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R2-D2: Mall Cop

funky49 Anyone seen "Chopping Mall"? (139 comments)

There was this boss 80s movie called Chopping Mall about mall security robots killing some teens that snuck into the mall at night to eat pizza and make love.

This story reminds me of that horror movie. Except the teenager part. And the killing part.

But totally the mall security robots part!

1 year,19 days
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

funky49 Idea (603 comments)

In order to protect the TSA agents, the TSA should be disbanded. You can't shoot what's not there!

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

funky49 Thanks but... (603 comments)

No thanks.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

funky49 Easy answer... NO! (418 comments)

Five years ago I invested in a Samsung television. It's been great and I don't want to replace it. It has the features (120hz) and size (52") I want plus looks nice on the wall. I made sure to get LCD versus plasma to help keep electricity costs down. I held off on buying a DLP because I knew I would grow tired of the volume it would take up in the living room. Research showed that the LCD panel was from a Samsung/Sony plant in South Korea with units having a 3% failure rate versus 5% for its competition. Who looks for an excuse to replace their main television frequently? Not me. If you bought something with the intention of replacing or demoting it after a few years of ownership, by all means spend your money.

Steve

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

funky49 Ideas (195 comments)

Primarily, you'll want to build an honest rapport with the other person. Get inside their head a little and allow them to brag A LOT. Ask how they found the place and what they did to change it. You'll want to breeze through all of the high level and important documentation first so you'll have a baseline. Take as much notes as you can. Ask what websites/resources they use to make it easier to follow in their tracks. Explain your situation to them. It will humanize yourself in their mind and you might be able to engage their compassion for you. Perhaps they would be available to answer questions after they leave! Is there budget money for them to be used as a compensated resource? Hopefully they like the idea of helping others and putting some scratch in their pocket.

Bon chance!

Steve

about a year ago
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Rough Roving: Curiosity's Wheels Show Damage

funky49 Fun fact (78 comments)

There's a fun fact about the wheels of Curiosity. They spell out "JPL" in Morse Code in the sand of Mars. :)

about a year ago
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Transporting a 15-Meter-Wide, 600-Ton Magnet Cross Country

funky49 Re:Cross country? (152 comments)

Basically they are moving the instrument to a facility that can make a better stream of particles to steer into it.

about a year and a half ago
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Military Dolphins Discover 1800s Torpedo

funky49 Re: Wait, dolphins? (112 comments)

"creating effective shark deterrents"

Just say it... creating effecting shark repellents.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Look For In a Prosthetic Hand?

funky49 I wish... (173 comments)

... I wish there was a tasteful way to make a Star Wars joke.

Artists always find a way of creating.

about a year and a half ago
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Carmack On VR Latency

funky49 Two Words (94 comments)

Dactyl Nightmare

about a year ago
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Iran Unveils Its Own Stealth Fighter Jet, the Qaher F-313

funky49 More info on GlobalSecurity.org (260 comments)

I love these guys: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/qaher-313.htm

David Cenciotti noted that the plane featured “implausible aerodynamics and Hollywood sheen” and was laughably small for a fighter jet. He also commented thatthe cockpit was far too basic for a sophisticated aircraft, and appeared “similar to those equipping small private planes. ... The nose section is so small almost no radar could fit in it ... The air intakes are extremely small, whereas the engine section lacks any kind of nozzle: engine afterburners could melt the entire jet. ... It looks like this pilot is in a miniature plane” and it appeared “nothing more than a large mock-up model.” Iran also broadcast video footage of the Qaher F-313 in flight, which Cenciotti said appeared to fly like a “radio-controlled scale model more than a modern fighter jet.” He also noted it was suspect that Tehran did not release takeoff and landing footage of its new aircraft.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

funky49 Re:From a US citizen (425 comments)

I'll help you with your math. "Keep the monkey alive" > "not damaging a warhead"

I will keep my hopes up while knowing the pursuits of Iran/NK have evil alternatives. What I won't do is paint everything I see with negativity. That's not how I want to live. Please, continue living your life with your way. I will celebrate the good news when I see it.

Steve

about 2 years ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

funky49 Re:From a US citizen (425 comments)

Thank you AC for pointing out the obvious. Since Iran and North Korea share missile technology, you can assume what one can do, the other can do. This Slashdot story was different. There was a directive to keep an animal alive. This knowledge and ability to keep that monkey safe for the trip gives me hope. I'm not going to apologize for focusing on the positives. Eat shit, coward.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

funky49 From a US citizen (425 comments)

Congrats Iran!

about 2 years ago
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The Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Mile (Video)

funky49 Not so gutted Re:A Museum Piece now... (101 comments)

Actually, Discovery serves as the "Vehicle of Record" among the retired shuttles. Atlantic & Endevour have donated a lot more parts to the SLS program.

“If using components off of the orbiters can help that happen, then we’re all for that, so I think we came to a good compromise in the sense of pretty much leaving Discovery as the vehicle of record. We didn’t take as much out of Discovery, but then we are taking out of Endeavour and Atlantis those components so that we can help SLS, so I think it was a good compromise between the programs.”

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/03/vehicle-record-sls-discovery-mps/

more than 2 years ago
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50% of Tweets Consumed Come From .05% of Users

funky49 Re:Which is what it's good for. (141 comments)

The key to Twitter is this: If you follow people that you don't find interesting, you won't find Twitter interesting. If you're picky about who you follow, it can be an information junkie's best friend.

Please mod up this kind soul who gets it. Twitter is a Swiss Army Knife. Don't complain about the toothpick when you should be using the scissors. Use the tool how you like.

@funky49

more than 3 years ago
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BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps

funky49 Blackberry Playbook (158 comments)

I was at a Blackberry event earlier this week (stuffed myself mad with shrimp, clams & crab legs!) and noticed that the Playbook could run multiple environments and not just BB6. One of the other environments was Webkit. Well Chrome is made from Webkit and on Monday I got a CR-48 from Google so I asked the guy if the Playbook would be able to run ChromeOS. He hemmed and hawed and I interjected that I had to ask something good because my boss was in the crowd. He ended up telling the crowd to watch for upcoming news about what exactly the Playbook could run.

I was amused.

more than 3 years ago

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New science raps from funky49 - Dirty Apes Discove

funky49 funky49 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

funky49 writes "BEATS, BASS AND BEAKERS! Rapbassador, the album funky49 created to promote Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry now has a sequel: Dirty Apes Discover Science. This release is aimed at the nerds, geeks, scientists and engineers who need some hip-hop in their life. It is also for rap fans who have had their fill of songs about cars and jewelery.

Dirty Apes Discover Science is a genre-spanning work with influences from dubstep, electro-house, R&B to old school hip-hop. In the lead track “Science Like Us”, the scientific method (observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, conclusion) is amazingly distilled into 8 bars of rap. “Gene Swap” humorously delves into the under-represented biological side of sex. There is praise for the humble particle in “My Electron” as well as jabs at the willful ignorance by the Insane Clown Posse. Kudos are given to everyone’s favorite internet company with “Google That”. Personal to funky49, there is mad love for the scientist/inventor in “Ben Franklin is my BFF”. The track “Particle Business” highlights the quest to discover how the universe evolved and the David and Goliath-like competition of discovery that existed between CERN in Europe, and Fermilab, outside of Chicago, IL. A music video for “Particle Business” was shot at various locations at Fermilab and was created by Dan Lamoureux of Nerdcore for Life acclaim.

Dirty Apes Discover Science download links:
http://funky49.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-apes-discover-science
http://funky49.com/tracks/albums/DADS/funky49_DirtyApesDiscoverScience.zip"

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Fermilab Battles Back in Rap!

funky49 funky49 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

funky49 (182835) writes "In the summer of 2008, a hip-hop tribute to CERN’s massive new European particle collider took the web by storm. Since then, “The Large Hadron Rap” has garnered more than 5.7 million views on Youtube. But today, the “O.G.” of particle colliders, Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois battles back with it’s own hip-hop song and music video.

"Particle Business" highlights the quest to discover how the universe evolved and the David and Goliath-like competition of discovery between the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, CERN in Europe, and Fermilab, outside of Chicago, IL. Their goal, the Higgs-Boson, a fundamental particle thought to give matter mass, theorized but as yet unable to be measured. Particle Business combines a phat hip-hop beat with lyrics about particle physics, limits on science funding, the competitive-collaboration that exists in science research and urging people to watch television like Mr. Wizard's World and Carl Sagan's Cosmos instead of the entertainment of MTV."

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Free album to promote Tampa's MOSI

funky49 funky49 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

funky49 writes "I've released a online album to promote my hometown science museum, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry! Your ears will be treated to hip-hop, house, electro-breaks and punkish music with lyrics inspired by MOSI and their new Body Worlds exhibit! Included in the free download are lyrics and pictures that accompany each song. Please enjoy the sounds at http://www.rapbassador.com/ The following is the tracklisting to further entice you: 01 mad science 02 thats not IMAX 03 the future is calling 04 your body (is a world) 05 MOSI got the party 06 still nerdy 07 still nerdy [chopped & funked mix] 08 starblazer [2009 mixdown]"
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