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Disney Closes LucasArts

toppromulan Maniac Mansion (299 comments)

Did they seriously just post some assorted Lucas Arts titles and not include Maniac Mansion UR COMING WITH ME, CRATER-HEAD!!

about a year and a half ago
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Tycho Deep Space: a DIY, Open Source, Manned Spacecraft

toppromulan Re:Love it (85 comments)

garage hot rodding would have new remote implications with my idea i post below :) ha ha good times friend, i'll have to bring this up on the sims social forums now, see if we can get some sim-space missions theme peace

about 3 years ago
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Tycho Deep Space: a DIY, Open Source, Manned Spacecraft

toppromulan this makes me think of non-biological passengers. (85 comments)

The abstract makes me imagine.. you know how people book out time on the telescopes in Arizona, Now all the cool kids go on NewEgg and buy a couple of NBPs running NetBSD! shoot it out unplug the house mic and let 'er go! Build some contraptions that shoot pictures and the (within tolerances) direction / attitude / vector / rotation you want the contraption disembarked at, load them up on a public space shuttle deal and a company could disperse them into space from on board. Hmm! And of course the contraptions run NetBSD! lol They could take pictures, and imagine the delight as the customer's latency increased as they plunged farther and farther into the outer reaches! And if it gets lots whoops! The point is it rocked! They could guide their selves with some onboard compressed air and solar action too. Excellent, it really is 2011 isn't it!

about 3 years ago
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Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google Chase 'Got Milk?' Patents

toppromulan Re:Good God... (250 comments)

To manufacture a system with similar effects as an existing system, but somehow yours is better internally or comes about in a better fashion, I don't know. I cry foul on the very notion of prior art really. To the tigers in the zoo, Madeline was like "POO POO". It seems like the inverse operation doesn't hold up. Engineer 1 invents a broadcast light source, the camp light, patents it and who would want to be walking around with a candle on a plate eh, eh? This is easier than moving your smoking coal fire. Engineer 2 in the other valley lights up one of his hanging art pieces against the rock face and finds it lights up the whole area for an hour. Engineer 1 sues engineer 2 for infringing on prior art of broadcasting light, and has all these people backing him up since the camp light sales just went way down who want their money. That's how I see it and that's why I just duff around and put stuff in the public domain explicitly if anything, generally.

about 3 years ago
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Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google Chase 'Got Milk?' Patents

toppromulan Re:Good God... (250 comments)

Ja I was thinking like, doesn't having a passenger in the car who sees the store and reminds you we're out of milk at home fall under prior art? *facepalm* What'll they patent next, a sign for a urinal that reminds you to kind of lean into the urinal to save on splatter?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

toppromulan the corbomite maneuver (368 comments)

Like many of younger generations, one of the best first ways I learned the skill of the bluff was watching The Corbomite Maneuver. And the weak encryption strategy appeals especially to the truly geeky audiences. Has The Corbomite Maneuver strategy shown analogues in any real life situations for you, or can you regale us of any humorous anecdotes pertaining to The Corbomite Maneuver? Everybody's talking about.. The Corbomite Maneuver! If nothing else, make sure that ghostly alien prop prop shows up on the Conan O'Brien show next time you have a cameo :). Ha ha ha.

more than 3 years ago
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Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults

toppromulan placebo? (82 comments)

So what was the placebo in this study, twiddling your thumbs? :)

more than 3 years ago
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Timezone Maintainer Retiring

toppromulan Re:where are the comments? (198 comments)

I keep refreshing, but there are no comments.

why don't you RTFA?

they're too busy reading `man zic`!

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Guy Takes the Hardest Job At Microsoft

toppromulan Re:Sounds Familiar... (325 comments)

Yeah I was just wondering about that; I interviewed for that team with Robbins/Hilf etc. There was a bunch of publicity about Hilf's "coopetetive" / "coopetition" ideas etc. Doesn't seem to be much fresh news on the subject on a quick search. Personally, I went back to ignoring Microsoft and things worked out A-OK! :)

more than 3 years ago
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Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?

toppromulan Re:if the bat is on the tank... (422 comments)

Good point there. My first thought was I hope it was a real bat and not a replica full of bomb or something.

more than 5 years ago
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February 13th, UNIX Time Will Reach 1234567890

toppromulan Re:Must be a slow news day.. (376 comments)

> why is 1234567890 such a special timestamp?

I would tender that because 1234567890 is ten times 0123456789. We're surrounded by decimal representations of number. Fascinating.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

toppromulan Wyoming scale? (877 comments)

540 million tons is already a half a billion. 1000 times it would be a half a trillion.

more than 5 years ago
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FBI Issues Code Cracking Challenge

toppromulan Why isn't it NSCDC.OFR rather than .OFZ? (222 comments)

Why isn't it NSCDC.OFR rather than .OFZ? It also seems odd that the Y=W instead of X=W. So I tried coded.htx and .htz but no page found, I guess they just silently log how cool you are. Of course my computations may be off. I think I started drinking a little too early this morning.

more than 5 years ago
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Interesting Uses For a USB LED Screen?

toppromulan chores around house (403 comments)

I was considering getting my wife one of these to hang over the kitchen entry to remind her of her to-do list items during the day. Of course, I might ssh in and display I LOVE YOU randomly as well. Ultimately I decided it was not a good Christmas present, as if a hint to do more chores. But, maybe randomly next month!

more than 5 years ago
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The Stigma of a Tech Support Background

toppromulan Look for a good company with internal opps (613 comments)

I had similar issues, for more years. I can tell you what I did. I got on in the support department of a company that I could tell actually had more going on in the same headquarters than just a call center, and eventually applied successfully into another department after working there a year or so. Good luck.

more than 6 years ago

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TCP half-open saves the Internet, the Earth

toppromulan toppromulan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Top Romulan writes "Today, in Intergalactic Headlines, as the planet Earth prepares for an oncoming fictional black hole which will slowly compact the entire planet Earth around it, shines a ray of hope on the last remaining moments of Internet connectivity and the human understanding of what is happening. As physical layer transmission mediums become subject to the fictional element dubbed black hole BH sub LHC1, the link layer will behave in an undefined manner and higher-level protocols may be affected. In particular, Transmission Control Protocol, the very basis by which many Slashdot readers share and absorb, may be affected in the following way. If one end of the connection disappears into the fictional entity BH sub LHC1, then your TCP connection state will be known as half-open. This corrects a common misconception, which can be understood thoroughly by viewing the latest wikipedia article on the subject, and its See Also section and history."
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