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Feds Add 9 Felony Charges Against Swartz For JSTOR Hack

St. Alfonzo Re:Wrong term as usual (252 comments)

Nice, fingers, nice. should read '...not a NEW concept in law.'

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Add 9 Felony Charges Against Swartz For JSTOR Hack

St. Alfonzo Re:Wrong term as usual (252 comments)

Stealing in the sense of 'making unauthorized use of the property of another' - this is not a concept in law.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Meets $16M Budget Goal

St. Alfonzo Re:Begging (255 comments)

I don't know why I'm wading in among the ACs but I can't find any justification for claiming more than about 12% of funding is either directly or indirectly coming from the government.

more than 3 years ago
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Dell Reveals Specs For the Looking Glass Tablet

St. Alfonzo Re:ergh (174 comments)

Yeah you can load files on via USB. But unless you want to read it in a landscape orientation the PDF reader isn't very practical. It can read plain text files just fine.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

St. Alfonzo Re:The marijuana crowd is retarded (709 comments)

Cannabis also needs to be trimmed, dried and cured. Growing it is only half the battle. Also I'm unclear where GP gets '$3500' from...in fact I'm not even sure what he's saying would cost $3500... But in any case a 20g pack of marijuana cigarettes (at current street prices) would run $100-250, not $500. And we're ignoring the fact that a gram of cannabis can be stretched out into two or three 'sessions' pretty easily if it's any good at all.

more than 5 years ago
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Dealing With a Copyright Takedown Request?

St. Alfonzo Re:text (547 comments)

"Now considering that this test is for the police force"

The MMPI is not 'for' the police force. It's a widely accepted personality assessment (the acronym stands for Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory). I'm as paranoid as the next guy (the next guy being Alex Jones) but come on.

more than 5 years ago
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IBM Develops Technology To Talk To Web

St. Alfonzo Re:Is this gonna be like CB radio? (83 comments)

We have a very simple way of telling what someone means when he says 'you': context. It is really not that hard.

more than 5 years ago
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MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To Remove

St. Alfonzo Re:non-removable batteries (476 comments)

Read the ifixit article again. They mention the triwing screws and also that they were able to remove them with a small standard screwdriver.

more than 5 years ago
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MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To Remove

St. Alfonzo Re:WOW (476 comments)

These arguments conveniently ignore the fact that this particular battery starts with an eight hour battery life. IF you use your laptop on battery power for more than four or five hours at a time battery wear might become an issue, after several years. Personally I'm perfectly happy with three or four hours.

more than 5 years ago
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You Are Not a Lawyer

St. Alfonzo Re:XKCD (693 comments)

For that last time! America does not torture!

You believe us now right? No? Drat.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

St. Alfonzo Re:Here's an idea (1108 comments)

  • More power efficient memory
  • More power efficient fan/heatsink
  • More power efficient monitor/GPU

Do ya see where I'm going here?

more than 5 years ago
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Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

St. Alfonzo Re:Here's an idea (1108 comments)

An incompetent, possibly corrupt, bureaucrat?

more than 5 years ago
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Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

St. Alfonzo Re:Here's an idea (1108 comments)

  1. Use S3 suspend when you go make your sandwhich/walk the dog/insert task here
  2. Replace the processor with a more power efficient model.
  3. Replace the fan with a more power efficient system.

See where I'm going with this yet?

more than 5 years ago
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The Deceptive Perfection of Auto-Tune

St. Alfonzo Re:Authenticity? (437 comments)

You're not understanding his point. One should be able to hold the mic 4"-6" from his mouth and have it work just fine.

If you're forced to hold it that close to your mouth to be picked up you're either not singing or a total idiot.

more than 5 years ago
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The Deceptive Perfection of Auto-Tune

St. Alfonzo Re:Authenticity? (437 comments)

Also when you see an "artist" with the mic pressed against his lips you can be sure there are at least half a dozen sound engineers barely restraining the urge to run up and throttle him.

more than 5 years ago
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The Deceptive Perfection of Auto-Tune

St. Alfonzo Re:Old technology (437 comments)

Umm... what? Pentatonic scales are actually quite common in folk music. Even a 24 note scale while it might sound 'Eastern' wouldn't be so far out as to not sound musical, even to an untrained ear.

Also I'm not completely sure about this but that sounds like something Zappa would have said, probably in a somewhat sardonic tone.

more than 5 years ago
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The Deceptive Perfection of Auto-Tune

St. Alfonzo Re:AutoTune is the cowards way to make music (437 comments)

Ever listened to anything by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Niel Young et al? They can't sing for beans in the traditional sense yet they've been quiet successful.

Let your music sound like you and we'll respect you all the more for not being phony.

more than 5 years ago
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The Deceptive Perfection of Auto-Tune

St. Alfonzo Re:AutoTune is the cowards way to make music (437 comments)

To your specific point though, they probably should simply not do thoes songs live. They should be upfront about it with the audience too. Whats wrong with saying "you know what that particular work is a studio pice; I thought was fun and my audience would appreciate its not something I can do live; without kit.?

Or, ya know, not be a pussy and come up with a different way to perform it so they can play it live. There's no law that says you have to play your songs the same way every time.

more than 5 years ago

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