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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

overcaffein8d Benchmarks (236 comments)

if not better performing in some benchmarks

...some of which could perhaps be better described as"benchmarketing"

about 2 months ago
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Paris To Test Banning SUVs In the City

overcaffein8d Re:Weather Alert (509 comments)

Mod parent up. I never thought of that.

more than 3 years ago
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France Planning Non-Windows Tablet Tax?

overcaffein8d if i were taxed (227 comments)

all this tax would tell me is that it's A-OK to pirate as much music as I want, as long as i put it onto the taxed media.

more than 3 years ago
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Order of importance if disaster strikes?

overcaffein8d forgot an option (458 comments)

1. self

more than 3 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

overcaffein8d Re:And yet- (828 comments)

to paraphrase and rip out of proportion a quote from winston churchill... our university system is the worst...except for all the other ones.

more than 4 years ago
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Hands-on With Pixel Qi Screens In Full Sunlight

overcaffein8d i will (87 comments)

i will buy one when they come out with a netbook like that standard. not because i want to replace the screen, but because of the cost. after a few months of competition, the sunlight screen netbooks will become reasonably priced.

also, it would be nice if it had one of those fancy middle hinges so you can truly read it like an ebook reader. and, of course, a touch screen version of this would be too awesome for words.

more than 4 years ago
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File Sharing Remains a Perk of College Life

overcaffein8d oblig (288 comments)

i'd rather have trololotalk

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu One Gets iPhone App For Contact Sync

overcaffein8d but... (115 comments)

but not for Android? open source much?

more than 4 years ago
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International Longest Tweet Contest Seeks Entries

overcaffein8d Re:still useless (99 comments)

your jewish mother?

more than 4 years ago
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The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:

overcaffein8d 1tb (362 comments)

i felt the need to store pi to 1000000000000 digits.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Forced To Clean Up Its Fine Print

overcaffein8d oh, that (127 comments)

you mean, the iTunes clause:

You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons.

??

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

overcaffein8d Re:dont overthink (1095 comments)

Unless you want some time off from computer, take your laptop with you. It's still a lot easier than always going to a Internet Kiosk and can use it otherwise than just quickly uploading images off.

It depends on what you need it for. Think what you will be using it for--if it's just for simple email, slashdot-checking, or facebook, just bring a small device. You're a geek.. so what do you have? An iPod touch will do the trick--at the same times as a laptop-where there's a wi-fi signal (Okay, no ethernet). If you have an iPhone, then that works as well (watch out for charges). Of course, Verizon's CDMA-only phones don't work.

I would just keep the pictures on the card. When I went to Europe for 12 days over the past summer, I brought along my Nikon D40 with 2 8gb cards. I took somewhere around 4460 pictures and don't think I completely filled the first one (Normal Quality jpg).

So, maybe it's just because I have a 17-inch MBP so it's a pain to carry around, but I think you may be able to get by quite well without one. Enjoy the trip!

more than 4 years ago
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US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

overcaffein8d next time... (570 comments)

...they should check under the mousepad

more than 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

overcaffein8d Re:Carmakers lie (1146 comments)

yeah... even the airplanes?

more than 4 years ago
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Laptop Fires On Airplanes

overcaffein8d Damn (560 comments)

i knew there was something wrong with buying a macbook pro with a non-removable battery...

more than 4 years ago
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Where Should We Focus Our Space Efforts?

overcaffein8d Re:The Moon (703 comments)

why don't we just drive our hummers and ford explorers around there and add greenhouse gases there?

more than 4 years ago
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Seasonal Flu Shots Double Risk of Getting Swine Flu, Says New Study

overcaffein8d Re:Don't forget: (258 comments)

the onion?

more than 4 years ago
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US Court Tells Microsoft To Stop Selling Word

overcaffein8d Re:Does that mean... (403 comments)

Nawp, djew/

I don't think the Texans have anything else against the Jews nowadays... or do they?

more than 5 years ago
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US Court Tells Microsoft To Stop Selling Word

overcaffein8d Re:Does that mean... (403 comments)

How about a South Carolina version of the program, which realizes that you're writing a love letter to your Argentinian mistress and automatically forwards it to your wife?

Disclaimer: I'm from SC

more than 5 years ago
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Neuron Path Discovery May Change Our Conception of Itching

overcaffein8d Re:Ouch. Torturous. (161 comments)

yes, i had it covered on the infinite amount of monkeys and infinite amount of typewriters, but i must have neglected to get the infinite amount of ink. at least they're not using computers with windows, because then they'd have an infinite number of BSOD

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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DIY Lab scanner made from standard CD drive

overcaffein8d overcaffein8d writes  |  more than 6 years ago

overcaffein8d writes "Barrapunto [link in Spanish] has a write-up [link also in Spanish] about some Spanish researchers who made a laboratory scanner from a CD or DVD drive. These are made by adding two more light sensors, and it was tested to pick up pesticide at 0.02 micrograms per liter. Though not quite as good in quality as the machines that are 30,000-60,000, they are much more affordable for small laboratories."

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Why is most Google stuff beta?

overcaffein8d overcaffein8d writes  |  more than 6 years ago When I looked in my Gmail inbox tonight, I noticed that it was still beta, and then I remembered that it has been in the beta form ever since I had my account there. But why is it still in the beta form? Is it for legal reasons (so they won't be held liable for hacking)? There are a bunch of other Google programs that are also in beta form. Why?

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