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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Roxoff Re:Google needs to do their research (96 comments)

Yeah. I've got two in the garage somewhere. I never use 'em because they keep flipping over...

yesterday
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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

Roxoff This is the simple story of... (90 comments)

...a carpenter that used his talents to heal the maimed and bring joy to the world.

It kinda rings a bell... have we heard this before?

2 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Roxoff Re:Ask an old person? (307 comments)

Euclid's Shotgun? Is that much like Occam's Razor, or Shrodinger's Cat?

2 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

Roxoff Finding correlation where there is none (120 comments)

Somehow the report of '44% of twitter accounts have never been used' has been morphed by the reporter into '44% of twitter users have never posted'.

I know people with multiple Twitter accounts, separation between business and pleasure accounts... some just to follow others without sticking their nose above the parapet (and are never tweeted from), some for larks, some for business.

44% of Twitter accounts != 44% of Twitter users.

The original poster has read some report on the internet and inferred meaning where none could possibly exist. Shoddy, shoddy journalism.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Roxoff I liked Gnome 2. (677 comments)

But Gnome 3 is unusable. It's been unusable since inception, and it still cuts me to pieces when I have a nice fresh install of Linux and it's buggered up by Gnome 3 making it completely unusable. Microsoft came in for tons of criticism because they removed the Start menu in Windwos 8, and look, two years later, it's back in 8.1. The Gnome Foundation came in for tons of criticism because they took all the usable bits of Gnome 2 and put them in the bin to produce Gnome 3. And now, five years later, Gnome 3 is still exactly the same. I think running out of money and going out of business is a position that the Gnome foundation has struggled hard to achieve. But, by gosh, they've done it.

3 days ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Roxoff I voted $0-$10... (240 comments)

But what I actually paid is at the lower end of that scale. And I did it in Pounds Sterling not US Dollares. But if you pay zero, you don't need an exchange rate.

about a week ago
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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

Roxoff Glad I'm not Canadian (99 comments)

Phew, lucky escape for me there. I live in the UK, where we're completely immune from lawmakers who things the rights of the corporation trump the rights of the individual. Oh, no, hang on. I might have that wrong....

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Roxoff Narrow minded and lacking in vision (290 comments)

In the 1800's the US Patent office was almost closed because people running it thought just about everything had been invented already. The problem with non-scientists or anti-scientists is that they don't have any vision, they can't see the big things that -could- be discovered. Lets leave the predictions about what can and cannot be discovered up to the people at the sharp end of science. And the rest of us who do not have closed minds can make our outlandish and wild suggestions and inspire them with great ideas. People who wouldn't know what a good idea looks like and only want to sell their book should be roundly ignored.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Roxoff Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

There is only one motive here, and it's financial. The more sick the punters are, the easier it is to extract money from them with snake oil.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Roxoff The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

"There are about 10,000 complementary medicine products sold in Australia but most consumers are unaware they are not evaluated by the domestic medicines safety watchdog before they are allowed on the market." Why on Earth would you ever submit a product to the medicines watchdog when it doesn't contain medicine? You might as well ask them to evaluate the effects of Heinz Tomato Soup as a medicinal recipe. It does bring feelings of well-being and contentment, you know.

about a week ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Roxoff Campaign against those who oppose equal rights... (1482 comments)

... by denying equal access to your website? This is a propaganda move to generate interest, but it's supremely hypocritical, divisive, and reflects the same attitude that is being campaigned against. In the words of the song... "Fighting for peace? It's like f**king for virginity." This website is limiting equality as a protest against inequality. nice move OKCupid. The bottom line is that all this propaganda they're using still hasn't enticed me to visit their site to see what all the fuss is about.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3.12 Released

Roxoff Is it usable yet? (134 comments)

No? Didn't think so... Here's looking forward to Gnome 4. I'll give this one a miss.

about three weeks ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

Roxoff But Shirley, 11% is 1 in 9 not 1 in 10... (255 comments)

What is the point of carrying out a pointless survey if you can't -actually- work the results out afterwards...

about a month and a half ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

Roxoff Stolen GCHQ technical data... (169 comments)

Mr Miranda made a fatal mistake in his plans. He should have loaded the stolen GCHQ data files onto an Android and fired them into space in an escape pod. I'm sure he'd have been arrested for that, but it's also likely that someone would try and rescue him.

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

Roxoff Re:Marketing. (236 comments)

This reads like a marketing poll. I'm not biting.

Please indicate how much you are not prepared to bite. a) not bite even one tiny little bit. b) bite only a small amount. c) only half bitten the subject. d) very tempted to bite so having a large nibble. e) hook, line, sinker, keel and outboard motor.

about a month ago
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Japanese Man Already Lined Up To Buy iPhone 6

Roxoff Re:For those who don't know; lines work differentl (114 comments)

You are aware that you can 'Google and verify' anything you like, whether true or not :) Although you are correct, I like the thought of this guy waiting outside for the rest of winter and spring for his iPhone only to see Apple pull the plug on the project.

about 2 months ago
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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

Roxoff Re:Bacon Roses! (197 comments)

Oh yeah. These are made of two of my favourite things... Bacon. And more bacon.

about 2 months ago
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Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

Roxoff This is the DnD Adventure, right? (515 comments)

I think I got a copy somewhere - I'm not ready right now, but I can be in about half and hour.

more than 2 years ago

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