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ICANN To Allow .brandname Top-Level Domains

GraZZ Re:Funny That (300 comments)

Capitalistic gold rushes favour early entrants and those with coin to drop? News at 11.

more than 3 years ago
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First Human-Powered Ornithopter

GraZZ Re:Powered flight? (250 comments)

They had an official there witnessing the flight, so I'm sure the appropriate definition of powered flight will have been taken into consideration.

more than 3 years ago
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First Human-Powered Ornithopter

GraZZ Re:Why Still Pursuing This? (250 comments)

Speaking as this guy's former roommate, one of the draws for him was that the aerodynamics and mechanics of flapping wing flight was not fully understood.

The science here is understanding aerodynamics to the point that a human-scaled device can be built.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

GraZZ Re:I am prob one of the only people here with an (579 comments)

Let's all go replace all of our TVs then. But that's expensive and wasteful. If only someone would sell a little box I could plug into my current TV that does these things...

more than 3 years ago
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ScienceBlogs.com Deals With Community Backlash Over PepsiCo Column

GraZZ Re:Asinine (299 comments)

Oh yes, and I would like to disassociate my thanks from anything beyond the posting of the video. The extension to the posters arguments against Nixon's policies DO NOT extend from the science on display in the video.

about 4 years ago
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ScienceBlogs.com Deals With Community Backlash Over PepsiCo Column

GraZZ Re:Asinine (299 comments)

THANK YOU for posting this on a weekend, where I actually had time to listen to the whole 90 minute argument. It's very convincing, and very informative. This professor really needs to do more to get his message out in public forums (write a book?). I'll be sharing this video with my friends.

about 4 years ago
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Poor Vision? There's an App For That

GraZZ Re:App for that (146 comments)

Oh my yes.

(Hey mods, go watch the newest Futurama episode. Highly relevant.)

about 4 years ago
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France Says D-Star Ham Radio Mode Is Illegal

GraZZ Re:Wait, What? (282 comments)

Ditto Canada.

about 4 years ago
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iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

GraZZ Time to foil unlockers? (282 comments)

I submit the following conspiracy theory to explain the antenna situation:

Apple, in its efforts to thwart unlockers, knowingly ships a defective baseband firmware in iOS4, fully expecting it to be unlocked quickly. Apple then releases iOS4.01 with a new firmware, fixing the horrible issue, as well as the unlocking vector.

Sound possible?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Voice Opens To All

GraZZ American centric much? (185 comments)

For very limited definitions of "for all".

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell

GraZZ Re:On the other hand... (361 comments)

According to your mom I'm more of a legend...

more than 4 years ago
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76% of Web Users Affected By Browser History Stealing

GraZZ Re:Chrome 5 (130 comments)

The current Chrome beta (5.0.375.38) still leaks like a sieve, so they must have *just* fixed it.

more than 4 years ago
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Stock Market Sell-Off Might Stem From Trader's Fat Finger

GraZZ Totally believable this could happen (643 comments)

Having worked connecting clients on the sell side of brokerage, I can assure you that we would frequently field requests to disable client trading limits (or balloon them astronomically) when a client's legitimate trade would hit them (maybe they've traded for 5 years and their favourite high-volume stock has gone up in price 10x).

Add in the fact that electronic trading software is often written with no thought to the UI, I'm surprised fat finger issues don't happen more frequently. Well, I guess they do, they just don't make the news very often as they don't cause this kind of a market swing...

In my experience, a lot of capital markets software is crap compared to the commercial stuff you use day-to-day, and a LOT clunkier than even the worst of the worst in open source UIs. When they say they're using the highest tech stuff out there, it doesn't mean it's actually good.

more than 4 years ago
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Wall St. Trading Servers To Power Off-Hour Clouds?

GraZZ Re:Is This Secure? (208 comments)

Having worked in an electronic trading operation (brokerage side) I can already say that security is of very little concern in this kind of operation. Of the three corners of business operations, these systems need to be fast and cheap; quality concerns are secondary as long as you're not completely breaking the clients' trades.

Arguably security isn't very important in high frequency trading. You're trying to get an order to market before it can react to something. Once the order is there, people already know (a lot) about it.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

GraZZ Re:Medical... (727 comments)

Since you typically make microchips one wafer at a time, and the cost to produce a wafer is roughly independent of what's actually on it given a certain production process (ie A masks, B layers, C coatings, etc), your cost per unit goes DOWN for smaller electronics these days.

As other posters have mentioned, the development costs clearly outweigh the manufacturing costs.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Founder Accused of Hacking Into Rivals' Email

GraZZ Re:Stupid Users (261 comments)

This is why SuperGenPass is your friend. Using one (or more) master password, you quickly generate a unique password for each domain you log in to, all through a handy bookmarklet. Also there's no password storage (except an optional hash for validation), so you don't have to worry about password product XYZ being hacked.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

GraZZ Re:3G Data Plans (1713 comments)

Bring them to Canada please!

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

GraZZ Re:Fantastic! (1713 comments)

No, now we have 60 days of "ZOMG it's coming!!!" news to look forward to. Especially as everyone and their app-programming-mother shows off their NEW, on-the-iPad apps.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

GraZZ Re:Backlit and eyestrain (1713 comments)

Hey, my eyes are so burnt from using my laptop in the dark that they PREFER a backlight!

more than 4 years ago

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