×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

onkelonkel Re:wtf (198 comments)

"the Gaul" - I see what you did there.

yesterday
top

Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power

onkelonkel Re:The industry really needs to switch to DC power (41 comments)

Not in my (limited) experience. This was a dispatching center for a large (Class 1) freight railway. For each of about 40 dispatchers there were 5 machines a pair of PCs at the "Desk" plus a trio of PCs in the back room for server/backup server & maintenance workstation. The "ONE BIG UPS" failed 3 times in 4 years, and each time the whole damn railroad was stopped dead for several hours. ( Egon Spengler - That would be bad.)
 
  We put a small (about 2000VA) UPS at each desk and another for each back room trio. Cost about 1/10 of what the big UPS cost. If a little UPS failed the techs would drop in a new one and have the machines restarted in about 10 minutes. The trains were seldom delayed, and the failures would only affect a single dispatcher.

about two weeks ago
top

Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

onkelonkel Re:Yes, let's do look, shall we? (297 comments)

How do you know that us morally superior thin people aren't Person B types who are hungry all the time but don't use it as an excuse to eat when we don't need to?

about two weeks ago
top

Scotland Builds Power Farms of the Future Under the Sea

onkelonkel Hammerfest (216 comments)

Isn't Hammerfest a Scandinavian Folk Metal band. I swear I saw them in 2013 with Amon Amarth and Korpiklaani.

about three weeks ago
top

Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

onkelonkel Re:Silly (764 comments)

Possibly proud means "not ashamed" in this context.

about a month ago
top

New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

onkelonkel Re:Obesity (144 comments)

Overweight and obese are medical terms based on associated health risk. BMI is fairly good for average people, not so good for athletes.
 
Want to know if you are fat? Try this - lift your shirt, and grab a fold of skin 2 inches to the left (or right) of you belly button. How thick is the fold of skin (and fat)? An inch or less, ok. More than an inch, you are carrying unnecessary extra body fat which will damage your health.

about a month ago
top

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

onkelonkel Re:Cool, but nothing new (669 comments)

"steady state universe" - sorry for the nitpick

about a month ago
top

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

onkelonkel Re:Evolution != salvation (669 comments)

"evolution states that we are continually improving "- No it certainly doesn't. There is no direction or purpose implied by evolution.

about a month ago
top

PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

onkelonkel Re:The performance difference only matters... (77 comments)

FWIW I get random crashes on Win 8.1 . Supposedly happens on certain video cards, even with the latest drivers, and an update is supposed to be coming to fix it.

about a month ago
top

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

onkelonkel Re:So much stupid (269 comments)

Beats are not terrible, they are awesome.
 
Allow me to explain.
 
You are assuming that Beats are audio headphones, and judging them on that basis. Beats are a fashion accessory and a status symbol first, and an audio device second. My nine year old niece loves her Beats.They look cute, and sound much better than the throw away earbuds she got with her ipod. In that respect they are a great product, and fulfill her requirements better than any other headphone.
 
Now if I was looking for headphones, looks and conferred status would be at the very bottom of my list of requirements. I'd probably buy some Sennheisers with better specs for half the price of Beats. But then, I'm not the target market for Beats.

about a month ago
top

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

onkelonkel American Exceptionalism Strikes Again (384 comments)

We assumed we could easily handle Ebola if it came our way, because we are the most powerful and richest country on Earth. What we should have done is asked, "What are our weaknesses? Where is our medical system likely to fail?" Unfortunately we tend to suck at this kind of introspection. If we had asked, the most glaring weakness in our system, "Not everybody has medical coverage", might have been considered. Then when a sick black man recently arrived from West Africa came to the hospital without medical insurance we might have thought "EBOLA" and treated him right away, instead of thinking "poor Nigger, not gonna pay his bills" and sent him home with some Tylenol.

about a month ago
top

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

onkelonkel Re:But Only Two (399 comments)

Apparently four women is a stable number. This was the advice from a 14th century Moslem man on what is the best number of wives to have. One will be lonely when the husband is away, two will fight, three will gang up two to one, just as you said, but four works out to two stable pairs.

about a month ago
top

A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

onkelonkel Re:Suspension of Disbelief (193 comments)

Just like the Big Mac is the most eaten burger.

about a month and a half ago
top

Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

onkelonkel Re:A 3-liter car is a "small engine" (403 comments)

America is different. My neighbor's old 1970 Cadillac used to have a 500 cubic inch motor. Math says 8.2 litres or slightly more than 1 litre per cylinder. Of course the fuel tank was about 80 litres. And you would fill it once a week if you drove it to work.

about 1 month ago
top

Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

onkelonkel Re:My Car integration is simple (208 comments)

I once had a ride on an small airplane, and every control knob had a different shape so they could be identified by touch. I think the knob that put the wheels down was actually shaped like a small tire with treads and all. The throttle was a round ball (does balls to the wall come from that?) The flap control was shaped like a little flap. It made a lot of sense. Pretty hard to do that with a touch screen.

about 2 months ago
top

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

onkelonkel Re:College admissions is not a life-value system (389 comments)

We used to call it "Dean's Leave of Absence".

Sometime in 2nd year of Engineering (for example) the beer drinking and f-ing around instead of studying would catch up to a guy, he would fail all his midterms or all his Christmas exams. The Dean would say, go do something else for a while, come back when you are ready. After a year of pulling the green chain or (insert your own miserable laboring job here) they would come back with a new attitude to study and would usually do well for the rest of their stay at university.

about 2 months ago
top

Professor Kevin Fu Answers Your Questions About Medical Device Security

onkelonkel "wireless is like bacon" (21 comments)

wireless is like bacon - best analogy ever. mmm bacon....

about 2 months ago
top

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

onkelonkel Re:yeah, ok, whatever. (482 comments)

4. Don't mention that you like dogs and/or horses sauteed with garlic.

about 2 months ago
top

End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

onkelonkel Re:Notes next? (156 comments)

"You really need to just shoot yourself if that made you happy." You have obviously never had to use Lotus notes. If I had to choose between using Lotus Notes again, or being devoured by fire ants, I think I would go with the ants.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

onkelonkel hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

onkelonkel has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?