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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

hippo Good luck with your neck (566 comments)

Humans can look left and right either by eye movement or neck rotation. Both are very easy on the muscles. Looking up and down is much harder and will give you RSI eventually. Get used to having two windows (or three) next to each other and your productivity will improve. Even my child plays Minecraft on the left half while picking up tips on youtube in the right half.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

hippo Why not 1:1?? (566 comments)

I had to work with some monitors used in air traffic control once. They were 2048x2048. Way too tall for me, I could only use them for short periods for normal work without getting neck-ache from looking up and down all the time. Air traffic controllers have them at a fairly horizontal angle (like a table top) so don't have quite as much nodding to do. Had an eight foot wide 5120x2560 as well that was lovely as long as you didn't mind having to sit five feet from it and having everyone in a 50 foot range reading your emails.

about a week ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

hippo It's curtains for privacy (142 comments)

The minimalist architects are in league with the spooks!

about 4 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

hippo Re:Public service announcement (357 comments)

I think you should point out that this advice is for automatic gearbox cars. In a manual the engine will keep turning while in gear and will keep the power assist to the brakes and steering going.

about 9 months ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

hippo Re:New dimension for beer (107 comments)

I'd like to volunteer for the testing process. Two pints a day for ten years should give you a good idea if it is harmful. Please deliver to my local.

about 9 months ago
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Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

hippo Re:Sadistic (397 comments)

It's not a level playing filed if you carry a knife. Vladimir Putin strangles them with his bare hands and Chuck Norris just kills them with a single punch.

about 9 months ago
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BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban

hippo Re:So all the crap stays in the US? (247 comments)

Since most of the crap ends up in the atmosphere or ocean it really doesn't matter where you refine in the long term.

about 9 months ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

hippo Finally (268 comments)

Someone has taken the trouble to study Simply Red fans.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

hippo Financial Times (361 comments)

Not afraid to print numbers and graphs.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

hippo Re:Checksums? (321 comments)

I run a weekly cron job that calculates md5sums for all the files on the media drive. Then it compares it to the previous weeks and emails the diff. If anything goes wrong I restore the file from one of my backups and check the MD5 again. I did have one drive that was slowly losing data. Turned out to be a dodgy sata port/cable but I've not lost a file yet.

1 year,8 days
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"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

hippo Re:Nature is amazing (213 comments)

> but I don't see why anyone would want to believe that

Maybe that's because you aren't as smart as the creator. Not saying that's the case but if I can't figure out why someone is doing something it's usually because I don't know as much as they do. I don't just assume it's because they're crazy.

about a year ago
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FOI Request Reveals UK Houses of Parliament Workers' Passion For Adult Content

hippo Wankers the lot of them (61 comments)

nuff said

about a year ago
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Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

hippo Not evil but dangerous (462 comments)

Seriously guys, he's a philosopher. I'm surprised no-one here has pointed out that it's the Helium that is keeping the moon floating way up there. Take the Helium away and it will sink back down to earth and we do not want that to happen. You think global warming is bad, just imagine how bad it would be with the Moon orbiting at 10000m. I guess we could try to time it so it touches down in the Sahara but if it overshoots it's goodbye Panama.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

hippo Re: You know (397 comments)

Agreed. It doesn't matter where the material get put together, the value added is reflected in the fact it is a US corporation and the value added is subject to US taxes.

Oh, wait...

about a year ago
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Surveillance Story Turns Into a Warning About Employer Monitoring

hippo Re:Private browsing (382 comments)

You should run an ssh tunnel through the corporate proxy to your own installation of an apache proxy running on your home server. Then use that as your proxy for firefox. At least then you'll be spared the embarrassment of a SWAT team turning up at work.

about a year ago
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

hippo Sidebars are for you (251 comments)

Shove the taskbar to the side and stretch it out to 128 pixels wide. You can easily get 40 quick launch icons on the taskbar and you can add a toolbar folder and have launchers for all your favourite docs right there.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

hippo Re:But why? (445 comments)

Agreed. I find burning a faggot* best and quite safe with the modern faggot burners that became available around the time of the Jubilee. There were thousands of faggots burnt that night on all the hilltops around England.

* Bundle of dried sticks and twigs.

about a year ago
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Launch of India's First Navigation Satellite Successful

hippo Re:So far, it sucks. (89 comments)

That's actually amazing. One satellite and your device can tell how far away it is.

about a year and a half ago

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Anonymous UK co-founder cleared of rape by not being anonymous

hippo hippo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hippo (107522) writes "In a rare case of positive irony Malcolm Blackman has been cleared of a rape charge at the Old Bailey. From the linked report: "Key video evidence and witness testimonies put Mr Blackman elsewhere at the time the woman – who cannot be named – claimed she was attacked.".

There's a picture too of him wearing a V for Vendetta mask on top of his head just to confuse things further."

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