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Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Winner, Dies At 103

quangdog Re:NYTimes pay-walled... Alternate (36 comments)

I'm truly humbled when I compare the "problems" in my life with the monumental obstacles she overcame.

Rita, you left a truly wonderful mark on this world. May you rest in peace.

about a year ago
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Probable Rogue Planet Spotted

quangdog That's no moon! (155 comments)

It's a rogue planet!

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

quangdog New Sample Product Description (409 comments)

Using your recollection, the ability to hold in your mind certain facts, figures or concepts is a part of your consciousness. Recall is important, as is retention and awareness. Our app will help you to stop it with all the forgetfulness. Buy it today so you can remember tomorrow.

See, it's easy to avoid using a certain word.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Track Bugs For Personal Software Projects?

quangdog Re:Try Trello (221 comments)

+1 for Trello. Love it.

about 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

quangdog Re:Ron Paul (577 comments)

I actually really like about 80% of what Ron Paul claims he'll do. The other 20% scares the living heebie-jeebies out of me though.

about 2 years ago
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McAfee Claims Successful Insulin Pump Attack

quangdog Murder by computer virus? (196 comments)

Usual run-of-the-mill computer viruses and exploits don't usually harm one's health in the say that this has the potential to do. I mean, seriously - a virus could infect your insulin pump and kill you??

I know it's naïve to even ask, but would this be used in the wild? What special sort of sicko would do this for kicks?

about 2 years ago
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Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

quangdog Re:When people abuse prices go up (503 comments)

Will this cut down on abuse of their return policies? Perhaps. Will it result in lower prices? Definitely not.

Am I the only one that is very concerned about the privacy of my personally identifiable information on something like my driver's license? Businesses who ask me for items such as my social security number or driver's license to conduct a transaction lose me as a customer. I'm unwilling to let my personal information enter their sales databases housed who-knows-where and accessed by some pimply faced geek-squad dropout.

Best Buy has been in the news frequently lately, and none of it has been good. Some have said here that they'll be out of business w/in 5 years. I give them less than 1.

about 2 years ago
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Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

quangdog Re:Oh enough with the range whining (998 comments)

Sure, to get to work (1.5 miles for me) an electric would be fine. But what about when I want to go visit my sister (83 miles one direction) for an evening? How about when we go see the in-laws (298 miles one way) every few months? Or what about a busy Saturday running errands all over town - I've easily done 150+ miles just in around-town-driving on a busy Saturday. The point is, owning a limited range car only for your commute is great, but I still have to have something that I can refuel or replenish the range on quickly and easily when I need to travel outside the limited range of an all-electric solution.

about 2 years ago
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Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video)

quangdog What am I missing? (82 comments)

These displays sound great - lower power, better color, sunlight viewability... but the British stiff they interviewed said that they haven't been able to get them into mainstream portable devices. Why? What are the drawbacks?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

quangdog Stylus? (425 comments)

Why not a laptop? Note taking by hand can be very tedious and much slower than using a keyboard.

more than 2 years ago
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With Troop Drawdown, IT Looks To Hire More Vets

quangdog Speaking from personal experience... (212 comments)

I've had the opportunity in the past to work closely with people who learned their IT skills in the military. Without exception they were very competent and a pleasure to work with. If I were hiring today, a candidate who learned IT skills in the military would get a closer look than the guy with the degree from the local community college.

I'm not saying that everyone who learns IT skills in the military is awesome, but the ones I've met have been.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon's 'Can You Hear Me Now' Fleet Testing 4G

quangdog 100 Tahoes? (81 comments)

Pfffffttt..... surely there are more interesting and useful things we can do with 100 Tahoes. How about welding 6 of them together side by side to form a solid wall of Tahoe, then deploy them on 6 lane freeways. People who refuse to travel at least at the speed limit will be run over by the wall of Tahoe - thus eliminating gridlock.

more than 2 years ago
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OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help)

quangdog Jumping on the Death bandwagon (298 comments)

First Jobs, then Ritchie, now OOo?

They just want to be like the cool kids.

more than 2 years ago
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3D Printer For Your Kids

quangdog Cost? (195 comments)

From the manufacturer's website:

Right now, I am just an idea. I will be as easy to use as an Xbox or Wii. I’ll be as big as three Xbox 360s and as expensive as three Xbox 360s. I will sit on your desk and quietly build your ideas, drawings and dreams.

So, now we are measuring dreams in XBoxen?

more than 2 years ago
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Theoretical Shoe Inserts Could Power Your Gadgets

quangdog Re:Interesting idea (210 comments)

Whoosh!

more than 2 years ago
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Theoretical Shoe Inserts Could Power Your Gadgets

quangdog Re:Interesting idea (210 comments)

With any luck, their first pair of shoes will provide a real kickstart.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Plans Location Warning Sticker

quangdog Actual Text (79 comments)

For those too lazy to go RTFA, here is the actual text of the warning label:

"Remove Before Use This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information by others, refer to the User Guide for Location settings and be cautious when downloading, accessing or using applications and services."

Dry, but straightforward.

more than 2 years ago

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