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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

tekrat So, why aren't we all dead? (69 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?

2 days ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

tekrat So Happy.... (115 comments)

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

about a week 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

tekrat over 40 comments so far and no one (136 comments)

and no one has mentioned Daredevil?
Either turn in your geek cred cards, or admit that the Ben Affleck movie was so terrible that you've erased any mention of Daredevil from your minds....

about a month ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

tekrat how the banks will get their $3 billion back (208 comments)

Higher fees to customers, less interest, ATM fees, credit card fees, checking fees, yadda yadda yadda. Banks have ways to fleece people like crazy.

If you want to rob a bank, you need a gun. If you want to rob the world, you need a bank.

about a month and a half ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

tekrat So what will MH17 and MH370 give us? (236 comments)

Aside from headaches with the constant droning of CNN repeating ad infinitum "where is the missing plane"?

My guess is that these two planes will give us in-flight telemetry, essentially all-the-time black boxes writing data to servers. There was an air-france plane that crashed in the ocean a few years back and it took them more than a year to locate any wreckage.

I'm dubious we'll ever locate MH370, mostly because they are either looking in the wrong area or the area they are looking in is very inhospitable, even for ships at sea.

MH17 was shot down by Russian and/or Ukranian forces, and that's going to give us headaches just like KAL007 -- because its causing heated relations with the Russians.

Regardless, every crash is investigated and the root cause creates ripples that changes the entire industry. As a result, air travel is one of the safest ways to get around.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

tekrat Re:Just go to the event and mix in the discussion (1007 comments)

You must be new here. Do you think that no one has ever asked those people those very kinds of questions? When challenged to present their evidence for their claims, the bible is held up, and presented as "the word of the lord" and "all the evidence anyone would ever need", and then they fall back on "faith as evidence".

You cannot logically argue with asshats. They claim to already have *all the answers* and those answers are contained in the bible. And they believe that without question. They are as radicalized as any Taliban fighter, as any Christian abortion-clinic bomber, as any other ultra-religious nutcase.

You can either ridicule them or ignore them and hope they go away, or stomp them into the ground (like we're trying to do with ISIS), but you can't argue with them because their logic is circular. You might as well attempt arguing with a delusional mental patient.

They are lost causes, once they hold onto those convictions, they never let go, and will not even consider an alternative.

about 2 months ago
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How To View the Antares Launch

tekrat Re:Will be watching from Connecticut (36 comments)

If you're looking south/southwest, it should be no problem. I'll be at Eagle Rock Reservation in NJ, which faces New York City, but I can face south enough to catch a bit of it. The problem is I get out of work at 6:15pm, and can't get to any good vantage spots other than Eagle Rock by 6:45. Hoping for the best....

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

tekrat Good thing this didn't happen in USA (529 comments)

A gunman in a government building? In the USA there's be 100,000 cops, the national guard, a dozen tanks, 50 helicopters, CNN and Fox News screaming into the camera "OHMYGOD OHMYGOWD!!!!" and the area would be in lockdown for 72 hours at least and a hazmat crew sent in afterwards ---- all for one shooter with a .22 rifle.

about 2 months ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

tekrat in the *dessert* ???? (342 comments)

Seriously; are there people in this world that are getting PAID to administrate and edit Slashdot? If so, please sign me up for this sweet gig. If not; then I can understand this kind of sloppiness as it's just a hobby.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

tekrat Affluenza (839 comments)

Anyone who thinks that income inequality is not a bad thing has obviously never heard of Ethan Couch. When you're born into so much money that you think you can do whatever you want, you basically do... even kill people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

tekrat So, middle class screwed again. (839 comments)

This puts the highest burden on the middle class yet again. Everywhere from $30k to $150k, those people are paying the highest proportion of taxes.

Let me give you an example:
The lower middle class guy can only afford the $1 shoes. They are cheap enough, but only last one year and then need to be replaced.

The rich guy can afford the $10 shoes. Yes, they cost 10 times more than the cheap ones, but they have been made to last 20 years. Over time, you see, the rich guy will ultimately pay less for the better quality items, and as such, pay less in consumption taxes as well while the poor shmuck who can only afford the $1 shoes actually pays more for the product and more in taxes over time.

And not every rich person is Imedla Marcos.

about 2 months ago

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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."
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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  |  about 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."

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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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