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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

kieran Re:Vegetarianism makes it a lot worse (495 comments)

So your answer is to live more luxuriously in the aim of causing starvation. Nice.

1 year,17 hours

Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Wasteful Bitcoin Mining Botnet

kieran Re:RoI (203 comments)

No, the $561,000 should be compared to the cost of smashing the botnet. What the botnet arseholes make is of purely idle interest.

about a year ago

NASA's 'Inspirational' Mars Flyby

kieran Asteroid Mining. (108 comments)

This only begins to make sense when you don't have to lift all the raw materials out of the gravity well anyway.

Think asteroid mining. Then think refining, manufacturing, assembly, QA, and everything else that needs to be done before the parts for your spaceship can turn up at the dry dock.

about a year and a half ago

If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

kieran Re:Just wondering... (405 comments)

I chose mine because going into space is on my bucket list.

more than 2 years ago

With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:

kieran Stephen Hawking, I think (350 comments)

Or if I can clone from dead tissue, maybe Einstein.

more than 2 years ago

Chuck Schumer Tells Apple and Google To "Curb Your Spy Planes"

kieran Re:Whats Up Chuck? (302 comments)

I dunno exactly, but it's bigger than 4 inches.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

kieran Re:Stephen Hawking (573 comments)

Nah, go with Cristopher Walken.

more than 2 years ago

Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

kieran Re:poor cost vs. reward (652 comments)

I reckon if they had to put one in every bloody car made they could do it for less than $200.

more than 2 years ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

kieran Re:Fire escape stairway (488 comments)

Why would they build a fire escape as stairs? Obviously they would make it a slide.


more than 2 years ago

South Korean Scientists Create Glowing Dog

kieran Re:Not glowing (139 comments)

The restaurant will sort out the lighting and provide filtering glasses. Done!

more than 3 years ago

Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

kieran Re:No more apples (601 comments)

While I'm not a big fan of app censorship generally, I don't see the objection to having Apple, Google etc block apps which have no purpose other than letting people drink-drive.

more than 3 years ago

Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland

kieran What's the problem? (139 comments)

If the wi-fi fails, you just fall back to the data gathered by your own vehicle and drive more conservatively.

("you" in this case presumably being the program driving the car)

more than 3 years ago

Ebooks Now Outselling Print Books At Amazon

kieran Re:And Oh the Formats to Support! (207 comments)

I just made a decision on what format I was happiest with, and the rest came from there. Having decided that ePub would be best for books and PDF for magazines/other stuff, I also chose to specify that both must be unencrypted and looked for a store that sold them in the UK and a device that would read both.

WHSmith sells ePub books, but they're encrypted: so I buy them there and decrypt them myself, and keep them backed up on my PC and online. I went with the Sony Reader PRS-350 as the reader, and have been pretty happy with it. When I eventually replace it, I'll probably just be looking for something else that can read unencrypted epub abd pdf files.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?

kieran Scanner with document feeder makes it easy. (371 comments)

I picked up a printer/scanner combo with a document feeder, and I scan everything and (save for anything I think I might need for legal reasons) shred the originals.

I file the docs in folders by company name and with a YYYYMMDD-whatever image name or subfolder (for multiple pages). And I upload a backup to my server.

This has worked really well for me; paprework used to be a nightmare to find as I was so bad at filing it. Now I can find anything easily, and even email someone what they're asking for directly from my phone. It's awesome.

more than 3 years ago

10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year

kieran ObNeal Stephenson (163 comments)

Quote from "Zodiac":

"They claim that this junk was going to become a habitat for marine life. You don't buy that?"
Bless her, she did know how to blow my lid. "Rebecca, goddamnit, since the beginning of time, every corporation that has ever thrown any of its shit into the ocean has claimed that it was going to become a habitat for marine life. It’s the goddamn ocean, Rebecca. That's where all the marine life is. Of course it's going to become a habitat for marine life."

more than 3 years ago

50% of Tweets Consumed Come From .05% of Users

kieran Which is what it's good for. (141 comments)

Twitter is such a shit social tool I actually started unfollowing all my friends; it's still great for following news feeds, though.

more than 3 years ago

Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

kieran Speaking as a Virgin customer... (220 comments)

Despite THREE engineer visit their 50Mbps product only works intermittently anyway. I plan to ask them to cancel my contract early, just as soon as I get a BT phoneline back in and I can get regular DSL. I won't miss the speed if I can have some actual goddamn reliability.

It doesn't help that they only offer non-geographic numbers for tech support, which mobile networks charge up to 50p/min to call, on a product which doesn't need the customer to own a landline. Maybe if I called them more from home they'd do better at troubleshooting my problem, but the calls would cost a lot more than the (shitty) service!

more than 3 years ago

Secrets of a Memory Champion

kieran Re:Makes sense (290 comments)

1. Evolution *is* memory. (Some of) what works and what doesn't gets wired in.

2. Have we really been transmitting information across generational boundaries using language all that much longer (in evolutionary terms) than we've been writing?

more than 3 years ago



Best choice of music player for rating songs?

kieran kieran writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kieran writes "I recently lost all my music ratings when I moved my music files to a new drive letter. I've got an old copy of the main.dat file from Winamp backed up somewhere that I might be able to mess with to give me most of my ratings back, but what I'm really thinking is that things would be so much easier if the ratings were stored within the files as part of the ID3 POPM tag instead of seperately, and all the better if the POPM tag is in a format that might be readable on my Android phone (or other unforseen device) further down the line. What would slashdotters recommend as a Music player/ratings system for this purpose?

Background: A while back I spent six months rating all the songs in my music library by playability. It was a long task but paid off long before it finished, leaving me able to delete all the 1-star crap, put 4/5-star stuff on at parties, or quickly create playlists of 3-to-5-star material for my own use.

I did it at the time by listening on my mp3 player while commutinig, entering the ratings into my phone and then updating Winamp with them when I got home. A bit laborious, and would have been easier with an iPod, but most of my music is in Ogg format so no dice."

Coroners and Justice Bill

kieran kieran writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kieran (20691) writes "The UK Government is trying to push through a bill which will imbue all government ministers with the power to create new criminal offences and single-handedly change legislation to "remove, or modify any restriction imposed upon the sharing of information." — for instance, allowing the Police to ignore the Data Protection Act. Information here."
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Online campaign to free IT geek jailed in Dubai

kieran kieran writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kieran writes "Cat Le-Huy (aka Diz), the head IT geek for media company Endemol, is among many being held without charge in Dubai after being accused of "drug smuggling", which in Dubai can mean a 4-year minimum sentence if your urine tests positive for codeine or other prescription medication!

Originally it was his melatonin (available over-the-counter in Dubai) that raised suspicion, they've also tested his urine and some crumb-sized dirt (which they allege is hashish) found in his bag. Most worringly of all is the fear that he may have been forced to sign a document written in arabic (which he cannot read), possibly a confession.

An online campaign has been launched with the intent of freeing not only Cat but also others who have been held for months without charge, and warning potential tourists and business travelers like Cat that Dubai is NOT the safe destination it may appear.

There's also a Facebook group with more up-to-date news and an online petition which has collected over 3000 signatures so far. Please help us spread the word!"

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