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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

ColdGrits "Free" myself from glasses? Huh?! (550 comments)

My main reason is that I don't see the point. What is so wrong with glasses than I should want to pay thousands to have surgery on my eyes just to "free" myself from glasses? I've worn glasses for most of my life, can't say they bother me (and they do come in handy as others have noted as added physical protection at times!). Can't be doing with contact lenses though. Went for a trial, couldn't even keep my eye open for them to put the test lens in, so that was the end of that. Ugh, actually putting something on to the surface of one's eye? *shudder* Mind you, I can't have laser eye surgery even if I wanted it - a few years back I gave in and went for a test. The eye surgeon did the usual sight test stuff, measured my glasses to determine an initial prescription setting to test, figured out the final tested prescription was suitable for laser surgery, and started filling out the paperwork. "Umm, what about this double-cvision?" I asked, still sat in the chair with the eye test gear clamped to my head. "Huh? Oh." came the reply. Turns out that they can't do anything about double-vision, so even after surgery I'd still need glasses. Kinda destroyed his whole argument for having it, really! (I was a bit concerned that he had not spotted the glasses had double-vision correction in them when he was analysing them, too - wonder what else he might have missed had the surgery gone ahead?)

about 5 months ago
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Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

ColdGrits Re:Keep adjusting until it looks right (129 comments)

Meanwhile, all you ever needed to do was read Genesis to understand what really happened.

Meh, Genesis were never the same since Peter Gabriel left...

about 7 months ago
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How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed

ColdGrits Re:How about (231 comments)

Going forward, all CPUs shall be required to execute Java bytecode natively.

Well there was the PicoJava from Sun.
Or the MAJC from Sun

Both of which did exactly that.

Alas none are around any more...

about 8 months ago
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Wired Writer Imagines Google Island

ColdGrits Re: ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (150 comments)

You seriously believe that a gay person can't be homophobic? That's so naive that it's almost sweet (if it weren't so flawed). Fact is that many of the most homophobic bigots in this world are themselves gay.

about a year and a half ago
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CNN Replicates John Broder's Drive In the Tesla Model S

ColdGrits Re:How do we generate the power? (525 comments)

Within the next 10 years or so I am sure you will see many more solar powered homes.
That's what they said 10 years ago. Just sayin...

As I look through my window right now, I can see 16 homes.
6 of those have got solar panels on their roofs generating electricity (2 have also got solar water heating).
10 years ago none of them had any solar.

Just sayin'...

about 2 years ago
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China's Green Data Center Plans

ColdGrits Citation provided. (45 comments)

China is the largest investor in renewable energy of any country in the world.[citation needed]

China is the largest investor in renewable energy of any country in the world.[1]

[1] http://hardware.slashdot.org 2 Jan 2012.

more than 2 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

ColdGrits Re:Or.. (344 comments)

You might not be sad, but Sad Keanu is sad :-(

more than 3 years ago
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not

ColdGrits Re:Soon? (312 comments)

Imagine y = tan(x) x can not be 90. Yet x can be >90 or 90. There is nothing in Einstein's work to show c cannot be exceeded.

more than 3 years ago
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Last Days For Central IPv4 Address Pool

ColdGrits Re:Running out! The End! erm, again... (376 comments)

Uh-hu. You mean people like me who get on with things knowing it is all working fine and we don't need to waste money on a non-solution? Sounds to me like you are the sort of person who is the problem - trying to brow-beat people into giving you money in exchange for something we don't actually need! I note that at no stage did you offer any counter-argument to any of my points, instead you just mouthed off anonymously - that tells everyone all they need to know about your position...

more than 3 years ago
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Last Days For Central IPv4 Address Pool

ColdGrits Running out! The End! erm, again... (376 comments)

Thing is, people (usually those with a vested interest in IPv6) have been saying this for at least the past 10 years. Periodically they announce "Oh Noes! We are about to run out of IPv4 space any minute now! Change to IPv6 immediately or we are all doomed!" Only, as we have seen every single time, it's been nonsense. Are there enough IPv4 addresses for everything? Clearly not. Is this a problem? Again, clearly not. IPv4 plus NAT (and DHCP) is a perfectly good solution, it requires not changes in hardware, we don't have to rush out and buy new gear from those touting the IPv4-mageddon, we just carry on as we are with more than enough address space for everyone and everything. Why does my internet-enabled toaster NEED a publicly accessible globally unique IP address, when it is more than happy sitting in my kitchen using my house's private NAT pool which combined uses but 1 single public IP address? It doesn't. IPv6 is an overly complexed solution to a problem which was eliminated yonks ago. The only reason we keep getting these chicken-licken pronouncements of impending doom is because those with a vested interest in trying to flog IPv6 gear find their sales are down. Nothing more.

more than 3 years ago
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McDonald's Hacked and Customer Data Stolen

ColdGrits Re:Wait... (178 comments)

> it was apparently 20%

I don't know about you, but I find that worrisome.

Not worriesome, because there is zero data to confirm whether those passwords were anything like valid or not, thus no conclusions can be drawn whatsoever other than 20% of people figured out how to get a free bar of chocolate.
Nothing more, nothing less.

about 4 years ago
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Air Force Blocks NY Times, WaPo, Other Media

ColdGrits I sincerely hope ALL US authortities do the same.. (372 comments)

Be they the CIA, FBI, **AA, police, DHS, the armed forces - every single one of them. Because then, all each of us has to do is include some of the Wikileaked documents on our personal sites, blogs, etc, and then none of the US authorities will be allowed to read our sites, thus protecting us all from their pathetic attempts to classify the entire world's population as dangerous terrorists. Result! Wonder if it would also stop the likes of Hillary Clinton from ordering for the illegal bugging of senior members of the UN? Opps, Wikileaked there...

about 4 years ago
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McDonald's Hacked and Customer Data Stolen

ColdGrits Re:Wait... (178 comments)

Too lazy to google, but I seem to recall something in the last months about a similar thing, where people were offered a bar of chocolate or something in exchange for their password.

First, it was over 2 years ago.
Second it was apparently 20% of people gave their passwords in exchange for chocolate.
http://www.darknet.org.uk/2008/04/chocolate-owns-your-passwords/

However, the key thing is - the survey had absolutely zero way of confirming whether the passwords were genuine or not.

You know what? Some random in the street offers me a bar of chocolate in exchange for my password, I'll gladly trade; I end up with a free bar of chocolate, they end up with a garbage string of characters which isn't my password to anything at all. Seems I would be included in that 20%, but my security would have remained uncompromised and I'd be better off to the tune of 1 bar of chocolate.

which all just goes to show that the survey was crap, the results equally so.

about 4 years ago
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Programming Mistakes To Avoid

ColdGrits Re:Pointer typedefs (394 comments)

That const doesn't do what you think it does.

It never does.

Fundamental rules of programming -

  1. Constants aren't.
  2. Variables won't.

about 4 years ago
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Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

ColdGrits Indifference towards real life? (779 comments)

Tell us, Papa Ratzi, how else would you describe someone who adtively protects, supports, defends and hides known repeat paedophiles, hmm?
That sounds exactly like someone who is indifferent toward real life.
So get off your high horse and join the real world.
And startby turning over those of your priests who are paedos to the lawful authorities and stop protecting, supporting, defending and hiding the paedos.

more than 4 years ago
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Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover

ColdGrits Worth it! (264 comments)

If it delays the release of another of her albums full of coma-inducing, obnoxious whining shit, then that's GOT to be worth it.
For the good of music and of mankind as a whole, let's hope he succeeds!

more than 4 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

ColdGrits Re:Already here (482 comments)

Ah, you'll be wanting our dual inline DIMM memory module's, I take it?

more than 4 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

ColdGrits Re:Already here (482 comments)

In a previous company, our Marketing Director was showing some potential marks, I mean "customers" round the labs.
He came to some prototypes we were working on, and proudly showed off his Tech Skillz to the assembled masses by announcing that "Here's where we assemble our prototypes using printed PCB circuit boards".

I kid you not :-(

more than 4 years ago
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Morphing Metals

ColdGrits Re:News? (121 comments)

<quote><blockquote><div><p>Are we to expect a slew of articles about 80 year old discoveries now?!</p></div></blockquote><p>Look at the bright side: none of the articles will be dupes!</p></quote>

Not for another 80 years, anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Morphing Metals

ColdGrits News? (121 comments)

Are we to expect a slew of articles about 80 year old discoveries now?!

SMAs have been well known about for decades, well written about for decades, just what is the point if this article?!

more than 4 years ago

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