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Comment Children's book - Murderfest (Score 1) 175

My kids, now 7 and 8, have heard the Hobbit twice now. They love it, it's one of their favorite books.

I was SO pumped to have a good, new version of it in movie form to show them, but unfortunately, they still haven't seen it, because it turned into a WWE/UFC wet dream somehow.

Sure, there are battles in the book, but the movies were pure gorefests. It's more violent than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

I'll never understand Hollywood.

Comment Meanwhile, promised DLC for existing customers... (Score 4, Interesting) 133

...still hasn't appeared.

Eight+ months after the game came out, there's still no new single-player content. Why? Because all of their development efforts are going into getting the game onto new consoles.

I understand the business sense of this, but still -- this situation is the exact opposite of what they promised when they released the game. So they make some huge announcements at/before E3, and still there's no mention of it.

A huge chunk of their customer base already has the game for earlier consoles. Why would they buy it for the new one if they've already played all the content?

Submission + - Organic Cat Litter Chief Suspect In Nuclear Waste Accident (

mdsolar writes: "In February, a 55-gallon drum of radioactive waste burst open inside America's only nuclear dump, in New Mexico.

Now investigators believe the cause may have been a pet store purchase gone bad.

"It was the wrong kitty litter," says , a geochemist in Richland, Wash., who has spent decades in the nuclear waste business.

It turns out there's more to cat litter than you think. It can soak up urine, but it's just as good at absorbing radioactive material.

"It actually works well both in the home litter box as well as the radiochemistry laboratory," says Conca, who is not directly involved in the current investigation.

Cat litter has been used for years to dispose of nuclear waste. Dump it into a drum of sludge and it will stabilize volatile radioactive chemicals. The litter prevents it from reacting with the environment.

And this is what contractors at were doing as they packed Cold War-era waste for shipment to the dump. But at some point, they decided to make a switch, from clay to organic.

"Now that might sound nice, you're trying to be green and all that, but the organic kitty litters are organic," says Conca. Organic litter is made of plant material, which is full of chemical compounds that can react with the nuclear waste.

"They actually are just fuel, and so they're the wrong thing to add," he says. Investigators now believe the litter and waste caused the drum to slowly heat up "sort of like a slow burn charcoal briquette instead of an actual bomb."

After it arrived at the dump, it burst."

Comment Love Charter. (Score 1) 90

Somehow I've almost always managed to live in one of the small pockets of my state that Charter services, and they're always been awesome. Other than the occasional weeklong power outage or some such natural nonsense, they've been rock solid. I always see all the people constantly bitching about Comcast and thank the heavens that whatever little rural enclave I've ended up in hasn't had them as the cable provider.

Comment Re:Working and Listening are Mutually Exclusive (Score 2) 262

Same here. Piano concertos are for days when I really need to work through some big ideas, otherwise it's Chinese Man, Thievery Corp or the like.

I have Pandora/Spotify stations all trained up for either mood. I also have a standing desk, so if I look up at people as they pass they always stop and ask if I'm DJing.

Lesson learned: Don't make eye contact.

Comment Re:Copyright protection (Score 1) 307

Yeah, seriously, Sir Mixalot should be PISSED.

Let's get some perspective here, folks -- this is an arrangement of a song that Coulton himself didn't even write.

It's like when Led Zeppelin sued Pearl Jam for releasing a song that they thought sounded too much like Going To California -- when Led Zeppelin had been ripping off American blues artists for decades without paying a penny for it. Robert Plant's always been known for the line "squeeze my lemon 'til the juice runs down my leg," which he stole from Robert Johnson.

Enough with the OUTRAGE. Music belongs to everyone. Once it's out of your mouth, it no longer belongs to you.

Submission + - Using crowdfunding for medical/health research?

AugstWest writes: It can be difficult to get some things approved or legalized in the the US because of their lack of patentability — Stevia, a natural, non-caloric sweetener comes to mind, as do things like therapeutic MDMA research, cannabis research, etc. In a world of FUD, would it be possible to crowdfund real research that would be trusted by the FDA and their ilk? Is there a way to drive this sort of research through existing laboratories, or would new infrastructure need to be built?

Comment Hi, my name is Anecdotal Evidence. (Score 4, Informative) 505

I was a Linux user beginning with Redhat 3. I went through Redhat, Mandrake, Fedora, Gentoo and Ubuntu. I've also used Solaris for a daily workstation.

Then I was assigned a Mac at a new job (running Tiger), and have never used anything else for a desktop since. I've had no reason to. I still keep an Ubuntu box in the house, but it's a server.

My name is Anecdotal Evidence, it's true, but whatever. I went Mac, and never looked back.

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