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Minutes spent on the phone, on a typical day

More_Cowbell Re:24/7 (126 comments)

That was my first thought... does work count? Personal time average is under ten minutes a day... I'm writing this while on an hour long conference call at work - my second today. :/

more than 2 years ago

Camera Gun Would Let Hunters Get Killer Wildlife Shots

More_Cowbell Re:Too bad these are so new. (263 comments)

Thanks, this is what I came here to see.

more than 2 years ago

Do you like your cell phone?

More_Cowbell Re:Honestly... (396 comments)

You are currently marked 'Insightful', and I would agree with the mods, in that your comment IS Insightful. I actually agree with much if it - however in this context (as a reply to the GP) it is almost, if not completely off-topic. Which is sort of ironic, since it proves the GP comment all the more accurate! (yes, I get he or she was going for humor, but the point was still accurate).
Take all time constraints out of the picture if you must and compare an asynchronous verbal exchange of anything resembling nuanced conversation to one in text, and you can not help but notice the failings of the latter. Enter a few more variables into the mix, say one party is texting the other and is using heavy sarcasm for effect, and the other is unfamiliar with the first persons habits... you have a recipe for disaster, as I have seen in person many times. There are so many cues in verbal communication that come from tone, cadence, and other aspects I'm missing, that are nearly impossible to communicate through text, it's not even a close race. (admittedly html helps a tiny bit)

more than 2 years ago

Top French Chess Players Suspended For Cheating

More_Cowbell Re:Hand gestures (295 comments)

Possibly, but it's not like it was how they were caught, so does it matter?
From TFA:

The alleged strategy was discovered by French chess federation Vice President Joanna Pomian, who spotted a text message on the mobile phone of one of the three players while the French team was involved in a game.

more than 3 years ago

Brain-Computer Interface Still Going After 1,000 Days

More_Cowbell Re:Bad Summary (77 comments)

I've been on Facebook too long... my first instinct was to hit 'like'.

more than 3 years ago

IPhone 4 Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Plane

More_Cowbell Re:"From the article" (222 comments)

We're both assuming they've actually read the summary.

I didn't even read the title...

more than 3 years ago

The 'Adventure' In Self-Publishing an IT Book

More_Cowbell Re:That wasn't smart. (156 comments)

This is what I came here to say. even $0.99 would be better than nothing. My bet is most of the 446 people that got it free would have been happy to pay some small sum.

more than 3 years ago

The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

More_Cowbell Re:Efficiency (405 comments)

When under way, I'd have to agree with your doubts. Did a little reading, and from what I can tell maintaining 20 knots (at least for the ships I read about) would get somewhere between 15 and 24 feet per gallon. That said, these carriers don't shut their engines off, and the efficiency is obviously going to drop to zero if they are stationary...

more than 3 years ago

Auto Incorrect

More_Cowbell Re:Tried to mistype both, (86 comments)

Totally agree that some are fake and some are typos, but there is some comedy gold in there, regardless. Check out the 'best-of-dyac' button.

more than 3 years ago

Replacing Traditional Storage, Databases With In-Memory Analytics

More_Cowbell Re:Goodbye Orwell (124 comments)

I work for a large (global) web hosting company, and I'd just like to counter the 'low cost of RAM' idea... Yes, most RAM is cheap, but when you start looking at 'large data sets', cheap is a relative term.

For example, the HP DL580 G7 can hold a Terabyte of RAM, but to do so it uses 16GB DIMMs, at $1000 each.

When you add that up, it's $64,000 just for RAM in ONE server. And we don't sell it to you, (in fact we only lease it from HP ourselves) we add a ridiculous additional monthly charge to your bill, well above what it costs us. Also keep in mind, anybody spending that kind of money has a multiple times redundant system... So, no, I would not call it 'low cost'.

more than 3 years ago

Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

More_Cowbell Re:I'm a bit scared (968 comments)

Fresh install of Win7 yesterday. Chrome (browser) gets 100/100 on Acid3, while IE8 gets 20/100. I'm missing the point I'm sure?

more than 3 years ago

Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

More_Cowbell Re:You can't fix stupid (968 comments)

"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"

more than 3 years ago

Google Algorithm Discriminates Against Bad Reviews

More_Cowbell Re:Am I the only one... (175 comments)

Well, like I said, places like /. are the only times I hear complaints about them... I don't search for games, so I've never had that particular result. Every time I test google against the competition, I'm happier with google... and that is just the results, the appearance of some of them makes me want to puke. Take for example - bunch of flashy crap and ads that make me feel like I'm surfing in 1995.

As always YMMV, and I really don't care if the whole world does not see things the same way I do, it'd be pretty boring if they did I guess...

more than 3 years ago

Google Algorithm Discriminates Against Bad Reviews

More_Cowbell Re:Am I the only one... (175 comments)

+1. Seriously, I've never even heard ^anyone^ (in person, this excludes places like /.) complain about the quality of results returned by Google (and I live in Silicon Valley, the conversation in the bar turns to tech all the time).

I'm a huge fan, but only because it is the best I've seen. Hell, I used to be a huge fan of hotmail - at one time (way, way long time ago) it was the best free email available...

more than 3 years ago

SpaceX Gets First Private FAA Space Reentry License

More_Cowbell Re:What? (108 comments)

A rocket that can accelerate at 3 or 4G for 8 minutes can get into orbit. However, it cannot outrun a SAM that accelerates at 10-15G.

Pardon me, but I think you are oversimplifying things here by only focusing on one aspect of rocket technology you are familiar with. Don't forget the GP did also say "and travel across the interstellar void" - I think his intention was to imply that the technology involved (as it would have to be) is sufficiently advanced beyond anything we have even come close to employing.

Not to mention the fact that we have quite terrestrial aircraft already that can outsmart and/or maneuver SAMs.

more than 3 years ago

Life Found In Deepest Layer of Earth's Crust

More_Cowbell Re:Living under surface (335 comments)

You sir, failed geology 101, I'm guessing.

more than 3 years ago

Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back

More_Cowbell Re:What someone needs to do... (158 comments)

replying to this to undo stupid moderation... since this is my first time with the new system and I had to experiment with turning various parts of noscript off...

more than 3 years ago




Eh... taxes

More_Cowbell More_Cowbell writes  |  more than 7 years ago Happy day, I got my refund. Yeah, I know it is stupid to give the fed an interest free loan all year...

I was really pissed with the online services I've used in the past, they did not seem worth the hassle (or money). Granted I have one W-2 and don't itemize, but I always thought the e-file would get my return back the fastest. This was the latest I've ever filed (04/10); a procrastination due mainly to my being pissed I could not e-file my federal return. This leads e back to being pissed at the stupid online company I used last year. Not until after I filed did they tell me that I still had to sign some receipt and mail it in as well... which I never did. So I was ineligible to e-file this year (I've since sent the damn thing in)

At any rate, I was anticipating a long delay for my federal return; I e-filed my state and expected a short turn around with direct deposit. My snail mailed federal return arrived only six days after the state!

I seriously doubt I will ever shell out those stupid fees for a service that is actually much more annoying (for me) than filling out the 1040-EZ. I find this particularly amusing with todays Slashdot headline of Turbo Tax online service melting down on tax day.

Well, that's my rant. If you found it boring, why the hell did you read it?



More_Cowbell More_Cowbell writes  |  more than 7 years ago If anyone ever reads this, I have a feeling they will think me a liar. Either that or I do not really qualify to be on here.

Not only do I have a girlfriend, I just found out she reads Not sure if life can get any better...


More_Cowbell More_Cowbell writes  |  more than 8 years ago Just because I can. Let's all hope I find a beter reason to post here in the future.

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

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