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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

cellocgw Re:No more fiction writing in the US (339 comments)

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?

3 hours ago

XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

cellocgw Re:XKCD (167 comments)

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'

cellocgw Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (260 comments)

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.

4 days ago

For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

cellocgw Bad turbulence ahead (75 comments)

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.

4 days ago

Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

cellocgw Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (523 comments)

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.

about a week ago

$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

cellocgw Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

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?

about a week ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

cellocgw Dead is dead; Why do we care about this one (300 comments)

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?

about a week ago

Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

cellocgw Re:Inch? (90 comments)

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 .

about two weeks ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

cellocgw or they could just NOT do it (155 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...

about two weeks ago

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.

about two weeks 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

about two weeks 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.

about two weeks 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.

about two weeks ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

cellocgw Re:Well duh (457 comments)

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

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

about three weeks 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 a month 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 a month 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



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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