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Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle

ettlz Re:Way to promote cultural stereotypes (193 comments)

whistle Yankee Doodle Dandy while eating a Big Mac

Inadvisable, it makes a terrible mess.

more than 2 years ago

Remastered Star Trek: the Next Generation Blu-ray a Huge Leap Forward

ettlz Re:Colour? (470 comments)

I don't know this word. Is this some obscure language? Can you give me an English equivalent?

Yes: "colour".

more than 2 years ago

Salmon DNA Used In Data Storage Device

ettlz Next stop: game pods! (51 comments)

Finally, that "Fish Farm" scene is starting to make a bit of sense.

about 3 years ago

Is Apple Pushing Away Professionals?

ettlz Re:You still use Latex?? (556 comments)

Latex was a good if awkward choice when decent word processors and DTP apps couldn't handle scientific notation, but really, those days are long gone.

As if. (La)TeX is still the best choice by a considerable distance, and "those days" are certainly not "long gone".

more than 3 years ago

The 'Three Ton' Hard Drive Destroyer

ettlz Re:Force? (206 comments)

I am not aware of tons ever being used to represent force?

Well, in a system of units where g=1...

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Censors Crack Down on Time Travel

ettlz Re:Sing it! (154 comments)

You wot?

more than 3 years ago

DARPA's New Hi-Tech Telescope

ettlz Re:1.0/3500 (89 comments)

I wonder if they do it with an EF mount.

more than 3 years ago

UK Cosmetic Retailer Lush Targeted By Hackers

ettlz Re:Smelly (109 comments)

Ha! I cannot stand them and never understand why so many 16-19 year olds go crazy over a bar of soap..

Oh, it's only a phase. It normally ends once they go to university.

about 4 years ago

Pink Floyd Give In To Digital Downloads

ettlz Re:Man, Mike Oldfield moust be pissed (409 comments)

How can you chop up Tubular Bells?

Any number of ways. Off the top of my head:

  • Hacksaw
  • Angle-grinder
  • Oxyacetylene torch

about 4 years ago

Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

ettlz "More intimately than ever"? (77 comments)

Man and machine can now be linked more intimately than ever

Er, well this is Slashdot... but still: I'd rather not, thank-you very much.

more than 4 years ago

Linux 2.6.34 Released

ettlz Re:GPU switching (268 comments)

The kernel is only responsible for initializing, suspending, resuming and lately modesetting of the hardware and it seems that is possible now.

Plus managing GPU memory allocation. But yes, this is probably something to be added to XRandR, or some other protocol extension. (What would happen to normal, non-X virtual consoles, though? This might require some more stuff in the kernel.)

more than 4 years ago

What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About

ettlz Re:too much cool-aid (222 comments)

Multitouch significantly increases the number of simple gestures that can be created.

Does that include Flipping the Bird?

more than 4 years ago

MATLAB Can't Manipulate 64-Bit Integers

ettlz Re:The R program can't do 64 either (334 comments)

The idea of huge, exact numbers is foreign to physicists

Not entirely, sometimes exact arithmetic is useful for quick cross-checks in theoretical physics. And sometimes expressions get churned out with very long, rational coefficients...

more than 4 years ago

Indian Military Hopes to Weaponize the Searing "Ghost Pepper"

ettlz Re:Gas! Gas! Gas! (267 comments)

Wasn't all this foretold in the Bhagavad Gita — some dude who "farted with the munificence of a thousand bums", if I recall correctly.

more than 4 years ago

PA Laptop Spying Inspires FSF Crowdsourcing Effort

ettlz Re:Yet another example of "F"SF using gov force... (135 comments)

OK, the AC is trolling, but assuming it is being serious (it's hard to tell sometimes when it comes to libertarianism):

proprietary software could exist without government through explicit privately-enforceable contracts

What form should this "enforcement" take?

more than 4 years ago



ettlz ettlz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ettlz (639203) writes "It seems that on Tuesday a Fermilab-built assembly holding the so-called "Inner Triplet" superconducting focusing magnets at CERN's Large Hadron Collider buckled under the pressure of 20 atm during a test. Thankfully, no-one was injured. From the article, while "the full cause of the problem is not yet known, failure to account for the asymmetric loads in the engineering design of the magnet appears to be a likely cause ... [a]t this point the consequences, if any, for the LHC schedule are not yet known." Let's just hope they aren't too grave, and we'll still be on course to finding New Physics (if it's there!) next year."

ettlz ettlz writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ettlz (639203) writes "The BBC reports that UK supermarket Tesco is to move into the software market, selling its own brand of software. Like with many supermarket own-brand lines, Tesco is targeting the low-budget consumer. According to the article, the six titles 'would cost less than £20, challenging what [Tesco] described as the current "high" price of PC software.' But with more than enough free security, office and photo-manipulation packages out there, could such marketing really coax the uninformed masses? Or will it just be a backslash in the pan?"



On the sig

ettlz ettlz writes  |  more than 8 years ago

A number of replies to my comments have been on the subject not of the article but the whole "penis evil/gun good" sig thing. Well, I will now confirm that, yes, it is adapted from those opening lines from the 1974 film Zardoz.

The full speech, given by Arthur Frayn through the pitch-shifted PA system in his giant floating head, is:

The gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life, and poisons the earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals.

At this point, I curled up in laughter. And then, only to add to my beseiged ribs, shitloads of rifles, double-barreleds, pistols and ammo are barfed from the gaping mouth of this giant floating head. Sean Connery and his gang take the weapons, and head off to find the locals (all of whom look like something out of a Beckett play — it was filmed in Ireland) and shoot them up.

At this point, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 'twas I who'd been "shooting up", but no — I really saw this! And if you've not seen Zardoz, I really suggest you check it out because it's not a bad piece of science fiction.

To a certain extent, it has been treated somewhat unfairly: many reviewers pass it off as "visually arresting" (which it is: it's beautifully photographed), but otherwise bat-fuck insane. Clearly, they haven't watched enough sci-fi: the Zardoz plotline is a stock item (see, e.g., any episode of Space 1999) and it's quite easy to follow. The look-and-feel is very much of 1970s sci-fi: lots of hippies wandering around in togas (compare with Logan's Run). And it has Charlotte Rampling in it.

In fact, I think Moriarty summed up the whole idea much better than I ever could.

So there you go. Reply to the content, not the sig.

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