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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

crepe-boy Airport/Railway departure/arrival board (790 comments)

At the NY MOMA exhibit (sadly static) I saw dozens of people explaining to their kids how the boards updated with a clacka-clacka-clacka. I could see the nostlagia in their eyes. For some reason the kids didn't see the connection between this and the airport monitors typically displaying the "Windows has encountered a problem and needs to be restarted" dialogue.

about three weeks ago

Another Hint For Kryptos

crepe-boy I doubt it's "Berlin Clock" in context (50 comments)

My guess is that e.g. the "BER" is from numBER or novemBER or somesuch. I have no idea if the LINC computer was important enough to be immortalised here. However, no luck looking for quotations with e.g. octoBER LINC LOCK... etc.

about 2 months ago

Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

crepe-boy Easily dissmissable (55 comments)

Anyone who uses "phenomena" in the singular just can't be trusted.

about 4 months ago

Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

crepe-boy Fencepost error! (78 comments)

50 micron dot + 25 micron separation = 75 microns per bit, not 100.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

crepe-boy Lions' Commentary (373 comments)

Maybe a bit longer that you want, but the UNIX 6th Edition source code, as presented in John Lions' commentary book is excellent reading. Clean, functional code with some well-documented "wow" moments.

about 10 months ago

How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

crepe-boy No No! - wrong way around! (79 comments)

The obvious conclusion is that people tend to cluster around scientists and engineers - they follow us wherever we go. Fear our Pied Piper powers!

about a year and a half ago

What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

crepe-boy Bohemian ear spoon! (469 comments)

That D&D weapon always had us curious.

about 2 years ago

Julian Assange Pans WikiLeaks Movie

crepe-boy Same old, same old... (118 comments)

On one flight I had the misfortune to watch the atrocious remake of The Italian Job. Paramount spent a significant amount of that film bashing Napster and Shawn Fanning.

about 2 years ago

Bloggers Put Scientific Method To the Test

crepe-boy Not just chemistry (154 comments)

Drug companies often find that biological science from academia cannot be reproduced (or is much less robust than indicated. Amgen and Bayer have both published on this topic, and when they called the researchers to ask why, they were told that the bettter results had been picked for the publication. Reuters article

about 2 years ago

NASA Prepares Probes For Suicide Mission

crepe-boy Re:"Suicide" mission? (65 comments)

Plus they are doing it at the behest of their evil human overlords, so this is MURDER, rather than "suicide". ...but "NASA murders their worker [robots]" probably isn't the kind of headline they'd like.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

crepe-boy Promotions (700 comments)

Promoted "only" four times in 12 years?! Yikes! In my industry (biotech) that would be extremely rare. I am jealous.

more than 2 years ago

Is Siri Smarter Than Google?

crepe-boy Re:Is it just me (366 comments)

...apart from Bing.

more than 2 years ago

Matt Groening Reveals Springfield Is In His Home State of Oregon

crepe-boy Bizarre (148 comments)

In one of the episodes, which featured a biography of the family, they are described explicitly as a north Kentucky family. As evidence you'll see Shelbyville, KY http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Shelbyville,+KY just north of Springfield http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Springfield,+KY and there's even a place called Simpsonville http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Simpsonville,+KY just west of Shelbyville. I have no idea why they want to change their story now.

more than 2 years ago

Alan Moore on V For Vendetta and the Rise of Anonymous

crepe-boy How original is 'V'? (286 comments)

Every time I look at him he reminds me of the creepy Burger King king mascot. Hmm.. I see that Burger King actually retired him at about the same time Occupy started. Coincidence? I don't think so.

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

crepe-boy Re:Three hardware changes? (473 comments)

Not bullshit. I had a Dell/Alienware PC with WinXP suffer motherboard failure. I replaced the board with the OEM version (almost identical format). No other hardware was changed. A call to Microsoft resulted in them telling me (politely) that a motherboard switch wasn't allowed. If you search their website there's actually an early illustration for the product (re)activation process where they use a motherboard replacement as an example. When I pointed this out to the telephone support people I was told that this was "out of date" and not official policy. Please buy a copy of Vista...

about 3 years ago


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