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How loud is your primary computer?

sgbett Re:Water cooling FTW (371 comments)

What is this "sport" that you speak of? Does it run on linux?

about 3 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

sgbett Re:HSBC (330 comments)

If my bank *ever* says that to me, then just watch how fast I close that account...

about 3 months ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

sgbett Re:Really??? (266 comments)

Not to mention that stills are the holy grail of 'out of context' editing - whilst the pictures may be accurate, video would be much more compelling.

These guys are bad enough without over egging the pudding. These techniques are how those in power influence the weak minded public. We should not stoop so low as to become their bedfellows in this respect.

Given enough rope, those in power will hang themselves. They seem to be doing a grand job of it. I don't mean to trivialise the unfortunate side effects of this process, but I do think they are somewhat unavoidable. So begin outraged is a little like shouting at the wind. You just have to try and do what you can in your little corner of the world to make things better for you and those around you. However big your corner might be.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Reproducible Is Arithmetic In the Cloud?

sgbett Re:bend reality (226 comments)

froty-second post!!!!42

about 5 months ago
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Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

sgbett Re:No zero (295 comments)

if you microwave only shows minutes, then yes they would. I think most show seconds though?

about 5 months ago
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Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

sgbett Re:No zero (295 comments)

When you put in 1 minute, the instant you press start it likely goes to 0:59, which is a property of the display.

If you could see ms you would see those counting down.

So you are still nuking your food for exactly a minute, just that the time remaining is always truncated.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

sgbett Re:Yes. (631 comments)

The gentoo way is that you should already know...

Of course, you should already know that ;)

about 7 months ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

sgbett Re:Sugar (926 comments)

This is absolutely the most accurate post in this thread.

It boils down to calories, if yoour body gets more calories than it needs and/or it gets calories faster than it needs then it has to do something with them.

It stores them for later. As fat.

"processed" food lets both these things happen.

"unprocessed" food mitigates this.

There's that whole thing about cooking food allowing us to evolve because it meant we could eat more, get more nutrients etc well this is just taking that one step further. Not only do we cook it, but we refine it so that its easy to get a several thousand calorie surplus every day, and still go back for more. The super obese are great case studies in this, and a testemant to the efficiency of the human body in dealing with whatever we throw at it!

about 8 months ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

sgbett Re:Sugar (926 comments)

When you disregard the entire thesis because you don't like one of the things the person said. Does that make your counter argument credible?

Seriously there is a massive body of scientific evidence that implicates refined sugars as being a significant factor in things like obesity and metabolic syndrome.

The body is complicated, and figuring out what is good for people is hard. Further complicated by the fact that it doesn't necessarily correspond with what is profitable.

Here is a another thing you might not like for its 'sensationalist' nature, but its worth considering: Sugar acts like a drug. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_addiction

about 8 months ago
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California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

sgbett Re:Satoshi Nakamoto foresaw this (396 comments)

It's an elaborate double bluff. Satoshi is the US govt/Fed/IMF or some similar consortium of 'money controller', who are quite aware that the current monetary system is out of control.

They have built bitcoin, they own a controlling amount (or are in the process of buying it... they have infinite money to do so). Over time they will engineer themselves into a position of owning a controlling amount of the network (having infinite money to devote to a data-centre or two of miners).

The endgame is that they are going to be processing most blocks and therefore collecting the bulk of transaction fees. The protocol allows the finder of a block to choose which transactions to include, meaning they can effectively block transactions that don't pay sufficient fees.

Then we are back in exactly the same situation as now, except there is no actual cash that people might transact off the books. The USD becomes the black market currency. The majority of the new BTC wealth in the hands of the few, and everyone else paying tax for the privilege of transferring money.

Carerful what you wish for :)

about 10 months ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

sgbett mkdir FP (378 comments)

git --bare init

about 10 months ago
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NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

sgbett Re:Just because YOUR government is corrupt (327 comments)

Trying to 'fix' the situation is unlikely to work.

A better strategy is accepting there will be failure, and building systems to cope.

A great example of this, quite fittingly, is the internet itself.

Accept that governments will work most of the time, understand they will fail some of the time. Keep your eyes open. Try and be cool. We are all in it together, despite the example set by some.

about 10 months ago
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DoS Attack Forces EVE Online Offline

sgbett Re:How can you DDoS an MMO? (127 comments)

You should be in charge of the whole internet. You got it all figured out.

about a year ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

sgbett Re:Not good enough (800 comments)

For anything else, I agreed breaking flow could be irritating.

If you are shutting down... well your flow is kind of over.

about a year ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

sgbett Re:easy enough to do (800 comments)

You at least have to land all your butterflies.

about a year ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

sgbett Re:Not good enough (800 comments)

The only thing worse than tech support telling you to reboot, is an end-user that calls you with a problem that hasn't already tried rebooting.

about a year ago

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Google Search uses 1/2 a kettle of CO2

sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sgbett writes "Following on from the recent carbon neutral debate, The Australian has just published an article entitled Hidden harm of google searches which makes a bold assertion.

While millions of people tap into Google without a thought for the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of carbon dioxide. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g.

What I found more interesting though was the footnote...

...maintaining a character in the Second Life virtual reality game requires 1752 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That is almost as much used by the average Brazilian.

I wonder how much CO2 the average WOWer grinds through a year!"

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Bandai can ban pac-man

sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sgbett writes "Oh noes! It seems that Bandai are jumping on board the 'take down' wagon, by requesting that developers remove the facebook app pac-man. In its place a jukebox style sorry excuse for an arcade ... Wot no space invaders? To avoid visiting facebook, here is the announcement...

PacMan Is Gone Dear users — we have been asked by Bandai to remove Pacman from Facebook. So around 2-3pm PST today we will be taking Pacman off the application and replacing it with other games. We are truly sorry to have to take away your favorite game, but we will be talking with Bandai to hopefully be able to return Pacman to you — our devoted users. So in the meantime please enjoy the new games we will be adding every few days. Please let us know which ones you like or don't like. -DL Please hang in there we are making new and better games and we will be adding score tracking to those as well. We were caught by surprise by Bandai and they only gave us 24 hours to change it. We are still hoping to get PacMan back up by negotiating with Bandai.
Why not Contact them to express your appreciation!"
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sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sgbett writes "The BBC reports that the BPI have been awarded 41million GBP in damages from online CD retailer CD-Wow. This follows a ruling earlier in the year in which CD-Wow were found in contempt of court for breaching a 2004 agreement to stop selling imported CDs which had been bought cheaply in places like Hong Kong.

In a statement, CD-Wow said the British courts had set a "dangerous precedent". CD-WOW is now calling for a full review of copyright law."
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sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sgbett writes "So google changed there image search results page recently to a slicker web 2.0 approach, and in doing do have hidden what could be considered to be one of the most vital pieces of image metadata behind a mouseover. Imagaine a world where search only returned page titles, with no clue as to content — Could it be that google have got the UI wrong for once?"

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