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Comment: There's something wrong with this "hoax" (Score 1) 163

by Toad-san (#47569221) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

The picture of the character at the Wikipedia site appears to be real, and was uploaded by someone else entirely.

The reference to the author, Peggy Parrish, appears to be real, a real person, a real author.
Numerous other links to Amelia Bedelia books, stage plays, movies, etc. appear to be valid and real, and date FAR earlier than this purported hoax.

I submit that EJ Dickson, the self-proclaimed hoaxer, is hoaxing us all with a hoax about a non-existing hoax!

Comment: Supervise Your Children (Score 3, Insightful) 165

by Toad-san (#47532999) Attached to: Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

""Out of over 9,000 staffers in the House, should we really be banning this whole IP range based on the actions of two or three? "

Yes. It may get the attention of the guilty parties. I, for one, want to see the exact identification of that House representative, the office guilty of this ongoing abuse. Name names, cowards!

Comment: Yes, They Know ... (Score 1) 272

- that it'll affect the noise-sensitive mammals (and maybe fish).
- that these endangered and most interesting creatures are important.
- that they don't care .. because Big Oil wants to find more!

America! F*ck yeah! I guess this is my chance to go down to the Carolina coast and find me a nice Orca skeleton. There should be lots lying around pretty soon. All encased in tons of rotting flesh and blubber, of course, but no worries: I'll just leave that mess for the edification and amusement of the tourists.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 200

by Toad-san (#47394133) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

I can see the drone somehow being hit by a fireworks missile, deflecting that missile, and the missile going who knows where? Back down into the crowd (or worse, the launch site)? If it stayed above the explosions, fine; within them, maybe. But fireworks on that scale are risky at best. Throwing a solid object like some of the larger drones into the middle of them just adds to the danger.

But I must say, even if never done again, that's a wonderful video, perhaps the first ever?

Comment: Yet Another Whiz-Bang Discovery (Score 1) 139

by Toad-san (#47289667) Attached to: Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

that never seems to quite come into production or actually get anywhere. I keep hoping, but .. sigh ...

I'll still keep recycling my plastic (and hope they aren't kidding me and just dumping it into the landfill anyway). Even if it ends up being "recycled" into park benches or whatever, it's better than nothing.

Comment: Re:that's odd (Score 2, Informative) 182

by Toad-san (#47190061) Attached to: Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

Wait! What world is that? I live in Nawth Ca'lina, where Duke Power is king. And coal ash is good for the roses. Where, now that almost all the shallow water wells are contaminated with fuel, chemicals and fertilizers, they're now targeting the deep aquifers with fracking. Yeah, THAT Nawth Ca'lina. And obviously not part of your world at all, alas.

Comment: Let's Not Oversimplify or Overcomplicate (Score 1) 222

by Toad-san (#47186911) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

I'll admit Hollywood and artists have given us some wonderfully scary imagery of the killer robots of the future:

But I suspect the real future will be more like:

Or the much less vulnerable and maintainable:

Coupled with thermal imagery, a simple AI to identify sneaking human patrols, and (at least at first) a go/no go command from some Private Tentpeg hunkered down in a bunker or OP somewhere. Trust me on this: I've BEEN that Private Tentpeg .. and later, his supervisor. It isn't far, in the front lines, from a tripwire connected to a hand grenade" to a much more complicated (and even more lethal) machine. How much "intelligence" will be vested in that machine is just a quibble. Trip wires aren't smart at all, yet we've never hesitated to use them.

You will lose an important disk file.