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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

cascadingstylesheet Aha! (113 comments)

and that "night owl" people are more likely to be psychopaths than early risers.

The same thing we do every night, Pinky ...

1 hour ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

cascadingstylesheet Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (263 comments)

Then why did they appear before the Commission at all? If they truly do not operate in Canada, then nothing the CRTC does affects them and they could blow off the whole thing with impunity.

Maybe they wanted to hear "the Commission" (caps? should I say it in an evil accent or something?) out. Maybe they wanted to make them look foolish. Who knows?

1 hour ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

cascadingstylesheet Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (263 comments)

because Netflix doesn't have a choice - by operating in Canada they must provide the information.

Or ... what, exactly? Mountie stormtroopers will come arrest them?

Or Canada shall taunt them a second time?

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

cascadingstylesheet burnout? (189 comments)

They would rather do their 9-5, get paid, and go home.

That's not burnout; that's sanity.

(Try saying it in the same tone as "that's no moon ... that's a space station!")

1 hour ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

cascadingstylesheet Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (321 comments)

The gp didn't say not to tax anything -

Well, sure, but that would be so much easier to argue against, so ... shhhh. We'll pretend he did.

3 days ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

cascadingstylesheet I hate that they have accounts in the first place (230 comments)

My kids bring their lunch. No, we don't want an account, but you gave them each one anyway. No, that one weird charge which appeared isn't theirs; perhaps someone mis-typed the uber-secure 5-digit code. No, we don't want to apply for reduced lunches, no more than the last 15 times you asked us.

5 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

cascadingstylesheet Re:... and back again. (249 comments)

Well, which would you think is harder - switching from an XP desktop to a Linux desktop, or switching from an XP desktop to a Metro desktop? Either way, there's a learning curve, so since switching is going to be a PITA either way, why not save some money?

Great point.

Anti-Linux folks get to count every possible cost of change, while the costs of anything that changes in the Windows world don't count, because, er ... look, a squirrel!

about a week ago
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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

cascadingstylesheet Bladerunner (60 comments)

"I only do eyes ..."

about a week ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

cascadingstylesheet Re:As a private citizen (213 comments)

exception: if you are also a citizen of an EU country or Canada, you gain those rights in the US as well

Seeing how the US doesn't recognize dual citizenship, I'm not sure I'd bank on that.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

cascadingstylesheet oy (81 comments)

It turns out that, unlike a human web content producer, Bing couldn't distinguish between images publishers have the rights to use and images they didn't.

You have to know that's joke-bait. I see what you did there!

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

cascadingstylesheet Re:A little scary (188 comments)

As long as people do want to believe slogans like "Fox News - Fair and Balanced", it won't get any better.

The story is about a reporter at the LA Times, it is not a story about "Fox News."

Yep. In fact, this story is about a big supporter of the currently ruling party, collaborating with the executive branch held by that ruling party. This is the New York Times obeying Obama's CIA.

Both of which, BTW, want you to hate Fox News, which you are dutifully doing.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

cascadingstylesheet Re:False premise (546 comments)

This is simply not the case today, especially as applied to 20-somthing trying to get a job. If you are still skeptical, I invite you to go to talk to HR and ask them what it would take to get entry-level job without a degree.

Every programming job I've held, including my current one which I started about a year ago, has "required" a degree. I don't have one.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Firm Showcases "Touchable" 3-D Technology

cascadingstylesheet Only a matter of time ... (41 comments)

... before no teenage boy leaves the house. Ever!

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

cascadingstylesheet Um, no (322 comments)

A "ban", eh?

Good actors would comply, bad actors would not. Then bad actors would have them, good actors wouldn't.

And that's ... better? How?

about two weeks ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

cascadingstylesheet Almost amusing ... (254 comments)

... watching American lefties' discomfort in all this. Especially older American lefties.

"Can't ever say that Russia is the bad guy, but Russia clearly is the bad guy all too obviously ... head must explode now like a 1960's sci-fi robot caught in a contradiction ..."

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

cascadingstylesheet um (79 comments)

Yahoo announced that they will cease new development on their javascript framework YUI, bowing to industry trends towards Node.js, Angular, and others.

That's like when people used to talk vaguely about "talk radio" while somehow studiously omitting Rush L.

Just querying, ya know ...

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

cascadingstylesheet been wondering many similar things (289 comments)

How's it going to park in a dirt lot? Recognize which spots are likely to be too muddy? How's it going to park behind the barn?

Don't some of the breathless stories talk about whether or not these cars will need steering wheels? What's going to happen when the steering wheel-less models meet something they can't deal with? Blue screen of death?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

cascadingstylesheet shortwave (635 comments)

Well ... I finally donated my AM/FM/shortwave radio last year. My wife didn't want a permanent antenna wire strung across any room, so I couldn't get much reception.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

cascadingstylesheet Noticed a gender imbalance in garden clubs too (579 comments)

It's an outrage! Something must be done!

Maybe women have better things to do with their time than having edit wars all day for free?

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

cascadingstylesheet Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (266 comments)

...unless someone was taught it over a series of Sundays. :/

I suppose ignorance on things like this is generational, and we'll stamp it out slowly, like racism or smoking.

Oh yes, I'm sure it's the massive fundamentalist Christian population of California that's doing all the dowsing, rather than minuscule population of oh so scientific crystal-using copper-bracelet-wearing leftist nutbars.

The Christian affinity for witches and divining and such being so well established and all.

Thanks Slashdot, for all the "insight"!

about three weeks ago

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