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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

SleazyRidr Re:I recently switched. couldnt be happier. (225 comments)

The guy behind me bought his own sit-stand desk a couple of weeks ago. There wasn't any company program, he just decided that his back was worth the $500 to him. He stood almost half the day for the first couple of days, now he sits the whole day again. I told him that if he felt better after a couple of weeks I'd buy one too, but of course, sitting down is exactly the same as sitting down!

6 hours ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

SleazyRidr Re:Scalded (111 comments)

They're probably happy about that. They'd prefer not to do business with customer who deny access to payment and who are unaccountable for their actions.

6 hours ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

SleazyRidr Re:E = (T2-T1) / T1 (151 comments)

Looking up at the title, I notice that it claims thermoelectrics could one day power *cars*.

Also, power plants use a closed loop, so talking about putting multiple expanders on them is silly, as the waste pressure/energy gets recycled completely anyway.

7 hours ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

SleazyRidr Re:E = (T2-T1) / T1 (151 comments)

The same principle apply to steam engines as to thermoelectric devices. Steam engines are very well studied, so there is a lot more data/manuals/advice/working knowledge about them. We choose which knowledge to use and which to discard based on their applicability to the task at hand.

The thermoelectric effect is dependent upon a difference in temperature. To get more power, you need a bigger difference in temperature. Engines do produce a lot of waste heat, but they generally do not get to a high enough temperature to reasonably extract enough of it to justify your capital costs. Thus the comparison to waste steam from steam engines, you can collect and use it, but often you won't get enough out of it to be worthwhile.

7 hours ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

SleazyRidr Re:The difference... (137 comments)

Well, if she's padding her boobs, I can see that she wouldn't want that information becoming public, but as the sister comment alluded to, it could just be a baseless accusation without some form of evidence.

Also, seeing a picture of something is completely different than hearing a description. I assume you probably visit the bathroom a few times a day. I have a reasonable idea what you do in there and I could form a decent description of what you do, but you would be upset if someone showed me a picture wouldn't you? Also, you might have a desire to share that moment with some specific people (maybe you're into that kind of thing), but the idea that the person with whom you choose to share that moment has to be balanced by the probability of them taking pictures or videos and sharing it with people you might not even know. Having to make that kind of judgement will limit the number of those moments that will happen, which makes life just a little less fun.

7 hours ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

SleazyRidr Re:The difference... (137 comments)

It's the difference between: "hey, Jenny was so drunk last night she showed me her boobs!" and "hey, look at this picture of Jenny's boobs." As someone who likes boobs, I try to minimize the incentives for girls to keep them hidden.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SleazyRidr Good News (1405 comments)

The good part of this that I see is that he is advocating changing the constitution and not just ignoring it. The constitution can and should be amended to account for changing values, changing technology and different external influences. Once you start ignoring the constitution, then what rules do the government need to follow? Change the constitution to what it "should" say, then we all know what we're doing, what's expected of us, and where to go next.

yesterday
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

SleazyRidr Re:Polution tax (156 comments)

What were the tax rates in 1970? What are the tax rates now? What direction did they go?

yesterday
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

SleazyRidr Re:Not even much money (414 comments)

If we could get back to some Regan-esque conservatism that would be nice. A lot better the the wackos we deal with today anyway...

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

SleazyRidr I got a free t-shirt (382 comments)

When I filed my taxes this year, they gave me a free t-shirt when I was done. I feel like I haven't made the best decision.

2 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

SleazyRidr Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

It is indeed your property, but the network to which you are trying to connect is not. Go ahead and fuck with your own stuff all you want, it's probably the best way to learn and to innovate, but don't fuck up what we already have working.

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

SleazyRidr Re:Decision fatigue (240 comments)

How many times have you bought a coffee? Did you stop and think about whether it would be a good coffee or not?

3 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

SleazyRidr Re:If you make this a proof of God... (590 comments)

That's something I'd never really thought about. Especially since you're supposed to be compassionate to get into heaven. I guess for someone who doesn't believe, they're spending eternity without God anyway, since they never thought he existed in the first place. Maybe they get what they think will happen anyway and they just die and stop existing. Those who do believe always had God and always will. Maybe those who don't believe are taken to heaven, but since they won't open their hearts to see they don't think they're really there. You've definitely sparked some deep thought for me, at least.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

SleazyRidr Re:If you make this a proof of God... (590 comments)

I've always seen it as just a different way of addressing the same problem. How can you really know what exists outside the universe? It could be God, it could be a programmer, it could be that the universe is an elementary particle in a larger universe. We really have no way to know, and it's doubtful that we'll ever know.

about a week ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

SleazyRidr Re:"Social scientist" (116 comments)

Is that what you think? So, quantum physics isn't science? Statistics aren't science? What about computational fluid dynamics, that produces quite accurate results, but can't account for every situation, so it won't be completely accurate every time.

about a week ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

SleazyRidr Re:"Social scientist" (116 comments)

Science and the idiots who make policies are two completely different things. I'm not sure why you think that social science isn't falsifiable either. Just because you can't make something happen every single time doesn't mean it's completely worthless.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

SleazyRidr Re:Open SSL (351 comments)

It's for writing code. The monospace font makes it easier to see the indents in your code and make it easier to follow what's going on.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

SleazyRidr Re:Open SSL (351 comments)

The association with TFA is that people using OpenSSL are an "isolated tribe" who have recently "died" from the heartbleed attack which has exposed a whole load of stuff that was supposed to be secure.

about a week ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

SleazyRidr Serious Advice For You (162 comments)

I've read a few of your posts so far. Something that comes across to me is that you seem to be building all your ideas from scratch. I'm not going to tell you that there's no point in doing that, but when you come to basically the same conclusion as the rest of the world came to decades ago, that's a sign that you're not insane, not a sign that you have some revolutionary idea. Everyone goes through stages where they think that the entire world is controlled by people who don't know what they're doing; but by the time they reach your age they're supposed to realise that the reason they're running the world is because they understand it better than you.

If I'm an average person who wants to look better in a bathing suit, I have vastly different diet and exercise requirements that if I were an Olympic athlete. Just as there are separate forums available to "normal" people and those wishing to win Olympic gold, so are there separate forums for the people who want to read the news and check facebook, and the people who want to build their own supercomputer cluster. This is a technical forum, any advice here is given with the assumption that the person asking already has a good chunk of knowledge about how to use computers. It should be implicit that anyone coming to a forum like this is already aware of virus scanner and popup blockers. People come here for the next level.

As to your stab at the "Let's Move" campaign. I hadn't really paid much attention to it up to this point, but there are 5 points, including eating fruit instead of sugary snacks and drinking water instead of sodas, which reduce calorific intake significantly. Also, you can burn off an average PB&J in about 30 minutes of playing, like a kid does most days at recess.

about two weeks ago

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Largest Bitcoin Exchange in Trouble

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about 2 months ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "After hitting record highs late last year, crashing and then recovering, the price of bitcoins has taken another hit. Mt. Gox, the largest and most active bitcoin exchange has been forced to halt withdrawals of the cryptocurrency due to technical issues. Other exchanges are still operating and an increasing number of businesses are accepting bitcoin as payment, but this is yet another blow to a currency still searching for acceptance in the world at large."
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How to break Kindle DRM

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about 6 months ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "What can you do with a Lego Mindstorms Kit, an iMac and a Kindle? You can copy ebooks. This goes to show that there is always a way to get around DRM, even if you have to use a fairly novel hack to do it."
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Formulaic Cheese on Toast

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about 8 months ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "As a lover of cheese on toast, I know I am always sorely disappointed when my cheese on toast doesn't come out right. Fortunately, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Cheese Board have come together to determine the science behind this culinary masterpiece. Their formula relates the thickness of the bread, the thickness of the cheese, and the time required under the grill to perfect your tasty snack."
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BP and Executive Facing Criminal Charges

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  about a year ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "Finally some news that will please a lot of the Slashdot crowd: A company has been charged with Manslaughter! BP has been charged with manslaughter following the Macondo Incident. Two of the rig supervisors and a BP executive are also facing jail time. Is this the start of companies being forced to take responsibility for their actions?"
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TSA Check Bags, Find Vibrator

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "In more news of TSA professionalism, here's a story about a female traveler who put some of her "toys" in her checked baggage. The TSA did their job and checked her bags, then left her a little note:

A traveller says she will file a complaint after a note left in her suitcase included the hand-written comment "Get your freak on girl".

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Closed Down by Google

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "The New York Times highlights what appears to be a growing practice: listing your competitors as closed on Google places.

In mid-August, Jason Rule learned some surprising news about the coffee shop that he owns and operates in Hays, Kan.: the place had closed for good. Not in the real world, where it is thriving. Coffee Rules Lounge was listed for a few days as “permanently closed” on Google Maps. During that time, anyone searching for a latte on a smartphone, for instance, would have assumed the store was a goner.

It goes on to talk about similar occurrences for other businesses, and how Google appears to be handling it."
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Cheap Apple Laptops

SleazyRidr SleazyRidr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SleazyRidr (1563649) writes "Ever thought about buying a laptop of one of those guys on street corners? Probably not, but it's good to know that they're showing a whole new level on ingenuity, and they've come up with a new model that's even lighter than any real apple!"
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