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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

jimhill Re:Nobody wants this (326 comments)

Seriously, fuck this guy. His next step since he can't get anyone to buy his product voluntarily will be to explain to some legislators over dinner (his treat) and maybe a round of golf (ditto) why it's a good idea for them to mandate it. One way or another, our boy Scotty gonna get paid.

about 5 months ago

53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year

jimhill H.G. Wells wrote "The Invisible Man" (360 comments)

Ralph Ellison's book is "Invisible Man". It's hard to take seriously the literary lamentations of someone who biffs something as basic as the titles of the books being lamented.

1 year,29 days

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

jimhill The appropriate response (562 comments)

"You can have my DNA when you suck it out of my dick."

about a year ago

Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins

jimhill Re:Um, me (86 comments)

We were notified last week that Those Who Run The Machine are throwing in the towel on Panasas and are securing a Lustre-based farm for Cielo.

more than 2 years ago

Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins

jimhill Um, me (86 comments)

If the Cray architecture selected for Blue Waters is akin to that of Cielo then UIUC is going to rue -- RUE! -- the day they got in bed with these Cray con-men. The uptime and filesystem stability of Cielo is an absolute dog (as in, at least 2 FS rebuilds per week with data loss accompanying 2 in 5).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?

jimhill Re:Just keep calm... (1059 comments)

Well, that's just bullshit. Go play your children's games somewhere else. The Left has been howling with rage at Obama's civil liberties failures: continuation of Gitmo, expansion of the TSA, refusal to pursue prosecution of Bush torturers, etc.

about 3 years ago

Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"

jimhill Re:Enough of this already (433 comments)

The idea that a man's very name can be placed under legal protections this sweeping is utterly absurd and I think that's what has so many people in a tizzy.

I have no problem with laws allowing the Tolkien estate to prevent someone from publishing "Gutter Sluts by JRR Tolkien" and using the 4-letter symbol on the cover. Being able to deny someone the privilege of even USING the name in another context? That's wack, yo.

more than 3 years ago

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

jimhill Re:Hire some Catholics (478 comments)

For what it's worth, when I clicked "Submit" the site was reporting exactly zero comments on the article. 20 minutes after, it was still reporting exactly zero comments. All I can figure is the site is suffering from the Self Effect.

more than 4 years ago

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

jimhill Hire some Catholics (478 comments)

The dogma of the Immaculate Conception has nothing to do with the Virgin Birth of Christ. The Immaculate Conception was the conception of Mary without the taint of Original Sin.

more than 4 years ago

Options Dwindling For Mars Spirit Rover

jimhill Time to say good night. (120 comments)

We have a tendency to anthropomorphize our gadgets, especially gadgets that move around and do stuff. How many times have we read about "the plucky rover" or "the rover that wouldn't quit" or "the rover that slept with my now-ex-girlfriend, the whore" ?

They're machines. They were designed to do a job for a specific period of time with the expectation that we'd continue to use them until they finally broke down. Spirit has pretty much broken down. It's been a great run and we've gotten a shit-ton of data from it, but it's time to hit the Off switch and release the staff to other projects ... like prepping for the next rover mission.

about 5 years ago

Mediterranean Might Have Filled In Months

jimhill Re:5 million? (224 comments)

Came here for a Felice Landry reference. Leaving satisfied.

more than 5 years ago

Prof. Nesson Ordered To Show Cause

jimhill Re:Too much detail (267 comments)

It sure is. Or something.

more than 5 years ago

Has NASA Found the Lost Moon Tapes?

jimhill "Scoop" ? (222 comments)

Apparently someone forgot to tell NASA that they're a government agency and not some kind of mass-media Nielsen-dependent agency that relies on "scoops" and "special announcements". When they find something, they should announce it immediately. Suppose they'd found these tapes on July 21...would they have thought it appropriate to sit on them until July 20, 2019, just to have something special to go with the 50th anniversary?

more than 5 years ago

Mars Rover "Spirit" In Danger

jimhill Anthropomorphizing again (222 comments)

It's a funny thing...these little machines have done the job they were designed and built to do, done it well, and while I know they're expensive versions of RC cars, there's a part of me that will be sad when they stop working.

more than 6 years ago


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