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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Ecuador Re:Year of the Linux Desktop (341 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).

4 days ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Ecuador So... (124 comments)

WHO held a meeting?

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

Ecuador Re:Easy! Fraud.. (95 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Ecuador Why not gorilla like everyone else? (207 comments)

Sure, Apple is all about marketing, and they loved to give that "2nd hardest material after diamond" pitch when introducing their watch and would have loved to have it on the iPhone as well. Just for the hype. But since they found out it did not actually work, why not go to the best actual material out there that many other top devices are using instead of going back to hardened glass? When people at work pull out their cellphones, if you look at those without any screen protectors/cases, devices like the Samsung Galaxy S series have immaculate screens, while the iPhones are full of scratches...

about a month and a half ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Ecuador And Mars Observer has completed 5000%... (117 comments)

The whole point is the first 1% and the last 1%, otherwise, the Mars Observer is probably still going strong having completed several thousand % of its original trip to Mars...

about a month and a half ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Ecuador Wow I really did not understand this poll... (151 comments)

I mean, I read it and started trying to figure out if there was some sort of mass ejection that could happen to your eye's cornea. I started reading the options to get a hint, and the first one was about toilet paper. Ok, I thought (remember I was already in body-related thinking mode), maybe cornal after all is not about cornea but perhaps a slang word for bowel? But that's not a sane topic for a poll. So a copy-paste to google gave me the answer. Which is that you can never underestimate the inadequacy of the slashdot editors. Really, this is a new low, the entire text was 7-8 words...

about a month and a half ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Ecuador Obligatory... (266 comments)

Let me guess, he's gonna make us his bitch?

about 2 months ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Ecuador Re:please (307 comments)

You can probably get them easily by searching for "fappening" on a torrent tracker. But the point is this has gone way beyond news for nerds or stuff that matters. We've covered the leak before here on slashdot, and there was one interesting aspect, namely that Apple would allow brute force dictionary attacks (and claimed there was no security issue, while patching it at the same time), but covering how reddit is banning a "community" known as "The Fappening"??? What next, articles analyzing the artistic merit of the average 4chan post?

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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