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Toronto School Bans Hard Balls

shermo Re:What next? (319 comments)

I still have mine after 15+ years.

more than 2 years ago
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Oxford Professor Taken To Task For Linking Internet Use To Autism

shermo Re:smoking causes yellow fingers (247 comments)

Stories like this explain why people don't trust doctors when they say vaccines don't cause Autism.

You should be able to trust your doctor shouldn't you? :(

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?

shermo Re:and it's thwarted with...... (384 comments)

If that's how much home, badly serviced connections cost, guess how much work connections with uptime guarantees cost.

I have 10 times as much allowance at home as I do at work, and the work connection is shared between 10 people.

A few months ago someone accidentally downloaded 2 Gb of podcasts. It cost us $100.

more than 2 years ago
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Smart Power Grid Could Wreak Havoc On Itself

shermo Re:How were electric cars EVER supposed to work? (331 comments)

True, but "making a cup of your favourite hot beverage" is pretty bad for the power network.

*Attempt to link article about kettles causing power spikes at the end of coronation street failed due to Slashdot Lameness Filter*

Understandable - Coronation Street is pretty lame.

more than 2 years ago
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Limits On Growth of Energy Use and Economies

shermo Re:He misses one HUGE assumption (482 comments)

The electric bill each month confirms that I'm just not using as much as I once did

That could well be true in your particular case. However it's not typical:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebound_effect_(conservation)

Generally the more efficient something becomes, the more people use it, and often end up using more than they would have had it not become more efficient. Something like that anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Limits On Growth of Energy Use and Economies

shermo Re:He misses one HUGE assumption (482 comments)

Yes he is, and that's quite a different assumption from assuming that once all the whales die we won't be able to light our homes.

One is an engineering problem, the other a physical limitation.

People are very good at overcoming engineering problems. Overcoming physical limitations not so much. (Unfortunately).

more than 2 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

shermo Re:no offline play = no sale (384 comments)

Strictly speaking I mean neither. The offline community regularly traded items and had various 'events' where people used their own characters in their own single player games. People very much cared if you cheated, and most new players were treated with caution until they'd 'done their time' and people believed them to be trustworthy. I have no doubt that people did sometimes cheat (they were occasionally caught out), but on the whole it was a trustworthy environment.

more than 2 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

shermo Re:no offline play = no sale (384 comments)

The funny thing is that most people I know who played offline did so to get away from the cheaters. Even though it was exponentially easier to cheat offline, there was a moral agreement not to do so, and there was quite a community that grew up around offline social play.

I don't suppose you frequent the spf? I haven't visited there for years, but I went by the same username.

more than 2 years ago
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Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

shermo Re:Let's hope that 15%... (350 comments)

What's the male/female split of posters on Twitter?

If 65.7% of users are male I can guess what gender a poster is and I'll get it right 65.7% of the time.

about 3 years ago
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Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

shermo Re:Global Warming Denial (507 comments)

The graph I was referring to was about the absorption spectrum of different molecules and the spectrum of sunlight. That's all quite well established.

I confess I haven't read the entire page, I just skimmed Google for the spectrum data. My only position on global warming is "woosh" - as in it's all much more complicated than I can understand.

about 3 years ago
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Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

shermo Re:Global Warming Denial (507 comments)

OK I read into this a bit more. What I said was correct in concept, however I got the spectrums a bit wrong.

So substitute 'the lower end of the infrared spectrum' for the first infrared and 'the higher end of the infrared spectrum' for the second infrared.

The second to bottom graph on this page explains it graphically. http://sanjeev.sabhlokcity.com/co2/

about 3 years ago
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Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

shermo Re:Global Warming Denial (507 comments)

Energy from sun is not in the infrared so CO2 has no effect. However energy radiated from the Earth is in the infrared, so it interacts with CO2. As a consequence, some of it is radiated out to space, but some of it is radiated back to earth, when previously all of it would have radiated out to space.

That's how I understand it from school physics anyway.

about 3 years ago
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For Texas Textbooks, a Victory For Evolution

shermo Re:Have to share this - holy crap! mod parent up (626 comments)

I often wonder how much progress has been lost because obviously smart people, such as yourself, devote their lives to justifying their religious beliefs.

I had maths lecturers at University who spent most of his research careers working out convoluted mathematical explanations for biblical teachings. It seemed like a waste.

about 3 years ago
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Can a Playground Be Too Safe?

shermo Re:Remembering old times (493 comments)

WRT your last paragraph you should have a look at the book "Dawn of Sex". It's not really about sex, it's about how the situation you described is the 'natural' state of human societies. It's not amazingly well written, but it discusses some interesting subjects.

about 3 years ago
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Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers

shermo Re:And... (291 comments)

Similarly I played Diablo 2 without purchasing it for a couple of years. Subsequently I paid for my own WoW subscription for 4 years, and that of my girlfriend's for 3. That's got to be the best return on 'investment' ever.

about 3 years ago
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The Science of Password Selection

shermo Re:Texting sold separately (340 comments)

Every time I see this I'm amazed that you have to pay to receive text messages in the US.

Do you have to also pay when you send them?

about 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Portrait-Landscape Flipping

shermo Re:Does it count as obvious? (354 comments)

Does it? I thought it was an axiom. It's not proven, it's just assumed, and general relativity is built on that assumption.

about 3 years ago

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New Zealand Spybase Activists Walk Free

shermo shermo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shermo (1284310) writes "Two years ago three activists broke into the Waihopai http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/waihopai.html spybase in New Zealand and slashed the protective bubble surrouding a spy satellite dish. The three activists had been charged with sabotage and faced up to ten years in jail if convicted. Stuff.co.nz http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3468003/Waihopai-3-walk-free reports: "Three activists who freely admitted breaking into a government spybase in New Zealand and slashing an inflatable plastic dome covering a satellite dish have walked free. The three men readily admitted attacking the base, but said they were driven by a belief that the satellite caused human suffering and their actions to shut it down, if only temporarily, were lawful. A jury in Wellington District Court took two hours to acquit them of all charges yesterday." This appears to be a powerful example of a jury showing some activism of its own."

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