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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

nextekcarl Re:Data will get you jailed (722 comments)

...driving link and ass and rear-end someone...

Please tell me that is a typo and not something I have to look up on Urban Dictionary?

about a year ago

New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

nextekcarl Re:"End war"? (143 comments)

Exactly. Like the rare materials needed to build these reactors.

about a year ago

Cygnus Spacecraft Makes Historic Rendezvous With Space Station

nextekcarl Re:"Cygnus" means "swan" in Latin. (44 comments)

If it was supposed to burn up in the atmosphere but instead crashed into a heavily populated city, ruining it for all time, then Congress would be a good name.

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

nextekcarl Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

So that whole movie was just an around about way to get or cultists to unknowingly summon Mighty Cthulhu? I all makes sense now.

1 year,1 day

Huge Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice

nextekcarl Re:Wrong pole, I know, but (137 comments)

Maybe HPL should have started his stories out with a variation of the standard crime re-enactment disclaimer: "Some names and places have been changed to protect the sane."

1 year,24 days

Federal Judge Rules NYC "Stop and Frisk" Violated Rights

nextekcarl Re:I don't understand (308 comments)

We have so many laws I wouldn't be surprised if most crime was actually *accidental*.

"I'm sorry, your honor, I had no idea that was illegal." should be a valid defense against some laws these days.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deliver a Print Magazine Online, While Avoiding Piracy?

nextekcarl Re:Dealing with the impossible (298 comments)

...I know it took hundreds of years before people really accepted the Earth is flat, and perhaps it will take even longer before people truly embrace unrestricted information exchange; But it is an inevitability...

I still don't believe the Earth is flat. But I agree with the rest of your statement.

about a year ago

In a Security Test, 3-D Printed Gun Smuggled Into Israeli Parliament

nextekcarl Re:The only thing that has changed.... (280 comments)

Then the psych wards would be filled with the aftermath of your passing, so it really is a catch-22.

about a year ago

The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

nextekcarl Re:Regional/cultural issue? (924 comments)

Maybe they meant shitty because they don't throw them out on the first strike?

about a year ago

NSA Revelation Leads FTC To Propose "Reclaim Your Name" Initiative

nextekcarl Re:Good luck with that (82 comments)

I have the opposite problem with my post office. The address can be spelled perfectly but it might end up at my neighbor's house. I know this because it happens so frequently we all have to play nice or we'd all be missing bills, letters from friends, etc. When it gets really bad one or more of us will jump through the hoops to complain to the post office and it will get better for a while, and then slide right back to where it is now.

about a year ago

D-Wave Large-Scale Quantum Chip Validated, Says USC Team

nextekcarl Re:The question is (141 comments)

You can either know the exact equation or it's exact location on the internet, but the Uncertainty principle clearly says you can't know both at the same time. We obviously know which he chose now.

about a year ago

The DNA Data Deluge

nextekcarl Re:Database Replication (138 comments)

I propose we call this new data method Data Neutral Assembly.

about a year ago

Solar-Powered Boat Carries 8.5 Tons of Lithium-Ion Batteries

nextekcarl Re:vs. Wind Power (164 comments)

Storks that got lost?

about a year ago

Fear of Thinking War Machines May Push U.S. To Exascale

nextekcarl Re:Oh no, it's Selmer Bringsjord (192 comments)

As long as my plan gets funded, too, I'd be okay with it. It goes something like this, "As soon as you plan to build a device that would inhibit the basic Civil liberties of anyone anywhere (Right to Trial, Freedom to Gather, etc) you will be vaporized by a lightning bolt and entombed in in the Earth for all eternity."

about a year ago

Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

nextekcarl Re:Words have gender. (814 comments)

Not true for most of the /. crowd, you insensitive clod!

about a year ago

New Bill Would Declassify FISC Opinions

nextekcarl Re:I can see it now... (130 comments)

I like that, but how do you count the people involved? If they were targeting Bin Laden but wanted to wire tap someone here in the US to get intel and there are 3 phones believed to belong to that person, but 1 of then in a household with 5 people living there and one is a pay phone, how many people are involved in that? 1? 1 plus however many people they call or get called by? 6? 6 + people called? I think that kind of metric would need to be worked out in detail because beforehand because they will use it against this sort of thing.

And the FBI routinely ignores requires that are difficult to comply with (or at least used to). I recall a news story back several years ago about a requirement that after a certain period of time they were (maybe not now, I have no idea) required to notified people who had their conversations recorded after a certain period of time if charges were not brought against them. In the case of payphones, they didn't know how to contact most of those people, so they did nothing. They didn't post a sign at the payphone, made no attempt to contact the other end of the call (they had the number dialed at least) because they said it was too troublesome. I had no idea the law just allowed them to ignore portions that were too troublesome to deal with.

about a year ago

No Black Hole Or Magnetic Monopole: Tunguska Really Was a Meteor

nextekcarl Re:Best explanation for Tunguska (128 comments)

Maybe the AC just thinks he's in the US (and is wrong)? I'm pretty sure I am and the link worked fine for me. Wait, maybe I'm the one who is wrong?!?

about a year ago


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