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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

skine Re:It's too bad you think she's annoying, because (168 comments)

If only her character were a real person. Not only is she beautiful, but if you remember she got genuinely excited over Unix. My guess is that she'd have a three-digit /. ID, at most.

about a month and a half ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

skine Re:Slashdot Beta: just say no (457 comments)

Why fix the few existing issues when you can create whole new ones?

We all know how much /. loves Canonical and Gnome.

about 2 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

skine Re:Regulations a bit premature (1146 comments)

I keep hearing the argument that CFLs start out dim and are slow to produce full light, and they die quicker.

This argument is just flat out wrong. I've been using General Electric CFL bulbs for years, and I've had zero issues with warmup or dying.

They come on instantly, and I only replace a bulb when one of the incandescent ones that came with the apartment dies.

about 4 months ago
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Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

skine Re:Oh Germany (192 comments)

It is better to let nine innocent men be extorted than to let one guilty man go free.

Or something along those lines.

about 4 months ago
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SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

skine Re:I'm there!!! (211 comments)

Personally, I've been saving parts from old computers I've built for years with the intention of building a HTPC.

Using this year's Christmas presents, I'll finally have enough parts to build one. So, for me, Valve has perfect timing.

about 4 months ago
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HIV Tracking Technology Could Pinpoint Who's Infecting Who

skine Re:Hopefully (203 comments)

I'd suggest watching Stephen Fry: Out There and Stephen Fry: HIV and Me. They give a lot of information about both homosexuality and HIV/AIDS around the world.

One startling point is that South Africa does not believe that there is a connection between HIV and AIDS.

about 5 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

skine Re:All that time and money spent (206 comments)

I know that a lot of people hated the original Xbox controller, but I liked it better than any other Xbox controller.

Even at 14 when it came out, it fit my hands perfectly.

about 5 months ago
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

skine Re:The study is about the effects of climate chang (640 comments)

So, this is really just an example of what we all (should have) learned when taught logic:

False premises lead to whatever conclusion you want.

In order for the statement "If only cyclical changes influence climate, then the effect on the climate of Nebraska will be ________," to even be worth asking, there has to be a good reason to assume that only cyclical changes influence climate, or a good reason not to assume other influences.

about 6 months ago
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New York City To Get Manhole Covers That Wirelessly Charge Electric Vehicles

skine How much do they charge? (112 comments)

And will they accept Visa?

about 6 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

skine Re:GOLD - Asimov (532 comments)

Records! Willard was hesitating. Music, when it was a matter of electronic exchange, meant nothing.
There was no feeling of either wealth or poverty of one's collection above a certain level.
The world was a matter of internet stores and bit torrent and all the world transferred, transferred, transferred.
Records were different. They had a feel. Each album had a weight. Piled together, it had a beauty.
It was music one could appreciate and experience.

about 7 months ago
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Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

skine Re:An open system (271 comments)

Also, for people who don't resell their games, it makes no difference.

As someone who has been playing video games since the early 1990s, the only games that have left my collection are ones I've misplaced, and ones that I let someone borrow but never had returned (either because of the friend misplacing it, or losing contact with them).

Plus, I bought Skyrim for $40 on sale a few months after it came out, when the regular price was still $60. If I had bought the game new at $60, then traded it in for MAYBE $20, I would still be out the same $40.

about 7 months ago
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Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of

skine Re:that name.. (252 comments)

The next one gets called the Aleph One.

about 7 months ago
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Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

skine Not Intended for Quitting (314 comments)

As someone who got into e-cigs relatively early (2009) and still vapes, it's important to note that they are NOT really meant for quitting. Sure, it's possible to quit using them, but they are more intended to be a replacement device. It's only quitting in the sense that you're not using traditional cigarettes anymore.

Why are they catching on?

1. They are (likely to be) healthier. Sure, some will say that e-cigs contain ingredients present in anti-freeze. These same ingredients, though, are also found in rescue inhalers, fog machines, and Twinkies. Mostly, though, they don't contain all of the tar and poisonous substances we all know are present in other cigarettes.

2. You don't smell like burnt paper, and don't make you smell like burnt paper for the rest of the day. Pretty self-explanatory.

3. (Or 2a) You can vape indoors, and stealth-vape. Smoking outdoors is fine eight months of the year here in Upstate NY. The other four months - and all of the days it's raining - having to go outdoors sucks. Not only in homes and apartments, but at bars. Also, if I'm in a place where I don't want people to know I vape, I can just go into the bathroom or a toilet stall, and nobody is the wiser. Not the same for a cigarette.

4. Much easier to maintain a constant buzz. I recently had the charger I've had since the start decide to stop working, so I switched back to traditional cigarettes. I absolutely hated that I felt like hell or got enough of a buzz to make my legs weak.

about 7 months ago
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Security Researcher Makes His Point By Hacking Into Zuckerberg's Facebook Page

skine Re:Take it public (266 comments)

To be fair, the summary does say that $500 is the minimum.

According to the Forbes article posted by jovius, Facebook's average payout is a few thousand.

about 8 months ago
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Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

skine Idiocracy (1029 comments)

And there was a time in this country, a long time ago, when [...] movies that had stories so you cared whose ass it was and why it was farting, and I believe that time can come again!"

about 9 months ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

skine Re:You don't have to open the door (417 comments)

Let's assume that someone owns a house with unbreakable windows, walls, doors, and locking mechanisms. The doors have an electronic lock that requires a passkey to open. Also, assume that the police have a warrant to search this house.

If the police arrives with a warrant, you don't have to open the door for them.

If we take this as true, then the police will be unable to access the house unless they guess the passkey or catch the person entering his own house.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years

skine Re:I Cant understan Tesla (311 comments)

I think that you're grossly underestimating the size and weight required of a battery to carry the 300 mile range.

Swapping out a 600lb battery pack isn't going to be as easy as pumping gas.

about a year ago
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Browser tabs I have open right now ...

skine Re:Useful? (300 comments)

If I was doing something useful, I'd easily reach 20 tabs. But I only read /. while idle.

Where "something useful" defined as "looking for porn."

about a year ago
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UK Benefits Claimants Must Use Windows XP, IE6

skine Not forced to use XP (230 comments)

There is still the option to send the forms by mail.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

skine Re:What about lesbian couples? (832 comments)

That might make sense if the men only got 15 weeks, and that didn't start until one week after the birth.

about a year ago

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How to Contact Representatives and Senators?

skine skine writes  |  about 6 months ago

skine (1524819) writes "Based on a post from GumphMaster, I believe that a bill such as Section 54 of Australia's Constitution would benefit the US.

The proposed law which appropriates revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government shall deal only with such appropriation.

However, any attempt to contact my Senators or Congressman yield only a notice that their offices are closed to email, phone, and mail until the shutdown is ended. Granted, I wouldn't expect my Congressman or Senators to actually read or listen to any email, voicemail message, or letter I send under normal circumstances. So, really, how do I get the attention of my representatives in Congress?"

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Traveling Cross Country and The Internet

skine skine writes  |  about 4 years ago

skine (1524819) writes "This summer, I'll be taking a road trip across the US over the course of about five weeks. What I'm looking for a is a way to stay connected over the course of the trip. Our group will either have one or possibly two laptops, so I've been considering a MiFi type device — but we don't necessarily need both connected to the internet. The biggest issue I have in searching is that I'll only need 3G access for the five weeks, as opposed to the advertised two-year plans.

I tend to be a heavy internet user at home, and hundreds of miles of downtime between stops makes a 500MB plan less than desirable. Also, with a higher cap (a pitiful 5GB in general), I'm still concerned about the cost per MB after the 5GB has been used up.

I'm currently a Verizon customer, but have no loyalty to them. I just want to find the most cost effective way to stay connected over this period."

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