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Is That Sushi Hazardous To Your Health?

JBG667 Well That Explains... (554 comments)

...the oily farts.

One time I went to an all-you-can eat Sushi restaurant and ate a bunch of 'White Tuna'... Later that day I took a dump... and noticed oily stuff in the toiled. Ended up farting oil for next two days. Felt like Exxon Valdez.


more than 5 years ago

US Government Responds Harshly To ICANN gTLD Plans

JBG667 time for .... (133 comments)


more than 6 years ago

Recession Pushes IT To Find New Value In Old Gear

JBG667 Re:It's about time (206 comments)

Yes, I am in IT and you/your company may be an exception (kudos).

Does your company have clear ethical guidelines and a procurement department which manages the vendor selection process?

Do you accept lunches/gifts from vendors? Have these ever affected your decision? How can you be certain?

more than 6 years ago

Recession Pushes IT To Find New Value In Old Gear

JBG667 It's about time (206 comments)

IT Managers have been spending like drunken sailors. It's quite appalling that policies and strategy of most corporate IT shops are dictated by hardware and software vendors who cozy up to the management and staff through gifts, golf games and lunches.

Old hardware is thrown out instead of re-used, and nine times out of ten more powerful (and expensive) hardware/solution is chosen. It's time for IT to tighten the belt and re-direct some of the money lining vendors' pockets to some old fashioned internal R & D.

more than 6 years ago

Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

JBG667 Why not put the effort and money into desalination (438 comments)

This is nice, but it relies on electricity. If they can mitigate the need for the thing to be plugged in, this would go a lot further in the areas where electricity is as unreliable as the water supply.

What we should be focusing on, and I am surprised there isn't an X-prize on it yet, is how to get drinkable water from the ocean by using solar power or other non-grid source of energy. Think of all the folks who live along shorelines and do not have access to drinking water.

If we can find an energy-efficient way to extract fresh water out of the ocean, we will be able to reverse the dilution happening due to melting of the polar ice cap, provide water for areas affected by drought and with self-powered irrigation systems turn deserts into arable land.

more than 6 years ago

Apple DMCAs iPodHash Project

JBG667 Take 'em down boys (453 comments)


BTW, the lawyer's name is Ramage - quite appropriate in my opinion.

tr.v., rammed, ramÂming, rams.

      1. To strike or drive against with a heavy impact; butt: rammed the door with a sledgehammer until it broke open.
      2. To force or press into place.
      3. To cram; stuff: rammed the clothes into the suitcase.
      4. To force passage or acceptance of: rammed the project through the city council despite local opposition.

more than 6 years ago

CRTC Rules Bell Can Squeeze Downloads

JBG667 There is Workaround (MLPPP) (245 comments)

Tomato/MLPPP http://fixppp.org/index.php?p=documentation Tomato/MLPPP is a fork of the popular Tomato firmware (http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato) for consumer broadband routers. The primary goal is to enable users to bond multiple DSL connections using MultiLink PPP (MLPPP), and/or to circumvent Bell Canada's DPI-based throttling by using MLPPP on a single DSL line.

more than 6 years ago

MSM Noticing That Patent Gridlock Stunts Innovation

JBG667 Dead On (233 comments)

Hallelujah! The main purpose of patent and IP law was to promote innovation by ensuring that those who innovate are able to reap sufficient financial benefits commensurate with their invested work. It was to do this IN THE INTEREST OF THE SOCIETY. However, over time, greedy corporations and overzealous lawyer twisted and bent this law to protect interests of individual corporation at the expense of the society at large. This has to be undone.

more than 6 years ago



Massive Verizon Outage

JBG667 JBG667 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JBG667 (690404) writes "Apparently there has been a massive Verizon outage in the Midwest, due to a fiber cut. Many Verizon customers in at least several large cities are affected."

Anti-counterfeiting treaty talks heat up

JBG667 JBG667 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JBG667 (690404) writes "Toronto Star Reports here — Next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs will conduct one of the stranger consultations in recent memory. Officials have invited roughly 70 stakeholder groups to discuss an international intellectual property treaty the United States regards as a national security secret and about which the only public substantive information has come from a series of unofficial leaks."
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Is Google becoming an Evil Empire

JBG667 JBG667 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JBG667 (690404) writes "As the webmaster for several sites, I am often frustrated at how difficult it is to get any useful information out of Google's customer service. At best of times their customer service is poor (with the capital P), and they generally deal with customer questions by providing cookie cutter responses or deferring to blogs and community forums.

This works well for new webmasters, but once you've sifted through all the generic information and you exhaust the community feedback — you find yourself feeling quite alone.

Even the paid-for services such as AdWords are stingy on support. Free services such as Webmaster tools and the good old search engine are basically support-less. Indeed, it appears that even in cyberspace, no one can hear you scream.

I suppose Google hasn't had to put much effort into customer service, since they are the biggest game in town, but this sort of strategy is a surefire way to alienate even the staunchest supporters. In addition to poor customer service, they've made some questionable moves in terms of privacy and anonymity so the question to Slashdot community is — are the "Do gooders" becoming another evil empire."

Michael Moore's new film free (legal) download

JBG667 JBG667 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JBG667 (690404) writes "May not be everyone's cup of tea... but still. Download here "Slacker Uprising" traces Michael Moore's 62-city tour of the swing states during the 2004 Presidential election and records the thrilling — and frightening — response he received across the country. Moore, who has made three of the five top-grossing documentaries of all time (including "Fahrenheit 9/11"), said he is doing this giveaway for personal reasons. "I realized that in a few months it will be the 20th anniversary of my first film, 'Roger & Me', " he said."I've been very blessed and fortunate to have so many people come to my movies over these two decades, I decided why not bypass the studios and the exhibitors and make one that the fans can have for free, as a show of my profound appreciation of their support.""
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The world's nine largest science projects

JBG667 JBG667 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JBG667 (690404) writes "Nice overview of the 9 largest science projects currently ongoing. Some of the usual suspects are on the list including CERN, Space Elevator, Space Station, etc. As well as some lesser known including a 3,000-foot-tall "Solar tower", the ANTARES underwater neutrino detecting array and more. Nice read for science buffs."

Taking Paper Airplanes to the next level - really

JBG667 JBG667 writes  |  about 7 years ago

JBG667 (690404) writes "A Japanese scientist is proposing to Launch a paper airplane from the space station.

It would be the farthest such flight by a long shot, and the most difficult. But a Japanese astronautics engineer is determined to throw a paper airplane from Earth orbit.

The idea sounds pretty crazy, but there is an explanation and a video of a wind tunnel test."


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