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$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

rarel "the end" (622 comments)

Between the now completely humourless polls and the numerous slashvertisements for Drupal and now Bitcoin, it's now clear that /. has become just another corporate shill machine. Even the Ask Slashdot crowds aren't even trying anymore ("How can I get rid of undesired email?"... no, REALLY? wtf...)

Sorry, I can't take it anymore.

I'll miss you.

more than 3 years ago

Man Ordered To Tweet 100 Times For Defamation

rarel ay caramba! (57 comments)

eat my shorts!

more than 3 years ago

Government Funded Atomic Clock On a Chip

rarel Re:Thanks but no thanks! (134 comments)

I thought she was Polish, not Indian... *confused*

more than 3 years ago

Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery

rarel slashpal (418 comments)

I want to see a module that would let us know how much money /. gets anytime it publishes one of these Drupal articles, can you do that?

more than 3 years ago

The Space Station As a Simulated Mars Mission?

rarel Antarctica (48 comments)

I would think Antarctica is a better choice for this kind of experiments. Apart from the gravity difference, it's as hostile an environment as you can get on our own planet, plus it's way easier to get there if there's a problem.

more than 2 years ago

Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

rarel Re:Radioactive tools (615 comments)

I guess technically they're just half-dead, being radioactive and all... :p

more than 3 years ago

A Lost Civilization Beneath the Persian Gulf?

rarel this land is a fertile land... (277 comments)

and we will thrive... and we will call it... "this land"

more than 3 years ago

Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

rarel Re:I for one (286 comments)


yeah, would certainly be an Earth-shatnering event...

more than 3 years ago

Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

rarel Re:Please please please (286 comments)

yah after all maybe "2001" was simply a typo...

more than 3 years ago

Pluto Might Be Bigger Than Eris

rarel Re:Pluto controversy (257 comments)

Q- "I'm not a letter, I'm a free, uh... alien of nearly infinite power!"

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Lost Episodes

more than 3 years ago

The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

rarel Re:Separate Time Lines (454 comments)

The one good question posed by this article is about whether Marty and Jennifer would exist in 2015, after they have just gone off in the time machine w/ Doc Brown in 1985. At that point, we might think they should be removed from any future time line until they return safely to 1985. I can only surmise that when traveling to the future, the Delorean travels along the future time line it is leaving, without regard for any changes it may introduce by doing so.

The author fails to realize one key point, the fact that Marty and Jennifer returned afterwards. If Doc had wanted a more dramatic experiment, he would have sent Einstein back in time after the first time transition. It would have been the same as BTTF2, only with a dog and spanning a minute, instead of our heroes and 30 years.

It would also have been one hell of a shocker for Marty and Doc to see Einstein appear before it even leaves with the clocks marking two minutes more than it should.

more than 3 years ago

The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

rarel Re:A hovering car is not travelling at 88Mph (454 comments)

I recall Doc explaining it in his letter as the lightning strike overloading the time circuits, activating them prematurely. We see them acting wonky several times before that happens too.

more than 3 years ago

The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

rarel Of course there are two DeLoreans (454 comments)

Of course there are two Deloreans. Doc's and Marty's. It's not a plot hole at all, the whole point is that they can't gut Doc's DeLorean for parts since it would create a paradox and prevent Marty from going back in time to 1885.

The cool thing is that at one point there are FOUR DeLoreans for a few hours in 1955, Marty I, Cowboy Doc, Marty 2 (with Doc) and Biff's.

more than 3 years ago

Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

rarel curious (384 comments)

Did they try dropping the B29 from orbit? It's the only way to be sure...

more than 3 years ago

When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

rarel Re:Obliqatory (465 comments)

People always cite the three laws of robotics but they pretty much never stop to think that the reason why Asimov wrote all the stories was to show the limits of these laws and how they were fundamentally flawed and inapplicable in the long term...

more than 3 years ago

Drupal 6 Content Administration

rarel sweet, send one to France (50 comments) has been a laughing stock ever since its failed launch last month. Maybe the devs could learn a thing or two after their site collapsed only a few hours after launch...

(disclaimer: I'm French, I just can't help it if my country's been a complete joke lately)

about 4 years ago

HP and Yahoo To Spam Your Printer

rarel Re:The first planned spam... (397 comments)

you may not LIKE a laptop for recipe's, but it's an option.

Have you even tried? A laptop in the kitchen is a retarded idea, try flipping/scrolling pages when you got your hands full of stuff you wouldn't want anywhere near electronics... Sure it's an option, just a stupid one like using a Formula 1 race car to go buy some groceries.

Paper in the kitchen is cheap, just works and can endure a lot of damage. There's no iPad/laptop in the world that can beat that so far.

more than 4 years ago



Exclusive footage of the Flight 1549 A320 recovery

rarel rarel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rarel (697734) writes "the website has posted exclusive footage of the recovery of the Airbus A320 involved in the US Airways Flight 1549,a.k.a. "The Miracle on the Hudson". Using time lapse it condenses the 72-hour effort to free the aircraft from the icy waters with the help of several floating cranes, with the addition of a neat albeit overly dramatic score."
Link to Original Source

Zombie attacks could wipe out civilization

rarel rarel writes  |  about 5 years ago

rarel writes "The BBC has a report on an analysis of zombie propagation conducted by Ottawa University Professor Robert Smith? (not a typo)
In their study, the researchers from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University (also in Ottawa) posed a question: If there was to be a battle between zombies and the living, who would win? The answer: "Only frequent counter-attacks with increasing force would eradicate the fictional creatures.(...) It's imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly or else... we are all in a great deal of trouble.". They add that capturing them or trying to cure them would only "delay the inevitable".
The scientific paper is published in a book — Infectious Diseases Modelling Research Progress. And it's not just for fun, as in some respects, a zombie "plague" resembles a lethal rapidly-spreading infection."

Lost Moon landing data not so lost after all

rarel rarel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rarel writes "Ars Technica reports that using data that NASA thought it had lost, a lone scientist, Brian O'Brien, has determined why lunar dust sticks to various surfaces. His work was accomplished using his personal copy of the 173 "lost" tapes. Lunar dust is one of the main issues future evil moonbase builders will be facing as it is very sticky and extremely abrasive.

The full results will be published soon at Geophysical Reseach Letters but is not available yet."


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