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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

Mr. Bad Example Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

Ironically, there's prior art on that observation from over two thousand years ago:

At last I went to the artisans, for I was conscious that I knew nothing at all, as I may say, and I was sure that they knew many fine things; and in this I was not mistaken, for they did know many things of which I was ignorant, and in this they certainly were wiser than I was. But I observed that even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom [...]

--Socrates in Plato's Apology

about a year ago

Is That an Android On Your Wrist?

Mr. Bad Example Re:not there yet (119 comments)

> now raise your fist in the air to limit transmission interference

There's some prior art on that already.

more than 2 years ago

Brainstorming Clever Ways To Detect Alien Civilizations

Mr. Bad Example Re:We can do that? (343 comments)

> Can we really extend the life of our own sun? I can't even begin to calculate how that would work...

Well, for one, we should start using it only when it's dark outside.

more than 3 years ago

Russian Team Prepares To Penetrate Lake Vostok

Mr. Bad Example Re:Did You Even Read the Article? (237 comments)

> Maybe he/she is worried about releasing The Andromeda Strain...

Don't be silly. It's shoggoths all the way down.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

Mr. Bad Example Re:Dear Steve, (864 comments)

Actually, scratch that--it looks like AT&T removed that option. However, a.) that's AT&T being a shitty carrier, and not the fault of Android; and b.) there's a way around it already.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

Mr. Bad Example Re:Dear Steve, (864 comments)

> funny that my at&t android will only install items from the marketplace and not
> 'any app i choose' - i read a forum that said i needed to root the device to remove that restriction.

You need to read different forums. Go to Settings, then Applications, and check the setting that says "Allow install of non-Market applications". Done. No root necessary.

more than 2 years ago

Pioneer Preps Laser Heads-Up Display For Cars

Mr. Bad Example Re:That's all we need ... (116 comments)

> I'm typing this post while driving up I-95 as we speak, and let me tell you, it's perfectly sa

Uh oh. Candlejack has taken up hitchhi

more than 3 years ago

Google Releases Chrome 6, Pays $4337 In Bounties

Mr. Bad Example Re:Wheel of Bug Chasers! (177 comments)

You might want to do some research before you start casually using the term "bug chasers". Hint: it already has a meaning, and it's almost certainly not what you think it is.

about 4 years ago

Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

Mr. Bad Example Re:So serious (284 comments)

> One of the morning messages could be "having a morning coffee with satan" and late night message could be "man do I appreciate cold beer right now".

I've had sort of the same idea, only mine is an IM bot that will occasionally fire off messages to my friends at 3 AM saying things like "Look behind you" or "HE COMES".

more than 4 years ago

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

Mr. Bad Example Re:I fail to see what is newsworthy (456 comments)

> the state ought not to assume that I want to give away my body parts without confirmation of this wish.

Why? What exactly are you planning to do with them after you die?

more than 4 years ago

Plagiarism Inc.

Mr. Bad Example Re:What plagiarism? (236 comments)

> But where's the plagiarism? As far as I can tell the papers are original.

Yes, original papers...that people are then buying and passing off as their own work.

more than 4 years ago

Larry Sanger Tells FBI Wikipedia Distributes "Child Pornography"

Mr. Bad Example Re:No conflict of interest there (572 comments)

> Do you have children of your own?

The contents of my basement are nobody else's business.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Lorentz Keeps Plugin Crashes Under Control

Mr. Bad Example Re:Chrome sandboxing (115 comments)

> You pick up on a slightly misdirected interpunctuation (semicolon or even a colon would have been fine) but ignore the glaring grammar errors?

Not so much "ignore" as "refrain from correcting in disgust". I'm only dedicated to drive-by snark to a point.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Lorentz Keeps Plugin Crashes Under Control

Mr. Bad Example Chrome sandboxing (115 comments)

> Chrome sandboxes individual tabs, crashes of one tab does not affect the running of the rest of Chrome browser.

Will Chrome also restart sentences in the event of comma splices?

more than 4 years ago

Ruby In Practice

Mr. Bad Example Re:Ringing Endorsement (104 comments)

> message queue that will spawn workers

You have no idea of my level of disappointment when I realized that the above didn't say "message queue that will spawn hookers".

more than 4 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

Mr. Bad Example Re:We have no idea what you like (1095 comments)

> The Clink Prison Museum

  Avoid this. I was in London earlier this year (half-vacation, half-work; I was doing some stuff for my master's degree), and stopped by the Clink. It's basically several rooms full of mannequins in replica torture devices and a few small, sad plaques with information you could find on Wikipedia. It definitely wasn't worth the money, even after the student discount.

more than 4 years ago

Casual Games Quickly Transforming the MMO Market

Mr. Bad Example Re:WoW was ruined (238 comments)

> Why does it matter if someone else gets an epic-quality item?

Because you can't entrust the Sword of a Thousand Truths to a noob.

about 5 years ago

Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

Mr. Bad Example Re:Stupid (459 comments)

> [...] the criminal justice system is like a slot machine.

Sit playing it long enough, and a scantily-clad woman will come up to you and offer you free drinks?

about 5 years ago

Airborne Boeing Laser Blasts Ground Target

Mr. Bad Example Re:Quick! (419 comments)

> Dude, seriously. That was a pretty corny joke.

And yet there's a kernel of truth to it.

about 5 years ago



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