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Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

jonyen Stay inside (72 comments)

"Come now, young lad, stay out of the wind or you'll catch Kawasaki disease."

"Aw...but I wanted to go fly my kite today!"

about 5 months ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

jonyen Thanks? (222 comments)

Well, now I understand why hot pockets stay frozen in the middle, but the article doesn't tell me what I can do to heat it up...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

jonyen Re:Get a donation (281 comments)

That should be techsoup.org, no?

about 5 months ago
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Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

jonyen Re:Can a brother get some Python round here? (177 comments)

affirmative_action.py
#!/usr/bin/python

def affirm(lang):
print "Go " + lang + "!"

affirm('Python')

./affirmative_action.py
>> IndentationError: expected an indented block

Alas, it appears that the Slashdot commenting editor is biased against Python code...

about 5 months ago
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NASA Developing Robotic Satellite Refueling System

jonyen Re:There we go (30 comments)

HAL: "I can't allow you to go up there, Dave."

about 6 months ago
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Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC

jonyen Re:Mirroring the human mind... (209 comments)

But it's only going to increase your frustration when it doesn't get frustrated as you want it to...

about 6 months ago
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Texas Sheriffs Crash $250k Drone They're Not Supposed To Be Flying

jonyen Re:Texas Rangers (93 comments)

The eyes, given that the drones exceed the FAA's limit, in case you didn't read the article.

about 6 months ago
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Texas Sheriffs Crash $250k Drone They're Not Supposed To Be Flying

jonyen Texas Rangers (93 comments)

The eyes of the ranger are upon you, and they're quite heavy.

about 6 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

jonyen Re:May the first post be with me (325 comments)

That should just be one fist clenched. The other hand is supposed to be severed by lightsaber.

about 6 months ago
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What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

jonyen Re:Really? MD5? (186 comments)

That was cracked a long time ago.

61cbc1e957dafa852807951536163103

about 6 months ago
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US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

jonyen Re:Oh Noes! (153 comments)

I telnet to getfirefox.org, you insensitive clod!

Why telnet if you can use butterflies to communicate with the server.

Using butterflies would cause too many latency issues, whether you're using the butterflies for direct transmission or generating cosmic rays via the butterfly effect.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

jonyen Re:Free and Inexpensive Alternatives to College (149 comments)

Ditto. I'm also watching the video archive for the Compilers class from Stanford and it's been really helpful to understand more of the underlying structure.

about 8 months ago
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Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified

jonyen Cool! (182 comments)

That's a great place for a datacenter!

about 10 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

jonyen Jet lag (666 comments)

29 hours over 4 time zones... that's another way to get jet lagged.

about a year ago

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It's Time to Build a Real Jurassic Park

jonyen jonyen writes  |  about 7 months ago

jonyen (2633919) writes "Scientists now say they've got enough blood and bone to bring an Ice Age icon kicking and stomping into the modern age. All thanks to a remarkably well-preserved mammoth found in Siberia last summer. "The data we are about to receive will give us a high chance to clone the mammoth," Radik Khayrullin, of the Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists, told The Siberian Times. ...

But even where the necessary genetic material is available, there are still technical issues. Cloning a mammoth would be a more complex procedure than cloning Dolly the sheep. Scientists still need to fully map the genome of the woolly mammoth, a process that is currently around 70 percent complete, before they can determine whether de-extinction is feasible. The chances are good, however, as the revival of the once extinct gastric-brooding frog demonstrates.

But even if it's feasible to bring back extinct species like the mammoth — or even dinosaurs — in the future, would it be a good idea?"

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