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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

Quirkz Re:Total bullshit ... (212 comments)

Yes, but this is programming:

foreach $alliance_list[] as $interest {
  echo "From the $interest Alliance for World Dominance: Your young ones need to learn our stuff.";
}

about a week ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Quirkz Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

Absolutely. I know I consistently get 330 miles until "I should fill up" and 350 until practically empty. I did see some wild swings during the vacation that I still don't understand, of 30 gallons or more. Not sure if there were differences in pump hardware or the automatic cutoff, or what was going on. In Oregon in particular, where the attendants pump for you, I felt like some of my fill ups weren't quite full, and then I'd be running on fumes at 320 miles all of a sudden.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Quirkz Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

It's rarely an issue even in the states, but having recently driven across Utah and Idaho, there were times when I did have to pay close attention to the gauges. (Also that crazy strip of touristy Oregon coast where even with a town of 20k and a bazillion tourists, the nearest gas station was 20 miles away, but let's not dwell on that.)

The thing is, my car (a 2010 model) still doesn't actually tell me how many gallons are in the tank. I've just got a readout with a dozen or so dots that slowly disappear as they're consumed. Even worse, it's most definitely not a linear chart. I can go close to 200 miles on the top half of the readout, but only get 150, tops, on the bottom half, and even with consistent, level, highway driving I'll see some dots last for 50 miles and then the next dot down last for maybe 20.

If I get to the very bottom of the tank the car does finally tell me "x miles to empty" - a handy-useless warning that if I'm doing it right I'll never actually see. (Oregon coast notwithstanding. Twice.)

about two weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Quirkz Re:Shoryuken (292 comments)

Driveways, ironically.

Driveway fighters fight the streets.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Quirkz Re:Go Sarah! (292 comments)

It's Goo Goo Goo Joob. Get your nonsense words right, darn it!

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Quirkz Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

The SxS assembly backups have a vital role, and they don't actually use as much disk space as you think, due to hard linking ---
Windows Explorer gives you an impression that more disk space is consumed by this folder than actually is.

That's nice to hear, because that folder often displays as upwards of 15GB, often as much as everything else in the OS combined, at least on the servers I'm looking at. Confusing, though, if that's not really what it's taking up.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Quirkz Re:What about baseball? (135 comments)

Well, you *can* get the radio version live. And you *can* watch the local game after a certain time has passed (one hour after the game is over?) But no, you can't watch them live.

Still pretty obnoxious, though.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Quirkz Re:Fuck beta (135 comments)

Just out of curiosity, can you see if anyone has replied to or used mod points on your own posts on your post history page? That was a big sticking point for me. It kills the discussion if you can't easily tell that someone's attempting to discuss things with you.

about three weeks ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Quirkz Re:Solution (410 comments)

Whoops, sorry, I think I was mixing up sales tax and income tax. Discussion of the profit is totally an income tax thing. I don't have any sense of how sales tax applies.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Quirkz Re:Solution (410 comments)

You normally don't need to, because you're not profiting on the items being sold. The only exception would be if you were selling collectibles or some investment item that went up in price, and that's rarely sold at a yard sale.

about a month ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Quirkz Re:Also... (240 comments)

Microwaving a CD for just a second or two gives it a really neat pattern. Not sure what kind of noxious chemicals it might release in the process, though.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Quirkz Re:Dual degrees (392 comments)

Geographically you're close: Oberlin, which is also in Ohio.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Quirkz Re:Dual degrees (392 comments)

A lot of my players needed to go on diets?

Also, when's the last time you've heard anyone refer to an MO or an MORPG and not just go ahead and put that first M in there?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Quirkz Re:Dual degrees (392 comments)

I majored in physics, but at a very liberal-arts-focused school. So, I guess I've got both. I think it's served me well in the field: I've built web sites, been in tech support, run my own indie MMO, done a lot of random programming, and I'm currently a server admin.

Believe it or not, the most helpful classes may have been art history. Journalism and philosophy didn't hurt, especially Symbolic Logic, which was a philosophy class.

about a month ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Quirkz Re:hahaha (155 comments)

I'd mod you up if I had points. Total money out of pocket is the most important factor, and focusing on monthly payment is either going at it bass ackwards, or risks allowing some shenanigans to slip in.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Quirkz Re:Cheaters, griefers, trolls, and children (292 comments)

Yep, that sums it up pretty well. Also: I have two kids under 3. If I can't pause, I'm not going to even try to play the game. Yes, even after they're in bed, a consistent chunk of playing time is unreliable.

about a month ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Quirkz Re:Quite accurately? (171 comments)

For explaining the lithium's disappearance, maybe, but we do need something to explain the relative proportions.

My default assumption was as a light element Li would be one of the top numbers. If, say (and these numbers are way off), you were expecting the universe to be 50% hydrogen, 25% helium, 12% lithium, 13% other, and you only had 4% lithium, then that missing 8% would have to be reflected somewhere, and you'd be seeing 54% hydrogen in the universe, for instance.

Except as I look it up, lithium is very rare to begin with, so maybe two thirds of a very small number isn't enough to throw off the calculations for the other elements. In reality it's 74% hydrogen, 24% helium, and less than 2% for everything else. Li is some exceptionally tiny fraction of a percent, so even if it is off, that's not going to shift the relative percentages of other elements enough to be noticeable, I don't think.

about a month ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Quirkz Re:Quite accurately? (171 comments)

There are two things that confuse me with this news.

1. With a BA in physics (mid-90's), I was taught about the Big Bang and elements calculation multiple times. In every single instance I was shown the calculated and observed percentages, and they were always given as a good match, as part of the proof. I'm really confused that now it's been known for decades that they *don't* match. Were my books lying to me? Was this observation adjusted the year I graduated college, and I just missed the controversy?

2. I'm also really curious to hear which elements have a *higher* concentration, to make up for the missing lithium. If we were just short a bunch of lithium, all of the other elements would be higher, percentage wise, and thus all of them would be off. Since the others are spot-on, I've got to think there's at least one element out there that's disproportionately high to balance it out.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

Quirkz Re: So a company (81 comments)

Oh, I wasn't even actively trying to sell. I just had some art on my web site that I'd done for fun and wanted to show off. I only got a small handful of contacts, but all of them were looking for free. One of them was even a "conference," which seemed like it ought to have *some* funds. Though it was also South Korea in the early 2000's, so I'm not sure what things were like then.

I appreciate your taking the time to make the suggestion, though.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

Quirkz Re: So a company (81 comments)

Maybe I'm lucky, and I find a site with contact information. I call up the photographer, and he's willing to negotiate. There's a back-and-forth exchange where I offer some amount of money, and he wants a hundred times that. Forget it.

Heh, I wish just once someone who contacted me about using my images had any money at all. The only requests I've ever gotten were from people looking for entirely free use. I would have gladly taken $20 just to be able to say I'd once sold something.

about a month and a half ago

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Running your own ghost investigation?

Quirkz Quirkz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quirkz (1206400) writes "I am a skeptic, but have friends and family who swear by their ghost stories. I have access to a supposedly haunted house and been tempted to run a proper scientific investigation. My first question is what sorts of tools or measurements would make for sensible metrics to test during a hunt? Temperature change seems to be a common one, but the other devices you'll see ghost hunters use seem pretty random. The second question is what kinds of results would it take to be "interesting"? Baseline readings at several presumably non-haunted locations seem to be obvious requirements for comparison. Once you have those, what kinds of results would it take to convince a skeptic there's something unusual going on, or demonstrate that there's not? I don't have much hope of changing the minds of those who believe, but it would be satisfying to at least be scientific about it."

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