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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

Smauler Re:But do you want it? (48 comments)

And in any event, unless you buy in at the IPO, you don't "help" a company or technology by buying their stock since the said stock is owned by some other dude and the sale does not bring a single more dollar to the company

This is like claiming there is no point voting because some other dude also voted. Companies live and die by how many people are willing to invest in them, so, in my opinion, buying stock is a company is definitely helping them.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Smauler Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (671 comments)

Some things don't get a lot of wear. You touch them at most a few times a day.

Amusingly, my Logitech MX510 did die. The left click button failed (after about 5 years). However, I loved that mouse, and therefore bought another Logitech (a g9x, which I am still using). It was expensive, but I had no reservations about buying it because of the reviews and the performance of the previous mouse.

You see, when my MX510 died, I bought another Logitech product. It had served me well, and perhaps I could have got a replacement after it failed. My use was not typical, probably, but that shouldn't matter. Now an owner of a g9x, and when that dies.... I'll buy another Logitech mouse, because they have served me well.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Smauler Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (431 comments)

I was replying to this post. I wasn't talking about literacy, and neither was your post.

I never said Brazil didn't have native tribes. I said they have fewer distinct tribes. That's a fact.

You said that Brazil had fewer than 4 or 5 distinct Indian tribes. That is... wrong.

Places like Brazil are more racially diverse than the US, and places like England have more religious diversity than the US.

That's all I was saying, and you disagreed with it.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Smauler Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (431 comments)

Brazil has a lot of diversity but being 50 percent white means being 50 percent being something else.

That remaining 50% is lots of other things, mainly black, brown (this is closer to how it is described in Brazil, although not politically correct in the US), indigenous, middle eastern, east Asian, and others. The US, by contrast, is almost 3/4 white.

Do they have as many Russians? As many people from the middle east?

In my original post I mentioned Brazil has more people of Lebanese descent than Lebanon, they also have a large Syrian population. I don't know the Russian population of Brazil, but they do have relatively large populations of other east European peoples, such as Ukranian and Polish.

As many Muslims? Do they have large Buddhist communities? Do they have Amish?

You probably don't want to conflate religious diversity with racial diversity, they're not the same thing.

Brazil is _slightly_ less religiously diverse than the US, I admit. About 75% of Americans are Christian, whereas about 86% are Christian in Brazil. In the US Islam is at 0.6%, Buddhism is at 0.7%, Hinduism is at 0.4%. Contrast this to somewhere like England : Christianity 59%, Islam 5%, Hinduism 1.5%, Buddhism 0.5% (and 0.7% Jedi). This shows that England is much more religiously diverse than the United States.

How many distinct Indian tribes do they have? I doubt more then four or five. We have that many in some states.

You're really beginning to show your ignorance. I'll start you off with this. That list does not include many original tribes that have been integrated into the main Brazilian population (like American Indian tribes have been in the US).

And here's another question, does Brazil have a high level of non-spanish speaking immigrants? I doubt it. Which impacts literacy... Right?

Look, I'm right. So don't get mad when my facts line up. I have an unfair advantage... I'm right.

Ok, I think you must be trolling. How, exactly, does being Spanish speaking help in Brazil? I'll give you a hint : Spanish is not the language of Brazil.

I'll try to start getting mad when you get your facts to line up.

5 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Smauler Re:Will it help them get a job? (431 comments)

To be fair, I think it may be something in the water, as this clip of Steve McLaren shows.

(For those who don't know, Steve McLaren is English, born in York. This interview was from a Dutch TV station after he had been managing a Dutch football side for a while. And yes, it is hilarious).

5 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Smauler Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (431 comments)

Brazil is more diverse, with just under 50% white (mainly consisting of those of Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Ukrainian descent). It has more people of Lebanese descent than Lebanon, and the largest population of those of Japanese descent outside of Japan, as an example of two surprising stats.

5 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Smauler Re:road side illumination (184 comments)

The purpose of lights is to improve safety on high speed roads. Hence lighted highways. Otherwise, night time driving would have to be slowed significantly to be safe, unless you're driving with high beams.

Most of the UK's motorway network is not lit, and just about all of the dual carriageway network isn't either. In some places they're turned off after a certain time (usually about midnight). In quite a few places, they've got lights, but have stopped using them. You get used to it, and no one drives with full beams on. Technically you're allowed to use large A roads (not motorways) for all sorts of things because they're public rights of way, so you are allowed to walk down them, ride (either bike or horse) down them, even drive geese down them. The speed limit is 70mph, but generally people drive up to 80.

about a week ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Smauler Re:Minesweeper (179 comments)

I'd guess that under 5% of advanced boards can be solved without guessing.

Oops

about a week ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Smauler Re:Minesweeper (179 comments)

I'm assuming you've never played minesweeper, because if you had you wouldn't believe this. I'd guess that under 5% of advanced boards can't be solved without guessing. There are absolutely loads of situations in which guessing is necessary, for example any straight line of ones. Another common one is mentioned higher up in the thread

And yes I do know most (if not all) of the advanced techniques, they're not exactly that complex.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Smauler Re:Do not rush into conclusions! (1037 comments)

They even tried to hijack Xmas and turn it into a purely secular holiday.

It was already pretty secular, and the bits that weren't weren't Christian. I mean, we put up decorations, give gifts to friends and family, put a tree in our house, and Santa comes down the chimney. Which parts of the way most people celebrate Christmas are religious, (except for the tree which most definitely is not Christian)?

The same's true about Easter... we paint eggs, and give chocolate bunnies and eggs, because obviously they symbolise the resurrection of Jesus.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Smauler Re:Re:well then! (341 comments)

The only thing windows does that linux doesn't is directX and better gaming support, which will soon change if valve is sucessful, people will switch because they don't want to pay $200 a year just to browse the internet

Which is why this story is about gaming systems the NHS has in use, obviously.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

Smauler Re:adware is malware (177 comments)

I wonder when microsoft will get around to getting their vendors to stop accepting kickbacks for shitty adware on new systems.

This practice is one of the reasons why I still build my own desktop systems. Getting rid of the junk is a massive hassle, and restoration of the system from partition brings it all back.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Smauler Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

As for lack of proof of them doing birth control and infanticide I would say the Tanit necropolis is good enough evidence.

Infanticide is not birth control. It happens after birth. So, no, Carthage did not practice birth control. The question about whether Carthage practiced infanticide is still up for debate. What is not up for debate is whether the Romans and the Greeks practiced infanticide - they did.

Your claim was that birth control (which Carthage did not do) had a contributing factor in their demise. That's just wrong on every level.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Smauler Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

What we cannot have is everyone or even a large segment of the population choosing to do that. Once that becomes a trend the end result is extinction.

FFS... there are 7 billion people in the world. Prior to basic technology, less than ten thousand years ago, that number was less than 5 million.

You want an example of an ancient society which embraced birth control as an ethos? Carthage. As a result they became over dependent on military assistance from Libyan and Numidian mercenaries. When the Romans invaded guess who won?

The Romans invaded basically all of Europe. They did not succeed because all of Europe was practicing birth control. To say that the military success of ancient Rome was due to their opponents practicing birth control is... interesting. Also, Carthage did not practice birth control, but don't let that spoil your argument.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

Smauler Re:What a bunch of hooye, total garbage (91 comments)

You mean "could be", not "are", because it isn't happening. At least in the U.S.

No, I meant "are". There's an "if" in the middle of the sentence.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Smauler Re:Two? (440 comments)

So you're saying that the people who deliberately exposed the native americans to smallpox did the same to themself? Doesn't that imply that they were not trying to kill them with it, but inoculate them?

From your wikipedia link : "Infection via inhaled viral particles in droplets spread the infection more widely than the deliberate infection through a small skin wound. The smaller, localised infection is adequate to stimulate the immune system to produce specific immunity to the virus, while requiring more generations of the virus to reach levels of infection likely to kill the patient. The rising immunity terminates the infection. So the twofold effect is to ensure the less fatal form of the disease is the one caught, and to give the immune system the best start possible in combating it."

No one knew for certain anything about germs and the transmission of diseases then, and like I said, the miasma theory was still mainstream.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

Smauler Re:What a bunch of hooye, total garbage (91 comments)

Government handouts are massively productive if they help someone who has just been made redundant get back into work. That's kind of the point of government, in my opinion, to help and protect those at shitty parts of their life.

Stuff like child benefit is a different matter, and annoys me (in the UK, you've got to be rich to not qualify for child benefits, I think they should go to the poor only). Also, taxing and giving benefits to one person at the same time is counterproductive... getting rid of taxes for the poor will go a long way to ending benefit culture.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Smauler Re:Two? (440 comments)

One thing to remember is that back then most people believed in the miasma theory. It was only by the second half of the 19th century that germ theory became accepted.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Smauler Re: And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

I think we should listen to parent about this story, he obviously has some knowledge of the subject... I mean, look at his username!

about three weeks ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  about 5 months ago

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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