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The End Is Near for GameStop

geegel Re:Gamers are not idiots ... (393 comments)

Try blind dating, urban exploration or volunteering at a local clinic.

about a year and a half ago
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The SEO Spammers Behind Online Infographics

geegel Re:Misleading title on original article (55 comments)

Actually you got it wrong. The author was not contacted by someone "trying" to operate a link-trading scheme, but rather by someone with whom the author already engaged with (he admittedly used some infographics from that site).

This is basically someone revolted that somebody else is making money on the internet.

about 2 years ago
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The SEO Spammers Behind Online Infographics

geegel Re:What a lame ass article (55 comments)

Good point. And btw, why the heck is this article tagged with "spam"?

about 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

geegel Re:Ice Tea... (370 comments)

The subject is always hotly debated and my impression is that some interest groups are trying to keep it that way (something similar to creationism vs evolution). The fact that the OP could name the two top "alternative" explanations for global warming and still put them forward as reasonable speaks to me of ill intent, because they are frankly bullshit.

There is no controversy. Anthropogenic global warming is real. The crushing majority of climatologists and the data point to that conclusion.

about 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

geegel Re:Ice Tea... (370 comments)

Humanity is the really big thing that happened last century.

We went from 1.6 billion people to 6, we altered the environment on an unseen before scale, we began mass producing and dumping waste at a pace that couldn't have possibly be without consequence.

Referring strictly to CO2, the levels we have now haven't been seen in at least 650.000 years and that's without considering other gases which are mostly man made (they occur rarely or not at all in nature).

Ignorance is not an excuse. The alternative explanations you mention have been thoroughly debunked.

What the heck has Slashdot turned into?

about 2 years ago
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How Long Do You Want To Live?

geegel Re:long enough... (813 comments)

You'll get there. Eventually.

more than 2 years ago
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Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

geegel Re:Adverse reactions? (575 comments)

Yeah, they can be like that. However, on occasion, I learned to appreciate this approach, especially when concerning more difficult concepts. I've used the website recently to get a better grasp on statistics and, for me at least, it worked.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

geegel Re:So? (286 comments)

Tell me about it.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Pulling Out of ESA-led ExoMars Mission?

geegel Re:Anybody notcing a trend here? (144 comments)

Hey, I'm from Romania you insensitive prick.

P.S. Since Romania IS part of ESA it will participate in ExoMars and we have no legal concept of illegal download, so maybe US turning into a balkanic country isn't such a bad idea

more than 2 years ago
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I'd like to see Yahoo ...

geegel Re:Yahoo Mail and Flickr (214 comments)

Not like, just use. I've had this Yahoo e-mail address for about 11-12 years. Kinda hard to let that go away.

more than 2 years ago
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Science Manual For US Judges

geegel Re:Just judges? (123 comments)

Oh FFS. This is the point where I should defend my trade.

Instead I'll ask you a question:

What stops you from working on what you like and spending time with your friends and family?

The answer is absolutely NOTHING.

Start a commune, join the Amish, emigrate in Panama, do whatever leads you to that goal. The problem is that you won't and you'll continue to find scapegoats instead of looking in the mirror.

about 3 years ago
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Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

geegel Re:This just makes sense (1345 comments)

No it's not a conundrum. If you accept the existence of God you also accept that it's unknowable. Rational knowledge cannot play any role in this acceptance , only the mystical type.

So it's true: you can't prove that God exists, you can't prove that God doesn't exist. The act of believing or not is thus a choice, with no rationality (other than cultural factors) involved.

about 3 years ago
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Has Cleverbot Passed the Turing Test?

geegel The Other Side of the Turing Test (427 comments)

People keep forgetting that there are two sides to the Turing test: on one you have the AI and on the other the human observer.

The really sad part is that you can pass the test not only through improving the AI, but also through dumbing down the human counterpart. I believe that this is what happened here.

about 3 years ago
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Gamification — Valid Term or Marketing-Speak?

geegel Re:Closer to home. (98 comments)

The achievement system is also a great part of it.

more than 3 years ago
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A Plea For Game Devs To Aim Higher

geegel This Reminds of Bruce Sterling's Speech (179 comments)

... from a very, very long time ago. It deals with the same topic, but it's much better. So good that I chose to take it as a mantra of my own. Definitely worth reading: link

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

geegel Re:Stop whining... (347 comments)

Oh well, this is how I've done it and since it works... I figured I shouldn't skip any steps.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

geegel Re:works in NYC (347 comments)

It was an XML glitch, corrupting the config.xml and/or shared.xml files, which are locally stored. They need to be removed manually, since a reinstall won't touch them. Anyway, this led to a surge of traffic to skype.com, the predictable /. effect and a lot of FUD.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

geegel Stop whining... (347 comments)

Step 1: Uninstall Skype

Step 2: Go to %AppData%\Skype\YourUsername rename config.xml to config.bak

Step 3: Go to %AppData%\Skype rename shared.xml to shared.bak

Step 4: Reinstall Skype

Step 5: Profit!

more than 3 years ago

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US military gets into the 3D printing business

geegel geegel writes  |  about 2 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "AN ISOLATED military outpost in the middle of hostile territory is a bad place for your equipment to break down. Replacement parts and fuel either have to be air-dropped or driven through dangerous territory. So the US military plans to make remote operating bases and camps self-sufficient, able to generate their own energy and even print their own gadgets."
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Wikileaks in New Legal Row

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "The US Justice Department is now fighting in court the demand of 3 Wikileaks associates to disclose the names of several electronic services platforms that received requests to hand over user information.

This comes after Twitter obtained a court order to unseal the demands in order to notify the 3 persons.

The current legal row has seen both ACLU and EFF provide legal assistance to the Wikileaks associates."

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Facebook Moves to Increase Its Lobbying Power

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "The New York Times announces that Facebook has recently begun a hiring frenzy of people usually associated to Washington inside circles. The story further speculates that this move is closely related to the backlash Facebook will most likely face in the near future."
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How Open Source Might Finally Become Mainstream

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes ".The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article on how autocracies are now embracing open source, while at the same promoting national based IT services. The author, Evgeny Morozov, paints a bleak future of the future World Wide Web."
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Delicious Will Not Get Axed... Sort Of

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "In a statement on their Delicious official blog, Yahoo now claims that: "No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive".

What that means can be everyone's guess, but at least for now, your delicious accounts are safe."

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Venus Findings Discredit Global Warming Strategy

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "New computer models, using the newfound data obtained by the Venus Express mission, discredit a global warming combat strategy proposed by Nobel prize winner Paul Cretzen.

The proposal advocated injecting artificially large quantities of sulphur dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere at around 20 km to counteract the global warming resulting from increased greenhouse gases. The idea came after observing the aftereffects of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption which led to a median drop of 0.5 degrees C"

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Microsoft shuts down global spam network

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "Microsoft won in court the right to shut down 277 domains used by the botnet Waledac. According to the article, the botnet is responsible for sending 1.5 billion spam messages every day, making it one of the top 10 botnets in US."
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Wikileaks and Iceland MPs propose journalism haven

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "Iceland could become a "journalism haven" if a proposal put forward by some Icelandic MPs aided by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks succeeds.

Julian Assange, Wikileak's editor, told that the idea was to "try and reform Iceland's media law to be a very attractive jurisdiction for investigative journalists"

For more details see link"

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ESA Conducts Mars Terraforming Experiments on ISS

geegel geegel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geegel (1587009) writes "Space is a hostile environment for living things, but small organisms on the Expose-E experiment unit outside Europe’s Columbus ISS laboratory module have resisted the solar UV radiation, cosmic rays, vacuum and varying temperatures for 18 months. A certain lichen seems to be particularly happy in open space. For more details see here"
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