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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tekrat I've never understood this... (363 comments)

They don't want the kids to learn science or even mention things like evolution... Is their religion on such shaky grounds that it can't stand up to some critical thinking?

Why not then have chemistry class where two potentially explosive chemicals are mixed and the teacher tells the students "Don't worry, if your heart is pure and Allah is with you, it will not explode!"

As Dr. Tyson says -- science is true whether you believe it or not. The explosion will happen no matter what you think of Allah.

Allah doesn't protect *anyone* from a bomb or a bullet. So, what exactly is the point of learning about him/it, instead of learning math, which is actually a useful subject?

The moment you ban teaching something, it's usually because it's pretty easy to prove what bullshit your particular religion is, whether it be Christian or Muslim.

Texas Republicans don't seem to be any better, BTW.

1 hour ago

WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tekrat BREAKING (192 comments)

*BOTH* Boeing and SpaceX have won contracts. Only SNC is out of the race... Apparently NASA doesn't like the Dreamchaser, but they are ready to rock and roll with both capsule designs.


WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tekrat Translation... (192 comments)

Boeing paid off the right people.

SpaceX aside, Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser was a better design all around. Essentially the X-20 DynaSoar, it's cheaper, re-usable, and fits the mission. The only advantages for the Capsule design of Boeing and SpaceX is that the mission can be expanded with the same hardware for Moon/Mars missions, and that said, I think SpaceX had the better design -- this contract going to Boeing is a mistake all-around.


Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

tekrat Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Yeah, I couldn't remember Kozmo's name fast enough for a quick post... Damn, it's been almost 15 years!

2 days ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

tekrat Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Urban Fetch was this exact same idea in NYC, and it died a horrible death during the web 1.0 collapse. Does no one remember these things??

2 days ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

tekrat The big question is 'why' ? (324 comments)

Isn't Minecraft last week's news? The time to buy them was before the minecraft bubble. Now it's too late. That's like buying Tesla *after* the market for high-end electric cars has been saturated. Unless this developer has a new trick up their sleeve (unlikely); they aren't going to be creating anything bigger than what they already have. They are on their way down, not on their way up. So the buy makes no sense to me, except as another asset to sell off later, when MS is against the ropes and slowly dying. MS seems to constantly be throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks. That's not a sound policy.

2 days ago

China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

tekrat Gravity Predition Come True (100 comments)

The Movie "Gravity" had Sandra Bullock aiming for a Chinese Space Station which she ultimately uses to get home. Fuuny thing is; when the movie was made, I scoffed at the Chinese Space Station for being "sci-fi"; but it looks like they got me, and there will indeed be such a station (but no Space Shuttle, sorry George Clooney!).

So, Gravity was right!

about a week ago

The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

tekrat check writing equipment... (160 comments)

how did the scammers get professional check writing equipment? Did they buy it on craigslist with a fake check??

about two weeks ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

tekrat ironic (260 comments)

that's ironic, considering nevada has some of the cheapest electricity rates in the country, because of the hoover dam.

about two weeks ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

tekrat We paid for that crap, where's my REFUND? (448 comments)

Every nut and bolt of American Military Hardware was paid for with MY TAX MONEY. And now we are blowing it up because our own military is too freaking lazy to collect their own shit when they leave a country.

So, we are spending money to blow up our own money.

The Pentagon/Military Industrial Complex is a self-running money-spending machine that cannot be stopped. They add nothing of value to our country and only destroy money and lives. The more we spend, the more we fuck up the planet. Theoretically; infinite money == destruction of the world.

ISIS isn't the enemy. We are. We have met the enemy and it is us. Even if ISIS disappeared tomorrow, we'd invent another enemy to replace them. Because without an enemy, the MIC can't function. It's a monster that needs to be fed, and we're happy to feed it because America Fuck Yeah!

Anyhow, trillions of tax dollars down the tube. And yet the GOP wants to complain about the cost of Obamacare. Fucking shysters. Where's my needless war refund?

about two weeks ago

Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

tekrat Hexidecimal (169 comments)

Did he also decide to produce the Hex output that is entirely useless and without merit? I understand that's for debugging purposes, but who decided that was a good idea to leave in for a consumer-level OS? Seriously.

about two weeks ago

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

tekrat Any advice for actual geeks? (226 comments)

I have watched the show off an on, I somehow missed the first three seasons entirely -- but as a rather "normal" geek (I have a social life beyond playing D&D and videogames, I even work on cars and ride a motorcycle) -- I have to ask if you can offer any advice about scoring a smoking hot chick on the level of Penny -- I fail to see what it is Leonard offers in the relationship that appeals to Penny, other than complete monogamy.

She is simply so out of his league in terms of looks that ironically, that's the portion of the show I find the most hilarious. The real world simply doesn't work that way and I challenge you to find an example to prove me wrong (excluding billionaires, of course, we all know a fat wallet makes you more attractive).

about two weeks ago

After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

tekrat Child porn site 4chan has a policy? (134 comments)

I'll believe it when I see it.

4chan has been the site most noted for "to be raided by the FBI', and how they've managed to stay in business all this time frankly has me scratching my head.

about two weeks ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

tekrat dumb as fuck celebrities (311 comments)

Your life is already under a microscope. You can't go to the supermarket without a crew from TMZ following you and paparazzi are camped out on your lawn.... just how freaking stupid do you have to be to post nude pics of yourself to the cloud?

I'm going to start a consulting agency to the stars, called "Common Sense", and get paid to distribute my common sense to people who obviously have none of their own.

Here's a free tip: If you don't want nude pics of yourself spread to the web, don't take nude pics of yourself!

about two weeks ago

Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

tekrat Why does it take so long? (211 comments)

I mean seriously, look at the SLS, it's almost entirely composed of re-used space shuttle parts. It has the main engines on the bottom of the tank re-purposed from the shuttle. it has solid rocket boosters which already exist from the shuttle -- it entirely looks like it could be cobbled together in a few month's time because it uses almost entirely existing components.

So what exactly requires so many years to make it al work when it's all basically existing tech from the shuttle? I hate to say this, but this ain't rocket science.

about two weeks ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

tekrat A bit less than 10 years ago (848 comments)

We were busy having our asses kicked by a couple of towel-heads in a foxhole. The multi-trillion dollar juggernaut of the US Military was having it's head handed to them by some IEDs and a few snipers. We couldn't fight a guerilla war with all that cold-war training, and it was already stressing our military.

Furthermore, you're missing the entire point of 10 years ago. There was no PROFIT in nuclear striking Russia. Dick Cheney wasn't interested in attacking anyone he couldn't steal money from on both sides, that's why North Korea was ignored, and Iraq was invaded.

Striking Russia wouldn't do anything except isolate the US from the rest of the world, as we'd be responsible for a Billion deaths, and we'd be spending all our time even now defending ourselves from every other country on Earth, and we'd be starving and bankrupt because China would have cut us off.

about three weeks ago

FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

tekrat MOD THIS UP (98 comments)

This is the ACTUAL summary of the article. At the very least, this is the summary that *should* be posted to the Slashdot, that translates the shit-speak the media writes into technical jargon that Slashdot readers should expect from "news for nerds".

Otherwise Slashdot is a mere shill for other crap media with their crap reporting with zero journalistic integrity. Facts be damned, protect the status quo.

about three weeks ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

tekrat They'd better learn Android... (251 comments)

Windows is on its way out, and soon everyone will be using a Mobile OS -- the scammers will IM you and claim they need to connect to your tablet or phone to remove malware.

Or have I just come up with the next great thing(tm)?

about three weeks ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

tekrat Link has no map? (158 comments)

It links to an article that wants you to click a lot more before you ever get to any map. What the hell ever happened to accessing information on the web, as opposed to clicking just on a bunch of ads?

Imagine a world where global advertising has eliminated all information, never mind censorship. That world has already happened.

about three weeks ago

51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

tekrat Because password policy is BORKED. (117 comments)

This is an example of a good password at my company "m7Rx2NqU" -- that's an unrecognizable jumble of characters that only a computer could love, but never a human.

I'd prefer to use "correcthorsebatterystaple" (ala XKCD), but my company's password policies do not let me use a pass phrase, but a jumble of numbers, letters and uppercase.

about a month ago



Facebook IOS latest update broken

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about a year and a half 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."

Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about 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."
Link to Original Source

Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about 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."
Link to Original Source

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 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!"

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 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."



Anybody know how to use this thing

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 9 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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