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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

kencurry I told you no big phones! (420 comments)

Shit, I'm dead only a year or two and then this crap - seriously?

Yours Posthumously,
Steve Jobs

5 days ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

kencurry seat rage (819 comments)

It's what's happening at 30,000 feet!

about three weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

kencurry Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Nuclear weapons are serious technology; maybe the most serious tech that we possess. I do believe that this story belongs on slashdot for that reason alone.

about a month ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

kencurry Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

No, if you or I did this, we are violating the LAW.

When the brave officer did this, he was just doing his VERY DANGEROUS JOB. /sarcasm

about a month ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

kencurry Re:What next (247 comments)

Eventually, we will find that the original 2D system from which we are projected is itself a projection of a different kind; i.e., "it's holograms all the way down"

about a month ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Who pays the ticket? (475 comments)

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.

about a month ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

Why not? are you saying you never speed? If you trust the car to stop, why not trust the car to speed up?

about a month ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Rolling roadblocks (475 comments)

Hopefully google programmers put in "cheat-up speed a little if traffic allows" subroutine. That would be awesome.

about a month ago

Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

kencurry Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

Then you would have a 12,000 dollar fridge (I'm assuming this is commercially done, not a DIY), which would require service updates. Some people would buy that, but large majority would stick with the current "pretty nice" fridge for 2000 or less, and spend the money elsewhere.

If you are speaking of a DIY project, that's a different analysis, and could be fun. Good luck if that is what you meant.

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

kencurry I've been through both styles with my kids (421 comments)

I Had my older two kids in elementary with a year-round system; now our two younger kids are in traditional. When I first heard about the year-round in our school district (Vista, CA, '90s) I had the same thoughts as "what? kids need summer break, just like I had etc." What I found was that, as far as total days of schooling, it's the same. As far as having working parents, scheduling day care, and being able to take family vacations, year-round is better.

Now, with my younger kids back in traditional, I miss the year round. Summers are a pain to manage, kids get bored, and you have to pull kids out of school to go skiing or visit friends in Europe in October.

So, given a choice, I would go back to year round.

about a month and a half ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

kencurry Adventure, Indy Jones style (246 comments)

Requisite components:
Exotic city
Pretty woman
Valuable antiquities
Foe, to be vanquished
Adoring mob

about 1 month ago

Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

kencurry Re:Saved the earth (54 comments)

Maybe the difference would be small, but it's much more probable that the impact of that tiny change, and its accumulated consequences century after century, billions of generations of bacteria later, would have changed everything.

Not really, for the same reason that killing one mosquito generally won't make any difference, ...

Two types of analysis:

Macro view: Killing a few mosquitoes won't affect overall dynamic equilibrium, the next few millennia are more or less the same as viewed from 30,000 ft.
Micro view: Killing a few mosquitos prevented malaria from spreading to the Berg clan, who became more powerful and wiped out the Valley clan, completely rewriting history for a particular territory of a particular mammal.

about 2 months ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

kencurry Shocker (266 comments)

He lied to congress ... well I never.

Seriously, who ever thought that was a trustworthy guy to begin with?

about a month ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

kencurry Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

fat kid: "... a 6-ft tall turkey, big deal!"

Dr. Grant: "...just remember, you are alive when they start to eat you, so try to show a little respect, okay?"

about 2 months ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

kencurry Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

You hit on a hot topic for me. I live in San Diego, which has beautiful weather almost all the time, and yet nearly every building, restaurant, office etc. is sealed up tight with the AC on blast. Such a waste. C'mon architects and city planners of the future, we can do better!

about 2 months ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

kencurry Re:let me solve this right now (552 comments)

l ... and the best way to do that is third world education and poverty elimination ... and the best way to do that is to maximize economic growth ...

Dude, "maximize growth", that was point three, and you clipped it out? what did you not like about point three? I really thought I had it nailed. Plus I even accounted for your timelines with the "today, tomorrow" metaphor. Man, I really, thought that I had it nailed with point three...

about 2 months ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

kencurry let me solve this right now (552 comments)

1.Burning hydrocarbons: CnH2n+2 + 2O2 -> 2H2O +nCO2
2. CO2(atm) absorbs sunlight, increases vibrational energy, energy is released as atmospheric heat, warms up earth (just a little tiny bit, fine)
3. Even tho earth has it's own heat cycles, best not mess with it too much

1. Try to burn less hydrocarbons
2. Be more energy efficient
3. Captains of Industry win on both sides: need hydrocarbons today & then drive new markets in energy efficiency. conservatives win on making money, Liberals win on job creation and paying for Obamacare

Therenow, everyone can go about their summer carefree.

about 2 months ago


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