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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Zontar The Mindless Re:Link to the study. (413 comments)

That's the impression I get also (not going to read the whole thing tonight--it's after 1AM here).

I used to drink them avidly, but gave up soft drinks on anything like a regular basis about 10 years ago, mostly in reaction to my dentist's lecture on what an effective combination sugar, carbonation, and the acids formed when they're no longer under pressure make for destroying tooth enamel--not to mention how much it was costing me to get my teeth fixed. I think I'm even more glad now that I did.

(I also recall reading somewhere that warm Coca-Cola is a very effective spermicide. Anybody know whether this is true?)

2 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Zontar The Mindless Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (316 comments)

Or maybe you're right. '91 and '01 were both pretty traumatic years for me personally, and I still sometimes get memories of the two periods mixed up.

2 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Zontar The Mindless Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (316 comments)

I seem to recall that it started after an "No Rock But Rock" ad campaign that got turned into "Butt Rock" by various wags because it was being used to push stuff like Nickelback and Seether. That was in '91, IIRC. "Glam" to me means New York Dolls, Roxy Music, and Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane period. KISS were also sort of glam. Not the same thing at all as Glam Metal/Hair Metal which is not the same thing at all as Butt-Rock.

Maybe it depends on who you talk to, or what part of the country you live(d) in.

2 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Zontar The Mindless Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (316 comments)

I'm not responsible for the Wikipedia article.

I'm not responsible for the fact that he was stupid enough to play with a gun while he was high.

I'm not responsible for the dog-crap his band started putting out after he offed himself.

But he was an excellent and innovative guitarist, composer, and bandleader who deserves heaps more recognition than he got.

I've long since outgrown idols. But I continue to admire him for his music.

Who cares what the man looked like? The point is to listen.

2 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Zontar The Mindless Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (316 comments)

No, it was the 90s/early 00s. I quit listening to US FM radio when it was decided that Nickelback was worthy of airplay.

I left the country just a couple of years later. Coincidence? Perhaps not.

2 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Zontar The Mindless Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (316 comments)

Bose headphones have always been overpriced, and don't hold up under heavy use.

In my experience, real professionals use Sennheiser. At least, when I worked in radio, about 80% of the DJs and engineers I knew used Sennheisers, and laughed at me when I asked whether Bose was really any good--"on TV, sure".

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Zontar The Mindless Re:are the debian support forums down? (282 comments)

You can't ring POTS phones with it, so it's not a substitute. Please quit spamming.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Zontar The Mindless Re:are the debian support forums down? (282 comments)

...no normal phones have the ability to video chat.

Where I live, a "normal phone" is a smartphone.

Lots of smartphones support video calls. Both of mine do, at least. They're both off-the-shelf Samsung Galaxys--one's an S1 and the other's an S3.

Which reminds me, I'm about due to sign another 2-year contract with my telco so I can get a free S5 and catch up with my wife, who already has one. Which also supports video calling.

It's also hella cheaper to use Skype for this than to dial it directly, even for local video calls.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Zontar The Mindless Re:are the debian support forums down? (282 comments)

Good luck getting my mom to use it.

Shit, I've been trying for ten fucking years to get her to quit using HUGE BOLD HTML for her emails. I've explained to her over and over again that she can use plain text, set her mail client to display it at a size that's comfortable for her, and let me view it at a size that's reasonable for me. And failed. Too complicated/scary.

Now... You were saying...?

2 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Zontar The Mindless Re:Muon-catalyzed fusion is cold and very real (344 comments)

There are no gammas or neutrons because they're all converted to 220 VAC, just waiting to be drawn off.

That's 120 if you're in the Western Hemisphere, of course.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Zontar The Mindless Re:Here are your odds (344 comments)

I'll only be 89 in 2050, so I hereby offer to be your second.

3 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Zontar The Mindless Re:Best use of resources? (87 comments)

Do you even know what a vaccine does?

3 days ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

Zontar The Mindless Re:20 million out of 50 million stolen? (59 comments)

Let South Korea be an object lesson in why we should not make an ActiveX "security" applet a nationwide requirement for online financial transactions.

TFTFY.

3 days ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

Zontar The Mindless Re:Identification != Authentication (59 comments)

Yes, it's the same here in Sweden.

No, I'm not going to post mine. :)

3 days ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

Zontar The Mindless Re:Make SSN a national ID card (59 comments)

This sounds a lot like my national ID card as well as my permanent resident visa card.

The latter constitutes proof that I'm a legal resident of the EU and is all I need to travel to most if not all EU/Schengen countries (maybe not the UK, I've not bothered to check). Forgot my passport when going on a trip to Budapest for a holiday this summer, and the security and airline folks where perfectly happy to let me fly in both directions without it, since I had the ID and visa cards. I no longer bother taking my passport on trips to the other 3 Nordic countries (I live in Stockholm).

I *do* take my passport when travelling to Germany because they tend to be dicks about it there if you're not actually an EU citizen.

I sort of hope the passport itself doesn't get replaced, though--you can't see the visa stamps on a chip or mag stripe.

3 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Am I doing something right? (193 comments)

(Hint: mobile browsers need some UI changes to enable informed consumers to make their own decisions.)

That's assuming you *want* consumers to be informed, and to make their own decisions...

3 days ago

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UN, IPCC Report: "Nobody Left Untouched" By Climate Change

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 7 months ago

Zontar The Mindless (9002) writes "A major new report from the UN states that the impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible." Scientists and officials who've been meeting this past week in Yokohama, Japan say this represents the most comprehensive assessment of the world-wide impacts of climate change to date. Up until now, natural systems have absorbed most of the effects of human-induced climate change, but this is beginning to change, with humans set to experience these effects more directly. Quoth the BBC:

This is the second of a series from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due out this year that outlines the causes, effects and solutions to global warming. This latest Summary for Policymakers document highlights the fact that the amount of scientific evidence on the impacts of warming has almost doubled since the last report in 2007.

The report's summary says that rising temperatures will mount threats to our health, homes, food, and safety. This report is the second in a series expected this year from the IPCC discussing causes, effects, and possible solutions to global warming."
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MySQL 5.5.0 Released

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zontar The Mindless writes "Despite all the recent excitement over MySQL, some folks have actually continued to write code, do QA and testing, write documentation, and all that other boring, mind-the-store stuff that people working in software projects generally do. The result is MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2; the "m2" tag means that it's the second milestone from the development trunk, code-named "Betony". This release can be considered beta quality; if you run into any bugs, please report them here.

This release incorporates the changes addressing scalability and performance issues and exploits advances in hardware and CPU design made in MySQL 5.4 (which isn't being developed any further). There's some shiny new goodies in "m2" as well, including: support for a semi-synchronous replication interface; support for the SQL standard SIGNAL and RESIGNAL statements; several enhancements to XML functionality, including a new LOAD XML statement; many new improvements in user-defined partitioning, including better support for date-based partitioning and partition pruning; and version 1.0.5 of the InnoDB plugin.

More info about MySQL 5.5.0-m2 is available in the changelog.

Download and enjoy!"

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