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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Master Moose Re:God of the gaps (669 comments)

Church leaders advocate public health policies (like abstinence) that demonstrably do not work in spite of copious scientific evidence showing that they do not work.

Not a scientist here :) but I would like to see the studies where the practice of abstinence has not prevented the spread of STIs and unwanted pregnancies.

Now, I would concede that abstinence often doesn't occur because people generally like to fuck. Maybe I am just being a bit too picky today..

about 1 month ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Master Moose Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

When deciding what to buy I seek ads out.

Funny, I use search engines and read review sites.

I sometimes have the problem of trying to find review sites that aren't just ads. All too often the "article" is just lifted from the sales brochure.

about 2 months ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Master Moose Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

Agreed, There is little worse than people who get offended just because they think that they should be offended. This goes doubly so for people getting offended on behalf of others

about 2 months ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

Master Moose Re: The decline started with OS/2 (156 comments)

I love lotus notes. . Long live the Domino server!

about 3 months ago
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My toy collection is ...

Master Moose What started as an office desk decoration (209 comments)

What started as an office desk decoration a few years ago has turned into a collection of over 40 Mr Potato Head dolls and variants. . I don't go looking for obscure and past potatoes, rather buy new ones/novel ones as they pop up.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Master Moose Re:Wifi-Dialup Router and Chromebook (334 comments)

Wow, don't know that. It makes my other post potentially redundant.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Master Moose Internal Win Modem (334 comments)

If they are using an internal WinModem, drivers and the ability to access this over linux may be severely limited. I would suggest if their only access point is a good old fashioned screeching modem that they get brought an external one (assuming that they don't already have one)

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Master Moose Re:Oh, the timing... (727 comments)

And a techie's definition of 'working', i.e. drinking coffee and reading slashdot is still the same too.

You mean I am not paid to do *this*?

about 3 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Master Moose Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

That was the most evil thing I have done. Scored 10.

about 4 months ago
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Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

Master Moose What credentials? (53 comments)

He was one of the original QuickTime developers

I stopped reading or caring about anything he had to say or had done after that line. I can't be the only person with a deep loathing of quicktime?

about 5 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Master Moose Re:"Go" phrase. (701 comments)

Great battle cry

about 5 months ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

Master Moose Re:Assemble (70 comments)

Nope, not thinking straight. Now I'll never get Spiderman vs Batman.

about 5 months ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

Master Moose Assemble (70 comments)

Now I'll never see spider man in the avengers

about 5 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Master Moose Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

If they have banned noisy eaters as well, I would consider relocating and offer my patronage for each movie they show that I wish to see.

about 6 months ago
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Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

Master Moose Re:Or, we could just be playing a game (212 comments)

If this was true, there would be plenty of data with a positive correlation between game playing and immoral behavior. Can you point to any evidence that shows that games cause kids to "get out of control"?

I agree and think that the fact is that *most* kids are playing video games now days as a part of their usual leisure time and have been for the past 15 - 20 years. If there were such a correlation, there would be a lot more "out of control" kids running around.

about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Master Moose Re:Screwed the Pooch (477 comments)

I have found the inclusion of the digital copy to be much more burdensome than simply watching a dvd or bluray.

Limited to particular devices and operating systems
Annoying registration processes
Time limited download (i.e. a limited period to claim)
extra software installations

about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Master Moose Re:Blame Hollywood (477 comments)

This!

The "No one will own anything ever again" subscription model for all media. I don't understand it either.

about 7 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Master Moose Re:Does it make me a bad person... (293 comments)

There is not a good left-leaning news channel out there.

This is a sad state of affairs, not that there are too many right leaning news outlets - nor that the left leaning ones are not up to muster, but rater, that the news leans at all.

about 8 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Master Moose a modest proposal of sorts (466 comments)

If we truly are what we eat, then it stands to reason that the best food we could possibly eat is a healthy human?

about 8 months ago

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NZ PM a Reptile? Staff have "no data to disprove the theory"

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  about 10 months ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Who's to say NZ Prime Minister John Key isn't a reptilian overlord in disguise?

Key's own office certainly can't; its response to an official information request was that it had no data to disprove the theory.

The response came after a request for "any evidence to disprove the theory that Mr John Key is in fact a David Icke-style shape reptilian shifting alien ushering humanity towards enslavement"."

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NZ Govt is relaxing privacy laws for US citizens and ex-pats

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  about a year ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "New Zealands Government wants to override privacy laws to supply the US Government with private details about Americans living in New Zealand.

As part of a global tax-dodging crackdown, the US is forcing banks and other financial institutions to hand over the private financial details of US "persons" and companies based overseas.

From July this year, Kiwi banks and insurers will be required to provide US tax authorities with American customers' contact details, bank account numbers and transaction history.

  The move comes amid continuing criticism of New Zealand's participation in Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement talks, aimed at securing a wider-reaching free trade deal with the US and other countries.

Critics say the secretive talks could restrict New Zealand's ability to make its own laws on everything from the environment to employment."

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150 copyright notices for Mega

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  about 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Kim Dotcom's Mega file sharing site has been stung with 150 copyright warnings, according to an international report.

Dotcom launched the new fire-sharing website on January 20 in a blaze of fireworks and publicity.

Less than two weeks later and Computerworld.com is reporting the company removed content after receiving 150 copyright infringement notices."

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Peepshow over for body scanners

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  about 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "The "peepshow" scanners that have caused an uproar at airports are finally getting the heave-ho.

It took more than two years of passenger complaints, but the US Transportation Security Administration says it is pulling the plug on the Rapiscan backscatter scanner. The move was made because the manufacturer did not meet a deadline to come up with new software that would create less revealing images. In all, 174 machines at 30 airports will be shut down and moved out.

Rapiscan could not create new software for its backscatter machines and threw in the towel this month. The TSA cancelled its contract with the company."

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Women are getting smarter

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Since IQ testing began a century ago, women have been as much as five points behind, leading psychologists to suggest embedded genetic differences.

But that gap has been narrowing in recent years and this year, women have moved ahead, according to James Flynn, a world-renowned authority on IQ tests.

'In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women's have risen faster,' said Mr Flynn.

'This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ.'

But can they open Jars?"

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Is it time to end our love affair with the QWERTY keyboard?

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Brisbane-based entrepreneur John Lambie currently has in beta an alternative to what he calls the "dysfunctional" QWERTY keyboard.

Given the way the world is abandoning their keyboards for smartphones he sees now as the perfect time to introduce a new layout.

He calls his new keyboard Dextr and believes it is the natural progression from using a number pad to enter text — This is especially so in developing countries where users have not grown up with QWERTYs on thier phones.

While he is not the first to ever propose an alternate or alphabetical keyboard — Are we locked into QWERTY for familiarities sake, or as we shift to smaller, more mobile and new devices, is Mr Lambie's project coming at the right time?"

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DotCom offers the DoJ a Deal

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Kim Dotcom claims the United States criminal case against him is collapsing but he is offering to go there without extradition provided federal authorities unfreeze his millions of dollars.

In a now hallmark style, he made the offer on Twitter.

"Hey DOJ, we will go to the US," he tweeted, "No need for extradition. We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses."

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Dotcom says the department knows it does not have a case.

"If they are forced to provide discovery, then there will be no extradition. That's why they don't want to provide discovery. If they had a case, they would not need to hide what they have.""

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Technicolor sets sites on Apple et al

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "When Apple's next iPhone hits store shelves, Technicolor's engineers will rush to get the handset — not to make calls or play games, but to rip it apart.

Technicolor, an unprofitable French company that invented the process for colour movies used in The Wizard of Oz and countless other classics, plans to cash in on its 40,000 video, audio and optics patents to turn its fortunes around.

Although Technicolor signed its first licensing deal in the 1950s, de Russe (executive vice-president of intellectual property at Technicolor) said, "it feels like the rest of the world has just woken up to why patents are interesting".

Patent licensing is the most profitable business of the company."

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Kim Dotcom Trial may not occur

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "The criminal charges against Kim Dotcom in the United States may never get to trial, the judge overseeing the case has told the FBI.

United States district court judge Liam O'Grady said he didn't know if "we are ever going to have a trial in this matter" after being told Dotcom's file-sharing company had never been formally served with criminal papers by the US.

The comment has been seized on by Dotcom's lawyers, who say it could lead to the extradition case in New Zealand being tossed out."

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Studios want reduced fees to go after "Pirates"

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Movie studios are about to push the New Zealand Government to lower the fees they have to pay internet providers to out copyright pirates under the so-called "Skynet" law that took effect last year.

The Economic Development Ministry has kicked off a promised review of the $25 fee that rights holders must pay internet providers to send infringement notices to customers accused of piracy under the "three strikes regime"

New Zealand seems to be building a history of bending to US the mostly US based recording and Movie industry. See Kim Dotcom and Warner Brothers filming of the Hobbit as recent examples.

Would the reduction of this fee lead to abuses where infringements are spammed to "suspects" as seen around the world, or with less of their cost being covered, are the ISPs less likely to co-operate?

After getting such controversial bills passed, is this further proof that these industries will never be satisfied?"

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Hollywood Bullys British Pub

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "British actor Stephen Fry says he is ''ashamed'' of the film industry following news a popular English pub called The Hobbit is being threatened with legal action.

Fry, who is in Wellington, New Zealand filming Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, this morning tweeted: "Honestly, @savethehobbit, sometimes I'm ashamed of the business I'm in. What pointless, self-defeating bullying".

The popular Southampton music venue has traded with the name for more than 20 years, the Mail Online reported."

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Man sues church for loss of income

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "A man who never played higher than the Portugese third division (soccer) is suing the Baptist church for $NZ19 million — claiming it ruined his chances of playing for Manchester United.

Nganga spent 19 years as a 'fervent evangelist' .

He is now suing the leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britian, who, he says "conspired to defraud me of my finances, time and my life".

Another take on the story is listed here"

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Hollywood Blacklist 2011

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Once a year a document called The Black List is released.

It is a list of what several hundred executives, assistants and other industry professionals collectively consider to be the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood.

An informal list that has taken on slightly formal connotations, it is a fascinating insight into the vast world of speculative screenwriting and script development, where the best ideas in the world can end up gathering dust for a variety of reasons.

http://blcklst.com/"

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George Takei brokers Star Peace

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  about 3 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "George Takei has called for Star Wars and Star Trek fans to unite against the mutual threat to all science fiction: Twilight.

"Gone is any sense of heroism, camaraderie, or epic battle. In its place, we have vampires that sparkle, and moan, and go to high school".

"Now I am not above mixing in a little sex appeal to spice up the fantasy," he added, his words accompanied by the appearance of images of a topless young Mr Sulu and Robert Pattinson, the star of Twilight.

"But sci-fi fans be warned. There are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be had in Twilight. No, in Twilight, the only message that rings through loud and clear is 'Does my boyfriend like me?'""

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Doors, Creating walls int he mind

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "We've all walked into a room only to find that the reason for doing so has suddenly and entirely vanished from our mind.

Psychologists have discovered the so-called 'senior moments' that can leave us utterly bemused and retracing our steps may actually be caused by the way the brain processes information as the body leaves one room and enters another."

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1st stikes in New Zealand Anti Piracy Laws

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "New Zealand's Largest ISPs confirmed yesterday that they had received their first notices under the Government's new copyright regime, which came into effect on September 1.

All the notices received so far appear to be from the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (Rianz).

Telecom received 42 notices — 35 for alleged download of songs by R&B star Rihanna, six for Lady Gaga tunes and one for British recording artist Taio Cruz.

Curiously the music rather than the movie industry has fired the first shot as it was believed the Motion Picture Association was keen to go after copyright infringers."

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Pepsi Bottle Made of Foodscraps

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Pepsi unveiled a new bottle yesterday made entirely of plant material.

The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.

"This is the beginning of the end of petroleum-based plastics," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defence Council and director of its waste management project. "When you have a company of this size making a commitment to a plant-based plastic, the market is going to respond.""

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Top 50 Video Game Characters of all Time

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "Guinness World Records has announced its top 50 video game characters of all time.

Over 13,000 gaming fans voted to help compile the list, with Guinness proclaiming that "Mario bounced over Solid Snake, Pac-Man chewed up Kratos and Lara Croft barrelled through Donkey Kong".

Nintendo ruled the line-up with an impressive 11 characters featuring on the list, followed by Sony with six and Capcom with five.

There are obvious glaring omissions, but what do you think?"

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Gamers Make Dangerous Drivers

Master Moose Master Moose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Master Moose (1243274) writes "The UK research, commissioned by Continental Tyres and covering 2000 drivers split evenly between gamers and non-gamers, revealed that those who raced on consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox are twice as likely to speed, run a red light, suffer road rage and make an accident claim.

Or is it just a case that most gamers are young males, a group long known to be highly represented in risk taking and driving incidents?"

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