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Raspberry Pi Reviewed, With an Initial Setup Guide

richardkelleher Re:I'm still waiting (188 comments)

Thanks, the combination of spell check, auto complete and me not paying attention got me again.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Reviewed, With an Initial Setup Guide

richardkelleher I'm still waiting (188 comments)

I'm looking forward to a chance to play with one of these. Put my name on the list months ago, but haven't peculated up to the top yet. Soon I hope.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Compute Developing Wider Rack Standard

richardkelleher Re:metric? (237 comments)

The first mistake is that they are still talking in inches instead of metric units.

This was my thought exactly. If we continue to build new standards around obsolete measurement systems we are just pandering to the Luddites. It is time to move America forward into the 19th century. If we can't engineer for the 21st century, we should turn the creation of standards over to people can.

more than 2 years ago
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To me, lotteries represent ...

richardkelleher Re:Lotteries aren't so bad... (301 comments)

I have had access to lotteries since the mid-80s and this is the first time I have purchased lottery tickets. I figured, 0.64 billion $, what the heck, I'll drop $10 on it. I did, and between the 10 sets of 6 numbers, I had one number match. Better than what I figured. I'll buy another in 30 years. :)

more than 2 years ago
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SFPD Breathalyzer Mistake Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt

richardkelleher Can you say: "Lasy and Stupid" (498 comments)

Of all the idiotic things I have heard of police departments doing, this has got to be very close to the top. This is right up there with the Eugene cop who tazed a Chinese U of O student because the student didn't speak English!

more than 2 years ago
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Commercial, USB-Powered DNA Sequencer Coming This Year

richardkelleher Re:I'm going to sequence all my neighbors! (95 comments)

Isn't this just another step closer to the world of Blade Runner? Soon Make! will have articles on home gene splicing and growing organs with your Arduino controlled Tissue Growth Chamber.

more than 2 years ago
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Romney Invokes Fair Use In Dispute With NBC Over Campaign Ad

richardkelleher An ideal response from NBC would be... (242 comments)

They should simply not show his face or say his name on the air or on their web site for 1 week. Every time he would come up, just lump him with "Other" as in Polls (58% support Other), discussions of candidate statements ("In addition to Ron Paul, other candidates have commented on Gingrich marital problems, one stating 'abcdefg hijkl' ") and so forth. Maybe a couple of pictures of the back of his head at debate would be good.

more than 2 years ago
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GoDaddy Backs SOPA

richardkelleher moving domains tomorrow (353 comments)

Well, I guess I have to move a half dozen domains to a new registrar now. Along with hosting for 4 of them. What a pain in the a##, but it must be done. I cannot support a company that supports SOPA in its current form.

more than 2 years ago
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Mario's Raccoon Suit Enrages PETA

richardkelleher This does sound a little twisted (491 comments)

Don't you think? It's Mario after all, not some game with "Conflict" in its title.

more than 2 years ago
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"Holographic" Desk Allows Interaction With Virtual Objects

richardkelleher Re:Now where did I leave that virtual stapler (85 comments)

I apologize to anyone I may have frightened by my use of the "c" word in my post. Please mentally replace the "c" word with Acco Clip. Again, I apologize profoundly. It was thoughtless on my part.

more than 2 years ago
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"Holographic" Desk Allows Interaction With Virtual Objects

richardkelleher Now where did I leave that virtual stapler (85 comments)

I have a handful of virtual papers I need to staple and someone stole my virtual stapler. Well, I better check the virtual drawer for a virtual paper clip.

more than 2 years ago
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New Chili Is World's Hottest

richardkelleher Re:Youtube (201 comments)

They decided not to post it after the victim's (I mean subject's) face melted during the filming. That was considered a little extreme even for YouTube.

more than 3 years ago
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New Chili Is World's Hottest

richardkelleher Chemical Weapon? (201 comments)

When does it cease being food and instead get classified as a chemical weapon or simply toxic waste?

more than 3 years ago
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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

richardkelleher Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1276 comments)

Governments have been increasingly "progressive" for centuries, what with democracy, liberalism, and so on. All the time, progressive policies are being implemented. And yet instead of getting better, the world just seems to get more and more chaotic, more and more unpleasant.

So, what you are saying (or at least implying) is that the world needs a few good despots. Anyone got a copy of "The Prince" handy?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

richardkelleher Re:More allergenic? (760 comments)

And can you imagine the kill floor? All those people with fly swatters running around trying to catch the critters. It would be pandemonium!

more than 3 years ago
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Net Neutrality Supporters Hammered In Elections

richardkelleher This was not an election where... (402 comments)

intelligence was rewarded. In fact, if anyone has too much education, they are labeled an elitist.

more than 3 years ago

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Beware of the Radioactive Bunny!

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 3 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "It turns out that the character Anya (Emma Caulfield) had it right in the season 4 episode of Buffy (Fear Itself — IMDB link). Bunny's are scary! According to this article in the Tri-City Herald, a radioactive rabbit has been trapped and killed. They were unable to locate any rabbit droppings in areas of Hanford that are accessible to the public.

"A radioactive rabbit was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, and Washington state health workers have been searching for contaminated rabbit droppings.

The regional director of the Office of Radiation Protection, Earl Fordham, said Thursday that no contaminated droppings have been found in areas accessible to the public.
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Change Your Name When You Turn 21?

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave an interview to the WSJ which was excerpted in an IEEE Spectrum article. It seems he thinks people will be changing their names when the become adults to distance themselves from their juvenile history on the web. Quoting the WSJ article He predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends' social media sites.

I suspect there are a number of adults who would gladly change their names to get rid of their adult hijinks documented on the internet."

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IEEE looks at Kevin Costner's oil cleanup machines

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "IEEE Spectrum takes a look at the machines developed by a company funded by Kevin Costner that are supposed to extract the oil from the gulf waters. Is it possible that in the years since the Exxon Valdez, that Kevin Costner is the only one who has invested money into the technology of oil spill cleanup?"
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New Ketchup Packet Holds More, Does More

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "Heinz has redesigned the ketchup packet for the first time in 40 years AND made ketchup 'healthier'.
"Whether you're a dipper, a squeezer, or a health-minded ketchup lover, Heinz is giving everyone more ways to enjoy America's Favorite Ketchup. Today, Heinz announced three ketchup innovations in response to consumer demand: Heinz Dip & Squeeze, with a breakthrough dual-function ketchup package for the foodservice industry that promises to make eating on-the-go more fun and convenient; a reduction in sodium across its base ketchup line to support consumers' desire for lower-sodium products; and the launch of Simply Heinz Tomato Ketchup, made with sugar, for the retail market. ""

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Practical Terahertz Amplifier

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "ieee Spectrum reports on a terahertz amplifier developed in France. This may be the first step to a camera that sees through clothes!

"Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is a tantalizing technique for scientists wanting to characterize materials and for those charged with securing airports and other sensitive locations. Unlike X-rays, terahertz radiation—which lies above microwave wavelengths and below the infrared band, in the 30 micrometer to 1 millimeter range—doesn’t damage biological tissue and provides good resolution."/p?"

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Bug Wears Armor Made of Poo

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "It seems it is not always rolling downhill, sometimes it is armor!

"A beetle apparently protects itself by constructing armor made from excrement, researchers now reveal.
Scientists investigated case-bearing leaf beetles, which are found worldwide. Females of these species typically construct bell-shaped receptacles made of feces around an egg immediately after they lay one. ""

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Time for a new cell phone, what does /. think?

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  about 5 years ago

richardkelleher (1184251) writes "I am looking into replacing my cell phone (and possibly my provider). I'd like to know what /. people think of their phones, providers and plans. I can only consider nationwide providers in the U.S. The features I'm looking for are:

Touchscreen, Web Browser, GPS, QWERTY keyboard (real not virtual), wi-fi, works as broadband modem for laptop, unlimited data plan and as a bonus, works in Europe as well as North America.

Any useful input I can get would be appreciated. Trying to get info from the vendor web sites is painful at best."
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Junk mail increase after election day!

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 5 years ago

richardkelleher writes "If you have a sudden increase in junk mail/spam after election day, look at who you gave money to, or signed up with for emails. I ran a web site for a candidate this year and monitored email for the campaign. The day after the election we received this message:

November 5, 2008

MEMORANDUM

FROM: Dorothy Miller

Chief Operating Officer, AMLC

SUBJECT: 2008 Campaign Donor List

My name is Dorothy Miller and I am Chief Operating Officer of American Mailing Lists Corporation, a sister company to Richard A. Viguerie's marketing agency American Target Advertising, Inc. We are a direct mail and e-mail list manager and broker and have been in business for over 35 years.

We as list marketers would like to purchase a copy of your campaign donor list to market on a non-exclusive basis to our mostly charitable and political market and clientele.

We would be willing to pay $1.00 per name and address!!

AMLC would not advertise or market this list under the name of the campaign, meaning this would not restrict in any way your own fundraising or other use of the names. The names would simply go onto an existing database of names that we currently use and market.

If you are interested contact me at your earliest convenience at (571) 292-5806 x 2119 or you can e-mail me at dorothy@amlc.info.

I hope to hear from you soon!


I suspect ours is not the only campaign to receive such an email, and a lot of campaigns carry debt out of the election that needs to be paid off. This would be a likely source of $ for such people. (No, for those of you who are wondering, our campaign will not be selling it's donor list.)"
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FTC and New Zealand Shut Down Major Spam Operation

richardkelleher richardkelleher writes  |  more than 5 years ago

richardkelleher writes "The AP reported:

Federal authorities in Chicago say they've shut down one of the largest spam e-mail operations in the world. The Federal Trade Commission says the group generated e-mails promoting sales of prescription drugs and "male enhancement" pills.

The FTC says authorities closed the operation by working with their counterparts in New Zealand.


The FTC web site has this link."

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