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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

Ecuador I don't get it... (140 comments)

Every slashdot reader and their mother, to say nothing of the dog, hate reading these inane Haselton blog posts, why do they keep being posted? I mean most of the posts on these "stories" are about how stupid the "story" is, showing it is probably the only Slashdot feature that is more annoying than the beta, and yet they keep on coming... Is there some sort of strong affiliation? Is slashdot simply paid by this Bennett guy? If it is, I would probably be more understanding - I know how the world works - just tell us it is so and we will move on...

13 hours ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Ecuador falling door on the Millennium Falcon? (267 comments)

Well, it was supposed to be kind of an old wreck back in Episode IV, I guess by now it is a wonder it is flying at all...

about three weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg And John Doerr Donate $1M To Expand The Hour Of Code Campaign

Ecuador They expanded it... (24 comments)

... it is now the Hour and Ten Minutes of Code campaign.

about a month ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Ecuador So, they will become coal-free? (332 comments)

What is the point? And what's the plan, dig out all the coal and ship it off somewhere?

about a month ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

Ecuador Re:But where are the potentional profits? (116 comments)

It is actually very inexpensive to send water in space, as long as, like other food & drink, you send it up dehydrated.

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Ecuador Re:Year of the Linux Desktop (353 comments)

...in Italy! Hopefully the PC's there will now will come with a Linux installation disc (which shall be known as the Italo Linux Disco).

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Ecuador So... (124 comments)

WHO held a meeting?

about a month ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Ecuador Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

Eh, PayPal was among the first revolutionary online-payment services that enabled the rapid expansion of e-commerce. What you know now as the "evil PayPal" is what happened after Ebay bought it.

I still can't believe it is legal, in so many ways. I mean, I don't think anybody could argue ebay is not a monopoly in the online auction space, and yet they are allowed to only permit their own payment service (so they take a percentage on top of their commission).
Then, they hold your money like a bank account and even extend credit, and yet, unlike banks, they can freeze your money with no explanation.

The PayPal situation boggles the mind, but it is not related to Musk's X.com/PayPal.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Ecuador Re:So? (399 comments)

That's what I was thinking. A similarly sized male with similar fitness and muscle mass would probably burn the same calories. Sex has nothing to do with it.

I am pretty sure that depending the frequency and the intensity it might have a great effect on calorie requirements. Obviously I can't be sure since there is no first hand experience on these matters on /., but that's what bibliography indicates. Hmm, of course now that I think about it maybe the last statement was not accurate, as "first hand" does come into mind when thinking about the relevant experience of the average /.er...

about a month ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Ecuador If you thought HHGTTG was bad... (187 comments)

what about Ender's Game? They completely failed to deliver the point of the book...

about a month ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Ecuador Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (162 comments)

the amount of people that have sex with wild animals approaches zero.

You are obviously too new to this internet thing, otherwise you would be at least aware of the 90's sensation that was dolphinsex.org...

about 2 months ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

Ecuador Martian first! (65 comments)

First Martian traffic event, woohoo! Granted, it is not a red or even an orange in the google-map traffic scale, but still...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Ecuador Re:It doesn't make sense (334 comments)

Hmm, so you are saying it is not really an ISP. It is only an email provider. And so we are not really talking about something like a 3rd world country, it is not so much a matter of infrastructure but of control (Cuba perhaps?). Have you looked at getting them satellite internet perhaps? I haven't looked at it recently, but I remember apart from expensive "regular" services there were some inexpensive ones where you would put a file in a queue and it would be broadcast to you. If something like that is available, you could be putting big files with your messages, videos, or whatever else you wanted up for them and set it so that it was downloaded on their end.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Ecuador It doesn't make sense (334 comments)

Do you time travel to 1995 to visit your parents? In any case, the overall scenario and questions don't make sense. Do they have some sort of dial up service that only allows them to access their email (with a 15MB inbox no less!) and nothing else? If so, not having web access how do they get all these viruses and spam email? If they do have web access, why do they have to use that "blast-from-the-past" email account for which you are trying to find crazy workarounds instead of anything else? It doesn't have to be webmail, you can set them up with a POP or IMAP service. Also, why the talk about running commands from email, can't you use one of the dial-up friendly remote management software? TeamViewer works over 56k. I doubt the "anonymous poster" is describing a real situation, it sounds more like an attempt at trolling.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Ecuador Wow, I am impressed (188 comments)

I did not think SpaceX even with its excellent track record would have convinced the bureaucrats to give them a solid chance instead of just give everything to Boeing as usual. And actually $2.6b is to SpaceX probably more than what $4.2b is to Boeing. And it might actually force Boeing to actually develop their solution efficiently for once, since I doubt they can count on huge cost overruns if the competing contract is on time & on budget.

about 2 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Ecuador Re:Are you telling me? (207 comments)

Yep, 20 years ago you didn't have the Moissanite choice anyway ;)
Diamonds are very common in nature. Their scarcity (and price) is artificial. Which is the main reason a diamond loses 50% of its value the moment you walk out of the jeweler's door. And let's not even go into ethics. Plus, it has a nicer story to tell - it is a material that was discovered in small traces in meteorites ("space rocks"). In fact, my wife's only problem is that it looks a lot like a very expensive diamond, so she is not comfortable wearing it everywhere.

about 2 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Ecuador Are you telling me? (207 comments)

My wife's wedding ring is moissanite. I know all about its hardness, heat resistance, brilliance, rarity in nature (mainly from meteorites) etc. That's my whole point, their Sapphire pitch was all marketing and when it didn't pan out they should have at least given something good to their customers...

about 2 months ago

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Man with tiny brain lives normal life

Ecuador Ecuador writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ecuador (740021) writes "In a story that is sure to spur Civil Service jokes, Reuters reports:
"Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue.
"He was a married father of two children, and worked as a civil servant," Dr. Lionel Feuillet and colleagues at the Universite de la Mediterranee in Marseille wrote in a letter to the Lancet medical journal.""

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