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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Hillgiant Re:In Verizon's defense (390 comments)

The old maxim:
"If trebuchet is not the answer, you are asking the wrong question."

about a week ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Hillgiant Re:In Verizon's defense (390 comments)

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a trebuchet loaded with a dumptruck full of pennies.

We are talking about bandwidth, right?

about a week ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

Hillgiant Re:What a punishment (270 comments)

The old auto racing quote:

"In order to make a small fortune in racing, first you need a large fortune."

about 2 months ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

Hillgiant Re:"Freedom Act" (107 comments)

Yes. I have often wished I could vote for the Republican Party of the 1860's. Sadly, the economic wing of the party was all to eager to jump into the pockets of the robber barons; and the social wing ran right off the deep end with their pivot from abolition to prohibition.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Hillgiant Re:Don't complain. Sue. (297 comments)

Well. Clearly you have not been looking at her XKeyscore file.

about 2 months ago
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The Foundry Will Soon be a Makerspace in Bellingham, Washington (Video)

Hillgiant Re:What? (35 comments)

You missed the key element. The title includes the text "(Video)". I.e. there is no content here, but somebody managed to find a way to stretch this lack of content out from a 5-6 sentence PR piece into a 20-25 minute video. Just skip the whole thing.

about 2 months ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

Hillgiant Re:"Freedom Act" (107 comments)

Finally a jobs bill that republicans can get behind.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Hillgiant Solving the wrong problem (800 comments)

All crashes are avoidable. ALL.

Once you take this as your primary design principle, all this ethics gobbledy-gook goes away.

about 3 months ago
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Oculus: ZeniMax Claims Over Rift Tech Are "False"

Hillgiant Re:Zenimax is salty (72 comments)

Me: "Ok, they are offering me XXX you give me XXX*20% and I'll stay"

Proposal Accepted.

about 3 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

Hillgiant Re:Zero malware (269 comments)

Not to worry. I am sure the boys up in Redmond are working night and day to increase the % of malware affecting windows phones.

about 3 months ago
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What Happens To All the Universe's Hydrogen?

Hillgiant Re:Survivalist (109 comments)

What is your basement made of? H2 will diffuse through solid metal. This fact (among others) is what keeps fuel cell vehicles in the realm of science fiction (or very expensive demonstrations anyway).

about 3 months ago
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Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

Hillgiant Re:Pointless? (171 comments)

False. Any salt is easily reduced to its component ions by exposing it to water.

about 3 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Hillgiant Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

Do you have any idea how close a tolerance you must have in order to have millions of bricks and have any pair of them mate cleanly, easily, and with sufficient clutch to not immediately fall off? And have multiple "legal" connection locations on each brick? And permit multiple bricks attach with equal spacing and equivalent strength?

We are talking a process capability that rivals, if not vastly exceeds, most aerospace manufacturers. No disrespect to the rocket science guys, but we are talking tight tolerances on small parts.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Hillgiant Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

Clearly their first mistake was being born poor.

Seriously kids, don't get born poor. It really stinks.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Hillgiant Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

A better way to state the question: half the population has sub-median intelligence

Half the population will always have sub-median intelligence. That is what median means.

That said, I believe that we will have a stronger society if we focus on elevating the lower educated to a higher educated state. I do not want to create a permanent underclass of semi- or un-skilled labor supporting the higher class's state of near permanent leisure.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

Hillgiant Re:The Slashdot logo says... (44 comments)

Let's be honest. The self respecting nerds left /. years ago.

about 3 months ago

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