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Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

patch5 Re:Good luck for Holmes (308 comments)

Sorry I'm late responding. I'm actually NOT one of those guys. I absolutely believe that the US government has taken far too many liberties in restricting constitutional protections, and I don't want to see the second amendment hamstrung any more than I want to be told what time of the day is acceptable for me to poop. I just thought AC's comment was overemotional.

IMHO, responding to "you're crazy if you're a member of group X" with, "I'm not crazy, and if you call me crazy again I may do something stereotypically associated with group X" just ain't the way to maintain credibility.

about a year and a half ago

Twitter Sued For $50M For Refusing To Identify Anti-Semitic Users

patch5 Re:I've been waiting for this... (335 comments)

And (unless you use a proxy for everything) at least a small handful of IP addresses, which would probably trace back to you if someone really cared enough to really go looking.

about a year and a half ago

Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

patch5 Re:Good luck for Holmes (308 comments)

Yeah, that's it! Threaten him with being shot! That'll be SURE to demonstrate that you're a rational, level-headed person!

about a year and a half ago

1967 Gyro-X Car To Be Restored

patch5 Re:Penismobile (140 comments)

Shouldn't you be in school?

about a year and a half ago

Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

patch5 Re:'Into space' (425 comments)

Keeping a really large single stage sugar/fertilizer rocket from blowing up on the launch pad and taking out your monkey is a lot tougher than it sounds.

about a year and a half ago

Male Scientists More Prone To Misconduct

patch5 Re:Their conclusion, my conclusion. (300 comments)

Exactly. Particularly at the "upper echelons of the profession." It's high enough to provoke articles about how it's difficult for women to advance into those positions.

about a year and a half ago

HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

patch5 Re:Something isn't right here? (240 comments)

My best guess, based on what's in the article: HP initially developed the system, probably while administering the State's IT systems. Later, the state changed vendors from HP to Xerox, and Xerox took over managing the HP-designed solution. Eventually the solution broke, or Xerox wanted to move it to a newer system, couldn't figure out how to make it work, called on HP to get assistance with the transition, likely got a green tech who recommended something like updating from a 10-year-old version of Java, and this then caused the system to go down, leaving the mess thoroughly all over Xerox's hands.

Guaranteed: if Xerox fixed it, it was Xerox's screw up, and certainly their responsibility. TFA doesn't specify anything about patching, so I'm thinking that this whole monster is likely a disparate collection of antiquated software that's gotten gradually more crotchety and difficult to maintain over the years, and is probably long overdue to be rebuilt from scratch.

about a year and a half ago

Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

patch5 Re:Get rid of printers (285 comments)

And there's the real reason that most office environments will never successfully go paperless: if they did, where would employees steal paper for their home printers from?

about a year and a half ago

MESSENGER Probe Finds Strong Evidence of Ice On Mercury

patch5 Re:Number One Priority . . . (80 comments)

So, sort of, "shoot first, ask questions later?"

I can't imagine what could possibly go wrong with this as a scientific approach.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?

patch5 Re:Like Obama? (430 comments)

I'm betting your company doesn't send people to jail for not spending their money there.

Unless he works for the entertainment industry . . .

about 2 years ago

Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

patch5 Re:News for nerds? (555 comments)

...stuff that matters.

about 2 years ago

Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android

patch5 Re:Remember: (532 comments)

He had nothing to say and nothing to contribute

Oh, what sweet irony.

more than 2 years ago

Brain Imaging Reveals the Movies In Our Mind

patch5 Re:Worrisome (141 comments)

Easy, there. While this might be okay on a voluntary basis to prove innocence, I'd guess that the right to protection against self-incrimination in the fifth amendment would probably prohibit this from being used to prove guilt or suspend the need for trials.

more than 2 years ago

IPhone 4 Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Plane

patch5 It has a first name. (222 comments)

Do combat fighter pilots often perform maneuvers with the canopy open? Was it really exceptionally warm, on that particular day, and he was just out for a spin, chatting with his girlfriend on his iPhone, with his helmet and mask pulled off and the wind rushing through his hair?

I'm sorry, I guess I'm just having a difficult time reconciling any part of this story with my "Top Gun"-perspective of fighter aircraft.

more than 3 years ago

Time Warner Cable Launches iPad App With Live TV

patch5 Re:uh (141 comments)

Let me help you fill in the blanks, there: 8. Guy with hot tub next to his pool and his waterfall (who'd also like you to know that he's not a creepy apartment-dewller) walks into the kitchen, and unwraps a new iPhone from the case of them that he's got stashed beneath the sink. Makes you wonder how people managed to survive before the internet, when they had to go brag about their expensive crap around the water cooler, and only to people who knew them well enough to envy them. We've come such a long way.

more than 3 years ago

TI Plans Minority Report UI Using ARM SoC + Projector

patch5 Re:Anything to get Americans to exercise (72 comments)

Hands off my chair; when I'm ready to move around, I'll get up and move around. Outside of it just being a novel interface, I honestly can't see any application where this type of UI is more practical or useful than what presently exists, but I can see several where it'll make general computing a lot more difficult. Just because the mouse has been around with us for a while doesn't mean that any conceivable alternative to it is an improvement. Think I'm going to have to pass on this, and hold out for the neural interface.

more than 3 years ago


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