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Comment: Re:talk to me when you lose 100 and keep it off (Score 1) 486

by mr_mischief (#49333417) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
My back was so screwed up from an auto accident I could barely walk upright for months. When you can't get from the bed to the car or the car to your desk without wincing the whole way, a bike or elliptical is a pretty big challenge. That sort of thing can get better, and I lost the weight later. It can take some time, though, especially when still working crazy amounts of hours.

Comment: Re:talk to me when you lose 100 and keep it off (Score 1) 486

by mr_mischief (#49330323) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
Yeah, it takes someone incredibly lazy to work 80 hours a week and suffer injuries that keep one from working out properly. Incredibly lazy. Nobody's everyone's hero for their fitness level. They might be their own personal hero, or a hero to a friend or family member, but they aren't public heroes like people who save someone stranger's life. It's something that lots of people do. Doing it doesn't make any of us an expert in it. A weight loss expert is someone who knows how to help a lot of other people overcome their specific situations to lose weight. It's someone who can actually give advice based on a deep understanding of the various issues. It's not someone who says "this is what worked for me so it's definitely going to work for everyone on Slashdot."

Comment: Namecheap (Score 1) 295

by mr_mischief (#49283725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?
I've had no problems with these companies after years of use: SRSPlus (as a reseller) Namecheap Dotster The least expensive, best UI, most perks, and best opposition to things like SOPA has been IME the Namecheap option. They usually are the cheapest and are always among the cheapest of the options, too. I also don't remember Namecheap ever reserving a domain for registration only through them after I did a whois lookup through their web interface. Network Solutions (NSI) did that until ICANN told them to stop. SRSPlus is part of NSI so that's a strike against them. So IME I can recommend a few, but mostly Namecheap.

Comment: Free software means source code, not object code (Score 2) 78

by mr_mischief (#49236589) Attached to: Why We Need Free Digital Hardware Designs
Of course the free hardware movement isn't about actual physical devices. Free software isn't about being able to share the compiled code. It's about enabling the sharing of the designs in a specific enough way as to produce the final product; it's sharing the software in source code form. The hardware version would be about the same thing: specs, plans, and designs being open and unencumbered.

Comment: blogs and online 'zines are the new serial? (Score 1) 104

by mr_mischief (#49235193) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups
There are plenty of places to get readership for a serial these days. BOFH is but one example of a short short serial series. Lots of long-story web comics have a one-page comic out once or twice a week. Many people do a weekly tech blog, business blog, news blog, or politics blog, many of which are multiple case studies or ongoing case studies. Serialized fiction works great on TV. Serialized short stories could definitely find a nice niche again.

Comment: Re:A serious question (Score 1) 300

by mr_mischief (#49201241) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?
I won't debate your test, but was it repeatable and did you have control of the other end? Now, test rendering of a complex CSS3 style on a large document. Then, test a single-page application with heavy use of JavaScript and lots of DOM manipulation. There's a lot more to a browser than download times or even rendering times. I have plenty of experiences showing Chrome is faster in most cases that stress the browser than is Firefox. It's not a myth. They do play catch-up with one another, but Chrome with the V8 JavaScript engine and the WebKit rendering system is very quick indeed.

Comment: Re:Forget fair use. Call it parody or commentary. (Score 1) 255

by mr_mischief (#49183551) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

From your sources:


A form of speech protected by the First Amendment as a "distorted imitation" of an original work for the purpose of commenting on it.


Also found in: Dictionary/thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
See also: caricature, distortion, irony, parody, ridicule
Burton's Legal Thesaurus, 4E. Copyright © 2007 by William C. Burton. Used with permission of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

I would trust Black's over TFD, and a lawyer over either of us. Still, there's nothing at either of those URLs that appears counter to the work being parody or satire. The definition is even more broad than that of Webster's.

There's a legal blog post (which is not by me and is not case-specific legal advice by anyone) from Legal Process Outsourcing Services that has much more about the topic. The "Elements of Parody" is exceptionally clear and important here.


The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40% 267

Posted by Soulskill
from the any-way-the-wind-blows-kinda-actually-matters dept.
merbs writes: The U.S. is finally getting its first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind has announced that its Block Island project has been fully financed, passed the permitting process, and will begin putting "steel in water" this summer. For local residents, that means a 40% drop in electricity rates. The company has secured $290 million in financing, with funding from the likes of Key Bank and France's Société Générale, in part on the strength of its long-term power purchase agreement with US utility National Grid. Block Island has thus surpassed the much-publicized Cape Wind project, long touted as "the nation's first offshore wind farm," but that has been stalled out for over a decade in Massachusetts, held up by a tangle of clean power foes, regulatory and financing woes, and Cape Cod homeowners afraid it'd ruin the view.

Decaffeinated coffee? Just Say No.