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Comment: Re:Sadly... (Score 1) 371

by robably (#46123125) Attached to: How loud is your primary computer?
Depends what kind of tinnitus you have. I have a 16KHz whine in my left ear that I can tune out during the day with music but is intolerable at night. A loop of crickets/cicadas/running water helps mask it (partly because you're concentrating on a noise outside your head), but it'll still take me several hours to get to sleep and I'm tired all day. I haven't had a decent night's sleep in 20 years. One of my favourite things used to be sitting in a quiet room, now it's torture.

Comment: Re:First sandwich (Score 1) 730

by robably (#45526289) Attached to: Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries
You really think women and the lower classes have inferior brains to upper class men? White upper class men are responsible for many inventions but it's not because whites, the upper classes, or men are inherently more intelligent - it's because historically they were the ones in the positions of privilege that gave them the education and time and resources to be able to invent. Women and the lower classes had no opportunity to be inventors - their lives were controlled and they had no access to scientific education or resources - until recently when that changed and we started seeing an explosion of inventions and discoveries by women, and the lower classes could go to university and become scientists, for example.

Comment: Re:Time Machine (Score 1) 227

by robably (#44383395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?
Eh? Over 15 minutes? Are you backing up to an AirPort Disk rather than a wired disk? The bottleneck there would be the wireless, not your computer.

I backup a 2012 MacBook Air every evening to a 1TB 5400RPM USB drive - plug it in, it detects it, and the backup is done in 3 minutes.

Comment: Re:Worker #7567483 (Score 2) 133

by robably (#44272039) Attached to: Reconciling Human Rights With Ubiquitous Online Surveillance
No they won't. In the future there will be superintelligent ants and they'll have ant passports and ant driving licences and ant credit cards and they'll be tied in to the same mortgages and travel restrictions and limits on their freedom as we have now. And the ant queen will be a figurehead and the real power will lie with the spiders.

So be nice to your spiders.

Comment: Re:Another step in Yahoo's demise (Score 1) 88

by robably (#43276137) Attached to: Yahoo Buys UK Teen's Smartphone News App
Literally. It doesn't mention it in the article but on the BBC teatime news it said Yahoo had paid "dozens of millions of pounds" for the app, as well as hiring the kid. So somewhere over 24 million pounds, or 36.5 million dollars.

I'll just spell that out: THIRTY SIX AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

Words fail me.

Comment: Re:They will see... (Score 1) 437

by robably (#41617253) Attached to: Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...
You know by acting that way you're creating a situation you obviously hate - sitting in a dark, silent room hoping nobody rings your doorbell. Fuck that. Buy a bowl of sweets & a gorilla mask & have some fun when the Trick or Treaters come - RAAAAaaaar! - you'll end up looking forward to the doorbell ringing instead of dreading it. And after it's over - hey, you still have a gorilla mask! Everybody wins. Were you never a kid?

Comment: Re:The joke in question (Score 5, Insightful) 606

by robably (#41582729) Attached to: UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook
It's not counterproductive as they see it. They want you, the public, to know that if they want to get you they will get you. They are being bullies, not custodians of the law. They already got their intended chilling effect by making an example of this guy, and now everyone will be a little more nervous about what they post online - they don't need to prosecute you as well. But they might, and if a law is being applied selectively it should not be applied at all.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

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