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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

show me altoids Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Keyword: "Texas." Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

about 2 months ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

show me altoids Re:Shut up and drive... (142 comments)

Not only didn't you RTFA, you didn't read the first fucking line of the summary. Wow.

about 3 months ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

show me altoids Re:Translation: (95 comments)

Okay, reading the article now, it looks like only the Slashdot summary uses the word "theory" in this way, not the article. Still, in general, the point stands.

about 3 months ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

show me altoids Re:Translation: (95 comments)

Yes, and I have a big problem with them being called "theories." They are at best hypotheses, and likely pure speculation. Scientists get mad when creationists say, "Oh, but you call it the THEORY of Evolution, that means it's not necessarily true!" and say creationists don't know the meaning of the word theory. Ok, then, use it correctly yourselves.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

show me altoids Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Citations haven't been built since the 1985 model year.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Beams Hi-Def Video From Space Via Laser

show me altoids Latency (38 comments)

The latency for a WoW player on the moon would be a bitch, though.

about 5 months ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

show me altoids The best way to guarantee jobs... (325 comments)

...for humanities PhD grads is to add a required class in which they are taught all the nuanced ways in each regional dialect to say, "Would you like fries with that?"

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Experiment With Explosives To Fight Wildfires

show me altoids Re:A good blow..... (80 comments)

To paraphrase Homer: To explosions! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

about 5 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

show me altoids Re:Huh? (230 comments)

People with heavy data processing requirements were mostly using DOS/VSE on S/370 and 4300 mainframes. No timesharing in DOS. It was still extremely common in industry to have people sitting with coding forms that were then passed to data preparation teams for punching. I've sat with teams painstakingly writing DOS JCL onto coding sheets.

If you were a larger user that could justify the investment in MVS, you could potentially use the Time Sharing Option, an interactive environment with a reputation for being cumbersome and inefficient - you'd only extend the "luxury "of using it to a comparatively few select people.

You didn't need MVS to do time sharing. 4300 series IBM mainframes ran VM/CMS which wasn't as hefty as MVS, true, but it could support many users.

about 6 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

show me altoids Re:Huh? (230 comments)

I started as a freshman in Computer Science in 1981 and we had to use punched cards for the first semester. We had an IBM 4341 and started off in Watfive (the successor to Watfor, Waterloo Fortran). They had IBM 3277s and later 3278 terminals, but the intro class didn't get to use them until the next year; I was right at the tail end. Once again, when I got my first job in 1986 I had to use punched cards for 6 months until my Secret clearance came in because until I was cleared I couldn't log on. My boss just put his job card at the front of the deck and they would grab me the printout afterwards. This was probably against the rules, but we didn't deal with Secret data, nevertheless the rules were it was a secure computer and you had to be cleared to log on. After that, you guessed it, it was a 4341 departmental mini-mainframe with 3277 and 3278 terminals, and there was a large loud line printer and 9 track hand mounted tapes. Good times.

about 6 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

show me altoids Re:More useful if symmertical (224 comments)

Absolutely agree with everyone above. I have a pay service like DropBox only it's "unlimited." Getting a 1GB file up into it is extremely painful. Getting 300 of them is nigh on impossible with the sad state of uplink bandwidth on most any home ISP.

about 5 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

show me altoids Re:...news for nerds.. (405 comments)

How did this get posted? Golf??!

Obviously you're not a golfer.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

show me altoids Re:Huh? (452 comments)

You may be correct, I have not used it much. All the better reason for them to run an evaluation. I personally have never rotated an image at arbitrary angles, and maybe his shop does, so it would be a deal breaker and they would find that out quickly. All the more reason to run a series of tests before full implementation.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

show me altoids Re:Huh? (452 comments)

Wish I had some mod points, this is a great step that the submitter didn't mention that could give 90% of your answer very quickly. Put LibreOffice on a few machines and have them use that for a while. If they are baffled and can't cope, end of story right there. If they take to it like a breeze, you can probably pilot it to more people. You should be able to tell by taking a few intermediate steps like this.

about 6 months ago
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Merlin's Magic: The Inside Story of the First Mobile Game

show me altoids Re:Bob, if you're reading this- (60 comments)

My story was about the same. It's probably still somewhere in my mom's basement.

about 8 months ago
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Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

show me altoids Re:This Was News Yesterday (479 comments)

Okay, but effectively yours works the same way. If the chainsaw is idling, the chain is not turning.

about a year ago
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Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

show me altoids Re:This Was News Yesterday (479 comments)

Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

Actually, juggling chainsaws, while somewhat dangerous, isn't as bad as it looks. Even though the motor is running, the chain is not moving, at least with a stock chainsaw. You have to press on the trigger for the chain to move. Fucking safety interlocks, how do they work?

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

show me altoids Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

Oh, so much this. I have been startled enough by this kind of thing that I jumped and looked around, probably yanking the steering wheel a bit.

about a year ago

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