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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Rhipf Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Or better yet, let's see how much faster the crime rate in the US falls if you implement proper universal health care and properly fund social programs like Finland. Oh. Wait. That's like communism and anti-capitalism so we have to fight that at all costs in the US (land of the free home of the brave and all that).

about 2 months ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Rhipf Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

Again I say this is only right. People ragged on Windows 8 without using it too. There really isn't much difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7 (other than the flat look that I hate) once you install a Start Menu replacement (e.g. ClassicShell). It looks like Apple is doing the same thing Microsoft did but have the benefit of learning from Microsoft's mistakes. Apple is flattening the graphical elements of the OS but haven't included a touch style interface (Metro tiles) in their desktop OS (yet).
If people are ragging on Apples OS without even trying it I say that sounds about the same as happened with Microsoft and Windows 8.

about 2 months ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Rhipf Re:Numbers??? (243 comments)

I would think that after 15 years you would have finally finished doing the dishes. ;-P

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Rhipf Re:FP? (942 comments)

Sorry, yes mm->cm is only a division of 10 instead of 100 but the basic premise is still sound. If you start with metric you would use "nice" metric numbers instead of converting a "nice" imperial number to an "odd" metric number.

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Rhipf Re:FP? (942 comments)

Except if you went with metric you would probably change that measure to 1650mm (16.5cm) or 1700mm (17cm). If you are working with metric from the start why would you make something that is a nice readable number in imperial measurements?

about 3 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Rhipf I'm quite sure that.... (137 comments)

any potential film is just hoping to ride the Tetris name. The actual movie will have nothing to do with the game (much like Battleships but at least that had battleships).
If you make a movie called Tetris you are almost guaranteed there will be a built in audience that is going to go just to see what the movie has to do with the game.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Rhipf Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

The reason no one heads to Canada for medical treatment is that they wouldn't be covered and would have to pay out of pocket.

Are there problems with the Canadian healthcare system? Sure.
Would I be willing to give up my healthcare coverage for a US type system? No @#$%ing way!!!
I am more than willing to put up with the limitations of the Canadian system secure in the knowledge that I won't go bankrupt if something happens to me that involve extensive medical care.

about 3 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Rhipf Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Whether or not his new digital music format can or cannot be pirated is something that remains to be seen, and is so far away in the future...

Sorry I didn't realize that time was moving so slow theses days. Eighteen months is now "so far away in the future" and yet when I was younger it was only a year and a half.

***N.B. Sorry feeling a little snarcky today.

about 3 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Rhipf Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

Actually in Canada this is legal (or it was last I checked). As long as the person doing the ripping is person B. If person A rips the music and gives the digital copy to person B then there is a problem.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Rhipf Re:This is how business should be done (168 comments)

OK I'll admit I don't know much about business (or law) but is it really "required by law" for companies to give investors a return on their investments?

If this is actually true I guess I need to start investing some money.

about 5 months ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Rhipf Re: Eh? (137 comments)

OK I'll admit that I didn't notice the H1 in the graph right away but...

Unless the article author has a time machine you still can't say that the vulnerabilities have increased 100% until they actually have. It would have been better if the author had compared the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2014. At least that way the comparison is grounded in facts not speculation.

about 5 months ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Rhipf Re:Eh? (137 comments)

Did you even look at that graph?
It does show a slight increase for IE but definitely not 100%.
At best this shows and increase from ~125 vulnerabilities to ~135. That's ~10% not 100%.

about 5 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Rhipf Re: let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

So I guess there aren't any countries in the EU?

Show me one single country that has "free market rules and no state interference".

But let's not have pesky, inconvenient reality crush your misinformed, ignorant claims.

about 5 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Rhipf Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Actually, what they should have done is implement smarter mouse controls. If you swipe your finger across the screen (on a touch device) metro scrolls left to right (or right to left obviously). So why can't I click somewhere on the right of the screen and drag the mouse to the left to scroll sideways? Only when using a mouse do you have to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll (or use the mouse wheel).
It would seem more logical to me if you converted the touch interface into analogous mouse controls.

about 5 months ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

Rhipf Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

I could be wrong but based on the summery it looks to me like one of the big problems with this device is that they said it had FCC approval when it didn't. It may have been fine for them to sell the jammer (i.e. the FCC wouldn't have gotten involved) if they hadn't labeled it as FCC approved.

about 6 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Rhipf Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

Just to clarify, I think you may have misread the statement. It was about people that spend >$1000 for speaker WIRE not the speakers themselves.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Rhipf Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

It's Apple. Is that enough of an explanation for you?

I swear that if Apple reintroduced the pet rock as the iRock it would sell a few billion units (ok, an exaggeration but you get my point).

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Rhipf Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

I have been telling my clients this for a while now. If you just add a start menu replacement (the start button of Windows 8.1 was a missed opportunity for Microsoft) and set it to boot directly to the desktop there isn't much difference between 8 and 7.
One thing that I would like to see back is the Aero theme. The current Windows 8 style is to flat and retro for me (reminds me more of Windows 3 era).

about 6 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Rhipf Re:Bad analogy (252 comments)

Despite being in the running for the worst analogy ever, let's go with this.

You own the gun. Blizzard mails you bullets and invites you to their shooting range. You take the bullets and gun to the range and shoot them however you please as long as you follow the range rules . You bring sandbags and a bench to shoot straighter in competition without telling Blizzard. Blizzard sues the sandbag and bench makers because you cheated.

This is just the point. I'm sure that somewhere buried in the EULA is a statement that cheats and hacks are against the TOS.

about 7 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Rhipf Re:Breaking news (335 comments)

Well if they don't do any better than public schools then what is the point of putting public money into them?

about 7 months ago

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