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Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth

wrencherd Put all of the "scientists" who appear on PBS . . (520 comments)

. (and anyone who works at a "museum for science/nature/mathematics") on a rocket and send them out to meet it.

Even if it doesn't work at least we will all at last know paradise, if only for a few brief moments.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Lego Sold Out?

wrencherd Re:It's just training for future geekery (425 comments)

I didn't get an allowance until I was a teenager and even then it was only 25 cents a week. Mowing a lawn in those days was worth $1..

You were lucky! We didn't have lawns when I was young.

We lived in a small shoe-box by the side of the road. Every night before bed our dad would thrash us and kill us and then dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah!"

You try telling the geeks of today that, and they won't believe you . . .

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Develop an Internet Truth Machine

wrencherd Re:[:~P (87 comments)

So you're saying that you believe that people who are facing their last moments on Earth, if given wifi/cell access during that time would/should NOT call their loved ones to say good-bye/"I love you", but should/would post on twitter instead, and include emoticons?

ps -- Thanks for your de rigueur introduction of victimhood into the discussion. :-O

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Develop an Internet Truth Machine

wrencherd [:~P (87 comments)

Who stops to type emoticons in the middle of a natural disaster (including switching to the alternate keyboard to get those characters)?

about 2 years ago
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A Brain-Based Explanation For Why Old People Get Scammed

wrencherd Trial lawyers knew this a long time ago (209 comments)

TFA says that 80% of victims of scam artists are elderly.

Depending on what counts as a "scam"–some people think the lottery is a big one–there are way too many other reasons beyond something wrong with their brains to make this explanation complete or even useful.

For example, a much better and simpler explanation is that the older you are the more likely you are to be socially isolated. Socially isolated people are easier prey for scammers.

In fact, the results reported in TFA more usefully support something that trial lawyers have believed for a long time: young people see the world black and white, while the older you get the more it all runs to grey. So, depending on their case, they pack the jury accordingly.

about 2 years ago
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Some Apple iMac's "Assembled in America"

wrencherd America!=USA (1 comments)

TFS says "Assembled in America", but TFA is about iMacs labelled "Assembled in USA".

Sounds picky, but those are the kind of weasel words that marketers thrive on.

about 2 years ago
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Anthropologist Spends Three Years Living With Hackers

wrencherd Funding? (252 comments)

Why didn't Wired ask her how she paid to live for 3 years in one of the most expensive cities in the world?

Seriously, I'd like to know.

None of the guidebooks I've ever read say anything about how getting an eff.org email address is a substitute for avg. $2K@month in rent. (Highest in the USA.)

about 2 years ago
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MIT Creates Car Co-Pilot That Only Interferes If You're About To Crash

wrencherd Idiocracy in action (238 comments)

From TFA:

There is also the “deskilling” issue, where eventually no one knows how to drive a car (or fly a plane). This isn’t so bad if every car on the road is autonomous, and if steering wheels are removed altogether, but the in between period could be tricky.

If all cars on the road are autonomous why don't we just have trains, light rail and subways?

more than 2 years ago
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Linux.org Quietly Comes Back To Life

wrencherd Nostalgic impulse (52 comments)

It does make a person want to start dual-booting again.

more than 2 years ago
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No, You Can't Claim 'Negligence' In a Copyright Case

wrencherd This ruling is in defense of the individual (108 comments)

This seems to be a ruling barring a complaining copyright holder from piling a negligence claim on top of any statutory damages.

So, if the kid here could show that he didn't do the downloading, but his roommate did he could still be held responsible by negligence.

With this ruling, the plaintiff is limited to statutory damages against the actual infringer, be that the defendant or his roommate.

more than 2 years ago
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Preparing For Life After the PC

wrencherd And we'll be just heads in jars, like Nixon . . . (636 comments)

. . . on Futurama.

From TFA:

It takes society thirty years, more or less, to absorb a new information technology into daily life. It took about that long to turn movable type into books in the fifteenth century. Telephones were invented in the 1870s but did not change our lives until the 1900s. Motion pictures were born in the 1890s but became an important industry in the 1920s. Television, invented in the mid-1920’s, took until the mid-1950s to bind us to our sofas.

We still have books and telephones and movies and tv's so what the hell is his point?

ps--Judging by his photo in the banner, his blog ought to be called, "I, Crinkly".

more than 2 years ago
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Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?

wrencherd Part of the trend (663 comments)

Desktop environments in general are losing ground aren't they?

In favor of cloud-clients and tablet-specific os's, no?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

wrencherd Leslie Nielsen (634 comments)

Screen "Forbidden Planet" for them and nonchalantly mention that it's often cited as having "inspired" much of ST's look and style.

If your friends have the remotest interest that will certainly reel them in.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Nexus Tablet To Be Unveiled Next Week

wrencherd That's why Steve made the little silver apples (198 comments)

After looking at all of the ipads, galaxy media players and ereaders, I went cheap and got an ipod touch.

It may be walled, but it's a good kind of walled (and each of us already has a secret garden inside anyway).

Seriously though, the laptop is best for work and tv-substitute at home, IMHO; otherwise, for that on-the-go crap the ipod touch seems more than adequate (in a non-double-entendre kind of way). I don't know why the world needs more "in-betweens".

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Nexus Tablet To Be Unveiled Next Week

wrencherd Re:7-inch? (198 comments)

vagaina

Is that the Star Trek creature that sucked all of the salt out of a person's body?

more than 2 years ago
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Depressed People Surf the Web Differently

wrencherd Not "different", but "more" (278 comments)

The bulk of TFA seems to be making the point that the more depressed respondents used the internet more, though in the same ways, as their less depressed cohorts.

That's neither surprising nor a bad thing since the main thing that people do with the internet is communicate with others. The primary problem for depressed people is feeling that they are alone and isolated in their suffering.

In that respect, particularly for college students who may be away from their homes for the first time in their lives, the internet is probably a good (and ready) palliative.

more than 2 years ago
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Depressed People Surf the Web Differently

wrencherd Re:RTFA (278 comments)

You should think about changing your userid to "ReallyReallyReallySadBob".

Linux is cool though . . .

more than 2 years ago

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Best Open Source Racing Simulation, Now Online

wrencherd wrencherd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wrencherd (865833) writes "trigger-rally, which is my personal favorite open-source game (and a fine rally-racing simulation) is now available as an online javascript game. It's probably not /. worthy news, but I'm enjoying it. ps--F*** the raspberry pi-ssies"
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FBI Releases File on Steve Jobs

wrencherd wrencherd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wrencherd (865833) writes "In 1991, Steve Jobs was considered for a post to the US Export Council; the file the FBI prepared as to his "fitness" has been released (presumable under FOI). The report describes him as willing to "twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals." Surprised to find that the photostats included at the bottom of the page reveal his SSN."
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Otaku/Nerd/Geek Bucket List?

wrencherd wrencherd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wrencherd (865833) writes "Just prior to stepping down from active /. admin duty, CmdrTaco toured both Lucasfilm and Pixar studios. Those both seem likely items for a nerd's "bucket list".

What else do /. readers belongs on that kind of list?"
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Magic mushroom's positive effects lasting over a y

wrencherd wrencherd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wrencherd (865833) writes "From TFA:

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine claim to have determined the proper dose levels needed to create positive changes in attitudes, mood, life satisfaction, and behavior that persist for more than a year with the psychoactive substance in so-called "magic mushrooms."

Stay in school."
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Nokia to use Windows to get smart

wrencherd wrencherd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wrencherd (865833) writes "From Bloomberg:

Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, said it’s forming a software partnership with Microsoft Corp., betting that together the two companies can challenge Google Inc. and Apple Inc.

Nokia fell as much as 12 percent, the biggest drop in a almost 10 months, after its plan to make Microsoft’s Windows its primary software was seen as a sign of the extent of its troubles taking on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms."

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