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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

MoeDrippins "Burma"... (2288 comments)

... hasn't existed in that name for over 20 years.

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Find Wreckage of AF447

MoeDrippins Re:Only a week (148 comments)

Wow. I hope you're not representative of all non-Americans, because you do it as poorly as the Americans you're trying to deride.

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Dive Deep To Solve Airliner Crash Mystery

MoeDrippins Re:Reasons unknown?? (156 comments)

There was an episode on Nova that posited exactly this. Ultimately, pitot tubes iced over and the plane was unable to determine airspeed so kicked out of autopilot, and the human pilots were too slow to respond with the suggested throttle and pitch settings in such a case.

What amazes me is the incredibly thin window they (speedwise) they have to fly in to be safe. +/- 10kts or something like that.

more than 3 years ago
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Kinect's AI Breakthrough Explained

MoeDrippins Why? (97 comments)

Why can't MS do stuff like this in all their departments? Are there not enough smart people to go around? You get truly cool things like this, juxtaposed with
lame "us too!" attempts like WP7 and Bing.

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

MoeDrippins Re:Sounds like a headache (1306 comments)

> Make cities denser ...

has led to ....

> ... cheaper, more accessible to families with better schools & playgrounds

Where, exactly?

more than 2 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

MoeDrippins Re:Damn! (150 comments)

I've heard that called "auto attack". I remember it first in Everquest. Having come from FPS' at the time, it was very foreign to me.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials

MoeDrippins Re:Bribery fines are funny (263 comments)

> I know what you mean, but what else can you do other than levy a fine?

The gov't and/or judicial arm has a very big carrot in future contracts they could easily withdraw for some period of time; say 5 years? Or, the corresponding stick of prison as someone else mentioned.

I don't necessarily think either of these is practical, but there are other means available.

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

MoeDrippins Re:Meh (260 comments)

> > Considering it takes me an average of 7865.349 msec to plug in my charger, still a fair trade..

> Really? You timed this to millisecond precision?

He listed it as an average, so he could have done it 1000 times and only tested to the second.

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

MoeDrippins Re:Bogus (260 comments)

> Also, did they test the battery life? which phone would die first?

No. Nor did they test weight, color, specific gravity, reflectivity, touchscreen sensitivity, resistance to solar flares, ability to pass through a bovine's intestinal tract unscathed, nor bullet-proof-ness.

more than 3 years ago
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Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

MoeDrippins Re:Sandbox (492 comments)

It doesn't matter how good the idea is if the execution is sloppy. I do suspect browsers are more secure, and at least partially due to the sandboxing idea, than in the past, no?

more than 3 years ago
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Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?

MoeDrippins Re:Not very good (292 comments)

Even worse, I used an "algorithm" to play (which is to say, a pattern), and I had a 11:2:7 (win:lose:draw) record. This was also on 'veteran'.

more than 3 years ago
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The Microsoft High-Profile Exodus Continues

MoeDrippins Re:Mayeb Not a Bad Thing? (331 comments)

Ahhh, I see; I totally misunderstood you there. My apologies. Yes, Win 7 by all accounts was what Vista should have been in terms of reliability.

more than 3 years ago
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The Microsoft High-Profile Exodus Continues

MoeDrippins Re:Mayeb Not a Bad Thing? (331 comments)

I was with you till the Windows 7 comment. Mind you, I'm no MS lover (and perhaps irrationally biased against them), but Windows 7, as far as an MS OS goes, is quite good. Maybe I had worse luck with Vista than most; maybe that was MS' plan all along, but I'm forced to live with it for my employment, and Win 7 was an absolute godsend compared to Vista.

more than 3 years ago
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Time to take Bill Gates out of MS Borg Logo

MoeDrippins To be replaced by... ? (1 comments)

A Ballmer-Borg? It feels wrong - not that I disagree that the Gates-Borg is a bit hackneyed now, but Ballmer just isn't... scary. And somehow "ScreamingMonkeyBorg" doesn't roll off the tongue.

more than 3 years ago
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Official — Economic Crash Not Computers' Fault

MoeDrippins Re:Makes sense. (386 comments)

If you could make fees on selling something that you could then have a guaranteed buyer to who to resell, at cost or better, and them carry 100% of any future risk... who wouldn't take that deal? I'm not sure why you're being modded Troll, since that's largely what happened.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

MoeDrippins Backups... (680 comments)

I use a usb connected terabyte drive for media (pics, songs, etc.). I have purchased a subscription to Mozy and back it all up offsite. Every year, I purchase a new drive, copy the stuff over to the new one, wipe and sell the old one. Drives that size are cheap (and as my media collection grows, drive size has grown at least as fast for about the same cost), so I don't mind the annual cost of the backup nor the the annual cost of the new drive with zero hours on it.

more than 3 years ago
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The Companies Who Support Censoring the Internet

MoeDrippins Re:Wall Street rules (299 comments)

> And anybody who actually wants the job is probably unfit

Amen to that. The people that want jobs in politics are the ones we least want doing those jobs. It's a pity that "serving the people" has turned into "politics" to begin with I guess, but there it is.

more than 3 years ago
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Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

MoeDrippins Yes, and no... (545 comments)

Of course it matters. Sometimes. Your 'rate of creation' is simply the min(rate_of_typing, rate_of_thought). If you can type faster than you are currently thinking/creating/"solutionizing" then no, it doesn't matter, and there are a lot of times during code creation where this is the case; you need time to noodle, try things out, think about a solution, need some time. But, there are times where you know EXACTLY what you want the code to do/be/look like, and those times your typing speed can be the bottleneck, and there are a lot of times during code creation where THIS is the case too.

more than 2 years ago

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Tivo admins email security breach

MoeDrippins MoeDrippins writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MoeDrippins (769977) writes "I received the following email from Tivo this morning:

TiVo® Service Announcement

Dear TiVo Customer,

Today we were informed by our email service provider that your email address was exposed due to unauthorized access of their system. Our email service provider deploys emails on our behalf to customers who have opted into email-based communications from us.

We were advised by our email service provider that the information that was obtained was limited to first name and/or email addresses only. Your service and any other personally identifiable information were not at risk and remain secure.

Please note, it is possible you may receive spam email messages as a result. We want to urge you to be cautious when opening links or attachments from unknown third parties.

We regret this has taken place and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.

If you have unsubscribed in the past, there is no need to unsubscribe again. Your preferences will remain in place.

Sincerely,
The TiVo Team"

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Mozy unlimited backup - no more

MoeDrippins MoeDrippins writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MoeDrippins (769977) writes "Mozy has killed off their unlimited space offsite backup and has moved to a tiered model. I received an email this evening detailing the new pricing, along with what my new price will be given my current volume of backed up data.

Luckily (or perhaps, legally), they were good enough to honor my current unlimited plan through its expiration for no additional fee."

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