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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Quirkz Re:It's been going backward.. (362 comments)

No, but constantly chasing the clouds away takes a lot of work.

12 hours ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Quirkz Re:Internet alone is more expensive than Internet+ (367 comments)

Oddly, mine doesn't. Charter vigorously advertises their triple play for $90, emphasizing with each ad that internet, tv, and phone are "$30 apiece" while internet alone is $50. I've told them repeatedly I've got no interest in phone, but if they could do internet + tv for $60 or even $65--basically just the price point they established for themselves--that I'd take it, but no, internet + TV is also $90, identical to the plan with the phone. I get the bulk discount, but that's just irrational.

yesterday
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Quirkz Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (367 comments)

I actually feel like I gained something by the number of commercials I'm avoiding, far in excess of any entertainment possibly lost by cutting the cord. Occasionally if we travel or we're at someone's house and the TV is on, my three-year-old daughter asks me what's going on when there's a commercial and the show isn't playing. I think it's kind of awesome she's confused by them, rather than considering them part of life.

Occasionally I'll go over-air to catch a football game, but I've hit the point where after seeing the same commercials five times in fifteen minutes, I get bored and wander off, and then forget to come back for twenty minutes, invariably at another commercial break, and wander off again. It's a refreshing new way of life.

yesterday
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Quirkz Re:Commonwealth? (432 comments)

Wait, no, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and East Dakota are the FIVE Commonwealths of the Spanish Inquisition!

2 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

Quirkz Re:Total bullshit ... (213 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 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)

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 three 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 three 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 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)

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 and a half 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 and a half 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 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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