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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

evilbessie Re:Let me guess. Shiitake mushrooms. (97 comments)

There is an awful lot of waste and fungi eat most things, so we'll probably end up with many of them in a few years.

about a month and a half ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

evilbessie Re:It's spelt... (267 comments)

No colour is spelt colour, color is spelled color.

about 2 months ago
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How Did Those STAP Stem Cell Papers Get Accepted In the First Place?

evilbessie Re:The same way many global warming papers got pub (109 comments)

No, you seem to not understand how English works, there are many correct spellings for things, for the most part ignoring diacritics. Dictionary's are a record of how a language is used not a unchanging tome (French excepted). If that's how people spell the word and others understand it, that IS the correct spelling.

about 4 months ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

evilbessie Re:Best Lawsuit Ever. (120 comments)

So they failed to deliver more than 30 days from the purchase date and after a prearranged time. A full refund is what they should be entitled to. Distance Selling Regulations for the win (in the UK/EU at least).

about 4 months ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

evilbessie Re:That's a risk you take investing (120 comments)

Bad analogy. Say I buy a freezer, which the manufacturer advertises as being -20C using 10W but it's only a -10C freezer and uses 20W. I would be entitled to my money back if I notify them I am not happy with the goods within a reasonable time, or after a period a part refund as I have had some use of the device.

It's just trade descriptions and sale of goods not investment. That the device is a magic money machine isn't actually relevant at all, someone sold a device saying it could do X, purchaser has found it does less and X, purchaser should be entitled to a refund for the cost of X not for the lost magic money the purchased device could have made if it has been to spec.

I doubt America has anything as sensible as the Sale of Goods Act or the Trade Descriptions Act.

The issue is fundamentally the sale of hardware, unless you can show this caused you material harm (not enough gain is not harm) you should not be entitled to compensation.

about 4 months ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

evilbessie Re:Bitcoin (263 comments)

Is fraud not specifically doing things against regulations? Without any form of regulation at all it wouldn't be fraud. The SEC are the police but they are paid by the people they police, if not actually being the same people. Bad policing of regulation isn't a problem with the regulations and to draw such comparisons hides the nature of the problem.

about 7 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

evilbessie Re:Get up early if you want (462 comments)

Well that's lovely, other than at above about 50 degrees the winter sun is maximum of 8 hours but in the summer you get 16 hours, actually moving it in the summer makes sense so you make more use of the available light (you could change your wake up time by 1-5 minutes a day, or move the clock once, most people tend to get up at the same time each day). But it not getting light until 10am in the winter (with DST still applied) just so it can get dark at quarter to five seems really silly. It makes a lot more sense to then have mostly continuous systems countrywide to ease any confusion.

about a year ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

evilbessie Re:It's really dumb once you understand the purpos (462 comments)

But sunset and sunrise can change by 5 minutes a DAY, which is pretty stupid if you have to reset your clocks every week, enough people forget to do it now. Yes lots of clocks are automatic now but many (annoying ones mostly) are not and people do like their heating on at sane times and the car clock to be mostly right. It's a dumb plan in every conceivable way.

Hell it'll never change there is already enough anger about leap seconds and they happen at most twice a year...

about a year ago
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IBM Uses Internal Kickstarters To Pick Projects

evilbessie Re:Sounds more like a mockery (40 comments)

But then do you not have to evaluate all the unsuccessful stuff. How do you quantify the rapidly prototyping with a 3D printer vs. slower prototyping, which out of necessity is only going to be used on well formed ideas and the various success rates. It's pretty hard maths and it's only by judicious use of these tools can maximum benefit be obtained.

And even if you could do this you wouldn't be measuring anything, you'd be estimating.

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

evilbessie Re:On Safari for Macs (506 comments)

What happens if it wasn't the last things you did? I close tabs do other shit then realise I should have that tab back, undo sucks in this situation, undo specific action much more useful.

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

evilbessie Re: Huh? What? (506 comments)

Ctrl+T (Cmd+T) is new tab and Shift is 'backwards', Ctrl+Shift+Alt is scrolling reverse through the Alt+Tab menu. Makes perfect sense, not like the inability to tab through dialogs in MacOS without turning on an option.

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

evilbessie Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

So someone with admin wouldn't be able to reset your password? or change ownership of the file?

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

evilbessie Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

Resetting passwords is a hugely complicated process on machines you have physical access to...

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

evilbessie Re:Snowden (601 comments)

This is entirely the problem with codified constitutions, especially if they don't change with the times. What worked hundreds of years ago may not apply now.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

evilbessie Re:Genius judge (540 comments)

What's the point of internships if you don't want to hire any of the possibly useful people? I sort of thought the point was to give experience so that they might be useful in the future. Why spend any effort doing that if you're not going to take the reward of a useful new employee. If you are just using it as a source of free labour, fuck that shit, seriously.

I don't imagine for a second that anyone would take an unpaid internship over a paid one if they were the same in every other respect. Saying that some people want to work for free is missing the point that they shouldn't be allowed to be slaves in the first place.

about a year ago
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Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

evilbessie Re:Tiny option missing... (328 comments)

It wouldn't as the SI unit is the Kilogram, so it really should be the kilo-kilogram which is just stupid (but correct).

about a year ago
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Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

evilbessie Re:Funny ould world we live in (802 comments)

So you wouldn't mind if pictures of you being raped were being looked at on the internet? Fair enough, personally I'd have a problem with that and want it to be a crime to look at them, but maybe that's just me, I have been known to be a little odd.

about a year ago
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I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

evilbessie Re:Floriduh (398 comments)

It's on the opposite side from Canada's wang going into America, so I'd say it was a wang. http://imgur.com/gallery/p2mNQ

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

evilbessie Re:So many extra fees (91 comments)

One of the reasons that is bandied about is that advertising regions do not match up with state borders so differing sales taxes would cause the advertising to be wrong. It does piss me off when nothing in a $1 store is actually $1 though. I'm glad Europe got its shit together to get rid of most of these extra unavoidable fees.

about a year and a half ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

evilbessie Re:Open set it is! (248 comments)

I was just objecting to the use of set of all primes, as you say there is no easy way to construct (or test) primes, however by showing that there must be a prime greater than an arbitrary value you have demonstrated there are an infinite number of primes* without requiring that you know all the primes in the first place.

*(N!+1)! +1 ad infinitum.

The proof in the article is that there exists an infinite subset of the primes where members are separated from at least one other member by less than 70 million. Which is a pretty hard thing to even get close to proving.

about a year and a half ago

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