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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

spiritplumber Great! (431 comments)

Free energy AND free snacks!

11 hours ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

spiritplumber Sadly, I lived next to a patent troll for a bit (95 comments)

Sadly, I lived next to a patent troll for a bit (Intellectual Ventures in Palo Alto) and did not pillage and raze their building. I don't have many regrets in my life, but this is one.

11 hours ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

spiritplumber Re:Is there an counter to this? (233 comments)

I go for the "befuddled foreigner" approach.

"Please cut service. I no pay."

"Please cut service. I no pay."

"Please cut service. I no pay."

"Please cut service. I no pay."

"Thanks you. Glory to Artsozka!"

yesterday
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

spiritplumber Re:Flaws? (161 comments)

Most of the free content on the web is 3.x and skipped 4e entirely, so I'm going to stick with 3.x and houserules. ... hey, doesn't this sound familiar?

yesterday
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

spiritplumber Re:Shall we play a game? (273 comments)

DEFCON by Introversion was/is a pretty good take on it. I think you can get it for five bucks.

5 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

spiritplumber May only work for military shooters (417 comments)

I've done a bit of work at AMES and it didn't make me play Kerbal Space Program any less!

5 days ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

spiritplumber Re:Now this is funny. (109 comments)

Doesn't speech-to-text obviate the need for court reporters?

about a week ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

spiritplumber Re:Question (218 comments)

Don't you need guns, or at least giant knives, to protect yourself from the wildlife over there?

about two weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

spiritplumber Re:Robot (218 comments)

So it's basically aimhack for real life.

about two weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

spiritplumber Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

It won't. The F35 is the classic "it tries to do 255 things, so it does none of them well" thing. It needed rethinking for all sort of other reasons already, but by now it has too much political inertia. You'd have to get too many people to admit they made a mistake.

about two weeks ago
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

spiritplumber Re:Hardware "Vision"?? (136 comments)

The CMUCam4 is Prop based.

about two weeks ago
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

spiritplumber This is great (136 comments)

the Prop came out before the Arduino and still blows anything in the Arduino family out of the water, except for needing some external parts to do ADC. Can't wait for the Prop 2.

about two weeks ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

spiritplumber Noticed in 2011-2012 (511 comments)

which is why I left. Now I live 70 miles away, make about half as much, and work 15 hours a week instead of 60. So long suckers!

about three weeks ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

spiritplumber Answer (544 comments)

someone decided that everything had to look like an iphone because the iphones sold well.

about three weeks ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

spiritplumber Re:In Nam (211 comments)

That's awesome.

about 1 month ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

spiritplumber Jebediah Kerman approves (146 comments)

Looks like getting the KSP dev team to talk to NASA was productive!

about a month and a half ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

spiritplumber Re:Tron (133 comments)

That would be awesome. Although I have to wonder what the difference would be... More cute anime girls? More tentacles?

about a month and a half ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

spiritplumber Re:Nice to see all that African technology (133 comments)

You're flat out wrong. Kenya has a better pay-by-cell-phone infrastructure than the US or Italy do, and it's a completely homebrewed solution. Their government even has had to develop a proper legal framework for virtual subcurrencies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

about a month and a half ago

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