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Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 2) 277

by guyniraxn (#49029927) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'
Interesting. I've been watching since the Craig Kilborn days and really enjoyed what Jon Stewart has done with the show but I think he lost his magic a few years ago. I'm excited to see what might be next for The Daily Show.

While Jon has been great, in recent years he's relied on the same self-deprecating and hammy schtick more and more. In contrast, Colbert has been far more clever and quick-witted, packing in more info while Stewart labors a subject with rants that deprive the show of more than one or two news items.

Comment: Re:Fellow Clean Room worker (Score 1) 232

by guyniraxn (#48632757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
I also work in a cleanroom. Usually one that is only smock and hairnet but sometimes full suit. I've been to many customer fabs with various restrictions so I'm having a hard time understanding how you can have access to a watch but not a phone tucked in to your cuff. This is what most working in cleanroom fabs around the world do, slide your phone under your cuff when you gown up and have easy access to it the rest of the day. If you're already pulling the cuff away to look at your watch then you can pull it to grab the phone too.

Comment: Re:Drop? (Score 1) 73

I noticed it about ten+ years ago when rappers/hip-hop artists used it to mean that they released a new album. It didn't take long before hip-hop slang became just American slang and artists of every genre started using it as if saying "release" was too effete. Now everyone says drop. I thought it sounded odd when it was just a hip-hop thing and even more odd now that it has been thoroughly appropriated by those quite far removed from that culture.

Comment: What? (Score 1) 233

"while Mexican wages have risen by less than 50 percent in U.S. dollar terms, contrary to our long-standing misconception that their labors were being slaved."

Mexican wages rising less than China's doesn't mean that they're wages aren't still low. Where are you getting this misconception about misconceptions? It's not in the linked article.

Comment: Re:Article doesn't go into details about quality (Score 1) 135

by guyniraxn (#47195625) Attached to: MIT Used Lobbying, Influence To Restore Nuclear Fusion Dream
But if MIT is assumed to be so inferior due to lack of "evidence," then why are they being cited just as much as, if not more than, their superiors? Regardless of "publish or perish," MIT is getting the mentions when these outside researchers could be citing Princeton (since they're assumed to be better), no?

Comment: Re:Why make a journalist suffer? (Score 1) 250

by guyniraxn (#47076113) Attached to: Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo
Not washing jeans regularly has been the advice from fashion pros forever. I'm not a fashionable person but I do know that frequent washing will make them fade pretty fast and I want to keep my blue jeans blue. For many years I've only been washing them when they smell or got something on them. Honestly, I can only think of one time when they have smelled bad, otherwise I manage to spill some food on them like once or twice a year. I think I only have four pairs in rotation at the moment.

Comment: Re:which could impact patient care (Score 1) 329

by guyniraxn (#46842979) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital
Exactly. This is another made up scare. The NetworkWorld article linked says the danger isn't in the DDOS attack but in the possibility that the evil hackers will "pivot" and probe for information. When they do that, vital life support systems assumed to be connected to the internet will malfunction because they presumably can't handle someone browsing for whatever actionable information NetworkWorld assumes Anonymous is after.

Comment: Re:Force them to warrenty whole unit.. (Score 3, Interesting) 526

by guyniraxn (#46209279) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC
I've had luck by emailing Michael Dell himself. I had bought my mother an All-in-One that failed within a couple months, due to harddrive failure. After getting dicked around by support who insisted that the warranty was expired, even going so far as to manually change it so the next time I went online it showed expired. I had a previous screenshot of the warranty with my tag number from their website and a dated invoice, sent that to big ole Mike with some choice words about how I will never buy another Dell and advise against anyone else doing so (being that I'm the "tech guy" amongst my family and friends). I finished the email with "Thanks for nothing!" The next day I was contacted by Executive Customer Support and scheduled someone to come to me to replace the harddrive.

+ - Rare Exoplanet Found in Star Cluster, Orbits Sun's 'Twin'->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine writes: Three new exoplanets have been discovered inside a star cluster, which is a rare find as only a handful of such exoplanets are known to exist. However, one of the three new finds is even more remarkable — it orbits a star that appears to be “an almost perfect solar twin.” The discovery was made by astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s HARPS exoplanet-hunting instrument attached to the 3.6-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile and was confirmed by other collaborating observatories. The astronomers’ attention was focused on the Messier 67 open star cluster, which is located approximately 2,600 light-years away in the constellation Cancer.
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