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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

zephvark and make him egligible (175 comments)

Egg lig ibble? Really? Egg lig ibble?

I understand that the title "Slashdot Editor" is intended largely for comedic effect... I hope. Perhaps we could just get the place renamed to ...oh, that's taken. How about, that seems to be up for sale.

3 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

zephvark Re:NASA (543 comments)

The U.S. Air Force, at least, is just fine with corrective eye surgery. It's been used quite a bit to improve the vision of prospective pilots.

about a week ago

A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

zephvark That... looks... horrible. (81 comments)

I like the ergonomic style, pioneered by Apple (AFAIK), who abandoned it, then taken up by Microsoft, which has made ever cheaper and more bloated versions of an originally nice product.

The bottom arced keys on this thing are a complete horror-show, though. And all of the keys are the same size?

I've seen a lot of alternative keyboard designs come and go. I'm not sure this one will come before it goes. /cue Blazing Saddles sketch

about a week ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

zephvark Flattened icons were good enough for Windows 3.0 (165 comments)

...and if they were good enough for my Dad, they're good enough for me.

It's always "change for the sake of upgrades" with these guys. Microsoft went from flat icons, to 3D icons tilted one way, to 3D icons tilted the other way, and now back to... flat, yes, I'm glad we're continuing to improve by revolving around in circles. Possibly they got the idea from the "busy" cursor.

Prepare to buy new copies of all your software because they have old-fashioned icons but, not sufficiently old-fashioned icons.

about a week ago

UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

zephvark Garbage in, garbage out (97 comments)

Not to put too fine a point on it, right? Look, you need to base a model on something before you can even guess it might possibly mean something. World of Warcraft is a lovely model, but it doesn't predict the nature of life on other planets, it's just a game. This is not remotely news. Get back to us when it's been demonstrated to reliably predict the presence of life.

about two weeks ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

zephvark Do we want to know why this change breaks Fark? (234 comments)

I'm on Verizon. Fark has been unreachable all day. This appears to be Verizon's problem, not Fark's, so... the fark is going on here? How does a major ISP lose connectivity to a major news-like site?

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

zephvark Re:Why fly over a war zone? (752 comments)

Witness the valiant (and consistently failed efforts) of our very own Slashdot editors.

Slashdot doesn't have editors. That's just some sort of weird courtesy title, apparently not intended to convey any actual meaning.

about two weeks ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

zephvark Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

The hell is wrong with your font?

about two weeks ago

Pushdo Trojan Infects 11,000 Systems In 24 Hours

zephvark Re:11k...? (32 comments)

Yup. Someone sneezed, everybody panic! ...this is not news.

about two weeks ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

zephvark Re:Not the first time! (277 comments)

I long for the good ole days when they actually send out paper invoices in envelopes! ;^)

You actually still look at your paper mail? I tend to assume it's all just spam. Then again, I tend to assume that of my email, too. What was the last year we had a communications system that had more signal than noise? It seems to have been a while.

about two weeks ago

DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

zephvark These are not self-guiding bullets. (188 comments)

I could get tired of these click-bait sensationalized titles. It's clear even in the summary that the bullet is human-guided. Ok, it can redirect itself in flight, that's cool, but that's not remotely what we were told.

about three weeks ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

zephvark 10-15 years. They rarely fail. (278 comments)

I started with CFLs at least 15 years ago, possibly longer. I didn't mind the energy savings. What I did object to was my incandescents, which had made an annoying habit of going "pop!" and leaving me in the dark.

The old CFLs took a few seconds to start up, which baffled some of my friends. The modern CFLs are generally instant-on, although they'll get a bit brighter as they warm up.

I hardly ever lose a bulb any more. One of them failed last year, which was memorable, because it just doesn't happen. I had an equally old replacement for it, probably about 10 years old. Sometimes I knock a lamp down, which has doubtless killed more of them than just their age.

Every time I move, I just swap the landlord's cruddy incandescents for my CFLs. They've lasted me forever. I've only had to get new ones when the lamp had this ridiculous little Christmas-tree sockets.

about three weeks ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

zephvark outdated. again. (564 comments)

Slashdot is like a Reddit thread several days out of date. The content is fine, sort've, but it's not current.

about three weeks ago

Endorphins Make Tanning Addictive

zephvark Brought to you by the American Dairy Association (51 comments)

...who would like to remind you that sunshine will kill you, so be sure to get your vitamin D by drinking four to eight glasses of milk every day.

about a month ago

Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

zephvark The Great Depression was made longer and deeper (322 comments)

by... anyone? Anyone? That's right, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act... Let's just destroy the global economy for the sake of the world, shall we?

about 2 months ago

Robotics Engineers: "We Don't Want To Replace Humans. We Want To Enhance Humans.

zephvark Re:horse (124 comments)

Of course not, you fool! I'd build a tungsten horse with diamond teeth and flaming laser eyes to terrify my... I mean, to more efficiently commute.

about 2 months ago

Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

zephvark Re:You have no idea (311 comments)

I really have a difficult time accepting economic advice from a man who doesn't know that the dollar sign goes before the number. Have you actually never bought or sold anything?

about 3 months ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

zephvark Re:My mother just called a couple hours ago (345 comments)

I told her the Automatic Updates will keep her safe.

Yeah, ummm... I tend to leave on Auto Updates for my Dad, too, and he's even got a god-awful antivirus product, but that's only because I think they might be slightly better than the alternatives, for him. I've seen more machines bricked by Automatic Updates and by McAfee/Norton products than by viruses.

about 3 months ago

The Ways Programming Is Hard

zephvark wimp (278 comments)

Wimp working for an excessively-large company with rules that might allow "casual Fridays" with strict dress codes. He's whining about corporate culture, not programming. The "Neo" problem that first gave you the hint that he wasn't an actual hacker, just some script kiddy in a minimum-wage cubicle farm.

about 3 months ago


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