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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

kooky45 Re:Homeopathy doesn't work that way (408 comments)

Actually, drinking nothing but pure water when you're dehydrated can often be very dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

kooky45 Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Just watched it again frame by frame and the pebble falls directly from his parachute as it unfurls above his head. Nuff said!

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

kooky45 Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

More likely he laid has parachute on the ground for packing and accidentally picked up a rock without noticing and it was ejected when he pulled the chord. They probably can't find the "meteorite" because it's just a rock sitting amongst identical rocks.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

kooky45 Assange questions? (173 comments)

Didn't one or more of the people accusing Julian Assange of criminal conduct work for USAID?

about two weeks ago
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First Government Lawsuit Against a Patent Troll

kooky45 One crap article too far? (96 comments)

It's a question cos I'm going to delete my Slashdot bookmarks and avoid the site for a while cos of this rubbish. When I come back it'll be with a fresh perspective!

about a year ago
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Copenhagen Suborbitals Seeking $10k In Crowdfunding For New Space Capsule

kooky45 Crowdfunding? (31 comments)

When did "crowdfunding" replace the words "charity" or "sponsorship"?

about a year and a half ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid In Near-Miss Video

kooky45 Re:Space station altitude.... (120 comments)

It's about 1 earth radius from the centre of the Earth.

about 2 years ago
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General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"

kooky45 Re:$30 million dollars?!?!? (400 comments)

They'll have spent a ton of money reprinting content to include their link to Facebook. All their TV, radio, press and web adverts will have been changed to report it too. You could argue that's a one-off cost though.

about 2 years ago
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World's First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails

kooky45 Feel sorry for him (124 comments)

Such a shame, probably has the highest hopes for a better life and may not survive now.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Dev Demonstrates CarrierIQ Phone Logging Software On Video

kooky45 Not PCI compliant (322 comments)

I believe this rules out all Android devices with CarrerIQ agents from being used to handle payment card numbers. There's no obvious mention on CarrerIQ's website of PCI compliance or how they protect the user's data. It probably also contravenes SOX, HIPAA and and host of other industry regulations. Bye bye lots of commercial use of Android handsets, especially Blackberry.

more than 2 years ago
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Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

kooky45 Ship transfers? (357 comments)

I suppose a model for this is how passengers or crew are moved to and from large ships during travel since they can't easily slow down or change direction. How's that done at the moment?

more than 2 years ago
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Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

kooky45 Scare quotes (967 comments)

Please God NO... it's bad enough seeing so-called news sites like the BBC peppered with scare quotes in headlines. Please don't start doing it here.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's SkyDrive Drops Silverlight

kooky45 Feynman lectures? (358 comments)

I hope this means that the Richard Feynman Messenger Series of lectures that are only available with Silverlight on the Project Tuva websites are soon going to be made available to Linux users.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Day Later

kooky45 FF4 is great. (435 comments)

So far FF4 has been great. I've moved back from Chrome. Only hiccup was the DirectDraw fonts under Vista but it was easily solved.

about 3 years ago
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Canadian Researchers Develop Permanent Anti-Fog Coating

kooky45 Do I want hydrophobic or hydrophilic then? (146 comments)

I cycle and it rains here a lot so I want a hydrophobic coating on my lenses so the rain runs off. But it's also often cold and humid so I don't want fogged lenses and that needs a hydrophilic coating. Which one do I really want, or do I need different coatings on either side of the lenses?

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Find Possible Atlantis Location

kooky45 Where next? (218 comments)

In 2,000 years time will researchers claim to have found the locations of Lilliput and Blefuscu?!

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Browser Ballot: the Winners and the Losers

kooky45 Re:That agrees with my figures (134 comments)

There always was real competition, tut when IE was bundled it because the majority of users' default browser and since people don't like to change they're unlikely to choose another browser simply because they now get the choice on startup.

more than 3 years ago
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Future of 3D Street View To Include Live Video

kooky45 Swedish alternative (55 comments)

It's been a while since I last looked at this, but a company in Sweden came up with an, arguably, better method to both Google and Bing for 3d maps.

about 4 years ago
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NASA WISE Satellite Blasts Into Space

kooky45 Re:Another sad moment for Slashdot commenting (139 comments)

It's a shame the wording of the summary is wrong because on first reading it sounded like the satellite will be bathing its surrounding in infra-red light to detect nearby objects like space debris, which I thought sounded quite fascinating. Then to discover it's just an infra-red telescope made it far less interesting.

more than 4 years ago

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Spam King commits murder and suicide

kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Eddie Davidson, the Colorado "Spam King" who escaped from Federal custody on Sunday has committed murder and suicide. News article

Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and three year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the US Department of Justice has said

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Mozilla pulls offensive marketting campaign

kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "ComputerWorld UK reports:

Just hours after Mozilla debuted its first viral marketing campaign, it shut down the website and apologised to users for what it admitted were offensive statistics used to promote Firefox.
The marketing website went on to make fun of cancer victims. The full story is here."
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BBC bans all phone in competitions

kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "The BBC has been caught cheating viewers out of thousands of pounds by faking phone-in competitions across a wide variety of its programs, including flagship charity events like Children in Need. In response they have banned all phone in competitions on their TV and radio channels, and will be pulling competitions from online services very soon. This latest embarrassment follows last week when the BBC was fined £50,000 for faking another phone-in on Blue Peter, their most popular children's show. This is just the most public revelation in a scandal that is going to get bigger in TV media."
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "In an effort to make our lives easier and more entertaining, technology designers pack more and more features into electronic devices, but often they're more nuisance than they're worth. An earlier /. article on LEDs discussed some of these. Another example is my Nokia 6320i mobile phone which has a back lit screen that drains the battery life at an alarming rate. When the phone is not in use the back light is off... until the battery starts to run low. Then it gives me regular warnings by beeping and turning the back light on!!!! Has anyone seen greater examples of designer stupidity?"
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "The Guardian is reporting that Russia is accused of unleashing a cyberwar to disable Estonia


While Russia and Estonia are embroiled in their worst dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a row that erupted at the end of last month over the Estonians' removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in central Tallinn, the country has been subjected to a barrage of cyber warfare, disabling the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers, banks, and companies.
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  about 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Robert Preston, the BBC's business editor, comments on Vista in his blog "Dear Bill Gates (again)"

In fact my Vista experience has gone from bad to worse. One of your engineers has informed me that my HP iPAQ PocketPC will never be compatible with Vista, even though the software it runs is Microsoft software. Hey ho. That's an expensive and serviceable bit of kit written off prematurely.
Judging by the number of replies to his blog, a lot of /.'ers have probably been there already."
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  about 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Robert Preston, the BBC's business editor, updates his earlier article on Vista with "Dear Bill Gates (again)" "In fact my Vista experience has gone from bad to worse. One of your engineers has informed me that my HP iPAQ PocketPC will never be compatible with Vista, even though the software it runs is Microsoft software. Hey ho. That's an expensive and serviceable bit of kit written off prematurely.""
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "My team has recently installed content filters for my company which restrict the web sites that employees can visit. It also logs the sites they do visit; not whole URLs, just the site domain names. This has been useful for a couple of disciplinary investigations of employees suspected of wrongdoing. However, word has got round to some managers that this capability exists. They are starting to ask my team to provide lists of sites that their team members have accessed over the past few weeks, claiming they are suspicious of time wasting on the Internet and need proof. We're pushing back because of privacy concerns but the pressure is building on us. We have no experience in this area, and I'd like to ask Slashdot how other companies handle this, what the important considerations are, and where it could all go wrong?"
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kooky45 kooky45 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kooky45 (785515) writes "Science is finally conceding that bare feet are the best mode of travel. But what about all those sharp stones? Well Vibram have the answer with their new FiveFingers shoes, designed to give you that bare foot feeling but without the slipperyness or pain of going natural."

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