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Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million To Charity

lochnessie Re:OK Bill, Your Move (230 comments)

Hopefully they keep trying to outdo each other; they've got plenty more money to give away.

about 4 months ago

Own the Controversy! Blackbird DDWFTTW Up For Auction!

lochnessie While you're on ebay... (266 comments)

...please check out the jet plane on a treadmill that I'm auctioning off - free shipping if it gets airborne!

about 10 months ago

DNA Confirms Parking Lot Remains Belong To King Richard III

lochnessie Re:Why? (212 comments)

From TFA: "...his reign lasted just 26 months and ended with his death on the battlefield at Bosworth in 1485. He was given a low-key burial in the church of Greyfriars in the center of Leicester, but the location of his grave was lost when the building was demolished in the 16th century. A team of historians, though, were determined to find the body. Archaeologists used ground-penetrating radar on the site of the former priory, and were able to locate the skeleton beneath a parking lot after only a few days of digging."

about a year ago

Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

lochnessie Re:complain (347 comments)

Google didn't write the pre-ios6 Maps app, Apple did. It just used the Google Maps API.

about a year and a half ago

How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed

lochnessie Re:Move along (420 comments)

Steve, is that you?

about a year and a half ago

Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

lochnessie I had a few Apple boxes (639 comments)

sitting in my basement; not the pretty white ones, but the brown ones they send you when you need to send your poorly-produced, unreliable, overpriced, first-generation Macbook Pro back for AppleCare service. I got tired of sending it in, so I had a few extra boxes.

about a year and a half ago

Geek Tool: Slashdot Video of Award Winning 3D Printer From CES

lochnessie Re:Non biodegradable? (137 comments)

Seems kinda limiting. When I look at these machines I see the potential to make all sorts of stuff that normally I would have to contract out to a machine shop (which for 1 or 2 of an item is not very cost effective)... but if the thing is going to start breaking down after a few months or years that kinda limits applications.

The two standard printing materials for the RepRap family of printers (and their descendants, like the MakerBot) are the biodegradable PLA, and standard petroleum-based ABS. PLA will degrade over time, but only under certain environmental conditions; it's unlikely to fall apart in normal use (most industrial thermophilic composting processes run at pretty high temperatures (60C and up). I guess you probably shouldn't use it to print an industrial composter.

ABS is ABS, and whatever you make with it will be around forever, so print your PLA composter with this instead.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

lochnessie Re:haruki murakami (647 comments)

Ha ha ha.

The language in the book is an essential part of the storytelling. I generally don't like that sort of thing either; however, Hoban used it very intentionally as a pacing device, as well as to reveal things to the reader that the limited narrator didn't understand. It's very effective, although it does take some getting used to.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

lochnessie Re:haruki murakami (647 comments)

Also, the late, great Russell Hoban's post-apocalyptic masterpiece, Riddley Walker. And if you want non-fiction, I really enjoyed In the Shadow Of the Moon, part of Francis French and Colin Burgess's People's History of Spaceflight series. And then there is always SkyMall.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

lochnessie Re:haruki murakami (647 comments)

Seconded. Murakami is fantastic.

more than 2 years ago

Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

lochnessie Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

The motivation behind this is not to protect oblivious smartphone users, but for people with visual impairments who have traditionally relied on engine noise to identify approaching vehicles at low speed. The smartphone users will still be in danger, because they're invariably wearing headphones too.

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

lochnessie Re:No more (2247 comments)

They're more apt at what, interpreting the massive amounts of weather data supplied to them by NOAA?

more than 2 years ago

Security Expert Slams Google+ Pseudonym Policy

lochnessie Re:Dumb for G+ (373 comments)

Actually, you can set the visibility of those items in your profile. When you click to edit the text field, there is a little pull-down menu where you can choose who gets to see what.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

lochnessie cable-free and loving it (mostly, anyway) (697 comments)

We gave up cable several years ago and got rid of the TV too. Since then, we've purchased a 32" HDTV and built a small ATOM/ION-based HTPC that sits right behind it. Netflix and Hulu work quite well, as do most of the network streaming sites. We can access these through Boxee, which is an almost-great piece of software with a couple of major issues (especially on low-power systems like mine). Flash 10.2 is not supported in Boxee for Win/Mac/Linux at the moment, and development seems to be somewhat stalled out in favor of the Boxee Box hardware - a bummer, as the Boxee interface is really easy to navigate. I'm hoping for an update in the near future, otherwise I'll be looking for new frontend software. The only thing I really miss is sports. I'd gladly pay MLB for the ability to stream local baseball, but I'm in my team's "blackout zone" and can't get access. I WANT to give them money to watch baseball, and they won't take it.

more than 2 years ago



Google announces purchase of Waze

lochnessie lochnessie writes  |  about 10 months ago

lochnessie (1291986) writes "On its official blog, Google announced the purchase of the Israeli navigation app developer Waze. It looks like they will be operating seperately for now, but Google is planning on integrating some of the live traffic features Waze is known for into its own mapping product.

I'm looking forward to the traffic updates, as it seems there is a backhoe digging up every street in my city at the moment."

One final manufacturing run of Touchpads

lochnessie lochnessie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lochnessie (1291986) writes "HP has announced a limited manufacturing run of Touchpads to be available in the next few weeks. The HP employee making the announcement posted "I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response" to their massively discounted, sold-at-a-huge-loss tablet."
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