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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

damien_kane Re:Obligatory... (61 comments)

Put your arms down, you look like a cheerleader.

+1 This;
I thought chemical weapons/gas warfare were/are basically warcrimes nowadays, no?

yesterday
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

damien_kane Re:Tradition (681 comments)

So, I have to click, type a program name, then click again. Aren't modern GUIs great? And when you and Windows disagree as to the program "name" (i.e., the "search" fails)? [ A real example from Unity (admittedly, a while ago): I wanted the start Thunderbird, but had to type "email" for it to actually find it, even though the executable was actually named "thunderbird" - sigh. ]

["Windows" Key] + type title of launcher in start menu/screen + hit enter.
You might need to cursor up/down if you have multiple links in your start menu for the right title, for some reason.

Not sure how that's all that difficult, but YMMV

about a month ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

damien_kane Re: Let them drink! (532 comments)

Putting that number on the cup ('this contains 150% of your recommended daily amount of sugar') would be even better.

Sure, right under the big, spiky, neon-green-and-yellow balloon graphic literally screaming at you "Now with Electrolytes!"

about a month ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

damien_kane Re:IDKFA (178 comments)

I never did figure out how that's so easy to remember...

If you're like me, you didn't memorize the individual letters, you memorized chunks as sounds. IE, instead of memorizing I D S P I S P O P D, you memorized ID SPIS POP D.

Alternatively, ID "Smashing Pumpkins Into Small Piles Of Putrid Debris" (a not-so-famous-as-doom shareware product available at around the same time)

about a month ago
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New Technology Produces Cheaper Tantalum and Titanium

damien_kane Re:the problem with titanium (139 comments)

But I wouldn't get them in 500kg packages.

Why not? Buy in bulk; 10 women bound together and wrapped in plastic (for shipping, of course) can be a wonderful source of fun

about a year and a half ago
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How To Safeguard Loose Nukes

damien_kane Re:The real worry is 3D printing (167 comments)

But the Feed is closely monitored for exactly this kind of thing. By the time your matter compiler is half way through you'd be splattered. Its when someone figures out how to make the Seed that we are all in deep shit.

There's always ways around the feed-sourced compilers; backwater compilers and such off the grid, for those who wish to print nuclear weapons, or pirate the latest hyper-interactive AI-enhanced children's story for their daughter.

about a year and a half ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

damien_kane Obligatory (281 comments)

Today's, even; do I get extra points for that?

about a year and a half ago
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Blimps To Help Protect Washington DC From Air Attack

damien_kane Re:Why not use hydrogen? (270 comments)

If hydrogen is mixed with oxygen in the right proportions, it becomes an incredibly dangerous substance.

Water?
I agree, water can be dangerous, but only in significantly large quantities (relative to the specific use)

about a year and a half ago
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Online Narcotics Store 'Silk Road' Is Showing Cracks

damien_kane Re:Someone didn't know how to use darknet (330 comments)

Definitely no cracks here.

Of course not, it was all seized in the raid.
(bee-tee-dubs, you don't need to pluralize crack).

about a year and a half ago
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Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

damien_kane Re:he doesn't know the history (432 comments)

Hell, I can't even mod you up!

You could request information relating to subscription to his newsletter, though, if his ideas are so intriguing.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Goes To College To Extend Abilities

damien_kane Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (94 comments)

"US Cities" seems about as straightforward a category as they come. Another would be whether the weapon has been dropped.

`"S" words` is rarely about long, flat bits of metal.
Neither, too, is "The Pen is Mightier" about large phallus (contrary to what Mr. Connery might tell you).

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Goes To College To Extend Abilities

damien_kane Re:They are behind the schedule (94 comments)

*ahem* seriously speaking, the brain is probably still more flexible than Watson, but in general concept, Watson is probably a HUGE step in the right direction.

Of course it's more flexible.
If you pull yours out and throw it against the wall (never you mind the logistics of it), it'll bend and flex to conform to the shape of the brick (at least for a short period of time, until it falls).
Pull out Watson's CPUs and throw them against a wall and they'll fall immediately.

about a year and a half ago
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Stanford Uses Million-Core Supercomputer To Model Supersonic Jet Noise

damien_kane Re:For those who can't afford that type of equipme (66 comments)

Slashdotters don't have sex, and so they cannot have slashdaughters. Ergo, slashdaughters do not exist. QED.

Slash has had sex with many, many women over the years.
I'm sure he has at least a few Slashdaughters.

about a year and a half ago
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Officials Warn: Cyber War On the US Has Begun

damien_kane Re:"Cyber 9/11" (292 comments)

MY porn is in the cloud, and everybody knows, its pointless to attack a cloud.

Unless you attack it with fire, as our sun does most fall and spring mornings.

about a year and a half ago
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Lego Accused of Racism With Star Wars Set

damien_kane Re:here we go (514 comments)

I find my enlightenment... enlightening

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

damien_kane Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

All I know is that I'm still waiting for my goddamn hover board!

You can buy them on E-Bay; the future is now!

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

damien_kane Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

Yeah, these revisionist reboots drive me crazy. Next thing you'll be telling me the arch bad guy is is going to blow up the entire home planet of one of the heroes with some space-based super-weapon just to show how bad ass he is.

Or, even worse, some other hero pops in and takes down some space-based super weapon the size of a small moon with a single well-placed blaster shot

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Achieve Storage Density of 2.2 Petabytes Per Gram of DNA

damien_kane Re:Kneau Reeves movie "Johnny Mnemonic" (136 comments)

Or someone encodes a copyright-protected song into that DNA, and it starts replicating, thus committing millions upon millions of acts of infringement, which wipes out the debt the Refined League owes to Earth (if we ourselves ever become refined)

about a year and a half ago
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WotC Releases Old Dungeons & Dragons Catalog As PDFs

damien_kane Re:Saving Throw (224 comments)

Uh, no. What you just said is 'it's not illegal as long as no one cares '.

FTFY

GP's point is such:
If the original copyright holder is no longer around (and the rights weren't passed on either by inheritance or buyout), then there's noone who can sue you
If the current copyright holder is not pursuing legal action against parties engaged in IP/Copyright infringement, then there's noone who will sue you

This is why it's called "abandonware".
The rights holders have abandoned protecting their intellectual property.

Yes, the infringement is still illegal, but there is no penalty for the crime.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

damien_kane Re:It's a typical Linux zealot response (474 comments)

I get the same shit when I talk about audio production and video editing, which is something I do with my system. I've asked in all seriousness of self proclaimed Linux experts if there are programs I can get to do this kind of thing and go in to the particulars of what is needed. Predictably I get an initial list of software that was just gotten from a web search, with no consideration of actual use (which I've tried and found woefully problematic and inadequate). After some more back and forth often I get told that I "Shouldn't do that on my primary desktop," I should have something dedicated for A/V production.

You could always start with Ubuntu Studio
A relatively up-to-date (currently offering 12.04LTS and 12.10) fork of Ubuntu using lowlatency kernel, and with an arc of Audio, Video, and Desktop Publishing apps installed out of the gate.
For more, try Google:
"Music Production" + Linux
"Audio Engineering" + Linux
"Video Production" + Linux
Most of the apps listed can be found in package repositories for the major distributions (or at least be compiled from source, if you're so inclined)
Most of the How-Tos are fairly straightforward to even those without a strong background in A/V production.
If you're looking to play around, it's a great start, and if you actually know what you're doing, you can do a lot with it but not necessarily everything that you might be used to doing on another OS (i.e. Gimp v.Photoshop)

about a year and a half ago

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