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Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans

saxoholic Re:Ending badly? (407 comments)

These ideas always sicken me, we will be paying corporations out of our tax dollars for the air we breathe, hmm, that's going to work out well, 'NOT'.

Quick! Someone trademark the brand name Perri-Air

more than 2 years ago
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PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

saxoholic Cashless will never happen (391 comments)

Arguments about using your wallet for things besides cash and credit cards aside, the bottom line is we will always need cash because you can't bribe a senator or judge from a medium that can be traced.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

saxoholic Re:Sports (697 comments)

Actually my girlfriend is as big a yankee fan as I am.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

saxoholic Re:Sports (697 comments)

Get an antenna then you can watch local sports in HD for free.

That's not entirely true. I am a Yankees fan (I know, I know). Since most yankee games are on the YES network, a cable only channel, I can't watch Yankee games from an antenna. There is MLB.TV but you can only use that to watch out of market games. So sports is what's keeping me hooked on cable. I watch most other things from my desktop connected to the DVI port on my TV on hulu in HD.

more than 3 years ago
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Jailtime For Jailbreaking

saxoholic Re:No ex post facto laws (281 comments)

Marbury vs. Madison, 5 US 137 (1803), was the first case in which the Supreme Court declared an Act of Congress unconstitutional. The Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Marshall, ruled that Congress overstepped its authority by giving the Court authority to issue writs of mandamus for US government officials, a power not specifically enumerated by Article III of the Constitution. The decision invalidated Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789.

In fact, I specifically remember reading in a textbook that John Marshall was waiting for a member of congress to challenge this power of the judiciary, but that didn't happen. And as another poster said, this is 1803. The framers of the constitution were still in office at this time. If they didn't agree with this power of the SCOTUS they would have challenged it.

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

saxoholic Re:Not suprising... (318 comments)

I guess it just means AVG has joined the Norton and McAfee club...

except AVG Free edition still costs more than what the three of them are worth?

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

saxoholic Re:Microsoft Security Essentuals (318 comments)

But do these take into account the time it takes for a patch to be released, or the severity of the exploit? And are these exploits found by researchers or exploits admitted by the vendor?

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

saxoholic Re:Agreed 110%: Great program... apk (318 comments)

Per my subject-line above - Agreed, 110%

This is slashdot and no one has made a comment about his 110% agreement?

more than 3 years ago
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Sciencey Heroes For Young Children?

saxoholic Re:Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist (614 comments)

I concur. He should definitely devote his hero worship to Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He does great stuff when he's not ruining pluto, and he really gets how to explain science to laymen/kids.

about 4 years ago
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The temperature where I am now is controlled by...

saxoholic Re:Fucking FMD (402 comments)

In my college we were able to open the thermostat and turn the glass vial upside down providing total temperature control on the wall unit itself, or bypass the thermostat with paperclips.

about 4 years ago
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The Science of Truthiness

saxoholic Not Truthy (180 comments)

That's not what truthiness is though. Truthiness is the purposefuly following of what one wants to be true, ignoring logic/reason.

more than 4 years ago
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

saxoholic Re:Yes please ... (703 comments)

Have you seen The Colbert Report? He would mock it by doing it to the extreme in a way that showed the ridiculousness of their ideas, so he would not need to do the opposite. And yes, that part of the platform makes sense, but they have so many other ideas that are baseless and insane.

more than 4 years ago
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

saxoholic Re:It's certainly easier... (703 comments)

Did you just use the word logical to describe the libertarians? Have you not read their thoughts on the gold standard?

more than 4 years ago
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

saxoholic Re:Go Stephen! (703 comments)

Protect the right to keep and arm bears.

more than 4 years ago
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Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers

saxoholic Re:What is the issue? (319 comments)

The difference is the technology makes the lighting, and therefore the performance, BETTER but the synthesizers and computerized music makes the performance WORSE. It would be different if it improved the show, but it doesn't. It takes the art out of the music.

more than 4 years ago
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How Big Is Your Primary Display?

saxoholic Re:Size is not as important as resolution (375 comments)

Why is it so had to find 16:10 monitors anymore?

HDCP Compliance. I don't think 16:10 meets HDCP compliance. If you want the monitor to interface with an hdcp device, if you want a blu-ray drive in your PC, or are going to use the monitor with your ps3. At least they're trying to make it standardized, I just wish they would make improvements in resolution instead of stagnating. Good point here, also.

more than 4 years ago
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George Lucas C&Ds 'Lightsaber Laser'

saxoholic Re:heh (481 comments)

That's interesting, because he takes the opposite stance about Family Guy Star Wars. (about 0:56 in) Seth asks him: "Why did you let us do this?" "...ultimately, we don't have to be mean. We're not really that competitive... NOT the you must be destroyed, you must fail so I can win, that sort of thing." I wonder if this came from George himself, or just from some lawyer in the middle. I mean, obviously he couldn't ultimately stop the parody, so it's a different scenario, just interesting to see him make a hypocrite of himself.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Should Focus On Going To..

saxoholic Re:Uranus? (508 comments)

I feel like we need to stop this joke. I vote we officially change the name of Uranus to Urectum.

more than 4 years ago
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Chinese Internet Addiction Boot Camp Prison Break

saxoholic Re:mod points (177 comments)

I hate to go off topic, but I don't know where else to ask this. Despite having "excellent" karma, I haven't received Mod Points in at least a year. Does anyone know what's up with that?

more than 4 years ago

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Blue M&Ms heal spinal injury

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "CNN is reporting on research done at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp. The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue.

Research has found that an influx of ATP following a spinal cord injury kills off healthy cells, increasing the damage of the injury. The blue M&M die seems to prevent that from happening. I would like to be the first to welcome our blue, rodent overlords."
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Facebook asks users to vote on terms of use

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "According to their blog (privacy voiding membership required), Facebook, in response to the uproar about their recent attempt to change the terms of use, have decided to have users vote and comment on Facebook Principles, and rights and responsibilities, citing a desire to "make the world more open and transparent."

I'm not sure how I feel about this. They seem to want everything to be transparent, and somewhat democratically decided, but is that feasible from a social network that is controlled by a company? I'm sure the majority of users would vote to not have their information shared with advertisers, etc, but Facebook can't agree to that because it would kill their revenue..."
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Don LaFontaine (Movie Trailer Voice) Passed Away

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "From the article "Don LaFontaine, the highly sought-after voice-over artist whose sonorous-voiced narration on several thousand movie trailers earned him the title of "The Trailer King," has died. He was 68." The article says that he was being treated for an unspecified illness, and passed away due to complications from the treatment."
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Vatican Anounces 7 New Deadly Sins

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "Apparently the Vatican has created a list of 7 new deadly sins.



After 1,500 years the Vatican has brought the seven deadly sins up to date by adding seven new ones for the age of globalization. The list, published yesterday in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, came as the Pope deplored the "decreasing sense of sin" in today's "secularized world" and the falling numbers of Roman Catholics going to confession.

The new deadly sins include polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice.


Am I alone in thinking this is completely ridiculous?"

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Producers offer WGA less?

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "The Press Blackout was lifted yesterday on the WGA negotiations with the AMPTP. WGA West's website contained the following story

they've proposed this: When an hourlong episode of television is streamed on the Internet, writers would get a flat $250 payment for one year of reuse. That's $250 as opposed to, for example, $20,000 per episode when it's reused on network television. They proposed nothing new on downloads, it's still the DVD formula for those (ie. two-thirds of a penny for an iTunes download). For theatrical movies, they're offering exactly $0.00 on streaming. Oh, and they want to be able to define any content they like as "promotional" — for which they would pay zero dollars. Even if they stream an entire film or tv episode, and even if they sell ads on it, they can call that promotional and pay us nothing.
And the first comment on the article is from Wil Wheaton, which reads

What a load. This is the same sort of crap they pulled on SAG when our contract was up a few years ago. I can't speak for the guild, but I sure as hell can speak for myself: I'm 100% behind everyone in the WGA, and completely support you guys. This "generous partnership" offer is a pile of crap and an insult all at once.
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Does the IT staff go to far with security?

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "I just started my first job as a teacher, and with everything that goes on in a school, it seems that the most aggravating thing for me, an experienced computer user, as well as the veteran teachers I work with, is the lack of any sort of administrative rights on our school computers. We can't remove desktop clutter, any settings we change in programs — homepage, what tool bars are active when office programs open, etc. require higher level access. I understand that there's a lot of people who think they know how to use a computer who don't, that must drive the IT department crazy, but I've experienced and witnessed many cases in the short time I've been employed where the lack of privileges has hampered productivity. On top of that, the IT staff seems understaffed, so along with the lack of administrative privileges on the computer, there's a long wait to have any problems fixed that could be solved by granting teachers higher privileges.

Do other people have similar problems in their fields? To the IT staff, how do you deal with these issues in your companies/organizations?"
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Anthrax in Connecticut

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "As my local news affiliate is reporting, anthrax has been found in Danbury, Connecticut, and two people have been infected. It appears the spores were contracted from cow and goat skins imported from Africa, which were used by the infected parties to build and restore African drums. Another news affiliate addresses it here. The form of anthrax is cutaneous skin anthrax."
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Virgin America's first flights today

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "Virgin America's first flights are today, according to The San Jose Mercury. I've never had the pleasure of flying virgin Atlantic, but everyone I know that has really enjoyed the video games in the seats. The flights today go from NYC to San Francisco. What amused me the most about this, though, is that there was an online poll to name the plane, and -surprise, surprise- Stephen Colbert is the winner. The plane is called the "Air Colbert.""
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Live Free Or Die Hard

saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saxoholic writes "I just saw the newest installment of the Die Hard franchise, and figured Slashdot would be the perfect place to find people that would join me in complaining... or supporting the uses of technology in the plot. Though I enjoyed the movie, I found the ridiculousness of the technology higher than I've seen in recent movies. So, if you've seen the movie, please, I'd like to hear your opinion."
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saxoholic saxoholic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saxoholic (992773) writes "A friend of mine sent me to this http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/57192 which discusses the U.S. Government heavily censoring a New York Times article, so the New York Times is publishing the article with all the censored information literally blacked out.

in addition, "...the Times will instruct readers where they can find the omitted information in other (unclassified) publications — like, for instance, in Leverett's paper on the same topic called "Dealing with Tehran," published through the Century Foundation.""

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