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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

dbarron Carrying? (36 comments)

I wonder how many were found to be carrying during the cavity search ?

about an hour ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

dbarron Get off my email! (235 comments)

You darn kids, get off my email! Don't step there! I'll call the e-police on ya, if you don't leave that email alone!

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

dbarron Updated info periodically (208 comments) are you going to handle updating information as you are forced to change your password for whatever reasons?

I don't have a good solution...I wish I did. There's no reason you can't change your email password today and die before you can document it (which if you're like most people might be a week later).

about 3 months ago

'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

dbarron Re:A lot of bits (323 comments)

I think you might be surprised how compressible the pattern might be. There's a lot of duplication in them there waters.

about 4 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

dbarron Invasive feral cats (290 comments)

I'm waiting for recipes....anyone ? :)

about 4 months ago

Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister

dbarron Re:What's amazing is that... (69 comments)

Ok, as I recall, hotter suns like blue and white, would increase his powers. Cooler, like red or brown would reduce them.

about 5 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

dbarron Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Perhaps some kind of burrowing parasitic worms?

about 6 months ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

dbarron Re:Lat / Long? (461 comments)

That's very doable and could probably be put in one or maybe a couple of packets of data. Given that I know nothing specifically about airplane systems, still one would expect you could install a stand alone black box that gathers and transmits this data w/o even integrating it into any systems besides onboard power. Relative compass heading and airspeed are easily derivable from last GPS positions. I can't understand why it would REQUIRE 100K per plane to do this.

about 7 months ago

New Beetle Named After Charles Darwin and David Sedaris

dbarron Re:The beetle is not a new species. (35 comments)

However, what is important (to taxonomists) is it has a new name.

about 8 months ago

Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

dbarron Re: This is new? (207 comments)

Do you suppose we could suggest house sparrows, grackles, or starlings as research birds in the wind tunnels? There are certainly enough of them in most major cities.

about 8 months ago

Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

dbarron Re:When we are extinct (318 comments)

Well, given the diet of the young in the last 20 or 30 years...I think HFCS is the correct analysis. The future beings will assume we were like hummingbirds.

about 9 months ago

Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

dbarron False (4 comments)

My dogs face every which direction while pooping, it appears to be purely random from my observation.

about 9 months ago

UK Govt's Censorware Blocks Tech, Civil Liberties Websites

dbarron Re:Kinds? (148 comments)

You don't want to know what 'kinds', it's censored.

about 9 months ago

90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

dbarron Re:Reason (185 comments)

However, if you asked the local baker for his recipes....I think you'd hear a different story.

about 9 months ago

Smart Cars: Too Distracting?

dbarron Navigation issues (180 comments)

Yes, I know how that try to get it to plot a course to nearest Best-Buy while you're out in an unfamiliar neighborhood, but you have to check or it'll route you to the Best Buy headquarters 4 states away (or something innane). I wouldn't want the navigational system to start giving me directions without confirming that it had locked on to the address that I REALLY wanted to go to.

about 10 months ago

Next-Gen GPU Progress Slowing As It Aims for 20 nm and Beyond

dbarron Holographic Display (91 comments)

I'm ready for the next (or next-next) gen display, holographic display hovering in midair. Preferably with sensors that can detect my interactions with them. Wonder how far out THAT is now ?

about a year ago

Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

dbarron Re:Linus is just a mean old asshole... (1501 comments)

I wouldn't say Linus is mean (at least in person). I don't know him closely, but I've met and talked with him a few times. I certainly don't find him offensive just because. does seem his method works.

about a year ago

The Pope Criminalizes Leaks

dbarron Re:That's why I've always said.. (266 comments)

I agree totally..and I also want to use a quote from Mary Poppins, (the church believes) 'A spoonfull of sugar makes the medicine go down'.

about a year ago

CmdrTaco Looks Back on Fifteen Years of Slashdot

dbarron Re:Long time User (see UID of three digits) Agrees (178 comments)

Yes, I suppose you're right (excellently thought out post btw). I seldom do anything I'd call hacking these days either. I do more 'system integration' and still nerdy stuff on occasion, but far far less frequently than back in the day, when we lived/breathed/and didn't eat it.
I was just learning PERL when Rob first put up the site and I was impressed at what he'd done with it as CGI. Nowdays, I write in PERL on occassion for quick and dirty scriplets, but not often. And you're right, Slashdot was a great place for tech exchange (Ask Slashdot) when there weren't many places (beside old USENET).
Mostly things these days just work (as you point out). However, I'm still glad to have the insight into how to diagnose varying issues, from all that experience of years gone, when you had to do that sort of thing with everything you did.

about 2 years ago


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