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Big Asteroid (With Its Own Moon) To Have Closest Approach With Earth Today

gv250 Re:Intellible units... (87 comments)

A Rhode Island is a unit of area. You're looking for football fields.

about a year ago

PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

gv250 Re:Why don't businesses get it? (318 comments)

... no true nerd should ever fall prey to.

... to which no true nerd should ever fall prey.

Just sayin'.

Oh crap.

about a year ago

PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

gv250 Re:Why don't businesses get it? (318 comments)

... no true nerd should ever fall prey to.

... to whom no true nerd should ever fall prey.

Just sayin'.

about a year ago

Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

gv250 Re:It is time (207 comments)

Wow, Data was in Star Wars 3? Please either turn in your geek card or put on this red shirt.

He didn't say that Data was in Star Wars III. He said that Data was in Star Wars 3!

Of course. Since Star Wars is released in trilogies, and keeping in mind that the episode numbering uses Roman numerals, not Arabic, the obvious numbering scheme (ordered by release date, not in-universe date) is:

  • Star Wars 1
    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars 2
    • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars 3
    • Star Wars Episode VII
    • Star Wars Episode VIII
    • Star Wars Episode IX

So, Data will make an appearance in Star Wars 3, probably episode VIII or IX, after Disney buys the Star Trek franchise. Why else would they hire JJ Abrams to direct Episode VII, but to secretly lay the groundwork for the unifying Wars/Trek movie?

about a year ago

Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

gv250 Re:This never happened to me, (812 comments)

"The U.S. postal service ... are also competing against USPS

That explains a lot.

about a year and a half ago

What the FCC's Wi-Fi Expansion Means For You

gv250 Re:same as before, use Cat5 (132 comments)

At the end of the day, electrical signals travel over copper at the speed of light (minus minimal overhead) the same as light does through fiber

Wikipedia disagrees with you: “In copper wire, the speed s generally ranges from .59c to .77c”

about a year and a half ago

Connecticut Groups Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Games

gv250 Re:now they can concentrate on ignoring mentally i (350 comments)

Did they also explain to you that 61 of the last 62 mass shootings took place in "gun free zones" ?

Citation, please? Given that USA experiences a mass killing once every 10 days (and a mass shooting once every 15 days), I find it difficult to believe that your statistic is current.

about a year and a half ago

Boston Declares Health Emergency Due To Massive Flu Outbreak

gv250 Re:Good Advice (316 comments)

Most American employees work for someone who offers sick leave.

I used to believe that. However, I've recently worked for two fortune-100 companies, and one startup spun off from one of them. In each of these companies, leave is called "PTO" or "paid time off." The idea is that you have a single account for earned time off -- you use it whether you are sick or on vacation. In essence, you are required to use vacation days for *every* sick day.

about a year and a half ago

Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays

gv250 Re:2560x1600 should be good for anyone! (661 comments)

You mean that A3, A4, A5 and A6 are all the same shape? That's so ...

... useful.

I really do love living in the USofA, but I friggin hate USian measuring systems.

about 2 years ago

$3,000 Tata Nano Car Coming To US

gv250 Re:Power steering isn't a safety feature. (658 comments)

In Chicago as early as 96, I was taught drivers ed assuming that every car I'd ever used would have it, because it was that fucking common. I doubt even 25% of the population knows how to use non-ABS breaks.

I learned to drive in Illinois in 1979. I doubt 25% of the population then knew how to use non-ABS brakes.

about 2 years ago

AT&T Promises To Expand LTE To More US Markets

gv250 Re:So (105 comments)

A water pipe that can fill a football stadium in 1 minute flat does no good if it will only dispense half a glass of water a month.

Could you phrase that in the form of an automobile analogy?

about 2 years ago

The History of the Floppy Disk

gv250 Re:Yeah , they were pretty unreliable (204 comments)

8" floppies ... never had much traction with large computers.

Are you forgetting the VAX 11/780's console floppy drive? No VAX would have ever booted without it.

No, tapes sucked but then, as now, expensive dick drives had outstanding longevity.

Best typo today.

about 2 years ago

The History of the Floppy Disk

gv250 Re:Read Error (204 comments)

AFAIK no PC used an 8 inch disk (please correct me if I'm wrong)

It depends upon your definition of "PC". The Heathkit H-89 used an 8-inch floppy.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

gv250 Re:So from here on out ... (2416 comments)

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.'

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

gv250 Re:So from here on out ... (2416 comments)

SCOTUS accepted the government's theory that it was a tax. The government advocated two mutually exclusive constitutional theories:

1. Congress has the right to force citizens to enter into commerce, under the commerce clause -- the mandate penalty was just that, a penalty.

2. Congress has the right to tax any behavior it sees fit -- the mandate penalty was, for this purpose, a tax.

SCOTUS rejected the first claim (proving that they do see limits to the commerce clause sometimes), and accepted the second claim. SCOTUS did not create the idea that it was the mandate was a new tax -- the government did.

more than 2 years ago

Pentagon's In-Orbit Satellite Recycling Program Moving Forward

gv250 Re:Pentagon work (115 comments)

Anyone got McGuyver's phone number? I'm sure he can get the robot to do *something* with the duct tape and swizzle stick.

Hmmm, duct tape.
Note to self: Pitch reality TV show to A&E hosted by Richard Dean Anderson and Steve Smith. Contestants must solve high-tech problems using only the household items that they are given. The items always include duct tape and empty beer cans.

more than 2 years ago
top Was FBI Carding Sting, Nets 26 Arrests

gv250 Re:honeypot detect? (181 comments)

How would you actually detect that a website like this is a honeypot?

The 6:00 AM knock on your door.

more than 2 years ago

Opa 1.0 Released

gv250 Re:Link soup (79 comments)

If I tell you it's Katie's birthday today, it would be polite of me to tell you who Katie is. Similarly, a news report should provide, at least epithetically, a description of its subject.

more than 2 years ago

Ethiopia Criminalizes VoIP Services

gv250 Re:Devolution (255 comments)

The U.S. government doesn't allow any other company to deliver letter mail. Why? Because it's protecting its monopoly.

I am completely free to send a letter via any means I choose.

Except, you aren't.

more than 2 years ago



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