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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

RealGrouchy Re:Sounds like a Sociopath (419 comments)

Not to mention the uncharacteristically calm and decently-written paragraph in the Dec 26 2:19pm message that looks like it was written by somebody else:

To all our pre-order customers looking for information on the status of their orders after a busy couple of months The PS3 Avengers are on their way from our Manufacturing plant overseas. We are aware that everyone is anticipating having their Avengers under their Christmas Tree and were doing our best to get these orders shipped out as fast as possible. We appreciate you as loyal customers and for supporting our company. Customers will start receiving their products this week before Christmas and After Christmas and into the New Year. As a token of our appreciation we are offering all our pre-order customers and new customers 10$ off your next order with us just enter Avenger1001 at Checkout. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

RealGrouchy Re:How to live in denial. (419 comments)

Was he promising any particular ship date? Or does the eBay ad suggest (or not deny) it would ship after January 9?

I'm surprised I haven't seen any mention of the NY Times feature on "Bad publicity is a good thing" "marketing" technique from November 2010. Essentially, through negative association, get your link to the top of the Google results of people searching for something, and let the stupid/ignorant customers continue to buy from you, ignoring the many red flags.

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

RealGrouchy Re:What about Wednesdays? (725 comments)

That one's also solved. From TFA:

"One time throughout the world, one date throughout the world," they write, in a January 2012 Global Asia article about their proposals.

The full quote, not included in TFA is "One time throughout the world, one date throughout the world, one birthday throughout the world."

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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The Curious Case of Increasing Misspelling Rates On Wikipedia

RealGrouchy Re:What's really curious (285 comments)

I suspect that another contributing factor is the Long Tail. That is, as Wikipedia expands, the newest articles are of topics that are of interest to fewer people. Being seen less, they are less likely to be corrected.

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

RealGrouchy Re:some perspective (312 comments)

A huge SUV would have a cargo capacity of about 4 cubic meters.

Man is my math rusty. I was thinking 5m*5m*5m instead of 5m*1m*1m. I was thinking "that's a hell of a big SUV!"

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

RealGrouchy Just give (570 comments)

The work that charities do is all the hard, unglamorous work that needs to get done that isn't being done by anyone else. It is inherently inefficient. This is not even counting the "administrative overhead" worries that people like to complain about.

You want to avoid administration? Give to something local, run by volunteers, that isn't a registered charity and therefore doesn't need to hire a bookkeeper, accountant, and auditor just to manage their books. Don't bother with whether something is "efficient" or not, look at what they do and see if that's something you think needs to get done.

Donating money to a local food bank, for example, is a lot more efficient than giving canned foods purchased at market rates. (and many of those are charitable)

And if you really want to contribute something effective, donate your time and skills. That's far more valuable than a couple hundred dollars once a year, and is often left out of calculations of charities' "efficiency".

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Library of Congress To Receive Entire Twitter Archive

RealGrouchy Re:Time to put on my tinfoil hat (106 comments)

People's diaries and letters are published all the time, especially after they're dead and no longer have a say in the matter. And those are things that aren't initially published in a public medium.

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Library of Congress To Receive Entire Twitter Archive

RealGrouchy Re:Even deleted ones? (106 comments)

Twitter says they're going to delete it after thirty days.

No they don't.

Why can't I see all my Tweets? My Tweet count is _,___. Are they lost?

The good news is they're not lost or gone! We have all your Tweets. The bad news is that we currently only allow you to see the 3200 most recent Tweets (this could also be construed as good news, as that number could be lower than 3200). We do not currently plan to change this limit, but we welcome your feedback - just send a mention to @feedback.

From the Twitter FAQs.

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Bluetooth Keyboards With a 10-Year Charge Promised

RealGrouchy Re:A better idea. (270 comments)

Why not put wires on the key board (perhaps even a USB connection), and the battery is not even needed. Wow.

Yeah, and then if you put batteries at the end of the cable, you wouldn't even have to plug it in to the computer!

- RG>

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

RealGrouchy Re:oblig (766 comments)

Also, it's only Microsoft that will stop supporting it. I still get support (insofar as it's possible) through the warranty/service plan I got from my hardware vendor.

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos

RealGrouchy Re:Maybe (566 comments)

This is NOTHING but revenue generation.

Did it stop you from speeding?

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos

RealGrouchy Re:"Speed Limits" are stupid in general (566 comments)

The government intentionally posts low speed limits so everyone is guilty.

Actually, it's the other way around. They build streets with a "design speed" 20 km/h (or whatever the equivalent is in miles) higher than the intended speed limit, ostensibly as a safety measure. This means wider lanes, shallower curves, more level roads, etc.

The end result is that people go a lot faster because they feel safer.

Unfortunately, in North America it's almost like they have to do this because the idiots on this continent don't realize that you *have* to go the speed limit (or faster) *all the time*. If there is poor visibility, or the roads are wet or icy, you should slow down.

BTW, the kids in that video could have insulated themselves from the angry drivers with a second row of cars behind the first one.

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos

RealGrouchy Re:"Speed Limits" are stupid in general (566 comments)

The government intentionally posts low speed limits so everyone is guilty.

Actually, it's the other way around. They build streets with a "design speed" 20 km/h (or whatever the equivalent is in miles) higher than the intended speed limit, ostensibly as a safety measure. This means wider lanes, shallower curves, more level roads, etc.

The end result is that people go a lot faster because they feel safer.

Unfortunately, in North America it's almost like they have to do this because the idiots on this continent don't realize that you *have* to go the speed limit (or faster) *all the time*. If there is poor visibility, or the roads are wet or icy, you should slow down.

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Leonard Nimoy Turns 80

RealGrouchy Re:Nimoy made OST (165 comments)

It had Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Remove any of those characters and you don't have a show anymore.

And Welshie! He was my favourite!

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Drops 1/3 After Rustock Botnet Gets Crushed

RealGrouchy Re:Typo in article? (199 comments)

Yes, but the quote cites recent prosecutions as a reason why the botnets have not reduced output entirely.

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

RealGrouchy Re:Homer Simpson, too... (374 comments)

Actually, Cartoon Wars would be a more germane example.

(I'm no longer watching South Park because the Comedy Network apparently lost its licensing rights to have the current and back episodes online in Canada, so I no longer have a legal way of watching them--and more importantly, linking to them. If I ever feel like watching South Park again, I'll have to find some illegal way to access them)

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050

RealGrouchy Re:Outraged! (695 comments)

Joke's on them; all the petrol in 2050 will be used by flying cars. I bet they forgot to ban those!

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

RealGrouchy Re:A Whole Bunch (256 comments)

I'm sure if that table were referenced in the poll question, the answers would be a lot more realistic (i.e. nobody choosing the first few options). I just assumed it was a nonsense question so I answered randomly. Only after selecting the option did I get to the comments where the reference was explained.

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

RealGrouchy Re:Errors, Errors everywhere... (256 comments)

The question isn't "How much radiation do you get in a day", the question is "How much radiation do you estimate you get in a day".

Oh, so if it was the first question, as soon as you clicked "submit" it would automatically correct it, because the poll (or your computer) somehow knows how much you actually get in a day?

- RG>

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Drops 1/3 After Rustock Botnet Gets Crushed

RealGrouchy Typo in article? (199 comments)

FTA (emphasis added):

Shortly after the news of the Rustock botnet takedown broke, Adam Wosotowsky, principal engineer at McAfee Labs told SecurityWeek: âoeWe have seen a decrease in Rustock levels, however it by no means has disappeared. This could be due to the botnet still running on old commands, or that lawsuits against botnet owners and associated hosting are proving successful. We are also expect the reseeding of botnets, such as McColo, as botnet operators rebuild their networks."

How do successful lawsuits against the botnet owners prevent the spam from disappearing?

- RG>

more than 3 years ago

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RealGrouchy RealGrouchy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RealGrouchy (943109) writes "The Associated press is running a story on Northrop-Grumman lasers being installed on commercial jets, in order to defend from shoulder-fired missiles. Apparently, nine McDonnel-Douglas MD-10s — all cargo jets — will be tested until March 2008, although "the ultimate goal is to defend passenger airliners." If widely implemented, this system would cost $1 million for each of the 6,800 US commercial airliners.

From the article:
"No passenger plane has ever been downed by a shoulder-fired missile outside of a combat zone."
Maybe sharks with frickin' lasers *would* be a better use of tax dollars..."

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