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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

dtolman Re:I think he's right... (292 comments)

Silly - there is plenty of things to discover - but you only get a peak at it after your rocket lands on Alpha Centauri!

about 4 months ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

dtolman Re:I think he's right... (292 comments)

Sounds like someone needs a Nerve Stapling. Would you mind looking over at the poster on the wall of Chairman Sheng-ji Yang for a second?

about 4 months ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

dtolman Astronomy (exoplanets,etc ) and Cosmology say Hi! (292 comments)

Considering that less than 20 years ago there were no known extrasolar planets, no one had ever even thought up of the Holographic universe theory, or debated the existence (and implications) of a firewall around blackholes, not to mention the so dark we still can't find it Dark Matter... I mean - we haven't even made enough discoveries to start making theories yet with Exoplanets (gaseous Super Earths are brand new in the past year, I believe), and cosmology has huge areas to explore and craft experiments around that are literally brand new.

I think we're going to be just fine in the theory and spectacular discovery department.

about 4 months ago
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When Space Weather Attacks Earth

dtolman Re:About as much damage as Y2K (176 comments)

Wow, with that kind of forward thinking you could run for Congress, or be a pundit!

Hey - I have some land on Mount St Helens that I'd like to sell - want some?

1 year,14 days
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Zynga Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role

dtolman Could be a lot worse... could've been the fax line (158 comments)

When I had a new landline number assigned to me 15 years back, we found out the hard way it was the old fax number for a business. Nothing like getting half a dozen calls an hour all day and night, each one a series of high pitched whistles and beeps. After complaining to the phone company numerous times, they finally gave us a new number after two weeks. Gee, thanks.

1 year,23 days
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Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

dtolman Re:An idea (221 comments)

Check boardgamegeek.com for local gaming groups in your area. Almost everyone city or county has one...

about 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

dtolman According to original report it wasn't Enders Game (1054 comments)

The original story reported it a bit differently:
"According to the incident report, a teacher had been reading pornographic material from the Internet to the students in class. One of the stories was about prostitutes having their faces covered with ejaculation."

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Unless this is the writer's cut that my library didn't stock - this wasn't enders game they were reading.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: No Tablets Until It's Distinctive

dtolman Re:M$ fired the guys who had already designed one (203 comments)

How could they possibly release that concept? It had too much buzz around it, and if there is one thing MS hates... its being hip.

more than 3 years ago
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Our Video Game Heritage Is Rotting Away

dtolman Re:Intellivision Baseball (492 comments)

Great game - only shame about it is the lack of fly vs ground balls. I should really see how much it costs to get the new baseball version they published in the mid-80's... my intellivision console works and still I play it now and then (including baseball - just a few months ago).

more than 3 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

dtolman Re:Buzz (1015 comments)

Don't worry - our radio waves are not on their way - they may go out forever, but the weaken too... sorry to say that you'd have to be by Jupiter with a radio telescope to watch our TV. By the time aliens notice the carrier signals, they'll be in our Oort Cloud. They'll notice the oxygen and methane in our atmosphere first...

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Cancer Agent Stops Metastasis In Its Tracks

dtolman You wait for perfection, I'll take for good enough (269 comments)

Seriously. My chances of dying are 100%. Based off my family history, it'll be cancer instead of heart disease.

So if someone offers me the privilege of continued living for only 50K a year, I'll take it. I wasn't expecting to retire anyway. And I can always decide to step off the carousel at any time by not taking the drugs.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

dtolman Re:Come to Verizon! (738 comments)

True... if you read the fine print though, it basically says no streaming video/audio... downloading (aka - things you would use bandwidth for).

but apparently they have no way of enforcing, so why not get the cheapest plan you can get, and pretend its unlimited?

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

dtolman Re:Come to Verizon! (738 comments)

They are advertised... I mean its in the name of the mobile plan - the Verizon mobile plans are called the 250/megs a month plan or 5 gigs a month plan or something like that.

I'm just shocked they weren't enforcing... does that mean we should all get verizon 250/meg a month mobile plan, and use it as much as we want? Wonder how much video can a phone download in a month on a 3G/wireless network...

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

dtolman Aren't the mobile plans all sold by meg/month? (738 comments)

Do they sell a mobile/wireless plan that doesn't have the phrase "xBytes Per Month" in it?

Cause if they do... lemme know - I'd love to see it.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

dtolman Have you read the verizon mobile data plan? (738 comments)

The cap is advertised in the mobile data plan - you get a 250 MB plan, a 5 gig plan, etc...they're just planning on enforcing it now.

And what does FIOS have to do with mobile data plans, which is what the CEO is talking about?

more than 4 years ago
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90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View

dtolman Re:Dark Matter? (279 comments)

Not really... there are problems at the galactic scale - when observing galaxies, the gravitational pull is just too high to be explained by normal matter alone (assuming everything else we know is mostly correct).

more than 4 years ago
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Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years

dtolman MOD PARENT UP (430 comments)

Troll? Its the frigging truth.

more than 4 years ago

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Cloud fails again - Yahoo! Mail outage

dtolman dtolman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dtolman writes "Yet another Cloud failure — Yahoo Mail, possibly the largest hosted email service on the web, has been suffering the past few hours with a partial shutdown — possibly related to the rollout of their new mail service (still in beta)"
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Hubble scooped on first pic of an alien world.

dtolman dtolman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dtolman writes "Scientists at the Keck and Gemini telescopes stole the thunder of Hubble scientists announcing the first picture of a extrasolar world orbiting a star. Hubble scientists announced today that they were able to discovery an extrasolar world for the first time by taking an actual image of the newly discovered exoplanet orbiting Fomahaut — previous discoveries have always been made by detecting changes in the parent stars movement, or by watching the planet momentarily eclipse the star — not by detecting them in images.

Hubble's time to shine was overshadowed though by the Keck and Gemini observatories announcing that they had taken pictures of not just one planet, but an entire alien solar system. The images show multiple planets orbiting the star HR 8799 — 3 have been imaged so far."
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First picture of an alien solar system

dtolman dtolman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dtolman writes "Astronomers at the Keck Observatory have announced that they have taken the first image of an alien solar system. The new solar system orbits the dusty young star named HR8799, which is 140 light years away and about 1.5 times the size of our sun. Three planets, roughly 10, 9 and 6 times the mass of Jupiter, orbit the star. The sizes of the planets decrease with distance from the parent star, much like the giant planets do in our system.
This early morning announcement nicely steals the thunder of a competing Hubble Space Telescope announcement this afternoon."

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