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A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

Winchestershire Re:Congratulations! (261 comments)

I agree, I'm all for having a bit of fun and jokes on April Fools Day, but this doesn't come off as funny, just really irritating. :\

about a year and a half ago
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

Winchestershire Re:How does this affect game developers? (157 comments)

Now that I think about it, since it says hardware, I suppose games wouldn't be included anyways since they are software.

about 2 years ago
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

Winchestershire How does this affect game developers? (157 comments)

If i'm understanding this correctly, this would mean a game developer would have to have a working copy of the game to use kickstarter to acquire funds, or would a working demo be applicable? I ask this because I've seen a number of projects that were little more than storyboards.

about 2 years ago
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New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals

Winchestershire Re:Huh (117 comments)

This is no proof at all for the "expanding earth" theory. The thing is, elsewhere on earth, you have crust being subducted and remelted into the mantle.

about 2 years ago
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New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals

Winchestershire Re:well known to geologists for a century (117 comments)

I agree, the Rio Grande Rift is well known and you have a clear and visible history of recent past volcanism in the areas in and around it in New Mexico. About the only thing new in this article is it listing the speed of expansion based on GPS data.

about 2 years ago
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In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself

Winchestershire Depends (639 comments)

That depends on if you are talking left/right from a financial, social, or international stance (after all, left/right in politics is different in the US vs other parts of the world). As for me, I'm more of a socially liberal (left), financially conservative (right) libertarian

more than 2 years ago
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Icelandic Rocks Suggest Meteorites Brought Gold To Earth

Winchestershire Re:Interesting Proposition, But I Don't Buy It (82 comments)

Well there is always the hypothesized possibility of mantle plumes carrying/moving heavier materials to the surface (thru volcanism at or near the surface).

about 3 years ago
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Icelandic Rocks Suggest Meteorites Brought Gold To Earth

Winchestershire Interesting Proposition, But I Don't Buy It (82 comments)

My degree is in geology; while I have no problem with the idea that some of the deposits came from asteroids and the like, there are far too many other ways that many of these deposits can be formed here on earth. I know that for precious metals like gold and silver, hydro-thermal deposits are quite common sources of these ores (with a large number of these being found in or around granite sources.)

about 3 years ago
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Walmart To Close Online Music Store

Winchestershire Re:In before... (92 comments)

Indeed, right after Walmart began this program, I decided to give it a try. Little did I know that the music wouldn't work on my mp3 player at the time and you couldn't transfer the music from one computer to another (I wanted to play my music on my laptop as well as my desktop). After this, their music service was dead to me and I never looked back. Luckily I only lost about $5 on the test, so I wasn't put too far in the hole over it (basically about the cost of a meal at some fast food place). I am curious though if this was to prioritize their new video on demand streaming service they recently rolled out with.

more than 3 years ago
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Researcher's Tool Catches Net Neutrality Cheaters

Winchestershire Re:Very cool tool (131 comments)

One problem with your assessment, ObsessiveMathsFreak, the majority of those big telcos are also ISP's, so they to would be set to the same standards. While I see the merit in what you are saying about government regulations, do you have any idea the outcry that would happen if the government (especially in the case of the US) tried to take over a private enterprise (various ISP's and/or Telcos) and turn it into another state funded bureaucracy. I suspect any such actions by the government would likely go over like a lead balloon.

more than 3 years ago
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Researcher's Tool Catches Net Neutrality Cheaters

Winchestershire Re:Very cool tool (131 comments)

I agree. If implemented, I could see ISP's trying to distance themselves from throttling. The only problem is, you need a sizable group of consumers to actively participate in order to have enough "teeth" to give the ISP's a metaphorical bite to the rear.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's New Design

Winchestershire Well, it is a bit different (294 comments)

It isn't awful by any means, but I think they need a lighter color font for the black bar at the top. Also, I swear they have shrunken the size of the font and search box on the main google page. Is anybody else encountering this?

more than 3 years ago
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Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

Winchestershire Re:Seriously? Could the summary be any more biased (1277 comments)

I have to agree, nowhere in the article did it say, "because a "Democracy" would have "Democrat" in it." I'm actually disappointed that nobody pointed out the bad summary earlier, more-so that CmdrTaco, left it in the summary.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 5 To Integrate Tab Web Apps

Winchestershire Mozilla is rolling down that slippery slope. (129 comments)

Mozilla was at it's best with FF2-2.5; simple layout, highly customizable, and easy to use. Since the introduction of FF3, I've seen more bloated memory use, more complexity added to the browser, and an overall less simple layout .Mozilla has lost it and this just further shows how out of touch the Mozilla folks are. The only reason I keep using Firefox is the customizations, but now Chrome is nearly as customizable as Firefox.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Winchestershire Several reasons but one major problem (618 comments)

The main reason I don't go to a "smart phone" is the data price involved. The prices are so outrageous for not only the phones but especially for the data plans that most networks force upon you. I'm sorry, but I'm not paying upwards of $30/month for 1GB of internet use (that can be used up in less than a day with many of the apps on the various smartphone OS markets).

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Winchestershire Mix of Good and Bad (2254 comments)

Good: Clean layout, runs smoothly on Chrome, and nice new icons The Bad: Too much white space (articles are white against a white background), very laggy on Firefox, and don't like the locked bars (on the side and top) It is a good effort, but as with all new website layouts, there are bugs to work out. I'll stay tuned and see what happens.

more than 3 years ago
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Stargate Universe Cancelled

Winchestershire Re:Yay. more money for mansquito II! (762 comments)

Admittedly, I've seen better acting and script writing for the wrestling programs than on some of the shows on "SyFy" lately.

more than 3 years ago
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Stargate Universe Cancelled

Winchestershire Saw it coming when they renamed the channel SyFy (762 comments)

More proof that SyFy is well on its way to become just another SpikeTV/MTV/G4 clone. Remember when the Sci-Fi Channel showed showed Science Fiction B-Movies and TV shows (I sure miss Mystery Science Theater 3000)?

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

Winchestershire Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Indeed, correlation does not imply causation. People with those beliefs may watch Fox News, but as for the misinformation part being Fox News' fault, it is too overreaching of an accusation. With the likely possibility that many of those misinformed folks were misinformed via word of mouth, radio and internet, you would have a difficult time placing sole blame since there are so many outside factors.

more than 3 years ago
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First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas

Winchestershire Any ideas??? (775 comments)

I'm a bit confused by the wording of the ruling, does this apply to goods purchased online via a company outside of the country and shipped to me? For example, if I purchase a video games and/or consoles from a source outside my own country/region, does this mean I won't be able to sell these items at some later date if I so desire?

more than 3 years ago

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University bans Facebook, Twitter for a week

Winchestershire Winchestershire writes  |  about 4 years ago

Winchestershire (1495475) writes "Pennsylvania's Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will enact a week-long social media blackout for all students in residence.
The students will be forbidden from using Twitter,Facebook, instant messaging and any other online communication except for e-mail. University Provost Eric Darr chose to enact the temporary ban because he wants students to think about how much they're using technology in their daily lives and what kind of impact it has."

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Facebook Lawyer `Unsure' if Zuckerberg signed

Winchestershire Winchestershire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Winchestershire (1495475) writes "A lawyer for Facebook Inc. said she was “unsure” whether founder Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract that purportedly entitles a New York man to 84 percent of the world’s biggest social-networking service. Attached to Ceglia’s complaint was a copy of the two-page “work for hire” contract that he claims entitles him to control of the world’s biggest social networking service. Today in court, Ceglia’s attorney produced a purported copy of the contract."
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