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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

BlueKitties He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (281 comments)

We all know after any wrong doing, a person must offer up at least three goats to the Social Justice Warrior spirits in order to quench their bloodlust.

about 2 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

BlueKitties Re: "There is a problem with the law, so ban scien (180 comments)

Better to have robots fight than people. Also once we have a lot of machine control APIs it won't be hard to make killer robots. I can make a paintball gun that shoots everyone but myself using a computer, a couple of high powered servos, a linear actuator, two cameras, and IBM's machine vision API. The fundamental technology just needs to be repurposed, so you're never going to stop the threat of killer machines.

about 3 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

BlueKitties Re:Consumer computer (333 comments)

Well, I will admit my latest experience loading Ubuntu on a VM has been a pain in the rump. VirtualBox couldn't get the resolution right, but connected to the Internet fine, Hyper-V got the resolution right but couldn't get the Internet to work. Pft.

about 3 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

BlueKitties Tablet-PC hybrids show a lot of promise. (333 comments)

I owned an iPad 2 since its launch, about three months ago someone broke into my house and stole it (among other things.) I decided it was time to go shopping, and finally settled on a first generation Surface Pro.

After using it for three months, I can say I prefer it over my laptop *and* my iPad. When I want to develop software, I switch to the desktop and plug in an external monitor (which means I get a second 10-inch screen to load documentation or whatever.) When I want to browse casually, I just unplug it from the extra monitor and go mobile. I don't like the screen aspect ratio (too tall and skinny in portrait) and the battery life needs work. It's also a bit heavy, and the app store isn't as rich.

Still, it has been incredibly nice to have access to my desktop and tablet all in one package. As a desktop, it's actually pretty solid. I don't do heavy media editing (most of my software development involves financial accounts) so it hasn't so much as hiccuped with what I've thrown at it. Now, I don't feel like the Surface Pro is better than an iPad as a tablet, though it's a solid desktop and a decent tablet. Still, having my desktop in such a small form factor has been a dream.

It feels like the natural progression if technology. When someone gets the hybrid-OS to work right, I could see desktops, laptops, phones, and tablets all becoming the same product in a way.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

BlueKitties Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

Lets not mince words; These "activists" want the man fired over his private political views. That's what this is about: They want heads to roll, they want someone to lose their job over a private donation. That is hateful bologna. It is sick and wrong to try to get someone fired over something like that.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

BlueKitties Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

If a company axed a low level employee for donating to a pro-gay campaign, people would crap a collective brick at the prospect of firing an employee over their private political actions. This isn't about criticizing someone for their views, this is about actively trying to get someone fired over their private, away-from-work political actions. That's wrong, and hateful. We try to ruin people's lives over a bad political choice or donation, we reason with them intelligently and kindly, with love and care. This whole "death to those who oppose pro-gay-legislation" is warped and wrong. Even gays I know are fed up with how hateful the pro-gay movement has become. Back, the hell, OFF. Your hate and cruelty is not making things better for gays.

about 5 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

BlueKitties Re:again with the assumptions. (108 comments)

Classical information, anonymous moron. You can't send something between two points on Minkowski Space along a geodesic that's undefined. Now go Google what I just said because it's pretty clear which of us has actually studied modern physics.

about 5 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

BlueKitties Re:again with the assumptions. (108 comments)

But the conspiring forces can't know what the quasars are sending off! That's the point. Nothing is capable of containing information pertaining to what the quasars have sent, because it's impossible to have made a round trip to find out ahead of time. Therefore, even if the forces can influence the scientist's choice of quasar, the mysterious force still has no idea which quasar will say what, so it can't rig the experiment.

As an analogy, imagine there are three settings: A, B, and C. The mysterious force wants to rig the experiment by forcing the scientist to select setting B. The scientist, to get around this, allows three quasars to select a setting. One of the quasars will pick A, one B, and one will select C. The scientist will then pick one of the quasars to set the settings. The mysterious force can choose which quasar the scientist will pick, but the mysterious force doesn't know which quasar will send which setting, therefore it can't force the scientist to pick B.

about 6 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

BlueKitties Re:again with the assumptions. (108 comments)

Because there cannot be casual information communication between a star of that distance and something on the Earth. In otherwords, there cannot be conspiracy between two things which are physically incapable of communication.

about 6 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

BlueKitties Re:again with the assumptions. (108 comments)

I said faster than light transfer of information. Learn your damn science before you run your mouth.

about 6 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

BlueKitties Re:again with the assumptions. (108 comments)

All experimental evidence suggests that the transfer of information faster than the speed of light in a vacuum is impossible. Scientists understand full well that there is always a possibility some new discovery could upend even the most fundamental view of the universe, but until evidence to suggest otherwise comes along, scientists can only work with the experimental data they have -- and so far, all of that suggests FTL transfer of information is impossible.

Therefore, drawing from the incredible amount of experimental data, it is reasonable to conclude that such stars could not have conspired with phenomenon on Earth, since the information would need to have left Earth, reached the star, then returned. The universe simply isn't old enough for such a round trip to have happened. If the max speed you can travel is 1,000 miles in an hour, and the universe is one hour old, then it is impossible to make a round trip to a destination 1,000 miles away. Therefore, if someone arrives from that destination, we know it is impossible for them to have conspired with someone from where you are at, since such a round trip would have taken at least two hours, and the universe is only one hour old.

about 6 months ago
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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

BlueKitties Re:3d-printed-exoskeleton LINER (41 comments)

This isn't entirely accurate. The 3D printing is important because it enabled a custom tailored design which prevents injury. Hence the "more fluid components" were 3D printed -- They just scan the person, and the computer prints an appropriately fitting shell. This is a major boon, since otherwise engineers would need to create custom molds everytime a new shaped leg came into the office.

about 6 months ago
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Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

BlueKitties Re:Third-rate devices (141 comments)

My first Android device was a G1. Honestly, it was junk. The iPhone of the day blew it out of the water. It served as a showcase in the broader market for what Android could do, and helped Google gather real world usage data. This is arguably a "public beta" of sorts, from a development perspective.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Analyzes the Impact of Love On Their Business

BlueKitties I think most of us figured this one out already. (37 comments)

There's always "those two" who start posting on each other's walls, obviously as just an excuse to chat, and then when they finally hookup they stop posting because they're too busy making out. Usually the Facebook mingling accelerates slowly -- The guy posts, the girl responds (or doesn't respond, so the guy takes a hint.) Etc. When marriage finally ensues, and the two live together, they leave Facebook almost entirely. Of course this is a reflection of the general social behavior of people. When we're young, we mingle with a lot of people until we find a mate, then drop out of the social sphere partially or fully. I've long suspected the highly social nature of teenagers and young adults is (partially) a social function to find romance, even if it's unintentional. Most people who have ran in various social circles will find there's some pseudodating within coed friend groups, where one pair will spend a bit more time with each other, which then either escalates into a real relationship, or the peliminary psuedodating fails and never progresses to real dating -- I.e. they start "posting on each others walls" a lot, until they drop out of the social circle (Facebook.)

about 6 months ago
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Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

BlueKitties Re:The /. community is causing more damage than Be (98 comments)

Of course I get moderated as "offtopic," meanwhile the floods of "fbeta" are all +5. Even the moderation system is becoming a joke.

about 6 months ago
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Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

BlueKitties The /. community is causing more damage than Beta. (98 comments)

I used to really enjoy coming to /. -- even with Beta, even though it stinks. Now the entire comments section has just devolved into complaints. The real threat to /. isn't Evil Corporate Overlords, it's /tivism gone wrong. R.I.P. awesome comment community, you will be missed. :(

about 6 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

BlueKitties Re:BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (255 comments)

Big Mean Userbase Presses /. To Quash Superior Affordable Site Production For Women's Rights

about 6 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

BlueKitties Re:Why? (578 comments)

The problem is that a single company has control over the Olympics, and they are using that position to promote unreasonably priced services. The Olympics is a global event meant to bring nations together, and NBC has a strangle hold on watching that event -- And they have misused that privilege. It's pretty twisted to think that you can pay off the Olympics so people can only watch it on your overpriced Cable station. That's like Verizon paying off Facebook so you can't access their site from other cell carries. "Who said you're owed free service?" No one! It's just twisted a company can get away "owning" the Olympics in the first place, and more twisted they would abuse that power.

about 6 months ago
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Graphene Conducts Electricity Ten Times Better Than Expected

BlueKitties Re:We don't know that. (161 comments)

Lets be real. Some of the users on /. are serious computer experts. It doesn't take a genius to setup a bunch of ACs across a botnet and spam a site. It just takes "that guy" who happens to have a botnet, and too much spare time, and bam.

about 6 months ago

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Apple reverses no-cash policy for iPad.

BlueKitties BlueKitties writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BlueKitties writes "Some of you may remember a recent story about Apple refusing to accept cash payments for iPad sales. The reasoning, as it goes, is that it helps prevent buyers from buying bulk quantities and re-selling them at a steep markup overseas. Apple received some harsh PR backlash, and has now not only reversed its stance it has given a free iPad to the customer who first complained.


Johnson said our story triggered a company-wide policy change. As of today, anyone can pay for an iPad with cash as long as they set up their Apple account at the store. Apple accounts are needed for the iPad anyway, so that is not putting anyone out. "We heard about this, you know... we all would love people like Diane [Campbell] to get an iPad, so I called her up and she was very excited and we're actually on our way to deliver an iPad to her house," said Johnson. That's right. The folks at Apple wanted to thank Campbell for bringing this issue to their attention, so two employees from Apple visited her home Wednesday and brought her a brand new iPad for free.

It's good to see Apple do something right for a change. At least we know someone up there is reading the headlines."
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