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Concrete That Purifies the Air

firefarter Also available for roof tiles (88 comments)

I'm doing a complete makeover of our new house and was shopping around for new roof tiles.
I was pretty surprised to see that there are roof tiles available which do exactly this NOx conversion (http://www.braas.de/dachsteine/frankfurter-pfanne-titanox.html). And I asked myself, who exactly would be the target market? I can't imagine the average home owner paying a premium for this.

more than 4 years ago
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NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

firefarter Re:Social frameworks better than bullshit placebo (507 comments)

And wait a minute, WHAT FUCKING MEDICAL SCHOOL IS TEACHING HOMEOPATHY?!

You'd be surprised. My health insurance (in Gemany) pays for all homeopathic treatments up to the age of 12, and only for specific treatments after that. The caveat is that the treatment is only paid when prescribed by a certified physician which has had additional training in homeopathy.
Treatments from "natural healers" without medical schooling or certification are not allowed.

more than 4 years ago
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Myst Online: Uru Live Returns As Free-To-Play

firefarter Re:Still Wondering (58 comments)

I also never understood the MM part of Uru.

How is interaction supposed to be? I ask where I have to go, somebody tells me, and we each go our merry way?

more than 4 years ago
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The Worst Apple Products of All Time

firefarter iMac G5 (469 comments)

The iMac G5 was the first of the all-in one iMac designs that Apple sold. I got one and still regret it.
It's a good computer - no question about that. But it's frigging LOUD! I took it to the shop, phoned support but it apparently was by design. That's just what happens when you take hot G5 processors and stick them in an inch-thick enclosure. Figures that it took them only half a year to update the line.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Develops New Flower Species To Reduce Pollution

firefarter Don't all plants create water vapor? (211 comments)

School's been a while back, but if I remember correctly, water vapor is a by-product of photosynthesis?

more than 4 years ago
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The Monrovian Analog Blogger

firefarter Re:Awesome and Scary (117 comments)

Erm. Could it be that pretty much every media outlet does that? It's not like all the news sites pipe out AP feeds verbatim.

more than 4 years ago
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The Monrovian Analog Blogger

firefarter Stop making this trite! (117 comments)

I know the tone on slashdot is more on the humorous side, but seriously, stop belittling this.

After the war, Liberia had no functioning utilities for over 14 years - no sewage system, no water, no electricity, no telephone. Nowhere - not even in the capital!
Without painting a stereotype, Liberians aren't exactly known for their entrepreneurship. This man should really be applauded for what he is pulling up despite difficulties.

more than 4 years ago
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New Logitech Dark Field Mice Operate On Glass

firefarter Re:Trackball (225 comments)

As a trackball user of many, many years I'd like to plug the Kensington Slimblade Trackball http://slimbladetrackball.com./

Best trackball, no, best input device I have ever used. Get this: to scroll, you twirl the trackball along the z axis. Hardware is wonderful, the extra software is crappy but there is no need to install it.

about 5 years ago
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Even More Restriction For German Internet

firefarter Stop signs to prevent access (330 comments)

Is this that stupid bill where they wanted to display stop signs before you access pornographiic websites?

As if a stop sign would prevent anybody. This is so very, very brain dead.

more than 5 years ago
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What To Expect From Apple's Rumored MacPad

firefarter Haskin? Oh, I just read Raskin (213 comments)

For a moment there I almost thought Raskin came back from the grave to criticize the iPhone.

more than 5 years ago
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Squeezing a Wikipedia Snapshot Onto an 8GB iPhone

firefarter Re:XML Compression (169 comments)

Happy to fuel your fascination, but it was just a typo. Chill.

more than 5 years ago
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Squeezing a Wikipedia Snapshot Onto an 8GB iPhone

firefarter XML Compression (169 comments)

So, I'm reading here that they convert the XML into proprietary metadata and compress that.

Why not use EXI (Efficent XML Interchange) http://www.w3.org/XML/EXI/ which has been tested as more efficient that gzip and requires less memory to parse? Especially since the XML processing can remain the same, since the nodeset is the same.

more than 5 years ago
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Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys

firefarter Vim users may rejoice (586 comments)

Using vim on a Mac keyboard is a pain exactly because the ESC-key is so small.
I'd say that in vim the single most used key is ESC!

more than 5 years ago
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Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities

firefarter Any chance of the good stuff getting mirrored? (427 comments)

Often, when researching into old-ish (70s-80s) cameras and lenses, I stumble on really extensive pages on geocities or some other free service.

The resources we often enough unique and extremely informative. I should have considered mirroring them right then and there - now might be too late.
Is there any chance that the "good" stuff might have been mirrored to archive.org or something like that?

more than 5 years ago
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Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?

firefarter Alone in a bare cellar room... (1127 comments)

My worst job conditions? I was at IBW and my boss thought the best place to work was in a cellar room, completely bare except for a small desk right in the middle.No telephone, no internet access, and the worst thing of all - I had to code for Lotus Notes.

more than 5 years ago
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Nine Words From Science Which Originated In Science Fiction

firefarter Re:other potential things (433 comments)

It always baffled me how the two genres (at least in my mind they're quite different) were always lumped together in bookstores. I was always a sci fi fan but wasn't much into the dungeons, dragons, wizards and trolls thing.

Its just so that they can keep the greasy teenagers away from the storefront.

more than 5 years ago
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Internal Instant Messaging Client / Server Combo?

firefarter Re:Openfire (360 comments)

I second that opinion. Have it running on my vserver.

It's ideal for company usage - dead simple install, LDAP integration, security, message filtering (psst - don't let the users konw) etc... And stable - I only have to restart it for updates.

more than 5 years ago
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IBM About To Buy Sun For $7 Billion

firefarter Re:This makes about as much sense as... (699 comments)

And this is why I am really worried about Sun. IBM has made countless stupid mistakes and survived, but Sun can't possibly survive this merger.

more than 5 years ago
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Auto Safety Tech May Encourage Dangerous Driving

firefarter just 75mph? how quaint (601 comments)

75 mph? How quaint... that's just 120 kmh - a normal highway speed actually.

When you're doing 120 MPH on the way to your mum we can talk. Extra points if it's raining and you've got snow tires.

more than 5 years ago

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