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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

agentgonzo Re:Ask the credit card for a refund (299 comments)

If you've already paid the bill for the hotel room and they then charge your card again for the £100 because they kept your details on file, can't you then just say to the credit card company that it's a fraudulent payment on your card rather than a dispute? Afterall, they don't have your authorisation to charge your card a second time for the £100.

yesterday
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'Vampire' Squirrel Has World's Fluffiest Tail

agentgonzo Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (54 comments)

It's in the science section. It's news about science. Slashdot is more than just maths and computers. Science is more than just Physics.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

agentgonzo Re:Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

I'm curious now - would any of the health apps or pulse-rate apps or heart-monitoring apps on a phone/smart-watch have warned her of such a condition (I'm genuinely interested). If so and it's a simple check that could be done using any smartphone/watch then it could down on tragic events like your aunt's in a simple quick test anyone could do.

about 5 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

agentgonzo Re:Crema? (192 comments)

I can't remember where I read it[citation needed] but I remember somewhere that the tiny air bubbles in foamed milk do something with the tastebuds on your tongue and enhance the flavour. The same is likely true of the bubbles in the crema so probably it tastes better than normal espresso

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

agentgonzo Re:Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

Fitness sensors and apps seem to be a common thing to put into phone/watch these days, but how useful are they actually? I do plenty of sport (jogging, cycling, playing hockey) and have done so over the last 20 years, but at no point in my life have I ever thought "Wow, I wish I knew what my pulse-rate was right-now!". It may be of use to professional athletes, but to the normal person who does exercise to keep fit or for fun, knowing your pulserate etc is pointless. To me, cramming these fitness sensors into phones and watches is a solution in search of a problem.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

agentgonzo Re:Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

Taking it off your wrist and plugging it in may not take more than about 30s, but it's a hassle that you should be able to live without. Nothing's hard about plugging it in, but the point of technology is to make things *easier* for you, rather than harder. It's not hard, but why should you have to do it?

My car has automatic wipers that turn on when it starts raining. Same for the headlights when it goes dark. It's not *hard* for me to flick a stalk with my fingers to turn them on/off, but technology working to save me effort and make my life a bit easier. At the moment I don't have to plug my watch in - having to do extra steps I didn't have to before is a step backwards.

about 5 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

agentgonzo Crema? (192 comments)

Normally when you pull a shot of coffee it comes out as a very liquidy foam and then it separates out to give you the crema (head) on top - a dark brown foam about 5mm thick.
In microgravity, this wouldn't separate out so the espresso would be a homogeneous dark brown foam throughout rather than the espresso we see down here on earth. I wonder what it'd be like.

about 5 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

agentgonzo Re:Putting the "Star" in Starbucks... (192 comments)

20g of coffee? What kind of rocket fuel are you making? It's normally 7g of coffee per shot. I'm not sure a triple-shot would be the best thing for a bunch of 'nauts in a tin can.

about 5 months ago
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Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

agentgonzo Re:Wait... (81 comments)

You have waaaaaaaaay too much free time

about 9 months ago
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Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

agentgonzo Re:Can I just stand? (466 comments)

That was a marketing ploy by Ryanair. They're regularly doing things like this (also charging for the use of the toilet) and slip in that "it'll be trialled on their new route from X-Y". Bingo, free advertising as all the tabloids lap it up.

about a year ago
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Google To Support Windows XP Longer Than Microsoft

agentgonzo Re:Google WTF are you doing? (154 comments)

Just let XP finally die...

Why? My retired parents have a Gateway PC that runs perfectly fine and runs XP perfectly fine. Doesn't crash, doesn't blue screen, they just turn it on and it works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

I see that you're typing these slashdot posts on your abacus then?

about a year ago
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ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

agentgonzo Re:Home server not the fix-all (166 comments)

I don't think his 'overly sensitive RCD' can be fixed with decent software.

about a year ago
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Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion

agentgonzo Re:I hope waze app doesn't disappear (153 comments)

I really can't see any reason for google to maintain two different nav applications. I expect waze to vanish within the next 12 months.

about a year and a half ago
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Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion

agentgonzo I hope waze app doesn't disappear (153 comments)

I've been using Waze for ages and have an older iPhone so can't use apple's built-in nav. I use a combination of google maps and waze. Waze's navigation is sometimes a bit quirky and I've noticed that google's routing is better (also offers walking and cycling routing). Searching in google maps is far superior to Waze, though for some reason they *still* can't search your contacts on your phone!

The actual UI in waze is much better than google though. For some reason, google maps nav always seems to lag about 50m behind where I actually am (which means I've missed a few turnings a couple of times) whereas waze is spot on. Also, Waze is the only nav app I've ever used that zooms out enough. When coming off a motorway, it will be zoomed out enough for you to see the next turning so you know whether to be in the left/right lane of the slip road. All other maps don't zoom out far enough to show you this so you have to guess and switch at the last minute when you get close enough to the roundabout to see where you are going next.

I really hope that google doesn't kill the waze app after 'integrating' it into google maps.

about a year and a half ago
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Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss

agentgonzo Re:Oh noes! 11 mm in 20 years! (412 comments)

but to someone looking for a 30+ year real estate investment, and observing this trend of accelerating ocean rise, it will effect property valuations for some coastal property.

I live about 15 miles inland, so raising seas will actually increase my house value because I'll then be able to sell it as having a sea-view! /sarcasm

about 2 years ago
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Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss

agentgonzo Re:GW is real (412 comments)

There's a difference between coming out of an ice-age (a natural process over tens of thousands of years) and global warming, where there is a noticeable change in temperature/ice-caps over a period of years/decades.
And it's trolls like you spreading FUD that don't help matters.

about 2 years ago
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Inside an Amazon Warehouse

agentgonzo True key to success (206 comments)

"This system is the true key to Amazon.com's success in online retail". That, and not paying any tax.

about 2 years ago
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Gabon Suspends Me.ga Domain, Dotcom Says "We Have Alternative Domain"

agentgonzo Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (212 comments)

OK, since you're a bit thick, I'll explain it to you slowly.
It was a joke. Of course gi.ga is under the same TLD as me.ga. That's part of why it was funny.

about 2 years ago
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Gabon Suspends Me.ga Domain, Dotcom Says "We Have Alternative Domain"

agentgonzo Witch-hunt (212 comments)

I know that he is trying to sound extreme and provocative, but for Gabon to shut-down a domain name of a yet-to-be-launched service that has only said that it plans to store things online is very-much a Witchhunt. Nothing is really known about me.ga and so the only reason they have to shut it down is because it's a 'successor' to megaupload and they have a vendetta against Kim Dotcom.

about 2 years ago

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