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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

swell biological imperative (395 comments)

Mammals, including humans, have a biological directive to protect infants. Even if of a different species. We are programmed. We are easily swayed by this kind of appeal because of that. I am swayed.

But this particular appeal smacks of conspiracy theory. High ranking, respected people joining in and protecting each other while acting in such a perverse manner? A few Catholics may have done so but this accusation is a stretch.

As the facts come forth we will know more. If the accusations are true then let the offenders be castrated and tortured to death. I will volunteer to do it with a rusty blade.


Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

swell read your contract (203 comments)

Your insurance papers will probably make it clear that you are NOT covered for commercial use of your vehicle. Even if you don't read the policy, you know in your heart that commercial drivers pay more than ordinary drivers. Lots of people think they can deceive their insurance carrier and save money. The company gets the last laugh when it's time to pay for a claim. Any deception on the part of the insured is likely to negate the contract and no claim will be awarded. Yes, possibly years of payments to that company and all for nothing because you lied.

Like the people who watch your credit worthiness and the people who observe you for terrorist tendencies, the insurance industry has vast resources focused on you. If you try to cheat any insurance company, the word is spread and none of them want to deal with you. If you can get insurance it will be very expensive. Honesty is the best policy.

2 days ago

Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

swell Re:the problem with Twitter (114 comments)

An example of why the limit is useful. You might have said it in 140 characters but you wasted my time. Learn to use language effectively. [138 chars]

2 days ago

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

swell Honda CBX exhaust sound engineering (800 comments)

Engineers at Samsung, Apple and other marketing conscious companies are sometimes asked to do unusual tasks. At Honda, planning the introduction of the 6 cylinder CBX motorcycle in the 1970s, sound design became important:

"From the beginning," Irimajiri explained, "our Six produced a smooth jetlike exhaust sound. But with an ordinary exhaust arrangement, it wasn't that close to a jet. We thought if we worked on it we could come up with a motorcycle sound like no one has ever heard before.

"So we sent some engineers to the Hyakuri Japanese Air Force base in Chiba prefecture. For ten days they tape-recorded the sound of Phantom jet fighters, and then came back and designed an exhaust system for the CBX that could duplicate that sound. When I heard it for the first time I was amazed; they had captured the Phantom sound perfectly."
from: http://www.motorcyclespecs.co....

short Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
hear the sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

4 days ago

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

swell trademarked sounds (800 comments)

Of course we all benefit from patents, copyright & trademarks, right?

There may be a battle brewing in the sound of cars. ~20 years ago, Harley Davidson tried to trademark the sound of their motorcycle, but that didn't pass. Many others have though and we can expect more as 'sound branding' becomes more widespread.


4 days ago

Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

swell casual use only (122 comments)

Fine for ordering in a restaurant or asking directions. Not appropriate for business, medical or government communication, contracts, etc.

about two weeks ago

Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

swell please translate to English (138 comments)

"Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000"

Removing some capitalizations might make this understandable.
Why does slashdot have to capitalize EVERY word?
Fucking retards

about two weeks ago

The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

swell deep thoughts... (300 comments)


We have a general rule about life: anything that eats must also shit. As this entity wanders the galaxy in search of our sun it will leave a trail for us to follow. We will be able to track the brownian motion of this trail with our new b-ray telescopes. Our best defence may be to ship all of our stored airborn pollutants to a point between the entity and our star. The sun will appear so dim that the entity will choose another victim.


We already know of such a star eating phenomenon: black holes. We shouldn't jump to the conclusion that they are alive, much less intelligent, but hey nobody messes with them so they must be pretty smart. Fortunately they don't seem to be too mobile so they won't come to us. But they might expand and suck us in...


A mini hole, smaller than a donut hole, with the mass of a Wolf-Rayet star that mercilessly sucks in anything in its path as it dances around the universe. So small as to be invisible to our instruments, so massive that it warps space time making it even harder to detect. Intelligence? It's just a mindless bully bent on destruction. No smarter than that punk kid dealing drugs on your corner.


We know that virii can survive extreme heat, cold and even outer space. Even the corrupt environment of your body can host one or more virii. Who's to say the sun is immune? A cozy warm environment with no discernible bacterial competition and a virus could have its way with our sweet sun.

about three weeks ago

The Luxury of a Bottomless Bucket of Bandwidth For Georgia Schools

swell cio cio cio... (117 comments)

I'm happy for all those CIOs with all that bandwidth. Deliriously happy. But wait, has there ever been a CIO who didn't have lots of bandwidth compared to average people?

Tell me about the real people who benefit from this. The college students, high school students, government employees, etc. Oh, that's for the future? So why are we reading this on slashdot?

about three weeks ago

AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

swell Re:capitals ? (230 comments)

Have a look at Google news where headlines from many newspapers and journals are reproduced. You won't see many publishers capitalizing every single word.

"Proper English"? Your journalism text is from a different century. My copy of The Associated Press Stylebook (2005), says this: "*capitalization* In general, avoid unnecessary capitals. Use a capital letter only if you can justify it by one of the principles listed here." - I cannot find an exception for headlines.

about three weeks ago

AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

swell capitals ? (230 comments)

" AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks "

Is there some good reason to start every word with Caps?

Perhaps it would be even more helpful to title stories this way:


  - Or maybe you should just use caps where needed.

about three weeks ago

War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

swell Re:so 1900s ... (290 comments)

I don't understand. Are you saying that we should continue building expensive mechanical weapons and ignore the threat of chemical and bio weapons? How do you bomb someone into the stone age when they live in your community?

about three weeks ago

War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

swell so 1900s ... (290 comments)

Hypersonic weapons, rail guns, tanks, naval vessels, drones ... all are expensive relics of another century. If the goal is to kill, there are better, cheaper ways for which there is no current defence.

Chemicals and bio weapons are so cheap, so easy to develop and distribute to large and small populations that any money spent on stupid hardware is a ridiculous waste. Any college student (much less an angry mob or small nation) with some talent could wipe out a large population right now in 2015.

Those with the tech, money and talent should be thinking seriously about how to defend against these weapons. This is a new century- wake up!

about a month ago

Doppler Radar Used By Police To Determine Home Occupancy

swell Re:Please explain (139 comments)

You may be aware of the 'window tax' - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

In UK, France & Scotland property tax was based upon the number of windows extant. Tax assessors can be very creative, and avoiders too.

about a month ago

Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

swell Mission from God (755 comments)

Without such missions we would not have had the Blues Brothers. Think of all that we would have missed without the inspiration of a just and kind God.

It is not for us to say God is capricious when She puts airplanes in the ocean and sets fire to ocean going vessels. We are not qualified to judge It when It chooses to rain ebola, aids and a thousand pestilences upon the poorest people on the planet. Our place is to be grateful for the benevolence of our Lord and Master, to be thankful that we are not smote even as we tap our undeserving fingers on the keyboard.


about a month ago

High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

swell M&Ws are OK? (85 comments)

Maria, for those who haven't heard the sad tale, was a dedicated employee at the M&M factory. She got up early every morning, packing the 5 children off to school, and bracing herself for the arduous bus ride to work. Despite her best efforts she was fired from her desperately needed job. Her only failure seems to have been that she dutifully discarded the 'W' candies that passed her inspection station.

about a month ago

Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

swell but they ARE toys (114 comments)

No government decree will convince people that a cheap laser pen is not a toy.

Are lasers not also dangerous to airline passengers? Of the 60 cases of 'laser interference' how many were blinded or otherwise injured? And why are Finnish pilots looking out the window?

about a month ago

What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

swell Re:Old (628 comments)

I am a creative writer. Like a fine artist or a serious music composer I will not be displaced easily. But I depend upon serious consumers. If you are satisfied with pop art, pop music, pop video ... I am lost. I, we, require discriminating patrons to exist.

The trick here is that algorithms will discover ways to fake art, music, performance in a way that seems natural. You will find compelling elements in artificially generated 'art' and be tempted to abandon real human experience.

Real human experience will be supplanted with programs that cleverly emulate the type of story that mathematically elicits the best response from readers. You will need me and other real humans to document your descent from valued individuals who provide useful services to those who suck resources from the economic totality.

Genuine human sensitivity trumps algorithms sometimes!

about a month ago

Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

swell Re:Opposite of the reaction they should have (589 comments)

Not so much an opposite reaction but ...

The tragedy here is not the fate of Sony or the movie or the movie-going public. It is the people who live in North Korea and their suffering.

What if every citizen of the free world displayed a bumper sticker or t-shirt that displayed the words "Kim Jong Un has a teeny weeny", along with appropriate artwork? Even better if done in Korean and other languages. [I can't take credit for this ridiculous idea as a similar one was already used]

Repressive regimes rarely exhibit a robust sense of humor. I believe the people of N Korea would quickly become aware of the campaign and maybe they would be inspired to see their leader in a new light. Maybe they would act toward change. That would surely inspire the rest of the world to help the citizens of North Korea.

about a month ago



be very afraid: X-ray view of old Sol

swell swell writes  |  about a month ago

swell (195815) writes "For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken its first picture of the sun, producing the most sensitive solar portrait ever taken in high-energy X-rays.

This first solar image from NuSTAR demonstrates that the telescope can in fact gather data about sun. And it gives insight into questions about the remarkably high temperatures that are found above sunspots — cool, dark patches on the sun. Future images will provide even better data as the sun winds down in its solar cycle."

Link to Original Source

CIA torture report due- criticized by Republicans

swell swell writes  |  about a month and a half ago

swell (195815) writes "On the eve of the release of a long-awaited Senate report on the use of torture by the U.S. government, the Obama administration and its Republican critics clashed Monday over the wisdom of making it public..."
Link to Original Source

don't say "42"

swell swell writes  |  more than 2 years ago

swell writes "I'm preparing a concise video that considers the question "What is the meaning of life?" I've read some historical perspectives (see Wikipedia) and some modern ideas, but you, an enlightened member of the Slashdot elite, are bound to have a more interesting angle. If you can link to sound, pics, video or essays that illustrate your thoughts, so much the better. If you have the ultimate answer we will all be grateful and worship at your feet."

time is relative

swell swell writes  |  more than 2 years ago

swell writes "Again I am confused by the dates posted with /. stories and elsewhere. I know that Euros and Amers use dates differently but that's no excuse. There is a logical way to present dates that is universal in the digital age: YYMMDD. No need for hyphens or slashes. Add HHMMSS if you like. This works well for me and my file storage system that unerringly sorts dates correctly while minimizing keystrokes and character counts. It will work well for you if you take a few minutes to think about it. So let's get our sh*t together around the world and do the right thing."

Apple does it again

swell swell writes  |  about 6 years ago

swell writes "The Onion reports on a dramatic new development from Apple — the keyboardless laptop. A step forward from the traditional iPod interface and the multi-touch iPhone screen. But wait, there's more!

The keyboardless laptop is just a temporary measure while Apple and an unnamed government agency work out the bugs in the Macintosh brain implant still being alpha tested on some Guantanamo 'volunteers'.

Currently it is limited to blasting punk music into their brains 24 hours a day but they expect to be able to add raunchy porn mixed with humorous depictions of Mohammad in the near future.

Game developers are already preparing some vivid shoot-em-up adventures for the US release of the MindBook. With a high speed internet connection it will be possible to incorporate a select 38% of the entire internet into a normal human brain. Email will not be necessary as users will have direct and continuous access to the minds of other users.

Add to this an intuitive Google search function for instant access to The Onion and similar life enhancing knowledge and you have the next evolutionary step in the addictive Mac experience.

Compulsory use of the MindBook will not be required until approximately 2011 according to current Dept. of Homeland Security plans. The IRS is pushing for an earlier mandate. Exemptions will be allowed for government authorities, of course."

'surveillance society' explored on PBS TV

swell swell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

swell writes "In the US, Public Broadcasting will air "The Last Enemy" set in London & Romania. Personal drama mixes with social paranoia. Episodes run from Oct. 5 — Nov. 2, 2008 and can be seen online shortly after each airing. UK & other viewers may have additional local options. I thought it would be nice to announce this BEFORE the first episode despite the risk that it might stink.


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