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Has Christopher Nolan Turned the 3D Argument?

dlanod Re:Let's face it (381 comments)

Replying to undo an unfortunate misclick resulting in a "Flamebait" moderation instead of "Funny".

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

dlanod Re:Silly (622 comments)

It's actually about half that. Because that garbage is no longer going to be dumped at a cost of $30 per ton, they're saving themselves that $30 in addition to making $26. So eight years to pay for itself, but your comments on the longevity of the bins still stands.

about 4 years ago
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AU Government Censors Document On Planned Web Snooping

dlanod Re:Vote Tweedledum or Tweeledee (169 comments)

There may be more than two choices but one of those two will be Prime Minister, regardless how often you may repeat the simplification that there are other options. Spoken as someone who is leaning Green in the Senate as the only one with sane policies outside the environmental policy area.

more than 4 years ago
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Familial DNA Testing Nabs Alleged Serial Killer

dlanod Re:There are starving kids in china (258 comments)

It's the usual "DNA testing helped us catch this serial killer. Obviously this means it's all safe and dandy and no privacy worries here!" article that gets wheeled out about once every couple of months, just in case someone was starting to have concerned thoughts about all that identifying material being available to the government and its underlings.

I'm rather sceptical about these articles these days because they do seem to appear so regularly to remind us all how lucky we are. Keep an eye out and you'll see what I mean.

more than 4 years ago
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Users Report Foul Play In App Store Rankings, Purchases

dlanod Re:Hrm (144 comments)

I do use iTunes and the level of reviews are generally so crap as to be useless anyway. They tend to either be "this crashed on me once, 1 star" or "AWESOME!!! 5 stars!". That's not even mentioning the frequent "I don't want to buy this app because it looks crap, 1 star" reviews that seem to pop up and aim to be even more useless.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Schools To Teach Intelligent Design

dlanod Re:"Faith Science Basis?" (714 comments)

Wow there's a lot of knee-jerk reactions, especially those saying it shouldn't be taught as science as well as those from Australians saying "of course it's in Queensland".

However if you've actually read the article you'd know creationism is going to be "offered for discussion in the subject of ancient history, under the topic of "controversies"." The History Teachers' Association say the curriculum asked students to develop their historical skills in an "investigation of a controversial issue" such as "human origins (eg, Darwin's theory of evolution and its critics").

So in other words, it's not going to be taught as science. It's going to be covered as a controversy, under history (which is the closest thing to general social studies these days). IMO this would be the correct way to cover this kind of discussion and the kneejerk reactions based off the title and the summary are just that.

Of course I'm posting this too late and at too low a mod-level for anyone to actually see this explanation unfortunately.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Considers Hardware Acceleration For Google's WebM Format

dlanod Re:Well, that's all folks. (139 comments)

All they are saying is that "if it gets popular, we may support it". So... they're basically saying nothing but the obvious, given it's in their interests to support popular formats anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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A delicious steak should be ...

dlanod Re:Still alive (763 comments)

Probably not as graphic, but the better the steaks the rarer it should be.

I'm not a fan of rare meat so I don't abide by it myself but the longer a steak is cooked the more juices are boiled off, and most of a steak's flavour is in those juices. But whenever I have the opportunity to have a top-notch steak, medium-rare is my preference. If only I could bring myself to order it rare... People who order it well-done might as well order sausages for all the flavour they're getting.

more than 4 years ago
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US Lawmakers Eyeing National ID Card

dlanod Re:And what's the problem here? (826 comments)

In Australia we have providers of "roadside assistance", which for an annual fee you can ring to come and either fix or organize towing of your car if it breaks down, gets a flat battery, or even lock your keys in the car. It's a pretty common service that almost everyone has because of the long distances and low amounts of traffic on some of our roads, for example.

Fitting in with your analogy, I have a friend who recently got threatened with a refusal to renew his roadside assistance for the coming year unless he got his car serviced because he'd had four call outs in a year so it definitely makes sense for that scenario to be the case both automatively and in healthcare.

On the friend, all four call outs were for locking his keys in his car so the company providing the roadside assistance withdrew the ultimatum in the end since it didn't make sense... :)

more than 4 years ago
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AU Internet Censorship Spells Bad News For Gamers

dlanod Re:Fifty bucks says this doesnt pass parliment (152 comments)

Paraphrased from his own words:

"Stopping child pornography is extremely important to me and the Liberal party and therefore, if we can prove the censorship plan doesn't work, we will oppose it; but only it. We will continue to seek effective means to block 'filth' (his word) from entering our country any way we can. If the filter works, we will support it."

Basically the message I got from his reply is that Tony Abbot believes that the filter will work "well enough" and is too much of a hot potato to oppose politically.

http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1550044&cid=31142168

more than 4 years ago
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AU Internet Censorship Spells Bad News For Gamers

dlanod Re:Fifty bucks says this doesnt pass parliment (152 comments)

I was inclined to agree until Tony Abbott rolled Malcolm Turnbull. There's no way Abbott would be saying no to an internet filter given his love for all things Catholic and his inability to separate that with his day-to-day job. Kate Lundy is the person to back now - campaigning for making it opt out (not ideal but more sane than no option) from within the Labor Party.

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple Call Workers' Race & Gender Trade Secrets

dlanod Re:I'm pretty sure (554 comments)

And to paraphrase a Chinese-Malaysian friend of mine who immigrated to Australia as a young child and is in the UK at the moment, "I have to catch myself every time someone calls me Oriental and realise that they're not being racist."

Oriental is a racial slur here. East Asians are "Asians". Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are "South Asian" if the speaker is being technically correct, or "Indian" if they're not concerned (which is racist to my mind, but that's because a Pakistani friend of mine pointed out that calling him Indian is like calling an Israeli a Palestinian).

more than 4 years ago
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US Blocking Costa Rican Sugar Trade To Force IP Laws

dlanod Re:So that's how it works! (441 comments)

Brew the sugar into rum... Potatoes into vodka.

more than 4 years ago
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The 9 Most Tested Lab Animals

dlanod Re:Pigs (235 comments)

And when you get sunburnt, the smell of sizzling bacon is just a delicious bonus!

more than 4 years ago
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EPIC Files FTC Complaint Over Facebook's New Privacy Policy

dlanod Re:Oh teh Noes! (103 comments)

I honestly don't get why third parties would be getting involved in it. Sure, the privacy settings might not be to everyone's wishes but third parties complaining to the government to get them to interfere is just layering stupidity on top of stupidity.

more than 4 years ago
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VMware Workstation vs. VirtualBox vs. Parallels

dlanod Re:VirtualBox lost... (289 comments)

The arbitrary "placing" of products is one of the more annoying features of these reviews. The better ones just outline the competitive differences and deficiencies of the products and let a knowledgeable user determine which fits their needs (value for money potentially being one of those needs), and then follow it up with corresponding information on how to determine which fits their needs for those less knowledgeable.

more than 4 years ago
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VMware Workstation vs. VirtualBox vs. Parallels

dlanod Re:Everyone forgets VMware server (289 comments)

"Normal" users play games in their VM?

Actually now that you raise that point, it's not as bizarre as it sounds. I was getting ready to ridicule it but giving Linux the ability to play Wine unsupported games and Windows 7 the ability to play WinXP-dependant games with decent performance may be one of the main consumer drivers of virtual machines. Though I'm not holding my breath on it being widespread just yet.

more than 4 years ago
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America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years

dlanod Re:Compared to US$40 million for Modern Warfare 2 (192 comments)

I wonder if the phrase 'disclosure of this information is likely to cause substantial harm to the Department of the Army's competitive position in the gaming industry.' indicates any competitive advantages they might have...

OTOH, I think I just really like that phrase and intend to reuse it whereever possible given it's one I never thought I'd see anyone utter in complete seriousness.

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Says Virtual Worlds Bad For Minors

dlanod Re:For what it's worth (355 comments)

They are when politicians think they can convince people to vote for them based on it...

Plus sex and swear words don't have a real lobby group, unlike police brutality, marketing, and religion.

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Says Virtual Worlds Bad For Minors

dlanod Re:Riiiiiiight... (355 comments)

Exactly! I know my wife and I occasionally let slip expletives of our choice... the natural follow-up to this law would be to remove our children because of it, or install devices in their ears that beeps out any such word until they're 16, 18 or 21 (depending on where you are in the world).

more than 4 years ago

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