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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

cellocgw Re:Why not? When you have kids.. (322 comments)

And we can do it without any fear of retribution. "PEDO" now means "person of excellent demeanor online" (by which I mean "I just made that piece of BS up") .

Who would ever confuse 'PEDO' and 'pedo'?

4 days ago

If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

cellocgw Re:I hate hardware (150 comments)

What if your cloud service provider goes down? How you going to get all your data if you get only 1 day, or a week notice? How about if you get no notice, the shit just stops working? The company goes poof! So does all your data.

Not the best analogy, but: in case of bankruptcy, shutdown, or death, a medical doctor's practice/office/heirs are required by law to store the patient records & provide them or transfer them upon request. Similar legislation is needed for data storage service companies. (Oh,wait-- intelligent legislative action in today's Congress? Putting a burden on the Job Creators? nevva mind)

about a week ago

Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

cellocgw Re:That whole list (124 comments)

Damn sure all the Founding Fathers would be on the no fly list.

Response #1: Well, of course, since airplanes didn't work back then.

Response #2, Well, duh, it was easier to put on leggings than use button-fly pants back then (zippers weren't due to be invented for a while)

about a week ago

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

cellocgw Re:Hey, wait a minute... (367 comments)

That's because the world is fucked and nothing maters. At all.

Nice Freudian typo there!

"Nothing really matters, any more"
"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine."

See, the musicians have it covered.

about a week ago

Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

cellocgw Re:Outrage (60 comments)

China and Russia already have the F-35 plans.

I certainly hope so! Just wait for them to try to *build* the F-35 and watch their budgets explode just as wildly as the intra-USA budget has.

about two weeks ago

Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

cellocgw Re:Enforce (122 comments)

Slaves are not people.

Bah. Here in the US of frakking A, slaves are (well, were) 60% of a person. Take that, you backwater countries like Dubai!

about two weeks ago

Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

cellocgw Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

That's it Zippy, tell people how they are suppose to use a general purpose computer system...

You misspelled "Clippy" there.

about three weeks ago

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

cellocgw Re:I don't like it. (127 comments)

Nevertheless, this statistical approach to literature could introduce the process of mathematical modelling to more people than any textbook.

Until the writer reads that analysis and intentionally deviates from it.

Congratulations, you've just spoiled the plot of Minority Report (the original, not the movie).

about three weeks ago

Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

cellocgw Re:Sex robots (139 comments)

Someday you may grow to learn that women are more than just a vessel for your seed.

Drifting ever further OT, I would like to point out that the long-accepted use of "seed' to describe sperm cells is a blatant glory grab by males.

The woman provides the egg, which is exactly the analog of a plant's seed. Both require some minor bits of chromosome info from the male (sperm, pollen) to fertilize the seed.

about a month ago

Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

cellocgw Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

I would have dumped all over you for "Spoiler Alert," but as it happens, McCaffrey deliberately spills the beans in the prelude to the very first book. (It's on a couple pages you might well miss while jumping to the first page of Chapter One and wondering if Lessa is really hot :-) )

about a month ago

Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

cellocgw Re:TRANSCRIPT! (139 comments)

My heart still seems to be beating, or so they say.

That's what they want you to think. Beware the urge to start eating brainzzzz.

about a month ago

US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

cellocgw Re:DAESH, not ISIL (478 comments)

Yet legions are running around claiming anything they do is because Allah wills it. Allah at this point is indistinguishable from Satan.

There you go again, giving Satan a bad name.

about a month ago

Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

cellocgw Re:Incompetence (167 comments)

So one has to ask: why isn't he suing the folks who revoked the offer, demanding to see their justification, or violation of contract, or some such?

Seems the website posting the comments, as well as the commenters themselves, should be irrelevant. If UMiss chose to revoke a valid offer, it ought to be up to them to show the comments prove fraud or incompetence.

about a month ago

CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

cellocgw as long as we're at it, (65 comments)

Detainee: Do you really expect me to confess to a machine?
Analiza: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

about a month ago

How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

cellocgw Re:Science vs Faith (795 comments)

Why do humans have appendices? Science gives an answer to that "why" question: A common ancestor had an appendix and mutations in more recent common ancestors sufficient for its disappearance have not occurred since the time of that older common ancestor.

You've just unwittingly given a great example of the good stuff scientific research does. The "it was an evolutionary leftover" was the dominant theory for a long time. Only relatively recently have researchers discovered that the appendix quite likely is an actively useful organ, storing healthy bacterial colonies to re-populate the gut after various disasters (illnesses).
The point is that science is quite able to change the theory as new evidence and models come into play. The religious method would be something like "god made appendices because he's god." Self-contained and complete, but totally useless (oh, wait, that's Microsoft, right? :-) )

about a month ago

How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

cellocgw Re:The article isn't any better. (795 comments)

I use to live in a 100+ year old house. The structure was ridiculously over done. 12x12 logs holing up the roof, The bricks were 5 layers deep. In essence it was engineered by someone without strong science knowledge. He just figured more is better. So it was over engineered because of lack of knowledge of the science.

Or just maybe the designer wanted to build a structure that would withstand a 100-year storm and 300 year's worth of general weather and usage. Just because (most USA) homes are built of stuff that'll fall apart in less than 50 years doesn't mean that's the right way to do things.

about a month ago

NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

cellocgw Re:I'm fine with it (185 comments)

Or you could do as I do, and NEVER sign for ANY certified mail.

Methinks your aluminum foil cranial cover is fitted a bit too tight there.

I seem to recall, back in the original People's Court series, some defendant using that same line, and the judge was both incredulous and unimpressed (in the legal sense).

about 1 month ago

TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

cellocgw how about "InvisiFile"? (270 comments)

That's easy to pronounce, and since part of the intent of the encryption software is to present a disk with no evidence of there being an encrypted file, the 'invisibility' part may make sense to the nontechies.

I was going to suggest Data-B-Gone but that's probably trademarked by QVC :-)

about a month ago

Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

cellocgw (178 comments)

Welcome NewUser003!
We recognize everyone's desire for privacy, so for an additional $5000 you can get "Blocker" which stops even the other club members from seeing your page.

Then, for an additional $5000 you can purchase "UNBlocker," which allows you to see the pages of everyone who bought "Blocker."

(turtles all the way down)

about a month ago



robocalls with a bucketfull of numbers

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about a year 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  |  1 year,28 days

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 4 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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