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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

KingOfBLASH Re: Start rant here (152 comments)

Well, stating the obvious here, but my tongue in cheek remark was meant to highlight the fact that Emacs is wonderful if you happened to have spent the 70s in an AI lab, but if you are illisperate, the usefulness goes down significantly.

This was not a suggestion that you actually go out and learn lisp so you can make your text editor work.

(Although, as an emacs user, if you invest in learning some basics of the language it pays off big dividends, fast)

yesterday
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

KingOfBLASH Re:Start rant here (152 comments)

Like so many things in emacs, this is probably easy to fix if only you spoke lisp ;)

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

KingOfBLASH Re:Each drink costs about 3 hours of life... (420 comments)

...that horrible habit cut her down at the tender young age of 101 years.

How do you know she wasn't supposed to live to 130?

The key question here, is what is the mechanism that causes shortening of your life?

If, for instance, high fructose corn syrup is the culprit, well soda only started getting HFCS recently (old time soda was made with sugar).

Then again, maybe the mechanism is only for excessive use? The same way that how someone who drinks a beer a day is fine (maybe even healthier than someone who doesn't drink), and someone who drinks a gallon of beer a day ends up dead at 40 of cirrhosis?

Or is it something genetic? Perhaps some people have a gene that causes soda to lop off their telomeres quickly?

In summary: while the results are interesting, we're no where any where close to actually understanding the ramifications (if they're in fact true).

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

KingOfBLASH Re: (250 comments)

IIRC back around 2000 there were some laptops (was it IBM?) released with fingerprint sensors for security, and you could use biometric authentication in windows.

So really what you mean is Samsung copied Apple who copied Motorola who copied ?IBM?

Technology is a pyramid. You only get to a higher point by building on the stuff before you.

Truly original ideas are few and far between and in most cases you have incremental improvements. And, in the cases of original ideas, you have improvements on the original ideas!

3 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

KingOfBLASH Re:"Perfectly timed"? (250 comments)

The fact of the matter is EVERYONE is playing catch up.

When the iPhone 6 (and +) came out, android users started talking about how they'd had swiftkey keyboards, etc., for YEARS.

They conveniently forget about things like how Samsung came out with a fingerprint sensor after apple's introduction, or any of the other features phablet makers played follow to leader to Apple on, like a half baked watch Samsung got out on rumours of the Apple Watch so they could be the first mover.

This is the nature of competition. Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, and any other phablet makers are going to innovate. They'll create unique features for their products. A few years down the road, anything that was a brilliant idea is going to get copied.

So can we please all stop this b.s. of "X is copying Y"?

4 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

KingOfBLASH Re: Parts Count drives Failure Rate (156 comments)

Yeah but when you buy a car, resale value is a HUGE thing people look at.

If Tesla really wants to be a good automaker, they need a good resale value.

5 days ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

KingOfBLASH Re:Commas matter. (88 comments)

The city and state combo is a list. An example if we extended the list would be: Austin, Texas, United States, and Earth.

Hence, we're talking about the oxford comma.

5 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

KingOfBLASH Re:Parts Count drives Failure Rate (156 comments)

You bring up an interesting point. Replacing your in dash computer system is probably ridiculously expensive.

I'd disagree about their target market being throwaway devices. They are quite vocal about trying to become the dominant electric car player.

That's not going to happen if 5 years after sale all the boards are fried, and the car doesn't work anymore.

5 days ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

KingOfBLASH Re:Commas matter. (88 comments)

What you're asking for is called the "Oxford Comma," and is considered optional.

There's a really interesting TED video on the debate about the Oxford Comma, and usage, on TED

5 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

KingOfBLASH Re:Confucius say: (353 comments)

My XPS had the keys on the keyboard fall off, suspiciously close to the time the warranty ran out.

As always, YMMV.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

KingOfBLASH Re:5K display (and computer) for $2500 (353 comments)

Apple historically has offered the same displays for sale as separate entities.

My guess would be in the future you'll be free to buy an Apple display

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

KingOfBLASH Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

If someone wants to buy a car with a small engine, like a Civic, you tax it at one rate.
If someone wants to buy a sports car with a big engine, like a Ferrari, you tax it at another.

You have a number of features you can use in any car to implement such tax bracketing so that it's fair. For instance, no budget car will have 8 cylinders or leather seats.

European countries like the Netherlands have been doing things like this for a long time, and it works out quite well.

about a week ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

KingOfBLASH Re:Samsung Already works with Apple, what changes? (161 comments)

Except voice recognition is difficult. Really, really, really difficult.

I have no doubt they would like to bring such technology in house. But after the Apple Maps fiasco, I'm not sure they'd risk a switch.

Then again, Siri already sucks. It can't get much worse.

about three weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

KingOfBLASH Samsung Already works with Apple, what changes? (161 comments)

I find it funny how this article implies that because Samsung might now own the technology behind Siri, Siri is in trouble.

Samsung is a REALLY big company with lots of different divisions. One of those, the phone division, is in stiff competition with apple. Another one of those, the chip division, has apple as their best customer.

Apple will continue licensing siri technology. Yes, they'll probably look for alternatives (the same way they are looking for an alternative to the Samsung chip fabrication).

But whether or not they're successful, all that will happen is two really big companies will continue having divisions that work together, and divisions that are in competition.

It's a non story.

about three weeks ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

KingOfBLASH Re:uh... which starbucks is this? (242 comments)

It started a year or two ago IIRC. Basically many starbucks ask for your name, and write it on the cup. That way you know the venti cappuccino is indeed for you, and not the guy next to you. (They also write the order)

I travel a lot and I've had the fortune of going to many starbucks, globally. I'd say maybe 50% use names, but it hasn't been implemented everywhere.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

KingOfBLASH Re:You have to have a car payment to drive? (907 comments)

The less money you pay for a car the more of a gamble you're taking.

You might find the car goes for years or the engine might explode off the lot.

Sure you get at least a bit of a warranty, but it ends quickly

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

KingOfBLASH Re:Could be improved (907 comments)

And, they're starter interlocks, they won't disable a car while it's running, despite what the lady who ran out of gas said.

If you stall out you need to hit the starter again. Were the lady driving a manual, it's possible indeed that she had her car disabled at a red light.

about a month ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Re:Can someone explain? (224 comments)

Yeah but when that happens you find out you're failing a background check, right? You have every right to see what that naughty thing is and appeal it.

And I know someone who was arrested for parking their boat illegally. Apparently in some jurisdictions you can go to jail for this. Every time he gets a new job it pops up in the background check, but they ask him about it (although now he tells the funny story up front before the background check)

about a month ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Re:Can someone explain? (224 comments)

A secret "Do Not Hire" list seems a bit much. Because we haven't heard of it, it would imply a huge number of levels of people involved who were keeping the secret, including the little old lady at the corner store who wouldn't let the guy in as a bagger.

about a month ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Re:Can someone explain? (224 comments)

Yeah but that's the thing.

When I got hired to wash dishes in college I showed up and they asked me if I had a social security card, then told me to start working.

I did maybe ten other jobs with similar requirements (warm body that can lift stuff and clean). All of them were a breeze.

There's no resume asked for with certain jobs. I'm not surprised his career in government is over. I am surprised it's over for McDonalds.

about a month ago

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Picking up extra cash with small programming jobs

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  about a month and a half ago

KingOfBLASH (620432) writes "I'm between jobs right now, and while I'm not a professional programmer, at prior jobs I used to write VBA macros, SQL, and powershell scripts from time to time, and I know my way around python (I learned it for fun)

Is it possible to turn these skills into cash? It'd be crazy for someone to hire me as a full fledged developer, but I imagine there must be a ton of businesses with small projects. And while I've seen a few web sites out there, they appear to be filled with low paying jobs and a lot of people living in countries with low costs of living."

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Free GMail Invites

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  about 10 years ago

When I read slashdot, I will often see signatures with a line that reads "For a free GMail invite, do $silly_or_annoying_task." Since I have 5 available GMail invites, and no one I know seems to want them, I have decided to pose my own challenge to people looking for a gmail invite:

My username for GMail is the nick name for a charachter, Vautrin, from one of Honore de Balzac's books. If you know the nickname, and email it@gmail.com, and you're right, I'll send you a free gmail invite to your email address. This is a first come first serve basis, good luck!

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