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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Lluc Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

If you correctly parse the original comment you will note that I was referring to a person's appearance, not their country of origin. I have met some Indians that share characteristics that some people consider to by stereotypically middle eastern. From a visual perspective, you could confuse the two.

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Lluc Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Depending on a person from Indian / Pakistan / Bangladesh / Afganistan looked, you might hear them called Indian, Middle Eastern or just Asian.

Also, I would consider "Oriental" to be an archaic term that I would never hear in modern conversation. Chinese people tell me that "Oriental" is a racist term when applied to people, and should only be applied to rugs. This fits with AthanasiusKircher's above post about older terms used to describe a racial group becoming offensive as language evolves. Perhaps some people take offense because "Oriental" combines all racial subsets in the "eastern" hemisphere into a single group. In historical terms, I believe that Orient / Oriental and Occident / Occidental basically divided the world between the East (Middle East through Asia) and the West (Europe, or longitudes once covered by the Roman Empire).

about a month ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Lluc Re:Speculation... (455 comments)

Volvos will be made in China and exported to the US beginning next year.

*one* model of Volvo will be made in China and exported to the US late 2015. This model is the S60L, which is currently only built in China for the Chinese market. I've read about no other models coming to the US. I'm sure they will come eventually, though. If it wasn't for Geely (Volvo's owner), the company would probably heading for the same fate as Saab given their shrinking market share.

about a month ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Lluc income and parents' education (688 comments)

The BBC article shows a table of countries and their ranks. I'd like to see a couple more columns in the table, including the number of years the parents spent in school and some number relating the average income to the cost of living for the particular area in question. I bet the statistics for certain areas of the "Deep Southern" US would show families below the poverty line with parents who did not complete high school. Also, I'm shocked that Israel (rank #29), a country with a modern and high-tech reputation, is actually ranked below the United States (rank #27).

about 2 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Lluc Re:As opposed to the shining example of US democra (557 comments)

17.8% of the U.S. population voted for George W. Bush in 2000 [0]. 21.0% of the U.S. population voted for Barak Obama in 2012. [1]

Seems to me not very far off from the abstract's note that "15% of all Crimeans voted" to secede. If it's legitimate in the US, why not elsewhere?

[0] Yes, Al Gore did better by winning 18.1%.

[1] Percentages calculated mainly using Wikipedia's numbers, which admittedly are not a primary source, but I'll guess are probably "close enough" to make my point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... http://www.multpl.com/united-s... (for 2012 population)

You assume that every citizen of the US is eligible to vote. Some are underage, some are ineligible due to being in prison. If you look at the correct numbers, you get:

Eligible voting population: 221,925,820
Total votes for Obama: 65,915,796
Percent of population voting for Obama in 2012: 29.7%

about 3 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Lluc Re:Jewelry (399 comments)

I wear a watch 1) to tell time and 2) as a piece of jewelry. Besides a wedding ring it's about the only piece of jewelry a guy can wear, and if you buy something nice (I have an Ebel Brasilia) it'll last forever, retain its value, and you can pass it on to your kids as a family heirloom.

That's the target market for luxury watchmakers. A smart watch is never going to compete with watches worn as jewelry.

High-end jewelry watches will retain some value, but I doubt I could buy one today and sell it for the same price next year. Long term it will probably retain 50-75% of its inflation adjusted purchase value, *if* you get a good deal on it and *if* it is in like-new condition. I'm sure you can find ultra-limited production runs of watches that go for over $25k that will retail full value within a set group of collectors, but i doubt an average Rolex will do to well as an investment.

about 3 months ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Lluc Eye / Head tracking required(?) (172 comments)

I think this would require eye tracking. The image projected on the windshield would change depending on the height of the driver, and would also change as you move your head up and down. It's a clever idea, but it could be very distracting as the image is continually adjusted for the height of your eyes.

about 3 months ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Lluc Re:Use a RJ45 jack please (358 comments)

Now that would be a reliable connector, more power than piddly USB, and it would lead to widespread adoption of power-over-ethernet. win-win-win.

Now that's a bad idea: that would make the minimum cell phone thickness ~10mm. (An RJ45 is about 8 mm "tall".) Many (most?) smartphones are already less than 10 mm thick.

about 4 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

Lluc Lack of range (330 comments)

The lack of range would be a huge security hazard. It will have poor range to begin with when you consider the lack of aerodynamics and weight of the armor. You can't beat the energy storage capacity of petroleum.

about 4 months ago
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Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

Lluc Re:Model X is the Wrong Model (155 comments)

An all electric Golf-sized hatchback that costs $60k+ would be a much smaller niche than a full-size CUV at the same price point. Tesla will supposedly build a $40K Model E as their low end sedan, but the Model X will be much more expensive. Your Golf competitor already exists. It is the Nissan Leaf.

about 5 months ago
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Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017

Lluc Re:Volvo - 2017? (134 comments)

Geely will continue to keep Volvo alive for the next couple years. The real deciding factor for Volvo will be whether the Chinese consumer accepts it as a luxury brand and purchases the Chinese-made Volvos. I wouldn't be surprised if Volvo manufacturing starts shifting to China by 2017, however.

about 8 months ago
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Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

Lluc Re:New phone almost as fast as month old phone (310 comments)

the article doesn't touch on this, but I wonder how much untapped power is in that 64bit processor in iPhone. what's cool is, that's dormant in my phone right now, but will be unleashed next year so it will be like getting a new phone.

Please tell me you're being sarcastic... Even if all your apps get recompiled to 64-bit versions, you are not going to get a massive performance boost. Have you ever tried running a 32 vs. 64 bit install of Windows or Linux on the same hardware? Not too much difference for average use cases...

about 9 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

Lluc Re:Oh the MEMEs (243 comments)

If they had succeeded Intel would have owned the 64 bit CPU realm on the desktop with a proprietary architecture effectively eliminating any competition in the space.

Realistically, Intel would have licensed the IA64 architecture to AMD or some other third party. Intel would not want to have an absolute CPU monopoly and risk government intervention. It is much better for Intel to have a barely competitive company (currently AMD) operating in the same space but not offering any kind of threat to their market position.

about 9 months ago
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Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives

Lluc How about autonomous trains? (389 comments)

How much do you bet that the NYC subway system will continue to use conductors and drivers for about 100 years after autonomous cars are driving perfectly on the streets above?

about 8 months ago
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No FiOS In Boston? We'll Make an Ad Anyway

Lluc Re:Concord MA has it's own solution (202 comments)

Impressive: they managed to make it even more expensive than the only real alternative (Comcast):

Down/Up (Mbps) - Concord Internet Prices
5/1 - $50
10/5 - $65
25/10 - $75
50/25 - $90

about 10 months ago
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Yahoo Pulls Out of China

Lluc Re:warning about Alibaba and Aliexpress (79 comments)

I'd say a 100 Watt LED is a misprint. Think about a 100 Watt diode-based laser. They typically use an array of diodes to get to that power level, and they need liquid cooling so they do not burn themselves up while operating.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

Lluc Gates Foundation vs. Google (Huh???) (481 comments)

I did not read TFA, but in the summary it seems like Gates is complaining that Google is not doing humanitarian work like he does through the Gates foundation. What sense does this make? How much money does Microsoft Corporation give to comfort kids with malaria or diarrhea?

about a year ago
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Aussie Wi-Fi Patent Nears Expiry In the United States

Lluc Re:Not really (48 comments)

Actually the IEEE dates back to 1884. The IEEE was formed when the Institute of Radio Engineers merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. The American Institue of Electrical Engineers was founded in 1884. IEEE

about a year ago
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Turning Santa Cruz Into a Haven For Hackers, Makers & Startups

Lluc Re:So now SlashDot is the Chamber of Commerce? (117 comments)

Wherever you go to school...please, please don't just settle down there. You'll thank me later.

I'm somewhat amazed by the number of people who do settle down in their undergraduate college town, or at least have an infatuation with living in said town. My guess is that for many people, college is the first experience of freedom from parental authority. Combine that freedom with the relatively carefree lifestyle many live in college, and you have a (subconscious?) mental link between a great life style and your college town.

about a year ago
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Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

Lluc imagine this article from a few decades ago... (226 comments)

This article summary from a few decades ago:

Bell Labs' Crazy Lack of Focus -- Is it Serous about Telephones?
From semiconductors, to photovoltaics, to computer operatings systems, Bell Labs has wanders aimlessly from topic to topic. How will these ever apply to the copper lines strung across the world to carry our telephone conversations?? Doesn't Bell Labs know that it should only invest in ideas and technology that can pay off within 3 years?

about a year ago

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MIT & Harvard start new online education partnership

Lluc Lluc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lluc (703772) writes "MIT and Harvard have started a new online education partnership called edX, an "open-source technology platform to deliver online courses." They plan to offer classes starting in Fall 2012. Perhaps this nonprofit venture is a better method for online education than Udacity, the startup created by Stanford professors after their wildly successful free online course offerings."
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