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Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

yotto I would buy this. (98 comments)

Surprised nobody has said they would buy this, though some could see the benefits. If it works as good as my electric (Oral B, one of those expensive ones with the charging base and the 30-second alert so you know to change quadrants) I'm all in. I hate brushing my teeth but do it pretty religiously, and if I can not do it for 2 minutes twice a day, sounds like a pretty good use of my money.

Someone else mentioned that they could brush easily after every meal and that seems a good idea as well. Also, whenever I don't brush it's because I'm late for somewhere. It's easy to say "Crap, I don't have time to brush" (even if it's a lie) when that time is 2 minutes sat in front of the mirror. Less so when it's 6 seconds you could presumably do while doing other things.

about a year ago
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Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

yotto Re:I would have added more features (98 comments)

I just had the most hilarious webcomic idea pop into my head. Starts with a guy walking into work with a mustache and beard that exists only under his nose in a thin line.

It'd probably look too much like a Hitler 'stache though. Maybe if he was blonde. Hmmm.

For someone with no artistic talent, I'm giving this a lot of thought.

about a year ago
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Extreme Microbe Brewing: the Curse of Auto-Brewery Syndrome

yotto Re:Beer bellies not related to beer (110 comments)

There is no causation between beer consumption and a "beer gut".

Other than that you're consuming hundreds of empty calories along with a drug that makes you want to sit around and do nothing...

about a year ago
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Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

yotto Re:second hand e-smoke (314 comments)

Well if you don't mind being addicted and the costs related to it, then go ahead and do it.

I don't mind it with coffee, so why should it be any different with e-cigarettes? I think this is a great idea if there truly are no secondhand issues.

about a year ago
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Australia Elects Libertarian-Leaning Senator (By Accident)

yotto Re:Appalling (343 comments)

Any system that lets someone be elected by accident is absolutely appalling. Australia would do well to reevaluate their system so that this doesn't happen in the future.

Politics and national leadership is far too important to be decided by absurd errors.

You know that any system where you ask common people to decide things will allow for stuff to happen by accident, right?

about a year ago
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Why You Shouldn't Trust Internet Comments

yotto Re:Survivor bias (180 comments)

I am the same way.

I'm also far more likely to review something if I disagree with the collective opinion on the site. I figure the 47th glowing review is useless but the 3rd bad one adds clarity.

1 year,21 days
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The Old Reader Will Stay Open To the Public Thanks To US Corporation

yotto Re:Self-hosting is an alternative (61 comments)

Yeah the day they announced they were dropping public support I downloaded RSS-Owl and other than continually forgetting to run it (because I'm used to a browser window opening up to my RSS feeds) it's working great.

Screw the cloud and all its uncertainty.

1 year,25 days
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

yotto Re:Not just NYC (382 comments)

I pay ten cents a text you insensitive clod!

My phone bill is now 98 dollars and TEN CENTS. THANKS OBAMA.

about a year ago
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Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

yotto Re:longitude and latitude (478 comments)

So, I am confused how this is better than longitude and latitude? I can use L&L offline, and it can have almost an infinite precision. Also, with my memory I am no more likely to remember the 3 words here than a long string of numbers.

*ALMOST* infinite precision? Add another decimal place and you get better precision. Keep adding them and you get infinite precision. Hell, you could keep adding decimal places until you get down to a specific atom! (Although that would be rather silly and probably impossible to actually measure with today's technology.)

Until you get so small as to bump into the realm of Quantum Mechanics, and then you literally can't say for certain - ever - if a specific thing is at one location or another.

about a year ago
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Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

yotto Re:1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 (478 comments)

It's about ease of vocal communication. I could tell you that I'm at 31.415926N 54.589793W, or I could tell you that I'm at signal.shot.fleet. Which would be easier to send over a voice channel?

Basically, it's the same reason you went to slashdot.org, not to 216.34.181.45. Words are easier than numbers for people to use.

The big difference is, slashdot chose their name, and it at least tangentially refers to what they do. Unless you sell military grade naval communication equipment, that name isn't very descriptive.

about a year ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

yotto Re:Let's dumb it down for everyone (778 comments)

Why is this a thing?
Why must we dumb down everything?

Because if you don't, a significant number of "dumb" people will complain loudly that your program "sucks" because it "broke the Internet" on their computer, and slowly the world's view of your software will degrade. It doesn't matter to 95% of the world WHY that web page worked in IE but didn't work in Firefox. All they care about is seeing pictures of their nephew's cat.

So long as NoScript and AdBlock work, this decision will not affect me or any other person savvy enough to care, unless there is a large contingent of people for whom NoScript won't fulfill their needs.*

*I'm not discounting this possibility, but I've never heard of it.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

yotto Re: Damage control (611 comments)

More like you have to drive the car one only on asphalt. And once a day you must drive at least a mile on asphalt otherwise you can't open the the backseat and the trunk. But you get tv in the car!

...for a modest fee, of course.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

yotto Re:Economies of scale (611 comments)

They ran 2 (or likely 2 million) situations through some great combonator. In situation A, they don't phone home every 24 hours and more people can buy the box, but publishers get mad that they can't impose draconian DRM. In situation B, they do phone home every 24 hours and less people can buy the box, but the publishers are happier. Situation B made them more money in spite of losing them customers, so that's what they went with.

What I think they may have failed to take into account is those of us who have broadband but won't buy the box anyway because of this.

about a year ago
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To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

yotto Re:theoldreader (166 comments)

Here too. I like the simple uncluttered interface. Much like I liked Google Reader's interface.

about a year ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

yotto Re:It's a flawed way to keep a site up. (978 comments)

Back before AdBlock was prevalent I redirected all ad websites to a local server on my network that served up a random image from a large pool of images. Websites went from ad-infested crap to astronomy, video game, superhero, and geek images. It was pretty cool.

Then I found AdBlock and never looked back.

I surf on a cell phone for a large portion of the day. If I go over my limit, I have to pay them more. I'm not about to do so just so some website that I'll probably never visit again (because their content was spread over 12 pages to increase page views to an article with marginal interest to me in the first place) can make a tenth of a penny off of my eyeballs.

about a year and a half ago
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EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

yotto Re: Too little, too late (259 comments)

You forgot the most important part (to me). Games on Steam are CHEAP if you are patient enough to not buy them the second they become available. I'm pretty sure every game that's been on Steam for more than a month or two has been involved in one sale or another. I frequently pick up games for 75-90% off retail price, after the game has been out 6 months or so. For those prices, I have no problem with not "actually" owning the game. I only play a couple of them at a time anyway and then they sit in my library for the rest of eternity.

Also, I have had 0 problems playing in offline mode. I don't know what problems others have, but they don't seem to surface for me. I played a LOT of Saints Row 3 in offline mode, and it worked like a charm.

about a year and a half ago
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NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

yotto Re:False Takedown Notice? (359 comments)

Actually yes, but in pretty much every single case ever the massive corporation submitting the takedown notice will sue Google for a lot more money than the 13 year old dancing to their favorite song would ever earn.

about a year and a half ago
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NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

yotto Re:False Takedown Notice? (359 comments)

And we're not talking hit-by-a-tire damages here. Monetary damages. REAL damages.

about a year and a half ago
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Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun

yotto Re:Problem? (644 comments)

Yea, how is this news? Understanding the deception of any US "news" network is like understanding that the sun is bright and warm.

So Germans are better at that, too?

about a year and a half ago

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OSS vs. Shareware in a Small Internet Community

yotto yotto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

yotto writes "I am a nonvocal member of a fairly insular internet community. I have written an XSLT file to process an XML file that this community uses, to turn that XML into a set of web pages. My process is functional but not pretty, and I'm considering submitting the project to Sourceforge and announcing it on my community's message board to get help and make the project better. However, not only does the community already have a piece of software that does exactly what my XSLT file does, but that software is shareware and the author is an active and well-liked member of that community. He's also a nice guy and though I don't know him personally I have no problems with him. Has anybody ever attempted to introduce an OSS project into a community that already likes their closed-source, shareware solution? Was there a backlash and much hatred, or did everything work out? Or did your project fizzle because nobody helped?"
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yotto yotto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

yotto writes "According to a BBC World News article, Microsoft has merged touch-screens with the interface from Minority Report. Old and busted: The mouse, keyboard, and even the traditional monitor. New hotness: Repetitive motion fatigue."
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yotto yotto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

yotto writes "Planet Retcon Radio, a sci-fi audio theater podcast, has just kicked off season 2 of their award-winning production with a new series, The Log of the Crimson Lien. The Crimson Lien is a small trading space ship and its two pilots try — and sometimes even succeed — to make their way unscathed in the big, bad universe, and maybe make a few bucks along the way."

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