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Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

TooMad Won't always help (341 comments)

A strike on your house itself will have an unpredictable path and could easily bypass the single point of protection. Goodbye refrigerator.

more than 2 years ago
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Ham Radio Licenses Top 700,000, An All-Time High

TooMad Is it really a loss? (358 comments)

Population in 2006, ~6.5 billion, population in 2011 ~7.0 billion, a gain of 7.69%. HAM radio's "gain" from 2005-2011? It was less, 5.69%.

more than 2 years ago
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GameStop Opening Deus Ex Boxes, Removing Free Game Coupon

TooMad Goodbye Gamestop (343 comments)

Instant satisfaction is nice and all but we're done. I sent a nice to their customer service with a "before" jpg, my new power up card, which I was thinking of getting the "elite" version for. Then the new "after" one, shredded.

more than 2 years ago
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The Least Amount of Exercise Needed To Extend Life

TooMad It isn't for the last 3 years (249 comments)

If you look good enough from the neck down (from all the exercise) the previous 50 some years will be that much more enjoyable.

more than 2 years ago
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Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

TooMad Or maybe GDB? (591 comments)

Programmer here. I develop for both Linux and Windows. With my limited knowledge of Linux the only debugger I know of is GDB. Yes, there are things like DDD but all of the ones I have seen appear to be a wrapper for GDB. I find it faster to do printf debugging on Linux than deal with GDB or a GDB wrapper. Windows I have Visual Studio, if you've used VS, enough said. While for the end user Linux is certainly better than Windows (unless you are a gamer) the developer is still going to pass his "savings" or lack thereof to his paying or non-paying customers. If I am wrong and there is something on Linux commercial or not please tell me so I can go out and buy/download it now.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Radeon 3D Driver Runs At 60~70% of Proprietary Driver Speed

TooMad Same ol' adage (245 comments)

You get what you pay for.

more than 3 years ago
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Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'

TooMad Panix! (792 comments)

Can't sleep clowns will eat me. Can't sleep clowns will eat me. Can't sleep clowns will eat me.

more than 3 years ago
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In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

TooMad Re:Needs more data (145 comments)

"but for the sake of curiousity I'm going to ignore the article" Even characters can be sold for ISK so everything can be broken down to an ISK equivalent value. It's like the people in any given MMORPG who farm materials to make item and are so happy they "saved" so much money rather than buying the raw materials from another player. When they could have sold those same raw materials for the same amount of money they have "saved" and yet they had to spend that time farming so it is really a net loss. Ok, starting to feel a bit trollish here. Not trying to have the final word or anything so feel free to reply but only going to address a direct question now.

more than 3 years ago
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In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

TooMad Re:Needs more data (145 comments)

Correction, 6.1 trillion.

more than 3 years ago
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In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

TooMad Needs more data (145 comments)

How much ISK did they have to sell to make $229,000? 6.1 Billion or so? Back when it was still possible to "get fat" on long limbed roes I made a little over 200mil ISK in my first month as a player. This was probably about 60+ hours of work even if it was mostly just clicking now and then to initiate the next warp or jump gate. If I wanted to buy that much ISK now would be about $8. That's about $0.13/hr. Even if someone was 200 times more efficient than that it the gross for 200mil would be $26/hr. I am still an EVE n00b and don't even play anymore. So can an expert estimate how long it would take to make $200mil? How high is the risk? If you need a 2000mil rig to mine or whatever and the risk is high you stand to have your "profit" wiped out at any time. Bodyguards don't help much either because now you're dividing your gross by n players and multiplying your risk by n as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Sells Qt

TooMad Not Cute (193 comments)

I just hope Digia stops insisting on calling it "Cute" the lady on the phone I talked to seemed offended when I called it "Queue Tee" and very pointedly corrected me.

more than 3 years ago
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Concrete That Purifies the Air

TooMad Why can it only be roads? (88 comments)

Concrete is used all over the place air ie gas goes everywhere. Where there are cars and roads there are plenty of other places to use the air purifying concrete other than a road.

more than 4 years ago
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Sticky Rice Is the Key To Super Strong Mortar

TooMad I hope this doesn't take (194 comments)

Sticky rice is for sushi and sushi alone. If the demand for sticky rice goes up then the cost for already expensive sushi goes up and we can't have that.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

TooMad A programming game (704 comments)

Get them Carnage Heart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnage_Heart. There are a couple of flash based games out there that have programming themes to them that would also work. Next get them Visual Studio Express and pick an entry level C++ book then a DirectX book, or if you really must, OpenGL.

more than 4 years ago
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Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones

TooMad Re:include 'common-sense' returns false. (615 comments)

Make possessing a 'burn-phone' a class III felony. Then make possession of a fake ID a class III as well. Pile on as many charges as you possibly can. They might not be able to make the drugs, murder, terrorism, etc charges stick but you can probably throw them in jail for 60 years by the time they're done. Finally, make the sentence up to the judges discretion so he isn't forced to give some poor kid 10 years for buying beer with a fake ID.

more than 4 years ago
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Bio-Detector Scans For 3,000 Viruses and Bacteria

TooMad 24 hours? (103 comments)

How is that useful in a biological or chemical attack? 11:05pm attack occurs, 11:06pm you've received lethal exposure to the biological attack, 11:05pm the next day...yep you're going to die to weaponized small pox alright. Or they could just use a chemical agent. After 24 hours they detect neither virus nor bacteria. Even if they could detect a chemical attack generally kills in a lot less than 24 hours. How is this device even remarkable at all? If I bought 388,000 cable subscriptions I could totally DVR 776,000 shows at once is that any more significant?

more than 4 years ago
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Gamer Wins $1M For Pitching Virtual "Perfect Game"

TooMad Re:baseball? (142 comments)

Popcorn? Popcorn? It's cracker jacks damn it!

more than 4 years ago
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Font Foundries Opening Up To the Web

TooMad Wow (209 comments)

A veritable font of information.

more than 4 years ago
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New Russian Weapon Hides In Shipping Container

TooMad Terrrible Idea (618 comments)

For war, this is why a medical vehicle cannot be armed, it makes them a target, or more of one. From their advert I assume the idea is for an inferior force to have some sort of recourse versus a superior one. Well guess what this superior force has this thing called intelligence. They know you have shipping containers loaded with cruise missiles. They have one problem how can they tell a shipping container loaded with benign goods from one loaded with your lethal missiles? They can't. The solution is simple shipping containers now become priority targets, all of them. What the heck I am at war with you so either I blow up goods and hurt your economy or I blow up military assets sounds like win-win. On the other hand a terrorist would probably think these are a great idea. Nobody is truly at war with them and intelligence against such groups is spotty it is probably a coin flip to get one of these containers through so simply send two or more of them and one should get through.

more than 4 years ago

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