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Stem Cells Curing Burn-Induced Blindness

jwriney Too late! (54 comments)

Just think - if this had existed a few years ago, they wouldn't have needed to make that godawful Daredevil movie.


more than 4 years ago

Bionic Cat Gets World's First Implant Paws

jwriney Re:We can rebuild him. (225 comments)

That's not even remotely analogous. Pets are not children, no matter how many people insist on redirecting their parenting instincts by calling them "furry kids" and themselves "pet parents".


more than 4 years ago

The Definitive Evisceration of The Phantom Menace *NSFW*

jwriney Shortened version (629 comments)

The movie is terrible. There, I just saved you 69 minutes and 55 seconds.


more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Released

jwriney Hopefully improved. (272 comments)

One of the early releases I downloaded had the amusing "feature" of downloading every message in the background - not just headers, full messages, with attachments. According to the bug report, this was intentional, so that your folders would be accessible without being connected to the network, but it never seemed to know where to stop. It was *constantly* and repeatedly downloading messages, and ate 40 some-odd gigs before I noticed it and went back to 2.


more than 4 years ago

NASA Willing To Team With China; Rumors of a Budget Cut

jwriney What? (200 comments)

Until they stop relying on toxic, storable propellants for their manned launchers, and get a better handle on range safety (referring to the first LM-3B launch which took out a village - how about *no*.

The propellant issue alone ought to be a show-stopper. We knew storable propellants were a horrible idea during Gemini, but did it anyway for expediency. There was legitimate question whether, during an abort, the astronauts would manage to escape what was termed the BFRC - Big F-ing Red Cloud - created when the booster's tanks ruptured and burned.


more than 4 years ago

Keeping Up With DoD Security Requirements In Linux?

jwriney Backports FTW (211 comments)

Congratulations. It's now your job to check every *single* *freaking* *package* where the DISA specs proscribe a particular version, and see whether or not your vendor backported the security fix. Usually the DISA specs will contain a vulnerability id (CVE-ID or similar) that you can reference against. Google is your friend. The overall process is murder. It's a big reason why I got out of government IT. On a related note, I find the Linux vendor practice of keeping old version numbers, but backporting new fixes into their own trees (Red Hat's "version x.y.z-ELsomeothernumber" system for example) to be categorically infuriating, but that's a different rant. --jwriney

more than 5 years ago

How Google's High Speed Book Scanner De-Warps Pages

jwriney Obvious question... (209 comments)

That's cool and all that, but who (or what) flips the pages?


more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

jwriney Re:To be or not to be... (1582 comments)

Sorry, you only get that achievement if you quit browsing Slashdot...


more than 5 years ago

New Star Trek Trailer

jwriney Star Trek Episode One (591 comments)

I half expected Baby Kirk to shout "Yippee!" after jumping out of the 'Vette. Should 'ave just made it a podracer and got it over with.

I was disappointed out of my skull at this.


more than 5 years ago


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