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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

EEBaum Re:Pedestrian problems? (1173 comments)

That whole "pedestrians have the right of way" thing should take care of that. I was in Zurich earlier this year, and the thing that surprised me the most as a pedestrian is how much the cars stop for you. At unsignaled crosswalks, and even at random places on the street that would be considered jaywalking, if I were to stand at the curb and look like I might want to cross, without fail traffic would stop for me. If I *didn't* cross, and motioned for them to pass (as is the norm in L.A.), they would either stay stopped and insist I cross, or give me a confused, slightly irritated look.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech CEOs Tell US Gov't How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

EEBaum Debt != Deficit (311 comments)

Debt is how much you owe, like how much your credit card balance is.
Deficit is how much you're borrowing/losing/hemorrhaging in a given time, like how much your credit card balance increases in a year.
Cutting the deficit by 1 trillion dollars would save TEN TRILLION DOLLARS in ten years.

I guess, technically, the summary could be valid if we're talking about a ten-year budget, but the national budget is something that's settled upon on an annual basis. Cutting the deficit by "an average of 100 billion dollars per year" would be more accurate.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Gives Printers Email Addresses

EEBaum Re:Back to the Future 2 (325 comments)

Hey, at least they're trying! Five years to 2015 and we have no flying cars, no hoverboards, no 3D billboards where the shark attacks passersby. HP is doing their part in making 2015 less of a disappointment.

more than 4 years ago
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PETA Creates New Animal-Friendly Software License

EEBaum In other news... (356 comments)

In other news, the Business Software Alliance has proposed new standards on compassionate treatment in animal shelters with a clause forbidding use of pirated software in their administration.

Seriously, what business does an organization that claims to be for animal rights have sticking its nose in software development?

more than 4 years ago
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"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

EEBaum Re:Hasn't worked in the UK (419 comments)

I hardly see how they could be considered off-duty when they're out and about looking for violators.

more than 4 years ago
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College To Save Money By Switching Email Font

EEBaum Wait... (306 comments)

...email has fonts?

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

EEBaum Re:To hell with CORN (542 comments)

Just because you can grow it, doesn't mean anyone actually wants to buy it.

But that's just the case with corn. There's been so much of it, and it's so darn cheap to grow, that people figured "well, crap, we have all this corn, let's figure out something else to do with it!" and thus the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup, and of using corn as the primary feed for a bunch of animals that had previously eaten grasses and such. Hell, I recall hearing they're feeding corn to FISH now.

more than 4 years ago
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Every British Citizen To Have a Personal Webpage

EEBaum The system... is down... (313 comments)

Bet that'll be fun when the system goes down for whatever reason. It's enough of a fustercluck when ONE major government system goes on the fritz... here, they'd all go down together!

more than 4 years ago
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Good Language Choice For School Programming Test?

EEBaum Language shouldn't push you past the limit (407 comments)

Having competed in a handful of collegiate programming contests about 10 years ago, the CPU time limit was never even a passing concern. Granted, we were coding in C++, but even in Python, any solution that hits the CPU limit on these contests is quite likely an unnecessarily complex algorithm. I always considered the CPU limit to be a safeguard against programs with infinite loops or REALLY slow solutions, so that the teams wouldn't claim "no, really, it works!" and drag the contest on for hours insisting that the right answer will reveal itself shortly. If your solution works, but has complexity of O(n!), I'd have a hard time calling it acceptable.

If one of our entries was rejected due to exceeding the CPU limit, it was always due to a problem in our logic that the sample data hadn't triggered, but that the actual test data had.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Classical Music As a Form of Social Control

EEBaum Unintended consequences (721 comments)

If being put in a room by myself with hours of Mozart was a punishment, my teacher's pet self would quite likely have started causing problems.

I wonder if, to counter that, they would have the same consequence be a punishment to one kid and a reward to another.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway?

EEBaum Now wait just a minute!!! (297 comments)

People are paying $10 for an eBook???

more than 4 years ago
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Half of Google News Users Browse But Don't Click

EEBaum Re:Perhaps they should write things worth reading (237 comments)

[Citation needed]

Click on some of the links here, then read the articles. Seems to be about 50/50.

As for the last part of what you wrote: Ever consider that the decline in human attention span and the commoditization of news media might account for what you wryly observe as "get[ting] all the information you need from the headline"? And you would suggest that this is a good thing?

They are related, but different. I get all the information from a headline when the story has very little news to offer. Visiting Google News, some examples from the first page, and my reactions in parens:

  • Fewer Americans think Obama has advanced race relations, poll shows (fluff)
  • ATTACK ON FLIGHT 253 Accountability sought at terror hearings (more finger-pointing rather that addressing the real issue)
  • Photos Purport to Show Woods at Rehab Center (celebrity fluff)
  • Football legend Archie Griffin raising awareness of H1N1 vaccinations (celebrity fluff)
  • More Men Marrying Wealthier Women (good for them)
  • Palin and McCain will campaign again (and I don't give a pair of fetid dingo's kidneys until 2012. wtf are we doing reporting on presidential elections this year?)
  • Jets-Colts Preview (sports, and not even "what happened" but a bunch of speculative fluff)
  • Americans See Economic Recovery a Long Way Off (Captain Obvious is alive and well on staff at Gallup)

Essentially, I get all the information from the headline when the article is shit, and I read further when the headline suggests a possibility of worthwhile content. I was actually surprised and somewhat more hopeful at how many articles I clicked on while compiling the list above because they seemed possibly interesting.

Then there are inaccurate and misleading headlines. I don't know who is responsible, but a link on Google News for "Michelle Obama Unveils Anti-Obesity Initiative" links to a story called "Michelle Obama's Anti-Obesity Plan," and the article itself says she "is expected to unveil an anti-obesity initiative next month." Another article, entitled "First lady surprises White House visitors," is simply linked to a video of her shaking hands with people on the White House tour. WTF is this doing on the first page of Google News?

more than 4 years ago
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Half of Google News Users Browse But Don't Click

EEBaum Perhaps they should write things worth reading (237 comments)

A huge portion of newspaper articles (though not as large as the portion of television news segments) are fluff, not worth reading. If you can get all the information you need from the headline, maybe the article wasn't much worth writing anyways.

Maybe if newspapers were to write more articles exposing the horrendous fustercluckery going on locally and abroad, making meaningful commentary on artistic endeavors, giving relevant information on local events, etc. rather than living off press releases, whitewashed statements from politicians, and reprinting AP/Reuters feeds, people might be more inclined to read them.

Hell, one somewhat respected (though less so lately) newspaper in my area reserves the back page of its front section for photographs of its readers holding up a copy of their paper while on vacation. Every day.

The very fact that The Family Circus is still in print is a testament to the utter incompetence and out-of-touchery of newspapers.

more than 4 years ago
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Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

EEBaum Re:I have nothing against GMO in theory (766 comments)

I don't think this out-and-out corruption through bribery

You, sir/madam, are what is called an idealist.

more than 4 years ago
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KIA Bringing News & Social Media To Your Car

EEBaum For user convenience... (92 comments)

For user convenience, vehicles will be fitted with a special button to post "My Kia broke down again, FML" to the user's facebook account.

more than 4 years ago
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Bono Hopes Content Tracking Will Help Media Moguls

EEBaum Re:Artists are actually making more money... (569 comments)

If they don't want to perform live, they can find themselves another business model.

I think it's perfectly acceptable for a listener to not pay for digital music, and I also think it's perfectly acceptable for an artist to insist that a listener pay for digital music. I don't see the need for a "default" manner of doing things. Some may release things for free, others may insist on being paid for them. It should be up to the parties involved to decide which course of action might benefit them the most, and let the market decide which works. And yeah, much of the market has decided either "it's too expensive" or "screw you." A shrewd businessman at this point would lower the price, make their product more appealing to pay for, and/or not rely on recorded music as a significant income source.

As for other business models, the artist could sell t-shirts, do commissions, partner with other artists in various fields, etc. As a performer and composer of music that often finds itself in the general realm of classical, as well as in other genres that don't have a huge following or production mechanism, I need to be darn creative to have any hope of making a living, especially if I don't want to be tied to every whim of a big label, which would presume that the type of stuff I write is mass-marketable (doubtful). A person who insists on writing music that is not performed live does so with the realization that they have cut themselves off from the benefits that come with performing live music.

Heck, look at the internet! A huge portion of websites do not make money by people directly paying for what they do. I don't pay to read webcomics or Strongbad emails. However, I may buy a t-shirt of my favorite comic strip (of which I have purchased several as gifts over the past few years) or a Trogdor bumper sticker, or I may click on an advertisement on the site. The comic writers are not crying foul about people reading their strips for free.

more than 4 years ago
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The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...

EEBaum Hawaii (920 comments)

There's a place in Waimea on the Big Island that makes me drool just thinking about it.

more than 4 years ago
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The Star Wars Christmas Special Still Exists

EEBaum Re:Of course it still exists (316 comments)

I highly doubt the master tapes still exist. If they do, they exist in some movie studio employee's secret basement, safely hidden from the wrath of Lucas.

more than 4 years ago
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Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

EEBaum Re:I call BS (655 comments)

Those are called "feats of strength" and don't count towards total achievements.

I forget... do those come before or after the airing of grievances?

more than 4 years ago

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