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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

pitchpipe Re:the next logical step (85 comments)

However, the engineer in me can't help but think of how far they can take the cyborg theme.

Are you kidding me? Imagine having one that you could just strap on for an hour, get on a treadmill, and then read a book or surf the net while your legs did their thing. I'd exercise everyday.

Sign me up!

about a week ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

pitchpipe Re:Well now (82 comments)

I thought the Chinese loved duck.

They also love Go. The name should have been foolproof.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

pitchpipe Re:You can't sink a conspiracy (275 comments)

People such as moon landing hoaxers, 9/11 truthers etc. are so far gone that you could methodically tear down each and every one of their assertions, employing evidence, science, logic to beat it to a pulp and they'd still start right up with the first one again.

Sounds like a substitute for religion.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

pitchpipe Re:What is there to renew? (340 comments)

Fissle material, explosives, lubes, seals, etc all need to be refreshed from time to time ...

Funny. That's the same thing your mom said to me.

about a week ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

pitchpipe Re:Now all they need to do... (138 comments)

Is figure out why so many who are on SSRI's or had recently stopped taking them, become suicidal or go on shooting rampages, or both.

Seriously, what the fuck? What an idiotic, close minded, asshole of a comment...

Whoa, whoa, whoa! ...

Let's not go on a rampage here.

--

Sorry, I had to. For the record I agree with you.

about two weeks ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

pitchpipe Re:more direct connection to producers (191 comments)

I sure wouldn't be wanting to hang onto Amazon or Ebay stock right now (assuming either have stock, sorry I don't keep track of things like that).

If I were you, I wouldn't even take my own advice on stocks.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

pitchpipe Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

As a side note, who the fuck thought that "AdMob" would be a good name for an advertising site? "We're going to MOB you with ADS!"

Fuck Off, AdMob.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

pitchpipe Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

Let's see, Google owns:

  • AdMob
  • AdSense
  • AdWords
  • FeedBurner
  • DoubleClick
  • Froogle
  • Google Analytics
  • Gmail
  • Urchin

All of which they are tracking you with (probably more). But I'm sure it's harmless /s

about two weeks ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

pitchpipe Re:Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (191 comments)

The whole thing seems like a clever scheme by Chinese companies and Goldman Sachs to sucker money out of U.S. investors.

It is. What do you really own with Alibaba? The websites? No.

What's really for sale: When investors buy Alibaba, they are actually purchasing shares in a Cayman Islands entity called Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

But that company -- surprise! -- doesn't actually own Alibaba. Instead, Ma and another co-founder, Simon Xie, own most of Alibaba's biggest businesses according to Chinese law. Ma and Xie are then under contract to turn profits over to the Cayman entity.

The arrangement is called a variable interest entity (VIE), and is necessary to get around China's strict foreign investment rules. But investors should be aware of the structure -- especially since Chinese courts have not clarified the legality of the arrangement.

Voting rights and control in the company? No.

So what the fuck do you actually own? Hope and promises. My ex-wife gave me those.

P.S. Even the Hong Kong stock exchange spurned Alibaba.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

pitchpipe Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (543 comments)

I've argued this in the past on Slashdot here, but I honestly don't see the appeal of physical screens.

Just like I don't 'see' the appeal of a non-physical screen. Get it?

,,, I'll just show myself out.

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

pitchpipe Re:why? (182 comments)

Having a smoking hot babe as a teacher has been show to increase focus and attention span, at least in a study I did of myself. Although I don't remember if I learned anything.

about two weeks ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

pitchpipe Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

... ebola could mutate into some superhero bug that gives people big erections.

Just like your mom.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

pitchpipe Re:Wages (533 comments)

QUICK! Grab your binoculars and look up! You see that thing, so small, so tiny, way the fuck over your head ...

about three weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

pitchpipe Prey (142 comments)

Anymore, when I am out-and-about, I feel like one member of a big school of fish because when I see a police officer I know that it is mostly random whether I get pulled over or not. This makes him like a big fish that eats us little ones. I try to blend in (stick to the middle of the school) because it is safer. Luckily I am a white guy (that makes it easier to blend in). I really feel for people with darker skin.

about three weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

pitchpipe Re:Humans have too much (206 comments)

"Humans have too many privacy rights as it is. Groups like ISIS happen because we're more concerned about doing all of our daily tasks in secret rather than being safe." - by Anonymous Coward

Of course, if I had said something as stupid as that, would want to maintain my anonymity/privacy as well.

about three weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

pitchpipe Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

God damn I haven't laughed like that for a long time. :-D

Great post.

about 1 month ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

pitchpipe Re:OK Another one (89 comments)

If the surface gravity were about the same as the Earth's, wouldn't that mean that its atmospheric pressure at the surface would be about the same also. After all, it's gravity holding the gas down, and technically the atmospheric pressure is the weight of the gas above that point. Assuming the gas is trapped to the planet by the gravity, then you might have about the same amount of gas trapped above a point by a similar amount of gravity.

I'm just speculating though.

about a month ago
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What's After Big Data?

pitchpipe What's After Big Data? (87 comments)

What's After Big Data?

Big Brother, and after he finds out what you are guilty of: the Big House. Then comes Big Love with Big Bubba and his Big Little Bubba. Next is Big Money for Big Medical to fix up your Big Rectum.

about a month ago

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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 6 months ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "

Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

I attribute my becoming an atheist to the internet, so what the study is saying supports my anecdote. If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services. What does Slashdot think? Have you become more religious, less religious, or about the same since being on the internet? What if you've always had it?"
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Company Deleting Facebook Page; 80% of Ad Clicks from Bots

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do ... We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on ... The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs."
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Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica.

[...]it turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an overabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another."

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Book says White House ordered forgery

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Ron Suskind, claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery was designed to portray a false link between Hussein's regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.

Remember the news then, that "Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq.""

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Parents Pick Prayer Over Docs; Girl Dies

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "From the article

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
Sometimes I think we are regressing."

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