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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

u38cg Re:Pretty cool (147 comments)

AAAARGH vi

I think this should be a meme.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

u38cg As far as building a team goes... (176 comments)

...I would strongly recommend just getting the best people you can. In my experience good, experienced people in a small team do not mind picking up the grunt work if the team is pulling together and being productive.

4 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

u38cg Re:Distilled water has no salts (167 comments)

You're wrong. This seems to be a common pop-sci fact, but it's nonsense. If you drank only distilled water, you would die slightly quicker than someone who drank only water, but that's it. Drink distilled water and eat normally, you would observe no effects.

about a week ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

u38cg Re:Doesn't distilled water taste horrible though? (167 comments)

Yes, but also rather more worryingly there is the minor issue that after using it for a few weeks it will become contaminated with Legionnaire's.

about a week ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

u38cg Re:reflexes? (114 comments)

Requirements vary quite a lot between country. The UK is one of the strictest - corrected vision must be a certain standard in both eyes. In the US, some states allow people the UK would class as legally blind to drive. Some of these folk use miniature telescopes strapped to their eyes to see with - needless to see, field of view with these things is pretty small.

about a week ago
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Life Insurance Restrictions For Space Tourists

u38cg Re:Life insurance vs life expectancy (68 comments)

Half right. You must be upfront about what you do and intend to do at the time of underwriting, but if you then take up chain-smoking while surfing on a shark, that's your business. The insurer absorbs that as normal mortality. To put it in perspective, the biggest life policies are on the order of GBP50-100m (Warren Buffet types), and the industry absorbs one or two claims of this size every year. The real risk here is aggregation risk, the fact that you'll have a dozen millionaires on these flights. That's not an issue for the insurers, really, but it is for the reinsurers and their retro pools. But even losing the top ten insured lives is smaller than a billion dollar cat which again, is barely a rounding error in reinsurance.

about three weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

u38cg Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

Actually, closing the lid traps an aerosol of toilet water which blows up in the face of the next user. It persists a surprisingly long time. Citation: some Reader's Digest magazine I read in a dentist's waiting room twenty years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

u38cg Re:Lemme guess (739 comments)

Get back to me about that guaranteed profit when the next Katrina hits in the middle of a major flu epidemic. Hint: "guaranteed profit" and "insurance company" are not phrases that sit well together, ever.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

u38cg Re:Lemme guess (739 comments)

I'm not an expert on US insurance, but I do work for an insurer and I'm pretty sure US health insurers don't enjoy the position they're in. Insurers should be top-slicing excess of risk; instead, they're left with an expensive involvement every time you get your flu vaccination.

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

u38cg Re:A piece of aluminum was found in the Pacific? (94 comments)

Gosh, I'm sure nobody thought of that. You should probably ring them up and tell them personally, I'm sure they'll be very grateful for your insight...

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:All hard skills? (272 comments)

(1) I'm not a product of the US American education system (thank goodness) (2) the US American system is light years away from being a free market at any level (3) a universal basic literacy program is not what I suggest is required, at least initially.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:All hard skills? (272 comments)

They managed it when they had no idea. Coming up with the ideas is the smallest of the problems; it's getting people educated and getting ideas transmitted through time and space. Free trade solves the first and printing the second.

about a month ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

u38cg Bennet (153 comments)

Is anyone else getting a nervous twitch about the words "read on"?

Also, can we just make Bennet an author so we can block him?

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:All hard skills? (272 comments)

Actually, scratch that. Free trade and printing are all you need. People will work the rest out quite quickly.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:All hard skills? (272 comments)

Rubbish. You can derive modern technology from scratch in a few hundred years: all you need is a society that can support thinkers, printing to distribute ideas, and free trade to generate the wealth to make it happen.

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

u38cg Re:Fool me once... (221 comments)

Anonymous coward, I'd like you to meet the United States. I'm sure you'll get on :D

Also, freedom.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:Wishful thinking (272 comments)

You must be careful when slagging Americanisms. Many simply reflect the original usage. Plough is Old English - ploh - and 'plow' was equally common until the 18th century.

about a month ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

u38cg Re:Fuck it, I'm out (138 comments)

Actually, it's about ethics in games journalism.

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

u38cg Re:Fool me once... (221 comments)

You don't get injured by the airbag, you get injured by not wearing a seatbelt. You can crash into a brick wall head on at 100+mph with a seatbelt and airbag and walk away; with just an airbag you're toast. Mandatory seatbelts would make more of a difference than airbags have.

about a month ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

u38cg Re:10 years ago and earlier.... (221 comments)

It's about the excess of risk. Thirty years ago or more, when all cars were equally stealable, you could charge the same theft premium for all of them because they were all equally easy to steal and there is a relatively fixed amount of theft in total. When only *one* model is easy to steal, that model *will* be stolen, and hence insuring it means a premium equal to the cost of the vehicle.

about a month ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 8 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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