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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

SomeJoel Re:Of course not (430 comments)

knowing full well that the persecutors would not drop the case.

I see what you did there.

about a year and a half ago

How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

SomeJoel Re:I'm old (330 comments)

Fun Fact: A tweet is actually 160 characters, but the first 20 are automatically reserved for an internally-used user ID. This looks like a job for Integer!

Ok, I'll bite.

about a year and a half ago

Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

SomeJoel Re:come get us bitches (227 comments)

Somehow, this reminds me of putting a bumper sticker on someone else's car that says "I dare you to pull me over, PIG!"

about a year and a half ago

Why Non-Coders Shouldn't Write Code

SomeJoel Re:Marketing guy's function (421 comments)

What if your targeted market is IT professionals?

Then you have a failed business model since IT professionals, as a rule, have no budget.

about 2 years ago

Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

SomeJoel Re:I'll believe it when I see... (867 comments)

an absolute frame of reference.

I'm pretty sure those don't exist. Which is why, from any relative frame of reference, the top speed really is c. You can't go c+1 mm/year in any frame of reference, let alone 2c.

about 2 years ago

What's Next For iRobot?

SomeJoel Re:Remind me (88 comments)

$14.52. What does that have to do with anything?

He was testing your Internet research skills. You win this round.

about 2 years ago

8th Circuit Upholds $220,000 Verdict In Jammie Thomas Case

SomeJoel Re:yikes! (285 comments)

I could not have said it better myself. Curse Slashdot for its poorly timed mod point distribution (or lack thereof)!

Before people criticize "gopddamned", I'd like to point out that this is a typo. Writing "your" instead of "you're", on the other hand, is not a typo.

about 2 years ago

California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

SomeJoel Re:This sucks (313 comments)

You just don't eat enough old egg salad sandwiches in space gas stations.

In the end, no matter how well you play the holophonor, it's just not worth it.

about 2 years ago

Mt. Fuji May Be Close To Erupting

SomeJoel Re:Another thing to worry about... (269 comments)

You sure topped them! Though you probably should have started with "That's nothing!"

about 2 years ago

Mass Production of 450mm Wafers Bumped Back Again: 2018

SomeJoel Re:450mm (67 comments)

The units ARE right. The WAFERs will be 450mm. Today they are 300mm.

Or 200mm, or 150mm... It really quite depends on the manufacturing equipment in the fab and the target market for the devices (not everything manufactured on a wafer is a "chip"). Rumors of 200mm's demise have been quite premature.

about 2 years ago

Survey Reveals a Majority Believe "the Cloud" Is Affected by Weather

SomeJoel Re:It isn't? (261 comments)

Don't trust the clowd clowns with your data!

I certainly won't. Thanks for the tip. One other thing, how do I distinguish clowd clowns from regular clowns?

about 2 years ago

What Does a Virtual Assistant Do Best?

SomeJoel Re:Industry specific virtual assistants? (125 comments)

Are there any jobs for "industry specific" virtual assistants? I could see a market for niche (aerospace, research science, etc.) industries where someone with extensive industry experience would be extremely handy. Rather than the lowest cheap dude out of India, how about a research student out of Boston? Is there a market for that kind of thing? How would one find such a job?

Are you asking about job openings for virtual assistants?

about 2 years ago

Botnet Flaw Lets Researchers Disrupt Attacks

SomeJoel Re:Why are they telling us? (26 comments)

If they don't report any progress, they'll lose their funding.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Bases $5 Fee To Not Publish Your Phone Number On 'Systems and IT' Costs

SomeJoel Re:Welp at least (331 comments)

You say this, but have you looked around? They do stuff lock step. If Verizon can get away with charging higher prices for voice and text, AT&T/Sprint can too!

I think you might need to re-read the GP's post. Pay special attention to the hidden sarcasm.

more than 2 years ago

Could Flying Cars Actually Be On Their Way?

SomeJoel Re:In the air? (381 comments)

Considering most people can't drive in just 2D any attempt to become airborne will fail.

Flying cars are a tried and failed concept.

I tried driving in 2D once, but I got a sense that I wasn't actually going anywhere.

more than 2 years ago

CERN Physicists Generate Hottest Man-Made Temperatures Ever: ~5.5 Trillion K

SomeJoel Re:Meaningless (107 comments)

irrelephant is a perfectly comulent word!

It's cromulent. Besides, you're embiggening the trolls.

more than 2 years ago

Beware the Nocebo Effect

SomeJoel Re:Is ignorance bliss? (239 comments)

I suggest looking at the data sheet, but paying close attention to the % of people experiencing the side effects. I'm pretty sure they have to report even very low incidence rates of side effects. If only a handful of test subjects got a particular side effect, then I'm pretty sure you can convince yourself that you're not *that* unlucky. Compare it to some other event with similar odds. Make sure the event you compare it to is a positive one though, like winning the lottery, lest you start a chain reaction of psychosomatic pitfalls.

more than 2 years ago

PlayStation Boss Defends Vita, Slams Social Gaming

SomeJoel Re:He's right, but missing the point (147 comments)

or wasting time and grandmas

I can have no sympathy for people who are wasting grandmas. A grandma is not a thing to waste.

To be fair, the full quote was "or wasting time and grandmas or whatever." The OP knows there is a broad spectrum of things to waste so he gave two extreme examples and let us fill in the rest with whatever.

more than 2 years ago

Blizzard Says Battle.Net Has Been Hacked

SomeJoel Re:This is not news (340 comments)

When my account got hacked, it was the final straw that led me to quit WoW. All signs pointed to it being an inside job. I had a dedicated (hard) password for the site, I had not visited any questionable websites, and I hadn't installed any addons in months.

Whoever hacked it had a seriously weird sense of priorities too. They had sold the starting gear off my level 1 bank alt types and mailed off the money (at a loss!) but hadn't bothered to strip my midrange characters. They used my level 85 main character with bot-aided speedruns through Karazhan. Ironically, when I regained control of my character, I had a ton of gold from their most recent run. I donated it all to my guild and quit the next day. Since I was an officer, they'd looted that too - but since it was a casual guild the gold they got me easily replaced any items in there we'd cared about.

more than 2 years ago

July Heat Set U.S. Record

SomeJoel Hopefully it's an outlier (422 comments)

I certainly hope that this heat was an outlier, and not "the new normal".

more than 2 years ago



Gaming linked to reduced homework and reading time

SomeJoel SomeJoel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SomeJoel (1061138) writes "CNN is reporting that gamers spend less time doing homework or reading, which really shouldn't surprise anyone. The most interesting comment, however, is at the end of the article, where one of the researchers says: 'Gamers may actually be more effective in completing homework assignments, and as a result, they spend less time doing homework. We need to look deeper into what is going on'. The article can be found here."
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