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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

MellowBob To all the Windows haters. (265 comments)

In Scott Adam's, Dilbert's Principle, he has a chapter on "abnormal" engineers. Normal engineers what to modify and perfect everything technical, to the detriment of usability and form. One "abnormal" engineer was a guy who had an unmodified TV remote and is quoted that he happy that the damn thing works.

Windows 8, from the desktop, works. I don't care about Windows as long as I get my damn Steam games.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

MellowBob Re:To those who want $7/gal tax (334 comments)

Those that want to tax other people often aren't interested in doing much more themselves. For a bad example, a while back the head of Greenpeace used a private jet for a short summit on global warming. Another, Warren Buffet wasted hot air calling for higher taxes, but did not give any money from his giant trust to the government.

If you want to force other people to do something, show that you're doing it yourself, not just SAYING you will at some future date. This isn't about scale. I think that 7/gal is just stupid. It is about actually sacrificing and doing something instead of whining others should pay more.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

MellowBob To those who want $7/gal tax (334 comments)

Every time you fill your gas, please write a check for twice as much and make it payable to the U.S. Treasury. Until you are willing to put your money where your mouth is, shut up.

about two weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

MellowBob Bribery used to be more honest (250 comments)

Now it's, "give the people who vote for me free stuff so I can stay in office so I can be wine and dined by lobbyists."

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

MellowBob Only a few weeks (294 comments)

For the CDC to get it's shit in order.

about three weeks ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

MellowBob It isn't about labor costs, but... ? (720 comments)

The title says it's not because of increasing labor costs, but then points out that places like Walmart and banks are already using automation. Perhaps they found it cheaper than what ever they paid an employee at the time they automated?

It's just the cost of McD's to automate is higher than grocery stores and banks.

about a month ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

MellowBob Get rich quick scheme (77 comments)

I'm going to auction off my stinky pantry on eBay.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

MellowBob Common Core was backed by Gates, too (363 comments)

and, if you've seen any YouTube video of Common Core math, know it absolutely sucks. Recently, there was a study that showed that rote memorization of simple math starts the process of higher though processes. I think Slashdot had a post on it.

Common Core is such a big carp at such a basic level that anyone who was a part of promoting or creating it should never doing anything with education again.

about 3 months ago
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How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

MellowBob Re:Overpriced? (136 comments)

True, but this is at least partially developed and Facebook isn't creating something completely new, although integrating the technology into FB might be the "developing". This might be more like the 10 store strip mall being turned into the Mall of America. FB is paying the full price for Mall of America just to get the revenue of a family run property.

I don't see how they can increase the revenue 100x or more (using the real estate metaphor) as I'm guessing the data mining from that would overlap their current business. My current ability is only getting 10-20x on CD, DVD, and toys; and that's why they're the media empire billionaires.

about 9 months ago
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How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

MellowBob Overpriced? (136 comments)

In residential rental real estate, the rule of thumb is monthly revenue of 1% of the property or annually, 1 eighth of the property's value. The biggest companies like Exxon, Walmart, and Apple have a revenue to value ratio close to 1:1. Their last year's revenue is one thousandths of the purchase price.

Hey, Facebook, give me a million bucks and I'll give you 1,000 each year. Heck, I'll double it, $2,000 next year.

about 9 months ago
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Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

MellowBob Wait a Second, Fanboy (296 comments)

Why not just buy the batteries and charger and skip the cost of the car?

Depending on source, Japan's electricity cost is 50-100% higher than the U.S. At $20k per car and the above $800/yr per car saved (In U.S.$400-530), what is the return on investment per year (this question doesn't include upkeep like maintenance cost of the car)?

How fast do you wear out the batteries due to the increase of charge/discharge cycle?

Comparing the savings of time shifting usage with approx $120,000 cost of the cars, what could the same company do to reduce consumption using $120,000 to reduce energy consumption (therefore reduce amount of the evil CO2 created)?

How many mile will you loose if if the cars are used for commuting?

Would have posted on the original site, but my login cookie gets blocked.

about a year ago
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Alfred Poor Says HDTV Manufacturers are Hurting (Video)

MellowBob Re:pointless (307 comments)

Regular DVD to 1080 is amazing different. When I first bought the Xbox HD-DVD add-on (Yeah, that was stupid), I played The Matrix DVD and HD-DVD side by side.

Holy shit, Laurence Fishborne's pock marks are scary in 1080.

1 year,7 days
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U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

MellowBob Re:FTFY (329 comments)

Cell phones were cheaper with many millions of land lines not laid. The fiber or copper for the cell towers would have been used anyways as part of the land lines so were fixed cost anyways. Oh and other countries/charities also gave them money. Now we tell them to place millions more solar panels and windmills and hundreds of natural gas plants as low supply backups.

Yeah, you can jump to 100% clean energy too! Just pay triple on your electric bill. You even can jump to an electric car for only another 6k above the gas model. So, money on green power or money on a Obamacare plan cause Ocare law let the your insurer drop the plan you wanted to keep? They get the choice of clean energy or food.

1 year,23 days
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U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

MellowBob China Building a 0.5 GW coal plant weekly? (329 comments)

And more in 10 other Asian countries. This is a twofer: Let's loose money by not making loans on a nearly fool proof business model and let those countries become ignore the U.S more for their new friends who will do what they want and we don't!

http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/10/will-china-build-hundreds-of-new-coal.html

The Bloomberg link is broken. Here's a another, with misleading headline:

http://about.bnef.com/press-releases/chinas-power-sector-heads-towards-a-cleaner-future/

1 year,23 days
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Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads

MellowBob Kinnect Kuality? (274 comments)

Since it's based on the Kinnect software, will it recognize when it's being flipped off?

about a year ago
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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

MellowBob Leftover jobs (674 comments)

The problem of more tech is that the new "jobs" are further and further from the source of value/product creation. Each of these new jobs give diminishing returns on useful output and therefore pay less. It's like a private sector "jobs" program, but one that requires more and more irrelivant $100k degrees.

I'm one of those right wing nuts that yell, "Get a job, slacker." but there's less to be had and we will need some kind of mandatory, permanent payments for those who do not work.

about a year ago

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