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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Crookdotter Re:How is this different from sensory deprivation? (333 comments)

They were shocked before the experiment began, and those participating responded that they would pay NOT to receive the shock again.

about 4 months ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Crookdotter Is Peston playing the game? (239 comments)

I get the feeling that by writing another article about it, which will be indexed by Google, Peston has worked around the problem of information going missing.

about 4 months ago

Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

Crookdotter This is such a weird story. (146 comments)

Does anyone know who the devs are? Why such a strange webpage and release? Are they trying to hint that the NSA has forced a backdoor upon them with the latest release and they've just nuked it? I use truecrypt and I want to know what the hell happened.

about 4 months ago

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

Crookdotter Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

When given the option of $600, why didn't you just fix it with some epoxy or somesuch?

about 5 months ago

Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code

Crookdotter Re:Safe until they evolve a fix (85 comments)

I agree. How did the life on earth develop with very little amino acids available? It happened slowly, over time. A puddle of this bacteria could conceivably grow, absorbing and utilising the needed elements from rocks around the place. That's what life does. Yeah, millions of years, but don't say this can be 100% controlled. Not that I'm concerned either.

about 5 months ago

Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Crookdotter Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

The port was inset at the end of the trench. You'd have to go into the trench at some point so your proton torpedoes could hit it, and they seemed to need the computer to line up the shot, so you need to be a reasonable distance away to enter the trench. With a rolling dynamic battle with TIE's above the DS, I guess the exact entry point would be somewhat fluid.

You couldn't just head straight for it as the guns would have a very clear shot of you diving straight down, and you wouldn't be able to pull up in time (the torpedoes seem to need to be fired close to the target) and ramming the port suicide fashion after firing might exclude future attempts if yours didn't go in.

about 5 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

Crookdotter Re:Autism Schmautism (747 comments)

If one person tells you that you are irresponsible and a bad, even dangerous parent, I'd say don't listen. But when dozens, hundreds, millions tell you? Everyone who has their children vaccinated doesn't have to ACTUALLY say the words to you do they?

You are a bad parent. Your children would be better off with someone else. I don't particularly care for you or yours one way or another - people die every day. But you decided to put your own children at risk? You have failed the number one principle of parenting.

Even relying on herd immunity is unhelpful. Herd immunity is there for those who cannot have the vaccinations, for one medical reason or another.

about 7 months ago

Nostalgic For the ZX Spectrum? Soon You Can Play With a New One

Crookdotter Re: keyboard... (91 comments)

I remember the keyboard being fast to type BASIC on as it was keywords.

about 8 months ago

Megatons To Megawatts Program Comes To a Close

Crookdotter Re:If there's a heaven I hope he goes there (125 comments)

... whose wife begged him to stop developing chemical weapons and when he refused, she shot herself in her broken heart with his revolver.

The same Haber who, next day, left for the front to oversee more weapons leaving behind his dead wife to be discovered by his 13 year old son.

What a guy.

about 9 months ago

New Technique For Optical Storage Claims 1 Petabyte On a Single DVD

Crookdotter Re:Optical density, schmoptical schmensity! (182 comments)

If I've RTFA correctly, this is one layer. they are circumventing Abbe's law by superimposing 2 beams where an effective write only occurs at the overlap, allowing a writing beam of 9nm.

about a year ago

HTC Does What Google Wouldn't: Sell an LTE Phone That Sidesteps AT&T

Crookdotter Re:Looks great! Except, it needs a hole in its hea (290 comments)

And to hell with convergence? How much extra would it cost to put in an sd slot? The alternative is to carry around 2 devices in that world. With just a little extra we can have all the local storage we want. I love my nexus 4, but I really wish it had an sd slot. Poor network in areas, download limits and the like means I can only carry about a 10th of my music collection with me reliably - about 4gig ish. I'd like to carry it all, or at least a more significant proportion. A 64gb card would allow that.

It's not about cost, it's about philosophy. Cloud storage means beign tied to one service. I want my files local, audio and video. I don't want to stream what I already downloaded. That's repeat downloading - what about efficiency?

about a year and a half ago

BeagleBone Black Released With 1GHz Cortex-A8 For Only $45

Crookdotter Re:Neat. (142 comments)

And the physical dimensions of your second hand Core Duo machine is............?

Apples and oranges.

about a year and a half ago

Google Reportedly Making a Smartwatch, Too

Crookdotter Re:Barbra Streisand Effect? (196 comments)

Wasn't there all this with the iphone though? Ooooh look, it's MASSIVE! You'll look like a dork holding that big thing next to your ear.

Personally, I like the idea of a smart watch, phone and glasses. Battery life should be a priority I imagine, and any improvements in that tech will flow out to phones pretty much immediately I'd say. I think of it as a smartphone wrapped around your wrist that will be monitoring your pulse. Anything else it can access by skin contact to determine health?

I don't know, but a monitoring system that can auto alert the paramedics upon a clear heart attack, even if you're alone - will call and give gps, and there's a prior, crude datalog of heart activity beforehand? Count me in. It might even be able to say - hey dude, I've been monitoring your heart activity over the past year, and you should go see a doctor to look at X Y Z more carefully! That's a watch that I want.

about a year and a half ago

Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos

Crookdotter Re:Not a Placebo (240 comments)

Did they have the machine that goes ping! in the OR?

about a year and a half ago

Voyager 1 Officially Exits Our Solar System

Crookdotter I would like to ask........ (237 comments)

Do you think we will ever create another probe that would overtake Voyager 1 for distance from the sun?

about a year and a half ago

Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available

Crookdotter Amazing (127 comments)

And again. That video is amazing.

about a year and a half ago

'Connected' TVs Mostly Used Just Like the Unconnected Kind

Crookdotter How can I remoe ads from my smart TV? (217 comments)

I don't like paying for the thing and then it serving me ads over the internet. Can anyone detail an easy way to find where my TV is getting these ads from and block / replace them?

I've thought about a linux transparent proxy between the TV and my router, analysing the logs, then writing a script to replace the offending ad, but that just seems like too much bother, although replacing the ad with my own image has a definite appeal. Is there a decent router than can block a specific address or two to stop these ads?

about 2 years ago

Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

Crookdotter Re:If nothing else..... (1061 comments)

Come on. What about a restriction to not allow demonstrations at funerals? Is that not reasonable? Is that really so 'fascist'?

These poor sods are burying their 6 and 7 years olds, and you think it's ok for WBC to do this?

about 2 years ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Crookdotter Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

You have mental people, we have mental people. But YOUR mental people use guns, and you say that taking the guns away isn't a solution? Strike up another mental one. That's you, by the way.

about 2 years ago


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