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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

dreamchaser Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (65 comments)

While it could happen (technically almost anything can happen in an infinite universe), it is far more likely that the Swedish Women's Volleyball team will burst into your room in the next five seconds and give you death by snu-snu.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

dreamchaser Re:What advice can I offer? (96 comments)

It's called 'Ask Slashdot' for a reason. What better group of people to ask than a group of geeks with diverse backgrounds? It's attitudes like yours that keep people from asking for help when they need it.

about two weeks ago
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My resting heart rate:

dreamchaser Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (169 comments)

You say all that almost as if you're proud that you abuse the hell out of your heart.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

dreamchaser Re: Eh, anyone here? (36 comments)

Technology doesn't just magically appear. It is worthwhile research that if it pans out could have some really wide ranging medical applications.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

dreamchaser Re: Eh, anyone here? (36 comments)

If you would bother to read before shooting off your mouth you'd see that there are plenty of potential applications. It's not just being done for the 'cool' factor.

about two weeks ago
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My resting heart rate:

dreamchaser Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (169 comments)

Because if you're sitting sedentary writing code and your heart rate is 90+ you're going to have a rather short life of writing code. That's why you should care.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

dreamchaser Re:No surprise (224 comments)

Mate selection is just one reason. Controlling resources is another.

about two weeks ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

dreamchaser Re:This study generates more questions than answer (85 comments)

I think the wording is just off. The 'basal Europeans' are most likely descendants of the Cro Magnon with a sprinkling of Neaderthal. The original stock most likely was from an earlier migration out of Africa.

about two weeks ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

dreamchaser Re:On thing is fore sure. (149 comments)

As much as I detest the man, Harry Reid has nothing to do with the State Legislature, other than perhaps some back channel clout with certain lawmakers. This is a State thing, not a Federal thing.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

dreamchaser Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Slashdot cracks me up
Red faced and angry about the coming Surveillance State
Damned happy to have every cop be a walking surveillance unit
Anybody else see the irony?

Riiiight, because it's better to leave it as is. The word of the police vs the word of the citizen. They are already surveilling us. Cameras on cops is a means to at least attempt to keep them honest and provide a record when abuses of power occur.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

dreamchaser Things (191 comments)

Electronics? Really? Those are just things. They can be replaced. My data is backed up and can be restored. The things to worry about are food, medical supplies, and water. We always have about a month's worth of food and water stored away in the event of some sort of disaster. I don't give a fuck about my electronic devices. I care about the life and well being of myself and my wife, and like I said data can be restored.

about a month ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

dreamchaser Re:Meaning... (80 comments)

I somewhat agree, but it could help tell us where to focus other search efforts.

about a month ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

dreamchaser No surprise here (170 comments)

Anyone who thought that Germany's protests over surveillance was anything other than hypocritical bullshit is an idiot. All countries spy on all other countries. They always have and they always will.

about a month and a half ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

dreamchaser Re:We could only be so lucky (123 comments)

Humans in general have been greedy and hate riddled since before written history.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

dreamchaser Re:I've been watching this (52 comments)

I love my Transformer for a number of reasons. It's really a tiny laptop, for one. I don't do a lot of document editing on it but I can and have. I can plug a USB->Serial cable into it and console into firewalls, routers, etc. I can VPN in to either work or home then use RDP to do real work if I have to. The gaming part is just icing on the cake. I sometimes travel a lot and having a lightweight Netflix/Gaming device is a huge boon to me.

about 1 month ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

dreamchaser Re:I've been watching this (52 comments)

I have the Asus Transformer Prime 201 with the Tegra 3 and it is/was a pretty damn good CPU. The tablet is still quite useful despite being a few years old. I skipped the Tegra 4s and have been waiting for K1 powered tablets. I do a fair bit of gaming on my tablet and I can't wait to see what developers do with the K1.

Then I assume you know NVIDIA just came out with their K1-powered SHIELD tablet that is focused on gaming and also has a decent stylus. 8 inches, 16GB wifi only version is $300. It's the first tablet to check all of the boxes for me so I ordered one last week (though it's still not here).

Yes, I do. I'm waiting for a few other options to come out. I really prefer the 10" format of my Asus so I'm hoping they announce a new Transformer powered by the K1 soon. I have been considering the Shield though.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

dreamchaser I've been watching this (52 comments)

I have the Asus Transformer Prime 201 with the Tegra 3 and it is/was a pretty damn good CPU. The tablet is still quite useful despite being a few years old. I skipped the Tegra 4s and have been waiting for K1 powered tablets. I do a fair bit of gaming on my tablet and I can't wait to see what developers do with the K1.

about 2 months ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

dreamchaser Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

The NFL, like most professional sport leagues, gets special anti-trust exemptions from the Government. In return the Government gets some say in how they operate.

about 2 months ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

dreamchaser Re:UUNET in 1987? (116 comments)

If I recall correctly UUNET didn't offer IP based access until the early 90s. Prior to that it was just limited access to emails and some file transfer.

about 2 months ago
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Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

dreamchaser Re:100km (44 comments)

That was my first thought as well. Don't get me wrong, it will be an impressive feat, but it's nowhere near 'the edge of space'. I haven't done the math or looked it up but one would probably see the curvature of the Earth more noticeably than at sea level, but still, the title of this entry is complete sensationalism.

about a month ago

Submissions

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FCC Recommends Sanctions against Comcast

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "In a potentially precedent setting move, the FCC has recommended sanctions against Comcast for interferring with filesharing traffic. This has been a hot topic in the past on Slashdot. I am certainly hoping that they really do enforce some sort of sanctions so as to deter other major ISP's from engaging in the same rotten practices."
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New online medical databases NOT covered by HIPAA

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "The New York Times is running a piece that points out some serious potential privacy concerns with Google and Microsoft's new ventures to database personal medical information online. Specifically, it appears that this sort of endeavor is not covered by HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs how and when people's personal medical history can be datamined for reasearch, among other things. Am I the only one whose first reaction to this is 'DO NOT WANT'? Maybe Congress can do something useful for a change and update HIPPA to reflect emerging uses of the Web for such matters. I've already written to mine and I encourage those of you in the US to do the same."
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Arthur C. Clarke Dead at Age 90

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser (49529) writes "I'm not sure I know what to say. There is no story posted, but CNN has a breaking news banner announcing the death of scientist and author Arthur C. Clarke. All I can think to say is, "Thank you, thank you, thank you.""
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Is Comcast at it again?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "I'm a guitarist and frequently record my music to MP3 via a digital mixer/recorder. Yesterday I tried to share a few of my songs with a friend who happens to have Comcast Cable. We were using ICQ at the time and after I shot my friend a picture or two, I tried sending her a song. The transfer fizzled out at about 200k. Tried it a few more times, no luck. Tried another (large) picture and it worked. Scratching my head, I renamed the MP3's to BIN and they whoosed right through the old Internet tube like they should have in the first place.

In light of the previous news about Comcast throttling P2P apps, it now appears that merely trying to exchange a file of a 'bad' type (MP3 in this case) gets your transfer throttled. I do not have Comcast anymore, having given it up for Verizon's FIOS. My question for Slashdot is can those of you who DO have Comcast test this and see if it consistently like is all over? It's beyond ridiculous that one cannot send legal content to a friend via a direct IM connection wihtout having the filenames (and who knows what else) sniffed out and the transfer killed. Is anyone else seeing this? What can we do about it other than raise awareness?"

Journals

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Meh, don't bother reading it's just a rant

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What the FUCK are Facefuck and Shitter icons doing next to everything now? I can't find an option to turn them off. I'll use either when I'm cold and dead.

Like I said I'm just ranting. Just woke up, coffee is brewing, and I hate Facefuck and Shitter.

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Is twitter really Malda?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Perhaps Twitter is really Rob Malda. The editors and staff certainly don't seem to mind how he abuses the system.

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Thought of the Day

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

If 'No one wants to look dumb' then why does that dorky kid with the guitar DO those horrible MSN commercials?

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Moderation on Slashdot - Why do you care?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Does anyone really care how they are moderated? Sure, I chuckle at some of the mods-on-crack or mods-with-an-agenda things I see, both mods done to my posts and those done to others. At the end of the day why does it matter?

What is your posting philosophy? I post when I want with what I want and have never cared how I get moderated. Does anyone actually try to post in ways/times/places that will result in high moderation?

Ok, my coffee break is over. I need to get back to work. Bye.

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I never thought I'd see it.

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago One of those 'Skip this ad and continue' advertisements on Slashdot? That was both funny and sad at the same time.

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We need a new Moderation type

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

We really need a -1 (Fanboi) mod on Slashdot. Fanbois abuse the moderation system as it is by modding down legitimate posts critical of [fill in the blank as applicable]. Let's give people who take Moderation a bit more seriously a tool to fight this.

It could be -1 (Fanboi) or -1 (Zealot) or whatever, but a discrete moderation class is called for here I think.

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dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ok, for the past few days I get the occaisional popup ad on Slashdot. Why do I find that ironic? I know the site exists to make money, and as a good capitalist I have no qualms with that. I have to wonder if it's necessary for them to run popup ads though, especially given the sentiment against them in the Slashdot community. Hmmm.

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Office Moves

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, today I move my office for the second time in two months. We're moving just down the hall on the same floor in the same building.

This is on a campus of 3,000 people (HQ). We are moving 900 people this quarter! Can anyone out there say inefficiency!!!???

This is just a rant to get it off of my chest. Since part of my responsibility here is managing the IT techs, these moves cause us all kinds of headaches. Not to mention my personal inconvenience (and that of all the other people moving around).

So now I sit here, waiting for the movers to move my furniture. I'm not allowed to move anything myself except my laptop (safety rules).

This process of moving almost a third of the campus in three months time reminds me of those kid's puzzles with the numbers 1 through 15 on little plastic tiles, and one blank spot. You know the ones I'm talking about. Shuffle the pieces around until you get it right.

In a typical (for many corporations)showing of poor communication, nobody bothered to tell the higher ups how much this would all cost. Heh.

Ok, I'm done ranting now. It is my journal after all. This might not be a bad place to rant!

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Mr. Rodgers Dies

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In other news, Fred Rodgers died this morning. I'm sure the Slashdot community will mourn his passing.

Seriously, I never really liked his show as a kid, but there is no denying how many lives he touched over the years. It was even bigger news here in Pittsburgh where he lived and worked. So long Fred, and thanks for all the puppets.

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Blog?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Aren't these journals just blogs? Then again, I guess Slashdot itself is a big huge blog. Most blogs are useless, as is this journal post.

I've never bothered to use this thing before (the journal). Perhaps I should start. There have been many times that I've thought of things that I would like to share with Slashdot that either don't get accepted as articles, or don't fit anywhere and would be woefully offtopic. In my journal, nothing is off topic ;)

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