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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

tekrat Convert an existing B-52 (290 comments)

After all, they are expected to be flying for *another* 50 years....

yesterday
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

tekrat Re:The bank I work for would just love this. (382 comments)

Apparently; the FBI wants their cut of the insider trading and rampant fraud happening at most banks.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

tekrat How are we any different? (206 comments)

American *has* to have the biggest military on Earth.

We spend more on "defense" than the next 10 countries combined. We have spent more on a single fighter plane program (the F-35, which still doesn't work), than the entire defense programs of most other nations on the planet.

We just have our 'infrastructure" in a different way. Instead of building, we're looking to destroy. So when other countries make roads and dams, we make bombs.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

tekrat Third World Status, Here We Come! (496 comments)

Nigeria is laughing at us. I'm waiting for other nations to start sending us foreign aid.

Surely, next time I look up the definition of irony in the dictionary, it will contain the quote "Ted Cruz heading Science Committee" -- or perhaps that's an oxymoron, like "Military Intelligence" or "Jumbo Shrimp".

about three weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

tekrat And for our ethnic customers... (426 comments)

The Chevy "Oy-GeValt"...

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all day.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

tekrat sideboob (490 comments)

Slashdot's geek cred might go up a little if they dedicated some space to sideboob. They are admittedly aiming for the lowest common denominator.

Let's face it, since Taco sold it, it's never been the same. But what are you gonna do? Unless you're prepared to buy Slashdot from the current owners, or make your own competing website, I think this is still the best we've got. The stories are crap, but the comments out there shows me there's still a lot of good people who frequent this place. That's what I come here for.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

tekrat Slow Slashdot (490 comments)

As usual here, by the time they get a story up on the site; the news is over/changed/useless. Hostage takers are already dead. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

tekrat Hello, Big Bank Here.... (189 comments)

And we are running an IBM Mainframe. Yes, it's been upgraded to zOS, but it's fully OS360 compatible and I regularly review Cobol code with comments going back to 1980. There's been a push from above to use the Control_M "GUI" interface, but a lot of the folks here are resistant, since we have faster and better control via the terminal (sorta like GUI versus Command Line).

And yes, my Windows workstation is simply a glorified terminal as I spend all day logged in to the mainframe itself (green screen apps).

about three weeks ago
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Space Policy Guru John Logsdon Has Good News and Bad News On NASA Funding

tekrat That will change very shortly.... (78 comments)

All the Chinese have to do is land a man on the moon -- even if it's a one-way trip -- and NASA's budget will skyrocket when they believe that the Chinese will have the high ground. It will become a defense program -- and you KNOW those have unlimited money, even from Republicans... hell, especially Republicans.

about three weeks ago
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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

tekrat So, why aren't we all dead? (70 comments)

I keep hearing that Gamma Rays are deadly, even a star 100 light years away can kill all life on earth. So, how are we producing these bursts without extinguishing life on Earth?

about a month and a half ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

tekrat So Happy.... (116 comments)

At first I thought the Swedish Police had shut down Michael Bay....

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

tekrat Re:How to stop it? Just stop it. (515 comments)

You're obviously not black.
Using words like that is "resisting arrest", and if you're lucky, you'll only be tazed and beaten to bloody pulp and maybe only lose your eyesight. If you're unlucky, you'll be choked to death, shot, or beaten to death or perhaps all three.

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

tekrat And if you're black.... (207 comments)

The cop will shoot you dead while you are reaching for your cell phone....

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

tekrat Microsoft must be laughing.... (250 comments)

"Itunes ain't done 'till RealPlay won't run..."
A real bitch to be a monopoly, ain't it?

about 2 months ago
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

tekrat This article is over a year old! (110 comments)

Guys, I saw this on "60 minutes" over a year ago. Seriously. Seriously. Give up Slashdot and let someone who actually gives a fuck run it instead. Seriously. How much do you want to sell it for? I'm ready to change careers and I could run this site blindfolded better than you guys. Please. Sell. You don't know what you're doing and you're one step away from losing the entire audience.
Please sell.

about 2 months ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

tekrat And that's not the only thing.... (189 comments)

After some of the post I made on Facebook, I automatically had profiles of me created by the FBI and the NSA. And dating sites as well, I suppose.....

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

tekrat Anonymous (119 comments)

I think it's high time Anonymous hijacked the auction and simply take the bitcoins. It would serve the Feds right to have happen to them, what they essentially did to Silk Road.

Since the money isn't "real", nothing of value was taken.

about 2 months ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

tekrat Re:Great plot (77 comments)

Counting cards in Vegas is already terribly simple. Robots would never be allowed in a casino.

about 2 months ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

tekrat Stayed there for final shuttle launch (47 comments)

The hotel I stayed at was literally the worst hotel I have ever stayed at, and I've been to some crapholes. My friend with me wouldn't even sleep in the bed unless we first ran to a store and bought all kinds of bug sprays and disinfectants. Even the clean towels were dirty. Half the buildings were already boarded up.

And it was all worth is because we had a good time at the Space Park (which was like $65 to get in), and the launch of STS135 was awesome, even if it was a bit cloudy. There's a nice Air Museum there, we got to fly in the Military version of the DC-3 (C-47?), which gave us a nice aerial view of NASA.

But Titusville itself? The craphole of crapholes. There was almost nothing left to the town when I was there and that was more than 2 years ago. My guess was the hotel was going to be burned down after we left to claim the insurance. Another guest found a 9mm pistol in the parking lot and asked us if she should turn it in to the police -- as if that was a question!

It seems to me that the entire town depends upon tourism, and there simply isn't anything there other than NASA, which is now a shadow of it's former self. And tourism isn't something a town should depend upon, just ask those towns along Route 66.

about 3 months ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

tekrat Haters Gonna Hate (178 comments)

I have an iPhone, but I also have an Asus Android tablet. I find advantages and flaws in both, and I use each device to its own strengths.

I also need to say that I was recently in an Apple store and found the iPad mini's screen to be very nice, much sharper than my Asus, but then again, the Asus was very cheap.

For casual browsing and making snide comments on facebook, it's perfectly fine. With a blutooth keyboard, it's even a nice SSH terminal. I don't do high-end computing on my tablet, and my phone is pretty much relegated to text messages, phone calls, photos, and the occasional need to access an app in an emergency. I'm not glued to my screen like most other people I know.

Android and iOS are both 'ok' -- neither is perfect, but frankly, the religious wars about operating system on your phone reminds me of the chatter between Atari users and Commodore users on Bulletin Board systems (showing my age here!).

about 3 months ago

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Facebook IOS latest update broken

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about 2 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "If you're thinking of downloading the latest update to the Facebook App for your Apple IOS device, don't! Although the new "chat heads" feature sounds appealing, the newsfeed is completely broken, resulting in a grey screen with the "rotating flower" indicating it's trying to load the newsfeed, but never actually does. Nice job beta-testing there, facebook."
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Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "A business controlled by Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp., sued 11 companies including Google Inc., Apple Inc. and EBay Inc., saying they infringed patents on Web-based technology. AOL Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Google’s YouTube were also named, according to a statement today from Allen’s Interval Licensing LLC. Interval Licensing owns the patents of a defunct computer science and communications research company Allen and David Liddle founded in 1992, according to the statement."
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Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only 47 years old and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two people had mentioned Kon's passing, though those two people are trustworthy members of the anime industry: the President of Madhouse Studios (Mindgame) and one of the founding members of Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Now it has been confirmed that Kon has passed away. He died of cancer."
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tekrat writes "We've had PC case mods aplenty. They are now boring unless they are really off the wall, but hey, what about your PC's accessories? Here's a guy that decided to modify the case to his new bluetooth optical mouse, and house it in something much more classy — a SUN type 3 optical mouse. Now all he needs to do is modify the keyboard as well. Not only is the link a decent hardware hack, it shows a bit of computing history as well. That optical mouse with the bright red LED in it you're using right now was invented before most of the people reading this story were born!"
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tekrat writes "The ZENN all-electric car, manufactured by a Canadian company is going to be powered, not by batteries, but by a new type of ultracapacitor created by EEStor of Austin Texas. What's unique about this is that their claims about the storage capacity and the recharge ability of their product could make regular batteries obsolete (9 minute recharge time, provides 52 kilowatt-hours, sustaining a million charge/discharge cycles before needing replacement). Although the ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) car is a low-speed neighborbood grocery-getter, it's obvious that EEStor is looking to create a storage system using their technology (patent application US 20040071944A1) for an all-electric high-speed car that could free many economies from fossil fuels. EEStor seems to be on to something here — even if their product does 50% of what they claim, it's pretty revolutionary and could potentially change the world."

Journals

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Anybody know how to use this thing

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about 10 years ago

What the hell is the Journal for anyhow? What are we supposed to do with it? Write funny letters to each other?

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