get keys to the package drop box in our mailbox if USPS delivers, or notes if there is no free drop box or the delivery is handled by UPS/FedEx otherwise. There are a whole host of other reasons why I miss the doorman and would bring one back in a heartbeat, but not every building in Manhattan has a doorman. Management seems to believe a doorman can be replaced with a web site and a security monitoring company, but that's very shortsighted from my experience.

about 3 months ago

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