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Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

LulzAndOrder Re:This seems illogical. (286 comments)

autocorrect is so fast and accurate, have autocorrect drive the car while i devote full attention to my device. one side benefit is that autocorrect would have ready access to Apple maps for guidance.

about a year ago

Chemists Build App That Could Identify Cheap Replacements For Luxury Wines

LulzAndOrder Re:More objective would be welcome (206 comments)

there is frequently blind tasting by people unfamiliar with a vintage. however, there is rarely blind tasting by people unfamiliar with the region, variety, or style of the winemaker. vintage means year.

about a year ago

Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft

LulzAndOrder Re:The circle of lifen (400 comments)

The commercial success of the iPhone and growth of the mobile market allowed (or caused) Apple to be reinvented inasmuch as it has. Apple did not reinvent itself "consciously" or "a priori". They didn't "bet the company" on iPhone. They have "bet the company" in the past, but nobody called those reinventions because it was from one personal computer software architecture to another.

about a year ago

Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

LulzAndOrder Re:So many extra fees (91 comments)

just for the record, and in keeping with how markets operate, these fees you are complaining about make no difference in the price you pay for service. If they are a monopoly or cartel market power, yes, you will be paying extra for that. But if they do not have monopoly power, then competition will drive that fee out of the price of the rest of the package. You're probably itching to say "oooh, but these are govt regulations, these fees etc blah blah". Yes, taking all that into account, the above is true.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Assess the Status of an Open Source Project?

LulzAndOrder Re:Not unique to open source (110 comments)

it is a problem that is unique to open source, but the part that is unique is that it's not a problem in open source. Because the source is open, "legacy" and "discontinued" software can still be maintained and used by however small a community of users wish to keep it alive. If Windows XP were open source, there would be no pulling the plug on it; there would be a healthy community making security patches for it still. nothing to see here folks, keep moving.

about a year ago

Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices

LulzAndOrder Re:Great! (124 comments)

yeah, he's been having some real troubles in life (owes money to loan sharks) and it seems more likely that he is struggling to get things straightened out again (hold down a job and hide from the loan sharks), and thinks that "starting fresh" and avoiding all of his past in the only way he can solve them (which I, being his loan shark, disagree with) I'm sure that his own dad has a better idea and knows more about what is going on with the situation (and that's why I broke his legs) than some random anonymous coward on Slashdot who I don't even care to know (but I will break your legs if you get in the way). But nice try (though I will be undeterred in my pursuit of this deadbeat who is going to find himself dead and beat)

about a year and a half ago

New Pirate Bay Greenland Domains Suspended

LulzAndOrder Re:Another resolution layer? (193 comments)

i did a little research, "pirate" comes from Greek "to attack".

about a year and a half ago

Fedora 19 Nixing MySQL in Favor of MariaDB

LulzAndOrder Update: 01/22 14:01 GMT by LarryEllison: (116 comments)

Larry Ellison responded with the comment, "you are all spelling it wrong, I renamed it MY sql some time ago."

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

LulzAndOrder Re:You don't (683 comments)

For all these reasons, OP should convince somebody else to do this, preferably a rival. If it works, OP benefits, and if it goes down in flames, OP benefits.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

LulzAndOrder Re:What goes around comes around (476 comments)

wrong, "tit for tat" strategy in game theory is, in addition to be optimal, entirely friendly, fair, and universally at least as moral as any other ethical code. Christians may be required to turn the other cheek, but that's not the only definition of morality.

about a year and a half ago

Is Technology Eroding Employment?

LulzAndOrder understanding what economists mean (544 comments)

in hunter gatherer society, the invention of the bow and arrow dramatically reduced how much time had to be spent hunting. I.E. the invention of the bow and arrow created unemployment of club hunters. However, society as a whole got wealthier, because a small number of people could provide the protein needs of the tribe, and the unemployed club hunters retrained as sweater knitters, creating sweater wealth that did not exist before. If you look at a small version of an economy (i.e. a tribe) and consider all the people in the economy as members of the same family (i.e. a tribe) you will stop seeing unemployment, and start seeing technology increase productivity and wealth, and freeing up scarce labor resources to take on more productive tasks, for the family, i.e. for the general good. So, one more economic example, it was just one or two hundred years ago that most of America and Western Europe worked as farmers. Technology unemployed most of them. This was a good thing, because society still got enough food, but now we had a large number of people available to stop working at subsistence and start working for the betterment (and wealthierment) of mankind. Is anybody arguing against this view? Seriously? and short run long run... the benefits in the long run are quite simply worth the short run. Would my fellow slashdotters prefer to live 10% behind where we are now technologically? 10% starting 1000 years ago? 10,000 years ago?

about 2 years ago

Search For "Foolproof Suffocation" Missed In Casey Anthony Case

LulzAndOrder Re:No Death Penalty (379 comments)

actually, any type of "sanctity" rests on belief in a deity, so as an atheist, fuck yourself.

about 2 years ago

Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty

LulzAndOrder Re:Good for you! (317 comments)

he didn't say it was easy, or that the required skill-set was prevalent in the population.

about 2 years ago

$1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent

LulzAndOrder Re:embedded code? (339 comments)

it takes two to make the thing go right but it takes three to make it out of sight

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Computer For a 7-Year Old?

LulzAndOrder Re:Even better (423 comments)

guns and bullets at their heart are just atoms, just like human bodies, and reality is just a construct of the mind to give the illusion that it's all something other than particles. give your kids guns 'n ammo to play with so they can do quantum mechanics investigations. there's no "killing" involved, it's just heisenberg uncertainty about where all the particles will land.

about 2 years ago

Judge Orders Release of Ex-Marine Detained Over Facebook Posts

LulzAndOrder polymaths are more than just smart (333 comments)

polymaths are good at more than one thing. I don't think you can be a history polymath.

about 2 years ago

Former Microsoft Exec: Microsoft Has "Become the Thing They Despised"

LulzAndOrder Re:Drip, Drip, Drip (488 comments)

Ah, Tina Brown, how quickly they forget the debt they owe you.

more than 2 years ago

Reddit Cofounder Says Site Was Built By a Horde of Fake Accounts

LulzAndOrder Re:Same with their up/down voting (192 comments)

you did read it wrong :) but plenty of people do think i'm a jerk, and plenty of people don't.

I wrote 'jerk with an apostrophe as a shortening of circlejerk, meaning the site likes its own circlejerk tone, and tries to maintain it.

They downvote me because of the following: I read sites like these for learning and for humor. Most of the time, i just lurk, or really, just read along enjoying the jokes, learning here or there, and ignoring the noise. If I agree with what's being said, why comment, right? However, when somebody says something that is both wrong/uneducated, and I can tell it's emotional, bigoted, and antithetical and intolerant of things I believe in, then I get motivated to set the record straight in a way that "does not suffer fools" (yeah i realize that's not very grammatical, im lzy). As an example, I think the various Occupy movements are retarded, which is ok, it's ok to be retarded, but coupled with their venom or selfrighteousness...

I get plenty of positive karma for many things I write (i'm pretty smart and pretty well educated); karmawise I'm way net positive; and I participate in friendly back and forths with people I disagree with. However, if I "put an uneducated slob in his place", that collects a -1, and very quickly. If it were reader passion that was driving it, you'd expect more downvotes over time as more people see it, and you'd expect more downvotes on the rest of the thread. But for a certain kind of post that I make to repeatedly and quickly zoom to it's final number, and for a it to consistently be the "hinge" of a subthread means it's not governed by Poisson arrival times, and it's not passion. (clever eh, neither passion nor Poisson) My humor often gets upvoted, my informative posts often get upvoted (still talking about reddit here) but my tart rejoinders get a very precise treatment.

And btw, I rarely write stuff like this, because when i figure out a good indicator that something "is a lie", why teach the liar how to improve? Some of you are thinking "oh, like reddit cares what it says in this thread"... believe me, they are poring over it.

more than 2 years ago


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