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Comment Re:Typical slashdot summary (Score 1, Insightful) 206

That would have been an amazing(ly terrifying) meeting between world leaders. Truman and Stalins exchange at the Potsdam conference might have gone quite quite differently. Or perhaps it was that conference that made Truman want to go to such lengths to put a nuke on the moon to show American might? Brinksmanship is such a strange game.

Comment Re:Put badge in microwave for 10 seconds. (Score 1) 743

Off topic, but your comment took me back. In 1998, me and 2 others decided to do something similar to what you did. We skipped out on school and drove to the school where my girlfriend (now wife) was at, with the intention of getting her out of school for lunch. I wrote up a note and went into the main office and presented it to them, saying I was her brother and had a message for her. They took the note, so I left and went back to the car. They gave her the message without reading it. When the bell rang, she came out and off we all went to lunch. If they would have read the note, they would have busted us as it basically detailed out where we were parked and our intentions.

Comment Re:the next extention, cheating (Score 1) 75

Still right, but you are correct as well. And not even just education. I could use this at work. Say I'm working on trying to figure out why reset isn't working on this VM I'm running that has kernel panic'd. It could take a glance at a few key bits and go out and scour the internet for solutions while I go validate all of the mundane bits are correct (or perhaps it has even better knowledge than the internet if you pay for license fee). It is basically Microsoft Bob of the future, that could assist / complement the user in any specific task that it has a knowledge domain on. There are so many uses that it is silly. But first, they need to build it. I'm just suggesting some of the first uses will be to cheat, oh, and the military, but definitely to cheat.

Comment the next extention, cheating (Score 2) 75

As soon as something like this robot is able to be made, the miniaturized stealth version will no doubt follow. The device would just need a moment of line of sight on the test and could deliver the answers to you, perhaps in morse code skin taps. I suspect there are quite a few people who would love to be able to breeze into an engineering degree, as just one example.

Comment The Story of Minsc and Boo (Score 5, Interesting) 110

When I read the article, it reminded me of the story behind the Baldurs Gate characters Minsc and Boo. Apparently, Minsc's character game from an actual pencil & paper DnD game where he was a ranger who would keep a satchel full of rats with him. The purpose of the rats were to be uses as crude trap detectors, take one out of the bag and direct it to run down some hall, usually with a toss in the right direction. Unfortunately during one of these events, a trap exploded and loosed something that smashed into Minsc head with critical damage. Some time later, after Minsc recovered, his intelligence was significantly lowered and he lost most of his memory, to the point he went from a ranger to a barbarian. He found a lone critter still in his old satchel, and thought he was a long lost friend, Boo the gigantic miniature space hamster.

I wish the Army great successes in this small animal trap detecting program!

Comment Re:Another Previously Unreleased Software Applicat (Score 1) 114

I have an unfinished slot machine game that I programmed somewhere around 2001. I'll beet your $1000 and offer it for $999. Any takers?

In 1998, I wrote a tic-tac-toe game that you and a friend could play together, using two separate computers, via... dare I say it!? Why via TCP socket wizardry! ...and the like, all done in what little of C++ I knew! I promise you it is still in its completed beta form! Even still, it has been very well tested, in the tens of times, or more... works like a charm! I'm practically giving it away for the low low price of $998.42!! ACT NOW!!!

Comment Re:Tort reform has been badly needed since the 190 (Score 1) 169

>>>You can buy a used car every 4 years at even the low rates of car insurance.

Nationwide insures me for just $110 a month. So that would be $880 over four years..... not enough to buy a car, unless it's a really old one (like 1997).

Math fail? $110 a month, multiplied by 8 months, equals $880. $110 a month, multiplied by 48 months (since there are 12 months in a year, multiplied by 4 years, equals 48 months, are you still with me?), equals $5280, which happens to the around the price of an okay, not great, but pretty okay used car, plus the cost to get it registered. Give it a few months and if this used car was an automatic, maybe you'll need another 24 months (2 years) worth of car insurance in order to get the transmission fixed.

Comment High Performance Clusters (Score 2) 464

Makes little sense to not run on metal when using an HPC. I can understand the benefit of being able to better utilize the hardware you have, as well as the potential lessening of your datacenter footprint in space, cooling, electric, etc. but when you are dependent on having quick(and ever quicker) turn around times because of business needs, it hasn't been my experience that the cloud makes sense, at least in production environments. Granted, for Dev & QA HPCs, go for it, but not for production.

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