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A Handy Radiation Dose Chart From XKCD

S-4'N3 dosage (392 comments)

I am now scared of bananas.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

S-4'N3 Re:Jurassic Park (1200 comments)

Heck yeah. Irix, was it? SGI actually used to have that graphic interface as a free download on their website, but it's now a dead link. That film was one of my favourites as a kid. Watching it again, after being more familiar with computers, looking at that Irix screen and recognizing folder names, you can see... oh yeah, it really is "a unix system."

more than 3 years ago
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Disarm Internet Trolls, Gently

S-4'N3 lame (417 comments)

This is the worst article ever and people who like it suck bawls.

more than 3 years ago
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How do you protect servers from a rogue Admin

S-4'N3 wrong question (1 comments)

Any kind of offsite backup would be the simplest (not always cheapest) guarantee that if somebody is vindictive enough to nuke your DB, you can recover all or most of it easily (and I've actually seen this happen). But you may want to look at this from a wider perspective and think what it is it you can possibly do that would drive somebody to become so vindictive. Now avoid doing it. When admins go rogue, something has usually driven to that. Generally, if people are treated with respect, even if they are being let go from a position, this is enough to ensure that they don't become vindictive.

more than 3 years ago
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Radiohead Helps Fans Make Crowd-Sourced Live Show DVD

S-4'N3 Re:Nine Inch Nails did this first (103 comments)

Heck yeah. Nine Inch Nails totally beat them to the punch. By almost TWO years! KEEP UP, RADIOHEAD, YOU'RE LAGGING!

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA Wants 'Net Neutrality' To Include Filtering

S-4'N3 Blind Faith (212 comments)

Does this mean I won't be able to buy the Blind Faith album from iTunes?

more than 4 years ago
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DARPA To Turn Humans Into Batteries

S-4'N3 mine? (183 comments)

When can I get my stillsuit?

more than 4 years ago
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Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

S-4'N3 I hope this catches on (377 comments)

I would LOVE for cbc.ca to pick up on this. The comments on cbc.ca usually serve to accomplish little but expose rampant prejudice and ignorance across Canada. I swore off reading the comments after an actor from my hometown was shot in Mumbai and was interviewed in the hospital where he was recovering. A commenter criticized him have "hamming up" the interview.

more than 4 years ago
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Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More

S-4'N3 science (961 comments)

Wow. They recently discovered the same thing about beliefs vs. science.

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

S-4'N3 Re:zero-sum (973 comments)

One of these days I'm going to remember that I need to add line breaks manually...

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

S-4'N3 zero-sum (973 comments)

"arguing with teenagers is a zero-sum game" I love this line. Anyway, I completely understand and respect Jason Robert Brown's opinions and I admire that he has managed to make a living writing music and selling sheet music. That said, being a musician and composer who has worked on countless musicals, I've seen the flip-side of this equation. I have seen producers lose their shirts because of the prohibitively high cost of obtaining the rights to full scores (notably more than $4.00 a song). Simply put, it's not pretty. Brown is right to defend his rights and defend his trade, however I think there is room for modernization in the copyright model employed by broadway show rights holders. Personally, I am a fan of (and often employ) creative commons licensing. I like the idea that if you're not going to make any money on my material, I won't either. This gives me and my material exposure (and hopefully a little popularity) and doesn't lose me any money. If, on the other hand, you're going to make a killing using my works, for sure I want a piece of the action. Most broadway shows do work on a sliding scale, however the scale does not slide low enough to accommodate most amateur productions. The other issue with the current copyright model is that it is only concerned with short term gains. The actual term of a copyright before it is released to public domain is obscenely long. Obviously, this is to benefit the publishing houses. This means that even decades after a work is published, it can be extremely difficult to obtain the rights to put on the production. This has been shown to actually diminish the popularity of works since it is easier for amateur productions to find older public domain works, instead of fresher newer works (hence the continued popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan). Releasing works into the public domain (after the initial run) can help to boost the authors popularity and prevent them from dying in obscurity as so many composers do.

more than 4 years ago
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Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii?

S-4'N3 a rose by any other name might be something else (222 comments)

If you took the name "Nintendo" off it and told them it was a robot who monitors your exercise routine and helps you get in shape, they'd marvel at the cost.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Scientists Create a Three-Parent Embryo

S-4'N3 Re:Wow . . . (201 comments)

I'm not sure to be disappointed that somebody already posted the same joke that I thought of, or relieved that somebody else out there agrees that it's funny.

more than 4 years ago
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Tsunami Warning From Space?

S-4'N3 Familiar... (351 comments)

Wasn't this the plot of at least 2 James Bond films?

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

S-4'N3 Just look to the North... (2044 comments)

If the health care reform plan goes through then it signals the end of civilization as you know. Just look at where I am from, Canada, where we introduced universal health care in 1962. Since then, we've been living in barbaric fiefdoms, the likes of which have not been seen outside of the Hyborian kingdom.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

S-4'N3 alternative solution (727 comments)

Move to Canada.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

S-4'N3 recent article (503 comments)

Didn't we see an article recently of a CEO stating that netbooks were on the way out?

more than 4 years ago
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The Wi-Fi On the Bus

S-4'N3 Re:behavioral problems have virtually disappeared (241 comments)

I would have loved for this technology to have existed when I was in elementary school. We had ridiculous rules in place that even once we had arrived at school, nobody could leave any of the schoolbusses until all of the schoolbusses had arrived. It was a breeding ground for sadism.

more than 4 years ago
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Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals

S-4'N3 Re:Matters not (474 comments)

I gotta say that I was really disappointed that GQ printed the article. I normally have great respect for their journalism, however in printing this it seems like a cheap shot at selling more magazines.

more than 4 years ago

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Microsoft Disconnects Modded X-Box Users

S-4'N3 S-4'N3 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

S-4'N3 (1232394) writes "The BBC reports that Microsoft has disconnected approximately 600,000 X-Box users from X-Box Live because the devices they are using have been modified, either with software or with new chips, to play pirated games.

"Microsoft confirmed that it had banned a 'small percentage' of the 20 million Xbox Live users worldwide. Microsoft said that modifying an Xbox 360 console 'violates' the service's 'terms of use' and would result in a player being disconnected.""

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Fair Use?

S-4'N3 S-4'N3 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

S-4'N3 writes "I am a Canadian composer who has been hired to supply background music to a medical instructional video for a surgical procedure (the details of which would make you cringe). I have been planning on releasing the music under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license while giving the producers of this video written consent to use this music in the specific video they are currently producing. While this is a professional video where people are actually paid for their work, it occurs to me that the instructional nature of this video may place them in the "fair-use" category. If they were to produce another video for a different procedure, would they be able to re-use the music I am providing and cite it as "fair-use" or does the fact that they are paying to have these videos produced constitute a "commercial work"?"
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Vulcan AB to attend Trek premiere

S-4'N3 S-4'N3 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

S-4'N3 (1232394) writes "I was shocked to hear about this first from my wife reading me an article from our local newspaper as opposed to seeing this headlining slashdot. Apparently, Vulcan Alberta lost the bid to host the world premiere of the new Star Trek flick. Most likely, because they don't have a movie theatre. But with the help of Leonard Nimoy, residents of the middle-of-nowhere town will be flown to a special showing in Calgary. Most logical indeed"

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