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Comment: Re: No real surprise (Score 2, Insightful) 710

by pollarda (#47454579) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

1) The reference to Al Gore is relevant. Al Gore is a primary shareholder in some of the companies that have been formed to trade carbon credits. Needless to say, it creates a conflict of interest which ought to cause people to think a little more carefully about what he has to say.

2) Al Gore after his movie and various environmental statements should be an example of good environmental behavior rather than the opposite -- especially if he truly believes it. Additionally, it is fair to assume he has seen data that most of us have not and would adjust his behavior accordingly.

3) It doesn't matter whether a conservative author said it or whether it was said by Pol Pot. It is true or it is not. Giving credit to the author of a statement is the right thing to do no matter who said it. Ad homonym attacks are just plain dumb.

Comment: Re:I'm gonna assign a unique IP address to each at (Score 1) 250

It is a sure bet that once it gets codified into a standard that we can only communicate with our universe and integrated into a host of products, we will discover that we can in fact communicate with multiple universes. Luckily, there is the likely possibility that there are a host of other universes won't make this mistake.

Comment: I'm gonna assign a unique IP address to each atom (Score 0) 250

of each member of my family. That way the various atoms can self report as to the location of their component parts bypassing the quantum mechanical problems of actually looking at electrons (for example) to find out where they are at and by looking changing their orbital pattern.

Facebook: Electron six is coming around the top bend at approximately 186,000mps, whoooeeeeeee!!!!!"
Electrons 5 and 9 narrowly avoided a collision at the bottom half of their orbit, only their charges saved them from a disastrous end.

If this catches on, we will probably start running out of IPv6 addresses sooner than originally thought. Besides, this is far more exciting than watching Facebook to see if your friends are going to the hardware store.

Comment: Re:EPIC FAIL of summary (Score 1) 76

by pollarda (#47054117) Attached to: Kaleidescape Settles With DVD CCA But No Victory For DRM

Yes, __ word "The" volunteered to be dismissed. __ word "The" had family problems. __ children were running wild and ___ wife was pissed. As they say, if ___ wife isn't happy then nobody is happy. Unfortunately, on __ way home, "The", was run over by a Prius. ___ police suspect that "The" didn't hear ___ car as it came around a corner and was subsequently into what can only be described as a word pancake.

Please make note of this tragedy, ___ indefinite article will be missed.

Followup: ___ judge who filed ___ dismissal committed suicide. __ suicide note said that ___ thought of writing rulings without ___ word ___ will be a royal pain in __ patootie.

Comment: Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (Score 1) 216

by pollarda (#46985057) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet
In my mind is for that price, it had better be a direct satellite connection. (In which case it would be worth it -- especially if I could get a cheaper cell connection when I'm not out in the boonies.) Sat connections aren't cheap (usually about $1.00/min for a sat phone connection.) But for a cell connection, this price is outrageous....

Comment: Re:So what's the problem? (Score 0) 205

by pollarda (#46618507) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban
OK, perhaps the HP35 didn't have the beveled keys but, the classic HP keys have been beveled almost from the beginning. True, the alphabet isn't a QWERTY keyboard (you switched into Alpha by hitting the "Alpha" key on top). Even so, it would be pretty obvious to arrange them into a QWERTY format for a different application. For example:

Comment: Re:So what's the problem? (Score 1) 205

by pollarda (#46617469) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban
Yes, if you want to call the 9100 a calculator. ;-) Actually, I have one. It was really cool and had ferrid core memory and gold plated PC board. I've also got a few HP35s floating about both with and without the printed keys. Ah, the wonders of growing up in Los Alamos and what was once known as Zia Salvage. (They even had a nuclear rocket engine at one point -- though probably without the core.)

Comment: Re:So what's the problem? (Score 3, Informative) 205

by pollarda (#46617265) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban
Beveled Keys have been in use since the HP 35 calculator. The HP35 was HP's very first calculator and the first iterations only had printing on a few of the keys -- the rest of the key designations were printed on the board the keys protruded through. The HP41 (early to mid 1980's) had a full alphabet keyboard as well as punctuation and all the keys were beveled. As I understand the patent, it should be thrown out due to prior art or at least obviousness since all the HP keys were beveled.

Comment: Re:interesting story, shit website (Score 5, Informative) 89

by pollarda (#46433511) Attached to: How Tutankhamun's DNA Became a Battleground
FYI: The "Mormon Church" as you describe it is actually a team at BYU that specializes in genetic identification of family relationships. One of their geneticists is one of the top in the country and to date, they have identified a number of unknown mummies who have been floating around various museums. They have also built a genetic family tree. There is all sorts of things one can learn about ancient Egypt this way. (For example, just because historical records say that two people are related, it doesn't mean they are genetically.) The BYU team has no interest in it from a religious perspective. King Tut wouldn't provide any additional "religious" information than the other 30+ mummies they have already worked with. They are very interested in it from a scientific perspective which is another way of saying that they are curious as all scientists should be.

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