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Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 1) 269

by Scarletdown (#48587867) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

My 4GB iRiver Clix is still working fine as the day I got it back in 2007. Been meeting my needs for music when I am on the road, and I am still a long long way from filling its memory up.

And when I am selling this sort of stuff on the 'bay or on Amazon, non Apple players seem to do quite well for me, especially various flavors of the SanDisk Sansa line (they need to make a player called the Arya, I think). Then again, Walkmen, Discmen, and some of their Panasonic and RCA counterparts have pretty much become bread and butter products for me on both sites as well. Go figure.

Comment: Re:will be seen as a dig against science (air quot (Score 1) 100

by Scarletdown (#48569997) Attached to: A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

This is akin to announcing "House without door has lock picked!"

Not to be pedantic, but actually that would be pretty interesting. What's the lock attached to and what was keeping the bugler from gaining entry that required the lock to be circumvented?

Perhaps a safe inside the house with no door had its lock picked? That should still constitute the house having its lock picked, since the safe was part of the house, and therefore so was the safe's lock.

Of course, it could later be revealed that not only did the house not have a door, but there was no opening anywhere where a door would have been, meaning the one breaking into the house had to either go through a window, bash a hole in a wall, or squeeze down the chimney.

Comment: Re:Russia, LOL (Score 1) 235

by Scarletdown (#48569971) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Ok, Obama. We get it. You're mad at Putin for not handing over the guy who humiliated and exposed you, Snowden. You don't need to spam your butthurt everywhere.

I would guess that he would have been more butthurt about Putin one upping him in the posing with an animal photo department.

Obama poses with a poodle, and Putin is really putin on the ritz by posing with a leopard (can't recall if it was an ordinary leopard or a snow leopard though).

That said, I would kill for a Nobel Peace Prize. :D

Comment: Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (Score 1) 77

by Scarletdown (#48544531) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Sure, it might have originated in the Kuiper belt, but it isn't there any more. Besides, it's the first object to be named after a cartoon character, which kind of made it fun (and easy to remember) when we were kids.

Wasn't Uranus named after the judge in the Trial segment of The Wall? That was also technically a cartoon (as in animated), and Uranus was discovered long before Pluto...long before The Wall even, which makes the planet's naming even more remarkable.

Comment: Opportunity for Independence (Score 1) 720

by Scarletdown (#48544039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

My suggestion would be to take this as an opportunity to transcend the need to work for the enrichment of someone else and go off script.

If you have IT skills, take the time to step back and determine ways you can put them to use for your benefit without having to be a wage slave. Granted, you may need to go ahead and take assorted crappe jobs for a couple years while you build and save the means to strike out on your own, but that is a small sacrifice to pay for long term independence.

The 21st Century is rife with means for enterprising individuals to break from 19th and 20th Century tradition and live comfortably ever after without having to rely on anyone but themselves for employment.

Comment: Re:She's proselytizing ... (Score 1) 289

by Scarletdown (#48487173) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

“I’m Catholic; we do not contracept,” Ms. Smith said. “It is a grave sin.” By including those pages in the curriculum, she added, “you have violated my religious rights.”

Her agenda is to make everyone Catholic.

And on that point, she should be removed from her position on Constitutional grounds.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.