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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

newcastlejon Re:Robots can't drill (69 comments)

Robots can't grow beards.

Then what do you call R2D2?

4 days ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

newcastlejon Re:Shilling for dice. (66 comments)

It's hardly shilling if it's stated openly. I only clicked on the article for the amusing comments, otherwise I would have easily known to avoid it.

about a week ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

newcastlejon Re:stupid germans (418 comments)

If only Ming were 20 years younger. He's the sort of overlord I would hail.

about a week ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

newcastlejon Re:"Computer" (81 comments)

Back when this machine was made, "computer" actually had the meaning "person that performs computations".

about a week ago
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"Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

newcastlejon A Good Idea. (82 comments)

But as well as this, there needs to be a bigger effort made to have automatic defibrillators widely available. They're relatively reliable and easy to use yet I've only ever seen them once (in a shopping mall). Drones aren't going to be all that much help indoors without huge improvements in machine vision and navigation, but all the same they might well prove to be a godsend for people in isolated areas.*

*In my experience, large public gatherings held outdoors nearly always have at least one ambulance present.

about three weeks ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

newcastlejon Re:She's.. (235 comments)

On the MBP the battery is under the trackpad, so that's the first thing to go if the battery starts bulging (you might find that clicks don't register when you press down on the pad).

I can't speak for all of the models but I think the logic board is usually, if not always, near the hinge side and the battery is front-right with the HDD front-left. This would make sense since the vent for the CPU fan is in the hinge.

about a month ago
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The Man With the Golden Blood

newcastlejon Re:Disappointing (75 comments)

Thinking of actual gold-colored blood, I was expecting a human/arachnid hybrid. A spider-man, if you will.

Odd, I just thought they were Swiss.

about a month ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

newcastlejon Re:And... (347 comments)

Removing control panels isn't MS's style. If past experience is anything to go by, the same ones that were in 98/NT will still be there in 10, they'll just be buried under yet another layer of new stuff. Seriously, try find network adaptor settings in 7. After you've navigated through the morass of the network and sharing centre you'll see that it's practically the self same advanced dialog that was there in 95.

Personally, I'm not averse to change but it's well past time MS just started over again instead of tacking on useless, obfuscating fluff over the top of controls that I actually need to get use.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

newcastlejon Re:Microsoft re-invents graffiti (100 comments)

The trouble with shorthand is that it takes a lot of effort to learn, and there are quite a few ambiguities that tend to creep up when you're omitting most of the vowels. Deciphering what someone else has written often relies on context, and machines still don't do too well at that.

Inputting in shorthand does seem a neat idea, but the likes of Swiftkey have made it even less likely to appear.

about a month and a half ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

newcastlejon Re:Traffic Shaper? (429 comments)

It still works if you post anonymously.

Oh, shit.

about a month and a half ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

newcastlejon Re:Seems reasonable (462 comments)

When nationalistic Americans brag about our Bill or Rights, I wonder which version they're excited about: the version one gets from a plain reading of its text, or the twisted monstrosity that the three branches of government have foisted upon us.

I think it's the one that exists only in their heads.

about 2 months ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

newcastlejon Re:Good (200 comments)

Lets not forget the gov't research labs -- it would be nice if the U.S. gov't didn't shut down such research to appease an ill-informed political interest group.

Otherwise known as "the electorate".

about 3 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

newcastlejon Re:can it get me home from the bar? (289 comments)

You're a bit behind the times there chum. These days weekend binge drinking is the very epitome of fashion.

We as a nation are rightly proud that we've moved on from the times of lonely old men nursing pints of silty beer in tobacco stained pubs to a bright, new future of dynamic, young (allegedly) women clutching their high heels in one hand and a bottle of WKD in the other while their doting beau gallantly holds their hair aside as they're sick into a policeman's hat.

Truly, this a golden age.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

newcastlejon Pretty old? (635 comments)

The wheel is pretty old; I don't think I'd want to give up that.

about 3 months ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

newcastlejon Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (103 comments)

Virtual Rome wasn't built in a day, you now.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

newcastlejon Re:Class Action Attorney (355 comments)

Contact one of the big class action lawsuit attorneys. if you can convince them that 10K customers or more are being cheated for more than $100 per year, over a period of years, they will be glad to work for a percent.

And, if past experience is any indication, that will be somewhere near 99%. When was the last time you heard of a class action getting the complainants anything near full restitution?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

newcastlejon Re:What to do? (355 comments)

Actually ignore that. In my naiveté I expected them to be transparent about the PPP stuff.

I wouldn't have a problem with paying for that... if they were honest about it.

about 3 months ago

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