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The $5,600 Tablet

GrumpySteen Re:Consumers have no clue... (91 comments)

Toughpad FZ-A1 for my android tablet and a toughbook 31 I carry for work more money in tablet and laptop than most of you have every owned in your car.

A quick search on prices shows that you can get both for about $5k.

Apparently you either think that everyone on /. is working part-time for minimum wage or you think cars are still priced like they were in the 70s. Either way, you sound like a condescending fucktard.


'The Door Problem' of Game Design

GrumpySteen Re:Article is empty (276 comments)

Bring an axe to work.

You may not keep your day job for long, but you can wreck the hell out of some doors and go out in a blaze of glory.


In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

GrumpySteen Re:...news for nerds.. (400 comments)

It's one of the hardest sports to play well

Spoken like someone who has never played any other sport in their life.

Seriously. Golf is not harder than baseball, basketball, soccer, football or any other sport. They all require concentration, practice and far more coordination than golf.

2 days ago

Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

GrumpySteen Riiiiight (350 comments)

Bock also advised, 'You need to be very adaptable, so that you have a baseline skill set that allows you to be a call center operator today and tomorrow be able to interpret MRI scans.'

So, basically, you should be ridiculously highly skilled in multiple specialized fields so that we can hire you and make you take on the work of three to five people for the pay of a single position (or maybe just for the glory of being an intern so that we can pay you even less!).

2 days ago

L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

GrumpySteen Re:Sick Society (250 comments)

Do you and I have the right to piss off management and our bosses? What makes them so special?

You don't seem to understand what tenure is. Tenure doesn't protect teachers from being fired if they act irresponsibly or do not do their job. Tenure only protects the teacher from being fired without just cause.

The case here is really the question of whether allowing a student to build a marshmallow gun powered by compressed air represents just cause. The administration says it is, but they have an axe to grind with the teacher in question because he's also a union representative, etc. (as detailed in other comments)

The suggest that the solution is to just give the administrators the right to fire all teachers without any justification for the firing is idiotic.

3 days ago

L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

GrumpySteen Re:Sick Society (250 comments)

So you think that schools would be better if it was easy to fire teachers who had opinions that differed from the administrations, leaving only the mindlessly obedient ones to teach the nations children how to also be mindlessly obedient?

3 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

GrumpySteen Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

Only when the people are ignorant of their past can you pull such ridiculous capitalist dictatorships without opposition.

Capitalist oligarchy.

I know not reading the article before commenting is normal but you apparently didn't even read the title of the summary, much less the summary.

about a week ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

GrumpySteen Re:So wait, shotguns are more accurate than the bi (307 comments)

Nope. You're just presenting a more subtle version of numerological bullshit.

Having only one significant digit means that the actually value for 10 is somewhere between 6 and 14 and the value for 30 is somewhere between 26 and 34. Measurements were not that inaccurate (you don't really think they only have a 15 foot rope to measure with and absolutely nothing else, do you?).

10 and 30 have 2 significant digits even if you assume that they rounded to whole numbers and didn't want to use fractions or decimals. Rounding to whole numbers, a circle with a measure of 10 cubits across will measure 31 cubits around.

That passage of the bible is incorrect. Period.

about two weeks ago

NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

GrumpySteen Re:Seriously, $250,000? (44 comments)

You say read it and yet you said that a launch that only needs to reach 800 meters "requires a reasonably well controlled vehicle with a delta-V of about 4,5 km/s or so"? That speed would mean you'd hit the required altitude in a little under 0.2 seconds. There is no possible interpretation of the requirements that would result in that statement.

the only reason you said that is that you DIDN'T READ THE REQUIREMENTS and you're fucking pathetic at lying to cover it up after the fact.

about two weeks ago

Fruit Flies, Fighter Jets Use Similar Evasive Tactics When Attacked

GrumpySteen Don't reverse that (65 comments)

It's an analogy between two things, not a patent application.

It's normal for the thing you're talking about to be mentioned first and said to be like the more commonly known thing. Reversing it would have people thinking that you're talking about jet fighters for the rest of the paragraph.

about two weeks ago

NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

GrumpySteen Re:Seriously, $250,000? (44 comments)

You clearly didn't read the actual challenge.

The Challenge would award prizes for successful demonstration of an end-to-end autonomous operation to sequentially accomplish the following tasks: picking up the sample, inserting the sample into a single stage rocket in a horizontal position, erecting the rocket, launching the rocket to an altitude not less than 800m, deploying a sample container with the cache internally sealed and landing the container at less than 6m/s terminal velocity.

$50,000 will be awarded to the team with the lowest total system mass that completes all tasks.

The goal is not to get someone to build a Mars lander for $250k. The goal is to get get amateurs to think about innovative ideas for how to solve some of the problems in the hope that some of those ideas will be useful when NASA designs a real lander.

about two weeks ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

GrumpySteen Re:The simple solution is make them document it (322 comments)

It is possible people are vandalizing the cars

Sure, but... "new rules were put in place requiring officers to document that both antennas were in place at the beginning and end of each shift. To guard against officers removing the antennas during their shifts, Tingirides said he requires patrol supervisors to make unannounced checks on cars."

"Since the new protocols went into place, only one antenna has been found missing,"

As soon as it became likely that the vandalism be caught, the vandalism suddenly dropped to almost zero despite the fact that only the officers knew of the change.

So no... it's not possible that the public is vandalizing the cars.

about two weeks ago

A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

GrumpySteen Re:bout time (135 comments)

The next version will have 47% more than 26% neck-ache annually. That's down from last year - hold your applause.

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

GrumpySteen Re:i dont understand this (226 comments)

...why do people have the ridiculous assumptions that..

        1. coding is "fun" and it's something kids/adults would just love spending time doing "if we just exposed them to it"

Nobody is making that assumption other than you. The point is to expose kids to programming so that the ones who will enjoy it can discover that fact and pursue it. It's that whole "broadening your horizons" thing that school is supposed to do.

about two weeks ago

FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

GrumpySteen Re:A simple solution (97 comments)

We would end up watching complete and total crap, because we were paying for it and felt obligated to watch it.

That says more about you than it does about television.

Do you have an unlimited plan for your cell phone? Do you feel obligated to use it constantly and feel guilty about not using it? Probably not.

Do you have unlimited internet? Do you download large files constantly in order to maximize your usage? Probably not.

Do you go to all-you-can-eat buffets and eat as much as you possibly can and make yourself sick? Probably not.

If you get out of the "gotta get my money's worth!" mindset and you'll find that a lot of things are more enjoyable, but you'll never escape that mindset until you stop blaming everything else and accept that the problem is your mindset.

about two weeks ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

GrumpySteen Re:With blackjack and hookers! (162 comments)

You need something to pass the time during your refractory period.

about three weeks ago

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

GrumpySteen Re:how calculus? (107 comments)

Calculus is not a series of guesses. If you think it is, you should probably go back to school.

about a month ago


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