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Comment: Needs separate modes like "Resident" and "Tourist" (Score 3, Insightful) 210

by RevWaldo (#49485771) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps
Tourist Mode - "Ooooh, a 3D view of Paris! Let's see what our hotel looks like!"

Resident Mode - "I need to confirm the directions to the restaurant I'm meeting my wife at in fifteen minutes and see if my bank has an ATM nearby and I need it right f*cking now."

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Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 1) 342

by RevWaldo (#49471981) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
Ah, you're right, my bad. I'd stand by the rest of it though. And in this case they changed the winning probability from 1000:1 to 8:1 and only got caught because they bought too many tickets. Changing the odds from 29,144,841:1 to 1:1 by messing with the ping pong balls and not getting caught is another story.

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Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 1) 342

by RevWaldo (#49470919) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
That was for six balls, not 40. And you can certainly put a myriad of safeguards in place to protect them from tampering, and to check them before and after the drawing. (Right off the top of my head, run an unofficial draw right before the official one and look for improbable results, like the same draw happening twice.) Put the folks that handle Las Vegas security in charge of them and see how far an interloper would get.

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Comment: Peter Pan. I'm captain of the Dream Chaser. (Score 3, Funny) 24

~ Peter Pan. I'm captain of the Dream Chaser. Grumpy Bear here tells me you're lookin' for passage to the Narnia system.
~ Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.
~ "Fast ship"? You've never heard of the Dream Chaser?
~ Should I have?
~ It's the ship that made the Emerald City Run in less than twelve cowznofskis. I've outrun Middle Kingdom dragons. Not the local luckdragons mind you, I'm talking about the big Morgoth-bred firedrakes now. She's fast enough for you, Santa Claus.

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Comment: You mean like the first Cylon in "Caprica"? (Score 1) 80

by RevWaldo (#49269673) Attached to: SXSW: Do Androids Dream of Being You?
~ You can't download a personality. There's no way to translate the data.

~ But the information being held in our heads is available in other databases. People leave more than footprints as they travel through life. Medical scans, DNA profiles, psych evaluations, school records, e-mails, recording video and audio, CAT scans, genetic typing, synaptic records, security cameras, test results, shopping records, talent shows, ball games, traffic tickets, restaurant bills, phone records, music lists, movie tickets, TV shows. Even prescriptions for birth control.

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Comment: Paper Prints! (Score 2) 169

by RevWaldo (#49227055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Storage For Time Capsule?
This actually worked! In the early days of film the Library of Congress had each frame of entire films printed onto paper to establish copyright. These prints survived while the original films disintegrated, and subsequently (albeit laboriously) were transferred back onto film.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

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Comment: Re:Parody (Score 1) 255

by RevWaldo (#49174161) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
Agreed. It's your basic "What if we took the premise seriously?" parody. What would happen if an entity from outer space imbued teenagers with superhuman abilities and gave them massive fighting machines to fight monsters the size of buildings and forces of evil out to enslave the world/galaxy/universe? Answer: bad things would happen, that's what.

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