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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Optimal Cynic Re:Georgia (158 comments)

Name? No. Recognise as a country? Yes.

2 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Optimal Cynic EEE (215 comments)

What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

To extend and extinguish, of course.

3 days ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

Optimal Cynic Re:Energy Efficiency? (148 comments)

incentives choosing inefficient hardware.

The hardware choice is down to the company, not the person getting the benefit from the heat.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Optimal Cynic Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

If they vote yes it'll be Venezuela on the Clyde. I can't wait.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Optimal Cynic Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

with lots of self-government combined with a net financial income from the rest of the UK

Which is why, as an Englishman, I sincerely hope that Scotland votes yes.

about 3 months ago
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Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

Optimal Cynic Daily lethal doses (73 comments)

Daily lethal doses? What a way to go...

about 6 months ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

Optimal Cynic Re:Opera (99 comments)

Are you me? Because I could have written exactly the same thing. I was also there from 4.x, it's one of the few bits of software I ever paid for as a penniless uni student. So disappointing to be abandoned like that.

about 6 months ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

Optimal Cynic Re:Mod parent up. (99 comments)

You should see what they've done to the mobile version of Opera. I'm still bitter about the whole thing.

about 6 months ago
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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

Optimal Cynic KSP ARM (71 comments)

No need to worry, we're busy training up the populace with the Asteroid patch to Kerbal Space Program.

about 8 months ago
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

Optimal Cynic Re:Private sector and efficiency. (103 comments)

Yes, we've known this since Adam Smith and yet somehow it still works better than any other system tried. What's your point?

about 8 months ago
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

Optimal Cynic Warez (103 comments)

If you think the IETF is bad, you should look at the pace of change of warez standards. They're only reluctantly abandoning 8.3 filenames.

about 8 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Optimal Cynic Re:Here's What Will Happen (382 comments)

All subsequent critical thinking is conspiracy nut batshit tinfoil hat wearing wacko pluck-your-banjo-with-your-single-tooth teabagger loony.

Maybe if that wasn't actually the case, the "critical thinkers" would get a bit more respect.

about 9 months ago
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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

Optimal Cynic Embedded player (66 comments)

Getty Images will serve the image in an embedded player

Yuck...

about 9 months ago
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How Japanese Scientists Are Monitoring Fukushima Babies For Radiation Exposure

Optimal Cynic Re:Exposure .... (95 comments)

Your optimism is a triumph, it really is.

about 10 months ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

Optimal Cynic Re:Cometh (168 comments)

"of course"... fucking autocorrect.

about 10 months ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

Optimal Cynic Re:Cometh (168 comments)

No, it's "what's grey and comes in buckets." The answer, of cause, being "Ron Jeremy".

about 10 months ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

Optimal Cynic Cometh (168 comments)

The Mammoth Cometh

I'll get the mop.

about 10 months ago
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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

Optimal Cynic Lucky (137 comments)

He's one lucky bastard to get away with that. A less forgiving agent would have had him in custody for months, "just in case".

about 10 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Optimal Cynic Re:Take pictures, press charges. (921 comments)

Assuming your device survives the experience.

about 10 months ago

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There Is No Tech Worker Shortage And If There Is It's The Tech Companies' Fault

Optimal Cynic Optimal Cynic writes  |  about three weeks ago

Optimal Cynic (2886377) writes "Tim Worstall argues that the tech worker shortage, if it exists, is in part due to the recent collusion between Silicon Valley giants to keep wages low. He suggests an interesting punishment — prohibit those companies from accessing the H1B visa scheme. Let them rot in the shortage they've created for themselves, in other words."
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Patents vs innovation - the Tabarrok Curve

Optimal Cynic Optimal Cynic writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Optimal Cynic (2886377) writes "Slashdot likes to argue about intellectual property and patents, and it's clear that both extremes are undesirable. Dr Alex Tabarrok has tackled the question — what is the right level of patent protection? His answer is the Tabarrok Curve, which applies the Laffer Curve methodology to innovation."

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