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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 two weeks 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 2 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 2 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
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Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat

Optimal Cynic Misread (61 comments)

I misread the first sentence as "Our lives online come with penis", which given that they're talking about snapchat would have made more sense.

about 9 months ago
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Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough

Optimal Cynic Re:finally (160 comments)

I can't even think of any other comparison similar to this.

How about Piltdown Man?

about 9 months ago

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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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