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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

witherstaff Re:No thank you (267 comments)

One of the expanded novels explained that the kessel run was a gravitational nightmare from black holes so the shorter distance a ship could do it meant they knew the best routes and/or the ship was strong enough to survive.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

witherstaff Get a VPN with bitcoin (182 comments)

A number of VPN services allow you to pay with bitcoin to make it harder to tie it to an individual.

about three weeks ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

witherstaff Re:After the first five minutes (286 comments)

That video link in the article of a panoramic view of just clouds instead of a wall would freak me out. Making it look like the seats were flying through the air like Wonder Woman started doing Commercial Flights is not my idea of comfort. Or if you're sitting sunside and trying to nap - could you please turn off the wall please it's too bright for me

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

witherstaff Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Having went to Catholic school and having to do something during religion class, I keep a vague list of points to ponder from the Bible.

  • Oral sex is good - Song of Solomon is all for that
  • 10 virgin wives? Sure it's a parable, parables are based on things people understand so again.. 10 virgin wives? - Gospel of Matthew
  • Killing lots of people is expected if people in another city believe in another god - Deuteronomy
  • Wear a hat or go to hell - Leviticus
  • Zombies - Gospel Matthew, more than Jesus rose from the dead
  • Women are subservient to men, shouldn't teach or have any authority over men - 1 Timothy
  • Anything without fins and scales from the waters is unclean to eat. Sorry tasty lobster, shrimp, calimari, catfish, etc - Leviticus
  • So many bad animals to eat. escargot, pig - life without bacon?
  • Slavery is OK as long as they're foreigners. - Leviticus (Bring this up during discussion of border security for fun shock factor)
  • Tats bar you from heaven - Leviticus (Just pick a random passage from that book and you can find something everyone is doing wrong)

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

witherstaff Re:I don't work for the store! (342 comments)

Old RPG nick aside, I'm an American so I think my comment would be more self deprecating on a country wide scale. Having grown up around a family business I stopped being surprised at what wouldn't be stolen out of a retail store. I live in a farming area with many 'on your honor' farm stands. Take produce from the stand and leave money in a coffee can type setups. People steal the money cans on a regular enough basis. For these reasons and more I couldn't imagine letting people scan their products when they put things in a cart and it not being massively abused. I'd be overjoyed to be proven wrong.

I agree with you on the self checkouts. While they're sometimes quick for a handful of items, If it's more than a few items then you should get a discount equal to an employee's wage. BUT I'm all for scanning an object when I put it in the cart and just paying for it when I leave, no double handling of products by putting in the cart, taking out to be scanned, putting back in the cart. Almost walking right out the door after finding what I wanted was very quick.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

witherstaff Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

I saw one of the handheld scanner places you describe in NZ in 2005. I was surprised how fast and easy it was. I'm going to assume no one would trust the average consumer not to steal and cheat the system in the USA.

about a month ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

witherstaff Re:Hold on a minute (198 comments)

For tech oriented startups location ends up being a big deal. You have to appeal to investors and being in the middle of a cow pasture is a deal breaker. Also from a population percentage there are not as many angel investors around to get something even going. Then staff like having entertainment options that big cities can offer.

There are a few incubators in some of the smaller cities that are still running. Offhand I've read of them in Iowa, Philadelphia, there's even one in Detroit. Not high cost areas. Not the easiest place to attract funding or talent.

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

witherstaff Re:Question (275 comments)

Neither, since there is no daylight saving s time.

about a month ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

witherstaff Re:No need to read TFA ... (346 comments)

Or everyone in the US just got swindled out of billions that was supposed to give us real broadband, to the tune of 300 Billion

about a month and a half ago
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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

witherstaff Re:Busy construction crews? (86 comments)

I thought the same thing when I read the summary. Yet like the real world we want the car to be able to handle not hitting the guy leaning on the shovel.

about a month and a half ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

witherstaff Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

I've been happy with Phineas and Ferb. Sure it's Disney, still it's just oddball enough to make it worth watching. The main characters are engineers finally something neater than Handy Smurf or the doozers.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

witherstaff Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Christianity has a logical and consistent framework, despite the fact that people disagree on various things.

If you're talking about the bible it is not a consistent framework. Even the gospels don't agree with each other on the death of Jesus, a central tenant of the religion. Personally I like the Gospel of Matthew. In that account, and only that account, an unknown number of zombies also rose from the dead along with Jesus and went into the city.

about 2 months ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

witherstaff open source big brother (108 comments)

I can see some need for an open source big brother. Would either need mounted cams in a yard facing a roadway or a way to mount a cam on the dashboard to read in real time, a smartphone version of the russian drive cam. . There are a few good uses and after that it'd be full of some cyber stalking style info. But if we have already lost our privacy why shouldn't we know what the government knows?

  • Neighborhood watch would be helpful - why is this car creeping around the area?
  • With enough coverage could weed out thieves / crimes
  • Find your elected official and see if they hang around strip clubs
  • Find where the kid dating your daughter is hanging out
  • Employee said they were home sick? Find his plate and see if it isn't out driving around
  • Auto tag police plates and have real time police locations. Like those spot a cop apps to help avoid tickets
  • Road rage allows for revenge. Get cut off? Find where the car is parked and put bird seed all over the car, etc

The sky is the limit on what would be created with an open source backend DB. I'd put a cam in the yard and in my car. Sounds amusing.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

witherstaff Re:To quote Cyrano Jones... (426 comments)

I always thought it was Found On Road Dead. Or : Recent studies show that 95% of all Ford vehicles are still on the road. The other 5% were towed home.

My mother bought a Ford Explorer with a chrome running board option. Before the 5 year bumper to bumper car warranty expired the chrome was noticeably starting to flake. Except the bumper to bumper excluded that option.. the chome option was only a 3 year warranty. I do have to give it to the Ford engineers to be able to devise a fail date just slightly longer than warranty. Now that's quality work.

about 3 months ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

witherstaff Some of their suggestions (172 comments)

New York is looking at requiring 100% + holding of any deposits made to a company that holds the crypto currency, like an exchange. The wording they used is amusing : "As capital protection, these companies would have to hold the same amount of virtual currency as they owed to their customers. But unlike banks, which are also subject to capital requirements, these companies would be allowed to hold some of it in virtual currency. "

I like how at first pass it sounds like banks hold 100% also

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

witherstaff Re:Crypto! (208 comments)

Unless you hit one of the alt-coins that doesn't have a GPU miner. A variety of those are around.

about 4 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

witherstaff Re:Since when was Thor a title? (590 comments)

I feel sorry for poor Blake. When thor brought back all the souls of the Asgardians awhile ago from death Blake was left in some limbo. Does the human host show back up when Thor isn't on Earth? The guy just barely exists because he made the mistake of finding a damn stick. How about a storyline of Thor ending the subjugation of a mere mortal?

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

witherstaff Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

xapo has a credit card backed by bitcoin, exchanged to currency at point of sale, coming out. You can buy anything with bitcoin once you have one of those in hand.

about 4 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

witherstaff Should have run but didn't (143 comments)

I wouldn't assume he would have fled someplace under a new name. There are a number of recent cases where people who should have fled did not. Bernie Madoff surprised me that he didn't run, the Silk Road founder still living in the states was also surprising. I guess it's part of the mentality of 'they'll never catch me'

about 6 months ago
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Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

witherstaff Don't forget BSG (169 comments)

I kept waiting for the reveal of the Plan the Cylons supposedly had.

about 6 months ago

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FAA grounds all UPS flights, blames UPS computer issues

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  about 2 months ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "The FAA has sent an alert to ground all UPS flights regardless of destination. The Official reason is "AIRLINE COMPUTER ISSUES". My tinfoil hat wearing self wonders about something bad happening on 9/11. My tech self wonders what sort of computer problem UPS could have that would warrant stopping all traffic."
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World Cancer Day is Feb 4

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "According to Stand Up 2 Cancer 1 in 3 Cancer deaths can be prevented by lifestyle changes.. Risk factors for cancer are tobacco and alcohol consumption, a diet low in fruit and vegetable intake and lack of physical activity. (Does mouse clicking and button mashing count as physical activity?) World Cancer Day is helping highlight what people can do to rid the world of cancer. If nothing else consider walking at a local Relay for Life event which occur all year."
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Judge says you can't know if Google spys for NSA

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "A federal judge has ordered that whether Google is spying for National Security Agency or not, you have no right to know. EPIC, which brought the lawsuit, says The NSA can neither confirm not deny any relationship with Google. EPIC is worried the "NSA is developing technical standards that would enable greater surveillance of Internet users""
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FBI vault includes memo on alien bodies

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "The FBI has been opening up old records and putting them online. One memo from the 50s has interesting info on crashed flying saucers and alien bodies. It's only 2 pages.

"An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico... They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall"

Fact, Fiction, a really old april fool's joke?"

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AMD asks what you can do with 48 cores

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "As part of the PR for AMDs up and coming 8 and 12 core processors, AMD is giving away a 48 core machine to the winner of a contest. Contestants need to submit a 500 word essay, or a blog post, or 3 minute youtube video on how they'd use a 48 core machine (4 CPUs) to improve the world. You have until March 24th to get a machine finally able to play crysis. Nice way for AMD to show up Intel's 8 core launch."
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Gaiman to Launch Crowd-Sourced Story on Twitter

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "Neil Gaiman is writing a new short story—well, the beginning of one anyway—and needs 1,000 collaborators to help him finish it via Twitter. Starting tomorrow 13-Oct-09 at noon ET, the well-known Twitterer (@neilhimself) will tweet the first line of a new story, and the rest of us will be able to continue it with our own 140-character contributions, as reported by Sci Fi Wire and Publishers weekly"
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Obama Administration: No Prosecution for torture

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "Against the objections of four former CIA chiefs and some Republican lawmakers, the Obama administration released memos detailing interrogation methods approved under the Bush era. The memos showed that DOJ attorneys decided that waterboarding caused "no pain or actual harm whatsoever" and so did not meet the "severe pain and suffering" standard to be considered torture." White House Chief of Staff Emanuel said Sunday that the Obama Administration will not prosecute for torture. 'This is not a time for retribution. It's a time for reflection. It's not a time to use our energy and our time in looking back and in a sense of anger and retribution.'

I need to remember that line if I'm ever standing trail."

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6 billion for High Speed Internet Grants

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "House Democrats have proposed $6 billion in Internet investments as part of a sweeping economic stimulus bill that the full House is expected to vote on next week. The $6 billion is considered a down payment on efforts Obama will make in this area over the next several years. Of course let's not forget the $200 billion broadband scandal that the large telcommunication companies have been paid but never delivered on."
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The FED wants the power to regulate everything

witherstaff witherstaff writes  |  more than 6 years ago

witherstaff (713820) writes "The Treasury department is seeking to expand the Federal Reserve's power to regulate virtually the entire financial industry. For those who don't know, the Federal Reserve AKA The Fed is part private, part public, and organized to be separate from the 3 branches of government. Even the House Banking Committee, part of the Fed oversight, doesn't know what goes on behind their closed door meetings, with minutes not published for 5 years after the fact. Planned changes include merging the SEC with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, consolidate bank oversight to one person, letting the markets be more self regulating, and give the Fed the authority to look at the financial status of any institution that could affect market stability. With the recent Bear Stearns collapse from $171 to $2 a share, and the economy as a whole either in, or on the brink of, a recession, is this move a good idea?"
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