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Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

nacturation Re:where do I turn myself in (741 comments)

The range of human skin color is quite close to the range of wood color.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

nacturation Re:"Not Our Job" (1303 comments)

Let's say you put out a bid for a 250 page website to be built and I submit a quote of $2500 to create the site, stating that I will personally be doing all of the work. Would you come back to me and say "Sorry, your price is attractive but I've calculated that your effective wage is too low and your working conditions aren't up to my standards. In order to make a livable wage under decent working conditions, I propose that I pay you $25,000 instead."?

more than 2 years ago
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Project To Mainline Android Kernel Changes Formed

nacturation Re:Attention! (73 comments)

For all intensive purposes, I could care less.

more than 2 years ago
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The Fjord-Cooled Data Center

nacturation Re:Who would have thought. . (195 comments)

Building things in a cold climate keeps them cold.. . Film at 11

Also up at the 11 o'clock news: data center opens up a seafood restaurant, claims no ovens or stoves needed.

more than 2 years ago
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My phone's battery lasts ...

nacturation Re:lasts for ages (254 comments)

As long as your role pays you for being accessible. The rates vary but should be between 10% to 20% of your hourly pay for the hours you're on call. For example, if you make $50/hour normally you should be getting at least $5/hour for being on call. Think of it like being a babysitter. Most times they just sit around and watch TV or do their homework or chat with their boyfriend. But it's the chance of there something going wrong that they're paid for. I hope you're getting paid for being around in case something goes wrong too.

more than 2 years ago
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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

nacturation Re:Why? (366 comments)

Your momma.

Odd... that's exactly what she said.

more than 2 years ago
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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

nacturation Re:Why? (366 comments)

Sure there is. Charge time.

What's the charge time for turning this dead cow into a liter of gas?

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

You mean to tell me that after such careful thought into the practicality of the voyage, you have no concerns about the fact that you'd turn to dust long before you made any significant progress on the journey?

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

I get that. My tongue-in-cheek response was because it had absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote.

more than 2 years ago
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Renaming the Very Large Array

nacturation Re:VVLA (176 comments)

If they get military funding: ARRAY, LARGE, VERY

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

And, as a disinterested third party, *I'm* glad people are so quick to take offense to obvious sarcasm.

--Hank of Hank's Used Sarcasm Detector Emporium

Thanks, Hank. I might need to pick up a new model; mine must be on the fritz.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

You mean if they search along the circumference of the universe for Shakespeare? What a strange notion. Or perhaps you replied to the wrong post.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

Roughly how many digits is that?

No need to google it... here you go: 3.14159265358979323846264338327950

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

If you're off by nearly the width of a human hair, it's not a perfect circle now, is it? Sheesh.

You can navigate in a perfect circle, but when you reach the end of the perfect circle there will be a little left over because the number you were using for pi to calculate the circumference was off.

However, don't let me interrupt what must be a satisfying eye roll for you. I'm glad to see cowards on Slashdot have remained as polite as ever.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

nacturation Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

If you memorize up to the first zero in pi, you can navigate the circumference of the universe in a perfect circle and when you get to the end of the circle (based on the digits of pi you memorized) you'll be off by less than the width of a human hair.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Soviet Image Editing Tool from 1987

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nacturation writes "Three years before Photoshop 1.0 was released, computer engineers in the USSR were already retouching photographs using some surprisingly advanced technology. A video shows how the Soviets went about restoring damaged images with the help of rotary scanners, magnetic tape, and trackballs. No word on whether this technology was used to fake moon landings or put missiles in Cuba."
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EPIC Lawsuit to Suspend Airport Body Scanners

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nacturation writes "EPIC filed a petition for review and motion for an emergency stay, urging the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to suspend the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) full body scanner program. EPIC said that the program is "unlawful, invasive, and ineffective." EPIC argued that the federal agency has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. EPIC cited the invasive nature of the devices, the TSA's disregard of public opinion, and the impact on religious freedom."
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Verizon Ruins Android Marketplace

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nacturation (646836) writes "Verizon is gearing up to launch its own app store for Android phones. This app store, called V CAST Apps, is completely separate from Android’s existing Market for apps. In other words, it’s Verizon kicking their partner Google in the man region. The idea of Android is supposed to be an OS ecosystem that works across a range of carriers. In the U.S., Apple isn’t doing this, Android is. And that gives the carriers less power. The problem is that Verizon is now using Android’s openness to ruin that approach."
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Android's Openness May Be Its Downfall

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nacturation writes "Verizon is gearing up to launch its own app store for Android phones. This app store, called V CAST Apps, is completely separate from Android’s existing Market for apps. In other words, it’s Verizon kicking their partner Google in the man region. The idea of Android is supposed to be an OS ecosystem that works across a range of carriers. In the U.S., Apple isn’t doing this, Android is. And that gives the carriers less power. The problem is that Verizon is now using Android’s openness to ruin that approach."
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Should TechCrunch Press Charges against Hacker?

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nacturation (646836) writes "Tech blog TechCrunch was hacked a few times in January. Since then, Garda (Ireland's police force) and the U.S. Secret Service think they have their man. Evidence suggests the hacker defaced the site and redirected traffic to his own site in order to generate affiliate revenue. These law enforcement agencies now want to know if TechCrunch wants to press charges so that they can bring a criminal action against the suspect in the United States. In an interesting move, TechCrunch is running a poll asking readers what they should do. However the poll turns out, that's what action they'll take."
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nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nacturation (646836) writes "Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Now with Gmail Paper, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and it'll be sent to you in the mail. Photo attachments are printed on high-quality, glossy photo paper, and secured to your Gmail Paper with a paper clip. And it's totally free: the cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements printed on the back of every print."
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nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nacturation (646836) writes "Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Now in Gmail, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and it'll be sent to you in the mail. Photo attachments are printed on high-quality, glossy photo paper, and secured to your Gmail Paper with a paper clip. And it's totally free: the cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements printed on the back of every print."
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nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nacturation (646836) writes "Second Life millionaire and property tycoon Anshe Chung has found that fame brings with it not only glorious riches but also gets you targeted by phallus-obsessed malcontents. In a live interview with CNET, Chung — who claims to own virtual assets worth $1M — was suddenly interrupted by a stream of what can only be described as "large pink gentleman's protuberances" which eventually crashed the Second Life server. There's a video of the hilarious interview and the complete transcript of the interview, once it resumed."

Journals

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Slashdot link weirdness solved: rogue link tracker

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 3 years ago

In the last week or two links to external sites on Slashdot generally don't seem to work unless I click several times. This only appears to happen on Firefox... Chrome is unaffected. I haven't tried IE, Safari, or any other browser. Finally fed up with it, I decided to look through the javascript to see if there was anything funky going on. Looks like there's a script being included from leads.demandbase.com that defines some kind of click tracker. Here's a snippet:

  • else if(a[i].className.match(/clicky_log_outbound/i)){clicky.add_event(a[i],"mousedown",clicky.outbound);}else{clicky.add_event(a[i],"mousedown",clicky.click);

So if you find you've oddly had to click a few times to RTFA, it's not your mouse button dying. Open up adblock and disable everything from leads.demandbase.com and it will be fixed. Links clicked once in Firefox will properly load as they used to. Thanks Slashdot for using an external company for tracking my click behavior. Though perhaps implementing this poorly is Taco's way of giving us a heads-up. Much like the "Idle" section, his overlords may have mandated the addition of this awesomeness to the site and by making it break it alerts us to what we need to block. In which case, a non-sarcastic thanks is due.

I also found this wonderful gem:

  • function pageload_done( $, console, maybe ){
            pageload.after_readycode = (new Date).getTime();
            pageload.content_ready_time = pageload.content_ready - pageload.before_content;
            pageload.script_ready_time = pageload.after_readycode - pageload.content_ready;
            pageload.ready_time = pageload.after_readycode - pageload.before_content; // Only report 1% of cases.
            maybe || (Math.random()>0.01) || $.ajax({ data: {
                    op: 'page_profile',
                    pagemark: pageload.pagemark,
                    dom: pageload.content_ready_time,
                    js: pageload.script_ready_time
            } });
    }

Unless my javascript is really rusty, won't this report 99% of cases?

Anyway, pass this information on so everyone can RTFA without the hassle.

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"I could care less"

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 3 years ago

It's amazing how people try to rationalize away the phrase "I could care less", much in the same way that Star Wars apologists try to rationalize the use of parsecs when talking about the Kessel Run. Maybe there are black holes to navigate around, and minimizing the distance is the sign of a good pilot, or maybe this, or maybe that... or maybe George Lucas just made a mistake, you know?

So when it comes to people rationalizing away "I could care less" as being some nonchalant way of saying "yeah, I could but I'm not going to bother" I just don't buy it. It's a misquote of the perfectly unambiguous phrase "I couldn't care less". So when I stumbled across a rationalization of that, my mind wandered upon what I think is a pretty damned good analogy of why it doesn't make sense: I could eat more.

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Mod points

nacturation nacturation writes  |  about 5 years ago

So after lurking on the site a while, I kicked off my Slashdot account with this post. Just over six years later, I get mod points for the first time today. What's up with that?

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Getting messages to show at the top of the page

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Messages used to show at the top of the page above the first article, in a format like: "You have 2 new messages and 1 old message". Now they show up in a box on the right which, even though I know it's there, just doesn't work for me. As a consequence, I'm constantly missing out on replies and others' journal entries. I noticed you can drag the box around, but only in that column. Anybody know how to get the message notification to show up like it used to?

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Subject: :) [smiley spam]

nacturation nacturation writes  |  about 6 years ago

What's up with the smiley spam I've been seeing lately? Anyone else run into emails where the subject contains only a smiley :) and there's nothing in the body? The email server implements greylisting (go spamd!), so the messages are being retried by the delivering system. Anyone know what the scoop is?

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Send your name to the moon

nacturation nacturation writes  |  about 6 years ago

The Planetary Society is offering to send your name to the moon. Scheduled to launch between November and December of this year, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's objectives are to find safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology. It costs nothing, it's fun, and you'll receive a certificate showcasing your support of the mission. The deadline is July 25, 2008 for the submission of names. If you had signed up for "Send your name to Mars", your name is now on the surface of Mars aboard NASA's Phoenix mission which landed on May 25, 2008.

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What's the wookie sound?

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Onomatopoeia aficionados, I'm totally stumped. How do you spell the sound a wookie makes?
 

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Phone Screeners

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So I'm thinking of getting something like this, which was the first Google result I found:

http://www.privacycorps.com/products/?id=4

Anyone have experience with this or similar products? I had thought of setting up an Asterisk box and doing all that crap, but for 40 bucks an appliance type of device is hard to beat for cost effectiveness. Any others I should consider?
 

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The meme thing... associations

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanks to Shadow Wrought.

Post a comment to this thread, and I will:

1. Tell you why I befriended you.
2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc..
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. In return, you must post this in your Journal/Blag/whatever.

I don't know what happened to #6. I think it and #0 eloped, abducted the shaker of salt, and are off on some tropical island sipping margaritas. Also, my answers are memory-dependent but I'll do my best.
 

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Slashdot tag censoring

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The recent story on female shark reproduction really drove home what I've been seeing in others comments recently. Slashdot is now quite obviously eliminating certain tags, such as:

http://slashdot.org/tags/lasers (only one shark article?)
http://slashdot.org/tags/frickinlasers (zero found?)
http://slashdot.org/tags/fud (zero found!)
http://slashdot.org/tags/notfud (zero found!)
http://slashdot.org/tags/slashvertisement (zero found!)

Not that I don't blame the effort to increase the quality of tags, but it seems like all the historically popular tags have been retroactively wiped out rather than taking the approach of having a higher threshold for future articles. Tags such as yes/no/maybe are of little value other than a popularity war at the time the article is active and it seems logical to exclude these as simply tag trolling. However, what if someone wants to do a search on what the Slashdot community thinks are slashvertisements, or are articles spouting FUD? Just can't do it, and a potentially useful zeitgeist measure is lost.

So once again, Slashdot jumps the shark? :)
 

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Millionth slashdot user

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 6 years ago

As of this posting, user 999378 (texashouston) is the person with the highest account number. Only 622 more users until the millionth. Any bets as to the what the name will be?
 

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Image Meme

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 8 years ago

As this is my second journal entry, I'm clearly not a huge journaler but this is certainly fun!

Inspired by Grub who stole it from Nizo who stole it from heliobacter...

1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.

2. Go to: images.google.com and search for that word.

3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results* (but do not tell me the word).

4. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same.
 

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My signature

nacturation nacturation writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Every week, I get someone replying in regards to my sig letting me know that you don't get karma for funny moderations. Thank you, I know. If you're one of them, then you obviously didn't get my sig. It has nothing to do with humor/humour. The rest, I leave up to you. Reproduced for your edification and in case I think of something better:

--
Want to improve your Karma? Instead of "Post Anonymously", try the "Post Humously" option.

 

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