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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

jpellino More like the "Laptop of Muwhahhahahahaha..." (334 comments)

Yes, people occasionally die of it, but for this or any jihadist to think Y. pestis is an effective way to wipe unbelievers from the earth is naive. The range of antibiotics that take care of it is pretty readily available, and the "plague" bacteria are not currently "medically resistant" to them. "When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours," is hardly rigorous clinical testing. You'd learn more about how to properly culture bacteria from any academic microbiology lab manual. "Use small grenades with the virus, and throw them in closed areas like metros, soccer stadiums, or entertainment centers ... Best to do it next to the air-conditioning. It also can be used during suicide operations." Means they're spitballing this stuff. This is no more instructive than watching a half season of "24".

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

jpellino Re:35mm film (565 comments)

Yup. Ain't no purple fringing on Velvia.

yesterday
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

jpellino Can we trust the report? (153 comments)

What's the old saying? There is no izvestia in Pravda, and no pravda in Izvestia.

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

jpellino Very. I live in New England. (191 comments)

In one of the more active areas. So I'm prepared for Mag 2-ish, which means a walk around the house to check for tumbled tchotchkes and tremor-induced feline fecal eruptions. I am however prepared for our natural disaster of choice, the hurricane. Generator, water casks, camp stove, decent pantry - as Garrison Keillor mentions, when I break open the long-forgotten can of water chestnuts, I'll need to turn-to...

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

jpellino Re: Dobsonian (185 comments)

John once fixed one of our balky home-built donated units with a disassembled 8" floppy. The disk itself and one side of the felt-lined carrier were perfect AZ bearing materials.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

jpellino First scope but upgrade the eyepiece (185 comments)

A plossl or super plossl (dont spend too much). Adding a barlow to the mix helps.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

jpellino Re: Dobsonian (185 comments)

I think you mean John Dobson

about a week ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

jpellino "I'm just one man." (142 comments)

said Ballmer "how much skull-peeling screaming can I do?"

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

jpellino Call Dr. Jeremy Stone... (117 comments)

he knows what to do with stuff that hitchhikes on spacecraft.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

jpellino Re:Tetris (419 comments)

"Kids get in the car. We're goin' to Ikea!" Fixed that for ya.

about two weeks ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

jpellino Srsly? People can't drive cars at 2x bicycle (107 comments)

... speeds without hilarity ensuing. They already have gravity HELPING them stick to the ground, with giant bright lines and concrete barriers and street lights and signs everywhere reminding them not to be jackasses. And still 30,000 people die this way in the US alone every year. What on earth makes anyone think millions of people will be better trying to do this in mid-air at twice the speed with no barriers, lines, lights or sticky-safe gravity? "But air travel is much safer" - sure, with two highly-trained professionals at the yoke, with miles of horizontal separation and thousands of feet of vertical separation with dozens of highly-trained professionals advising them on how to avoid the next perfectly natural thing that might drop them and their hundred+ passengers out of the sky. There are 600K +/- private pilots in the US. There are 200M +/- licensed drivers. I love bopping around in a Skylane as much as the next person, but do I want even 10x more private pilots / planes in the skies? Heck no!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

jpellino Try growing and harvesting and processing corn, (123 comments)

wheat, soybeans, milk or eggs and eating same with your "bare hands and mouth". You think the line is drawn at fish?

about three weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

jpellino Promising... (97 comments)

as right now most doctors won't communicate by any means but an office visit - no fax, no email, no direct phone calls, everything else goes through an assistant. Puzzling seeing how personal medicine is.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

jpellino Any reason not to... (502 comments)

sign up with a solar lease for my house, flatten my mains bill for 20 years and THEN go buy a volt / leaf / pip / tesla? Or is this subject to the dreaded fine print?

about three weeks ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

jpellino Heh heh... well played (116 comments)

(as I was going to say of course /. is immune from such pettiness...)

about three weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

jpellino For another $90 & 114gm... (172 comments)

you get an iPad mini. Even Amazon figured this angle out. So this is not really surprising.

about a month ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

jpellino Second mouse... (172 comments)

gets the cheese.

about a month ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

jpellino Delphi... WELL... (116 comments)

damn those were heady days. Substantive discussions. Thoughtful comments. My how things have degraded in just about any forum you care to pick.

about a month ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

jpellino Re:ORLY? (138 comments)

IF ONLY they went after other rodents - they've cleared my lot of bugs, but they couldn't care less that there are voles about.

about a month ago

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