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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

biodata Re:Added benefit (104 comments)

The funny thing to me is the idea that having a cat in a restaurant is somehow unhealthy. Oh Noes! An Animal! Forget the fact that all the people cooking, cleaning and eating in the place are also animals, and are much more likely to infect you.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

biodata Stock inventory? (272 comments)

Is this for your stock inventory project? If you want to do anything that involves keeping track of any goods or money or anything of value, then NoSQL is not necessarily the way to go. NoSQL is designed to keep track of value-less things like Twitter messages and Facebook postings, where it doesn't matter if you lose a few thousand transactions here or there. People keeping track of things with actual monetary value usually use SQL for the transactions, from what I've seen.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

biodata Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

My guess is that the government cuts to the NHS have led to a situation where they do not have enough skilled engineers with time to support any change to the status quo. The current governing party is ideologically opposed to the NHS and is unlikely to support anything that would improve matters.

about two weeks ago
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Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

biodata Streisand effect? (130 comments)

Maybe Boston U have seen this coming, and in reality want to publicise the list. I for one had never heard of them owning a patent on blue LEDs before this, and now I see how even the big guys pay not to take them on.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: College Club Fundraising On the Fly?

biodata Re:Crypto currencies (89 comments)

this. dogecoin. your tower will help get to the moon.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

biodata Re:Meat today - Soybeans tomorrow (545 comments)

The thing is, it's very inefficient to outsource your diet to animals - have them eat plants and then eat them. If you just eat the plants yourself it take almost an order of magnitude less resources to feed you. We are used to a world where, when we need more resources to make food we just strip another load of primary forest, but there ain't much left any more. The population of the the world is only going upwards and the resources it takes to feed a person are becoming more of an issue. It only take one city to run out of food or water for a few days before we start to see how important this is.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

biodata Re:Does it matter? (545 comments)

It only matters if you want to have a dependable water supply. Most cities wouldn't last many days without water supply, and they need a steady flow, with plenty of overcapacity to get through the dry periods.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

biodata Re:Animals only borrow water. (545 comments)

No this is wrong thinking. Most of the water that is used to generate meat goes into growing the crops to feed the animals, and most of this is lost directly through respiration of the plants. The pee is neither here nor there. Outsourcing your diet by growing plants to feed animals and eating the animals is grossly inefficient on so many levels.

about a month ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

biodata Re:Well, I'm gonna mine for... (251 comments)

Only one coin is going to the moon, and I think you know which one! much mine, so moon.

about 2 months ago
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Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

biodata Re:Oh good (115 comments)

of course they will tell you what it is if you pay them

about 3 months ago
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Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

biodata Re:Oracle is not a person (409 comments)

If a company is not a person, how do they have any rights?

about 3 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

biodata Re:govt takedown (351 comments)

>who wants a currency that can swing +-20% in a day? Daytraders? > i don't know how deep the market is BTC Market cap currently around $11billion

about 3 months ago
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India Cautions Users On Risks Associated With Virtual Currencies

biodata wow (121 comments)

much fear many uncertainty very doubt

about 4 months ago
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UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn

biodata Re:Essex... (227 comments)

Don't even think about searching for Scunthorpe

about 4 months ago
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

biodata Sounds like Mondex (292 comments)

I thought this was done in the 90's by NatWest but ended up being bought up and turned into loyalty card systems, rather than kept as cash that people could actually use to buy useful things.

about 4 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

biodata England (470 comments)

In England the government has said that a 5p charge will come in 2015 AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. Too early to count chickens.

about 5 months ago
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Have 100GB Free? Host Your Own Copy of Wikipedia, With Images

biodata SQLite? (151 comments)

But I thought SQL wasn't webscale wtf?

about 5 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

biodata Re:Good for another reason (495 comments)

Flying drones and driving round in humvees doesn't take a huge amount of muscle. Plus, use your favourite search engine to find 'Olympic athlete vegetarians'. There are world champions in fields as diverse as cycling, sprinting, marathon, tennis and wrestling. Your friends probably just care enough about becoming muscle bound.

about 5 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

biodata Re:What makes meat eating a global warming disaste (495 comments)

Livestock are fed crops that are grown using fertilisers that are made from oil. The fertiliser needs to be extracted, processed and transported. Livestock need large amounts of land to grow the crops they eat, and this is a large part of why the rainforests and wetlands around the globe are being destroyed contributing further to increased CO2 and methane emissions, and reducing carbon capture in soils. When the livestock eat the crops they turn a large proportion into methane which is a worse greenhouse gas than CO2. It is an order of magnitude more efficient just to grow crops and feed them to people instead of wasting 90% by passing it through animals first.

about 5 months ago

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Air Traffic Control 'telephone glitch' delays hundreds of UK flights

biodata biodata writes  |  about 4 months ago

biodata (1981610) writes "The BBC is reporting that hundreds of UK commercial air flights have been delayed for most of today due to an internal telephone systems problem in the National Air Traffic Control Service, and delays are likely to continue into the evening. A spokesperson said that it was a difficult software bug from the one which grounded flights in the summer."
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US asks Iceland to extradite Snowden before he arrives

biodata biodata writes  |  about 9 months ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Iceland Review reports that, in what has been described as a thinly veiled threat, the US has written to Iceland asking it to extradite a 'US citizen' presumed to be Snowden. Snowden is not believed to be in Iceland at the current time."
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Björk seeks Kickstarter funds to port Biophilia app from iOS to Android,Win

biodata biodata writes  |  about a year ago

biodata (1981610) writes "From the Iceland Review site:

Björk hopes to raise GBP 375,000 (USD 591,000, EUR 438,400) on Kickstarter to transfer her Biophilia-app over to Windows 8 and Android operating systems. Björk says the goal is to make the app, which is currently only available for Apple products, more accessible to children from low income households, as reported on ruv.is."

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Which TLD avoids government censorship?

biodata biodata writes  |  more than 2 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Now we have been reminded that .com et al are wholly owned subsidiaries of the US government, which TLD should an organisation choose to avoid censorship?"
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UK police integrate their data

biodata biodata writes  |  more than 2 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Following the murder of two school girls in 2002 a review of disparate unconnected police data resources recommended the production of a national database. Now the database is in production, it is reported that the details of approximately one in four people in the UK are on the database, including criminals, victims, and those questioned but not charged in connection with crime. The father of one of the murdered school girls welcomed the new database."
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