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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

rts008 Did you fail physics? (630 comments)

The same reason that space vehicles and meteors burn the atmoshere when they encounter 'air' at high velocities.

The same thing that destroyed the space shuttle "Columbia"with damaged heat tiles on the wing edge when it re-entered.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

rts008 Re:Intercontinental ballistic railgun emplacements (630 comments)

I have wondered that same thing from the beginning.

I was thinking they would only be used more along 'line of sight' ranges.

"Line of sight' very loosely defined here! It would still have high velocity at ranges that are occluded by the 'over the horizon' ranges.
Maybe more accurate to call it 'follows Earth's Curvature', or something.

It would be useful info to know what the projectile's velocity is at the stated 100 mile range, to enable calculations for remaing energy.

I know from long range target shooting that projectiles slow down fast.
ex:
a .308 Winchester firing a 150 grain bullet at 2750 feet per second will be travelling less than 1000 fps after only 1000 yards, and remaing energy is far less than at muzzle velocity.
With a 100 yard 'sight in', that same bullet is striking the target about 10 feet below point of aim at around that 1000 yards, and a 10 mile per hour crosswind will deflect it around 2 feet, IIRC.(fuzzy on that memory)

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

rts008 Simple explaination... (630 comments)

The flames/fireball are similar to the the effects of say, a meteor entering Earth's atmoshere at high velocity...no fuel involved.

No trick here, just super heated air and plasma caused by friction, and maybe some 'fuel' from ablation of sabot and possibly projectile.
Similar principals enable deisel engines to combust fuel without a spark plug...compression causes friction, friction causes heat, ...

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

rts008 Re:touch screens in cars, bad idea? (208 comments)

And how often are those fighter pilots confronted by pedestrians stepping out in front of them, or a traffic light turning red, when they are flying in the air?

Having flown and with many hours riding[1] in various planes, I can assure you that when flying, there are usually far less obstacles and distractions while cruising aloft. You can safely spend several(or more) seconds for a touch screen or other controls, unlike driving a ground vehicle.

Take-off and landing, as well as intricate manuevers/formations can be another kettle of fish, but these usuall take up a very small portion of most flights, even fighter jets.

And while they may have touchscreens, there is also a very good reason fighter jets almost universally have HOTAS(Hands On Throttle And Stick) systems in cockpit for actual combat when stress is high and attention is needed on surrounding conditions/threats/targets, and the touchscreens are mostly ignored.

[1] I have spent some hours(40-50?) only piloting a plane, and those hours were in Cessna 150's and 180's.
I have had the good fortune to be a rider in an F-4 Phantom(1974) piloted by my neighbor who was a US Marine fighter pilot with two combat tours in Vietnam(4 kills, 2 assists), and then again in 1989 I got to ride in an F-15C with an air combat vet(no specifcs where given). I observed very little touchscreen interaction, but a lot of attention paid to gauges and controls, once take off happened, it seemed maostle Mark 1 Eyeball looking around at the sourroundings and instruments, and interactions with HOTAS.

WAAHOOOO!!!
I pride myself as being an adrenaline junkie, and salivate at the prospect of riding the most outrageous rides available. I was Airborne in the US Army, and had over 1000 jumps(static line, HALO[my favorite!], HAHO) before an accident left me with Teflon kneecaps, and relearning to walk. My only regret is that I can't jump again.

But, none of that compares to those two fighter jet rides!
In the F-4, I think I creamed my jeans. I certainly fired up a Camel back on the ground, and with a grin the undertaker could not have taken off my face upon death...

With the F-15 ride, my little brother got some payback...sort of.
He was Chief Avionics Tech boss(I forget his actual rank and title, the US Air Force system never made sense to a ground pounder like me), and a Colonel was taking it up for a 'training flight'(he needed 'air hours' to maintain his flight status), and my brother told him that 'My brother bet me you could not scare him.'

Apparently that was 'a challenge issued' that the Col. felt duty bound to take up.

I certainly creamed my jeans, but I'm afraid I also pissed myself, and came close to soiling my drawers, all while clutching the 'barf bag' in a death grip. I did not have to use it, but it was REAL close several times.

And I would love to do it again.(I've also been a passenger in two Huey copters that had engine failure and autorotated down...no sweat)

about two weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

rts008 Re:But why do we need the internet of things (163 comments)

Appliances aren't worth connecting until they're also fully automated.

I question the need to connect if it is truly automated, but I think I understand what you are getting at. (jumping to your third para)

What I see as a goal is a 'master computer' controlling your home, and applicable contents.
You communicate with the Home Computer, and then it controls the individual appliences and equipment. (fully automated)

So you are connected to the home comp and communicating your commands to it, and it takes things from there.

Is this what you had in mind for 'fully automated'?

about three weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

rts008 Just two words.... (163 comments)

Hacker's Paradise.

What happens when you are hacked, pwned, 'gamed' 12 ways from Sunday, and have to disconnect to clean up and straighten out the mess?

Is it really worth it at this point in time? Not for me, no way!

about three weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

rts008 Don't even THINK about the sock drawer... (163 comments)

Ahhh, the sock drawer...

So, it has come to this.

If you give your sock drawer access to the internet, it will hack it's way into the means to put the Large Hadron Collider into turbo boost overdrive, all in order to rip the fabric of space-time to open a portal into Demon Murphy's demension/domain(of Murphy's Law infamy), have a Massive Black Hole FedEx'd into our solar system, and Earth would get sucked into Demon Murphy's Domain, making Hell look like Paradise.

All to hide the true facts about all of those missing socks that we always blame on the washer or dryer.

The upsides are a lie, to answer your questions...but remember to be especially wary of the sock drawer!

about three weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

rts008 Re:Stupid (163 comments)

I don't think 'hsmith' was refering to networks as a fad, but this 'Internet of Things' as being a fad, similar to 'web 2.0' and 'cloud computing'.

It is also preposterous to not teach the concepts of security for devices connected to hostile environments (i.e., every network ever...

I agree wholeheartedly with all of that, but I take particular note of the portion in parenthesis, which describes the afore mentioned 3 fads:
1)Internet of Things
2) Cloud Computing
3) Web 2.0

All have been basic, core functions of networks from early on.(mid and late 1970's)

Based on the quote from your comment(above), I suggest that you and 'hsmith' are saying about the same thing, just different wording.

At least that is my take...:-)

about three weeks ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

rts008 Re:Astrophysics humour... (48 comments)

You apparently overlooked the '...' around 'empty', and the note[1], where I said that 'empty' is a deceptive description of space to astrophysisists.

What I was alluding to was the average Joe picturing vast volumes of space as being empty of stuff that can be detected with the human eye in context to TFA talking about using the human eye and brain in searching out these particles collected in the aerogell.

As far as space being actually mostly empty, that is not true. it is chock full of stuff, mostly requiring dectors that far exceed human eyesight.

Quarks, gluons, nuetrinos, leptons, dark matter, black holes, most wavelenghts of EM radiation, gravity, the 'fabric' of space time, many more are crammed int the volume of what would look to a human using the good old 'Eyeball, Mark 1' as a mostly empty void.
Most layman/people only beleive in what they can see, but that is only the barest 'tip of the iceberg' to what's actually out there.

'Tenous gas', various EM radiation, sub atomic particles, 'dark matter, etc. and ad nausem and quantam foam, and more are all presented as theories.
Taken altogether, 'empty' space is actually more crowded than a Tokyo subway during rush hour, and busier than a one-armed paper hanger.

I do actually agree with you, but I was trying to play to a more 'layman/mainstream' crowd, and tried to give the more knowledgable here acknowledgement that it was far from 'empty'

Sorry I failed to make that clear. :-)
But then again, because I like to stir the mudpuddles....;-)

Look at how 'empty' aerogel is: 99.8% 'empty space', and how much 'empty space' there is in an atom.

about a month ago
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Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

rts008 Re:WHAT. THE. FUCK? Slashdot Beta... (182 comments)

Sorry to double-reply, but SoylentNews underwent an announced shutdown for maintainance last night, and apparently something went arwy, the site is currently down as of a few seconds ago....

about a month ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

rts008 Astrophysics humour... (48 comments)

FTA:

Two particles weighing in at about 3 trillionths of a gram each...[...]...âoeIt would be very easy to lose them.â

Well, not quite ready for 'Night at the Improv', worth a grin anyhow.

Only two particles out of only seven impacts, over 200 days shows just how 'empty'[1] space really is.

[1] 'empty' space can be surprisingly a deceptive statement in astrophysics, though...:-)

Gah, slashcode mangled the double parenthesis again!
When do we get proper unicode support?

about a month ago
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Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

rts008 Advice: Two choices here, IMHO.... (182 comments)

You can do what I just did:
1.) go to pref's, and assign a '-5' modifier to your foes, then mark those spam-post authors as 'foe' and reload page.

Or:

2.) join in the discussions at SoylentNews.
I have been spending more time there than on /. lately. The discussions are more like /. was before Dice took over, and it started as a direct result of /.Beta.

The the SN community is still small(but growing), and the SN team has been extremely responsive to community feedback, unlike here.
As a side effect(of the above statement), the community has a large influence in the shaping and direction that SN takes...again, not like here.

Just some suggestions....:-)

about a month ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

rts008 Branching off of topic with this, but.... (199 comments)

I'd like to be able to set up a win98 VM with all my old games...

Serious question here...

Where do you find drivers for modern hardware that works in Win98?

My problem trying to do this very thing has been finding graphics drivers for Win98. None of the so called 'generic drivers' have worked for me, and the only two solutions I have reached is:
1) run some *nix distro + WINE for a few
2) keep one of my retired boxes that I can run Win98 on that I have/can find drivers for(I don't have the space for this)

If I could find a working 'generic' SVGA driver to run Win98 in VirtualBox on my current PC(Linux/Win7 dual-boot), I would be a very happy camper. It is something I have tried to get working off and on for some years now.

BTW, a cross-platform option would be sweet!

I have always thought that I was just missing some knowledge about VM's, but having looked for a while, it is either hard to do, or the knowledge is well hidden,IMHO.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

rts008 Oklahoma is a Repubican state.... (342 comments)

State law insists that all traffic remain in the right-hand lane unless passing, or turning left. That has been in effect for decades, but suddenly now it is an issue?

Not to pick on Oklahoma(I live in Stillwater, OK), this is nationwide, because everyone knows 'the 'fast lane' is faster.

It's a sad fact, but that is how it is nowadays.

The 'correct responce' would have been:
1.) get vehicle make/model/description
2.) any vehicle ID numbers(dump truck, corp. vehicle, etc.)
3.) Lic tag #
4. ) Give info to Insurance agent
5.)????Profit? ;-)Yeah, that's it. *former PA resident

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

rts008 Land of the Free, home of the Brave... (342 comments)

Every politician is the correct answer, nowadays.

You are forgetting 'Lobby' influence, and how cheap the congresscritters can be bought by 'special influence' groups.

Yes, it's a conflict of interest, but who cares.

The only thing that seems to matter is how much 'mileage' you can get out of your agenda....FSCK right or wrong.

It's the 'new way', get used to it, or fight it....your choice.

I choose to 'fight'.

about a month ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

rts008 Re:Who do you trust? (212 comments)

Your comment gets my vote for the most insightful one presented.

The whole issue strikes me as:
"You should remove your wife's panties before you drop her off on the corner to turn tricks."

Well , yes, I guess that would make it easier for her to turn tricks, but why am I having my wife turn tricks in the first place?!?!?

This whole subject seems to be begging the question.

about a month and a half ago
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Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?

rts008 Re:Something wrong with this picture.... (135 comments)

Where the 8,000 came from, was the original poster saying that it was 500 billion years old, with mass extinctions every 62 million, which equaled 130 events. The 8,000 was a sarcastic comment regarding the incorrect maths.

I fully understand the current known facts, and the maths.

I was just curious where the 500 billion number came from that 'MichaelDavidCrawford' was making sarcastic replies to.

Start with this comment to clear up your confusion.

Why 500 billion? Where does that number come from?

That's what started this whole mess...that linked(above) comment. 'wjcofkc' is the one that provided the 500 billion number, 'MichaelDavidCrawford' commented sarcastically about the 8,000 events to point out the math error, and then I joined in trying to find out where 'wjofkc' was getting the 500 billion number from, then you tried correcting me without knowing what started this(my guess).

Nothing more than the natural confusion when entering an ongooing conversation without the context of the 'root' of the conversation. Happens to me all the time! :-)

about a month and a half ago
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Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?

rts008 Re:Off-topic: slashboxes (135 comments)

Is the beta rollout still happening?

If I remember correctly, the beta was not going 'live' until the end of March, or beginning of April.

I for one, was hoping it was an elaborate April Fools joke on /.'s part.

You have to admit, this one would go down in history as bigger than the year we were subjected to 'OMG...PONIES!!!'

I don't really expect /. beta to be an April Fool, unfortuneately.

about a month and a half ago
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Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?

rts008 It's an astronomical catastrophe! Duck and cover! (135 comments)

Yeah, I feel 'sucker-punched' by this as well.

All of those lying, conniving scoundrals that call themselves scientists have been trying to convince me for years that the universe was only 14 1/2 billion years old.

Man, I feel old now....

Hey wait, maybe this explains the universe expanding....it's trying to catch up with the new info. Yeah, that's gotta be it. ;-)

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

rts008 rts008 writes  |  about 8 months ago

rts008 (812749) writes "From TFA: The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

It was interesting to me to look at the bar graph that showed that while FISA violations seemed relatively stable, Presidential executive order violations have steadily increased. Hmmm... Then we have this gem:

The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Hopefully (yes, I can be a dreamer), all of this fallout from the Snowden incident, following the Manning circus, will finally call attention to the ridiculous behavior of our gov't. since 9-11. I, for one, am tired of this striving for a police state mentality."

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Senator Ted 'the Tubes' Stevens' wife speaks out!

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rts008 writes ""href="http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-stevens17-2008oct17,0,286495.story" title="www.latimes.com">Earlier Thursday, Catherine A. Stevens, the senator's wife, testified that she had written checks, totaling about $160,000, to pay for renovations at their A-frame home in Girdwood, a resort town southeast of Anchorage. Prosecutors contend that much of the work on the project was done for free.

She acknowledged that some of the work had been done by employees of VECO Corp., the now-defunct oil-field services firm that Allen headed, but she said she believed their time was included in the bills she received from her general contractor.

Catherine Stevens, a Washington lawyer, testified that she took charge of the project as she was moving to a new job in 2000.

Her husband, she said, had wanted a more Spartan upgrade, but she deemed that unsuitable for a growing family with adult children and grandchildren. The renovations included raising the house on stilts to create a second story.

She also testified that she was unhappy about some aspects of the project, including such amenities as a Viking outdoor gas grill. Prosectors say the grill was among the gifts from Allen that her husband failed to properly disclose.

"I did not want any kind of gas anything available to anyone that might be around the children," she testified. "It was very dangerous. It was a fire hazard, and I didn't want it on my deck."
On cross-examination, Justice Department lawyer Brenda Morris established that despite her concerns, Catherine Stevens never did anything to return the grill or remove other items that she disliked.

Under Morris' questioning, she acknowledged that a Brookstone massage chair lent by another friend to the couple in 2001 was still in their Washington home.

"What kind of loan is that?" Morris asked.

"He is a friend, an Alaskan that left this stupid chair there," Catherine Stevens replied. "I'm not happy about it."

Later, in reference to several pieces of furniture that Allen had shipped to the Girdwood home, Morris said: "Ma'am, you make close to a half million dollars a year. Why can't you get that out of there?" Catherine Stevens replied that it was Allen's responsibility to remove the items. But she said she did arrange to return one gift — an Iditarod sled-dog puppy won for her husband at a charity fundraiser.
he was unable to explain whether she paid for a wraparound deck on the first floor of the chalet that was installed more than a year after the renovations were completed in 2001. She testified that after she saw the completed deck, she checked to see whether she had ever been billed for it. "I don't know that a bill came in," she said.

Her husband, questioned by Sullivan, traced his history as a child of the Depression in Indiana, living with his grandparents after his parents' divorce and later moving to Southern California, where he graduated from high school in Redondo Beach. After serving as a pilot in World War II, Stevens said, he worked as a lifeguard to help pay his way through UCLA."

Ted 'the Tube' Stevens can disseminate with the best of them, even if he can't get his 'internets' in a timely fashion.

BTW, what is this recent trend for scary spouses for politicians lately? Nancy, Hillary, this scary gal, etc.?....scapegoats?"
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Bikini-clad women make men impatient

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rts008 writes "From the Article http://esciencenews.com/articles/2008/05/30/bikini.clad.women.make.men.impatient:
"Images of sexy women tend to whet men's sexual appetite. But stimulating new research in the Journal of Consumer Research says there's more than meets the eye. A recent study shows that men who watched sexy videos or handled lingerie sought immediate gratification — even when they were making decisions about money, soda, and candy."

That is not news here, but further on they throw an interesting twist in. Apparently, that "immediate gratification" can take on more forms than the obvious one:
"After they touched a bra, men are more likely to be content with a smaller immediate monetary reward," writes Bram Van den Bergh, one of the study's authors. "Prior exposure to sexy stimuli may influence the choice between chocolate cake or fruit for dessert."

My question is how to get paid (even 'a smaller immediate monetary reward') for touching bras? Where do I sign up (even if they are empty)?"

Link to Original Source
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rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rts008 writes "With the US's adoption of RFID passports, the "tin-foil hat" crowd has not been ignored.
( I happen to fall into this category most times!)

The article on tgdaily.com is short and to the point so here is TFA from:
(http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/08/23/passport_rfid_b locker/)
"Culver City (CA) — An Orem Utah-based forensics company is now selling metal mesh bags that it claims will stop identity thieves from accessing the newer US E-Passports. Paraben Corporation, known for their mobile phone forensic kits, is selling a nickel, copper and silver mesh "Passport StrongHold" bag will block RFID transmissions from hitting unopened passports.

Passports are placed inside the bag by opening the Velcro-secured sides. After closing the sides, the metal mesh of the bags acts as a Faraday cage to block both inbound and outbound electronic signals. Paraben says signals are reduced by an average of 85 db.

Paraben's Rob Schroader told TG Daily that the nickel, copper and silver mesh fabric is expensive to buy. "It's not the metal itself, but the weave that drives up the cost," said Schroader. Schroader also said that signals cannot penetrate because the electromagnetic waves are bigger than space between the threads.

Paraben has traditionally sold mobile phone forensic kits corporations and government agencies. These kits extract caller numbers, messages and other information from phones. The Passport StrongHold bag is similar to the company's previous Wireless StrongHold bag which was specifically made for mobile phones. So similar that Shroader said the Passport bag will also block cellular phone signals from reaching a phone inside the bag.

The Passport StrongHold bags are currently selling for $19.95 each or for $14.95 if you buy in packs of 10 or more."

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rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rts008 writes "(http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls =org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial_s&hl=en&q=mckay+sp lits+with+sony&btnG=Google+Search)

and
(http://archive.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/06/14/ love/)"

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rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/08/23/1458246/

http://www.canada.com/technology/Facebook+must+satisfy+Canada+privacy+commissioner+Monday/1899277/story.html/

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/08/17/2141244/

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/aide-resigns-over-facebook-posts-on-harvard-arrest//

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2009/07/facebook-can-use-your-pictures-for-ads-no-permission-required.html/
***and another version:
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/07/16/facebook-sez-dont-mind-us-were-just-whoring-out-your-photos//

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/05/2039250/

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/21/1459214/

http://idle.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/12/1625221/

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/17/2213251

http://www.livescience.com/culture/090413-facebook-grades.html/

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/05/1734238/

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/07/11/0029255/

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/07/17/1346209/

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Now vailidated?

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

'Disable Advertising
As our way of thanking you for your positive contributions to Slashdot you are eligible to disable advertising'

Well, this is just 'jim-dandy', since I have used 'adblock/+, flashblock, and noscript with 'Firefox' since 'FF' was 'Firebird".

WTF???

While I *think* I admire /. attitude here...
I don't 'see' what they are talking about. YMMV.

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One of the coolest posts ever on /.!

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

globaljustice (574257) made a recommendation to another /.er based on one named preference (Tool was the named band-follow 'parent' posts up to get the whole story) that was impressive as hell!

It was a prime example of one of those "I wish I had mod points!" comments.
I implore any of you wacky enough to be paying attention to my journal that stumble across this to give up some + mod points for globaljustin's comment...please?

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I WILL figure this linking crap out!

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 5 years ago <a href="http://website url">substitute words here</a>

Mwahahahah!
Copy/paste, baby!

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/. Quote of the Day=PRICELESS!!!

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

"It says he made us all to be just like him. So if we're dumb, then god is dumb, and maybe even a little ugly on the side." -- Frank Zappa

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Good Phrases

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

"Why are you fucking a cow?" from Russia, with love:Ty chto mumu yebyosh?

Literal (babel fish) translation, but it seems to equate to our 'shit or get off of the pot',. 'just do it!', or better yet, 'why are you fucking around when there is serious shit to deal with?'

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Good sig, or bad sig?

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The next redo of "The Wizard of Oz", they should get you to design and make the Straw Man.

Eh, probably too long, but I'll keep it here for a while.

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Cool stuff to try...

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

"Re:Oh good, RealPlayer
(Score:3, Informative)
by martin-boundary (547041) Alter Relationship on Saturday October 06, @11:31PM (#20885099)
The Realplayer format is actually pretty decent compression wise. Of course, you should never use the standard realplayer viewing software for this. The best method I know uses MPlayer:

1) Open a terminal and type the following:
mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile dirk.ra rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/comedy/wed1830.ra

2) Wait about 30 seconds, then open another terminal and play the file dirk.ra from disk while it's still downloading:
mplayer dirk.ra

This has two benefits: you can put the stream in your collection (maybe convert to ogg later etc), and you won't get the annoying buffering pauses.

This method also works with realvideo files, and wmv urls (mms://) if you want to save those types of movies. Finally, note that MPlayer lets you skip around an audio or video file, even if the file says you can't fast forward in other GUI oriented video players."

Sweet!

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Gems found while metamodding

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

"I mean IBM is a Technology arms dealer, it always has been , look at WWII and the machines they constructed for the NAZI's as part of the Final Solution. DOnt think for one RED second IBM has any concious in this matter, it is for financial gains PERIOD"
from TFA about "IBM's Interest in Red Flag Linux"

Where do these asshats come from? Sheesh!

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MS playing with chip design for voice recognition

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

"Dear aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all!!"

Can't make this kind of stuff up! LOL

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Fscking **AA

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

(http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial_s&hl=en&q=mckay+splits+with+sony&btnG=Google+Search)

and
(http://archive.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/06/14/love/)

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Random Notes:

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WTF?!?!?!

We have shop owners grabbing customers by the shirtfront and imitating Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry (apparently the post and my reply have been deleted!) and wanting /.'s collective sympathy for acting like the *AA and their lawyers.

I wish (yeah, right: "wish in one hand and shit in the other hand- see which one fills up first." is what my granddad used to tell me!) that I linked to the post and my reply earlier- it was worth saving (at least to me!

Nevermind- water under the bridge, as they say.

Or as we say- Doan mean nuthin.

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Thanks ScuttleMonkey for fixing my article summary! :)

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The article submitted got edited to hell, but for a BIG improvement!
I have no literary aspirations, just wanted to get the info out!
Thanks again.
(http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/21/1948206)

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Lawyer Allegedly Kidnaps Client Over Fees

rts008 rts008 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Posted on: Friday, 13 January 2006, 21:00 CST

(http://www.redorbit.com/news/oddities/356787/lawyer_allegedly_kidnaps_client_over_fees/index.html#)

Lawyer Allegedly Kidnaps Client Over Fees

WACO, Texas - A lawyer faces a felony charge of kidnapping for allegedly abducting a client from his wedding celebration in an attempt to collect legal fees.

Police say Paula Allen, 51, took Rolando Castelan from his Dec. 10 wedding and then drove him around in handcuffs as Castelan called friends and family from a cell phone to scrounge up the money he owed his lawyer, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported for its Friday edition.

Allen, who was arrested this week, referred calls to her lawyer, Ron Moody, when contacted by The Associated Press. Moody could not immediately be reached Thursday night.

Castelan, 31, hired Allen in April when he was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, tampering with a government document and possession of a controlled substance.

Allen vouched for Castelan's bond amount of $5,000, police said. Six months later, a grand jury indicted Castelan on the drug possession charge, but he failed to show up to court.

Allen tried to persuade Castelan to come to court, but when he didn't, the court found her responsible for the $5,000 bond.

Police say she took Castelan from his wedding reception with the help of three "associates," whom police have not identified.

When Castelan's ex-wife agreed to meet and pay the money, Castelan managed to escape the Suburban he had been held in for four hours.

Castelan turned himself into authorities nine days later and remains in the McLennan County Jail for his indictment. His post-indictment warrant does not allow for a bond.

Allen was released from the McLennan County Jail on Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.

Source: Associated Press/AP Online

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