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#1 lost_soul

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 06:18 PM

Since we have a Random Video of the Day thread, it seems like this is fair. Show us any article you find interesting, or funny, or surprising, or whatever else is out of the ordinary.

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http://www.dailytech...rticle33998.htm

I never imagined people pissing in an elevator. Of all the strange ideas I've had in my life, that was never one of them. Personally, I suspect the thug. :)

... and this comment cracked me up.

"Why in the world would someone pee in an elevator?

Also, when the system catches someone, they don't have to call the police. All they have to do is lock the elevator doors, engage the heaters and shaking motors, and get paid ad money on YouTube for the footage. "

Edited by lost_soul, 29 December 2013 - 06:19 PM.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:27 AM

An unfortunately common phenomenon, but usually it does not appear in a such funny way...

http://cassandralega...eaders-are.html

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:57 AM

Finally a well researched article about the cleaning and decontamination plans in Fukushima, written by engineers. It is very refreshing not to read BS written by some green peace activists for once. Please don't get me wrong, I am all for saving the environment, but the articles of people like that tend to be factually wrong / exaggerated / hilarious.

Japanese engineers won't have any troubles finding jobs in the course of the next 40 years, the single good thing about this catastrophe.

"Depending on whom you ask, nuclear power stations like Fukushima Daiichi are exemplars of either humanity’s ingenuity or hubris. But [...] these metallic blobs [corium], plucked from the heart of an industrial horror, prove something else—that we humans also have the grit and perseverance to clean up our mistakes."
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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:29 PM

Idea for a guard in an elevator in TDM! We do have the animation!!

My grandfather worked in a government place where all the clothes were made for army/navy/marines/etc. back in the 1950's-1990's. There wouild routinley be piss, used condoms and other waste in the elevators. From what he told me, the place had like 5000 employees, so it was very not clean the majority of the time.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 05:34 PM

Finally a well researched article about the cleaning and decontamination plans in Fukushima, written by engineers. It is very refreshing not to read BS written by some green peace activists for once. Please don't get me wrong, I am all for saving the environment, but the articles of people like that tend to be factually wrong / exaggerated / hilarious.

Japanese engineers won't have any troubles finding jobs in the course of the next 40 years, the single good thing about this catastrophe.

"Depending on whom you ask, nuclear power stations like Fukushima Daiichi are exemplars of either humanity’s ingenuity or hubris. But [...] these metallic blobs [corium], plucked from the heart of an industrial horror, prove something else—that we humans also have the grit and perseverance to clean up our mistakes."


I know what you mean. Anything related to environment is at the same time extremely complicated, usually not completely understood scientifically, very important and dominated by layman people. It's frustrating and unhelpful.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:21 AM

Idea for a guard in an elevator in TDM! We do have the animation!!

My grandfather worked in a government place where all the clothes were made for army/navy/marines/etc. back in the 1950's-1990's. There wouild routinley be piss, used condoms and other waste in the elevators. From what he told me, the place had like 5000 employees, so it was very not clean the majority of the time.

What the? :D

#7 lost_soul

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:16 PM

http://www.dailytech...rticle34795.htm

Hi, I'm writing this post from the future. The year is now 2065 and a 1.5 Mb/s DSL connection still costs what it did in 2014, and indeed still what it did in 2004. The only "progress" we have had is now your video streaming, VOIP, and music streaming can run slightly faster if your video/VOIP/music provider signs a contract with your ISP to not be throttled.

Of course they'll pass these costs along to you while they're at it.

Edited by lost_soul, 28 April 2014 - 11:18 PM.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 05:36 AM

As an environmental lawyer, I can vouch for popular articles on the environment being usually pretty bunk.
I wrote my law thesis on the problems of reconciling technical science with doltish environmental policymaking.

Anyway, a friend of mine posted two interesting techy articles:
How America's Leading SciFi Authors are Shaping Your Future
Time's Arrow Traced to Quantum Source

The QT article in particular was interesting to me. Not that I'm a scientist, but the explanation sounded intuitive to me. Time flows because over time quantum entanglement increases, which increasingly brings the quantum information state of the whole system to a common denominator (e.g., if you defined the system in bits, you'd move from individual particles to entangled sets of them, until they're all entangled and it reaches an equilibrium, i.e., entropy rises to a maximum), and voila you have the second law of thermodynamics and time flowing. Classical physics couldn't do it by itself apparently since it's supposed to run the same frontwards and backwards.
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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:43 AM

https://neocities.or...ow-rate-limited

Funny stuff.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:31 PM

http://www.slrlounge...-creative-cloud

Edited by lost_soul, 15 May 2014 - 07:52 PM.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 10:03 AM

http://www.computerw...ws_Mr._Nadella_

The times... they're changing, man.
I wonder if they are going to try a version of Windows that requires a subscription? If they were, this guy would be the guy to do it. It doesn't seem like that idea would be successful now, though. They're too late. The Ipad/phone and Android have taken off. If they had tried a subscription-based Windows before all of these competitors showed up on the scene, they would have easily pulled it off. Now though? Many people would just say **** that, I'm getting an Ipad/something else.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:57 PM

Time's Arrow Traced to Quantum Source

Very interesting indeed! Thanks for sharing, will keep an eye on that site, lots of good stuff.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 05:13 AM

Who will wet their pants first: physicists or Star Trek fans?

http://www.wired.co....ble-space-drive
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 01:44 AM

Trekkers. Physicists will simply dismiss this as baloney ;P

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 05:39 AM

This was a really interesting read. It's about the .mp3 format.
http://ryanmaguiremu...stinthemp3.html

Edited by Paralytik, 16 August 2014 - 05:39 AM.

"My milkshake bringeth all ye gentlefolk to the yard. Verily 'tis better than thine, I would teach thee, but I must levy a fee."

 

"When Kleiner showed me the sky-line of New York I told him that man is like the coral insect—designed to build vast, beautiful, mineral things for the moon to delight in after he is dead."


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:48 PM

http://www.kcra.com/...laints/27568370

Edited by lost_soul, 18 August 2014 - 04:59 PM.

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:04 AM

http://www.iflscienc...ing-descendants

Bizarre 505-Million-Year-Old Spiky Worm Has Living Descendants


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 06:03 PM

A great article about Snowden on wired, that reads like a techno thriller. A MUST READ!

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:28 PM

"Look man, let's just keep making them thinner! Thinner, man, THINNER!!! I want it to be no thicker than a piece of paper!"

http://www.theregist...nbois_get_bent/

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 03:41 PM

http://www.ghacks.ne...ises-questions/

 

My bullshit detector is going crazy. He says that he's sorry for what was done, yet he continues the oh-so-very tired line about wanting to get people onto a more secure product... where their webcam spontaneously stops working due to mandatory updates and where customizations to settings that the user chose are undone with these updates.



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 04:07 PM

http://www.ghacks.ne...ises-questions/

 

My bullshit detector is going crazy. He says that he's sorry for what was done, yet he continues the oh-so-very tired line about wanting to get people onto a more secure product... where their webcam spontaneously stops working due to mandatory updates and where customizations to settings that the user chose are undone with these updates.

You certainly have a grudge on Microsoft? Is it really just over Windows 10?

Their biggest fuck up was with Games for Windows Live. On that I'm indeed angry. That GTA IV (even after this november's 2016 unexpected update) and Red Faction Guerilla and Fallout 3 were chained to this clunky, horrid disposable software. Sometimes rendering essential game functionalities unplayable. 

 

AT LEAST they're sorry. Goes fine in my book. They should apologize though for Games for Windows Live that made 2008 the worst year for PC releases.


Edited by Anderson, 27 December 2016 - 04:08 PM.

 "I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

 

 

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

 


#22 kano

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 06:55 PM

Its because of their business strategy. Microsoft used to dog Google in the media for tracking and data-mining people. They even proudly and loudly boasted at one point about how Internet Explorer was going to ship with the "do not track" feature turned on by default. but somewhere along the way, (long before Windows 10), Microsoft decided to become a carbon copy of Google, just without the whole giving consumers lots of free stuff to compensate for the data-mining and ad slinging that they now do. This strategy began with the release of Windows 8, and accelerated with 8.1.



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Posted 28 December 2016 - 05:25 AM

Its because of their business strategy. Microsoft used to dog Google in the media for tracking and data-mining people. They even proudly and loudly boasted at one point about how Internet Explorer was going to ship with the "do not track" feature turned on by default. but somewhere along the way, (long before Windows 10), Microsoft decided to become a carbon copy of Google, just without the whole giving consumers lots of free stuff to compensate for the data-mining and ad slinging that they now do. This strategy began with the release of Windows 8, and accelerated with 8.1.

It was to be expected.

 

I mean Skype isn't free for given. Ads always helped pay the bills. 

Data mining is ok with me if helps them make the OS better.

 

Cortana is awesome for instance. But, even with the data mining, it's available only in a handful of countries. The settings can be manually changed, but it won't make her work as intended. https://news.microso...le/cortana.html

 

Not that I'm a big Halo admirer. Especially how they botched Halo 2 with Games for Windows Live, left it at a cliffhanger and never released other Halo games on PC. But, Cortana does have a nice catch to it. Definately more aesthetically pleasing than Siri.


Edited by Anderson, 28 December 2016 - 05:26 AM.

 "I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

 

 

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

 


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:31 PM

http://www.theregist...teeth_and_sink/

 

(warning, graphic)

 

This article actually answered a question that I was wondering about. If I'm using a mobile device, and the Li Ion battery is about to go kaboom, do I get enough warning (like a rapid temperature increase or smoke) to throw it, before it does so right in front of me? Sadly, the answer appears to be "not necessarily".

 

Scary stuf...



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:56 PM

Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-38637357






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