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Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Underground Ocean

telchine Re:In a perfect world (51 comments)

In my perfect world, everybody would care and I'd have seen this in the morning news.

It's yesterday's news, so it would be stale by this morning. Or do you read dead trees?

BBC had it on the front page last night.

about two weeks ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

telchine Re:play their game by their rules (99 comments)

Sometimes I go by the handle "a vehicle". Then when I kill someone, their screen says "you were killed by a vehicle". OMG how funny is that???!?!!!???!!! Sometimes even after the 100th time, I'm still falling off my chair, it's friggin' hilarious. I'm like the funniest dude in Halo with my supreme original sharp humor! OMG how 1337 am I?!?!!!!!

about two weeks ago

11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

telchine Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

There are still signs around the all of the pumps here banning use of a cell phone in a filling station. The current reasons is because they could cause a spark. Is there any evidence of this, or is it another feeling that's become true by repetition?

Well, as they say... no smoke without fire :p

about 2 months ago

11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

telchine Re:Low Frequency (180 comments)

Sadly I lost my ham license while immigrating to a new country. I should really go get it sorted

You can do it online ;-)


about 2 months ago

Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

telchine Re:Wait... (81 comments)

You're posting this comment on a site that was once called "Chips and Dips".

It's still called Chips and Dips for me. I hated the change, so I resisted it as part of the FuckSlashdot campaign. I set up a personal proxy to automatically rebrand each page load back to Chips and Dips and it's been like that ever since!

about 2 months ago

Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands

telchine Re:Recent studies (118 comments)

I tip my hat to the Dutch judges or politicians who reserve judgement

Judges that reserve judgement? That's just ridiculous, not to mention selfish!

If I were a judge I'd hand out judgement freely to anyone who asked for it. Hell, even some who didn't! I'd be dedicated to my job!

about 3 months ago

IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

telchine Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

for the money you got a lot more than the other home computers: a floppy drive, a computer that had a real operating system, 128K of RAM!

This reads like a marketing thing for IBM. Do you work there? Have you been locked in the basement for 30 years. Dude, the year is 2014, IBM has long since become irrelevant in the home PC market. You can go home. Are they still paying you the salary?

Wikipedia says it only had 64KB RAM. The article says the Commodore 64 was half the price. Maybe that's why it failed.

Go get a job at Dell or something?

about 3 months ago

Robots Test Their Own World Wide Web

telchine Re: Bad idea (64 comments)

Bad idea? You mean that if someone passes purposefully incorrect or dangerous data into their RoboCloud that all of them will have access to this poisoned data at once?

Ah, but they've already figured this out. Only robots are allowed to upload to the RoboWeb. Users have to complete a CAPTCHA. If they get it right then they must be human and are therefore blocked from uploading.

about 3 months ago

Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

telchine Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Personally, I'd be all for some (rational) TV or poster ads that said something like "cycling without a helmet? You're X times more likely to get a head injury"

The problem with that is that X = 0

Studies have shown that pedestrians are about as likely to get a head injury as cyclists.

Campaigns like the one you're up for suggest that cycling is dangerous - It isn't. Cyclists live longer than car drivers. TV and poster ads should be getting that message across if anything.

about 3 months ago

Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

telchine Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

You quote a known kook site like cyclehelmets and you give thanks for being rational?

Ad hominem, much?

about 3 months ago

Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

telchine Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Because it's the law in civilised nations such as Australia and New Zealand.

In the United Kingdom. HEAT suggests that a law making helmets compulsory for cyclists may result in an overall increase in 253 premature deaths – 265 extra deaths from reduced cycling less 12 deaths saved among the reduced pool of cyclists receiving fatal head injuries.


I for one am glad that I live in a rational nation, rather than one of the civilised ones which you mention!

about 3 months ago

The Other Exam Room: When Doctors 'Google' Their Patients

telchine Re:Just have to have the right name. (231 comments)

On a side note, a question to the grammar Nazis. When using the word "Google" as a verb, should the first character be capitalized?

Not usually. However in the title it's correct to capitalize each word.

about 3 months ago

There's Kanye West-Themed Crypto-Currency On the Way

telchine Re:Good grief... (237 comments)

Vanilla Ice Ice Babycoins!

about 3 months ago

NASA Testing Lighter Space Suits For Asteroid Work

telchine Re:Return to a space suit design of the 1960s (54 comments)

Do you really have to make a Giant Pert Chart that lists the entire future of the NASA space mission,

1. Walk on the moon
2. ???
3. Profit!

about 4 months ago

Global Biological Experiment Generates Exciting New Results

telchine Re:Very poorly written article... (340 comments)

The article makes it sound as if the crows are themselves acquiring genetic modifications giving them resistance to antibiotic compounds. However, it is the bacteria inhabiting the crows intestine that have acquired the antibiotic resistance genes, not the crows themselves.

There's only one solution: stone the crows!

about 5 months ago

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

telchine Re:idiot (328 comments)

if he doesn't file, he can then be arrested on tax evasion

Yeah, he's wanted for international espionage. I'm sure a charge of tax evasion doesn't bother him! What are they going to threaten him with next? A speeding ticket? Jaywalking? Littering?

about 6 months ago

Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

telchine Re:IT support (328 comments)

"IT support. Have you tried turning the NSA tapping device off and on again?"

"Hello my name's Edward Snowden. I can help you today. I can see you tried switching it off and switching it off again but the password you just entered is not the one we have on file."

about 6 months ago


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