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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

persicom UNTESTED?! (357 comments)

You go into a major competition in a suit you haven't used at all? Who's completely jackass idea was that? The same guy who wrote the test plan for the Obamacare website?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

persicom Re:yawn (488 comments)

Have you managed to upgrade the OS on that phone? Of does it have exactly the same features now that it had back then?

about 10 months ago

New Moons of Pluto Named Kerberos and Styx; Popular Choice 'Vulcan' Snubbed

persicom Of course they shot down "Vulcan" (194 comments)

They didn't want to piss off the Vulcans

1 year,25 days

Lawmakers Try To Block Black Box Technology In Cars, DVR Tracking

persicom Re:I wouldn't mind it if... (167 comments)

I wouldn't mind getting an insurance break either. I'd do all the speed limits to save money.

about a year ago

HP Discontinue OpenVMS

persicom Re:When will it be open-sourced? (238 comments)

Take it from an old fart who was there - any Unix of the last 15-20 years is definitely not your father's Unix.

It's not ANY UNIX - It's Linux. :-)

about a year ago

Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

persicom Re:Dictator hating free speech, news at 11. (418 comments)

But you can recover from those by voting the other way, in theory. Voting to go to a non-voting system is the last vote ever.

about a year ago

Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

persicom Re:Dictator hating free speech, news at 11. (418 comments)

Except that when you vote away your right to vote, if you change your mind, your screwed.

about a year ago

Shooting Yourself In the Foot, 21st Century Style

persicom Once a geek... (172 comments)

...always a geek. Since this article was on /., I thought it would be about how a new computer language would allow you to inflict harm on yourself, as in :

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

persicom disk (1016 comments)

@Platters = Drive.Remove()
Pieces = map {crack in two} map {apply orbital sander} @Platters;
ForEach( Piece, Pieces)
        If( Today + 1 == garbageDay() )
                push @garbage, pop @pieces
      sleep 1 day

I leave garbage collection as a separate function...

more than 2 years ago

Facing Oblivion, Island Nation Makes Big Sacrifice

persicom Re:Accordians:hunting::the french:war (360 comments)

In theory, we'll be so pissed off that we can't fish that we'll do something about global warming that will save them.

more than 3 years ago

Facing Oblivion, Island Nation Makes Big Sacrifice

persicom Huh? (360 comments)

so we wait until they drown and then fish?

more than 3 years ago

Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse

persicom Re:This is why I use Open Source (397 comments)

Unless closed-source schmucks start mucking with it. Helloooooo. QA? Testing? ANYONE?

about 4 years ago

IBM's Patent-Pending Traffic Lights Stop Car Engines

persicom Re:Railway crossing? (423 comments)

Hmm. How about a GPS that leads you to turn onto a railroad track in the dark, followed by the LIGHT at said crossing turning red due to an ONCOMMING TRAIN shutting down your engine...

more than 4 years ago

Postgres Project To Go NoSQL

persicom Too bad... (62 comments)

that this is a joke. In 1987, I graduated Cooper Union, I worked at Citibank in Funds Transfer and I was programming in QUEL on a Commercial Ingres system. Having learned both relational algebra and calculus in school, I was pleased to be able to use the more expressive calculus. Alas, it was not meant to be. Citi started cutting over to Oracle. In then left. A few years (and jobs) later I started working with Sybase. In SQL. It took me weeks to understand how to use the algebra again. We'd go a long way if this post were NOT a joke.

more than 4 years ago

US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles

persicom Re:Saturn V Urban Legend (922 comments)


Despite a widespread belief to the contrary, the Saturn V blueprints have not been lost. They are kept at Marshall Space Flight Center on microfilm. The Federal Archives in East Point, GA also has 2900 cubic feet of Saturn documents. Rocketdyne has in its archives dozens of volumes from its Knowledge Retention Program. This effort was initiated in the late '60s to document every facet of F-1 and J-2 engine production to assist in any future re-start.

The problem in re-creating the Saturn V is not finding the drawings, it is finding vendors who can supply mid-1960's vintage hardware (like guidance system components), and the fact that the launch pads and VAB have been converted to Space Shuttle use, so you have no place to launch from.

By the time you redesign to accommodate available hardware and re-modify the launch pads, you may as well have started from scratch with a clean sheet design.

more than 5 years ago

Confusion Reigns As Analog TV Begins Shutdown

persicom Pot calling kettle black.. (434 comments)

If I were in anyway related to the financial industry, I wouldn't exactly be calling out anyone else for "botching" anything at this time...

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft To Kill Windows 7 Beta Februrary 10th

persicom Re:Oops (216 comments)

Or being indebted and stupid and working for indebted and stupid.

more than 5 years ago

New Connections For Stretchable, Twistable Electronics

persicom Re:For every day purposes (60 comments)

Here's some advice for you: The quote is:

Leave the gun; take the cannoli

No true Italian says "cannolis"

more than 5 years ago

Solving Obama's BlackBerry Dilemma

persicom Re:research in motion (374 comments)

Kevin Bacon: so-so actor
Zucchini: Nice, chopped, cooked in tomato sauce

more than 5 years ago



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