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UK Authorities Accused of Inciting Illegal Protest

TinBromide Wait, Sex with Activists? (371 comments)

Sign me up! I mean, I'm an activist with information relevant to the UK Police's Interests! Really!... Just don't send the guy in the article my way, he's really creepy...

more than 3 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover

TinBromide Re:So.... (646 comments)

funny you mention DDT. I was thinking about bedbugs the other day and one of the major reasons they are seeing a resurgence is that DDT used to kill them when exterminators sprayed indoors for roaches or other insects, the new stuff doesn't work anymore. I'd be up for a partial unbanning of DDT for moderate indoor use only when treating known bedbug infections. Currently there is no insecticide that works well on bedbugs without a direct application (and its hard to directly spray all the bugs or their near vicinity). Until there is a new pesticide that works on them, the once quaint little pest of the past will continue to spread...

about 4 years ago
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New Copyright Lawsuits Go After Porn On Bittorrent

TinBromide Sounds like extortion (209 comments)

Hmm, people will definitely settle now, there won't be much sympathy as there was for Jaime Thomas. Nobody wants their name out there for having massive collection of porn, that's something you want to keep on the DL.

1. Accuse someone of having massive amounts of porn and offer to sell your silence

2. ???

3. Profit!!!

Oh, wait, step 2 IS step 1....

about 4 years ago
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GameStop Pulls Medal of Honor From Military Bases

TinBromide Don't worry... (362 comments)

They'll just buy it from the BX/PX game section instead of the gamestop on base.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year

TinBromide No Ads? (199 comments)

So now that they're increasing the cost, they'll allow me to turn off all paid-for-by-ad content, right? Guys? .... guys?

more than 4 years ago
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Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

TinBromide Re:How Blade Runner (420 comments)

... as silly as rebuilding your basement into the Emperor's Throne Room?

Wait, so my faithful recreation downstairs is... Silly? :*-(

more than 4 years ago
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Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

TinBromide Re:Six films? (420 comments)

Maybe there were three direct to video releases of the quality seen in the star wars holiday special.

more than 4 years ago
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New PS3 Firmware Causing HDD Upgrade Problems?

TinBromide You're surprised? (82 comments)

Raise your hand if you're surprised that Sony had found another feature (advertised and paid for) to remove via a firmware upgrade.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Create Lung On a Chip

TinBromide Sweet, a use that isn't lung replacement (45 comments)

So before a whole bunch of people talk about implanting a RAID array of solid state lungs in you, or helping people, or finding a better way to assist people with breathing issues, I'm going to give kudos to the submitter for putting the intended purpose of these things in the summary.

That aside, when will we be able to implant a RAID array of solid state lungs?

more than 4 years ago
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Bionic Cat Gets World's First Implant Paws

TinBromide Cat Pain Tolerance (225 comments)

Just as a point of interest, there were a series of experiments (honest to goodness animal cruelty WITHOUT benefit) to test the pain tolerance of various animals. One of the results of the experiment was that the scientist concluded that cats did not feel pain. This was later proven to be false, but because cats evolved as a unique mix of predators/prey (they're not the alpha carnivore) and as a solitary creature, there was no benefit to showing external signs of pain. In fact, it could put them at risk, so cats will actively hide it.

Now if you step on a cat's tail, it'll freak out, so there's none of that kind of pain going on, but cats are really good at hiding chronic pain, so simply because the cats are good at hiding pain doesn't mean that these implants are pain free.

more than 4 years ago
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7th Graders Find Large Cave On Mars

TinBromide Re:Who dripped Solder on Mars (139 comments)

Having some of that Water Ice, and CO2 Ice nearby wouldn't hurt either.

See I grew in south jersey, where they borrow slang from philadelphia and I always wondered why people were so interested in italian water ice or, as we called it, "water ice". I mean its nice on a summer day, but there's more to life than frozen flavored water.

more than 4 years ago
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7th Graders Find Large Cave On Mars

TinBromide Re:Just kidding, folks. (139 comments)

They were using thermal imaging, not visible light.

ok, to revise then:

I would think that by using the image to get the angle of the sun striking the surface of Mars that they could say that if it was any shallower than that the light from the sun would Heat Up part of the bottom of the cave. Therefore since they see no heat from the bottom it must be deeper than the minimum.

Happy, mister snippy pants?

more than 4 years ago
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Fermilab Experiment Hints At Multiple Higgs Particles

TinBromide Re:Where's the applications? (271 comments)

Simply because you or I cannot find an immediate use for something does not mean that it is not useful. Who knows, in 15 years, knowledge gained through these experiments could lead to a better method of harvesting energy from some unknown source, or coming up with a better means of propulsion or medicine for a problem that we thought was mundane (subatomic cure for the common cold? who knows).

It is for this reason that science should be pursued so that when someone infinitely smarter than you combines this bit of knowledge with another bit, mankind sees a tangible benefit.

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Leaks Emails Addresses of 114,000 iPad Users

TinBromide Re:Goatse? Really? (284 comments)

What's even better is that the first 3 words of the headline are "AT&T's Gaping Hole".

Well, I was rather amused by the fact that "Goatse" "Leaked" something from said "Gaping Hole," I suppose that if you spend all your time playing with your "gaping hole," then something is eventually going to leak.

more than 4 years ago
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Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-Up With Video

TinBromide Re:iPhad; hardware is sexy? (174 comments)

lets not forget that the iphone ads are basically show and tell videos of how to do different things with the built in features.

Though you have to admit, those are the best ways to advertise. Granted the iphone isn't as fast as the commercials, but it's displaying real world features that are usable by everyone. I actually like those show-and-tell ads more than the ones that were outright lies (The whole internet, not the... etc. But they didn't tell you that flash didn't work, that you couldn't get 3g, a feature firmly established in previous generation smartphones, and that certain sites would pick up on the iphone and show you mobile sites that are different from desktop "internet") because they demonstrate the product. It's better than those snuggy commercials ("Are you too retarded to operate a phone when covered with a blanket?").

more than 4 years ago
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Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-Up With Video

TinBromide Re:iPhad; hardware is sexy? (174 comments)

ditto, the average person wants something that he can poke at and make work. If it's as simple as the interface that biologists provide monkeys in research cells, all the better. He wants to poke at the red square and get a treat, or when he wants other treat, poke at the blue one. Uneducated users are afraid of the unknown, and software that they would have to test and use themselves to determine the quality of is well beyond their knowledge base (unknown = bad). Unless something has been vetted through nerds (us) who have the knowledge and expertise to know quality, OR everybody and their mother uses it, it's unknown and only potentially not ungood.

Unfortunately, until some manufacturer comes out with something that is simple (red square = treat) and as good (face it, the iphone/ipad is quality-ish hardware and its interface does work), the apple products will continue. Just because it lacks a few features that 75% of the population doesn't use (only we wish that we could hook up a keyboard or mouse, everyone will continue to be happy jabbing at the screen instead of jabbing at a keyboard), doesn't mean that something that you can be more productive on will dethrone it.

more than 4 years ago
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Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High

TinBromide How legal briefs work (525 comments)

Lawyer: "I Have created this airtight and brilliant brief! It is Irrefutable and right! All of society will benefit from my genius! I am sure to win Lawyer of the year for this awesome brief!"

Judge:"That's nice, any who, back to what I was saying..."

more than 4 years ago
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Comcast Shoots For New Image, Rebranding As Xfinity

TinBromide Re:its still comcrap to me (356 comments)

I'm glad you mentioned comcrap, even my grandparents call it comcrap, that has filtered down from the nerds down to EVERYBODY and they realized that the brand was... soiled.

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

So how can we integrate some sort of fecal synonym into xfinity... I wonder if part of the market testing was bringing a bunch of teenage nerds into a room and they were like "come up with a catchy insult name for this" after three weeks, they couldn't get any results.

more than 4 years ago
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Was This the First Denial of Service Attack?

TinBromide Short answer (166 comments)

Yes

more than 4 years ago
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Southwest Declares Kevin Smith Too Fat To Fly

TinBromide News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters (940 comments)

I still think its awesome, but let's keep this next celebrity rivalry off of slashdot. Slashdot didn't cover trump vs o'donnel, and it doesn't cover paris hilton, so while Kevin Smith is a nerd celeb, let's not report on every twitter update in this matter? Mmmkay?

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Wifi Allergy story a PR stunt for new album

TinBromide TinBromide writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TinBromide (921574) writes "Ars Technica is reporting that the media outlets, Slashdot among them, reported on an English DJ that claimed wifi allergies were ruining his life "forcing him to live in an iron-clad home far from any neighbors," because he was "Electrosensitive." It turns out that he was only using the media to promote his new album called "Electrosensitive". The media took it and ran, not bothering to research much deeper than to find other anecdotes of people reporting the condition."
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Legends of Zork Goes Live

TinBromide TinBromide writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TinBromide (921574) writes "The developers over at Jolt Online Gaming have released Legends of Zork to the general public. Its a free, browser based MMO based on the world of Zork. You play as a Traveling Salesman, recently laid off from FrobozzCo. Start off in in a clearing where a white house has a boarded up door, from there? Who knows! Explore the world! fight other salesmen in PVP! Try out your Darkvision Goggles in the dark, just try not to get eaten by a grue. When you finish playing Return to Zork, fire up your browser and take Legends of Zork for a spin."
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CNN Discovers Nefarious April Fools Day Plot

TinBromide TinBromide writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TinBromide (921574) writes "Apparently, the fine folks over at CNN have discovered that certain news vendors may be posting less than trustworthy stories on today, the first of April. CNN offers the following tips for wary readers:

If a news item seems especially outrageous on April 1, it just may be a hoax
Among the good ones already: The Guardian reportedly switches to Twitter format
Taipei Times editor says, "Readers and viewers should keep a critical mind"

Fellow slashdotters, take heed of CNN's wisdom and don't fall prey to these vicious practices."

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TinBromide TinBromide writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TinBromide (921574) writes "After doing a quick search for an xchat weather plugin, i noticed this line at the bottom of the page "In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org." After clicking the link, I was taken to this page. I didn't find any additional information, but it looks like all those lawsuits are now affecting our searches."
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TinBromide TinBromide writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TinBromide (921574) writes "In a fairly obvious bit of free media exposure for Apple, CNN.com has stated the obvious fact that Apple is now jabbing at PC's who upgrade to vista with its Mac vs. PC ads. Included in the article is a recap of the commercials for those of you who haven't been watching tv in the past year. Also mentioned is that the writer isn't sure if the ads are responsible for an increase in Mac's market share, but they do know that they have helped increase Brand Awareness, and apparently articles on CNN about the Mac vs PC ads."

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