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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

Lucidus Re:I agree but .... (161 comments)

Rich people tend to be in debt, because they use debt to increase their wealth. They don't, as a rule, go into debt to accumulate stuff. This is, in fact, the fundamental difference between rich and poor.

about 3 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

Lucidus Re:Stock Bump too (318 comments)

I don't know whether 'importunity knocking' is original to you, but that phrase made my day.

about 9 months ago
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

Lucidus Re:Every other day delivery is much better..... (867 comments)

To discourage such shenanigans, many states require that creditors allow a certain minimum amount of time - typically 14 days - between actual receipt of your bill and the payment due date. You might want to look into this.

about a year ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

Lucidus Speed (465 comments)

I am an avid reader who just received my first Kindle as a Christmas present. A couple of books later, I have noticed that my reading speed on the Kindle is a fraction of what it is for the same text on paper. I decided to re-read a novel before starting its sequel, and after a few chapters switched back to my old paperback. I found myself reading about 3 times faster on the physical book.

This is at least partly because there is so little text per page on the Kindle, a function of both display size and line- and letter-spacing. But beyond that there is also an issue with readability or legibility. The font used on these devices is remarkably ugly.

These are not permanent, unchangeable characteristics of E-readers, so I hope things will get better as the products evolve.

about 2 years ago
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US Appeals Court Says Bank Liable For Losses From Poor Online Security

Lucidus Re:Right ruling (94 comments)

The rudeness quite obviously lies in the 'F' of RTFA. We are so used to the acronym that perhaps we forget exactly what it stands for.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?

Lucidus Nakamura Lock (183 comments)

This design appears to be identical to one I learned to make from a Klutz Press book. It is called the Nakamura Lock, after its designer, and it is definitely the best paper airplane I have flown indoors. It seems kind of tacky to rename it - the designer should get some credit for his work.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

Lucidus Re:The Princess Bride? (516 comments)

Except there were a number of British accents in that movie, including Wesley's.

more than 2 years ago
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Aderall Or Nothing: Anatomy of the Great Amphetamine Drought

Lucidus Re:You know... (611 comments)

And yet, there are many, many people who have used amphetamines every day for years without running into these problems that you claim to be inevitable. Front line troops and military pilots, for example, are routinely expected to self-medicate to optimize their performance. ADHD patients get Adderall from their doctors (when supplies permit). And I have personally known many ordinary people who have used speed recreationally while maintaining their jobs, health, and relationships. Demonizing it is just not helpful.

more than 2 years ago
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Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

Lucidus Re:So just like the old Sears crap? (532 comments)

I'm genuinely surprised, and faintly horrified, to find someone using Best Buy as an example of good retail practice. In the past few years they have been caught misrepresenting products, selling used products as new, setting up a fake website with inflated prices, and otherwise behaving like dishonest scum.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

Lucidus Re:Help a neighbor (570 comments)

'Help' is not even remotely the same as 'give money to.'

more than 2 years ago
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Typically, I touch N computer keyboards daily:

Lucidus Re:The Original (192 comments)

My bad - I posted after reading the existing comments. and I guess I lost track of that important detail.

However, my piano is a digital Roland, hooked up to all sorts of MIDI stuff and to my computer, so it may still qualify.

I'd much rather it were a 1920's Steinway, but I have neither the space nor the budget for a really nice piano.

more than 2 years ago
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Typically, I touch N computer keyboards daily:

Lucidus The Original (192 comments)

I touch two: my computer keyboard, and my piano. Surely there are other musicians on Slashdot?

more than 2 years ago
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Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers

Lucidus Re:It is a payrope (179 comments)

The NYT allows me 20 free articles a month, so your numbers are suspect.

However, that limit does not include articles linked from, for example, Google News or any Google search. Which makes it fairly easy to get around.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Kills Qwikster

Lucidus Re:"Quikster" split a dumb move to begin with (253 comments)

What's interesting to me is that, up until these two PR blunders, Netflix was highly respected - certainly here on Slashdot - both for its efficient operation and for an unusually enlightened attitude towards customer service and satisfaction. How did the same people go so wrong so fast?

more than 3 years ago
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Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images

Lucidus Re:An obvious reminder (182 comments)

Or as they say, no matter how cynical I become, I can never keep up.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail

Lucidus Re:Good test. (204 comments)

U.S. postal regulations explicitly state that if you receive unsolicited goods in the mail, they are yours to do with as you wish - you have no obligation to the sender. The liability is always with the sender. This is to discourage certain obvious scams.

If something is delivered to you which is clearly intended for someone else (i.e., right address, wrong name), things might get more complicated. I don't know the legalities in that case.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

Lucidus Re:Pre-law? (913 comments)

Clearly, you are not someone who values 'superior writing skills.'

more than 3 years ago

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George Lucas At It Again

Lucidus Lucidus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lucidus (681639) writes "George Lucas has apparently decided to make further changes to the original Star Wars movies when they are released on Blu-Ray, according to Time magazine. "The most egregious and lamented of the purported changes: when Darth Vader throws Emperor Palpatine to his death in Return of the Jedi, he now cries a superfluous (and silly-sounding) 'Noooo!'""
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