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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

CaptainLard Re:Cash? (59 comments)

And if they did have a dump truck with $970 million, wouldn't that be enough to "give it technology to compete with video-streaming rivals Netflix and YouTube"?

Some observations: 1) Does it really take $970million to write a bunch of web apps? 2) How come developers and engineers aren't getting it? 3) I thought tech companies could only spend their money in units of $Billions 4) Hopefully someone at Twitch got fired for losing out on that last $30million. Losers...

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

CaptainLard Re:Or don't be... (561 comments)

What's the percentage of white male computer-science and technical graduates?

To do anything but hire according to that percentage would be an act of sexism or racism.

Using that criteria is all well and good if your sole market is computer-science and technical graduates or your only products are algorithms. But if you're making general consumer products and are trying to sell to a more diverse market (i.e. the world) its probably not the worst idea to have more cultures represented. In other words, the top tech grads are not necessarily the most qualified applicants to design and sell products to a marketplace as diverse as earth.

about three weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

CaptainLard Re:Math (141 comments)

They have not shown it is a problem.

Perhaps not but its certainly worth following up on a previously unknown phenomenon that may or may not affect the global food supply. Your math showing an apparently small concentration doesn't take into account the biology of any creature living in the ocean. You haven't shown there isn't a problem.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

CaptainLard Re:Every single day (234 comments)

We live in an era where people in charge have very little accountability to the masses. "The Mob" no longer puts fear into politicians or business community. As such "maybe I shouldn't do this nefarious yet legal deed because it could end up with guillotine" check is no longer there.

All things considered, that's probably for the best. "The Mob" has a spotty record when it comes to serving justice.

about a month ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

CaptainLard Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

The gas powered cars that can break the records set by these gimmicks

Gas powered cars that don't use their engine and are propelled by batteries and electricity alone can break electric propulsion records set by pure EV's? That's amazing! I bet if they took out the heavy gas engines since they're not using them, they'd go even farther.....and by farther I mean nowhere. Apple and Orange, meet troll.

about a month ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

CaptainLard Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

Right, because gas powered cars built specifically to break speed/efficiency records are so much more practical...oh wait, they're also worthless for everything but breaking records and look just like this one. Good thing some of that engineering knowledge transfers over to consumer vehicles.

And in case you missed it, several Tesla's have already made cross country road trips. It might take 30 min to charge but 3 years ago it took 12 hours. Why would you want to go to sleep now and miss all the exciting rapid development? Do you sleep through movies to watch the credits?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

CaptainLard Re:Shitpost is shit (272 comments)

Oh come on, this post was clearly written by the CEO of microsoft because they started the layoff ball rolling without knowing where to stop it. We should hold off on discussing this topic until we work out a deal to split the executive board's salary amongst us!

about a month and a half ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

CaptainLard Re:A lot of ground to cover (50 comments)

Maybe they're just starting out with proving the design. From what I've read, all recent mars landing sites have been vetted by years of study by competing teams of researches and finally selected by expert committees based on maximum potential of interesting results.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

CaptainLard Re:Just stay unemployed (509 comments)

Perhaps I shouldn't have went for subtlety when attempting to burn karma. Nevertheless, I'm amused that /.ers don't know what the world's oldest profession is and at the same time probably need its services more than anyone.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

CaptainLard Re:Just stay unemployed (509 comments)

Yeah but this girl actually wants to do something with her life so how about forgetting the latest technology and looking for careers with proven track records. Does anyone know what the worlds oldest profession is? Maybe she can do that?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

CaptainLard Mortician (509 comments)

...unless you really bought into Kurzweil's book

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

CaptainLard Re: The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

I'm repeating a few things others have said in reply to your post but adding on here to help fill up your /. side bar...

1) Like the first guy said, your chart shows sea ice area is clearly near the bottom. The summary says "trending near", not absolute lows. So you proved that point for them.

2)Your temperature graph shows quite a bit of white but on the whole, there is a lot more red tint than blue, especially considering the scale is over +/- 10C. Ask any 5 year old what the main color is for the ocean and they'll say red. Its obviously abnormally warm.

Every now and then I go down your "informed skeptic" rabbit holes to make sure I didn't miss anything in my personal conclusion that AGW is real and a problem, but every time the data YOU present always ends up refuting your point. Whats your game in all this?

about a month and a half ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

CaptainLard Re:Clothes Dryers Re:user error (710 comments)

Oh come on, the "SCIENTISTS ARE ALL MONEY GRUBBING SCAMMERS" crowd is just as big nowadays. And holy smokes! The sun can dry things even in the winter??? I wonder if there are any other strange atmospheric effects happening that you don't (or won't) understand? But hey, congratulations on your mom's sweater.

about a month and a half ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

CaptainLard Re:user error (710 comments)

People can live without a clothing dryer.

It's been five years for me, and I have an unused front loader dryer for sale.

Wow you like to be really really really really sure about stuff. Why not sell it 4 years ago for more money? How many hours did you waver on pressing submit on that post?

And good for you that China smog doesn't reach you. But it accounts for 12-24% (from a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) of the smog in LA...6500 miles from china. Just because it doesn't reach Chicago thats ok? I think we'd do well to help reduce 20% of the pollution in a state that contributes 8% of the US GDP.

I don't believe in MMGW, and I don't believe we can change global climate.

But it's stupid not to scrub carbon from coal plants, put cleaner water back into the the environment than we take out,

Then why do you care about reducing carbon? Its going to cost you more money and ZOMG JOBS. Its concentration is still far too low to affect how we breathe, just something you don't "believe" in. The thing is it doesn't matter what you believe. Either its happening or its not and all the evidence points to "happening". But I'm glad you agree with the old saying "don't shit where you eat". Thats a start and if everyone takes it to heart maybe thats all we'll need.

about a month and a half ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

CaptainLard Re:A lot of them will be returned (127 comments)

What the OP is saying is that many novice people will wander by the display, think it is cool, and buy it on an impulse.

How many people are going to spend $3000 (or even $1300) on something they know almost nothing about after "wandering by"? If its more than zero, Makerbot should partner with local divorce attorneys.

about a month and a half ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

CaptainLard Re:Or (389 comments)

You keep using that meme. I do not think it applies where you think it applies.

about 2 months ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

CaptainLard Re:grigori perelman and this guy walk into a bar (96 comments)

james says "i am kind of a big deal. i have been featured in books and now on slashdot"

I don't think he says that at all. From the article: "He’s an individual of enormous talent and accomplishment, yet he’s completely unpretentious". Thats backed up when they say how he realized his weaknesses and sought out people to complement them with astonishing levels of success. Your post may just be pointing out the contrast between the two personality types but it comes off as ragging on Simons for accepting success and lionizing Perelman for holding true to his unconventional convictions.

Speaking of Perelman, maybe he had to deal with a bunch of jerks who unsuccessfully tried to marginalize his contributions and doesn't like talking to the public but is that any reason to give up your life's passion when you're one of the greatest minds that field has ever seen? Relax, dude.

about 2 months ago
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Mapping a Monster Volcano

CaptainLard Re:And this doesn't seem like a bad idea? (105 comments)

Oh No! All of those volcano researchers and their peers/collaborators probably haven't considered what could happen when the charges go off. Some doofus from the internet better warn them via posting on a random message board!!!

about 2 months ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

CaptainLard Re:I'm not so sure... (185 comments)

All these zero tolerance/black and white /. posts are funny. You binary guys should dust off that old analog design 101 book.

Where's the line between "fantasy" and "conspiring"?

GP laid that out pretty well. General information searches on methods to kill = watch list/fantasy. Specific information on a target, gathering materials = crime/conspiring. (the latter is apparently what the cannibal cop was doing)

And what's up with restricting people we find creepy for what they might do?

Because peoples rights go beyond just not getting killed. If some psychopath is continuously harassing and threatening to do something terrible, they are a detriment to society and should be removed from it.

Should we put you under constant watch and psych monitoring too?

No because in this case you're the one with the fantasy. GP hasn't made any threats or taken any actions against anyone.

It kinda sounds like you borrowed your line of reasoning from a pro-lifer..."Life ends at Death". Everything else is just assault. Oh and there is no harassment either.

about 2 months ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

CaptainLard Re:Could have been ... (185 comments)

... a novelist or script writer or something. Imagine Hitchcock or Stephen King before they made it big. They must have such dark thoughts, some of them committed to paper.

About their girlfriend? Is there a difference between general deviant thought and deviant thoughts against a specific person you interact with regularly? Just askin...

about 2 months ago

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