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Shedding Your Identity In the Digital Age

ickeicke Gold has better weight/value ratio (138 comments)

Gold still has a much better weight/value ratio. One kilo of gold costs more than 25.000 euros, so it costs more than twice as much as the highest quality saffron in your example. Gold also has much less issues with quality (easier to certify/quantify the quality), and is much easier to sell quickly. Besides, a private individual (as in: not a professional saffron dealer) selling large amounts of saffron might attract a lot of attention...

more than 5 years ago

New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time

ickeicke I don't know... (575 comments)

I don't know, let's hope that someone has the time to shed some light on this matter...

more than 5 years ago

Opera Closes China Loophole; Reinstates Censorship

ickeicke LMGTFY (272 comments)

Godwin's Law

more than 5 years ago

Review: Eufloria

ickeicke another pun... (121 comments)

a visually and aurally pleasing game

Sure, but is it orally pleasing?

more than 5 years ago

Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

ickeicke difference in file size between 320kbps and FLAC (849 comments)

At 320kbps you are pretty close to the size that FLAC compression would produce, so at that point you might as well go lossless even if you can't tell the difference (at least you could get back to wave files that way). Also you may not have "tin ears," because I've found it takes thousands of dollars of audio equipment to tell the difference at 192kbps. However, any true audio file will say do what you think sounds good (even if it happens to be the tape deck in your car), it is only the snobby ones who are douche bags.

FLAC often has a bitrate higher than 1000kbps, so there is a significant difference between the size of a 320 version and a FLAC version. So it takes about 200% more storage space, takes 3 times as long to copy, etc. That being said, if possible, I'd still go for FLAC, especially for important things (original work, a rip of a rare CD/LP, etc.). With FLAC, you can always make lossy derivative copies, but if you start at 320kpbs (let alone 192 or, god forbid, 128), you will never get better sound from that source, it will only get worse. So if it isor whatever, go for FLAC, other

more than 5 years ago

What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity?

ickeicke Gideons already do this. (513 comments)

As far as I know, Gideon International, famous for their distribution of bibles, only distribute the New Testament. Not sure what the reason is, but I am sure efficiency plays a big role if you are going to distribute more than 1,5 billion copies...

more than 5 years ago

LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird

ickeicke could be a lot worse... (478 comments)

...you should see the other universes!

more than 5 years ago

Going Head To Head With Genius On Playlists

ickeicke I'll tell you how. (174 comments)

Let's try an example. Kings of Leon is enjoying some pretty good success right now with songs from their most recent album reaching the top 5 of Billbaord, Hot 100, and other charts. But the band formed in 1999. For for the better part of a decade they were only "good" to a small number as you put it. But then how did they suddenly jump out of relative obscurity to the top of mainstream charts?

You seem to assume that Kings of Leon have produced music for 10 years of a constant quality. Perhaps their "Only By The Night" album (2008) and the associated singles just were so good that the quality of the music made that their popularity grew?

I am not saying that this true, but just because they make good music and are popular now does not necessarily mean that they "deserved" to be popular all along.

more than 5 years ago

Could GPS Keep Tabs On Your Pets?

ickeicke Solution (218 comments)

What if they track both the pet and the owner, and then only register the pets location on the website (behind a password of course) when the pet and owner are more than n meters away from each other? The irony of this system is of course that in order to increase the privacy of the owner, he/she too needs to be tracked initially...

more than 5 years ago

The Golden Age of Infinite Music

ickeicke Don't worry about the rock stars (294 comments)

Life + 70 means the creator's life + 70 years

So... to give our (great?) grand-children a free world, we should be killing off all the creators now right? :)

"Well you see son, there used to be this thing called a 'rock star', and they made music. But we had to kill them all to set the music free. It was the only way."

I don't think we should bother too much with the rock stars, they usually kill themselves quite quickly in one way or another. Let's focus our attention on the Backstreet Boys, Miley Cyrus, etc. Then again, we should ask ourselves; is this really the kind of music we want in de public domain?

more than 5 years ago

The Monrovian Analog Blogger

ickeicke I can suspect what his responsibilities are... (117 comments)

I think that that Linux loving Monrovian is responsible for the driver compatibility of the chalk board (CUPS?) . That, or he does the LaTeX ...

more than 5 years ago

Space vehicle unveiled at EAA

ickeicke nice fleet (1 comments)

build five spaceships to meet the demand

A fleet of Virgins, nice.

more than 5 years ago

The Power of the R Programming Language

ickeicke It's not that big of a deal (382 comments)

I've come across a couple of examples of inappropriate use of Excel

  • A friend worked at the UK Treasury as a statistician. One of his jobs was testing and improving the Treasury's model of the UK enconomy. I was impressed and asked what tools they used for this. Erm, none, it's just a huge Excel spreadsheet.

Yeah, but it's only the UK economy, it's not like its the German or the Japanese economy or anything. ;)

about 6 years ago

What Is the Best Way To Disinfect Your Laptop?

ickeicke Re:Set it out in the Sun (545 comments)

I'd think twice about doing this. You will end up killing 99% of the bugs, but the 1% that survive will be sunlight resistant! You'll kill us all!


more than 6 years ago



ickeicke ickeicke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ickeicke (927264) writes "A team of researchers from mining group Rio Tinto have discovered a mineral in a Serbian mine in Jadar that has the same chemical composition as kryptonite. However, the mineral cannot be called kryptonite under international nomenclature rules because it has nothing to do with krypton — a real element in the Periodic Table that takes the form of a gas. Instead, it will be formally named Jadarite when it is described in the European Journal of Mineralogy later this year.

"I'm afraid it's not green and it doesn't glow either — although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange," Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum told BBC News.

"Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide — and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns.""


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