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Hairspray Could Help Us Find Advanced Alien Civilizations

mayberry42 Genius (211 comments)

I would never have associated 80s hair metal bands with advanced civilization....

about a year ago
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MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

mayberry42 Re:It's about time (454 comments)

Stories about unicorns just fuel for beastiality fantasies.

Agreed. It's time for a new law (or constitutional amendment): scientific evidence should take precedence over witchhunting paranoia when drafting new laws.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

mayberry42 Re:What I do (647 comments)

1. Go for books with strong imagery over dense plot (e.g. Stross's Jennifer Morgue, Gaiman's Neverwhere, Lewis's Blind Side.) You get interrupted so much on planes that a 40 page idea is hard to enjoy: go for simple ideas done vividly. 2. Pack three unstarted paperbacks in carry-on. Don't be afraid to switch books if the current one isn't gripping you. 3. If all else fails, drink and then sleep. 4. Be in the first-class cabin.

Good ideas, but for 2, why not just get a Kindle or nook? They are fairly cheap, books are even cheaper than their dead-tree counterparts, and you can literally carry 1000's of thousand-page books with you (not that one would, but it's possible).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

mayberry42 Re:Obligatory (647 comments)

I am serious. And don't call me Surely.

more than 2 years ago
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Ticketmaster Customers, Get Ready For Your (Tiny) Class-Action Payout

mayberry42 I'm out (140 comments)

I received the email regarding this class action and, well, it's stupid. people knew how much they paid and what they were paying for and agreed to it. this whole thing is unnecessary.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo Releases The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

mayberry42 Re:You can't go home again (138 comments)

Give it up. A new Zelda game will never recreate that experience of firing up The Legend of Zelda on your NES for the first time when you were 10 years-old.

Perhaps not, but then again no new games can reproduce the nostalgic effects of a 25 year old game, however good they may be. Having said that, classics do have to start somewhere. Give it time and it just may become the next A Link To The Past...or Twilight Princess.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

mayberry42 Re:I gave gifts like this once. Everyone hated the (377 comments)

They just don't care. And they surely don't want to receive it as a gift.

This says more about them (highly disrespectful and inconsiderate) than about you (thoughtful) and your gifts, to be honest. Dont be so quick to judge this as a bad idea - some families actually treat each other with kindness, courtesy and respect (something you may want to consider mentioning next time you talk to your niece) and thus will appreciate a custom-made gift - even if its something they dont like.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

mayberry42 What I use (legally) (377 comments)

I'd say add Ubuntu / Linux Mint (which people seem to really like, more so than Ubuntu it seems). Other software could be: TrueCrypt and KeePass for internet security, calibre for ebook management,Thunderbird for email and LibreOffice for office needs. While you're at it, Skype (full download) might be good as well - i always seem to need it at the most inopportune moment). This might be a bit of a cheat, but check out here. You know your friends, see for yourself what they might like from here and download accordingly.

more than 2 years ago
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Reviews of Kindle Fire Are a Mixed Bag

mayberry42 Re:what space is there for the Fire?" (381 comments)

If an E Ink Kindle or Nook is better for reading books, and a smartphone or iPad is better for watching movies or listening to music, what space is there for the Fire?

A $200 device that will do both.

You assume that the device can do the work equally well, or at least reasonably good, than both the iPad and the Kindle/Nook, which is not be the case given the current reviews. There's a reason that specialists get paid way more than "jack of all trades"-type peoples - they're better at what they do.

more than 2 years ago
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Workshops Begin In Australia On WikiLeaks Opera

mayberry42 Re:Nguv-be' Bas Boqrat (45 comments)

Like Shakespeare, this was better in the original klingon.

You joke, but I think it could make for an excellent movie thriller. Put Liam Neeson in it, add some conspiracy theories, women, and spy secrets and you have your next james bond/jason bourne character (except less action, more intrigue). As far as opera goes, though, we'll see. I was never a fan of the genre.

more than 2 years ago
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End Bonuses For Bankers

mayberry42 Re:True to every corporation (548 comments)

This is a fundamental property of capitalism: when a corporation gets lucky it can dominate the market so strongly that when it gets unlucky it gets bailed out by the tax payers.

I'd mod you as -1 troll for this, but I think it would be more effective to post a reply. Simply put, you are utterly and entirely wrong and misinformed about what capitalism is and is not. The fact they are getting bailed out by the government implies, at best, government (that is, political) meddling with the market. At worst, it's indicative of systemic political corruption designed to protect the wealthy and powerful corporations, neither which is any part of capitalism. In fact, in a real capitalist system they would have failed, which is why they needed the bailout in the first place and that would have been the end of it. The fact that you confuse government involvement in the market as part of capitalism means either you are extremely naive, utterly dense or just plain trolling

more than 2 years ago
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Airline to Offer In-Flight Adult Movies

mayberry42 Re:Yawn (200 comments)

Don't get too excited. My (Irish) friend told me it already the pay-to-pee scheme has already started happening. Here's some proof. Never underestimate what Michael will do to increase revenues. I would not so easily discount this as just a PR move.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

mayberry42 Re:hard to watch (948 comments)

Judge Adams issued a statement asserting that his daughter released the tape to retaliate against him for withdrawing his financial support.

Oh, so he abuses his children and then also doesn't support them financially, sounds like a real winner!

For proper context, assuming he is telling the truth (you never know), he withdrew his support for her - both financial and a freakin Mercedes to drive - after she said she was going to drop out of community college. And don't forget, she's 23, not 13. To be honest I would have done the same (beating excluded, of course).

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

mayberry42 Re:I haven't burned a CD in years... (488 comments)

The problem with FOSS is that everyone wants the benefits, but no one wants to be part of it. And then you complain when they don't do it the way you like it.

That's not entirely true. I'm, for the most part, a FOSS user and I love the benefits it provides. Yet, while I want to be part of it and contribute (and i know i cant be the only one), I don't. why? I don't have neither the resources, nor the required skill set to do it. I'm definitely not rich, so hiring someone to make the mods for me is out of the question. And being a PhD student, having the time to make said implementations is out of the question, let alone learning the required languages and skills necessary to pull it off. So, i resort to the next best option: complain :-). But seriously, complaining isn't all bad - it tells the FOSS developers that there ARE people out there wanting product improvements AND how to improve the products in a way that's more marketable (OK, i differentiate between whining and constructive criticism, both of which occur in abundance). At any rate, complainers (constructive critics) DO help - just in a different way than what many hope for.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Are You Haunting Your House This Hallowe'en?

mayberry42 Wearing my birthday suit (249 comments)

...that's guaranteed to give the kids - and their parents - a good scare.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

mayberry42 problems? (904 comments)

Well, let's see: we'll have a rapid increase in population from lagging deaths, increased fertility rates, so i'd say overpopulation will become a huge problem (Malthus, anyone?). We'd need to rapidly update our infrastructure to deal with such issues, completely overhaul our planning and laws to deal with such issues, whether it be social security and welfare policies to retirement planning, to incarceration.

Then, of course, there could be the psychological issue - we've seen this before: the guy becomes old and all his loved ones die as time progresses (Interview with the vampire, twilight - hey, don't judge - etc...). how would one cope with losing his friends/loved ones how either could not afford or would not want such medication? Not to mention humans have not been designed to live that long, so that merits the question: how long until you get sick of life? would you want to extend your life to a point where suicide might be a better option, rather than living another 30 years?

Sorry, but I'm not sure how i can see this working out for the better

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

mayberry42 Re:65+95 = 150? (904 comments)

I think I would spend the next 165 years practising addition

or your spelling

more than 2 years ago

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Your Melatonin-reducing iPad Keeping you up at night? Try Pink Noise.

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "You've probably never been jealous of an elephant, but you're about to be. Elephants need only three to four hours of sleep per night in order to be their happy elephant selves during the day. So what's Dumbo's secret? Deeper, more stable sleep--and new research may have found the secret to helping you achieve elephantine-levels of repose each night: Pink noise...Pink noise is a type of sound in which every octave carries the same power, or a perfectly consistent frequency, Zhang explains. "Think of rain falling on pavement, or wind rustling the leaves on a tree," It's called pink noise because light with a similar power spectrum would appear pink, he says.

Additionally, on a somewhat separate note, the production of melatonin, a natural chemical used to put your body to sleep at night, is diminished in the presence of bright blues (and likely to be the reason why your laptops are keep you up at night). Software such f.lux dimish the blues on screen to allow for better sleep. (note: I am in no way, shape or form, associated with f.lux. I just like their product and am not aware of any other software that does the same.)"

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Mysterious Dark Matter Blob Confounds Experts

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope are mystified by a merging galaxy cluster known as Abell 520 in which concentrations of visible matter and dark matter have apparently come unglued. A report on the Hubble observations, published in the Astrophysical Journal, raises more questions than answers about a cosmic pile-up that's occurring 2.4 billion light-years away.

"According to our current theory," says Arif Babul, the study team's senior theorist, "galaxies and dark matter are expected to stay together, even through a collision. But that's not what's happening in Abell 520. Here, the dark matter appears to have pooled to form the dark core, but most of the associated galaxies seem to have moved on.""

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Boston University Economics Professor Seeks to Run

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "BU Economics Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff seeks to run for presidency in the 2012 presidential race. Being late in the game and with the additional handicap of running as an independent, it is unlikely that he will make any significant impact."
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is finally out

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Finally, the wait is over — for European fans, anyway. After months (well, over a year) of delays the latest adventure of Link is finally out. And the results are, to say the least, universally astounding. Famitsu magazine has given it a perfect score, and IGN stating "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the greatest Zelda game ever created. It's the best game for Wii and one of the finest video game accomplishments of the past 10 years." Of course, some of you may have already known this given that it has already been hacked (and yes, it looks even more fantastic in HD). I would love to hear what our European counterparts have to say about this game. Have you played it? Is it as good as they say? Why or why not?"
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Ron Paul's 89 seconds of fame

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "It's no secret how Ron Paul has been having a severe lack of news coverage; far less than most, if not all, of his fellow GOP candidates. However, things have turned to almost bizarre levels when the past few debates have almost entirely excluded him, at one point granting him 90 seconds to speak — in an 80 minute debate. Still, he seems to be doing pretty well in Iowa."
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Kindl Fire getting rave reviews

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Now that the Kindle Fire has been unleashed, so has its reviews — and they are quite good. MSNBC stated that "Apple should be scared". CNET was just as positive, giving a rating of "very good". Engadget, while not as enthusiastic, did say it was "quite an achievement for $200". Given the recent study that the kindle could pose a threat to Apple, this could be interesting to watch. Now for the Nook..."
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Kindle Fire Impacting iPad 2 sales

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "While Apple may be touting the fragmentation of the Android system, they may want to think again. A recent study by ChangeWave is showing that the new Kindle Fire is already having a negative impact on iPad sales as anticipation for the product arrives. No word on the Nook, however."
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Khan Academy Receives $5M to Expand, Create Physic

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "

Khan Academy announced this morning that it has raised $5 million from the O’Sullivan Foundation (a foundation created by Irish engineer and investor Sean O’Sullivan). The money is earmarked for several initiatives: expanding the Khan Academy faculty, creating a content management system so that others can use the program’s learning analytics system, and building an actual brick-and-mortar school, beginning with a summer camp program.

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Why Economic Models are Always Wrong

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Did you ever wonder how and why professional economists often seem to get it wrong in terms of predicting consequences or policies accurately (or even at all)? Or how very few even saw the current economic collapse? This article provides an interesting, if obvious, reason as to why economic models are effectively always wrong. Of course, the recent press conference with the two recent nobel prize winners does not bode well to our most beloved social science either."
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Obama to pullout (of Iraq)

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "

WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a long-held campaign promise, President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, as conditioned by the Status of Forces Agreement with the country. "As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end," Obama said. "So today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year."

Now for Afghanistan..."
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Studies show life may exist without oxygen

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "

Scientists have found Earth's oldest fossils in Australia and say their microscopic discovery is convincing evidence that cells and bacteria were able to thrive in an oxygen-free world more than 3.4 billion years ago. The finding suggests early life was sulphur-based — living off and metabolizing sulphur rather than oxygen for energy — and supports the idea that similar life forms could exist on other planets where oxygen levels are low or non-existent.

While the (news) title may have been a bit sensationalistic, it's still exciting to know that life could exist in a very different environment that what we previously believed."
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S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Fresh after China's Dongang downgrading of the U.S. debt quality, the United States has suffered another hit: S&P downgraded America's debt from AAA to AA+. Fitch and Moody's retained their AAA rating, albeit with a "negative" outlook."
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U.S. Credit Rating Downgraded by China's Dagong

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "While the United States (arguably) managed to survive the catastrophe with a credit downgrade of the "Big Three" — and possible default on debt — it has not been so lucky abroad. The Economist reports that China's Dagong credit agency nevertheless downgraded the U.S.'s credit from A+ to A. The important question now is, how much impact will this have, especially since China is U.S.'s largest bond holder."
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US in Peace Talks with Taliban

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government and the United States are negotiating with Taliban fighters to bring peace to the country. It is the first official acknowledgment of such talks to end the decade-long war through negotiation.

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Obama Re-election campaign set to begin

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  about 3 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Obama is halfway into his 4 year stint at the White House and is already preparing for his re-election campaign bid. This will be very interesting to see given that his so-called "change" never came (what will his next slogan be?), and the anti-obama ads already hitting the proverbial airwaves days ago."
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Airbus faces charges over 2009 Rio-Paris crash

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "A French judge filed preliminary manslaughter charges Thursday against Airbus over the 2009 crash of an Air France jet — opening a rare criminal investigation against a corporate powerhouse.
The order from Judge Sylvie Zimmerman targeting the European planemaker centers on the June 2009 crash into the Atlantic of an Airbus A330 bound for Paris from Rio de Janeiro, killing all 228 people on board."

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Azeri protest organizers arrested, beaten.

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "Recently, massive international protests against corrupt and oppressive governments took the world by storm. As it turns out, another protest is currently being organized in Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, however, one of the organizers, Bakhtiyar Hajiyev and two others , have already been arrested, beaten and, in some cases, denied access to a lawyer — before tomorrow’s scheduled protest. To make matters worse, quoting the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry “any unsanctioned protests in Baku or elsewhere will be "resolutely" dispersed”."
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BBC News - Runway opens at world's first spaceport

mayberry42 mayberry42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mayberry42 (1604077) writes "

Commercial space travel took a step closer with the opening of the runway at the world's first spaceport in the US state of New Mexico. The event was marked with a flypast of an aircraft carrying SpaceShip Two. The vehicle has been designed to take fee-paying tourists on trips to the edge of space and back. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson — whose Virgin group has backed the venture — said the first passenger trip should take place within 18 months.

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