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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

DiamondGeezer Re:ITT... (220 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.

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

DiamondGeezer My moot question (179 comments)

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

8 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

DiamondGeezer It's the tipping point! (276 comments)

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

11 hours ago
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NASA's Competition For Dollars

DiamondGeezer Now the shuttle program has gone.. (72 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.

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

DiamondGeezer Re:***Big intake of breath*** (179 comments)

I'm almost going to buy one. But only if I can get better performance that makes the extra money worth it.

At the moment - naaaah!

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

DiamondGeezer Re:Nice (179 comments)

I have a similar spec in a laptop workstation where I run cloud software in VMware workstation. For most people 24GB of RAM and a quad-core i7 is not going to make their wordprocessing or browsing any better, so for most people tablets are more convenient and useful.

Cores matter in virtualization of course, but at the moment, the slowest component is the hard disk.

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

DiamondGeezer Re:Obligatory (179 comments)

No you'll have to wait for the upgrade with the industrial cooling unit bolted on. Then you might get it usable.

YMMV

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

DiamondGeezer Re:Travel trailers have dual use. (191 comments)

This is interesting stuff. Where do you recommend buying this equipment?

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

DiamondGeezer Re: Jurisdiction 101 (391 comments)

We've never had freedom of expression in the UK. Or Freedom of Speech. Or Government by the consent of the people.

about two weeks ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

DiamondGeezer Re:"Hard redirect" (376 comments)

and all music "wants to be free"

about two weeks ago
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

DiamondGeezer Re:One demand (174 comments)

There are denier neighborhoods? Clusters of deniers who live together to plot the destruction of the earth while taking huge amounts of money from fossil fuel companies?

What an amazing fantasy world you live in.

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

DiamondGeezer Re:Quit whaling on Jimmy (113 comments)

Wikipedia is one big link farm, cultivated by idiot slaves to further Jimbo Wales's other businesses like Wikia. And your point was?

about three weeks ago
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NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

DiamondGeezer Re:American football (107 comments)

'Cause in Oz, it's all about rooting for your favourite team

Most Aussies root because they can and they must.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

DiamondGeezer PANIC! (409 comments)

The Zombie Apocalypse is nearly upon us! Run ! RUNNNNNN!

about a month ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

DiamondGeezer Re:And Greenpeace runs its ships on pure sunshine (288 comments)

Actually Greenpeace is about the white middle-class telling everyone else that they can't develop because they will cook the planet. And every argument they make about the cooking of the planet is couched in ad hominem attacks against people who disbelieve everything that comes from their mouths.

What exactly does Greenpeace do running these ships? It ain't useful to the planet that's for sure.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

DiamondGeezer Re:Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

Congratulations on managing to fool Slashdotters who think you're serious. Kudos.

You win the Internet.

about a month ago

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

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 3 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 springpad.com/savemystuff 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 Springpad.com 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 edx.org 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 a year and a half 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."
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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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