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Comment Notepad++ with SSH sync (Score 1) 314

I write any notes in a TODO.txt which is always open in notepad++. The great thing is npp has SSH support so whenever I save the file it synchronises it with my webserver, and I have the textfile bookmarked on my smartphone.

This does me, of course, that I can't edit it on the run, but compared with the bloaty shit that is evernote, I much prefer it.

Comment Re:It's ridiculous. (Score 4, Insightful) 426

Some risks we just shouldn't take? What risks? Drilling for oil? Come on, give us a break, if we didn't harvest fossil fuels civilisation would be far less advanced than we are now. I acknowledge BP messed up and oil companies are generally assholes, but don't pretend America would be better off without them.

Comment Data just isn't tangible (Score 1) 458

If I lost my data I'd be furious for a month. However, if I lost the watch my parents gave me for my 21st, or the large framed picture of my friends and I laughing together in our dinner jackets at dawn, I would still look back on it sadly aged 60. Computers can now store memories like possessions used to (pictures, video), but fortunately facebook has most of them stored for me. Facebook will never be able to store the picture of our old family home in its big oak frame.

Comment Flamebait (Score 5, Insightful) 1003

'Linux is open source and we feel good about it,' said one employee. 'Microsoft we don't feel so good about.'

However, they feel pretty good about a closed-source implementation of an open source operating system on locked-in hardware? This sounds rather flamebaity and very light on facts.

Comment Think logically (Score 1) 978

7 pounds of fat in 12 weeks? One pound of fat is 3500 calories, so they were burning an extra 1500 calories per week. This equates to 200+ calories a day net loss. That's not bad for a diet by any means, but we also have to remember these are fat people! They were already eating excess calories (this is why they are fat).

I don't think these results are surprisingly in the least.

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Comment Wow, an expert! (Score 1) 921

Trans-fats are carcinogenic? Nope, their problems are their effects on vascular disease on diabetes. Absolutely no link between trans-fats and cancer.

My problem with organic foods is how it's viewed as so black and white - people seem to think if it's not organic it is therefore genetically modified etc., which is just not true! There should be no negative stigma associated with using 99.99% likely harmless 'chemicals' (awful word) to prevent crop-eating diseases.

Also the world's most potent carcinogen is a) organic b) caused by a fungus eating crops (preventable).

Comment EMI were once a wonderful company (Score 4, Interesting) 334

EMI were a wonderful company once. They were not a mere record label, they were a leading electronics company. They developed the UK's first transistor-based computer, but arguable even more important is they helped Hounsfield develop his CAT scanner. The first CT machine was no the Siemes/General electric stuff we see today, it was an EMI. EMI have developed a machine that will probably save more lives than any drug (bar anti-biotics), for a tiny price (per scan).

How the mighty have fallen.

Comment What makes a monopoly? (Score 0, Flamebait) 160

I understand the idea - microsoft can't push IE8 like Apple push Safari because they have a monopoly. I understand why that's good, it's not what I'm asking.

What I'm asking is this: What makes it a monopoly?

I guess Microsoft is the biggest OS retailer on computers, but what's a computer? Surely to count that we have to exclude 'computers' like Xboxes, PS3s, Wiis, and other such computers which run with different hardware and things? If we did not fudge it this way then Microsoft would not have a monopoly. But then why can we not consider Apple computers separately? Apple computers have a different sort of architecture to normal PCs - it's a huge effort to install windows on them without bootcamp for example - so surely Apple have a monopoly on Apple computers, and their pushing of Safari is a bit unethical?

But what about MP3 players? I confess I do not know the figures for sure, but when I walk down the street it seems 90% of portable music players are iPods. To use an iPod you realistically HAVE to use iTunes, they are pushing this piece of software through their hardware. And then with THAT they push Safari etc. too.

How are Apple not abusing monopoly laws with iPods? I don't understand.

Any lawyers about?

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