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35 posts • joined 27 Jun 2009

World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

Sailfish

Re: Pedantry misses the point

Incredibly, I just provided credible information that the whole Fantasy Plastic Floating Island was made-up BS and that the amount of floating plastic is over 2 orders of magnitude less than was originally guessed at (by the very person who made that claim in the first place, I would add) and it doesn't phase you at all! Then, even the New! Improved! Wild @ss Guess is given in a ridiculous range of 7-35K tons that it even further beggars the credulity of that claim.

The only difference between Warmists and Bible Thumpers belief systems it seems is instead of fire and brimstone, we'll all die off cancer. Even so, the human life span continues to climb and all the Warmists compute, via rickety running average models, that the Armageddon inflection point continues to be 100 years in the future.

#insufferable

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Sailfish

Re: Pedantry misses the point

Plasticgeddon? Mostly made-up:

"Ignore the photos that you think show the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Andrés Cózar of the University of Cadiz in Spain is the man who once extrapolated the 1 million-ton estimate. Since then, however, he has led research that collected samples at 141 ocean sites. Cózar's new estimate: 7,000 to 35,000 tons of plastic are floating in the ocean.

Cózar's team didn't find country-size islands of plastic bags strangling baby birds and sea turtles. It found "micro plastics." What people think of as a dump doesn't look like floating junk. Instead, ocean current "convergence zones" are swirling with flecks of plastic - like a snow globe half a minute after shaking - and with considerably less plastic trash than expected."

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/Pacific-garbage-patch-tale-as-flimsy-as-a-5596400.php

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Firefox and Opera squish big buffer overflow bugs

Sailfish
WTF?

Re: Fix the existing bugs first

Why should they be the first software company EVAH to use this approach?

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Sailfish

I believe you are referring to extensions rather than plugins? Firefox hasn't disabled most extensions since v11, if I recall correctly. For those where they have, it's easy to manually enable them, see:

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/re-enable-add-ons-disabled-when-updating?esab=a&s=compatibility+check&r=0&as=s

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First eyes EVER SEEN (by definition) appeared 700 million years ago

Sailfish
Boffin

Watchful Eye

Darn! And here I was safe in the knowledge that the mountain thingy in Mordor was the first.

[crestfallen]

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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

Sailfish

Si vis pacem, para bellum

"If you wish for peace, prepare for war"

No less true today than it was in Medieval Ages.

Philosophers today are weenies.

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Sailfish
FAIL

Re: Professors Salary

See, http://chronicle.com/article/faculty-salaries-data-2012/131431#id=144050

Also, that's 9 mo. work year and doesn't include the very lucrative benefits packages. $100K my arse!

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Climate change behind extreme weather, says NASA

Sailfish
FAIL

Re: Hush, now.

The guy is a self-admitted warmist advocate, all the while receiving tons of money from tax-payers and questionable speaking fees. More at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hansen#Critics_of_Hansen

Beside, he's a jerk, too.

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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

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Alien

What is Metro if not Gadgets Writ Large?

just sayin'

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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

Sailfish
Joke

Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

And, oddly, no one cares...

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

Sailfish
WTF?

Re: It's utter balls, and not the doggy kind....

It's available (along with other revered Start menu items) but with typical Microsoft UI/UX intuitive ingenuity and flair, you need to enable the Desktop toolbar on the taskbar.

This WTF! feature brought to you by the capricious gods atop Redmondus.

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New plastic telescope ammo machine gun is light as a rifle

Sailfish
Joke

The Rest of the Story...

And when it's not being used in combat, it doubles as an awesome Pez dispenser.

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Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5

Sailfish

Google should encourage Mozilla.

Google, like Apple, is not all that keen on Open Source. This won't matter to many Android users who don't really care about that stuff but it will, and does, matter to a very special core of technology enthusiasts. They should recognize the outsized importance of this small cadre of users and offer them an alternative that Apple can not, specifically, Mozilla Mobile Platform:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms/Android

There is no reason that these two cannot mutually coexist much like now exists on the desktop. They should be working on a business plan with the Mozilla team that gives them the access needed to make their port to the Android OS successful including, and not limited to, early access to full Android development builds.

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DEC: The best of systems, the worst of systems

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Thumb Up

The Day of the Minis

TTY terminals with paper tape readers, machine code patches via computer front panel switch register entry, Mylar tape for "Golden" delivery. Magnetic Tape OS, Real Time OSs, even hybrid analog/digital computers using linear analog circuits for computing transcendentals because digital math was too slow. Rivalry between DEC, Data General, Prime and even HP.

Fond memories, all.

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Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset

Sailfish

Yes, but ...

My issue wasn't that they didn't have a handle on the problem, hell, I was probably the first one to notify them, ironically, linking this very article during my contact. My issue was how their support team responded to my inquiry. As I stated, the chat person's conversation was, while extremely friendly, completely useless in terms of what I should do other than to recommend that I simply RMA the system and wait for Intel to come out with a fix. Mind you, this after informing him that I don't have spare systems lying about such that I can just have my system gather dust for months. After 30 minutes of explaining this he recommended I speak to their support team directly and after 15 minutes of that he blew my concerns off as with a simple, "contact Intel, we don't handle support".

What I expected was that someone acknowledge my concern and simply state they would get back to me (or even request that I get back to them the next day) when they found out more but it was clear that they were not prepared to offer even that level of support.

Anyway, I've noticed that today they have a great video about the problem along with workarounds that remediate the problem until the new mobos become available. Now, if they would add a little bit more training to their customer service team on how to handle nervous customers expectations, that'd be just peachy.

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Sailfish
WTF?

Please learn read before spouting nonsense...

I fully understand that NewEgg is not responsible for "fixing" the defect. However, I fully expect them to provide their customers correct information about such problems when they occur. THEY were the ones who stated that I needed to contact Intel regarding this chipset problem when it was clear from my order that the mobo I ordered was from MSI, not Intel.

No thanks to NewEgg's support team, I did contact MSI and they were very helpful regarding my predicament and even informed me that they would proactively notify me when the new corrected mobos were available.

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Sailfish
Flame

NewEgg SUCKS

Just got off the NewEgg chat line after 30 minutes of wasted time only to be told to contact their support rep who after another 15 minutes of wasted time ended by saying I need to contact Intel support because they (NewEgg) do NOT provide any support for the products they sell. Of course, this is hogwash but then they couldn't even provide me with a phone contact within Intel to discuss this with. Also, since it's a chipset problem wouldn't that be the mobo manufacture I should contact?

WHAT A MESS!

Register, thanks for alerting us as to the problem but please follow-up on this so that us who are affected will eventually know who we should be turning to get our defective system repaired.

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Rethinking the iPhone

Sailfish
WTF?

Being less of a Nerd?

Replacing a single device with a complex mixture of alien technology is not an exit strategy out of Nerdom, it's finding the swamp area and getting oneself stuck knee deep in it, methinks.

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RockMelt browser slithers onto interwebs

Sailfish
FAIL

Yeah, like most people want ...

a Facebook gateway before being able to surf the web.

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Boffins mount campaign against France's official kilogramme

Sailfish
Boffin

Up Next: What to do about that pesky metre?

"Although it was later determined that the first prototype metre bar was short by a fifth of a millimetre because of miscalculation of the flattening of the Earth, this length became the standard. The circumference of the Earth through the poles is therefore slightly more than forty million metres."

REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metre

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Obama consults Steve Jobs on making America great again

Sailfish
Stop

Yeah - Right

Both the Google boys and Steve Jobs are just the folks Pres. Obama needs to consult on how to deliver what America is desperately in need of ... shovel-ready jobs.

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Apple posts $20bn+ quarter

Sailfish
Jobs Horns

Forsaking PC Gaming

Most of the thrill in getting bigger/badder PC systems revolved around getting right-sized for the next fantastic game out there; whether it be Quake, Doom, Half-Life, Halo, &c. Microsoft made a deliberate decision to move to a console for their premiere game, Halo, and Valve (via Steam) is now supporting Macs. Honestly, the thrill of getting/building the latest thoroughbred running Windows no longer holds much lure for me.

I suspect I am not alone.

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IE captain flees Microsoft for Google

Sailfish
Pint

Good for him and ...

the industry. Chris gets to experience other challenges and Google gets more talent in the Chocolate Factory.

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Is US prudishness ruining the internet?

Sailfish
Badgers

Slow News Day?

Honestly, blaming Facebook or craigslist or US or Anglophiles or any other boogieman for some sites placing limits on what content they will allow is just so Web 0.5. No one forces anyone to use these sites or services nor do they prevent some other enterprising group from creating their own, less prudish, sites.

The internet is about choice, if you don't like what some Anglophiles come up with, there are any other alternatives available to choose from. Sure, nobody may ever view these other sites but then choices always have consequences.

I'm much more concerned about FB and other sites privacy invasions than their content restrictions.

btw, FIRST!

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Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

Sailfish
FAIL

Sailfish

Apple SUX!

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Want to use WD diagnostics? Buy Windows

Sailfish
WTF?

Much Ado ...

What a bunch of Whingers!

I imagine most of you would be the one group of people in a westward-ho wagon train to the complain that there are not livery stables along the way.

Trailblazers have issues.

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China swings at Clinton as Schmidt fudges exit plan

Sailfish
WTF?

Yeah, old news ...

Oh, wait!

http://tinyurl.com/yvfff3

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Sailfish
FAIL

Oh Puh-leeez!

First, the National Guard are under control of the state (governor), not the federal government. Second, this incident was fully covered by the free media and remedial action was taken to prevent such an occurrence in the future, see http://tinyurl.com/bzvhc

When China begins to allow a real free press that will illuminate these types of injustices rather than cast a veil of secrecy over them, then your argument might hold some weight.

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Sailfish
FAIL

Yes, let's just do that...

First, the National Guard are under control of the state (governor), not the federal government. Second, this incident was fully covered by the free media and remedial action was taken to prevent such an occurrence in the future, see http://tinyurl.com/bzvhc

When China begins to allow a real free press that will illuminate these types of injustices rather than cast a veil of secrecy over them, then your argument might hold some weight.

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Windows 'openness' hailed in Nintendo game defeat

Sailfish
Go

First they came for ...

... Microsoft and I did not speak out - because I was not a Redmonian

Then they came for Intel and I did not speak out - because I was not an Intelian

Then they came for Apple and I did not speak out - because I was not an Appleculty

Now they've come for Mario - and there is no one left to speak for him

Kidding aside, Nintendo deserved to get spanked on this.

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Google adds automatic captions to YouTube

Sailfish
FAIL

This sucks!

How dumb is it to think that forcing content-obscuring ads on the viewer is a wise business model?

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Designers detail the cars of 2030

Sailfish
Joke

You've Got To Be Kidding!

'nuf said.

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Firefox at 5: the Google Cold War

Sailfish

RetroWar

Chrome this! Firefox that! IE DIE! DIE! DIE!

Reading these comments made me think I was being treated to a "Flame like it's 1994 fest".

Only thing, I kinda wished there were at least an honorable mention of Netscape in the comments.

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Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul

Sailfish
Thumb Up

Menus Should Be Available

Even Win7 allows for the user to restore the menus. The Firefox UI folks would do well to similarly allow menus to be restored.

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Firefox 3.5 gets third release candidate

Sailfish
Happy

New Tabs Button

@Jedi Name Germinator, add the following CSS patch to your userChrome.css file (google it to find more about it.):

.tabs-newtab-button { display: none !important; }

That should hide it.

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