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Researchers Try To "Close the Nutrient Cycle" Through Better Waste Recycling

verbatim recycling programs (112 comments)

How long until municipalities have a mandatory yellow box?

about 7 months ago
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New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

verbatim Re:YES PLEASE! (401 comments)

First Contact made up for Generations and gave headroom for Insurrection and Nemesis, but all they did was run the series into the ground. They did such a poor job, I think there really was no other choice but to restart the series. "Star Trek" should have started with a lengthy apology.

It wasn't horrible. Which is more than the other three achieved.

about a year ago
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New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

verbatim Re:YES PLEASE! (401 comments)

Because, clearly, the loyal fan base really wanted a thinly-veiled remake of WoK to make up for the four TNG films.

about a year ago
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3-D Structures Built Out of Liquid Metal At Room Temperature

verbatim Complex structures... (72 comments)

Can it form complex machines? guns and explosives that have chemicals and moving parts -- or is it limited to forming solid metal shapes like knives and stabbing weapons?

about a year ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

verbatim Re:Decent comparison (378 comments)

The statement is also demonstrably untrue.

You can create a shallow clone of a git repository. There are some limitations, but if you're just interested in the latest and greatest, and are fine with some non-obvious restrictions, you are not obligated to download the entire repository.

about a year ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

verbatim A great disturbance... (326 comments)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

about a year ago
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Brain Zapping Improves Math Ability

verbatim Re:huh (202 comments)

4 out of 3 people struggle with math;-)

9 out of 10 statisticians cannot count to 10.

about a year ago
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Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

verbatim Re:hey jerkface (400 comments)

But you're the one reading into it.

At face value, the statement clearly implies that young, married, males with children are somehow more valuable. His argument talks about going home to rest, not how skilled they are.

Disclosure: I'm a straight, single, over 30 (old) male without children (or the desire to procreate).

about a year ago
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Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

verbatim hey jerkface (400 comments)

don't fill your engineering department with young, single, childless males (aka brogrammers).

Leave the bigotry at home, please. this isn't the 1920s and not all of us subscribe to certain puritan notions of "family".

I would otherwise agree with the idea that "going home" to rest is better than "resting at work" (because as long as you are accessible by work, you are not fully resting and free from it).

about a year ago
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Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

verbatim Re:Open Source License (630 comments)

I much prefer Godwin's law. After all, Hitler supported the GPL.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

verbatim the dissenting opinion (628 comments)

I actually like the start screen:

Good:
- pressing [START] brings it up, I can start typing, and it filters like the start menu of old
- when filtering, the categories always appear in the same place
- meta options are big and appear in the same place (makes a difference at 2560x1440 with standard DPI)
- It doesn't overlap or clutter the desktop -- I press [START] and see a new screen with bigger options that are easier to navigate
- to me, the general windows desktop theme (flat, pastel, simple) is a huge improvement (reminds me of 3.x a little in that regard)

Bad
- It's not intuitive or obvious, I guess, that the [START] search functionality exists at all
- It's not obvious how to do meta actions (open with, for example)
- at first blush, if you make it to the desktop, it's not obvious how you get back to the start screen
- the hidden menus are obnoxious if you're trying to remember where they are hidden
- the "docked" apps or whatever, where the fullscreen app can take a portion of the screen, are worthless
- the hand icon, used to "discard/close" apps, is kind of weird on the desktop (I can discard my desktop? lol).

I dunno. Overall I am indifferent. I actually applaud Microsoft for giving something a go, I just hope that they keep working on it to make it more intuitive and less "post-pc"-ish (which is pretty insulting when I'm running it on a PC). I don't really use the tiles, and I'm on the desktop 99% of the time... so. Yeah. From a ui perspective alone, I don't really find it that abrasive.

about a year ago
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NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty

verbatim The condition of software... (187 comments)

Software outliving it's hardware... sigh.

There's something innately human about that which strikes me as... odd.

about a year ago
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Apple Faces Lawsuit For Retina MacBook Pro 'Ghosting' Issue

verbatim I bet he'd say... (195 comments)

"You're not looking at it right."

      - steve

about a year and a half ago
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Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

verbatim So what? (307 comments)

The real problem is corporate executives with the clout to pay themselves next to nothing in cash and everything in stock and capital assets, taxed only when they choose to liquidate at their leisure. The fact that many corporations work around taxation and can, in this case, get a refund for having put their revenue back into the economy during the year, is not such an immortal sin as to consternate the general public.

I'm more concerned with big government stripping people of their right to free choice than I am with companies doing what their shareholders would demand of them.

about a year and a half ago
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Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy

verbatim cultural learnings for great justice (275 comments)

So, today we learned that it takes the Internet 3 minutes to offend.

My friends, I am ashamed. Three minutes? We must try harder!

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

verbatim Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

That's an extreme, though, kicking someone off because they made a mistake.

It's clear (to me) that Linus cares enough to engage and teach by expressing what he cares about and why?

Is he rough? Sure.

But ultimately who cares? This is between Linus, Mauro, and the core maintainers. Everything else is sterile conjecture.

But I stand by what I said as "empirically true." Linus was nice to someone once and they committed suicide over it. That's empirical evidence that "being nice" doesn't always help. That's horrible.

It's better to be straight with people so that problems get resolved NOW rather than become lingering issues down the road. Sometimes this means writing an e-mail that says: shut the fuck up.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

verbatim Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

(by "that" I meant what you wrote, not what Linus wrote, btw).

Curse words are funny. Emotion is a strange concept to me, but I get when people are angry and go into my "there, there, dear" mode.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

verbatim Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

If my employer ever sent me something like that, I'd quit on the spot.

I don't like being coddled, I like being handled even less. Tell me what you really think and drop the fucking corporate baby speak.

I'm an adult. I drink and sometimes curse and make mistakes, but I also do great things. My skin is thick enough to understand the difference between being upset over technical choices and personal attacks.

about a year and a half ago

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