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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

bobstreo Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (96 comments)

Sure sounds like another site I heard of recently where the users got upset about people stripping away the things that made the site the site.


about three weeks ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

bobstreo Re:equal time is a lot of subdivisions. (667 comments)

They'd get less than that. There are roughly 18 different denominations. So an hour long broadcast (with no ads, intro or credits) would give 3.33 minutes/ea.

You can't just group "Christian" together, as there are many major denominations. It gets simpler if you combine them farther back in their history. I'm pretty sure if a block of time was given to "Abrahamic religions", that would cause a holy war, as that includes Judiasm, Christianity, Islam, and Bahai.

You can't just base it on major denominations. There are roughly 313 groups of religions, which would cut the 60 minute show down to about 11.5 seconds each.

But not every church of every sect agrees on everything. So we may have to break it down to the IRS recognized religious organizations. All 1.8 million of them. So each one would get a whopping 0.002 seconds. So not even a single frame.

The author of the article may want his church included, but so will the Westborough Baptist Church, Church of Scientology, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Church of Euthenasia, and Church of the Subgenius. (I think those last two are still recognized as religious organizations for tax purposes) .

As an ordained minister of the First Church of Smythe, the Universal Life Church, and others I printed out online, I will need multiple timeslots to represent the beliefs of my followers, which may or may not be consistent with any other organization.

http://www.jedichurch.org/Or, they can all just go do their own thing on their own dime.

You left out the Jedi Church


about three weeks ago

The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

bobstreo Re:Reality in the USA.... (529 comments)

Smart and gifted kid? Shove them to the back of the class. Oh that not so bright kid that can run and catch really good? he is a superstar!

We worship the Low IQ and brawn. (NFL players for example) while ridicule anyone smart. It is a culture thing, and in inner city urban cultures being a smart kid get's you isolated badly as your peers try to make you feel as if you are a traitor.

It has always been this way, on top of that Teachers are scared to death of kids that are smarter than them, and will punish the smart kid. Our education system is set up for average and can not handle the two sides of the bell.

There are some perks for "gifted" students, like college credit bearing classes being available, but for the most part:

The whole "No Child is Left Behind" means that no child gets "too far" ahead.

Most of the US educational system is now only preparing their students how to maximize their scores on state and federal mandated tests, instead of learing
how to learn, or how to think critically.

about a month ago

Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

bobstreo You would hope (482 comments)

This recessive gene would be removed from the gene pool in one or two iterations of viral infections.

about a month and a half ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

bobstreo Re:Yeah right (769 comments)

One other thing they could do would be a unique barcode or other machine-readable sequence on each pod, and then have the machine phone home to make sure that the code is valid and hasn't been used before. Any word on whether 2.0 requires an Internet connection?

The great thing about that idea is that slashdot'ers could systematically disable all of the real pods :-)

"Hi, this is Sundeep, umm I mean Jay at Keurig.

We've noticed your cofeemaker is having problems.

If you'll just click on this link, we can do remote troubleshooting for you."

about a month and a half ago

Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice

bobstreo Re:We were warned (121 comments)

I seem to recall something similar happening on X-Files, Stargate, and Fringe. It didn't turn out so well.

and Helix.

about a month and a half ago

Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

bobstreo Who are these people? (361 comments)

It appears to me like thay are paid shills of the Telecommunications Industry hiding behind "non-profit" "think tanks"

Berin Szoka used to work for the PFF: (from Wikipedia)

The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) was an American market-oriented think tank based in Washington, D.C. that studied the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. Its mission was to educate policymakers, opinion leaders and the public about issues associated with technological change, based on a philosophy of limited government, free markets and individual sovereignty.[1]

PFF was funded in part by the digital media and communication industry.[2]

Brent Skorup works for the Mercatus Center: (From Wikipedia)

Washington Post columnist Al Kamen has described Mercatus as a "staunchly anti-regulatory center funded largely by Koch Industries Inc."[3] Rob Stein, the Democratic strategist, has called it "ground zero for deregulation policy in Washington.”[2] The Wall Street Journal has called the Mercatus Center "the most important think tank you've never heard of."[2]

The Mercatus Center was founded by Rich Fink as the Center for the Study of Market Processes at Rutgers University. After the Koch family provided more than thirty million dollars[2] to George Mason University, the Center moved to George Mason in the mid-1980s before assuming its current name in 1999.[2] The Mercatus Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit and does not receive support from George Mason University or any federal, state or local government, but rather is entirely funded through donations, including some from companies like Koch Industries[3] and ExxonMobil,[4] individual donors and foundations. As of 2011, the Center shows that 58% of its funding comes from foundations, 40% from individuals, and 2% from businesses.[1]

about 2 months ago

Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

bobstreo Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

Seems it was much easier back when you had a choice of:

1. You have a dick.

2. You do not have a dick.

Pick one.

You probably meant:

1) You have a dick
        a) You want one or more
        b) You don't want another
        c) You don't use it
        d) You take matters into your own hand
        e) Yours is kept in a nightstand

2) You do not have a dick
        a) You want one or more for Valentines Day
        b) You don't want/need one
        c) You're having one surgically installed
        d) It was removed
        e) You don't want one until you're married.

Sorry, but that's just the TIP of the iceberg...


about 2 months ago

Red Hat Hires CentOS Developers

bobstreo Maybe (91 comments)

They could take over Solaris development too...

about 2 months ago

Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

bobstreo Verizon is denying it: (298 comments)


“We treat all traffic equally, and that has not changed,” a Verizon spokesperson told BGR in an emailed statement. “Many factors can affect the speed a customer’s experiences for a specific site, including, that site’s servers, the way the traffic is routed over the Internet, and other considerations. We are looking into this specific matter, but the company representative was mistaken. We’re going to redouble our representative education efforts on this topic.”

It is still unclear exactly what was causing the issues that Raphael described, but it’s apparently not any form of bandwidth prioritization. Instead, the issue may relate to congestion specific to the Amazon servers or connections that Raphael was testing, but nothing has been confirmed by Amazon.

about 2 months ago

How Microwave Transmission Is Linking Financial Centers At Near-Light Speed

bobstreo Re:But (236 comments)

Time for somebody to put up some tall, shiny aluminum billboards on rural estate along a certain 734-mile path...

A series of Mylar Balloons should be sufficient.

about 4 months ago

The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu

bobstreo Re: So we should ditch Ubuntu and then (346 comments)

It sounds like you have never tried Gnome 3.x - - it currently does none of what you claim and feels and seems most like MacOS. Heck look at Pearls.

Sure the 3.x started out as change for change sake but at 3.8 or 3.10 it is a pretty vanilla environment that mostly just works.

Ok, how do you hide the top menu bar?

seems pretty easy in xfce

I have a WXGA display on my laptop, screen real-estate is more important than a crummy interface.

I've used adm, vt100, vt220, twm, graphon X terminals, Sun 3's. cde, patriot, gnome everything. Unity is an abomination.

about 5 months ago



Nasa Finds Clues that there's Flowing Water on Mars

bobstreo bobstreo writes  |  about 2 months ago

bobstreo (1320787) writes "There’s no definitive answer yet, but astronomers examining the question have honed in on ”recurring slope lineae” or RSL for short. These are dark lines that are observed moving down the slopes of some Martian mountains as temperatures on the surface rise. Some scientists studying Mars have suggested that these flows might be caused by saltwater containing a iron sulfate solution to keep it from freezing in Martian temperatures.
Mars Orbiter Snaps Pic Of Dramatic Crater Blast Zone Brid-Aine Parnell Brid-Aine Parnell Contributor
Mars May Have Had A Habitable Lake Billions Of Years Ago Alex Knapp Alex Knapp Forbes Staff

Now new images taken by the http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/ have shown new clues that yes, these RSL do in fact contain flowing water. This comes from two new reports that focused on the minerals left behind by the RSL. While the images didn’t find any signs of salt or water, they did find iron-containing minerals that weren’t found on mountains without RSL."

Link to Original Source

East Coast Visible CubeSat Launch tonight

bobstreo bobstreo writes  |  about 5 months ago

bobstreo (1320787) writes "The United States Air Force plans to blast nearly 30 satellites into orbit tonight (Nov. 19) in a record-setting launch that should be visible from a large stretch of the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.
  Currently scheduled between 7:30 and 9:15 PM Eastern time


Visibility Map:



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