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Comment Re:Yes but (Score 0) 201

Nevermind as decades pass, not ONE of the dire consequences ever comes to pass. I recall a short stint with "Global Cooling" that was trapped, as if in amber in "Barney Miller" in 1977 or so. Around that time Ted Danson, working with the usual suspects was heard to say "By 1980, children will no longer go outside to play, thanks to AcidRain(TM)."

The left (That'd be the party trying to choose for us our toilets, foods, cars and everything else) always has a set of dire predictions to sell. That's how they roll. Worse yet, it's how they take your freedom.

Comment Re:Lol, no worries. (Score 0) 629

Ya don't think?

Right now if you demand a congressman show where his latest law is allowed by the Constitution, YOU are the extremist!

I'm just shocked that the word "terrorist" ends up on the same page with the article talking about Muslims. We can't act like they don't mean to kill us; how BLIND would you have to be?

OK, you can mark me as "Troll" now; I've used those two words on the same article, and by open-minded Slashdot law, I, too, and an "Extremist".

(It doesn't stop them from sawing off heads.)

Comment I like how you think! (Score 0) 147

But let's check the data's source, first. Slashdot. Often times 'breakthroughs' are noted here to get grant money. I can't tell you how many times since about 1996 I've seen "flexible LCD displays for $10" and similar claims I've yet to see.

Until I pat someone on the back and they glow, I'm not getting my hopes up.

BUT YOU: get to the patent center, NOW.

Comment OK, let's develop the list... (Score 0) 127

Tractor beams.
Light Sabers.
Ray guns (not laser guns, but when are they getting upgraded?)
Flying cars (not these toys)
Supersonic (super-hydronic?) submarines.
$10 laptops.
Cheep mylar high-def, color screens that roll up like scrolls.
Fuel Cells.
Power for internal silicon from the blood stream.

How many times do we have to SEE such things advertised "now available" that never come to fruition?

I mean really. I've been seeing "cheap, rollup displays" announced about every year since 1996. When do they actually GET here, or should we just stop listening?

Comment Re:Slashdot could be hugely improved (Score 0) 624

I'm glad you mentioned that. The two stories are closely related.

First: a place where Conservatives are voting things DOWN? Amazing. They're so used tot having it done to them (see also ABC/CBS/NBC/MSNBC/etc who all carry the same message).

Second: Who uses DIGG, anyway? I can find my own stories and make my own judgements.

Third: Slashdot's a great example of the way things are online (as in #1). Wanna get modded down? Say something with the word "Christ" in it. Or say how you don't understand how spending every penny we can borrow makes us rich.

Both are Christian and Conservative viewpoints strictly forbidden here. I've had a "Bad" karma or worse for years, and it has nothing to do with name-calling or giving away nuclear secrets.

It's also why I scan headlines, and never point anyone back to this site. It still retains a little interest. No room for enlightenment, no room for challenge- you're just relegated to the bottom.

Clearly "diversity" has no room in the liberal mind.

Comment Not new, but glad he's caught! (Score 0) 774

There's a guy here in Indiana, a teacher, exposed for child porn on the computer in the teacher's lounge in 1994. No one ever asked the question why anyone would use porn in such a public place...and he's been jailed for a long time. I'm not sure he's out YET.

Putting a person in jail isn't a joke, a trick or prank. It's a kind of misery that causes some to kill themselves inside. It also causes people who aren't flushed with cash to lose their homes, families, cars....anything with a loan go away or divorce you.

I'm happy to see this bastard caught red-handed.

Comment Re:It's down to the cost of one disk? (Score 0) 551

No, it's really not.

Running Ubuntu Linux would be even cheaper, since no A/V software is needed and you won't be taking the box to a snot-nosed kid who'll search your drive for porn while charging $100 to remove the virus that software misses.

I know this; I worked at a PC repair depot. Recently.

To make things worse, you wouldn't NEED a backup disk for Ubuntu Linux. You usually run it until the drive dies, not the next crash.

When we DO care, we'll see even more desktop conversions.

Comment Re:Problems with this blog. (Score 1, Interesting) 206

I've felt the same way; just _because_ you can create 1,000,000 CPUs connected to a single bus doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. We're still limited to physics, and if they're x86 cores, we're still dealing with all that "address bus is multiplexed" crap that was a problem in 1985. (!)

I have the feeling that, if we're so enamored with multiple cores, they need to be smaller, simpler, and able to communicate amongst each other. This is how (in the real world) multiple CPUs actually map like the human brain.

Just how much memory and refresh cycles ARE there in synapse? (See the point?)

If we can arrange types of CPUs, give them the ability to communicate with every other node, put that 1,000,000 into a net with neural-net style layouts, and THEN we're talking.

Consider the Texas Instruments 1-bit CPU. Only 16 instructions and something like 7 of them are no-ops! All programs take the same amount of time to execute. You can make BANKS of these things, to create 2048-bit computers if you like. Of course, it helps to do this at the core-level, not the 8-pin DIP level. :)

Unfortunately for the traditional integrators, THIS is how we're going to the next level of operation. The PC has little in common with brains. It's a metaphor.

Comment I'm sorry....did we forget something? (Score 2, Informative) 284

I think the term was...oh, yeah:

C L I M A T E G A T E?

People in this group are natural thinkers. Are we also natural forgettors?

Al Gore shows the two, seemingly identical charts on roll-arounds because he wants to hide a one fact, and create another: that CO2, per the fossil record and no one's opinion, actually COOLS the planet, not heats it. The 800-year delay is the data that gets lost because they're on different charts. After the ocean has been "hot" 800 years, the CO2 in the ocean is released in great quantity and resolves the problem.

Then we have all that "here's how we make this information up" discussions from a dozen various "science" outlets.

So who GIVES A SHIT about tuning for zero-carbon? I think we have much bigger problems.

Comment While we're at it.... (Score 0) 415

Can we declare floppies of all sorts and CRTs to be obsolete and move on, too?

I can't *believe* how many places are still providing floppy drives; our junk drawers are full, and a single thumb drive is 20,000 floppies large!

(Hell I'm just doing handstands because they finally took out that stupid 'double-hole' in PC motherboards. Since nearly day one there was an ECO issued, and no one could be certain if the very last motherboard using the wrong pattern had finally died. BUT IT HAS! I was so sick of that!

I'd like to see a standardization towards double-height (or in the original nomenclature 'full height' drives, but done a different way:

Take the full-height bay and put four devices on it, with a USB connection, making them fully hot-swappable. After all these years, malware has made it such a pain to plug-n-play the entire stock of a user's data, and dropping all the user-specific data into a USB cradle would be a wonderful way to clear the disks, without taking up desk space, etc.

Comment Couldn't agree more: Here's why (Score 1, Insightful) 451

There used to be this place where you could do almost anything you wanted, as long as it didn't hurt anyone else. It was called America.

Nowdays though, it caters to people "who know better" and want to tax, then remove, fast food, salt, light bulbs, toilets and spray cans from our lives. These are called Progressives; the opposite of Conservatives, which *used*to*be*found* in republican ranks, but not so much, during the Bush years.

In that place, we were permitted to take a hair dryer into the shower with us. We could eat building materials. We could eat food that had never been to 160 degrees. It was wonderful: no one spooking around the house or setting up lawsuits. I know it was wonderful: I was there!

Now, I don't expect that Thailand will have better medical practices, but it's from the low number of people (0) who've told me "Wow, that Thailand- a heart valve in the morning, and child sex at night!" :>

But why would *anyone* stop this?

There's an argument of going someplace to kill one's self: clearly the person's so emotionally wrecked, it's probably not in their best interest, etc.

But to stop someone from going elsewhere for a procedure? Is the UN trying to stop things like this? This just makes no sense.

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