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'Half' of 2012's Extreme Weather Impacted By Climate Change

oliverk The trick (417 comments)

The trick is knowing WHICH half

about a year ago

Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules For More Effective Teleportation

oliverk Re:Simple math ... (162 comments)

UNLESS being2 = fly THEN GOTO merge

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

oliverk "Tired of surfing the web with one hand?" (221 comments)

The subject line here was the headline for a mid-90s banner ad for a dating service.
Best. Ad. Ever.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Patent Details Whole-Room Projection Game Environment

oliverk Meh. Danger Room as prior art (118 comments)

What was that...1979? Chris Claremont/John Byrne? Colossus throwing Wolverine like a ball? Screw you, Microsoft. Y'ain't got nothing on this one.

more than 2 years ago

Sun's Twin Discovered — the Perfect SETI Target?

oliverk Would be AWESOME... (168 comments)

...if what we were seeing was actually ourselves, just 400 years ago. A wormhole, acting as a mirror...floating at the point they're looking at?
C'mon...you can dream, can't you?

more than 2 years ago

13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered

oliverk Death Star (302 comments)

Don't worry, it'll leave once Alderaan gives up...

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Hackers Take Down Child Porn Websites

oliverk FABULOUS (481 comments)

So, the enemy of my enemy is my friend? If I had to choose between the hacker and someone that vile, I think the hacker would win every time.

more than 3 years ago

30,000-Core Cluster On Amazon EC2

oliverk Bandwidth? (59 comments)

Didn't we just read that the US has fallen to #25 on the international speed list? So, is this like serving up Skynet over a 28.8 modem?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook To Put Off IPO Until Late 2012

oliverk You're only hot once (129 comments)

I've got an old theory that everyone's hot at some point in their lives...which is why it's difficult to see a cute little kid knowing full well they've got a devastating blow coming to them as their nose grows too long, their face takes on odd proportions or their complexion goes to pot, oftentimes before they've even hit dating years.

Now, there's Facebook. Did they get hot once already and the decline is starting to set in? When you think about the "social infrastructure," are they the first to come to mind? Does Google actually have the opportunity to change the game on them in a way that they'll never be able to compete with? And does the radical demise of every hot property from CompuServe to Yahoo! tell us everything we need to know about how deep our roots are in the social world?

Not saying it's true, just saying it's worth pondering...

more than 3 years ago

Google Unveils Flight Search

oliverk That sound you hear... (69 comments)

...is Kayak's Darth Vadar "NOOOOO!" scream.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

oliverk SHOCKED (951 comments)

Seriously, according to TFA, 1% of users use the "New Folder" command in Windows Explorer while a gobsmackingly large 6% of users use the "New Item" command. Seriously? Who creates a new Word doc this way??? Or Excel? Or anything else, for that matter? Stubbing out a blank document is non-sensical to me...and I'm apparently alone in that.

more than 3 years ago

Can Google Fix the Cable Box?

oliverk The cable companies will run in fear (223 comments)

Let's be really clear here for a moment that the cable companies are NEVER going to let Google implement what's possible or what the consumer desires in the way of a proper set top box. Don't you just implicitly expect things like Slingbox to just, y'know, work? Nope...impacts revenue. How about HBO GO? Hmm...no again, that's a problem from a demand forecasting perspective. The cable companies win today by limiting choices (options, bandwidth consumption, etc) and Google would invariably want to uncork that. Not going to happen. Oh, here's my other favorite: what happens when someone tricks out the API and gives the entire customer base free access to everything?

The cable companies are the RIAA of the airwaves and will never tolerate this happen. Expect more of the same...unless Google intends to start laying their own fiber, too. Oh, wait...

more than 3 years ago

Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny

oliverk Guys, c'mon. (211 comments)

Psssh...dude, it's Google. They're not evil or anything...

more than 3 years ago

'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

oliverk Re:I welcome our OS IX overlords (349 comments)

Missed one...

OS 11.7 - Duke Nukem Forever

Let's collectively pray that Kracken is stable over a long, long time :)

more than 4 years ago

Mars Site May Hold 'Buried Life'

oliverk Re:SETI? (63 comments)

When we realized we all came from "Eve," the human/cylon hybrid. :)

more than 4 years ago

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

oliverk Or... (780 comments)

...they have children. No story here, folks. Move along...

more than 4 years ago

Tesla Motors To Suspend Roadster Production

oliverk Crazy question to the crowd (401 comments)

I'm sure someone, somewhere has asked this question: why can they just make the batteries swappable? The time to "refuel" wouldn't be the time spent on adding electricity to the battery, but instead changing the battery in the car. Sure...you'd need some sort of special equipment, and they're probably heavier than hell. But has anyone tried to sort this aspect of the electric car to get these off the ground?

more than 4 years ago

Web Open Font Format Gets Backing From Mozilla

oliverk Zapf Chancery is the devil's handwork. (206 comments)

While I really, really want more typographic control in my layouts, the lack of talent and discretion among the great unwashed scares the bejeezus out of me. I foresee a future where surfing the web will be like reading email signatures, page after page...

about 5 years ago

Hints of a Link Between Autism and Vinyl Flooring

oliverk Re:Paper or it didn't happen (356 comments)

The short answer is, yes. Autism isn't a single classification, but in fact a wider band of classifications that produce similar behaviors and symptoms. Asperger's is on one end of a "autistic spectrum," but those with it are typically high-functioning and integrated into society. Others inflicted with more serious forms of autism aren't so readily integrated, and are oftentimes better cared for in a controlled setting. So "autism," as we typically refer to it in common terms, is really a range of related conditions, and without that next level of understanding of physiological or developmental causes of the condition there can't be much more specificity given.

more than 5 years ago


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