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Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

Scarletdown Re:Experiment yourself (87 comments)

Could it be an issue of brain size to body mass instead of brain size alone?

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Scarletdown Re:Sure, let's lose the unsavoury stuff. (250 comments)

Great, now I want some black pudding.

We are out of those. However, we can provide plenty of ochre jellies or gray oozes instead. Please roll a save vs. psychic crush.

about a month ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

Scarletdown Re:Selling assult weapons (310 comments)

Obligatory Full Metal Jacket link.

But, didn't that chant have a second part as well? I thought it was something like "This one's for women. This one's for tanks. This one shoots bullets. This one shoots blanks."

about a month and a half ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Scarletdown Re: How can the situation be improved? (513 comments)

If hell has the fastest internet on the realm.... then you can have heaven for yourself.....(also all hot girls are dirty ones so you only get Madre Teresa there)

Did you not get the memo? Due to a clerical error, she ain't there.

about 2 months ago
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UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

Scarletdown Re:Using their own logic... (363 comments)

Yeah, but do you still get the virgins????

Yes, you do. However, they are not the virgins you would be expecting, that is unless you were expecting 300 pound Cheeto-fingered neckbeards.

about 2 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

Scarletdown Epic Facepalm Time (289 comments)

All I have to say (for now at least) is that these fuckers have earned the Epic Facepalm.

about 2 months ago
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Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Scarletdown Re:Class action (207 comments)

Surely the lawyers can at least get breadsticks and beer?

about 2 months ago
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Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Scarletdown Re:DF? (207 comments)

Mmmmm... Ham...

about 2 months ago
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Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Scarletdown Re:DF? (207 comments)

You killed my brother, but since you gave me free pizza and soda pop I'll let it go this time.

Surely I'm not the only one who thought of the Lorax upon seeing the headline?

"Now I'm offended by this. But I'm gonna eat it!"

Unfortunately, I could not find a suitable YouTube clip of that little quickie to link here.

about 2 months ago
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Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Scarletdown Re:What the (207 comments)

See, guys! Fracking isn't a bad thing at all!

Well, that's a load of felgercarb. Muffit? Sic 'em!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Scarletdown 2 Regulars For Me (669 comments)

Currently, I am splitting my gaming time between EverQuest Next Landmark Alpha and Guild Wars 2 (still trying to recruit for the Skrittsburg Foreign Legion, because... Shinies!)

about 2 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Scarletdown Re:oblig (118 comments)

some drink to remember, some drink to forget.
in that order.

Oh, captain! Please bring me my wine.

(Okay, probably not the reference that was being made, but that is what came to mind.)

about 2 months ago
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A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

Scarletdown How About Pi? (189 comments)

Okay, so the proof in the article may be too lengthy to accurately check, so why not work with something simpler.

For that, I present the proof that Pi R Square is incorrect.

1: Write down on a piece of paper the commonly used 3 digit shortened approximation of Pi: 3.14
2: Hold that paper up in front of a mirror.
3: Note that in reverse, the characters 3.14 now look like PIE.
4: Pie is typically round, therefore since Pie is round, PI.E is 3.14 backwards, and 3.14 is the common shortened value of Pi, then Pi R round, not square.

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

Scarletdown Re:Bacon Roses! (197 comments)

I think I have figured out why bacon tastes so good.

It is made out of bacon.

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

Scarletdown Re: Really? Where's Sex on the list? (197 comments)

Bad on you for being in a relationship for any sort of length of time without making a point of learning - and remembering - her birthdate.

Hey! I completely forgot about my own birthday last month until a couple days afterward when I logged into one of my Facebook accounts and saw a few well wishes. Was just too caught up in my work (prepping stuff for sale, prepping sold items for shipping, going on a Jawa raid, aka thrift store run, for more stuff to sell), and didn't take note of the date.

I reckon that if I can't be arsed to remember my own day (not important, really), then it is best that I have completely given up on trying to be anything but single. Because who knows what more important things I would forget about, eh? Then again, I always figured that any gal who would be interested in me is either desperate or damaged anyway.

about 2 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Scarletdown Re:Go back .... (326 comments)

However, those from the continent of North America (whether Canada, the U.S.A., or Mexico) would be North Americans. Those from the continent of South America would be known as South Americans. Those on the isthmus would be Central Americans.

about 2 months ago

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SEC Proposal Severely Neuters Crowdfunding Projects

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  about 6 months ago

Scarletdown (886459) writes "A recent proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission will, if passed, severely limit the effectiveness of any crowdfunded project that is based in the United States of America.

The proposal has six major features, the first three of which appear to be the most harmful to startups and any private backers who are not already among the wealthy uppercrust.

1: Crowdfunding caps an amount an issuer can raise to $1 million in any 12-month period.

2: Crowdfunding caps the amount a person can invest in all crowdfundings over a 12-month period at 10% of annual income or net worth (incomes of $100,000 or more) or the greater of $2,000 or 5% of annual income or net worth (incomes of less than $100,000).

3: Crowdfunding must be done through a registered broker-dealer or registered “funding portal.” Broker-dealers and funding portals may not solicit investments, offer investment advice or compensate employees based on sales. Traditional investment banks have shown little interest in crowdfunding, leading to speculation that crowdfunding will be facilitated by lesser-known financial institutions with little or no retail investment track record.

This proposal, with the $1,000,000 annual cap, would succeed in ensuring that the old 20th Century models of funding would remain in place for the forseeable future.

It seems like this would immediately put a halt to any new and innovative ventures here in the U.S., and drive them to set up shop overseas. It makes no sense to squash growth and development by making it prohibitively expensive to get a foothold."

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Does Silverlight Break Video Capture Devices?

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  more than 2 years ago

For at least a year now, I have tried off and on to get my housemate's primary computer operational with video capture capability so that he can do screenshots and clips from the assorted game consoles set up in his room, and to actually be able to play these consoles on his nice big monitor instead of the old composite Amiga CRT that they are all connected to.

All attempts have failed miserably with three different devices thus far (ATI TV Wonder USB, a more or less generic USB capture device, which I am currently using on my own system, and a little Syntek STK1160 USB device). On all three, the capture or viewing apps used (WinDVR 3, VLC, and Ulead VideoStudio) gave either a blank display with a claim of no video input detected, or a super garbled neon green image.

At first I thought the problem may be with his video card, GeForce 8600GT PCIe, or the drivers, but as the frustrations progressed, I determined that this was not where the fault lies. To further test, I connected the most recent device, the Syntek, into one of my test systems, running XP Pro with SP3, and installed the drivers and all three apps. It worked flawlessly.

One major difference between the two is that his has Microsoft Silverlight installed so he can stream Netflix on his computer. Neither my test box nor my primary system here had Silverlight installed. So I decided to conduct one more test.

I created a system restore point, installed Silverlight on the test box and tried WinDVR again. It was still working. Then I uninstalled the drivers for the SynTek and reinstalled. Sure enough, video capture no longer worked, showing the same symptoms as the other box.

For the next step in the testing process, I uninstalled Silverlight and did a reboot. Now the video capture still does not work. Somehow, Uninstall did not uninstall everything Silverlight had put on the system, which is pretty shitty behavior for any application. Uninstall should mean just that. Get your crappe and everything that came with it off my hard drive and return the system back to how it was beforehand.

Continuing the quest, I have uninstalled and reinstalled the video capture drivers, and went ahead and did another reboot. The video capture device still does not work. So now I am back to square one. On the test box, I can just restore from the restore point I set, but it is way too late for that on the other. Would anyone who may be reading this have any suggestions on how to completely eradicate Silverlight without completely reinstalling Windows?

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