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DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

MortimerV Re:How is ROFLMAO vulgar? (178 comments)

I don't make the rules, you'll have to take that one up with PETA.

about a year and a half ago
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DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

MortimerV Re:How is ROFLMAO vulgar? (178 comments)

No doubt that'd be fine, but ROFLMAO stands for Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

MortimerV Re:Something is not right here... (666 comments)

I think it's more likely that the Assault Rifle was mis-matched to the TV, either via a similar but mistyped product identifier causing Amazon to think they're the same (not likely, they have other measures in place to stop this), or due to the merchant making a mistake and saying "Yep, this product looks right" to get it live without doublechecking things.

The rifle's description on Amazon would then be set to the TV's even though the products are completely different -- the merchant's description and pictures are ignored because they aren't the main seller of the product. A customer makes a purchase, the merchant sees the order and doesn't notice it's for a TV because they're rushing to ship all their orders (or maybe it doesn't even say on their end, but that seems unlikely), and the assault rifle goes out.

Complete mismatches like that don't happen too often, percentage-wise, but with a combination of the right/wrong factors, human error comes into play and they can slip by.

more than 2 years ago
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Algorithmic Pricing On Amazon 'Could Spark Flash Crash'

MortimerV Re:Bring it on I say (274 comments)

If they don't fulfill orders they get bad ratings. I think they're actually recorded with the reason being unfulfilled orders. Too many bad ratings and Amazon shuts down their account.

more than 2 years ago
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Algorithmic Pricing On Amazon 'Could Spark Flash Crash'

MortimerV Re:Falling to near zero?? (274 comments)

Exactly, a floor price is used to prevent this sort of crash from happening. I'd imagine there could be some sellers on there that haven't set up their floors properly and they could lose money on a few products, but the entire site won't implode from this.

If those sellers don't honor the prices, they'll get bad user ratings and lose some future sales over it.

more than 2 years ago
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ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits World of Warcraft

MortimerV Re:Reading the article..... (252 comments)

No, no, I'm sorry I was being unclear. This is just my guess. Why else would throttled Torrent traffic impact gameplay?

more than 3 years ago
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ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits World of Warcraft

MortimerV Re:Reading the article..... (252 comments)

That's what I meant. If you use bittorrent, you get throttled. You only notice it if you play WoW, so their solution is to tell people not to play WoW (or any game) so they won't notice. It's not a solution at all, they're just telling their customers to cover their eyes so they won't see the problem.

more than 3 years ago
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ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits World of Warcraft

MortimerV Re:Reading the article..... (252 comments)

If people run torrents (the WoW updater) their connection is throttled. If they run WoW with a throttled connection, there is a problem. If they don't run WoW with a throttled connection, there is no problem.

Either way, the connection is throttled. It's just that if you don't play WoW during it you're less likely to notice.

more than 3 years ago
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Late Night Gaming Banned In Vietnam

MortimerV Re:Works as a game balancer too. (157 comments)

Keep an eye out for free to play games. These two are probably a different genre than you want, but League of Legends has a "first win" bonus, such that with 1-2 hours of play you'll have collected a big bonus and can't collect it again for another day. Bloodline Champions has a bonus pool that triples your earnings until you exhaust it, and that resets daily. It takes about an hour to work through that. You can still play the game afterwards for rewards and fun play, but exhausting that bonus makes for a nice stopping point.

I'd imagine some free to play MMO will pop up sooner or later that'll have a longer to achieve daily bonus (as MMOs tend to be slower paced than the above action games).

more than 3 years ago
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Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

MortimerV Re:Fast on the clicker (674 comments)

Interesting read, thanks for the link.

more than 3 years ago
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Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

MortimerV Fast on the clicker (674 comments)

I didn't watch it all, but the thing I noticed was that, when Watson thought it had an answer, most of the time it'd click in first. The other contestants didn't have a chance to attempt to answer.

So Watson wins on reaction time, which isn't a surprise for a computer that knows exactly when it can first ring in. How would it have done with a human's reaction time on clicking, just answering on questions alone?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Bad 3D, Not 3D Glasses, Gives You Headaches

MortimerV Re:Cyclops, use your eyebeams! (255 comments)

Maybe your frames are different, maybe you have a big nose, maybe your theater uses differently sized 3D glasses, who knows!

Come to think of it, if you use big framed glasses do they have a separate nosepiece? Mine are small, thin glasses, but the nosepiece adds extra space to them. It's not the glasses pressing into my face, it's the nosepiece on my nose.

If I ever go to another 3D showing, I'm tempted to take the lenses from the 3D glasses and attempt to make them into a clip-on. That'd solve the annoyance of the big frames and mean I only have to wear one pair of glasses!

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

MortimerV Haven't upgraded for a minor nitpick (261 comments)

This sounds like a nice feature. My flash and other processes don't crash on me often, but when they do they can be frustrating. There was one thing that kept me on firefox 3.5 rather than 3.6, though.

It's really silly, but.. when I use the autoscroll (middle click) and am slowly scrolling down through a page, I like to use the mousewheel to scroll faster occasionally, or back up a little bit, while the scroll is still moving. In 3.6 I found that moving the mousewheel canceled the autoscroll. This is also a problem because my mousewheel's a bit sensitive, so sometimes just brushing it would cancel autoscroll.

Anybody know if there's a way to change that behavior so mousewheel doesn't cancel autoscroll, or if it's been reverted in a later 3.6 release?

more than 4 years ago
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Russian Company Buys ICQ

MortimerV Re:Very popular (136 comments)

I've had the same experience. The only people I used to talk to on it have moved to other IM services, and now it's just the occasional spammer. I don't really know why I keep it logged in.

My account's a 7-digit UIN starting with 9, haha. I must've had this account for around 10 years.

more than 4 years ago
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Cub Scouts To Offer Merit Pin For Video Gaming

MortimerV We didn't need a badge! (366 comments)

Back in my day, we played D&D and Magic and didn't care about getting a badge for it!

Sounds fun, though. I hope it'll include some game design requirements, to get the scouts thinking a little more about how their games are put together.

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

MortimerV Re:P = NP, eh? (322 comments)

I always personally solve this sort of game by working my way towards all four corners, then spreading out. Seems to work 99% of the time, and I maybe look two moves ahead, if that. It'd be even easier to make a solver that did that, though it'd be even less optimal than the way you did it.

more than 4 years ago
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Scaling Algorithm Bug In Gimp, Photoshop, Others

MortimerV Re:A great demo... (368 comments)

If you're looking for lcd test images, http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/ is probably better. It's got a whole bunch of images dedicated to various monitor problems, along with explanations.

more than 4 years ago
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Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected

MortimerV In other words (938 comments)

"Kids who were bullies also had problems in at least one of three different areas of nonverbal communication: reading nonverbal cues; understanding their social meaning; and coming up with options for resolving a social conflict."

Doesn't that still work? If the bullied are projecting in a nonverbal manner, the bullies are missing it or ignoring it. Either way, they have a problem communicating.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox's Awesome Bar...

MortimerV Re:It's garbage. (447 comments)

I've done 3 things to fix my bar, maybe this'll help you, too.

First, installed the oldbar extension, to make the bar's results clean and simple.

Second, changed two settings in about:config - browser.urlbar.default.behavior 17, and browser.urlbar.matchBehavior 2. I think what this does is make it only match strings from the start of letter/number strings. So "comments" would pull up slashdot.org/comments, but it wouldn't pull up "www.coolcomments.com", since that starts with "cool". Not completely ideal, but I've gotten used to it. It also doesn't match by page titles, which is all I really wanted to disable. One of those variables may be unused now, so if you don't find it, don't do anything with it.

Third, changed how the awesomebar gives weight to results, so it only returns places I've actually visited. places.frecency.bookmarkbonus 0, places.frecency.linkvisitbonus 2000, places.frecency.unvisitedbookmarkbonus 0, places.frecency.unvisitedtypedbonus 0.

more than 4 years ago

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