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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

nospam007 Re:Major disappointment... (55 comments)

"After all these years of running SETI@Home [berkeley.edu], we still haven't found any extraterrestial TV signals carrying alien porn. :/"

They abandoned it 100 years ago, because there was never anything on.
Just as they abandoned pollution.

6 hours ago
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Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

nospam007 First try (50 comments)

"Firefly can recognize lots of things,"

Nice for a first try, but thanks, I'll wait for the Serenity model.

yesterday
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

nospam007 Re:Illigal or not? (137 comments)

"The new one is simply sending warning letters to let people know they have been reported as infringing copyright, and so might want to be careful to avoid being sued in the future."

They should offer a seedbox in Tonga in the same document.
At least they would see _some_ money.

yesterday
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

nospam007 What counts (58 comments)

Reading a tweet or receiving an iMessage is not 'surfing the net'.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

nospam007 Re:...The hell? (288 comments)

"Why is this on Slashdot?"

It has more literary value than:

"I bought a cheap-ass phone and it sucks"

but only barely.

2 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

nospam007 Really? (102 comments)

Just when you think that customer service can't possibly get any more creepy, then you read this.

3 days ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

nospam007 Obviously (147 comments)

You ask Dr. Walter Bishop.

3 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

nospam007 Re:You dorks (389 comments)

"Also, you don't have to go to the CNN site if you don't like their ads. No one actually forced you to read CNN. It is their media property, they can do what they wish."

Sure, just as it's our right to render on our screens only what we wish.
And we do that.

4 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

nospam007 Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (191 comments)

"The tactile experience of actually holding a book in your hand, being able to flip the pages, is far better than anything offered by current electronic devices."

Flip pages? Such modern things are just for young whippersnappers. I prefer scrolls, one long page you can scroll. Even computers use that method.

Although my father prefers stone tablets, he says the weight gives it a sense of importance that modern things like scrolls, papyrus and 'books' miss.

4 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

nospam007 Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (191 comments)

"Professional editing isn't just about the appearance of a text on the page, it can also be about making the text coherent and understandable."

I have a copy of "Finnegan's Wake" on my coffee table saying otherwise. :-)

4 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

nospam007 Re:"A Patreon shareholder writes" (191 comments)

"eBook publishers aren't even needed. Software to convert DOC/LaTeX to ePub &c. will do the trick, with proofreaders/editors employed separately, and hosting services a dime a dozen. All that remains is a searchable database, which is a high school project."

That's Calibre, database included. With a few torrents you have the library of congress on your machine.

4 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

nospam007 Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (191 comments)

"With publishers gone, we all essentially become slush pile readers."

Sure, I decide which font I use on my device, which font size, margin, line spacing and so on, if the author knows where to click for the spellchecker, I'm good with the slush.

All the 25 professions that got axed were just useful when printing on a specific size of dead tree.
I say: Good riddance.

4 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

nospam007 Again! (191 comments)

My grandfather had the same problem as a liftboy. The combined forces of Otis and Schindler forced him out of a job.

It's called 'progress'.

4 days ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

nospam007 We have to be quick about it. (156 comments)

Newt Gingrich isn't getting any younger, and that Moon-town needs a Mayor.

4 days ago
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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

nospam007 Very nice. (26 comments)

As long as you don't get a couple of thousand pacemakers around the body, usually called 'cancer'.

4 days ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

nospam007 Bummer (125 comments)

They should send them to the cast of 'under the dome', that's the only place where you see people using them.

5 days ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

nospam007 Phew! (90 comments)

I'm glad I'm living in a landlocked country.

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

nospam007 Re:Erm (91 comments)

"So if only "one in 100 trillion" collisions produce detectable events, and they've only observed "billions" of collisions, then actually detecting just one is shear luck, and reproducing it is next to impossible......."

I must be that they speak Planet an the submitter speaks Imperial. There's several magnitudes of difference.

about a week ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

nospam007 Sounds familiar. (106 comments)

"Of course, the creepy part is the car knowing your health and determining whether it would be more fit to drive than you."

Which is naturally...always!
Please let me drive, Car!
I'm afraid, I can't do that, Dave.

Daisyyyyyyy, Daysyyyyyyyyyyyyy.....

about a week ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

nospam007 Inconceivable! (117 comments)

"The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, ..."

Wow they have duplicated what 12 year old trolls do every day.

'The ability to manipulate online polls' is usually just called 'just refuse cookies'.

about two 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 3 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 6 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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