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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

mjm1231 Re:Missing (476 comments)

I'd never gotten around to watching Voyager, but just started watching it on Netflix, and I find this shocking. The lack of scientific knowledge shown by Janeway (and pretty much every member of the crew) is astonishing. Did they forget to hire a science fact check advisor for this series.?

With TNG, the science is sometimes silly or outdated or possibly wrong, but I'm never left with the feeling that the characters themselves are uneducated or scientifically illiterate. On Voyager, this is a common occurence.

3 days ago
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For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

mjm1231 Re:$30/mo is a terrible price (43 comments)

I should clarify that I do not have their mobile phone service, rather, that as a customer, I often try to access their network of wireless hotspots.

3 days ago
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For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

mjm1231 Re:$30/mo is a terrible price (43 comments)

Since the data is wifi only, I doubt data caps are an issue. On the other hand, as someone who lives in the region (and who is a customer) I know firsthand that there are plenty of dead spots where there will be no access. Want to call home from the supermarket to see if you need milk? You're going to need to walk out to the parking lot first.

On a side note, Cablevision offers customers free wifi routers for home use with their service. These routers also act as wifi hotspots for their network.

3 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

mjm1231 Re:US politics are tainted with money (120 comments)

Notably missing from Mr. Curtis' statement is anything that would prevent him, or any other "citizen candidate", from taking campaign contributions from the same special interests, lobbyitsts, PACs, and corporate interests as the usual assortment of candidates.

4 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

mjm1231 Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (120 comments)

"Leave people alone" is a statement so broad that it is completely meaningless. It is impossible to live in a manner that has no impact on other people. The hard and real question is always where the lines should be drawn.

4 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

mjm1231 Re:Prototyping security? (162 comments)

SInce the key is presumably only useful when it is in the same location as the lock, how does this improve security?

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

mjm1231 Re:Yeah! (512 comments)

And yet, I heard a different Republican senator being interviewed this morning, who stated that we need to tighten restrictions on immigration to low and no skill jobs, and allow more immigration of doctors and those with technical skills.

Long ago, I decided that when you hear an opinion from a US politician, all it really tells you is who is financing their campaign. Sometimes the opinion they give is just meant to warn somebody that they haven't contributed enough.

about a week ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

mjm1231 Re:Interesting to note... (360 comments)

What is your native dialect, that you have such a hard time recognizing sarcasm or irony? Obviously, the distinction was being drawn to the fact that just because it was cold in the AC's backyard (around here) doesn't mean it wasn't warmer globally (everywhere).

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

mjm1231 Hope they don't walk to public school (784 comments)

When I was a child, you had to live at least a mile and a quarter from the school to qualify for the bus. Everyone else walked. This was considered absolutely normal. When I was in first grade, I went with some of the neighbor kids. I was six, and this was elementary school, so the oldest kid in the group was probably 10? Crime rates in the US are much lower today than they were then. Just dumb.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

mjm1231 Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

Shooting is too easy to trace. Why not just close down traffic in select locations. This could be done to inhibit people getting to the polls or to punish local businesses after the fact. Plus, experience shows it's much harder to pin this on anyone. Shootings tend to leave a smoking gun.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

mjm1231 Re:What exactly do you mean by "Fraud"? (786 comments)

I don't know why you were modded down. The use of caveman speak to illustrate caveman logic is actually pretty funny.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

mjm1231 Re:What exactly do you mean by "Fraud"? (786 comments)

An example of what? In the context given, it seems to be an example of something that should not be regulated because it is not a pollutant. Why is it not a pollutant? What does the fact that it is produced by breathing have to do with it?

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

mjm1231 Re:What exactly do you mean by "Fraud"? (786 comments)

Now, controlling pollution is good. You'll have a hard time finding even the most staunch libertarians that are against rules as far as keeping air and water quality good (Obama's big speech about them wanting dirty air and dirty water was likewise a straw man argument.) However CO2 doesn't play a role in that. I mean shit, we create it simply by breathing.

Well, shit, we create shit by shitting it. I therefore demand that you stop treating shit as a pollutant.

I'll continue to treat it as one, because I'm well aware that biological processes quite naturally produce all sorts of pollutants. But you go ahead and live by your rules.

about three weeks ago
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Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

mjm1231 Re:Time for some leaps and not baby steps (142 comments)

Serious question. What would be the scientific benefit coming from discovering that there might have been life on Mars at some point?

Presumably, this discovery would be accompanied by some facts about the nature of the organisms that lived on Mars, not just the fact that they existed. It's hard to know what uses you can put knowledge to when you don't even know what that knowledge is yet.

about three weeks ago
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Fluxbox 1.3.6 Released

mjm1231 almost a coherent sentence... (63 comments)

"treating Windows with a WM_CLASS as DockApp as DockApps."

Well, if it walks like a DockApp and talks like DockApp, it's probably a DockApp.

P.S. - I like words better when they actually say things.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

mjm1231 Gordian Knot (437 comments)

Blah Blah Blah Blah... there is an obvious and easy solution to this. Just license everything to all Netfilx customers, instead of regionally. The value of the content that is regional probably adds up to less than the cost to police these stupid rules. In fact, there is more than a decent chance that there would be a net savings to Netfilx and their customers, and a net gain to all content providers.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

mjm1231 Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

I actually read Mr. Tyson's post. I found no hamstering in it. Your problem appears to be with Slashdot characterizing it as an "explanation". In fact, it didn't contain any explanation about the motives or meaning of the tweet. Perhaps it is time to stop blindly believing what the news media feeds you, including Slashdot's slapdash editors.

about 1 month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

mjm1231 Re:FUD? (166 comments)

He defected in 2007, if facts matter to you.

about a month ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

mjm1231 Can't even copy and paste (113 comments)

The link for the appetizer serving dish complete with toothpick holder that looks like a porcupine explicitly states that it is actually a different animal that it looks likes. Now that's some lazy reporting.

about a month and a half ago

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