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Text Message Brands Quebec Man a Terror Suspect

calderra Orwell had it right (451 comments)

Remember: Unpartyspeak is doubleplusungood. Freedom is slavery. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

more than 2 years ago
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Military Labs Develop Caffeinated Jerky and "Zapplesauce"

calderra mOLDy (151 comments)

Special forces MREs have had these items for years, I remember trying to buy some Zapplesauce online a while back to give it a try but couldn't find a worthwhile price. Also, I've eaten a number of modern MREs and some of the are very tasty. Most packs now contain candy or Tobasco or other incentives to get you calories down. I wouldn't want it every day, but for a field ration it's pretty good.

more than 3 years ago
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Indie RPG Struggles On Xbox, Yet Thrives On Steam

calderra nobody does research (125 comments)

Has anyone here actually bothered looking at all or is everyone just assuming? xbla provides a list of top rated and most downloaded games, Indie rpgs are all over those lists, including cthulu. And the marketplace has a new games section too, so cthulu got advertising. I'm not really sure what to make of this. Unless people are just so lazy or uninformed that nobody bothers to check out the Indie games on Xbox. Or if steam's level of purchasing is just that high.

more than 3 years ago
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Do 'Ultracool' Brown Dwarfs Surround Us?

calderra Re:All foam, no beer (224 comments)

Random ideas off the top of my head: Rogue stars of any sort might carry clouds of hydrogen and/or other elements, possibly even rocky asteroids and protoplanets, with them. It might be possible to refuel in one of these systems. Gravitational slingshots become an interesting idea, possibly allowing for some really interesting maneuvers. A gravity source also makes orbiting possible, so we could send ahead robotic probes to orbit some big external fuel tanks to await a manned mission that will carry less mass on-board and pick up supplies along the way- the probes can use gravitational assist to cut down on fuel use when stopping and rejoining the manned mission. There's just all sorts of potential, although again I'm mostly talking about any rogue star and not just brown dwarves.

more than 3 years ago
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Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"

calderra Re:Best Buy Loves Selling Snake Oil (664 comments)

Newsflash, and I can't believe I have to say this on slashdot: Best Buy doesn't train people to inform customers, period. Best Buy trains salesmen (as in, lots of males) to increase profits. You, as a tech junkie, are a reliable source of income with no variables, you come in and get what you want, goodbye. What they care about is the mother of five who knows nothing at all about technology and gets upsold $1,500 worth of accessories on a $500 TV. On the release of the Xbox 360, Best Buy was "expecting" to upsell the average Rewards customer (and new people they could sell on the Rewards junk) over $600 worth of accessories- separate from the purchse of the system. That's an AVERAGE of double the system price, IN ADDITION TO selling the system. This has nothing to do with utility, or quality of product, or need of the customer- the only statistic is how much money was gotten from the customer, and if possible, how can we fleece them for more (Geek Squad). If you consider yourself even vaguely aware of smart shopping, and you still frequent BestBuy, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself (other than comparison shopping of course, like handling a demo unit of a laptop in person before buying it online).

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities

calderra Re:Never underestimate (332 comments)

I hate this comment, because nobody seems to remember that free beer is free as in free speech (freebeer.org).

more than 3 years ago
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Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:

calderra Re:Ron Paul (462 comments)

Rand Paul, you mean the Medicare-seeing doctor who started voting against health care when he got to Washington? Yeah, spotless record.

more than 3 years ago
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Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports

calderra Re:the checkpoint of the future (373 comments)

Yeah, just name a country that isn't completely racist against some group, and that doesn't fearmonger its citizenry. Should be easy, right?

more than 3 years ago
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NATO Report Threatens To 'Persecute' Anonymous

calderra Re:Translation (388 comments)

WE ARE AT WAR WITH (name not available). WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH (name not available).

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

calderra correlation != causation (347 comments)

Correlation != causation. End non-story.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima To Become Nuclear Dump?

calderra Re:100.000 years (255 comments)

I don't see how "this containment site broke" is a qualifier for a good containment site. Anyone care to explain?

more than 3 years ago
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Ebooks Now Outselling Print Books At Amazon

calderra Porn, anyone? (207 comments)

Is Amazon counting porn? No, seriously. The last report before Amazon stopped admitting the numbers was that over half (54%?) of Kindle sales were Harlequin quasi-porn and the like. The increased privacy, discreet nature of the transaction and storage, make the device a natural market for adults-only material. A big part of why Kindle is dominating dead tree, is because the porn industry is once again leading the charge into the new format.

more than 3 years ago
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Worldwide Night Sky Stitched Together In 5 Gigapixel Image

calderra Re:Milky Way (118 comments)

Follow the link in TFA, see that image on the right, with the band of the Milky Way being so clear? With a truly clear sky, it's like you bluescreened the entire sky and that image is showing in impossibly high resolution. Absolutely jaw-dropping. It's so hard to understand how rural people, who can look up and SEE the stars at night, aren't foremost in space exploration. When you realize what you're seeing, you have to want to go up there.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

calderra Re:Who comes up with such nonsense ... (932 comments)

...except that big trucks are often tax-exempt. This issue is just too complicated to be dealt with simply.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

calderra Re:But... (932 comments)

But hospitals are forced by the government to eat the costs when an uninsured person shows up in the ER, and you can't choose beforehand whether you'll ever need a trip to the ER.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

calderra Re:Bad. (932 comments)

This is remarkably similar to Medicare and Medicaid, which wouldn't have half the budget problems they do if people would stop stealing cash out of the coffers to pay other debts.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

calderra Re:Bad. (932 comments)

Hey, don't be mad. He didn't actually make any specific claim. He just reports- and you decide. That's all I'm sayin'.

more than 3 years ago
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LastPass Password Service Hacked

calderra Re:Straight from the horse's mouth: (268 comments)

Mod parent up. There is no direct threat to users, and this measure was taken out of an overabundance of caution. Lastpass does keep all of its passwords encrypted, and what they noticed was a potential attempt at brute force (dictionary) hacking, trying to guess people's passwords. If you have a strong password, your account is just as safe as it ever was.

more than 3 years ago
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Favorite Sony Gaffe?

calderra Re:Why are there so many to choose from? (329 comments)

Personally, this is exactly why I dislike Sony. I think that Sony doesn't take enough heat, because they're still regarded as the Walkman Gods, for whatever reasons. Competing companies take more flak, which results in better products.

more than 3 years ago

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