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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

BetterThanCaesar A simpler solution (182 comments)

A simpler solution would be to just let all the genetically engineered, glow-in-the-dark lab animals out in the wild. The roadkill will light up the roads.

3 days ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

BetterThanCaesar Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't a 20kHz sine wave sound less harsh or loud compared to a 20kHz square wave?

It would not. The "harshness" is the overtones (40 kHz, 60 kHz, etc.), which you cannot hear. From a mechanical point of view, no matter how quickly the signal switches from low to high, the hairs in your cochlea are bound by their individual resonant frequencies, which limit their respective frequency ranges.

about two weeks ago

Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

BetterThanCaesar Re:Statistically Insignificant (137 comments)

I can refute this trivially within my own household.

Haha! Good one :-D Refuting a small-sample study with an anecdote, classic!

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

BetterThanCaesar Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

No, this is getting the cook fired by claiming there is hair in your food, because you spotted an Obama sticker on his car in the parking lot.

Not even close. Eich was not the cook with the power to choose a different amount of pepper; he was the chief executive officer with the power to make the rules that affect all employees, contributors, customers, and possibly even the world's web sites. Eich did not get fired, he was urged by a lot of people to step down, which he finally did.

And I don't even understand what the "hair in your food" is supposed to be an analogy of. Is the hair his contributions to Proposition 8, and the Obama sticker JavaScript?

about two weeks ago

Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

BetterThanCaesar Re:Winelib (130 comments)

Odd considering their (Wines) last copyright cockup was entirely due to an internal contributor committing decompiles of Microsoft binaries as contributed code...

The word you are looking for is the opposite of odd.


about a month ago

Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

BetterThanCaesar Re:not a surpise - coders should take notice (109 comments)

There's actually a lot of evidence that sitting down the majority of your awake time (8+ hours) is itself bad for the body, and cannot be made up for with physical exercise. Working a few hours standing up and being mildly active (i.e. taking walks) during free time is better. Of course, one hour spent at the gym is better than one more hour in the couch. I'm just saying that if you have the opportunity to work standing up, it is likely worth a lot more than you think!

about 2 months ago

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

BetterThanCaesar Re:I think I wrote one of these. (243 comments)

Step one is to compare file sizes. Since file sizes need to be identical in order for the files to be identical, and file sizes are already calculated and stored as metadata, this will greatly reduce the time needed.

  1. List all files with their respective sizes.
  2. Sort
  3. For each consecutive file in the list with the same size as the previous file, compare the MD5 hashes.

about 3 months ago

The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

BetterThanCaesar Re:Equality (509 comments)

Try making jokes about negative female stereotypes and see how quickly your posts got moderated down to -1 troll or flamebait by all the whiteknight pussybeggars around here.

I wonder why there are so few women on Slashdot. Could it be because of all the idiots who assume Slashdotters are always male, and accuse those who defend women's rights of doing it only to impress women?

about 4 months ago

Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

BetterThanCaesar Re:Math (495 comments)

Decrease of 150 tons of meat. Global production of meat 180 million tons. 150/180,000,000 - 0.00005%. Decrease in greenhouse gasses: 0.00005*.18 =0.000009%. Get a million of those together and you would have something.

Apart from the "I'm just one person out of 7 billion, so my meat consumption/petrol burning car/operating system choice/vote doesn't have impact" replies one could make, I'd like to point out that they are also showing a lot of young people (mostly men) that a meal doesn't have to contain meat. It is quote possible that these men will eat less meat (on average) during their lifetimes, influencing their families' consumption, and so on.

about 5 months ago

Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

BetterThanCaesar Re:But wait... (520 comments)

You're right, laws and rules don't work because they can be broken, and since they can be broken they're worthless. So let's not have any at all.

about 5 months ago

Meet the Guy Who Fact-Checks Stephen King On Stephen King

BetterThanCaesar Re:300 million books, each unique (121 comments)

Well, the bible sold a lot of copies, and though it's just one book - its writers *definitely* needed a continuity advisor, and the lack of one is clearly evident in the bible.

The Bible is not one book. It's a compilation of several books.

about 7 months ago

Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

BetterThanCaesar Re:No Analog is not better... (440 comments)

No, that's not how it works. You still get aliasing – unless you lowpass filter the signal before sampling it.

about 7 months ago

Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers

BetterThanCaesar Re:I know the government loves to lie to us... (490 comments)

Freedom or nannying, you get to pick just one.

Freedom or nannying.

Meat or vegetables.

Christian or Muslim.

Coffee or tea.

With us, or against us.

Black or white.

Never a greyscale or a third option to be seen.

about 9 months ago

Why Your Sysadmin Hates You

BetterThanCaesar Not just sysadmins (572 comments)

Or, you know, maybe treat all your employees and coworkers with respect.

about 10 months ago

NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

BetterThanCaesar Re:Dark days, months and year ahead (327 comments)

Sweden's FRA spying law, nobody could quite figure out why Sweden did that in 2008

While it's no secret that the Swedish government (unlike the Swedish people) acts as the US's lapdog, the FRA law allows only spying on data that crosses the border. FRA has no right to stored data, or data that travels only within the country's borders. If you believe they do PRISM-like spying, then you have no reason to believe the FRA law was necessary in the first place.

And you might be right, because the military more or less admitted they were already doing everything that the FRA law would later allowed them to. Also, I'm pretty sure my Gmail is stored abroad, which means FRA may read everything I get sent to me.

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

BetterThanCaesar Re:one (782 comments)

Xbox for Workgroups?

about a year ago

Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

BetterThanCaesar Re:It is time (207 comments)

That would require quite a large leap in time though. Star Trek is set in the 23th century and later; Star Wars is set "a long long time ago". Well, not counting for all the time travelling that goes on in Star Trek...

about a year ago

So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

BetterThanCaesar Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

Sometimes the father is not known or wants nothing to do with the mother. Are they still forced to take parental leave? Is the mother penalised if they don't?

No one is forced to take days off. You get a pool of 480 days off (with ~80% pay). Of those, a certain amount can only be used by the father, if one is registered. The rules are (to my knowledge) gender neutral, and work more or less the same for cases where the children are adopted, or the parents are gay.

about a year ago



Swedish Pirate Party Threatened To Stop Hosting The Pirate Bay

BetterThanCaesar BetterThanCaesar writes  |  about a year ago

BetterThanCaesar (625636) writes "The Swedish Pirate Party and their ISP Serious Tubes have received a letter from "The Rights Alliance" (formerly Antipiratbyrån, The Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau), demanding they cease supplying Internet access to The Pirate Bay. Referring to the final sentence on the four Pirate Bay profiles, they threaten with legal action if access is not removed by February 26. On her blog, party leader Anna Troberg calls the letter "extortion", pointing out that (translated from Swedish) "[i]t is not illegal to provide The Pirate Bay with Internet access. There is no list of illegal sites that ISPs cannot provide access to.""
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