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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Notabadguy Re:I'm happy about it (155 comments)

Welp, since there's no PC version of and mine won't be playing it.

about a month ago

Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Notabadguy Re:Why did he lose tenure? (167 comments)

It is important to keep in mind that there is no factual proof that he lost his offer of employment at UoMMC or his tenure at Wayne due to the comments on PubPeer. Sarkar's lawyer claims that the retraction letter from UoMMC says this is why, but has declined to offer the letter as proof.

All that is factually known at this time is that the scientific integrity of Sarkar's articles have come under scrutiny, and that a potential job at UoMMC didn't pan out for him.

about a month ago

Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Notabadguy Re:A DC resident replies (179 comments)

I ran into this once, but with a different outcome. I was in college, on a date at the Outback Steakhouse, and a big fella was smoking in the restaurant, which was non-smoking. People were muttering, but no one directly said anything to him, probably because he was intimidating looking.

I went over to his table, and asked him to put his cigarette out because it was a non-smoking establishment. He looked me up and down, then took a long drag on his cigarette and blew it at me. When he put it back in his mouth, I reached over and plucked it from his mouth....I was young, in the army, on a date trying to impress....and so the only logical thing was obviously to grind the cigarette out on the palm of my hand while glaring at him.

On the plus side, most of the restaurant - servers included - applauded.
On the minus side, I still have a scar on my palm.

about a month ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Notabadguy Re:I know what causes high blood pressure (291 comments)

Just wait until next week, when they announce that cigarettes are actually good for us!

about a month and a half ago

In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Notabadguy This isn't supposed to happen... (183 comments)

From the article:

"French artificial heart maker Carmat says it will not perform another human implant until it has determined the cause of death of the first patient fitted with the device."

Six months later: Implanting a new heart, despite still not knowing what happened the first time."

about a month and a half ago

NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

Notabadguy Re:false flag (34 comments)

There will not be teeth to this. There are no teeth to any NATO measures.

The summary could just as easily read:

At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the NY Times, the 28 member states are expected to talk about some shit that no one will do anything about. Not for the first time, they will pass a meaningless resolution without teeth that no one will pay attention to.

about 2 months ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Notabadguy Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Here's a link to the Dorchester County Board of Education members. There's an e-mail address there where you can tell them what you think of them as well.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Notabadguy Re:Classics (382 comments)

There's a difference between "best games" and "best games for friends."

For best games, you can't go wrong with old school RPGs from Squaresoft back in the day. Any of them. Particular favorites: Chronotrigger and Final Fantasy III.

For friends, get "Risk" the board game. Hours of fun.

about 2 months ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Notabadguy Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)


-Microsoft develops product in U.S, generating tax credit for R&D.
-Microsoft shifts ownership, or "Profit Rights" of product off-shore, to say....The Bahamas.
-Microsoft Bahamas subsidiary sells U.S developed product to Americans.
-Microsoft Bahamas claims all profit. Microsoft America gets all Tax Credits.

And that's how they avoid paying taxes. It's legal. It might not be "right," but it's legal, and won't change until our nation's useless politicians do something about it. This debate has been going on for a decade or more.

about 2 months ago

FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

Notabadguy Re:not true at all (133 comments)

No longer.

My wife's uncle until recently had a series of Apple Orchards in Michigan, with the processing plant on the same road. For years, it's been seasonal labor harvesting apples, and the orchards selling to the plant.

His orchards are now plowed under because he can't compete with China. Apparently China can ship Apples to the United States, have them offloaded from a boat, trucked to Michigan, and delivered to this processing plant cheaper for less money than it costs the orchards across the road to harvest apples with seasonal (read: Mexicans) labor.

about 2 months ago

Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Notabadguy Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

China is having delays too.

But understand this: China ordered 2-3 AP1000 plants from Westinghouse. Westinghouse built them, but concurrently sold the design for the AP1000 plant to China, knowing that China would steal the design anyway.

China intends to go fully nuclear, using the AP1000 design; their major hiccup is that their internal chinese suppliers - the same ones that WE use for non-nuclear power utilities. Chinese vendors forge parts. They forge forgings, as in "Fake forgings." WCC instead of LCC, calling coated nickel SA316, faking coupons and CMTRs - it's not only the US that Chinese vendors screw, it's also China.

about 2 months ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Notabadguy Re:Actually... (123 comments)

Hopefully Morgan Freeman will still be around to save us from ELE!

about 2 months ago

Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Notabadguy Re:Bitcoin credibility? (267 comments)

Seconded. Nothing like an article that makes a false assertion. =D

Are new Soy products going to unseat McDonalds' Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese as the world's tastiest burger?

Or since we're talking about bitcoins, how about this for a tag:

Will the increased discussions about bitcoin finally reveal it as the scam it is?

about 2 months ago

Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Notabadguy Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

Chiming in here because I used to be directly involved with this project.

Supplier delays come down to government regulation, ASME and NRC interference, and I offer this as an example:

-Congress had to approve the specific design plan for this plant (and every other plant).
-ASME randomly updates a portion of Section 8 code that changes the definition of SA316SS.
-Supplier tasked with supplying 316SS components finds out that these components are no longer viable due to the changed definition of the material.
-ONE YEAR of back and forth between supplier (who purchased $2,000,000 worth of SA316 bar stock to fulfill builder requirements) and builder.
-Builder eventually approves the use of replacement material.
-NRC steps in and revokes approval, because the revision does not have Congressional approval.

In sum:
-ASME committees report to no one, and make industry changing decisions ad-hoc.
-Suppliers and builders are aiming at shifting targets in compliance.
-Response time from NRC and ASME takes months and years. Send a clarification request to ASME? Response time: 1 year+.
-NRC equally confused about ASME shifting requirements.
-It takes an act of Congress to change any design parameters.

If you want to know why we cannot build nuclear facilities in our country, look no further than the mess we've made in South Carolina and Georgia. Years behind schedule and billions over budget because regulatory bodies keep changing the targets.

about 2 months ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Notabadguy Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

Oh, and I think that every Society for Black Engineers needs a counterpart Society for White Engineers.

about 3 months ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Notabadguy Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

Jesse has a point, but only so far as he takes it across the board. If we're pushing for affirmative action in tech, then it should apply everywhere. Including professional sports. I think it's only fair that NBA teams show a mandatory 10% white men with equal playtime on the court, 10% asian, and 5% latino.

about 3 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Notabadguy Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

TBH, the only reason I want to get on first is to make sure I can put my one bag in the overhead luggage, instead of getting on late and having to explain to a bunch of yahoos that their purse/satchel/gift/other trash belongs under the seat in front of them and not overhead blocking a bag that doesn't fit under the seat.

This, 100%. I secretly want to scream at people when bring "one carryon" as a carryon suitcase that has to be slotted in the overhead sideways to fit, the little bag that fits over the handle to make it two bags, plus their purse, and a shopping bag.

I would prefer to sit in a lounge drinking a bloody mary, except if I wait to board until the rush is gone, my little travel bag won't fit into the overhead. And I'm a tall mother****er, so putting it under my seat means that I'm going to have to wheelchair my way out at the other end because my legs are so cramped.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Notabadguy Re:Time to become a better shopper (211 comments)

When you buy a Hatchette book for $10 on Amazon:

Amazon gets $3.00.
Hatchette gets $5.25.
The author gets $1.75.

When you buy an e-book from Hatchette on Amazon for $10:
Amazon gets $3.00.
Hatchette gets $5.25.
The author gets $1.50.

When you buy a self-published title on Amazon for $10:
Amazon gets $7.00
The author gets $3.00.

Hatchette gets 52.5% of revenue from the work authors do.
E-books, which have no cost of production or distribution net Hachette 52.5% of the author's work.
Hatchette, along with the other big five publishers have posted record profits over the last few years.

If you understand revenue vs. profit: Hatchette is operating at the SAME net profit that Amazon is, ~$260m. Hatchette makes as much net profit as Amazon does, for doing a fraction of the business.

I can't go so far as to say that Amazon is trying to help authors with their demand for lower prices from Hatchette, but I *can* definitively say that I have zero sympathy for Hatchette. Whether Hatchette can reasonably be expected to cut into their absurdly record-setting profit levels by giving up a point or two of margin to keep Amazon as a supplier remains to be seen via these unresolved contract disputes.

about 5 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Notabadguy Re:Social Engineering. (254 comments)

I have a T-Shirt that I got from that basically says that.

Front: Social Engineering Expert:
Back: Because there is no patch for human stupidity

about 6 months ago

Norway Is Gamifying Warfare By Driving Tanks With Oculus Rift

Notabadguy Re:I wouldn't want it (106 comments)

As a former M1A1 tank driver...Give it to the commander and let him play with the toy...

As a former M1A2 tank commander, I resent your request you insensitive clod!

about 6 months ago


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