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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

crioca Re:Chrome? (370 comments)

I haven't; can you answer linuxguy's question?

2 days ago
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A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

crioca Australian Wheel Patent (36 comments)

On closer inspection the Australian patent that was granted is less absurd than it seems, as it was more of a quasi-patent:

Innovation patents last for a maximum of 8 years, whereas standard patents last for maximum of 20 years

Innovation patents are granted without examination, usually within 1 to 3 months,

whereas standard patents are examined only after paying the examination fee, and usually take 2 to 4 years.

After an innovation patent has been granted, the owner or any person may request examination, and such examination must occur before the owner can commerce or threaten to commence infringement proceedings.

about three weeks ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

crioca Re:Another very good reason... (192 comments)

Uh, are you sure about that? Because the number of nuclear weapons held by China isn't known.

about a month ago
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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

crioca Re:So glad it's over (151 comments)

I'm so glad that I got the gaming bug out of my system when a ridiculously-priced video card was $300, and mainstream cards were in the $90-160 range... This is ridiculous.

That's still pretty much the case; the difference today is that some people make, or try to make, their living off playing & broadcasting their gameplay. This means they need to be able to run the latest games at the highest specs, record and livestream all at the same time without missing a beat.

about 2 months ago
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Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

crioca Lets all take a step back to appreciate this: (100 comments)

This information is undoubtedly being caught up in the global surveillance dragnet, which means that government agents are literally spying on people's brainwaves. The most hackneyed conspiracy trope of all time is now a hilarious reality.

about 2 months ago
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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

crioca My tap leaks every time I turn the knob. (92 comments)

Drop/Box gave these users the option to make these files publicly accessible, they chose to make them publicly accessible, which made them publicly accessible. THE HORROR!

How is this getting reported? Is this some kind of weird post Heartbleed security reporting bandwagon? /. editors, this is a wood league effort, step it up please.

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

crioca Re:sigh (627 comments)

Anything that advances the anthropogenic global warming agenda is climate. Anything that doesn't is weather. Keep up!

You know that theories and models concerning climate change are constantly being updated and refined right? That literally can't happen if they're only incorporating results that reinforce the existing models...

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

crioca Re:sigh (627 comments)

...so why hasn't anyone proposed this mysterious solution if it fixed the problem that "easily", with "barely any significant change in our style of life"?

They did, it's called "reduce, reuse, recycle" and it's been around since the 70's. People have demonstrated how easy it can be, but to our collective inability to think and plan ahead, it's not commonplace.

about 3 months ago
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Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC

crioca It's NOT like a digital computer! (209 comments)

It’s very very different; nerumorphic chips have been around for ages, they use the same phenomena the brain does (ion-flow across a neuron's membrane) using different a method (electron flow across a silicon membrane).

The big difference is that they make use of analogue computation using the physical properties of electricity to model whatever you’re trying to model, whereas digital computers model things by representing quantities as symbolic values.

So digital computers let you model something by simulating it with symbolic values, an analogue computer lets you model something by emulating a systems physical properties.

There is no machine code to speak of, you can’t program an analogue circuit, you have to physically construct it. That’s what makes this Neurogrid technology is interesting; if these guys are on the level then they've developed a practical way to use digital computers to “program” analogue circuits.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

crioca Re:But the price? (466 comments)

Why is meat so cheap compared to vegetables

Tens of billions of dollars in farming subsidies every year and the animal feed subsidy is almost as large as all the others combined.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_subsidy#United_States

It's not that meat is so cheap compared to vegetables, it's that you pay the difference in other ways.

about 3 months ago
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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

crioca Re:Just more bullshit (410 comments)

No it's actually quite an accurate characterization; the established players ("the rich") are now able to leverage that position to raise barriers to new entrants. Being rich is being privileged in the most classical usage of the term.

The Internet has acted as a great equalizer, removing many of the barriers that people without great wealth face when trying to make opportunities. Now we're putting those barriers back in place, by making it so that established players can use their wealth to hold a privileged position within the market.

This can only serve to benefit the established players at the cost of consumers and new entrants.

about 3 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

crioca Oh I'm so sorry (510 comments)

Sorry that giving children the ability to enjoy the use of their senses is interfering with the proliferation of your culture.

If you want to be a deaf person, that's fine by me, but it doesn't give you any moral imperative to suggest that parents should deny their children their right to hearing.

about 4 months ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

crioca It doesn't matter what they knew (103 comments)

What they knew is beside the point; they were legally obligated to disavow any knowledge of these programs. Even once they'd already been disclosed.

The silver lining to this was it allowed these companies to deflect anger onto the NSA. Good, because the NSA are the ones to blame, I might not like what MS, Apple, etc were doing, but I can't blame them for it. Responsibility for this fucking mess lies foremost with the state spying agencies, specifically the NSA.

about 4 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

crioca Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

People bash CISSP because they want it to be something it's not: CISSP is something you get to say "I'm serious about working in security", it doesn't say "I'm competent at security work."

about 5 months ago
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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles Inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum

crioca wow (97 comments)

Well that's just a son of a ditch.

about 6 months ago
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Target Hackers Have More Data Than They Can Sell

crioca Really? (118 comments)

I find this difficult to believe; for one the data can simply be sold off in smaller chunks, and secondly because there exist fences for this type of product that would be willing to purchase the data at a low-ball price and sit on it until the right buyer is found.

about 7 months ago
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SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

crioca Electric demons in love (211 comments)

There's been a lot of hype and misconceptions about SteamOS within the gaming community especially. SteamOS isn't a desktop OS, it's a console OS and needs to be understood as such. It won't be a whole lot of use unless you're planning to set up a PC for use as a console.

about 8 months ago
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Harvesting Power When Freshwater Meets Salty

crioca Re:I pay 11 cents per kWh (151 comments)

You should note that, despite what many believe, we don't really "subsidize" fossil fuels to any major degree. The majority of the "subsidies" people whine about are just plain old tax deductions - the same ones that other businesses get. The oil companies didn't even get those deductions for a long time, and people complained when they finally got to deduct for exploration and drilling expenses in the same way normal businesses deduct for operations.

Bullshit:

http://www.nei.org/corporatesite/media/filefolder/60_Years_of_Energy_Incentives_-_Analysis_of_Federal_Expenditures_for_Energy_Development_-_1950-2010.pdf

http://www.elistore.org/Data/products/d19_07.pdf

about 8 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

crioca Re:The Vote (641 comments)

Millions of people vote who don't pay income taxes. I guess these apes will probably be voting for Democrats (aka GimmeDats) just like those millions.

Hate to break it to you bub, but Red states on the whole take more government money and pay less in taxes.

about 8 months ago
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Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

crioca Re:Sweet sweet copyright justice (242 comments)

I eagerly awate assemblerex's demand for Voltage Pictures to be compensated millions of dollars for the bittorrented distribution of The Hurt Locker. I bring this up as someone who was employed on that film, and note that that money pays my salary on the next film...

Well how about you get 50% of the profits that were made by everyone who distributed The Hurt Locker over BitTorrent.

That would come to... carry the one... uh, nothing. You get zero dollars. Wow, Who'da thunk it that there's a difference between pirating something for profit and pirating something for personal use.

about 8 months ago

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