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Texting On the Rise In the US

kclittle y wd i want 2 txt? (468 comments)

Why would I actually choose to use some chicklets-keyboard, or way overly-sensitive virtual keyboard, when I can just _call_? I mean, it's a PHONE, gawddamnit!

Signed, Captain Curmudgeon Old Fart

more than 3 years ago

Google Acquires Chip Maker Startup Agnilux

kclittle Advantage Google... (150 comments)

... Apple to serve.

more than 4 years ago

Navy Wants Cyber Weapons That Shoot Data Beams

kclittle Re:What? (123 comments)

In other words, digital data judo...

more than 4 years ago

Google's New Approach For China Is To Serve From Hong Kong

kclittle Re:Yes but how does this mechaincally work (295 comments)

> Past that, the KMT is about as likely to retake the mainland as the Tories are to retake the US.


more than 4 years ago

25 Years of the .com gTLD

kclittle Northrup == oldest surviving? (104 comments)

Looking at that oldest-100 list, it would appear that Northrup is the oldest surviving ".COM" TLD (they were the acquirer in the Grumman deal).
Ah, DEC, we knew ye well...

more than 4 years ago

Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

kclittle Darwin says... (428 comments)

... the laser targeting system listens for the precise wingbeat frequency of the female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito and then zaps only those.

Darwin says, in a generation or two, the frequency changes...

more than 4 years ago

European Credit and Debit Card Security Broken

kclittle Sigh! Go ahead, (245 comments)

... blame Python! :)

more than 4 years ago

New Most Precise Clock Based On Aluminum Ion

kclittle One... (193 comments)

One al-U-men-ee-um, two al-U-men-ee-um, three al-U-men-ee-um...
Yep, pretty accurate, I'd say!

more than 4 years ago

Robotic Audi To Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

kclittle Re:Good thing the robotic car is NOT an Toyota. (197 comments)

That's because of the evil spirit that possesses drivers once they sit behind the wheel of a 'S' series Audi -- I know! :)

more than 4 years ago

75% of Linux Code Now Written By Paid Developers

kclittle Hmmm... (368 comments)

> It's not clear from the article why anyone should perceive a contradiction between having high ideals and getting paid to do something you enjoy.

Sure, it's cool to be able to say that you're paid to work on the Linux kernel. But how many of that paid 75% would do it for free? How many would have to do something else to put food on the table if there were not a corporation to pay them?

What I take away from this is the fact that the Linux "community" is dominated by corporations. In many cases (but not all), for-profit corporations, all trying to compete against several other for-profit corporations named Microsoft, Apple, Google, Oracle, etc.

more than 4 years ago

2-D Avatar To Be Pulled From Theaters In China

kclittle Re:So ... (344 comments)

650,000,000 million women in China, and not a single one with that nose...

more than 4 years ago

2-D Avatar To Be Pulled From Theaters In China

kclittle Re:The link is broken (344 comments)

Hidden Hypertext Transfer Protocol?
Hyperbole Hypertext Transfer Protocol?
Hardly Hypertext Transfer Protocol?

more than 4 years ago

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi

kclittle Get off my Astral Plane! (428 comments)

And stop eating meat OR veggies -- I can hear the carrots scream!

more than 4 years ago

Astronomers Detect the Earliest Galaxies

kclittle Re:Ultra-Blue? (127 comments)

Ok, ok! There were incredibly small amounts of lithium and beryllium produced in the big bang, as in 10e-8 percent or something... :)

more than 4 years ago

Astronomers Detect the Earliest Galaxies

kclittle Re:Ultra-Blue? (127 comments)

I *think* TFA is implying that they can determine the intrinsic color, even when highly red-shifted, and that this intrinsic color is extremely blue due to the lack of any elements other than hydrogen and helium. This would be expected, because no elements heavier than helium had yet been synthesized.

more than 4 years ago

Is a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

kclittle Re:I'm confused about genders and money (467 comments)

Interesting question. Since we got married 37 years ago (OMG!), she has handled 95% of the money management. For every bill I've paid, she's paid hundreds of them. Who knows how to log into the bank website and manage three (four?) accounts? She does. Who had to sit the other down and force them to take notes about where the various money-market and mutual-funds accounts were? She did (I have my notes somewhere...)

But, when it comes to buying computer HW and SW, I do it. :)

more than 4 years ago

Is a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

kclittle OO is a work-alike-mostly-sorta to MS Office... (467 comments)

I have OpenOffice installed on my main PC (XP64), because I don't need much more than the ability to open docs sent to me or that I download. Works fine for what I ask it to do.

But, my wife, who is an MS Office expert, can't stand it. It is just too limited and clunky compared to Office, she says. So, for her PC, I fork out the $$ and buy Office. Oh, and MS Office is on our shared MacBook.

For the "serious user" market, OO is not currently a threat to MS Office. But for the casual, "use it once in awhile" market, it is. Now, given Microsoft's history of competing against incumbent, entrenched players by targeting the bottom end of a market and improving over time with increasingly competitive but still cheaper technology, they are probably very sensitive to seeing OO become the easy choice for the entry-level user.

more than 4 years ago

Grigory Perelman and the Poincare Conjecture

kclittle Re:Who cares? (241 comments)

I'll conjecture that Grigory Perelman doesn't know who Brittany Murphy was, either.

more than 4 years ago



Served a fresh-baked loaf of Sourdough bread:

kclittle kclittle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kclittle (625128) writes "Served a fresh-baked loaf of Sourdough bread:
1) I'll take a crusty end piece.
2) I'll take a middle piece with a bit of crust.
3) I'll eat just the center of a middle piece, and toss the crust.
4) With enough butter, I'll eat erasers.
5) I'll eat whatever Cowboy Neal slops on my plate."

Do you think, just possibly...

kclittle kclittle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kclittle (625128) writes "Do you think that the Clintons, facing probable defeat in their pursuit of the Democratic nomination for Hillary, are Machiavellian enough to keep up her campaign, hoping to assure that the Democrats self-destruct and therefore hand the election to McCain, thus allowing Hillary to try again in 2012?"


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