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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Circlotron Re: Really now (145 comments)

E-waste gets positive spin in news article.

about a week ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Circlotron Re:In an alternate universe (145 comments)

Head of CIA, Muslim.

A person *cannot* change their skin colour. A person =can= become a Muslim. Therefore being a Muslim or not has nothing to do with race.

about a week ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

Circlotron I can't afford jet travel... (163 comments)

...so I just have to wait for daylight savings time to begin and end. Thats as close as I can get to jet lag.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Circlotron Re:Tonka Tough (431 comments)

You'd have to be both racist and ignorant of the iPhone to think that Chinese workers can't produce quality goods; like anyone else, they build to the specs that are given to them and standards that are expected of them.

Indeed. I have a pair of Chinese made (English) Wharfedale loudspeakers I got about 9-10 years ago and they are beautiful. Interesting thing is that there is not any indication either on the boxes or the user leaflet saying where they are made. They appear to be made to Wharfedale's specs, and that's the point - if no particular quality is specified then often made-in-China stuff is rubbish. One notable exception is AFAIAC is a Rigol DS2072 oscilloscope that I bought. Very nice. http://www.rigolna.com/ Hackable too -> http://www.eevblog.com/forum/t... Review -> http://www.eevblog.com/2013/04...

about a month ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

Circlotron Re:Fuck IPv6 (305 comments)

Out of curiosity, why haven't we just done that with an additional 1 number prefix for continent routing

That sounds so similar to segment:offset addressing I want to puke.

about a month ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Circlotron Re:Not so new. (172 comments)

My father told me they were using coconut juice in PNG during WW2. The idea was that seeing the patient wasn't competing in a triathlon they could temporarily get by with a lot less blood cells; the important thing was that there was enough liquid volume circulating, albeit diluted. Not enough volume means your heart starts sucking bubbles, then it's all over, red rover.

about a month ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Circlotron Re:Religious Objections (172 comments)

If it is made entirely of non-blood components I would have no objection. Same goes for non-blood volume expanders such as Haemaccel, Saline, Ringers Lactate, Dextran, etc.

about a month ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

Circlotron Re: Thanks. Bad naming. (132 comments)

"Is there a single word which is unambiguously pronounced around the world? " Taxi?

about a month and a half ago
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Federal Car Fleet To Become Test Bed For High-Tech Safety Gear

Circlotron Motivation (24 comments)

At least if some politician gets injured or killed because of the failure of some feature of the car (think Toyota sticking throttles, Ford Pinto gas tanks etc) then it won't get swept under the carpet like it might if it happened to some ordinary person.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code

Circlotron Obligatory (85 comments)

I for one, welcome our new bacteria overlords.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Circlotron Re:Silicon Chip (285 comments)

Yeah,I get Silicon Chip in my letterbox every month. A good hands-on magazine for people who like to make electronic stuff. And not just lame flashing lights either. Get a load of these past projects -> http://www.siliconchip.com.au/...

about 3 months ago
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Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging

Circlotron 99% fail rate probably (130 comments)

Make the magic pill available only to those that switch exclusively to desktop Linux and stay there.

about 4 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

Circlotron Re:Beta sucks! (164 comments)

Slashdot Beta = Unity desktop. 'nuff said.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Circlotron For Windows users (533 comments)

Probably the embedded code in keyboards that handles CTRL-ALT-DEL.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Circlotron Books banned by Churches that condemn them (796 comments)

Churches spent a lot of time and effort to dissuade people from reading the Bible back in the day. William Tyndale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale, John Wycliffe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wycliffe and Jan Hus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hus in particular were considered enemies of the church because of their efforts to put the Bible in the hands of ordinary people. Clearly there is stuff in the Bible that churches really don't want you to know about. Stuff that condemns them in no uncertain manner. My favourite is in Revelation chapter 17, the stated end of religion (the Great Harlot) at the hands of political powers (the Ten Horns). That day can't come soon enough.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Circlotron Re:Well... (796 comments)

Indeed. And for those that don't agree with an author's point of view doesn't mean you shouldn't read and so make yourself better informed as to why you hold a differing view.

about 7 months ago
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Huge Pool of Ice-Free Water Discovered Under Greenland Ice

Circlotron Slipping and sliding (135 comments)

If that water underneath the ice made it possible that the entire sheet of ice could slide off in one go, that would make projections of melting time somewhat irrelevant. Might just nead a bit of an earthquake to get things moving...

about 7 months ago
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Billion Star Surveyor 'Gaia' Lifts Off

Circlotron The real test... (77 comments)

...is whether it can detect Apollo 11 mission stuff on the moon. That would shut a few mouths. The Hubble telescope lacks sufficient resolution in the visible light range.

about 7 months ago

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