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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

UpnAtom Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

See my post above.

There is no dominant clan on Miller, though TR tend to win about 50% of alerts. I guess you need to do some research for the most balanced server in your area.

5 days ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

UpnAtom PS2 servers got merged. (146 comments)

Miller is absolutely jammed at the moment. I need to queue to get into continents more often than not now (subscribers get priority).
Also, if you didn't like the flying-centric version, infantry are pretty strong now.

Lastly, there are some new bonus cert mechanics so it's a lot easier to get access to stuff.

I'm an MMORPG player really but PS2 is undoubtedly the best game there is by quite a long way.

5 days ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

UpnAtom Re:what a crock of shit (199 comments)

The theory is that children don't develop the relevant dopamine circuits until later, and boys much later than girls.

Coffee works on adenosine primarily.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

UpnAtom Recliner angle will damage your back (154 comments)

I've been thinking about going a bit more horizontal a la http://www.via.fr/agora-produi...

Having your back completely horizontal with your legs raised (with much of your weight supported at the knees) may be much better but more difficult to climb into. This is a position I was advised to use by a back consultant after damaging my back and I found it extremely helpful.

For about 12 years, I've used a stand-up desk and high sloped stool because it compels me to move around if I get uncomfortable from standing in a bad posture.

5 days ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

UpnAtom Hello other person who read the article (254 comments)

Either this was a troll submission or a right-leaning submitter desperate for any supporting evidence.

The article isn't to do with modern inequality at all, but rather how likely societies are to form hierarchies.

about a week ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

UpnAtom Re:Hard to believe same director made both trilogi (156 comments)

Thanks, glad someone appreciated it.

Might be interesting to look at how much of the rest of the great aspects of LotR were dependent on things not controlled by Peter Jackson eg Gandalf's rescue of Theoden, Aragorn et al at Helm's Deep, done largely through a CGI dawn and CGI armies.

about three weeks ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

UpnAtom Hard to believe same director made both trilogies (156 comments)

LOTR: Excellent pacing, lots of suspense, amazing sets, good cinematography, decent casting.
Hobbit: Terrible pacing leading to little suspense, cheap sets, awful cinematography with very awkward angles, mediocre casting.

In The Hobbit, Jackson makes the particularly noob-director mistake of trying to feature far too many characters. Nor does he give us much reason to care about them. Compare the OK Dwarven song in Hobbit 1 with the first encounter of the hobbits with the Nazgul.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Interestingly, this fundamental scene is set up by special effects, but you've also got the nice touch of the creepy crawlies trying to get away from the Nazgul and Frodo's weird (but later understood) response. This scene sets up the whole trilogy: the pitifully out-of-their-depth hobbits vs the servants of evil.

The main problem with LotR, changing the storyline, gets worse in The Hobbit too. Obviously we didn't give Jackson a hard enough time about it.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

UpnAtom Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

One of the Baltic countries?

about a month ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

UpnAtom Direct democracy works with any population (147 comments)

Works fine in Switzerland where they speak different languages. Compared to eg US democracy, it works brilliantly.

PS, much of the democracy is devolved.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

UpnAtom Not illegal, just not legally required (147 comments)

Apparently the "emergency" is that what they were doing was illegal

No. This is about ISPs retaining data, not the Govt. The reason they want it now is that ISPs are threatening to delete the data -- which would be a year's data plus however long it takes to pass this bill.

Not that it should be passed.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

UpnAtom "EU law not a UK law" (147 comments)

EU law IS UK law by virtue of the UK being in the EU.

Not defending this Bill but currently ISPs aren't obliged to do what the Home Secretary tells them.

about a month and a half ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

UpnAtom Re:Other way around (725 comments)

And that comment followed one talking about mentally disabled people. Which was a class of people that were de-humanized and denied rights to

Yeah. In the 30s perhaps LOL

Even with the embryo question, there still is no evidence in his posts you responded to that he is "pretty anti-abortion".

Already gave you it ... *sigh*

His very first post above is saying an embryo is a human being, and then he specifically states that a human embryo is Homo sapiens sapiens.

In his SECOND post. Clearly you're the kind of person referred to in the article too.

And you say you don't realize he is making a species argument.

Yes I assumed he was making a relevant point.

You post a scientific argument as if it is your belief, and defend it as if it is your belief, dismiss people who dispute what is apparently your belief, and now claim it wasn't your belief all along.

You are truly dumb.

My first two words on this whole article: "Science says..."

First sentence of my second comment: "We're not talking about my belief system, we're talking about "scientific doctrine""

Yet you presuppose I'm lying. Can't you read? Did you check and really can't read? Did you read it and have it not make it through the filters the article talks about?

Hilarious the irony of your behaviour in regards to this article.

Have a nice evening.

about a month and a half ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

UpnAtom Re:Other way around (725 comments)

If you don't have that view, how do you justify your decision in Rockoon's case, when he never even specifically mentions the issue?

In his first comment Rockoon said: "This is what the left does. They de-humanize that which they want to restrict, steal, or deny rights to."

Note the last option can only really refer to fetuses and embryos.

Indeed, your other mistaken assumption is the same one he made: that by "human" I meant belonging to the species homo sapiens. I was actually talking more about the common understanding of human as 'being a person'.

Then you are either a perfect example of the claim in the article, and reject science because of personal beliefs, or you never contributed a thing to the discussion because you aren't replying to Rockoon's original post. My interpretation of the exchange between you and him would argue for the first choice there.

I wasn't aware Rockoon was making a species argument and if so, it was completely irrelevant to the abortion sub-debate anyway.

BTW, a human corpse is another example of the species homo sapiens.

Yes, just as a dead butterfly pinned in a collection is an example of its species. I was going to say that this does not change the discussion above in any way. But actually, it diminishes your argument, because a dead person has no brain activity at all, and your argument is based on brain ability.

Nope, you completely misread the thread. I already stated that wasn't my personal opinion.

about a month and a half ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

UpnAtom Re: Other way around (725 comments)

Pace SuricouRaven's post, they'd have to be less intellectual than a tortoise.

about a month and a half ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

UpnAtom Re:Other way around (725 comments)

There are probably a whole family of mites in my eyebrows that are ahead of even a one month old baby, never mind a 19 week fetus.

There is no scientific argument against abortion @19 weeks. Such arguments are faith-based -- that there is a soul and that abortion is the deprivation of life of that soul.

I have respect for that argument. I don't have respect for pseudoscientific arguments that a 19 week old fetus should have the same rights as a child.

about a month and a half ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

UpnAtom Re:Other way around (725 comments)

you make a serious mistake is assuming people who agree with Rockoon's scientific basis are automatically anti-abortion.

Nope, I said nothing about anyone but Rockoon. Indeed, your other mistaken assumption is the same one he made: that by "human" I meant belonging to the species homo sapiens. I was actually talking more about the common understanding of human as 'being a person'.

BTW, a human corpse is another example of the species homo sapiens.

about a month and a half ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

UpnAtom Re:Other way around (725 comments)

You seem pretty anti-abortionist. The article is telling me not to bother talking rationally with you.

about a month and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: Want more advanced contact manager than comes with smartphones

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  about 2 years ago

UpnAtom (551727) writes "Essentially, I want to be able to add extensive notes, a history of when I called them (including calls made from landlines), a record of emails sent, to be able to tag them in meetings and have all this information in a simple chronological index.
As this is for work, I'd also like to be able to be reminded of who within a group of contacts (potential clients) I haven't had contact with in a while.

It would need to run on Windows and a smartphone with decent input (hardware keyboard or Swype), with syncing possible both via cable and via the internet. Open source would be nice but I don't mind paying up to $100 for something that works well.

I had this (sans calls) running on my old Psion 5MX and Act! But I don't seem to be able to find a modern version."
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China building gigantic, weird structures in the d

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

UpnAtom writes "The Chinese Government has been responsible for well-known human rights abuses and growing the economy to match the size of the US one.
Anyone feeling insecure now has something else to get freaked out about.
Gigantic weird structures have been founf in the desert. Does anyone know what these might be?"

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UK Govt sends alarmist mailshots to cancer victims

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UpnAtom writes "The incumbent Labour Government, behind in the polls for next month's election, has targeted cancer victims with alarmist mailshots using medical data that was supposed to be anonymised. The same government was already under fire for uploading the country's medical records to a central database without their permission, using third party countries for the data entry (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7552827/Security-fears-as-NHS-sends-patient-records-to-India.html)."
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UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UpnAtom writes "From the And you thought Sweden was bad dept:

People who refuse to give up their bank records, tax records & details of any benefits they've claimed and the records of their car movements for the last year, or refuse to submit to an interrogation on whether they are the same person that this mountain of data belongs to will be denied passports from March 26th.

The Blair Govt has already admitted that this and other data will be cross-linked so that the Home Office and other officials can spy on the everyday lives of innocent Britons.

Britons were already the most spied upon nation in Western Europe. Data-mining through this unprecedented level of mass-surveillance allows any future British govt to leapfrog even countries like China and North Korea."
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UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UpnAtom writes "The Daily Telegraph Business section reports on an Swiss invention that uses a copper indium semiconductor compound to produce electricity.
"The "tipping point" will arrive when the capital cost of solar power falls below $1 (51p) per watt, roughly the cost of carbon power. We are not there yet. The best options today vary from $3 to $4 per watt — down from $100 in the late 1970s.

Mr Sethi believes his product will cut the cost to 80 cents per watt within five years, and 50 cents in a decade."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/m oney/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml

Any chance this will save the world?"

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