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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

nytes She quit because... (186 comments)

She was afraid of heights!

about two weeks ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

nytes Re:sigh. bailing wire? (868 comments)

I haven't been around a lot of hay bales in a while, but back in the 60's and 70's hay bales were bound together with steel wire. The machine that we towed through the fields to pick up the cut hay and make the bales was stocked with spools of... wait for it... "baling wire" :)

about 1 month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

nytes Re:Oh noes, they yanked your chain (354 comments)

You have a local video rental store? I haven't seen one of those in my area since Blockbuster closed.

about a month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

nytes Re:Alternate view (354 comments)

I am apathetic to your outrage.

Am I doin' it right?

about a month ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

nytes Re:Wrong priority! (503 comments)

If a U.S. citizen was killed, then the U.S. has a diplomatic wedge into the investigation. "We are looking into what happened to our people."

If if no U.S. citizen is involved, then everyone inside and outside would be perfectly justified in telling the U.S. to keep their nose out of it. (Not that the U.S. would follow that advice.)

about a month and a half ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

nytes Re:"Issue on board" (752 comments)

Missle: In the beginning, there was darkness. And the darkness was without form, and void.

Pilot: What the hell is he talking about?

Missle: And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I moved upon the face of the darkness. And I saw that I was alone. Let there be light.

about a month and a half ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

nytes Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

Or use an utterly bland review as code for a bad review.

"I ate at this restaurant. They clean it. It has decorations. It had service. I had a meatball sandwich. The meatballs were made of beef. I went home and went to bed."

Translation: "I really wish I hadn't eaten here. The place was filthy, the decor is horrible and the service was terrible. The meatball sandwich I had was disgusting. The menu said it was made with beef, but I question whether that is actually the case. After eating here, I felt sick."

about a month and a half ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

nytes Re:Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

everybody needs to have more than one passport

Although it's been a while, I've looked around a bit, and it seems as if, if you are a natural born citizen of the USA, your options of getting a passport (normally requiring citizenship) from any other country are next to nil. The exceptions would be the countries that allow you to claim citizenship simply by showing that you are a descendant of a citizen of that country (I believe Mexico falls into that category).

about a month and a half ago

Mars (One) Needs Payloads

nytes Take my wife... (77 comments)


about a month and a half ago

Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

nytes We can relax now (170 comments)

Hey, everyone, the government says that what it's doing is OK. At least we got that settled and we can all stop worrying about it.

while their methods were "close to the line of constitutional reasonableness," they were used for good reason

Hey, I think I heard of a road that you can pave with those good intentions.

about 2 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

nytes Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Anything found in the course of a legal search is fair game for prosecution.

So if they enter your house with a warrant to search for drugs and find that body you've been keeping in the freezer, you're hosed.

about 2 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

nytes Once upon a time (710 comments)

Does anyone remember that, at one time, the big promise of technology and automation was that we would be able to reduce the workweek for Joe Workerbee?

Somewhere along the way the goal of tech has become to employ as few people as possible, preferably with lower skills so you don't have to pay them as much.

about 2 months ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

nytes Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

I predict that they will handle it the same way they handle airport security: Everyone is now on the no-fly list. You can apply to get a travel pass that will allow you to fly within a given window of time. You'll have to show the pass along with your passport to enter the terminal. Eventually, leaving your state or county will also require a pass.

I've been expecting this within the next ten years or so.

"Papers, please."

about 2 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

nytes Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

I'm getting ready to file a petition against the Minnesota Vikings. It's obviously disparaging my ancestors.

about 2 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

nytes Re:Self-defeating protests (507 comments)

Uber needs to simply sit back and do nothing about it. The less said the better.

Actually, Uber took advantage of it by offering discounts in the cities affected. I'm pretty sure Uber gained many new customers today.

about 3 months ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

nytes Re:In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

And heaven help those kids if they had a copy of "GURPS Cyberpunk" sitting on a bookshelf.

They'd never see the light of day again.

about 3 months ago

WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

nytes Re:Nooooooo (73 comments)

It used to take around 25 button pushes to turn closed captions on or off on U-verse. I'd like to know how they came up with their usage scenarios when designing this that interface.

Thankfully, they've added a shortcut that reduces it to around six button pushes, but still... Why does it only take one button on my DVD player?

about 4 months ago



nytes nytes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nytes (231372) writes "Scientists today moved the minute- hand on the symbolic ``Doomsday Clock'' to five minutes to midnight, to indicate growing concerns about the global nuclear threat. The hand was moved forward two minutes today, reflecting concerns that the world is heading toward ``a second nuclear age,'' and also that climate change poses a threat to stability, said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the magazine which set up the clock in 1947."


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