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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

clickety6 Size of the foot (175 comments)

Does the surface contract point of the prosthetic also mean that he can jump from closer to the line than somebody with a normal footprint?

about 2 months ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

clickety6 Can't understand it (377 comments)

Where is all that water going?

"Few would dispute that Arizona, with golf-rich cities such as Scottsdale and Phoenix is one of the world's premier golf destinations. Arizona's golf courses are as diverse and spectacular as its landscape. Across the state there are more than 300 courses, From traditional links-style layouts to target courses, Arizona possesses an obscene number of courses to challenge your skills and provide you with some unbeatable vacation leisure."


about 2 months ago

The Psychology of Phishing

clickety6 Re:well (128 comments)

They register domains similar enough to the company and often related (support-raytheon for example) so that even people that look for questionable URLs can be fooled.

It doesn't help that legitimate companies that should know better do the same. I recently got a survey from PayPal, but rathet than going through their verified site at, the links in the email directed only to It looked like a classic phishing scam but was apparently a legitimate survey request.

about 2 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

clickety6 New Snowden (244 comments)

A suspected security mole was today apprehended with 5 reams of carbon copy paper...

about 2 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

clickety6 Longest uptime (285 comments)

"The world record for continuous application availability may be held by the Irish National Railway, which is said to have logged an unbroken 17 years running on OpenVMS version 3.2." I'd say the guys that wrote such a stable system must be pretty good programmers.

about 2 months ago

FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

clickety6 Apps exist that measure your blood pressure? (123 comments)

Do they really because I've only seen apps for monitoring blood pressure readings, readings taken by an external device. How is an app supposed to measure blood pressure?

about 2 months ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

clickety6 Curiosity shocked the cat (333 comments)

I wonder if the test would be the same if they had let people shock themselves ponce beforehand and then asked them to sit in there for 15 minutes. It seems to me that if you put a big red shiny button in front of them and tell them to ignore it, you're testing their limits of curiosity and self restraint more than their ability to sit and think quietly. It's a "Don't think about punk elephants!" situation.

about 3 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

clickety6 Re:OR (579 comments)

Go to agree with you about the American driving licenses. Took my original test in the UK in a manual shift car (do it in an automatic and that's all you're licensed for). Hill starts, emergency stops, 3 point turns, reversing around corners, reversing into small spaces, instructors trying to catch you out by telling you to take the next available right just as you come to a one-way street that you can't take, tests done during rush hour through winding streets, and more.

Some years later, took a test in Arizona. A few simple questions I crammed the night before, an eye test (Can you read the letters, sir? Yes, I can. OK, you pass), once round the block in my automatic (taking all right turns) and then reversing into a space I could quite easily have driven in head first and still had enough room for second car. And that was it!

It's obviously designed to get people into cars and not to weed out bad drivers.

about 3 months ago

Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

clickety6 Re:lol mimes (203 comments)

how does a mime have a "verbal altercation"?

Sign language.

Rude sign language

about 3 months ago

Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

clickety6 Give it a name (198 comments)

Galaxy, iPhone, Nexus and....G3.

If you want recognition, give it a name - preferably a cool name, but at the very least something people can pronounce without sounding like they're playing Battleships.

about 3 months ago

Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

clickety6 Re:Write your name with a pen? (82 comments)

So print your signature on a piece of transparent plastic and lay it over the page before you photograph it...

about 3 months ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

clickety6 Super-sized or Over-Sized (532 comments)

As a European, I remember going into my first cinema in LA and as it was a hot day, deciding to get a drink to sip on during the film. I asked for a small coke but watched the counter assistant pick up a large, circular container. "No, no! I just wanted a small coke, not a bucket of popcorn" "Sir, this is the cup for a small coke..."

about 3 months ago

Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

clickety6 Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Jesus the human may not have been a fictional character.

Jesus the son of God most certainly is.

about 4 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

clickety6 Re:Don't see why not. (290 comments)

Poison dart frog. Definitely not edible!

about 4 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

clickety6 Re:It has a combined address/search bar (688 comments)

You can search in the address bar.

You can piss in a sink too... doesn't mean using one facility for two different functions is a good thing.

about 5 months ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

clickety6 Re:The world is changing. (224 comments)

Average Ãoe high level exec à = 575

From my education i am roughly at "Average College Professor".

regularly correcting semantic and syntactic mistakes in pages of code which i never saw before

did that when i did a group-internal rss

Doesn't seem to work for spelling mistakes and typos though ;)

about 5 months ago

Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

clickety6 Re:And if your business model depends on ad revenu (303 comments)

And if your business model depends on ad revenue. Then get a new one. If you can't find a way to fund what you're doing with ads then do something else.

You don't find it just a teensy bit ironic that you're posting this on Slashdot?

about 6 months ago

Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

clickety6 Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

So we blend it first and then divide it into 70ths?

about 8 months ago



Colfer asked to write a sixth HHGTTG Book

clickety6 clickety6 writes  |  about 6 years ago

clickety6 writes "According to this this article in the Guardian, Eoin Colfer, the Irish author of a number of books including the popular children's book series "Artemis Fowl", has been directly approached by Douglas Adam's widow, Jane Belson, to write a sixth book to continue the (even more) increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy."
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