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Comment: When the Nine Billion Names of God are Printed (Score 1) 203

by tmjva (#49139145) Attached to: What Happens When Betelgeuse Explodes?

"The Nine Billion Names of God" is a 1953 science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke.

Now that the Tibetan Monks have laser printers, it is only a matter of time.

Come to think of it, it would also take a great deal of coordination for all the star lights to wink out on earth at nearly the same time.

Comment: Beware the Service Agency (Score 1) 700

by tmjva (#48997497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

Anecdotal Reference Sorry.

I have this home schooled friend in his mid-twenties who plays a character in my old school D&D game. While smart, he can barely read. We discovered this when I asked him to read the room descriptions his party was exploring.

He told us when he was about seventeen, the home school subscription service his Mother subscribed to lost its accreditation. (This kind of service supplied all the workbooks and materials for the schooling. I suspect they did all the grading by correspondence as well.) So he never did get an equivalent of a High School diploma.

So the gang even tried to get him enrolled in a GED course at the local Community College. He failed the test on the reading comprehension portion.

We'll keep trying.

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is there a video (Score 1) 271

by tmjva (#48997409) Attached to: Female-Run Companies Often do Better Than Male-Run Ones (Video)

That's why I always have my speakers on mute by default.

It isn't so much is there are videos, it is to prevent annoying the rest of the slaves in my cube farm.

My modus operandi is to open all the links from my slashdot firehose email, then close the tabs one by one as I read them.

By the time I got to this one, the video had already finished and I never knew it. (Because the speakers were off.)

Same thing with Drudgereport, must invariably it always happens, but here it is a rare occurrence.

Comment: Tales of Tomorrow! (Score 1) 235

by tmjva (#48721235) Attached to: The Billionaires' Space Club

Test Flight (Tales of tomorrow).
Season 1, episode 10.
Original air date: 26 October 1951.
An ambitious, headstrong businessman uses his huge personal fortune to construct a spaceship that will take him to Mars.
Cast: Lee J. Cobb (Wayne Crowder), Vinton Hayworth (Davis), Cameron Prud`Homme (Marty Peters) and Harry Townes (Wilkins).
From IMDB.
Very good story well developed. Great interpretation of Lee J. Cobb.

Comment: Tales of Tomorrow! (Score 1) 86

by tmjva (#48721229) Attached to: UK Arrest Over Xbox Live and Playstation Network Outages

Test Flight (Tales of tomorrow).
Season 1, episode 10.
Original air date: 26 October 1951.
An ambitious, headstrong businessman uses his huge personal fortune to construct a spaceship that will take him to Mars.
Cast: Lee J. Cobb (Wayne Crowder), Vinton Hayworth (Davis), Cameron Prud`Homme (Marty Peters) and Harry Townes (Wilkins).
From IMDB.
Very good story well developed. Great interpretation of Lee J. Cobb.

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