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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

GrumpySteen Re:Making ENIAC run again (121 comments)

Somebody knows or knows who knows but they need to be inspired to come forward or follow up on their hunch.

Slight problem: ENIAC was built about 70 years ago and most of the people who were involved in its construction are dead. It's really hard to inspire dead people enough to get them to come forward.

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How To End Online Harassment

GrumpySteen Re:here we go (834 comments)

never seem to apply that standard when her brother is insulted in those ways.

The author is a dude named Matthew. A he, not a her.

The fact that you automatically assumed that a person who says "It is never appropriate to use slurs, metaphors, graphic negative imagery, or any other kind of language that plays on someone's gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion" must be a woman says a lot about you. The fact that you went on to accuse your imagined woman oppressor of having a double standard says even more.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

GrumpySteen Re:How did they ID the part? (94 comments)

They found her body in 1940

Maybe, maybe not.

It is, of course, impossible to know whether the bones inspected by Dr. Hoodless in 1941 were in fact those of a white female, and if anything even less possible to be sure that they were those of Amelia Earhart. Only the rediscovery of the bones themselves, or the recovery of more bones from the same skeleton on the island, can bring certainty. What we can be certain of is that bones were found on the island in 1939-40, associated with what were observed to be womenâ(TM)s shoes and a navigatorâ(TM)s sextant box, and that the morphology of the recovered bones, insofar as we can tell by applying contemporary forensic methods to measurements taken at the time, appears consistent with a female of Earhartâ(TM)s height and ethnic origin.

The bones found might have been from Amelia Earhart's body, but they were identified as male at the time and then lost. Only when the measurements of the bones were looked at in 1998 was it noticed that they could have been Earhart's, but there is no way to know for certain. Unfortunately, the internet being what it is, everyone ignores the parts of the report that stress that the findings are inconclusive and repeats the claim that her body was found as if it were an absolute, unquestionable fact.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

GrumpySteen Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

look at insurance companies. Huge luxury office buildings, executives who make millions- it's a lot like Vegas. Where does the money come from? Losers like you and me who have to pay ridiculous premiums for minimal coverage. Yeah, Insurance baby!

That's how it has worked in the past, yes, but the affordable care act actually did something about that. Insurance companies' profits and overhead margins are now capped at either 20% or 15%, depending on the size of the company. If they don't pay out the rest in claims, they have to refund it.

It's not perfect and insurance companies will still make a lot of money, but it is a start.

about a month ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

GrumpySteen Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Here's something fun you can try: Buy a bottle of nitromethane (model aircraft fuel, also Top Fuel racing), put it in a plastic spray bottle, and spray it on seats where departing passengers are likely to sit. Then get arrested because you're in a crowded fucking airport spraying nitromethane on the seats in front of hundreds of witnesses.

FTFY

about a month ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

GrumpySteen Re:Excuse me while.. (101 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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