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Comment Re:Don't try (Score 1) 726

I'm a bit late on this, but something he should keep in mind is that the Lucky Starr books are a bit dated in their science. I'm not sure if you're going for "fun read" or "get the kid into genuine science," but there are parts of some of them that are flat-out wrong.

"Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus" is the most obviously incorrect one, but I seem to recall that the original one ("Lucky Starr - Space Ranger") got some things wrong as well. Just something to keep in mind - a lot of Asimov's stuff has aged extremely well, but that particular series didn't.

Also, the pen name was Paul French - but the volume I have also has Asimov's name on it.

Comment This has been known for years... (Score 1) 307

... as a rumor, at least.

I worked with high-power RF in the military for 5 years, and it was "common knowledge" that the SHF curse was alive and well. Men who worked with the radios had the "curse" of only having female children when they had kids at all. As such, I'm totally unsurprised at reading this.

Comment Re:Wouldn't that take a lot from the game? (Score 1) 141

I'm just imagining Lou Piniella shouting at a robot umpire, taking off his cap, throwing it on the ground at the robot's feet, picking up a base, throwing it down the right field line, picking up the robot ump, carrying it with him, throwing the base some more, and repeating.

... it's funny, but it doesn't quite have the same impact.

DRM

Submission + - Capcom announces unreplayable game (dvice.com) 3

Hatta writes: Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be an experience that can be completed once per customer. Using a single, unwipable save slot Capcom ensures that a second hand customer gets a second rate experience. If you buy this game used, you will be stuck with the previous owner's progress, unable to start the game fresh.

Submission + - Student suspended for posting on YouTube (theglobeandmail.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian student has been suspended from school and had the police called on him due to satirical animations that he posted to YouTube.

Jack Christie, a 12th-grade student at the Donald A. Wilson Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, created the videos in his own time, off-campus.

Comment Oh noes! (Score 1) 323

Golly gee! This law being passed is going to screw EVERYTHING up for me!

Or not. I'll keep doing what I've done in the past - if I want to hear something, I'll listen to it on the radio or do without. Most of the movies coming out these days? I wouldn't spend money on those either.

Let's hope that they keep spending their money on bribes^H^H^H^H^H^Hcampaign contributions, and eventually go broke. Fuck 'em.

Comment Re:From TFA... (Score 1) 320

From TFA:

The nation has been at Yellow, "an elevated significant risk of terrorist attacks" for three years. International and domestic flights have been at an Orange "high risk of terrorist attacks" for the same period.
A proposal by the Homeland Security Advisory Council, unveiled late Tuesday, recommends removing two of the five colors, with a standard state of affairs being a "guarded" Yellow. The Green "low risk of terrorist attacks" might get removed altogether, meaning stay prepared for your morning subway commute to turn deadly at any moment.

I'll grant, I might be missing^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsuck and apparently missed something in the whole mess, but calling it a "guarded" yellow implied that they were going to use the current blue "guarded" definition for the new "yellow".

So yes, ignore me. I'ma go back to sleep now.

Comment Re:How can we churn? (Score 4, Informative) 116

I actually read TFA! "Churn" is apparently when people switch from one carrier to another, presumably at the end of the contract. (This answers both the parent poster, and one in this same thread)

That being said, it looks like they'd be using this data to identify who's likely to switch over, and sweeten their deals a bit to keep them - at least, in the context of cell phone companies and the like. Obviously, this has other implications outside of cell companies, but I'm sticking with the original thought on this one.

So how do we game this system? Find people who have recently changed carriers and start having them call you. Free better phone for staying with a carrier you'd probably have already stayed with!

Silly, yes, I know. Thanks.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 436

Oh god yes. I hear this at least two or three times a week, selling computers at a retail location. The only thing worse is when you tell someone "You're getting this new computer - you should get antivirus software. The crap it comes with is a 60 day trial, and you're not really going to be protected if you don't get -something-."

And then three months later, they roll in with "Fix my computer! It's broken!"

"Sure! We'll fix it for $170. $200 if you want us to install antivirus software for you."

And then the teeth gnashing, anger, railing about how "it should just work"... and then the payment, because they want their internets back. And relating these stories still doesn't affect the people too cheap/stupid to get it when it's recommended to them when they're buying the thing.

+1 for truth (I have mod points, but I wanted to pipe in on this discussion)

(Note, since this has come up before: Yes, us here on ./ are typically savvy enough to use some sort of free(or paid) antivirus and remove any crap that ends up on the computer despite it. But if you think those prices are steep for the regular computer user, you haven't dealt with them before - consider it an idiot tax, if nothing else)

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 224

I had the same thought, and I'm surprised it took this long in the discussion to come up.

On the note of the whole thread, I feel -really- young. I got my first computer at the age of ~8 or so (in Christmas of 1990), took a year fucking it up before I figured everything out, got CS at something like 10, and lost it 4 or 5 months later because I racked up a $150 bill on CB chat and my parents cancelled the service.

And all that being said, a tip of the hat to the service that showed me that my computer wasn't -just- for reinstalling Windows every three days. (don't ask)

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