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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

darkjohnson Re:Listen to the users before bashing (633 comments)

After dealing with a couple cars built in the last 10 years, it doesn't really matter if the original owners want to keep them longer - they won't last. Why? One word, plastics. I've a 10 year old Beetle that is falling apart because the plastics are failing. I was shocked that they used plastic for the impeller for the water pump in the engine. When it failed and the engine overheated, it set off a series of other failures. Bravo VW on saving money using plastic at such a critical point. I do wonder if the 10 year car cycle will change because of the economy. I'll bet if you can put a 20 year life car out there at a decent price it would be quite popular.

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube Says UMG Had No 'Right' To Take Down Megaupload Video

darkjohnson Mega Please (220 comments)

The video itself is WAY too long for something so redundant. I find it amusing that the video has such an obvious African american flavor for an ad for a site that has a reputation for aiding in the distribution of pirated material. Almost feels racist...almost. And they spent 3 MILLION on producing THAT video?? Holy shit snacks, I would have done it for 1.

about 3 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

darkjohnson Wonder if Steve might have lived longer... (988 comments)

...if he let go of this sort of wasted energy and focused more on his health? Mind you this hyperbole might have been all show and maybe he really didn't care.

But didn't he 'steal' the idea for the iPhone from Star Trek or 2001?

more than 3 years ago
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US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

darkjohnson Mobius $trip of Love (917 comments)

Inflation causes education costs to rise. Students flooding the job market roll the dice and take out loans to try to improve their chances. The economy crashes, jobs are even more scarce, students delay leaving college, loans get bigger, they realize they're in deep poo and decide 'the man' and his want to be paid back on the loans is holding them down. OWS people. Don't trust anyone over 30 (which is now 40 because, it's the new 30). We need a good war to thin out their ranks, only now war is fought with expensive toys that rack up the national debt. And tomorrow the world ends - it must be Thursday.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Project Scope For MLB Robot Umpires?

darkjohnson Before robots can they just use INSTANT REPLAY? (141 comments)

With all the high speed multiple angles on all bases - why the hell don't they at least use instant replay. We've all seen the bad game changing calls. Time for that to end.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Timeline Shows Who Has Unfriended You

darkjohnson Re:doesn't work any more. (113 comments)

Yes, it appears FB 'fixed' this already - there is a note about it on the original 'how to' page.

more than 3 years ago
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Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?

darkjohnson Re:Resistance is Divine... (77 comments)

Most large software companies acquire smaller development groups, that's SOP these days AND many of the smaller companies WANT it. I know I worked for a couple of start-ups that had those hopes. Some of the software acquisitions you listed saved the software from simply going away because they weren't being profitable on their own (damn that capitalism) so Autodesk saw an opportunity to keep some technologies alive. (yeah, don't be all grateful or anything) I'm sure when faced with the choice of going away or being acquired by a company that sells design software - the decision wasn't difficult in the slightest. Geeze Louise people - get over it.

more than 3 years ago
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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Judged 'No Match For iPad'

darkjohnson The 'judge' was biased (302 comments)

The ONLY valid point he makes is that the iPad has better applications - and it's a good one but he also spent a lot of time mocking the Galaxy like you would expect from an Apple fan boy. FWIW: I was excited about the iPad 2 until I read about the camera that was worse than my iPhone 4. It just soured me to the device because it felt like a deliberate move from Apple. (Save the iPhone quality camera for next rev, it'll be a crowd pleaser) I can see Jobs now touting it's amazing picture quality. Not sure why this article was worthy of the front page, I'm sure if you spent 30 seconds on Google you could find a number of other fan boys ranting about the Galaxy.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

darkjohnson iTunes Match 'annual fee' ? (391 comments)

As I recall this fee Apple is charging is an annual one. What happens when the year is up? (I've not found this info anywhere yet) Do they turn off access to cloud stash? Also, from what I can tell, other than the improved bit rate - it's just a convenience fee to save you time uploading your library to the cloud (if you have a large library) but that you can't (yet) stream the music from the cloud like you can Google or Amazon, it has to be downloaded back to you device. Not being that much of an audio freak, I'll just copy it directly to my device, I don't carry around my full library anyway. Unless they can convince me otherwise, this seems about as useful as MobileMe or Ping.

more than 3 years ago
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Crashed Helicopter Sparks Concern Over Stealth Secrets

darkjohnson Re:HD version of the video. (484 comments)

Actually, mine isn't fake or a rick roll, just a nerd being just that.

more than 3 years ago
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Graphene Super Paper Is 10x Stronger Than Steel

darkjohnson Rearden Metal? (244 comments)

Perfectly timed, I must say.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

darkjohnson Independence day: Missing Scene (1200 comments)

A short scene where the scientist at Area 51 said our microprocessor tech largely came from examining the computers on board the crashed Alien spacecraft.

more than 3 years ago
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Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender

darkjohnson For $47 might the tutorials be worth it? (294 comments)

I mean - that part is original material, right? Seems to me there is a value he's added to this mix and yes the Software is just Blender but so what? And if the images were made with Blender, then they're legit too, no?

more than 3 years ago
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Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

darkjohnson Is Blu-Ray even relevant anymore? (420 comments)

I've not bought a DVD in years and have no interest to invest in Blu-Ray especially with the dust collecting on the movies I DID buy on DVD. The only way I'll have a Blu player is if it comes with my next Laptop (and I don't have a choice). The first words that came to mind when I saw this headline was "Who cares - how did this article get approved?" Good luck George, maybe do a Laser Disc release while you're at it.

more than 4 years ago
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Pakistan Lifts Ban After Facebook Deletes Offending Page

darkjohnson Re:pathetic (677 comments)

I don't understand, I was a member of that group on Facebook and well over a week ago the Admins said they were removing the page because it had served its purpose and was at this point only attracting trolls. Now Facebook is taking credit for removing it? Feh.

more than 4 years ago
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Lost Ends

darkjohnson Re:Fantasy Island (Lost spin-off) (955 comments)

They sure set it up. Ben tells Hurley he can do as he wants with the island, that people can come and go if he wishes. I see it being a darker version of Fantasy Island where Ben is the primary host for the guests (Mr. Roarke) and Hurley works behind the scenes to make the fantasy happen (Tattoo). Guests don't necessarily know the reason they're there. Story arcs would last more than one episode and not always offer happy endings. In the mean time, more mysteries of the island can be woven into the story, because there's no island hand book there are often many "Dude, look what I can do" moments between Hurley and Ben. Fantasy Island - "smoke monster free since 2010"

more than 4 years ago

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Feature film shot on a smartphone to get theatrica

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  about 3 years ago

darkjohnson writes "Facebook's former CPO Chris Kelly and Randi Zuckerberg (yes, Mark's sister) team up with an independent film maker to produce the first feature length film targeting a theatrical release and Oscar nod.

They MacGyvered together special lenses and mounts to get the footage using Nokia's N8 smartphone, clever monkeys.

Is this a gimmick to get the film noticed? Sure. Is it also a valid way to produce a feature length film? The Academy may just get to vote on that."

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Nokia N8 strikes again creating 'Olive' a full len

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  about 3 years ago

darkjohnson (640563) writes "People have been making short subject films with smartphones and the Nokia N8 has been one of the leading choices. Now, perhaps the for the first time a full length film shot entirely from a N8 is working its way to a theater near you.

Does this represent a trend in film making or is it just a stunt? Us half full folks think it's a trend.

And the Oscar for the best film shot from the hip goes to..."

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Qu8k: Above the Balloons

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 3 years ago

darkjohnson writes "Lately we've been inundated with 100k' balloon flights and amazing video footage from space — the flights usually taking better than an hour to achieve apogee. Derek Deville took a shortcut to 121k' using a 'home made' Q rocket motor and a ton of engineering genius.

On September 30, 2011 at 11:08am, Qu8k (pronounced "Quake") launched from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to an altitude of 121,000' in 92 seconds before returning safely to earth.

This small documentary on the flight is probably one of the most brilliant Amateur Rocket videos out there right now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvDqoxMUroA&feature=share"

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iPhone iOS4 '3G-gate'?

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

darkjohnson (640563) writes "Not sure why this particular story has not made a bigger sensation in the media as 'antenna-gate' — by all means it is way more valid of a problem that is going unattended by Apple (at least seemingly so from an outsiders standpoint).

Of all my friends who have the 3G and faithfully upgraded to iOS4, all have complained about how it has introduced performance issues that make the phone less usable than it was before the upgrade (to the OS that actually offered very little enhancements for the 3G).

You would think that Apple would at minimum instituted a roll back function for the phones and discontinued to allow 3G phones to upgrade. Not sure why there is anything delaying that this problem certainly isn't going to be resolved by giving away free phone cases."

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Lost Hours

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

darkjohnson (640563) writes "She lost her job, and had never seen an episode of Lost but always wanted to. She didn't want to start anywhere but at the beginning, so this 'Lost virgin' takes on the daunting task of watching every episode with the goal of being done before the series finale on Sunday. Luckily for her she started this quest with just (barely) enough time to do it, as of this writing she is reaching the midway point with 45 hours remaining to watch and 50 hours of time in which to do it.

Of course she had to blog about it! Will she make it? Tune in Sunday afternoon to find out."

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Does AT&T and Apple aid and abet iPhone thefts

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jamie Clay writes "Have you ever had your iPhone stolen? Did you get excited by one of the 'little' upgrades coming with iPhone's OS3 — the ability to track and wipe clean a stolen iPhone? Well that feature requires a MobileMe account($99 annually). So, Apple is close to offering a theft deterrent (but they don't get the cigar). Maybe with enough feedback they'll tweak this feature a bit more to not only make the security option free but also disable a stolen iPhone. What they more or less offer here is $99 a year security insurance and if you use it, the thieves get a 'cleaned' iPhone that Apple and AT&T are happy to continue servicing — oh, and you have to pay full price for a new iPhone. Certainly can see why Apple wouldn't want to simply disable the stolen phones."
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Does AT&T and Apple aid and abet iPhone thefts

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkjohnson (640563) writes "Have you ever had your iPhone stolen? Did you get excited by one of the 'little' upgrades coming with iPhone's OS3 — the ability to track and wipe clean a stolen iPhone? Well that feature requires a MobileMe account($99 annually). So, Apple is close to offering a theft deterrent (but they don't get the cigar). Maybe with enough feedback they'll tweak this feature a bit more to not only make the security option free but also disable a stolen iPhone. What they more or less offer here is $99 a year security insurance and if you use it, the thieves get a 'cleaned' iPhone that Apple and AT&T are happy to continue servicing. And now you know the rest of the story."
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Follow up:1/10 scale Saturn V makes one giant leap

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkjohnson (640563) writes "Popular Science: "Steve Eves broke two world records Saturday, when his 1/10th scale model of the historic rocket--built in his garage near Akron, Ohio--lifted off from a field on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The 36-ft.-tall rocket was the largest amateur rocket ever launched and recovered successfully--and at 1648 pounds, also the heaviest. Eves' single-stage behemoth was powered by nine motors--eight 13,000 Newton-second N-Class motors and a 77,000 Newton-second P-Class motor." Numerous spectator videos are availble for viewing on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=steve+eves+saturn&aq=5"
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One man's quest to honor America's Saturn V rocket

darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

darkjohnson writes "On April 25, 2009, history will be made. At Higgs Farm in Price, Maryland, Steve Eves will enter the history books as the person who flew the largest model rocket in history. The rocket will weigh over 1,600 pounds, it will stand over 36 feet tall and it will be powered by a massive array of nine motors: eight 13,000ns N-Class motors and a 77,000ns P-Class motor."
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darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkjohnson (640563) writes "YouTube.com (Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year) is known as the world's most successful video sharing site online,but now it's most popular video bloggers are taking their fame to the streets for the first time to promote a new event called "As One.".

YouTube's top most subscribed users of all-time (with a combined 180,000+ subscribers) will be gathering with other "You Tubers" at San Francisco's Pier 39 for the first annual YouTube gathering on Saturday, February 17th at noon. YouTube users from all ranks will be traveling from around the world will take part in this historic event to help promote future gatherings in other major cities."
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darkjohnson darkjohnson writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Jamie Clay writes " From the New York Times Article:

"At a cultural moment when billionaires like Paul G. Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, and Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Atlantic chairman, are getting into the space business, the members of the Tripoli Rocketry Association are the ultimate do-it-yourselfers — backyard versions of Burt Rutan, the legendary engineer of the first privately financed manned rocket.

On Tuesday, lawyers representing Tripoli and the National Association of Rocketry and officials of the firearms bureau will head to Federal District Court in Washington to resolve the seven-year-old dispute over the hobbyists' use of a flammable propellant, ammonium perchlorate composite, or APCP. The chemical is the main ingredient on the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters." The firearms bureau classifies APCP as an explosive and, amid post-Sept. 11 security concerns, requires that anyone who uses more than two ounces of propellant undergo federal background checks."

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