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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

tommeke100 Re:1999 slashdot (263 comments)

15 years in between a dupe, that must be a record :)
I love how all the comments in those thread are by people with a 5 digits id or less.
Hats off to you, sir!

about two weeks ago

Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

tommeke100 It is your legal right under HIPAA (240 comments)

Under HIPAA regulation (The Privacy Rule to be exact), you have the right to make changes to innacurate information of any PHI (Protected Health Information) they have about you.
So, yes, you may demand some information be removed by law, and they are legally obliged have a procedure in place for it.

about three weeks ago

FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

tommeke100 Big Brother is already watching you (129 comments)

In Belgium, for a murder case, they checked the nearby cellular phone antenna and send all 1,400 phones connected at the time of the murder a message to look for witnesses (aka suspects).
I hope none of the innocent people will be in the vicinity of another one or two murders.

about a month ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

tommeke100 Mass-Effect series (292 comments)

Along the same line (and from the same company) are the Mass-Effect series.
But space-sci-fi instead of post-apocalypse.
Playing New Vegas at this moment, BTW.
What I love about these games is that you get 60-70 hrs of gameplay (still way short of my 260 hrs of Skyrim). Even GTA V felt way short with about 45 hrs (although I loved that game as well).
Plus, these games can be picked up for under 10$ on Ebay for the PS3.
Borderlands is next on my list.
What's the gameplay time to beat a FPS in single player mode? 10 hrs max ???

about a month ago

Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

tommeke100 false positives (264 comments)

... or chronic masturbators.

about a month and a half ago

John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

tommeke100 Re:That was the start (266 comments)

And it came on 4 floppies!

about a month and a half ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

tommeke100 Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (819 comments)

6'4" buddy here.
I always take an aisle seat which gives me the chance to stretch my legs whenever I want too.
If you travel for work, flights are often booked late so you may not have the chance of choosing your seat.
However, I don't mind for short flights (2 hrs). Transantlantic flights (+8hrs) are hell.

about a month and a half ago

The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

tommeke100 lawnmowers (116 comments)

Indeed. People are now complaining the cars actually sound like lawnmowers. It's not the high-screeching sounds anymore.
I like the new sound actually.

about 2 months ago

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

tommeke100 Re:I did it first ! (182 comments)

So have you gained any super-powers?

about 2 months ago

Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

tommeke100 Re:An improvement (107 comments)

I installed and used it and it's still slow as hell, Youtube doesn't work at all, the CPU still maxes out.
On a side note, I do have the 256mb rasb-pi, so maybe it requires the 512mb version to work well?

Oh well, I just went back to playing MAME and beat "The Punisher" arcade game instead :p

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

tommeke100 Re:Just wait a little (294 comments)

I second this.
I've installed different flavors of Linux (including Ubuntu, since you're looking for something desktop friendly) on 32-bit computers (old aspire one, old Pentium 4 with old video and sound card) and haven't had any issues at all with motherboards (and most other things).

If you're in doubt, most distros now have a live CD/DVD so you can always test it out before installing. Of course this entails that you have access to the motherboard in the first place.

about 2 months ago

Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

tommeke100 Re:"Programmers" shouldn't write critical software (157 comments)

> How many people are going to be killed by C++ in the next decade?

Depends on how many missile launch systems, drones and other high-tech weaponry was implemented in C++.

about 2 months ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

tommeke100 Breaking Bad (247 comments)

In the mean time, they managed to cook the purest batch of meth yet known to men.

about 2 months ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

tommeke100 let me check... (260 comments)

My laptop, my Playstation 3, my smartphone and "FBI surveillance Van #39". Oh, Interrupted system call

about a month ago

Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

tommeke100 original games? (113 comments)

Those original games are blatant rip-offs as well.
Angry Birds? Flappy Birds? I had similar games on my C64 and those were probably already copies of similar games on Atari and earlier computers.
Except for the eye-candy, these games could be programmed by anyone taking a basic programming/gaming 101 course.

about 2 months ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

tommeke100 Re:What about nursing?? (329 comments)

I don't think that's true.
In Belgium at least in the 90s med school was populated by more women than men (I'd say 2/3rd).
I would actually argue that where intelligent scientifically inclined men tend to choose engineering, the women tend to choose med school.

Med school is harder than nursing school as well. I'm sure the women that are smart enough to go for med school won't just settle for nurse. And respect is due for nurses as well, it's a tough job.

about 2 months ago

Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

tommeke100 Re:I'm wondering about protocol (130 comments)

When you're blocking everything, you're blocking nothing.
Instead of having a clear view of what was on the mind of students, these students will now use anonymous proxies, vpn , tor and the like to still access this content.
In turn, the university will have lost control or at least oversight of what the students were actually accessing.

about 2 months ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

tommeke100 Re:good (364 comments)

Jamie and Adam won't be seeking work after Mythbusters? Jamie is 57 and Adam is actually only 47 years old ! Unless Mythbusters runs until they're 80, I'm sure they'll be looking for other gigs after this one. There is no retirement age in media, unless you're physically unfit to do the job or nobody wants you anymore.

about 2 months ago

Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

tommeke100 income (371 comments)

average salary software developer in the US is 98k.
average business manager is 48k.
We might not get the respect we think we deserve, but the stats don't lie about our income.

about 2 months ago


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