* Posts by Nate

31 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007

Wolfram Alpha to venture beyond boron nucleus



..."everyone" calls W-A a "failure" ...now I'm just wondering what that means? Are we talking about internet users as a whole? Don't forget, these are the same people who think icanhazcheezburger is worthy of a bookmark.

Alpha shows a good bit of promise, but it's not totally there yet. Also, it's not FOR everyone. My impression, thus far, is that people seem to think Wolfram is touting it as a Google-buster. Which, uhm, has never been said. It's a source of data and statistical knowledge, not an Internet meme gathering service like G or Y!.

Microsoft blocks dirty dozen apps from mobile store



Just based on wording...aren't VOIP over wifi and VOIP over "the carrier's network" totally different things?

Blocking VOIP over the carrier's network "makes sense" from the vendor's position -- it's free minutes for the user. That's (sort of) like Burger King giving you free refills when you walk in off the street with a Wendy's cup.

Arizona teen's mobile shops him to cops

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Ah, Home....

It's nice seeing Phoenix pop up on the Reg's radar... but then again, why did you have to showcase the stupidity of our youngsters?

Man gets life for killing game-obsessed partner


She probably...

...preferred gaming to sex, if we are to take yesterday's article seriously. That gives her hubby/boyfriend sufficient motive to bonk her in the more literal sense, yeah?

PS3 players prefer gaming to bonking


Say what?

Quote, "Other guys simply said sex was 'not as much fun as a night playing videogames'."

Clearly, they're doing it wrong.

Now, if the question was "would you postpone sex in order to defeat a boss?" I would have to answer in the affirmative.

Obama wants to wring fat dollar from mobile operators



"...it seems unlikely the industry is going to hand over just shy of $5bn without a fight."

Right. And we all know where that extra money is going to come from: our wallets.

I mean seriously, we'll just see an extra "Spectrum license user fee" tacked on to our bills. It's added to the Carrier's bill, and they'll turn right around and add it to ours.

But at least it's not a tax increase, right? ...right???

Dalai Lama's Twitter account is a fake

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Re: Telling if it was a fake?


KDE hopes to fill boots with 4.2 release



This term has to stop. Freetards download crap they should otherwise be paying for -- or so I thought.

KDE is free. You're not a Freetard for downloading it. You're a Freetard for downloading a Windows ISO, without owning a copy of it to begin with.

Seriously. That's just ignorant, and insulting.

US teen clocks up 14,528 text messages


Ban texts after dinner?

How about banning texts during SCHOOL HOURS? There's no way she did all of that in her free time.

Crash survivor Twitters from burning plane (false)



"Anyone with so little sense as to be twittering deserves to die. It really is that simple."

There. Fixed that for ya.

YouTube 'poisoned baby food' hoaxer pleads guilty



You need to understand "freedom of speech" better -- there *are* limitations to it. Specifically when it comes to someone harming lives, liberty, or property of others (per Supreme Court Ruling).

IMO, the charge of "threats in interstate commerce" is very applicable. He should get in trouble for it.

Now, go do your homework, and don't make silly assumptions about the Constitution and it's Amendments.

Supersonic fighters could snuff out hurricanes


Re: Tampering with nature?

Hurricanes are Mother Nature's way of telling us that we need to take a break from our debauchery and/or provide us with a real-life Big Bad Wolf-style lesson about home construction.

...too soon?

China slams Guns N' Roses album

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I never thought I'd say this...

...but I actually agree with China on this one.

Though, our reasons for wanting to ban the album are decidedly different.

Kids blame technology for homework hand-in failures


Slow on the uptake?

"Sue Cooke, Assistant Headteacher at Wallington County Grammar School, Surrey, said: 'We are definitely wising up to their tech trickery.'"

So, you're telling me that it took a while for teachers to "wise up" to a kid lying about his dog eating his work? C'mon. The only thing that's changed is the crappy excuse. A broken computer is no better than a poorly trained pup.

Maybe teachers are dumber/lazier/more gullible than they used to be?

Bebo users release interstellar spamgasm at Gliese 581


Let's just hope...


A) Zaitsev and whoever else might be aiming the telescope is off by a degree or two (I'd even settle for a few seconds of error)


2) Our Gliesian pseudo-neighbors aren't sitting in the right place at the right time when our spamvertisement reaches them.

We only need one of two in order to be saved from intergalactic humiliation.

Ubuntu documentation in shreds


Re: Demonstrates the problem...

@AC: Uh. No. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

IMO, you have zero clue about the industry. I don't think there's a single company, or open source project that has produced a "consistently decent product, with all the trimmings."


Based on my own experience, I'd even go so far as to think that most "paid for" applications, operating systems, whatevers have LESS support, documentation and loyalty to their customers than most open source projects.

Go do a little research, and then tell me if F/OSS groups are less reliable. I don't think you'll be able to do that.

Bear prints found on Georgian cyber-attacks


Are we professionals?

"We know that the Russian government controls those servers theoretically, if they have not been 'pwned' by somebody else," Jackson told eWeek

pwned? Are you serious? I think fifteen-year-olds sound like fools when they use that term, much less an adult, let alone in a professional interview.

Killer Satnavs amok in 'Utah Polyhedron' phenomenon


Hey, Mr. Cohen....

"'For now, I don't want anybody to know about it,' said Daniel Cohen...as he described his ordeal to global news service AP."

Methinks it's too late, Danny. If you want to hide your shame, don't provide your name and a quote to an international news organization.

Meet the UK's most spammed man


Re: AC's Shotgun Marketing

I think that they really *DO* know stuff about us, but their algorithm is bad.

See, I'm not overweight, am of average "size", and own a few nice watches. Until recently, I did not have a mortgage, so was not in need of refinancing. but, I recieved all of these messages. (I also, without a doubt, do not have any relatives in Africa)

But recently, I bought my first home, and as such, "might" have need of a refinancing....that's when the mortgage spam stopped.

Co-incidence? I think not, my friends.

Mars whacked by object bigger than Pluto



This is karma for evicting our dainty neighbor on the outskirts of town. Except that he knew it was going to happen 3 billion years ago, and sent his drunkard brother-in-law in our direction.

Fortunately for us, the poor bastard was so lit, he ran into the wrong planet.

DARPA working on T-ray spyeye spectacle tech


Acres of high-class Renaissance-era pornorotica

Maybe now we'll get to see why ol' Lisa is smiling so apathetically...

Mine's the one with the 50s-era x-ray glasses in the pocket.

Hackers start poking holes in NFC


I cannot wait, either

Until I'm walking down the street, and I start getting spammed by physical posters next to me.

"Smart Posters" loading URLs into my phone's browser. Noooo thank you.

Mine's the one lined with tin foil.

Lightning-zapgun maker gets more US gov cash


Prominent Warning Label

"Do not look at beam with remaining good eye."

DARPA wants microscopic atom clocks on chips


...where dreams come true.

"Assuming that you dream of hypersonic spaceplanes, portable rayguns, mighty globe-roaming Z-wing stratocruisers, invincible semi-intelligent battle computers and things of that sort, anyway."

Who _doesn't_ dream of that stuff?

Dell waves goodbye to 1100 Canadians


Closed because...

Americans couldn't understand them due to the accent and politeness.

Mine's the red/black plaid one that smells like beer and hockey, eh.

Jules Verne mates with ISS


New Objective

I'm hoping they make a new ATV ^H^H^HWaste Container, named after Ayn Rand....

Mine's the one that is what it is.

Google pink slips 300 Doubleclickers


I wish I could lay off doubleclickers...

...it drives me crazy when they double-click everything, especially hyperlinks.

Microsoft rejects Yahoo! rejection

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MS rejects Web 2.0 moniker for IE


I'm sorry, but...

...who even *suggested* names like "iIE" and "IE for Web 2.0"? It sounds like horrible rumors from the blog world.

In either case, I do hope that they're meeting Simon at the pub after hours....

BOFH: A tragic accident

Dead Vulture

Just how many...

...people _have_ you murdered, Simon?

Not that most of them weren't justified, of course. Perhaps they're more..."mercy killings," yes?

Fairly realistic flying car offered for 2009 delivery

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...but, today's drivers....

"This would mean that learning to fly a PAV would be no more demanding than getting a regular driver's licence."

This fills me with a fear no words can describe. I don't know about drivers across the Pond, but here in the US of A, a majority of drivers don't deserve their licenses. But to allow these same people to pilot an aircraft?

Looks like I'll have to finish building the bomb shelter my grandfather started building in the 50s.


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