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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

GrumpySteen Re:Excuse me while.. (97 comments)

People do things they shouldn't do all the time and kids aren't known for being great decision makers. You might as well suggest that nobody under 15 should be allowed to go through puberty for all the good it'll do.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

GrumpySteen Repeating memes makes you sound stupid (403 comments)

we should be using gallons-per-mile instead of miles-per-gallon, too.

Wrong. Neither is inherently better.

I have half a tank of gas (6 gallons) and want to know how far I can go before I have to get gas. I get 40 MPG or .025 GPM. 6 * 40 is an easy calculation that most people can do in their heads. 6 / 0.025 is not an easier calculation for most people.

There are specific cases where one or the other figure makes the math easier, but neither is universally better in all cases. Arguing that one figure is better just proves that you haven't thought the question though.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

GrumpySteen Re:Onion right again (178 comments)

Oh look... someone who doesn't know what The Onion is.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

GrumpySteen Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

No, there is still only one answer; the current system.

The college admissions testing business is worth about half a billion dollars a year right now and the two major test providers, ACT and ETS, spend quite a bit of money to make sure that they remain the two major test providers.

You posting on slashdot telling people to get started on a better solution as if it were as simple as doing your laundry just shows that you're clueless about what would be required.

about two weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

GrumpySteen Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Because managing files in a hierarchical system is not what people care about. Seriously with other MP3 players before the iPod you had to do this as there was no other choice.

Actually, that isn't true. Diamond Multimedia started introducing those features at least 2-3 years before the first iPod came out. Shoddy build quality, inept marketing were and the need for a huge-ass adapter that plugged into the parallel port on your computer prevented it from becoming the hit that the iPod was a few years later.

about three weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

GrumpySteen Re:You underestimate football's popularity (242 comments)

Definitely more stupid. As dumb as sci-fi shows may be at times, they can still offer up social commentary in their plots and explore new ideas for how technology could influence our lives.

And as thin as that rationalization is, football doesn't even offer that much value to society.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

GrumpySteen Re:conveniently leave out Xerox, Apple (96 comments)

I didn't conveniently leave anything out. I highlighted the introduction of the idea and the demand from people that existed before any company (including PARC) started developing the idea into an actual product.

The Dynabook concept was introduced two years before PARC was created, so it's a bit ridiculous to suggest that they created the idea.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

GrumpySteen Re:trying to buy ipad and Makerbot in 1980? (96 comments)

Neither of those scenarios happened, so you are remembering wrong.

Pad-like devices showed up in science fiction first. Some of the most visible examples are Star Trek (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978). Millions and millions of people were introduced to the concept of handheld computing devices through fiction and lots of those people wanted one.

One of those people was Alan Kay, who was a PhD candidate at the time. He developed the idea more fully into something he called a Dynabook in 1978, long before any company had even thought about anything of the sort.

Science fiction authors gave us the idea and it was so appealing that people wanted it to exist. Companies eventually recognized the demand for those devices and worked toward creating them, but they didn't create the idea or the demand.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

GrumpySteen Re:Oh good (907 comments)

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/20...

From the NYT:
Some borrowers say their cars were disabled when they were only a few days behind on their payments, leaving them stranded in dangerous neighborhoods. Others said their cars were shut down while idling at stoplights. Some described how they could not take their children to school or to doctorâ(TM)s appointments. One woman in Nevada said her car was shut down while she was driving on the freeway.

From the summary:
Some borrowers say their cars were disabled when they were only a few days behind on their payments, leaving them stranded in dangerous neighborhoods. Others said their cars were shut down while idling at stoplights. Some described how they could not take their children to school or to doctor's appointments. One woman in Nevada said her car was shut down while she was driving on the freeway.

HughPickens.com may not be able to write for crap, but he can plagiarize like a motherfucking champ.

about a month ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

GrumpySteen Re:Reliability is key. (600 comments)

Guns must not be simply reliable. They must be infallible. They must work instantly, every time. Otherwise, any gun is useless.

See how fucking idiotic that sounds?

about a month ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

GrumpySteen Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

Just what we need. One more argument against even trying to come up with something better. Clearly we're the pinnacle of civilization and technology, so the status quo is always the best we can do.

about a month ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

GrumpySteen Re:Structural Fatigue (34 comments)

Oh look, a 370 year old house made of wood.

Building a house out of wood doesn't automatically mean that it'll fall down in 10 years. If a wood framed structure fails that early, the fault lies either with the architectural planning or the use of low quality wood that isn't suitable for construction.

about a month and a half ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

GrumpySteen Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (160 comments)

It doesn't mean they can bottle piss and sell it as Sprite.

Well duh. The color is all wrong. You have to sell it as lemonade, Mello Yellow, Mountain Dew or something else with at least a vaguely similar coloration.

about a month and a half ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

Back at you. I don't see any reason I need to answer that any more than you do. One could also read my post.

I'm happy to go on record as saying that earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons (and they damage they cause) are natural disasters. I'll even go so far as to say that only an idiot would argue otherwise.

about a month and a half ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

Were you trying to reply to some other comment? I said nothing about dismantling dams or nuclear reactors.

about a month and a half ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

Are you suggesting that the earthquake and ensuing tsunami were somehow not natural disasters?

Or are you suggesting that this was a disaster that couldn't have been prepared for, despite the fact that TEPCO had been warned of the possibility years before? They dismissed the prediction as an unrealistic scenario and literally didn't bother preparing for it, so yeah... they were unprepared.

about a month and a half ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

GrumpySteen Re:But it's safe! (147 comments)

The dam failures that you linked to were primarily caused by a typhoon that dumped over a meter of water in the area in less than 24 hours. It was pretty clearly a natural disaster that they weren't prepared for.

about a month and a half ago

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