In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
when i was in high school i wrote a short story about a girlfriends parents not liking me, so i killed them, and hid their bodies in snowmen so no one found them until spring.
this was in 1999 after 4/20/1999
I got an A
So..... home-schooled, eh?
XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months
What does XKCD stand for actually? I always wondered.
The Xavier Kenneally College of Dentistry, natch!
(disclaimer: GLR wrote that somewhere, not me)
And if yr not an OTTer, you probably don't care anyway.
Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'
Dowsing is an objectively testable claim.
Yes, but as was sensibly pointed out by J. Randi, most "tests" to date are invalid. Man goes out in field, picks spot, digs, behold water. Dowsing works!
Except that's not how a valid test goes. Challenge a dowser to find a spot which does NOT have water below. Dig there. Guess what'll happen.
For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"
If I read TFA correctly, this only stays submerged because the quad fans (ok, screws) are madly driving water vertically. Somehow I don't see this as enhancing the view, especially if one gets near the ocean floor and significant sand/sediment is stirred up.
Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio
civilization existed prior to the rule of law. It was just less pleasant for the non-elites.
You're defining "law" too narrowly. Think of it more in Judge Dredd terms.
$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen
If only there were some sort of software that would backup your Ipod and it's data including the music. We could call it I touch music or maybe Itunes or something.
Oh, please. You really never heard of software (hey, Microsoft Office, your ears burning?) which locks itself to the serial number of the CPU or equivalent hardware?
Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video
Murder is a bad thing (let's at least agree on that). So why is the beheading of one person so drastically more awful than the deliberate killing (usually with a gun) of thousands of people whose only crime was not practising the exact same brand of Islam as ISIS? Does nobody here, or at YouFaceTubeBook, care that ISIS is deliberately killing whole villages?
Would it have been OK to kill a kidnapped journalist with a Kevorkian cocktail?
Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise
And who's inch? The Danish classic inch and the British aren't even the same.
Oblig: lose the damn apos'trophe there.
Anyway, it was Hedwig's .
Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds
Instead of having software automatically remove every alleged infracting page, how about having the software automatically send a notice back informing the complainant of a lack of credible evidence, and dropping all the takedown notices into some summer intern's Inbox?
I mean, jeez...
Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives
Take the what? Is this my browser? I don't know what the hell you're talking about.
Take the comma, ... please //rimshot
Thanks folks, I'll be here all week. Try the Snakehead.
Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed
Let's face it, the Onion is a well known satyrical news site and there is no real confusion about it's satyrical[sic] nature for most open minded people with a well developed sense of humor.
Which rules out most FB users. Have you not heard of http://literallyunbelievable.org?
Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb
This exact topic has been on /. several times. I will not be in the least surprised to see the exact same collection of wildass FUD claims in the comments.
Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers
/. may be a software-centric site, but those of us in mechanical, electrical, optical, materials, and other branches of engineering are in the same basic position. But sadly, even in businesses which promote engineers into senior roles end up respecting people primarily on the basis of how many direct reports (that's the term for peons whose salaries they determine) they control. Until you're able to rate people by the quality/quantity of output regardless of altitude in the org chart, this problem will continue.
Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
"Thud," in the Discworld series. Just sayin...
(basically I'm saying quit calling these asshats trolls. It gives trolls a bad name)
About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA
That is a false statement.
No, *this* is a false statement.
'Unparticles' May Hold the Key To Superconductivity
I guess if you want to study un-particles, you have to be un-interested.
And quite possibly un-paid .
Thanks, folks, try the veal.
Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science
a Triceratops riding John Wilkes Boothe.
I can't decide whether this is funnier with or without a hyphen between "Triceratops" and "riding."
Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots
Now engineer a fruit fly the size of a dog and run the test again. I bet response time goes way up.
Geez, quit giving Michael Crichton ideas for his next "OMG Technology Bad!!!" novel.
Now, engineer a dog the size of a fruit fly and the whole "pooper scooper" paradigm goes away. No need for specialized dog parks; heck, no need to walk your dog any farther than around the dining room table! I, for one, welcome our new micro-sized Man's Best Friends!
Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier
Well, this leads directly to the heart of the Open Source movement. Compare with Firefox: some nice guys at tenfourfox put out PPC versions of every FF update. If the Skype source were available, the same could be done here (at least in theory, if Skype didn't choose to block it at their end).
'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air
Granted, I'm just another /.-er who never RTFAs, but I do have some experience w/ FO comms and free-air transmitters (of one wavelength or another).
So consider: the channeling lasers may disperse, but they carry no information beyond the existence of the channel and possibly the source and destination. The transmitted data packets do not disperse, so what you've got is the equivalent of a phased-array transmitter with zero sidelobes.
re Brad and rhf comment
Thanks to Lost Race for calling me an old-timer :-).
I feel better already.
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.