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Comment: Execute the fastest way possible (Score 3, Insightful) 553

Guillotine. Make sure the guides are sufficiently greased and the blade exquisitely sharp, it will be over in a second or so.

If there's a question about the instance of pain as the blade slices through the neck, rub a numbing solution on the skin.

Comment: I think one of my locals already has (Score 2) 283

by smooth wombat (#49501713) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

There was one station I would listen to, the local rock station (yes, it played real rock, not that poser stuff) and as of late, it sounds like crap.

The only way I can describe what it now sounds like would be tinny and clipped. Songs which used to have a roundness to them sound horrible. It's as if the treble has been tripled and the bass halved. Reminds me of when my work went from analog phones to the "new and improved" digital phones. Immediately voices sounded off and messages and voicemail could and would be jittery.

Fortunately there are still a few stations to flip through, including NPR, but it's the only time I listen to the radio. Normally I just bring my cds to listen to.

Comment: JFC! (Score 1) 85

by smooth wombat (#49479513) Attached to: Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera
to create self-powered cameras that can live on the internet of things.

Anyone who uses the term internet of things (IoC) when talking about a product should be shot on sight. Things DO NOT need to be connected to the internet.

If we can't secure the basic things already connected, important things such as power plants, traffic signals or government computers, wtf do you think will happen when crap like this is thrown in the mix?

Comment: Re:Oh this is easy .... (Score 2) 394

by smooth wombat (#49393807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?
I really wish I could leave mine behind more often and not be labelled as antisocial.

It's not antisocial to not be on your phone. In fact, it's the antithesis of not being antisocial.

Imagine what would happen if people weren't on their phones every waking moment. They'd have to TALK to someone they met on the street. How weird is that?

Comment: Re:Very simple answer (Score 1) 394

by smooth wombat (#49393547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

How did you get a sense of superiority out of what I said?

If people are so addicted to social media that they can't conceive of someone not having an interest to use any of them, the problem doesn't lie with those who have made the choice not to put their private lives on display.

Would you have the same opinion of someone who said they don't have a computer at home because they don't need one? Would you consider them to be superior to you?

Just because someone gives a statement about not having an interest in something doesn't make them smug. If that were the case, everyone on the planet would be smug.

Comment: Very simple answer (Score 4, Insightful) 394

by smooth wombat (#49393145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

Whenever someone asks why you don't have a social media account, all you need to tell them is:

I'm not a narcissist.

You don't believe your life is anyone else's business, no need to show them pictures of your latest adventure, no need for gratification from the unwashed masses. You are who you are.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

Imagine not needing to buy a car (Uber driverless anyone?)

So I have to wait for someone (something?) to pick me up? I can't just get in my own car and drive when I want to?

and only the truly well off will own their own, primarily to have a known nice clean vehicle.

Meaning more societal layering. "You don't have your own car? How quaint."

For some, that ride in to work would be work time,

Meaning working more for the same pay. Employers would be all for this.

Trucks could be scheduled to drive in non-rush hours.

You mean like many are already scheduled to run in non-rush hour times such as 4 AM?

Methinks you haven't thought through your ideas. Where may I subscribe to your newsletter?

Comment: Re:A Corollary for Code (Score 1) 232

by smooth wombat (#49378341) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
which often makes for horribly unintuitive or unnecessarily complex systems.

Indeed. Witness the unmitigated mess which are today's web pages, filled with mountains of complex code creating unintuitive navigation and unnecessarily complex layouts.

KISS has officially been abandoned in favor of crazy language tricks just because the programmer could.

"I've seen it. It's rubbish." -- Marvin the Paranoid Android