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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

wonkey_monkey Correction (178 comments)

Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps

Correction: they'd be able to flush once. Make it count!

5 hours ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

wonkey_monkey Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (510 comments)

I have a similar issue with my contacts, and was told it was for the same reason. The corrected area in both laser surgery and when wearing contacts doesn't cover the entire pupil when it's fully dilated, as it is in the dark. So I reach for the ever reliable specs when I want to go stargazing.

yesterday
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

wonkey_monkey Re:Headphone cables from thin air! (115 comments)

Perhaps if you'd read more than the headline you'd see that this is not what IR remotes and lasers have been doing for ages, at all.

Seriously, saying "fiber optic cables from thin air" is an idiotic statement.

It's actually a pretty good summation of a very clever bit of engineering. What's your beef?

yesterday
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

wonkey_monkey Re:Perfect to mount (115 comments)

It's not original. And it's not creative. And it's certainly not funny anymore.

I agree. And yet, I recognise that this is just my opinion, and I don't expect everyone else to confirm to my sense of humour.

yesterday
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

wonkey_monkey Re:Daily Elon Musk article (49 comments)

Right. Because posts like yours in response to what is actually quite an interesting and newsworthy event in the commercial space sector - and not just another crazy pipe dream from old man Musk - aren't masturbatory at all.

yesterday
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

wonkey_monkey Re:It is even faster when injured... (69 comments)

You clearly know nothing about extrapolation. The more legs you break, the faster it goes!

Obviously the solution is to break one of your own legs to level the playing field.

2 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

wonkey_monkey Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (186 comments)

But with access to the source code, it's easily possible to verify that the binary supplied corresponds to the source.

Is it that easy? My understanding was that you'd at least have to have identical versions of the compilation tools to have any hope of coming close to a bit-for-bit match on the binary.

2 days ago
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Firefox 31 Released

wonkey_monkey Re:Misfeatures (171 comments)

If you really want to do something about malware, disable javascript by default.

What if you want to do something about malware, but don't want the hassle of re-enabling javascript when you actually want it to work (because, contrary to popular belief, it can actually be employed usefully)? What if you're too lazy to install another piece of software, or just don't want to install another piece of software? What if, god forbid, someone has different an idea on what to do about malware to you?

"Automatic handling of pdf and ogg files" - I have a pdf reader already. I dont need another one

Well, good news! Because as you carefully omitted to quote, "...if no other software is available to do so." So it'll be just like you don't have another PDF reader.

TL:DR; this isn't how I use computers, therefore this isn't how anyone should use computers

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

wonkey_monkey Re:slashdot worthy? (346 comments)

I came in here for an argument!

2 days ago
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Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

wonkey_monkey Urgh (20 comments)

Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

I've no idea what that means but I feel dirty after reading it.

3 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

wonkey_monkey What does RIF mean? (275 comments)

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Maybe it's common parlance down your way, but what does RIF mean? Recently Inconveniently Fired? Real Imitation Fur? Raw Industrial Faeces?

3 days ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

wonkey_monkey Re:Obviously (147 comments)

First you ask him to put pants on.

5 days ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

wonkey_monkey Re:My favorite test (147 comments)

Seems no different to flipping a coin until you get heads. When you flip heads, stop.

Not quite sure how it provide evidence of anything, though. Someone who flips 10 tails in a row either a) has found themselves in a 10-tail universe with a probability of 1/1024 or b) happens to have flipped 10 tails in a row in the one universe which exists, also with a probability of 1/1024.

5 days ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

wonkey_monkey Re:Typo (51 comments)

until a better way to correct that outcome is implemented

Yes, if only there was a way to bring attention to words which are not correctly spelled. Perhaps they could be checked against a list of some kind, a "dictionary," if you will. This system could highlight said words so that someone could "edit" the mistake. One could even call these people "editors" and pay them money to do a half-decent job.

about a week ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

wonkey_monkey Re:So Bullshit Can Be "Stragetic"? (51 comments)

It can be "strategic," but it can't be "stragetic" - which is how the how the headline is currently spelling it.

about a week ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

wonkey_monkey Re:Really? (125 comments)

'Rachel From Cardholder Services,' was a large robocall scam the agency took out in 2012

to dinner and a show. And she still didn't put out.

about a week ago

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