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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

Misagon Re:How is this different from a virus? (44 comments)

Viruses don't self-replicate, but they cause themselves to be replicated by cells they have infected.

11 hours ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Misagon Re:Combination of history, loggyists and geography (346 comments)

Sweden has a lower population density than USA: 22.85 people/km compared to 34.2 people/km (both figures from 2010).

Would you be more satisfied if we compared California with its population density of 95 people/kmÂ?
California has "Silicon Valley" where the world's biggest companies in information technology are located.
From all I have heard, the Internet last mile situation for a home in Silicon Valley is not much better than in any other major US urban area.

about two weeks ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Misagon Re:Even cheaper than that in Sweden. (346 comments)

I'm so tired of Sweden being singled out as a "socialist" country. Sweden is not more "socialist" compared to its neighbours in northern Europe.

While the local "Labour" party ("Social Democrats") has ruled in most of the last hundred years (because of winning elections), the Labour party of today is not that much different from the Labour party in e.g. United Kingdom. We now have a Labour/Green coalition, since a few days.
The last government was a econoliberal/conservative coalition that rules for eight years, and we had conservative governments in the '90s and '70s as well.

about two weeks ago

Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

Misagon Re:Round? (60 comments)

The Moto 360 is cut off at the bottom so that they could put the ambient light sensor there. Without it, the screen could have been a full circle.

about two weeks ago

My toy collection is ...

Misagon Lightsabers ... (209 comments)

I have a collection of replica Star Wars lightsaber hilts and a couple of blasters, on which I have spent many hundreds of dollars.
Sure, some people may call them "toys" but for me and for (most) other collectors in the community they were never made to be played with. I don't play with them and I don't let anyone play with them. I call them "collectibles". Anyone who calls them "toys" after I have explained it to them is no friend of mine.

about three weeks ago

From the Maker of Arduboy: Tetris On a Bracelet

Misagon Not quite credit card sizes... (15 comments)

TechKeys has a programmable business card with a built-in Tetris clone in firmware.

It is programmable over USB if you want to use it for something else.
Because TechKeys makes keyboard accessories, its intended use is as a keyboard. Therefore, it is made to fit four Cherry MX mechanical key switches.

about a month ago

Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Misagon But will the Google Account bullshit remain? (139 comments)

When Google forced the Google+/Google account integration on the users, it wasn't just Google's "Social Network" that was forced upon us. The first hazzle I noticed was that I could not be logged in into Youtube and Gmail at the same time using the two different accounts that I had.
When I was logged into Youtube and wanted to check my mail, instead of a login prompt, I was prompted with a page offering me to "upgrade" the account, and vice versa.
I don't want the confidential correspondence I have with my doctor to be at the same security box as my list of favourite cat videos on Youtube. Youtube is used casually, while GMail is used seriously.

I still use Youtube and GMail a lot, but for a while now I use GMail exclusively in Private Browsing windows in Chromium, so that my credentials are kept separate. But I think that shouldn't be necessary.

about a month ago

Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Misagon Not just the NYC (200 comments)

The same day, people were also marching at 2808 other official events in 166 countries. (
So there is quite a lot more than ~400'000 people.

In our march in Stockholm, Sweden we endured pouring rain, hail and thunder ...

about a month ago

My resting heart rate:

Misagon Fitness (169 comments)

I heard from a cardiologist that they set 60 BPM as the norm. If your resting heart rate is 60 or lower, then you are considered fit enough. If your resting heart rate is higher then you would need to shape up.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Misagon Re:Tell time (471 comments)

When Apple thinks that it has, it will simply stop working properly.

about a month and a half ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Misagon Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (215 comments)

I doubt that the US gov would have supported IS directly, but I think that it is very likely that they would have supported other groups fighting the Assad regime - and that those groups' resources have been
conquered by the IS.

It is known that many fighters in Syria who belonged to other groups have been forced into squads belonging to the IS, and that many of these would deflect from IS if they had the chance.

about a month and a half ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Misagon Re:Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

No, he wouldn't. Saddam was funding and assisting terrorist, not fighting them.

So has the US government, when it has served its interests ...

Saddam Hussein and his regime was actually quite proficient and ruthless in clashing down on terrorists activities within the borders of Iraq.
The notion that his regime would have supported the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda is well known to be a lie by the GWB administration to gain support for their invasion of Iraq for its oil reserves, as part of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) group's agenda.
The PNAC did first lobby for an invasion during the Clinton administration, but their top men became the government when the non-member they had chosen as front-man/scapegoat "won" the election as US president in 2000.
The PNAC's agenda, list of leaders and lobbying have always been public, even on their web site when they had it, so this is hardly any conspiracy theory that people have made up, yet many Americans are so misdirected by the fnords.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Misagon Re:APL: A Programming Language (729 comments)

I find it kind of weird that while APL requires you to use proper symbols from mathematics and various branches of logic (binary, predicate, etc..), it doesn't have operator precedence that we are used to from mathematics and logic.

Most languages have some cases where the precedence between operators is equal, but in those cases the evaluation order is almost always left to right. In APL, it is backwards: always from right to left.

about a month and a half ago

Dell Demos 5K Display

Misagon At last ... (204 comments)

... a display that actually has the number of kilopixels in width that is advertised.

about a month and a half ago

Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Misagon Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (231 comments)

The only thing that was remotely like the real world in the movie Hackers was the music they listened to ...

And I still can't respect Angelina Jolie for being in it.

about a month and a half ago

Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Misagon Re:Hexidecimal (169 comments)

He was probably in envy of the Amiga's Guru Meditation.

about 1 month ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Misagon Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

Soldiers don't ban weapons. Civilian politicians of civilized countries do. There are international treaties banning the war-time use of cluster bombs, hollow-point bullets and flame throwers.
All of them are quite effective, and horrible.

about 2 months ago

MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Misagon Re:competitive features? generally available? not (88 comments)

1GHz doesn't compare well-enough with >3GHz dual-core Intel product in terms of GUI responsiveness.

GUI responsiveness is more a matter of software bloat than about hardware.

A Commodore 64 at 1 MHz running GEOS can sometimes be more responsive than a PC with dual eight-core Haswell Xeons.

about 2 months ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Misagon Re:Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Funny how everyone called it a "trash can" ... until they saw how small it was. Then they started calling it an "ash tray".

I thought the unified thermal core was genius... until I heard that it actually runs pretty hot.
The graphics card have to be custom-made for the Mac Pro, and you can't put a mechanical drive inside, which limits performance for video editing. Yet again Apple's own overpriced accessories are the only ones that fit.
I'm not saying that the Alienware trapezoid/pentagon isn't more ridiculous. I think the older Mac Pro was a better design than both of them.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Misagon Re:next time (635 comments)

USB floppy on internal USB header ... USB isn't going away soon.

about 2 months ago



Fans of original RoboCop movie recreate movie scene by scene

Misagon Misagon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Misagon (1135) writes "Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made scene-by-scene comedy re-creation of the original RoboCop from 1987.

"As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way."

The fan-film is available for free online viewing at It contains (fake) nudity, blood and gore making it definitely NSFW"


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