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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.


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.


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.


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.


Comment: But where/when does one explicitly learn security? (Score 1) 809

by RevWaldo (#49048355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
I'm a recent CS grad, but I've had a number of years of IT experience as well, and explicit security education/training hasn't come up in either case. OOP? Troubleshooting? Database design? Parallel programming? On it. Computer Security 101? Not so much.


Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.