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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller

folderol Wow! (129 comments)

There sure are a lot of jealous people on /. these days :(

about a month ago
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Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

folderol The only thing they did wrong (258 comments)

... was not telling him to bugger off 43 yeasrs ago. That was in 1971. As a trainee I was working on aligning servo motor controls in 1967 - it used them thar new-fangled transisitor things {bloody wickless wonders}

about a month and a half ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

folderol Re:What's the point? (293 comments)

I thought they were talking about politicians at first ... all of them.

about 2 months ago
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Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

folderol Re:It's a replica. Now under attack (110 comments)

See it while you can. If the 'managers' of the Bletchly Park Trust get their way, Colossus and the National Meuseum of Computing will soon be made homeless. Sounds a lot like the /. situation doesn't it?

about 2 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

folderol Good Stuff (341 comments)

This is actually quite interesting. We have now moved from 'everyone knows' to someone has actually spelled it out.

There are a lot of ordinarly people out there who are not in the 'everyone' category and may now become aware of this.

about 3 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

folderol Re:And so begins the FUD (573 comments)

Indeed so, added to "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain"

about 3 months ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

folderol Utter Tosh (572 comments)

The only thin g that happening is they are weakening their own credibiklity (what's left of it) by their continued transparent lies, deceit and attempts to cover their tracks.

about 4 months ago
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Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

folderol My Christmas Present (418 comments)

...from Amazon and Disney

Yet anyother reason not to patronise either.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

folderol Proof (275 comments)

Done, in spite of all the FUD and backstabbing. Nobody can now say (with any credibility) that it can't be done for a 'large' oganisation. I especially like that Munich never tried to cover up difficulties they had during the process, but instead calmly adjusted and compensated.

Really really impressed with this project, and now Munich truly owns their data unlike any other government.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

folderol Missing the point (223 comments)

I think you would find it difficult these days to find an OS that could not meet your requirements. However, any software package requires practice (lots of it) to get the most out of it. If the O/P is familiar and comfortable with Linux then why change? Audacity was a good choice for the O/P as a starter, as it has a shallow learning curve. Ardour will do much more (including very valuable non-destructive editing) but will take some time to get to grips with. The version coming out soon will also have extensive MIDI capabilities.

If the O/P is going down the road of keyboard instruments, he/she can save an enormous amount of money and buy a dumb keyboard then link to one of the many excellent free soft-synths - more learning of course, so maybe stick to the accoustic material first then gradually bring in other stuff. A recipe for disaster is to try and do it all at once.

The bottom line is that you don't need a lot of expensive hardware and software to produce first class results, but you do need to know how to make the best use of what you have and, most important of all, you need to develop you musical abilites as far as possible. I have heard astonishingly good music produced on the simplest of kit, and utter rubbish using top-line professional stuff.

about 6 months ago
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Exposed SSH Key Means US Emergency Alert System Can Be Hacked

folderol Re:Zombie apocalypse false report (86 comments)

Anyone else notice you just can't get the same class of zombie apocalypse that you used to see years ago?

about 9 months ago
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

folderol One small step... (566 comments)

One giant leap backwards :(

about 9 months ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

folderol I just hate being wrong all the time (407 comments)

yet every time I think officialdom can't get any more stupid, they go and prove me wrong... again!

about 10 months ago
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Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong

folderol Re:data sample question (476 comments)

We have centuries of data, and - most importantly - from different sources. Yes, the accuracy deteriorates the further back you go, but with things like dendrology you can improve the accuracy by making comparisons with samples from different regions, as well as comparing ancient patterns with recent ones. Also, ice cores from both the poles and from glaciers give very long timescale information.

about 10 months ago
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Supermarkets: High-Tech Hotbeds

folderol Meh (126 comments)

I have a piece of technology that totally wipes out their tricks. It is called a shopping list. I buy what's on it, and that's all. I have no store or loyalty cards and tell them I don't want a tracking card if they ask. I also frequently pay with cash. Finally I won't use the self checkouts. When they try to direct me to them I say something like "I'm in no hurry to put you out of a job".

about 10 months ago
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Integer Overflow Bug Leads To Diablo III Gold Duping

folderol Integer overflow you say? (160 comments)

How quaint. I can't remember the last time I saw one of those (except where deliberately created for loop counters etc.).

about a year ago
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Australian Mobile Phone Provider Sent 1000s of Fake Debt Collection Letters

folderol Justaminit (82 comments)

Oh I don't know... throughing rocks has real class, a certain appeal, and is completely justified :)

about a year ago
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Memory Effect Discovered In Lithium-Ion Batteries

folderol Wrong description (157 comments)

I do wish people would stop calling it a 'memory effect'. It's probably the least descriptive term your could apply.

I don't know about Lithium batteries but NiCad cells exhibit a second plateau which gradually gets more difficult for the charge system to punch through. The usual cure is a couple of heavy charge/discharge cycles.

Don't think I want to try that with Lithium though!

1 year,5 days
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The Search Engine More Dangerous Than Google

folderol Re:astounding that defaults are not tougher (210 comments)

Instead of forcing how about nagging, wherever possible bring up a reminder message saying the the default is set, is the same as many others and *bad* people will know it is admin:12345

1 year,10 days

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