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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

powerlinekid The Onion is right again... (409 comments)

Ebola vaccine

I'm not sure if this is sad or just expected; I guess both which in thereof itself is sad.

about 2 months ago
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ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

powerlinekid Re:Article summary doesn't match article content (103 comments)

Yes but are there any microbes that survive all of those in an active form at the same time? I don't disbelieve that some inactive microbes could essentially hibernate on Mars indefinitely. However certain conditions need to exist for those microbes to flourish.

The little critters near the thermal vents in the bottom of the ocean are pretty tough but ultraviolet light isn't something they've ever had to deal with and its unlikely they have any protection against it. Same with anything in antartica. They can do -40 and they can do ultraviolet light but can they do 0 oxygen?

Its not about saying "Huzzah this can survive 3 out of the 4 requirements!". They need to survive all of them and that seems unlikely. Unless we were planning on digging a hole, dropping them in there and covering them back up. Again assume the soil isn't too different for them to adapt.

about 5 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

powerlinekid Re:Kids These Days (180 comments)

The bandwidth was apparently pretty good but grandpa says the latency sucked.

about 5 months ago
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

powerlinekid Re:Dog smarts (139 comments)

I have a 3 year old Great Pyrenees and a 4 month old German Shepherd. They routinely tell on each other such as if one makes a mess or the other steals a stuffed animal it should not have. Additionally, they will also rat out my daughter if she does something they don't like. They look for me if there is trouble such as the time my daughter locked herself out of the house one morning. I woke up to the Pyrenees whining at the bedroom door. Since he was frantic I followed him downstairs and let her back in.

I seem to recall a study that demonstrated dogs vs wolves in how they handle problem solving. The short of it is that if a dog comes across something it can't solve on its own (ball rolls under a couch, etc) it will very quickly find its human to help. Wolves, even tame ones, will not go to humans for help. I believe this was done for similarly raised dogs and wolves so seems to be a side effect of the domestication process.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

powerlinekid Happens all the time... (388 comments)

My gmail address is lastname@gmail.com, so it this probably happens every 3 months or so. Due to this, plenty of people intending to do slastname or plastname screw up and it goes to me. What I tend to do is if it looks important (hotel confirmation, the budget notes of some organization), I will attempt to forward it to the person intended. If I am unable to do that, I will respond to the person sending it and advise that they have the wrong address. If its not important (website registration), I'll usually ignore it.

Funnily enough, I received notification from a car dealership asking me how I was doing with my new car, etc. I recognized the name on it and called my brother to congratulate him.

about 9 months ago
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Sochi Olympic Torch Taken On Historic Spacewalk

powerlinekid Seriously? (80 comments)

So the thing that holds the part that is lit on fire for some sporting event very 4 years was carried around in space?

How is this anything other than some PR for the next Olympics and why is it on slashdot? There is nothing interesting about this. Now if they had designed some contraption to allow the flame to burn in space that would be something.

about a year ago
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Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

powerlinekid Ridiculous... (242 comments)

Terrorists obviously know the best way to terrorize Americans is to keep people like Cheney alive.

about a year ago
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"Jekyll" Test Attack Sneaks Through Apple App Store, Wreaks Havoc

powerlinekid Re:The value isn't in review, it's in revocation. (206 comments)

-1, wrong.

Yes Google does have the ability. If I get an app from the Play Store and it is removed by Google, they have the ability to remove it from my phone. Its happened a couple times with emulators. Now if I decide to circumvent the Play Store that is a different story.

However, that is what Android gives... choice. With the App Store you don't have that choice; you only use what Apple lets you use. If you want to be a moron and run any old app, you can't.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Celebrates 20 Years of Windows 3.11 With Linux 3.11-rc5 Launch

powerlinekid Re:Linus still even come up with an original versi (113 comments)

Hes no thinker or dreamer like that Steve Jobs was. Incrementing by the name of cats is a much more agile system.

about a year ago
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Giant Snails Invade Florida

powerlinekid Re:Pythons (245 comments)

You do realize that you are not supposed to eat the shell... right?

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

powerlinekid Re:Also (473 comments)

They only know where you shop, not what exactly you buy.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

powerlinekid Shouldn't be hard to make! (327 comments)

I'm curious how this will be all that much different than an ipod nano mounted on a permanent wrist band. Outside of playing music and maybe voice based services such as maps or Siri (assuming cell data)I don't see the point over an actual iPhone based on screen size. Something that fits a wrist is not going to be great at reading text efficiently.

Maybe they can ship a free iMonocle with it.

about a year and a half ago
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Cablevision Suing Viacom Over Cable Bundling

powerlinekid Re:reluctant? (138 comments)

Netflix, hulu, amazon video, itunes, history channel .com, comedy central .com, etc.

There are plenty of ways to get content legally for prices that are tiny compared to what the cable companies or direct tv offer. I only have an internet package and then pay for netflix and occasionally use the free hulu. My girlfriend has itunes and amazon video and we don't miss tv.

People have no problem paying for content; It is the extra $50 to $100 a month plus commercials that many don't see worth whatever extra value they provide over the above services.

about a year ago
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Cablevision Suing Viacom Over Cable Bundling

powerlinekid Internet only? (138 comments)

Due to some life problems I had to move quickly on the cheap. I ended up in time warner territory and had no problem ordering 15Mb internet for $29.99 a month sans tv or phone. Of course, time warner has jacked up the price to $43.99 but that plus netflix at $7.99 is still better than the $100 for a tv/internet package.

about a year ago
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White House Petition To Make Unlocking Phones Legal Passes 100,000 Signatures

powerlinekid Re:2nd story about how cell copmanies suck today. (317 comments)

A corrupt corporation can load food up with stuff to make it more profitable, dump its waste illegally, etc. There are plenty of things that corporations have done over the years to fuck things up for more than their customers. The BP oil spill would be a recent one...

about a year and a half ago
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Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

powerlinekid Re:Not likely... (758 comments)

I missed the part where they said Americans are more clueless about politics than other people are.

The first sentence.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Software Coming To Android Via Wine

powerlinekid Re:TL;DR (107 comments)

The last time I ran WoW on Wine (around 2009) I had a higher FPS than Windows XP on the same machine.

about a year and a half ago

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