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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

cellocgw Re:I wish "you" would drop dead (144 comments)

Would you really want to live in Venezuela? Hitler made a lot of improvements in Nazi Germany before he became the man we love to hate. Somehow I'm not sure that making the trains run on time by making it so people no longer want to ride them is a good thing.

If you're going to make massively fallacious analogies to history, you might at least want to get your basic facts straight. Hitler was not the leader of Italy.

yesterday
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

cellocgw Re:If it lets you find guns and drugs easily... (144 comments)

Unknown back doors - as opposed to those backdoors known by secret-government-types?

Well, you know, there's known backdoors, unknown backdoors, and known unknown backdoors,...

We'll have to invade TOR.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

cellocgw Re:Rewarding the bullies... (793 comments)

The third option is the safest one as long as he's smart enough to find a way to not leave a trace about the contract.

The problem with the thrid option is that the bully is highly unlikely to know that it was from you. Part of revenge is you want the person you are getting revenge on to know you have got your revenge. Looking down the barrel of your gun just before you pull the trigger fulfils that. Especially if you just blew off the head of the person next to him. Adds a lot of gravitas to the whole situation.

No problem, just teach the illegal immigrant the following sentence, to be repeated at each shooting: "The Kingslayer sends his regards."

4 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

cellocgw fooey: use the mandelbrot neck method (307 comments)

I found this somewhere recently:
# let us consider the point c=(-0.75,X) of the complex plane, that is a point straight over the "neck" of the Mandelbrot set.
# Let n be the number of iterations from which the characteristic quadratic sequence of the Mandelbrot set Z(n+1)=Zn^2+c with Z0=-0 diverges (Zn2). With X being smaller and smaller we have: lim(X * n) = pi

So, I guess we have to figure out how to do recursive relations with a shotgun. (speaking of rednecks and relations... wedding...)

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

cellocgw Re:Why do people listen to her? (586 comments)

How unsurprising you posted as AC, given the complete falsehood of everything you wrote.

Aside from that minor observation (!!)), maybe you could try taking a look at the current, large, polio outbreaks in certain Middle East and African regions due to a lack of innoculations there, for starters.

about a week ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

cellocgw Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

Canada is even worse. We have winter driving for 3+ months out of the year yet no winter driving tests are mandatory. Fucking ridiculous. So many people don't realize that slamming on your brakes when you are about to lose control on an ice covered road is the WORST thing to do.

So, no requirement for ABS in Canada? (eh?) But I agree in principle w/ your sentiment, seeing as Boston-area drivers seem to believe that 4-wheel drive means your braking system has a 1.5 g-factor even in slush and ice. And from what we see regularly on the news, Florida and LA drivers believe it's safer to speed up during a torrential downpour.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could Be a Breakthrough In How Diseases Are Treated

cellocgw Re:Not "thousands" (53 comments)

There's plenty of stuff in a computer that looks useless once booting is finished.

Like, say, Windows? //rim shot

about three weeks ago
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Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

cellocgw and after filling the container... (87 comments)

The crow shrieked "Corn! Corn! Corn!" until the researcher, one J. Snow, Wall Cmdr, tossed some corn its way.

about three weeks ago
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Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

cellocgw fix the problem, not the symptom (48 comments)

Screw credit monitoring: what we need is some CongressSockPuppets with enough nerve to pass restrictions on the credit bureaus. For starters, they could require all negatory information to be redacted upon receipt of a notarized sworn statement from the account holder (until the credit bureau can provide proof to the contrary, said proof not being based on random letters from banks or collection agencies, etc). The current situation, which is essentially "prove a negative," is worthy of the Courtroom of the King&Queen of Hearts.

After that, there are plenty of smaller things to fix. One example: I lost a few points because my monthly spending on one credit card was over 75% of my limit *on that card* . Never mind I always pay on time and in full, or that I happen to have another card with 5 times the credit limit. The lack of logic in the ratings algorithms is appalling.

about a month ago
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Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

cellocgw Re:If you think this is bad... (169 comments)

39C is a common temperature out in the sun on a southern California golf course.

I think we've beaten this dead horse enough, haven't we?

Did you beat the horse with a wood, steel, or Cesium club? And does a horse carcass throw sparks?

"Hey, we were going to *use* that horse head!" -- The Godfather.

about a month ago
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Cisco Plans $1B Investment In Cloud

cellocgw and its name (61 comments)

They gonna call it the "uber-cloud" ?

Or maybe the "mother of all clouds" ?

Anyway, once Cisco's got it up & running, just imagine a Beowulf cluster of them. Or don't.

about a month ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

cellocgw Re:Then what? (48 comments)

. I really can't imagine what sort of shield that can be constructed that would allow that sort of energy delivery in such a tiny cross-section to be dispersed in such a way that spares the crew as well as the ship's basic structure.

I believe Scotty would like a word or two with you. Are you the same fellow who called his ship a garbage scow?

about a month ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

cellocgw Re:Astrophysics humour... (48 comments)

Only two particles out of only seven impacts, over 200 days shows just how 'empty'[1] space really is.

Here's hoping I recover some nerdcred after yesterday's Sherlock/Mycroft disaster:

"We Analyze Nothing."

about a month ago
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Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

cellocgw yeah, welll... (68 comments)

Plastic surgery FTW, eh?

Ok, in seriousness, I could see this as a great tool for anthropologists, but so far as crime-solving goes, it's just about guaranteed to have a false- positive rate about 100x the true positive rate. OTOH, that works for the TSA...

about a month ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

cellocgw Re:Loses credibility with this statement (292 comments)

Sorry but I really doubt that the moon is a useful military platform. As he mentions, you would get a three or four day notice of an attack; on the other hand an ICBM launched from a nuclear sub on a depressed trajectory has a flight time measured in MINUTES. The cost (and difficulty, and danger) of lugging a nuclear tipped missile (capable of crossing cislunar space) all the way to the moon (and maintaining it and protecting it against solar flares, cosmic rays, temperature extremes, and meteorites) would be enormous.

Turn in your nerd card, as you obviously don't understand that Sherlock can easily launch moon boulders into ballistic trajectories whose CEP is sufficiently small to wreak havoc on Earth cities.

about a month ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

cellocgw Re:Lemme posit this... (100 comments)

Question: why cannot the "professional" commercial makers do this sort of thing? Why are current car commercials always screaming at me?

Because, when it comes to car commercials, ad agencies are bound by so many rules and regulations regarding depictions of reckless driving and such things that it becomes almost impossible tp create a cool car commercial without running the risk of going to court over it (both the ad agency AND car manufacturer).

RU serious? Have you not seen the electric car flying over buildings, or the (Hyundai?) sedan flying up a ramp, landing on an elevated commuter train, then jumping into the parking lot?

about a month ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

cellocgw I don't get it (60 comments)

From a mathematical perspective, "solving" the cube means generating the command sequence. Physicallly manipulating the cube is unrelated. So what's the big deal here. Is it:

a) an algorithm which comes up with a solution of 22 moves every time?
b) an algorithm which does (a) in much less elapsed time than previous algorithms (or CPUs)?
c) Some cool shiny robotic manipulators which can twist a (well greased, well-aligned) Rubik's cube faster than previous manipulators?

about a month ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

cellocgw oblig (99 comments)

Here come the mosquitos with frikking lasers strapped to their heads!

Or,
Can we adapt this to identify hot female humans? (and not zap them)

Or,
ahhh,, nevvamind

about a month ago
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Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

cellocgw Re:Should we... (97 comments)

Should we understand that some of the articles posted on Slashdot are jokes then?

Around this time of year, there's always some doubt.

Well, yeah, if you define "this time of year" as 1 January through 31 December.

about a month ago

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robocalls with a bucketfull of numbers

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 5 months ago

cellocgw (617879) writes "Over the last few months, I've got multiple calls (on each of the numbers listed below), all with identical pitches selling the same home security system. These calls come thru despite my being on the "national do not call" list. I took a look at the FTC complaint page, but so far as I can tell it'd take me 4 pages' worth of form to report each number. What to do?
206.225.6674
206.397.1819
215.383.3414
240.318.1485
240.318.1522
248.996.6219
253.236.2409
267.888.2494
307.316.7479
314.336.8509
314.666.8293
314.666.8369
336.937.7107
347.774.2743
360.633.9455
404.793.8108
417.800.2478
424.220.6074
458.201.2160
480.999.5637
541.981.4121
614.516.2800
630.701.3442
701.248.1334
702.576.4480
720.315.7922
773.897.5660
805.957.2052
913.279.5360
914.219.9800
951.200.2916"
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How about a new unit for data size?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 7 months ago

cellocgw (617879) writes "The explosion in file and memory capacity has led to a plethora of prefixes used for byte size: giga, pata, exa, and so on. Perhaps it's just time to add a "base unit" to the current bit, byte, and word appellations. Perhaps we could define a "Book" (abbreviation: Bk) as one gigabyte, and thus greatly simplify memory-naming requirements."
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How the Republicans maintained control of the House

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cellocgw writes "A statistician over at Fellows Statistics did some analysis to see what factors were most strongly correlated with disparities between popular vote (per state) and the ratio of Democrats/Republicans elected to the House of Representatives. No surprise that the party in control of redistricting ends up on top; or that in recent times, computer-aided Gerrymandering has helped the Republicans maximize the disparity between popular vote and elected seats."
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Proposed: replace comment score with arachnid graphs

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 2 years ago

cellocgw writes "Everyone with a slashdot number under 10^8 knows that the "Score: 3(Funny)" probably has a dozen "informative" and "Troll" and "redundant" moderations that aren't visible. How about we plot an arachnid chart, displaying the current number of every possible rating category? That would provide an awful lot more info in a reasonable space, and there would not need to be a max score limit."
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Holy Softbook Destruction, Batman!

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cellocgw writes "This morning I went to a few of the many websites which feature the Quran (Koran). I loaded a bunch of webpages and downloaded a pdf copy of the book, then deleted the pdf as well as my browser cache. Does this count as destruction of a holy book? If not, where is the line drawn, seeing as destruction of mass-produced paperbacks apparently is a bad thing to do?"
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Is a 9/80 work schedule a good thing?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cellocgw writes "My company is in the process of implementing a version of "9/80," a work schedule which squeezes 80 hours' labor time into 9 business days and provides every other Friday off. I was wondering how this has been implemented in other companies, and how it's worked out for other Slashdot readers. Is your system flexible? Do you find time to get personal stuff done during the week? Is Friday good for anything other than catching up on lost sleep? And perhaps most important, do your managers respect the off-Fridays or pull people in on a regular basis to handle "crises"?"
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How to teach friends not to forward hoax email

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cellocgw writes "I recently received the "your cell phone number is being given to telemarketers" hoax email from a not-very-technosavvy friend. I fear I reacted rather strongly, sending a reply that was a solid mix of Steve Ballmer and Richard Dawkins to all email addresses on the forwarding chain. While I did suggest they try fact-checking, and listed a bunch of sites like snopes and urbanlegend, I certainly wasn't very diplomatic. So: can you recommend a calm, respectful way to get these folks to learn not to pass along garbage stories?"
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Sports injuries caused by breaking rules

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cellocgw writes "Well, duhhh: a new study quoted in Science Daily says a large portion of sports-related injuries happen when a rule is broken. Even more amazing (not) is that the percentage of such injuries is far higher in soccer than volleyball. Who would have thought that contact sports were riskier than non-contact sports?"
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cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cellocgw writes "We don't even have to know the picture is there. If there's erotica, we go for it. A recent study found it works for male and females, both hetero and homosexual."

Journals

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re Brad and rhf comment

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 10 years ago

Thanks to Lost Race for calling me an old-timer :-).
I feel better already.

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cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So anybody know who purplewalrus(457070) is, or how to contact him/her? PW showed up in my Freaks list and I've never heard of this fella.

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