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Comment Re:Lost business? (Score 2) 66

Is that really lost business or ... If shop's not available one day I'll wait ...

You're ignoring the "instant gratification" bit. Wait a day -- a DAY? You must be joking, I don't want to wait 2 seconds while the page loads. The only reason i can even stand to wait for it to be delivered is because I can track it in motion.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 373

You have NO IDEA how effective the finger scanner will be.

Well let's see: if the battery is dead, that effectiveness will be a big fat ZERO.

I'm going to have to charge my gun? What, with a USB cable, or the new QI stuff? How about a Lightning or USB 3.1 port? How about a 120V (or 220V in Europe) plug? Or is it solar?

Are the indicator lights showing the charge, or beeping if it's low (like a smoke detector), or what?

Forget about the very important fact of sensor fingerprint detection ratio (which damn well better be 100.0000% even if it's completely covered in mud or blood), what about the battery and connecting wires? They'd also better able to completely handle water, physical shocks, and mud. IP68 or don't even bother.

Do I need cables to jump start it? Are they Duracell or a no-name brand? Physical package? AAs? 18650? CR123As? WHAT ABOUT BATTERY LEAKAGE from cold or heat? What about adding RAM (EPROM swap actually)? What about the add / delete / change user device reset dance? Or increase sales with single-user device obsolesce: "Sorry, this gun can only be programmed a single time. You can sell it but it won't fire without your finger going with it."

This is NOT a problem looking for a solution. This is stupidly. A gun is a tool -- it fires only when you pull the trigger; it doesn't when you don't. Anything else is a manufacturer defect. That the RIGHT person is pulling the trigger is stupid. If you've had to actually pull a gun you've already lost the battle, best you win the war by shooting. NOW. You only aim at what you want to kill -- otherwise why the hell are you even aiming at it? The ONLY delay should be if you are not aiming at the "right" spot and need to adjust. If you have a backup person, they'd better be able to use it as well. And if you let the wrong person get hold of it ... well you just screwed up badly, didn't you? "Oh, well at least the bad guy can't use it to shoot you." YES he can, he reaches over, grabs your hand and places it on the gun. It unlocks and now everyone's happy again! Well, almost.

Gun Control is being able to Hit your Target.

Submission + - OMG! Half-Life is going to be finished! (

grep -v '.*' * writes: ...although it'l probably still end in a cliff-hanger. Image that!

JJ ABRAMS just confirmed that the film versions of Valve's popular Portal and Half-Life video games are in development.

Comment Re:It's God. (Score 2) 133

"It's just God."

And because he knows when you're using an ad blocker, He won't let you read the article.

No, God knows everything but then doesn't do anything about it. Only Santa Claus takes action if "he knows if you've been bad or good" -- like using an ad blocker.

I'm unclear in this case which state Santa would deem that you're in, though. Maybe we need Schrodinger Claus to determine that: instead of presents or coal, he comes with a bag of dead cats or live kittens and lets you decide which one to take. (Kind of like a lottery draw with fur. And yet more claws.)

Comment Well, hell. (Score 1) 46

Nadine can hold a conversation, remember a face, and even remember what she has spoken to a person about.

Well then heck, she's mostly already GOT my job if she can do that. I only bother to remember a face until about the 6th time I see it (meet them) -- for people I meet only once or twice, or once every N > 4 months, it's not worth my time or effort to include them in my social circle since they AREN'T in my social circle.

Needless to say, I'm a great hit at parties. (Or to put it another way, I must have a DRAM brain with a week or two refresh time. It takes over a month before you're moved into core memory.)

Comment Re:Slashdotters live in terror... (Score 1) 92

"If you don't want your friends to know of your 'Hello Kitty' purchases, transfer $10,000 to this account in the Bahamas..."

Sorry, there was a language translation error for the original Japanese site. It should have read: Hello Pussy instead.

It was actually Ashley Madison's VR "furry" site. Believe me, $10K to keep your name off that site would be cheap at TWICE the price. ;-)

Comment Re:Achievement: 7th CPU core unlocked! (Score 1) 143

[They've] "unlock" the seventh core on the Xbox One's processor ...
Previously only 6 cores for both systems were available to game developers. ...
Next the secret 8th CPU core will be DLC, or a game easter egg, the way things are going.

Not happening -- the 8th core is dedicated exclusively for NSA use. I'd love to tell you more about it but I've just been served a National Security Le

Comment OK, so he's a lot smarter than I am... (Score 1) 96

...working with his post-doc and graduate student. (*I* used to work with turkeys, but I digress.) Smart man and all. But still:

[He said] I thought, 'I've got to be able to prove that.'" He guessed that the problem might take him a few weeks. Instead, it took him five years.

I've underestimated ever-so-slightly like that. Now I don't feel so bad about being dumb!

Comment Re:Tracking down rights holders (Score 1) 106

actually finding who to ask, let alone getting a co-ordinated yes/no decision, is just [hard]

Just release it then. They (or the legal counsel that thinks they supposedly represent them) will find you if it matters.

But really, that may not be such a bad idea. Log and document EVERYTHING you do and who you talk to. put an ad in the public newspaper (at least that USED to be how you did it) describing who you're looking for and what you're doing. 30/60/90 days after reaching a compete dead-end, go for it.

If bought to court, the judge should recognize that you tried significantly beforehand.

(OTOH you're now talking to a judge with lawyers probably helping out.)

Take the speechs' meaning, put it in your own words, and record it yourself, with emphasis. Not optimal, but there are no copyright laws governing facts, last I checked. (IANAL. And ain't it funny that lawyers and ANAL appear in the same acronym?)

Comment Re:Downloading the intertubes, Daily (Score 1) 264

I'm in Little Rock and thought the caps were already in place. I'm running a Comcast Business line -- no caps, and I actually get to talk to a real tech support person who knows things. (None of this off/on/reboot stuff.)

And I've still got a unlimited Verizon data plan; THAT's what I use to download the internet. (If you torrent any Linux ISOs there's a small chance I'm helping.) And really: at 20Mbit/sec, they're nearly the same speed. V works as a nice fallback for C if necessary.

Comment Re:Lad balancing? (Score 1) 153

i say these hoggy users should be cut off from the teat! go watch your porn on a laptop!

Great idea! The screen is much bigger (See? Size DOES matter) and it's easy enough to tether the computer to the phone for connectivity. Heck, now I can even run it split screen so when one video gets boring maybe the other side won't be. it's only twice as much data -- NP with an unlimited account.

Thanks for the idea!

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