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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

xclr8r Re:The Discovery channel? (103 comments)

Yes there are some corny aspects to the show but you should watch a different episode. I recommend the Amazon episode where people are just breaking down and throwing in the towel (if they had one). There are some interesting things to learn by observation. Some of the things I've learned are:

How much I take the following for granted.






shelter from elements and more importantly bugs/animals/wildlife.

how hard it is to hunt with sticks, spears, traps (if you have the knowledge)

how knowledge of plants can ease the prospect of infection/pain.

how quickly your health can go down hill without clean water.

what it looks like when you don't get a proper caloric intake. They do a time lapse at the end of the show.

how fighting with your partner can make a bad scenario get worse. plus a lot more stuff I can't recall at the moment.

about a month ago

Warner asserts privlege for Summy-Birchard/ASCAP Happy Birthday Song Letters

xclr8r I missed an i in privilege (1 comments)

editor please fix. Thanks.

about a month and a half ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

xclr8r Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

Maybe it's for the best. Anything the current President tries to push forward gets a 99.999% chance of opposition. He's taking one for the team by feigning disinterest and this may actually go somewhere. (Yes I am in Dreamland).

about 2 months ago

How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

xclr8r Re:New Headlines (128 comments)

The shortage on experienced facilitators is nothing new. back in the day 80's/90's I kept having to explain what 'en passant' was and pull it up in the chess manuals to inform the adults that yes this was a legal move. At least my own chess club facilitator was keen on learning something new and distributed the knowledge to the rest of the club.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

xclr8r Dream Theater (not the band) (310 comments)

1. What is the most unusual location you have written a program from?
Underneath a theatrical stage

2. What is the most unusual circumstance under which you have written a program?
Same place with a raccoon staring at me.
No knife, but I think I would have been less scared if had one like the 'possums in this skit . At least the knife won't have rabies

3. What is the most unusual computing platform that you wrote a program from?
The "Whole Hog" Lighting console.

4. What is the most unusual application program that you wrote?"
not an application per se but programming the lighting cycles for a penguin exhibit. Not difficult at all but the need for accuracy was vital.

about 4 months ago

H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

xclr8r Re:Syd Mead (92 comments)

Phillip Drulliet too. His pieces were pretty trippy and heavily detailed sci-fi inspired work. Think Adam Warlock meets Aliens.

Here is a google image search -

about 4 months ago

Can the Lix 3D Printing Pen Actually Work?

xclr8r Re:I would be more convinced (90 comments)

Other than the power charging elements.. this doesn't seem too much more complicated than a "hot glue gun sculpture" . Search engine it.

about 5 months ago

Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

xclr8r Re:Huh? (171 comments)

BPA Free water bottles are common place now.

about 5 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

xclr8r Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

athletic info - heart rate monitor, track over time etc., altimeter, temp barometer readings over time. Also think bi-directional. What info can the phone deliver to my watch. e.g. only forward sms from significant other during outing and display on watch.

about 5 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

xclr8r Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

Just as there are certain types of "Audiophiles" (for better or worse and they do not all exhibit the same amount of ...), there are also Watchphiles too. They hang out at sites like . Watches are highly individualistic time peices. I see lots of people foregoing the watch because their smartphone has the time. There will be some culling of the lower tier watches that don't adapt but their will always be room for the "classic time piece" e.g. there's still a market for pocket watches.

about 5 months ago

In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

xclr8r Re:One misused word spoils the whole discussion. (311 comments)

A lot of people (in the U.S.) in middle class are classified as exempt (from overtime) as they are in management. There are FSLA rules that regulate the hours exempts work but since they are management they are project driven and no one who wants to climb the ladder is going to report working extra hours all the time.

about 5 months ago

Hacking Charisma

xclr8r Re:cool (242 comments)

We should ask Neil D. Tyson how he does it.

about 6 months ago

Hacking Charisma

xclr8r Re:"hacking charisma" (242 comments)

You can be self aware and still be uncharismatic. I am so self aware that I am uncharismatic by bringing up every fault or error that someone might perceive. I know I'm doing it - I can perceive that it's tiresome for some but in my mind I don't want to be the "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" guy.

about 6 months ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

xclr8r Re: obligatory (367 comments)

Don't forget "Person of Interest" is on the same bandwagon.

about 6 months ago



Warner asserts privlege for Summy-Birchard/ASCAP Happy Birthday Song Letters

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about a month and a half ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "It has been roughly over a year since the Good Morning To You Productions Corp. et al. v. Warner/Chappell Music Inc. et al., lawsuit was filed (case number 2:13-cv-04460). A development in the case has come about concerning the status of some letters between Summy-Birchard, alleged rights holder for the song in the late 70's, and ASCAP. The letters in question supposedly "detail the history and status of the copyrights." and Warner is claiming these are protected under attorney-client privilege. The judge is taking arguments into consideration from both sides regarding the status of these letters originating from the no longer existing law firm but it is reported that he is "leaning towards granting Warner's request that it be ruled protected.". Note: The register pop up for law360 can be closed by clicking the x."
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The Use of truth serum to confirm insanity

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about a year and a half ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "James Holmes representation did not enter a plea today in with regards to the Aurora, Co. Movie theatre shooting so the Judge entered a plea of not guilty for James that could be changed at a later date by Holmes' attorney. The judge entered an advisory that if the plea was changed to Not Guilty by insanity that Holmes would be subject to a "narcoanalytic interview" with the possibility of medically appropriate substances could be used e.g. so called truth serums. Holmes defense looks to have initially objected to this but as the previous article seems to infer that some compromises are being worked out. This certainly raises legal questions on how this is being played out 5th, 14th amendments. The legal expert in the second article states this is legal under Co. law but admits there's not a huge amount of cases regarding this. I was only able to find Harper v State where a defendant willingly underwent truth serum and wanted to submit the interview on his behalf but was rejected due to the judge not recognizing sufficient scientific basis to admit the evidence."
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Fiber Optic Spanner (Wrench) developed at U.T. Arlington

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about 2 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "A technique to use fiber optics to adjust microscopic particles has been developed. Applications of this technology can be used in a number of ways including cancer research. This technology could be used to actually manipulate DNA. Associate Professor of Physics, Samarendra Mohanty, states that macroscale applications are a possibility including "direct conversion of solar energy to mechanical energy" or even contemplating that it could possibly “simulate an environment in which photons radiated from the sun could propel the reflective motors in solar sails, a promising future technology for deep-space travel.”"
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Slackware: I'm not dead yet!

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  more than 2 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "The longtime tinkering and learning distro of Linux found itself at the center of rumors and speculation when its website was down for a few days. Caitlyn Martin voiced concerns in DistroWatch and declared that she would be basing the new project off a distro with a more secure future. Meanwhile contributors continued to plug along with additions to the change log . Eventually Eric Hameleers expanded on his initial communication of "old hardware — lack of funds" to a more thorough explanation quoted in the article. Have you're pop up blocker ready:"

Healthcare IT, FOSS and grass roots initiatives

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "Today President-elect Obama had a news conference announcing Tom Daschle []as his Secretary for Human and Health Services. He mentioned that he and his team would be going through a discovery process in the future, even including grass roots input from his "Change is Coming" [] event this coming weekend (enter your zipcode for events near you). Among the issues Barack Obama mentioned briefly was IT in Health care. At the risk of sounding like slashvertisement the question has to be asked. Is this an opportunity for the advocates for FOSS to make serious headway in publicity and awareness by contributing to a nationwide solution for Health Care?"

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about 8 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "Game spot has an article on the new PlayPlus subscription system being implemented by the publishers of the Archlord game. The subsription offers 3 tiers of subscription level and can be purchased on monthly, quarterly or semi-yearly basis. Examples of the perks for buying higher level of subsription include higher earned xp rate, increased attack skill/ability or being able to summon a party member. What do you think of this multi-tiered payment system? Will you pay more to level faster?"


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