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$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

SpammersAreScum Re:Confusing summary - here's my version (74 comments)

The summary was not clear so here is my version based on my understanding of the work:


The research advisor Thomas E. Mallouk suggested trying it without the oxidizer. The researcher Nina Kovtyukhona was reluctant to perform this experiment as she thought it would be a failure. Her advisor persuaded her to try it by making a bet that he would pay her $100 if it succeeded, and she would pay him $10 if she failed. The experiment was a success, and researchers now have a new avenue to explore for synthesizing graphene.

From the article:

"I kept asking her to try it and she kept saying no," Mallouk said. "Finally, we made a bet, and to make it interesting I gave her odds. If the reaction didn't work I would owe her $100, and if it did she would owe me $10. I have the ten dollar bill on my wall with a nice Post-it note from Nina complimenting my chemical intuition."

Looks like you got it backwards in your version.

about two weeks ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

SpammersAreScum Re:Anthropometrics (814 comments)

one answer is to offer wider seat spacing for a little extra price on some flights

At check-in, United Airlines offers economy seats with much better legroom for a modest upcharge. On a transcontinental flight it's usually around $60 - $70. I travel a lot for business (60 segments so far this year), often in Economy Plus, and there are usually many seats in E+ available, even when sardine class is completely packed. People simply refuse to shell out the coin for additional comfort. I think if E+ *were* full you'd see United expanded it until eventually their entire aircraft had room leg room at a higher price.

$60-70? I wish. On a United transcon (IAD-SFO) 3 weeks ago, they charged $89. That's out of the "modest" range, IMHO.

about two weeks ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

SpammersAreScum Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

This of course assumes they can get in the door to see the necessary people and convince them it actually works. I remember an old SF short story about a guy who stumbled onto a way to cheaply build an anti-grav device. He was unable to get anyone who mattered to believe him. He was in despair until inspiration struck: he advertised the gizmo in comic books and made a mint. So... Kickstarter is today's comic book ad page?

about 3 months ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

SpammersAreScum Uh-oh! (448 comments)

I'm confused. I have one of your early prototypes, and when I aim it at your post it blinks like crazy!

That means your post is a scam. But if your post is a scam, my device shouldn't be blinking. But my device is your post must be a scam.....but...

... backing slowly away from the imminent head explosion as the logic circuits overload ...

about 3 months ago

SpaceX Landing Video Cleanup Making Progress

SpammersAreScum Mod this funny! (54 comments)

Somebody with a major Humor Deficiency apparently moderated the parent.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

SpammersAreScum My essentials for home Windows PC (531 comments)

Dexpot (best multi-desktop tool for my needs, out of several I've tried)
IZArc (7zip's GUI just annoys me for some reason)
Agent Ransack (I'll admit I've not tried the alternatives)
(I haven't got a clear favorite for music yet -- Foobar2000 or MediaMonkey, usually, but might give MusicBee a try)

about 7 months ago

Amazon Hints At Details On Its CIA Franken-Cloud

SpammersAreScum There WAS a bidding process, and a protest (67 comments)

You seem to be making some incorrect assumptions. There was a bidding process. Amazon's bid was selected over IBM's. IBM did protest. They lost.

about 10 months ago

Pirates of the Caribbean: the Pirate Bay Moves To Island of Sint Maarten

SpammersAreScum Careful about the name of the island (108 comments)

"... Caribbean island of Sint Maarten with a new .sx domain name. 'Control of the island ... is split between France and the Netherlands." Yes, the island is split into French and Dutch parts. The Dutch part is called Sint Maarten and the French part is called Saint-Martin. The respective residents may use those names for the island as a whole as well, just to be confusing; English speakers call the island Saint Martin. I believe the TLD .sx is officially assigned specifically to the Dutch dependency of Sint Maarten, not the island as a whole; the French dependency ISPs apparently uses .fr or .gp (from nearby Guadeloupe). Also, Sint Maarten (the Dutch entity, not the island) used to be part of the Netherlands Antilles, which recently dissolved, and so may be using its .an TLD...

about a year ago

Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

SpammersAreScum Summary is even stupider (326 comments)

"to allow states to tax online sales to residents outside their state" is exactly backwards! The taxing would, if directed by the state, apply to sales to residents _in_ that state. The writer probably confused "sales by vendors outside the state" with "sales to residents outside the state" for some bizarre reason.

about a year ago

PayPal Opts You In To Binding Arbitration

SpammersAreScum You need to opt-out via snail mail (2 comments)

Paypal provided a mail address for sending your opt-out requests. However, the Consumerist website notes that requests have been rejected for being ill-formatted, so they provide a link to Public Citizen's template letter.

about 2 years ago

Japan's MagLev Gets Go Ahead

SpammersAreScum Re:2027? 2045? (159 comments)

Romaji should be very easy to pronounce correctly (barring the "r"), but Americans manage to severely mangle it anyway. "karaoke" is pronounced as written "ka-ra-o-ke", not "carry okie". And, along the same lines, I should note that "shinkansen" is not pronounced "...-sane"; it's pronounced as written: "...-sen", as in "hen" or "yen".

more than 3 years ago

Small Devs Attacked Over In-App Purchase Button Patent

SpammersAreScum Re:The patent-filer Dan Abelow lists his phone num (229 comments)

On his web site can be found his phone number, which correlates to: ... It seems he invites telephone contact...

To quote TFS: "... Dan Abelow, who sold his extensive portfolio of patents to holding firm Lodsys in 2004. Lodsys is indeed the company issuing the threats of a lawsuit regarding the patent in question." So, seems like your beef is with Lodsys, not Abelow, no? Unless you want to harass him for filing a patent that probably shouldn't have been granted, in which case you should be harassing practically every tech company.

more than 3 years ago

24 Rooms in 344sq Feet

SpammersAreScum 24 combinations, not 24 rooms (178 comments)

Headline is wrong, but to be fair TFA's is as well. It's not 24 rooms, it's 24 room combinations (each consisting of between 4 and 6 rooms as far as I can tell from the diagrams).

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project

SpammersAreScum TFA's DMCA response seems wrong (250 comments)

Ok, so there's some confusion as to whether there really was a DMCA notice, and whether such notice was (would have been?) valid. Quite aside from that, I am puzzled about the notice response quoted in TFA. Basically, the responder says the material is non-infringing because it has a copyright notice allowing copying/modification/etc. But the existence of such a notice does not in any way guarantee that someone else does not have a legitimate claim of infringement, right? Which is not to say that DropBox has one, just that this does not seem to be a valid argument that they don't.

more than 3 years ago

Editing Wikipedia Helps Professor Attain Tenure

SpammersAreScum Re:Over 60,000? (139 comments)

I took that to mean that his Wikipedia editing constituted research into "peer review", not that he did original research into the topic of the Wikipedia articles.

more than 3 years ago

No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week

SpammersAreScum YACR (Yet Another Continuing Resolution) (385 comments)

FTFA: "To keep the government running through Friday, lawmakers approved a short-term spending measure overnight — the Senate at 12:20 a.m. and the House at 12:40 a.m. — and said the final agreement should be approved next week."

In other words, there's a good chance we'll be repeating the whole scenario in another week. Again.

I picture our fearless leaders in a meeting:

A: Let's extend the deadline another week again.
B: Yeah! That way, we can continue to remind everyone each and every week just how dysfunctional we are!

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Flaw Lets Password Variants Through

SpammersAreScum Re:It's much worse than that (159 comments)

True. But I figured that aspect of the problem had already been covered adequately, and didn't want to people to miss the point I was trying to make by including it here.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Flaw Lets Password Variants Through

SpammersAreScum Re:It's much worse than that (159 comments)

According to the article and summary, the problem only affects people that haven't changed their password "in a while". It's not clear when that cutoff date was.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Flaw Lets Password Variants Through

SpammersAreScum It's much worse than that (159 comments)

Wired seems to have missed the biggest problem, which was pointed out on reddit: the 8-character limit works both ways! If you set your password to be, say, "Password_8463!", as far as Amazon is concerned you just set it to the rather less secure "Password".

more than 3 years ago

Google Fires Back About Search Engine Spam

SpammersAreScum Re: too helpful? (270 comments)

If I only needed to do so once in a while, it might be OK. But when it happens dozens of times a day, the aggravation and wasted time start to add up. Coincidentally, I just posted a complaint about this to the Google Search forum a couple days ago, asking for a profile setting to prevent this behavior.

Oh, and I agree about the domain blocking. Google used to allow this, and they really ticked me off when they took it away. The -site: hack becomes rather cumbersome when there are dozens if not hundreds of sites you want to block.

more than 3 years ago


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