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Comment: Re:Do Penny's boobs defy gravity? (Score 1) 226

by Dadoo (#47829877) Attached to: Ask David Saltzberg About Being <em>The Big Bang Theory's</em> Science Advisor

you therefore find the concept to be so ridiculous as to be outside the realm of plausibility

You need to learn how to read - specifically where I used the phrases "slightly less believable" and "most people". There are definitely exceptions to that rule.

Comment: Re:Do Penny's boobs defy gravity? (Score 4, Interesting) 226

by Dadoo (#47828963) Attached to: Ask David Saltzberg About Being <em>The Big Bang Theory's</em> Science Advisor

You're a perv.

One of the things I find makes the show slightly less believable is that Sheldon seems to be completely asexual. In reality, as far as I can tell, most people as smart as Sheldon are obsessed with sex. (Feynman and Hawking, for example.)

Comment: Re:Ready in 30 years (Score 1) 305

by Dadoo (#47710689) Attached to: If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Maybe that's the real reason we don't have it yet.

You're probably right about that.

While I don't really believe this, it wouldn't surprise me if, in the future, there was a big news story about how the cold fusion guys were right, all along. Why? Just think about how the world's power structure would change, if it was real. Demand for fossil fuels would drop to maybe 10% of what it is now, almost overnight... power companies would be out of business... and so on. Portable fusion reactors would dramatically transform the world, so there's plenty of incentive for the powers that be to supress such a technology.

Comment: Re:Read the source code (Score 1) 430

by Dadoo (#47601845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Error messages, too, have disappeared

Wow, I totally agree with you, on that. For example, one reason I've always preferred Firefox over IE is that, when it couldn't get connected to a website, it would basically just say "I can't get connected to that site". My first question was always, "well why can't you get connected?". Were you able to find look up the name? Did you get a network error, like "connection refused" or "network unreachable?" Now, Firefox is doing the same thing. Holy crap, is that irritating.

Comment: Re:Classic Obama (Score 1) 211

Now mind you, I'm not saying that suddenly everyone should vote Republican (I'm registered as "no party" in my own state), but I want to know how the folks who support the President no-matter-what can continue the cognitive dissonance and devotion to the guy in spite of crap like this

Because, sadly, the alternative would have been worse. Do you seriously think Romney wouldn't have done exactly the same, at least as for as Network Neutrality and Patent Reform are concerned?

Even towards the end of the Bush years, you never saw this level of personality cult

You must live in a blue state. I live in a red state, and we have people here who still wish Bush was in office.

please tell me why not support someone such as a Green Party candidate

I'd love to. Does the Green party have any candidates who have even the slightest chance of getting elected?

Comment: Re:Too bad about evolution (Score 1) 161

by Dadoo (#47197003) Attached to: Interviews: Forrest Mims Answers Your Questions

I suppose you could get information about evolution from Time Magazine, but there's this thing, called "The Internet", which allows you to get your information directly from an evolutionary biologist - you know, someone who actually knows what he's talking about: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/09/23/the-encode-delusion/

Comment: Star Trek (Score 1) 153

by Dadoo (#47132695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

In the early 80s, my high got a few microcomputers (Ohio Scientific, if you're interested). They had a 6502 CPU, 48K of memory, and two 8" floppy drives, with a total of about 540K of storage. They came with the old BASIC Star Trek game - the one that used numbers for commands, rather than the one that used three-letter abbreviations. I loved the game, but when I heard we could actually make modifications, or even write our own games, I was hooked. I wasted so much time in the computer room over the next couple of years, they had to ban me from it, a few times.

I remember one of the math teachers proudly saying that, if we upgraded to double-sided floppy drives, we could get more than full megabyte of storage online.

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