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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

antdude Re:Link... (91 comments)

Hehe. Also, you forgot to punctuate at the end of your last sentence. ;)

3 days ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

antdude Re:Link... (91 comments)

And you haven't been spelling his name for a long time? :P

3 days ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

antdude Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

What if one travels a lot in USA? 911 does local ones. Can 411 go to 911?

3 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

antdude Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

I'd say use all of those technologies as long as they can work together and offer the broadband Internet services.

3 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

antdude Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

I wished I could do OTA again in my new place, but the transmitters are blocked by small mountains/giant hills and trees. :(

4 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

antdude Re:Instead of the "bah" ... (173 comments)

Aren't there a lot of rules and laws to to make this difficult these days though?

4 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

antdude Re:Instead of the "bah" ... (173 comments)

"I'm not fat. I'm big boned."

4 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

antdude Re:and the cities are... (173 comments)

Bah, none in my areas. :(

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

antdude Re:Don't (105 comments)

I used dial-up when my cable Internet went out. It was my backup Internet connection. I basically had the same symptoms you had where I lived in (not that rural though, but on small mountains/giant hills). Noisy copper phone lines (no DSL due to 20+K ft. to CO) causing my modems (even good brands) to struggle with error corrections (could see the external modem's EC(?) light blinking) and sometimes end up with disconnections. I could never get 53k (not 56k due to FCC rules) connections. My good average downloading of compressed files was only about 3 kB/sec. :(

5 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

antdude Smartwatch without phones? (172 comments)

Will it be a stand alone smartwatch that doesn't require a mobile phone? I want a smartwatch like the old school Casio DataBank Calculator (150/300) watches. :(

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

antdude Re:Don't (105 comments)

What about dial-up, WISP, satellite, etc. for Internet over there?

5 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

antdude Re:Because studies show ... (250 comments)

Thanks and interesting. :)

5 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

antdude Re:I see another problem. (130 comments)

That is why you keep posting status updates. :P

about a week ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

antdude Re:Not at all accurate (39 comments)

Can TOR be used with this program to make it even harder to track?

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

antdude Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (303 comments)

I wonder why Apple hasn't made touch screens for desktops and (laptop/notebook)s.

I don't like the gestures for mousepads and others though. Why remove the vertical scrollbars when a mouse is not connected? I have to use two fingers to scroll up/down. :(

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

antdude Re:No new macbook pro (354 comments)

And same with MacPros. :P [grin]

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.

antdude antdude writes  |  about a year 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 a year 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  |  1 year,5 days

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  |  about a year ago

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 and a half 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 and a half 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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