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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

kid_wonder Here's the catch (39 comments)

Cell Division

1 cell becomes 2 cells -- which cell does it follow?

about a week ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

kid_wonder Its called paying attention (364 comments)

Isn't this why they put those countdown timers on the crosswalks?

about 4 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

kid_wonder Re:Little disturbing (491 comments)

I hear ya. But let me ask you this - are the insurance companies going to pay life insurance claims based on the evidence being used to make this announcement?

I'm not saying they need to find bodies, but appearing to simply rely on this new data analysis just feels wrong. The way I read this was that, based on this new analysis the plane was in the southern corridor and based on that "ping arc" they were not near land. Therefore everyone is dead.

I mean, that is my point. I am not saying the analysis is wrong, just that it felt weird to me that they announced all were lost due to that piece of information. Do you really tell family members that everyone is dead without having found wreckage? That just struck me as, at the very least, poor PR timing and at worst trying to sweep all of this away.

asmkm22 makes a good point, the Malaysian government is probably not used to the pressure of criticism and they just want this over with. Which, if true, makes this deplorable conduct.

about 4 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

kid_wonder Little disturbing (491 comments)

Did the Malaysian government just make a statement to the families based on a statistical probability?

Or did they make that statement based on debris found that was positively identified to the aircraft.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

kid_wonder Re:How much can be stolen until it's all gone? (704 comments)

That is really the point here - if you destroy a currency the currency is worthless, so why steal it unless you don't care about the value?

Who wouldn't care about the value? Governments. Who also have a vested interest in seeing BT go away.

about 5 months ago
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Dotcom Alleges Megaupload Raid Was Part of Deal To Film The Hobbit

kid_wonder Re:That guy... (112 comments)

He is good at what he does, and I can't figure it out either

1. Comes up with believable (albeit conspiratorial) story lines railing against government and big industry, and that you have proof
2. Say your business model is a protection against intrusive government and industry
3. Profit???

about a year ago
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Coral-Repairing Robots Take a Step Closer To Reality

kid_wonder For $5k (39 comments)

you get to name a robot

i'm thinking "coral roborts"

or will that make the robot claim to faith-heal the reefs and then create a kickstarter page of its own to raise money for itself?

about a year ago
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Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

kid_wonder Re:The cynic in me... (339 comments)

Watch some Ghostrider vids if you're not convinced.

You, sir, are a terrorist and an awful human being.

about a year ago
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Trip To Mars Could Damage Astronauts' Brains

kid_wonder Had this conversation a million times... (505 comments)

Me: "Here's a pen dad, sign the picture for them"
Dad: "Why do they want my signature?"
Me: "You were an astronaut when you were younger, you went to the moon"
Dad: "What?"
Me: "Yes, you went to the moon."
Dad: "We've been to the moon? That is amazing!!!"
Me: "Yes Dad, and *you* have been to the moon"
Dad: "*I've* been to the moon?!?"
Me: "Absolutely, see that picture you are signing? That is you"
Dad: "OK. Why am I signing this?"
Me: "Your were an astronaut when you were younger, you went to the moon" ...

about a year and a half ago
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A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

kid_wonder Not Quite Yet... (308 comments)

If they rolled out a way for people to watch films the day they're released on their home theater for $10, it'd be huge.

http://primacinema.com/

$35k plus $500 a pop ...

about a year and a half ago
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Drilling Begins At Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctic

kid_wonder oblig (131 comments)

in soviet russia the summary repeats the summary ..

oh wait a seco...

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

kid_wonder Re:Dental History Lesson (783 comments)

Ah, one more thing we introduced to Europe: personal hygiene ... it's a work in progress, I suppose

Naturally crooked teeth are not unhealthy.

It's only unhealthy when your wife's lower bicuspid is lacerating my penis. Hey-oooo!

Obviously Americans are full of their own ideas of what is normal and correct, and we all get to hear about it :)

Yep. Suck it losers. Go have some tea, spell color wrong, add e's to the end of words that don't need it and think you have not been conquered by McDonald's and Coca-Cola. My advice? Buy bigger pants, you're gonna need 'em after you get done shoving our culture down your throat and washing it down with liquid America.

You guys are so *cute* when you get all proud and stuff!

about a year ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

kid_wonder Re:You shouldn't have to mandate this (783 comments)

Well, it's all the brits fault to begin with.
You *had* to have your stupid tea tax didn't you? See how silly that sounds now?
Yeah, now look at you. McDonalds on every corner, getting fat and fundamentalist.
Look at what you have wrought.
I could have been a nice, loyal, queen-loving, crooked-teeth-having, meat-pie eating subject, but noooooo you had to be a tough guy.

Thanks England!

about a year ago
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Pull Lever, Don't Snap Shutter: It May Be Illegal To Post Your Ballot

kid_wonder No need (383 comments)

Apparently there is no need to prove who you voted for now, since you can't really choose anyway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpGd74DrBM

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

kid_wonder monetize your work (128 comments)

Not sure how big of a market you are talking about here, nor the material(s) involved - for example, is it a straight textbook or are there lessons, syllabi(?), etc

Create a free version and a paid version. The paid version should obviously provide some substantial improvement and/or additional features from the free version. Perhaps those lessons and/or syllabi

If this is an on-going process of improvement then at some point you could make your older versions free and charge for the newer version -- even have some sort of a step down. Say full price for v3.0, half price for v2.0 and free for v1.0

I mean, thats how software has done it for years and that seems to be sticking around so it must work, right?

about 2 years ago
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Dolphins Can Sleep One-half of Their Brain At a Time Say Researchers

kid_wonder Re:Dolphins are jerks! (139 comments)

could not agree with you more. as much as i respect their intelligence and creativity and all that ...

but they are still the worst monsters on the planet ... ok, well besides us.

and just because i can't find an article about dolphins raping humans does not mean that it doesn't happen. you have been warned

about 2 years ago
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Rare Form of Autism Could Be Curable With Protein Supplements

kid_wonder Re:Amazing! (163 comments)

Any potential treatment is lightyears beyond what is available currently. This is awesome news!

uh, just don't get vaccinated. duh. pretty simple.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install

kid_wonder uh, wha? (489 comments)

"(Not that it exculpates this behavior.)"

You French have some purty words.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

kid_wonder Re:You could start by... (1127 comments)

...hiring adults. The behavior you're worried about sounds like the kind of crap you'd get from high school kids or college freshman.

Exactly.

Wish I had mod points on this one.

about 2 years ago

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When computer programming was 'women's work'

kid_wonder kid_wonder writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kid_wonder writes "Chicks with DICS! (that's "Degree in Computer Science"). An interesting article on the history, and hopefully future, of women in Computer Science. Something I'm sure we can all get behind.

“It’s just like planning a dinner,” Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer science pioneer, explained to “Cosmopolitan” readers in a 1967 story. “You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so it’s ready when you need it.” Pot roast or computer programming — both, Cosmo told its readers, could be women’s work."

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