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Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch Worries Researchers

imaginaryelf Earth is like a big house (296 comments)

This is what happens when people forget that our little planet is like a big house. When you "dump" your garbage, it's just getting moved from one room to another, unless you recycle it.

more than 5 years ago
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A History of Early Text Adventure Games

imaginaryelf Re:Let's see... from memory.... (130 comments)

I always get the egg from the nest up in the tree outside the house first.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

imaginaryelf Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (1870 comments)

My own view is that as a society we should be encouraging people "to work", rather than "have worked", copyright protections encourages people to stop working and live of their past actions. Look at some of the old rock bands going around, they make money of "Performance" (the present) rather than "recordings" (the past)

You have it backwards. People work to get paid. If you know you'll never ever get any compensation for your hard work, you'll not do "it" whatever it is. This is basic human behavior.

I grew up in a communist society where the person working diligently in a factory gets paid the exact same amount as the person who smokes and reads papers all day. Guess how much work everyone eventually strived toward?

If I know that after spending a year making some cool app that I will never receive a penny of compensation for it, I won't do it out of practicality. Even if I may be motivated by "good of humanity" arguments or just fame and recognition among my peers, I still have to bring food to the table, so to speak.

more than 5 years ago
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Steve Jobs Issues Update On His Health

imaginaryelf Hormone imbalance usually means menopause right? (320 comments)

Or is it a new euphemism for cancer now?

You know, such as when some bigshot gets fired, the press release usually says so and so resigned to "spend more time with family."

more than 5 years ago
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Data Recovered From DVD Leads To Conviction, 24-Year Sentence

imaginaryelf Only Meta-Data was damaged (231 comments)

"Our analysis showed there to be damage to the lead-in section of the data," Keith Gnagey, vice president of professional services for i365, said in an e-mail statement about the recovery effort. That meant any attempt "with normal playing software would not be able to get past the beginning of the data."

That's like the directory tree being messed up but the data being intact.

I can't believe the other "two local data recovery firms" got stumped by this simple problem.

about 6 years ago

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imaginaryelf imaginaryelf writes  |  more than 8 years ago

imaginaryelf (862886) writes "WebMD reports that researchers have found a link between hours of cell phone use and sperm quality. 'In a study led by researchers from The Cleveland Clinic, men who used their cell phones the most had poorer sperm quality than those who used them the least.' We slashdotters know that correlation does not equal causation, so further research is needed to understand the link, but just in case, maybe men should cut back on the hours of cell phone use?"
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imaginaryelf imaginaryelf writes  |  more than 8 years ago

imaginaryelf (862886) writes "A Stanford research study aims to answer: Is Internet Addiction a medical problem? The researchers found that more than 1 in 8 Americans exhibited at least one possible sign of problematic Internet use. 'According to preliminary research, the typical affected individual is a single, college-educated, white male in his 30s, who spends approximately 30 hours a week on non-essential computer use.' Note to self: Stop surfing slashdot and go to bed."
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imaginaryelf imaginaryelf writes  |  more than 8 years ago

imaginaryelf (862886) writes "As reported earlier in slashdot in the closing hours of the U.S. Congressional session on Friday, September 29, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 [H.R.4411.RH] was attached to the Safe Port Act of 2006 H.R.4954.EAS. To the surprise of many, the bill passed both the House and the Senate, and Bush is expected to sign it into law this week. This effectively outlaws online gambling. The financial markets punished the stock of online gambling companies as some prepared to pull out of the U.S. entirely."
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imaginaryelf imaginaryelf writes  |  more than 8 years ago

imaginaryelf (862886) writes "Reuters reports that U.S. authorities have arrested Peter Dicks, the chairman of U.K. based online sports betting company Sportingbet Plc, while he was passing through Dallas. Just two months ago, the CEO of another U.K. based online sports betting company, BetOnSports, was arrested on U.S. soil as well. They are both charged with violating the 1961 Federal Wire Act, which can be broadly interpreted as declaring all forms of online gambling illegal in the U.S. Is online gambling the Alcohol Prohibition of the 21st century?"

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