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Accused Teen Bomber Finds FBI Surveillance Team's Wireless Network

ryantmer Re:Fail tag for posting the story? (267 comments)

I don't speak entish because it's too much like barking.

It would also take you a very, long, time, to say it.

about 3 years ago

US Patent Regime Is Absurd

ryantmer Re:In closely related news ... (202 comments)

I'm still waiting for them to do to human genes what seed companies do to their patented crops: Render them sterile so they can't reproduce. That might actually make gene patents worth it.

I will patent the stupidity gene, meaning all stupid people will be rendered sterile and unable to reproduce.

You're welcome, humanity.

about 3 years ago

Anonymous Hack One Gigabyte of Data From NATO

ryantmer Re:Again ? (304 comments)

I'm not sure whether your name applies perfectly to that comment, or vice versa...

more than 3 years ago

Real-Time Text Over Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk

ryantmer Re:This reminds me... (106 comments)

I believe GaIM/Pidgin did this. It would pop up with the message "You feel a disturbance in the force...". And I agree, great for creeping people out :)

more than 3 years ago

Opera 11.50 Released

ryantmer Most important part (129 comments)

Seems like the most important part was excluded - the download counter!

Currently, more people have downloaded Opera 11.50 than have disliked Rebecca Black!

more than 3 years ago

The Iceman's Last Meal

ryantmer Re:Not much of a tooth brusher (116 comments)

Could also have to do with life expectancy being much shorter - from what I can tell, average life expectancy 5000 years ago was between 20 and 25, so there would be much less time for dental problems to develop (or any health problems, really, aside from ones like "being murdered by opposing tribe" or the favourite "getting eaten by a sabertooth" which plagued many of that era).

more than 3 years ago

Treasure Hunter Wants To Find Bin Laden's Body With ROV

ryantmer Re:He's got a point, though futile (257 comments)

While I agree that there's probably not much left of him, he was killed May 2nd, so he's barely been down 6 weeks...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

ryantmer Re:Emacs (545 comments)

Finally, somebody that knows the difference between French and string instruments! Thank you!

more than 3 years ago

Arduino Music Controllers With Horns, Finally

ryantmer I hope... (19 comments)

... that when the summary refers to "musical instruments made from dead animals", it is referring to springbok horns, and not zebra wood.

more than 3 years ago

30+ Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market

ryantmer It's okay, we're safe. (91 comments)

The malware only activates when you receive one of these "phone call" things - and when was the last time you received one of those?

more than 3 years ago

FCC To Vote On Net Neutrality On December 21

ryantmer Re:Not even there's to legislate. (319 comments)

The free market is what people do when some guy isn't holding a gun to their head to force them to do something else. Obviously it 'works' because otherwise we'd still be living in caves and fighting over yak bones.

We've just changed what we live in and what we fight over. Does that truly indicate that it works?

more than 3 years ago

CRTC To Allow Usage-Based Billing

ryantmer Re:Quick Canada Lesson (282 comments)

It's not for the 90% that the capital costs are high. Further north, NorthwesTel has to cover the entirety of the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut with these services. Many, if not the majority, of the communities in these territories have no all-year road access. The capital costs for these places is huge. Everything is run through satellite connections (phone, TV, internet), and all the infrastructure must either be brought in by barge or by air. In addition, due to mandates about allowed downtime per year, maintenance costs are very high (imagine flying in technicians and supplies every time internet service goes down). While I'm not saying the costs of these is comparable to the cost of the infrastructure required for the millions living along the borders, the cost per individual is higher by several orders of magnitude.

more than 2 years ago

Linux 2.6.36 Released

ryantmer Re:And yet? (238 comments)

I realize I wasn't particularly clear. As long as we're on the same page now :)

more than 3 years ago

Linux 2.6.36 Released

ryantmer Re:And yet? (238 comments)

Yes, they support open-source, but they are by no means supporters of openness. They certainly aren't "liberating" users by going against Flash.

more than 3 years ago

Linux 2.6.36 Released

ryantmer Re:And yet? (238 comments)

Wait, wait, wait. You're praising Apple for helping get rid of something closed-source? Really? Apple?

more than 3 years ago

HP CEO Resigns During Sexual Harassment Investigation

ryantmer Re:Wasn't he the CEO during the pretexting scandal (233 comments)

He was probably feeling pretty untouchable up to that point after coming out unscathed from the other little upset they had a while back.

Good choice of words.

about 4 years ago

Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

ryantmer Re:didn't ask the right people (was: Re:Yes) (646 comments)

my matte screen at work makes putty look abysmal

I'm confused by this statement. Are you implying there is a type of screen with which PuTTY doesn't look abysmal? (For the record, I love PuTTY. But let's be honest...)

more than 4 years ago



Valve to release games for Mac?

ryantmer ryantmer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ryantmer (1748734) writes "Steam, the online service for PC gamers developed by Valve, looks to soon be expanding onto Mac OS X. While there hasn't yet been an official announcement (perhaps at the Game Developers Conference next week), Valve has sent various teaser images that, when put together, point squarely at a product or service made for the Mac."
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