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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Mike Buddha Re:So what? (339 comments)

Just remember what Neil Degrasse Tyson said in Cosmos, "Question Everything".

Why should we?

Why not?

2 days ago

How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

Mike Buddha Re:VR again? (202 comments)

I got to play around with one of these last year at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo and I only used it for a few minutes and was feeling queasy. I don't get motion sickness. The only other place I've felt that was when I went to see the Tornado Alley movie in IMAX and was subjected to shaky cam in full IMAX glory. Not good.

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Mike Buddha Re:Brake Pedal (262 comments)

This is specific to Priussies*. I drive a Camry Hybrid and have no problem at all getting up to 65 lickety split.

Before I got my car I considered buying a Prius but couldn't figure out if the car was gutless or the drivers were gutless. Either way, the Camry was a much better choice for me. And cheaper than a Prius.

*A Priussy being the driver of a Prius.

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Mike Buddha Re:Almost there (262 comments)

Mazda announced they're working on a hybrid system that feeds no energy directly from the engine and has no battery. It uses regenerative breaking purely to charge up capacitors which then power a motor used to add power to the drive train. It forgoes a lot of the weight inherent in the standard hybrid setup. I'm curious to see how well it'll work. It'd be awesome if you could plug it in to charge up your caps before you took off for the morning commute.

about three weeks ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Mike Buddha Re:Fed Ex and Amazon (466 comments)

Oh wait, no they are not, because Fed Ex is not run by greedy idiots trying to charge twice for one service.

Well, actually it is, and they would if they could get away with it.

about a month ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Mike Buddha Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (195 comments)

World of Warcraft can be played as a single player game if you want, pretty much. It's a single player game that gives you the option of grouping up.

about a month ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Mike Buddha We could save a bundle of money with this drug (914 comments)

We could use these time dilation drugs to allow convicted criminals serve their sentences in a matter of days rather than years.

20 year sentence? You can do your time before lunch! 40+ years? You'll have to spend the night.

about 1 month ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Mike Buddha Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

You are wrong :)

The amount of money you owe is set in stone. A loan of $20 is a loan of $20, even if inflation has made that $20 worth the equivalent of $10 when you first borrowed it.

If you were to borrow money in a foreign currency, then have your inflation shoot up 600%, you'd have to come up with the same amount of foreign currency, which would now be considerably more expensive in your native currency, so it would in effect cause your loan to rise 600% the way you describe.

Many loans have adjustable rates tied to indexes (in particular LIBOR), but that only affects the interest rate that is paid on the loan, not the principle itself.

Consider yourself corrected :D

about a month ago

EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Mike Buddha Re:Dumb (358 comments)

The "superior" lightning cable that doesn't use USB 3.0 and fills up with pocket lint that's nearly impossible to clean out? Yeah, you're smart.

about a month ago

The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

Mike Buddha Re:why not tie to phone numbers that RS asks for (122 comments)

Yep. I haven't been asked for a phone number in a long, long time. I go in there looking for their closeout stuff pretty regularly.

about 2 months ago

The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

Mike Buddha Re:RS is liable (122 comments)

I haven't seen a single Radio Shack in the Portland area that doesn't have a cabinet of components. Not one.

about 2 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Mike Buddha Re:Proprietary vs. free build system (627 comments)

So how does that free vs proprietary translate to good programmer vs bad programmer? It's just a different skill set, like a new programming language or a new methodology.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Coins and How the Definition of 'Crypto-Currency' Is Getting Too Loose

Mike Buddha Re:Different Solutions to Different Problems (115 comments)

Yeah, like all those quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies out there. They claim to be "coin", too! They're not crypto currency,either! What a scam!

about 2 months ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

Mike Buddha Drink Oregon Beer & Wine! (362 comments)

Just a recommendation for lowering your local water consumption...

about 2 months ago

NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

Mike Buddha Re:believe it when I see it (110 comments)

Well, for one, you can use it.

about 2 months ago

IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

Mike Buddha Re:The problem is? (112 comments)

They should stop everyone who works (for money, fame, bitcoin, flooz, notoriety, et whatever) from editing wikipedia. That's the only way people will stop writing silly, pointless articles like this.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Mike Buddha Re:The more simple you make it the less complex it (876 comments)

I don't think it's the lack of complexity that makes Visual Basic applications so lousy, in general. I think that it's the ease of use of Visual Basic that facilitates all sorts of people with no training or core programming competency building complex applications. Don't blame the tools, blame the makers. It is possible to write solid application code in Visual Basic. Easier to use, accessible tools make for worse programmers making programs. It's not the simplicity of the tools so much as their ease of use. The same goes for Access.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Mike Buddha Re:The more simple you make it the less complex it (876 comments)

you can't produce something complex with something simple

I beg to differ. Machine language and assembly code is some of the simplest computer language there is, but it's the basis for all of the higher level programming languages. In an ARM processor there are only 34 commands. From this are derived all sorts of esoteric and mundane high level language operations.

about 2 months ago


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