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Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source of Biodiesel

Grendel_Prime How many gallons of fuels will be used... (276 comments)

To haul all those coffee grounds around? Could we get an adjusted number instead of that "340 Million Gallons"? It doesn't all smell like cake from where I sit.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Apple Open Source the iPhone?

Grendel_Prime Re:Why is "opensource it" always the answer? (379 comments)

Yes, you are right. As a casual reader of slashdot I sometimes forget to consider the source when getting outraged about the comments. Ha. Thanks for shedding light on this one.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Apple Open Source the iPhone?

Grendel_Prime Why is "opensource it" always the answer? (379 comments)

Nevermind the fact that even "today's Microsoft" is making tons and tons of cash every single day, and Apple has never opened up anything, ever. Why opensource at all, when closed source has always made them more money? As a matter of fact, the closed nature of the iPod is singlehandedly what brought Apple off the brink of bankruptcy. I really don't understand why opensource wonks always think in absolutes and want to opensource everything. Are you guys supposed to be more smart or something?

more than 5 years ago
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Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

Grendel_Prime Re:In other news (857 comments)

OK so it's not really free, but if you think about it all that "free money" requires is an ISP, a nigerian bank account, plus the forged documents from government officials. It might cost like $100 USD, but when the payoff is this big, it's kinda worth it.

more than 5 years ago

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Frankenfish or Cheap Yummy Salmon?

Grendel_Prime Grendel_Prime writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Grendel_Prime (178874) writes "It's not exactly "free as in beer" but salmon that grows twice as fast must be cheaper in the end right? What would be the ramifications of this GM fish getting out in the wild anyway? Bears would get fatter and have more babies? Would the smaller lifeforms that salmon eat in the wild be devastated, or would their ocean predators grow in numbers, thereby causing other calamities? I'm not sure it's all downside on this one, but there are some possibilities for bad things to happen. On the other hand, whatever you want to call it, human have been "genetically modifying" plants and animals through selective breeding for millenia. Just because the technology is way more advanced than before, that doesn't make it any more dangerous than before."
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Amazon allows email address hijacking

Grendel_Prime Grendel_Prime writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Grendel_Prime (178874) writes "Recently Amazon started sending me emails confirming purchases — for things I never bought. My first reaction was this might be a phishing scam of some sort, so I ignored the emails. Then more came, and I got really concerned, so I contacted Amazon customer support, only to have them tell me that another user has signed up using my email address as their account name.

When I asked the customer support rep how this could happen, they suggested that I change my email address in my account. After trying to explain to the rep that this would not solve the problem — since the emails are coming to at my genuine email address — I spoke with a manager only to get an apology that there was nothing they could do about this.

I have no idea what to do but to complain to the FTC, but this seems a bit extreme since it was probably simple idiocy on the other user's part, but Amazon — the only party that can really solve this problem — is either unwilling or unable to do anything about this.

Is this a known issue for other Amazon users? If so, how is everyone else dealing with this?"
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Some parts of circuitcity.com no longer working

Grendel_Prime Grendel_Prime writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Grendel_Prime (178874) writes "Yes, they went bankrupt and all, but now parts of their website no longer work. As many of their retail locations get liquidated it's probably useless to try to keep their inventory anywhere near accurate, much less tie it to any fulfillment system.

Now when you try to order any DVD or Blu-Ray movies on circuitcity.com, you get directed to a list of stores with no ability to order through the website or even check for availability. There's probably also a bunch of other sections I haven't checked that would produce the same results. Dunno about any of ya'll, but this makes it *even less* likely I'd buy from them. sigh...

Here's the link for movies, in case anyone wants to experience the heartbreak first-hand:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/categorySpecial.do?catOid=-13219&N=20013218+20013219&c=1"
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PBS Poll hijacked by savvy Washington wonks?

Grendel_Prime Grendel_Prime writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Grendel_Prime (178874) writes "Just got this email. Is this a conspiracy or just business as usual? If the right wing truly is looking to hijack the results by flooding the poll, then this is actually pretty funny.

PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is qualified. Apparently the right wing knew about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes. The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters in swing states.

Please do two things — takes 20 seconds.

1) Click on link and vote yourself.

Here's the link:

http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

2) Then send this to every single Obama-Biden voter you know, and urge them to vote and pass it on.

The last thing we need is PBS saying their viewers think Sarah Palin is qualified."
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Time Warner now hijacking 404 results

Grendel_Prime Grendel_Prime writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Grendel_Prime (178874) writes "Road Runner subscribers rejoice! No longer will you have to wonder why you're getting a 404 error — Time Warner decided recently (in the last few weeks or so as far as I can tell) to redirect page 404 errors to their own search page to tell you they could not find the website you were "searching" for. Note that this "search result" page only comes up if you type the URL directly into the address bar and come up zero. This "search page" is powered by Yahoo! search. Here's what their page looks like:

http://ww23.rr.com/index.php?origURL=http://www.sllashdot.org

http://ww23.rr.com/

Apparently this is a legit service they provide but never advertise. It's still hijacking, just done on their end. How does the /. community feel about this practice? Is this common practice with all ISP's now? If not, is it the wave of the future?"
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Earning an "A" playing videogames in high

Grendel_Prime Grendel_Prime writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Grendel_Prime writes "In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the company that developed the game for Deloitte and Touche.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Tuesday wasn't too shabby for Bishop Canevin High School, either, thanks to a team of student business whizzes who won a virtual-world fund-raising challenge sponsored by Deloitte. The Canevin team, one of seven winning groups among some 500 nationwide, was presented with certificates and gained plenty of national recognition while earning the school $500 and furthering United Way goals.

The chances of them earning "A" grades from their accounting teacher were pretty fair, too.

View the full story here."

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