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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

defireman Re:Violent games (673 comments)

And people should ban racing games because it promotes speeding. etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

defireman Re:Bad write up. (673 comments)

Soon enough we'll be arresting people for looking at baby diaper commericals because they depict topless babies. Babies are children too!

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Kindle To Get Apps and EA Games

defireman I'm not really sure what good does this do (111 comments)

Isn't the point of the kindle to display static content really well, thus minimizing battery consumption? With games being developed for the Kindle, I can't help but wonder what that does do to the batter life expectancy of the device. On top of that, the Kindle has a monochrome screen - it'd be like shelling out $259 for a game boy all over again.
Add on the other restrictions, such as no VOIP or no generic reader software, and the whole endeavor seems kinda pointless.

more than 4 years ago
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HandBrake Abandons DivX As an Output Format

defireman Re:foot.shoot(); (619 comments)

delete foot;

or

free(&foot);

more than 4 years ago
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Wii Balance Board Gives $18,000 Medical Device a Run For Its Money

defireman Re:sounds familiar (422 comments)

I'm sure they can afford to throw out their broken wii balance board and buy a new on the event that one breaks down.
All they really need to do is to make sure the electronics does not interfere with the patients or any other critical equipment, it using Bluetooth and all.

more than 4 years ago
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HandBrake Abandons DivX As an Output Format

defireman Re:I haven't used DIVX in years (619 comments)

There was a time when intel indeo and codecs like that were so widely used. I've come across them again recently and could only remark how obsolete they've become.

The future seems to be H264/AAC.

more than 4 years ago
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ChromeOS Zero Released

defireman Re:ok... (232 comments)

You see, the extra r in different exactly cancels out the missing r in correct, so the sentence is technically correct. Moving on...

more than 4 years ago
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ChromeOS Zero Released

defireman Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (232 comments)

How about if you lose your connection to the cloud, you lose everything. This all boils down to control. If you own your Hard Drive, you own your data.

As the many examples in history shows, exchanging a little control for convenience will eventually leave you at the mercy of the software's owners.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Says US Needs Fewer Science Students

defireman Re:how many scientists are enough? (551 comments)

They should just create a new stream in Fraud Science. I'm sure people will be flocking to it.

more than 4 years ago
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New Super Mario Bros. Wii Attempts To Bridge Casual/Hardcore Divide

defireman Re:If I just happen to have 4 people over? (119 comments)

Girl gamers?
From my experience, they are pretty spontaneous when it comes to getting together and playing party games. While my sister's friends are staying over for a week, they literally played Mario Party non-stop for hours at a time.

Perhaps the wii is not as attractive to us teenage guys, but they do have a market in party games and casual gamers.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Readies Ad-Supported Office Starter 2010

defireman Re:*readies his version of IDA* (235 comments)

Think web clips in Gmail for Office - where they will scan your word documents and serve up links pertaining to pancake batter.

Will it accept adblock?

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation

defireman Not mentioned in the headlines (504 comments)

The topic of the year-long research project conducted by the workers is "The effect of sustained Internet pornography on the libido of the typical office worker".

All will be clarified by a press release later in the week.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Pushes Unwanted Software To PCs, Again

defireman Re:Not really... (267 comments)

If a user will fast-click through a EULA, he will fast-click through any page that will install additional software by default.

It's unsafe, but that's what the 5 page long EULA has conditioned the vast majority of users to do.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Pushes Unwanted Software To PCs, Again

defireman Re:Not really... (267 comments)

There we go again...

So that's why I get this "iPhone configuration utility" on my PC when I don't even have an iPhone.

Obviously Apple has learned that installing software without user consent will only earn a slap on the wrist from the users at the very best.

about 5 years ago
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Reddit Javascript Exploit Spreading Virally

defireman Re:Is this good news or bad? (239 comments)

Be careful of what you wish for...

Not having dynamic content both increase web page load times (as every action will now require a post-back) as well as bandwidth costs (more stuff now have to come from to the server to your page).

Slashdot alone will fall on it knees if dynamic content is not allowed.

about 5 years ago
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French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads

defireman It'd be really annoying.. (512 comments)

if this is taken seriously. Didn't the Dove commercial show that anyone can be "modified" to become a superstar?

All movies pretty much would have to have this notice tagged at the bottom right corner of the screen, as well as all advertisement posters.

I won't be surprised if this is not repealed soon.

about 5 years ago
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RAID's Days May Be Numbered

defireman Re:Wrong title. Or dramatization again? (444 comments)

RAID 0 does not offer any redundancy. Just a performance increase from reading simultaneously from 2 drives.

about 5 years ago
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Parents Baffled By Science Questions

defireman I have a feeling that (656 comments)

"Well honey, would you like to see a live demonstration?" would be unwise to say to a child.

more than 5 years ago
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How Artificial Leaves Could Generate Clean Hydrogen

defireman Re:It takes millions of years to make oil (101 comments)

Pardon me... but you're describing the process for making coal.

Oil is made by millions of tiny microorganisms. It would be hard to shovel fossilized lumps of wood into the car now would it?

more than 5 years ago

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New Compounds May Prevent Radiation Damage

defireman defireman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

defireman writes "(Boston) — Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and collaborators have discovered and analyzed several new compounds, collectively called the ''EUK-400 series,'' which could someday be used to prevent radiation-induced injuries to kidneys, lungs, skin, intestinal tract and brains of radiological terrorism victims. The findings, which appear in the June issue of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, describe new agents which can be given orally in pill form, which would more expedient in an emergency situation. These agents are novel synthetic "antioxidants" that protect tissues against the kind of damage caused by agents such as "free radicals." Free radicals, and similar toxic byproducts formed in the body, are implicated in many different types of tissue injury, including those caused by radiation exposure. Often, this kind of injury occurs months to years after radiation exposure. The BUSM researchers and their colleagues are developing agents that prevent injury even when given after the radiation exposure."
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