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People With University Degree Fear Death Less

aerthling Re:Fear death? (473 comments)

Or, will it be a nice painless hypoxia in a small aircraft?

Death by suffocation is supposed to be agony.

I want to go like Mr Orwell wanted - sudden and violent. Motorbike is my mode of choice.

more than 3 years ago
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Mystery of the 'Chupacabra' May Be Solved

aerthling Re:Hrmm (94 comments)

I'm far from unsuspecting, but I narrowly avoided a big female taking my ear off only a couple of months ago. I don't go camping or walking in the national park near my parents' house without my bearspike and/or a bottle of vinegar now.

more than 3 years ago
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This Is a News Website Article About a Scientific Paper

aerthling Re:HEY EURAKARTE (193 comments)

CONTINUATION OF ESTABLISHED MEME

(This sentence is the one with which I defeat the lameness filter.)

about 4 years ago
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The best day of the week, generally:

aerthling Re:Sunday, of course (510 comments)

Do you mind if I ask why you still observe the first day when the seventh is so explicit? I never could understand that about you Sundaysers.

more than 4 years ago
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The best day of the week, generally:

aerthling Re:Sunday, of course (510 comments)

I don't go to church anymore (was SDA) but years of attendance as a child has permeated all my Saturdays with a sense of tranquility. I usually read or cook or go walking or something.

Usually the best day of the week by far.

more than 4 years ago
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Security Guards, Alarm Companies Object to Australia's National Fiber Network

aerthling Re:Geez, I'm scared now! (156 comments)

You can't know anyone in rural Australia. My brother built himself a gun cabinet when he was sixteen and it's already half-full, yet I wouldn't call him a nut.

more than 4 years ago
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Scalpers Earned $25M Gaming Online Ticket Sellers

aerthling Well done. (574 comments)

$25m seems an entirely adequate reward for circumventing reCAPTCHA.

more than 4 years ago
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Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

aerthling Boon! (475 comments)

This is particularly good news for me, because I can only eat foods that have been etched with a laser. Goodbye scurvy!

more than 4 years ago
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An Electron Microscope For Your Home?

aerthling Re:Indeed amazing pictures (125 comments)

No, I believe Vista's EULA limits magnification to 3000X.

about 5 years ago
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If life gives you lemons, you should make ...

aerthling Re:Vodak and tonic (393 comments)

I recently discovered absinthe and tonic - it's bloody delicious. It's even better if you happen to be drinking it near a UV light source because the quinine in the tonic fluoresces a lovely icy cyan colour.

more than 5 years ago
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My Advanced Personal Robot Will Mainly Be Used For...

aerthling Re:Grind WoW (394 comments)

Ah, the future: where robots play games and humans translate instructions.

more than 5 years ago
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Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

aerthling Re:how did Christians get into this? (339 comments)

So why is it bent on blocking pornography, which (as far as I can see) is only dangerous in a religious context? Isn't sex just one of many everyday biological functions to an atheist?

more than 5 years ago
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Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

aerthling Re:I don't understand (339 comments)

I apologise if my comment was overly obvious. It's only recently become apparent to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

aerthling I don't understand (339 comments)

I don't understand these alleged Christians' obsession with force and control. Forcing your own will upon someone else is the very antithesis of Christianity.

more than 5 years ago
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Euro Parliament Wants "Red Button" For Shutting Down Games

aerthling Re:Let's teach kids to make hardware mods early (167 comments)

When I was a kid, my parents had a 'red button' called a leather belt. It was much harder to hack.

Harder to hack, my arse! When this happened to me, I used to modify the client (my bottom) by increasing the resistance (extra underpants) and return a spoofed result to the server.

more than 5 years ago
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What Spoils a Game For You?

aerthling Re:DRM (214 comments)

At least you can keep those patches. I cached the patch the Bioshock installer downloaded and tried everything I could think of to force the installer to use it instead of redownloading it, but it wouldn't have it.

BTW, ten megabytes is NOT trivial when downloaded at 6KB/s, which is what happens to a lot of Australian ADSL customers' connections when the monthly quota is exceeded.

more than 5 years ago
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What Spoils a Game For You?

aerthling DRM (214 comments)

Until recently I viewed the vitriol spewed by anti-DRM zealots with mild suprise. I'd never really felt it was all that bad. Then I bought and installed Bioshock. CD keys and mild disc protection I can live with, but those PLUS activation PLUS forcing a 10MB patch download every single time the game is installed took my breath away. After a few hours trying to install it under Wine I was ready to put my foot through my screen.

THAT ruined Bioshock for me. Spoilers I don't really mind.

more than 5 years ago

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Linus on Linux

aerthling aerthling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aerthling (796790) writes "APC Magazine has an interview with Linus about his kernel's versioning scheme, his view on the impact it has had, his personal hobbies, and most importantly, which distributions he runs at home.

Funnily enough, the only distributions I tend to refuse to touch are the "technical" ones, so I've never run Debian, because as far as I'm concerned, the whole and only point of a distribution is to make it easy to install (so that I can then get to the part I care about, namely the kernel), so Debian or one of the "compile everything by hand" ones simply weren't interesting to me.
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aerthling aerthling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aerthling (796790) writes "The effort to buy the MMORPG Ryzom previously covered has been rejected, according a post on ryzom.org's forums by Xavier Antoviaque, one of the effort's coordinators. From the article:
At the end, there were three offers presented, and the other two were bigger than our's. They are keeping more employees than we do, and offer more money. We should get the details of the other offers soon, so we should be able to know more more then. In the meantime, I would like to personally congratulate the winner, Gameforge, and I wish them good luck.
There's an interesting discussion following the post. They're not giving up, apparently."

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