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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

zazenation Re:Very sad (82 comments)

Uh oh, input error. Will anybody care about my car?

about 3 months ago

"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

zazenation Very sad (82 comments)

When I lived in Beantown, I used to take my care there on occasion. You couldn't know a more down to earth and practical individual. I will mourn his passing.

about 3 months ago

The Neuroscience of Happiness

zazenation Re:Mating opportunities? (136 comments)

Was it similar to the donkey show in "Clerks 2"?

about a year ago

Anthropologist Spends Three Years Living With Hackers

zazenation Re:I'm not sure why all the cynicism... (252 comments)

What's not to be cynical about?

" ... I was blown away by how culturally deep it was."

Sure. Correct the flawed stereotypes with more subjective flawed stereotypes by a naive observer.

She was correcting her engrained 'Revenge of the Nerds' stereotype of hackers with an equally arrogant attitude, similar to those of parents who visit a zoo, point to the gorillas and say to their children -- "Hey little Johnny, look at the big monkeys! (while tapping the glass under the sign that says DON"T TAP ON GLASS) Look, at those hands and fingers -- They're just like ours!" -- concluding with huge collective swigs from their BIG GULP clones.

She seems to be aiming to take the logical, thoughtful, democratic behavior hackers exhibit -- which should be the vanguard for all human interaction -- and bending it into an amusing sidebar for WIRED as to the hackers "unusual" habits. All for a chance to get her name in print for some future book jacket blurb regarding "... her insightful and seminal work as she risked her name, sanity and possibly even her life as she descend into the seamy hacker underworld to collect research data..."

This is all much like the gorilla inwardly cringing whenever he's called a monkey.


more than 2 years ago

MIT Researchers Invent 'Super Glass'

zazenation Re:Not so perfect (199 comments)

With that remark, one might deduce that MIT had invented time travel...

more than 2 years ago

Will Mobile Wallets Replace Their Traditional Counterparts?

zazenation Re:What if your phone is stolen? (194 comments)

I have only one word to respond to that ---

Human Engineering

(It's two words actually, but it sounds much more dramatic to say one word...)

How easy would it be to watch Barbie or Kelly type in their PIN number at the gas station, a shoe store or the Clinique counter. Phones are popular theft items to begin with.

more than 2 years ago

Boston Dynamics' PETMAN Humanoid On Video

zazenation Great sex toy (70 comments)

Pet _MAN
How appropriate.

It will be a hit with woman.

It let's itself be pushed around,
It checks the toilet seat state.
It proposes on one knee.

The only flaw I see, is that it only seems to know the missionary position...

more than 3 years ago

Hackers Briefly Controlled US Government Satellites

zazenation Re:Not this time: (261 comments)

Source: http://www.synonyms.net/synonym/surrender

surrender, yielding, capitulation, giving up, resignation, fall, forsaking, concession, surrender, resignation, conceding

Depending on your point of view these can apply as well: Withdraw, fall back, retreat.

So what does that say about English speaking countries?

You forgot ---

"Yes, dear"
and its variant
"OK, honey"

more than 3 years ago

S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

zazenation Re:Still an unsustainable deficit (1040 comments)

This reminds me of a tale of woe in a company cafeteria many many many moons ago.

A stock room clerk was lamenting the spending of $1500 (on the credit card) by his wife for shoes and clothing the previous month. He told us that when he confronted his wife as to the large outflow, she sincerely responded that she didn't actually spend $1500. She told him she SAVED the family $300 since she bought the merchandise on sale. Further explanation of flawed reasoning led to tears.

more than 3 years ago

Price Shocks May Be Coming For Helium Supply

zazenation All things in DC rise with taxes (362 comments)

What this seems to say is that the price of helium has historically been inversely proportional to the televised quantity of hot air generated by Washington pols. Now they're changing the rules so it is directly proportional to Washington gas emissions. This includes all gases generated by any Washington orifice -- lighter than air or not...

more than 4 years ago

Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Hair

zazenation Re:80m? Quite a hair. (274 comments)

But it would be about right for a person that was 2 mega meters tall...

more than 4 years ago

Jupiter Is Missing a Belt

zazenation 2010 (187 comments)

"My God! It's full of stars!"

At least we get to use almost all the moons....

more than 4 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

zazenation Movie references (896 comments)

From the movie "The Treasure of Silicon Valley", Bill Gates in a bandito hat indignantly replies to Humphrey "Don't" Bogart:

"Antivirus? We ain't got no Antivirus. We don't need no Antivirus! I don't have to show you any stinkin' Antivirus!"

Often misquoted from "Blazing Windows" as
"We don't need no stinkin' Antivirus!"

more than 4 years ago

Blind Soldier Uses Tongue To "See"

zazenation Revolutionary! (107 comments)

Does this mean that blind people can now read PLAYBOY for more than just the articles?

more than 4 years ago

Is Early Childhood Education Technology Moving Backwards?

zazenation Re:Culture, not money (290 comments)

You hit the proverbial nail -- Sad to say.

      I'd like to add how television aids in reinforcing this behavior pattern. It would probably be a safe bet to say that education desire/absorption is inversely proportion to the number of hours in front of the tube.
      (In my formative years, I could count on one hand the number of UHF and VHF channels. Therefore, less TV watching, not to mention that one had to actually get up off the sofa to change the channel. A TV in one's room was a non starter.)
      Try and convince the inner city single parent to limit the hours in front of the electronic babysitter. The imagery on the tube almost never reinforces education for advancement. Street smarts and gaming the system is all that is required to get ahead and/or be popular.

about 5 years ago

Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

zazenation Boogie man (434 comments)

Good idea -- incorrect routing.

Have the dolphin button ring the parents cell phone with a message like:
"(Kid's name) is having an Internet Panic Attack --- If you don't respond to this message, then the call will be routed to your local law enforcement division -- Remember, please monitor and talk with your children!"

Supply a pager to the parents without a cell phone. Seems like a far less costly method than having to hire thousands of police and/or SS workers to handle the plethora of "I wanna see someone jump when I feel bad" abusers.

And don't forget the legions of lawyers that will be necessary to sort through the pile of litigation!

more than 5 years ago

Mimicking Materials and Structures In Nature

zazenation Re:The soylent nature of /. --- is people! (92 comments)

My initial gut reaction was also ants.
But ants are unconsciously programmed to create a huge feeding mechanism for their queen and her progeny. They throw themselves on the metaphorical sword in its defense. I don't see that in /.
More like piranha at times.

Maybe some kind of hybrid ? Or ants on LSD? I remember reading some time ago they somehow dosed a spider with LSD and the resulting web was pretty bizarre and unsymmetrical.

This is /. after all -- free your mind. I've had my fill of the Bickersons.

more than 5 years ago

Mimicking Materials and Structures In Nature

zazenation The soylent nature of /. --- is people! (92 comments)

Though not strictly a physical material, this got me thinking.
What would be the underlying metaphorical model for /.

Ants, piranha, beavers, jellyfish, cats?

Leave It to Beaver, The Honeymooners, Star Trek?

The school lunch room, D&D party, After work at the pub, French salons on hypnotics?

Logical / illogical anarchy at its finest?


more than 5 years ago

Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

zazenation agreed (366 comments)

This experiment is totally fake...

He is either soaking the hairs in cold fusion liquid solvent to obtain a voltage or using a simple subminiature matter- antimatter induction pump to produce it. Who does this bozo think he's fooling???

more than 5 years ago


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