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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

dcollins117 Re:adrift at sea (164 comments)

IIRC, The Professor built one of these out of bamboo, and then made Gilligan pedal the bicycle.

I thought they just drank the water out of the coconuts broken open on the Skipper's head, which seems to happen every time he stands under a coconut tree.

3 days ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

dcollins117 Re:Is it wrong to wish for it to crash? (418 comments)

there's no way for the train to derail, considering the design

I'm not usually one to brag, but here in the US we've mastered the art of crashing two trains together on the same track.

about a week ago
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

dcollins117 Re: The first step to control (109 comments)

Constitution shmonstitution, we got us a mujorty! We can do as we likes. First up, let's repeal the goddam 15th.

I felt certain that sentence was going to end with the word 'Obamacare'

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

dcollins117 Re:Can't get to it from Comcast (145 comments)

Can anyone else on Comcast get to it?

I can, works just fine. Not that I'll ever go there again.

about three weeks ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

dcollins117 Re:Nonsense. Again. (432 comments)

What is the difference between selective breeding and genetic modification?

For starters, you can't breed a jellyfish with a zebrafish, no matter how kinky they are. But you can take the flourescent genes from a jellyfish, put them in a zebrafish, and make Glofish.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

dcollins117 Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (1007 comments)

Would you silence a dissenting view?

I would not. I would let them to speak in public so that everyone can see what idiots they are, and sieze the opportunity to mercilessly ridicule them.

I am reminded of a similar situation several years back when the Smith College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to spout her particular brand of idiocy on campus. "Coincidently", that night Tristan Taormino was also invited on campus to discuss her book The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. There's something unmistakably brilliant, almost poetic, about that particular juxtaposition.

I implore the students at MSU to not miss this wonderful opportunity for levity.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dcollins117 Re:Performance issues? (170 comments)

The inner partitions with awful performance are where my media goes (movies, music, photos).

Hmm. I keep my media (movies, music, & photos) on an external USB drive. It's probably the slowest of all my storage devices and it works just fine. I'm sure there are higher latencies than your setup but I certainly never noticed them.

about a month ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

dcollins117 Re:Yeah yeah (114 comments)

As a bonus, putting these criminals in jail will also most likely stop all this complaining about a prisoner shortage.

I have a better idea. Why don't we put police who routinely break the law by conducting warrantless searches in the vacant jail cells. Two birds, one stone.

about a month ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

dcollins117 Re:Public safety is not the issue (284 comments)

The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches is not just a nice idea, it is codified by the founding fathers as a fundamental principle differentiating this country from others..

The only "issue" is whether you agree with this principle, or not.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

dcollins117 Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

IN short, the Fair Tax would destroy the middle class with any practical implementation.

Would that be the same middle class that is being destroyed by the current system? Seems like they're fucked either way.

about a month ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

dcollins117 Re:So confused (376 comments)

The reason for war was WMDs like nuclear and biological weapons

The real reason was they happened to be sitting on vast oil reserves. Now all their base are belong to us.

about a month ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

dcollins117 Re:Competition urgently needed (149 comments)

As long as the ISPs retain monopoly positions, they will be able to do as they please (or as the NSA pleases to make them do).

I'm hopeful that wireless speeds will continue to increase and become more reliable. If I can connect with my neighbors, and they can connect with their neighbors and so on, we have the beginnings of a decentralised network. The sooner the companies relying on monopolistic control of wired internet access become irrelevant, the better.

about a month ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

dcollins117 Re:Oh great (549 comments)

It's not hard to roll your own nursery rhyme:

I only have three fingers,
Suspended by three springs.
Instead of choosing passwords,
I do more important things.

There ya go, no Google hits.

about a month ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

dcollins117 Re:Nice article (101 comments)

I'm currious if anyone is being exploited in the sense of exploiting children if they take their own pics and you end up seeing them.

Not in my view.

I'm just under the impression that the exploitation comes from children being forced or enticed into the photos and the viewer while not participating in the actual act, it enabling it by creating demand.

It's funny how Hollywood claims that downloading music and movies is destroying the entertainment industries, while the think-of-the-children crowd says downloading photos somehow "creates demand". I suspect both sides are just making shit up to bolster their particular agendas.

about a month and a half ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

dcollins117 Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

1) It is not a violation of US law to hack into Chinese computers.

I'm not so sure of that. There have been a a number of amendments over the years to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. One in particular broadens "the definition of "protected computer" in 18 U.S.C.1030(e)(2) to the full extent of Congress's commerce power by including those computers used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication."

That's a pretty wide net, and could be interpreted to include whatever the prosecutor wants it to.

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

dcollins117 Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

They can cut off 100% of your income suddenly and at a whim.

No they can't. I have several job opportunities.

'll bet you cannot cut off 100% of their productivity at a whim, can you?

Nor would I want to. What happens to them after I leave doesn't really matter to me.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

dcollins117 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

Because a site like that would drive down prices, thus merchants have no interest in listing their stuff on such a site.

Vendors providing the best product at the lowest price, friendliest service, and best support certainly would have an interest - they would make a lot of money The vendors trying to maximize profit at the expense of customers would not do so well. I don't see a problem with that.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

dcollins117 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

Predicting what you want is hard.

If not impossible. Why not create a reverse-ebay web site where users tell you what they want to buy and sellers bid to sell it to them?

I'm sure I'm not a genius so it seems likely such a site exists already and I'm just not aware of it . If not, you can have the idea for free. Live long and prosper!

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

dcollins117 Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

Look, we all hate Comcast, but something is fishy here about this guy. I will go as far as saying that the write-up is one-sided.

The last anti-Comcast Slashdot article I remember seeing was the one about them terminating Tor users. That turned out to be total bullshit, so I'm skeptical as well.

I'm no fan of Comcast but I do use them - if they give one iota of a reason to switch providers I would be delighted with DSL. Hell, I could use dialup or wireless and be happy as a clam. So far they haven't pissed me off enough to do so .

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

dcollins117 Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

With at will employment no - your employer can fire you for any reason they like.

Fine with me - I can quit for any reason I feel like too. Seems like an equitable arrangement.

about a month and a half ago

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