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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

circusboy Re:And one more thing - NOT (411 comments)

curiously, it's come up in about half my recent job interviews and was the sticking point for not getting at least one of them.

about 5 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

circusboy Re:Something is missing from the story... (894 comments)

however, the TSA does it's searches when you are not present. they may, at their discretion, summon customs, or any other federal agency they may feel is appropriate. given that the article points out that the seizure occurred on a stopover, this is not too surprising.

about 10 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

circusboy Re:If I ever come to the USA ... (894 comments)

probably. people get so offended by nudity here... violence is easily accepted, but nakedness? simply a reason for violence...

about 10 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

circusboy Re:Same as lost luggage... (894 comments)

the unfortunate thing (that I have learned to my regret) is that certain things are not allowed in carry-ons and will be confiscated anyway. and you *have* to check them. any useful tools for example. I've nearly had pliers and screwdrivers confiscated, (and that was before 9/11.)

one entertaining example (from 2004) was the day I traveled with a devil stick, (juggling toy,) that looks a bit like a disassembled pool cue. at the checkpoint they asked me if it was a pool cue, I said no and they said okay, but if it were a pool cue they would have had to confiscate it.

now mind you it looked just like a pool cue, weighed about the same as a pool cue, made out of similar wood to a pool cue, but because it wasn't actually a pool cue, they didn't have to confiscate it. if it had been in checked baggage, it wouldn't have been an issue. but it probably would have broken.

due to traveling with some odd juggling toys on a semi regular basis, I have taken to writing long, detailed notes to the TSA, explaining what all my props are and leaving it in the suitcase with the props. I have never failed to get a 'your bag has been searched note' and I haven't lost anything, (yet.) incredible pain in the ass.

on the other hand, I was once driving back into the US from Canada, where I had bought a flute to play. (normal metal type of flute.) and I nearly got penalized and the flute confiscated for not declaring the flute as a 'commercial object'. oddly, they said nothing about the 10 packs of peanuts that it was sitting on when they found it searching my car. I'm beginning to think Customs just has a thing for flutes...

about 10 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

circusboy I hope he succeeds... (961 comments)

I had to watch both parents go that sort of way. when both had asked to end things earlier, we were unable to assist.

I'm glad I haven't any more parents. I don't think I could handle having to watch it happen again.

about a year ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

circusboy Re:Natalie Portman? (233 comments)

she's smart.

about a year ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

circusboy I liked it quite a lot. (233 comments)

at the risk of exposing myself as a very happy person, I haven't laughed that hard at a movie theater in ages. among other things, one or two of the cameos were very funny. some of the apparent plot inconsistencies are immaterial to someone who has read the comics for years.

I don't know what everyone was expecting, but I'm just pleased that the marvel production arm is still creating movies that take their premise seriously without being overly serious. something they have done with some consistency since the first Iron Man.

as for the plot being relatively short, it is a chapter in a much longer story. I'm just pleased that they didn't give it the peter jackson treatment... I'm sure he could have gotten a decent mini-series out of what was in this movie. considering all the complaining around here about him squeezing the hobbit for 3 overly long movies I'm surprised that this is one of the big complaints here. I thought thor managed to get a goodly amount of story, humor, and pathos into a package that never left me looking for my watch.

if you like marvel produced movies, you'll probably really enjoy this one. if you don't, you probably won't the relative measure of the reviews in this case leads me to believe (with some justification) that there's a lot of people who don't like that sort of movie, but there are plenty that do.

about a year ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

circusboy did him a favor... (812 comments)

honestly, if Coastal Craft's construction is as bad as the grammar on their website... DHS may have saved his life...

about a year and a half ago
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Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

circusboy Re:better explanation (264 comments)

but he also pointed out that even the teacher didn't understand quantum theory. I think that was in one of these http://www.vega.org.uk/video/subseries/8 videos. probably the first one. so he's probably safe there too...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

circusboy Re:The Cold Equations. (1365 comments)

I read it when I was somewhat younger, but I think that the part that really got me in the end (on top of everything else,) was that the pilot was going to have to explain what happened to her brother. my imagining of the brother's reaction really knocked me...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

circusboy The Cold Equations. (1365 comments)

reality combined with low margin engineering... very depressing.

more than 2 years ago
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Solar Cells That Emit Light Break Efficiency Record

circusboy Re:heinlein was right again! (139 comments)

hmmm... Nehemiah Scudder == Mitt Romney? oh dear...

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

circusboy Re:The Name (737 comments)

most of the 'physically challenged' people I know refer to themselves as crippled.

being actually crippled they can't see any reason to put up with the bullshit of being polite or indirect about it. generally the only time they use PC terms is when they run into the obviously not PC. (i.e. badly sized doors, lack of alternatives to stairs in public spaces, insensitive assholes (clods, sorry) etc.)

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

circusboy Re:The Name (737 comments)

I suspect a lot of children probably think it's the name of the flat plastic string with which you make braided lanyards at summer camp.

many tend to forget it exists after age 14-16, when a lot of people begin to see brightly colored things as being immature.

more than 2 years ago
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Solar Cells That Emit Light Break Efficiency Record

circusboy heinlein was right again! (139 comments)

some rolling roads, a life detector, and a massive fundamentalist revolution and we should be all set...

more than 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

circusboy Re:Bunch of idiots (516 comments)

It's run by the people you elect on a regular basis. At least in the country where this story is relevant...

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

circusboy Re:But is it art? (500 comments)

can't be Mondrian, he had a pathological fear of green..

must be Theo van Doesberg...

if so, someday we'll get diagonals!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans

circusboy Re:Some things never change (636 comments)

so the apple logo is looking down from on high... does that imply that the windows logo is staring up from hell?

more than 3 years ago
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Game Developer Group Warns Against Amazon Appstore

circusboy Re:Basic business understanding failure (142 comments)

But at least at iTunes, each developer is the one mucking with the price, for their own benefit/loss/risk. The amazon method is to muck with the price of the product whether or not the developer wants them too, primarily for amazon's benefit/loss/risk.

more than 3 years ago

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