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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

KingOfBLASH Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

Well that's not entirely true because of the way genes mix up (the whole idea of dominance and inheritance). This is what might allow two brown haired brunettes to have a blue eyed blonde child: the brown eyes and brown hair is dominant, and when the bits of the couple is mixed, you get two recessive traits (blonde hair / blue eyes).

Of course it's not even so simple as dominant / recessive because genes mix about in all kinds of other ways. So getting a true breeding pair from just one generation of people is not possible.

However, it's highly likely if we had a eugenics program whereby over a long period (say several hundred generations) we attempted to identify, and breed a "smart" race of people, it would happen (in the same way we've bred dogs that are smarter than other dogs).

2 days ago
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KingOfBLASH Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

Yeah see you're starting to stink of b.s.

If you go out into the wilderness, anywhere, there as some common sense things you should do. Like not go alone. And tell people your route. And only go on well known trails. And not eat random mushrooms / berries you find growing by the side of the road, or drink out of random pools of water. And always bring appropriate gear.

If you do that, you will come back alive, and even if something bad happens (like you break your leg), either your buddy will go for help, or people will find you on the trail, or the people who knew you were supposed to check in at the next base camp will send out a rescue party.

It always amazes me that people will be absolute muppets, and go out alone into the wilderness off trail without telling anyone.

about a week ago
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KingOfBLASH Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

You can go into the jungle without going all survivorman.

Why do people always have to take things to extremes?

You can face your fears and do something a little dangerous that is 99% safe without going and doing something a lot dangerous that is not safe at all.

about a week ago
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KingOfBLASH Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

The parents was talking about being too afraid to go out into the jungle.

While I would agree that you shouldn't live completely like it's your last day (you do want to save up for things like, say, retirement), you should conquer your fears for the little things, and you can do this with a sense of balance

about a week ago
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KingOfBLASH Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

Death can come for you anywhere. One day, walking through a cross walk in a major city during the middle of the day, I was nearly hit by an asshole driving around a corner too fast in a very nice BMW. I jumped out of the way just in time but the car hit my groceries.

Live your life. Take reasonable precautions like having a guide take you through the jungle, or going with an instructor if you try something dangerous in the beginning, like rally racing. But always live your life, like today was your last day. The world is on fire, and we never know how long we have left.

(Although in fairness we didn't start the fire)

about two weeks ago
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KingOfBLASH Re:Cities (246 comments)

What's stopping you from making it happen?

about two weeks ago
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KingOfBLASH Re: Missing option: 7 of 9 (246 comments)

You know by choosing to explore the star trek universe, you would have the opportunity to explore both 7 of 9 and the planet of another star. ;)

(And in case you think, oh why would I be sure of exploring 7 of 9? Well in the series she's always exploring her humanity. Maybe you could show her about that particular bit. Although I imagine it would be quite mechanical and not enjoyable at all...)

about two weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

KingOfBLASH Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Funny you know my mom used to say the same thing. Every time I played video games she'd tell me how useless they were and what a waste of time.

Back when I was in high school, I had a buddy who wanted to play FIFA all the time. So we'd play online (this was back in the day when you'd have one modem call the other modem). I wasn't really interested in soccer, but I was competitive, and wanted to beat him at the game.

Fast forward 10 years. I ended up getting transferred to Europe. After work we went to a bar the first week I was there, and small talk one night included this funny sport called soccer. And I knew all the teams, and all the rules. And it helped me out professionally.

Thank you video games.

about two weeks ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

KingOfBLASH Re: What a world we live in (138 comments)

Sounds great where do I get one? I've got about 3000 wifi access points coming into my apartment I'd like to degrade...

Seriously though, I can see how if you live in the country this maybe requires you to pump additional power into your wifi device. But in any city, wifi range is MUCH bigger than apartment size, and it's a non-issue.

about two weeks ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

KingOfBLASH Re:Only geeks... (125 comments)

Usually prototypes are a scaled down model. If I were a betting man, I'd say the final model will be more like 300kg...

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

KingOfBLASH Re:I like it. (306 comments)

I'd settle for textbooks available in ebook form on a common platform like kindle, as well as pricing them below $50.

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

KingOfBLASH Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

YES!

There is no right to a game designed the way you would want to design it. Your right is to vote with your wallets. If the second companies instituted DRM everyone stopped buying their products, then companies would not see DRM as a valid business model.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

KingOfBLASH Re:5 options (113 comments)

Option 6: Slag the tablet. Data destruction assured

about three weeks ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Re:Even better, reflect true cost of cell phones (77 comments)

But there's opportunity cost to committing for another 2 years.

And are you seriously telling me if she gets an iphone 64 GB 5S it's the same price as if she gets the $20 special?

about three weeks ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Re:Great. A new excuse for providers to raise pric (77 comments)

Not true. When I go to the US (or travel) I buy a prepaid sim card for local calls.

Verizon is able to sell you a sim card for your iphone if you have a 5 or later. If you have a 4S, you are right, but it's been some years since that was state of the art.

It's cheaper for cell phone manufacturers to make 1 chip for all the bands, then have to retool for each different cell provider

about three weeks ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Re:Great. A new excuse for providers to raise pric (77 comments)

Phones like the iPhone have the ability to use most american, european, asian, and FAIK african cell phone bands, for years now. Most high end android phones have similar abilities (and some allow multiple sims).

My iphone has never been unable to communicate on a region's network, and I travel a lot, My (unlocked) iphone has worked on all four continents mentioned. Quite a few places in America, most countries in europe west of Czech (and who'd want to go east of there), South East Asia, and Morocco (OK, not all of Africa).

Of course, maybe el cheapo brand cell phones might differ, but if you are paying $20 for a cell, who cares if you can unlock it and use it again?

about three weeks ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Even better, reflect true cost of cell phones (77 comments)

True story:

My sisters's iphone screen broke. I asked her what she was doing with it, she said "Nothing, Apple wanted $100 to fix the screen but I just signed on for another contract with Verizon and got a free iphone."

This is how a lot of people think, and they're too naïve (or dumb) to realize the truth (no comment on sis). Her iphone is worth several hundred dollars, and if the phone is fixed for $100 she still comes out ahead. Verizon, meanwhile, will charge her more per month and actually, she's losing money on the deal.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

KingOfBLASH Re:I'm doing my best to keep them afloat (168 comments)

I second that. I'm at 300+ books (although I have a tendency to buy professional reference materials that are $50+)

Kindle is awesome. Easy access to English language books (I live abroad, try finding the latest anything in Vietnam), it's searchable (great for reference books), and I own two kindles so I can keep an entire kindle of reference books in my desk without a huge footprint.

about three weeks ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

KingOfBLASH Re:One trillion becquerels (190 comments)

Not as bad as one million trillion microbecquerels.

Oh, wait....

about three weeks ago

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Free GMail Invites

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  more than 9 years ago

When I read slashdot, I will often see signatures with a line that reads "For a free GMail invite, do $silly_or_annoying_task." Since I have 5 available GMail invites, and no one I know seems to want them, I have decided to pose my own challenge to people looking for a gmail invite:

My username for GMail is the nick name for a charachter, Vautrin, from one of Honore de Balzac's books. If you know the nickname, and email it@gmail.com, and you're right, I'll send you a free gmail invite to your email address. This is a first come first serve basis, good luck!

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