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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

jpellino There are 8 Criterion RV-6s on a mountaintop with (230 comments)

primaries, secondaries and tubes coincidentally after I and a budding software engineer who shall remain nameless decided that if a magnifying glass can burn stuff pretty good, then the prime focus should burn stuff REALLY good. It did and I spent the next few days giving the glass their first cleaning in a decade and until last week ( a volunteer retiree with a soft spot for vintage scopes) their only one.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

jpellino Prior art (193 comments)

"engineers had to take control of the car twice during the drive." You mean like many of our parents did reflexively when we were learning how to drive? Not to mention the dent in the passenger side floor where the extra brake pedal wasn't.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

jpellino Out of pocket walking out the door (471 comments)

is all anyone pays attention to. $349 is too much to walk out the door with for the average user who just dropped $199 to walk out the door with the phone. Your theory is correct. The practice at the retail desk may be quite another.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

jpellino Sport. Black. (471 comments)

When it drops to $199. An accessory for your phone shouldn't cost more than the phone. And yes I know there are kids running around with exhaust and rims worth more than the Civic they're bolted to.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

jpellino Re:Global Temps (427 comments)

No, tells me you didn't see the recent data and analysis on Atlantic deep-ocean heat sinks.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

jpellino NXT likely abounds... (115 comments)

with the intro of EV3 - you could put out the call to FLL message boards to see if people retiring their NXT care to pack it up and send it off. It' still perfectly serviceable (and came with more default sensors than EV3) and since you're not fiddling with innards, the new ideas and extensions of contraptions tend to flow fairly well. Any kits you find have been through a half dozen years of middle schoolers - good luck wrecking them.

about a week ago
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How Astrophysicists Hope To Turn the Entire Moon Into a Cosmic Ray Detector

jpellino Finally! (74 comments)

"That's no moon..."

about a week ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

jpellino Yes, I know all that. (326 comments)

Plus I know that nicotine is physically addictive and a software brand is not. His idea that students in schools that use non-free software "can't learn anything" for programming is simply false. I did pay attention to the part where he says "So you should only bring free software to class, except as a reverse engineering exercise." Again, it's like saying you can't buy a car unless you want to learn to build your own (which you can't do because how the bought car works is a secret). "Instrument of unjust power" - give me a break. If that's true about software, then it's true about everything ever printed, broadcast or distributed, and anything you ever purchased, including clothing and food. "Lighten up, Francis." You wanna make an OS? Great. Join the crowd. But don't tell people they are violating people's basic freedom if they don't embrace your disrtibution model and tell them how wrong they are to do so. Just pitch your stuff. If it's good, people will use it. No need to demonize everyone else in the process.

about a week ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

jpellino There are different freedoms. He speaks as if (326 comments)

physical prisons and EULAS are the same thing. I'm sorry, but when you equate educational use of paid software with teaching kids to smoke cigarettes, you've gone 'round the bend.

about two weeks ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

jpellino RMS is less about technology (326 comments)

and more about religion. It's about that dogmatic with him. Does he drive a car?

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

jpellino Re:Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

Any or all of which could be explained by the manner in which the bulb was broken and which body part was involved.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

jpellino Hammocks or bunks. (811 comments)

Everyone can recline. Sheesh. The Navy and prison solved this problem ages ago.

about two weeks ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

jpellino Cannonnnnnnbaaa... (66 comments)

... *LOS*...

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

jpellino No. (206 comments)

No more than my computer should. The owner of the machine has the rights. Next question please.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

jpellino Why dismiss 49% of your market? (48 comments)

Not sure why Intel thinks this is a good idea. Granted, there is lot of headroom in the women's market for tech, but why not make it inclusive and double your market?

about two weeks ago

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