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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

wideBlueSkies Babylon 4 (276 comments)

JMS,

If you had the chance, would you go back and do stories about the last great war, Valen, and the role that B4 actually played in the series history?

B4. I think i get it now. :)

Also, the future that was touched on in the last episodes, would you ever want to flesh that out?

And what DID happen to JS when he died and went beyond The Rim?

PS: Thank you for the finest show in Sci Fi history.

about 8 months ago
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Mars Express Orbiter Buzzes Martian Moon Phobos

wideBlueSkies Censored (39 comments)

What they aren't showing us are the huge half mechanical demons with rocket launchers grafted onto their arms........

about a year ago
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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

wideBlueSkies Re:Sensory deprivation tanks (332 comments)

I can use some peace and quiet. Get away from the phones ringing, users nagging, and CAR DEALERS TALKING IN MY FACE ABOUT $399 A MONTH on the radio.

about a year ago
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Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

wideBlueSkies Re:First world vs third world (234 comments)

You'd be surprised how desperate drug users can be when they need a fix.

about a year ago
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Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

wideBlueSkies Re:inconsiderate... (234 comments)

>>Why would people intentionally let their dog piss on your grass?

Because some people are selfish, just want to get their dog walk over with, and frankly don't give a shit.

about a year ago
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Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

wideBlueSkies Re:inconsiderate... (234 comments)

Flies man, flies. And it smells like shit.

I keep the dogs of my lawn with a few liberally spread mothballs. Works like a charm, and they are dirt cheap.

And when I feel like being a prick about it, I'll put down chili powder just before dog walking time.

about a year ago
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Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

wideBlueSkies Re:This is why (234 comments)

It's amazing what marinading for 24 hours will do to a meat.

about a year ago
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Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

wideBlueSkies Special Characters (299 comments)

Oh yeah.... I really love it when I go to a site and try to create a password with punctuation, and it gets kicked because the site doesn't support it.

Really????

I'm talking about some major sites... financial institutions too. Scary and unacceptable.

about a year ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

wideBlueSkies Re:CEOs are overrated (692 comments)

Reason # 1 to not use stock apple earbuds : They make it look like you have an Ipod in your pocket.
Reason # 2 to not use stock apple earbuds : They sound like complete crap.

Yeah yeah I know we're talking about mp3's and that the iPod audio out isn't the highest quality sound wise. But I swear by old school, black, Walkman style headphones, they look non iPod like, and sound great. A decent pair of Sony's set you back $45, and last forever.

(FWIW, the headphones that came with the first couple of original Walkmans sounded like crap too..... )

about a year ago
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Project Anonymizes Your Writing Style To Hide Your Identity

wideBlueSkies Re:Literature IS style! (103 comments)

>>Darth Vader played by Danny de Vito

Which is one reason why Spaceballs was so darned funny. Rik Moranis as Darth Helmet... almost the exact opposite of a James Earl Jones voice and style wise.

about a year ago
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MIT Students Release Code To 3D-Print High Security Keys

wideBlueSkies Obsolescence? (207 comments)

I for one would like to know when i can 3d print a buggy whip.

about a year ago
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HBO Says Game of Thrones Piracy Is "a Compliment"

wideBlueSkies I'd like to buy it today (447 comments)

I really would. Last night's episode. I just checked iTunes. It's not there.

Hello!!!! ?? HBO???? I'm willing to give you a couple of bucks... even to 'rent' a stream for a day. I'd very much like to watch your show, without subscribing to your channel.

Get it? I have money. I want to spend it, by giving it to you to watch your show. But you don't give me the option to do so. You lose. And because I can't do it now, and be able to talk to other viewers about the premere this week, I'm resentful and will be less likely to buy your DVD when it does come out next year. Why should i buy it then? Season 3 will be old news at that time....

about a year and a half ago
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NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

wideBlueSkies Re:come on... (609 comments)

I've observed that my Garmin GPS is never more than 2 or 3 MPH different than what my cars speedometer is measuring. Even when I'm jamming it at 85MPH.

Perfectly acceptable difference IMHO, given that the GPS is coallating the satelite signals on the fly.

about 2 years ago
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NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

wideBlueSkies Re:come on... (609 comments)

Guy from the NYC area here.

There is no such hill on the NJ turnpike. You'd need something of a small mountain road/steep hill to accelerate a car an extra 30MPH.

The NJ turnpike is well designed with gradual inclines. No steep downhills. FWIW.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?

wideBlueSkies Re:Definition (332 comments)

/. - everything has changed here. Even the MS bashers have no teeth any more.

I was hoping that someone would have hit my meatball out of the park, when I asked what was lacking in VB.

Sigh. Remember when you used to be able to have a good tech talk here?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?

wideBlueSkies Re:Definition (332 comments)

Perl uses sub .

about 2 years ago
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New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

wideBlueSkies Re:Err ... (230 comments)

People like to joke about the video game like nature of their mission - one can understand this thinking to a point.

On the ground combat it isn't - no one disputes that.

The drone pilots know they are killing people, and they get stressed over it like any one else would. They have to make operational decisions, and again - they know that they are ending lives. The distance matters not.

Yeah, they deserve medals for their particular skill-set.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?

wideBlueSkies Definition (332 comments)

What is the definition of a decent programming language?

It's a pretty ambiguous requirement.

C? Java? Python? Perl? Javascript?

Each is 'decent' in it's own way.

Another way to ask is this: What do you feel the shortcomings of the Excel VB language variant are?

about 2 years ago

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Where to find a customizable sunrise and sunset calendar?

wideBlueSkies wideBlueSkies writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wideBlueSkies (618979) writes "I've a little hobby of tracking the sunrise and sunsets and tides in my area (NYC). Basically I've been doing this with a spreadsheet sourced from 2 different places, merged by date.

I'd like to somehow turn this data into a wall calendar, along with the moon phases, and the usual smattering of holidays I can't seem to find any one calendar that has it all. An additional requirement is that I want to add personal meaningful days, (wedding anniversary, my kid's birthday, etc).

Does anyone know where I could find something like this?

Thanks in advance.

Happy Birthday /. . I've had membership for I think 10 years now, and was lurking for 3 or 4 before that. Things have changed a bit, but this is still one of my favorite sites on the intertubes."

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wideBlueSkies wideBlueSkies writes  |  about 12 years ago

Why wideBlueSkies?

Why not? It's nice to be able to look at the sky and forget about the world's troubles for a while.

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