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Comment: Easy fat burning pill. (Score 1) 153

by wcrowe (#48581269) Attached to: "Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

It's easy to make a fat burning pill. First, you make the pill large and of sufficiently heavy metal so that it weighs anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds. Then you hold the pill over your head and do squat thrusts. Alternatively, you can also hold the pill at your waist and repeatedly curl it up to your chin. Using such a pill in this manner every day or so will eventually cause your fat to burn away.

Comment: That might explain what happened to me. (Score 0) 250

by wcrowe (#48525369) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Earlier this year I upgraded my iPod. Of course, in order to move the music from one to the other I had to sync with my iTunes library. Everything seemed to go smoothly and I was happy. Then, a few weeks later, I went to play some music that I used to have on my iPod, and it wasn't there. I have since noticed that quite a bit of my music has gone missing. My daughter said the same thing happened to her when she upgraded her iPod last year. I just chalked it up to buggy programming and that was that.

Now I read this story and I'm wondering if that is why my music is missing. Is it because those were songs that I ripped from CDs. Yet, iTunes did not get rid of ALL such music, that I know for certain. I still have the old library backed up, so I'm going to take a closer look at this mess.

Comment: My advice (Score 1) 584

by wcrowe (#48523561) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

My daughter wanted to be a princess when she was four years old too. So what? I let her be a princess however much she wanted. I also included her in my more manly outings. I took her with me when I went hunting or fishing, or to a baseball game, gun show, and even the barber. I taught her how to shoot, how to do minor car maintenance, and basic home improvement. I got her involved in things that are typically more masculine. Nevertheless, when she wanted to be a "princess", I did not discourage that ("You want to be Tinkerbell for Halloween? No problem"). She learned to be comfortable around men and not feel alienated in male-dominated venues, while at the same time feeling free to be as "girly" as she liked. She never got interested in coding, but she is a very successful chef (a male-dominated industry) and married a chef.

My advice: let your four year old daughter be whoever she wants to be. And if you want her to compete in a male-dominated world, then spend time with her and include her in your activities.

Comment: Pizza Trough (Score 1) 186

by wcrowe (#48517887) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

At first I was offended, because apparently, if I like to peruse the menu, I'm some sort of "problem" that needs to be "fixed". But then I realized that I haven't eaten at Pizaa Hut in 12 years, mainly because of their factory approach to dining. Herd 'em in. Get the pizza down their throats as quickly as possible. Herd 'em out. Pizza Hut? More like Pizza Trough. Who cares what they do? Just one more reason to avoid the place.

Comment: Congrats, Amazon, welcome to 1989! (Score 1) 110

by wcrowe (#48506649) Attached to: Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

I'm sick of hearing about Amazon's "amazing" robots. The story is everywhere. I remember touring the IBM plant in Rochester, MN, back in 1989 (this is the place where the AS400s were built). There were robots everywhere throughout the factory running all over the place. Congratulations Amazon, welcome to 1989!

Comment: Sounds like a good idea (Score 1) 481

by wcrowe (#48449091) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

The police ARE a fearful group to be avoided at all costs. We live in a police state. Or, at least, we live in a country where the police have been militarized to the point that they are dangerous to be around. These days, when they're sending in SWAT teams to collect overdue library books, even a middle-aged, law-abiding, white guy like me needs to be wary of the police.

Comment: Re:Instrumentation (Score 1) 195

by wcrowe (#48436413) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

That's kind of what I was thinking. The most "hackable" car I ever owned was a 1980 Jeep CJ7. It was super easy to work on. Lots of room in the engine compartment to put extra stuff. If you wanted something aftermarket in the interior or on the dashboard, you just drilled a hole or two and bolted it on. You could go with a hardtop, softtop, doors on, doors off, bikini top, or no top at all. And you could drive your hacked vehicle virtually anywhere. I wish I still had one.

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