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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Jarik C-Bol Re:Cardholder services (247 comments)

I've taken to answering those calls in my best 'official' voice, and use a line like "Thank you for calling the FBI criminal self incarceration hotline. To schedule your surrender, press 1. por español prensa número dos."

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Jarik C-Bol Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

I sort of half realized this was a thing a few years back, when I was out and about and one of those Harley Davidson edition F150's drove past me, and I realized that it actually sounded a fair bit like a Harley, while a normal F150 does not. It does not surprise me one bit to find out that engine noise now is all a matter of special pipes and custom sound engineering to make it sound 'the way we expect.'

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Jarik C-Bol Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Honestly, most modern cars these days are already so silent, the only sound you hear from them is the cooling fan and the tire noise. It is only the 'muscle' type cars, that make noise, and like the article says, its just because people expect them to. Hell, the 'Harley Davidson' edition Ford F150 magically sounds like a motorcycle, because they can make it sound any damn way they want now. I agree, the idea of mandating 'fake engine noise' is preposterous, because its pretending this is a new problem, when cars have already been nearly dead silent at parking lot speeds for years now.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Jarik C-Bol Re:Spore (227 comments)

Well aware. Clearly, based on your response and several others, I left the joking tone out of my post.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Jarik C-Bol Spore (227 comments)

Sid Meier is just re-making spore as 3 games, and skipping the weird creature creation stage. Seriously, at this stage we have a 'conquer the world' game, a 'conquer nearby star system' game, and now we have a 'conquer you local galactic arm' game? sounds like spore, only without the insane promises.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

Jarik C-Bol Re:The word is "kibitz". (105 comments)

I had to read the summery several times to figure out what the fuck the headline was supposed to mean. But then, there's not really much of a Yiddish population where I live.

about two weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

Jarik C-Bol Re:Not impressed. (135 comments)

Exactly. Physical access to the machine and all bets are off when it comes to security.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Jarik C-Bol Bad Ideas (138 comments)

I''ve been around, used and owned guns pretty much my whole life, so I'm about as far from anti-gun as you can be, and I'm calling it now: There is zero reason for this to exist, and it is a "Bad Idea".

about three weeks ago
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300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision

Jarik C-Bol Re:Almost all scientific results... (37 comments)

Wait a minute. First your post claims that a belief in higher power has helped previous generations persevere through terrible trial and adversity, thus preserving society and human kind. Furthermore, this has had an impact on our genetic pool, leaving us with a population that (theoretically) carries a gene that makes them prone to persevere through difficult times, while holding onto a belief in a higher power.
The you advocate eliminating this 'survivor gene.' simply because it allows someone to survive by applying flawed logic?
I'd like to borrow your scrying bowl and chicken blood, so I to can see this marvelous future, where the human race is never again presented with difficult times, where basic survival is never tenuous at best, and even the most flaccid of individuals may survive and prosper.

about a month ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Jarik C-Bol Re:I don't even... (323 comments)

Nailed It. "If you'd just figure out how to do it right, you could do it right!"

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Jarik C-Bol Re:4 Days? (250 comments)

Your pretty much spot on there. We use the hand pump 'Pallet Jacks', which I assume you know what are based on your experience, and all our pallets are the large CHEP pallets, the large iGPS, or similarly sized plastic pallets. A good portion of our Pallets are either to heavy to stack, or to fragile, so its generally a single layer, I didn't consider most other situations, where the trailer would be loaded 2 cubes high.

Like I said, it would be much quicker if we had a better floor layout, and maybe quicker with a forklift, but for our operation, we have the manpower on hand for further tasks, so we use what we got, and its unlikely to change, especially in Texas, land of the 'no unions'.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Jarik C-Bol Re:4 Days? (250 comments)

You can put about 30 Pallets of goods into a standard semi trailer. I know, because I unload at least 3 of them a week, and it takes 5 guys about 20 minutes, and thats only because our arrangement is a bit retarded, with a better floor plan, it could be done in 15 minutes or less. Like other responders have noted however, a standard boxcar is much larger.

about a month ago
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Doctors Replace Patient's Thoracic Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Replica

Jarik C-Bol Re:DMLS (55 comments)

That'd be fun also!

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Jarik C-Bol Re:Open Source is Winning (415 comments)

I actually don't mind Adobe going subscription. Adobe being subscription opens up their software to a much larger user base. As a student, my school had Photoshop on a few machines, and I got to learn to use it. However, the 700$+ (at the time) price tag prevented me from having a recent copy of Photoshop on my own machine, so i was stuck with a ancient copy of Photoshop 7 that came with a scanner I got as a gift.
At no point have I been able to afford shelling out the huge one time payment for a full version of Photoshop. With the subscription, I am able to use the most recent version all the time.
Now, I understand that eventually, paying 20$ a month for a Photoshop subscription eventually will ad up to the old full price of the software, but it will take nearly 3 years to reach that point. If we where still in the 'single payment for single version' model, they would have released a new version by then, and there's another giant payment, or fall behind in versions and skills.

I am sure there are plenty of students out there who are in the same situation, where 30$ a month they can come up with, where 700-1000$ all at once would be a problem. Sure, you could use GIMP, or other open source software, but there is something to be said for learning the workflow of the industry standard software.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Jarik C-Bol Next week, on Cracked... (156 comments)

I have the feeling this is going to be one of those "Top 10 viral stories that where complete BS" on cracked.com in about a week.

about 2 months ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Jarik C-Bol Re:Damn Dirty Apes (341 comments)

Well, presumably Abraham Lincoln is still human, with his grasp of language, law of his time, etc, meaning that existing things could be explained to him, and he would be capable of comprehending that explanation. (sort of like explaining an iPod to my Grandmother). Whereas, no matter how many times I explain it, my dog will never understand an iPod.

about 2 months ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Jarik C-Bol Re:Why wait for the aminals to go thirsty? (327 comments)

Thats exactly what we do, its an 'at will' watering system, meaning the animals have 24hr access. the system is faced primarily south, is on a float activated switch, and maintains the water level in the supply. The point is, more animals use the system during the hot part of the day, meaning the system has to run more to maintain the level. Obviously, this means facing the panels to deal with the mid day load, aka, South.

about 2 months ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Jarik C-Bol Re:soo.... (327 comments)

Or say, you are using it to supply power for a pump that provides water for livestock, in which case, you need the power during the middle part of the day, when it is hottest, and the animals use more water. Solar Cell aiming is a case by case basis.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Jarik C-Bol Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

There are two kinds of people in the world. One of those kinds constantly looses its phone, wallet, keys, iPad, etc. The other kind never does, because it knows better than to put valuable items down in random places.

Seriously, its the old 'spectacles testicles wallet and watch' only now its more like, 'keys, phone, wallet and X' where X is whatever else you carry. They go back in the same pocket every time, they go back on the same place on the desk when you get home, and you never wonder where they are.
Would you take 300$ out of your pocket, set it down in a restaurant, and just wander off, and later wonder where the hell your money is? Then why would yo do that with your phone, or your wallet full of credit cards, or anything else of value? People boggle my mind.

about a month ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Jarik C-Bol Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

Texas covers snow safety precisely "not enough." let me explain to you how snow works in Texas. They flipped a sand truck (for sanding the roads in bad weather) in my county once, with about 1/4th an inch of snow on the ground. If it snows, everyone freaks out, and then goes out and drives around and gets in wrecks.

about a month ago

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Scale of the Universe as a game

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "Newgrounds user Fotoshop has created a game which allows users to zoom in and out, exploring the scale of universe from the largest distances we can discern, down to quantum foam. Interesting descriptions and explanations abound as you travel through the range of measurements. Well worth a look."
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New Red Faction game in the works

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "in a very short article, CVG released the fact they had been informed by THQ that a new red faction game is in the the making. article at : http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=169331 we can only hope it uses the destructable environments better than Red Faction 2. Which many of us red faction fans considered a bit of a letdown after the original."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "With the recent post about ebay in a lawsuit over its "buy it now" button against MercExchange L.L.C. (whom i had never heard of untill today) I pose the question. Has patent law become to lax, in that it allows the patent of "common sense" ideas? Honestly, I doubt anyone had any inkling that someone had patented the buy it now button when they added the code and functionality to ebays website. How far are we from an age where creating a web service, no matter how mundane, is 90% making sure you didn't violate someone's archaic patent of some menial detail. I say that this is an obvious case of how we need to take a serious look at what can and cannot be patented in this country."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."

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