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Stay Off the Grid, Win $10,000

starbugs Re:No one will find me... (228 comments)

1st step in great deception: Make everyone think I'm in parent's basement.
2nd step: make everyone think I only pretend to be in parent's basement.
3rd step: allow everyon

more than 4 years ago
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Stay Off the Grid, Win $10,000

starbugs No one will find me... (228 comments)

I will definitely apply,
just let me finish moving my stuff back into mom's basement.

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

starbugs Re:Prepare for the appeals! (252 comments)

I know you all speak English, but does 'Supreme' mean something different in Australia?

I'm quite indifferent to the word 'supreme'.
What I want to know is if the word 'High' means something different?

--
Sue: It's okay.
            He's Australian.
Fran: Maybe I'd better go there someday.

more than 4 years ago
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"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

starbugs Re:You had nothing to hide, right? (821 comments)

Until some goon started to look at your balls when you board a plane

Many of these people don't have a problem with cameras as they go to the beach in a speedo.
They should just wear a tight speedo while boarding a plane if they are worried about definition.

But I wonder how much the people of London are worried about actual privacy/tracking vs. seeing your weenie on a tiny screenie. The UK has one camera for every 14 people.

more than 4 years ago
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Gun With Wireless Arming Signal Goes On Sale Soon

starbugs Re:Wait hold on mugger... (457 comments)

Now in a self admitted state of grogginess you are expected to be able to operate a firearm with decent accuracy and efficiency that you are able to disable a fully alert assailant before they are able to react.

Maybe somepeople wake up groggy, lazily aiming for the alarm clock when it rings, then stumbling to the kitchen, turning on the coffee machine whilst your eyes are still glazed over... going on your Daily routine.

Would you be accurate with a firearm?
Maybe not.

But imagine that you have an important business meeting at 7:00 and your job depends on it. You wake up and are shocked as you see it's 6:45 and you know it takes you 10 minutes to get to work. Your heart beats at 150 bps, your adrenaline rises, you get dressed faster than ever before. You're decisive, do only what's necessary, and you have a far higher state of awareness than the day before.

Would you be accurate with a firearm?
That depends, some people are never accurate.
Myself?
Absolutely.

What kind of fantasy world do you live in?

Why do you think that the state of mind/accuracy that you have(or think most people have), applies to everyone?

With a regular firearm, in your scenario you are already screwed. An assailant will have attacked and disabled you long before you are able to grasp the firearm, let alone use it.

Again, you are making assumptions that while they may be applicable to some, will not be applicable to everyone.

Lets ignore the fact that at your state of grogginess in near darkness you aren't capable of telling the difference between an assailant and your own wife.

The assailant would be the one on the floor.
My wife would be the one holding the gun.

more than 4 years ago
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Making It Hard For Extraterrestrials To Hear Us

starbugs Re:Why can't we hear ET? (374 comments)

I keep asking this question: Why can't we detect ET's transmissions?

Now I know. They do digital as well.

Not just that.

They've realized what we will also eventually realize.

They use cat6 cable.
Especially after we started sending all those damn microwaves into space and their wifi stopped responding.

more than 4 years ago
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Library of Congress Explores Ways To Release OS Software

starbugs So what happens if... (40 comments)

I think this is great news, but what happens if inadvertently some of this software infringes on a patent or two?

more than 4 years ago
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New Touchscreen Technology Like Writing On Paper

starbugs Re:Is there any use for this in the western world? (123 comments)

You started with a question and finished with the answer. Pressure sensitivity is handy for lots of things, some of which have not even been invented.

My question is whether this will find any widespread use here. The post focuses on writing in Asia. The article mentions pressure, but is it sensitive enough for a strand of hair(from a brush)?

I'm not in Asia and digital art is something that is cool, but a 'niche market' that I doubt this technology is aimed at. So will we see any devices deploying this tech here?

My saying that something would be cool to do is not an answer to my question of what we will see here.

more than 4 years ago
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New Touchscreen Technology Like Writing On Paper

starbugs Is there any use for this in the western world? (123 comments)

What would we use it for, here?

Cursive writing programs are being eliminated from elementary school.
The quality of printing is also going downhill.
Everything here is being replaced by a keyboard (real and virtual).

Is this a technology that will see a major uptake only in a limited part of the world, amongst those who have trouble writing Pinyin(or similar)?

(But it would be great to have this sensitive enough to use a real brush to paint in digital ink.)

more than 4 years ago
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Old Stems Cells Young Again — Via Vampirism

starbugs Re:Let me get this straight... (109 comments)

Silly, It's 'EXPOSURE' (not 'PHAGOCYTOSIS') to Young blood cells.

Think Hugh Hefner, not Silence of the Lambs.

more than 4 years ago
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Stargate Props Going Up For Auction

starbugs Re:Stargate? (131 comments)

BTW This Stargate is the one that was used in both - the movie and the tv show.

In my universe I imagine Steve Jobs buying the stargate.
Him and the Stargate would be a perfect fit.

But I'm worried he might rename it the iGate.

(just imagine the new line of products, like macbooks that would never break)

more than 4 years ago
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Parallel Algorithm Leads To Crypto Breakthrough

starbugs Re:searching for ASCII (186 comments)

I sometimes throw in a random 2, then when I need to decrypt everything, they're easy to take out.

more than 4 years ago
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Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches

starbugs I feel divided about this. (450 comments)

On one side I know that (in this economy) there are many more ways to spend money than space.
But few things united the US as much as the space program.

When the political climate was different, the reasons for going to space were different.
Now that the Cold War is over, space has become a primarily scientific endeavor. I'm happy that science (instead of politics) is the motivator, but now it seems that politics is choking one of the greatest achievements of our species.

The idea behind this "private taxi service" to space could go either way. We all know how recent new aircraft have suffered delay after delay. But what if a more competitive environment brings innovation that otherwise would have been unattainable? After-all it was a competitive environment that pushed us to be the first on the moon.

What I am really sad about though is the lack of interest in the moon. I believe that a permanent, self sufficient (however difficult that might be) settlement on the moon should be a priority. And if we don't start soon, India or China might beat us to it.

While I believe that any mission to the moon is an international event, other countries/cultures might not share that view. I would prefer for us to set the bar in both - returning to the moon, and sharing that experience with the rest of the world.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Curiosity Be Programmed?

starbugs Re:curiosity 0.1 (269 comments)

Why not the GPLv3 ?

Cause then skynet could not use it.
(They'd have a problem with section 11 paragraph 6)

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle To Invest In Sun Hardware, Cut Sun Staff

starbugs Name change to "Sun Oracle" (135 comments)

Many predictions from the Oracle at Delphi were supposedly inspired by escaping gas vapors.

Will in the future people ask of the 'Sun Oracle' - "What were you guys smokin?".

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle To Invest In Sun Hardware, Cut Sun Staff

starbugs Today's the 27th. (135 comments)

Why are we linking to articles from yesterday about what has happened today?

more than 4 years ago
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Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access

starbugs I just love the last support question: (497 comments)

Why is Ubisoft forcing their loyal customers to sign up for a Ubisoft account when they don't want to give their private data and only play single player games?

We hope that customers will feel as we do, that signing up for an account will offer them exceptional gameplay and services that are not available otherwise.

"services not available otherwise"
Yes, I'm sure customers will feel that.

(just like jumping onto a bike without a seat)

more than 4 years ago
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Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access

starbugs Cloud Gaming? (497 comments)

A while ago I decided that I'll switch to PC only gaming.
This was for one reason: I will always be able to play the games I own.

Consoles break, hardware can become irreplaceable, chips can burn out, backup batteries die, ROMs have questionable copyright.
But PC's will be forever.
I can even play some older games on QEMU right now. In 50 years I will be able to play today's games on an emulated system with an emulated GPU & CPU.

Many (if not most) of today's games have the multi-player component as a critical part of game-play. Playing them on a non-networked computer would be virtually pointless. The benefit of this setup is that I could go to an internet cafe, a friends house or work and start up a game, while being in exactly the same place in the game as at home. But haven't some games had that ability for many years?

Either way, without stand-alone gameplay - I'm not interested. I want to make sure that someday (in the far future) I will be able to play the games I play today with my great-grand-kids, instead of receiving a message like "Sorry, Can't connect to server", "ipv9 not supported", or "Gameplay not available, server offline since 2011".

more than 4 years ago

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Global warming will be back in 30 years.

starbugs starbugs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

starbugs (1670420) writes "While many are still scratching their heads after Copenhagen last month, Professor Mojib Latif, one of the authors of the IPCC report and a professor at the Leibniz Institute is asking us to prepare for a cold snap. He's of the opinion that changes in ocean currents will be a major contributing factor to a mini ice age we are about to experience.

Latif, one of the world's leading climate modelers, believes this mini ice age to last about 30 years after which we will swiftly return to worrying about global warming. On a side note: the last time we worried about 'Global Cooling' was in the 70's."

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Global warming will be back after these messages.

starbugs starbugs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

starbugs (1670420) writes "While many are still scratching their heads after Copenhagen last month, Professor Mojib Latif, one of the authors of the IPCC report and a professor at the Leibniz Institute is asking us to prepare for a cold snap. He's of the opinion that changes in ocean current will be a major contributing factor to a mini ice age we are about to experience.

Latif, one of the world's leading climate modelers, believes this mini ice age to last about 30 years after which we will swiftly return to worrying about global warming. On a side note: the last time we worried about 'Global Cooling' was in the 70's.

The article can be found Here."

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