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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Agent0013 Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Yep, and swearing has been shown to reduce the feeling of pain. Mythbusters tested this, but it was know before that also. I also expresses your emotional feelings more than the more acceptable words can do.

3 days ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Agent0013 Re:Competition urgently needed (149 comments)

For example, to leave New York you have many options (most of them requiring payment on top of the taxes) — why can't those bridges and tunnels be privately owned and compete with each other?

It isn't really feasible to have more than one road going to your house. How do you propose you could have competition in the road you use to get to you house? Are we going to have multiple roads stacked on top of each other like a bridge. Once you get beyond 2 or 3 that become pretty much crazy. I am lucky that I have two cable companies that run lines to my house, but having 20,30, or a hundred gets to be unfeasible real quickly and most people don't even get the chance to have two because of monopoly agreements with the city.

5 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Agent0013 Re:Mod parent up. (546 comments)

I use KeePassDroid to store my passwords. I love it. It rarely will allow me to paste the username and password into a website though. Something with the browser or the way pasting works on my phone just pastes nothing there even when KeePassDroid has put them into the clipboard.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Agent0013 Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (546 comments)

Which is one reason to have passwords that you can remember. Duh, I would say this is pretty simple to understand!

about a week ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Agent0013 Re:Some physiologists (254 comments)

Why not just do an all downhill course. That would make it much easier to do it under 2 hrs.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Agent0013 Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Another time some girl I don't even know sent me her nudies, but I just ignored the email.

Pics, or it didn't happen!

about a week ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Agent0013 Re:So.. (208 comments)

For a non-safety-related case, you could just walk around in Seattle after the first legal pot shops opened and smell the Marijuana everywhere in a way you didn't the previous week. Some of that was just excitement about a change, to be sure.

And somehow you think these people did not smoke before the law was changed? That would be highly unbelievable.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

Agent0013 Re:Copyright Infringment (191 comments)

I think the agent in question & his bosses all hanging themselves in their bedroom would be acceptable to me as well.

I would rather we do the hanging in the town square so we can all enjoy the scene. When the worst criminals we have to deal with work for the government, we are all in trouble.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

Agent0013 Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

If you line them in a grid from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, I think you could fit quite a few. And you would not need to be watching any more than one as the image would be stitched across all of them. It could display scenes such that your underground apartment would have a view. See you are thinking of it in the old fashioned way.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Agent0013 Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (425 comments)

Yep! We should do democracy like the Romans did. With random selection to congress. If someone wants the job, they damn well should not have it. So the only option left is to choose the people randomly and the few that are in it for corrupt reasons will have a very narrow chance of getting in. And they should be limited to one term.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Agent0013 Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (349 comments)

I also have not heard of people still using software on Linux and Mac that is as old as stuff that people depend on with a Windows system. It probably stemmed from Microsoft's strong stance on keeping backward compatibility for as long as they can and not breaking old software. Now people out there rely on some unique and old piece of code that doesn't have a modern equivalent and will become upset with Microsoft if it breaks.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

Agent0013 Re:Captain Obvious University (75 comments)

I bet if we distorted the image so far that everything is just a black screen then people would drop to 0% accuracy in determining the fake objects! Wow, it's so awesome! [sarcasm tag here]

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:FP? (942 comments)

Yes I understand it is something that each person is used to. But having a scale that is closer matched to what you experience daily makes sense to me. If the temperature scale was 0 for freezing and 0.001 degree for boiling water you would have trouble expressing the temperature in daily like accurately. Too many digits are needed, too much accuracy in measurement. When one degree difference is a bigger amount on the scale you don't need to use decimals fractions as often. And if you do need to get down to fractions, you don't need as many of them to have better accuracy. Measuring a body temperature difference of 0.1 F means you need to measure down to 0.056 on Celsius. That is the point I am making. The larger scale range over the area of temperature we experience in daily life makes it more useful.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:FP? (942 comments)

Ok, the calculating of volume is a very good argument for metric. I didn't think of that one. Thanks for pointing that out. But then again, going from feet to square feet and then to cubic feet doesn't seem to hard to me. When calculating weight it may help some, but that is only if you are using water. Any other matter and you will need a factor for the density in there anyway. At that point it is just as much of a calculation using either measurement system.

The other examples don't seem to be relevant to me. If I was hooking up a heater, it would tell me how many amps it draws. I don't need any BTU factors or whatever. Perhaps I don't fully understand this example, but thing I have worked with have told me the amperage needed and it is simple to add them up to figure out the rating of the circuit. Miles and Yards are so far different in scale that they might as well be different measurements. I don't think I have even needed to convert between them or have ever seen them combined. Miles or used for long distances and fractions of a mile are as accurate as you need when you are using them in daily life. I doubt anyone ever measures something like 1278.87656 km either. It would be close enough for daily use to just use 1279 km or 1278.8 km.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:Idiot (942 comments)

How does measuring 100 mm^3 of cheery tomatoes make it any easier than using a cup. It is still based on the size and density of the tomatoes you have.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

No it doesn't. Having a larger scale gives easier differentiation between the numbers in it. I can adjust my thermostat by one single degree and feel the difference. With C, you would have to adjust by fractions of a degree. And measuring your body temperature would also be more accurate with a larger scaled measurement. Going from 98.6 to 98.8 tells me that there is a slight fever. In C, that change would be from 37 to 37.11. Can you even read divisions that small on the scale?

I understand that it is something you are used to either way. But it seems that basing the scale on the range you experience in daily life makes more sense than basing it on some arbitrary thing like where water freezes and boils at.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:FP? (942 comments)

Yeah, I was just saying above how stupid the Celcius scale is. Having to adjust the temperature from 21.11 to 21.66 to make a slight change to the temperature of the room is much more stupid than just going from 70 to 71 F. And seeing a wide range of numbers for the difference of a cold day at 65 F and a hot day at 90 F is easier to see than having a small range that seems insignificant. But because the scale is based on something that matter not at all in how air feels to us (water freezing and boiling point) makes everything too small of a range.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:FP? (942 comments)

I agree with the examples you posted. One that I have thought is a big one is temperature. A cool or chilly day would be around 65 F, while a hot day would be above 90 F. Having that range be from 18 to 32 C gives much less room to sense a difference. If the room feel to cold at 70 F, We can bump it up to 71 F and feel a difference. going from 21.11 to 21.67 C is just too small to matter. The temperature of the air around us has nothing to do with the range of temperature that water exists at between freezing and boiling so Celsius makes no sense in the real world.

I do find metric easy enough to use and have no problem with it when I use it. But I do find the arguments of being easy to convert as pretty bogus. If I measure a wall at 21 meters high, why would I ever want to convert that to centimeters or any other conversion. Even if it was 21.2 meters, it can just stay at that. I don't convert my height from feet and inches into just inches either so the decimal factors of the metric system are just not all that useful in daily use.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Agent0013 Re:FP? (942 comments)

How do you tell the comma used for decimal place from the comma used at each 10^3 factor? I think having two different symbols is more clear than reusing one for both purposes. Unless you are proposing not to use a comma for numbers such as 1,536,786.

about three weeks ago
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

Agent0013 Re:Tides... (65 comments)

Unless the shoreline is made up of vertical cliffs. Then there would be no difference with the tides.

about three weeks ago

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Why write in the Journal

Agent0013 Agent0013 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I don't really understand what I would want to write in the Journal here!

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