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IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

ratnerstar Re:Every few months.... (90 comments)

Copper interconnect? I barely even know 'er interconnect!

about 4 months ago

IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

ratnerstar Re:Every few months.... (90 comments)

Stop being so cynical, this is going to revolutionize the field of water soluble nail polish.

about 4 months ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

ratnerstar Re:It IS FLAC (413 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?

ratnerstar Re:Ya but (252 comments)

"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 ago

Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?

ratnerstar Yeah! (537 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve

ratnerstar Re:Current Dramatization of Only Known Lead (399 comments)

Plausible, but I think the evidence suggests that Auric Maplefinger might be involved.

about 2 years ago

Kids Still Playing Pokemon Like It's 1999

ratnerstar Re:Not surprised (93 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

ratnerstar Re:Kleptomania is a mental disease (535 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

The Physical Travelling Salesman Challenge

ratnerstar Screw the math stuff... (59 comments)

...I want a car that doesn't have friction or inertia. 0 to 60 in 0.0 seconds!

more than 2 years ago

Online Services: The Internet Before the Internet

ratnerstar Re:The old days are gone (387 comments)

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?!

more than 2 years ago

CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

ratnerstar Re:Einstein replied "Check your measurements, son" (1088 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential

ratnerstar Retailers are shaking in their boots (126 comments)

... 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.

more than 2 years ago

Review: Cowboys & Aliens

ratnerstar Re:Crappy, crappy film (225 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"

ratnerstar Re:Google thinks people shoud use their os, shocke (645 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Do Geeks Make Better Adults?

ratnerstar Unwillingness? (335 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

US Funding Five Game-Changing Energy Projects

ratnerstar Re:$130mil? Wowzers~ (529 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7

ratnerstar Re:Right Now It's a 7 (673 comments)

My nuclear meltdown scale goes to 11.

It's one worse.

more than 3 years ago


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