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Comment Re:Cherrypal scam? (Score 4, Insightful) 168

I ordered their Africa netbook as a gift for someone last spring. The "Linux" version was actually Windows CE with all the windows logos scrubbed. Cute trick :P

Also it loaded from flash instead of having an actual BIOS, so attempting to install my own OS was non-trivial. They're false-advertising bastards to be sure.

Comment Re:Thank you (Score 1) 718

From what I've seen, Japanese input through IBus seems to work more smoothly on the last couple versions of Ubuntu than SCIM does.

Here are instructions from the Ubuntu forums that worked for me:

you need to go to system->administration->language support

then install the Japanese.

Next go to system -> preferences -> ibus

and configure your preferences.

then under preferences add "ibus-daemon --xim" to your startup programs.

It should work like a charm then.

Comment Zoos have been using Obsession for ages (Score 4, Informative) 63

It's apparently common to use fragrance (either sprayed perfume or scented magazine inserts) for "enrichment" of zoo animals so they don't get bored. A zookeeper maybe spritzes a log in the course of cleaning the tiger enclosure, and when the tigers come back in, they go nuts over this new smell, sniffing it repeatedly, rubbing against it, clawing at it etc.. I recall hearing that tigers go especially mental over Obsession and Charlie (probably all the musk).

Comment Youth Hostels (Score 1) 507

I don't disagree that there are more examples of institutional age discrimination against the young, but I feel I should mention that I've stayed at my share of hostels around the world that didn't allow anyone over 30. I'm sure I'm going to miss having such cheap accommodations available when I start traveling again.

Comment Old News? (Score 2, Informative) 264

I seem to recall reading an article many years ago about a trial in the UK in which this same technique was working quite well on humans. Of course I can't seem to track down the article now, and the closest thing I did find was this article from five years ago about a business providing this service. Unfortunately, it only muddies the waters further by including the line "To date, no companies or research groups in the world have been able to demonstrate the formation of a living, natural tooth." Does anyone else remember the trial I mentioned or am I just imagining things again?

Comment Re:GTA Effect? (Score 1) 520

To hell with 3d, I remember being head and shoulders above my elementary school classmates when it came to first reading maps due to games like Zelda and Kid Icarus. Of course, it also probably helped that my Mom and brother and I drew great big detailed maps of all the dungeons in Kid Icarus so we'd know where healing pools, centurions, eggplants, etc. were. This was when I was about 4.

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