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How long do your computer mice last?

niktemadur Evoluent vertical mouse (361 comments)

I've had an Evoluent Vertical Mouse for 6 years now and my wrist has already forgotten why to thank me for it, and see no reason to replace it anytime in the foreseeable future.

about 7 months ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

niktemadur Re:MTV Star Wars! (735 comments)

Or "Starship Troopers", which plays like 90210 until the gore kicks in.

about a year and a half ago
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My favorite New Year's celebration:

niktemadur Analemma (157 comments)

The Romans celebrated Natalis Solis Invicti at the time of the solstice, shortest day of the year. I skip the morning half and focus solely on the evening part.
There is a day that marks my personal start of the yearly cycle, and it has everything to do with the earliest sunset of the year, around December 5 or 6.
By the time December 31 comes around, sunsets are already 10 minutes later than three weeks before. The later the sunset, the better.

During November, I remind myself that "Analemma" is just around the corner. From the second week of December onwards, I celebrate that each day sunset is a little bit later than the day before.

about a year and a half ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

niktemadur Re:Yay (2987 comments)

Who's to say that somewhere, sometime, a teacher will not also go amok?

about a year and a half ago
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Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

niktemadur Re:Again? (271 comments)

Ah yes, now I remember - a few years ago, Voyager reached the point where the solar winds were no longer supersonic. The zone where that happens is called the termination shock.
The medium in which Voyager is traveling is changing, and each change is reported. So every time the story seems to be repeated, it is in fact an update, and I say keep 'em coming, JPL.

about a year and a half ago
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Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

niktemadur Re:Again? (271 comments)

Each year Voyager seems to reach a new marker, but every time the news is announced with the same backstory every time, so it can feel repetitive.
About 10 years ago it was reaching a fluctuation in the solar wind, wasn't it?
Then it was confirmed that it was on the outer edge of the heliosheath, where the solar wind turns sideways to fall back in.
Now it's interstellar particles moving freely.

about a year and a half ago
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26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

niktemadur Re:I hope it gives me super powers (392 comments)

The new, exciting Slashdot, brought to you by The Discovery Channel Corporation!
Up next on Slashdot, Armagedopocalypse moonshine catapulters, after a brief (read: 10 minutes) message from our sponsors.

about a year and a half ago
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15 Years of Stuff That Matters

niktemadur Re:Some of my favorite threads (145 comments)

One "get off my lawn" ID flaunting episode went down to below user ID 100, then all hell broke loose when the following post appeared, more or less:
CmdrTaco (1) - "Hi there".

about 2 years ago
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15 Years of Stuff That Matters

niktemadur Re:How about providing useful stats? (145 comments)

Sounds like an insightful post, but that's not the way things have worked out in the USA.
If you stood your ideological ground throughout 3-4 decades, you would have gone from a conservative to a liberal.
As an example, many of Richard Nixon's initiatives as POTUS would be considered as positively pinko by the current right-wing political climate. Look it up.

about 2 years ago
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15 Years of Stuff That Matters

niktemadur Re:#irc.trooltalk.com (145 comments)

Took me a while for a vague recollection to rise in my mind, but yeah, I did see, was surprised by and commented on a +2 Troll, 3 years ago.
Someone replied that I must have "Troll +1 Bonus turned on", so not a true glitch like +5 Troll then.

about 2 years ago
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15 Years of Stuff That Matters

niktemadur Re:#irc.trooltalk.com (145 comments)

Is it possible to have a (Score: -1 Informative) ???

Yes, if it is modded informative and then overrated.

Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, baby it don't fit no more.

By the way: nobody mentioned the Troll +5 posts.

What? That's one helluva Easter Egg!

about 2 years ago
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15 Years of Stuff That Matters

niktemadur Re:First (145 comments)

I really DO miss the April Fools pages

I miss the Roland Piquepaille submissions, futuristic to a degree that left many Slashdotters perplexed.
Then the submissions started to receive the tag ohnoitsroland (for some reason the search results of the link are incomplete).

Then on January of 2009, Mr Piquepaille sadly passed away, and in tribute, the tag was changed to ohnoitwasroland, which I think he would have appreciated.

RIP Mr Piquepaille.

about 2 years ago
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What Does a Virtual Assistant Do Best?

niktemadur Re:Cowboy Neal (125 comments)

Although for the CowboyNeil option, there should be an app for that, one that detects gravity waves.

about 2 years ago
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Reddit Cofounder Says Site Was Built By a Horde of Fake Accounts

niktemadur Re:Fake /. comment (192 comments)

> Gates bad. Torvalds good. Portman pants, grits hot. Jobs cold.

FTFTFY

more than 2 years ago
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The bicycle I most often ride is ...

niktemadur Re:Second Insult Option (356 comments)

I ride a unicycle, you insensitive clod!

Where, in Brooklyn, Portland or Silverlake?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Lifts Ban On the Word "Jailbreak"

niktemadur Re:First they want to control your speech (113 comments)

Then they will want to tell you what you can and cannot think.

Think different (but within the narrow parameters we've set).
So go ahead, break some rules! (except don't break any rules)

more than 2 years ago
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Astronomers Find Most Distant Protocluster of Galaxies

niktemadur Re:Soo.... (129 comments)

Oh yeah? Well yo' momma's so fat, anything near her begins to spaghettify.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Model Pluto's Atmosphere, Find 225 Mph Winds

niktemadur Re:Two birds with one stone (77 comments)

Sedna, Quaor and Eris are all well beyond Pluto's orbit.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Billionaire Plans To Build Titanic II

niktemadur Re:Why? (289 comments)

Why did "Raise The Titanic" bomb at the box office? Simple, TOGTFO.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Billionaire Plans To Build Titanic II

niktemadur Re:Why Not Build Something New And Useful Instead? (289 comments)

Why not invest the money in Tesla, bullet trains, solar/wind generated electricity, vaccines for 3rd world children, developing a compressed air battery car further, etc?

It wouldn't surprise me to hear about Titanic being sabotaged by the Cunard Line because it secretly ran and navigated with Tesla technology. On certain talk radio shows.

more than 2 years ago

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Sanctions undermining Iran's Twitter Revolution?

niktemadur niktemadur writes  |  more than 4 years ago

niktemadur (793971) writes "In Foreign Policy Magazine, Evgeny Morozov writes (paraphrasing for brevity): Popular Iranian social sites do not display Google Ads, as Google doesn't allow to target visitors from Iran (as well as Cuba, North Korea, Sudan and Syria) because of the economic sanctions imposed by the US government, cutting off a guaranteed source of funding for Iranian Web entrepreneurs to create sustainable online ventures. Instead of stifling dissident voices with misguided sanctions, and considering that Iranian state media is funded by the state, the US government should be partnering with Google and doubling or tripling what Iranian websites could earn from displaying the ads, bringing about a real "Twitter Revolution". The ultimate question is: Is Google interpreting the letter of the law with too much zeal? Given that Google has recently confirmed its' commitment to defend digital refugees and other cyber-dissidents, it would be useful if it could clarify its' current actions."
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Could a meteor have brought down Air France 447?

niktemadur niktemadur writes  |  more than 5 years ago

niktemadur (793971) writes "In light of an Air Comet pilot's report to Air France, Airbus and the Spanish civil aviation authority that, during a Monday flight from Lima to Lisbon "Suddenly, we saw in the distance a strong and intense flash of white light, which followed a descending and vertical trajectory and which broke up in six seconds", the Cosmic Variance blog team on the Discover Magazine website muses on the question "What is the probability that, for all flights in history, one or more could have been downed by a meteor?". Taking into account total flight hours and the rate of meteoric activity with the requisite mass to impact on Earth (approximately 3,000 a day), some quick math suggests there may be one in twenty odds of a plane being brought down in the period from 1989 to 2009. Intriguingly, in the aftermath of TWA flight 800's crash in 1996, the New York Times published a letter by Columbia professors Charles Hailey (physics) and David Helfand (astronomy), in which they stated the odds of a meteor-airplane collision for aviation history up to that point: one in ten."
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Robbery attempt fails, thief armed with a banana.

niktemadur niktemadur writes  |  more than 5 years ago

niktemadur (793971) writes "In an uncanny case of life-imitates-Monty-Python, the BBC reports of a North Carolina teenager who entered an internet cafe with a banana concealed under his T-shirt, said it was a gun and demanded money. The owner of the shop and its' customers overcame the hapless thief and called for help. When the police arrived, witnesses reported that the teenager had eaten the banana in the interim. In addition to attempted armed robbery, officers joked they may also charge the 17-year old with destroying evidence and took pictures of the banana peel instead. No mention in the article, however, on how patrons might have defended themselves against a pointed stick."
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Stellar seismologist record 'music' from stars

niktemadur niktemadur writes  |  more than 5 years ago

niktemadur (793971) writes "The BBC reports that a French team of stellar seismologists, using the COROT (COnvection ROtation and planetary Transits) Space Telescope, have converted stellar oscillations into sound patterns, a relatively new technique that, according to Professor Eric Michel of the Paris Observatory, is already giving researchers new insight into the inner workings of stars. The subtly pulsating, haunting sounds are very similar to artist Aphex Twin's minimalistic nineties album "Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2", only stripping away what little melody it had and leaving just the beat. These and many more recordings from space can be accessed at the Jodrell Bank Centre (or Center if you prefer) for Astrophysics website, also known as the Jodcast."
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niktemadur niktemadur writes  |  more than 7 years ago

niktemadur (793971) writes "1. 911 controlled demolitions. 2. Staged Apollo moon landings. 3. Our Illuminati overlords. 4. JFK/RFK assassinations. 5. HIV created as a biological weapon. 6. Captive aliens in Area 51. 7. Paul is dead. I buried Paul. 8. CowboyNeal is actually Frank Zappa in disguise."

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