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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

DirePickle Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

There's a certain subset of people for whom that is just never going to happen, or periods in lives where that's not going to happen. If we can make a magic pill, is that terrible? It's the future, let's take advantage.

5 days ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

DirePickle Re:How much is that in F-35s? (121 comments)

It's about 3-5, depending on whether we're taking cost/per of the initial runs or cost/per for later (~2018+) ones.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

DirePickle Re: Simple (720 comments)

PSUs generally reach their peak efficiency at ~50% of their maximum load. Buying a 1200W power supply and drawing 300W max is wasteful.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

DirePickle Re:Simple (720 comments)

Great recommendations, though that PSU is waaaaay more than is needed for that hardware. Even 500W would be more than enough.

about two weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

DirePickle Re:Trans fats next? (252 comments)

The demonization of saturated fats was specifically because they used to not differentiate between trans fats and saturated fats in studies. Trans fats made sat. fats look bad. They are bad for you, full stop.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

DirePickle Re:US gridlock (551 comments)

The people that drafted the US constitution by and large didn't want political parties, viewing them as overall harmful, and so our system isn't really built to handle them. They started to form while our first president was in office, though, so we can see how well that worked out.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

DirePickle Re:Two things. (330 comments)

In the US, you would be a liberal (left of center). None of the things you listed would make you the slightest bit "conservative," as it's defined here.

about a month and a half ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

DirePickle Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

The American revolution happened when wealthy people grew dissatisfied with the status quo. Most people would have been perfectly happy for things to continue as they were.

about 2 months ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

DirePickle Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Europeans should have a pretty damn good understanding that things can get really, really, really bad without people revolting.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

DirePickle Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

I'm not particularly attached to either pronunciation of methane, but I'll fix how I say Lego if you guys fix aluminum.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

DirePickle Re:I have a i5 4690k (338 comments)

Yes.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

DirePickle Re:His Dark Materials? (410 comments)

Not successfully banned, but in the US HDM was the 8th most "challenged" book from 2000-2009 and the 2nd most challenged in 2008. Mostly a result of a campaign against it by The Catholic League, yes.

about 3 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

DirePickle Re:Reminds me of cars until the 1950s (207 comments)

You know what bends and flexes to absorb the impact energy? Plastic. But nope! All phones must be made of aluminum and glass! It was written in the book of Jobs!

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

DirePickle Re:Billions of dollars are at stake (533 comments)

At issue is this piece of law

(1) Advanced telecommunications capability: The term 'advanced telecommunications capability' is defined, without regard to any transmission media or technology, as high-speed, switched, broadband telecommunications capability that enables users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications using any technology.

By the standards of today, 4Mbps may satisfy the requirement to "receive high-quality ...video telecommunications," if only one person in a household is attempting to use the line, but 1Mbps absolutely does not satisfy the "originate" piece.

about 3 months ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DirePickle Re:Looking for a real conversation (369 comments)

Look, come on, this is easy. The percentage of adherents of any religion that are "fully observant" is vanishingly small. The Jewish and Christian (by extension) texts are full of "such and such infraction requires death" rules. Ancient desert religions are full of dumb rules, and modern practitioners pick and choose which of those dumb things they can throw away.

about 4 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

DirePickle Re:I wish my PS3 would play DLNA (112 comments)

There are a few transcoding DLNA servers that make things much nicer (though far from perfect) on the PS3. The benchmark is PS3 Media Server. http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/ (it'll work with other clients, too, but it was designed for transcoding and streaming to the PS3).

about 4 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

DirePickle Re:Recession != bubble (154 comments)

It's (maybe) in a bubble in a sense that we have numerous high-profile companies with market valuations that seem to outsize their actual physical worth/ability to produce profit/whatever. Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.

about 7 months ago
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Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

DirePickle Re:Isn't it a bit ironic (150 comments)

Yes, this is totally a solar power issue and not a corporate malfeasance issue.

about 7 months ago
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The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

DirePickle Re:just modernize UT2k4 (122 comments)

UT2k4 would be acceptable, but U2:XMP was the epitome of multiplayer Unreal games for me. It was the saddest Internet day when the master servers went down and scattered the player base. :(

about 7 months ago

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