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Navy Planning To Build Laser Cannon In Four Years

frankmu Just wait (195 comments)

Will the Wave Motion Gun be next?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?

frankmu Print a book (499 comments)

Totally agree with you regarding photos. I use iPhoto to print out books of our family trips, then send copies to the grandparents. You have off site storage, and don't have to worry about finding the correct media player. The kids are able to read it whenever they want to. It's fun to watch my kids snuggle up with their grandparents on the couch with books, not as easy with a laptop or tablet.

about 3 years ago
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Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux

frankmu Makes sense (500 comments)

In light of the Stuxnet virus and Iranian centrifuge sabotage , I'm surprised that the Russians didn't drop Microsoft sooner.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

frankmu Maybe, if my kids had the drive and smarts (391 comments)

I compared my wife's school (a Liberal Arts School in Western Mass) with my own (Pac 10 school in Puget Sound). The only thing the schools shared were the school colors. The difference is really the people you go to school with. I went to classes (with hundreds of students) lectured by Nobel Laureates, but in fact got the bulk of teaching by the TA's. My classmates were good people, looking for a professional career, but nothing spectacular. My wife, on the other hand, had no class bigger than 100. There were a lot of really bright people. It's really unnerving sometimes watching "The Daily Show" and my wife casually mention that the guest lived across the hall in the freshman dorm. I guess, if my kids have the brain and drive to make it at a school like that, I would definitely scrape together the money.

more than 3 years ago
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Hands-On With Google's Cr-48

frankmu Got one in the mail (158 comments)

Posting from a Cr-48 right now. One question I have is how Google will get feedback from me. I suppose the machine will send back information to the mothership ever now and then. It's interesting experience using the machine right now. There are things that you expect to use on a regular linux laptop that is not available, like software. The experience is more like using an iPad, but without the apps. The apps are just html5 websites, I think. I would like to have a VNC app which would let me do some remote applications. We've seen many different types of "internet appliances", but this may be the best one yet. I have a whole bunch of internet appliances in my garage, including the 3com audrey and a FrontPath ProGear. (yes, I have no life) I can see Google giving these things out like razor handles.

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight

frankmu Re:ill-informed nonsense (278 comments)

It was Aloha Airlines flight 243, not Hawaiian. My mother fortunately missed flying on that airplane by taking an earlier flight.

more than 4 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

frankmu Re:If women are so smart . . . (928 comments)

It's not just the South. My female (blond) medical school classmates at Michigan State told me they would routinely say they were majoring in Hotel/Restaurant Management when bar hopping. Most men (at least those who go bar hopping on Grand River Ave) are fearful of attractive, smart women. I'm lucky to have married someone smarter than me... so I never understood that. My mother was very smart though, and that may make a difference. Hopefully, my boys will find someone smart like their mother.

more than 4 years ago
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Psystar Crushed In Court

frankmu Re:So what if you own one of these machines? (640 comments)

I hereby declare Psystar to be a reverse trojan horse. Apple created Psystar so they could sue themselves and once and for all crush any thoughts companies might have of trying to produce generic Apple-compatible platforms for OSX.

this should be modded "insightful"

more than 4 years ago
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How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

frankmu Pulse Smart Pen (823 comments)

livescribe.com sells the Pulse Smart Pen. It can also record the lecture while transcribing your handwriting. the best thing however, is to get last years notes, and bring it with you. then you can read along. professors usually have the same script year after year.

more than 4 years ago
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Astronaut Group Endorses Commercial Spaceflight

frankmu Re:The Augustine report ? (144 comments)

Well, slashdot has to pay the bills too, ya know.

more than 4 years ago
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My sense of direction is ...

frankmu Re:Ocean orienting (520 comments)

I agree. My wife has me driving whenever I go home to Honolulu (she's from Michigan). However, she knows the direction to every shopping center/mall within 30 miles of my parents house, and routinely goes on her own.

more than 5 years ago
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Celebrate Your Next Birthday At the Microsoft Store

frankmu Re:Follow the Sony example (301 comments)

Does anyone remember the Microsoft store at the Metreon? It was set up like those temporary holiday sausage stores you see in the mall around christmas time. I couldn't figure it out then either (Microsoft, not the summer sausages)

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Planning Video-Call iPhone

frankmu Re:Keep the camera opposite the screen (268 comments)

thanks for the insight. this would explain my kids behavior with their grandparents. we use iChat, but the kids hate teleconferencing unless they are showing off cool background effects. my parents enjoy seeing the kids goof off anyway, so it works out in the end.

more than 4 years ago
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How do you get to work?

frankmu Re:Missing option: (887 comments)

the Slashdot guys grew up and live in Michigan. I think GM made it illegal to walk in the 1940's.

more than 5 years ago

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