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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

antdude Re:Pitfall! (99 comments)

Old games' source codes should be released!

4 hours ago
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iOS 8 Review

antdude Re:No good for older iPhones (201 comments)

I wonder if Apple will be able to optimize iOS 8 for the older iDevices like iPhone 4S. Avoiding 8 for now...

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

antdude Re:Not Free (608 comments)

It is a good thing I don't own an iPhone so it would be free for me. :P

2 days ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

antdude Re:Zoolander (97 comments)

Yes. I am the captain! :D

4 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

antdude Re:My wife just died of cancer this week (140 comments)

Sorry to hear that. I had an online friend who died before he reached 40. Same with my grandqueen. Cancer can hit anyone. :(

4 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

antdude Re:Nothing to see here (108 comments)

And when its FIOS is available like in my home Verizon areas. :(

5 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

antdude Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

I care not about these two stations. They're not good as the old days like in the (19)80s. I used to watch Bob Ross's paintings, This Old House, Sesame Street, Nature, NOVA, National Geographic, Wild America, 3-2-1 Contact, Reading Rainbow, Square One Television (Mathnet!), The Voyage of the Mimi, etc. These days, pretty much NOTHING! :(

Does anyone remember the very old colored animal shows (filmed in 1970s?)? IIRC, each episode was like 30 minutes, different topics, and the ending credits showed a jeep driving at a distance in a sunset driving?

5 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

antdude Re:Windows is updating (208 comments)

Or tell them you computer won't boot up since it cannot find an operating system or something.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

antdude Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

Ditto. I still wear a Casio Data Bank 150 watch. It is old school, but useful to me since I don't use a PDA and phone. I just need a smartwatch with basic features that do not require a mobile phone: Calendar/Scheduler, phone directory, calculator, etc.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

antdude Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I want a new watch like Casio Data Bank 150. No phone requirement. I guess this Apple watch isn't it since it requires a phone. 6th generation iPod nano would work, but it lacks features like a simple scheduler, phone directory, etc. Not even a way to install apps. :(

about two weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

antdude Re:Don't wear pants! (362 comments)

That is why I prefer to go 100% naked!

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

antdude Re:Man I hates these guys (527 comments)

Why don't youget a gun? :P

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

antdude Re:Want more IT jobs? (250 comments)

To me, things are still buggy and easily broken. :(

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

antdude Re:At home too (185 comments)

"Get off my lawn!"

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.

antdude antdude writes  |  about 10 months ago

antdude (79039) writes "Boing Boing shared an over one minute YouTube video showing "Urinal Dynamics: a tactical summary — We illustrate the importance of good technique when using a urinal and offer some advice. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream we show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle."

Splash Lab has more videos and text details."

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PG-13 Films More Violent Than R-Rated?

antdude antdude writes  |  about 10 months ago

antdude (79039) writes "France 24 reported "Gun violence is on the rise in U.S. (United States) movies and has more than tripled since (19)85 in those rated as acceptable for teenagers 13 and older, according to a study out Monday.

The amount of such violence seen in modern movies rated PG-13 even exceeded that in films rated R for adults in 2012, said the findings by American and Dutch university researchers in the US journal Pediatrics.

The findings raise concern about the impact that seeing shootings in fictional movie scenes may have on youths in real life, since a large body of research has shown that viewing violent films can increase aggression, the researchers said..."

Seen on Dark Horizons."

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Ants' pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections.

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article — "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies — The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony...""
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Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference

antdude antdude writes  |  1 year,1 day

antdude (79039) writes "This Science Daily article mentioned "Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference ... For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia..."

Seen in Engwinner's forum thread."

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Movie Trailers Are Getting Insanely Fast...

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "This brief/short Wired article, with its interactive chart and embedded YouTube videos, shows "Movie Trailers Are Getting Insanely Fast. Trust Us, We Counted the Cuts. — The Claim: Trailers Are Getting Faster

Film critics have long lamented the degradation of moviegoers’ attention spans. Movies, they say—and their mini-versions, trailers—have gotten more manic and misdirected in their quest to appease ADD audiences.

We wanted to quantify such claims. So we took to YouTube and counted the number of cuts in 154 trailers over the decades—a sample of Oscar winners, top grossers, and personal favorites..."

Seen on Dark Horizons."

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Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to?

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "BBC News, with its eleven/11 images and embedded short videos, shows "Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to? Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you're not around? Where do our purring pets go when they disappear through the cat flap? ..."

Seen on Ars Technica."

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The Trajectory of Television--starting with a big history of the small screen.

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "Ars Technica has a three pages article on "The Trajectory of Television (TV)--starting with a big history of the small screen. From surrogate storyteller to high-def streaming infotainment, TV has come a long way...""
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Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report said that "Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal ... compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame..." and the "day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics...""
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Teen(ager)s, Social Media, and Privacy

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "Pew Internet has a few reports showing that "Teens are sharing more info(rmation) about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data ..."

Seen on Boing Boing."

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Turn That Frown Upside Down? Maybe Not: Negative People Reply to Emails 36% Fast

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year ago

antdude (79039) writes "A Contactually blog reports "Turn That Frown Upside Down? Maybe Not: Negative People Reply to Emails 36% Faster ... Engineers at Contactually, a referral marketing platform, recently analyzed over 100 million email conversations and determined that being negative actually is helpful when it comes to email. On average, negative people tend to reply to emails 36% faster than their positive, bubbly colleagues..."

Seen on Slate from HardOCP."

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Why is it so hard to make a phone call in emergency situations?

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year and a half ago

antdude (79039) writes "Boing Boing reports on why "why is it so hard to make a phone call in emergency situations? ... But it is a fact that, whenever disaster strikes, it becomes difficult to reach the people you care about. Right at the moment when you really need to hear a familiar voice, you often can't. So what gives?""
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The myth of the eight-hour sleep.

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year and a half ago

antdude (79039) writes "Over an over year ago, BBC News did a(n) article/story on "The myth of the eight-hour sleep — We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night — but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural..."

Seen on Blue's News."

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Mobile Usability for Cats: Essential Design Principles for Felines

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year and a half ago

antdude writes "Nielsen Norman Group (NNG) reports "Mobile Usability for Cats: Essential Design Principles for Felines — Summary: Feline users require special considerations, including larger tap target zones for paws, continual animation, and audible vocalization...""
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Journals

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Why are you reading my journal?

antdude antdude writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There's nothing to see here. Move along.

If you really want to read my boring(?) journals, go to my Web sites then!

Oh, and trolls like those who support GNAA, suck. God will never let them in Heaven when it is time. :)

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