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Canada To Stop Making Pennies

Aladrin Re:My two cents on this.. (473 comments)

Actually, I think you'll find it was rounded down to $.00. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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VISA, MasterCard Warn of 'Massive' Breach At Credit Card Processor

Aladrin Re:No Source? (164 comments)

Because you want to know who was lazy with your private information, so you can deal with that situation.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap

Aladrin Re:IP Insanity (284 comments)

That's a download of a bluray disc every day of the month. I don't think anyone streams in anything near that quality. But I'm sure your argument wasn't just the number.

Is Comcast offering things through this service that they do not offer through their regular cable service? It's just their on-demand shows. The only difference is that it goes over IP to an XBox, instead of digital cable to a cable box.

As it stands, nobody else can offer their services through Comcast's digital cable lines, and there are no laws that would make them.

Why does it matter that this exact same service is now offered via a different protocol? The service doesn't ever touch the internet.

This is akin to AOL's special features back in the day. You could get to the internet through their service, but they had other non-internet offerings at the same time. Nobody argued that that was unethical or violated the spirit of the internet or anything like that. (The term 'net neutrality' hadn't been coined yet.) How is this any different?

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Taking Down PSP Titles In Response To Vita Hackers

Aladrin Re:Are they going to repost after fixing? (293 comments)

I agree.

But Sony's an information black-hole, and they never tell you anything before it's finished.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap

Aladrin IP Insanity (284 comments)

Why do we get so crazy when data is sent over IP rather than another way? If they had done this with their cable lines and not used TCP/IP, nobody would bat an eye. In fact, that's how content was always served in the past. When they decide to cut costs and use the newer, better infrastructure for the old stuff, people freak out.

A company serving their own service over their own lines is nothing to freak out about.

I will agree that if they were doing this with other companies' data, it would be worrisome. But not their own.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

Aladrin Re:Sure, I'll give you that FB password... (504 comments)

I imagine your usage of that password will be just as ethical as theirs, too. So yeah, fair trade.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

Aladrin Re:I am thankful for Wikipedia (288 comments)

When I was a kid, my parents bought a very expensive set of hardback encyclopedias. When I got my second PC Clone, it came with a free copy of Encarta.

One day, I needed to do a report and cite references, so I looked up the same entries in each. They were absolutely identical.

Crap as it may be, it was the same as paper encyclopedias when it first came out, except that it also had video.

more than 2 years ago
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Interplay Ex-CEO Brian Fargo Kickstarts Wasteland II

Aladrin Re:Yeah, WASTELAND!!! (122 comments)

I posted news of this kickstarter campaign to Facebook and my *sister* replied, "We played the **** out of Wasteland!"

Wasteland has the distinction of being the one game from my childhood that was too hard to beat, AND that I came back years later to finally beat it when I had the skills. I can't think of another game that I came back to beat later. It's definitely in my top 5, if not top 2 games from childhood.

I can't freaking wait. :D

more than 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

Aladrin Promoting (743 comments)

"The man claims he was demoted and then let go for promoting his views on intelligent design,"

"alleges that he was discriminated against because he engaged his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and handed out DVDs on the idea while at work."

Notice that he doesn't claim he was fired for having the belief. He claims he was fired for promoting it. His version of 'promoting' might be everyone else's version of 'harassment'.

"In the lawsuit, Coppedge says he believes other things also led to his demotion, including his support for a state ballot measure that sought to define marriage as limited to heterosexual couples and his request to rename the annual holiday party a "Christmas party."" ... So it wasn't just ID. He also spouted hate and political correctness.

""The question is whether the plaintiff was fired simply because he was wasting people's time and bothering them in ways that would have led him to being fired regardless of whether it was about religion or whether he was treated worse based on the religiosity of his beliefs," said Volokh." ... And wasting people's time at work.

"He sued in April 2010 alleging religious discrimination, retaliation and harassment and amended his suit to include wrongful termination after losing his job last year."

And he was already suing before he was fired, so this is an on-going thing. I think with a lawsuit in progress, they'd have to be pretty ballsy to fire him over the thing he was suing about, unless they had really, really good reason for it. A court will have to make that determination, though, as we don't have all the evidence. What evidence I've seen isn't pointing in a direction he'd like, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities

Aladrin Re:Perhaps study these treatments scientifically? (566 comments)

I think you'll find that it's so roundly rejected *because* it's already been researched properly and didn't hold up.

more than 2 years ago
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Video Captchas are Hard for Computers to Understand but Easy for Humans (Video)

Aladrin Re:Fun to decode? (128 comments)

I think that's an artifact of having to make it human-accessible. If you make it too complicated, too many people will complain about how hard they are. If you make them too simple, computers can solve them easily.

Unfortunately, what usually happens is that both of the above are true at the same time, which means there's no good solution there. You either let computers in, or you keep some humans out.

more than 2 years ago
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Video Captchas are Hard for Computers to Understand but Easy for Humans (Video)

Aladrin Fun to decode? (128 comments)

Looking at the samples on the screen as he was talking, I think those would be fun to write a decoder for... And possibly even easier than image captchas.

Why? Because they're moving, and you have a better chance to figure out the outline of each shape because of it. Also, you can use traditional techniques on each frame of the video and submit the one that has the highest confidence, and you could do that with existing tech.

Honestly, I don't see this being better than what we have.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Ditching Cell Architecture For Next PlayStation?

Aladrin Re:Will game devs prefer common architecture? (276 comments)

Very few game devs are PS3-exclusive. The majority of them already have to deal with a few different architectures. Anything that brings one of the outliers closer to the rest of the pack is probably good for them.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Ditching Cell Architecture For Next PlayStation?

Aladrin Re:It is a pain (276 comments)

Sony's never been known for having good software to work with. Microsoft is apparently quite a lot better about that. So I wouldn't bet that the PS3 ever gone anything to help with that situation. At least, not from Sony.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Ditching Cell Architecture For Next PlayStation?

Aladrin Re:Playstation 4 Released with Zero Games at Launc (276 comments)

Good parody. When I think about the PS3's processor, I always remember them bragging at launch that devs will still be trying to optimize for the PS3 when it's lifetime is over. I'm still astounded that they thought that was something to brag about.

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

Aladrin Re:Mass Transportation in America (1205 comments)

My trip was indeed a long one... Over 24 hours each way. With more than half of that time spent on the older trains.

And yeah, on shorter trips, I probably wouldn't have minded. In fact, if they just fixed the seats, i'd have been okay. (The track rumble and noise didn't actually bother me, even when I was trying to rest.) But they didn't, and probably won't.

The higher cost over driving was acceptable because I could *do* things on the train, where in a car I can only drive. (Especially alone.)

My reason for the train was also the TSA. I doubt I'd have considered it if it weren't for their antics. (And this was quite a few years ago now.)

more than 2 years ago
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Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters

Aladrin Re:Umm (370 comments)

Interesting. I worked phone support for a company, and their systems would occasionally do this. The delay was anywhere from a fraction of a second to a couple seconds, randomly for each call it happened to. It is really, really annoying, but I always assumed it made me stop talking because I was trying to be polite to the customer and when I hear a voice from their end, I'd stop and listen.

It took me about a week to learn to just keep talking when I heard my own voice, and not someone else's.

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

Aladrin Re:Mass Transportation in America (1205 comments)

After having lived in Florida most of my life (no public transport other than horrible busses) I recently visited NY and Boston. I was pretty impressed with both of them. If that kind of system existed here, I'm sure I'd use it.

But as you point out, 'mass transit' in America is largely a joke. It only exists in the largest population centers, and even there it's pretty lame.

Also, I took a train to NY and Boston when I went. That was pretty bad, too. Half the line had cars that I wouldn't use again on a bet, and the other half was just adequate. No wonder so few people will use a train here! And... I looked up the route for a trip I wanted to take later this year. You apparently can't get there from here, despite rail stations existing at both ends. Ugh.

more than 2 years ago
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Those Sleeping Pills May Be Killing You

Aladrin Re:Did they adjust for crazy? (237 comments)

I couldn't find anything in it to suggest they had actually done a double-blind trial, or even a half-assed blind trial, so their results are purely correlation, and not causation, despite the time they spent talking about causation. They do suggest that 'hangovers' from the drugs are a cause of traffic accidents and such, though, so they at least thought of that.

No mention about mental stability that I saw.

more than 2 years ago
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Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction

Aladrin Re:Serious addicts who "decide to use" it? (382 comments)

It'll be a long time before we can be sure it's safe.

However, it could be offered as a way to cut their sentence, or as part of their rehab. I'd fully support them having the option.

about 2 years ago

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