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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

damien_kane Re:Most promising places (197 comments)

I mean, come on! We saw no rats in any of the videos! Are they trying to convince us it's some kind of magical cheese that rats dislike? It simply makes no sense.

The rats were all hanging out with Chewbacca

about three weeks ago

Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

damien_kane Re:Let's Regulate Canada (324 comments)

Those limits were imposed by modifications to the copyright act 2 years ago. What was there excuse before then?

Most US companies (particularly the major networks) have distribution deals in Canada (i.e. Canadian broadcasters pay the networks to air the US content, but with their own Canadian ads)
If US networks started airing their shows online and allowed Canadians to watch on their .com (instead of through their cable-company; with US Networks getting the ad $$$ and not Rogers/Bell), then those companies in Canada would sue the US networks for loss of revenue and breach of contract.

about 1 month ago

A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

damien_kane Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Such a machine to read brain signals would cost a lot more than this kid's prototype.
Training the machine to read each individual's brain signals and teaching the affected individual (who can't talk to you easily, remember) would take a lot more time than teaching the affected individual morse code

Finally, fMRI machines (non-invasive way of reading the brain signals) are really expensive, and brain surgery to implant electrodes to read the signals directly is both incredibly expensive and incredibly dangerous

This kid plugged a specific microphone into an arduino, wrote some basic software, all for $80 in parts, and came up with a solution that is quick to train and (with even a small-run mass production) would be very inexpensive to build, that would give these people at least the possibility of communication with the outside world without having to have the bankroll of a well respected and successful astrophysics career.

about a month ago

Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

damien_kane Re:Sounds overly complicated (264 comments)

I think it was more intended as a way of narrowing the field in an investigation

If you have a gunshot in an area with 1,000 people, 50 of whom wear bracelets (ankle or wrist), but 2 were out of the area (according to GPS), then 48 are "top-suspect"

If, of those 48, 40 of them don't have any signature even remotely gunshot-related, they can be dropped to a lower priority suspect list, and now the cops only have to find 8, instead of 40.

The easiest way to find the blue ball with yellow polka-dots in a pit full of blue balls with red polka-dots is not to search for the yellow, but to throw out the red, and whatever's left will (should) be yellow.

about a month ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

damien_kane Re:He claims this himself (391 comments)

I hope having a Trans Am was the trump card. And when both had a TA... compare mustaches.

When all else fails, check ID; "The Burt" is the only "Bandit"

about 2 months ago

$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

damien_kane Re:Obligatory... (65 comments)

Put your arms down, you look like a cheerleader.

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

about 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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

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

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

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.

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

about a year and a half ago

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

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

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

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

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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