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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

bakes We had a band powerful enough ... (83 comments)

This has been done before. In the 70s there was a blues band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

bakes Re:Still Waiting (247 comments)

The determined Real Programmer can write Fortran programs in any language.

about 5 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

bakes Re:I think (188 comments)

Nazis.
Your welcome ;-)

You're welcome.
You're welcome.

about 6 months ago
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Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

bakes Re:Psychology (138 comments)

You forgot 'Politics'. Not sure where that fits in the ordering though.

about 8 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

bakes Re:Genuinely curious (783 comments)

Are there signs at every intersection saying which road has right-of-way?

Yes - At every 4-way intersection not controlled by lights there will be 'Stop' or 'Give Way' on one of the roads.

about 8 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

bakes Re:Booze Bus (783 comments)

We're not even considering the terrible road designs like all way stops. Yep, all roads have a stop sign. In theory you give way to your right, in reality it's whoever has the balls to go first

I've been to South Africa a few times, they have 4-way stop signs too. The way it works there is when you get to the line, everyone who is already stopped on the other entries goes before you, then you go. All-in-all it works quite well. In fact, when they have one of their frequent power outages and the traffic lights go out, the drivers just treat the intersection as a 4-way stop and get on with it.

about 8 months ago
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How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

bakes Re:bribery (294 comments)

I had dealings with the LHM back then and I do fully believe they haven't saved a single cent on the transition

Maybe they didn't save anything on the transition, but do they expect to save overall costs/expenses in the longer term?

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Launches Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

bakes Re:Can the connection to amazon be turned off? (88 comments)

Yes, you can turn the Wifi and Bluetooth on/off (independently) whenever you like. There is also an aeroplane mode, I guess this stops you turning on Wifi accidentally (??).

For your purposes, I suppose you might potentially leave the Wifi off all the time, and just load files on through the USB cable.

about 10 months ago
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Boeing Turning Old F-16s Into Unmanned Drones

bakes Re:A split S? (239 comments)

Gutsiest move I ever saw, man.

about 10 months ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

bakes Re:no different elsewhere (555 comments)

Neither. It's because the US insists on these procedures for flights that will enter US airspace.

I was in Doha earlier this year, and I walked past the departure gate for a flight going to the US - looong line of people, shoes off, waiting for the full-scan etc. On my flight to the UK there was the walk-through metal detector and x-ray scan of my carry-on bag, but my shoes stayed on and nobody asked to pat me down.

about a year ago
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Average latency to Slashdot.org?

bakes Space? (558 comments)

Not sure the estimates in brackets are quite right. I get 280ms from Australia. And I'm on the ground.

about a year ago
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Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

bakes Freer !!? (240 comments)

My general language is also 'freer of errors'.

You should have instead used 'has a lower error rate' or something less grammatically nauseating.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?

bakes Re:change your name (295 comments)

The most common given name in the world is Mohammed.
The most common family name is Chan.

Mohammed Chan. Must be lots of those.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?

bakes Re:FTFY (295 comments)

Yea, that is one way to quickly become a blonde, bald, hermaphrodite with serious mental illness bent on world domination

They found him. Pope Benedict has now resigned.

about a year and a half ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

bakes Re:First posting? (162 comments)

Yeah. Historically.

about a year and a half ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

bakes Re:Petition Premise Is Flawed (1387 comments)

So ... the petitiion should say 'enforce' or 'make obligatory' instead of 'adopt'? That hardly changes the 'entire debate' as you claim.

Even though the metric system is officially the preferred system of weights and measures, people continue to use the old units. New road signs, product packaging, etc. continue to be produced without using metric measurements. If the US as a country is serious about using the metric system, they have to do more than pay lip service. Nothing will change if nothing changes.

about a year and a half ago
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Defending the First Sale Doctrine

bakes Re:Soda Stream is example of the attempt (338 comments)

From that wording I read it as saying that you DO own the appliance, but not the technology developed for and used within the appliance. Being 'transferable' means you can sell or give the appliance to someone else.

Still, it seems a bit unnecessary. Preventing use of the technology is what patents are for.

about a year and a half ago
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Your Hands Were Made For Punching According To New Study

bakes Re:I call BS (240 comments)

Some martial arts teach striking with the heel of the palm, gaining the 'end-of-long-bone advantage and protecting the fingers.

about a year and a half ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

bakes Re:First World Problems (1110 comments)

I agree, a lot of the pain described in the video IS just due to change anxiety.

He does make some good points though. There are no visual cues on how to pull up the 'charm bar', get to the control panel, and close metro apps. Sure, all of those things are easy enough once you know how to do them, but it takes experimentation by moving the mouse around a bit (or poking the touchscreen in the right place) to find them. It shouldn't be that hard.

about a year and a half ago

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bakes bakes writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've seen a few sigs from people saying that they will meta-moderate all negative moderations as unfair. This is an attitude I consider strange.

I will often meta-mod 'redundant' moderations as unfair, mainly because if someone posts something that is redundant, the mod points are better spent moderating UP something else.

Myself and many others are sick of seeing the same CRAP over and over again from the goatse, gnaa and other associated trolls that modding it offtopic is the only way to reduce the noise.

Sure, plenty of negative mods ARE unfair, but many are not. Meta-modding ALL negative mods as unfair just because they are negative mods is just as much an abuse of the system that these people claim that they are 'protecting'.

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