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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

_merlin Re:Yeah, so? (142 comments)

I think you mean "fucking magnets" - how do they work?

2 days ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

_merlin Re:Africa man... (74 comments)

I think s/he is trying to make a point that African crises are largely confined to Africa. They haven't started any world wars, operated oppressive colonies in remote places, etc.

2 days ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

_merlin Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (303 comments)

I had persistent bluescreens that I tracked down to an overheating SAS controller. It was not a pleasant experience. It's been pretty stable since then, though.

4 days ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

_merlin Re:Just stop already (68 comments)

No it isn't, at least not on OSX. On OSX by default it uses no proxies at all, and you have to dig into that preference sheet to enable it at all. Then it doesn't always switch properly when changing networks.

about a week ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

_merlin Re:Just stop already (68 comments)

You're very much a minority case. Most people want system-wide proxy settings. It annoys me that Firefox needs its own proxy settings. I want to set/change proxy settings once and have all my applications switch over. I don't want to have to mess with per-application settings.

about a week ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

_merlin Re:a rifle with 100 percent accuracy (219 comments)

Get your FLOSS personalities right: Eric S Raymond is the gun nut.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

_merlin Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

Competition's never a bad thing. I'll take three viable web browsers over two. No-one wants to go back to the days of sites targeting specific browsers. "Best experienced with Netscape" - screw that.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

_merlin Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

From my experience so far, IE11 with default settings renders far more like Firefox/Safari than any prior version of IE. A lot of the brokenness probably comes down to web apps detecting IE, then serving content designed for old, broken IE. When new, standards-compliant IE becomes more widespread, people can just remove the code for supporting bad old IE altogether.

about two weeks ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

_merlin Re:The old timers were right (136 comments)

The popular OM derivatives exchange platform (used by ASX, HKFE, SGX, OSE, etc.) used to run on VMS, but they already moved it to Linux a few years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

_merlin Re:Move "ZIG" (701 comments)

That was my first though, too.

about a month ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

_merlin Re:I genuinely cannot remember... (196 comments)

Wow. Glad you got that out. You and the other four guys on the internet that are 1) from a non-US country and 2) like to bitch about every fucking submission that doesn't follow euro standards really gotta get that out or you'll die right?

He claims to have paid in sterling - they don't use sterling in Europe. Learn your geography, goddamn ignorant Americunt. He's not European, he's a Britfag.

about a month and a half ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

_merlin Re:No story here (133 comments)

There are a bunch of DVD-based adult mahjong games there. Dumps of these are quite rare.

about 2 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

_merlin Re:Turn off the TV (68 comments)

We don't have a TV, but we got a Wii U (it's driving a 4K monitor, there's a complicated story behind it). Legend of Zelda is the biggest incentive our six-year-old has had to improve his reading.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

_merlin Re:Dumb questions (216 comments)

Industrial-scale hydrogen production comes from natural gas anyway, so it solves nothing (look up steam reforming).

about 2 months ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

_merlin Re:More missing options (139 comments)

Usually Australian craft ales. I don't eat much - in fact I'm hungry most of the time. My diet is pretty "clean" too apart from the beer - mostly vegetables and lean meat, not much else.

about 2 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

_merlin Re:Of course it depends... (163 comments)

Three hours' difference is the worst for me. One hour I can absorb and just keep going, more than five hours is a clean break so my body clock "resets" itself. But in between I just can't deal with it - if I go west (e.g. Sydney to HK) I'll want to go to sleep before work finishes for the day, and if I go east (e.g. HK to Sydney) I can't wake up in the morning.

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Material Can Carry 160,000 Times Its Own Weight

_merlin Re:Really? Stiffness correlates with density? (60 comments)

Read it again: declines with density. DECLINES. Mercury is very dense, hence its stiffness has DECLINED to the point where it is very low.

about 2 months ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

_merlin Re:More missing options (139 comments)

I don't get this. Seriously, beer makes me lose weight. The alcohol increases metabolism and hence carbohydrate burn, and the dehydration it causes reduces fluid retention.

about 2 months ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

_merlin Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

My uncle had been riding a white BMW for decades, and one day he decided to paint it black. After that he noticed that people weren't keeping out of his way the way they used to. It may have been because people associate white BMW bikes with cops (NSW police used them for years before switching to Yamaha) and normally don't give a fuck about motorcyclists, or it could just be that a white bike is easier to spot.

about 2 months ago
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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

_merlin Re:Other variants (66 comments)

The 1992 Lawnmower Man film is about increasing intelligence (but not the short story it shares a title with)

about 2 months ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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