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Why Pluto Still Matters

scottrocket Re:I think i agree (91 comments)

The arguments in favor of Pluto are purely subjective, and are mostly related to the core-self identity of the writer. The funny part is that I subscribe completely. And perhaps this psychological factor should matter in this case alone.

I agree. Then again, my name is on New Horizons, so yeah: Go Pluto!

about 2 months ago

Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

scottrocket Re:I do not understand why this is a story (740 comments)

I'll try to find that one, but it's impossible in network gear on fiber. Light by itself could. Light moving from hop to hop, I believe the 7ms measurement given is a big charitable.

If so, then a "Marconi wins" scenario could be considered: A confederate's computer in Washington legally receives the news feed at the same time as all other interested Washington parties; then, in fractions of a ms, automatically relays the information by direct wireless - no satellites, overland links,etc - to the Chicago machine in 3.2ms, ahead of all of the others receiving the information from their cronies, by conventional transmission means. Somewhat clever, but not illegal (IANAL).

about a year ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

scottrocket Re:Plan B dial-up connection (410 comments)

I remember having an internet outage a few years back, and digging up an old dial-up modem out of a drawer and using it... can't remember how many years ago that was, though. 2005? 2007? somewhere thereabouts.

Bet I still have that modem. Wonder if I could dig up the dial-up numbers without having to look them up on the web (which would rather defeat the point...)

Which is why I still have a back up dial-up account, even though I haven't tested it for about a year. I am considering getting rid of it, & going dry loop with my DSL. I"ll get to save some money, and go naked at the same time. :)

about a year ago

The Death of the American Drive-in

scottrocket Re:Dude... (236 comments)

Dude from the UK here. How the hel would we watch a movie through all the rain?

Bring an umbrella. :)

about a year and a half ago

The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

scottrocket Re:No wonder ... (384 comments)

This is right. Most plots have been done. It's how the plot is described, how the story is told that's important.

Method 1: Jack and Jill went up the hill. They found some water. Jack tripped on his way back down.

Method 2: Jack, the village upstart who always seemed hellbent on making others' lives miserable, was found, oddly, walking hand in hand with the virtuous Jill towards the secluded town well...

Oh c'mon don't leave us hanging - does she put the lotion in the basket?

about a year and a half ago

House Democrats Propose National Park On the Moon

scottrocket Re:how about (255 comments)

innumerable photons from his many fires, some of which struck the moon means that Ogg got there first. Ooga booga.

about a year and a half ago

I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...

scottrocket Re:The reason terrorists keep terrorizing (317 comments)

These people didn't do that, so I think they are mass murderers rather than terrorists.

Are they really mass murderers though? Three people died as a result of the bombs.

A moment of silence for the MIT officer.

about 2 years ago

Court: Aereo TV Rebroadcast Is Still Legal

scottrocket Re:What a hack (64 comments)

However, in your scenario the station being re-broadcast out of area would have no cause for complaint since their audience is growing. The competing stations might not be terribly happy, but they don't actually have proprietary rights over the viewers, they are expected to attract them. Their complaint would be the same as McDonald's suing Burger King for offering a better or cheaper burger.

It also works both ways: If the interloper is in your area, you are equally free to be in their area. The out-of-area competitions way well be of mutual benefit to both parties. If nothing else, I suspect it will make both (and other) stations more interesting. Btw, Bergmayer may also wish to note that the internet is also legal. :)

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Explain That Humans Didn't Ride Dinosaurs?

scottrocket Re:Nooooooo! Just shut up and buy a dinosaur saddl (278 comments)

relationships where one partner cannot tell the truth for fear of offending the others ego are doomed. in fact, propping up willful ignorance is a compounding stress that will destroy any relationship, not just the personal variety.

Wife: "Honey, is my butt big?"

Husband: (without looking up) "No."

'Nuff said.

about 2 years ago

MasterCard Forcing PayPal To Pay Higher Fees

scottrocket Re:Card to Card payments (260 comments)

Retailer: "Hello MasterCard? This customer just purchased a debit card from us, using your MasterCard - just letting you know, as per our reduced fee agreement."

MasterCard: "Okay - what did they buy?"

Retailer: "Our debit card." *click

about 2 years ago

How Beer Gave Us Civilization

scottrocket Re:Everything gave us civilization (325 comments)

Why is American beer served chilled? There's no other way of telling it from piss.

American beer is cold; piss is warm.

about 2 years ago

Technology To Detect Alzheimer's Takes SXSW Prize

scottrocket Re:What's the point? (81 comments)

A good screening test is one that identifies a treatable disease.

Or six years extra for people to try experimental treatments before symptoms kick in. Or six extra years to decide when or how to gracefully leave this world, with dignity.

about 2 years ago

Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

scottrocket Re:Non-rounded, often obscure and "deathdays"... (104 comments)

The roll of tape plus the blue cylinder make 'G', the red radio and yellow teacup make 'oo,' the blue Guide plus the leather bag make a rough 'g', the green towel is 'l' and the red window is 'e.'

Whoosh on me - thanks for the fishing! Unfortunately, while tabbing back and forth between your description and Google, the doodle went black, and I panicked. :)

about 2 years ago

NASA's Space Colony Designs From the '70s

scottrocket Re:I remember having Science textbooks.... (90 comments)

remember 'You will go to the moon!' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Will_Go_to_the_Moon_(book) ? I made my mom read me that book so many times, she eventually recorded it to a cassette tape so i could just listen to it and turn the pages in the book.

Do you see that red dot? That's Mars, and someday, you will go there too! I read that book so many times when I was a kid, I think I wore it out. "The High Frontier" likewise well worn, but that was a library book and luckily, my mom was the librarian. Replacements on demand.

about 2 years ago

Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

scottrocket Re:Is Google's goal a singularity? (244 comments)

Ray/Mr. Google - Why would we want a singularity? Will it be interesting?

about 2 years ago

Rusty Foster Isn't Dead

scottrocket Re:Once upon a time... (162 comments)

Usually things about the recipient having a gender reassignment surgery and moving to Vegas or reassessing their life and joining the French Foreign Legion.

Good, you're opening their mail-someday there could be money inside.

about 2 years ago

Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

scottrocket Re:How do they do it? (686 comments)

Keep in mind that gas or electric, if you drive on the publicly funded roads, you should in someway support their upkeep.

Easy, just keep raising the per-gallon taxes as the fleet average increases. Revenue is the same, and maybe fewer people will buy 12 mpg vehicles they don't need.

Or as a twist, raise the speed limit significantly; the people with the 12 mpg cars will go faster (that's what people like that do), "achieve" 8 mpg, buy more gas & raise revenue for the state, courtesy of existing gas taxes. Remember, this is about a shortfall, not a way to punish hybrid/electric vehicles. Yes I'm sure there will be extra wear & tear on the roads, but also new purchases for things like tires, oil; anything associated with more convenient long trips (camping equipment, bed & breakfast/hotel reservations, concert/Blazer tickets, etc.) and of course gas, all of which raise revenue for the state, directly or indirectly. IIRC, last spring the OR legislature was debating raising the speed limit. I say let the well-to-do give the money that the rest of us need, and both can enjoy life. Win-win

about 2 years ago

Australian Prime Minister's Spoof "Apocalypse" Speech Goes Viral In China

scottrocket Re:Humour and irony (225 comments)

Thank you for your enlightning answer.

Shocking. On a brighter note: All hail Cthulu, lord of the netherdark.

more than 2 years ago

When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

scottrocket Re:How about (381 comments)

You have been fined 25 credits for violation of the verbal morality statute. You have been fined 25 credits for violation of the verbal morality statute. You have been fined 25 credits for violation of the verbal morality statute.

Your repeated violations of the verbal morality statute have caused us to dispatch the police to deliver corrective suggestion, please remain at your current location.

"But I don't know how to use the seashells!"

more than 2 years ago

Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

scottrocket Re:George Lucas obviously greater - in impact (376 comments)

Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick are still relevant. Both of them WAY greater artists than George Lucas.

Nope. You are thinking of the word "greater" in terms of quality, which is a pointless metric when talking about art because quality is entirely subjective.

In terms of impact on humanity, there's no question that Lucas has had far greater impact than Kubrick and Kurosawa combined. The reason is simple, it's because Lucas is getting to viewers at a much younger age, with a more widely distributed product. Lucas has altered the lives of more people than Kubrick ever will.

Gene Roddenberry. That is all.

about 2 years ago


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Sig madness

scottrocket scottrocket writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Soylent Green + Logan's Run = Yum... Why such a cannibalistic theme? It just occured to me that if one is going to produce a human-based food product, then one should strive for maximum freshness. I am, at my core, logical.

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