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Comment: moral police (Score 2) 375

by slayer_ix (#39571085) Attached to: US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!
In North America nobody is safe from the hand of the god damned moral police. People are fucked up, live with it. If they want to do something about child pornography go find the people that are making that shit. It is not a valid excuse to attack file hosting companies with, they didn't make the crap and they don't endorse it. There is a part of me that would love to see the world burn because I would rest assured that the idiots who propagate this kind of crap will be burning a bit faster than me.

+ - Hybrid Air Vehicle set for production->

Submitted by Darkman, Walkin Dude
Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) writes "A new airship design looks set for production after its manufacturers secured a £300 million contract with the US military, the heavier than air Hybrid Air Vehicle has the potential to realise the potential of airships which has long been overlooked after the initial teething problems earlier last century. With a carrying capacity of over a thousand tons and the ability to deliver that cargo to any location on earth, able to stay in the air for up to three weeks at a time, we could soon see Bladerunner-style airships in the skies overhead."
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Comment: Re:Predicted future news: (Score 1) 184

by Darkman, Walkin Dude (#34752620) Attached to: Why Digital Newsstands Stink
Really? You'd rather look at a bright monitor for reading purposes than a book? Wow. The ipad is a pretty toy, but that's the limit of it. Yes, you can use it for constructive work, but you can use a bag of lego for constructive work if you really want to. Even the interface is non optimal, one of the first computers I owned, the Spectrum ZX81, had buttons that were near flush with the computer for typing. It didn't work then and it doesn't work now, tactile feedback is Just Easier.

Before too long people will get tired of the shiny and drift on to something new, maybe apple will be there waiting with that something new, I don't know. This isn't speaking against apple as such, they have an unrivalled marketing department, just an assessment of the practical realities.

Comment: Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 288

by Darkman, Walkin Dude (#34731408) Attached to: 'Colonizing the Red Planet,' a How-To Guide

Some hunter-gatherers only had to work for 7 hours a week.

They then had to spend another fifty hours travelling, since the things you hunt tend to move away from you, and the fruit growing wild is a lot more sparse than you'd find in a farm, with the possible exception of tropical areas.

Comment: I think no (Score 1) 804

by slayer_ix (#34708566) Attached to: Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?
As someone who has experienced this first hand I say let people use laptops. I've used them for learning as well as getting distracted. Sometimes lectures are boring, if not using your laptop you'll be texting. If you get rid of the phones people read books/magazines. People should just police themselves on this type of thing.

Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use? 804

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-farmville-for-you dept.
theodp writes "If you were a college prof, think you could successfully compete for the attention of a lecture hall of Mac-packing students? CS student Carolyn blogs that a debate has sprung up on her campus about whether it is acceptable to use a laptop in class. And her school is hardly alone when it comes to struggling with appropriate in-classroom laptop use (vendor/corporate trainers would no doubt commiserate). The problem, she says, is that the OCD Facebookers aren't just devaluing their own education — there's a certain distraction factor to worry about. 'Students,' she suggests, 'should also communicate with each other more and tell their classmates when their computer use bothers them. I'll admit it, when I'm trying to pay attention to the lecture, even someone's screensaver in the row ahead of me can be a major distraction.'"

Comment: Re:The conspiracy: (Score 0) 346

by Darkman, Walkin Dude (#34666970) Attached to: Pickens Wind-Power Plan Comes To a Whimpering End
How is it cheaper to explore, drill, fail, and repeat numerous times for fossil fuels before finding something, lay down sub oceanic pipelines or move it via massive freighters, before being stored in valuable dockside space, move it again via trucks and pipes, then push it into gas stations or electrical power plants (where you lose yet more efficiency as it burns), than to pluck energy out of thin air and shunt it directly to consumers? All the fossil fuel industry has going for it is inertia.

Comment: Re:How much more (Score 1) 402

by Darkman, Walkin Dude (#34587878) Attached to: UN Considering Control of the Internet
However there has never been a mechanism to instantly make decisions as a group and have them ratified by whatever democratic process you choose before now. This is one of the reasons the internet is so important, its a new phenomenon, and one that clearly threatens entrenched concerns. There will always be respected spokepeople or what have you, but thats a lot different to executive leadership that doesn't have to justify its decisions. The vast majority might not want control, but the alternative is being led into whatever cattle pen to be dealth with by those who are not accountable as they see fit, so control they must ultimately have.

Comment: How much more (Score 5, Insightful) 402

by Darkman, Walkin Dude (#34586322) Attached to: UN Considering Control of the Internet
Will nobody rid us of these lawyer politicians, whose only understanding of communication is how it can be used to control others? For countless millenia, these fools have been holding back humanity, calling themselves priests, or the aristocracy, or the upper class, or whatever. Enough! Can we not have a "normal people's congress" on the internet or something. They want to control the internet? I say let the internet control them.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"