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Why the Internet of Things Is More 1876 Than 1995

swampfriend Speaking of the internet (142 comments)

What would be the point of continuing to read/use Slashdot after Beta becomes mandatory?

about 7 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

swampfriend Re:Until you experience the speed ... (338 comments)

"Until you experience the speed ..." Why does everything about this article remind me of drug addicts chasing the dragon?

about 8 months ago

Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

swampfriend Re:What will replace Facebook? (193 comments)

Every feature of Facebook that caused me to sign on with it when it first opened, is available through Twitter. I'm linked to everyone I know and I can give them status updates and post photos and view theirs. There is no reason for me to ever use Facebook now that I have Twitter.

about 8 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

swampfriend Re:You miss the point. (653 comments)

Over six thousand protestors in a single day? I think you are hallucinating friend. The biggest day was 700 on the Brooklyn Bridge. After that the NYPD was careful not to perform mass arrests. I think you should probably stop spreading lies.

about 9 months ago

Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

swampfriend New depth to "RTFA" (218 comments)

Funny that I don't see anyone talk about the stories themselves, just the news surrounding their acquisition... Is there some radical content in these stories, something of super-human insight or intelligence, that was supposed to be locked away for a good reason?

about 10 months ago

Google Patenting Less Noble Use of Project Loon Tech

swampfriend Re:Google is a business... (87 comments)

Considering that these are supposed to be helium balloons, and we're facing a global helium shortage - yes, this is an immoral use of the technology. It was already a matter for debate when they were going to waste helium to bring the miracle of Twitter to the earth's rural poor. They're hastening the demise of MRI machines in the name of higher bandwidth for the globe-hopping ultra-rich, that is what I call "evil."

about 10 months ago

Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

swampfriend Re:Wearing Glass was the third violation on ticket (638 comments)

She says in the comments, "The speeding was justified as I was in a 65 mph zone and thought I was on a 75mph zone, I always feel like I need some software to alert me when zones change ... is that only me??" Actually California does have an "app" to alert you when zones change, it involves physical displays of the current speed limit that come into eyesight as you physically approach them

about a year ago

Apple Announces iPad Air

swampfriend thin thing (471 comments)

wouldn't a better name have been "ipod hair"

about 10 months ago

What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

swampfriend "more power in the hands of the users" (182 comments)

What I see is less power in the hands of users as all games become subscription and "early access." The developer is freed from its obligation to ever provide a finished product that actually belongs to the user, rather than being leased or sold "on spec"

about a year ago

Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

swampfriend unbelievable (348 comments)

cannibalization of an apple product by another apple product is a good thing.... except of course for the massive waste and human suffering involved in manufacturing the cannibalized line of products.

1 year,5 days

Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

swampfriend something is fucking wrong here (462 comments)

"having not RTFA"

"Score:5, Insightful"

if you read the article, the one milligan wrote, you will see that you are not being very score:5 insightful.

1 year,23 days

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

swampfriend xerox was not in denial (163 comments)

They meant to admit this to the public last week, but their press release got its letters changed around for some reason...

about a year ago

AI Is Funny - a Generative Joke Model

swampfriend horse_ebooks (211 comments)

I think has a significantly higher success rating than 16%. Granted its tweets are not "jokes." But I hardly think "I like my coffee like I like my war - cold" qualifies as a joke. Especially since they are trying to make the AI "funny" out of any sort of context.

about a year ago

Confirmed: F-1 Rocket Engine Salvaged By Amazon's Bezos Is From Apollo 11

swampfriend "Auspicious time" (100 comments)

I'm glad that the scientific community will benefit from these good auspices. NASA's in-house seers predict this will totally compensate for the bad omen earlier this year, when seven ravens got incinerated on the launchpad.

about a year ago

Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

swampfriend Liberals tramplin my rights!! (294 comments)

Those aren't biomarkers for violence... they're biomarkers for self-defense! USA! USA!

about a year ago

Improving 3-D Printing By Copying Nature

swampfriend Re:Small, clean desktop printers (128 comments)

I was making a joke, but if you'd like me to be serious, I do know about RepRap, and I have to say: the premise that we can make self-replicating devices (or device families) that not only reproduce themselves, but acquire the resources for their reproduction in an efficient way, seems far-fetched to me. That is what this article is about: we assume that evolution has made refinements on reproductive processes that should be clues for people trying to improve self-replication in machines. Unfortunately, even biological processes, honed by millenia of natural selection, are pretty wasteful, because most of them have never had to adapt to Earth's very finitude.

about a year ago

Improving 3-D Printing By Copying Nature

swampfriend Small, clean desktop printers (128 comments)

...which are themselves manufactured in big, smoke-belching factories.

about a year ago

Underground 'Wind Mines' Could Keep Datacenters Powered

swampfriend UM? (109 comments)

Won't this inevitably lead to a situation where we are forced to purchase wind-generated energy just to get the wind farmers to release enough breathable air for humanity to survive? I, for one, say "no thank you" to eternal debt slavery to the alternative energy consortium.

about a year ago

CubeSats Spurring Satellite Revolution

swampfriend Re:Next year's news... (59 comments)

"Interorbital Systems, a space exploration company that specializes in small satellites, offers a list of applications including imaging, research, space art, and space burials."

Spend the first few years of eternity... in space!

about a year ago


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