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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

shinier Antidepressant trials (349 comments)

Perhaps participants in antidepressant trials are just happier to be part of something constructive. Perhaps the more isolated and fragmented a society we become, the more positive the reaction subjects have to being among others and given so much attention?

about 5 years ago

BT Blocks Access To Pirate Bay

shinier Re:Misleading Summary (360 comments)

I called T-Mobile up when they did this and asked for "the block" to be removed, without mentioning a specific site at all, and they did it. They were blocking gambling sites too so any list I'm on will not be incriminating. It's basically a parental filter that's enabled by default, that's all. Slashdot should start a shop with branded tinfoil hats. They'd make a fortune.

more than 5 years ago

BT Blocks Access To Pirate Bay

shinier Misleading Summary (360 comments)

Kinda missed an important bit of that article there, didn't you? "BT's warning message advises customers to contact customer services if they want the block on the site to be lifted." You still get to choose.

more than 5 years ago

UK Gov. Wants IWF List To Cover 100% of UK Broadband

shinier Re:Am I being naÃve? (281 comments)

I would much rather they got their kicks jerking off to CP, than taking it out on a child... This just delegates your child abuse to the person producing the videos. You'd have to be pretty utilitarian to suggest that forcing a small number of children to be abused on camera is better than a larger number being abused in private.

more than 5 years ago

Black Holes From the LHC Could Last For Minutes

shinier Re:cosmic rays (672 comments)

Newbie question. The LHC particles aren't striking the earth, they're striking *each other*. Is it common for cosmic rays to collide with other cosmic rays head-on?

more than 5 years ago

Unboxing a 1984 Atari Peripheral, 25 Years Later

shinier Re:Annoying format. (154 comments)

Yes, the power of open source being you can update it yourself! If it were closed, that'd really be that.

more than 5 years ago

UK Culture Secretary Wants Website Ratings, Censorship

shinier Re:Free speech (377 comments)

If you don't like any of the available parties then the realistic option is to start your own party and stand for government. If the Internet is useful for anything, its for stirring up action. It shouldn't be too difficult to win at least one seat with a viral campaign and enough supporters. That's the great thing about Democracy. If you don't like the government, you start your own. Take advantage while you can.

more than 5 years ago

Science's Alternative To an Intelligent Creator

shinier Sky cranes (683 comments)

Ah, so God must have made the *multiverse* just for us then.

more than 5 years ago



Home Soundproofing

shinier shinier writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shinier writes "I live in a large, shared house of geeks and we're considering setting aside a small room for communal servers. The problem is the noise could easily spread to one or two bedrooms so we want to play with soundproofing the whole room. Web searches on soundproofing point to commercial sites but I would prefer an impartial opinion. Does sound reduction require special materials and consultants or can anyone recommend a DIY solution?"


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