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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

kaizendojo Re:Conglomerate rock (63 comments)

No; you can actually find people who admit to being into Mars rocks.

8 hours ago
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Update: Mangalyaan's Main Engine Test Fired, Maven In Orbit

kaizendojo Will Robinson. Seriously? (25 comments)

I guess it's appropriate, but seriously funny.

about 2 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

kaizendojo Hate to break it to ya, but.... (1134 comments)

..MOST mainstream games encourage the commoditization of and violence against EVERYONE. Men, women, small pets, inanimate objects.....

about 3 months ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

kaizendojo Check the news (107 comments)

One was just sighted this weekend off the coast of New Jersey.

about 5 months ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

kaizendojo Re:Speaking of editors (135 comments)

I never have mod points when I need 'em.... this made my day as well....

about 5 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

kaizendojo Tosh.0 (396 comments)

Sounds like a round of "Is It Racist?"

about 5 months ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

kaizendojo Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

And do what, pay back those taxi drivers that already bought their hack license? Sure, that'll happen. Cause the government loves to give back money.

about 5 months ago
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H R Giger dead: Alien artist and designer died aged 74

kaizendojo Thanks for the nightmares... (2 comments)

... that were created by your dreams. Giger's work was instantly recognizable, unique and fantastic. He'll be missed.

about 6 months ago
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Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement

kaizendojo Re:if you want your day in court (215 comments)

Everyone should know by now that the only people who get rich in ANY LEGAL actions are the lawyers.

Fixed that for you.

about 6 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

kaizendojo Sure, *now* he starts worrying about security.... (140 comments)

All those years selling Windows and security was an after thought... Probably just doesn't wnat anyone taking pictures of that godawful Metro GUI.

about 7 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kaizendojo Re:Contact info for the relevant human garbage (798 comments)

And If you're looking for the Superintendant of the District: Bille Rondinelli, Superintendent brondinelli@southfayette.org

about 7 months ago
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MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers

kaizendojo Re:I blame Beta (92 comments)

Yes, because if you come here from an RSS link and choose to go to the classic site, you're looped right back into beta. It's more than an annoyance and it took me a few tries befoer I figured out that I was better off cut and pasting the link in direct. I'm really starting to sour on the whole experience - and since 90% of what /. posts lately is stuff that I've already seen on a number of my source feeds, the only reason to come here is for the comments - whcih beta is making it hard to get to. Give it a rest Dice. Slashdot is never going to be a major profit center. Either give it up, or lose all readership.

about 8 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

kaizendojo And if they did.... (226 comments)

all the articles would be lamenting how MS gave the kiddies the tools to hack. Maybe all these authors can get off their asses and instead of commenting how bad MS/Apple/Google/Samsung/Etc. are maybe they could do something of value to the effort themselves. Oh, that's right - it's much easier to write and point fingers.

about 8 months ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

kaizendojo Sorry folks... (232 comments)

but I can't feel bad for anyone that trusted a 'bank' called Mt. Gox or 'bankers' named PirateAt40.

about 8 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

kaizendojo Re:Mt.Gox has a long history of problems, Bitcoin (695 comments)

No, banks are protected by the FDIC. Mt.Gox is like leaving your money under the mattress in a hotel and then expecting it to be there when you come back again.

about 9 months ago
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Major Vulnerability In Tinder Dating App Allowed User Tracking

kaizendojo Re:Welcome to 2 days ago (23 comments)

+1 - (Never have the damn mod points when I need them!)
Thanks for an informative and lucid reply to an off handed comment.

about 9 months ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Pledges To Compensate Users For Stolen Bitcoins

kaizendojo Re:Criminals with honour! (84 comments)

>B of A and Target credit cards users are protected by Visa/MC/FDIC. Define 'protected'.

about 9 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

kaizendojo Re:What power laser pointers are doing this? (445 comments)

I have a handlheld green light pen laser that runs off of two AAA cells and I can hit clouds quite easily. When demoing for friends I have to be particulary careful as my town is in the flight path of a major airport. I'm confident that if I wanted to (and I don't, of course) I could easily hit any one of the planes on approach.

about 9 months ago

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YouTube adds facial blurring to protect the innocent (or the guilty)

kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kaizendojo writes "YouTube has added another feature to its enhancements tool, allowing you to automate the process of blurring out people's faces in your photos. Its makers are quick to add that it's still an emerging technology, and that it may still miss out on faces depending on lighting obstructions and video quality. YouTube cites footage from human rights issues for bringing the idea forward, where identification of those involved could prove dangerous. You'll be able to preview how it looks, and if you choose to include the blurred option, a new copy is made to avoid losing the unedited original."
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Microsoft to follow Apple into the malls

kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kaizendojo (956951) writes "Microsoft's very real brick-and-mortar stores are not too far off now, and it looks like Gizmodo got its hands on a Powerpoint presentation purportedly from "design and brand strategy" consultant firm Lippicott for how these retail outlets might turn out. The presentation overall is reminiscent of Apple's stores, complete with its own "Answer Bar" for troubleshooting. http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/24/microsoft-store-concept-revealed-in-leaked-design-presentation/"
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GM, Segway team up on prototype personal vehicle

kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kaizendojo (956951) writes "USA Today reports General Motors is teaming with Segway, the scooter company, to develop a battery-powered vehicle to cut urban congestion and pollution. The companies plan to announce the partnership Tuesday in New York, where they are testing a prototype of the partially enclosed, two-seat, two-wheel scooter. The venture is called Project PUMA, for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility. The companies hope to recruit partners, such as cities or colleges, to set up Puma travel lanes, like bicycle lanes. They'd be used to test the vehicles and their on-board wireless communicators designed to keep them safely apart and even operate them while drivers do other tasks."
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Bury me with my cellphone

kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kaizendojo (956951) writes "We take them with us to the dinner table, the bedroom, even the bathroom stall. But in recent years, some of us have started taking our beloved cell phones someplace really startling: the grave. "It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them," says Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for Hollywood Forever, a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. "It's a trend with BlackBerrys, too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy." Anecdotal evidence suggests being buried with a favorite tech device is on the upswing. The Future Laboratory, a London-based think tank, has commented on the behavior, noting it in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. But experts are seeing it happen in the United States as well."
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Sirens you can feel

kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  about 6 years ago

kaizendojo (956951) writes "You're in the car and you've got the radio cranked up insanely loud. Chances are, you're not going to hear that ambulance siren wailing behind you. Soon, even if you can't hear it, you'll be able to feel when an emergency vehicle is coming.

Oklahoma's largest ambulance company will become the first ambulance service in the nation to outfit its entire fleet with new Howler sirens, designed to emit low-frequency tones that penetrate objects within 200 feet — such as cars — to alert drivers.

As opposed to simply requiring drivers not to play their music so "insanely loud" that they can't hear warnings??"

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Change...good for country, bad for NASA?

kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  about 6 years ago

kaizendojo (956951) writes "While everyone is either celebrating or lamenting the new commander in chief, there are at least a few people who are worried about other changes — The House Science committee lost at least 3 strong NASA supporters with the outgoing congress. What this means for NASA as well as the NASA contractors that were located in the states served by those polticos is yet to be determined."
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kaizendojo kaizendojo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kaizendojo writes "Robert X. Cringely writes in this week's Pulpit about a music sharing site that is based in part on an idea he had years ago, and then revisted in a later article. "The new service is called NetTunes (it's in this week's links) and was built, according to lead developer Robert Stromberg, by combining my ideas with his. The major difference between NetTunes and Snapster is that while Snapster was based on joint ownership of the music, NetTunes is based on a music-lending model. There is nothing in U.S. copyright law that says you can't lend your DVD or CD to a friend or neighbor to watch or listen to. They aren't supposed to copy it, of course, but the concept doesn't preclude multiple physical copies (backups are allowed, remember, as is redeployment on other media like tapes or iPods) so much as multiple simultaneous USES of the content. So if you lend your copy of Led Zeppelin IV to some buddy with a hot date, you'd better not play it that evening at your home, that is unless you bought a second physical copy of the record or CD. NetTunes virtualizes the whole music-lending function. You join the service, then either upload your music just like to any other music locker service, or you just register the albums and songs you own and link to them through NetTunes in much the same way that you did in the pirate heyday of Napster, the original P2P music-sharing sensation." Sounds interesting, but how long will this be stay under the RIAA's radar? My guess would be they are already preparing legal briefs as we speak..."

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