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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

robstout This is so cool. (59 comments)

I lived long enough to see cyber limbs. Now to make them specialized for specific tasks, and have quick release mechanisms.

10 hours ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

robstout Really cool idea (194 comments)

But the smart-ass in me has to wonder if someone in NASA has been reading too much steampunk.

yesterday
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Brain Stimulation For Entertainment?

robstout No Thanks (88 comments)

I read Spider Robinson and Larry Niven. Direct stimulation of th epleasure center of the brain is a really bad idea, ok?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

robstout Re:CCNA is no picnic (317 comments)

Dynamips is an opensource Cisco router emulator (need your own IOS image though). I used it for my test prep (CCNP, which is a level above CCNA). Won't help you with the switches, but it's a start.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

robstout Maybe this will bring back trains in the US (194 comments)

"We should take the train. It's mor efficient than a car, and we don't nee dot worry about parking" "Nah" "Did I mention the lasers?" "Count me in!"

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

robstout Pare down (312 comments)

Do you need your phone or your laptop during lectures? Do they need to be on the network? Turn your phone onto airport mode, and disable the laptop's NIC. When socializing, maybe start a game/contest with your friends. First person to check their phone buys the next round of drinks.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

robstout Re:Monorail (93 comments)

I'd love to have the monorail extend to the airport. It wouldn't take much more track. Traffic volume on the monorail may be an issue though.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

robstout TANSTAAFL (133 comments)

Nothing is free. I'd rather be upfront, and pay at the front end, instead of having to pay bits later, which usually costs more than the whole.

about two weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

robstout Jackie Chan films (194 comments)

They can probably make it even more efficient by adding random props in the mix. Maybe try to capture solar energy while fighting around a ladder, or using some chickens as nunchucks. This is Jackie Chan after all....

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

robstout Post Jobs charity (102 comments)

It will be interesting to see if Apple becomes more charitable under Cook. Jobs was pretty stingy that way (very stingy in his perosnal life, but I think Apple unde rhim did do a few charitable contributions)

about three weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

robstout Spoiled (223 comments)

I think we've been spoiled by the various Mars missions, and having rovers lasting well beyond the expected lifetime. We should not assume that all missions will be like that. We should revel in the fact that the probe is working at all after 10 years in space, and that it wa sable to land on the comet at all.

about a month ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

robstout Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

If it's anything like invisible fence, then yes, there is a battery backup. However, I can see them skipping that. I don't see mowing the lawn as something that requires critical uptime.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

robstout Adapting your works (58 comments)

How do you feel about movie adpatations of your work? Does it annoy you when the look and feel of a book changes significantly between your book, and the resulting movie? The movie Red is much lighter than the comic was.

about a month and a half ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

robstout Re:Spoofing the press (206 comments)

OK, I agree on the entrapment. As for the press, they created a spoofed version of the Seattle times webpage, complete with an AP byline. That sounds like the press to me.

about a month and a half ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

robstout Re:Spoofing the press (206 comments)

By activly sending something to the user, while posing as the press. That's the real issue for me: posing as the press.

about a month and a half ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

robstout Spoofing the press (206 comments)

My main issue with this is that the FBI spoofed a web page of a newspaper, along with an AP headline. Doesn't seem that much different than posing as a reporter, and using the information gathered that way. Smells like entrapment.

about a month and a half ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

robstout Sanity? (451 comments)

Maybe a bit of Sanity from Kentucky? I hope so.

about 1 month ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

robstout WorkPlace stress (299 comments)

I'm assuming that a vet can handle work stress better. Having the network down isn't nearly as big a deal as being shot at.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

robstout Split the costs? (182 comments)

See if your employeer is willing to pay for the conference, while you pay travel expenses (or vice-versa). That may make things more platable.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

robstout Nice idea (353 comments)

I like this idea, but I'm going to assume that all that will happen is ISPs charging more for 10 Mbps service. I should think I'm lucky, with 3 choices for ISPs in my area (Charter, AT&T and TDS). I refuse to deal with Charter, and AT&T isn't much better. The problem is that TDS is running over AT&T's infrastructure, and are limited to 3 Mbps DSL.

about 3 months ago

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