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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

antdude Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (335 comments)

Same for old 15" MacBook Pro from 2008, 19.5" Sharp CRT TV from 1996, VCR from dotcom days, Windows XP Pro. from 2002, IDE/PATA HDDs, analog bone conduction hearing aid model designed from 1994, Casio Data Bank 150 calculator watch, etc. They all still work decently for me. Slow, yes but still usable. :)

12 hours ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

antdude Re:On, to Mars! (197 comments)

Fom Star Trek, where are our warp speeds, shuttle crafts, transporters, phaser guns, aliens (e.g., Orions and Vulcans), etc.? :P

12 hours ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

antdude Re:Why I won't use Ultraviolet ... (196 comments)

Has anyone figured out howto remove these annoying DRMs from UV, Amazon, Apple, etc. yet?

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

antdude Re:Real problem was law letting the networks charg (336 comments)

Analog is better in where I live because I can still watch TV even if it is not clear. With digital, I just get drop outs. Basically, you get it or none. :(

yesterday
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

antdude Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

But they have seasons that are discounted instead of buying per episode.

yesterday
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

antdude Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

Amazon and iTunes let you download with their software.

yesterday
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

antdude Re:openWRT runs, without wireless (112 comments)

My old WRT54GL still works well. I don't need the newer fancy models until mine dies. :)

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

antdude Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

I rarely watch. What about new episodes that were recently aired? Also, downloads (no streaming)?

2 days ago
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

antdude Re:Winamp (87 comments)

Same here. I did not like XMMS2 thing.

2 days ago
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

antdude Re:Winamp (87 comments)

In Linux and Mac OS X? :P

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

antdude Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

I wished Netflix had the latest episodes and on demand payments (no subscriptions) like Amazon, iTunes, etc.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

antdude Re:Animal rights? (204 comments)

It's = It is. You're welcome. :P

3 days ago
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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

antdude Re:But do you want it? (50 comments)

I want smart watches (no mobile phone required) and driverless cars (ready to be used and I am disabled -- it should be safe as KITT!) only.

5 days ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

antdude Re:Government picking favorites (91 comments)

Then, how come I can't get some channels perfectly (some drop outs) that are about 20 miles away when I can with analog (not perfect clear though, but viewable)?

about a week ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

antdude Re:Government picking favorites (91 comments)

Nope, others and I were able to watch and hear unclear pictures OTA on TV compared to digital.

about a week ago

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Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.

antdude antdude writes  |  about 5 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 5 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 6 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 7 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  |  about 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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  |  1 year,7 days

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  |  1 year,14 days

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  |  more than 10 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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