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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

robstout Fixed? (130 comments)

Now that we know where it is, and a rough idea on what's wrong, I wonder if we can send something down to get Beagle operational. I know it would most likely be more efficient to send out a new probe witht he same abilities (like we have), but I like the idea of fixing something on Mars.

about two weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

robstout Re:Are people sick of the MPAA? (400 comments)

Where I live there are 3 choices for movies: 1: Market Square. This is a 2nd run movie theater, with tickets that cost $2.50 - $3.00 per person. I typically see films here if I missed them in the first run theaters, or if I don't think the movie isn't worth full ticket price. My standards are a lot lower when I'm only spending $3. 2: Main theaters. First run. Tickets are ~ $10 per person. Your typical modern movie hell. Lots of ads, crowds, etc. It's rare that I make it to one of these theaters. I think the last time was for a special Rifftrax showing of Godzilla. 3: Sundance. First run arthouse, with a few mainstream releases. Tickets are ~ $12, but seats are reserved, and there are no ads. Also the concession stand sells good beer. Movies actually start when advertised. If I'm going to spend the money to see a movie, this is where I go. The gist of this is if you want me to go to a movie, either make the tickets much cheaper, or make the experience much better.

about a month ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

robstout Re:Advance to Go (155 comments)

The one time I had fun playing Monopoly was when we did it Iluminati style. Lots of deals going on around the table "I'll sell you this piece of land for x+ a discount on any future costs if I land on the space". That sort of thing.

about a month ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

robstout Re:Strategy over luck (155 comments)

Can't say for Catan (haven't played it yet), but at least for ticket to ride there are multiple scoring oppertunities at the end of the game, which I think keeps the final winner up in the air. IMO, TTR does a great job with the luck factor. You can choose to try to be lucky in drawing cards, or go the safer route by choosing face-up cards. I made the mistake of playing Talisman again after many years. That game has not aged well. Way too random, with very little strategy allowed.

about a month ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

robstout Strategy over luck (155 comments)

I prefer games where either the randomness is minimized, or there ar emultiple ways around bad luck. Multiple ways to win is also important.

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

robstout This is so cool. (66 comments)

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

about a month ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

robstout Really cool idea (200 comments)

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

about a month and a half ago
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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?

about a month and a half ago
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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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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