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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

Galilee Re:Bank them (333 comments)

If this life extension came out today it would already be too late for me to live a long time as a young person. And if it took 20 years for this process to become affordable for me, then I will be well past middle age and my parents will be quite old.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Galilee Re:Fine logic (202 comments)

The previous price hike happened at the same time they announced that they were going to split the streaming service (Netflix) from the DVD by mail service (Kwikster?). There were going to be two different web sites, two different user accounts, and no integration between them. Fortunately, they realized that this was a stupid idea and cancelled it. I don't know why this isn't mentioned when reporters cover the backlash from their previous price increase. The split bothered me a whole lot more than the price increase.

about 5 months ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Galilee Re:What Percentage of Adults are Deaf? (268 comments)

You would be surprised at how many deaf people listen to music. It ends up being heavy on the bass so that you can feel the beat physically instead of just hearing it.

about 6 months ago

Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused

Galilee Re:Failing as a math teacher (114 comments)

That comment brought back a bad memory from a calc 2 course I took in college. The professor was ancient. On the first day of class he refered to a silent film actress who never was able to make it in the talkies.

One day he was going over a problem on the chalkboard. A student asked how the professor got from one line to the next. The professor threw up both hands and exclaimed that he'd never be able to cover the course material if he had to go over every trivial detail. He then angrilly filled up the entire chalkboard at the front of the classroom and half of the board on the side wall with the "trivial detail". You could have heard a pin drop, the entire class was stunned into silence. The professor clearly knew math, but he sure didn't know how to teach it to freshman. He was much too advanced.

about 6 months ago

N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Galilee Re:Why now? (325 comments)

"The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag" is a great book on this subjet. I was both amazed and horrified by the descriptions of the gulags.

about 7 months ago

Star Trek Economics

Galilee Re:I believe that this is best described (888 comments)

A couple of months ago I read Consider Phlebas. I loved the setting which Banks created, but I didn't like the characters. They seemed generic, and I couldn't bring myself to care about them. How is the character development in the other books in the series? Does it get better, or is Banks mainly a world builder?

about 7 months ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Galilee Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

I think and hope that you are right. Shortly after I bought a telescope a friend made a comment about how I had gotten into astrology.

about 7 months ago

US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Galilee Re:Be careful what you wish for... (535 comments)

Somehow you have missed the point of network neutrality. It has nothing to do with granting "the lowliest customer" the same bandwidth as the greatest. It is about making the ISP treat the same type of traffic the same regardless of source. Meaning that Time Warner (my ISP) can't charge me more for streaming video from Youtube or Netflix than they charge me for using their own streaming media service.

about 7 months ago

IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

Galilee Re:More reprsentative stats please (390 comments)

115k unique visitors on our site this month, and ~70% of those were using IE. Heck, IE7 is 49%!

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

Galilee Re:*sigh* (417 comments)

The majority of PC's still running XP are found in businesses, where they are kept up to date and locked down in a domain. There isn't a need to do mass replacement of PC's like there was in the past. We're replacing XP with 7 by attrition.

about 8 months ago

U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

Galilee Re:My goodness (417 comments)

You are right on. My high school social studies class taught us that Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" was an example of muckracking journalism. We didn't read the book, but only a short paragraph or two about the unsanitary conditions in the slaughterhouse. I decided to read the book for myself a few years later, and that's when I realized the real story was about how the workers were exploited as badly as the cattle. The bigger story about workers rights was completely ignored in high school.

about a year ago

Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 Released

Galilee Re:Need Clarity (264 comments)

Mmm, but why do you choose the kernel as the piece so important that you name your whole system after it?

The kernel is the one common component across each of my servers. Some of our servers run Apache HTTP, others Tomcat, WebLogic, BIND, etc, but they all run the Linux kernel. Each of those programs I mentioned earlier run on multiple platforms, so saying "Tomcat" alone does not tell you the OS.

about a year ago

John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

Galilee Re:Blackout rule (614 comments)

There's one benefit to the blackout rule. If the team is so lousy that the game doesn't sell out, then it probably isn't worth watching anyway. I've watched a few great games which I would not have been able to see if the Buffalo Bills weren't blacked out.

about a year ago

The Balkanization of Chatting

Galilee Re:iPhone and "txt" messages (242 comments)

There is an option on the iPhone for "Group Messages". The default behavior is for group messages to be sent as MMS. If the iPhone user disables group messages, messages sent to groups of people will be sent as SMS instead of MMS.

This is incredibly annoying for me because many of my friends and family have iPhones and I can't get MMS. If someone sends a message only to me, I will get a SMS. But my phone silently drops MMS, so I never see the messages sent to groups.

about a year ago

OUYA Console Starts Shipping To Kickstarter Backers

Galilee Re:The potential is there... (110 comments)

Is there a legal or technical reason why Valve can't focus on getting games to work under WINE?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

Galilee Re:Ubuntu (418 comments)

Just out of curiosity, why did you setup OpenVPN just so that you can SSH into the computer? Why not open up SSH at the firewall/router (preferably on a different port to avoid most of the scanners)?

about a year and a half ago

VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

Galilee Re:Why? (252 comments)

If you use Windows and all of your important applications are open source and cross platform then you have an easier time replacing the operating system. I doubt that is the goal of the VLC developers, but it is a nice side effect.

about 2 years ago

Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

Galilee Re:Mark my words: Diablo 3 will be the paradigm (464 comments)

I sure hope not. I decided to give Blizard the benefit of the doubt and bought D3 despite the always online requirements. What a waste. I won't get into the launch day/week problems because those have been mentioned enough already. I'm a morning person and I don't get to play games too often. A few times now I sat down to play single player but I couldn't because it was Blizards maintenance window. If this is the future of gaming, then I'm done with computer gaming.

about 2 years ago

Knight Trading Losses Attributed To Old, Dormant Software

Galilee Re:The NYSE shouldn't reverse trades. (223 comments)

If you're going after true no-risk investments, stick to CD's. At least they're backed by the FDIC. MMF's are reliable, but not truly no-risk.

Unfortunately any return less than 1% means that you're losing purchasing power to inflation. It's not quite as bad as stuffing your money under the mattress, but it's close.

more than 2 years ago

Let the Campaign Edit Wars Begin

Galilee Re:It's not just Wikipedia (571 comments)

The Ryan plan won't gut Medicare for those people already on Medicare, such as his mother.

more than 2 years ago


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