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Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

DFJA No internet (292 comments)

I never knew the original Titanic didn't have internet access. I thought it was supposed to be a luxury ship!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

DFJA Make home somewhere you really want to be (480 comments)

I've been home-working for 2 years now, and for most of the last year have been living somewhere far more interesting than my normal home (and about 5000 miles away). It's not often you get the opportunity to do this, so if living in another part of the world is something you've always wanted to do, why not combine the two?

more than 2 years ago
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See How Tough Your Immune System is With "Blood Wars"

DFJA Paper, Scissors, Rock (119 comments)

What happens here if you get into a paper, scissors, rock situation? This is perfectly possible, yet the algorithm for determining a winner doesn't seem to allow for this possibility. Presumably you just end up in an infinite loop, while the participants end up getting progressively sucked dry with every round. Having said that, this would really mean they are all losers as their immune system failed to anticipate this threat and failed to save the participant as a result.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap Metal-Insulator-Metal (MiM) Diode Created

DFJA Re:Ground breaking (137 comments)

the 'cheaper' part will magically disappear through the use of patent fee's.

I find it usually disappears as a result of the misuse of apostrophe's.

more than 3 years ago
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Self-Assembling Photovoltaic Cells

DFJA Re:40%! (103 comments)

Actually photosynthesis tops out at 25% efficiency. 11% using the sun's spectrum.

It all depends on where you want to measure the efficiency.

Can you provide a link for that 25% figure? If my 1% figure is too simplistic or just plain wrong I'd like to know about it - it was years ago I read it.

more than 3 years ago
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Self-Assembling Photovoltaic Cells

DFJA Re:40%! (103 comments)

One thing that is worth remembering is that plants have an energy conversion efficiency of about 1%, if I remember correctly. So although 12% may seem low it is still a lot better than nature achieves. This is worth bearing in mind when you see fields of oil seed rape or other energy crops being grown - it would be far more efficient to cover the land area with photovoltaics. You could even grow sheep in the gaps between the panels.

more than 3 years ago
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How Good Software Makes Us Stupid

DFJA Re:More like... (385 comments)

What would you have whined about had you lived two centuries ago before English had standardised spelling?

There, fixed that for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Siemens Sued For Providing Monitoring Equipment To Iran

DFJA Re:Law? (275 comments)

Vikings were people who taught their kids how to be inherently cruel by forcing them to rip wigs off live birds at the age of three.

I'd always wondered where the term "bald as a coot" came from.

more than 3 years ago
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Clashing Scores In the HTML5 Compatibility Test Wars

DFJA Re:Build Your Own Test (203 comments)

I never deal in perventages, it just seems...well, a bit percerted.

more than 4 years ago
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Hungarian Electric Car Splits Into Two Smaller Cars

DFJA Re:Quasi futuristic styling (147 comments)

No, they're wearing their tin-foil jumpsuit instead.

more than 4 years ago
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US To Build Nuclear Power Plants

DFJA Re:some facts about nuclear energy. (622 comments)

All 383 pages of it?

For the slow readers among us.....I think you can summarise it as "Whatever the mainstream press tells you is the solution is probably totally unrealistic, and most likely based on some vested interests". But seriously, this is an excellent read. Full of technical facts and details about a whole range of things that consume energy, with order-of-magnitude calculations about how much each could be improved through technological progress.

more than 4 years ago
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G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"

DFJA Re:WHAT? (630 comments)

So they should tell you to shut your eyes before the nuclear bomb goes off, I presume.

more than 3 years ago
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G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"

DFJA Re:WHAT? (630 comments)

There's a Geneva Convention specifically designed to cause blindness? Whatever will the Swiss think of next?

more than 3 years ago
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The Hard Drive Is Inside the Computer

DFJA Or is it a CPU? (876 comments)

In Latin America I have often heard the box you plug the mouse, keyboard and monitor into referred to as the "CPU". Now having a hard drive inside your CPU, that would be cool :-)

more than 5 years ago
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A Monster LED Array For Irresponsible Fun

DFJA Re:So.... (225 comments)

Or maybe just ensure they don't carry CD cases on top of their head...

more than 5 years ago
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LED Lighting As Cheap As CFLs Invented

DFJA Re:My first experience with LED lighting... (553 comments)

Having had a similar experience I'm very tempted to report the suppliers of these products to Trading Standards (UK) as it is a clear case of mis-representing the product being sold. It's perfectly possibly to make an accurate comparison by using lumens, I can think of only one reason why suppliers don't do this - because they wish to misrepresent the product. Having said that, some suppliers do quote lumens in some cases, but it needs to be consistent.

more than 5 years ago
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Bugs In Microsoft Technical Documentation Rising

DFJA Re:To the editors (146 comments)

You're not supposed to RTFA, idiot!

more than 5 years ago

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