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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?

orkysoft Re:Low chair (262 comments)

I agree that the keypad on 15" laptops is absolutely retarded. Fortunately, the smaller laptops don't have it, and 14" isn't that much smaller than 15".

more than 2 years ago

64 Complaints Received On UK Cookie Law

orkysoft Implied consent (86 comments)

So, if your browser is configured to keep cookies, does that imply consent to place cookies?

If you configure your browser to disallow cookies from certain sites, you're denying consent, and it doesn't even require the sites to be changed at all.

So, why does this law exist again? It looks -1, Redundant to me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

orkysoft Re:Public (321 comments)

Why not burn it and say you tossed it in a cheap walk in freezer?

more than 2 years ago

UK Plans More Spying On Internet Users Under 'Terrorism' Pretext

orkysoft Re:How far do we go to fight terrorism? (189 comments)

Does anyone remember the time when the IRA used to regularly perform bombing attacks in Britain? The government didn't react this way back then. They could have gone all DDR, but they didn't. So why now?

about 2 years ago

PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

orkysoft Re:A classic example... (419 comments)

Yes, but the real question is, did they sack those responsible for hiring this guy?

more than 2 years ago

how to pirate slashdot

orkysoft Re:Nothing to see here (5 comments)

Slashdot doesn't seem to mind about Slashbox preview for, but I don't know about If you scroll down, they link back to, but also to a site about an "anticancer herb", which sounds shifty. Also, one of the article submitters, whose names links to, and so is probably a site editor, is called Blackhat :-P

more than 2 years ago

how to pirate slashdot

orkysoft Nothing to see here (5 comments)

They're just Slashdot-like websites that use the same code and theme. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and such...

more than 2 years ago

1 MW Cold Fusion Plant Supposedly To Come Online

orkysoft Re:Better link (828 comments)

Another quote about the generator, from the same page:

Probably the biggest opening for skeptics will be the continually running genset that is probably rated for 500 kW (my guess), and appears to have been connected by cables to the E-Cat. "Where's the mystery?" So knock yourselves out, skeptics. It's the customer who has to be happy, and apparently this one was satisfied that those cables were not contributing to the 470 kW output during self-sustaining mode.

more than 2 years ago

1 MW Cold Fusion Plant Supposedly To Come Online

orkysoft Re:Better link (828 comments)

This is the gold: (emphasis mine)

Power for start-up (resistive coils that provided heat to the reaction chambers) was provided by the large and loud genset (was making all the noise) you see that is nearly as large as the small shipping container in which the 1 MW E-Cat plant was arranged. Once the reaction chambers got up to temperature, they were maintained by the heat produced by the reaction. I'm not sure why they kept the generator running after that, but I would guess it was for back-up or safety. I'm sure the engineers testing the system made sure what the power levels were at all times.

I don't think I have to explain why I emphasized that part :-)

more than 2 years ago

Emergent Gravity Disproved

orkysoft Re:common sense... (102 comments)

The funny thing about science is that you can do experiments to see who's right. You don't have to endlessly debate stuff.

GP states many experimental observations that directly contradict your hypotheses. Now you can whine about condescension, or man up and rethink them.

about 3 years ago

Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

orkysoft Re:$12.5 Bill (578 comments)

They're paying with 4 $3 bills and 50 cents.

more than 3 years ago

Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

orkysoft Re:I have never heard (578 comments)

Actually they're paying with 4 $3 bills and 50 cents.

more than 3 years ago

Stanford 'Intro To AI' Course Offered Free Online

orkysoft Re:Using AI to teach the course... (148 comments)

I think they'll just make an FAQ with about 15 questions and answers, which should answer almost all questions the students are expected to have.

more than 3 years ago



The $100 ARM netbook is here

orkysoft orkysoft writes  |  more than 4 years ago

orkysoft writes "We've all been waiting for it, but I just spotted it for sale here. No affiliation with the site, but I know how eager Slashdotters are to get their hands on a $100 laptop or an ARM netbook, and this is both.

Specs: VIA-ARM 920 32-bit CPU at 266 MHz, 256 MB 133 MHz RAM, storage: 2 GB NAND Flash, 3 x USB, SD-card, Ethernet, WiFi b/g, 7" 800x480 display, Built-in 2100 mA/H Li-ion and 5V adapter."

Link to Original Source

Asus Eee CPU Upgrade

orkysoft orkysoft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

orkysoft writes "Here's a neat trick: upgrade the CPU in an Asus Eee. The hard part: it's not in a socket, but soldered to the motherboard, so it's a little tougher than just lifting a handle. This modder examined the BIOS to find out which CPUs it supports, acquired a faster chip, and performed the swap. Next project: figure out how to disable the built-in underclocking..."
Link to Original Source

orkysoft orkysoft writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orkysoft writes "This article talks about the effect of the ozone layer on global warming.

At the time, it was known that ozone-depleting halocarbons were also greenhouse gases and therefore were contributing to warming the atmosphere. What was not known was how much the cooling effect of phasing out these chemicals would add to the cooling effect of patching up the ozone hole in the stratosphere.



Off-topic posts

orkysoft orkysoft writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Recently, lots of AC posts have appeared that are about other articles. Now, there are two possibilities:

  1. Slashdot is confusing posts, threads, and authors, so it posts posts in the wrong articles, without an author. Unlikely, since Slashcode has been doing alright for ages.
  2. Someone is, using some program (or manually) reposting posts from other articles as ACs. Quite possible, but why try to make Slashdot unusable unless you hide AC posts? Does the perpetrator want to hide some specific AC posts by encouraging us to hide all AC posts? Also, I've been reading complaints about captchas on Slashdot, which might indicate that the editors have caught on to this, and are trying to combat the crapflooding.

Me, I think I'll go apply tinfoil to my walls now, to protect me from the Orbital Mind Control Lasers ;-)

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