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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Nephrite Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Yeah, because everyone who starves should buy a car. If you're so poor ride a bus.

about 3 months ago
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Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

Nephrite Will not happen (242 comments)

Killing a politician with subtle electronic sabotage is not appealing to terrorists. It is not dramatic. It is quiet. Terrorists would rather blow a city block with TNT to kill a politician. Killing somebody using defibrillator suits spies or other government agents.

about a year ago
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Cell Phone Powered By Urine

Nephrite Re:grammar-school physics (88 comments)

The real problem is that reports is misguiding. What really is used in those batteries are the metal electrodes. The electrolite isn't used up (except for eveporation) and can be anything. The "urine power" is just cheap marketing trick.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

Nephrite Virtualization (572 comments)

Install some virtualization software e.g. VirtualBox and install whatever OS your guests like. Then clone the image for each guest to use, and delete it after that.

about a year and a half ago
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Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

Nephrite Re:Good news everyone! (433 comments)

Doesn't always work, some apps show default or cached ads.

more than 2 years ago
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Return of the Vacuum Tube

Nephrite Nano-tubes (313 comments)

So the word "nanotubes" now has new meaning.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook 'Likes' Aren't Protected Speech

Nephrite Free speech limits (214 comments)

I think that free speech protection must have some limits. I don't think that my employee that openly supports my opponent will work well for me. And I think that an employee should have some basic loyalty to his employer. Critique is ok, but openly stating support for a competitor is not. And after all that employee wasn't "terminated" in Terminator sense.

more than 2 years ago
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Instant Messaging With Neutrinos

Nephrite Huge problem (262 comments)

For starters, photons may be of different wavelengths. What about neutrinos? As far as I know, they are all identical like electrons or protons. If this technology is widely adopted how is the recipient going to distinguish between different transmitters?

more than 2 years ago
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Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Astroturfing Program

Nephrite Re:The horror! (153 comments)

It is a good thing, really. Russian government shifts from killing, imprisoning and torturing its opponents to just dirty internet posts. There is a progress here.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

Nephrite Re:Gender issues? (589 comments)

Since 1998 I worked in at least six companies, one of them state owned and one foreign (American) and none employed women as software developers. They were not very large though, nothing like Microsoft. And your experience in fact just reinforces my point: there is no discrimination of women, if they want they do work as your experience proves and if they don't want they don't work as my experience shows. There is no need for any organization to further promote women to sw developers. What we see is just another bunch of professional revolutionaries looking for more evil to fight.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

Nephrite Gender issues? (589 comments)

Oh please. On a mailing list, or forum, or website no one knows you're a dog... er, a woman. I mean, if women wanted they would participate, there is NO problem for them. Create an account and submit yor code, period. Because of non-profit nature of many open source project and hence lack of government intervention the percentage of women is perfectly natural contrary to proprietary software firms which are subject to stupid feminist laws and quotas. I'm Russian and during my whole carrier I met ZERO female developers (there were testers and managers, though) and not because of some discrimintation but because of lack of applicants. Yes, I never saw a woman rejected because none applied. So there is just NO gender problem. On the other hand forcing businessmen to hire some underrepresented "minority", be it blacks, disabled people, or women just fills the enterprize with freeloaders who just suck your money and whom you can't get rid of.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Nephrite Too much smartphones, no PDAs anymore (618 comments)

Actually, I find it kinda sad that PDAs disappear. I like to keep my gadgets separate. It's more convenient for me. I have a phone (not completely dumb, but not very smart too), an old HP PDA and separate MP3 player. I tried to listen music on my phone. Clumsy. I tried to use my PDA for talking on the phone (it can disguise as a hands-free bluetooth set) - clumsy too. The best for me is to have three separate gadgets. But alas, recently I decided to upgrade my PDA and what do I see? That no one makes and sells them now. There are only smartphones. So no PDA for me, I guess.

more than 3 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

Nephrite Re:not protects (1066 comments)

Seems fair. Any DRM is fine with me until the cops are involved.

more than 4 years ago
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Air Force Uses Falcons To Protect Falcons

Nephrite Obligatory (148 comments)

Yo dawg we herd u like falcons...

more than 4 years ago
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How Game Gimmicks Break Immersion

Nephrite Re:Minigames (228 comments)

shit hard

Yeah. My computer then was kinda slow so game was like in slow motion. However, the timer ticked with normal speed, so you had to finish the game faster. After I'd got a better computer the game looked ridiculously easy.

more than 4 years ago
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Fine Print Says Game Store Owns Your Soul

Nephrite Fine print (262 comments)

But seriously, I don't know why having "fine print" in contracts is even legal. For any "reasonable person" it's obvious that having fine print is an attempt of one party to have the other not to read the print, which is a fraud at best. Seriously, what a honest person would need a fine print for? Conservation of paper?

more than 4 years ago
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New Russian Science City Modeled On Silicon Valley

Nephrite Cargo cult (213 comments)

They think if they build special city and make special signs on buildings they'll magically have the technologies flock to them and make them money. But really they (read: russian officials) just will steal the money allotted for building the "city".

more than 4 years ago
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Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

Nephrite Nothing new really (309 comments)

Let's recall that tribes that life off hunting have more lactose intolerant people that those that practice livestock breeding, that certain northern tribes of Chukchas and Eskimo doesn't have ensimes to get rid of alcohol so they become alcoholics easily and so on and so on.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM

Nephrite No net at all (266 comments)

I keep windows on my box only for games. I purposefully switched off all network in order keep the viruses out. So now I will not able to play. Thanks. And to think of it, I've legitimatrly bought all C&C series games.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nephrite (82592) writes "A German company has introduced a disposable DVD that can be viewed for 48 hours, then thrown away. The DVDs will sell for just 3.99 ($6.44 /£3.20). So, it's about the same price as a new video rental in Europe — and it used to be about the same price as in US, until the Mighty Dollar turned into the Pygmy Dollar. But there are no late fees and no need to pop the disk in the post or return to the store. This opens up DVD distribution possibilities for new premium-priced movie releases — to petrol stations, convenience stores, coffee shops and the like, as well as online retailers — as there is no longer the need to book the DVDs back in. That's the idea. Will it work?"
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Mysterious Creatures Found in Antarctica

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nephrite (82592) writes "Scientists investigating the icy waters of Antarctica said Tuesday they have collected mysterious creatures including giant sea spiders and huge worms in the murky depths.

Australian experts taking part in an international program to take a census of marine life in the ocean at the far south of the world collected specimens from up to 6,500 feet beneath the surface, and said many may never have been seen before.

Some of the animals far under the sea grow to unusually large sizes, a phenomenon called gigantism that scientists still do not fully understand.

"Gigantism is very common in Antarctic waters," Martin Riddle, the Australian Antarctic Division scientist who led the expedition, said in a statement. "We have collected huge worms, giant crustaceans and sea spiders the size of dinner plates."

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UTL46O2&show_article=1"
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Angry Employee Deletes All of Company's Data

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nephrite (82592) writes "When Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, of Jacksonville, Fla., saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job and with her boss's phone number listed she assumed she was about to be fired.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years' worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.
"She decided to mess up everything for everybody," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson told reporters. "She just sabotaged the entire business, thinking she was going to get axed."

It didn't take Steven Hutchins, owner of the architectural firm that bears his name, much time to figure out who'd done it Cooley was the only other person who had full access to the files.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325285,00.html"
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AMD Jumps On Report IBM Could Buy It

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nephrite (82592) writes "Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) shares are higher following a report carried on FT.com from MergerMarket which said the company could be acquired by IBM.

An excerpt:

Advanced Micro Devices and IBM may establish a more formal semiconductor tie-up than their current partnership, specualted industry sources and analysts in conversations with MergerMarket. A deal could see IBM's microelectronics division merge with AMD at some point, possibly in the near term, said the sources.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/fb1583da-c9b6-11dc-b5dc-000077b07658,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.html
http://online.barrons.com/quotes/main.html?symbol=ibm
http://online.barrons.com/quotes/main.html?symbol=Amd"
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'Safe Ebola' created for research

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nephrite (82592) writes "Taking a single gene from the virus stops it replicating, US scientists wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

Ebola, currently handled in highly secure labs, kills up to 80% of those it infects.

However, one expert said the new method may not yet be a fail-safe way of dealing with the virus.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7196812.stm"
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List of ten weirdest amphibians

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nephrite (82592) writes "ZSL EDGE programme is today launching the EDGE Amphibians conservation and fundraising initiative, which highlights some of the worlds most extraordinary creatures currently threatened with extinction. This year ZSL scientists have assessed all amphibian species according to how Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) they are.

http://www.zsl.org/field-conservation/news/edge-amphibians-the-worlds-weirdest-creatures-just-got-weirder,427,NS.html"
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Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nephrite writes "The conflict between Rodina faction Depute Viktor Alksnis and Timofey Shevyakov, well-known blogger, historian and member of the Efficient Politics Fund, started two weeks ago. In the course of discussion in Alksniss blog (v_alksnis.livejournal.com) Mr. Shevyakov (tarlith.livejournal.com) said the former was either a liar or a fool. Alknis threatened with filing a criminal complaint against him, after which the discussion flowed into indecent conversation. On the February 22nd the conflict was highlighted on TV: O2TV held a talk show with Alksis and Shevyakov. However, they didnt find it easy to talk to each other this time either.

http://eng.cnews.ru/news/top/indexEn.shtml?2007/02 /26/237538"

Journals

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O frabjous day!

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 8 years ago Rejoice brethren! Today, I've got the very first freak in my life! I am so happy I can't say a word! Tears of joy are flowing down from my eyes making the t-shirt wet.

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unicode anyone?

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just can't wait when slashdot finally changes to unicode.
Writing in english is not that fun, really.

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Strange moderation indeed

Nephrite Nephrite writes  |  more than 9 years ago

How come I post as a registered user with score == 1, and then some jerk moderates me "overrated"? There were no other moderations, so my post couldn't have been "overrated" in the common meaning of the word.

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