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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Mister_Stoopid Re:football can cause brain damage (401 comments)

What if I need a real computer that I can use while walking around and holding it in one hand?

"Real computer" here means "I can copy the binary off my desktop computer and it will run".

4 days ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Mister_Stoopid Re:Water Retention? (290 comments)

Societies with very low salt intake have low blood pressure


Societies with high salt intake have high blood pressure


Lowering an individual's salt intake lowers blood pressure.

If you are referring to an actual intervention study, I'd love to see it. For 99% of people eating a standard American diet, lowering salt intake will inevitably involve cutting out a bunch of processed, pre-packaged crap from their diet. Most likely if there was a reduction in blood pressure it was because of the sugar or trans fat that was inadvertently cut out along with the salt.

4 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Mister_Stoopid Re:Elective surgery on a critical organ (550 comments)

I just did a quick search and couldn't find any numbers. I wonder how many people annually are blinded by lasik, vs how many people are blinded by accidentally stabbing themselves in the eye with their glasses. It could very well be that lasik is less risky than wearing glasses.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Mister_Stoopid Re: Not likely. (365 comments)

They usually get me laptops for work, and I've never had one last more than a year or so, usually with frequent heat related video card crashes for the last few months. Current one is an ASUS G73 series. It's generally pretty good but frequently has video corruption/bad rendering issues in certain CAD programs. I suspect that laptops in general just aren't up to doing much more than websurfing/email/MSWord.
BTW never had an apple computer and I never plan to.

about 3 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

Mister_Stoopid Re:The cloud (387 comments)

Having an offline backup isn't 20/20 hindsight, it's the absolute basics of the basics.

This is equal to saying that wearing scantily clad clothing means a woman deserves to get raped.

It's more like saying that a guy who dies in a car accident because he was street racing while drunk, high, and not wearing a seatbelt got what he deserved.

about 3 months ago

Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

Mister_Stoopid Re:Please, please just stop... (270 comments)

Ugh, my 24 ESR is going away in just one more release? I thought I solved this firefox update problem for myself by going to ESR but I guess it was just a (very) short term bandaid...

about 3 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Mister_Stoopid Ads with sound, of course (199 comments)

Almost anything else can be made acceptable through some combination of good design, but if I ever hear even the tiniest peep from an ad your site gets adblocked until the end of time.

about 3 months ago

Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Mister_Stoopid Re:Police (584 comments)

What exactly is it about this tech that makes it "good enough" for citizen gun owners, but not suitable for police use? I can't think of any possible reasoning that doesn't boil down to essentially "civilians shouldn't have guns anyway".

about 4 months ago

Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Mister_Stoopid Re:Police (584 comments)

I'd need these two conditions:

1. bulletproof (lol) evidence demonstrating that the gun cannot be disabled by a 3rd party by any method that would not also work on a "dumb" gun

2. statistics indicating that the gun is at least as reliable as the most reliable "dumb" gun that exists.

#1 is a logical impossibility, and, as a software developer myself, #2 is somehow even less likely than "impossible".

about 4 months ago

Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Mister_Stoopid Re:Streaming is Canibalizing DVD not BD (477 comments)

Easy piracy due to non-invasive DRM

The DRM on video discs has no relation whatsoever on the difficulty of pirating. Here's how you pirate a movie, DVD or Blu-Ray:

1. search TPB
2. download torrent

No DRM involved at all. If anything the higher quality itself makes Blu-ray movies harder to pirate just because the download needs to be bigger.

about 4 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Mister_Stoopid Re:Does digital subscriptions count? (240 comments)

If you finance 100% of your tuition at a private school it will come out to something like $120000-$160000. The median US wage in 2011 was $26,965.

about 5 months ago

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Mister_Stoopid Low Fat vs Low Carbs (395 comments)

Does "the diets recommended by the FDA and ADA (diabetes association) are about as close as you can get to a diet specifically designed to cause heart disease and diabetes, and the people responsible know this, but the recommendations aren't changed because the agencies get too much lobbying money from the grain and sugar industries" count as a conspiracy theory?

about 6 months ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Mister_Stoopid Re:Misnomer (545 comments)

Grass-fed beef is superior in every way. I don't eat corn or soy, and I don't want my food eating that crap either.

about 6 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Mister_Stoopid Re:Some possible ways (745 comments)

I'm 100% open to the idea of creationism, no more or less than any other idea. I just need a little more evidence (more than zero) before I accept your assertion that the guy who created it will throw me in a lake of fire for all eternity because I masturbated or touched another man's peepee.

about 7 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Mister_Stoopid Re:good riddance (304 comments)

The point is, Amazon should have designed the Kindle from the beginning such that it was impossible for them to delete anything without the user's permission. This isn't a matter of law, it's a matter of my device doing what I want it to do.

about 7 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Mister_Stoopid Re:good riddance (304 comments)

It wasn't a secret, but it's still bad.

Amazon can't delete "content" from my kindle, because it has never seen an internet connection. It has never seen an internet connection because I don't like the idea that amazon can delete my books. As a side effect, I can't buy ebooks from Amazon.

To get me back into their ebook ecosystem, Amazon would have to modify the kindle such that they are technologically incapable of deleting my books, even if compelled to do so by law.

about 7 months ago

Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Mister_Stoopid Re:multi-flavored algae bars (385 comments)

Those are all grains, not algae. Algae would be much healthier than all that Whole Foods crap.

about 8 months ago

Wikipedia's Participation Problem

Mister_Stoopid I was planning to help out... (372 comments)

... but then my motivation to ever help Wikipedia in any way whatsoever was deleted due to "lack of notability".

about a year ago

What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

Mister_Stoopid Re:Sugar (926 comments)

Nothing we're talking about here is affecting EVERYONE. It's affecting the population as a whole, on a STATISTICAL level. That doesn't imply anything whatsoever about any given individual.

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