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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

cellocgw or they could just NOT do it (154 comments)

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

cellocgw Re:Take the , (180 comments)

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.

3 days ago

Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

cellocgw Re:Says who? (131 comments)

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

3 days ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

cellocgw ohnonotagain (239 comments)

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.

3 days ago

Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

cellocgw us other engineers matter, too (371 comments)

/. 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.

4 days ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

cellocgw Re:Well duh (454 comments)

"Thud," in the Discworld series. Just sayin...

(basically I'm saying quit calling these asshats trolls. It gives trolls a bad name)

about a week ago

About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

cellocgw Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

That is a false statement.

No, *this* is a false statement.

about two weeks ago

'Unparticles' May Hold the Key To Superconductivity

cellocgw Continuing the meme: (48 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago

Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

cellocgw Re:Space Drive or Global Warming? (315 comments)

a Triceratops riding John Wilkes Boothe.

I can't decide whether this is funnier with or without a hyphen between "Triceratops" and "riding."

about two weeks ago

Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

cellocgw Re: Reaction or reflex? (51 comments)

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!

about two weeks ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

cellocgw Re:Do you blame them? (267 comments)

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).

about two weeks ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

cellocgw how about secure transmission (115 comments)

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.

about a month ago

Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

cellocgw Re:Hello Dave (102 comments)

That's good, now tell me about your mother Dave...

My mother's name wasn't Dave.

Says the boy named "Sue."

about a month ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

cellocgw Re: Lol (272 comments)

A few years back, before Obama, one of my black friends said when we have the first black president they are gonna paint the White House black, and call it the "Black House."

In fact, the political comedian Dick Gregory said that about his own satirical run for president back around 1968 or so. When I'm president (c'mon, you guys gotta start campaigning for me!), I think I'll do the exterior in Jackson Pollock.

about a month ago

NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

cellocgw Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

Strictly speaking, there is only "unique" and "non unique", but there's no "more unique."

True, but sadly, due to rampant misuse, there's no more "unique." :-)

about a month ago

UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

cellocgw Re:as Kissinger once said (261 comments)

And Doonesbury is a "who."

Oh, so now not only corporations but also comic strips are people?

about a month ago

UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

cellocgw Re:as Kissinger once said (261 comments)

Whoosh. Do you know what Doonesbury is?

about a month ago

UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

cellocgw as Kissinger once said (261 comments)

Well, to be fair, Kissinger inside a Doonesbury strip said, "I'm sick and tired of people asking about human rights. What do you want: human rights or world peace?"


about a month ago

Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

cellocgw which 6E5 titles? (87 comments)

It's kinda like cable tv: 500 channels, of which 450 are QVC, 40 are rerun channels, and 10 are worth watching.

Similarly, plus its "affiliates" claim 100k books, but rather a lot of them are of extremely limited interest to anyone other than historians.

Amazon has roughly 33 million listings; even allowing for overlap between kindle, paperback, and hardcover (and audio), 600k is a rather small fraction of what's out there.

about a month ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

cellocgw Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

Meanwhile,today, if you can afford a $90,000 car, I doubt there are any real impediments to your making that purchase.

That's all very nice and snarky, but Tesla's got a Model E in design with a target sticker price of around $30k US. Wouldn't it be nice to fix the problem now, so in a couple years we don't have to order our Tesla-E via Amazon Prime?

about a month ago



robocalls with a bucketfull of numbers

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 9 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?

How about a new unit for data size?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about a year 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."

How the Republicans maintained control of the House

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 2 years 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  |  more than 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?"

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"?"

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?"

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?"

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."



re Brad and rhf comment

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 10 years ago

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


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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