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The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

gEvil (beta) which is funnier (159 comments)

But we're nearly three paragraphs in.

I'm not sure which is funnier -- that the sentence was left in the /. summary, or that it appears in the fourth paragraph of TFA.

more than 3 years ago

Project Icarus: an Interstellar Mission Timeline

gEvil (beta) Re:Escape the Solar System, and Galaxy (265 comments)

Firstly, the sun is eventually going to render the Earth uninhabitable so - assuming we survive that long - we'll have to leave.

These are the words of someone who clearly has zero concept of the planet's past and future timelines, where we currently are in that timeline, and mankind's own history in relation to the planet's timeline.

Hint: An event that's expected to happen in 6 to 7 billion years isn't something we should worry about at all, especially when you consider that mankind has existed for 1 to 2 million years at most of the planet's 4.5 billion year history.

more than 3 years ago

Epsilon Breach Affects JPMorgan Chase, Capital One

gEvil (beta) Re:My stock reply: (180 comments)

Is it ironic that they used Epsilon to send these warning emails from?

These companies didn't send these warning emails. Epsilon sent them for them on their behalf. There is a difference.

more than 3 years ago

Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...

gEvil (beta) Re:Obvious missing option (364 comments)

I have a rubbermaid to. she is lovely.

You have a rubbermaid to what???

more than 3 years ago

Google Art Project Brings Galleries To Your PC

gEvil (beta) irresponsible museums (103 comments)

...that lets people view over 1,000 high res artwork images and 17 gigapixel images while taking a virtual stroll through their galleries using Street View technology.

Doesn't it seem a bit irresponsible on the part of the museums to let those VW Bugs drive around their hallways?

more than 3 years ago

Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line

gEvil (beta) Re:I usually see a chaotic oscillation (464 comments)

You also have a problem when the cashier themselves are in the Type 1 category. This happened to me at a drugstore a while back. Everyone was standing in one line that was generally straight back from one of the cashiers. Things were going well with most of the other cashiers calling "Next". Then a few people noticed that one cashier off to the side was just standing there fiddling with her fingernails. When someone asked her why she wasn't taking any customers, she replied "Oh, you all are in her line," which naturally forced the breakup of the nice orderly queue. Ugh!

more than 3 years ago

Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

gEvil (beta) Re:This study is bogus! (716 comments)

I also have two cats. Neither of them eat shit. Q.E.D.

Well, using your two data points coupled with the results of this study, I can only come to one conclusion -- eating shit makes you smarter!

more than 3 years ago

Android Phone Solves Rubik's Cube In 12.5 Seconds

gEvil (beta) so... (76 comments)

In terms of racing humans, Gilder says the Lego robotics kits can only manage around 1.5 moves per second, whereas human players can make between 5 and 6 moves per second, amazingly enough.

So, if we could build an ARM-powered human, it could solve the Rubik's Cube in 2-3 seconds?

more than 3 years ago

Chinese 'Apple Peel' Turns iPods Into iPhones

gEvil (beta) Re:Yikes (178 comments)

I'd say these articles at least demonstrate a history that indicates this product is in true development and why the company might have shifted direction so dramatically.

I'd argue the exact opposite. Every single one of those "supporting articles" was a press release issued by GoSolarUSA. You do understand what a press release is, right?

more than 3 years ago

Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

gEvil (beta) Re:I'll miss them (390 comments)

update - they're not actually 2 inches by 4 inches!!! oh the horror!

This is clearly just the lumberjack elite trying to rip us poor consumers off by selling us less than what we paid for. They call them 2-by-4s, but then they try to get out of delivering that by using technical terms like kiln, moisture, and shrinkage. We should launch a class action lawsuit against Big Lumber. Or at the very least they need to come clean and start calling them by what they're really selling us.

more than 3 years ago

Helicopter Crashes While Filming Autonomous Audi

gEvil (beta) Re:Surreal? (218 comments)

Since when is a helicopter crash surreal?

The helicopter crash itself isn't surreal -- the story is ("It's a surreal story...").

about 4 years ago

A $20 8-Bit Wikipedia Reader For Your TV

gEvil (beta) Re:Is it just me? Or is the e-book thing... (167 comments)

Just kinda underwhelming?

Maybe I've become a relic, but I don't enjoy reading for long periods of time on a screen.
If I do, I want a book, or at least, a printout.

That's where the whole e-ink thing comes into play -- a screen that uses reflected (instead of emitted) light. As much of a cliché as it is, the screen really does disappear once you get into whatever you're reading.

more than 4 years ago

BP Caught Photoshopping Disaster Response Photos

gEvil (beta) Re:The Story here... (560 comments)

The Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III is from around 2007 (see []). So if this info is correct then 2001-03-06 is wrong.

This clearly is irrefutable evidence that they Photoshopped the '7' in 2007 to make it a '1'...

more than 3 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

gEvil (beta) gamesaves? (375 comments)

Would an old gamesave file count as something I "created"? If so, then I can probably go back to '86 or '87 on some old 5-1/4" floppies that are still around somewhere. Otherwise it's '91 or '92 for me.

more than 4 years ago

Reading E-Books Takes Longer Than Reading Paper Books

gEvil (beta) Re:I'm fast (186 comments)

The color inversion happens because e-ink screens are bistable -- the screen uses no electricity when it's displaying either the light or dark elements. In order to change what's shown on the screen, it needs to 'clear' what was displayed previously. This manifests itself as a brief 'flashing' of the screen. Incidentally, when it flashes is the only time that an e-ink screen consumes any energy. Conversely, your LCD monitor that doesn't require this flashing is constantly using electricity.

Also, the flash only takes about a quarter of a second. How long does it take you to turn a page in a paper book? I guarantee it's not too different. Certainly not enough to make an appreciable difference in your reading speed.

more than 4 years ago

Android vs. iPhone 4 Signal Strength Bars Comparison

gEvil (beta) Re:because most people don't understand decibels? (253 comments)

Because 90% of the population has no fucking clue what decibels are?

Are you serious? Do they not teach the Dewey Decibel system in school anymore?

more than 4 years ago

Coming Soon, Web Ads Tailored To Your Zip+4

gEvil (beta) Re:Why not? (185 comments)

I might not have a problem with that, but my town is small enough that my zip+4 uniquely identifies my family's PO box.

That's true of nearly any PO Box. At the same time, narrowing it down to a single PO Box really does nothing to help them since your 'location' is wherever the post office is located, which they could have figured out from the regular 5 digit zip code.

more than 4 years ago

Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

gEvil (beta) Re:i, uhhh, concur (495 comments)

There's a right way and a wrong way to go about negotiating. I didn't say that he shouldn't negotiate. I'm just saying that taking the "give me what I want or else the project gets it" approach is most certainly the wrong way to handle this.

more than 4 years ago

Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

gEvil (beta) i, uhhh, concur (495 comments)

Of course my other thought is that I'd much rather go back to writing and working with marketing than getting back into IT.

Wrong thing to say to this crowd. Although, honestly, I completely agree with the sentiment and feel that you'll probably be better off in the long run if you do that.

And another bit of advice: don't even think of trying the pseudo-blackmail suggestions that have been modded up so far. You'll find yourself out of work before you know it.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

gEvil (beta) Re:Chrome (527 comments)

Worked for me in Chrome.

I tried the demos on both Safari on a Mac and on Chrome under Windows with a User Agent string that identifies itself as the latest build of Safari. The Chrome version had considerably fewer options on a number of the samples (no 'rotation' option on the video sample, only about 1/3 of the transition effects for the image gallery, etc). Just pointing out that while some of it works, there's quite a lot that doesn't, and apparently it doesn't even let you see those incompatible options.

more than 4 years ago



Yahoo to Reject Microsoft Bid

gEvil (beta) gEvil (beta) writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gEvil (beta) (945888) writes "According to an article on, Yahoo is reportedly planning on rejecting Microsoft's bid of $44.6M. Yahoo's board feels that the 'offer of $31 per share "massively undervalues" the company and does not account for the risk that a deal could be blocked by regulators. The source also said that the company is unlikely to consider any offer below $40 per share...Such a premium would increase the value of the takeover offer by $12 billion.'"

gEvil (beta) gEvil (beta) writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gEvil (beta) (945888) writes "According to an article at BoingBoing, the processing keys for the AACS encryption scheme used by both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray video discs have been extracted, and a crack has been released. What this means is that there is now a method to extract the copy-protected content of any HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc out there. This is different from Muslix64's previous crack, which only extracted the volume key for each disc. This new method bypasses this step and allows anyone to extract the data without first requiring the volume key."

gEvil (beta) gEvil (beta) writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gEvil (beta) (945888) writes "FileFront is hosting a PDF archive of the first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World, the first magazine dedicated to computer gaming. The available issues span the era from Nov-Dec 1981 to November 1992. Some background: "Founded in 1981 by Russell Sipe, Computer Gaming World began life as a small, self-published, independent magazine for the then small community of computer game hobbyists (it was, in fact, the first magazine dedicated to the hobby), but grew over the years into one of the most important and powerful media voices in all of digital entertainment, thanks to its strong editorial voice and reputation for tough but fair reviews." Also available with the nicely-scanned OCR'd issues is a searchable issue index."

gEvil (beta) gEvil (beta) writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gEvil (beta) (945888) writes "According to an article at BoingBoing, has lost their Visa account due to possible copyright violations, and is moving to an ad-supported model of free content to make up for the loss. In order to listen to the "free" songs, users will need to download and install an AllofMP3 player. Supposedly, there will still be a way for users to purchase music to be able to transfer it to a portable device."

gEvil (beta) gEvil (beta) writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gEvil (beta) (945888) writes "According to an article at the BBC, an evolutionary theorist in London suggests that humanity may split into two sub-species within the next 100,000 years. From the article: "The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures." Admittedly, this guy is from the London School of Economics, but if true, where would the Slashdot crowd fit into the new societal order?"


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