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Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup

hex0D Re:Do or die? (391 comments)

And when you RTFA, you'll see how the author basically argues against his own 'do or die' thesis at the end of it.

here's the relevant bit, from TFA: ...there's lots of room for Microsoft. Consumers love their mobile phones, but they switch or upgrade as often as every one or two years. Also, consumers typically sign up with service providers like Verizon and AT&T and will happily switch to the next best phone. Who's to say an AT&T customer's next phone won't be a Windows Phone?

So until customers stop getting new phones every 2 years, or start caring much more about their phones OS, I don't understand why this is " officially Microsoft's last, best chance for relevance in the post-desktop computing world."

more than 3 years ago
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Russian Army Upgrades Its Inflatable Weapons

hex0D Didn't even need these during the cold war (197 comments)

Many US defense analysts were more than happy to credit non-existent assets to the Russians to increase military spending.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomber_gap : Realizing that mere belief in the gap was an extremely effective funding source, a series of similarly nonexistent Soviet military advances were constructed in a tactic now known as "policy by press release." These included claims of a nuclear-powered bomber, supersonic VTOL flying saucers, and only a few years later, the "missile gap."

more than 3 years ago
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Google TV Details Revealed

hex0D Re:Settle In Sweetheart (180 comments)

You: Do you love me THIS much?

[puts on pornTube]

more than 3 years ago
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Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results

hex0D Re:Be Honest (173 comments)

She was embarrassed by what was associated with her name. Now many, many, many more people are aware that there were embarrassing things associated with it, things that probably were nowhere near as bad as people are likely to imagine upon scanning a headline.

She will forever be that 'chick whose name search produced ciallis ads' to me and many others now.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results

hex0D perfect job for 4chan... (173 comments)

...posting images associated with her name that are truly offensive. It would actually be a good object lesson in why not to file stupid lawsuits like this.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results

hex0D Re:Be Honest (173 comments)

it getz meh seal of approval.

no, seriously, whatever she saw is now ruined by the Steisand effect.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawrence Lessig Reviews The Social Network

hex0D Re:The flaw is .... (223 comments)

Why? Because you don't like Facebook? I'm not going to see it because of Facebook, I'm going to go see it because it's by Sorkin. I hate sports, and never watch ESPN, but loved 'Sports Night' A good writer can make interesting entertaining stories out of subject matter you have, or thought you had, no interest in.

Or maybe you just personally dislike someone involved with the film to the point that you wish anyone who doesn't shouldn't even exist. And that's the exact type of thinking I really wish didn't exist.

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Top 10 Uses for 'Invisibility' Tech

hex0D Wake me up... (2 comments)

...when I can sneak invisibly into the girl's locker room.

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Lawrence Lessig Reviews The Social Network

hex0D A lot of time bashing Facebook... (223 comments)

...would be much better spent supporting Diaspora http://www.joindiaspora.com/

Seriously, every time there's a Facebook story on /. so many hours of potential productivity are lost to bitching. Why not use that time actively helping an alternative to what so many of you apparently despise? And if you don't care about or use social networks at all, rest assured that the millions who do by and large don't care about your sanctimonious complaints.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawrence Lessig Reviews The Social Network

hex0D Re:Zuckerberg made a walled garden (223 comments)

yes it is. In the exact same way that free speech triumphs when people have the freedom to speak out against it, as well as for it. The openness is still out there for you to make a community pea patch or whatever the hell else you would like to do with it, you don't have to use his walled garden and it is in no way stopping you from constructing your own.

For better or worse, people find the consistency of proprietary platforms preferable to the confusion that can come with open platforms. Part of 'openness' is letting the option of using both remain. Don't get all pissy if the majority of people out there have different priorities than you.

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The New Data Center Capital of America

hex0D Re:100 jobs (162 comments)

I totally agree, I was just trying to point out that TFA seems too exuberant about future prospects, and while happy for them, that isn't the aspect of the story myself and the majority of /. readers care about.

more than 3 years ago
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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

hex0D Re:there are websites too (524 comments)

mod parent +1 interesting. As in 'I'm sure Homeland Security will find it interesting that you posted information of potential use to terrorists'

They'll probably want to 'mod you up' in person. They have an app for that too. It runs on phone book. Or rather, the phone book runs into your head repeatedly.

more than 3 years ago
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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

hex0D Homeland Security... (524 comments)

...approved 'Heisenberg' version will only give either the position or the speed of the plane, but never both.

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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

hex0D Re:Aid to terrorists, eh? (524 comments)

cheap hookers provide comfort and aids to terrorists

more than 3 years ago
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The New Data Center Capital of America

hex0D Re:Buffalo, New York (162 comments)

For those who are curious, the link is about Beeffalos and not one of the other many Buffalos in the USA.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Data Center Capital of America

hex0D better link (162 comments)

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/092010-yahoo-opens-chicken-coop-green.html although the original link does a great job of showcasing local boosterism in a rust belt town feverishly hopeful for a better future ('Yay! 100 jobs! Some interest! The town is saved, paw'!), this link actually has details more likely to be of interest to a slashdot reader. The long and narrow design placed in consideration of prevailing winds seems clever, sure, but I don't get the big deal over it. Maybe using common sense really is so rare as to be considered innovative.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

hex0D Re:Israel vs arab nukes (307 comments)

Israel has never attacked it's neighbors in the way they have attacked Israel. Israel's attacks have been preemptive and limited to it's own immediate security needs. Israels neighbors have repeatedly attacked Israel with the express intention (still very much expressed today) of wiping it off the map and pushing every Jew into the sea.

Not that I think Israel should have nukes, but they do. And I don't find it hypocritical to deny an enemy threatening to kill you a weapon whether you have that weapon or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

hex0D Re:Israel vs arab nukes (307 comments)

Neither the U.S. nor Israel thinks this is possible.

Why wouldn't Israel think this? They took out Saddam's surface facility, and he never got the bomb.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

hex0D Re:Israel vs arab nukes (307 comments)

I'm actually not one of those Western folks, but you wouldn't know it from my original post. But it was with them in mind that I sacrificed strict accuracy in favor of readability. I did not think it detracted from my point. My apologies if it did.

more than 3 years ago

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2010 IgNoble prize winners

hex0D hex0D writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hex0D (1890162) writes "This year's winners included research papers on collecting whale snot, why you should wear your socks on the outside of your shoes, how beards are a hazard, and the effect of fellatio on fruit bat copulation."
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medical marijuana benefits without getting high

hex0D hex0D writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hex0D (1890162) writes "One reason why medical professionals have lobbied tirelessly to legalize medical marijuana is that the drug can be a powerful painkiller. Now researchers have invented a drug that acts just like marijuana, but never goes to your head.

And I mean that literally. The drug, glamorously named URB937 acts on your nervous system's cannabinoid receptors — the same ones that make you stoned if smoke pot — but doesn't affect those receptors in your brain. According to a release from Nature, where the research on URB937 was published last night:"

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How Your Brain Figures Out What It Doesn't Know

hex0D hex0D writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hex0D (1890162) writes "from the article:
'"We isolated a region of the prefrontal cortex, which is right at the front of the brain and is thought to be involved in high-level thought, conscious planning, monitoring of our ongoing brain activity," Fleming says.

In people who were good at assessing their own level of certainty, that region had more gray matter and more connections to other parts of the brain, according to the study Fleming and his colleagues published in the journal Science."

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DIY algae farming

hex0D hex0D writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hex0D (1890162) writes "An interview with Aaron Baum explaining why people growing algae at home for food can help the environment, your health, and what he's doing to facilitate this. "We'd like to create an international network of people growing all kinds of algae in their homes in a small community scale, sharing information, doing it all in an open source way. We'd be like the linux of algae – do-it-yourself with low-cost materials and shared information." And one of the low-cost materials is your household urine."
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