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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

omfglearntoplay Give them a fake email address (131 comments)

Despite "tech" being your profession, be DAMN sure to give them a temp or fake email address. Because you WILL be spammed for the remainder of your life. I know... I was trusting once.

about 2 months ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

omfglearntoplay Big Dinos Probably all had Scales (139 comments)

What's their definition of "most dinosaurs"? Maybe most as in, there was this one tiny feathered dinosaur that bred like rabbits and was everywhere? And do they mean "had feathers" as in had 3 tiny feathers on the top of a big lizardy dino head? Big dinos almost always had scales from what I've read. And perhaps size is part of is as is seen in recent animals and animals today... larger mammals have far far less fur except during the times of ice ages.

I found a couple of links that show scales, no feathers, of big dinosaurs. All this feather business is just hype.


The scale-like structures you see on dinosaur skin are known as called tubercles, and resemble the polygonal desiccation cracks that you might see on a dried up mud flat (because we all investigate sedimentary structures

Very little dinosaur skin fossilized, so what we know about sauropod skin comes from impressions made when it pressed into mud or sand that then hardened and turned to stone. These impressions show that sauropod skin had small bumps and scales that didn't overlap. Some sauropods had bony growths in the skin called osteoderms. But no sauropods had hair or feathers.

about 2 months ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

omfglearntoplay Love these things (45 comments)

I always loved these crazy looking things. Imagining a 7 ft long shrimp/scorpion/alien creature as a kid was fun.

So from the article, classification was always tricky but now velvetworms may be a distance relative. I'm still holding out hope we'll find one left deep.

about 2 months ago

General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

omfglearntoplay Anecdotal but (90 comments)

I distrust medicine much more than anybody I know. However, our pediatrician scared us into having my kid go through an MRI for a "possibly serious condition" when he was a few months old. Naturally nothing was wrong.

Now he is seven years old... and by fucking golly his memory is scarily good in all situations. My memory is better than at least 99% of adults I meet. The kid puts me to shame. Not only can he easily best me at any memory type of game, his episodic memory is incredible. He'll remember I promised we would do something, recalling every pertinent detail to make sure I adhere to it. He remembers who gave him what toy on which day (I used to remember that stuff when I was a kid). He recalls details of classroom events down to exact phrases.

What I'm trying to say is, as much as I hate medicine in general, I think this is one place at least my kid didn't get messed up by it.

about 4 months ago

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

omfglearntoplay Creative art =/= tech design (377 comments)

Creative art is one thing.

Creative techie things are another. Especially in a life or death environment (cars) or a corporate environment (email down, fired).

So if say I was over all of IT for some big company, and then one guy says changing everything that is totally working fine to this new way of doing things would be better... I'm inclined to disagree with him. Why? If it fails, heads may roll. I would have to spend more time than him to get up to speed on whatever technology he is talking about (virtually impossible given the roles)... and then I'd have to trust him as much as the guy I trusted a year or two back that burned me when I trusted him.

So... while I love creativity in general,... no thanks, not at the work place. And not when it involves safety.

about 10 months ago

Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

omfglearntoplay ios 7 is a buggy mess (326 comments)

I've had lots of problems before and after 7.0.3. More than once I have had to reboot to regain sending email (receiving is fine). My 2nd phone, a Blackberry using activesync just like my iPhone, was still sending and receiving email no problem so I know it wasn't something with the server.

Other problems include buggy podcast playing. I've updated the podcast app so I hope it will be more stable.

I also REALLY do not like the way a "hard reset" no longer closes all apps. This is a big deal for businesses where users just aren't going to close all the apps themselves. Come on Apple, what are you doing to us?

about a year ago

Firefox 25 Arrives With Web Audio API Support, Guest Browsing On Android

omfglearntoplay Maybe I'll go Android (144 comments)

I find browsing on the vendor built in browsers to be TERRIBLE. All the adds and crap flying around is twice as bad on a little tablet or phone because it is too easy to misclick. And browsing is already slower b/c of all the ads loading, it just ruins the experience for me.

Thank GOD for Firefox and the tweaks you can apply with 3rd party pieces. LOVE IT and I will NEVER change to something else.

about a year ago

Computers and Doctor Who

omfglearntoplay Tom Baker (93 comments)

Is the man. I think that's what this thread is about anyway, and I agree wholeheartedly even if it isn't! What? yes!

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

omfglearntoplay What's in the best interest of the lawyer? (871 comments)

He wants everybody to "not talk to the police" so he'll get more business. Seems pretty clear to me.

Of course if you are some stupid criminal, you don't want to talk to the police. And if enough innocent people are stupid enough to think that they should never talk to the police, it certainly makes the police's job harder while making the criminal representing lawyer's job easier. "What'd you say office, my client wouldn't talk to you and it looked suspicious? Well ever since that cool youtube video, 60% of innocent people don't talk to cops either!"

Yeah, basically avoid being a criminal and you don't have much to worry about. Lawyers that represent criminals are not people to trust OK... they aren't a bunch of free information loving computer people on the internet. Far from it.

about a year ago

Ask Author David Craddock About the Development of Diablo, Warcraft

omfglearntoplay Warcraft 1 to Starcraft 2 (109 comments)

If there is one thing to bring to Starcraft 2 from Warcraft 1, what would it be? I'm thinking along the lines of an ability, a type of unit that doesn't exist anymore, a simplified or more complex resource management, a slower game pace to allow more unit control instead of deathball vs. deathball.. that sort of thing.

about a year ago

All Your Child's Data Are Belong To InBloom

omfglearntoplay At a glance (211 comments)

Sounds pretty creepy.

about a year ago

Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

omfglearntoplay iPads are equivalent to a TV, not a laptop (375 comments)

They aren't good for learning with a hands on approach. They are better for just looking at junk. In that case, just use books and a blackboard, right? Because you can't play on those and get distracted.

1 year,13 hours

Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

omfglearntoplay Who Cares (348 comments)

Can we get on with the next new gadget that makes a lot of money. I'm bored with phones.

1 year,13 days

Michael Dell To Buy Dell Inc.

omfglearntoplay Dell has improved (175 comments)

Their rack servers, desktops, and even laptops seem a lot better than they were 5 years ago. We're back on Dell at my company, for the most part.

1 year,17 days

Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View

omfglearntoplay Sounds Terrible (332 comments)

We can't let them ruin the web. Can't let 'em do it.

1 year,17 days

Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks

omfglearntoplay -40 C and -40 F (225 comments)

So they obviously picked this temperature because it is Zen in both measuring standards.

1 year,26 days

Researchers Develop New Trap To Capture Bloodsucking Bed Bugs

omfglearntoplay Re:Sticky tape? (141 comments)

DO NOT try to disperse them! I thought I had them and did a lot of reading. The trick is if you have them, keep them from running to every nook and cranny. Use CO2 traps (homemade ones work fine, just check out youtube) and a plastic cover over your bed mattress.

about a year ago

Interview: Oceanographer David Gallo Answers Your Questions

omfglearntoplay Re:Really, Sharks and sunken ships? (22 comments)

This scientist understands the emotion that moves people. While I am very much concerned with the chemistry of the oceans, if it weren't for things like the animals (sharks) and creepy ghost ship stories (humans being a part of the ocean historically) nobody would much care about the ocean including myself.

And then you go on about future for whales. What, do whales deserve attention but not sharks? I guess I just do not follow your train of thought here.

about a year ago

Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

omfglearntoplay Simple Problem (814 comments)

Have you ever used a fingerprint scanner for a PC? It takes 3 tries often enough, and you have to move slowly and press at an exact angle and pressure.

Pretty sure a common problem with these guns is people don't feel safe if their gun takes 20 seconds to recognize you are yourself. If you buy a gun to shoot a badguy who pops out of the shadows, or a deer that suddenly appears from behind a bush, I bet 20 seconds is a lifetime too long.

about a year ago

FDA To Decide Fate of Triclosan, Commonly Used In Antibacterial Soaps

omfglearntoplay Get rid of the junk (223 comments)

It is pure junk and not useful whatsoever. No need for it to be in soaps.

about a year ago



Slashdot Snubs Blackberry 10 Live Stream on big Release Day

omfglearntoplay omfglearntoplay writes  |  about a year and a half ago

omfglearntoplay (1163771) writes "With all the main news channels making a big deal about the Blackberry 10 launch deal today, Slashdot appears to not mention it anywhere on the homepage. Is this an Android partnership issue or something I'm not aware of? There is probably little time left to see the live bit of the show. Tune in now or watch it not-real time later."
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Driver with accelerator recall crashes into dealer

omfglearntoplay omfglearntoplay writes  |  more than 3 years ago

omfglearntoplay (1163771) writes "A Toyota vehicle owner fights to get a refund instead of a repair for an accelerator recall that has apparently plagued thousands of Toyota vehicles, some resulting in deaths according to the article. On the last occasion, he attempts to leave the dealership and crashes into the building, destroying the truck in question. The owner claims the accelerator got stuck. Is it poetic justice for big corporate faulty technology or a renegade consumer who decided to take things into his own hands?"
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