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Comment: Also available for roof tiles (Score 1) 88

by firefarter (#32839778) Attached to: Concrete That Purifies the Air

I'm doing a complete makeover of our new house and was shopping around for new roof tiles.
I was pretty surprised to see that there are roof tiles available which do exactly this NOx conversion ( And I asked myself, who exactly would be the target market? I can't imagine the average home owner paying a premium for this.

Comment: Re:Social frameworks better than bullshit placebo (Score 1) 507

by firefarter (#31257512) Attached to: NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee


You'd be surprised. My health insurance (in Gemany) pays for all homeopathic treatments up to the age of 12, and only for specific treatments after that. The caveat is that the treatment is only paid when prescribed by a certified physician which has had additional training in homeopathy.
Treatments from "natural healers" without medical schooling or certification are not allowed.

Comment: iMac G5 (Score 1) 469

by firefarter (#31143592) Attached to: The Worst Apple Products of All Time

The iMac G5 was the first of the all-in one iMac designs that Apple sold. I got one and still regret it.
It's a good computer - no question about that. But it's frigging LOUD! I took it to the shop, phoned support but it apparently was by design. That's just what happens when you take hot G5 processors and stick them in an inch-thick enclosure. Figures that it took them only half a year to update the line.

Comment: Stop making this trite! (Score 5, Insightful) 117

by firefarter (#29907655) Attached to: The Monrovian Analog Blogger

I know the tone on slashdot is more on the humorous side, but seriously, stop belittling this.

After the war, Liberia had no functioning utilities for over 14 years - no sewage system, no water, no electricity, no telephone. Nowhere - not even in the capital!
Without painting a stereotype, Liberians aren't exactly known for their entrepreneurship. This man should really be applauded for what he is pulling up despite difficulties.

Comment: Re:Trackball (Score 1) 225

by firefarter (#29172669) Attached to: New Logitech Dark Field Mice Operate On Glass

As a trackball user of many, many years I'd like to plug the Kensington Slimblade Trackball

Best trackball, no, best input device I have ever used. Get this: to scroll, you twirl the trackball along the z axis. Hardware is wonderful, the extra software is crappy but there is no need to install it.

Comment: XML Compression (Score 4, Interesting) 169

by firefarter (#28572185) Attached to: Squeezing a Wikipedia Snapshot Onto an 8GB iPhone

So, I'm reading here that they convert the XML into proprietary metadata and compress that.

Why not use EXI (Efficent XML Interchange) which has been tested as more efficient that gzip and requires less memory to parse? Especially since the XML processing can remain the same, since the nodeset is the same.

Comment: Any chance of the good stuff getting mirrored? (Score 1) 427

by firefarter (#27699335) Attached to: Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities

Often, when researching into old-ish (70s-80s) cameras and lenses, I stumble on really extensive pages on geocities or some other free service.

The resources we often enough unique and extremely informative. I should have considered mirroring them right then and there - now might be too late.
Is there any chance that the "good" stuff might have been mirrored to or something like that?

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun