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Perelman Urged To Accept $1m Prize

svunt Re:what mushrooms? (421 comments)

Since there's mobile coverage where the mushroom picking is going down, maybe it's indoor rather than in a forest?

more than 4 years ago
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International Longest Tweet Contest Seeks Entries

svunt Re:still useless (99 comments)

It's not about whether you're interesting, it's about whether you can get regular updates from people/services that are interesting.

more than 4 years ago
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Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs

svunt Re:Hells Angels (409 comments)

Yep, that's how we do it...ie. Not only is a bottle of beer a 'stubby' but a can is a 'tinnie' - which is also a small metal boat, like a dinghy. The nastier half of us even call Indians 'curries'.

more than 4 years ago
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Charities Upset Over Chase Facebook Contest

svunt Re:Charities? (464 comments)

Amnesty International is considered a charity, for the same reason that SSDP should be. Same basic goal of freeing the unjustly imprisoned.

more than 4 years ago
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Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials

svunt Re:Obvious (?) question (425 comments)

I realise that it's not economical thinking, and hardly applicable to the general populace, but personally I'd kill for an excuse to eat four pounds of steak every day. As it is I work out furiously five days a week so I can enjoy a massively calorie- & protein-rich diet. I don't think this is a great idea for humanity, far from it, but I can definitely see the value in being super-strong.

more than 4 years ago
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Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials

svunt Re:Obvious (?) question (425 comments)

Off the top of my head, I could do a lot on foot that I currently need a car for, like carrying a tonne of groceries home from the shop. I could move house without trolleys - and more importantly without back injuries, with more muscle supporting my spine. I'd also be faster, so I could avoid otherwise fatal accidents with falling pianos. I could bang my fat wife standing up for once (disclaimer: I have no fat wife), pull my kids out of a flaming wreckage several years longer into their own lives...the list goes on. Your sedentary lifestyle is not normal, or healthy.

more than 4 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

svunt I'm pro-Somalian pirate (666 comments)

Good on them for including the general population. Foreign business has been gouging Somalian waters for fish & dumping toxic shit in their waters for years. The bulk of the Somalian populace considers this to be a fair means of compensation from the criminals who rob them, and I'm not far behind them.

more than 4 years ago
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Memristor Minds, the Future of Artificial Intelligence

svunt Re:Why not renaming it to memistor? (184 comments)

Putting "mr" in a word can lead to pronunciation difficulties, just google for words containing "mr" then exclude all abbreviations of mister to find how rarely the sequence it's used. Renaming it to "memistor" would help greatly. Also, the wikipedia page for memristor already contains a reference to memistor.

The 'm' and 'r' are in different syllables, so it's really not an issue. I assume you can handle 'Tim Robbins' so you can handle 'memristor'

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla and Google's "Don't-Be-Evil" Bulldozer

svunt Re:Fear of the computer (95 comments)

A friend of mine rang me a fortnight ago because he was setting up a new internet connection at home and was having problems..."It says I'm connected but I can't get to any websites". I suggested he try IE just to confirm that it was a connection issue, and not a browser setting. No luck, we had to try a few other things, eventually it got fixed.

Cut to yesterday and he's having trouble accessing a particular page. After about ten minutes of troubleshooting on the phone, I asked "You aren't still using IE are you?"
"No, I'm using...oh wait, yeah it is IE".
Average users really do see the browser as a pane of glass with internets on the other side, it's a perfect description.

more than 5 years ago
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Washington Post Fighting FireFox and AdBlock

svunt It's fine with AdBlock Plus (4 comments)

I've just moved to a new machine at work, which didn't have adblock plus installed, so I took a quick look at a few pages from the Post, installed ABP and restarted browser...no change, other than the ads disappearing.

more than 4 years ago
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McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating

svunt Re:Simple Solution (500 comments)

Really valid for the AUSTRALIAN restaurants the article is about. Only 12,000km to he nearest outlet!

more than 5 years ago
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Controversial Web "Framing" Makes a Comeback

svunt not really (210 comments)

You can 'close' the frame, meaning that you can reload the entire original page. I do this if I get a stupid framed link, because I don't want to have to research how each site's framing may or may not be stealing link juice, but it's pretty fucked making me load every damn page twice just to see what url I'm visiting. To me, these frames are equivalent to someone sticking an advertisement on my shirt without my permission...a generally gaudy, fucking irritating advertisement that means people can see less of my shirt at any one time. Sure, it's not a perfect analogy.

more than 5 years ago
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New Food-Growth Product a Bit Hairy

svunt Imagine the stink... (243 comments)

...if this stuff caught fire! Barf.

more than 5 years ago
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"Good Enough" Computers Are the Future

svunt Re:Smart enough... (515 comments)

Wow, you're really stretching yourself to make an argument here...sometimes it's best just to read and not write. Honestly, making Windows look different is not challenging to anyone, and you linux folks can scream until you explode about ease of use, BUT IT STILL WON'T BE TRUE. Why not accept that your OS is the best option for YOU, but not for everyone. I use windows, which is right for ME, but not for EVERYONE. Ditto Macs for graphic designers & their ilk. Fucksake, why does there have to be one OS to rule them all? Why can't we accept that like cars, houses, furniture, eyeglasses, and everything else in the world, different options are appropriate for different people with different tastes, needs, levels of interest, etc?

more than 5 years ago
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"Good Enough" Computers Are the Future

svunt Re:Smart enough... (515 comments)

Only for a small part of the market, dude. Your experience is in NO way typical. I would posit that anyone coming form years on one OS will ask that question of any other, unfamiliar system. Thing is, linux is the unfamiliar system to most people, who don't get that feeling with Windows.

more than 5 years ago
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Linked In Or Out?

svunt Re:You can't win if you don't play (474 comments)

He, like a lot of idiots, has a completely public fb profile. And, to address your questions and the comment above, I care a lot more about not having to do the bidding of a small-minded fuckwit than I do about a raise I don't need. Flag-based patriotism is something I find frankly intolerable, and people who are fans of rum brands, well there's a difference between drinking Jim Beam on weekends and having a poster of the guy on your wall, y'know?

more than 5 years ago
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Linked In Or Out?

svunt Re:You can't win if you don't play (474 comments)

I've turned down jobs because of the employer's or my new superior's facebook profile. A few months back Irefused a job after seeing the CEO was in groups like:
"If you don't love the Australian flag then GET THE FUCK OUT"
"I love Bundaberg Rum"
"I tried to watch Transformers and all I saw was Megan Fox"
I'm an open-minded, relatively intelligent guy, and despite the nearly 20% salary increase the job was worth, not a chance. So yeah, facebook works both ways.

more than 5 years ago
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Linked In Or Out?

svunt Re:As a credit professional... (474 comments)

Yah...in my line I find that there's a correlation between over-committing oneself in an attempt to make more money and having a public Facebook profile that includes a bunch of obnoxious group memberships and a photo of one standing in front of a Porsche.

more than 5 years ago
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Linked In Or Out?

svunt As a credit professional... (474 comments)

I heart facebook & linkedin. Used to be hard to find high-value debtors once they left the country, now linkedin tells me where they are and who they work for. I work in Melbourne, and every week I lovate people in Istanbul, Dubai, Honh Kong, LA, Brussels....once facebook or linkedin gives me a bunch of info to start with, the rest is easy. Like other posters have noted, some people cannot afford not to have a presence on these sites. Works for me...KA-CHING

more than 5 years ago
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Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

svunt Re:Lies, Lies, Lies (1127 comments)

I have upgraded an XP machine which had a cracked version of CS4 on it, and it kept working. I have done a clean Win 7 install then installed a cracked version of CS4 on it, no problems. The audio degradation I haven't noticed, but I suppose I can't really speak to that with evidence.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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svunt svunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

svunt writes "A Star Wars fan in costume (blaster included) was swooped on by a number of police today in a Melbourne shopping centre. From the article

"The replica gun appeared to have what resembled a battery pack connected to the gun by a coiled wire, while boots and a laptop were also in the bag. The man was clad in black with unusual logos on his sleeve and breast pocket, and had what appeared to be a hands-free mobile phone earphone in one ear.
The man was later charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm. It appears that he was en route to a photo shoot to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Star Wars."
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svunt svunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

svunt writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Wiimote straps are breaking, sending Wiimotes flying across the living rooms of overly enthusiastic gamers. From the article:

Vispi Bhopti, of Nintendo Australia, said the problem was less to do with quality issues and more related to the way the console was being used. "Nintendo has done various tests before we launched, but it turns out people are playing with a lot more gusto than we would've anticipated," he said
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Who did I piss off?

svunt svunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago As far as I can remember, /. usually asks me to metamod about 8,000 mods a day...until a couple of weeks ago, when I suddenly seemed to be cut out of the loop, no mod points for weeks, no metamod links, nothing. I haven't accused editors of anything, I haven't had a single down-mod in months, I contribute comments regularly, moderate carefully, etc.

weird.

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