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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

nospam007 Re:Archaeology, IEEE Spectrum (133 comments)

"I like Archaeology, it's pretty old school,..."

It usually is.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

nospam007 Medical doctor (723 comments)

What good would a medical doctor be without CAT,X-Ray,IRM, Ultrasound, antibiotics or vaccines?
Go homeopathic?

4 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

nospam007 Re:I've made a decision (381 comments)

You could also move to Lichtenstein for example, there were 0 murders there, I don't know why Singapore is mentioned, perhaps the submitter is from there.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

nospam007 Very sad. (507 comments)

Contact Lenses have destroyed the Four-Eye Culture as well, Dentures killed the Mush-Eater Culture.

A shame, really.

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

nospam007 Re:Shoot The Moon! (630 comments)

"Escape velocity is Mach 33, 11.2 kilometers/second, orbital velocity is Mach 25, 7.7 kilometers/second.

It's got a ways to go."

The navy will secretly transport it to the moon, there the speed will be enough.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

nospam007 Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

" This has always been the defining characteristic of homeopathy's holistic approach."

That and the fact that its inventor had never heard of the germ theory.

about a week ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

nospam007 Re:Europe, here I come! (77 comments)

"You can get by with English in most of the EU, with the notable exception of France, where people will understand you but pretend that they don't."

No, that's just the french waiters, it has nothing to do with English.

If you talk French, they ignore you as well, only after a required minimum of sulking time they begin to make snide remarks and get rude with you.

about a week ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

nospam007 Re:clunky software? (143 comments)

"Or that the printers themselves for commercial grade machines also cost many thousands of dollars."

I paid 10.000$ for my first 2D black&white Postscript Laserprinter >25 years ago and I liked it.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

nospam007 Re:Should void warranty (208 comments)

"...inadvertently change something that impairs reliability, you're compromising the safety of everybody else on the road. "

People fix their breaks, gears, engines all the time since the dawn of the industrial revolution.
You don't need software to be stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

nospam007 Re:touch screens in cars, bad idea? (208 comments)

"I think touch screens are kind of dangerous in a car. I know what my dials and buttons do and can control them by feel ..."

You mean you're tapping your dials all the time because you don't trust them.

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

nospam007 Funny (161 comments)

"the average value of an order from an iPad is $155, compared to $110 from Android tablets."

The funny thing is, that often it's for the exact same thing both of them bought.
Sites check the user-agent and rich guys (IOS) are shown a higher price for the same objects, as it has been noticed quite a few times.
So if you want a bargain, you need a user-agent-changer for your iPad to mimic a poor people's OS.

about two weeks ago
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P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

nospam007 Re:Computable? Simulatable? (199 comments)

"They'll just restart it from a recent backup and we'll never even know it happened. If you were to start your life again yesterday, without remembering anything from yesterday or today, the whole world including your mind restored exactly to the state it was in yesterday, then time would appear uninterrupted."

There will always be some Bill Murray ruining it.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

nospam007 Re:My algorithms for getting out of parking lots. (273 comments)

"Lave early before the rush.

Hang out until everyone else leaves - like I do on airplanes."

Rent a RV instead of using your car, then you just take nap, cook and eat something, watch a movie or take a shower until everybody has left.
We always do that for big concerts too.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

nospam007 Re:Why send people? (392 comments)

"I'm not sure, the female colonists — born and raised in space, BTW — will all agree to inseminate themselves with the thawed sperm of strangers instead of following the instinct to conceive in the hot embrace of their lovers. "

That's sort of the point. The 'lovers' stay at home, you take only females on the flight an reproduce only females during the flight. Only on arrival you'd raise men.

That way no pissing contests during the dangerous part of the voyage.

about two weeks ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

nospam007 Re:Why not? Living on Earth does (150 comments)

"Do you need more than 8 min/week of shower for cleanliness? I'd guess 10 second is enough to spray water on the whole body, and 20 seconds suffice to remove soap. The suggested length doesn't sound too harsh."

You know there' a thing called female astronauts?

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

nospam007 Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

"would the use of an Orange network in country A by a customer from country B not result in at least some added accounting expense..."

About the same as a network in country B by a customer from country A.
The costs cancel each other out.

When they don't have to meter and bill the customers they'll have a net plus.

about two weeks ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

nospam007 Re:Op Out Knowledge? (157 comments)

"I do not think there is a single law on the books that makes it illegal not to know something. "

You'll go to jail if you violate any law, even those you didn't know about, so your statement is up for discussion.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

nospam007 Re:Zombies? (135 comments)

"Or maybe they were just eating rat?"

People were keeping coins in the mouth, harder for pickpockets to get at, so at every transaction, you got the pest for free.

about two weeks ago
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Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

nospam007 Re:Question (93 comments)

"Is there a market for used or stolen Tesla cars or parts?"

Not very likely. Even the radio is dangerous for the ears, since the volume goes up to 11.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

about two weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

nospam007 Re:So far away (400 comments)

"I have to imagine that the climb to that level of 3D printing (assuming we ever get there) will be so gradual that society will have plenty of time to adjust."

Yes. All those Chinese kids who make the world's shoes will do something else instead.

about three weeks ago

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Sex tax machine

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "You may complain about the machines that tax your parking, but recently, a computerized machine that's not yet arrived in the United States, is now deployed in the German city of Bonn.
'Prostitution is a legal and taxable trade in Germany, but enforcing taxes among sex workers on the street can be problematic. The city of Bonn has come up with a new solution, though. Prostitutes must now pay a nightly tax to automated ticket machines.'"

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Copyrighted tattoo next?

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "Hide your ink. Apparently you have to be careful what you decide to have permanently etched on your body.
In “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the very successful what-happened-last-night comedy, the character played by Ed Helms wakes up with a permanent tattoo bracketing his left eye. The Maori-inspired design is instantly recognizable as the one sported by the boxer Mike Tyson, which is part of the joke. But S. Victor Whitmill, a tattoo artist formerly of Las Vegas and currently from rural Missouri, doesn’t quite see the humor. Mr. Whitmill designed the tattoo for Mr. Tyson, called it “tribal tattoo,” and claims it as a copyrighted work."

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Houses pixelated in Streetview egged in Germany

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "In a street in suburb Bergerhausen/Essen, Germany, several houses in the same street, all of which were pixelated on Google Streetview, on request of the inhabitants, were egged by Google fanboys.
They left flyers on the mailboxes saying: 'Google's cool'
Police said egging was no property damage."

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In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "CCTV cameras are bringing more and more public places under surveillance — and passenger aircraft could be next. In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists in the sky A prototype European system uses multiple cameras and "Big Brother" software to try and automatically detect terrorists or other dangers caused by passengers. The European Union's Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project uses a camera in every passenger's seat, with six wide-angle cameras to survey the aisles. Software then analyses the footage to detect developing terrorist activity or "air-rage" incidents, by tracking passengers' facial expressions. The system performed well in tests this January that simulated terrorist and unruly passenger behaviour scenarios in a fake Airbus A380 fuselage, say the researchers that built it. Systems to analyse CCTV footage — for example, to detect violence (with video) or alert CCTV operators to unusual events — have been designed before. But the SAFEE software must cope with the particularly challenging environment of a full aircraft cabin.... http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn14013-inflight-surveillance-could-foil-terrorists-in-the-sky.html?DCMP=ILC-hmts&nsref=news3_head_dn14013"

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