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Comment Re:It's a doomed race against time (Score 1) 370

As an amateur singer, I think that MOST people who believe that they "can't sing" - - can very likely develop their voice far beyond what they imagine, with some hard work, dedication, and practice, (and some professional instruction). Many, many common vocal flaws can be overcome with proper training, and practice.

Derek Sivers has a great post about this, and about the value of practice and training over at

Comment To those who say "You can't buy anything with it. (Score 1) 371

All the people that say "You can't buy anything with it, it's worthless" or "it's too volatile to be of any value" are missing the forest for the trees.

The simple fact of the matter is that even on the most fundamental level, bitcoin takes Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover/PayPal and all of the associated fees out of the equation. If you buy something in bitcoin you're saving the merchant anywhere up to 5% of the cost of goods sold which, in turn should reduce the price you pay. The price may be volatile at the moment, but it is certainly by no means undervalued given the size of the potential market. Buy some coin by transferring money into an exchange and buying them (might cost you up to 20 bucks and 0.5% in fees) or buy them in cash for "free" with and just don't spend them any time the price is lower than what you paid for them. Alternatively, provide a good or service and accept payment in bitcoin yourself.

The fact that bitcoin is peer to peer and run by the community should be enough reason for any Slashdot user to take a serious look at it now that it has received enough scrutiny to know that the math is safe.

Comment Re:Not on my iPad 2. (Score 1) 488

However, I did see one noticeable issue: the graphical design--especially the text fonts--don't look good on an iPad 2 with its lower-resolution screen.

I noticed the same about the fonts on my iPad 2.
Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and turn on "Bold Text". It's a much better experience.

Comment Re:Sugar (Score 1) 926

My biggest complaint about HFCS isn't the syrup, per se, it's that Monsanto and ADM have ruined my corn. They've modified the corn to be sweeter, so that they can get more HFCS and ethanol from it. I used to love corn on the cob, but given that Sandy and I have tried to stop eating so much sugar, it's sickeningly sweet to us now. We buy locally-grown, unmodified corn whenever possible. Rarely from a supermarket.

Everything you said may be true, but I don't think the reason that supermarket corn is sweeter has much to do with HFCS or ethanol. I believe that the kind of corn used for the production of those is almost inedible and not what you would buy in any market for people food. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong or mod me up if I'm right.

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