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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

antdude it's (151 comments)

FYI. It's = It (i/ha)s.

3 days ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

antdude Re:Not just Comcast (401 comments)

It seems like all(?) companies are like this. [sighs] :(

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

antdude Re:This is just how people are. (706 comments)

It is funny how people say my family is too cheap not to use ACs during hot times. Using ACs is expensive!

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

antdude Re:Going back to cash (749 comments)

It is better to have variety of money types.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

antdude Yes, but something like Casio Data Bank watches. (381 comments)

I don't want it require a mobile phone. It needs to be light and small. It also needs a long battery's life, have a scheduler, a phone directory, a calculator, alarms, etc. I still wear and use 150 model and need to find a good replacement for it since Casio doesn't sell these types anymore. :(

about two weeks ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

antdude Re:Microphones (77 comments)

So, turn off the camera to use the mic(rophone)? :P

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

antdude Re:Does not matter to me (147 comments)

Go finish it! :)

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

antdude Re:Does not matter to me (147 comments)

Why didn't you get an antenna and avoid paying at all?

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

antdude Re:Surely, It Depends (499 comments)

No PCI slots. Yeah, which good sound card to get for Windows and Linux for gaming, music, HTPC, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

antdude Re:Surely, It Depends (499 comments)

Ah thanks. I only cared for 2.1 setup with clarity and plenty of bass!

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

antdude Re:Surely, It Depends (499 comments)

In an earlier post, I read that gaming will be bad for USB sound cards. :(

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

antdude Re:Surely, It Depends (499 comments)

What is a good plug (USB?) in sound cards for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. I use my computers playing games, movies, videos, TV/television, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

antdude Re:No. (499 comments)

Not really. I can tell the differences between my former SB Audigy 2ZS and my onboard Realtek sound with my 2.1 Logitech Z-2300 speakers. I noticed way less low bass. :( I used to Creative sound cards because I was a big gamer and wanted EAX and all those fancy hardware features.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

antdude Re:It'll be like... (265 comments)

Um, thanks. English isn't my strong area. :(

about two weeks ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

antdude It will return? (57 comments)

More like maybe!

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.

antdude antdude writes  |  about 8 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 8 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 9 months 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  |  about 10 months 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  |  1 year,25 days

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 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 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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Journals

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Why are you reading my journal?

antdude antdude writes  |  about 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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