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Comment Re:Watching it in Elementary School (Score 1) 320

Yea same. I was in 2rd grade? My mother had me going to our church's school. It was very small, like 25 kids per grade and only kindergarten to 3th. Grades 1-3 were (kindergarten was in nap time I think) were in the TV room that had the big 29 inch floor TV that we watched PBS shows on. We watched it launch and explode. I still remember it today even though most of the rest of that school time there was a blur. Oh that and Halley's Comet. Funny how the only two things I really remember from those grades relate to space.

Honestly I don't remember how I felt about it, what everyone talked about, not even what I did that day. Just remembering it happen and where I was. Its like your mind marks that event not to be garbage collected even though it doesn't tag emotions or even who you were with at the time.

Comment Re:it's a cultural problem, unfixable via tech or (Score 1) 257

This is a symptom of a deep cultural problem, and I don't think either law or technology is going to fix it. At best, it'll just be another "law nobody knows about" that can be used for selective enforcement.

This need to post every microscopic facet of one's life to Facebook is rather sick, even under less tragic circumstances than a traffic accident. It's something that's badly broken about our narcissistic culture. It's bad enough when it's one's own private data, but when it involves some other human being who didn't agree, and in fact may have just suffered either the worst day of their life, or the last day of their life, it's even worse. It's a symptom of lack of empathy for other human beings.

The only way I see to fix this is long term and cultural, not short term and legal.

My grandfather recently told me this story. About 45 years ago he was saw an accident where the car hit something, flipped and had the occupant fly out, his head chopped off at the poll. He got out, picked up his 35mm camera and took a few shots. He came back to his car and drove off. This is not a "now" thing, People have been doing this since they have invented the camera. Hell, you see it in paintings from even before that. Any kind of long term solution means teaching everyone empathy. Considering the most exciting thing you can see when your in your teens is a dead guy and poking him with a stick, I doubt this will ever be solved.

I am not a hypocrite though, I asked if he still had the pictures but he said he didn't because a friend used his camera before him and removed the film. Hence his lessen, "Always make sure you have film in your camera"

Comment Re:Wesley Crusher (Score 1) 363

Wesley Crusher vs. Jar-Jar....let the hate and anger flow.....

Please. Wesley Crusher all the way. I don't know any nerd his age, that didn't want to BE him. His character might of been crap, but I would have a thunder-dome cage mach with Wil Wheaton to play him as a kid. And at the end of the day, Wil came out to be his own guy not defined by Star Trek so you can't even hate the actor. (On the flip side, why is Shatner still alive?)

Jar-Jar? There is nothing there. No one wants to sympathize with him, talk with him or even want to be him. At-least Wesley, while you could hate him as a character and be jealous of the actor. With Jar-Jar? He deserves not even our hate.

Why? If you cut all of his scenes and dialog, you can watch the movie and not lose anything. Whats even worse? You can leave him in episode 2, with no context and fans would be talking about this character. Who he was, why the hell did he give Palpatine the senite. Was he threatened? What was his deal! As it is, I would just punch Jar-Jar if I saw him. He will never be R2D2.

Comment Re:What ban? (Score 3, Informative) 125

If you RTFA you will find a link to a 2013 article about it: linky

I am sure there might of been a slashdot entry but alot of the eroctica section got nerfed. Then almost as soon as it happened it was back. Like almost no point to the whole thing. More likely not because of the outrage but because of the lawsuits on an undefined policy.

That's what the cloud fire guy is talking about. Companies arbitrarily deciding whats good or bad on their networks. He makes probery the best quote out of the whole thing:

"I'm somewhat skeptical of slippery slope arguments. But, if you ban books that depict sex with dinosaurs, it doesn't take much before you ban books." - CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince

Comment Re:Dead on Arrival - Voodoo 3D anyone? (Score 1) 174

Everyone said the same thing about the original Voodoo 3D card. But after the Voodoo 2 came out, even graphic card venders were jumping on the bandwagon. Yea this is going to be expensive, but if its good enough to see the future thats coming, it will be enough to jump start VR even at that price point.

Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 1) 152

I was just thinking about SPARC the other day. My old boss runs this electronics junk shop. He is closing down this month forever but I saw him in the back, taking apart old Sparc 10's and Ultras and pulling out the addon cards to try to sell off eBay. Sad really. He should of done that 10 years ago when they were worth much more:P

Comment Saw this first hand a few years back. (Score 1) 143

Really depends on the electronics. I worked at an electronics junk shop for a few years and we had this big scrap bin for junk that we thought was scrap. I look in it one day and I see like 7 PDP8 Omnibus boards. Thing is I didn't know what they were, I just knew the electronics on them was dated in the late 70's. I am sure thats what happened here with the Apple 1.

But yea. Your right about the second hand pickers. Out here in east Texas, some of these collectors are just wierd:P But there must be some money in it with all the "antique stores" out here

Comment Re:Come a long way (Score 1) 368

Everyone says it can fit in the cache of a CPU but CAN it? It seems to load mostly in lower memory and stays there. Sure its footprint is non-existent but I have yet to see an OS that does this feet.

Be nice if it could though. Load directly from flash to the cpu to do memory checks and or dumps when the watchdog dies.

Comment Re:intentional (Score 1) 416

I always kept wondering why they bothered destroying the copy of themselves on the Enterprise. It seems to me it would be far more effective to keep the landing party as clones of yourself, let them do their job and say "oh well" if they got killed. And of course at the end of the mission, you TELL them you're beaming them back up but - are those phaser banks charged yet scotty?

Believe it or not nothing is destroyed. The original Star Trek people didn't want to push the moral boundary's of "Are we murdering people every time we use this thing?" All they wanted was something to move the plot so they made it turn your body into a stream of mater that reassembles at the target. .

It makes some interesting mechanics and episodes. Of course they throw all this out the window when its convenient :P

Comment Re:all they have to do is lure them to a webpage (Score 1) 134

The side channel communication was kind of cool though (Usenix!) But seems completely useless unless there is another application looking for it. Its a web script that has to run at-least a minute and even then the author states it only gets 50% of the cache lines. Its easier to do a code injection in one of the wonderful holes in un-patched XP computers out there than do this kind of mission impossible.

Comment Re:This dimwit became a grandmaster? (Score 1) 237

Looks there was an Indian boy who was using a blue tooth device sewn into his cap and an accomplice. It went undetected for a long time, and he qualified for the nationals as the top seed. Even he shows more "thinking" than "run-to-the-toilet-and-look-at-iPhone" grand master.

I remember hearing that story a few years back. Funny enough it was the awful pun that made it stick with me ( Indian Chess Player Plays With Deep Blue...Tooth - Techdirt:P) Here is the wiki as I loath Techdirt for their puns

Hey! It looks like his Chess ban is up next year, damn 10 years makes me feel old:P

Comment Why the hell has no one suggested Lua? (Score 1) 215

I mean seriously. One of the strongest arguments for basic is that you don't need to teach someone functions to start a program. With the goto statement in Lua, you got that. At the very least, once the student knows lua and goes on to other things, it will be useful if he ever needs to use it as a scripting language.

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