top Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos
Gummi bears are a medium to reproduce fingerprints (and a delicious snack). This is a method to capture fingerprint images. Two completely different things.
top IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers
Copper interconnect? I barely even know 'er interconnect!
top IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers
Stop being so cynical, this is going to revolutionize the field of water soluble nail polish.
top "Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology
But the link is nearly unbreakable!
top Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter
The problem with FLAC is how does one get FLAC?
Shit, I get FLAC all the time for my music. Especially if I play it really loud.
top Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?
"I have all the expensive and complicated tools I need to make a counterfeit passport, but I lack some random dude's name and passport number to put on it! Curses, foiled again!"
about a year and a half ago
top Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?
Millions of children in China learn Chinese every year, without even really trying! And you think it's so difficult
... it must be because Chinese is incredibly easy to learn and you're just stupider than a baby.
top Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve
Plausible, but I think the evidence suggests that Auric Maplefinger might be involved.
top Kids Still Playing
Pokemon Like It's 1999
Collecting was never fun for me. I never saw the point. When I was a kid, my dad tried to get me interested in coin collecting. He saw it as good "father and son time", but I hated it. We could have gone hiking or fishing, he could have taught me something useful. He was an electrical engineer, but he never taught me anything about electronics (I learned it all on my own). But instead of any of that, we spend our time going through bags of pennies looking for a rare 1939D. Bleh.
Now that I have kids of my own, we do active outdoor stuff, we build things, we do science experiments. My daughter has a great collection of Barbie shoes, but I was not involved in that (other than as a source of funding).
30 years from, your kids will be posting on slashdot (via direct neural interface) about how their father always dragged them out for stupid fishing trips (what was the point? Anyone could have foreseen that trout would extinct by 2017) instead of doing something useful with them like collecting valuable items.
top SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme
As this article illustrates, the root of kleptomania is a desire for revenge upon a world that the person feels has treated them unfairly.
The article you linked to says absolutely nothing of the sort. In fact, citing the DSM, it says the following about diagnosing kleptomania: "The theft is not due to anger, revenge, delusions, hallucinations or impaired judgment (dementia, mental retardation, alcohol intoxication, drug intoxication)."
So I'm not sure what you were reading.
top The Physical Travelling Salesman Challenge
...I want a car that doesn't have friction or inertia. 0 to 60 in 0.0 seconds!
top Online Services: The Internet Before the Internet
Yeah, the problem with the Internet is that there aren't enough libertarians making sarcastic comments. Also, why can't I find a good cat photo anywhere?!
top New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It
The hard part is making the Nietzsche jokes.
top CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos
I got 99 problems, but faster than light travel ain't one
If you're going faster than 299,792,458 m / s, check your measurements, son.
top Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential
... Because I know when I walk down the Champs-Elysees in Paris, what I really want to be doing is looking at the world through the screen of my smartphone! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?
Even better: sell t-shirts that appear blank but display hipster slogans when viewed through an AR app.
top Review: Cowboys & Aliens
I get your point, but there really aren't any huge OMG special effects in Star Wars related to the force. Stuff moving without being touched? A dude grabbing his neck and pretending like he's getting choked? The most famous force moment is done completely through dialogue ("These aren't the droids you're looking for").
Star Wars special effects were all things like space ships and planets blowing up.
top Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs
BTW, I'm not even sure if Fiat is still making cars
Yeah, but they're called Chryslers now.
top Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"
You're being tortured, you just don't know it.
Actually, Sergey is a bit behind the times, linguistically. He should have said that Windows is conducting enhanced interrogations on users.
top Do Geeks Make Better Adults?
I was unpopular in High School, but I question whether that was because I was unwilling to conform, or because I had absolutely no idea how to do so.
Spielberg, I imagine, was in a similar position, unless he discovered a method of magically becoming a goy.
top US Funding Five Game-Changing Energy Projects
I'm not sure I understand you. Are you advocating a targeted $10 per barrel tax only on oil drilled from ANWR? That seems silly, plus you must be aware that taxes on oil production are a political non-starter. It would be easier to get environmentalists to agree to drilling than to get the GOP to agree to taxes. And I don't even want to think about the economic distortions that would accompany taxing one area of production but not others...
On the other hand, it kinda sounds like you're calling for the Federal government to get into the oil drilling & selling business.
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