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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

raydobbs Re:What happens with no ID? (124 comments)

Sure, you can *technically* fly without an ID... but plan on getting to the airport about a day ahead of time if you want to stand a chance of making your flight - which WILL happen once the TSA gets a hold of you. Only other way is to charter your own flights - but then the FAA and DHS have your name from the passenger manifest - fat lot of good it will do them though as by the time they do all the investigative work, your flight will have already departed, arrived, and you will be long gone.

about 2 months ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

raydobbs Re:"fighting" crime? (113 comments)

...only if you consider that stubby, broken off plastic thing they are waving around a 'knife'

about 5 months ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

raydobbs Re:no-ip is shady? (113 comments)

Slashdot.... journalists? Hehe... re... Hahahaha....really? Did you *laughs uncontrollably* really call Slashdot.... journalists?

Hold on, I might just pass out from laughing so hard, rolling on the floor...

about 5 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

raydobbs Re:the real question is... (228 comments)

A Salamander is an adjustable height broiler used in commercial kitchens. They are not usually used for the cooking itself, more the browning, searing, or melting part of the preparation.

about 6 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

raydobbs Better question... (228 comments)

Why the fsck should we listen to anything this dishonest vulture says or wants? He has worked to single-handedly ruin everything about anything we could ever care about. Intellectual Ventures is the scum of the Earth, and is akin to the mafia coming to you and mentioning that they need some money else something bad could happen to your precious new business venture. Everything this man and his cohorts touch is tainted - Intellectual Ventures and Mr. Myhrvold needs to be removed like a cancer before they can spread even further.

Fsck Intellectual Ventures.
Fsck Nathan Myhrvold.

In some parts of the world, they'd cut off his thieving hands. I wouldn't take one of his new ovens even if they gave it to me - except maybe to smash the crap out of it on YouTube.

about 6 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

raydobbs Re:This isn't going to do much (68 comments)

I thought one of the things they were hoping to do with the extended stretch goals is give subscriptions to poorer communities (libraries in rural or inner-city settings, etc) so that it could be utilized by the people who couldn't normally afford it.

about 6 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

raydobbs Re:...another possibility... (304 comments)

EXACTLY! Research - where is it going? Perhaps chain that along with "What ACTUALLY happens to stuff in the ocean - like dead animals, waste, petrochemicals, natural (but toxic) items introduced into the ecosystem, etc?"

about 6 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

raydobbs Re:...another possibility... (304 comments)

I am not saying this IS what is happening - I am saying that this is a possible scenario - like the article is proposing a possible scenario (hence the very concrete words 'possibly', 'maybe' and 'perhaps' being used. Oh, forgot the word 'IF' - the biggy).

This entire article is short on facts, very big on supposition.

about 6 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

raydobbs Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

This very well could be - we (you and I) basically came up with the same thought. With so little we know about the oceans of Earth, there could be a vast number of reasons the plastics we littered into the oceans have not turned up as pristine trash that lasts forever and ever. It could be fish, it could be other marine animals, it could be micro-organisms, it could also be some other unexplained process. Racing to panic about it being in the foot supply (without proof) is a little premature.

about 6 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

raydobbs Re:MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (304 comments)

...or I started to write it when Slashdot showed no submissions on the page, but when I hit post on it - there were already a post or two (story of every Slashdot page ever)?

about 6 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

raydobbs ...another possibility... (304 comments)

...is that there is a complex ecosystem of micro-organisms that are breaking down the plastic into lesser components that we aren't looking for? I mean, there is a LOT about the ocean we don't yet understand. I mean, we know more about our solar system than we know about the entirety of the ocean ecosystem. That's not to say that the plastic BELONGS there or that we shouldn't be trying to reduce our uses for plastics - just that perhaps we aren't finding them in their entirety because there is some natural processes at work beyond fish consumption.

about 6 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

raydobbs That's a long wait... (347 comments)

That's going to be a long wait for a train that never comes - the NSA will simply not comply. Its a nice 'in your face' gesture though, real cute. Should get some political points during election time, I'm sure.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

raydobbs Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Guaranteed by your personal credit card? Whose fault is that? If your teaching, get the institution to foot the bill, so if (or in your case - when) they blitz AWS, the institution has recourse to bill the student and you aren't on a express train to financial raping. Your school should never have put you on the financial hook for covering such expenses - at least if they have any credibility.

about 6 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

raydobbs Ubisoft and PCs... (123 comments)

Those 'in the know' generally don't buy Ubisoft games for the PC anymore - even though they have been trying to turn over a new leaf in terms of how they view PC gamers. Many at Ubisoft apparently still see PC gamers as pirates - even those who pay for products. Not the way to garner new customers.

Sadly, these days - the only way to buy new release Ubisoft products (if you want to at all, that is) is to buy the console versions of the products.

about 7 months ago
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How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

raydobbs Pet projects and the hidden skunk-works. (123 comments)

In small businesses - often the best foot in the door for open source software is a pet project, something you can do transparently to design something to show management about the advantage of the software has over more traditionally licensed fare. Being able to speak the language of IT management helps - Cost of Ownership, Return on Investment, being able to present facts based on license costs is also helpful - management listens to dollars and sense, followed by legality.

Of course, if your business deals with large vendors who have a stake in keeping things locked to Microsoft, Oracle, IBM or HP - you are fighting a steeply uphill battle.

about 7 months ago
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SpaceX Files Suit Against US Air Force

raydobbs Re:Well the way things are going internationally.. (176 comments)

The problem with this plan is that Russia and its leader don't want goodwill from the United States. They want a monster that can be slain with saber-rattling like in the old Cold War days - even if they have to manufacture one out of an ally. Putin isn't interested in who dies in the process in his quest to cement his legacy as the greatest leader of the NEW Soviet Union that ever was - we (not just the United States, but the International community at large) can't be so foolish as to just ignore it. The only way he can get what he wants to have us in a position of weakness - and giving his nation the only means to get to and return from the International Space Station is about the best leverage that we can give him.

Its not a matter of *if* the relationship between the United States and Russia goes bad, its *when* it goes bad if Putin remains in power.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

raydobbs Re:You don't understand, yep! (149 comments)

...and I learn something new every day. Thank you for sharing that without calling me a moron. I knew it had been a few years since my last political science class, now I have something new to read up on.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

raydobbs Re:I don't understand (149 comments)

One cannot simply sue a branch of the government without asking permission from the government to allow it to be sued - guess how often THAT happens? Plus is NSA has a built-in out; its in the interests of national security. Its bullshit - we all know it - but it a legal out, its the reason they can deny your FOIA request for information about Area 51, the Roswell incident, as well as the intelligence records on Jimmy Hoffa or J. Edgar Hoover.

about 8 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

raydobbs Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

BS - You pay unless your a college student, a citizen from another European Union country that signed an agreement with the NHS, or other select cases

From the NHS - http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/10...

about 8 months ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

raydobbs Antidepressants... (164 comments)

I don't know about working at Microsoft being like being on antidepressants (never worked for them, don't think I'd want to), but I know that whenever I hear him talk about his next greatest game - I want to TAKE antidepressants as I know none of the shit he talks about will actually make it into the game at 1/100th the grandeur he describes. Can we say 'Master of the over-sell and the under-deliver'?

about 9 months ago

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  about 10 months ago

With the forced-at-gunpoint adoption of the Beta Slashdot site, it looks like it will be the death of Slashdot. When user participation and user-curated content IS your web site focus, making more ad copy on zero users seems like a losing strategy - but one that Dice has chosen to make. I wonder what the future holds - who will be Slashdot's successor?

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  about a year and a half ago

This place has become such a wretched, spam-infested unwashed shit hole since Dice bought them. No moderation, no spam removal, bot running rampant. What a dump.

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The new order I guess...

raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I participate without trolling, and my Karma goes to hell - every post I make ends up in the toilet. Nice to know that when you make logical arguments, and try to express your opinion - your modded into oblivion. Perhaps if I made racist claptrap statements, my karma would be excellent again. Better idea - how about I don't even bother?

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 2 years ago

In a professional debate, when you break down to calling the other side's advocate names - your side loses. Sadly, that's all that seems to be left of Slashdot's intellectual crowd - defend an 'unpopular' position, and you get called all sorts of names. Really takes the fun out of a spirited discussion - and makes the whole community seem like a lost cause. Disabled comments because I really don't want your opinion on what you think my mother's relations were with the neighbor's dog or shit like that - keep it to yourself.

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Slashdot's New Motto...

raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

...should be News For Nerds, Stuff That CNET Showed a Week Ago... but I think it doesn't quite roll off the tongue.

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 9 years ago

We all complain of the duplicates - but you know, they will keep doing it since your paying for it with subscriptions. Request your money back for duplicate pages to see the articles which are also duplicates.

That will light a fire under their asses...

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It seems /. has taken to erasing my journals. Didn't like getting labeled as morons, did we? Then stop acting like four year olds with the whole April Fools thing.

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Run for Office...?

raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Perhaps I should run for political office as a Libertarian. I vote in every election, and try to be involved in local politics as much as possible (almost impossible given my city doesn't post where they are, or when they are - the general public is not allowed to attend anyway). Personally, I am getting tired of getting represented by some dick-brain numb-skull who only thinks with the little head, and whose only concerns are whose corporate dick they should suck next to get re-elected.

Maybe it's time for the average man to run for office - there has got to be someway for the average person to win. The average man has a better idea of what's going on in this country than the politicians. That is really really sad, considering they are full-time positions

So, what do people think - should I run for office? What would it take, where are the resources, and most importantly - what do people want out of a politician who is 'just an average guy'?

P.S. - What's with all the 3rd party candidates being whackos?

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Here it is - April Fools again, and Slashdot goes retarded. Not funny, not fuckin' funny in the least.

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BMW Films...

raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Now, how hard would it be to make films like BMW Films does - they don't set out to make feature length films in one sitting. They set out, film like a 10-15 minute clip, and tie them together with subplot films. Granted, to download the DVD-quality short racks up nearly 100 MB a film, they ARE streamed...

I've often wondered about perhaps making a independant film, just get a bunch of people together, find a few daring individuals to fund it, some local talent to star in it, write a good screenplay, and then post it - perhaps to make profit on product placement without being too obnoxious... There cannot be too much involved, otherwise, the Canne film festival would not have so much chaff, and there would not be like a thousand different independant film groups around.

Certainly open-source ideals can be used to make the film, while keeping the film from being too schitzophrenic with a constant feel. If it's about making a good film, first step is to find out - what makes a good film?

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raydobbs raydobbs writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Every April 1, Slashdot becomes just absurd with the whole 'April Fools' thing, especially Malda. No real stories find themselves here, instead being replaced by bullshit. Not even an effort is made at any journalistic content (not that they try too damn hard for the rest of the damn year, either). And they want us to pay for it...

I think the only REAL 'April Fools' today are the staff, or more appropriately, 'April Jackasses'.

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