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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

A. B3ttik Loved It (233 comments)

Action was exciting and the final battle lasted a while and had a unique mechanic. Action was evenly spaced with typical "Marvel Superhero humor" and drama throughout. Though I saw the Loki 'twists' coming a mile away, my wife did not.

Also Kat Dennings provided two great reasons to go see it.

Solid 8/10

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?

A. B3ttik Re:Is there one? (375 comments)

Disagree 100%... unless you LIKE the taste of fried frozen meat husks. They used to be just like any other chain, with a slightly different flavor. Since they started the "Never Frozen" thing, their burgers are up there with "Casual Dining" burgers. Their burger quality has skyrocketed and is easily the BEST of any fast food chain.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?

A. B3ttik Re:Is there one? (375 comments)

Disagree 100%. They used to be just like any other chain, with a slightly different flavor. Now their burgers are up there with "Casual Dining" burgers. Ever since they started the "Never Frozen" thing, their burger quality has skyrocketed.

about 2 years ago
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Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

A. B3ttik So this is the moment of my Generation Maturing (94 comments)

At 26, I'm the first generation to grow up with a home computer, a computer lab at school, to learn using video games, and to learn programming as I grew up. I've always been part of the hip, young, generation and Google, Facebook, eBay, Amazon are the companies of my generation. Most were started (and most are manned) by my peers and I can remember the first time I heard about all of them. Now they are forming a Lobby, and it's only a few short years until these companies are the entrenched establishment and some young kids feel disenfranchised to rebel against their corporate and government and internet Big Brothers.

When do I get to start saying "Get off my lawn?"

about 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Claims Minecraft Infringement

A. B3ttik Re:More specifically (304 comments)

HK-47: Affirmative, master... The human informed me that a competitor corporation was preparing to market a product that would ruin him personally. He was most agitated. He activated my assassination protocol and instructed me to kill all those responsible for the competing product. I proceeded to carry out my order. HK-47: My former master was unaware of this, but the competitor was in fact an arm of Systech Corporation, my master's own employer. It did not take long for my master to realize his mistake. By then, I had already terminated 104 corporate officers. HK-47: Observation: While it may have been unintentional, my master's wording of his orders left little room for me. Systech was responsible for the product, after all. I do not know why my master was so upset, really. He was an officer of Systech and a potential target, but I cannot terminate my own master. I would assume that being the sole officer remaining, he would surely be promoted. Instead, however, the human chose to go insane with rage and attack me.

about 2 years ago
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Company Creates a Self-Making Bed

A. B3ttik More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (159 comments)

While it's cool and I'm always excited about new advances in technology and robotics, this seems really limited. By the looks of it, you cannot move the pillows around during the night or have anything other than the sheet. All this really does is straighten out a single sheet onto the bed... not very useful or robust.

Still, I suppose every technology must have a first step, even the automated bed-making technology.

more than 2 years ago
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A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

A. B3ttik Re:If they don't like it (687 comments)

More than McDonalds? If you go by work/pay ratio, it pays more than most high paying jobs at $65/hr. (Going by the $130 for 2 hr quote)

more than 2 years ago
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Among APs I detect, the secured:unsecured ratio is:

A. B3ttik Re:15+:0 (277 comments)

Even the one "unsecured" AP I see stills requires a password to hit anything other than the default "Sign in" homepage. How are we supposed to count those?

more than 2 years ago
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24-Year-Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 PDFs

A. B3ttik Re:It should be illegal..... (291 comments)

I find this attitude so ignorant. How does a company instantly delete backups on redundant servers? How do they delete redundant hard copies kept in closets separated by meatspace? Furthermore, if you upload something to Facebook, and someone ELSE downloads it and saves it to a CD, and you delete it off facebook, should THEY be forced to magically know you deleted it, and delete their copy as well? Does Google have to delete their caches of your facebook page? Or maybe you are saying that Facebook, Google, etc should never make backups?

The truth is that once you upload something to a site like Facebook, it becomes publicly viewable and accessible and ANYONE can download it. The unfortunate truth is that you can never really UNDO that action, and no matter what arbitrary laws or draconian regulations you force companies to abide by, you can never truly take it back, even if you hit the delete key.

The paradigm shift needs to be in how people view sites like Facebook, Photobucket, etc: Don't upload anything you want to keep private. If you want to keep it private, upload it to a company that guarantees your privacy... NOT Facebook.

more than 2 years ago
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New Theory Challenges Need For Dark Matter

A. B3ttik Why So Implausible? (302 comments)

I don't understand why this theory is "implausible" and why the article is so dismissive of it. Dark Matter was created for the sole purpose of explaining the orbital momentum of stars. There is NO other evidence for it. So an entire new classification of matter that no one has ever (or can ever) seen, felt, or observed was created to satisfy this one anomaly. And yet, this is the industry standard, that 90% of all matter must be Dark Matter just because someone screwed up when calculating orbital momentum.

What's more implausible, that 90% of matter is something that we'll never observe except, conveniently, through the orbital momentum of stars, or that galaxies have a noticeable gravitational pull on objects in nearby galaxies over billions of years?

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

A. B3ttik Re:Goodbye (1613 comments)

I remain firmly convinced this is a prelude to proving the iPhone 5 can resurrect the dead.

more than 2 years ago
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European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests

A. B3ttik Re:they could agree to send by non-CD (214 comments)

Perhaps, but that STILL wouldn't stop this bunch of 4chaners from abusing this retarded law and requesting physical copies of all the crap they _haven't_ deleted. I mean, seriously, how much stuff have you _really_ deleted on Facebook? I know I haven't deleted very much, and sometimes I do like to go back and look at my comments from years ago. If you think Facebook should perma-delete everything that you delete, that's fine, but that's also a different issue than this one.

There is also the argument that Facebook definitely keeps multiple redundant copies of their data across many servers in different areas... in fact, they likely even keep backup drives in closets somewhere just in case ALL the servers fail and they actually need to use them... should Facebook not be allowed to keep backups of their data in closets? Every time you hit delete, should they be forced to walk through manspace and delete stuff off of their backup-backup drives?

And what if make a crawler that accesses all of my friends' pages constantly and saves their data to my hard drive? Google does this already. Should I not be allowed to do this? Should Google not be allowed to do this? If someone deletes something on Facebook, do I have to delete it on my local box? Does Google?

Personally, I think not. You post something on Facebook, you understand that Facebook now knows that information and they're going to have it forever. You can't untell a secret to a friend or unshow someone an embarrassing photo. If you have something you want to hide, don't put it up to begin with. If you make a mistake, you can "delete" it and hope for security through anonymity that Facebook will do the best they can to keep that Photo from showing up anywhere, but you can never be sure that one of your friends didn't save the image or that there isn't some backup somewhere.

more than 2 years ago
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European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests

A. B3ttik Re:they could agree to send by non-CD (214 comments)

That would completely undermine the capabilities and services of Facebook that everyone uses and loves. No one would use Facebook if it did not store all of your photos and status messages, because then no one could access them.

more than 2 years ago
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Happy Pi Day

A. B3ttik Re:Tacoooo (341 comments)

That's the coolest thing I've ever read.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Merge Honeycomb and Gingerbread

A. B3ttik Re:I haven't had lunch (158 comments)

Seriously, I am going to give this food combination a try.

more than 3 years ago
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Civ IV's Baba Yetu Wins First Grammy For Video Game

A. B3ttik Re:Definitely deserved (88 comments)

This was a triumph!!

more than 3 years ago
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Who Unfriended You, and Why

A. B3ttik I've defriended many people... (122 comments)

...only for two reasons.

1) Their statuses were annoying. They were either constantly emo, pathetic "i have to work FML", or just retarded. I de-friended an aunt who always left stupid crazy statuses in all-caps, "OMG THEY WANT TO BAN RELIGION EVERYONE SIGN THIS NOW." type of stuff. Oh, she also played farmville constantly and clogged up my homescreen with stupid app messages.

2) I completely forgot who they were. Acquaintances from high school or people I met at one party one time who I could no longer even pick you out of a lineup. If I see a status from you on my homepage and I have no idea who you are, out you go.

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Release Date Revealed

A. B3ttik Re:Mirage in the Distance (288 comments)

Fast non-volatile memory tech to replace RAM and HD is always 10 years away.

It's called FLASH memory and it exists now.

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Release Date Revealed

A. B3ttik As I've said for 12 years... (288 comments)

I'll believe it when the credits are rolling past my screen.

more than 3 years ago

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