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LightSquared CEO Resigns Amid Appearance of Bribery

ShavedOrangutan Re:Important to note (211 comments)

Ia lot of the noise about F&F is coming in the form of conspiracy theories from the NRA

Mainstream news is almost totally ignoring the debacle, so at least one organization is talking about it.

It's not really a conspiracy theory when gun dealers openly say, "Yeah, we knew that buyer was a drug runner but the ATF agent in our back office told us to sell him the guns anyways."

more than 2 years ago

Are Rich People Less Moral?

ShavedOrangutan Re:Prius drivers suck (1040 comments)

They're slow off the line because the driver is trying to keep the gas engine from kicking in.

I hate those things because they've ruined the entire concept of carpooling in the D.C. metro region since they get a solo pass for the commuter lanes.

more than 2 years ago

Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

ShavedOrangutan Re:ask a mechanic (672 comments)

If you had switched from an 80's GM to a 90's GM, you would have experienced a similar difference in performance and quality.

more than 2 years ago

I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

ShavedOrangutan Re:Reliable (279 comments)

I have a Logitech wireless keyboard that lasts 1.5+ years on a pair of AAA batteries. That's at least 40 hours per week every week. Quite impressive, especially considering there's no on/off switch at all. I chose it because it was comfortable and the wireless feature seemed a waste, but it's been rather useful.

It also came with a wireless mouse that I don't use because I have one that's more comfortable, but it works just fine.

more than 2 years ago

Test-Tube Burgers Coming Soon

ShavedOrangutan Re:Using this technique (276 comments)

If they are striving for literal interpretation, they should observe that is says GOAT, not COW. Also, an older goat or some other goat's mother's milk would be fine.

Oh well, more bacon cheeseburgers for the rest of us.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

ShavedOrangutan Re:Always torn on these cases (1271 comments)

I had all my vaccines at once as an adult. It was awful! Sickest I've ever been in my life!

Doctor be damned, my kids will be getting them one at a time.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

ShavedOrangutan Re:...why? (1271 comments)

I can see this as nothing but a good thing for a doctor.

I've always wondered why dentists give away toothbrushes. You'd think they would hand out candy after the visit.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

ShavedOrangutan Re:New Sign in the Doctors Office... (1271 comments)

Go over to the "Last year, I spent the most on ..." poll running right now. The guy who just spent $900,000 on a house
. Look at his posting history.


Must be tough times. He only had $600,000 cash to put down.

more than 2 years ago

Did Anonymous Take Down

ShavedOrangutan It's a .GOV (125 comments)

They all left early on Friday, came in late on Monday, and have been in a meeting ever since. It'll probably be back online sometime Thursday.

more than 2 years ago

Laser Scanner May Allow Passengers To Take Bottled Drinks On Planes Again

ShavedOrangutan Re:Here's another solution (343 comments)

what if a terrorist blows up the huge line where people wait to be groped by the tsa?

Then they install another TSA checkpoint outside the airport to protect the one inside.

Funny thing is, they would confiscate your toothpaste, but they'd have to let me through with my gun, since I have to declare and check it in with my baggage at the ticket counter.

more than 2 years ago

How To Pull Location Data From Encrypted Google Maps Sessions

ShavedOrangutan Re:I think... (28 comments)

Satellite and Terrain tiles seem to follow similar patterns in file sizes. The 'normal' view is vast amounts of nothing. What you see in the browser is an overlay of the terrain/sat/normal PNG images plus the actual map view GIF. So you have two sets of data to analyze.

It's a lot of data. I once cached (ripped off) enough map tiles to build a mobile GPS enabled application for a small geographic area and the number of tiles is absolutely huge when you consider all the zoom levels. Triple the number of you want all three view types. If this works at all, you're looking at some serious hardware to pull it off. There's a reason Google builds data centers over hydroelectric dams.

Not to mention getting the data in the first place. Google makes it difficult to get at the raw map tiles.

more than 2 years ago

Obama Budget Asks For 1% Boost In Research

ShavedOrangutan Re:Bush did what? (351 comments)

Republicans love science as long as it's something they can monetize and doesn't conflict with their social agenda.

Democrats love science as long as it's something they can socialize and control.

(Hey, it's just as much bullshit as your comment.)

more than 2 years ago

It's Not All Waste: The Complicated Life of Surplus Electronics In Africa

ShavedOrangutan Re:When surplus electronics are outlawed... (236 comments)

...only outlaws will have surplus electronics.

Already done in the U.S. (In my county, at least.)

I was dropping off some scrap metal for recycling at my local landfill and noticed some awesome hardware sitting in the computer dropoff area. So I tossed a couple of cases and a monitor in the back of my truck. The landfill attendant immediately came over and made me put it all back. They must be getting paid for this stuff as scrap and aren't allowed to let the general public walk off with any of it. Even worse, as a resident, I would have to pay per item to drop off anything. So they're double dipping, too.

It was good stuff. Better computers than anything I own. People throw away nice computers just because they load up with malware.

Same with my company. When someone gets a new laptop, the old one is taken away. Years ago, people used to be able to take home old PCs.

more than 2 years ago

Three Unexpected Data Points Describe Elementary School Quality

ShavedOrangutan Re:Test Score Growth (343 comments)

I feel your pain. The workload is a major stress for her and for our relationship.

more than 2 years ago

IBM Seeks Patent On Judging Programmers By Commits

ShavedOrangutan Re:Tool for idiots (182 comments)

Not having this tool, managers will just reward the programmers who complain the most.

more than 2 years ago

Three Unexpected Data Points Describe Elementary School Quality

ShavedOrangutan Test Score Growth (343 comments)

My wife is an excellent teacher who left a prestigious private school for gifted kids and went to a school in a very low socioeconomic area. Why? She said the kids at the gifted school "Just got it" and there was no challenge for her, professionally. Now the students can't spell their names the first day, but thanks to the hard work of a lot of very good teachers, they are average when they leave. Sure, test scores are lower than at the gifted school, but the kids have made a lot more progress.

Oh, her #1 advice to parents of her students: READ TO YOUR KIDS EVERY DAY!

more than 2 years ago

When it comes to 3D TV:

ShavedOrangutan Re:whingers (404 comments)

I can't view 3D because I only have one eye and they don't make 3D monocles.

Here you go.

more than 2 years ago

Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"

ShavedOrangutan Re:Prince Charming (630 comments)

You can filter based on kids and marital status. And, yeah, you'll lose more than 1/2 the field if you want a single woman with no children. I LOL at the Craigslist w4m ads that are like a shopping list for perfection, and then end with "MUST HAVE YOUR OWN CAR!". That tells you what kind of reply they want vs. what kind they're used to getting.

eHarmony is nice because you don't enter the typical personal ad garbage into a textbox and post it.

more than 2 years ago

Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"

ShavedOrangutan Re:Back in the old days... (630 comments)

The early sex isn't really the problem, but it's usually accompanied by multiple partners. If there's one thing I could tell my 16 year old self (other than to buy Apple stock), it would be that the girls who are easy are doing it to feel desired because they feel terrible about themselves. I say this after chasing one of them all the way into my mid 30's and having a failed engagement.

I agree on the bars. How are you supposed to talk to someone over 130dB Hip-Hop music?

more than 2 years ago


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