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Comment: Flying experience (Score 5, Funny) 231

What I get out of this story is that, if you're lucky enough to survive the trip in the wheel well, it's much more convenient to travel this way than doing it the regular way: no queuing, no overcharging from the airlines, no restrictions on the amounts of liquids you can carry, no getting your gonads showered with x-rays, no groping from TSA perverts... and of course, no arbitrary, secret no-fly list that prevents you from boarding the plane in the first place.

The airport security theater almost makes me want to risk my life as a stowaway.

Comment: Re:Kudos, Bill (Score 1) 140

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46767705) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Glad to see there's someone out there that cares about privacy and is looking to do something about it!

Unless this was irony, no: Bill Gates doesn't care about privacy. He cares about profits.

All I see here is one company - Google - bringing misery to people with their surveillance equipment in disguise, and an individual trying to profit from the coming backlash. All in all, both are out to profit from you, but none have your interests at heart.

Comment: Re:Not getting funded. (Score 0) 157

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46750293) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Flying cars are technically possible.

Flying cars however are not desirable for everyday drivers: they have a hard enough time managing 2 dimensions, we don't need them to occupy a third. So unless they're fully automatic in flight mode (with manual control disabled), flying cars can only be flown by trained pilot.

The market for pilots who want a plane that turns into a car is very small. That's why flying cars won't happen - not enough money in it.

Comment: Re:Medical doctor (Score 4, Funny) 736

by Beardo the Bearded (#46737779) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?


I'm an EE. If the grid goes down and I've got carte blanche, I could get some semblance of electricity up and running in under a week. (Which would enable you to plug in your standard appliances.) I could get solar USB chargers working in the same time frame.

First you get the electricity, then you get the... power... uh... then you get the wom... can I start over?

I know how to make beer.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 510

Deafness used to run in my family.

My cousin is stone deaf. There's a genetic thing on the women's side where sometimes the flap covering the semicircular window in the ear just doesn't fall off. This causes the hairs in the cochlea to atrophy and die, and cause permanent uncurable deafness.

Modern testing and surgery has made this a thing of the past. A quick test as a newborn checks for this via echo and a minor outpatient surgery is all it takes.

Fuck deafness. Sneak up behind it with a marching band and stab it in the neck.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 0) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46672331) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Number of times google has fucked ME over so far... zero

Millions of Youtube account holders who were forced to get a G+ account and divulge their true identity or give up the ability to comment beg to differ.

Number of times google has demanded payment for services or my credit card info. zero

Try using Google Play to get a for-pay Android app.

Number of annoyances google shoves in my face. zero

Try using an Android app - ads.
Try searching something on - more ads.
Try *not* giving in to the constant G+ nagging.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 2) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46672203) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Saying there is no conspiracy involved generally leads people to believe there is one.

Aaw man, I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't aren't I? :)

Okay look, Google is a company that scares the bejesus out of me, and I believe the things they develop and invest in lead the world to a dangerously slippery slope. I also think they don't publicize all the things they do because they believe people aren't ready to hear what they have in store for them. But I *emphatically* don't believe there is ANY conspiracy involved.

There has been a little distress selling on the stock exchange. -- Thomas W. Lamont, October 29, 1929 (Black Tuesday)