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Fly With the Brooklyn Aerodrome (Video)

kooky45 It's a (22 comments)

piece of crap with propellor. Nothing interesting about it. is that best article that /. can come up with??!!

about three weeks ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

kooky45 Worrying (77 comments)

I just watched Colossus: The Forbin Project, and lets not teach AI anything more please!

about a month ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

kooky45 Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

This is what I do at work, but it's because too many colleagues are either too lazy or too scared to touch the seat and they so wee all over it. With the lid down they either have to touch it and learn that a messy seat is a hazard, or choose another toilet.

about a month and a half ago
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How To View the Antares Launch

kooky45 Launch scrubbed (36 comments)

Launch was scrubbed because a boat had wandered onto the launch range. I wonder why the coastguard wasn't policing the range like they did for shuttle launches? Anyway, launch scheduled for 5.19 PM tomorrow.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

kooky45 Baumgartner took too much credit (175 comments)

I watched Baumgartner's jump live and a follow up documentary on it and it seemed to me far too much credit for his jump was given to him. He got claustrophibic in the suit so dropped out of the project for an entire year and only came back when he got worried that a test pilot making test jumps in his place might do the actual record jump and deny him his press. I like this new one, seems to have been done for the right reasons.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

kooky45 Scotland third time lucky (494 comments)

A lot of people think that Scotland is walking blindly towards independence without knowing what they're doing. I'd like to remind them that Scotland has voted for independence twice before but both times it's been blocked. In 1914 Scotland voted for independence from the UK, but then the First World War started and it was conveniently dropped. In 1979 Scotland voted again for much more local power through devolution, but some dodgy rule dictated that at least 40% of the total registered electorate had to vote for devolution, and even though they got the majority winning by 51.62% Yes to 48.38% No the vote was overturned because the Yes vote comprised only 32.9% of the total possible vote. So this has been a long time coming.

about 3 months ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

kooky45 Damn BBC (209 comments)

Anyone like to repost the content for us poor UK residents who aren't allowed to see the BBC's own content!?

about 6 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

kooky45 Re:Homeopathy doesn't work that way (408 comments)

Actually, drinking nothing but pure water when you're dehydrated can often be very dangerous.

about 8 months ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

kooky45 Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Just watched it again frame by frame and the pebble falls directly from his parachute as it unfurls above his head. Nuff said!

about 9 months ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

kooky45 Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

More likely he laid has parachute on the ground for packing and accidentally picked up a rock without noticing and it was ejected when he pulled the chord. They probably can't find the "meteorite" because it's just a rock sitting amongst identical rocks.

about 9 months ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

kooky45 Assange questions? (173 comments)

Didn't one or more of the people accusing Julian Assange of criminal conduct work for USAID?

about 9 months ago
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First Government Lawsuit Against a Patent Troll

kooky45 One crap article too far? (96 comments)

It's a question cos I'm going to delete my Slashdot bookmarks and avoid the site for a while cos of this rubbish. When I come back it'll be with a fresh perspective!

about a year and a half ago
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Copenhagen Suborbitals Seeking $10k In Crowdfunding For New Space Capsule

kooky45 Crowdfunding? (31 comments)

When did "crowdfunding" replace the words "charity" or "sponsorship"?

more than 2 years ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid In Near-Miss Video

kooky45 Re:Space station altitude.... (120 comments)

It's about 1 earth radius from the centre of the Earth.

more than 2 years ago
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General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"

kooky45 Re:$30 million dollars?!?!? (400 comments)

They'll have spent a ton of money reprinting content to include their link to Facebook. All their TV, radio, press and web adverts will have been changed to report it too. You could argue that's a one-off cost though.

more than 2 years ago
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World's First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails

kooky45 Feel sorry for him (124 comments)

Such a shame, probably has the highest hopes for a better life and may not survive now.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Dev Demonstrates CarrierIQ Phone Logging Software On Video

kooky45 Not PCI compliant (322 comments)

I believe this rules out all Android devices with CarrerIQ agents from being used to handle payment card numbers. There's no obvious mention on CarrerIQ's website of PCI compliance or how they protect the user's data. It probably also contravenes SOX, HIPAA and and host of other industry regulations. Bye bye lots of commercial use of Android handsets, especially Blackberry.

about 3 years ago
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Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

kooky45 Ship transfers? (357 comments)

I suppose a model for this is how passengers or crew are moved to and from large ships during travel since they can't easily slow down or change direction. How's that done at the moment?

about 3 years ago

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Spam King commits murder and suicide

kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Eddie Davidson, the Colorado "Spam King" who escaped from Federal custody on Sunday has committed murder and suicide. News article

Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and three year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the US Department of Justice has said

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Mozilla pulls offensive marketting campaign

kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "ComputerWorld UK reports:

Just hours after Mozilla debuted its first viral marketing campaign, it shut down the website and apologised to users for what it admitted were offensive statistics used to promote Firefox.
The marketing website went on to make fun of cancer victims. The full story is here."
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BBC bans all phone in competitions

kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "The BBC has been caught cheating viewers out of thousands of pounds by faking phone-in competitions across a wide variety of its programs, including flagship charity events like Children in Need. In response they have banned all phone in competitions on their TV and radio channels, and will be pulling competitions from online services very soon. This latest embarrassment follows last week when the BBC was fined £50,000 for faking another phone-in on Blue Peter, their most popular children's show. This is just the most public revelation in a scandal that is going to get bigger in TV media."
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "In an effort to make our lives easier and more entertaining, technology designers pack more and more features into electronic devices, but often they're more nuisance than they're worth. An earlier /. article on LEDs discussed some of these. Another example is my Nokia 6320i mobile phone which has a back lit screen that drains the battery life at an alarming rate. When the phone is not in use the back light is off... until the battery starts to run low. Then it gives me regular warnings by beeping and turning the back light on!!!! Has anyone seen greater examples of designer stupidity?"
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "The Guardian is reporting that Russia is accused of unleashing a cyberwar to disable Estonia


While Russia and Estonia are embroiled in their worst dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a row that erupted at the end of last month over the Estonians' removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in central Tallinn, the country has been subjected to a barrage of cyber warfare, disabling the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers, banks, and companies.
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Robert Preston, the BBC's business editor, comments on Vista in his blog "Dear Bill Gates (again)"

In fact my Vista experience has gone from bad to worse. One of your engineers has informed me that my HP iPAQ PocketPC will never be compatible with Vista, even though the software it runs is Microsoft software. Hey ho. That's an expensive and serviceable bit of kit written off prematurely.
Judging by the number of replies to his blog, a lot of /.'ers have probably been there already."
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Robert Preston, the BBC's business editor, updates his earlier article on Vista with "Dear Bill Gates (again)" "In fact my Vista experience has gone from bad to worse. One of your engineers has informed me that my HP iPAQ PocketPC will never be compatible with Vista, even though the software it runs is Microsoft software. Hey ho. That's an expensive and serviceable bit of kit written off prematurely.""
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "My team has recently installed content filters for my company which restrict the web sites that employees can visit. It also logs the sites they do visit; not whole URLs, just the site domain names. This has been useful for a couple of disciplinary investigations of employees suspected of wrongdoing. However, word has got round to some managers that this capability exists. They are starting to ask my team to provide lists of sites that their team members have accessed over the past few weeks, claiming they are suspicious of time wasting on the Internet and need proof. We're pushing back because of privacy concerns but the pressure is building on us. We have no experience in this area, and I'd like to ask Slashdot how other companies handle this, what the important considerations are, and where it could all go wrong?"
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Science is finally conceding that bare feet are the best mode of travel. But what about all those sharp stones? Well Vibram have the answer with their new FiveFingers shoes, designed to give you that bare foot feeling but without the slipperyness or pain of going natural."

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