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2009, Year of the Linux Delusion

hotdiggitydawg Pot, meet Kettle (696 comments)

The article goes on to skewer the year of Linux thing that seems to show up on pretty much every tech news site throughout December and January as lazy editors round out their year with softball trolling stories and "Year End Lists." We should compile a year-end list about this :)

Taco whinging about lazy editors... there's a hypocrite for you. Is the difference between Slashdot and all those "other" tech news sites the fact that Slasdot editors are lazy year-round? How about getting your own house in order pal!

more than 5 years ago

2,100-Year-Old Antikythera Device Recreated In Working Form

hotdiggitydawg Re:Failed Order (258 comments)

I see you are a Dell customer...

more than 5 years ago

Drilling Hits an Active Magma Chamber In Hawaii

hotdiggitydawg Re:I bet that got interesting... (251 comments)

To paraphrase the back of one of my favorite T-shirts:

"I'm a volcanologist. If you see me running, try to keep up."

more than 5 years ago

Plethora of New User Space Filesystems For Mac OS X

hotdiggitydawg Re:News? (225 comments)

How is this news while the Mac Blue Screen problem upon upgrade thing isn't mentioned anywhere on the front page? (It was news on other sites yesterday.)

It will be on Slashdot - you're just a few months early.

more than 5 years ago

Christmas Tree Made From 70 SCSI Hard Drives

hotdiggitydawg Must be the BOFH (248 comments)

Instead of formatting every hard drive (would have taken weeks performing a DoD level wipe) and disposing them all together with the servers, I decided to disassemble the hard drives and recycle them into something neat... The Xmas tree is made with parts from hard drives only except for one nut which I had to purchase for $0.39.

Sounds like you already had a nut - the one building the tree. I'm guessing you either:

  • grossly exaggerated the business requirement for a DoD-level wipe; or
  • have BOFH-style job security; or
  • better polish up your CV once your boss realises what you've done

more than 5 years ago

Chinese Automaker Unveils First Electric Car

hotdiggitydawg Re:Uh, what? (341 comments)

Rolls Royce plc maybe?

Yeah, because they completely suck at making cars... ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Experts Say To Switch Browsers In Light of IE Vulnerability

hotdiggitydawg Re:another OS (455 comments)

It was a typo on his part, the result of an "ID-ten-T" error...

more than 5 years ago

iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Share; MS Releases iPhone App

hotdiggitydawg Re:Innovation pays (269 comments)

What you experienced is generally known to others as something called a "hallucination."

The part where he thought he had a girlfriend? Or the part where he thought a female would voluntarily be in his vicinity with her eyes open?

more than 5 years ago

Chinese Automaker Unveils First Electric Car

hotdiggitydawg Re:Uh, what? (341 comments)

Not quite. Pick a powertrain vendor instead of a tire vendor and you've got an appropriate analogy.

more than 5 years ago

Chinese Automaker Unveils First Electric Car

hotdiggitydawg Re:Charging an electric car (341 comments)

Do what they do for gasoline pumps - put it up high on one side, and get a long enough cord to connect it. If you want maximum flexibility, why not connect it to the ceiling above the center of the car (maybe with a small boom to assist with cable management)? That will keep it out of your way while walking around the vehicle, yet still make it visually obvious whenever it is plugged in.

more than 5 years ago

Great Games To Put On a Free PC?

hotdiggitydawg Re:Couple ideas... (634 comments)

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (great role-based strategic shooter, inexplicably free)

I second the vote for WolfET too... It's free pricetag made it very popular. There were plenty of servers back in the day, so it should still be pretty easy to find somewhere with a decent ping for an online rumble.

more than 5 years ago

Great Games To Put On a Free PC?

hotdiggitydawg Re:Freeciv (634 comments)

FreeCiv is a freeware version of Civilization that I still play. They have linux and windows releases.

I second that. Great version of a classic game, and highly addictive. I've lost more hours than I care to count playing this one...

more than 5 years ago

Japanese Scientists Claim To Reconstruct Images From Brain Data

hotdiggitydawg Obligatory Cheap Trick (276 comments)

The dream police, they live inside of my head.
The dream police, they come to me in my bed.
The dream police, they're coming to arrest me, oh no.

You know that talk is cheap, and those rumors ain't nice.
And when I fall asleep I don't think I'll survive the night, the night.

cause they're waiting for me.
They're looking for me.
Every single night they're driving me insane.
Those men inside my brain.

The dream police, they live inside of my head.
(live inside of my head.)

more than 5 years ago

Japanese Scientists Claim To Reconstruct Images From Brain Data

hotdiggitydawg Re:Kinda neat, not that exciting though (276 comments)

Can we "keep images in our heads" at all? ...I'm free-balling here, mind.

Dear Lord, now I'm wishing I could get that image out of my head...

more than 5 years ago

Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

hotdiggitydawg Ask Richard Buckland (962 comments)

Ask Richard Buckland. If you're able to get through to him I think he'd have some great ideas for you, because this very subject is one of his greatest passions.

No thread on teaching programming to kids would be complete without a shout out to him. He has a freakish ability to make the most dry, technical, theoretical computer science topics highly entertaining, engaging and educational. I've been fortunate enough to see him in action a few times, the guy is a brilliantly talented teacher. There's a reason he's been given award after award for the quality of his teaching - he cares, and he's unbelievably good at it.

more than 5 years ago

Why a Music Tax Is a Bad Idea

hotdiggitydawg Re:While we're at it... (194 comments)

Let's tax birds singing too.

If they come anywhere near me, the penalty for "tax avoidance" will be administered by 12-gauge...

more than 5 years ago

I Backup My Personal Data..

hotdiggitydawg Re:umm... daily (393 comments)

Has a tiny windows disk on it so dumb thieves will think it's just a small or broken drive.

What about the thief who takes the time to plug your drive in, in order to check the capacity to decide if it is therefore worth stealing? You know, the same guy who will spend hours on your internet connection while robbing your house appraising each and every item of furniture, silverware, electronics, etc. to maximize the return for his risk?

I hate that guy.

Seriously, in any robbery the guy will be gone in a couple of minutes tops. Less for an opportunistic theft (eg. laptop bag from a public library). At that point it matters not whether the thief "thinks" the drive is 20Mb or 1Tb, it has already gone and you ain't getting it back. Even if you succeed in fooling him, your drive gets discarded in the nearest dumpster/drain/river/etc. So why bother complicating things with a dummy partition? ...unless you're trying to fool clueless customs officials who choose to "inspect" your drive at the border.

more than 5 years ago

Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking Gun

hotdiggitydawg Re:What about heredity? (285 comments)

The herpes family of viruses is certainly one of the most "successful." It's everywhere.

To emphasise the point (same article, second paragraph):

"Epstein-Barr virus occurs worldwide, and most people become infected with EBV sometime during their lives. In the United States, as many as 95% of adults between 35 and 40 years of age have been infected."

more than 5 years ago

First Superconducting Transistor Created

hotdiggitydawg Re:Gift for understatement (124 comments)

Back in the 80s, I remember LN pricing (in commercial/industrial quantities) being around $0.05 per liter (roughly $0.20 per US gallon). This FAQ suggests that the price is now around $0.50 per gallon in quantity.

...which makes it significantly cheaper than gasoline. Here's a thought: I wonder how much energy is released as it boils, and how that compares to a gasoline combustion engine. Sure, maybe we'd need more liquid volume, but it's cheaper per unit volume... and its not a Greenhouse gas either - it's 79% of the atmosphere already!

more than 5 years ago



hotdiggitydawg hotdiggitydawg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hotdiggitydawg (881316) writes " is hosting a paper that comes to some interesting conclusions (PDF warning) relating to the undead, based on sound scientific principles. Geometric progression is used to show that vampires cannot exist, while Newton's laws show that the movies are wrong if indeed ghosts exist at all. And while they couldn't prove the nonexistence of zombies, they at least managed to come up with a more plausible explanation."


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