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Pepsi To Release New Breakfast Mountain Dew

KingAlanI Re:As a dentist who treats patients with Mt. Dew (362 comments)

yeah, bathing one's teeth in it all day can't be good, especially since most people don't brush during the middle of the day, so the food and drink residue just sits there.
However, I figure that person has more problems than just that, I bet they don't even brush morning and/or evening.
Summer 2011, I often fell asleep without brushing, and had 10+ cavities by fall. That's bad, but the teeth were/are still there, so I figure that person was behaving worse than I did for longer than I did.

about a year ago

Pepsi To Release New Breakfast Mountain Dew

KingAlanI stupid government regulation (362 comments)

drinking caffeine-free Mountain Dew is like going to a prostitute for a hug

I feel regular Dew is too sweet even compared to other regular sodas and diet Dew doesn't taste as good as other diet sodas. I drink diet cola or take caffeine pills.

about a year ago

Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

KingAlanI Re:mob boss make a bad bet? (210 comments)

*if the spread was Baltimore by 3 or more*

about a year ago

Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

KingAlanI Re:mob boss make a bad bet? (210 comments)

Commentators talked about the momentum shift, and then that happened.

Yeah, if the spread was Baltimore by 3 or less, this would affect the betting outcome but not the game outcome, which makes sense as a lower-impact way to 'fix' it. However, most spreads I saw were San Francisco by 4. Maybe the attempt to 'fix' it went wrong, maybe it was about some side bet.

about a year ago

Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

KingAlanI Re:Explanation (210 comments)

yeah, some people thought it was suspicious because stopping Baltimore's momentum helped enable that San Francisco rally/near-comeback.

about a year ago

US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

KingAlanI Re:It doesn't help... (582 comments)

Having the USPS involved in other mailing activities seems like a reasonable use of the elastic clause, considering changes in transportation and other shipping-related technology since the 1700's.
I don't like the monopoly and flat price on letters, but I don't see it as particularly unconstitutional.

about a year ago

German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

KingAlanI Re:someone had to say it (123 comments)

well, that would be one way to raise money for university.

about a year ago

Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

KingAlanI Re:Backroom casting couch (232 comments)

It can be hard to figure out which parts of porn are fake (puns intended), but yeah, it's about as real as pro wrestling. It can be particularly aggravating when the porn goes out of its way to pretend to be real, like with Backroom Casting Couch.

about a year ago

Software That Flagged HBO.com For Piracy Will Power U.S. 'Six Strikes' System

KingAlanI bittorrent+tor = bad idea (292 comments)

it's possible, but the technologies interact badly, so it runs especially slow or something. also, it seems like bad etiquette to clog up Tor nodes by torrenting garden-varity media instead of leaving Tor capacity available for important users like say whistleblowers.

about a year ago

Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

KingAlanI Re:Different rates? isn't this also true of alcoho (212 comments)

I often see beer containers without the alcohol content listed, although you can look up the alcohol content for that style. Soda and energy drink containers always list the caffeine content, even if it's fine print on the side.

about a year ago

Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

KingAlanI regular grocery store for me (212 comments)

I get 8g as 40 200mg tablets for $4.
I buy them because they're cheaper and more portable than energy drinks, not necessarily to avoid the other stuff in energy drinks, but avoiding that doesn't hurt.
Highly caffeinated soda is cheaper than energy drinks, but more expensive than tablets. I often drink diet soda for the taste and for when I want a smaller dose of caffeine.

about a year ago

Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

KingAlanI Re:Caffeine is a drug.. (212 comments)

I get 8g of caffeine for $4 (40 pack of 200mg store brand caffeine pills).
I also see the 500-count bottles of acetaminophen tablets.

about a year ago

DNA Confirms Parking Lot Remains Belong To King Richard III

KingAlanI Re:Why? (212 comments)

supposedly it was 'sold' by people who didn't really live there anyway.

about a year ago

School Board Considers Copyright Ownership of Student and Teacher Works

KingAlanI read the fine print (351 comments)

The 13th Amendment contains the loophole "except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted"

about a year ago

Wolfram Alpha Number-Crunches the Super Bowl

KingAlanI Re:Betting lines (67 comments)

I know that's how bookies work, but I figured putting real money on the line would help ensure accuracy because it would help people take it seriously, that plus a large sample size.
Sports betting does have some skill in trying to figure out if the bookies/betting public are wrong, as opposed to some other forms of gambling being complete chance, but I don't want to put too much stock in trying to beat the system. Ironically, trying to beat the system could just encourage gambling, exactly what the system wants.

about a year ago

Wolfram Alpha Number-Crunches the Super Bowl

KingAlanI Betting lines (67 comments)

Most of the betting lines I see have San Francisco by just a few points, which fits with WolframAlpha's analysis of a slight advantage to them.

about a year ago

Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

KingAlanI damage control, not total damage prevention (436 comments)

The damage of the Sikh temple shooting was reduced by cops arriving.
Reducing the damage of such incidents is obviously a good thing even if we can't stop an incident completely.

about a year ago

Secret UK Uranium Components Plant Closed Over Safety Fears

KingAlanI what's the problem? (101 comments)

it seems like military experience should be mentioned on a resume/CV (if you actually have it, of course. :P)

about a year ago



Poll: How often do you read Slashdot at work

KingAlanI KingAlanI writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KingAlanI (1270538) writes "A poll relating to the “Slashdotting while on the job” theme often seen in comments.
A suggested option list:

Never (don’t want to)
Never (restrictions and/or afraid thereof)
Never (My job entails working offline)
That’s what I’m doing right now.
I really do use it for legitimate work-related purposes (IT guy reading about new security holes, et cetera)
I work for CowboyNeal; he’s OK with it.
I don’t have a job, you insensitive clod."

Going Linux

KingAlanI KingAlanI writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KingAlanI writes "I'm strongly considering going Linux, if not right now, the next time I get a computer. I am looking for opinions as the best way to start out with Linux I have a couple Windows machines already, but I want to avoid wiping them (for instance, if I want to use some Windows software that doesn't behave with WINE or the like). How would one go about installing Linux on a PC w/o wiping Windows? Is this easy? Does it run quickly, whatever OS I boot into? How about buying a computer that just has Linux on it? Are there good OEMs that do this? (This ought to gain me a major benefit of Linux — i.e. the lower cost) What would you say is the essential Linux software (I can think of Firefox/Konqueror, OpenOffice, and perhaps WINE or something like it) what users' guide might you suggest for me"

Microsoft & News Corp versus Yahoo?

KingAlanI KingAlanI writes  |  about 6 years ago

KingAlanI writes "http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/10/technology/10google.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin The New York Times website is reporting that Microsoft is trying another angle in its bid for Yahoo: joining up with another behemoth, Murdoch's News Corporation. This is still very much in the preliminary stage, if anything,b ut an important development to consider. Conversely, the idea of Yahoo working with fellow Web giant Google, in a plan to counteract Microsoft's takeover plan, is also discussed."
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On Open versus Closed Culture/Products

KingAlanI KingAlanI writes  |  more than 4 years ago

In class today, my Econ professor spoke of some people who do not wish to enforce [or fully enforce] the range of IP rights granted to them.

        I'm reminded of a thought I've often had, that it's sometimes a strategically inappropriate choice to do something you're technically or legally able to do.

        Also, the open-source-software and Creative Commons movements come to mind. Those people voluntarily pass up certain rights granted to them (copyright and to some extent trademark, and they try to avoid patent issues). It's important to note that they do still utilize those IP rights to enforce what [relatively] few restrictions those open licenses still have. Advocates of OSS and CC insist that it produces better content, and in a better way, both for producers and consumers. (There are different flavors/degrees of OSS and CC, and some concepts that aren't OSS or CC, but take some of that general approach.)

        I, to some extent, doubt this. To rigidly stick to OSS-and-CC type content, as some of its advocates suggest, seems to be an irrational restriction of your consumer choice. An open decision process can sometimes lead to selection of closed products. Ironic, eh? (Sometimes an OSS/CC model does produce better products, sometimes it produces products that are at least decently competitive, and yet, on the other hand, sometimes I really appreciate certain closed products.

        One of my favorite musicians as of late is an epitome of indie-label success; another such favorite is an epitome of major-label success. In general, my product tastes seem to mix like this. I consider it a factor, but it doesn't seem to be rational to let the production/distribution model of the product have too much influence affect my assessment of the product itself.

        One supposed advantage of a OSS-and-CC type model is that it makes it easier for consumers to become involved also as producers. What say you to that? (I'm seeing a bit of this myself, even regardless of the intended distribution model, as my inner amateur DJ is working on a mashup/remix of two songs, one each from the recording artists referred to above.)

        I don't want to give examples, so as to avoid tangential discussions and flamewars, but I am confident that I know of and use many products in each category. :)

        I figure I would be interested in a nuanced assessment of the open-source phenomenon, as opposed to either extreme.

        Slashdot is home to some pretty strongly open-source people, so, although I'd heard of the philosophy before, that's been my major exposure to it.

        Even if I don't agree with all of their ideas, it did get me thinking.

        The concept of "copyright is an OK idea, but the length terms are ridiculously long" has been bandied about there as well as in other places. This has always somewhat resonated with me (especially with my taste for some 50s and 60s music), but that argument has seemed especially relevant to me lately considering the classic 50s and 60s films I've been watching in my Japanese History class this quarter. Sometimes it's hard to understand why stuff that old, and even older, is still under copyright.

I discussed how it seems a not-entirely-rational limitation of choice to limit oneself to just OSS or CC types of content.
That reminds me of the path-dependence discussions: the major companies (music, software, whatever) have such marketshare that it continues to, in a way, make sense to continue dealing with those big companies because they are big companies.

As a consumer, I see some benefits from working with OSS/CC/et cetera, but I don't feel a need to get that experience with everything I buy/use.

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