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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

DiamondGeezer Re:Three words... (233 comments)

+1 Informative. Sorry I can't mod you up but there it is.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

DiamondGeezer I'm going to pick you up on one thing... (233 comments)

Not to mention my mind isn't as sharp now as it was 20 years ago when I graduated high school.

Wrong! Unless you have early onset Alzheimer's, your brain can be as sharp or sharper than it was in high school. I'm 49 and doing 2nd year university math, physics and statistics and I'm MUCH better at any of them than I was when I graduated high school.


1. Join an astronomy club (mentioned above, but I'd reinforce it). See the wonder, gain experience and confidence from others.
2. Buy a small telescope with a motorized mount and learn to do some astrophotography
3. Do a course or two on edX or coursera - the way to get better at running is to run, the way to get better at science is to do science.
4. Reading books is good. Doing what the book says is much better.

Your mind is saying "feed me" so go feed it. You won't regret it.

4 days ago

iOS 8 Review

DiamondGeezer Re:No good for older iPhones (216 comments)

Which means that you have been abandoned, just like iPhone 3G and iPad 1.

Don't ya just love Apple?

5 days ago

iOS 8 Review

DiamondGeezer Re:No good for older iPhones (216 comments)

It adds so much cruft, it slows down the iPhone 4/4S to the point where it's barely usable

Ah yes, exactly what happened to the iPhone 3G and the original iPad. It's a form of post-purchase sabotage by Apple to drive people to upgrade their expensive hardware for more expensive hardware.

5 days ago

Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

DiamondGeezer Re:It's getting hotter still! (630 comments)

Perhaps the only denialist is yourself, who sees trends in red noise data and claims apocalypse is near.

about a week ago

When Scientists Give Up

DiamondGeezer Re:Easy solution (348 comments)

To the morons who marked my response "Flamebait", take a look at yourselves.

about two weeks ago

When Scientists Give Up

DiamondGeezer Re:Easy solution (348 comments)

Name any scientist who has been funded "up the Wazoo" by Exxon or any other fossil fuel company to disprove global warming/climate change.

With actual evidence of receipts and bursaries.

You can't?

I can name quite a few environmental groups and universities who have taken millions of dollars including Stanford University which got $500 million from Exxon Mobil.

That's the problem with fairy tales and urban myths - they're near impossible to disprove to the gullible and easily misled.

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

DiamondGeezer Re:We really need (533 comments)

I live in the middle of the UK.

Just tried and I got:

ping 9ms
download 61.98Mbps
upload 3.04Mbps

This is Virgin Broadband using fiberoptic to the home.

Now I realise that some Americans think Europe is one huge socialist hell, but the monopolistic behavior of American ISPs to define the market by their own capability or inability is just jaw-droppingly bad.

And before anyone criticizes me, I like America a lot.

about two weeks ago

Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

DiamondGeezer Re:More Forks! (282 comments)

But without forks, we'd have a single unified Linux which everyone would use. Who would want that?

about two weeks ago

Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

DiamondGeezer Re:antibiotics (174 comments)

When people suffer from asthma, they are often prey to secondary bacterial infections which can turn nasty. Yes, they'll be prescribing prophylactic antibiotics in some cases.

about two weeks ago

Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

DiamondGeezer Re:Scary (174 comments)

Dear AC

And then there are gene-based therapies, x-rays, proton beams, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, radioisotope treatments, as well as vaccines, blood and bone marrow transpants. Nanotech is coming soon.

Yes, they're all crude and "not having an advanced understanding" (whatever the fuck that means) but they are EFFECTIVE.

As far as pandemics are concerned, where is it written that people in first world countries can't get difficult-to-treat illnesses transmitted while in close proximity to each other?

What do actually suggest that is not "crude" by your definition. Reiki? Homeopathy? Hoping it will all go away if we pray to this deity or that statue?

about two weeks ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DiamondGeezer Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Because, you complete fucking genius, not everyone is 5' 2'' tall and of medium build. Why, if you are 6' tall, are you penalised with having to buy a more expensive ticket?

about two weeks ago

Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

DiamondGeezer It's not what it is (161 comments)

...a college-admission consultancy founded by Steven Ma, and largely catering to ambitious Asian immigrants like Ma, and their offspring

but its not racism. Racism is only practiced by white people.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

DiamondGeezer Is there any way to stop auto-play? (131 comments)

I use Chrome and Firefox and autoplay is driving me nuts. Is there an auto-play killer out there?

about three weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

DiamondGeezer Re:ITT... (312 comments)

+1 Informative

The hype around Uber and the low prices is based on not paying for proper insurance, permits, qualifications or ensuring the maintenance of the cars. It's unfair competition by undermining businesses by purposely ignoring laws passed by the democratic will of the people.

It's called "anti-competitive dumping" and its purpose is to drive lawful services out of the market.

about three weeks ago

Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

DiamondGeezer My moot question (220 comments)

Are you a psychopath or did you just provide the world's greatest support group for psychopaths by chance?

about three weeks ago

Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

DiamondGeezer It's the tipping point! (302 comments)

Local sea level has risen 2mm around Antarctica in 10 years. Everyone run to higher ground!

about three weeks ago

NASA's Competition For Dollars

DiamondGeezer Now the shuttle program has gone.. (78 comments)

...perhaps NASA can do some serious exploration.

Except we still have the flying boondoggle from the Reagan administration, the ISS, sucking money away from exploration and giving it to the Russian government to launch and retrieve people and stuff from LEO for profit.

The return on investment for the ISS has been pathetic.

about three weeks ago

Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

DiamondGeezer Re:And the Mac Pro is now obsolete or soon will be (181 comments)

That's just nonsense. Just because there are taller buildings doesn't make the Empire State Building any smaller.

about three weeks ago



Springpad shuts down - users advised to export data by June 25th

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 4 months ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Springpad have annnounced that they will shutdown permanently on June 25th.

As we announced a few days ago, we are very sorry to let you know that Springpad will be shutting down on June 25th. Unfortunately, we were not able to secure additional funding or scale to become a self-sustaining business. As part of closing our business, a portion of our team is joining Google. At this point, our priority is to help you move forward with the data you have stored in Springpad. Today we are releasing an export tool that gives you a few options including a full Evernote migration, a viewable HTML data backup, and an importable JSON file for other services to use. Read more below about each of these options, or go to to start migrating your data now. You will have until June 25th to continue to access your data and complete your migration. At that point will no longer be available, all online and sync features of the mobile apps will stop working, and your personal data will no longer be stored on our servers.


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The 2013 Slashdot Free Education Challenge

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Most slashdotters would agree that with the ever rising cost of higher education and the ever-present need to keep ourselves ahead of the game, the game-changer might well be the free massively online education courses now being rolled out.

With that in mind, I'd like to suggest a 2013 challenge for as many Slashdotters as possible to enrol in at least one free online course and report on the results back to the providers.

Some courses have had mixed reviews (for example this one got a pasting) but the only way these massively online courses will improve and go mainstream (and maybe get real-world accreditation to boot) is to take courses and provide large amounts of feedback — oh, and learn of course.

I've chosen as a starting point and I've already signed up to Introductory Statistics at Berkeley.

We could call it "The Slashdot MMO learning challenge". Cost: nothing but time which you would normally be frittering away playing WoW or Eve or something. There are no dragons to slay or grand space battles to conquer for virtual resources, but there is a future universe of education to be found.

Who's with me?"

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The War Z game forced off Steam after complaints - purchasers refunded

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 2 years ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "The recent zombie apocalypse game "War Z" has been removed from Steam after a large number of complaints that the promised content wasn't delivered:

The War Z was promoted as an open-world massively multi-player game that challenged gamers to survive in a many different zombie-infested virtual environments. In addition, said developer Hammerpoint, up to 100 players would be able to join each server and gamers would be able to draw up friends lists, rent their own private servers and improve game characters via a sophisticated skill tree....Complaints began appearing on chat forums on Steam and on social media site Reddit. Players vented their feelings about an update that changed re-spawn times from one hour to four hours when their character was killed. Players could resurrect instantly if they paid using an in-game currency that can only be bought using real money. The furore led Valve to halt sales of the game and offer refunds. In addition, Hammerpoint changed the way the game was described on Steam to be more accurate and issued a statement to address "questions and concerns".

There were also complaints about servers only allowing 50 players at a time when promised "up to 100" and other promised features not be available from Day 1. I guess that a lot of the furore was really about the idea that War Z was a rip-off of the Day Z Arma II mod which has a million players and that "War Z" developer Hammerpoint's real focus was making money though micropayments and tilting the playing field towards paying customers."
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EPA caught red-handed suppressing CO2 report

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DiamondGeezer writes "Anthony Watts has the scoop on a developing story that the EPA decided to suppress a report written by one of its long term analysts which criticized the EPA's attempt to regulate carbon dioxide as a "dangerous pollutant". The smoking gun is an email sent from the director of the EPA.

In other news, a columnist at the San Francisco Examiner who was initially skeptical about the story, confirmed that the suppression had happened and suddenly all of his columns have disappeared from the website. Hopefully its just a server glitch."

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DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Let's use the Slashdot effect for good!

It is now more than seven weeks since Alan Johnson, a BBC correspondent stationed in Gaza City, was abducted. I thought it would be good for Slashdotters who own websites and/or weblogs to put a simple button on their sites to remind everyone that Alan is still in captivity for reasons unknown, and to show support for all journalists in dangerous places who are brave enough to be there reporting for us.

The code for the button is on this page on the BBC website. The link on the button goes back to the BBC weblog chronicling Alan's story."

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DiamondGeezer writes "The Inquirer reports on Peter Gutmann's dissection of Microsoft Vista:

"Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to
provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data
from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs
considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical
support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not
only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the
protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever
come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document
analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral
damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry"

Lesson: If you want your graphics to be of the highest quality, your digital imaging to be top notch, then don't use Vista because it will degrade them in order to protect premium content and there's nothing you can do about it (other than go to OSX or Linux).

Happy New Year"


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