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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Macgrrl Re:correlation does not prove causation (137 comments)

I'm fat and I get up at 6:00 and am generally at work before the sun comes up. It must be because I'm lazy, and not because I commute and work stupid hours.

about two weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

Macgrrl Re:sad (97 comments)

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

about two weeks ago
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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

Macgrrl Re:not private (128 comments)

Burning some mod points to respond - I think if you read the opinion pages and editorials of The Age you would have a different view of them supporting the Mad Monk's government. They get accused pretty heavily of being left leaning Labour party supporters. It's Murdoch's Newscorp who are the rabid LNP supporters.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Macgrrl Re:No problem (423 comments)

I used to do consulting for Xerox, it was fairly typical for hospitals to depreciate hardware (such as beds, autoclaves, photocopiers) over 20 years. You can't even get parts for copiers after that amount of time, you are generally relying on 3rd party refill kits for toner and other consumables. From memory 10 years was pretty standard for printers.

about three weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

Macgrrl Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

How long did it take for the side effects to stabalise? My husband recently started taking this and is struggling a bit (though not in the same way that he was imploding before starting them).

about three weeks ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Macgrrl Re:New Character Class (166 comments)

It's called the Crusader. I was going to link directly to the Bliz gameplay guide but was still getting the press release in my hasty search string.

about three weeks ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Macgrrl Re:From someone who gave up on the game... (166 comments)

Diablo guarantees you a legendary the first time you kill him (after loot 2.0)....you've gone 40+ hours and haven't reached Diablo yet?

That got patched in later, it was originally the Skeleton King that had a guaranteed Legendary drop. I know my husband didn't get a legendary on Diablo the first 2 times he killed her (spoilers sweetie ;P ) since loot 2.0.

He has had a bucket of legendaries drop overall though. And at least 1 set item. I got a plans for a L21 Set the other night, not sure if they would be worth making for an alt. Given how quickly you level now, they would be replaced before I could earn the materials back. Might make them just to have them in the transmog panel.

about three weeks ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

Macgrrl Re:Saturday (91 comments)

And the always popular: "The cleaners are due tomorrow, I really must tidy up when I get home form work tonight."

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Macgrrl Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

I thought it was a commonly believed position that the reason penalties make for bad deterrents is that most crimes are committed either on the spur of the moment or by people who don't believe they will get caught. Either way - they don't expect the penalty to apply to them.

If you look at the stats for how many homicides go unsolved, it's really scary that one of the crimes with the biggest social taboos and possibly one of the highest penalties, goes unpunished so often.

about a month ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

Macgrrl Re:Saturday (91 comments)

Generally Sunday is my most productive day. Getting done all the stuff I put off from Saturday that had to be done.

Why is it that house work is never 'finished'?

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Macgrrl Re:Fourteenth Amendment Humanoids (397 comments)

I'm having flashbacks to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air - there have been plenty of TV representations of black families that are not 'Ebonics' ghetto dwellers.

As someone who doesn't live in the US, I honestly couldn't tell you if the Cosby show or The Wire is a more accurate picture of the typical experience of a someone growing up as an African American. I'm not sure how many non-blacks could tell you that either.

about a month ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

Macgrrl Re:Iron Man's HUD GUI & Snake Plissken's glide (74 comments)

The "computer graphics" from the original HHGTTG TV series were hand animated cells. It was the only way for them to animate the guide within budget at the time. From memory they used a blue screen to project the animations onto the guide's screen in post production.

about a month ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

Macgrrl Re:Leverage was good until the last couple seasons (74 comments)

Remembering back 25 years or so when I worked as an architectural draftsman, the yellow paper printed to a purple-blue-ish line on white paper - it was quite pale. There were also gloss versions that left a black line but I can't remember if they were also 'yellow' before being exposed. We also used a stock that came out sepia brown.

Generally a print was made from a 'positive' drawing on tracing paper, the image would appear where ink obstructed the UV light from reaching the transfer sheet/copy. Anywhere with no light got exposed and would come out white-ish. Prints would fade with exposure to daylight.

The paper would be stored in black plastic sleeves in light-fast draws before use to ensure it didn't go bad. We used to go through a ton of the stuff. In the practice where I worked, we usually had one person running the print machine full time. The yellow paper version exposed to UV light was way better than the older ammonia machines, which used to leave me feeling light-headed after about 20 minutes of use.

CAD wasn't really common at that point, so we hand drafted everything, if you had to make a significant change to the drawing, it often meant starting again, minor changes were made be scratching the ink off the sheet with a razor blade and making your amendments to the 'original' sheet.

about a month ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Macgrrl Re:Please.... (321 comments)

You mean: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. - Hanlon's Razor

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

Macgrrl Re:to this day... (299 comments)

I used to explain computers in terms of an office workspace. Your desktop (memory) is the display of what you are currently working on, if you want to write a letter, you get your typewriter (application) out of your drawer (storage). Your desktop can only hold so many things at one time, so sometimes you need to put something away before you can access then next thing. Some application need more room than others - say a drawing application might need more space. At the end of the day when you switch off the computer, the desktop is wiped clear, but what ever is in your drawer is available to be used again. If you want to be able to use something again you need to make sure you save a copy to the drawer.

I've yet to find someone who can't be made to understand basic principles on how a computer operates conceptually by that metaphor.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Macgrrl Re:Smooth move, judge (519 comments)

Personally, when on one of my "Leggings are not pants" rants, I wouldn't think it would be that much of a stretch to say that some people are walking around partially nude. Recently I've been seeing french knickers as shorts as a trend on younger women (late teens, early 20s, mostly east-asian). They're not pants either.

I know I wore a fair bit of lycra when I was their age, so I can't complain too much. It was the '80s though, so I have a bit of an excuse. Looks askance at Olivia Newton-John and Madonna.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Macgrrl Re:Smooth move, judge (519 comments)

IANAL but you could argue that we are all partially nude (I'm naked under my clothes) and the fact that I am wearing a skirt means I have an expectation that my privates will remain private.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Macgrrl Re:Does not make sense (519 comments)

Skirts make an assumption that nobody will have a line-of-sight view from directly beneath you -- an assumption that was never entirely valid, but is a whole lot less valid now that technology has given people access to discreet digital cameras that they can easily position at floor level.

In some respects it's like circumventing DRM - an effort was made to conceal (wearing a skirt), but someone deliberately positioned themselves in a abnormal position closer to the floor in order to create a line-of-sight that would not generally be available through normal activity.

about a month and a half ago

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"The Thing" now based on a true-ish story

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "Not content with trying to resurrect mammoths and plants, scientists have revived a giant virus from the Siberian permafrost.

The virus is not considered a threat to humans, as giant viruses typically attack amoebae, but it has raised the question of what other viruses may exist in the ice waiting to be released.

Suddenly "The Thing" is a much more frightening possibility. #whatcouldpossiblygowrong"
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D3 release date announced

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "Today Blizzard announced the planned released date for the long awaited Diablo 3.

Time to put in a leave application for 15th May 2012 for an important day of worship in your personal gaming religion. :)"
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Ask Slashdot - would you really want to live to 15

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "It was reported today in The Age newspaper that scientists believe that they will have a drug within the next 5-10 years that will extend the average human lifespan to 150 years.

Given the retirement age in Australia is 65, that would give you an extra 95 years past the current reitrment age, meaning you would probably have to extend the average working life to 100 or 120 years to prevent the economy becoming totally unbalanced and pensions running out.

That assumes that the life extension is all 'good years', and not a prolonged period of dementia and physical decline.

Would you want to live to 150? What do you see as being the most likely issues and what do you think you would do with all the extra years?"

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Apple wins bid to block Galaxy tablet in Australia

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "As reported in The Age newspaper this afternoon; in a move guarenteed to provoke fanboys everywhere and to provide further fuel to the Apple vs. Samsung patent war, the Federal Court has granted Apple an injunction to block tech rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia."
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Adobe folds on Flash, embraces HTML5

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "Reported in The Age newspaper today, Kevin Lynch, Adobe Chief Technology Officer, has announced that Adobe will be endorsing Apple's preferred HTML5 video format.

While Adobe will continue to work on Flash, they look forward to embracing the exiciting new possibilities offered by HTML5 and consequently the gateway onto the iPhone/iPad ecosystem."
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Technology is the new black?

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "As reported in The Age newspaper, Conde Nast publishers, whose titles include Vanity Fair and Vogue Magazine has purchased the Ars Technica website for an undisclosed amount.

They intend to combine it with Wired.com which they acquired in 2006, Ars Technica will continue to operate as an independant unit under editor Ken Fisher."
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Police predict robotic crimewave

Macgrrl Macgrrl writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Macgrrl (762836) writes "As reported in The Age newspaper today; "Technology such as cloned part-robot humans used by organised crime gangs pose the greatest future challenge to police, along with online scamming, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty says."

No, really! This is not an late April fools gag... They are really worried about Cyborg criminals. Which makes me wonder just a little bit about what other police initiatives the Australian public is funding."

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