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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

paiute Re:So.... (67 comments)

How are things on Margo?

4 days ago

Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

paiute Re:good plan (200 comments)

Government has no authority to prevent private individuals or business owners from coming to mutual agreements of any kind, including this.

Mr. Rockefeller, there is a Ted Roosevelt on line one.

about two weeks ago

Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

paiute Re:The end of TWO bubbles (97 comments)

the news media is ecstatic about this IPO despite widespread reporting on both bubbles having burst already.

How much money is going under the lunch table to reporters to generate this excitement?

about two weeks ago

Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

paiute Run, Ballmer, run (169 comments)

Ballmer always struck me as a Gump-like character who accumulated wealth and thus influence through no talent of his own. He stumbled into Microsoft with no more to offer the world than a guy off the street who pulls a slot machine arm and wins a billion dollar jackpot. At least Forrest was likable.

about two weeks ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

paiute Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

The "walked it" down one of the roads from the stone quarries.

Did "Higher and Higher" work on solid stone as well as it did with hollow copper?

about three weeks ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

paiute Debbil in de details (421 comments)

If you read the details of the story, it becomes quite a bit less sensational.

about a month ago

Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

paiute With pinky to my lips (113 comments)

"The world will pay me one gazillion dollars or I will unleash a rapid unscheduled disassembly upon the moon!!!!"

about a month ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

paiute Not my experience (441 comments)

"The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best." Replace tech engineers with chemists or biochemists and that is absolutely not true.

about a month ago

Researchers Made a Fake Social Network To Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

paiute I skipped to the ending (49 comments)

...and then we publicized the hell out of it to make sure that the Chinese government would see it and crack down even harder on net access. But I got to write this paper and put it on my CV.

about a month ago

FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

paiute Mental image (338 comments)

I see John Cleese as Tim saying, "Look! I'm warning you!".

about a month ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

paiute Is there an counter to this? (251 comments)

Does anyone have a script a customer can stick to when dealing with Comcast?

about 1 month ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

paiute Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

Actually, You Go would be a pretty decent browser name.

about a month ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

paiute Cascade of brown noses (235 comments)

FFS, is this going to be another breathless article about how corporate email is going out to be replaced by Yammer or some other platform de jour? Because that shit is just a waste of time. When my corporation jumped on the Yammer train (no doubt after a fiery sales pitch by some consultant), I started to see - in my email inbox, ironically - the hourly Yammer feed. It was 95% comprised of threads started by upper management which had zero to do with my day's work and which accreted into long long long posts as middle and junior managers jumped in with witless 'great idea!!!!' comments. You could smell the fecal matter on their noses. The other 5% was actual information passing between business units I had no contact with or interest in. But I am sure that in the next year or so some bright MBA will be sold on the idea of abandoning email and transitioning over to whatever the kids are using that week so that instead of getting actual targeted communications in my inbox I will be deluged with useless bullshit.

about a month ago

New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

paiute Re:How much? (161 comments)

A European woodchuck or an African woodchuck?

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

paiute Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

We already give our students Halloween off, we just call it Nevada Day, you insensitive clod!

Fucking Nevada Day Parade and we knew every year we were going to be behind Bertha and Tina. One eye on Sousa and the other on where you are stepping.

about a month and a half ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

paiute Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

It sounds like the NFL is scared of TV because they're not used to it; experience from this side of the pond suggests they don't need to be (and in fact can INCREASE their overall revenue by aggressively marketing the TV rights)

The NFL is so afraid of TV that they are willing to let the broadcast rights go for several dollars. Wait. I forgot nine decimal places.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's Olivier Bloch Explains Microsoft Open Source (Video)

paiute Re:At Least Once A Year... (101 comments)

There is no reason a separate and independent MSN should stick with windows and office product

Depends on who owns the majority of the stock in that 'independent' company, don't it?

about a month and a half ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

paiute Re:I hate that fucking show (442 comments)

Well, my group all has wives or girlfriends, some quite fetching, so I am going to guess that is one difference between us and the television show.

about a month and a half ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

paiute Re:UUNET in 1987? (116 comments)

Yes - in the mid-to-late 1990s Yahoo had a list every day of the websites that had come online the day before. In the beginning the lists were short.

about a month and a half ago



Universe now 1.4 hellameters across

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes ""When Austin Sendek was growing up in Northern California, he was never allowed to use the regional slang term "hella."

Now the 20-year-old physics major at UC Davis uses "hella" often — and he's trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to do the same. Sendek, who was forced to use "hecka" as a child, has petitioned an international scientific body to make "hella" the name for the hitherto nameless, unimaginably huge, seldom-cited quantity of 10 to the 27th power — or 1 followed by 27 zeros."

Google, as one might anticipate, has embraced this whimsical unit and has incorporated it into the Google calculator:

"Now users can find out, with a little finagling, that our $13-trillion national debt, when expressed in hella-dollars, is a pleasingly tiny 1.3 times 10 to the minus 14th."

Slashdotters in the greater Boston area are readying their petition to the Consultative Committee on Units to make "wickedpissa" the new name for 10 to the 28th power."

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Free Netbook From Microsoft, Then Things Got Weird

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes "Matt Karolian, a Marketing Communications major at Emerson College in Boston "won" a netbook in a Microsoft re-tweet competition (whatever that is). Then the prize arrived, and it was not exactly the high-quality major award he had expected from a Microsoft:

"A few months back I entered a re-tweet contest that Microsoft was holding. I know, I know, as a marketer I should cringe at the thought of a re-tweet contest but one of the prizes for this re-tweet contest was an xbox 360, so I caved and took part. Time passed and I heard nothing about anyone winning, and I eventually forgot about it...""

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