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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

thegameiam It's kind of long and meandering (796 comments)

But really, make sure The Bible is on the list. Actually having read it opens up a tremendous world of understanding of other art and literature, regardless of one's religion.

about 7 months ago
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Sci-Fi Great Frederik Pohl Passes Away At 93

thegameiam Re:In another universe (57 comments)

I loved that book. Also The Space Merchants, and pretty much anything of his I've encountered. One of the greats.

about a year ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

thegameiam Re: This does not inspire confidence in me (326 comments)

There has already been a metaphorical sequel: Christopher Nolan's "Inception". Look at how the ending worked, and the analogy is clear.

about a year ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

thegameiam Re: Noooooooooo! (326 comments)

I'd like "Radio Free Albemuth" or "The Man in the High Castle" myself (although I have an affection for "Eye in the Sky", it's too dated with the anti-communism shtick and updating it could easily wreck it).

about a year ago
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Interviews: Ask Freeman Dyson What You Will

thegameiam Favorite topic? (181 comments)

As someone who has made major contributions to multiple areas of knowledge, which has been your favorite, and why?

PS - I thought "Disturbing the Universe" and "From Eros to Gaia" were magnificent - thank you!

about a year ago
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Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

thegameiam Re:At you desk! (524 comments)

I'm curious where you work...

about a year ago
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Amazon Sells Out Predator Drone Toy After Mocking Reviews

thegameiam Re:Awesome (147 comments)

s/clip/magazine/

Precision when discussing controversial issues is a good thing. Doubly so when the controversial issue involves lethal weapons.

about a year and a half ago
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Draft of IPCC 2013 Report Already Circulating

thegameiam Re:Alien Civilizations (306 comments)

The islands of elite surrounded by starving peasants reminds me of Feintuch's Voices of Hope, or perhaps Tiptree's "Backward, Turn Backward." Brrr...

about a year and a half ago
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Australia's Biggest Telco Sold Routers With Hardcoded Passwords

thegameiam Re:Comcast routers (154 comments)

My complaint is that the comcast wireless router I was given doesn't let you disable the wireless! I have a much better Apple wireless router, and now this crummy one interferes with it. Grr...

about a year and a half ago
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The Painkiller That Saves Money But Costs Lives

thegameiam Re:Accidental overdose? (385 comments)

Absolutely true. I recently had a trauma which redefined my pain scale - it used to be that kidney stones and the EMG were the 9, while the spinal taps were about a 7. Now those are both 6, and the torsion was the 9. I only call it not a 10 because I have a particularly vivid imagination, and a 10 sounds like being drawn and quartered while alive, for instance...

more than 2 years ago
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Autism-Vax Doc Scandal Was Pharma Business Scam

thegameiam Re:Heh (541 comments)

Good catch, and for anyone playing along at home, gluten intolerance can manifest in much the same way. Gluten is present in barley, rye, wheat, oats, and spelt, and fortunately nowadays there are lots of products which are marketed "gluten free."

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Worm Claimed To Be Devastating In Iran

thegameiam Re:So what's the word, people. (390 comments)

well said, with very minor nitpick: s/other Arab/Arab/ - whether Iraq is an Arab country (or Persian country) depends on who you ask, but I don't know of anyone with any knowledge of Iranian history who would call Iran an Arab country.

I have no knowledge of who's responsible for the worm, but Steve Bellovin wrote about it very intelligently.

more than 3 years ago
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Ex-SF Admin Terry Childs Gets 4-Year Sentence

thegameiam Re:Technology / Hacking Laws (432 comments)

I live in Washington DC, and the jury selection process here does not exclude a lot of typical cases (eg lawyers: we have a lot per capita, and the remaining pool wouldn't be big enough). This led to me being on a medical malpractice case regarding a plaintiff who suffered from a condition that I myself have (tinnitus). I like to think that I rendered fair service anyway, but it's still a bit distressing.

more than 3 years ago
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Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

thegameiam Re:Before you do it (1186 comments)

I am still amazed that the five most important concepts in mathematics can be expressed in one equation with nothing extraneous. Just reword the equation as e^(i*pi) +1 = 0.

about 4 years ago
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Cutting Through the 4G Hype

thegameiam yo, G (283 comments)

Apple used 2G, 3G, etc to refer to their iPod generations for quite a while, and before that they used the Motorola G3 and G4 processors in Macs.

more than 4 years ago
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Lines of computer code written in my life:

thegameiam Router CLI code? (395 comments)

My answer would change dramatically if router CLI-configurations are considered "code."

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon

thegameiam Re:Can you hear us now? (214 comments)

Southwestern Bell + PacBell + SNET + Ameritech = SBC

SBC bought AT&T (LD) and changed its name to AT&T.

AT&T bought BellSouth and at that point owned 100% of Cingular, which was renamed to AT&T.

Therefore,

Southwestern Bell + PacBell + SNET + Ameritech + BellSouth + AT&T (LD) + Cingular = AT&T.

more than 4 years ago

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