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Human Water Use Accounts For 42% of Recent Sea Level Rise

fprintf Re:Dam! (324 comments)

Bedrock is fairly impermeable.

more than 2 years ago
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Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

fprintf Re:If I wanted consequences (352 comments)

I recommend Minecraft. Sure you can "cheat" and find your save files to copy before you make some decisions (e.g. my decision to blow up my dungeon was not a good one because I blew up myself into a pool of lava, destroying my diamond picks). However the way the game is structured, each decision is final and without a restore point. And it has absolutely infinite replayability, I think there are zero limits to this sandbox type game.

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up

fprintf Re:The alpha was well worth it (279 comments)

Hrrrrrrrrr

SSSSSsssssss! Boom!

I hate that too, and always the boom destroys that 6 block diamond deposit, and then you have to remember which freakin' direction your spawn point was from your awesome homebase.

Either that or you do like I did and dig underneath lava and have the lava destroy all the diamond blocks. No! Stop! Argh!

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up

fprintf Re:Preorder now! (279 comments)

I search for 45 minutes for diamond to make picks and shovels so I can search for another 45 more minutes for diamonds.

At least I used to. Now I just fire up Cartographer and use stone picks to get to the good stuff. It feels like cheating but it does help get rid of the "grind" feel a little bit.

more than 3 years ago
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Single Software Licence Shared 774,651 Times

fprintf Re:great (446 comments)

Nah,

IF I = "0" GOTO 20
GOTO 10
20 EXIT

about 4 years ago
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US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

fprintf Re:Also there is simply a weight consideration (782 comments)

If you want to get well trained using standardard marksmanship techniques I highly recommend Appleseed, www.appleseedinfo.org. The goal is 4 MOA accuracy which is more than enough to hit a 20 inch target at 500 yards. You can do Appleseed using a .22LR rifle @ 25 meters and I'd challenge just about anyone who things they are good shot to give it a whirl. Apparently less than 1% of rifle owners are able to achieve Rifleman scores (210 or higher out of 250 points on the Army Qualification Target).

about 4 years ago
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West Virginia Is Geothermically Active

fprintf Re:Take Me Home, Lava Flows (239 comments)

I wonder how many younguns won't know the tune to sing this to. Made me laugh, we used to play the original song really loudly on the 8-track in my parent's Ford Capri while driving to the beach. Thanks for the earworm!

more than 4 years ago
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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

fprintf Re:What the hell *is* Minecraft? (775 comments)

It sounds exactly like Spore was supposed to be.... a really huge sandbox with tons of possibilities.

more than 4 years ago
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Smallest Manned Electric Plane Flies

fprintf Re:30 minutes? (131 comments)

They make these things for sailplanes called winches. I don't know if they apply to motor powered aircraft, because a sailplane needs very little force to keep it aloft, but it is a consideration.

more than 4 years ago
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Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes

fprintf Lousiana, Louisiana, what's the diff? (423 comments)

Lousiana in the summary, Louisiana for real. Sorry had to nitpick but c'mon there are only 50 states you would think all U.S. residents would know how to spell them! Or was this outsourced to India too?

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Buys McAfee

fprintf Re:Worth every penny ... (377 comments)

Maybe it is because there are so many responders with 6 or 7 digit UIDs. But we know that soon enough someone will come along after this post with a 4 or 3 digit UID just to say they can. I was here at the beginning, wish I knew enough to sign up when I started reading Slashdot!

more than 4 years ago
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Portal 2 Gets Release Date

fprintf Re:Portal 2! (110 comments)

I agree the game was too short and except for level 16 (I think, it is very long and requires good timing for half-stepping through a portal to press a button) I got through it in a few hours.

I disagree with everything else, I really thought it was a fantastic game. For an added challenge, download the Flash Mappack. That will provide a few more hours of fun and there are some really challenging puzzles in there. That is, ones I absolutely could not figure out until I looked at an online walkthrough.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Reboots Two Classic PC Games

fprintf Re:GFWL, no thanks (275 comments)

Your technical notion of troubleshooting is entirely much more complicated than the consumer/user version of troubleshooting. What you described as "choose a random item from a list" is exactly what MS and any other consumer company label as troubleshooting. Look in the back of many device manuals and you will see a section labeled "troubleshooting" where it gives a description of the problem and a list of things to do/try.

more than 4 years ago
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Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

fprintf Re:Conic tyres? (317 comments)

Actually race cars usually have regular uncambered tires but they set up the suspension so the entire wheel is cambered. In a design like this it looks like the tire itself is precambered without requiring the suspension/rim to be tilted.

more than 4 years ago
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What US Health Care Needs

fprintf Re:I've always really liked that idea (584 comments)

You can. http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=individual+HSA+plans&aq=f&aqi=g1g-m2&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=CtG-tNnofTJixIIfAzQTJ9aHfDQAAAKoEBU_Q2Rjm

Specifically, note in the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_savings_account that 1.1 Million people have purchased into their own HSA accounts.

HSA (individual owned) and HRA (employer owned) savings accounts allow you to save money up to certain IRS limits per year. In the case of the HSA, this is your money and is not owned by the employer. That means you can take it with you if you go to a new employer, or if you lose your job etc. This is pre-tax money that is yours to use on most IRS 213(d) expenses. This money does not expire at the end of the year (you are thinking Flexible Spending Account, which is different).

more than 4 years ago
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Modern Day Equivalent of Byte/Compute! Magazine?

fprintf Re:Online is the answer (327 comments)

Wish there was a delete key. After re-reading the submission I feel foolish for suggesting these two sites.

more than 4 years ago
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Modern Day Equivalent of Byte/Compute! Magazine?

fprintf Online is the answer (327 comments)

Tom's Hardware, Anandtech and others used to be really good resources. Maybe worthwhile to check them out?

more than 4 years ago
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Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro)

fprintf Re:2nd Amendment (463 comments)

I am a huge gun fan but not much of a historian. But one thing I did learn (at an Appleseed marksmanship event) is that rifled guns were very rarely used during the Revolutionary War, playing a very minor support role due to their incredibly long reloading time. If you read your history you will find the technological advancement that allowed fast enough reloading for effective military use of rifling was the Minie Ball.

The technology of the day, 1775, was smooth bore muskets and they were quite inaccurate. What won the day was France bankrupting themselves in support of the colonists war against the English. Without French support we would have been a British colony for much longer. As an Englishman myself I often joke about cheese eating surrender monkeys, but I know for a fact that without French military support in the 18th century, my new home country, and perhaps the world, would be a very different place.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

fprintf Re:If they don't want to be recorded they are hidi (1123 comments)

Where I live most police officers "retire" after 20 years with a 50% annual salary of their final employment year, paid until they die. Many of these officers will then take another police job in another town for *more* than they previously making, at the age of 38 - 42, they are also highly sought because of their 20 years of experience. Others who are sick of law enforcement will go into detective type work. Where I live there are a ton of insurance companies and they love to hire former detectives to go after insurance fraud.

This may seem an appropriate use of resources in an inner city where there is a need to retain police officers, and also compensate them for many years in a stressful situation. I can assure you, however, that this need not apply to my nicely wooded suburb in Connecticut.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

fprintf Re:If they don't want to be recorded they are hidi (1123 comments)

You may be right, however in the jury instructions I was given last week, the judge was very clear that a police officer is a witness like any other, and it is up to the jury to determine the believability of the witness. I was a potential juror for a criminal trial and they stated several different ways that a police officers testimony was not to be believed as more or less important, more or less truthful, or more or less relevant than any other witnesses testimony.

In reality some jurors may choose to assign more believability to a police officer's testimony, but we were warned not to do so.

more than 4 years ago

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Geeks are hot property right now

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fprintf writes "CNN is reporting that geeks are really popular right now, especially in the entertainment space. They even interview Slashdot's own Rob Malda for his perspective on geek culture.

What is your take on why geek culture is so popular and pervasive right now? Is there any specific tipping point that said "we've arrived"?"

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Gadgets for a budding geek

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fprintf writes "As much as I hate to admit it, it looks like my 13 year old son is following in my shadow and preferring interesting, scientific based toys. He calls them "knick-knacks" and in the past has been really interested in Lava Lamps, Newton's Cradle and anything magnetic. It seems the ones that generated the most interest were small and relatively inexpensive. For example, a small laser pointer keychain I bought him at age 11 still provides tons of entertainment.

Yesterday I showed him ThinkGeek and he really liked the Levitron.

I wanted to ask the Slashdot crowd what were some other really neat, interesting gadgets? Is there anything cool in the under $50 range that you would like in your stocking this year?"
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iGoogle changes being rolled out. Surprise!

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fprintf writes "Many people in the U.S. are waking up to significant changes to their Google Homepages. InformationWeek provides one article on the changes. Of interest are the comments at the bottom of the page, which by my guess show 9 out of 10 people hating the change. Is this an instance of people being resistant to change ("they'll get used to it") or a real usability screw-up on Google's part? For the record, when I saw the changes last night I thought that I had downloaded a Greasemonkey script or otherwise toggled an option I did not want. There was no advance notification from Google nor is there an option to go back to the "classic" view."
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Study links personal music players to hearing loss

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fprintf (82740) writes "A recent NY Times article discusses links between personal music players and hearing loss. This is not anything new, as personally I had received hearing loss from listening to my Sony Walkman cassette player many years ago. However given the widespread use of the personal music players, I see people with earbuds in everywhere, is there a technical solution to the potential danger? Would better headphones that account for ambient noise help?"
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New study links plastics to health issues

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fprintf (82740) writes "There have been a number of studies over the years, some of which have been debunked, linking plastics with human disease. Now British researchers have released a study again linking common plastics used in food/liquid storage with human disease."
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ZoneAlarm/Windows conflict disables the internet

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fprintf writes "The latest Windows automatic update, KB951748, has a conflict with ZoneAlarm firewall that completely disables the Internet for thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of ZoneAlarm users. In a classic case of the chicken and the egg, ZoneAlarm has posted an update to their Web site providing steps to resolve the conflict. However, if a user can't get to the web, how can they view the steps or even determine that ZoneAlarm is the problem?

In a nutshell, the solution is to either restore the Windows system to just prior to the update or to downgrade the security settings to 'medium' to enable a web connection in order to permit the computer user to download the update from www.zonealarm.com.

Thanks to my Ubuntu installation, I was able to find the answers to my inability to connect to the 'Net and resolve it. My neighbors and relatives, who all have ZoneAlarm (mostly on my recommendation) would not have had any clue."

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fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 8 years ago

fprintf writes "There have been articles lately about how GoDaddy.com and other domain registrars have been excessively squatting on domains, most recently typosquatting being the tools of choice. I read a blog at http://www.circleid.com/posts/summary_judgment_cre ative_typosquatting/ about a judgement against some typosquatters on "lanswnd.com" from the folks at LandsEnd. So with the expansion of the use of these domains, is there any risk to our domain serving infrastructure as the possible names increase rapidly (due in part to the many variations of misspelling), possibly exponentially, with this typosquatting?"

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Momentum defines a market, software and auto parallels

fprintf fprintf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Listening to NPR yesterday, Steve Inskeep has been interviewing the heads of the various U.S. automakers at the Detroit Auto Show. He seems to be seeking to understand their perspective on the industry, whether they are going to survive, what their problems are, and what is coming in the future.

One of the comments by Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of General Motors, was that momentum defines the market success of the auto industry. 20 years ago, despite horrible cars, the domestic makers continued to have strong market share - the result of momentum. Nowadays, they are struggling, despite making what reviewers have said are some of the best cars on the road for the money. It is increasingly rare to find someone that wants to purchase a Big 3 sedan unless out of patriotism. (trucks might be another story).

In reading the Slashdot story and comments on software in Education, it seems that software, particularly Operating Systems, fall into the same cycle, that momentum defines a market. In the case of school systems, the momentum established in the 90s keeps the market share of Microsoft strong. In the case of businesses, the momentum of users familiarity with Microsoft Office keeps that market going as well.

So what is required to break the current software momentum so that Open Source or our favorite software gets a chance? Are there lessons to be learned from the Japanese/Korean automakers in breaking the Big3 momentum?

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